7/12/2014

A "View For the Week-End" From the "Social Grid" On Israel & Gaza

The War between #Israel and #Hamas is now in its' sixth day. Israelis took shelter in bomb shelters as Hamas launched rockets against Israel. Yet, Israel's 6-Day "Protective Shield" campaign has resulted in 2100 strikes resulting in 156 deaths--mostly women and Children. Al Jazeera reported as the Father of a 3-Year Old just could not let go of his Son who was killed in one of the Israeli Strikes. It also reported that a strike on the home of the #Gaza Police Chief killed 18 members of the family. One more report was even more chilling: an actual missile attack. Such attacks are pre-staged with a phone call from Israeli Intelligence warning the residents of the house to get out. An Israeli Drone then hits the roof of the house--and then the Missile Hits.

There has been a vibrant discussion on Facebook as Gaza-Based Journalists have reported on the strikes and the injuries. One of the latest casualties was the nephew of the former Prime Minister and current Deputy Head of #Hamas' Political Bureau, Khaled Mashaal. One has to really look though to get some sense of what the US mainstream media is doing. It was so interesting how the US House--who's not doing much these days--was able to quickly pass a resolution in support of Israel even as President #Obama offered up US mediation to end the War that seems to have no end in sight. There have been a number of perceptive perspective--including one by the BBC's Jeremy Bowen--that underscores that neither side is ready to stop yet. As Gaza is being pounded, Palestinians in the West Bank are also subject to constant harrasement and attack from Right Wing Israelis. The challenge faced by Palestinians and the double standard was reflected here (please click on the "link" below):



There has been a vibrant discussion on Facebook as Gaza-Based Journalists have reported on the strikes and the injuries.   One of the latest casualties was the nephew of the former Prime Minister and current Deputy Head of  #Hamas' Political Bureau, Khaled Mashaal.   One has to really look though to get some sense of what the US mainstream media is doing.   It was so interesting how the US House--who's not doing much these days--was able to quickly pass a resolution in support of Israel even as President #Obama offered up US mediation to end the War that seems to have no end in sight.     There have been a number of perceptive perspective--including one by the BBC's Jeremy Bowen--that underscores that neither side is ready to stop yet.   

As Gaza is being pounded, Palestininans in the West Bank are also subject to constant harrasement and attack from Right Wing Israelis.       The challenge faced by Palestinians and the double standard was reflected here @ MIddle East Monitor: 




The reality on the ground is also noted below as how the actual land being negotiated has shrunk:

 

Henry Ford noted not just to find fault, but find a remedy.   It is not an easy thing.    But the problem is that the 350-Million Strong Arab Nation has been just as much responsible for the plight of the Palestinians.    Although The UAE has committed 52 Million Dollars--how this is sent is another profound challenge.   What was depicted here was ever so moving to underscore the plight that the hapless people of Palestine feel:   

Post by Mike Pouraryan.

As this tragedy continues,  remembering Mohammad Assaf's beautiful performance that elevated the spirit of hope and Palestinians was so eloquently noted by the noted Scholar Professor Dabashi from Columbia:  

Post by Hamid Dabashi.

The World is yet to act, though.  It is probably the most profound challenge of all.

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