Redenen om de Israëlische bezetting van Gaza op te heffen


“It is something of an irony that a land whose timeless beauty has survived basically unchanged since biblical times is being transformed by a people who base their claim to it on biblical history. Ugly, ever-expanding Israeli settlements sprawl on the West Bank’s hilltops; great roads splice their way through its undulating, terraced hills; wildernesses have become national parks that are barred to Palestinians; and Arab villages that once blended organically into the landscape are little more than besieged ghettos.”
Boekbespreking van Walking in Palestine van Raja Shehadeh (The Economist)

“The occupation that started in 1967 is morally and politically unsustainable, and must end. The Palestinians have a legitimate right to the establishment of an independent and viable State of their own.”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General (Haaretz)

“Israeli racism, whose natural “hothouse” is the colonialist project in the territories, has long since spilled over into Israeli society and has been legitimized in the series of laws recently passed in the Knesset.”
Prof. Daniel Blatman, Holocaust researcher and head of the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Haaretz

“Because of our history, I find it difficult to understand how any Jew wouldn’t instinctively be against any form of discrimination.”
Richard Goldstone
In Naomi Klein: Goldstone’s Legacy for Israel

“We are Jewish, and began to weep. How was it possible that our own people, who have gone through such suffering, can inflict this ordeal, intended to humiliate and intimidate another people?”
Alain Salomon and Katia Salomon, onlangs in Gaza in verband met een muziekproject voor Israëlische en Palestijnse kinderen.

“My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town of Staszow.  A German soldier shot her dead in her bed. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”
Sir Gerald Kaufman, Brits politicus. (artikel van Stuart Littlewood)

Asked shortly after that war [Gaza, 2008-2009] how many he believed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress, he replied: “Ninety-nine per cent, including me.”
Eyad al-Sarraj, psychiater te Gaza, winnaar van de Olaf Palme-prijs.

“I believe Jews are compassionate people because of what we’ve suffered. We must not put that suffering on to others.”
Miriam Margolyes, Brits actrice.
Enough! (video)
Artikel in The Guardian

Coalition of Women for Peace: We will continue resisting the Occupation (video)

“Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.”
David Cameron, Brits politicus (The Telegraph)

“On TV I saw an old woman rummaging through the ruins of her house looking for her medication, and it reminded me of my grandmother who was thrown out of her house during the Shoah.”
Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, Israëlisch politicus (The Washington Post)

“There is also an instinctive sympathy for a settler-colonial society that is seen to be retracing the history of the U.S. itself, bringing civilization to the lands that the undeserving natives had misused—doctrines deeply rooted in centuries of imperialism.”
Noam Chomsky, Breaking the Israel-Palestine Deadlock

“Historical amnesia is a dangerous phenomenon, not only because it undermines moral and intellectual integrity but also because it lays the groundwork for crimes that still lie ahead.”
Noam Chomsky The Torture Memos and Historical Amnesia

“Now Jews too have behaved like Nazis and my entire being has been shaken.” (1948)
Aharon Zisling, Israëls eerste minister van landbouw (Le Monde Diplomatique)

“The fate of Deir Yassin is the fate of all of Palestine!”
Slogan van de Zionistische terreurbendes Irgun en Lehi (1948) The Veritas Handbook

“It is one of the great civilizing tasks before the Jewish people to enter the promised land, not in the Joshua way, but bringing peace and culture, hard work and sacrifice and love, and a determination to do nothing that cannot be justified before the conscience of the world.”
Judah Leon Magnes

Volgens Amnesty International USA:

10. 80% van de burgerbevolking is afhankelijk van internationale hulp

9. 61% van de burgerbevolking is niet verzekerd van voedsel

8. Het werkloosheidscijfer ligt rond de 39%, een van de hoogste ter wereld

7. Het (door Israël) uitschakelen van de elektriciteitsvoorziening duurt gewoonlijk 4 tot 6 uur per dag, en vaak langer

6. 60% van de burgerbevolking krijgt maar een keer in elke 4 of 5 dagen stromend water, voor 6 tot 8 uur

5. 50 tot 80 miljoen liter ongezuiverd of gedeeltelijk gezuiverd afvalwater wordt elke dag in zee geloosd

4. Ongeveer 90% van het voor burgers van Gaza beschikbare water is niet geschikt als drinkwater en is vervuild met zout en nitraten

3. 78% van de huizen die zwaar zijn beschadigd door operatie Cast Lead in 2008-2009 is niet herbouwd

2. Door de bezetting en blokkade van Gaza wordt een bevolking van 1,5 miljoen burgers collectief gestraft, wat volgens het internationale recht verboden en illegaal is.

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