Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday 8 December 2011

The Brighter Side of Gaza

A high hat tip to reader Shirlee for alerting me to a photo-essay, under the above title, which appears on the Electronic Intifada.  We learn:

This summer Palestinian American student Sami Kishawi traveled to the Gaza for the first time since 2004, expecting to see war-torn buildings and a “collective sense of devastation.” But as his photos show, he saw a side of Gaza which is not depicted in the media.
Kishawi told The Electronic Intifada: “The vibrancy of the photos depicts the vibrancy of the way of life there, despite the siege and occupation. … I’m hoping to give people a sense of the humanity of Gaza, beyond statistics.


  1. The siege and occupation of Gaza?



  2. I looked at the article again and thought..

    "Gold Market? Gaza City?"

    I thought they had no money ?

  3. Indeed! Thanks for the link, Shirlee.


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