Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Victory celebrations

One of the most enduring images from the conflict has been that of Jewish civilians dancing and singing on a hill overlooking Gaza as the massacre continued into its third week. Their joy at the turkey shoot unfolding below was shared by over 90% of Israel's Jewish population, we are told.

Later there was the video footage of  IDF soldiers sitting atop their tanks as they retreated from Gaza, tired but happy and celebrating a job well done. Did they celebrate while they burned babies to charred crisps, I wonder? While they laughed and set their dogs onto the corpses of children? When they used the small, dead bodies for target practice?  (Eye-witnesses among the survivors of the Gazan inferno testify that they did this and more, much more.) These young men appeared to show no remorse for what they had done. Indeed, their smiles and victory signs for the cameras indicated that they took our approval of their heinous deeds for granted.

In Ali Abunimah's words, Israel "possesses the power and lack of moral restraint necessary to commit atrocities against a population of destitute refugees". It uses its massive power, not in self-defence but in order to establish a Jewish state in all of an ethnically-cleansed Palestine. Celebrating civilians and proud soldiers are the visible manifestations of a vile, pariah state. Please raise your voices in protest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are Nanach Breslovers, they dance all over for no reason other than to be happy, you shouldn't equate people dancing with political reasons. Its like going to a wedding in West Bank and assume the reason they are dancing is because they blew someone up. Don't stereotype