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Friday, July 18, 2014

INDISCRIMINATE CONTINUOUS TERROR: THE OCCUPIER’S IRONY

by Charles Frederickson


After cease-fire talks failed, Israel said it intended to put an end to “indiscriminate continuous terror.” Heavy artillery fire was reported. (Photo: Mourning after at least three Palestinian children were killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Thursday. Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) - NY Times, July 17, 2014


Daily humiliation collective abusive punishment
Systematic intimidation traumatic racist mistreatment
Ethnic cleansing again under siege
Blindfolded justice unbalanced tipsy scales

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu described
Decades-long oppressive occupation as apartheid
Racially segregated roads partitioned checkpoints
Strip searches targeting most vulnerable

5 decades of military entrenchment
7 decades of forced dispossession
Lost opportunities fragile abandoned truces
Dashed expectations refusals negating agreements

Palestinians denied their humanity since
1948 lacking foresight insight oversight
Expelled private property villages demolished
Uncivil wrongs intimidating bullyrag tactics

Morally bankrupted by sanctified victim-hood
Fair-minded solution demands planetary involvement
Endorsing economic boycott least of
All evils only alternative left

Government-run smear campaigns digging up
Vicious propaganda attacking brave truth-tellers
Labeled terrorists fiction prejudicing facts
Ruthlessly silencing gentle dissident voices


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