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How a sixth grader from Sderot draws the war

The Great Flood Collective (Hamabul), a community organization that seeks to use art in dealing with social and political issues, did a comics workshop for kids in Sderot who spent most of the summer holiday in bomb shelters. ”We feared that the poisonous atmosphere will be visible in the drawings,” the activists wrote on Hamabul Facebook’s page, “but what turned out was the opposite.”

This is a drawing by Ohad, 11 years old:

A comics by Ohad, age 11, from Sderot

Comics by Ohad, age 11, from Sderot

Take another look – it’s even smarter than you think.

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    1. Whiplash

      A child’s mind is open to imagine ridiculous possibilities. Eliminating Israel planes and Palestinian missiles would not end the conflict. Love will not filter down from the clouds.

      In reference to Hamas, it has been said you can not kill an idea. What they mean is that you can not kill Hamas or Palestinian ideology of hate and terrorism against the Jewish people as the means of obtaining what they want. Hate and terrorism will emanate from the Palestinian side, as it has for 100 years, unless it society changes it attitudes. Palestinian society does not accept the existence of a Jewish state in the middle east. The Palestinian narrative is that Jews are invaders who stole their land whom must be forcibly ejected by the rightful Palestinian owners by whatever amount of force it takes over what ever amount of time it takes.

      Palestinian society teaches it children to hate Jews and incites them to violence from the cradle to the grave. Palestinians glorify and hold in the highest regard terrorists who act as role models for children. The terrorists who have carried out or gave the orders for the killing of Israelis are paid lifetime salaries 10 times the average Palestinian wage.

      Until the ideology of the Palestinians, both Fatah and Hamas and both religious and secular, is exploded and denounced in Palestinian society a true peace is not possible.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        “A child’s mind is open to imagine ridiculous possibilities.”

        Looks like there’s quite a few children in adult bodies among the anti-Zionist lefties. Though, in all fairness, not all of them naive—a lot of them are fully aware that the goal of the Arab colonists on the Land of Israel is to conquer the Jewish state, loot its cities, kill the males and take the females captive, and they *support* that goal. In the name of “justice,” it must never be forgotten.

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      • Danny

        You display classic psychological projection. Everything you said about the Palestinians can be said almost entirely about the Israelis. You are no better than they are, and your government is no better than the Hamas government (some, including me, would say much worse).

        Before you lay blame on others, take a long hard look in the mirror.

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        • Whiplash

          Is Dan the man bluffing us with his blarney? Israel’s founding document, Israel’s Declaration of Independence, promised

          “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture”

          It further reached out to Arabs living in Mandate Palestine:

          “WE APPEAL – in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.”

          The Palestinians held out no such lofty ideals but sought the destruction of Israel and its peoples as its main goal.

          The PLO Covenant of 1964 and 1968 called for the elimination of the Israeli state and all its institutions. It would have killed or expelled all Jews but those living under Ottoman rule. The Hamas Charter calls for the destruction of the Israeli state and a genocide of all Jews.

          “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.”

          “In all that, they fear Allah and raise the banner of Jihad in the in the face of the oppressors, so that they would rid the land and the people of their uncleanliness, vileness and evils.”

          “the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realization of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

          “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree.”

          “Hamas regards Nationalism (Wataniyya) as part and parcel of the religious faith. Nothing is loftier or deeper in Nationalism than waging Jihad against the enemy and confronting him when he sets foot on the land of the Muslims. And this becomes an individual duty binding on every Muslim man and woman; a woman may fight the enemy even without her husband’s authorization, and a slave without his masters’ permission.”

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          • Craig

            Israel’s actual laws do not resemble the aspirations of equality in its Constitution. Discrimination against Arabs is rampant in Israel. There are currently up to 50 laws on the books in the State of Israel that privilege Jewish citizens over non-Jewish citizens:

            http://adalah.org/Public/files/English/Legal_Advocacy/Discriminatory_Laws/Discriminatory-Laws-in-Israel-October-2012-Update.pdf

            Why do these laws exist? Because many people in the Israeli government believe that Arabs are a “demographic threat,” to use Netanyahu’s term:

            http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/netanyahu-israel-s-arabs-are-the-real-demographic-threat-1.109045

            The concern about Israel remaining a majority-Jewish state has led policy makers to structure Israel’s public sphere in a way that privileges Jewish citizens over non-Jewish citizens. This isn’t just a cultural phenomenon. The Knesset is actually passing laws that treat Israeli citizens unequally based on ethnicity, offering opportunities and privileges to Jewish citizens that non-Jewish citizens do not have access to.

