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'No more deaths': Thousands of Israelis protest the Gaza war

Thousands gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square; police let the protest go ahead after canceling it two hours before it was set to start; at least five anti-war protesters were attacked after the demonstration. 

Israelis protesting the Gaza war in Tel Aviv light candles to commemorate the victims. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israelis protesting the Gaza war in Tel Aviv light candles to commemorate the victims. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Some 5,000 Israelis on Saturday evening protested the war in Gaza under the banner, ”No more deaths – Israeli-Palestinian peace, now.” The protest took place at Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv.

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Speakers included Hadash MK Dov Khenin, an Israeli and Palestinian veteran from the organization Combatants for Peace, and Yifat Solel, the head of the Meretz party’s anti-occupation forum. Meretz, however, did not back the demonstration as a party. Ben Kfir of the Parents’ Circle, whose daughter was killed in a Hamas suicide bombing in 2003, also spoke, refuting the government’s claim that there is no partner for peace among the Palestinians. The speakers criticized the government for its attitude toward peace negotiations, and for resorting to war as a default policy. Demonstrators chanted “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” called for an end to the occupation and the siege on Gaza, and lit candles to commemorate the victims.

Roughly 300 right-wing counter-protesters were on the scene trying to reach the main demonstration, audibly chanting “Death to Arabs” while Sulaiman Khatib, co-founder of Combatants for Peace, spoke. A large police presence circled the square in order to keep the sides separate. Four were arrested.

Police ended the protest at around 10 p.m., citing resumed rocket fire from Gaza, two hours before a “humanitarian” ceasefire was set to expire. Soon after the demonstration dispersed, counter-protesters began following the demonstrators home. Verbal attacks turned physically violent; one anti-war demonstrator was beaten with a metal rod and required stitches, and two were attacked with pepper spray.

Police stand between the anti-war demonstration and rightist counter-protesters, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

Police stand between the anti-war demonstration and rightist counter-protesters, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

Some two hours before the protest was set to begin, police canceled it over what they said was fear of a rocket attack. The permit for the demonstration was reinstated only an hour before it began – by which time busses of protesters en route for Tel Aviv had turned back.

Thousands protest the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

Thousands protest the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

Rightist counter-protester arrested at a demonstration against the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestill.org)

Rightist counter-protester arrested at a demonstration against the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestill.org)

Police keep rightist counter-protesters away from an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

Police keep rightist counter-protesters away from an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

The invitation to the protest read:

On Saturday, the peace camp takes a stand at Rabin Square

The war is taking a heavy toll in lives and injuries on both sides, in destruction and horror, in bombings and rockets. We answer this by taking a stand and making a demand: end the war now!

We must end the war and start talking with the recognized Palestinian leadership of the West Bank and Gaza to end the occupation and the siege and to achieve independence and justice for both peoples – in Israel and Palestine.

Instead be being drawn, again and again, into more wars and more military actions, it is now time to lead the way to dialogue and political settlement. There is a political solution. What price must we pay – the people of the South and the other residents of Israel, and the people of Gaza and the West Bank – until we reach that solution?

Together, Jews and Arabs, we will overcome occupation and war, hatred, incitement and racism – and offer a path to life and hope

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    1. Kolumn8

      I’ll be happy to attend one of these demonstrations once I see a similar “Israeli-Palestinian peace now” demonstration in Gaza City. Until then it is just wishful thinking on the part of some useful Jewish idiots.

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      • Crmac50

        The reason why many Palestinians support armed resistance is because the Israeli government oppresses Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories. Palestinians can’t even walk on the same streets as Israeli Jews in Hebron:

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4353235,00.html

        When the Occupation ends, mass Palestinian support for armed resistance will end, and Hamas will lose political legitimacy. You can’t turn the homeland of 4 million people into an open air prison and not expect some of them to fight back.

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        • Kolumn8

          When the Palestinians actually start to want peace rather than continuing to insist that peace can only come when they destroy our country then we can talk about their grievances. Until then all I hear is demands to allow them to set up rockets closer to Tel Aviv. When they start demonstrating for peace we can talk peace. Until then the only people demonstrating on our side are useful idiots.

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      • Jim

        They’ve been oppressed for 65 years. They don’t want peace. They want what the UN gave them. They want a nation, a homeland, and independence. Then you’ll have your peace. Just do the right thing for a change.

