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Reading The Videos: Israel's Glamor v. Gaza's Despair

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Certainly no person aware of Israel's blockade of goods and services to Gaza, or Israel's devastating bombing of Gaza, would consider Gaza a vacation haven. Gaza is not a place of joy. It's an overcrowded war-zone populated by more than a million terrified men, women and children. They subsist amidst the rubble caused by Israel's missiles that crushed their homes and killed their loved ones. They inhabit a tiny strip of land that can be driven across in two hours. They have no space for recreation. They have no scenic boulevards and tony cafes. Even their beach is a danger. Their lives are a daily challenge of fear, illness, hunger, anguish, poverty, joblessness, homelessness and physical and emotional wounds. Israel, on the other hand, which propagates its struggle for survival and its imminent danger as rationale for killing and imprisoning Palestinians, is promoted as a vacation oasis. Witness the glory of Israel from the video below that loops frequently on local Los Angeles TV. No fear, hunger, rubble or homelessness appear in this portrayal of Israel. Only beauty, riches and joy. I'm happy there is joy in Israel. I want Israelis to be happy and live well. But I want Palestinians to be happy and live equally well. As a Jew it angers and insults me that Israel proclaims itself on the verge of distinction unless it suppresses Palestinians and withholds their basics for survival. Now juxtapose Israel's visual with that of Gaza. Here's a glimpse of Gaza after Israel's December and January assaults. There are numerous videos to choose from which show the horrors Gazans suffer. It's the deaths of innocent children that most disgust me. But I've spared you the images of their battered and lifeless bodies to focus on the landscape and compare the terrains. After all we're talking "tourists" here. (For those of you who can bear it, here's a link beyond the landscape to the horrific images of THE CHILDREN) As is clear from this video, no tourists will be journeying to Gaza in search of calm and frivolity and no videos will be produced to invite them. The only visitors to Gaza are intrepid journalists and humanitarian organizations like CODEPINK, who risked their safety just this week to bring gift baskets, as shown below, to the women for International Women's Day: W09_Gaza_basket1 As one who feels great sadness over the death and destruction in Gaza, I'm immensely grateful that this lovely video of Israel exists (there are more like it on youtube.com) to show the extreme contrasts between the affluence and security of Israel and the poverty and anguish of Palestine. Perhaps the next time Israel unleashes its grotesque killing technology (like phosphorous) on Palestine, Lebanon or others, observers might consider whether Israel is being honest when it proclaims how desperate and fearful Israelis are. Perhaps after viewing these videos observers will have more realistic images of the safety and comfort of Israelis compared to the pain and suffering of Palestinians.

 

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That is the true spirit of community - from women ... by Rady Ananda on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 10:24:15 AM
If Gaza wants to recover, she will recognize my ri... by Jason Paz on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:56:34 PM
And this is supposed to be a "progressive&quo... by william denton on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 5:10:41 PM
Hamas' central crime is that they dare to figh... by Mac McKinney on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 5:17:37 PM
and it is already hateful, malicious and stupid.&n... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 7:44:19 PM
Gazan parents dress their children as suicide bomb... by william denton on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 8:31:08 PM
Yes, I can see that you belong to the Terrorists G... by Mac McKinney on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:20:26 AM
Almost forgot Part 2 here of Occupation 101. Many ... by Mac McKinney on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:41:27 AM
Mac,I just clicked on your link and watched the Yo... by Elizabeth Molchany on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:10:09 PM
Actually, you can just go to YouTube and search th... by william denton on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 10:04:48 PM
Thank you for your perspective and information. Yo... by william denton on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:58:27 PM
I hesitate to expand on your excellent analysis fo... by Jason Paz on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 2:17:20 AM
I mentioned my shock when I was reading on this si... by william denton on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:09:09 AM
It would be very good to look in the mirror and si... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:46:21 AM
Mark, you are dead wrong. The Israeli army did not... by Barry Werner on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:15:48 PM
were by Israel, not by Hamas.Most of the folks who... by Elizabeth Molchany on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:44:37 PM
is a terrorist organization. Why would you be pos... by Elizabeth Molchany on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:42:30 AM
Um, Elizabeth, who other than Moslem terrorist gro... by william denton on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:24:27 AM
When you don't have an answer, Denton, you res... by Elizabeth Molchany on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 11:56:26 AM
Here you go, 2nd video collection for your educati... by Mac McKinney on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:24:21 AM
And while you are at it, maybe you can explain how... by william denton on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:44:52 AM
A couple things. You keep referring to this "... by Cheryl Biren on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 7:39:18 AM
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Surely, what they've forgotten to tell you is ... by Sister Begonia on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:06:56 PM
On a more hopeful note, according to the Continent... by Allan Wayne on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:40:53 AM
Continental Drift is only a theory. Or haven't... by william denton on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 2:17:34 AM
I stand connected.... by Allan Wayne on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 2:22:57 AM
Here you go, right from the mouth of an Israeli hi... by Mac McKinney on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:37:09 AM
At least you might have mentioned that the majorit... by william denton on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:58:25 AM
My goal was to at least get you thinking about oth... by Mac McKinney on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:20:21 PM
I have no doubt injustices have been comitted on M... by william denton on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 2:43:28 AM
I am an atheist. That is my right.The Koran gives ... by william denton on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 5:27:38 AM
You hear support for the oppressed and displaced P... by John R Moffett on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 7:07:35 AM
To come to the site first time and immediately ins... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:52:19 AM
with a military faction.  But I love how neol... by Rady Ananda on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:08:24 AM
I support every word you have written here in resp... by Elizabeth Molchany on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 2:04:35 PM
Replying to allegations:1) Not sure any injustice ... by Mac McKinney on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 4:15:33 PM
That was sweet, short and straight to the point!&n... by Sister Begonia on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:08:29 PM
I am reminded of the grunt in "Platoon"w... by Jason Paz on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:30:50 PM
Gaza is not a place of joy because Hamas rules the... by Barry Werner on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:40:37 PM
Everything Israel does is unilateral.  It is ... by Elizabeth Molchany on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:53:45 PM
Zionism is a lie based on myth. There are no Jews ... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 5:50:15 PM
Gaza man witnesses soldiers executing his father&l... by Elizabeth Molchany on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 6:13:50 PM
If David Ben Gurion deserted his family and murder... by Jason Paz on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 12:40:02 AM