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Editorial Cartoon: Peace in Gaza

I see no better cartoon with which to punctuate my time at The Daily than with a cartoon about Palestine. As Israeli troops pull out of Southern Gaza, the future looks bleak and uncertain. May peace prevail. May peace be upon all children. May peace be upon us all.
Image by Sam Fleming
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  • KG
    Apr 26, 2024 at 7:11 am

    OP, you mention a few organizations but state no facts, no arguments, and no logic. You and your fellow Hamas propagandists shout so loud that you think that you own the whole stage. So, why bother.
    OP, those tired NGOs with their self-righteous names that you mention were discredited long ago. They share the same misinformation with one another to amplify their false voice. Same messaging, same slogans. No one takes them seriously any more. To know about the UN, I suggest that you read UN Watch reports. UN Watch is a recognized NGO that appears in person at the UN and articulates a view that reveals UN hypocrisy and prejudice. If you don’t have time to read, then view their videos on YouTube. Also, I also suggest that you read the Gatestone Institute and the Middle East Forum. Google them. You can see their videos on YouTube, too. Also, if your Arabic is rusty, check out Palestinian Media Watch for what the Palestinian media are saying to their own people, officially and unofficially, translated into well-written English. You will see a more vicious face of Palestinian operatives than what slick Palestinian propagandists like yourself are selling to gullible Western audiences.
    No OP, I am not a paid defender of Israel, but I do know UMN well. I don’t receive money from Qatar or Saudi Arabia like some of your friends. I am just a regular person who was shocked by the events of October 7. Hamas wiped out whole Israeli villages. Burning civilians out of their homes to rape, torture, murder and kidnap. Today, Arabs and Moslems as well as Israelis and Jews are being held hostage by Hamas, and Hamas is still shooting rockets into Israel from Gaza. Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States. Israel’s war is against Hamas, not against the Palestinian people. You and your Hamas-empowering buddies are trying to prevent Israel from defending itself. I refuse to let extreme Palestinian voices dominate the discourse and Palestinian falsehoods go unanswered. In my own small way, I try to contribute to truth. That, my friend, is called free speech here in the United States.

  • OP
    Apr 25, 2024 at 9:17 am

    B’Tselem, Jewish Voices for Peace, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Breaking the Silence, Human Rights Watch, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and a myriad of other NGOs that monitor world crises.

    For anyone actually interested in the reality of the situation in Palestine and what Israel is doing and the policies and practices of ethnic cleansing, check out those sources.

    It’s not worth debating professionals who are paid to promote misinformation and I am not asking you to take my word for it.

    Look and read for yourselves.

  • KG
    Apr 24, 2024 at 6:48 am

    OP, my previous comment pertained to Sam Fleming’s editorial cartoon, but you have raised additional issues. After 2005, Israel never had full control of entry or exit to Gaza. A simple look at a map shows Egypt’s substantial border with Gaza. Enough of that falsehood.
    The truth is that Gazans imported and exported whatever they wanted after 2005, either through Israel or Egypt, legally or via tunnels into Egypt (including smuggling plenty of weapons and munitions). The international community pumped billions of dollars into Gaza every year for dozens of years, hoping that Gaza would transition into a normal society – perhaps a Middle Eastern Singapore. Israel would have been elated to see a prosperous Gaza. Instead, Gaza chose to focus on militarism and murder, and to teach and train its children to be future terrorists in its kindergartens and schools. Many of those brainwashed kids are the October 7 terrorists. Simultaneously, the corrupt Hamas leadership funneled off billions for its own comfort. The opulent Gaza Rimal neighborhood showed great wealth, and there are independently confirmed store receipts of gold jewelry given to Hamas leaders’ girlfriends. Unfortunately, most Gazans wallowed in poverty under Hamas and were thankful to work in Gaza’s main industry–terror.
    Before 1967, there were also no Jews in Gaza, and Israel did not control it—neither land nor sea nor air; but still, it was a relentless staging ground for attacks into Israel. OP, please tell us what “foreign entity” controlled Gaza before 1967 (big hint – Egypt).
    Zionism is not racist. That is another lie. Zionism is simply the latest expression of the Jewish people’s historical yearning to live in their own land. OP, if you want to talk about history, I would suggest going back further than the late nineteenth century. Jews continued to live in the land of Israel even after the Roman conquest. In the twelfth century, Benjamin of Tudela documents dozens of Jewish communities in Israel, and there were about 15,000 Jews living in Israel in 1850 according to the 1937 Peel commission report. (Quick reminder – 1850 was decades before anyone, anywhere was talking about a “Palestinian” people.)
    If you want a good example of racism, I suggest that you study current Palestinian political ideology and focus on the Hamas charter.
    The Israeli government has never had any policy of “indiscriminate killing.” That is a lie. But I wonder what you would call Hamas’ crossing the border on October 7 and wiping out entire Israeli villages. Would you call rape, torture, mutilation, murder, and kidnapping of Israelis and non-Israelis, Jews and Muslims as indiscriminate? Today, Hamas still holds 130 hostages: Israelis, Americans, and other nationals; Jews, Arabs and Muslims. Yes, Muslims and Arabs are right now being held hostage in Gaza. That is surely indiscriminate.

  • OP
    Apr 23, 2024 at 10:30 am

    History did not start on October 7, 2023. Nor did it start in 2005 with “withdrawal”, unless “KG” thinks that a foreign entity with full control of air, land, and sea as well as being able to fully surveil and indiscriminately kill men, women, and children is “withdrawal”.

    The reality is that zionism is a racist ideology that aims to ethnically cleanse the indigineous population of Palestinians and establish a state where people with one ethnicity/religion/ideology has rights and priveleges and others do not. It began in the late 19th century.

    Please remember, go read the history of the region and of the voices of the victims – on all sides if you will. And please read the words of the founders of Israel and of zionism and their actions.

  • KG
    Apr 21, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Let’s recall a little recent history. In 2005, twenty-one Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip were unilaterally dismantled and 8,000 Israeli settlers were forcibly evacuated from inside the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army. That’s almost 20 years ago. Since then, the people of Gaza have run their own lives. And since then, the Israeli army has attempted to stop war materials from entering Gaza. October 7, 2024 shows how unsuccessful they were. Palestinian propaganda tried to call Gaza “occupied,” but the only people that occupied Gaza were the Gazans themselves. The people of Gaza chose Hamas to lead them, and we see today the results of that poor choice.
    So, Sam, it is not the military withdrawal of Israel from Gaza that will bring peace. It is the removal of the Hamas terrorists from its dominant position in Gaza that is the answer, and no less important, the return of all the hostages that it took when it wiped out Israeli villages on October 7, 2024. And please remember, the Israelis are fighting a war against the Hamas terrorists, not against the people of Gaza, who are being used as human shields.