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        • Kolumn8

          They don’t want peace. They want to destroy my country and build their own in its place. We are doing exactly the right thing. Rather than listening to those who live in delusions of kumbaya we are defending ourselves and will continue to do so. When the Palestinians actually decide that they want peace we’ll be right here. That may take a while but they are gradually but surely lowering their expectations. In 15-20 years they’ll be ready for peace.

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          • jan Pike

            “they want to destroy our country and build their own” – isn’t that exactly what Israel did to Palestine? Isn’t everyone entitled to a homeland?

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          • Kolumn8

            When the Palestinians accept the principle that Jews are entitled to a homeland then we will be closer to peace. They have yet to do so.

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          • Ori

            When the US Congress decides to stop enabling Israel, you absolutely WILL NOT ‘continue to do so’. Don’t flatter yourself.

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          • Kolumn8

            If the US turns away from Israel then Israel’s military superiority will have a limited shelf life. The most reasonable thing under such circumstances is to be as aggressive as possible in order to prevent the emergence of future threats. It is only US support that allows Israel to act with relative restraint.

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        • GilGamesh

          Actually Jim this problem started when they turned down what the UN gave them and went to war instead.

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      • Reza Lustig

        It makes perfect sense to take a break from watching your loved ones get wheeled off to the morgue in pieces, and dodging bombs, by holding a rally with your friends. Especially a rally to demand your government becomes friends with the government that not only dropped the bombs, but keeps you at poverty level through a blockade.

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        • Kolumn8

          According to the logic of the demonstrators this would be the perfect time to have such a protest in Gaza.

          Lets say that we accept your position. Could you remind me the last time such a pro-peace demonstration did take place in Gaza? Never perhaps?

          I’ll wait until that happens before I put any stock in any peace talks with the Palestinians. I am done with the pretending that the Israeli left deceives itself about how the other side wants peace and I am done caring one bit about people that would celebrate my death.

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          • Reza Lustig

            Did you ever hear of people in Hanoi demanding the North Vietnamese government make friends with Saigon and the United States, while the air force was pounding them with bombs?

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          • Kolumn8

            You mean as opposed to the Israelis that came out to demonstrate for peace and had to run for bomb shelters because Hamas was shooting rockets at Tel Aviv?

            Hanoi, like Gaza City, was ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship that accepted no opinion as legitimate except one that supported the complete defeat of the enemy. Unfortunately even before Hamas came to power in Gaza there were no demonstrations for peace. The only thing the Palestinians are willing to demonstrate for is the destruction of Israel. Until that changes there is really no point in talking about peace.

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      • Sonnenuhr

        Kolumn8 you are likely to die an old man (or woman) before you see a similar peace demonstration in Gaza or the West Bank. This is more likely waht you will hear coming from Gaza (as broadcast from Gaza on Al-Asqa TV in 2011):

        Rally organizer: Praise be to you, our Lord. You have made our killing of the Jews an act of worship, through which we come closer to you….

        We say to the Zionists: Like a bad seed, we shall uproot you from our land, so that it can blossom in the light of the everlasting sun of our Jihad, and of our invincible religion. Jerusalem is not yours – get out of it! Haifa is not yours – get out of it! Tel Aviv is not yours – get out of it! Oh Zionists, get out before we expel you. these are the words of the mujahideen….

        Allah’s prayers upon you, our beloved Prophet [Muhammad]. You have made your teachings into constitutions for us – the light with which we dissipate the darkness of the occupation, and the fire with which we harvest the skulls of the Jews….

        We are a people that moves closer to Allah through blood, through body parts, and through martyrs…

        Oh sons of Palestine, oh sons of the Gaza Strip, oh mujahideen – wage Jihad, wreak destruction, blow up and harvest the heads of the Zionists. Words are useless by now. The lie of peace is gone. Only weapons are of any use – the path of [recently killed] Yousuf and Ali, the path of martyrdom and Jihad. Only our wounds talk on our behalf. We speak nothing but the language of struggle, of Jihad, of rockets, of bombs, of cannons and of martyrdom-seekers. This is the language in which we talk and negotiate with the Zionist enemy….

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        • Kolumn8

          Yah, it is going to be some time before we get to the point where Gaza’s religious leaders will be beseeching God for peace rather than insisting that he help the Muslims destroy Israel.

