But I thought this had been solved?

Funny that this current round of violence in Gaza should take place a mere matter of days after my post (don’t bother looking for it) about how Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg had made a glib, dismissive comment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his roundtable discussion about Busta Rhymes’ “Arab Money,” and about how that may have had to do with the fact that he’s the son of a member of the Israel Lobby.

That part of the world had been on my mind due to my having read about the humanitarian crisis that had been going on in Gaza, where Israel had cut off the supply of food and water, and various other important resources into Gaza, and so people there were starving to death, even more so than usual. Then Israel wouldn’t even let people out, if they needed treatment for cancer, or kidney dialysis and what have you. So a veritable shedload of people were dying from things they might not have died from otherwise. It was a fucking disgusting thing to read about. It definitely wasn’t any laughing matter.

Still, I had no idea a war was about to break out. In retrospect, the dead giveaway should have been when they kicked all of the humanitarian aid workers and the media out of Gaza the other day. At the time, I figured this may have just been a matter of Israel not wanting the rest of the world to know just how dire the situation in Gaza was about to get. You know how fucked the fuck up it is there on a regular basis. I’m sure you guys saw that story in the Times I linked to about kids who live on top of huge landfills and spend their every waking hour digging through Israeli refuse, in order to make what amounts to maybe a few dollars a day. Er, maybe you didn’t.

But as it turns out, this may have just been an effort to get any sympathetic westerners out of the way before the bombs started going off. Also, from what I’ve heard, Israel put the word out to their own people that they didn’t want to be anywhere near Gaza this week. (Sound familiar?) I didn’t hear about this until after the fact, but I wonder if there was any effort made to guard this information from the people in Gaza, or if they were just counting on not a lot of people there having the Internets. I know they don’t seem to be as up on Tumblr as we are here in the States. I wonder if this slaughter was as much of a surprise to them as it was to me. I guess it’s not like there was anywhere they could go, even if they did know to flee.

If you listen to news reports about these attacks, even in the western media, which I thought was supposed to be controlled by the Israel Lobby, just like the government, all you hear about is stories of innocent civilians getting blown the fuck up. I haven’t even heard about anyone from Hamas getting blown up. Which is not to say that Israel hasn’t hit any of its ostensibly intended targets. I’m just saying. At the very least, their accuracy rate is a bit off. Part of which I’m sure has been due to the fact that Gaza is supposedly the most densely populated area on earth. You can hardly drop a bomb anywhere on it and not blow someone to smithereens, regardless of whether they had it coming.

Which begs the questions: a) Was Israel just indiscriminently dropping bombs anywhere in Gaza, or did there just so happen to be a shiteload of innoncent civillians near their intended targets? and b) If they knew at least as much about Gaza as I do, i.e. not a whole lote, was it a part of their plan all along to take out so many innocent civillians, or was there any effort made to reduce the amount of collateral damage? Israel is supposed to be a leader in all of that high tech spy technology and what have you, right? There was even that Steven Spielberg movie about those guys avenging the attacks at the ’72 Olympics in Munich. How come they couldn’t have just sent in Eric Bana? He could have hit who they needed to hit and avoided wasting so many children.

For their part, Israel claims that these attacks have been in response to Hamas launching missiles over the border into Israel. But I’ve heard conflicting claims with regard to this matter. The guy from Electronic Intifada claims that Hamas didn’t launch so much as a single missile into Israel. At the very least, these current attacks seem to be entirely out of proportion to whatever it is they’re retaliating against. Something tells me that, if Hamas had killed 225 Israelis in a single day, we would have heard about it in the liberal Jew-run media. (’90s babies and other assorted cultural illiterates, don’t respond to that line. It wasn’t for you.) And if you’ve been following this mess for any amount of time, you know that’s how it usually works. Collective punishment and casualties all out of the proportion is the name of the game.

