Thursday, January 01, 2009


In solidarity with the people of Gaza. (Via 3Quarksdaily.)

Update Jan-2-2008: Via Crookedtimber, here's a Petition calling for an end to the violence. I hope you take the time to sign it.


Anonymous said...

Hamas' position is simple --- The violence ends only when the Jewish state is pushed all the way into the sea and Israel ceases to exist!!!!

Anonymous said...

Of all the wars and the "collateral damages" and the websites petitioning on their behalf, from Sudan to Burma, to Sulu to Chechnya, from Sri Lanka to Somalia and Afghanistan and Iraq, you chose to appeal for Gaza.

Why? You don't have anything in common with these people. Not religion, race, or language. Not a common history or shared border.

Yet of all the peoples and places suffering the ravages of war it is they you chose to appeal for a petition.

No, don't answer this question for it is rhetorical. I already know the answer.

MBW said...

UN accuses Israel of war crimes: "The United States is paying for this war directly and indirectly through their $2.4 bn a year in military aid to Israel paid for by billions of dollars in American taxpayers' money. The only way, in my view, for this war to end is for America to stop subsidizing Israel's war on the Palestinians.

Related read: Why we urge the U.S. government to suspend military aid to Israel until it ends its 37-year occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem in Jewish Voice for Peace

cvj said...

Hi Anna, thanks for the links!

MBW said...

Israel's war on Gaza: Follow the gas trail

I didn't have the slightest clue that the Palestinians were sitting on a huge gas reserve in Gaza until I a link to Michel Chossudovsky's article: War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields.


The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.

This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.

British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon's Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.

The issue of sovereignty over Gaza's gas fields is crucial. From a legal standpoint, the gas reserves belong to Palestine.


The election of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001 was a major turning point. Palestine's sovereignty over the offshore gas fields was challenged in the Israeli Supreme Court. Sharon stated unequivocally that "Israel would never buy gas from Palestine" intimating that Gaza's offshore gas reserves belong to Israel.


cvj said...

I didn't know that either. That's an interesting twist.

Tongue's Wrath said...

But Jewish Voice for Peace is actually a group of lobbyists against Caterpillar USA cloaked by human rights activism that went as far as complicity in hiding the secret tunnels under the houses that were being bulldozed. They even blocked the demolition of the Jews' houses as they pulled out in 2006! (Disclosure: I used to work for Caterpillar's local distributor.)