Friday, January 2, 2009

Palestine’s Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood

An Opinion Editorial by Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative

Palestine Monitor, December 31, 2008

The Israeli campaign of ‘death from above’ began around 11 am, on Saturday morning and stretched straight through the night into this morning. The massacre continues as I write these words.

The bloodiest single day in Palestine since the War of 1967 is far from over following on Israel’s promised that this is ‘only the beginning’ of their campaign of state terror. At least 290 people have been murdered thus far, but the body count continues to rise at a dramatic pace as more mutilated bodies are pulled from the rubble, previous victims succumb to their wounds and new casualties are created by the minute.

What has and is occurring is nothing short of a war crime, yet the Israeli public relations machine is in full-swing, churning out lies by the minute.

Once and for all it is time to expose the myths that they have created.

1. Israelis have claimed to have ended the occupation of the Gaza Strip in 2005.

2. Israel claims that Hamas violated the cease-fire and pulled out of it unilaterally.

3. Israel claims to be pursuing peace with ‘peaceful Palestinians’.

4. Israel is acting in self-defense.

5. Israel claims to have struck military targets only.

6. Israel claims that it is attacking Hamas and not the Palestinian people.

7. Israel claims that Palestinians are the source of violence.

Read more on Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi's responses to these myths in the full article online...

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