            This sort of discrimination feeds into the rhetoric of Hamas that Israel hates Arabs and does not welcome them in its society. Nobody is coming here to defend Hamas, but does anyone seriously believe that Palestinian resentment and bitterness towards Israel has nothing to do with the fact that the Israel government treats the Occupied Territories as open-air prisons? Or that Palestinians are regularly humiliated at the hands of the IDF? Or that the Israeli government does not act to correct injustices committed by Israeli settlers? Or that the Israeli government restricts the scope of permissible Palestinian economic activity, freedom of movement, the ability to build houses on their own land, to farm their own soil, and to fish in their own waters?

            Support for Hamas in the Occupied Territories would drop significantly if the Israeli government stopped behaving in a manner that makes Hamas’s anti-Israel rhetoric look credible, and started treating Palestinians in the Occupied Territories with respect, rather than viewing them as expendable collateral damage in the war against Hamas militants.

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          • Whiplash

            Craig, adalah’s list is laughable. For instance, Israel’s law on sale of land to foreigners. This law applies to Jews, Arabs, Christians, Muslims, and secularists. Most states have land control laws which prevents sale of land to foreigners.

            With respect to the law of return. all states have laws which says who may be admitted to the citizenry of the state. Israel in the exercise of its democratic right has chosen to allow Jews to immigrate to Israel. This is not surprising since Israel was founded as a refuge for Jews from the harsh treatment of their people in Muslim and Christian countries.

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      • Solidarity

        “Palestinian society teaches it children to hate Jews and incites them to violence from the cradle to the grave.”

        This is the lie that makes me the angriest, because I know for a fact it is not true. I lived in Palestine for two years and taught children between the ages of 7-10 for a few months. The most powerful experience I have ever had in my life is flipping through their yearbooks and seeing their drawings and stories – drawings of daily and nightly humiliation, fear and unimaginable horror visited upon them by Israeli soldiers and tanks. And emblematic of all their accounts was a story by a young boy, of seeing a wounded Israeli soldier and feeling pity and sympathy for him, his fellow human being. Palestinians teach their children to love and to live with dignity, humanity and courage. Nobody who has ever been to Palestine and experienced the kindness and hospitality of the Palestinian people could ever for a moment tolerate this shameless lie – and the world is starting to know it too, Whiplash.

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      • 8ball boris

        On the other hand, even a child is capable of creating a symbolic message in a very strong cartoon. It shows the current problem (endless circle of violence and mutual hatred) and shows that this can only be resolved by putting a halt to the fighting and learn to love the other side.

        Actually, the kid is as smart as Ghandi and Nelson Mandela were. They realized that, by definition, peace can only exist if you stop fighting and hating.

        Just thought I’d let you know, as you obviously missed the point of this kid entirely.

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    2. I think that Ohad has the answer. He would be a wonderful ambassador for his people. In fact, if children from both sides could meet right now, I think that they would be able to do a far better job than all the adults who have messed everything up so badly with their entrenched certitudes.

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      • Whiplash

        Right, what a good idea. If anything the Palestinian children would come to any dialogue wearing suicide belts. You may have missed the indoctrination of Palestinian youth of the necessity of killing the Jewish children. On August 1, 2014 Al-Asqa TV in the Palestinian territories broadcast this gem from a sermon by an Iman:

        “Every mother – especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine – must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth.”

        May 8, 2014 Al-Asqa TV

        “Boy 1: We love the resistance. We want to die as Martyrs. Long live the Martyrs…
        Boy 2: The Israeli occupation understands only resistance. We always love the resistance, to liberate our nation Palestine. And among us, the Martyrs are loved.”

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        • Goldmarx

          With every quote like that, Whiplash, I can match with similar gems from MK Ayelet Shaked, MK Moshe Feiglin, or that Israeliprofessor who declared that only threats of rape to their female kin will stop a suicide bomber.

