It is a tragedy that Palestinians are being wounded and killed on the Gaza border. ok, not the terrorist ones carrying guns and machetes (screw them, God can judge them in the next world) but the civilians being goaded by Hamas into lethal encounters with the IDF. I believe that the IDF is trying to minimize casualties, but I have no evidence for this claim and I am not a security expert (and neither are most other people, including most journalists) so the reality could be different. (I can’t see the value or upside of killing civilians you don’t have to kill, so I don’t know why they would.) But it is no doubt true that if the Gazans were not attempting to illegally and aggressively compromise Israel’s territorial integrity, they would not be dying. Breaching the border would certainly put Israeli citizens in immediate danger. It is a matter of true national security that they be stopped. Turning these Gaza rioters into heroes or martyrs or even innocents is a way of strengthening and supporting the terrorism of Hamas, not a future Palestinian state. There is a pretense that is hinted at in the media that they are being killed even though they did nothing wrong, which is like saying you wouldn’t use any means necessary to stop a mob from breaking into your house. It’s sure easy to talk about all the genius nonlethal ways you would defend yourself from your armchair when it’s not your house or your blood they are howling for. (Ok, it’s not my house either, but it is my brothers and sisters. And why do you think they would stop at Sderot? Or Jerusalem? Or Paris?) i can’t understand the myopic criticism of Israel. it would seem to be right for the world to first oppose Hamas’s assault on Israel before opposing Israel’s response.
It is so sad to see the violence in Gaza, and tomorrow there will be more in the West bank. Especially since Hamas and Abbas are sending young kids, and unfortunately they are coming to cause harm. Every country would protect their border and their people from harm. I am happy to see that the international community recognizes that violence does not bring peace. They stood behind Israel as it defended itself against Iran. Unfortunately when it comes to Hamas and Abbas, they don’t understand that innocent people are being guided by terrorists and Holocaust deniers. Here are some facts about Nakba below, hopefully the more we educate ourselves, the more we will stand together against violence and have peace.
The first mention of Nakba (catastrophe) was in a book published by a Lebanese intellectual in the aftermath of the 1948-49 war, interestingly referring not to any action undertaken by Israel but to the jingoistic incompetence of the Arab leaders who initiated the war.
It was only decades later once the PLO was already well established and internationally renown that the term Nabka was reinvented to serve as an antizionist mantra replete with claims of unprovoked mass ethnic cleansing of Arabs at the hands of the Haganah.
Arafat introduced the idea of an “Al Nakba Day” for the first time in 1998.
Wish I could recall the name of the Lebanese intellectual who introduced the term “nakba”, but sadly it eludes my recall abilities. I’ll try to find his name and edit this post should I find a link.
The Syrian born Lebanese author who introduced the term Nabka in his book published during the 1948-49 war and which was mainly a book of self criticism denouncing Arab leadership of the day for being stagnant and behind the times was Constantine Zureik.
Below is a list of some of the young men who died following their terrorist leaders, and how Hamas has realized their plan did not work.
Please God let the violence end!
* Number of fatalities identified *
* The Health Department to 43 terrorists as a result of a demonstration in the Gaza Strip,
* Arab Report *
* Number of fatalities identified *
* The Health Department to 43 terrorists as a result of a demonstration.
1. Azzedine Musa Muhammad al-Samak, 14 years old.
2. Fadel Fazat ‘Izzat Sheikh Khalil, 15 years old.
3. Ahmad ‘Adel Musa al-Sha’er, 16 years old.
4. Muhammad Abu al-Khair said 16 years.
5. Ibrahim Ahmad Zarka, 18 years old.
6. Am’mad ‘Ali Sadeq al-Sheikh, 19 years old.
7. Ziad Muhammad Hassan Omar, 19 years old.
8. Fawzi Abu Luli is 20 years old.
9. Anas Hamdan Salem Qudeih 21 years old.
10. Muhammad Abd al-Salam Haraz, 21 years old.
11. Yahya Isma’il Regev al-Dukur, 22 years old.
12. Mustafa Muhammad Samir Mahmoud al-Masri 22 years.
13. Azzedine Nahed al-‘Awiti, 23 years old.
14. Mahmoud Mustafa Ahmed collected 23 years.
15. Ahmad Feiz Harb Shehadeh 23 years.
16. Ahmad ‘Awadallah, 24 years old.
17. Khalil Isma’il Khalil Mansur 25 years.
18. Muhammad Ashraf Abu Setah 26 years old
19. Bilal Ahmad Abu Daqqa, 26 years old
20. Ahmad Majid Qassem ‘Atallah, 27 years old
Mahmoud Rabah Abu Mu’ammar, 28 years old.
22. Mus’ab Yusef Abu Lilia 28 years old.
23. Ahmad Fawzi al-Tatar, 28 years old.
24. Muhammad ‘Abd al-Rahman Makdad is 28 years old.
25. Salem Salem Farhan 30 years old.
26. Jihad al-Farah 30 years.
27. Fadi Hassan Abu Salmi, 30 years old.
28. Bassam Kamel al-Nunu, 31, is a general.
29. Muhammad Riyad ‘Abd al-Rahman al-‘Umoudi 31 years old.
30. Jihad Muhammad Osman Musa, 31 years old.
31. Shaher Mahmoud Muhammad al-Madhun, 32 years old.
32. Musa Jaber ‘Abd al-Salam Abu Hassanin 35 year-old resident of the Gaza Strip.
33 – Muhammad Mahmoud ‘Abd al-Mu’ti’ Abd al-‘Al.
34. Ahmad Muhammad Ibrahim Hamdan 27 years old.
35. Isma’il Khalil Ramadan al-Dahuk 30 years.
36. Ahmad Mahmoud Muhammad Rantisi 27 years old.
37. Anwar Ahmad al-Khatib, 28 years old.
38. Mahmoud Yahya ‘Abd al-Wahhab Hussein, 24 years old.
39. Ahmad ‘Abdallah al-‘Adini, 30 years old.
40. Sa’adi Sa’id Fahmi Abu Salah 16 year-old resident of the Gaza Strip.
41. Ahmad Zuhair Hamed al-Shawa 24 years.
42. Mohammed Hani Hani al-Najjar 33 years.
43. Fadel Muhammad ‘Ata Habashshi, 34 years old.
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