THE WISDOM FUND: News & Views
July 9, 2014
The Independent (UK)

The True Gaza Back-Story That the Israelis Aren't Telling This Week

by Robert Fisk

OK, so by this afternoon, the exchange rate of death in two days was 40-0 in favour of Israel. But now for the Gaza story you won't be hearing from anyone else in the next few hours.

It's about land. The Israelis of Sederot are coming under rocket fire from the Palestinians of Gaza and now the Palestinians are getting their comeuppance. Sure. But wait, how come all those Palestinians -- all 1.5 million -- are crammed into Gaza in the first place? Well, their families once lived, didn't they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out -- or fled for their lives -- when the Israeli state was created.

And -- a drawing in of breath is now perhaps required -- the people who lived in Sederot in early 1948 were not Israelis, but Palestinian Arabs. . . .

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Just War and Terrorism

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[With over 1,700 explosive strikes so far, the Israeli military has pounded homes, schools, mosques, electric and water facilities, municipal buildings, health clinics, moving vehicles, a home for the seriously disabled and even tiny agriculture areas.--Ralph Nader, "Pounding Gaza -- world's largest open-air prison," middletownpress.com, July 19, 2014]

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["There is a taboo," said the visionary Edward Said, "on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free."

For many people, the truth is out now. Those once intimidated into silence can't look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australian, in this epic crime.--John Pilger, Breaking the Last Taboo: Gaza and the Threat of World War'," counterpunch.org, September 12, 2014]

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