#GazaUnderAttack – Israel might be winning the battle, but they are losing the war!

gaza kids

Today is day 22 of the Israeli offensive into Gaza. Yet again we see in this mornings news that ANOTHER UN school has been hit by Israeli rockets, 19 killed and 100 injured, as well as a busy city market, killing 15 and wounding dozens. So far, since this attack began there has been more than 1,200 deaths in Gaza, over 200 children killed, while 3 people have died in Israel. Is that proportional? So many children have been injured and killed that Jon Snow, a reporter with Channnel 4 in the UK, has gone as far as asking: Is this a war on children?

The photo above is of 3 of the 4 Bakr family, just seconds before being killed on the beach in Gaza on the 15th of July. However Israel may try to justify their actions, their hollow words are not being accepted by the Irish people. More and more “normal” people are standing up to voice their anger against Israels onslaught, including many people who, as they say themselves, supported Israel in the past. Of course there are those who will defend Israel to the end and who are not going to waver from their pro Zionist position (examples of endless dialogue on Brazil forum here and here), but what is of interest to me, are the millions of normal people who are seeing the reality from Gaza and from that taking a stand for Justice.

The nature of how we receive information has changed radically. Of course the main ways are still there: reading the newspapers, listening to the radio, watching TV. But now people are also getting news via their social media networks; they see disgusting images and videos in their Twitter and Facebook feeds of the reality from the ground. Not only do people see this, but they are also quickly passing on this information on their social media to friends and family in their social networks, little by little the critical dissemination of the truth is unfolding.

It has been claimed that Israel always fight their wars on two fronts; the actual battle ground but also the “communication war”, whose purpose is to sway public opinion to justify their actions. Many commentators have said we are witnessing a critical juncture; it seems that as the ground war goes on further, with all its death and destruction, that Israel is quickly losing the war for hearts and minds. We are seeing much of mainstream media, in the past absolute defenders of Israel, now allowing critical voices and opinions to be expressed. For more on this I would direct you to Paul Mason’s excellent article; “Why Israel is losing the social media war over Gaza” and “Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War” by Benjamin Wallace-Wells.

In regards to the Irish dialogue on Gaza and the shifting of public opinion, I would like to direct you to two very important radio shows that happened last week on the national radio station RTE, both on Liveline. For those not accustomed to Irish ways, it is the show where the nation phones in to “talk to Joe (Duffy)”, to moan about the problems of the day, air their grievances etc. Last week though much time was devoted to covering the reality of the suffering in Gaza, the reasons for the conflict and as to how peace can be achieved. Anyone who listened could find very very little credibility in Israel supporter spin and could only identify with the sheer horror being experienced by the people in the worlds “largest open air prison”; The Gaza Strip. Below are links to podcasts of both shows as well as some more background on the situation. So have a listen and make your own mind up.

Thankfully huge numbers of Irish people have already taken to the streets, are pushing at the government to take real steps in regards to diplomatic relations with the rogue state of Israel. Even Irish doctors have taken a firm stand in denouncing the criminal acts of Israel. In fact again Ireland is being recognized internationally for the high level of support it is making in solidarity with those in Gaza. Hopefully their actions will further inspire people in other countries to do likewise, like Brazil, where this Irishman finds himself, where he is still a little shocked to see so little commentary and support from friends, as well as the showing of actual solidarity in the streets.

Stop #GazaUnderAttack – No to Israeli war crimes – No the ILLEGAL siege of Gaza – Yes to a peaceful transition to the 2 state solution – FREEDOM FOR GAZA – FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE.







** 1 – Radio:

Liveline 1: Israel / Palestine conflict – can there ever be peace in the area, Tuesday 22 July 2014 (48 mins)

Derek Graham and Trevor Hogan spoke to Philip Boucher-Hayes (who visited Gaza too) about the situation in Gaza. Derek has lived in Gaza with his for wife for over two years, he is home in Ireland at the moment and  described the living conditions there.   Trevor wrote a piece for the Irish Independent this morning, he went out on the flotilla to GAZA in 2011 and was locked up by the Israelis.  Went back a second time in 2013.

Liveline 2: Israel / Gaza Conflict, Wednesday 23 July 2014 (21 mins)

Dermot is the Information Officer at the Israeli Embassy in Dublin. Colm is an ex-Civil Servant who has travelled to Israel and Gaza. Fran has also visited the area. The Liveline listeners discuss the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians.
This mornings RTE radio:

Morning IrelandGaza: No place for children, 30 July (5 mins)

Morning Ireland – Dissent not being tolerated,  30 July (18 mins)

** 2 – Irish solidarity:

Well done girls.. again Irish solidarity is recognized all around the world..