Finally, I guess there’s the question of whether or not these attacks will have their intended effect. Israel claims they’re blowing up Gaza because Hamas keeps fucking with Israel. If Israel drops enough bombs on Gaza, will Hamas be like, “Dude, we might need to stop fucking with these Israelis?” I guess, if Israel blows up enough shit, they won’t have any choice in the matter, at least in the short run. But I’m at a loss for how this is gonna make them any safer in the long run. And obviously, my main concern is what effect, if any, this might have on me personally. I know the Internets service can’t be too good over there at present, but hopefully people in the Arab world will read this post and see that I’m not down with what’s going on over there. I’m not suggesting they blow up anything here in the US. Lord knows we’ve already got our share of problems. But if they do, they’d be better off aiming that shit at Hot 97 than my mom’s basement.

  • og bobby J

    On the real, i am not sure why this is popping off, but I blame the jews. Just because.

  • Ali

    I’m Palestinian I can respect that….to answer your questions, they know EXACTLY who they’re aiming for, and fuck anyone who thinks otherwise…..Even if Hamas fired 1st, they’ve been “fucking with us” if you will, for 60 years now….today 2 little girls died, one 4 yrs old the other 11….that shit isn’t accident………they always try to relate the arab/muslim world to terrorists….they killed Saddam on the 1st day of Eid that year, as if they’re tryna deal us a blow, when most of us think he was a bad man too……..in hindsight, I bet the Iraqi ppl would prefer him over the US………this is the world we live in yall, NOTHING IS BY ACCIDENT

  • escobar9300

    Palestinian blood here, and I gotta say its real fucked up to see this kindof shit happening over there. These dudes need to do like Immortal Technique said, “Open your eyes, before you die.”

  • mit

    what a bunch of uninformed motherfuckers…plus Bol let me down on this one. Palestine and Israel aren’t even close to peace, way too many mistakes on both sides, but you gotta blame Hamas for most of whats going on. Hamas is the majority power in palestine so they can’t be excused as a seperate terrorist group. Palestine is essentially run by a group of extremists who don’t give a shit about creating peace and dont care about the well being of palestinian civilians. Sure its not right of israel to be bombing civilians but how can you not blame Hamas who hasnt gotten the message before and won’t take it now. It’s not israel who keeps those in the west bank and gaza in poverty…Don’t you think Israel would open roadblocks and allow more movement of goods to Palestinian areas if they knew Hamas wasnt going to use the opening to flood in illegal arms one way and bombers out the other. Bottom Line: Hamas wont sit until israel’s gone, and its killing israelis and palestinians

  • joints

    in these troubled times, i too often turn to immortal technique for guidance.

  • Worley

    “That part of the world had been on my mind due to my having read about the humanitarian crisis that had been going on in Gaza, where Israel had cut off the supply of food and water, and various other important resources into Gaza, and so people there were starving to death, even more so than usual.”

    I want to hear from the Pro-Israeli Klan on that point of fact. Better yet, ask yourself why Hamas and other groups fight against Israel. If someone took your land and gave it to someone else I am sure you would be ready to fight too. Stop acting like these groups are fighting Israel for no reason at all.

    • $ykotic

      Thank you Worley.

      America is knee deep in it because of the 1947 “war”. They helped them take that land AND gave them tanks, planes, and nuclear knowledge.

      What kills me is that there are like a hundred comments on the “swag” statement but only a handful here.

  • $ykotic

    For all you smart dumb cats, ask yourself this:

    Would you allow some dudes to come and take over YOUR block, say they always had a right to YOUR block, armor up and take away YOUR ratchets, stop YOU from eating, and pop YOU when you speak up, or when they “assume” you are doing dirt?

    Sounds like the cops, huh? The American “ghetto” solution?

    Get your mind right peoples.

    • http://yahoo.com Bigdogra

      You must not remember that’s what we did to the Indians…

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    lets get this straight. israel is a terrorist NATION; the actions of its government, in regards to palestine ( as well as their previous terrorist campaigns such as with lebanon, look it up) are terrorist actions, and are illegal under international law. some say that one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter.. okay, we can work with that. hamas is a small faction of terrorists working against a government with terrorist POLICIES, the most up-to-date training and weaponry, and hundreds of nuclear weapons, all of which they use in order to bully the others areas/nations around them and keep palestine under apartheid. and who gives israel all of these wonderful toys? the us and britain, the same countries who displaced the people that israel now, and historically has, terrorized.

