Thursday, May 15, 2003
Oh, the Naqba!

Israeli Forces Kill 5 Palestinians in Gaza Raid

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, two youths and two gunmen on Thursday in a raid in the Gaza Strip that marred the Palestinians' annual commemoration of their displacement during Israel's creation.

It must really suck to only have defeats to commemorate. These people live a miserable life, indeed, where a celebration consists of whacking yourself in the head with a sword until you are bleeding to death.

The Israeli army said it entered the town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza to search for militants behind mortar bomb and rocket attacks on Jewish settlements and a town in Israel.

The Palestinians said the raid, preceding a meeting of the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers on Saturday and top-level U.S.-Israeli talks in Washington next week, was intended to undermine international peace moves.

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, who Israel and the United States have tried to sideline in favor of a reformist Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, took center stage on "Nakba" (Catastrophe) day in a televised address to his people.

"No peace before the full Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian and Arab lands to the line of June 1967," Arafat said. Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war.

Whew! For a minute there I thought the evil Zionist army had nothing better to do than harass some helpless Palestinians on their special holiday.

Yes, the raid certainly was launched to undermine the "peace" process. The Israelis really need to re-read their road map to hell, because apparently mortar bomb and rocket attacks on JEWS are a-okay. And TerrorFat's declaration that there will be no peace until the Israelis withdraw must also be a part of that road map... can we get some Hebrew translators here? And how 'bout some old fashioned, tell it like it is journalism?

Why would those crazy Pals think that the Israelis will believe that they need to withdraw to get peace? Palestinian and Arab land? Says who? They captured the land after violence was threatened on them, and they have endured violence at the hands of the peace-loving Arabs since long before 1967. This, to me, means that the "disputed" land has nothing to do with it, because all of Israel is disputed to those loony Pals. To pressure the Israelis to withdraw in order to achieve peace is to allow terrorism to work. Then you have to ask, where will it end? It won't, until either Israel is wiped off the face of the earth, or the Arabs are forcefully shown that terrorism is worse for them than it is for Israelis.

The use of "reformist" and Abu Mazen in the same breath makes me chuckle....

Israel launched the raid two days before talks between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at which they are due to discuss a new Middle East peace plan known as the "road map."

The proposal, backed by the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, calls for an end to 31 months of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed, reciprocal confidence-building measures and a Palestinian state by 2005.

Here is something that just make NO sense. Why apply a chronological "deadline" to establishing a Pal state? Bush should stick to his declaration that there will be not state until terrorism ends. The only factor in determining the establishment of this so-called state, should be the end of terrorism. period. I'm not holding my breath with the type of people they call "leader".

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a senior adviser to Arafat, accused Israel of trying to "blow up the road map" by raiding Gaza.

Mr. Nabil must be unaware of the Palestinian rockets and mortars trying to blow up JEWS.... there is nobody capable of derailing "peace" like TerrorFat and his cronies have for the past 10 years. His rejection of an overly generous offer is living proof.

The Nakba anniversary has taken on extra resonance because Abbas is a refugee himself. He took office on April 30 after international pressure for democratic and security reforms.

Palestinians attended rallies holding banners with the names of villages in what is now Israel from which they fled or were expelled in the war over the Jewish state's founding in 1948.

Sirens sounded in Gaza City, bringing life to a halt for three minutes to honor Palestinians killed in violence with Israel. Some 20,000 people marched in a rally in the city as a loudspeaker blared: "They said the old die and children forget, we will never forget and we will return."

Israel rejects any right of return for the estimated four million Palestinian refugees to what is now the Jewish state, saying such an influx would be demographic suicide.

"Right" of return.... I won't even go there. Demographic suicide is the understatement of the year. I'd like to see a nation where Arabs are the majority and Jews or Christians can live in total freedom and peace, with equal rights. Is there such a nation? Can't think of one.

Well, in the meantime, happy "Catastrophe" day! Enjoy your celebration. Oh, and Hooray for the Freedom Fighters!

The BBC has an incredibly unbiased report on what is happening in Israel.

The Israeli army has launched a large-scale offensive in the Gaza Strip, in what is being seen as a fresh blow to US efforts to push a new peace plan for the region.

Seen by whom as a fresh blow? TerrorFat? The little "Left to die" subtitle is great. The Israelis are known for their utter lack of humanity, certainly those witnesses are telling the truth.

When will "journalists" stop reporting Arab bullshit as fact? Why not hold their stories to the same standards and scrutiny as the ones that come from the Israelis? Never will you see this kind of sympathy expressed in a story where a homicide bomber kills innocent Israelis. Because apparently Israeli lives don't warrant it.


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