From Daily Kos blog in the USA:
A Sderot Woman Speaks out Against Gaza Operation
Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 09:36:56 AM PST
Sderot is a little Israeli town that has been bearing the brunt of rocket fire from Gaza for over 7 years now. Its population is mostly Middle Eastern Jews and new immigrants from the former USSR – both are groups whose worldview tilts right, especially with regards to Israel-Arab relations. Its mayor Eli Moyal has been extremely vocal in demanding heavy-handed IDF attacks on Gaza.
Yet, Sderot is not monolithic. Here is what I received a couple of hours ago from Israel, written (in Hebrew) by a member of Kol Aher (another voice) – a Sderot-based peace group. As the tranlation is mine and this is the first place it appears, it is posted in its entirety.
Sderot War Diary
Nomika Zion, Sderot, 8.1.09
“I talk with Sderot people and everyone’s cheeks are rosy again”, boasted Fuad on the war’s second day [Fuad is Benjamin Ben Eliezer, a long-time centrist Labor minister – Assaf]. “The heavier the blow we deliver – the wider the hearts get”.
Hey Fuad, not everyone. Even if I was the only one around Sderot feeling differently – and I am not – my voice should be heard.
Not in my name and not for me you went to war. The current bloodbath in Gaza is not in my name and not for my security. Destroyed homes, bombed schools, thousands of new refugees – are not in my name and not for my security. In Gaza there is no time for burial ceremonies now, the dead are put in refrigerators in twos, because there is no room. Here their bodies lay, policemen, children, and our nimble reporters play acrobatically with Hasbara strategies in view of “the images that speak for themselves”. Pray tell me, what is there to “explain”? [Hasbara literally means “explanation” – Assaf] What is there to explain?
British Jews tell Israel attacks on Gaza risk destabilising the region: here.
Rabbi Brant Rosen: Outrage in Gaza: No More Apologies.
War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields: here.
Neo-Nazi British National Party Supports Israeli Attack on Gaza: here.
British ANTI-WAR activists reacted with outrage on Tuesday after learning that respected peace campaigner and Labour councillor Ray Davies had been beaten by riot police during Saturday’s London protest in support of Gaza: here.
The Palestinian death toll in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip reached more than 1,000 Wednesday, according to medical officials: here.