Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gaza Solutions

The Gaza Solutions
Mike Ghouse, Saturday, December 27, 2008

The world sympathized with Israel for the rockets they endured in their backyards, but when they get on the revenge bandwagon and indiscriminately kill, they lose sympathy. The oppressed ones all around the world including the majority of Israelis and Jews feel the pain of this violence, it flies in the face of our continued efforts to stop massacres, it is time for all of us to speak up. This is not the act of peace making; this is the act of destroying a people.

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  1. PLEASE NOTE: I am committed to peace and my words and my actions are expressed to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill. This is one of the most painful events this month and I have done my best to focus on solutions though not fully satisfied with it. I particularly invite my Palestinian and Israeli friends to add another perspective with the intention of finding solutions. No solution will be fully acceptable to any one, but we have to take the steps to break the cycle of revenge - all of us owe the hope and security to those little Children in Palestine and Israel, we cannot live in peace unless we think and act peace and it begins with each one of us. Furthermore, neither Israelis nor Palestinians can have advantages at the cost of the other, such benefits are temporary and deleterious to lasting peace. We believe what is good for one has got to be good for the other and vice versa, to sustain it. It is in their interest to ensure Justness. Please share your comments below.

  2. This is excellent.....of course, as humans--Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews, etc.--committed to justice, we all hope and pray that the chronic Palestine-Israeli quagmire gets resolved. Indeed, by all accounts, that issue ranks as No.1 as the root cause of Muslim rage throughout the Islamic world, and thus, a key source of terrorism by Muslim extremists.
    Yet, from what I see, I cannot share your optimism about the Obama Administration. Despite his campaign rhetoric (especially in the early months), his election fundamentally also depended on his submission to the dictates of the LOBBY. And he might just turn out to be just as hawkish as the Bush neocons. Notice, too, how, at the Convention, Jimmy Carter was snubbed. John Mearsheimer of U/Chicago tells me that Obama has completely succumbed to the LOBBY's dictates (you are probably familiar with Mearsheimer's works).
    As for Gaza genocide, so what?.....

    Its sort of routine for Israel, with U.S. complicity and European acquiescence; rest of the world matters little.
    Best wishes.....

  3. It is extremely sad that innocent people in Israel and Palestine are dying due to a cause that could have been solved a long time ago, if both the peoples wanted to do so. But unfortunately, many people in both the places are intransigent and they want to prevail through the strength of arms.

    There are many good people on both sides, but they are either ineffective or unwilling to raise their voice due to prevalent circumstances in the places they live. Or they do not have much support from others to do anything to force their leaders into solving the problem that keeps both the peoples on a war footing.

    Mohammad Asghar

  4. It is extremely sad that innocent people in Israel and Palestine are dying due to a cause that could have been solved a long time ago, if both the peoples wanted to do so. But unfortunately, many people in both the places are intransigent and they want to prevail through the strength of arms.

    There are many good people on both sides, but they are either ineffective or unwilling to raise their voice due to prevalent circumstances in the places they live. Or they do not have much support from others to do anything to force their leaders into solving the problem that keeps both the peoples on a war footing.

    Had the good people wished to act, could not they prevent a small number of Muslims from carrying out terrorist acts in many parts of the world?

    Mohammad Asghar

  5. Dear Mike ,

    Please allow me to share with you our statement below about the headlines seen in papers across the world yesterday and today.

    In sadness on this terrible day,

    Cecilie Surasky
    Jewish Voice for Peace

    December 28, 2008

    Jewish Voice for Peace joins millions around the world, including the 1,000 Israelis who protested in the streets of Tel Aviv this weekend, in condemning ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza. We call for an immediate end to attacks on all civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli.

    Israel's slow strangulation of Gaza through blockade has caused widespread suffering to the 1.5 million people of Gaza due to lack of food, electricity, water treatment supplies and medical equipment. It is a violation of humanitarian law and has been widely condemned around the world.

    In resisting this strangulation, Hamas resumed launching rockets and mortars from Gaza into southern Israel, directly targeting civilians, which is also a war crime. Over the years, these poorly made rockets have been responsible for the deaths of 15 Israelis since 2004.

