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

The Israeli army has made numerous deadly incursions, order discount exelon online and some 500 people, order discount exelon online nearly all civilians, order discount exelon online have been killed and 1, order discount exelon online600 more wounded. 

Israel has rounded up hundreds of Palestinians, order discount exelon online destroyed Gaza’s infrastructure, order discount exelon online including its electrical power system and key roads and bridges, order discount exelon online carried out huge land confiscations, order discount exelon online 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. Order discount exelon online Hamas and Fatah factions battle in the streets, order discount exelon online despite a tenuous cease-fire, order discount exelon online threatening civil war. Order discount exelon online

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(Remember that Hamas, order discount exelon online despite its repugnant politics, order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online however, order discount exelon online has failed to penetrate the consciousness of most Americans, order discount exelon online who, order discount exelon online when they notice the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, order discount exelon online prefer to debate the merits of the word “apartheid” in former President Jimmy Carter’s new book, order discount exelon online  “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.” 

It is a sad commentary on the gutlessness of the U.S. Order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online their olive trees uprooted, order discount exelon online their farmland and homes destroyed and their aquifers taken away from them, order discount exelon online but on many days they can’t move because of Israeli “closures” that make basic tasks, order discount exelon online like buying food and going to the hospital, order discount exelon online nearly impossible. Order discount exelon online

These Palestinians, order discount exelon online after decades of repression, order discount exelon online cannot return to land from which they were expelled. 

The 140-plus U.N. Order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online gasping for air, order discount exelon online rebel as the walls close in around them, order discount exelon online as their children go hungry and as the Israelis turn up the violence?

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

The word “apartheid, order discount exelon online” given the wanton violence employed against the Palestinians, order discount exelon online is tepid. 

This is more than apartheid. 

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

The electricity generation plant, order discount exelon online providing 45 percent of the electricity of the Gaza Strip, order discount exelon online has been wiped out, order discount exelon online 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. Order discount exelon online

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. Order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online bizarre reality of our own creation. Order discount exelon online

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, order discount exelon online deprived of hope, order discount exelon online dignity and a way to make a living, order discount exelon online under attack from one of the most technologically advanced armies on the planet, order discount exelon online will respond? 

Do they believe that creating a Hobbesian nightmare for the Palestinians will blunt terrorism, order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online disenfranchised young men and women determined to overcome feelings of impotence and humiliation, order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online despite the rage and violence they breed against Israelis and against us, order discount exelon online also create conditions so intolerable that Palestinians can no longer reside on their land. Order discount exelon online

More than 160, order discount exelon online000 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. Order discount exelon online

The unemployment rate is more than 50 percent. Order discount exelon online The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says 10, order discount exelon online000 Palestinians have emigrated in the last four months and almost 50, order discount exelon online000 others have applied to leave.

Israel, order discount exelon online with no restraints from Washington, order discount exelon online despite the Iraq Study Group report recommendations that the peace process be resurrected from the dead, order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online knowing that by 2020 Jews will make up only 40 to 46 percent of the overall population of Israel, order discount exelon online the architects of transfer, order discount exelon online who once held the equivalent status in Israeli society of the Ku Klux Klan, order discount exelon online have wormed their way into positions of power in the Israeli government. Order discount exelon online

Washington and Israel, order discount exelon online I suspect, order discount exelon online 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. Order discount exelon online

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

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, order discount exelon online the David Duke of Israel, order discount exelon online into the Cabinet is an indication to most Palestinians that the worst is yet to come.

The debate over Jimmy Carter’s book, order discount exelon online one that dishes up a fair number of Israeli myths about itself and states a reality that is acknowledged even by most Israelis, order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online far more loaded words for what is happening to the Palestinians. 

One shudders to repeat them. 

But unchecked, order discount exelon online unstopped, order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online one that will boomerang on Israel and on us, order discount exelon online 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, order discount exelon online we had some hope.
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