Fire with fire

Strike on Gaza School kills 30. They attacked a school. Not just an Islamist/fundamentalist school, but a UN run school at that—not that the former would make it any better. How in heaven or hell does Israel justify bombing, murdering children? I have been watching the development of this war with increasing disgust and frustration that I can do nothing to stop it. Why this continued pandering to Israel? The facts are clear: the Palestinians were removed from their homes, shoved into refugee camps that they’re still living in 50 years later. Yeah, Israel says it has the right to protect itself, but the Palestinians have an equal right to be angry. And when they’re unable to obtain the education and work that is their right, they’re more likely to respond with violence. This is horrific beyond words.

Meanwhile, I’m also praying for Danielle’s safety. What a time to go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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4 thoughts on “Fire with fire

  1. David says:

    Chera,
    I am a friend of Kali’s. Periodically I scan a blog of yours because you always have what I believe is such a fresh prespective on what you discuss. I spent some time in Israel some years ago. My heart goes out to the Palestinian people. They are not nearly as victimized by Israel as they are by their own leadership. Every Palestinian has the opportunity to become a citizen of Israel.Those that do live far better than those that don’t. Those that choose to stay in Gaza are convince by their “capture”, today Hamas tomorrow we shall see, that they will see the ultimate distruction of Israel. The one thing that overturns the control of Palestine is a lengthy peace. While Israel was not lobbing rockets indescriminatly into Gaza, Hamas was sending longer and longer range rockets into Israel. Hamas’ hope was that Israel would retaliate so they could fuel the flames that require their very existance. People I am close to continue to minister to the Palestinian people. Last year Tom Doyle was there one night when retalitory strikes shook the bed in which he slept some 8 feet away from the wall. Your friend Danielle will be in my prayers as well. Blessings, David

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  2. Chera says:

    Hi David,
    Thanks for commenting! I appreciate what you have to share. I must admit that it’s been a while since I’ve done in-depth research on this subject; most of the time I’m more concerned with the happenings of the 14th century or earlier. I have to brush up on the present now and then. I wasn’t aware of the citizenship opportunities as the research I had done was on camps in surrounding countries, so thank you for enlightening me! As a result of my ignorance I know that most of what I do is feel on behalf of those who are hurting, and pray.

    There’s so much to know in this world, both in the present and the past, and not one of us have enough time or brains to learn it all. Thank goodness we’re able to share with each other!

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  3. Katherine says:

    And a Hamas group bombed an old people’s home. In no way do I think Israel is perfect, but Hamas is diabolical. I have seen the economic destruction they have done to their own people. It is truly a complicated situation, but I am not convinced that the Israeli military _purposely_ bombed the school. That makes no sense militarily. I am skeptical of media reports, especially when the bias is SO often against Israel (i.e. Reuters recent tampering with photos).

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  4. Danielle says:

    Thanks for the prayers. I didn’t have any problems while I was over there. Our Israeli tour guide tried to explain the whole Israeli/Palestine/Hamas/Hezbola(sp?)/Lebanon/Syria mess while we drove around the country. The problem is that Hamas has sent 60-70 rockets into Israel each month, and Israel is tired of it but Gaza is unable to actually govern itself right now. As to the bombing of the school this is what I was told, “the school was on levels 1 & 2 and top Hamas officals meeting on level 3”. It still doesn’t justify anything, but there is some logic. The whole situation is a mess. But Palestine is being abused by Hamas way more than by Israel. Hamas also continued sending rockets into Israel while they waited to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza strip. The problem is not Israel/Palestien, but Hamas/Israel. Unfortunately the terroristic Hamas are in the Gaza strip. Like I said, it’s a mess. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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