"They might break its bones."
"They might implant tanks on the insides of its children and women. They might throw it into the sea, sand, or blood."
"But it will not repeat lies and say 'Yes' to invaders."
"It will continue to explode."
"It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza's way of declaring that it deserves to live."
A Final Comment
Gaza boils daily. Life reflects brutalizing occupation harshness. Isolation is suffocating. West Bank Palestinians understand.
No one's safe anywhere in Palestine. State terror makes everyone vulnerable. No one knows from one day to the next who'll live, die, be arrested, beaten, tortured, or dehumanized for not being Jewish.
On November 25, Haaretz contributor Gideon Levy headlined "An accounting," saying:
In April 2001, the first homemade rockets struck Israel. From then to now, 4,717 Palestinians were killed compared to 59 Israelis.
Add at most another half dozen Israelis and over 170 Palestinians from Pillar of Cloud.
Conflict-related injured Palestinian numbers are staggering. From Cast Lead and Pillar of Cloud alone (31 days combined), they exceed 6,000.
On average, annual Israeli vehicular accidents take hundreds of lives. In 2000, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics reported 461 fatalities. Other years reflect similar numbers.
"The numbers don't lie," said Levy. The "proportion is horrifying. It ought to disturb every Israeli." Few know. Most don't care. Only Jewish lives matter.
Since 2001, the ratio of Palestinians to Jews killed was almost 100 to one. Thousands of Palestinian rockets caused little harm.