From Dublin to Gaza, children in solidarity. #Proud. I stand with Gaza.
Yesterday in Dublin there was a very good action Mourning the Dead, Standing in Solidarity with the Living, with 100’s of people blocking street outside dept of foreign affairs and doing a DIE-IN, while names of those killed read out. It got good media attention and videos are posted with Irish based activists, including many Gaza Palestinians, sharing their views. Ex Irish rugby player Trevor Hogan spoke very well on how “being neutral is to take the side of the aggressor”, echoing Bishop Desmond Tutu’s views. The clamor of the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ireland grows.
>>> Trevor Hogan’s Speech:

FULL LIST OF IRISH SOLIDARITY EVENTS, via IPSC : All out for Palestine! Ongoing actions for Gaza around Ireland (Updated when we have updates!)

Protest in Derry, Ireland for Palestine. Image here

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) show solidarity in Dublin’s ha’penny bridge


This is the Jon Snow video on Gaza that everyone’s talking about


VETERAN CHANNEL FOUR news journalist Jon Snow has recently returned from a spell in Gaza, where he reported on the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

His personal testimony about what he witnessed there has seen a huge reaction online.

Here it is, in full:

Related blog post from Jon Snow: Gaza is not just about them, it’s about us, too

Leaving Israel and beleaguered Gaza far below me, I lay back in my BA seat headed for London. I donned my headphones and listened to Bach’s heavenly violin concerto in E major, and wept, as I rarely have as an adult.

I wept for two peoples with remarkable similarities. Two peoples of extraordinary gifts and ability. Two peoples living in an area far smaller than England, one of which besieges the other, both of which target each other’s civilians.

This is humankind’s most grievous cancer, for its cells infect conflicts in every corner of the world. We fail as humankind if we do not devise a coming-together. Our leaders, as a vast priority, have to try and try again to use every mechanism in our rare animal capacity – our considerable intellects – to bring these peoples to resolution whatever the cost.

– More info on the death of the 4 Bkyr family on Gaza beach:

Report from The Guardian: Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port (July 16)

There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead.

It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children.”

In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among fishermen’s shacks on the wall were dead. They were aged between seven and 11; two were named Mohammad, one Zakaria and the youngest Ahed. All were members of the extended Bakr family.

Three others who were injured made it to the hotel: Hamad Bakr, aged 13, with shrapnel in his chest; his cousin Motasem, 11, injured in his head and legs, and Mohammad Abu Watfah, 21, who was hit by shrapnel in his stomach.

– Speaking on RTE radio on liveline, Derek told how he knew the family and that the family were not hamas supporters, but in fact supported Fatah. He made an interesting point about how you can see by the colors for the dead at the funerals, which political groups the familes have sympathies for.


Debunking Israel’s 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes, via Huffington Post.  Click link for all myths debunked.

Debunking 6 common Israeli myths, The Electronic Intifada

1) The Gaza Strip isn’t occupied by Israel

2) Israel wants a ceasefire but Hamas doesn’t

3) Israel, unlike Hamas, doesn’t deliberately target civilians

4) Only Hamas is guilty of war crimes, not Israel

5) Hamas use the civilians of Gaza as ‘human shields’

6) This current Gaza conflict began with Hamas rocket fire on 30 June 2014

7) Hamas has never stopped firing rockets into Israel

8) Hamas provoked Israel by kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers

9) Hamas rule, not Israel’s blockade, is to blame for the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip

10) The Israeli government, unlike Hamas, wants a two-state solution

11) All serious analysts agree it was Hamas, and not Israel, that started this current conflict


Noam Chomsky, a US born jew nails it on the head in 3 and a half minutes!!!

(from 2013, but same dynamics – from 44.49 to 48.15. Vid title: “Israel: An Apartheid State”, full length 2hr 18 mins, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZV3YnZnL99M#t=2687 )

Rough transcript:

“The real issue is what was the justification for US/ Israeli invasion in the first place? And the answer is NONE!

There was no justification, there was not even a pretext. Well, technically there was a pretext, there always is. The pretext was Israel was being bombarded by Hamas rockets. But Israel knew perfectly well, and the US knew perfectly well, how to stop the Hamas rockets, by peaceful means. by enabling a ceasefire, and that would have worked, almost certainly.

