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While the western media talks endlessly about the downing of MH17 and the blaming of Russia without evidence gathered, they say nothing about the weapons America has sold to Israel, which the IDF then uses to indiscriminately kill Palestinian civilians. Israel is saying that Hamas is using the body count to "gain sympathy" and that this is all in the name of "self defense." For this blog post, I am reposting Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor. The doctor is Dr. Mads Gilbert. But first, an introduction by another doctor, from Norwegian doctor invites Obama to Gaza hospital:
Dr Gilbert’s Norwegian partner in the Gaza mission, Dr Mohammad Abu Arab, said apart from attending casualties, they were also eyewitness to the violations of human rights.
“Israeli strikes are launched randomly with no military targets at all,” he told Gulf News, adding that more than 500 Palestinians had been killed so far — the majority of them innocent civilians. Many of them are children and women, proving that the vengeful Israeli assaults target civilians, the doctor said.
“We have come to this conclusion according to the statistics of the injured people and the nature of the injuries where victims, heads and chests are mainly targeted by the Israeli forces,” he said.
“The wholesale killing of Palestinian civilians clearly indicates that killers on the field had been ordered to kill as many of those civilians as they can in the shortest possible time. This inhuman trend of war must be halted with immediate effect.”
Dr Abu Arab said the general health conditions in Gaza were catastrophic, give with the dire shortage of drugs, electricity, water, and medical needs such as disposables, operating room tables, instruments, and monitors.
“Gaza health capabilities were far better in the previous two aggressions than the current catastrophic conditions of the ongoing assault,” he said. “The humanitarian conditions in Gaza imply an immediate lift of the blockade imposed on the coastal enclave as this blockade is in itself a crime against humanity.”
LETTER FROM DR. MADS GILBERT
So far, a phone call to President Netanyahu by Obama criticizing him for over-stepping the bounds of military protocol. Nothing concerning sanctions, yet the U.S. has quickly slapped them on Russia for what I see as Russia defending its own self-interests after a western backed coup in Ukraine. But even this - yes even this - has been criticized by Forbes magazine - from President Obama Needs To Stand With Our Allies:
But with all the talk about the MH17 crash and the Israeli invasion, commentators and, indeed, politicians, are missing a larger point: The US is not standing up for its allies.Well thank goodness that unlike the media President Obama is waiting for the evidence on the crash of MH17. And for once we have a President that does not give unconditional support for Israel. And where is the outrage in the U.S. over the killing of civilians by the Israeli military, from U.S. made weapons? So shame on Forbes magazine.
In the case of Israel, President Obama made his second phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three days not to offer his unequivocal support, but to criticize Israel for overreaching. Obama told Netanyahu that Kerry will travel to Cairo to press for an immediate cease fire.
What’s more, John Kerry defended Israel’s right to take action on the Sunday talk shows, but also made critical comments privately that were captured by Fox News on a live microphone. Chris Wallace, the Fox interviewer, confronted Kerry with a tape of the remarks during his appearance wherein Kerry is heard saying, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation…We’ve got to get over there.”
Does Israel deserve aid to the amount of 3 billion dollars per year, paid by the U.S. tax payer? Do you think ever Israel will moderate its policy and be interested in peace if the U.S. keeps putting money in their pockets?
And the typical reaction of pro-Israelis is that any criticism is "anti-Semitic." Judaism is one thing, but Zionism is another, and there are even Jews who oppose Zionism:
The sad thing is, the Palestinians are close genetic relatives to the Jews. They are killing their brothers and sisters. For a quick history of this Israeli-Palestinian conflict, see this excellent short video,