    • these posts are racist

      Props man.

  • Brahsef

    Where’s TPAR, he’d be loving you right now Bol. And it is a fucked up situation….and sorry mit, it’s the western world and Israel’s fault. Once the United Nations after ww2 decided to carve up the Middle East like it was its play toy and put Jews in Israel it really fucked everything up.

    Talk about fucking reperations.

  • tensensi

    This tribal war has been going on since David slew Goliath (Philistines were the Palestinians back then) and they will always be killing each other.

    The Katyusha rockets being fired into Israel are the military equivalents of bottle rockets. However, if an innocent Israel civilian is hit by one, it’s not fun. Israel has the right to defend herself, but bombing civilians and children like this is a war crime.

    Bol – you should look into how Hamas is a creation of Mossad in response to the PLO. Using radical Islam factions to do their dirty work is a favorite tactic of the NWO. Not so good when they turn on them, though.

  • geico lizard

    It sounds like Hot 97 and busta rhymes are on the shitlist with that part of the world right now.

    “I know they don’t seem to be as up on Tumblr as we are here in the States” I have internet access and im never on tumblr so if they want to warn someone of trouble they better put it on the yahoo homepage or youtube.

    ” How come they couldn’t have just sent in Eric Bana?” I didnt see munich but if there were really guys that good at special ops working for them they would have used them by now instead of looking like bloodthirsty people who want dead civilians on the news. If we had a real rambo he would have caught bin laden and hussein in the same night with nothing but his steroids and that big ass hunting knife.

  • geico lizard

    Bush and alot of Christians in america think if they dont protect israel then armageddon will happen. They are taking some verses from revelation and running with them to mean everything israel does is fine and if they lose that land the world will end.

    • $ykotic

      yeah, their world!

  • NAWLEDGE

    Lets get some things cleared up here. This is all POLITICAL.

    Hamas PURPOSELY situated themselves in a densely populated area, the most dense at that, and launched bottle rockets into Israel knowing that they would feel the need to defend themselves. In turn, they KNEW that the bombings would hit innocent civilians and to the rest of the Arab world, Israel would look like the bad guy and recuitment into Hamas, Hezzbolla, the Taliban, & Al Queda will soar.

    Israli officials KNEW all of this. But guess whats coming up in Israel come Febuarary. AN ELECTION! The party in power now is running in 3rd place. Plus, we have a lame duck president in office who cant tell them to stop. With these combined situations, the Israli party who is now in power decided to all-of-the-sudden, “handle” the situation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hopefully giving them a leg up in the competion making them seem strong to handle things, and “showing a thing or two” to the other radical groups in the Arab world.

    This costing lives on both sides and these idiots dont want to solve it. Its even sadder knowing that Arabs and Jews dont even know that they’re basically cousins. Arabs are decendents of Esau and Jews are decendents of Jacob.

  • iLL

    Nothing good is gonna come out of all of these countries including the US being at war all at the same time. As far as Isreal bombing Gaza because they feel that Hamas struck first is b.s. Their on some ok you hit me well im gonna shoot you type ish because they want to take over the border. You cant go claiming land in these days and times. cmon

  • these posts are racist

    Great drop Byron…great analysis.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    It’s really difficult to take Israel’s side in all of this. Especially since, like NAWLEDGE said, this is an election year. Ehud Barak has always been about sending missiles flying into Gaza. Since the Hezbollah victory a few years ago, Israel has been itching for some brown-bagging, it seems.

    This type of thing always ends, sooner or later, in the people taking back what’s rightfully theirs by natural rights. The only way to stall it out is by killing enough people so that the timeline stretches to infinity and it takes generations for the people to overcome colonialism, tyranny and ethnic cleansing.

    And we’ve all heard over and over about how advanced the Israeli Air Force is. Why the hell can’t they zero in on targets, even in dense areas? Aren’t they rich as hell? You mean to tell me they don’t have lasers and that space-aged pimpin type of nuclear capability?

    • $ykotic

      They do. It’s not their people so they don’t care.

