Blogger and journalist Yaser Al-Ghaslan is also frustrated:
يا ناس هل يعقل أننا وصلنا لهذا المستوى من الشلل و العجز بكل المقاييس، فنجد مثلا رئيسا عربيا يصرح بأنه سيعمل على تسهيل إجراءات تمرير المعونات الإنسانية
و آخر يتكلم عن جهوده في صياغة مشروع قرار عربي لشجب ما يجري بينما مجموعه منهم يخططون لتناول الموضوع ضمن أجندة إجتماعهم المقرر أصلا سابقا، (كلام كلام كلام كلام(.
[…] أحبتي نحن امه لم يبقى منها شئ سوى إسمها، فالشعب لا يعدو من كونه (صوت) يهلل بجميع الإتجاهات حتى اصبح نشازاً و مثيراً للأعصاب لدرجة القرف
My people, is it possible that we have reached this level of paralysis and impotence, by any measure? We find, for example, an Arab president declaring that he will work to facilitate the procedures for the passage of humanitarian aid. And another speaks of his efforts in formulating a draft Arab resolution to condemn what is going on, while a group of them plans to address the issue in the agenda of their meeting originally scheduled earlier. Talk, talk, talk, talk. […] My friends, we [Arabs] are a nation of which nothing remains but its name, and the people are no more than a voice shouting in every direction, until it has become a cacophony and gets on one's nerves to the point of disgust.
Abdul Rahman Allahem thinks Egypt has been unfairly blamed:
للأسف أن مثل هذه الأحداث الدامية فرصة ذهبية للمتاجرين بالدماء والأشلاء للاستفادة من هذه المجزرة لتحقيق مكتسبات سياسية على أشلاء جثث الشهداء في غزة وهذا يتضح بشكل جلي عندما نرى ونسمع هذا الضغط غير المبرر على (مصر ) ومحاولة تحميلها كل ما يحدث في غزة في محاولة من (البعض) للتهرب من المسئولية
Unfortunately, bloody events such as these are a golden opportunity for merchants of blood and body parts to take advantage of the massacre, to achieve political gains from the remains of the martyrs' corpses in Gaza. This is very evident if we see and hear the unjustified pressure on Egypt and the attempt to charge it with everything that has happened in Gaza, in an attempt for others to abdicate responsibility.
Mohammed Abdullah Al-Shahri thinks there's no point blaming any Arab nation:
لا مزيد من اللوم للعالم العربي … أرجوكم .. صدقوني هو أيضاً يعاني … ومن المحرج أن تطلب من المريض علاج مريض !
No more blame for the Arab world…I beg you…Believe me it is also suffering…and it's embarrassing to ask one sick person to treat another one!
Writing in another post, Yaser Al-Ghaslan has a very clear idea of who is to blame:
لست من المؤيدين لحركة حماس و في ذات الوقت أرى بأن عباس و حركته ارتكبوا إهمالا لا يغتفر تجاه أهل غزة. […] لا ألوم إسرائيل بما فعلت اليوم فهي في تركيبتها الإجتماعية و السياسية دولة وحشية و همجية و ساعية لقتل كل ما هو عربي و فلسطيني و هو أمر نعرفه جميعا، و لكني ألوم أشد اللوم هؤلاء السياسيين الفلسطينيين و الذين أود أن أصفهم هنا بأوصاف لا تليق بالمحترمين و لكني احتراما لمسامعكم و عيونكم لن أتجاوز حدود الأدب […]دماء أبناء غزة هي عار عليك أيها الفتحاوي و أيها الحمساوي و أيها السياسي النكرة الذي لا تملك دولة و قد نصّبت نفسك قائدا همام ( خسئ عبد السلطة،،، خسئ عبد الدولار،، خسئ إبن…………..).
I am not a supporter of Hamas, and at the same time, I believe that Abbas and his [Fatah] movement are guilty of unforgivable negligence towards the people of Gaza. […] Do not blame Israel for what it did today, for that is part of the social and political structure of a brutal and barbaric state that is seeking to kill all Arabs and Palestinians, we all know that. The strongest blame should be for those Palestinian politicians, and those whom I want to describe with words not worthy of respectable people, so out of respect for your ears and eyes I won't cross the limits of good manners. […] The blood of the children of Gaza is a shame on you, supporters of Fatah and Hamas and other nameless politicians, who do not even have a state and have appointed yourselves as heroic commanders. (Shame on the slaves of authority, shame on the slaves of the dollar, shame on the sons of ….)
Hala, who currently lives in the USA, asks:
Would wars and weapons be the only means – as ever – to reach resolutions and peace?
Sabria Jawhar says:
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was on an Arabic news show last week in which he basically bragged that Israel is the biggest, baddest and most powerful country in the region and it won't hesitate to use its might to protect itself. Well, my question is if Israel is indeed the biggest and most powerful country in the Middle East, why doesn't it take the high road and expend a lot of that negative energy into something positive, like sparing the lives of innocents and demanding the resumption of peace talks with Hamas. The sad fact is the Gaza Strip's civilians are simply pawns in a power struggle that should have ended long ago. And the price will be more blood.
