Israel's Onslaught: One of Its Bloodiest Attacks on Palestinians in 60 Years
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And we have to continue this nonsense that there's fault on both sides. We have a captive occupied population. 80 percent of the people in the Gaza Strip are refugees. 750,000 of them are children. Where else in the world can these crimes be committed while the world looks on, while our elected politicians in Congress, Democrats and Republicans, sit there applauding, when you see the shameful statement of Howard Berman, the Democrat chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, giving his full support to Israel? People have to stand up to this. We cannot sit on our hands anymore and say change is coming. Change is not coming unless we create it.
AG: We have on the line with us Dr. Mustafa Barghouti in Ramallah. We're joined by Dr. Moussa El-Haddad. He is a retired physician in Gaza City. We're joined by Fida Qishta. She is joining us from Rafah. And Ali Abunimah is on the line with us from Jacksonville, Fla., in studio.
Ali Abunimah, I wanted to ask you about the statements at this point of Barack Obama, or the lack of them. Of course, he's on holiday right now in Hawaii, but David Axelrod was on the networks. Again, they are continuing to say that there is only one president at a time, and that president is President Bush now. Condoleezza Rice is briefing Barack Obama. But he did say that not only would it be counterproductive for the president-elect to weigh in too deeply, but he said that Obama's commitment to the "special relationship" between the United States and Israel, in a way that suggested general sympathy for the Jewish state's actions. I'm reading from the Huffington Post . Your response?
AA: Isn't it convenient that we only have one president at a time, when it suits Barack Obama to stay silent on something that is enflaming the whole world? Apparently, we don't have one president at a time when it comes to the economy or Iraq or Afghanistan or other issues. But on this, Barack Obama is content to remain silent and, in fact, to give, through the statements of David Axelrod, his more or less open support for what Israel is doing, which fits with the policies that he has enunciated consistently of supporting Israel's attacks on Gaza, supporting the blockade of Gaza, supporting the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.
And this is why Israel feels so comfortable carrying out these sorts of atrocities, which cross every red line of the Fourth Geneva Conventions, of the Nuremberg Principles, of all of the laws of war that were developed in the 20th century. Israel feels totally comfortable crossing them, because it knows that it will have full support from any U.S. administration, no matter what political shade it is.
And this is why it's crucially important that people don't sit by waiting 'til Jan. 20. The calendar flipping is not going to change anything. What's going to change things is boycott, divestment and sanctions, people rising up and demanding an end to impunity, demanding, for example, that Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni be brought to account before an international war crimes court for the orders that they have given for these massacres of the civilian population of Gaza. That's what's going to bring change, and that's what people must call and organize for.
JG: I'd like to bring in Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, again. The issue of what is the potential for reaction in the West Bank and in the Arab street, as opposed to the complicity of many of the Arab governments at this point -- your sense of, if this continues much further, what will be the reaction?