Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Refugees





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The more I write, the more aware of language I become. Language can be beautiful and highly descriptive, as in poetry or song. Or it can be ugly and filled with lies, as in a Presidential press briefing.

This is about a particular phrase I keep hearing and every time I do I cringe because of just what exactly the phrase implies.

Here it is from BBC news. This is the latest I've heard it said, but I've heard it dozens of times before and it never fails to horrify:

At least 11 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli helicopter strikes on a refugee camp in southern Gaza.

Strikes. On a refugee camp.

The people being bombed by sophisticated, American-made weapons are refugees.

Article 1 of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees defines refugees as:

"A person who is outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion; and is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country, or to return there, for fear of persecution."

Refugees are people who have been chased or removed forcibly from their homes.

Refugees live in fear.

And yet, Israel sees fit to bomb them. What sort of people do this?

From the same BBC report

Witnesses said that some missiles hit a crowd of people in the Rafah camp, but the Israeli army said it had targeted gunmen who were firing at its troops.

Refugees.

UPDATE: Dammit!

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli forces rounded up Palestinian Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from the Islamic Hamas, increasing pressure on the Islamic militants to release a captured Israeli soldier, and witnesses said tanks moved into northern Gaza, widening Israel's largest military operation in the year since Israel pulled out of the seaside territory

Who ever heard of one nation kidnapping the lawmakers and Cabinet members of another nation to use as leverage for one hostage?




10 Comments:

Anonymous Nemo said...

Who ever heard of one nation kidnapping the lawmakers and Cabinet members of another nation to use as leverage for one hostage? ==== Well, I vaguely recall hearing of such disturbing incidents of "collective punishment" occurring in the past, particularly during the Second World War. Of course, my recollection of those atrocities is that they were typical of utterly brutal forces of oppression which also rather freely engaged in outright GENOCIDE. ==== *Here* we're talking about "staunch US ally" Israel! ... ==== OH. Never mind. :-)

Wed Jun 28, 07:33:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

nemo
GENOCIDE

FINAL SOLUTION

yes, seems as if the Jews are copying Hitler now to solve their problems "hitler-like"...

yes, and that's burdened on our german karma, too - without Hitler no Israel - without Israel no final solution for Palestine - think of that, America, when you kill and torture the next time. You may be forced sometime to see the results...

Thu Jun 29, 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Barnita said...

I'm curious. In a lot of news reports, I see that Israeli forces have "arrested" some Hamas leaders.

What I want to know is, can the taking captive of political leaders of a country by another country's army actually be called an "arrest"?

The word "arrest" denotes a lawful police action..

The Israeli army has managed to capture Palestinian political leaders in the midst of an aggressive strike. In other words, the Hamas leaders have been taken prisoners by a the stronger army of a stronger nation. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but to me it seems that the 8 leaders and 21 lawmakers are prisoners of war.

The use of the word "arrest" by the world media when referring to the captured Palestinians gives the Israeli conduct a sort of stamp of approval - making their action seem legal. I'd prefer to say that the Israelis have taken these guys hostage.

It seems like Israel has learnt well from America. Israel has picked up the finer art of aggression disguised as concern for its people. And so, the same way that I like to call the Bush administration a terrorist government, I would like to announce to you guys, that from where I sit (cozy-comfy behind my keyboard)I declare thaat Israel's Kadima Government is itself a terrorist outfit and its high time they stop pointing fingers at Hamas.

Thu Jun 29, 07:23:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

The use of the word "arrest" by the world media

yes, the bias stinks to heaven - didn't you notice, that the Palestines killing Israel's children are terrorists and the Israelis, killing Palestina's children, are soldiers defending something noble?

It seems like Israel has learnt well from America

yes - also "Birds of a feather" - the same words, the same attempt to look honest and decent when you kill others for your own interests...

that from where I sit ... I declare thaat Israel's Kadima Government is itself a terrorist outfit

where you sit - yes, that makes a difference. You sit in India. Because here in Europe or there in America, you can't dare to say things like that. German karma, you know? Because the Israelis are the alltime-victims, they suffered so much, that no one dares to accuse them, especially the "bad Germans" are not allowed to criticize Israel. It happens every day here: when someone tries to help the Palestines, the jewish German feel like Israelis and call them Nazis...

so the western world prefers to watch passively a true Final Solution, Hitler would really be proud of (see all the posts of Robert about Palestine) - the world prefers to do nothing (except for her laziness) because of this unholy link - accuse Jews and you say YES to Hitler - we allow maybe more killings and sufferings than this moron ever initialized. Good guys we are...

isn't it really disillusioning, how few years a bunch of people need to change from decent, innocent victims to the ones, they tried to escape years ago? Do evil and you become evil, that's the simple truth - Israel just wanted to live in former times and step by step they act, as if their right to live is more valuable than the right of any other...

sounds like a neverending oxymoron

Thu Jun 29, 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Barnita said...

I hate myself for thinking this - but- looks like Hitler had a valid reason for wanting to kill the jews.

From my searches in the inner bowels of the internet, I see that India is pretty pro-Palestine. That makes me happy. But then, it also appears that India would happily bend over backwards and present its butt on a silver tray to the American ally -Israel. So...sheesh. Actually right now I'm very pissed off over something else.

I've been awake barely an hour and I've already seen some 4-5 rape reports of minors. The worst 2 were the brutalization and murder of a 10 year old girl/ maid...firstly its illegal to have a 10 year old maid. Her crime- trying on her great owner's lipstick. She was found hanging from a ceiling fan -they stuck an aluminium rod up her anus. The second victim is a 2 year old girl kidnapped from her mother, brutally raped and left to die on the street. I hate this world. I hate everything. I don't want to live in a world like this. There seems no way it can improve. I think I'll go sit in my corner and start laying out the rules for a suicide cult.

Thu Jun 29, 11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

"I think I'll go sit in my corner and start laying out the rules for a suicide cult."

Oh no! If I have to stick around because I'm just too fucking stubborn to give the world the satisfaction (plus the little ones I want to see grow up) then you have to as well.

Besides, you promised smoking and explaining the finer points of the sweater game.

And my little world without you would be oh so dark.

Don't make me fly halfway around the world to kick your ass.

'cause I will...

Thu Jun 29, 11:53:00 PM  
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