Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dilemmas of our time: What to do and where to go when you're penned in and being bombed to bits?

Alongside the shells falling all about them, today the terrified residents of Gaza also saw a confetti shower of leaflets drifting towards them. Dropped by the Israeli military, these warned them, in chillingly antiseptic language, that it was about to "escalate" its offensive against Hamas. The leaflets added, "To keep yourself and your families safe, you are ordered not to be close to terrorists, weapons warehouses and the places where the terrorists operate."

Far be it for your humble blogger to quibble with the IDF about anything but the obvious question is where, precisely, are the Gazans supposed to find safe refuge when a UN run school has been bombed, UNRWA has pulled out of the area because it can't guarantee the safety of its own personnel and the border with Egypt has been sealed?

Meanwhile, over at Harry's Place, David T has posted a selection of photographs of placards and banners from today's Gaza protest in London. Some depicted the swastika, either slap bang in the middle of the Star of David, in place of the "s" in Israel or prominently placed in the centre of the Israeli flag. One doesn't have to be a fan of the Israeli government to find such imagery inflammatory and offensive. The cretins who carried these things aloft would have done better to remember that there are an awful lot of Jewish people who oppose Israel's actions and that some of them would have been on the demo itself. Yes, of course, criticism of Israel is not by any means necessarily anti-Semitic but equally, vigorous opposition to Israel should not be used as an excuse for people to lapse into base anti-Semitism.


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1/10/2009 7:11 PM  
Blogger Merseymike said...

Oh, good, something else we agree on.

The problem appears to be that it is impossible to make any sort of comment remotely critical of Israel without being referred to as anti-Semitic and having the Holocaust mentioned as if this is some sort of excuse.

1/24/2009 5:48 AM  

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