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


Anonymous said...

What are you trying to prove?
That the Israelis are the bad guys and the HAMAS are always the good guys.
Where is your criticism on the HAMAS, how can you be so hypocrite and one sided.
Are the HAMAS such angels.
From reading some of your documents, it obvious, that you just Hate Israel and will dig under the trash to find something to write.
So if you have nothing to elaborate that makes sense, DON'T WRITE

Derek Wall said...

I hate to see children killed, there is a propaganda war going on, which is very one sided, it is important to listen to both sides.

I am against Hamas bombing Israel but Israel is on a killing spree.

It is easy to label any one who criticise Israel...but if one does not write the killing will get worse, perhaps you would like to refute some of the claims made in the five lies document.

There are never angels and devils but we need to work for peace...I guess if you lived in down town Gaza city you might have a different view.

If you had your way, no one would hear from anyone other than those smooth talking women officers from the IDF...those the body count would climb even higher

Anonymous said...

Just for your knowledge I live in the city of Ashkelon, while you sit in the UK.
So please don't tell me of my everyday life especially when you base your knowledge on some articles and roomers that you choose to pick that suites your views.
I am more envy for peace then you and your "green - red" friends as you have peace and I don't.
I would never tolerate and accept your TRUE critics and work for peace, as it is completely not reflects in any of your documents new and old.
They are all full of Hate for Israel and I can't understand how come there is none about the Darfur killings, while my municipality adopted many of them.
I am stronger activist of TRUE peace then you, as this is what I want for my country and my children, as I was born here and peace was always the biggest issue for me, that your HAMAS friends are pushing me away from.
Keep on with your writing, for us Israelis you are just another Pathetic I would not say JEW as I don't see you as one.

Derek Wall said...

well if you lived in Gaza you would have a different view, peace and justice is the road.

War leads to more war and yet more war.

Even on my biased british channel I can see the blood flowing out of the TV.

Anonymous said...

For your information again, Ashkelon is only 20 KM from Gaza (if you inform people about a situation, at list study the case), since you sit in your peaceful home and watch TV with a cup of tea, for the last 24 days I am on an off in a shelter room, my children live in fear, as the HAMAS is not sending me any alert when they send their rockets, luckily we didn't have victims, so Please spare me your justice issue, as I could be the same victim from the Hamas side.
"Make love not war" was my phrase for many years; my non partner Hamas is not singing with me the same phrase and please spare the writing that they want peace with me.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon in Ashkelon

There is a lot of support for Israel in the wider British public. It would obviously be better if a ceasefire and peaceful solution could be found pronto but don't think we are all pro Hamas and don't understand just what they are about - it's quite cachet to be anti-Israel and 'pro' Hamas in certain circles.

I have a relative who saw the aftermath of a concentration camp in 1945. We won't let people with a similar ideology towards jews do it again.