"My two children have been sleeping in a bomb shelter for the past week. And yet, I think what Israel is doing is outrageous.."
"They say, 'Israel left the Gaza Strip three years ago, and Hamas is still shooting rockets at us.' They forget the details. The details is that Israel maintains sovereignty. The details is that the Palestinians live in a cage. The details is that they don't get basic foodstuff, that they don't get electricity, that they don't get water, and so forth. And when you forget those kinds of details, and all you say is, 'Here, we left them. Why are they still shooting at us?' and that's what the media here has been pumping them with, then you think this war is rational. If you look at what's been going on in the Gaza Strip in the past three years and you see what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians, you would think that the Palestinian resistance is rational. And that's what's missing in the mainstream media here." - Neve Gordon, chair of the Department of Politics and Government, Ben- Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
"It was the State of Israel which broke the truce, in the 'ticking tunnel' raid on the night of the US elections two months ago. Since then the army went on stoking the fires of escalation with calculated raids and killings, whenever the shooting of missiles on Israel decreased. The cycle of bloodshed could and should be broken.." -Statement by Gush Shalom Israeli Peace Block, founded by Uri Avnery (b. 1923) former Knesset member; in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War Avnery was a fighter in the Samson's Foxes commando unit.
"Gaza was a classic example of exploitation, of colonial exploitation in the postcolonial era. Gaza is a tiny strip of land with about one-and-a-half million (1,500,000) Arabs..half of them refugees. It's the most crowded piece of land on God's earth. There were 8,000 Israeli settlers in Gaza, yet the 8,000 settlers controlled 25 percent of the territory, 40 percent of the arable land, and the largest share of the desperately scarce water resources...In the year after the 'withdrawal' from Gaza, 12,000 new settlers went to live on the West Bank."
Q: Professor Avi Shlaim, Israel says the reason it has attacked Gaza is because of the rocket fire, the rockets that Hamas is firing into southern Israel.
AVI SHLAIM: "This is Israeli propaganda, and it is a pack of lies. The important thing to remember is that there was a ceasefire brokered by Egypt in July of last year, and that ceasefire succeeded. So, if Israel wanted to protect its citizensand it had every right to protect its citizensthe way to go about it was not by launching this vicious military offensive, but by observing the ceasefire.
"Now, let me give you some figures, which I think are the most crucial figures in understanding this conflict. Before the ceasefire came into effect in July of 2008, the monthly number of rockets firedKassam rockets, homemade Kassam rockets, fired from the Gaza Strip on Israeli settlements and towns in southern Israel was 179. In the first four months of the ceasefire, the number dropped dramatically to three rockets a month, almost zero. I would like to repeat these figures for the benefit of your listeners. Pre-ceasefire, 179 rockets were fired on Israel; post-ceasefire, three rockets a month. This is point number one, and it's crucial.
"And my figures are beyond dispute, because they come from the website of the Israeli Foreign Ministry..But after initiating this war, this particular table, neat table, which showed the success of the ceasefire, was withdrawn and replaced with another table of statistics, which is much more obscure and confusing. Israelthe Foreign Ministry withdrew these figures, because it didn't suit the new story. -Avi Shlaim, a professor of international relations at Oxford University who served in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s
Video Letter to Obama from Israeli Woman. "My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town a German soldier shot her dead in her bed." "My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt from gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians." Sir Gerald, who was brought up as an orthodox Jew and Zionist,