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Day #27 – August 2, 2014 – Thoughts

Source: Day #27 – August 2, 2014 – Thoughts

Three years later and I will not forget.  Day #27 of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge and the murderous assault on the people in Gaza.

A child burns – a Palestinian child.

A rock throwing teenage boy is shot and killed – a Palestinian teenager.

An old woman in a wheelchair sits helplessly as soldiers invade her home and is shot point blank in the head – a Palestinian old woman.

A young man searches in the rubble for his family and is target practice for a sharp shooter – a Palestinian young man.

The images go on and on and on.  I can’t get them out of my head.  I don’t want to get them out of my head.

We know the victims — all Palestinians. Who are the killers?

Jewish/Zionist/settlers/terrorists in the first case.  Well-trained, well-supplied Israeli soldiers in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cases.

Netanyahu condemns the first and praises the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. He has the power to label the terrorists.  He knows who is terrorizing whom.

Israeli citizens feel remorse in the first case, but national pride in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cases.

Religious leaders in Israel are split on whether to condemn or praise the murder in the first case, but none speak up against the killings in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cases.

What hope for a future is there when terrorists act with impunity? When the State of Israel is not held accountable?  When Palestinian lives are cheaper than the olive trees that the Jewish/Zionist/settlers/terrorists destroy?

There was a time when I could distinguish between Jewish/Zionist/settlers/terrorists.  Today, now, in this moment, I can’t.

And that worries me more than words can say.



Young Palestinian men enjoying a BBQ at the beach in Gaza.

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Palestinian children playing at the park.


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Day #20 – The Children of Gaza in Operation Protective Edge


A Palestinian medic carries the body of a child, killed in an explosion in a public playground on the beachfront of Shati refugee camp, in the morgue of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza (Photo credit: Juliana Jiménez)

Source: Day #20 – July 26, 2014 – Palestinian Lives Matter!

Three years ago, British journalist Jon Snow returned back from a reporting trip to the Gaza Strip, a war zone during Operation Protective Edge. Watch his brief report carefully. His observations should be held up to journalism students worldwide as an exemplary model for how to cover the realities of life and death in a war zone. Americans don’t see this type of reporting from Gaza, Mosul or Yemen. Why?

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Day #18 – July 24, 2014 – What does Congress know?

I’m sharing my post from two years ago. Sadly, nothing much has changed for the Palestinians on the ground in Gaza. In fact, it’s only gotten worse.

Displaced Palestinian children from Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip stand behind the window of a classroom on July 23, 2014 at a UN school in the refugee camp of Jabalia where displaced families have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip. (Photo credit: Juliana Jiménez is a former Slate photo editor and now a contributor writing on Latin American politics and culture for the Slatest.)

Source: Day #18 – July 24, 2014 – What does Congress know?

Today marks the 18th day of Israel’s genocidal assault against the men, women and children in Gaza last summer.

No doubt, “purists” will object to this characterization, but I have no doubts that the intent and the impact was genocidal.

I visited Capitol Hill yesterday (July 23, 2015) to speak with my member of Congress about Israel and Palestine.  She knows of my interest (and hopefully my expertise) because we have talked about it many times, both in DC and in Albuquerque.  I was disappointed but understand why she wasn’t in her office yesterday when I arrived. Her daughter went into labor early and delivered her first grandchild, so she was on a plane headed back to Albuquerque. Congratulations!!

I sat with her legislative assistant for foreign affairs. John and I have talked several times, and I felt the meeting was a success because we’re building bridges.  I may not agree with every vote, but I believe in my Congresswoman’s sincerity when she says she wants to do the right thing. My job is to help her (and John) understand what is the right thing.

I shared the following letter and we discussed these points for nearly an hour.  My shock and dismay came when I asked whether Congress and/or staff have received any briefings about Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. John said they were briefed last summer during Israel’s military assault, but he’s not aware of any follow-up briefings since then.   Day #18 – July 24, 2014 – What does Congress know?

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Day #17 – July 23, 2014 – Speaking out in Geneva 

Source: Day #17 – July 23, 2014 – Speaking out in Geneva

On 23 July 2014, the Geneva International Center for Justice delivered an oral statement during the 21st Special Session of the Human Rights Council, addressing the Human Rights situation in Palestine. GICJ stated that the right to self-defense had repeatedly been abused by Israel in order to justify its systematic reprisals against Palestinians and demanded an immediate ceasefire for the “Operation Protective Edge,” the establishment of an urgent and independent commission of inquiry and for all responsible to be brought to the International Criminal Court.

Now that I’ve recently completed an International Humanitarian Law class, I have a new appreciation for the statements made in this video.

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Day #15 – July 21, 2014 – Execution Israeli-style #OperationProtectiveEdge

Source: Day #15 – July 21, 2014 – Execution Israeli-style

Shuja’iya will certainly go down in the history books as the ‘Deir Yassin of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. In two days (July 19-20, 2014) the Israeli military killed 55 civilians, including 19 children and 14 women, in the process of razing Shuja’iya.

The most moral army in the world executed an unarmed young man searching for his family in the Shuja’iya rubble.  The U.N. Independent Commission of Inquiry described the killing:

At about 3.30 p.m., Salem Shamaly, a local resident who had joined a group of international volunteers while searching for his missing cousin, was killed. As the volunteers were crossing a small alley, they heard a shot. The group immediately divided into two and took cover at opposite ends of the alley. Shortly afterwards, Salem Shamaly moved out of the area where he was taking cover and was shot. As he lay injured on the ground, he was shot twice again and killed. This incident was recorded on video.

Salem Shamaly’s parents learned of his death when they heard his voice on a video posted online by human rights activists who witnessed the killing.  (Palestinian Family Finds Missing Son in YouTube Video of His Shooting, New York Times, July 22, 2014)   Joe Catron, an American activist in Gaza, witnessed the murder and posted these photos.

Until someone in the Israeli military is held accountable for Shamaly’s execution, the IDF will continue to act with impunity.

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Day #10 – July 16, 2014 – The four Bakr boys #OperationProtectiveEdge

Source: Day #10 – July 16, 2014 – The four Bakr boys

On July 16, 2014, the IDF killed four Palestinian children playing on the beach, Ismael Mohammed Bakr, 9; Ahed Atef Bakr, 10; Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10; and Mohammed Ramez Bakr, 11. By this date, more than 200 Palestinians had been killed, including 43 children, in Israel’s so-called “Operation Protective Edge.”

Newsweek reported: Journalists from NBC News witnessed the attack and say that the children were playing soccer with journalists on the beach just moments before the shelling. Three other children survived but were wounded, one critically. Zakaria’s father told NBC News, “He was my only son…. He died with his cousins, they all died together.”

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Day #9 – July 15, 2014 – #OperationProtectiveEdge

Source: Day #9 – July 15, 2014 – Media Bias

An Israeli campaign of a very different nature is happening today, three years after Operation Protective Edge.

Today, some Israelis are turning off their A/C in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza who are being crushed beneath the brutal summer heat without electricity.



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