Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity: Gideon Levy 2010

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Gaza flotilla drives Israel
into a sea of stupidity

The Israeli propaganda machine has reached new highs its hopeless frenzy. It has distributed menus from Gaza restaurants, along with false information. It embarrassed itself by entering a futile public relations battle, which it might have been better off never starting. They want to maintain the ineffective, illegal and unethical siege on Gaza and not let the “peace flotilla” dock off the Gaza coast? There is nothing to explain, certainly not to a world that will never buy the web of explanations, lies and tactics.

Only in Israel do people still accept these tainted goods. Reminiscent of a pre-battle ritual from ancient times, the chorus cheered without asking questions. White uniformed soldiers got ready in our name. Spokesmen delivered their deceptive explanations in our name. The grotesque scene is at our expense. And virtually none of us have disturbed the performance.

The chorus has been singing songs of falsehood and lies. We are all in the chorus saying there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We are all part of the chorus claiming the occupation of Gaza has ended, and that the flotilla is a violent attack on Israeli sovereignty – the cement is for building bunkers and the convoy is being funded by the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood. The Israeli siege of Gaza will topple Hamas and free Gilad Shalit. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy, one of the most ridiculous of the propagandists, outdid himself when he unblinkingly proclaimed that the aid convoy headed toward Gaza was a violation of international law. Right. Exactly.

It’s not the siege that is illegal, but rather the flotilla. It wasn’t enough to distribute menus from Gaza restaurants through the Prime Minister’s Office, (including the highly recommended beef Stroganoff and cream of spinach soup ) and flaunt the quantities of fuel that the Israeli army spokesman says Israel is shipping in. The propaganda operation has tried to sell us and the world the idea that the occupation of Gaza is over, but in any case, Israel has legal authority to bar humanitarian aid. All one pack of lies.

Only one voice spoiled the illusory celebration a little: an Amnesty International report on the situation in Gaza. Four out of five Gaza residents need humanitarian assistance. Hundreds are waiting to the point of embarrassment to be allowed out for medical treatment, and 28 already have died. This is despite all the Israeli army spokesman’s briefings on the absence of a siege and the presence of assistance, but who cares?

And the preparations for the operation are also reminiscent of a particularly amusing farce: the feverish debate among the septet of ministers; the deployment of the Masada unit, the prison service’s commando unit that specializes in penetrating prison cells; naval commando fighters with backup from the special police anti-terror unit and the army’s Oketz canine unit; a special detention facility set up at the Ashdod port; and the electronic shield that was supposed to block broadcast of the ship’s capture and the detention of those on board.

And all of this in the face of what? A few hundred international activists, mostly people of conscience whose reputation Israeli propaganda has sought to besmirch. They are really mostly people who care, which is their right and obligation, even if the siege doesn’t concern us at all. Yes, this flotilla is indeed a political provocation, and what is protest action if not political provocation?

And facing them on the seas has been the Israeli ship of fools, floating but not knowing where or why. Why detain people? That’s how it is. Why a siege? That’s how it is. It’s like the Noam Chomsky affair all over again, but big time this time. Of course the peace flotilla will not bring peace, and it won’t even manage to reach the Gaza shore. The action plan has included dragging the ships to Ashdod port, but it has again dragged us to the shores of stupidity and wrongdoing. Again we will be portrayed not only as the ones that have blocked assistance, but also as fools who do everything to even further undermine our own standing. If that was one of the goals of the peace flotilla’s organizers, they won big yesterday.

Five years ago, the noted Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, who is a Jerusalem Prize laureate, after concluding his visit to Israel, said the Israeli occupation was approaching its grotesque phase. Over the weekend Vargas Llosa, who considers himself a friend of Israel, was present to see that that phase has since reached new heights of absurdity.



Ramadan in Gaza 1436/2015



People are celebrating in their own way by Ramadan .. paint the walls of their homes and their windows .. and living hope and trust in God opulence .. despite the blockade and the difficulty of life .. Strip defies all the difficulties ..


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Omer, tea seller in Gaza – عمر، بائع الشاي في غزة


The Dream Job !!

His name is Omer. He holds a bachelor and master degree but sells tea and coffee in Gaza!

Qualifications held by this young man has not accompanied him to obtain a steady job suit with his qualifications, rather than burned by the sun while standing behind the cart to sell hot drinks of all kinds of hikers in the courtyard of the fishermen port.

This young man is an example of situation the youth in Gaza.


gaza port tea seller

 !!!! وظيفة الحلم
!يحمل شهادة بكالوريوس ويدرس الماجستير ولكنه يبيع الشاي والقهوة في غزة‬
لم تشفع لـ (عمر) مؤهلاته العلمية اللتان يحملهما  بالحصول على وظيفة ثابتة تتناسب مع مؤهلاته، بدلا من الاكتواء بنار الشمس أثناء وقوفه خلف عربة، يبيع من خلالها المشروبات الساخنة بأنواعها للمتنزهين في ساحة مرفأ الصيادين

The hope despite the pain


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gaza resilience

           A voice from GAZA


As usual in every Friday. I walk with my friends to spend some time heading towards the beach.

Most of the talk in life things pendular each other, and we congratulate each other times. And discuss about the news that occurred during the previous days and the our ambitions and aspirations and future plans. Also we talk about the situation in Gaza and the crossings and Israel and the division between the parties of the country. And dont devoid of kidding and laughing in a lot of times.

While we walk in the streets, we touch the feelings of people there who is runaway from heat homes because the electricity be cut and sitting in front of the house.There are groups of talk and there are kids playing football and there is consolation house shows in our faces sadness, and there are those who work for the wedding party appears on our faces the happiness.And there is one collected his friends to help him repair his house.

And we reached to the beach and sat down to one of the places and watch the sea and ponder and talk and see people happy and salespeople.

The sun goes down quietly foretaste of the coming of the night do not know do you come after day or not …….

Thus Gaza resist to keep happy despite the pain and
grief ….


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كالعادة في كل جمعه اسير مع اصدقائي لنقضي بعض الوقت نسير متجهين نحو الشاطئ

نتحدث باغلب الامور الحياتية نواسي بعض ونهنئ بعض احيانا اخرى. ونتناقش حول اخبار التي حدثت خلال الايام السابقة وعن الطموحاتنا وتطلعاتنا والخطط المستقبليةونتحدث عن الوضع في غزة والمعابر واسرائيل وعن الانقسام بين اطراف الوطن. ولا تخلو الحديث من المزاح وضحك

بينما نحن نمشي في الطرقات نلمس مشاعر الناس فهناك من هو هارب من حر البيوت بسبب انقطاع الكهرباء وجالس اما البيت

وهناك من يكونون جماعات ويتحدثون و هنالك اطفال يلعبون كرة القدم وهنالك بيت عزاء فترتسم على وجوهنا الحزن، وهناك من يعمل حفلة لعرس فترتسم على وجوهنا الفرحه.وهناك من جمع اصدقائه ليساعدوه في اصلاح بيته

ولقد وصلنا الى الشاطئ وجلسنا باحد الاماكن ونشاهد البحر ونتامل ونتدحدث ونشاهد الناس سعداء والباعه المتجولون

وتغرب الشمس بهدوء منذرتا بقدوم ليلا لا نعلم هل سياتي بعده نهارا ام لا…….

وهكذا غزة تقام لتبقى سعيدة رغم الالام والاحزان…..