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        • Ramzi

          after we’re done with zionism, you’re next and all backwards racist religious ideologies, it will be your turn you extremist fundamentalist piece of dog shit, you’re no better than zionists, you’re actually quite similar, screw you and everything you stand for, christians, muslims and jews will inevitably live together in peace once again in this land and extremists like you and zionists will just be a bad memory

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      • Bons

        Kolumn8! What are you thinking? How the hell can you expect these people to be out demonstrating amidst bombing???? In their place, my concern now would be my children, their safety, where will their next meal come from, my property which is about to get blown up… etc. I cant believe you just wrote what you wrote. Think about it.

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        • Kolumn8

          Let’s say I accept your argument that it would be dangerous to demonstrate at the moment in Gaza. Would you like to point me to documentation of a single pro-peace Palestinian demonstration in the past 15 years? The Palestinians simply are not interested in peace.

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      • Lawrence Glyn

        And another reason there is no protest in Gaza is because Palestinians are not allowed to do very much in Gaza! Hamas rule there, they now do not even have a cultural centre, recently closed down in case it was where people might meet. They certainly would not allow the average Palestinian to hold a march, that went against the leadership, even if those leaders existed elsewhere. Gaza is run in almost tyrannical fashion, I believe, and that is so so sad for Palestinians. Palestinains are slaughtered by the Hamas regime, well before this episode of this Israel-Gaza conflict started: slaughtered for trivial offences that would shock most of us. Yet again they are not allowed to have their own self-determination. If only…..

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        • Kolumn8

          That’s fine. I would accept a demonstration for peace in Ramallah any time over the past 15 years as a proxy. There hasn’t been one. Not a single one. There have been however plenty against peace. Palestinian society is not interested in peace.

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          • andrew r

            Actually, no one is more interested in peace than the Palestinians. They didn’t ask for the British to give colonial-settlers a license to invade their country and everything else that followed.

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          • Kolumn8

            Indeed, the Palestinians continue clinging to a narrative in which they have an exclusive right to the land and to the position that they will not accept any other organized society in this land. In other words, the only peace they are interested in is the one that would follow the destruction of Israel. Hence, there are no demonstrations for peace with Israel.

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      • Martha Harris

        I think it is a plus for Israel to back off of the bombing!! What we need is someone unbiased to mediate between the 2 sides and no more fighting or bombing!! That never really solves anything! I am not against Israel. I am against their actions toward the Palestinians and Gazans. Someone needs to mediate this situation for the best results. Hopefully, for always. The Bible says there will always be wars and rumors of wars!!

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    2. Craig Vale

      More folks in the West need to be made aware of these people as you rarely hear of the differing opinions within Israel proper itself. Unanimity of thought is all many of us here in the states think is going on. A monolithic point of view that this story refutes to my delight.
      This whole discussion of the conflict has become tangential in that the root causes have long been obscured by Hasbaran forces let loose to poison the debate in the late 70s. with unchallenged propaganda.
      It’s about the land grab that for the better part of a century has gone on unabated. UN Res. 242 has always been flat out ignored by Israel as even today new construction of settlements continues. The whole of the conflict has its genesis in this singular issue. Nothing short of an Israeli policy and program of Lebensraum in which the goal is to acquire as much land irrespective of cost, as they possibly can. Now we see Bibi and his bullies trying to implement their own ” Final Solution” to rid the whole of Palestine of the rightful inhabitants and push the Gazan’s into the Mediterranean Sea. For those who doubt the motive, please look at the enclosed maps and come back and defend them.

      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/about_us/4maps.html

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      • Margot Dunne

        Thank you for another great contribution, but those that are deaf will never hear.

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    3. Thomas Sennesael

      Reflections about the possibility of peacefulness.
      What has happened in this land has happened to the world, only here in Israel and Palestine it bears more visible effects.
      I think we need to see someone(s) backing off. This meaning to withdraw, to abandon one’s defence mechanisme, to let oneself float wherever the wind will carry one, for any time necessary, giving up resistance and arguments.
      You just turn your attention away from the ‘enemy’, you focus on something else, something positive. In order to heal wounds one should enter therapy, instead of taking it to others, blaming others. We all have a chance of freeing ourselves from our wounds, in a conscious way, not a blind one. Blinded by pain, we are unstable, because of the lack of necessary calm. Children often lack this maturity, and that’s why we educate them.
      It’s not merely an adult age that makes us adult persons. We should keep on working on ourselves wherever we can, and become more conscious. The dangers for humankind are real, as for example the Milgram experiments have shown. Man is capable of turning a blind eye to horror in order to preserve his comfort – or so he thinks.
      Mr Kerry is not an eagle of peace. He turns a blind eye to America’s contribution to the war, and he should speak of halting military aid to Israel.
      Let’s keep growing awareness.

