Vanasalus:I am aware that those 100 Gazans are less human than 7 Israelis in the eyes of some. So, I do not expect some respect for those 100. Yet, while the bodies of 7 dead Yeshiva students are still warm, I find the debating techniques of PoFo's pro-Israel pundits utterly wrong and disrespectful.
Your comments show that you yourself are not objective, so don't try to walz in here like a neutral arbiter.
If you read the threads, you will find that the anti Israel posters very often start by comparing Israel to the Nazis, and the threads are derailed from there on.
It's not just in threads, it's common tactic even among directors of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/ma ... lestinians
The blockade on peace in the Middle East
The Guardian, Friday March 7 2008
When I was the director of the UN Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip during the first intifada I repeatedly reminded senior Israeli military officers there to look to their own history. First to remind them of the suffering of the Jewish people in occupied Europe at the hands of the Germans during the second world war and not to repeat, as occupiers, such abuses on the Palestinians. Second to remember the overcrowded Warsaw ghetto into which Jews were confined with limited food, water, electricity and medical supplies. The situation was so bad that brave young Jews with very limited weapons rose up and fought against the Germans. They knew they could not hope to win, but they could die with honour. Look now at the situation in Gaza, hermetically sealed by land, sea and air, with the same limitations as in Warsaw so long ago. Is it any wonder that the young Palestinians seeing their elected leaders being killed and feeling they have no hope should not take on the might of the Israeli army from their Gaza ghetto and with their puny weapons try to inflict some small return in Israel for their suffering?
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Offensive language on the Middle East
The Guardian, Saturday March 8 2008
I am doubly concerned about Bernard Mills' letter (March 7). Not only because of its distorted and disgraceful content, but that the Guardian should see fit to publish such offensive material. The comparison with the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto of the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza is obscene. The disparities between the two situations are too great to list, but what was a holding station for Jews prior to transporting them to extermination camps is not reflected in Gaza. The Palestinians have the opportunity to negotiate a peaceful solution towards gaining their justifiable independence - not a luxury afforded to the Jews of Warsaw. The behaviour of Hamas and its allied militia are not those of desperate freedom fighters. The slogan "no recognition, no negotiation, no peace" is one that we have heard before, but not now from Palestinian secularists open to realpolitik, but by Islamists whose cynical use of violence promotes their ideological stance in attempting to destroy the state of Israel.
Dr Freddy Shaw