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Kulna Gaza - We are All Gazans

I call on you - on us - to protest. As loudly and forcefully as possible. A new massacre in Gaza can't and shouldn't happen, and it's in our hands to prevent it.

Kulna Gaza
Kulna Gaza

(CAIRO) - Fifteen people were killed so far, and no end in sight.

Tomorrow the foreigners will be evacuated, Israel threatens with a "massive military attack", a "ground invasion" is not ruled out. Fifteen killed people, including two children. I can give their names, Malek, two years old, and Mahmoud, thirteen years. I can tell how Mahmoud's teacher has described him as an intelligent, bright student, or I can show photos of the two.

As if that would create an outcry , as if the Western media would care enough for the lives of Palestinian children. No, Israel was attacked. Israel must defend itself.

Neither the circumstances, let alone the actual perpetrators of the attack on Israel have been identified so far, every Palestinian military faction has denied any involvement in it. But Gaza is blamed, as Gaza is always to be blamed for, Gaza must be punished, Gazan blood must flow so that the murder on Israelis will be avenged.

How much blood must still flow, you Israeli generals? How many Mahmouds and Maleks will have to die, how many women and children will have to be injured and killed? The signs suggest that it will still be many. And the signs suggest that the world is going to accept it. That it will accept that innocent people are being killed who had nothing but nothing to do with the attack on Israel

But of course Palestinians must be "punished", simply because they are Palestinians. I was at the protests against the Israeli embassy in Cairo. There were also Egyptian soldiers being killed. "Regrettable", called Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister, the incident. Since when is it just a pity when you kill the soldiers of your neighboring country. The people outside the embassy were angry, they demanded the expulsion of the ambassador, removed the Israeli flag and replaced it with an Egyptian one.

Yet the Egyptian activists with whom I spoke were skeptical. Egypt is weak, they said. We have no president, no real political leadership, we must first rebuild our country, our economy needs to grow. Economy? I asked. Don't get me wrong. Of course I know that Egypt is in a difficult position. But it's not about economical support for a war torn country.

As we speak, Gaza is being bombed. As we speak, innocent people are dying. If Israel doesn't experience any resistance, any outcry, any appeal from the world public to act carefully, then a new massacre will happen. A 'Cast Lead' two. In which 1382 people were murdered in three weeks, including 320 children.


I told them, I urge you not to watch your brothers and sisters being murdered. I appealed to the Muslim community spirit, but actually I want to appeal to the humanity of each of us.

My friends in Gaza have changed their Facebook profile pictures to red letters saying: "Kulna Gaza." We are all Gaza.

In a desperate attempt to show the world that the people who are bombed there in that moment are not bloodthirsty terrorists, but people like you and me. Who feel, think, laugh and suffer like we all do. Who are sitting at home in front of their computers, locked up in a tiny coastal strip from where there is no escape, no place to be safe. They are sitting there hoping and praying that the bombs falling around them won't hit their own house, that they will live until the next day. With the Internet as the only possibility to show their existence, their suffering, to draw attention to their humanity.

Kulna Gaza

On their behalf I appeal on our humanity. Because a piece of land having nothing to exploit anymore, neither industry nor resources, which is already completely devastated by bombs, can hardly hope for political support. This land can only be helped by humanity. I appeal to your humanity not to allow any new massacre in Gaza. To show opposition. Through demonstrations, through protests.

In a country like Egypt, with really plenty of own problems, thousands of people were on the streets yesterday to demonstrate support for Gaza and to show the people there that they are not alone. Let us take it as example.

I call on you - on us - to protest. As loudly and forcefully as possible. A new massacre in Gaza can't and shouldn't happen, and it's in our hands to prevent it. Not in the hands of politicians who decide on economic terms, but in ours. It is up to us, that we prevent a new war in Gaza.

Kulna Gaza - we are all Gaza.

Vera Macht is a journalist and peace activist who has lived in Gaza for one year. Currently she is in Cairo in her way back there. She actually is in Cairo where she tries to get a permission to cross Rafah border to get back to Gaza again.

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Christopher Edwards August 24, 2011 8:36 am (Pacific time)

The world can be pretty unfair to people, but when governments reinforce a belief system, then what hope is there? Please see how so-called "honor killings" are spreading in the west. You can ignore the below, but with nearly 1300 years of history to review, even those most buried in propaganda will realize that there can only be one final outcome, survival of the strongest. "In 1973, the General Assembly of the United Nations opened for signature and ratification the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (ICSPCA). It defined the crime of apartheid as: "Inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial [religious] group of persons over any other racial [religious] group of persons and systematically oppressing them."[Italics are mine]. Islamic member countries of the time, such as Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia are signatories to the above declaration condemning the barbaric practices of apartheid. Yet, these same countries, as well as other Islamic nations, are the most blatant violators of the declaration. “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is most high. Qur'an 4:34 // “Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "Isn't the witness of a women equal to half that of a man?" The women said "yes". He said "This is because of the deficiency of the women's mind." Sahih Bukhari 3:48:82 // read more: science/culture-wars/womens-worth-in-islam.html //

Anonymous August 22, 2011 12:32 pm (Pacific time)

Tim: in regards to gazaBDS: its just what they were taught from a young age. They were brainwashed since day one. I suppose we ALL are to some extent..I mean heck, the media convinced you to support obama. And you still refuse to believe that the rothchild zionist banking cartel has taken over most of the world, so you are not much different than gazaBDS. You are a bit kinder and gentler tho, and at least you are trying to see thru the brainwashing. GazaBDS is either a paid israeli shill (confimred that israel pays people, with our tax money to schill), or just a poor brainwashed soul who we should actually feel sorry for.

Anonymous August 22, 2011 4:17 am (Pacific time)

Gaza has terrorists,

 Editor: That's right, they are called 'Israelis' and they are dangerous criminals from the time of Israel's inception.  They aren't just terrorists, but also thieves.  

they shoot and kill and shoot the people of Israel.

 Editor: Once in a blue moon, only when they are very lucky.

What does it take that someone takes the side of Israel?

 Editor:Ask Italy and Spain, they joined Hitler's cause.  I suppose you have to pay people, greed is your friend.

Go in and clean this place up, it's more than time to do this.

 Editor: That's right, clean the place up, send the Israels back where they came from and let the people have their homes back, return the land, work in the spirit of humanity, not for the religious weirdo zealots, regardless of the religion. 

Gaza is not that poor pathetic as people make it to be. They got money for weapons and don't care about their own people. Get it over with, once and for all. I'm sure I can find pictures from wounded and dead people from Israel. But you can't find the truth and pictures on this page.

Editor: Damned liar, Israel goes months without a violent death and that bus the other day by all accounts, was attacked by the Israelis, not anyone else.  They pose as Arabs to kill their own and then justify the stupid retarded levels of violence Israel is know for.  Pathetic war criminals and religious fundamentalist freaks.

Gaza BDS Man August 21, 2011 10:15 pm (Pacific time)



Tim King: Those words are like the vomit that sticks to the bottom of my shoes.  Coward words for a coward's cause.    

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