Sunday, January 11, 2009
'We will not be broken'
Michael Heart: We will not go down (Song for Gaza)
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part...
Dr. Mads Gilbert, Norwegian triage medical team in Gaza: All that is happening in Gaza here now is against international law, it is against humanity and I think it is against what it means to be a decent person... I wish that the good doctors and nurses in Israel tell their government to stop these atrocities... Behind the numbers are human beings, families, women, grandmothers, children. Those who are paying the price for the Israeli bombardments now are the common people, the Palestinian people. This must be stopped.
Khalid Mish'al, in The Guardian: We are meant to be content with shrinking scraps of territory, a handful of cantons at Israel's mercy, enclosed by it from all sides. Israel seeks a one-sided ceasefire, observed by my people alone, in return for siege, starvation, bombardment, assassinations, incursions and colonial settlement...
The logic of those who demand that we stop our resistance is absurd. They absolve the aggressor and occupier -- armed with the deadliest weapons of death and destruction -- of responsibility, while blaming the victim, prisoner and occupied. Our modest, home-made rockets are our cry of protest to the world. Israel and its American and European sponsors want us to be killed in silence. But die in silence we will not...
Israel will no doubt wreak untold destruction, death and suffering in Gaza. But it will meet the same fate in Gaza as it did in Lebanon. We will not be broken by siege and bombardment, and will never surrender to occupation.