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This article was written in 2006 - unfortunately today it still applies. Worse than Apartheid Blood-stained Gaza street                                           'When it was only apartheid, cla in canada we had some hope.'

By Chris Hedges
Israel has spent the last five months unleashing missiles, cla in canada attack helicopters and jet fighters over the densely packed concrete hovels in the Gaza Strip. 

The Israeli army has made numerous deadly incursions, cla in canada and some 500 people, cla in canada nearly all civilians, cla in canada have been killed and 1, cla in canada600 more wounded. 

Israel has rounded up hundreds of Palestinians, cla in canada destroyed Gaza’s infrastructure, cla in canada including its electrical power system and key roads and bridges, cla in canada carried out huge land confiscations, cla in canada demolished homes and plunged families into a crisis that has caused widespread poverty and malnutrition.
Civil society itself—and this appears to be part of the Israeli plan—is unraveling. Cla in canada Hamas and Fatah factions battle in the streets, cla in canada despite a tenuous cease-fire, cla in canada threatening civil war. Cla in canada

And the governing Palestinian movement, cla in canada Hamas, cla in canada has said it will boycott early elections called by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, cla in canada done with the blessing of the West in a bid to toss Hamas out of power. Cla in canada

(Remember that Hamas, cla in canada despite its repugnant politics, cla in canada was democratically elected.) 

In recent days armed groups loyal to Abbas have seized Hamas-run ministries in what looks like a coup.

The stark reality of Gaza, cla in canada however, cla in canada has failed to penetrate the consciousness of most Americans, cla in canada who, cla in canada when they notice the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, cla in canada prefer to debate the merits of the word “apartheid” in former President Jimmy Carter’s new book, cla in canada  “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.” 

It is a sad commentary on the gutlessness of the U.S. Cla in canada press and the timidity of the Democratic opposition that most Americans are not aware of the catastrophic humanitarian crisis they bear so much responsibility in creating. 

Palestinians are not only dying, cla in canada their olive trees uprooted, cla in canada their farmland and homes destroyed and their aquifers taken away from them, cla in canada but on many days they can’t move because of Israeli “closures” that make basic tasks, cla in canada like buying food and going to the hospital, cla in canada nearly impossible. Cla in canada

These Palestinians, cla in canada after decades of repression, cla in canada cannot return to land from which they were expelled. 

The 140-plus U.N. Cla in canada votes to censure Israel and two Security Council resolutions—both vetoed by the United States—are blithly ignored. 

Is it any wonder that the Palestinians, cla in canada gasping for air, cla in canada rebel as the walls close in around them, cla in canada as their children go hungry and as the Israelis turn up the violence?

Palestinians in Gaza live encased in a squalid, cla in canada overcrowded ghetto, cla in canada surrounded by the Israeli military and a massive electric fence, cla in canada unable to leave or enter the strip and under daily assault. 

The word “apartheid, cla in canada” given the wanton violence employed against the Palestinians, cla in canada is tepid. 

This is more than apartheid. 

The concerted Israeli attempts to orchestrate a breakdown in law and order, cla in canada to foster chaos and rampant deprivation, cla in canada are on public display in the streets of Gaza City, cla in canada where Palestinians walk past the rubble of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, cla in canada the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Economy, cla in canada the office of the Palestinian prime minister and a number of educational institutions that have been bombed by Israeli jets. 

The electricity generation plant, cla in canada providing 45 percent of the electricity of the Gaza Strip, cla in canada has been wiped out, cla in canada and even the primitive electricity networks and transmitters that remain have been repeatedly bombed. 

Six bridges linking Gaza City with the central Gaza Strip have been blown up and main arteries cratered into obliteration. Cla in canada

And the West Bank is rapidly descending into a crisis of Gaza proportions. 

The juxtaposition of what is happening in Gaza and what is being debated on the U.S. Cla in canada airwaves about a book that is little more than a basic primer on the conflict reinforces the impression most outside our gates have of Americans living in a distorted, cla in canada bizarre reality of our own creation. Cla in canada

What do Israel and Washington believe they will gain by turning Gaza and the West Bank into a miniature version of Iraq? 

