Racism’s Still Alive, They Just Be Concealin It

-Kanye West, Never Let Me Down, College Dropout.

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Firstly, Happy New Year to you all. I hope your New Years Eves were as crazy and drunken as mine, full of random interaction with strangers who were off their faces and dazzling displays of fireworks and such. I’ll be sharing my holiday stories with you soon. Sorry for post delays, but I have been drinking for a few days without even a bar of phone reception in a holiday house near Lakes Entrance. Most of the outside world has been a mystery to me, or not actually on the agenda at all and so after catching up on the news here I am, ready to pick a politics fight from the blogging world!

It is Day 9 of the Israeli siege on Gaza. Desertpeace records the casualties at 450 people with 2350 injured. The ground military have moved in, and this is when we can expect the numbers of casualties to rise dramatically, if history has taught us anything about Israeli invasions of Palestine. This is when the women, elderly and children will be ‘accidentally’ slaughtered in disgustingly high numbers and by sickeningly bloodthirsty ways.

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I caught a couple of minutes of a foreign correspondent talking on I think Channel 10 a day or so ago, and he looked scared shitless. No matter what they edited out of his undoubtedly anti-Israeli report, they couldn’t edit the shaking in his voice or the fear on his face. He knew some dangerous and murderous shit was about to go down and he wanted to get the fuck out of there. He said something fleetingly about the instigator as usual being Israel and the mass casualties being as always, the Palestinian civillians, before being diverted from the topic by the home base journo.

No matter what preconceived notions you had about Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, once you get to Palestine there is no denying who is the aggressor and the murderer, and who is being slaughtered. There’s no denying the tiny body bags containing innocent children or the residential homes no where near terrorist bases that have been bombed to rubble. Even if after a couple of weeks the mess has been cleared away and the blood washed off the walls, you have the inevitability of another attack in a few more weeks, because it’s a never ending genocide. Constant, reckless, vicious assaults on your suburb or city until you are either obliterated or you run away. Because all they want is that land and they won’t stop killing until they get it.

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Let’s not beat around the bush here, lets be real about it. We all know that they’re murdering people until they either destroy every Palestinian in the world or get full control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. No matter what bullshit excuse they pull out for this invasion, or this bombing, or this bulldozing the fact of the matter is it all comes down to what we already knew. Why people deny it, or defend Israel is beyond me. They could be in hot pursuit of Hamas terrorists, defending their own country and so forth. They say the same shit every time. But how does that explain the thousands of civillian deaths? Year after year, children and women are massacred on the streets. How can you defend that? Is the destruction of Hamas worth the mass murder of innocents?

I suppose its easier to distance ourselves from those kind of deaths because of how different the Palestinians are from us. We can’t relate to them. Muslims and olive skin, poverty and refugee camps. If Australian civillians were caught up in the middle of a war between some terrorist group and a hostile neighbouring country, experiencing that kind of casualty rate, it would be a world wide outrage. There would be protesting in the streets of the capital cities. There would be billions of dollars donated to the poor Aussie refugees who lost their houses to the bombs and bulldozers. The US would probably intervene on our behalf. White people only care when white people die. That’s the sad truth.

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So I’m not really sure what’s worse to me, that the Israelis are orchestrating genocide on the Palestinians as I type, or that nobody in the Western world gives a fuck about it? We didn’t care when their water and electricity were cut off, their medical supplies, food packages, international aid. We didn’t care when they were forced out of their houses or when fences were put around them so that they could live like caged animals. We didn’t care that they were made to endure hours of waiting at road block after road block, so that babies were being born in cars where their parents were waiting in line to be stripped and humiliated in hopes of reaching the hospitals on the other side.

It doesn’t even matter if they die, or their children and elderly are killed, we still don’t care. The worst of the worst has already happened. Rape, torture, slaughter, desecration of holy and cultural sites and icons, homes burnt to the ground. Palestine is the closest thing to hell on earth, and we’ve already given permission to the Israelis to administer their eternal damnation.