      But we do see the uprising of people around the world not going for the old Israeli finger-pointing.

      Except for America. Shame.

      Anyone remember in Aug 2001 when many U.N. nations accused Israel of terrorism and Israel and the U.S. walked out of the session?

      9/11 happened 2 wks later.

  • amar

    hearing an american hip hop blogger’s opinoin on either israel or palestine is like hearing a 500 pound dude name bubbah, with a high school diploma talk about the theory of relativity.

    They’re both fucked up and they’re both in the wrong.

    • these posts are racist

      hAMAR,

      why don’t you actually disagree with something in the post? Do you disagree that Israel controls the lives of millions of people, yet denies them equal rights under the law because they are not jewish?

      • amar

        i am neither muslim nor jewish, neither israeli nor palestinian but i have lived in israel and seen firsthand the retardation going on there.

        I think what the jews did is wrong, but i also see a lot wrong in what the palestinians did and are doing. Overally, I think the country’s an example of how fucked up and retarded religion is. Therefore I can’t really agree with either side here. I can only disagree with both the jewish and muslim religions in what they do to people.

        i think to single out one party as single-handedly more evil is counter-productive and inaccurate.

        • NAWLEDGE

          Amar

          I’ve heard people use that “religion” argument one too many times. When will people realize that its not religion thats the problem. The problem is PEOPLE. Ultimately, it all boils down to extremists. Its just like Lupe Fiasco said

          “The books that take you to heaven and let you meet the Lord there / have become misinterpreted reasons for warfare”

          They dont have a fundamentalist belief in their religon, they have a fundamentalist belief in THEMSELVES and twist religion into their own sick agendas.

          And think about this. Getting rid of religion wont get rid of world problems. BOTH WWI and II were all about territory and supremacy. Not religon. How many other things can people fight over besides religon?

          Land
          Resources
          Power
          Supremacy
          Money
          Ethnicity
          Race(this is a BIG one)
          Politics
          Xenophobia
          Tribalism
          Culture

          The Trojan War was over TRADE ROUTES & A WOMAN! Getting rid of religon wont save the world from all our other problems.

        • amar

          land is certainly an issue, as in this case, israelis aren’t right for living on the land, but have nowhere to go. I don’t understand where the massive population is expected to just relocate.

          But ultimately the reason palestinians want israel is not for land or because they were there first, but because of its historic religious significance. No?

        • NAWLEDGE

          AHHH! Absolutely correct. Jews also hold claim to the land as it was promised to them by God. The problem is that they have different versions of the SAME text.

          Quran says Arabs own the land. Torah says Jews own the land. Bible says they BOTH own the land but the Phillistines(present day Palestinians) were conqured by Saul, David, and Solomon. This discussion will go round and round with no end in sight.

          HOWEVER, if religon didnt play a part in all this, they would still be fighting over their different ethnicities & culture. Moderate and non religous peolpes of both sides hate each other just for being each other.

    • Around and Around

      Bol great drop on this…on a side note…Amar you’re an idiot. There’s a thing called historical fact that has nothing to do with religion…

      I think Amar is really OG Bobby J’s seed….no homo

  • d. b. cooper

    amar says:

    hearing an american hip hop blogger’s opinoin on either israel or palestine is like hearing a 500 pound dude name bubbah, with a high school diploma talk about the theory of relativity.

    They’re both fucked up and they’re both in the wrong.

    In a recent poll Bol was named The Leading Black Public Intellectual. So simply calling him a hip hop blogger misses the mark.

    • amar

      point taken.

    • amar

      oh and *cue insult something to the tune of you being on BOL’s BALLS

  • aquma

    Why can’t Hamas just keel over and take it like the Native Americans did here? They don’t like extreme poverty, high levels of alcoholism and the genocide/castration of their culture?

    Serious though, the Israeli government knows exactly what its doing. They’re not weakening Hamas and the desire to fire rockets, they’re provoking them. More support for rockets means more reason to keep bombing. Once enough militants are dead, which will take a while since they’re making more after every child and mother they waste, then full annexation with little resistance will only take a second.