Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza began on Thursday 17 July 2014 ... from the east, from the north by land, by sea and by air with tanks, guns, F16s heliocopter gunships, apache rockets, iron drome ... ... an invasion on a territory smaller than Surfers Paradise in Queensland,housing 1.7M defenceless people.
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good. W H Auden
[Editor’s note – Israel is occupying Gaza at a time when gas/oil companies are vying for the gas fields off the Gaza Strip. There are plenty of countries laying claim to the gas field .. Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon … who will get the royalties?
There should be a reevaluation of Boycott Divestments and Sanctions against Israel (BDS) but where should it start? And why single out Gaza as the starting point?
Israel and the US are involved in promoting conflict and destabilisation across the region helped along by their allies e.g. the Saudi Royal Family … there is more conflict now in ‘the middle east’ than at any time since World War II … people are being killed and injured in numbers in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Lebanon, and Egypt … not to mention the goons and neo fascists burning a Palestinian teenager and terrorising people on the West Bank.
So if people on the Left wish to talk about Gaza …. will Israel send in tanks, a ground invasion that ends in occupation of Gaza? and at what cost to Palestinians? how many thousands or tens of thousands of civilians will Israeli army murder if they choose that option?
Are Israelis worried about Hamas having tank penetrating rockets (as does hizbollah in Lebanon)? No. Is the Israeli army worried about a repeat of 2006 where hizbollah drove Israel out of Lebanon by destroying its tanks? It appears not.
Upon Invasion, what can we do here in Australia? A human rights activist told me at NAIDOC on friday 13 July when referring to Gaza, how terrible it is what humans do to each other, as if it is a two-sided thing.When, in fact, it is Israel that is killing Palestinians in Gaza – and it is their children that take the brunt of the carnage, like the three boys, on a beach looking for crabs), who were killed by an Israeli missile or their cousins a few hours later who were killed at home by aerial bombardment. There have been few Israeli casualties because the conflict is so one-sided. Israel is bombing the shit out of people in an open air prison?!@#*! (see map)
So, unlike 2008/9 it is pretty clear that Israeli military occupation of Gaza is a real possibility … each time Israel ups the pain inflicted.
BDS has not deterred Israel from bombing Gaza (Israelis call it ‘mowing the grass’), or from putting down demonstrations on the West Bank. These demonstrations are coming from all the Palestinian groups and in many towns, nor has BDS stopped Israel from detaining thousands of people unlawfully or of terrorising children … in fact Israel has run out of Hamas targets in Gaza … and that is why Israeli pilots and missiles are bombing everyone … in mosques, hospitals, homes, streets, schools, everywhere, indiscriminately …. the same as last time 2012 and 2010 and the time before that 2008/9 …. ad infinitem. it never stops!
In the meantime Julie Bishop, as Australia’s foreign minister has everything under control here (sic), she is pulling out of Gaza all the possible witnesses to the genocide and giving Israel the green light (sic) … with the full backing of the press, especially the murdoch press (see the shameful articles in The Australian about Mike Carlton’s objection to the slaughter published in the rival Fairfax paper, the Sydney Morning Herald Mike Carlton resigns from The Sydney Morning Herald.
And what has been done to bring the Zionists here in Australia to account?
Why are the greens so quiet on Gaza? and why should the greens be singled out? …. and what of the left, the workers movement, the unions – where do they stand what support do they offer? What has the Left done that is effective in stopping the genocide in Palestine?
And why is there so little organised discussion within the workers movement about what to do and how?
Little has been done here in Australia that is effective resistance to the Australian, Israeli, & US war-mongers, but at least we have won the right to demonstrate our opposition. It may not be much, but not to do so is only to let the war-mongers believe they can get away with more …
“A well-informed and articulate young man speaking up for Palestinian human rights, an end to the occupation, an end to the siege of Gaza, …” this facebook reference has disappeared, no real explanation from fb (sic). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203575507082028
Gaza In this cold desolate hour Keep warm Burn a candle In snow Almost blue; Dreamers are living ... Dream of snakes Kill one, A bigger one appears -- Ian Curr
References: This article was originally called ‘Sunday, too far away’ in reference to the timing of one of the rallies in protest against the Israeli slaughter of people in Gaza. Its current title is a reference to the W H Auden poem quoted above.
Sunday Too Far Away is an Australian feature film was released in 1975. The original film concerned the 1956 shearer’s strike. The original cut of the film was over two hours. A number of scenes were reduced during post production, including the removal of Foley’s romance with the grazier’s daughter. Didn’t stop it from winning a number AFI awards.
Responses: The following comments were added by the editors in an attempt to show the strength and weakness of the response to this human tragedy. There may be a humanitarian ceasefire but can there be peace without justice?
14 July, updated 19 July & 1 Aug 2014