When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you—and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.
Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
—Deuteronomy 7: 16
From Yusef al-Ghalban in Gaza:
gaza,: hello, what’s up man
me: hey yusef, i’m here but talking with my daughter for a few more minutes. can you wait?
gaza,: ok, take your time
me: ok yusef, now i’m free and happy to chat with you.
me: yusef, i’m still here.
there’s a bombing in the area between khanyonis and rafah
ambulances in her way
me: can you take shelter anywhere?
gaza,: this is the problem dear, there’s no shelter, any place could been targeted
mainly they are destroying thesecurity centers of hamas, all places of them
but the problem is that all these places are crowded with innocent people, there’s no (special)
place for hamas or others
about the statistics you ask
me: how often do they target homes, schools, hospitals, and other civilian areas?
gaza,: yes for sure,
they destroyed mosques,
3 of them, they say it is a store of weapon for hamas
perhapse this is true but in these attacks on mosques they killed more than 10 civil Palestinians
me: today some of us go to a senator
today some of us go to a senator’s office in boston to persuade him to be more supportive of
palestinian rights. later today another vigil in cambridge which i will attend and photograph. we
gaza,: that sounds very good,
you know skip, i don’t blame you as US citizen,, but do other citizens of US are aware that their
army manficture which used with no sense of humanity here in gaza?
this war isn’t against Hamas, even thought it look like this. today the spokes man of israeli army said that we will continue the war till we destroyed every place of Hamas, and killed every one of them..
but in fact, they can’t kill Hamas people only, bullets don’t know the difference between the children and a man, this bombs don’t know the difference between a weapon place and a civilian house,
me: very well written yusef, maybe i can quote you in one of my future writings, if that is ok.
gaza,: ok skip;
now they opened the bordered of Rafah between Egypt and Gaza strip, many aid supplies entered by these moment
me: that is very good news. i hope it stays open and much aid can come in and many injured persons can get out for medical treatment.
skip till now there are more than 1000 injuries,
all gaza strip hospitals can’t handle that much of cases
me: have you heard about west bank borders closed? someone told me they heard israel sealed all west bank borders. but i’ve seen no news about this. this morning i wrote friends there to confirm or deny that claim. what do you hear, and about the west bank generally responding to the gaza horror?
gaza,: there are demonstrations in west back
conflicts between palestinians and israeli army,
me: yes, i heard one palestinian was killed in a west bank clash.
gaza,: i think there are more than 5 palestinians were killed in these demonstration
they are more by now
i don;t know the number for sure we are busy on events in gaza about the martyers
more than 320 palestinian
40 percent of them are children and women civiliants
the UNRWA asked for a committee of enquiry about gaza events
me: this is a quote from unrwa:
Even before the present Israeli blitzkrieg, Karen Koning Abu Zayd, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), asserted that, “Gaza is on the threshold of becoming the first territory to be intentionally reduced to a state of abject destitution, with the knowledge, acquiescence and – some would say – encouragement of the international community.”
gaza,: the UNRWA said that more than 55 children and a women were killed
me: is your computer battery working so that when electricity stops the computer continues? or are you plugged into power without using your battery? i’m curious about why we can’t maintain our video connection.
gaza,: i think these percentage is more accurate than the first one
my battery is good, it’s about the internet router, it turn off every time the electricity cut and reopened
let\s try again
me: how are my friends, ibrahem, adham, issam, ehab, amal, belal, rawand, and the others? any word from them?
ok, now i understand, yes let’s try again for video. i’ll call you. 9 minutes
me: oh shit, lost it again. i’ve heard that israel is phoning people in homes and telling them that if they have any weapons in their homes, israel will attack the home. is this accurate?
gaza,: am back, sorry, as usual, electricity issue
about our question it’s true
night in near area in khyanyounis, Bani-Suhaila, they called a house and ask the people to leave within 5 minutes bcz they went to destroy the house in 5 minutes they destroy it by an F16 bomb
yes it’s true
and not onlu for people who has any weapon
also for people who work, support, any one of Hamas
here’s a new thing, i was listening to the radio 10 min. ago, the israelian army broadcast a message through Radio channels
it is for Rafah people, those houses which had a tunnel, a weapon, or those who live in it and participated in “Terror activities” will be destroyed by now,, please leave your houses we will bomb it right away.. and forewarned is forearmed and repeate it again and agai
perhaps it’s a propaganda in a war, perhaps it’s true.. will we will wait and see…
Take Care of yourself Skip, Peace from Gaza.. yeeeeeeeeeeh
…resistance as spectacle has cut loose from its origins in genuine civil disobedience and is becoming more symbolic than real. Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are fun and vital, but alone they are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.