Offbeat Gaza’s Miseries Have Palestinian Authors

17:56  17 may  2018
17:56  17 may  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

Hundreds of Palestinians protest amid heightened tensions over embassy opening

  Hundreds of Palestinians protest amid heightened tensions over embassy opening Protesting the embassy move, Palestinians marched through the streets of Gaza, carrying the body of a protester shot by Israeli troops Friday.He was among an estimated 15,000 demonstrators, some burning tires and hurling rocks at Israeli forces. Palestinians have also started attaching fire-bombs to kites and flying them into Israel. Along the Gaza border on Friday, CBS News found Israelis flying kites in a counter-demonstration."They kill their own. I mean – they kill their own," said Leah Goldin, whose son Hadar was killed four years in a war with Hamas. His body was never returned.

Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border on Sunday. The large wooden key the boy is holding symbolizes the Palestinians ’ belief in their right of Soon we’ll surely hear a great deal about the misery of Gaza . Try not to forget that the authors of that misery are also the presumptive victims.

Gaza , under siege since 2006, finds difficulty after difficulty thrown at it, offering no sense of stability to the Palestinians living there. Author of, Still Living There, a book documenting Gaza ' s last war and its aftermath.

a group of people flying kites in the sky: Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border on Sunday. The large wooden key the boy is holding symbolizes the Palestinians’ belief in their right of return. © Mahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border on Sunday. The large wooden key the boy is holding symbolizes the Palestinians’ belief in their right of return.

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For the third time in two weeks, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have set fire to the Kerem Shalom border crossing, through which they get medicine, fuel and other humanitarian essentials from Israel. Soon we’ll surely hear a great deal about the misery of Gaza. Try not to forget that the authors of that misery are also the presumptive victims.

White House blames Hamas for dozens of deaths in Gaza protests

  White House blames Hamas for dozens of deaths in Gaza protests The White House believes Hamas is "solely" responsible for the deaths of more than 50 people who were killed during clashes with Israeli security forces Monday on the Gaza border. "We're aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said. "Responsibility with these tragic deaths rests solely with Hamas."Shah said Hamas was "provoking" a response from Israeli forces and added, "Israel has a right to defend itself.

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, this month.CreditMahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

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There’s a pattern here — harm yourself, blame the other — and it deserves to be highlighted amid the torrent of morally blind, historically illiterate criticism to which Israelis are subjected every time they defend themselves against violent Palestinian attack.

In 1970, Israel set up an industrial zone along the border with Gaza to promote economic cooperation and provide Palestinians with jobs. It had to be shut down in 2004 amid multiple terrorist attacks that left 11 Israelis dead.

In 2005, Jewish-American donors forked over $14 million dollars to pay for greenhouses that had been used by Israeli settlers until the government of Ariel Sharon withdrew from the Strip. Palestinians looted dozens of the greenhouses almost immediately upon Israel’s exit.

US blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN: diplomats

  US blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN: diplomats The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, which erupted as the new US embassy in Jerusalem was opened, diplomats said. "The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest," read a draft of the statement, a copy of which was seen by AFP."The Security Council calls for an independent and transparent investigation into these actions to ensure accountability," read the text.

The New York Times has published an exhaustive front-page article about Gaza ' s misery that is a So Gaza is suffering because the Palestinians can’t get along. As further evidence of the extent of the “propaganda coup,” BBC World Service gave air time to the author of this piece, this story.

A Palestinian girl in the Shatti Refugee Camp on the Gaza Strip shows a photograph of her father. He was killed by Israeli soldier last January and is considered a martyr in the camp. Statistics do not reflect the misery and financial ruin that affects all Palestinians .

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In 2007, Hamas took control of Gaza in a bloody coup against its rivals in the Fatah faction. Since then, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups in the Strip have fired nearly 10,000 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel — all the while denouncing an economic “blockade” that is Israel’s refusal to feed the mouth that bites it. (Egypt and the Palestinian Authority also participate in the same blockade, to zero international censure.)

In 2014 Israel discovered that Hamas had built 32 tunnels under the Gaza border to kidnap or kill Israelis. “The average tunnel requires 350 truckloads of construction supplies,” The Wall Street Journal reported, “enough to build 86 homes, seven mosques, six schools or 19 medical clinics.” Estimated cost of tunnels: $90 million.

Want to understand why Gaza is so poor? See above.

Which brings us to the grotesque spectacle along Gaza’s border over the past several weeks, in which thousands of Palestinians have tried to breach the fence and force their way into Israel, often at the cost of their lives. What is the ostensible purpose of what Palestinians call “the Great Return March”?