I guess heaven is still whites only.

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22 Responses to “Racism’s Still Alive, They Just Be Concealin It”

  1. Reuben Says:

    I largely agree with you, Luli…but I don’t think you can exclude Hamas from blame entirely. They are true religious bigots who don’t seem very eager to cease fighting (though neither is the IDF).
    Obviously the genocide of the Palestinians is tragic, disgusting and scary…but I think progress towards peace (in my mind, a two-state solution would be most viable…if viable is a logical word in this sense) would be better obtained through intensive study and logic, rather than emotion…as challenging it is, in the circumstances.
    To be frank, whilst I totally deplore Israel, I think I’d need to research the conflict in greater depth to come to a more sensible conclusion. 🙂

    Oh and happy New Year to You too!

  2. Domino Says:

    Happy New Year LuLi!

    I don’t really have any idea about this conflict so I can’t really say much about it. But from what I’ve just read, Israel is a douche.

  3. LuLi Says:

    Reuben – I agree Hamas are definitely to be blamed, but they’re a terrorist organisation so how can you really deal with them especially when they are playing eye for an eye with Israel? Its beyond blame now, its not about who started it or what this current battle is about. We have to just stop the killing. There was a two state solution, but Israel keeps taking more and more land, the borders of Palestine are tiny compared to what they once were, they barely have the Strip at all..

    Domino – Thanks, Happy New Yr! Israel-Palestine is a huge, 60 year old conflict that for all its relevance and continuing flare ups, will never be covered fully or accurately so don’t worry about not knowing much..

  4. Reuben Says:

    You have my agreement there, Luli. The taking of land is abhorrent to say the least.

  5. WendySkeleton Says:

    Just look at that kid with the flowery dress in the second picture. She looks so scared. I wonder what’s happening in that picture?

  6. Andy Says:

    Happy new year, Luli. Glad to hear you had a big one.

    The issue I have is that, currently, I find it difficult to disconnect Hamas from the Palestinian people. They are, in Gaza at least, an administration that is supported by the population, to the extent that they have democratically supplanted Fatah as the group with a mandate to represent the Gaza Palestinians.

    Putting aside the reasons WHY they’d want to do so (which are both understandable and completely insane in equal measures), by electing a shamelessly terrorist group as their government, they have chosen to link themselves to the actions of Hamas. By any modern standard, the actions of the democratically-elected Hamas ARE the actions of the Gaza Palestinians- just as the Australian government acts as the representatives of the Australian people.

    With this in mind, it should be noted that it was Hamas’ decision to decline to extend the Egypt-negotiated ceasefire (which they largely ignored even while it WAS in effect), and it was Hamas’ decision to increase the rocket bombardment in the days following the end of the ceasefire.

    Now, I realise you disagree with the legitimacy of the State of Israel and their right to exist, but the fact is that currently Israel DOES exist, and as such, they have every right to take steps to defend their civilians from missile attacks and to take steps to eliminate the spectre of further attacks in the future.

    The Israelis have also made efforts to reduce Palestinian civilian casualties during this response- even going so far as to telephone Palestinians individually to advise them that a strike will soon be occurring nearby, and asking them to evacuate.

    Granted, this isn’t exactly worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, but it is indicative of at least SOME desire to reduce civilian deaths- and, I would contend, infinitely more than Hamas has done during their recent rocket attacks.

    While I would dearly love for the whole issue to be solved tomorrow, with everyone happy and smiling, I find it difficult to take exception with the actions of the Israelis in this case. They have responded to constant rocket attacks- that intentionally target civilian areas- with targeted attacks on Hamas infrastructure.

    And I would hope you know me well enough to know that I find the violent death of anyone- black or white, rich or poor, Palestinian or Israeli- absolutely horrific, and I’m certainly not ambivalent to the suffering of the Palestinians.

