truce

i am wondering if someone could please explain to me what a truce is. obviously, technically i know what it means: it is an agreement between enemies to halt fighting. but if you follow the palestinian and israeli media you will see constant debate over whether or not the so-called truce between the zionist regime and gaza will be extended or ended. and if you follow the news on the israeli-imposed siege on gaza you will also find reporters constantly referring to the truce–as if each day zionist aggression is not evidence that they violated it long ago and have been doing so consistently almost since it was called for. here is one example of what a truce looks like from the perspective of people living in gaza as journalist sherene tadros reported on al jazeera today:

if you watch israelis on al jazeera (why do they keep subjecting its viewers to these zionist nuts?) or read their newspapers you will see many of them blaming hamas, blaming palestinians for the siege. this is like blaming african americans for having been enslaved. mustafa barghouti issued a brief statement today correcting this deeply flawed, illogical rhetoric:

Mustafa Barghouthi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and runner up in the 2005 Palestinian presidential election blamed the Israeli government on Thursday for the collapse of the Israeli-Gaza truce.

Barghouthi issued a statement attributing the collapse to Israeli aggression, stating that “Israel didn’t commit to the truce conditions and killed people and overran many cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”

in the report by tadros above she explains the problem with these so-called truces, which the zionists always are the first to violate through their aggression and slow starvation of palestinians. she explains that under “normal” conditions (and one wonders what that means when gaza has been an open-air prison for far too long) 500 trucks per day carrying palestinian needs crossed; the year leading up to the “truce” 112 trucks per day passed israeli checkpoints; then there was a short spike to around 219 trucks per day after the truce was signed and then quickly deteriorated to 23 trucks per day. and now once again: no trucks. today unrwa announced it could not give its food aid to palestinian refugees living in gaza:

The UN’s relief agency for Palestinian refugees has suspended its food distribution program after Israel blocked food deliveries for days.

The aid program feeds more than 750,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said that as of Thursday morning all regular food-aid programs have ceased to operate.

The agency says it cannot predict when aid programs will resume.

and yet supposedly there is a “truce” that is about to expire. if this is a truce i wonder what its inverse would look like… for last night there was another extra-juridical assassination in gaza courtesy of the israeli terrorist forces (and also we must thank the americans who made this air force strike possible with its planes):

A Palestinian man has been killed and two others injured in an Israeli air raid on the town of Beit Lahiya, Gazan medics have said, Al Jazeera news agency has reported.

Wednesday’s raid was said to have been aimed at targets in Gaza that were firing homemade Qassam rockets, and was launched in response to earlier attacks on the city of Sderot in southern Israel, an Israeli spokeswoman said in a statement.

Medical workers inside Gaza have said that the missile hit a house in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza, killing 47-year-old Falak Okel and injuring his son and daughter.

Witnesses told AFP news agency that the dead man did not belong to any armed militia.

more generally speaking, in palestine here is what a truce looks like all around on a weekly basis (pay close attention to those detained (read: kidnapped and jailed) by israeli terrorist forces–recall that around 200 palestinian political prisoners came home this week and check out how many were already replaced:

* 2 Palestinians, including a civilian were killed by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

* 10 Palestinian civilians were wounded by the IOF gunfire and 3 others by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

* 4 activists of the Palestinian resistance and a woman were wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

* IOF conducted 38 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and one into the Gaza Strip.

* IOF arrested 50 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children and a girl, in the West Bank, and 3 others, including 2 children, in the Gaza Strip.

* IOF transformed 8 houses in Hebron into military sites.

* IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

* The Gaza Strip is suffering a serious humanitarian crisis due to the closure of border crossings.

* IOF troops positioned at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child.

* IOF have continued to take measures aiming at the Judaization of Jerusalem.

* IOF confiscated for the third time a tent belonging to the al-Kurd family whose house had been seized by IOF.

* IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

* 17 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were injured.

* 4 houses were burnt and 5 cars were destroyed in Hebron

these are things the zionists don’t want you to know about, don’t want you to see. they especially don’t want united nations human rights workers to see this. richard falk, who was denied entry and deported on sunday spoke about his deportation and precisely what it is that is obscured when people like him are banned from entering palestine by its zionist occupiers on democracy now!:

i mentioned the other day that the international coalition against impunity in beirut filed papers last week with the international criminal court in the hague charging israeli leaders with war crimes because of its siege on gaza. even if this goes through and we are fortunate enough to try these war criminals i am wondering in the end: what good will it really do? the zionist state grows war criminals by the thousands. they are like weeds: you catch one and ten more pop up in its place. but i am also wondering about this in terms of time. today i read the news that theoneste bagosora was sentenced to life in prison because of his role in the rwanda genocide. that was 14 years ago:

An international court has sentenced the mastermind of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Theoneste Bagosora, to life imprisonment in what prosecutors hailed as the most significant verdict of its kind since Nuremberg.

The five-year trial of Bagosora, who was the chief of staff in Rwanda’s defence ministry, established that he oversaw a complex and extensive conspiracy to commit genocide, including years organising and arming the “Interahamwe” militia which led the killing of about 800,000 Tutsis in 100 days.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, sitting in Tanzania, heard that in April 1994 he personally ordered the murder of individual politicians, including Rwanda’s moderate prime minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimina, and the killing of 10 Belgian peacekeepers to drive the UN out. Bagosora then unleashed the genocide against the Tutsi minority, mobilising the general Hutu population to support the Interahamwe and the army in the mass killings.

so i am wondering: even if the international criminal court is able to try ehud olmert, ehud barak, matan vilnai, avraham dichter, and gabi ashkenzi does that mean we have to wait for justice 14 years from now? do you have any idea how much damage they will inflict on palestinians in that time. where is rania? i need some hope NOW.

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