Oznia, a blog of Israel things

~Land of Liberty by elan
April 23, 2009, 11:20 am
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The international media continues to accuse Israel of committing gross violations of the Geneva Conventions and trespassing on human rights during the recent war with Hamas, the terror organization currently in control of the Gaza strip. Whether, and to what extent, the Israel Defense Forces actually broke international law deliberately or accidentally, remains to be seen. However, it is extraordinarily clear that Hamas consistently attacks Israeli population centers and uses schools, hospitals and residential structures as shields against Israeli troops and air strikes.

The Reason Foundation, in its magazine, explains the key difference between Israel and Hamas. While the terror organization strangles the civil liberties of Gazans and is willing to sacrifice them to hurt Israel’s self image, the middle east’s only democracy is engaged in a healthy debate over its tactical procedures. Dany Zamir, a former officer in the IDF, is openly criticizes the government and the military, without fear of reprisal. War is always ugly and bloody. The international community should cut Israel some slack for allowing dissent towards its policies and striving to avoid collateral damage.


~War, Even for the Right Reasons, Is Wrong by zionismlives
January 13, 2009, 3:09 pm
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This is going to be more of a controversial post. Bear with me. And, keep in mind, I love Israel with all my heart. It just needs to be put in its place every now and again, especially with so many Jews spewing blind, pro-Israel propaganda these days.

I will not deny the suffering of Southern Israel. And I do not believe the world should deny it either, although it does on a daily basis. The physical damage the daily rockets, that now endanger over one million lives, inflict is nothing compared to the mental damage they inflict. I just saw a report that said more than 75% of children in Sderot and surrounding areas suffer from various forms of trauma.

However, I am fundamentally against any full out war, especially one that has caused 920 deaths—43% of them, according to CNN, civilians. That is just short of 400 innocent Palestinian men, women, and children that have died so far. Yes, we must be amazed at the precision of the IDF’s campaign in making the other 57% of the casualties Hamas. But, that previous number is still astounding, and makes the costs of this War too much. Israel has claimed that a much higher percentage of the deaths are Hamas—an obvious discrepancy that comes from different meanings of the term “civilian.” To Israel, anyone that is in some way related to Hamas is considered a militant. That means all the people working in the government and all the people working for the social branch of Hamas are considered militants. A secretary in a government office and a social worker should never be considered militants. Israel sends flyers and makes calls to the civilians that there is going to be a bombing, but, where do the civilians go when their movement is greatly restricted by IDF ground troops and the simple fact that none of them can leave the country? In addition, Israel has made a few mistakes about civilians.

The example of the Samouni family is a good one. They were living in a Hamas-controlled area, and were told by the IDF to move themselves into one house for their safety. That night, the building was shelled, killing 30 members of the family. The wounded were not able to be helped for days even though IDF soldiers and tanks were just 50 meters from the building, because the army said it was too dangerous for aid workers to enter the scene. (The article about the incedent)

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~Where the Real War Is At: The Media by joshman91
January 8, 2009, 6:42 am
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Throughout the past year, the world has witnessed many unnecessary, bloody incursions. The UN hardly opened an eye when the genocide in Darfur erupted. When peaceful, innocent Burmese Monks were being slaughtered, the world’s leaders were posing for the cameras. And most recently, everyone was enjoying the Olympics while China was conquering Tibet.

Apparently, those issues were unfortunate, yet unimportant. However, when we JEWS decide to defend ourselves, the rest of the world suddenly stands up and shouts “STOP.” When Israel retaliates to terrorists that shoot rockets at innocent women and children, there is suddenly a “humanitarian crises.” Funny, this is the most active the UN has ever been.

The riots that are occurring in the Arab world are to no surprise. Contrary to that, many Jews, myself especially, are quite disturbed by the anti-Israel rallies that are presently taking place throughout Europe, most notably in Britain, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, and Turkey. As you watch youtube or the news, you will notice that the protesters consist of all Europeans, not just Arabs. The protests in Amsterdam are particularly alarming, for it was the Dutch that risked their lives hiding and protecting us during the Holocaust. The protests in London will have a profound impact, for they are being led by politicians and celebrities alike. As much as we hate to say it, anti-semitism is once again very well a part of Europe.

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~War 2.0 by ozniablog
January 7, 2009, 4:33 pm
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As the war against Hamas continues in the south of Israel.  Israeli government officals have taken the PR battle directly to the web.  The IDF has created their own youtube channel where you can veiw videos of IDF operations, while the Israeli Consulate in New York has taken to twitting. As expected, the blog-o-sphere has errupted with posts ranging from the Makom/Haaretz blog where bloggers discuss the difficult issues surrounding this conflict to the direct advocasy site Help Us Win. The question is how much does all of this help?

~The Bibi Platform: Common Sense by joshman91

Throughout this dreadful Olmert Administration, our ears have been tortured with the same, old rhetoric. This whole notion that we can simply trade “land for peace” has proven to be unproductive. The fundamental concept that politicians from all sides have ignored is economics. If a country goes to war, there is usually an economic justification. Hence, if we want the Palestinians to choose peace over terror, then there must be an economic incentive for them to do so.

While he may not be perfect, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has made it abundantly clear that he understands this principle. This was evident in a Jerusalem Post article the other week that stated “Bibi pledged to help the Palestinians ‘rapidly develop their economy’ if he wins the February elections.” Although Bibi’s policies regarding negotiations are much more hawkish and hardline than those of Livni or Barak, he has vowed to continue the peace process, and, in relation to this issue, he has stated that “economic development is not a substitute for political negotiations.”

When Bibi says that he will boost the Palestinian economy, can we trust him? Yes, the record speaks for itself. As Finance Minister, he enacted many free-market reforms which revived the Israeli economy. If he can do the same thing to the Palestinian economy, there would be no need for endless negotiations. Trends in history have shown that “men are usually more tolerant when their belly’s are full.”

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