    But the reality is that in this specific instance, it is the Palestinian side (by way of their administraion) that was the aggressors, and the Israelis that responded to that aggression.

    It should also be remembered that, during the 2006 Israeli-Hizbollah War, the Israelis were extremely restrained, even when the world saw photographs of Hizbollah artillery pieces being ensconced between apartment buildings in an obvious attempt to utilise a civilian human shield. The result of this restraint was that they suffered a total defeat against an enemy that was FAR less concerned with civilian casualties than they were. I’m quite sure that the whole debacle was a strong lesson for the Israelis.

    After a six-month-long lull in the conflict (relatively speaking, of course) it was the Gaza Palestinians that re-initiated hostilities, and they did so by targeting civilian areas. By contrast, the Israelis have responded, and have taken at least SOME steps to reduce harm to civilians.

    The Israelis have a LOT of blood on their hands over the past 60 years, but in this instance, I think they are completely justified. The blame for the current action lays, in my view, squarely at the feet of the Palestinians and the administration that they elected.

  7. LuLi Says:

    Reuben – It is definitely abhorrent.

    Wendy – Not sure what they are doing, but I hope it ended well. That girl does look very frightened.

    Andy – Well I suppose you could think of it the way you yourself identify with no political party, but you still voted for one. Or the way John Howard decided for Australians that they would go to war in Iraq, despite most of the population wanting otherwise.

    I understand that Hamas is a Islamic extremist and Palestinian nationalist party, but their popularity is less due to their suicide bombings than the immense social programs they run for the Palestinian population. 90% of their work is socially minded funding or outreach or assistance in education, food, healthcare and so forth.

    Their popularity always goes down significantly when they engage in combat with Israel, so I don’t feel that their actions should be tied to the Palestinian people’s anymore than the Israeli governments should be to theirs. Or the American people to George Bush.

    I’m glad you brought up the phone calls because I thought this was an interesting and cruel joke on the IDF’s behalf. Did you know they dropped leaflets too? They said that there would be an attack on the area soon, but didn’t identify which region to evacuate. Not only that, but evacuate to where? The borders were blocked by the IDF and the Egyptian side has a massive wall, so there was no where to run.

    I think you are unfairly ignoring the history of the conflict, and the thousands and thousands of civillians who have died when they shouldn’t have. Israel is notorious for targeting the Palestinian people, and in no circumstance should their death toll be as high as it ALWAYS is during their attacks. The fact that they do it over and over nullifies any innocence you say they might have.

    Already in Gaza schools, playgrounds, houses and many agricultural areas have been obliterated. Five young sisters were amongst the first to be blown up in their own home. Even if in this specific instance, Hamas were behind it (they say they are not connected to the rebel group that is claiming to be with them) that is still nothing compared to the years of massacres the Palestinian people have endured at the hands of Israel.

    I’m not exactly arguing for who started what, or who is to blame. I just think its about time it ended. To lay the blame on Palestinians though, for the government that was elected, to me seems ridiculous. Would you blame all Americans for George Bush’s Iraq War? Hamas were elected for the good they do, not the bad.

  8. Marty Says:

    Happy 2009, good to have you back LuLi!

  9. Andy Says:

    With the Bush analogy- no, I wouldn’t blame every individual American, but I would certainly level responsibility on the Americans as a whole, just as I take responsibility as part of the collective for installing Dickface Howard. Democracy dictates that the will of the majority is inflicted on the entirety, for better or worse.

    The majority of the Palestinian people- and therefore the Palestinian people as an entity- subscribed to the Hamas method.

    For twenty years, Hamas has told anyone who will listen that the core charter of their organisation is the destruction of Israel, replacing it with an Islamic nation. They weren’t elected under some other platform and then, after gaining power, suddenly changed their policy.

