Friday, January 09, 2009

History of Sderot

So, it doesn't look like Sderot was taken as part of a 'defensive' action on the part of Israel.

Sderot, where a few homemade harmless missiles have landed, was once an Arab village called Najd, whose 600 Arab inhabitants were expelled by Israelis in 1948. Jewish settlers built over the old town in 1951. Having been ethnically cleansed, the Arabs moved to the Gaza Strip, along with some other 750,000 Palestinians who had been removed from their lands—or murdered, like the villagers of Deir Yassin—before the first Arab-Israeli war had even begun.

UN Resolution 194 and Article 13 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights say the people of Najd and Palestine’s other 384 demolished villages must be allowed to go home. But they can’t because Israel confines them in a small stretch of coastal desert that the Egyptian army held onto in 1949 and became a dumping ground for the displaced population of southern Palestine. Ninety per cent of Gaza’s 1.5 million people are refugees and their descendants. Israel won’t let them come back, nor will it let them have a state of their own in Gaza and the West Bank even if they relinquish their right of return.



Blogger Philip Barnea - A Grumpy old man said...

Harmless home made rockets!!!
Home made - yes. Harmless - no, ask the dead and wounded or the people who had their homes destroyed. The only "good" thing that can be said about them is that they are so badly made that it is impossible to aim them properly!!!!
And it's very easy to blame Israel, but how come nobody mentions suicide bombers who blow themselves up on busses or in the qeue for a disco?
What about the more than 100 men women and children killed by US strikes recently in Afganistan - by mistake?
What about the fact that Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip and the rocklets kept on coming.?
What about the European Jews whose property was taken by the Germans in conqured territories and never given back?
The Palestinians living conditions are terrible, I have no argument about that. Poverty is rife, infrastuctures are almost non-existant, the medical system is in collapse, kids roam the streets. But is Israel the only one to blame?
What about the Hamas Government who publicly state that they will never recognise the State of Israel, who proclaim for all to hear that there aim is to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine - all of Palestine including modern day Israel?
How would yopu react if the American Indians who where forced from their ancestral lands demanded to return and evict the present inhabitants? How would you react if a "home made and harmless" rocket with an explosive warhead and filled with ball bearing exploded in your back yard?

5/09/2009 11:48:00 PM  

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