    Every country, Israel included, has the right and obligation to protect its citizens. The recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza shows that diplomatic agreements are the best protection for civilian life.

    Moreover, massive Israeli air strikes have proven an indiscriminate and brutal weapon. In just two days, the known death toll is close to 300, and the attacks are continuing. By targeting the infrastructure of a poor and densely populated area, Israel has ensured widespread civilian casualties among this already suffering and vulnerable population.

    This massive destruction of Palestinian life will not protect the citizens of Israel. It is illegal and immoral and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. And it threatens to ignite the West Bank and add flames to the other fires burning in the Middle East and beyond for years to come.

    The timing of this attack, during the waning days of a US administration that has undertaken a catastrophic policy toward the Middle East and during the run-up to an Israeli election, suggests an opportunistic agenda for short-term political gain at an immense cost in Palestinian lives. In the long run this policy will benefit no-one except those who always profit from war and exploitation. Only a just and lasting peace, achieved through a negotiated agreement, can provide both Palestinians and Israelis the security they want and deserve.

    What we will do together.

    JVP is working now to develop a multi-faceted and long-term response to the attacks on and strangulation of Gaza. We will let you know soon how you can be a part of this. But in this moment, especially for thos of you who live in the United States:

    1. The US Campaign to End the Occupation has a list of street actions taking place around the US now.

    2. Contact the US White House to protest the attack and demand an immediate cease-fire. Call 202-456-1111 or send an email to

    3. Contact the State Department at 202-647-6575

    4. Contact your Representative and Senators in Congress at 202-224-3121

    5. Contact your local media by phoning into a talk show or writing a letter to the editor.




  7. Dear HE

    The World Muslims should unite, but the purpose must be to bring justice to one and all, and not to create an imaginary enemy and bond generations into that entanglement.

    Others may do the wrongs things, we should not be scoring too... Then what is the difference? And what is the purpose?

    The Gujarat Massacre was perpetrated by a few Gujaratis not all Gujaratis nor was it a Hindu thing. Do you know how many Gujaratis and Gujarati Hindus have stood up against that Massacre? If Indians or Gujaratis were like Germans, Muslims would have been wiped out from India, like the Jews from Germany.

    Let's separate Israel and Jews - Holocaust was wrong, Gaza is wrong.

    Do you know how many Jews in Israel are protesting this, how many Jews in the US are protesting this... their voices are drowned as Muslim voices have been.

    I will list those organizations lest we fall in to the same trap of stereotyping others.

    By commemorating the Holocaust and Genocides, we are making these crimes universal regardless of which community. All of us should be in it together for all crimes against humanity. We have to stand up for what we believe.

    Our goodness should not be dependent on others'. That attitude will keep us from moving forward.

    H.E., don't give up on Jews, they are no different than Muslims or any one. A few always do the wrong and we should not slap it on the whole, if we do that, we are legitimizing others prejudices towards Muslims.

    Mike Ghouse

  8. Sir:

    This is absolutely marvelous what you have written and I not only applaud you for the words and the choice of Edmond Burk's but alos join you whole heartedly in my sentiments behind you.

    At the same time, what would you say to Pakistani terrorists being trained, financed and sent to India one after the other and then on top of it denying that it has the government's hand in it, be it through ISI which is also a government body, or anybody else. Now tomorrow if India in such a strong position as Israel and it does it to Pakistan what would you say.

    Isn't it time for the good men of Pakistan, if there are any left, to do something about it. I used to have a good friend and asked him what did he have to say. His words were "India has corrupt politicans; the captued terrorist has a red ribbon on his wrist which only Hindus wear; Pakistan does not have a hand in it". Can you imagine sir, not a word about the victims and their families. Then there have been others sending me emails to the effect that India also has done similar things to Pakistan and that Pakistan is also a vicitim of terrorism, which I do not deny but how Can India solve their problem when terrorists are home-grown product of Pakistan.

    Mike, I believe you have a soft corner for the Muslims and I also used to have it BUT NO MORE. Now I feel like saying that when good men do nothing about it and evil continues to flourish thenyou need, no you are forced to adopt the measures such as Israel has adopted. But by no means do I condone it, but I can see why. Saddam had ample chances to make peace with his people but what did he do, he surrounded himself with evil men who carried on his dirty work. Probably that is why BUSH and CHENEY. The world is brow-beating about them, but they have finished the evil Saddam. You can't deny it and there may not be another Saddam in Iraq for a long time to come. YOu must reply to this email.