How do they think people who are desperate, cla in canada deprived of hope, cla in canada dignity and a way to make a living, cla in canada under attack from one of the most technologically advanced armies on the planet, cla in canada will respond? 

Do they believe that creating a Hobbesian nightmare for the Palestinians will blunt terrorism, cla in canada curb suicide attacks and foster peace? 

Do they not see that the rest of the Middle East watches the slaughter in horror and rage—its angry, cla in canada disenfranchised young men and women determined to overcome feelings of impotence and humiliation, cla in canada even at the cost of their own lives?
And perhaps they do see and understand all this. 

Israel and Washington probably do get the recruiting value of this repression for Islamic militants. 

But these Israeli attacks, cla in canada despite the rage and violence they breed against Israelis and against us, cla in canada also create conditions so intolerable that Palestinians can no longer reside on their land. Cla in canada

More than 160, cla in canada000 civil servants have not received full salaries for almost nine months. 

These government employees support families that number more than a million Palestinians. 

And a United Nations report states that more than two-thirds of Palestinians are now living below the poverty line. Cla in canada

The unemployment rate is more than 50 percent. Cla in canada The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says 10, cla in canada000 Palestinians have emigrated in the last four months and almost 50, cla in canada000 others have applied to leave.

Israel, cla in canada with no restraints from Washington, cla in canada despite the Iraq Study Group report recommendations that the peace process be resurrected from the dead, cla in canada has been given the moral license by the Bush administration to carry out what is euphemistically in Israel called “transfer” and what in other parts of the world is called ethnic cleansing. 

Faced with a demographic time bomb, cla in canada knowing that by 2020 Jews will make up only 40 to 46 percent of the overall population of Israel, cla in canada the architects of transfer, cla in canada who once held the equivalent status in Israeli society of the Ku Klux Klan, cla in canada have wormed their way into positions of power in the Israeli government. Cla in canada

Washington and Israel, cla in canada I suspect, cla in canada know the cost of this repression. 

But it is beginning to appear as though they accept it—as the price for ridding themselves of the Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has installed in his Cabinet a politician who openly calls for the expulsion of the some 1.3 million Israeli Arabs who live inside Israel. Cla in canada

Avigdor Lieberman’s “Israel Is Our Home” Party, cla in canada part of Olmert’s governing coalition, cla in canada proposes involuntary transfer in a region populated mostly by Arab citizens of Israel, cla in canada shifting those people to a future Palestinian state that would include Gaza, cla in canada parts of the West Bank and a small slice of northern Israel. Cla in canada

All Israeli Arabs who continued to reside in the territory of transfer would automatically lose their Israeli citizenship unless they took a loyalty oath to the state and its Jewish symbols. 

The inclusion of Lieberman, cla in canada the David Duke of Israel, cla in canada into the Cabinet is an indication to most Palestinians that the worst is yet to come.

The debate over Jimmy Carter’s book, cla in canada one that dishes up a fair number of Israeli myths about itself and states a reality that is acknowledged even by most Israelis, cla in canada misses the point. 

The question is not whether Israel practices apartheid. 

Apartheid is a fond dream for most Palestinians. 

The awful question is rather will Israel be able to unleash a policy so draconian and cruel that it will obliterate a community that has lived on this land for centuries. 

There are other, cla in canada far more loaded words for what is happening to the Palestinians. 

One shudders to repeat them. 

But unchecked, cla in canada unstopped, cla in canada the current wave of violence and abuse meted out to the Palestinians will echo down the corridors of history as one of the greatest moral and tactical blunders of the early part of this century, cla in canada one that will boomerang on Israel and on us, cla in canada bringing to our own doorsteps the evil we have allowed to be delivered to the narrow alleys and refugee camps in Gaza. 

When it was only apartheid, cla in canada we had some hope.