The Palestinians Are Being Slaughtered

Elio Delgado Legon

HAVANA TIMES — All honest people around the world ought to be profoundly moved and horrified by the crimes against the Palestinian people being perpetrated by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

The last harrowing news we heard involved the murder of a group of children who were playing soccer at a beach. Though these incidents occur in plain sight, for everyone to see, very little is done to put an end to the mass killing and to have international law vigorously persecute those who order such acts of aggression.

The Hague Court should be aware of what is happening and rule to have the murderers captured, so they can be tried and convicted to the full extent of the law.

It was both frustrating and disconcerting for me to hear the declarations of a high US government official who sympathized with Israel and voiced support for the criminal actions perpetrated by this country. The support of the United States encourages the criminals and gives them a sense of immunity.

Both the United States and Israel justify the slaughter referring to a number of locally-assembled missiles that were fired into Israeli territory and the fact the country has the right to defend itself. Don’t the Palestinian people, who have suffered the illegal occupation of part of their territory since 1967, also have the right to defend themselves?

Return to Palestinians what belongs to them and the conflict will be over. Let us not forget that the State of Israel was created in Palestinian territory so that the millions of Jews wandering the world would have a place to return to. Israel was not satisfied with what it got and, in 1967, it unleashed a war of expansion, occupying part of Palestine, the Golan Heights in Syria and other border territories.

Can you imagine offering a homeless friend a room in your house where he can stay and then seeing how this friend, rather than show gratitude, violently take over a part of your house and even murder some of your children?

This is what has happened in Palestine at a larger scale. Palestinians have every right to fight to recover what rightfully belongs to them. Israel has not fulfilled any of the UN resolutions regarding Palestine and nothing happens. Those who murder children, women, elderly and young Palestinians ought to be convicted by an international court.

We can’t continue to bear witness to the slaughter of the Palestinian people as though we were watching a horror film. The civilized world cannot continue to stand horrified by events in Palestine and to do nothing to stop the massacre and to take the Israeli-Palestinian border to where it ought to be by law: where it was before the war of 1967.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

14 thoughts on “The Palestinians Are Being Slaughtered

  • July 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Slaughtered?? The Palestinians are raining missiles down on Israel. Israel should storm into the Gaza strip and force them into other Arab lands! What if the Taino were not slaughtered in Cuba and they started raining missiles onto Havana? The Israelis show incredible mercy for the warfaring Palestinians , any other country would not tolerate this. Israel without the Westbank and Gaza is smaller than Los Angeles County. Let Qatar have the Palestinians… or Cuba. I’m not Jewish and have been to Israel and Cuba many times.

  • July 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

    The Arabs began attacking Jewish communities in Palestine even before WWI and before Balfour.

    Your equivalence between what the Nazis did to the Warsaw Ghetto and what Israel is doing in Gaza is historically ignorant and morally perverse.

    The Nazis deliberately murdered everybody they could find:

    “Over 100,000 of the Ghetto’s residents died due to rampant disease or starvation, as well as random killings, even before the Nazis began massive deportations of the inhabitants from the Ghetto’s Umschlagplatz to the Treblinka extermination camp during the Grossaktion Warschau, part of the countrywideOperation Reinhard. Between Tisha B’Av (July 23) and Yom Kippur (September 21) of 1942, about 254,000 Ghetto residents (or at least 300,000 by different accounts)[7] were sent to Treblinka and murdered there.[16]

    “The final battle started on the eve of Passover of April 19, 1943, when a Nazi force consisting of several thousand troops entered the ghetto. After initial setbacks, the Germans under the field command of Jürgen Stroop systematically burned and blew up the ghetto buildings, block by block, rounding up or murdering anybody they could capture. Significant resistance ended on April 28, and the Nazi operation officially ended in mid-May, symbolically culminating with the demolition of the Great Synagogue of Warsaw on May 16. According to the official report, at least 56,065 people were killed on the spot or deported to German Nazi concentration and death camps (Treblinka, Poniatowa, Majdanek, Trawniki).”

    In Gaza, the IDF warns civilians of an operations and urges them to evacuate. The IDF has called off several bombing attacks when civilians were spotted near the target. The IDF does not engage in mass deportations nor do they operate death camps.

  • July 19, 2014 at 3:41 am

    I buy it, I can rationalize your narrative, not really sure that I could, if I was born in a Palestinian refugee camp. You see, the Palestinian also got their demographic charts, their land house titles.
    Boy, and they said that Manhattan real state market is cut throat.
    Bottom line is your narrative amounts to History it’s written by the winners. And Arabs are saying its not over until its over.
    Then yes, Hamas leadership could be Millionaire. Pprofiteering from Qatar from gory pics. But Zionists are quick setting the scene, and developing quite a juicy market for “cutting-edge photographic parafernalia”
    So Jewish heads all the way to Damascus its a powerful image, and some lunatics right wingers are reinforcing it with : We have Fuck hard these people in Ramadan. On top the Christian are queasy about abortions.
    Finally there is a special place in my godless, atheist soul for the Abrahamics religions, next to the genocidals, warmongers, etc

  • July 19, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Israelis are behaving like the child abused victim that growth up to become a notorious pedophile. That is cristal clear as has being broadcast, for everyone with two functional neurons and onze of empathy to notice. Doesn’t matter if you agree or not, they know it, after all psychologi is part of the impressive legacy of the hebrew to the humanities.
    Do anybody think, that Israelis military-political strategists waist any time hair spliting, UN resolutions, archeological evidences and holy scripts? They know perfectly well that it’ s trough force that this “divine mandate ” is achievable.
    To the old Man in Havana, I dont know if they have told you. But old boy Vlad, have just shut down a civilian plane. Innocents, middleclass westerners, aren’t the typical colateral damage that the West bruch under the carpet.

  • July 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    The whole sorry episode began in the aftermath of W.W.I with the Balfour Declaration. The West is always giving away the land of other folks, or, as in the case of Iraq and other nations in the Middle East and Africa, arbitrarily redrawing national boundaries to suit their imperial ends. It was one thing to steal the lands of the Native Americans who, as hunter-gatherers, had little chance of reclaiming them. (Although with their casinos and tax free status for selling stuff on tribal reservations, at least they are now beginning to recoup that which has been stolen from them!) On the other hand, the Palestinians have a friend or two in the neighborhood, and those friends have friends. Although most Arab nations are now U.S. client states (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, etc.), ultimately, when “our” dictators and shieks can’t produce any real economic progress for the Arab masses, their corrupt and anti-democratic regimes will come to a rapid, and bloody, end. The Egyptian Army is good for putting down their own people; not so much for answering Zionist aggression. Slowly, the rest of the world is coming around to the Palestinians’ side. They can see that the murderous Zionist entity is no better than were Nazis, from whom the Zionists have learned their techniques. What they are now doing to Gaza is akin to what the Nazis did to the Warsaw Ghetto. Thanks for your elloquent defense of the Palestinian victims, Elio!

  • July 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Terror is very profitable for Hamas. The leadership has no reason to work for peace. In fact, they are highly motivated to keep the conflict going.

    Professor Ahmed Karima of Al-Azhar University in Egypt noted that in recent years Hamas has blossomed into a movement of millionaires. According to Karima, Hamas can boast no fewer than 1,200 millionaires among its leadership and mid-level officials. That assertion was backed up by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who in 2012 estimated the number of Gaza millionaires to be 800.

    In particular, overall Hamas leader Khaled Mashal has amassed a fortune of $2.6 billion, the Jordanian media reported.

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