    I can’t imagine that a single Palestinian cast a ballot for a Hamas candidate not knowing they they were voting for a government that, first and foremost, was dedicated to achieving the destruction of Israel. While I absolutely realise that they do a lot of noble work in the area of social welfare, these initiatives have been built on their terrorist foundations. They certainly haven’t replaced or even matched them.

    I mean, if there was a political party that mirrored every single view that you held, but that advocated the formation of government-sponsored hit squads to shoot random fat people, you wouldn’t vote for them, because that one issue overrides all of the good that they would do. Likewise, Hamas could hold daily fun fairs and save kitties from tall trees, but they advocate the destruction of the Jewish people in Israel- and that alone should preclude them from overwhelming popular support.

    But it didn’t. And that is the responsibility of the people that elected them.

    While I totally agree that the IDF has been unconscionably ambivalent in the past when it comes to minimising civilian casualties, I don’t think it is accurate to suggest that, recently at least, that they target civilians.

    A little over two years ago, they lost a war for this exact reason- even when their enemy went out of their way to draw the IDF’s fire toward civilian areas. Frankly, during the 2006 war, the Israelis were admirably restrained.

    Of course, to the people killed, it’s obviously a meaningless distinction. Just as the overall body count is irrelevant to those that die. Causing any civilian death is abhorrent.

    And you are absolutely correct- I AM unfairly glossing over the history of the conflict. The reason I do so is that the ONLY way for this mess to ever be resolved is for both parties involved to draw a line under the past and come to the table free of the baggage of the past sixty years. Otherwise, it’ll always come down to an endless argument over the validity of decisions made and actions taken decades ago, and the desire- on BOTH sides- to continue this incessant “eye for an eye” nonsense.

    The fact is that Israel exists, and short of another global war, always will. The fact is that the Palestinian people of Gaza and the West Bank exist, and that short of genocide, THEY always will. Until both sides realise this, the only possible path forward is one covered in both Jew AND Arab (and a hell of a lot besides) blood.

    With that in mind, if either side elect a leader that refuses to countenance the reality that the only solution with even a remote chance of success is one that incorporates two states that recognise and accept each other, then they are, to a significant extent, the architects of their own fate.

  10. Andy Says:

    Oh, and I hadn’t considered your take on the leaflet drops and phone calls. On face value, I had immediately thought of them as a humanitarian act, rather than a cruel one.

    I think that I might have to do a little more reading on the subject.

  11. The Mutant Says:

    Hi Luli, Happy New Year chicken! Glad to hear you had a cracking new years – Lakes Entrance sounds, um… Lovely? Lets just leave it at that shall we?

    I’m also going to politley sidestep the Middle east thing for know as I’m still trying to learn more about it (yes I’ve been ignorant) so I’ll come back to you when I have a more informed opinion.

  12. LuLi Says:

    Marty – Thank you! I’m glad to be back =)

    Andy – I most certainly do not take any responsibility for anything John Howard did because I didn’t vote for him and I think his war was bullshit. And I think the eight or so children that were killed today/last night in Gaza shouldn’t accept that responsibility either. Because their parents voted for Hamas, their sons and daughters should die?

    And you can’t act like Israel have not had their share of terrorist leaders, nearly all of their strikes against Palestine break UN Resolutions and the last mofo, Ariel Sharon, was a wanted war criminal. I could find you a week by week break down of all the resolutions they have broken starting from last week if you’d like to see some of their stats.

    You can’t say that Hamas is the big bad even though they do more good than bad, because they’ve killed people and all of that, around 500 as their count goes, when Israel do absolutely no good for the Palestinians and have killed thousands upon thousands over the years. I mean, numbers alone, one against the other, Hamas already wins out as the lesser evil.

    Faced with the same situation, are you sure how you would vote in such extreme circumstances? If you were under distress, maybe post traumatic stress disorder, relatives having been slaughtered? If you’d endured that for 60 years? Whats to say you wouldn’t have lost faith in the government that had gotten nowhere with restoring peace and decided to vote for a group who were actually doing all they could at ground level for you, via social programs and the like?