Israel's Gaza response 'disproportionate'

  Israel's Gaza response 'disproportionate' The UN rights chief sharply attacks Israel for killing Palestinians "caged in a toxic slum".Zeid Raad Al Hussein told a meeting in Geneva that Gazans were effectively "caged in a toxic slum" and Gaza's occupation by Israel had to end.

The New York Times has published a long article about Gaza ’ s misery that begins on the front page today, and then takes up an entire The article is a manifesto from Hasbara Central — the Israeli propaganda arm — explaining the worsening Gaza tragedy as the product of Palestinian infighting.

Authors . Palestinian hatred of the US administration and President Donald Trump is so intense that the Palestinians are prepared to prolong the misery of their people. The US initiative to help the two million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip should have been welcomed by Palestinians leaders.

That’s no mystery. This week, The Times published an op-ed by Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the organizers of the march. “We are intent on continuing our struggle until Israel recognizes our right to return to our homes and land from which we were expelled,” he writes, referring to homes and land within Israel’s original borders.

His objection isn’t to the “occupation” as usually defined by Western liberals, namely Israel’s acquisition of territories following the 1967 Six Day War. It’s to the existence of Israel itself. Sympathize with him all you like, but at least notice that his politics demand the elimination of the Jewish state.

Notice, also, the old pattern at work: Avow and pursue Israel’s destruction, then plead for pity and aid when your plans lead to ruin.

The world now demands that Jerusalem account for every bullet fired at the demonstrators, without offering a single practical alternative for dealing with the crisis.

But where is the outrage that Hamas kept urging Palestinians to move toward the fence, having been amply forewarned by Israel of the mortal risk? Or that protest organizers encouraged women to lead the charges on the fence because, as The Times’s Declan Walsh reported, “Israeli soldiers might be less likely to fire on women”? Or that Palestinian children as young as 7 were dispatched to try to breach the fence? Or that the protests ended after Israel warned Hamas’s leaders, whose preferred hide-outs include Gaza’s hospital, that their own lives were at risk?

Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza

  Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition after publicly setting himself of fire in the Gaza Strip. Motives for the self-immolation are unclear Sunday.Suicide is strictly forbidden in Islam and cases are rare in conservative Gaza but dozens were reported last year. Several cases of self-immolation have also been reported in Gaza over the past years. This was the first time, however, that one was filmed and posted online.

The New York Times has published a long article about Gaza ’ s misery that begins on the front page today, and then takes up an entire The article is a manifesto from Hasbara Central — the Israeli propaganda arm — explaining the worsening Gaza tragedy as the product of Palestinian infighting.

The New York Times has published a long article about Gaza ' s misery that begins on the front page today, and then takes up an entire inside page, under the headline, "With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That 'an Explosion's Coming.'" So Gaza is suffering because the Palestinians can't get along.

Elsewhere in the world, this sort of behavior would be called reckless endangerment. It would be condemned as self-destructive, cowardly and almost bottomlessly cynical.

The mystery of Middle East politics is why Palestinians have so long been exempted from these ordinary moral judgments. How do so many so-called progressives now find themselves in objective sympathy with the murderers, misogynists and homophobes of Hamas? Why don’t they note that, by Hamas’s own admission, some 50 of the 62 protesters killed on Monday were members of Hamas? Why do they begrudge Israel the right to defend itself behind the very borders they’ve been clamoring for years for Israelis to get behind?

Why is nothing expected of Palestinians, and everything forgiven, while everything is expected of Israelis, and nothing forgiven?

That’s a question to which one can easily guess the answer. In the meantime, it’s worth considering the harm Western indulgence has done to Palestinian aspirations.

No decent Palestinian society can emerge from the culture of victimhood, violence and fatalism symbolized by these protests. No worthy Palestinian government can emerge if the international community continues to indulge the corrupt, anti-Semitic autocrats of the Palestinian Authority or fails to condemn and sanction the despotic killers of Hamas. And no Palestinian economy will ever flourish through repeated acts of self-harm and destructive provocation.

If Palestinians want to build a worthy, proud and prosperous nation, they could do worse than try to learn from the one next door. That begins by forswearing forever their attempts to destroy it.

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Palestinian president could leave hospital soon: source .
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas could leave hospital soon, "most likely" on Monday, after a week of treatment for pneumonia, a source close to him said. A Palestinian official and a medical source earlier said Abbas could be released from hospital on Sunday afternoon.But the source close to him on Sunday said doctors were still considering whether the 83-year-old's condition would allow for it.His release Sunday "is not confirmed", the source told AFP."It could be today or tomorrow (Monday).

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