8 Jan 2009
Eyeless in Gaza
Just got the Aldous Huxley novel 'Eyeless in Gaza' out of the Goldsmiths College Library, Huxley via Brave New World and Island, was a novelist with a prophetic purpose.
Eyeless is autobiographical, he literally had near blindness which he was able to cure, its also a biblical reference.
This is a media war and one side has all the weapons, other than a few bits and pieces like this assembled in peoples front rooms, the IDF has the F16s. They have the polished media performers, usually women officers to spin it.
On the BBC count the spokespeople for Israel and then count the spokespeople for Hamas, the BBC I would argue shows sytematic bias.
The big lie was that the UN refugee centre bombed with much loss of life on tuesday was used by Hamas to attack the IDF, the IDF were merely responding.
The UN have strongly denied this. Israel's media war has faltered. I suppose the IDF will say the UN is covering up for Hamas.
I am reminded to of Harold Pinter's words when he accepted the Nobel Prize for literature. Incindentally Pinter was yet another powerful Jewish critic of the excesses of the Israeli state.
He referred to American foreign policy but the words stretch to this weeks daily slaughter:
It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.
So lets think of the lies from all critics of Israel are anti-semites including the self-hating Jews, the lie that Hamas broke the truce, the lie that Hamas use human shields.
Any way on to the lies.
Lie #2) Hamas violated the cease-fire. The Israeli bombardment is a response to Palestinian rocket fire and is designed to end such rocket attacks.
Israel never observed the cease-fire to begin with. From the beginning, it announced a “special security zone” within the Gaza Strip and announced that Palestinians who enter this zone will be fired upon. In other words, Israel announced its intention that Israeli soldiers would shoot at farmers and other individuals attempting to reach their own land in direct violation of not only the cease-fire but international law.
Despite shooting incidents, including ones resulting in Palestinians getting injured, Hamas still held to the cease-fire from the time it went into effect on June 19 until Israel effectively ended the truce on November 4 by launching an airstrike into Gaza that killed five and injured several others.
Israel’s violation of the cease-fire predictably resulted in retaliation from militants in Gaza who fired rockets into Israel in response. The increased barrage of rocket fire at the end of December is being used as justification for the continued Israeli bombardment, but is a direct response by militants to the Israeli attacks.
Israel's actions, including its violation of the cease-fire, predictably resulted in an escalation of rocket attacks against its own population.
More from the Foreign Policy Journal on the lies from the IDF here