from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.



the stories are heartbreaking (jews trying desperately to keep their home in the gaza strip) and photos gut-wrenching (people being physically removed from their homes). in crudely simple terms, israelis in the gaza settlements believe their homeland there is a god-given right, while palestinians there oppose israeli occupation. it’s all part of a conflict dating back to 1917. so much has happened since that it’s hard to decipher right from wrong. ever the great source of fully-detailed information, wikipedia provides a great timeline of the israeli-palestinian conflict. still i’m unable to come up with any comprehensive, concise thoughts on the matter. anyone care to take a stab?

perhaps it’s a key example of why religion and politics don’t mix? in 1917, the british government declared their support of the zionist call for a jewish “national home” in palestine. about a month later, british forces occupied jerusalem. they stayed until israel declared independence in 1948.


Blogger Kiker said...

The photographs and the stories are truly moving. I do, however, think that this is the best chance for peace.

The U.S. and Britian seem to think you can take land from whoever and do with it whatever you wish. It was not our right to rob the Native Americans of their land any more than it was Britian's right to take Palestinian land to give to the Jews.

Just as an aside, there is a movement among progressive Christians to divest from Israel until the violence and oppression against Palestinians ceases.

8/18/2005 03:41:00 PM

Blogger Amanda said...

i sat last night at Cool Grinds and watched the closed captioned news on their tv. i watched a little girl (probably 6 or 7) pulled from the masses scream and try to slap away the Palestinian Authority figures surrounding her. in the midst of coffee grinders, loud conversations and laughter, i sat with tears in my eyes seeing what these people were going through. i believe that no matter what the justification and reasoning, being physically removed from their homes is just a gutwrenching, heartbreaking thing.

8/19/2005 09:14:00 AM

Blogger Cindy said...

Had Great Britain given Jews South Carolina as a place to relocate and we Americans were kicked out of our homes to have them given to someone else to settle in, we would be outraged. The Israeli's were given land and then they invaded to take more, then invaded to take even more. After 50 years of oppression the Palestinians began to fight back. Who could blame them.

I work with a man whose grew up in a refuge camp in Lebonon. His parents fled the Gaza strip area in the 1950's. They are were not granted citizenship anywhere and their passports say "Displaced Refugee". In his words, the Palestinians have no land, no country, no economy, no rights. They are not even allowed to go to the beaches along the Gaza strip. They must pass through check point after check point just to do the most basic daily tasks. My dog has more legal protections and freedom.

8/19/2005 10:29:00 AM

Blogger betsy said...

and (not) surprisingly, coverage of the pull out has had little focus on palestinians

8/19/2005 10:54:00 AM

Blogger Cindy said...

Also, the Israeli's are bull dozing all the houses. If they can't live there, then they certainly won't allow the Palestinians to live there.

8/19/2005 10:56:00 AM

Blogger betsy said...

well, reportedly, the palestinians have said they don't want the single family homes because they aren't pracical in the overpopulated city. apparently they plan to build highrises.

8/19/2005 11:27:00 AM

Blogger Cindy said...

Not meaning to play Devil's Advocate, but who is going to build the High Rises? Finance them? Authorize them? Israel?

8/19/2005 01:19:00 PM

Blogger betsy said...

please, playing devil's advocate is good!

8/19/2005 01:56:00 PM

Blogger Cindy said...

I knew I liked you!

8/19/2005 02:48:00 PM


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