  9. Rajinder,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    First of all I am a Muslim and I do not have a soft corner towards any one based on religion, nationality, race or ethnicity. I have soft corner for every one who is wronged.

    The American Public and the World don't think much about Bush Cheney, who lied to wage a war against a nation who did not do any wrong to us. Yes Saddam was evil and am glad he is gone, but at what cost? Millions of Iraqi lives, widows, orphans and destruction?

    Just as the British tore us idiots apart, some of the Indians and Pakistanis are still hateful towards each other, the masters have done a fabulous job in brainwashing us. They have done it in Palestine and Israel. No one should be hateful towards the other, it is not good for any one.

    Shame on Indians, Palestinians, Israelis or Pakistanis if they poison their children with hate. They have suffered enough hatred themselves why dump it on their children and continue the conflict.

    Every decent and civilized parent has an obligation to give a better life to their offspring and and load them up with love and not hate.


  10. Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

    Dear supporters of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and members of the
    American Jewish community,

    Who among us has not watched in alarm and anguish as the crisis
    has unfolded in Gaza and southern Israel over the past two days?
    Close to 300 Palestinians have died and hundreds more are
    wounded -- both Hamas militants and ordinary citizens. More than
    120 rockets have been launched into Israel, with one man killed.

    Though some Israeli action is an understandable response to
    continued rocket fire from Hamas, and the idea of contained
    surgical strikes may be compelling, these airstrikes represent a
    huge escalation of the conflict -- a crisis that may end in a
    wider war in which many more Palestinians and Israelis die in
    the weeks to come.

    The now familiar sequence of escalating mutual hostility,
    invasion, and withdrawal without security arrangements has never
    worked -- in Lebanon, the West Bank, or in Gaza itself. The
    United States and the entire world community must intercede to
    help reestablish a ceasefire, put an end to rocket attacks on
    Israel, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

    Brit Tzedek calls on President Bush to initiate an international
    effort aimed at negotiating an immediate ceasefire. Such a
    ceasefire must halt all attacks from both sides and allow
    humanitarian assistance into Gaza.

    Further, we call on President-elect Obama to make clear that he
    will, as President, urgently assert US leadership to achieve a
    comprehensive diplomatic resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian
    and Arab-Israeli conflicts.

    Today, black smoke spirals over Gaza as the hospitals fill with
    the wounded. Israelis stay close to bomb shelters and 7000
    reservists get ready for a possible ground assault. If the
    international community fails to swiftly establish a durable
    peace, the consequences will be dire. The current hostilities in
    Gaza may be only the beginning.

    There is no doubt that Israel has the right and the obligation
    to protect its citizens. But Israel's only hope for survival as
    a secure and democratic Jewish homeland lies in a diplomatic --
    rather than military -- solution, and in a negotiated peace
    agreement with the Palestinians.

    Steve Masters, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    Diane Balser, Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Brit Tzedek v'Shalom---
    , The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
    11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: (312) 341-1205
    Fax: (312) 341-1206

  11. Indeed it is high time; that people are just seeing this and doing nothing about it. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
    Where is the voice of the leaders of the neighbouring nations?

    What are the Emir's; Sultan's; King's and other Rulers saying? Do they know? what's happening?

    Where is UN ?

    USA ?

    Please put our selves in their shoes.

    Please be kind....
    Please bring peace ... please !

  12. It is the Israeli leadership that is criminal and not the Israelis or the Jews, as it was with our own Bush gang who went on and acted like cranky kids in Iraq and Afghanistan when 72% of America was against it.

    Blaming America, Islam, Israel or a group is useless, as we cannot punish any and bring justice, they are intangibles. But if we go right to Bush, Bin Laden and the few Israeli Leaders, we can punish them as individual criminals and bring justice. It is like treating the cancer, just that spot. We need to find organizations with monies to sue these individuals and put them on the stand for their crimes against humanity... It is good for Israel, Palestine and America.