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Original post made by Jag Singh, Los Altos, on Jan 10, 2008

The situation in Gaza is deteriorating by the hour. The Israeli siege of Gaza constitutes an international crime of collective punishment. Food and other basic necessities, including desperately needed medical supplies, have been halted. Garbage rots on the streets because Israel has severely restricted fuel supplies to operate garbage trucks. Most businesses have closed their doors and laid off their workers. Local health clinics are closing down due to lack of medical supplies. The 1.5 million Palestinians residing in Gaza, driven from their ancestral homes, constitute one of the most impoverished people of the world. The 25 mile strip, under total Israeli control, has been reduced to a giant concentration camp. Israel has destroyed the airport and prevented the construction of a harbor. It is reneged on its promise to allow a “safe passage” to the West Bank. Predictably, President Bush has failed to condemn the illegal settlements which have stolen huge swaths of Palestinian land. It is time for Americans of all stripes to vigorously oppose the state sponsored terror unleashed on the Palestinians and demand Israel abides by international law.

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Posted by ....
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:27 pm

What about the daily shelling of Israel by Palestinians in Gaza. Maybe that should stop...?

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Posted by Abolish Israel NOW
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Only 5 jews have been killed by those rockets in the past 7 years, meanwhile Israelis murder Palestinians at a 20:1 ratio.

Most of the Palestinian victims are civilians, mostly women and children, including hundreds of Palestinian children being murdered every year.

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Posted by chaos
a resident of University South
on Jan 10, 2008 at 11:56 pm

which palestinians should israel deal with? hamas daily plots israel's destruction, and would rather kill jews than help palestinians. fatah can't rule or control gaza. fatah and hamas have stopped killing each other, for now......... how long will that last? and if they want to save civilian lives they might stop hiding among civilians. but you can't apply western thinking here - the dead are martyrs bound for heaven and their sacrifice will only be worthwhile if israel is destroyed. so who exactly can israel negotiate with here? or maybe you'd say it's not a matter of negotiation, israel could just withdraw. that worked real well in gaza - palestinians destroyed what was left behind out of spite rather than enrich themselves and improve their economy... then they use the territory to smuggle weapons from Egypt and fire into israel..... seems pretty obvious to me - only israel has ever really compromised for peace. giving land back to egypt worked. jordan found a way to coexist. israel said it needed to stay in lebanon for years, then finally pulled out (as they should have) but then lo and behold, southern lebanon becomes staging ground for attacks on israel. so which side has the record of making efforts to negotiate in good faith, compromise, withdraw from territories, dismantle settlements? which side uses compromise as opportunity to attack further?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 11, 2008 at 3:31 am

With all that oil money, it is a shame that Palestine relies solely on trade with an enemy they have sworn to kill. Palestine never mises a chance to miss a chance.The call should be "Go East, young Palestinian, leave the futile war to the old men."

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Posted by jill
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm

The Palestinians should reject the 2 state proposal in favor of a one state solution.

They will have to put up with apartheid for a few years like the blacks in South Africa.

Eventually demographics will win, they will be in the majority, world opinion will force democratic elections.

At that point the Palestinians will have control over all the lands they lost in 1948.

Hopefully this transition will be like that in South Africa, either way they win

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm

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2 State solution can work as long as both sides lay down all arms. If Israel does it all by itself, it will cease to exist, but if the Palestinian side stops..guess what, peace will come..

By the way, anybody know how much aid the US and Israel send to the Palestinians every year and how much other countries do?

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Posted by David
a resident of another community
on Jan 11, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Too much - way too much. And it is mostly used to kill jews while their own people starve, live in squalor and suffer oppression from their radical leaders.

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Posted by Not Dr Ferragamo
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm

The Palestinians in gaza are getting what they deserve--they subject Israel to an almost daily barrage of rocket attacks and then when Israel takes steps to stop the attacks they whine, like Abolish Israel now above.
Hamas refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist and constantly call for the destruction of Israel.
Either whne the leadership in Gaza is beaten into submission or those morons in charge in Gaza finally realize that Israel willnot be dstroyed, then there can be serious discusiions about peace.
Until t hem Israelis within it's rights to continue the "siege" in Gaza.
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Posted by Not Dr Ferragamo
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Editors are you protecting the terrorist supporter Hanan Ashrwai now? Is that why you edited my comments above.
I know that the Weekly has written articles praising PPJC, a Hamas supprot group her on the Peninsula and Don Kazak has written articles praising Joel Beinin, another apologist for palestinian terrorism.
Clearly the weekly supproters the activities of Hamas.

Her is another example of what Hamas is doing in Gaza:

Web Link

Maybe when they learn to act like human beings and stop behaving liked crazed, maniacal pigs then there will be peace.
For the time being they may cointinue to eat their own shit.

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 13, 2008 at 8:37 am

Editors, you must be deleted an allegory that I stated in order to make my point pithily in response to Jill's One State solution comment,and that was only "How about a One State solution with Mexico?"

Just letting everyone else know that was what was deleted, not some filthy or disparaging comment, like so many not deleted on this thread.

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Posted by Marty Cohen
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 14, 2008 at 9:58 am

Our unconditional support for Israel’s state sponsored terrorism has been a monumental blunder and convinced much of the Arab world we are a dishonest broker. The London Independent described the meeting of Bush, President Shimon Peres and PM Ehud Olmert as a love festival! Perhaps the $30 billion we have promised Israel in addition to the $3-$.5 billion has a lot to do with the public display of such affection. This is a time when our nation is facing an economic downturn and possibly a recession. I am surprised that respondents are not appalled by the theft of Palestinian land and home demolitions. Perhaps, this truly reflects our declining values as a nation! After all if we turn back the pages of history, we expropriated the land from the indigenous American Indians in what may be described as the largest ethnic cleansing in the world. Even a writer that is sympathetic to Israel as Leon Wieseltier recently described land theft and Israeli settlements as a moral and strategic blunder of historic proportions.” By the way, Israel has insisted that all future aid be paid in Euros because of the declining value of the dollar! What crass audacity!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Jasbir Singh
a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 15, 2008 at 1:43 am

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 15, 2008 at 3:04 am

The aid to Israel, matched by aid to Egypt, was a foolish bargain to shield people from the consequences of their actions. Sometimes a war needs to be fought so the losers learn that war is not a viable means of redressing grievances. Imagine if the US had limited response to Pearl Harbor to sinking an equivalent tonnage of Japanese ships.

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Posted by Jasbir Singh
a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Marty Cohen is an alias. The poster is really a Hamas operative sent to spread false propoganda about Israel.
He is the love child and former lover of yasser arafat, the late unlamented dead piece of palestinian garbage.
his mother resides in pa and is very active in the anti-semetic organization PPJC. She is a very prolific letter wrote. Can you guess her identity. Yasser did her when she was visiting Palestine a number of years ago.

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