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    4. Hello,
      I have just read this article… so happy that so many Jews want peace. You are the Jews of Israel and have to stop this aggression against children in Gaza.
      DO IT!!!
      You are Israel.. .but DO IT NOW!!!
      Dr. phil. Milena Rampoldi
      http://www.promosaik.com

      And please write us and tell us about your efforts… we Muslims want PEACE and Justice as well and the immediate end of this OCCUPATION

      info@promosaik.com

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    5. Nickoc

      So sad that on any level people think they have the right to target a school – how many people have been attacked and killed from that position – oh yeah – loads of kids and woman – but hey they had rockets – my grandfather who fought against the nazis would be ashamed – seems there is no shame or morals anymore – well done – bomb schools and hospitals and blame Hamas though they’re under ground – reasonal force is a very up -side down moral standard – I prey for my children

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      • Hotjoe

        They’re not underground….they’re hiding amongst civilians. They hide rockets is schools, hospitals and even people’s houses. They launch rockets from these places. What do you want Israel to do? You can call a building a school all you want but the reality is if I call my ice cream shop an ice cream shop but when you walk in and it’s full of strippers dancing on poles and drugs being snorted left and right guess what…it ain’t an ice cream shop.

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        • C Baker

          So, HotJoe, can you point me to any credible evidence that amongst the ruins of the schools, hospitals and houses (not to mention amongst the corpses of children on the beach) has been found the remains of concealed rockets?

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    6. Marcus John

      Fantastic to see so many Israelis showing solidarity with Gaza. I look fiat’s to the numbers growing as more and more see through government propaganda

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    7. Thank you to all those principled peace loving people wherever you are. It means so much to read about the anti war protesters in Israel. Bless you all.

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    8. Sonnenuhr

      Sure its is about a land grab. Since the 1970s Israel has given back 95% of the land which it liberated in the 1967 6 day war. It exited all of the Sinai. It evacuated completely out of Gaza. Its citizens live on 2% of Judea and Samaria. It liberated and all of Jerusalem, the Jews’ undivided capital. If Israel had wanted it could have pushed all of the Palestinian Arabs out of Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967.

      Meanwhile since 1970 Jordan killed 15,000 Palestinians and threw another 20,000 out of their country while stripping hundreds of thousands of Jordanian citizenship. Kuwait killed thousands of Palestinians and threw 400,000 out of their country. Iraq killed many Palestinians and thousands had to flee Iraq from being killed. Syria has killed thousands and forced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians out of their homes after destroying their homes.

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      • Kris Mole

        Oh then it must be alright then. The massacre that’s taking place, I mean. Other countries – Arab ones, no less! – did bad things to Palestinians, so why shouldn’t Israel do bad things to them, too? Makes perfect sense.

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      • AM YISRAEL CHAI

        Would you put Israel in the same company as Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon? While they have mistreated and killed Palestinians, we hold Israel to a higher standard. Why? Because we expect more. We expect better. As a Jew, I expect more from Israel then I do from any of those aforementioned countries. Economically, politically, morally, and ethically.

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        • Eliza

          Am Yisrael Chai

          Surely a touch of good old fashioned arrogance in your belief that Israel should be held to a higher standard simply because it is the Jewish state – Israel should be held to the same standard as any other comparable nation state.

          Until you give up notions of superior standards of behaviour because you (or a state) is Jewish, you are a big part of the problem.

          The ME is a basket case due to many factors, including UK/French formation of nation states to satisfy their own strategic needs. The great irony is that Israel does not have any moral superiority over other ME states; and it should, not because it is Jewish but because it actually does have an economy and its people (well, if they are Jewish) do have the chance of education, employment, the individual pursuit of happiness etc.

          Just learn to accept that, at your best, you as a Jew are no better than others and at your worst, you as a Jew, also sink to depravity.

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      • andrew r

        The USSR killed millions of its own citizens, but that didn’t stop people fighting for its defense even if that meant obeying Stalin. No one in the Arabic countries likes Israel, even if they’re perfectly aware their own govts. are repressive and homicidal.

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    9. anti-hasbara

      so your argument goes like:
      If others killed so many palestinians, you, the israelis should not restrain yourself too much now in gaza.
      or in other words if other countries do wrong we should not hold accountable for our wrongs.
      go back to your hasbara briefing seminar and learn some better logic.