Now there had in fact been a ceasefire in 2008 and during the ceasefire Hamas didn’t fire a single rocket. You can look up the the official Israeli government website to find recognition of that. And that was true, even though Israel didn’t live up to the ceasefire. It continued to maintain the siege, which was in violation of the cease fire agreement. The siege is an act of war of course. Nevertheless Hamas didn’t fire any rockets. On November 4th, under cover of the US elections Israel invaded Gaza, killed half a dozen Hamas militants, and then rocket fire started. And there was an exchange and everyone killed was Palestinian, which is usual. Hamas called for a reinstatement of the ceasefire, this went right up to practically the day of the invasion, the Israeli cabinet considered it, as we know from internal Israeli sources, and decided not to do it, they wanted to attack. Of course the US is up to its neck in this. So the US and Israel knew perfectly well that there were peaceful means to stop the rocket fire which was the alleged pretext, but preferred not to use them, just as in other cases that I have just mentioned. There are peaceful means and if you dont want to use them, in that case you have NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THE USE OF FORCE, thats just plain common sense and its also STRAIGHT INTERNATIONAL LAW. By the law resort to force is completely banned, its the worst crime, unless you have exhausted peaceful means, and a couple of other conditions. And in this case the US and Israel refused to even try peaceful means, because they knew they were going to work, so THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE INVASION IS ZERO. In fact if they fired even one pistol shot it was a crime.

And hence, looking into the difficult question of disproportionality is a straight gift to Israel.. Re Goldstein (watch earlier parts for this)…

..but their (israels) reaction to it has been so irrational and hysterical that its actually stirred up a lot of opposition around the world. Those who follow the history of apartheid will recognize the similarities, it just cant be perceived here.

“Those who’ve followed the history of Apartheid will recognize the similarities.”
― Noam Chomsky


Growth of Israel, in relation to Palestine


Growth of Israel, in relation to Brazil

Growth of Israel, in relation to USA


Growth of Israel, in relation to Ireland


5 thoughts on “#GazaUnderAttack – Israel might be winning the battle, but they are losing the war!

  1. Israel Has a New Worst Enemy — Twitter

  2. Seems Latin America strong stance against Israel continues to grow. Very good to see Brazil and her neighbours standing up on the side of justice…

    latest from Channel 4 News:

    Gaza war prompts Latin America to break ties with Israel
    – While the US and UK stand by Israel over its military offensive in Gaza, governments across Latin America have moved to cut their links.

    El Salvador, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador have all recalled their ambassadors, while Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay and Paraguay have suspended the Free Trade Agreement talks, demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.


  3. Senator David Norris, who knows Israel for over 40 years condemning their terror

    I am very sad. I am not anti-Israeli; I am not anti-Semitic. I supported the State of Israel. However, in the 40 years that I have known the State of Israel and sometimes had a home there, I have seen it completely change. It changed from a left wing, socially directed country to an extreme right-wing regime that is behaving in the most criminal fashion, defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they are doing. It is time that rag was torn away from them.

    Israel is afraid of Palestinian unity. That is what all of this is about. It has nothing to do with the appalling murder of those three Israeli kids. The Israeli police knew that Hamas had nothing to do with it before this war started. Israel created Hamas in order to split Fatah, so it is responsible for Hamas. I had this confirmed at the highest level in the foreign ministry in Jerusalem some years ago. It is astonishing to me that those in the West prate about democracy, yet every time an Islamic government crops up around the Mediterranean, they refuse to deal with it, they subvert it and they destroy it. Where is the democracy in that? We may not like it. They may be antagonistic. My Jewish friends and Israeli friends sometimes say to me, “How would you fare, as a gay man, in any of these?” I know exactly how I would fare, but it does not mean it is correct to deny people the right to choose their own government. What self-respecting or sane people would allow their enemies to choose their government for them? Can anyone imagine it happening in this country? I certainly cannot.

    America has a shameful role to play in this. Israel could not get away with these disgraceful acts of international piracy and brigandage if it was not for the protecting shadow of the United States of America. I condemn President Obama for his utter inaction. I have to say I was a bit taken aback when I saw Ukraine had been added to the statements as it is irrelevant. It is a bit of “whataboutery”. What about Syria? What about the Congo? What about Iraq? What about everything? However, the one thing it does is to show the extraordinary discrepancy here. At the instructions of the Americans we are prepared to boycott, go after the Russian banks and do this, that and the other. What do we do about Israel? We do not even mark a protest note with our vote at the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

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