    Ok, lets think this through and say for arguments sake this little episode had not occurred. How then could you deny all the fucked up shit Israel has done to Palestinians? Theres like 50 different massacres that have been documented. They don’t target civillians? You must be joking, Andy. What was Saabra and Chatila then? They blocked two entire refugee camps and slaughtered the women, children and elderly after forcing the men to leave, way back in 1982.

    Two days ago they asked all journalists and foreign correspondents to leave and blocked of the entire area. This is a pattern they follow all the time. Get the media out, block off the exits, run through with tanks and machetes. And, as I predicted yesterday, the casualty rate for civillians has risen dramatically.

    You can fool yourself with talk of law abiding Israel, but the numbers don’t lie and neither do the survivors they’ve left behind, or the rattled journalists who end up silenced by their censors. I disagree wholeheartedly that any Palestinian man, woman or child should be held responsible for the bloodthirsty acts of the IDF, now or ever.

    Kezza – Happy New Yr buddy!! Loving your new blog 😀 You’re right Lakes Entrance is a bore and a snore but with the right ingredients it doesn’t matter where you are if theres a party on the menu! Its all good about the middle east thing, I don’t expect everyone to be as passionate as I am.

  13. Den Relojo Says:

    The delusional insanity of the Left is definitely disheartning. They brush off all facts and logic. Hamas, a terrorist organization, who is killing the so-called Palestinians’ hope for peace’, are just evil garbage, they must be eliminated. They have sent thousands, yes thousands of missiles into Israel over the past couple of years and Israel had never exercised their right of self-defense, until recently, when Hamas broke the ceasefire and started firing rockets again.

    I think that Israel is finally doing the right thing. If Hamas would be dismantled, then, if the rest of the ‘Palestinians’ really want peace they can give up their dream of destroying Israel, if not, they will never have peace.

    Israel must destroy as much of Hamas as possible before the MSM and the idiots and ignorants whine loud enough for them to stop. They must only quit when they are ready.

    For every missile shot into Israel at least ONE missile should be returned to the area as close as possible to the shooter. Tit for tat. Every single missile should be returned. Period. Treat them like adults, if they kill, they will be killed. If they send missiles, they will receive them. That is the only way they will learn. Screw public opinion, force them to see the truth, or let them be damned.

  14. LuLi Says:

    Delusional insanity of the left? I suppose you may have missed the memo but this blog is completely leftist, liberal and socially minded.

    They are not so-called Palestinians, it was Palestine before it was ever so-called ‘Israel’! To say Israel never exercised self defense is correct in only one way, being that they were the ones on the attack as usual. All Israel ever does is ‘exercise its self defense’ by murdering civillians, as it does today. If only Israel would give up its hope to completely overtake Palestine, then there would be peace. Remember it was them who invaded and illegally occupied Palestine, not the other way round. I’m shocked in your eye for eye mentality, and I’m sorry to say that I disagree with 100% of your comment.

  15. Reuben Says:

    Den Rojolo is being fairly absolutist there. The ‘Screw Public Opinions’ attitude is what made Howard lose the election. The world is too complex for people to be absolutists.
    Your eye for eye mentality is exactly what Hamas want.

  16. LuLi Says:

    Yeah, I just don’t see the point in continuing the violence, there has been more than enough blood spilt over the issue.

  17. WendySkeleton Says:

    I don’t know if you’ve read the article in Time? If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll scan it for you.

  18. LuLi Says:

    I haven’t read it, please scan it for me! Thanks, Wendy.

  19. WendySkeleton Says:

    Here you go:

  20. WendySkeleton Says:

    Okay, I think it may have gotten caught in your spam filter.

  21. LuLi Says:

    I fished it out, cheers Wendy.

  22. LuLi Says:

    Ohhh, that was a good read. I agree with it for the most part. It would be interesting to see if the Palestinian population really does over take the Israelis!

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