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Saturday, February 23, 2008


This isn't Israel

I got the latest issue of The Nation magazine in the mail today and found this ad (at right) on the back cover. Yeah, sure, "this is Israel," just a nation where good-looking women wield power, no doubt with the touch of a mother cradling her baby in her arms.

No, this is Israel:

A 2-year-old child died at a Gaza hospital today after the Israeli authorities barred his transfer to a hospital abroad for further medical treatment. His death raised the number of Palestinian patients who have died due to the siege of Gaza to 98, including 17 children, including some as young as 1 1/2 months.
And this is Israel:
An Israeli warplane attacked the downtown offices of the Palestinian Interior Ministry, flattening one wing of the empty building, killing a woman at a wedding party next door and wounding at least 46 other civilians, some of them children playing soccer in the street.
And this is Israel:
The Israel Air Force struck at the home of a Hamas activist in Gaza City before dawn Wednesday, killing six people and wounding top Hamas commander Mohammed Def. A mother and four children were among the dead and at least 24 people were wounded.
And this is Israel:
Israel was placed on high security alert Wednesday, hours after Israel Defense Forces artillery shells struck a residential area in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun early Wednesday, killing at least 18 Palestinians and wounding dozens of others. Eight children and seven women were among the dead.
I'll stop. The Israelis, unfortunately, won't, no matter whether they're led by gruff old war criminals like Ariel Sharon or terrorists like Menachem Begin or attractive women like Tzipi Livni. Not on their own, anyway.

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