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          • JohnW

            Nu? They hate …

            And some of us hate too.

            Normal human reaction.

            Hey, Goldie, you hate too. Didn’t you state your desire to summarily execute those of us who disagree with you?

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          • Goldmarx

            No, I did not. I’ve disagreed with Kiwi and Danny and Kolumn8, and since they were respectful, so was I. They’re not trolls, so they don’t piss me off.

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          • JohnW

            J:”Didn’t you state your desire to summarily execute those of us who disagree with you?”

            G:”No, I did not”

            Are you sure? I can post a link showing that you did. And you also promised to knock someone’s teeth out. You want me to?

            Now be a man and admit that if someone pisses you off, you go off your brain.

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        • Wear your seatbelt

          You’re attitude and comments are despicable. Whether you’re a Jew or Muslim, or anything, you’re full of hate and your mother should wash your mouth out with soap. Kids wearing suicide belts may be a reality, but in Palestine it’s likely to only come from a reaction to being continually raped by Israel. Freedom, minerals, gas. You treat the Palestinians like animals. The end of global society is likely to come far sooner than peace because Israel is funded by the same Americans that are destroying the rest of the world through globalisation and capitalism. Jehovah and Allah have mercy on all of us, Babel is about to collapse.

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        • Wear a seatbelt

          Whiplash, your attitude and comments are despicable. Whether you’re a Jew or Muslim, or anything, you’re full of hate and your mother should wash your mouth out with soap. Kids wearing suicide belts may be a reality, but in Palestine it’s likely only a reaction to being continually raped by Israel. Freedom, economic growth, movement, minerals, gas. Palestinians are not. The end of global society is likely to come far sooner than peace because Israel is funded by the same Americans that are destroying the rest of the world through globalisation and capitalism. Jehovah and Allah have mercy on all of us, Babel is about to collapse.

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    3. Ara

      Hey Whip, can’t you find anything more useful to engage in rather than spilling your vitriol in every post on this site? If you can’t even see the smart and hopeful message in this drawing from an 11 year old Israeli, then the hatred in your heart and soul must have rendered you completely blind to humanity. Perhaps it is time for an introspective reevaluation…

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      • Ellen

        Thanks, Ara. I was going to say the same thing. It’s sad that so many people are unable to see the basic humanity and hopefulness of children, so beautifully encapsulated in Ohad’s drawing. If only children ruled the world instead of adults.

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        • Whiplash

          Obviously, Helen, you have never read “Lord of the Flies”.

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          • Ellen

            I have. It’s a novel. Someone made it up.

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      • Eliza

        Ara – Oled’s cartoon comes from a good place but its not so smart and not so hopeful. Not really.

        I would say that Oled sincerely believes that the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians cannot be solved by military means (and I agree) but neither can it be solved whilst young Israelis think that the dispute is one between two parties equal in power. Oled probably sincerely believes that Israel has been at war with Gaza. Protective Edge is not a war but a duck shoot. Do you never think that the day may come when Israel may have to face a real army with equal weaponry, trained soldiers?

        The Palestinians, whether in Gaza or the West Bank are under Israeli occupation. They have no army to speak of and precious place to escape Israeli bombs (or in the West Bank Israeli arrest, detention, settler violence etc)

        Until enough Israelis can accept that the very establishment of Israel was at the expense of the indigenous non-Jews, there can be no justice. 1948 still matters. The omelette cannot be unscrambled but there will be no lasting peace without justice and a just historical reckoning. Maybe this is a stretch too far for Oled.

        Just out of interest, what sort of cartoon or drawing do you think that Oled’s counterpart in Gaza may draw. I would not bring these two together – at least have the decency to let the boy from Gaza grieve and hopefully heal before you inflict Oled’s ‘hopeful and smart’ cartoon on him. The two sides are not equal in strength.

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    4. SDK

      Jesus H Christ, people. It’s just a picture. It’s a good comic. One can dream of peace and cultivate a desire for real peace even while retaining a realistic sense of what is possible now. There are already a number of peace plans on the table that run into the hundreds of pages. If you want a detailed proposal, you can get it there. It’s a picture.

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