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Wanted: A Chunk of That Wall and a Moral Leader.
Sunday, 27 January 2008 14:10
by Tom Chartier with Elizabeth Gyllensvard

Hallelujah! A blow for freedom and liberty has been struck!

Hamas finally did something right. Instead of their usual, criminal and self-defeating Qassam rocket fire into Israel, Hamas blew up seven miles of siege wall in the city of Rafah between Gaza and Egypt. And what ensued? A flood of free market activities! Starving Palestinians flooded into the Egyptian side of Rafah to buy such subversive goods as food, medical supplies, fuel for their cars and heaters and bags of cement to rebuild their destroyed homes.

NPR reports:
“Umm Fahdi, 40, a mother of five, was crossing into Egypt with her 11-year-old son to visit friends near the city of El-Arish. ‘Let us live, let us live,’ she said. ‘We're human and we want to live. We’ve been choked, choked! Tell the Jews to leave us alone and give us mercy, and let the whole world look at how we are living!’ ”
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert responded that the problem of the breached wall must be solved by the Egyptians. But what’s the use of bolting the barn door when the cattle have already galloped into the pasture? Besides, the BBC reports: “Egypt 'won't force Gazans back'”.

Olmert insists that the Israeli embargo of Gaza will not turn into a humanitarian crisis. What, pray, does he think it is now?

“But,” Olmert warned, “there is no justification for demanding we allow residents of Gaza to live normal lives while shells and rockets are fired from their streets and courtyards at Sderot and other communities in the south.” Does Olmert seriously expect the world to believe that every single one of the 1.5 million Palestinians residing in Gaza are militants firing Qassam rockets?

There are two things I want: a moral Western leader (dream on), and a piece of the Palestinian wall (now, that might be possible).

Ich bin ein Palestiner! Where is the US leader insisting: Mr. Olmert, tear down this wall? Where is the religious leader demanding: Let my people go!

Anyway, now that there is a vibrant free market in between Gaza and Egypt, I want a piece of the action!

My investment in the US dollar has become Merde de singe (trans.: leavings of primate. French always sounds so refined.). It’s too late to snag part of the Berlin Wall. So… I want several chunks of that wall between Gaza and Egypt! I’m investing in history.

I seek fragments suitable for framing. You know, something eye-catching with genuine graffiti, preferably Arabic.

As a symbol of mankind’s cry of freedom, the chunk of the Palestinian Wall will be prominently displayed in the lobby of Casa de los Chartier to impress visitors and to stimulate debates the victorious outcome of which I am confident.

I am accepting offers from residents of Gaza. No others need apply. This may be the best way I can help those victims of the Israeli Siege. Aside from the framed chunk to hang over my mantle, the other chunks will be sold on eBay. Proceeds of the sales will be donated to ICAHD.

One return on my investment? A place of honor on the Transportation Security Administration’s No Fly List!

Heaven forefend that this Christian should offer charity to the oppressed Muslims! Sorry, Ehud, I don’t buy into imprisoning an entire country. No wonder they blew up seven miles of oppression’s most heinous symbol.

So how much more of The Wall is likely to be blown up? Israel has been working feverishly on over six hundred miles of serpentine walls and fences to protect a border about three hundred and seventy miles long in the West Bank. Yeah… I don’t get the math either. Do you suppose a couple holes here and there might not appear in the middle of the night? Can’t have that. Without The Wall, Palestinian farmers might be able to get to their own crops! Palestinian workers might be able to get to their jobs and infirm Palestinians might make it to the hospital.

Well, never fear. The Israeli IDF will put the kibosh on that sort of radical activity. Will the Israelis use cluster bombs on the Palestinians just as they did on the Lebanese? The job of ethnic cleansing is never done.

The fact is, Israel has ostrich egg all over its face. Laying siege to an entire population is not the done thing. Has it occurred to the Israeli deciders that Gaza may be a modern era Masada? Or was that what they were hoping for? Waging war on an entire population for the criminal acts of a few just isn’t cricket, Ehud.

The big questions are: will the West Bank Palestinians follow the lead of their brothers in Gaza and start blowing holes in The Wall imprisoning them?

If so, what will Israel do in retaliation?

Is there a leader who will stand up against this futile cycle of revenge?
Or, will the world be content to continue in silence while the siege of Palestine grinds on? 
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John Czarnecki said:

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Speaker for peace
Until and unless the U.S. puts some pressure on Israel (and I don't see that happening in this administration),there will be no Palestinian state, no Palestinian freedom, no Palestinian justice. Big change is needed in Washington and Israel.
 
January 27, 2008
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Tom in Canada said:

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Re: Your article - Wanted: A Chunk of That Wall and a Moral Leader.
There is reason for hope! Israel is one of the few countries in history to have returned land gained by conquest and occupied for years. Most lands in the current era have not been so lucky. Just look at China and Tibet or the USA and Mexico. We need to keep the pressure on Israel. The secret weapon is that Israel is a vibrant democracy and it has hundreds of thousands of activists clamouring for peace with the Palistinians. We only wish that the US had the same percentage of it's citizens demanding peace in Iraq and Afghanistan. The unfortunate truth is that Israel is as much a prisoner of it's military / industrial complex as the US is with it's war lobby.
 
January 28, 2008
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joop van de Swaluw. said:

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walls.
Is that why the Jews have a wailing wall?
 
January 28, 2008
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joop van de Swaluw. said:

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walls.
Let's start wailing at the Mexican-American wall/fence.
The Chinese wall can't stop the influx of American dollars.
 
January 28, 2008
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Brick said:

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Tom in Canada
.."The unfortunate truth is that Israel is as much a prisoner of it's military / industrial complex as the US is with it's war lobby."

Exactamundo
 
January 28, 2008
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