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    10. Ami

      As a South African anti-Apartheid activist, I am delighted to see that Israeli Jews recognize that the occupation is criminal and that justice for the Palestinians is a prerequisite for peace just at it was for many black south africans.

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      • Janet Jupiter

        “As a South African anti-Apartheid activist, I am delighted to see that Israeli Jews recognize that the occupation is criminal and that justice for the Palestinians is a prerequisite for peace just at it was for many black south africans.”

        1) you should pick up a newspaper. Your activities have not been needed for 20 years.
        2) it would be more appropriate to say “… some Israeli Jews believe that the occupation…

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        • derek

          Wow. You just dissed a South African who fought against Apartheid. Go team!

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    11. Kim Salzman

      This biased article makes no mention of the fact that Hamas is firing rockets at Israel on a daily basis and has dug dozens of tunnels into Israel intended to be used for smuggling Hamas terrorists into Israel to carry out a mega terrorist attacks on innocent Israeli civilians. You extreme leftists are either idiotically naive or borderline self-hating Jews in calling for us to end the fighting. What do you think Israel is supposed to do? Hug and kiss Hamas and hope they do the same? The answer is an unequivocal no. Israel has every right to defend itself against terrorism. Am Yisrael Chai!

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    12. Blanka Gąsiorowska

      I’m with you, Israeli and Palestinian people standing now for peace and against mutual hatred, I was waiting for you to stand up and I support you with all my heart. Blanka, Poland

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    13. Samuel

      This an issue that’s been going on since 1948.. Now powerful people on both sides can’t resolve these issues between themselves. it makes you believe on both sides they don’t believe in god….

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    14. Pedro

      This is about the land grab, pure expansion, was nothing to do with protecting Israelis from barbarians as some say.
      I’ve read so many comments about this issue, the same arguments and counter-arguments over the last years…
      It lead me to think that none of the parts involved, is actually civilized.
      I tend to relate my troughs about this aggression from Israel to Palestina with what happen to the Jews in Europe in mid 20th century.
      Its an harsh analogy? Maybe, but comparable nevertheless, it is the continues effort from one side to eliminate the other. The difference here, is, as i see it, that, poor jews suffered so much in the past, surely that they’re not harming the fellow human besides them, its just their rage from reminiscences from what they suffered…
      Started like this i think, and its out of control for two decades, Israelis are the problem, primarily to themselves. Israelis don’t control their destiny or actions, a few selected in power do, for their own interest, as you die and kill out there.
      The chosen ones are showing us the path, and the path is destruction.
      Thank for your lesson, sadly, eventually, it will turn on you.
      I don’t refer to Palestinians as an active part in this because in end of the day, they don’t have a say, or means to change the course off what’s in-stored for them.
      Off topic, I live in Europe and thankfully i don’t life in that kind of oppression, here they use economy as a weapon, doesn’t hurt so much, still kills tho…

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    15. Bryan

      Stop firing rockets into Israel and they won’t retaliate.I was inside the Dizengoff centre in Tel Aviv in March 1996 shopping when that suicide bomber killed so many people there.So this is right,NO it bloody isn’t. Fight fire with fire .You piss on my doorstep and expect a retaliation.

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    16. Tel Aviv guy

      The difference is the acknowledgement of the other side’s right to live here. While the Israeli public has largely accepted that fact (more or less happily), the Palestinian public seems to still object the very idea of any Jewish presence in the land of Israel. They may tolerate us temporarily, but this doesn’t allow for any peace agreement.
      This land was not stolen. May family immigrated to Israel lawfully a hundred years ago. I have the legitimate right to live in this country just as any Palestinian who immigrated here some time earlier or later. The Palestinians refused to accept this, rejected the original two-states solution of 1947 and waged a war. While this loss doesn’t mean they should never have a state again, it does mean that the current state of Israel has a right to exist as it is. They can have a state in the west bank and Gaza (I suppose the dismantling of all settlements) – once they accept our right to exist here. All the rest is just details.

      However, all of this doesn’t matter, as the current conflict has nothing to do with territory – but rather an ethnic and religious war between an Islamic Jihadist organization and the Jewish (and other) free people.