And Ahmed Al-Omran reports on some demonstrations that have taken place:
On the 19th of December, a few hundred people demonstrated in Qatif, a predominantly Shiite area east of Saudi Arabia, to protest the Israeli siege on Gaza. The protesters lifted posters of Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasarallah and chanted anti-Israeli and anti-US slogans. According to the website Rasid, the demonstration ended peacefully under the eyes of security forces who watched closely. However, tens of young men who demonstrated were arrested in the following week. After Israel started their barbarian attack on Gaza last Saturday, thousands of angry demonstrators took to the streets in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and other countries. In Saudi Arabia, where the law does not give people the right to demonstrate publicly, more than 60 political and human rights activists signed a letter to the Ministry of Interior asking for permission to hold a peaceful demonstration in Riyadh. While activists in Riyadh were waiting for a reply from MOI, protesters in Qatif demonstrated again on Monday, but this time they were faced by the security forces and riot police who fired rubber bullets to break up the protest. Mansour al-Turki, spokesman of MOI, denied that such protest took place. "Street protests are banned in the Kingdom and that the security forces will intervene to enforce the ban," he added. His denial is not surprising, but everyone knows that people of Qatif have a long history in street protests with major demonstrations held in 1979, 2002 and 2006. […] People should be allowed to protest, but it seems that the government is afraid that people will realize the power of public demonstration and later use it not just to protest against Israel but also to demand their rights. Giving permission to these demonstrations would set a precedent that the government clearly doesn't want to deal with its results and consequences. 2009 will be interesting.
4 Jan 2009 @ 08:02 by : mutilation and degradation
Israel Has No Intention of Granting a Palestinian State
If Hamas Did Not Exist
By JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
January 02, 2009 "Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/loewenstein01012009.html " - -Let us get one thing perfectly straight. If the wholesale mutilation and degradation of the Gaza Strip is going to continue; if Israel's will is at one with that of the United States; if the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and all the international legal agencies and organizations spread across the globe are going to continue to sit by like hollow mannequins doing nothing but making repeated "calls" for a "ceasefire" on "both sides"; if the cowardly, obsequious and supine Arab States are going to stand by watching their brethren get slaughtered by the hour while the world's bullying Superpower eyes them threateningly from Washington lest they say something a little to their disliking; then let us at least tell the truth why this hell on earth is taking place.
The state terror unleashed from the skies and on the ground against the Gaza Strip as we speak has nothing to do with Hamas. It has nothing to do with "Terror". It has nothing to do with the long-term "security" of the Jewish State or with Hizbullah or Syria or Iran except insofar as it is aggravating the conditions that have led up to this crisis today. It has nothing to do with some conjured-up "war" – a cynical and overused euphemism that amounts to little more the wholesale enslavement of any nation that dares claim its sovereign rights; that dares assert that its resources are its own; that doesn't want one of the Empire's obscene military bases sitting on its cherished land.
In 2006 the US insisted that the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank hold free elections. When free elections were held, Hamas won. This was unacceptable to the Americans and Israelis. In the West Bank, the Americans and Israelis imposed a puppet government, but Hamas held on in Gaza. After unheeded warnings to the Gazans to rid themselves of Hamas and accept a puppet government, Israel has decided to destroy the freely elected government with violence.
4 Jan 2009 @ 17:43 by : Pitch Black
By Uri Avnery
Just after midnight, Aljazeera's Arabic channel was reporting on events in Gaza. Suddenly the camera was pointing upwards towards the dark sky. The screen was pitch black. Nothing could be seen, but there was a sound to be heard: the noise of airplanes, a frightening, a terrifying droning.
It was impossible not to think about the tens of thousands of Gazan children who were hearing that sound at that moment, cringing with fright, paralyzed by fear, waiting for the bombs to fall.
"Israel must defend itself against the rockets that are terrorizing our Southern towns," the Israeli spokesmen explained. "Palestinians must respond to the killing of their fighters inside the Gaza Strip," the Hamas spokesmen declared.
As a matter of fact, the cease-fire did not collapse, because there was no real cease-fire to start with. The main requirement for any cease-fire in the Gaza Strip must be the opening of the border crossings. There can be no life in Gaza without a steady flow of supplies. But the crossings were not opened, except for a few hours now and again. The blockade on land, on sea and in the air against a million and a half human beings is an act of war, as much as any dropping of bombs or launching of rockets. It paralyzes life in the Gaza Strip: eliminating most sources of employment, pushing hundreds of thousands to the brink of starvation, stopping most hospitals from functioning, disrupting the supply of electricity and water.
Those who decided to close the crossings under whatever pretext knew that there is no real cease-fire under these conditions.
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