Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Misrepresentation of Israeli Aggression as Self-Defense (RECAP)

“Last July, shortly after the outbreak of war in Gaza, President Barack Obama declared that “Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas.” To demonstrate the general moral applicability of this position, he said that “no country can accept rocket [sic] fired indiscriminately at citizens.” Obama’s claims provided ideological cover for Israel to carry out wholesale slaughter over the next six weeks in which nearly 2,200 Palestinians were killed.

Obama also conveniently turned reality on its head by ignoring the fact that it was Israel that was responsible for nearly three times as many cease fire violations as Hamas since December 2012. Israel’s violations of the 2012 cease fire caused the deaths of 18 people, while Palestinian violations caused none. Since the end of the 51-day war in August 2014, Israel predictably has gone on violating the most recent cease fire even more brazenly and with complete impunity.

The latest cease fire agreement stipulated that Hamas and other groups in Gaza would stop rocket attacks, while Israel would stop all military action. As with past truces, Hamas has observed the conditions. On the rare occasions that individuals or groups have fired rockets from Gaza, Hamas has arrested them. (See also here and here.)

Israel, on the other hand, has failed to live up to its end of the bargain. This is consistent with past practice. Israel has continued its illegal siege on the Gaza strip, while indiscriminately harassing and shooting at the local population. Fishermen and farmers, who are trying to subsist amid dire economic conditions, have born the brunt of the aggression.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights documented 18 instances of Israeli soldiers firing on Palestinian fishermen operating within internationally recognized Palestinian waters in September 2014 alone.

Readers should note that the rocket attacks from Gaza only came after the Israelis had arrested and killed a number of Palestinians after the murders of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. The authorities had known that the teens had been killed, and yet they pretended they were abducted to launch 'a search' of Gaza. This didn't make much sense since the murders occurred in the West Bank - by a group, the authorities said at the time, with no ties to Hamas. The whole incident was a deliberate ploy to kill more Palestinians.

Related Info:

What The Media Isn't Telling You About Israel's Attack On Gaza 2014

Who Broke The Cease Fire - Hamas or Israel 2008

Link: A Brief Gaza Conflict Timeline - from

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 25th, 2015.]

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