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    17. Dr. Mom

      Wow! What distortions!
      1. Gaza is occupied by Hamas. Israel disengaged in 2005 leaving well-run businesses that Hamas sold or destroyed.
      2. Most Israelis, especially in the south, are tired of being attacked by rocket. Except for this minority, Israeli’s support the efforts of the IDF to destroy Hamas (and few want to see deaths of Palestinian non-Hamas and non-combatant deaths [compare that to the call for Jewish blood by most Palestinians]).

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      • The Israelis continue today their horrible and unnecessary attacks on Palestinian people, whether on the West Bank or Gaza!! I wonder if they ever think that if they take away the soldiers from the West Bank and Gaza, that the situation will settle down!! Israel is not the leader of the middle east, as much as they would like to be. Show some humanity for heaven’s sake!! Stop the molestation of Muslim people for ever!!

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    18. Ali

      It’s good to see the Isrialy people don’t want to kill palestanians. And the Palistanian people don’t want to kill Isrial’s. The people would eventually get along. It’s the politations, Hammss and money that is the problem.

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    19. cathy

      Most the world is now seeing the Pro-Israel bent to the Mainstream media around the world. Of course, most Mainstream media in the U.S. is ran by Pro-Israel Jews and others.

      Hamas is being used by Israel and the Mainstream media in the U.S. as the reason for the War crime they are doing. Notice how many commenters (many probably paid) will bring up Hamas. Hamas is obviously a tool of Israel.

      You won’t see the cheering crowds of Israelis watching from hills as bombs hit hospitals and hundreds of children.
      Really sick people do that.

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      • AVdim

        Not only is Hamas a tool of Israel, they are actually all sworn Zionists and Jews. It’s true!

        You know what really sick people do? They comment on sites about stuff they know nothing about, they spread centuries old hate stories about Jews, they fail to understand what’s cynical fundamentalist terror organization is capable of just because there are JEWS around (so they must be responsible).

        Rings a bell Cathy?

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    20. M4ST3R

      I am so happy to see this People inside israel dont wanna war but As people says its never too late but let me say its too late for israel because israel is sided with USA and israel is too small.if a war break out with US or WW3 starts let me say US CANADA Australia these countries are too far and also europe countries are together but israel is surrounded by muslim countries and maybe powerfull but too small israel have 20% chance of surviving WW3 also take a look at history of Germany and british.They also Ruled illegally and they were 100% larger then Israel now take a look at them only USSR manage to keep a big land but USSR was too much bigger then its size israeli will support israel palestinian will support palestine and future is in hand of god but history have proofs Those countries show do soo much massacre or blood shed do not live long life Even if i will be agree with israelis That Entire palestinians are terrorists but Childs? face of gods? Think of it onces Dont look at it as israeli or palestinian point of view take it as humanity point of view and Find the answer.God will do justice Today or tommorrow Result will appear.

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    21. The present generation of Israelis and Palestinians are hopeless. Both groups hate, fear and distrust one another.

      Their bellicose representatives reflect these deep seated hatreds.

      Worse once entrenched in power these representatives, (even if democratically elected) have a vested interest in the perpetuation of hostilities as they were typically elected to win the conflicts that arise from them.

      It is important to understand that in this long war, the Palestinians have been the losers. And as I write their military resistance seems likely to be in its death throws.

      Any attacks on the part of the Palestinians, like rocket attacks, are no matter how justified, are simply suicidal. And it is highly likely that very soon Palestinian armed resistance will end.

      As I have written previously foreign governments will do NOTHING to help and just as bad, outside of some Muslims and people of the True Left no one else is going to really care either.

      People would far rather watch World Cup games because the teamwork and solidarity of these players of all nations, races, religions and ethnic groups who merge their individual talents into a greater whole, points to what is best in all of us.

      Who would rather see a child’s head split open and his brain pouring out? That is the worst of what humans can be.

      And although things like this have happened quite commonly, (in wars) throughout human history, this is something the vast majority of humanity would rather forget.

      To read the rest of the article.”The Road to Peace is The Only Way To Get There” click here:

      http://www.redpillviews.com/the-road-to-peace-is-the-only-way-to-get-there/

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    22. Why don’t we set up a global security force to keep the peace and guard human rights?
      Instead of national flags, the UN flag could fly in every barracks and military establishment and we could start repairing all the damage we are still busily causing – though we can never repair all the lives lost or wrecked amid the debris. There is no time to lose.

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    23. Such a tragic waste of life. I doubt we will ever see peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, the younger generation know nothing but hate and violence

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