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The Israel-Hamas War And The Giants That Deceive Us.
The partitioning of tribes.
Due to the current blitzkrieg of news pumped out by the main stream media with the intent of soliciting rage, it's easy to understand why so many people are emotional about the conflict in Israel. If we've learned anything over the last few years it should be to remain calm, be slow to anger, think critically and learn who the true enemy is.
When major world events occur —especially politically motivated ones— I'm usually pretty slow to give my opinion. Part of the reason is I like to first obtain as much information as possible. The rest is my attempt to understand the connections that exist between people, places, previous events and the current event within our globally connected society. Patterns and threads to be pulled always emerge. It's much easier then to suss out the lies and deceptions. And as it concerns the conflict between Israel, Hamas and the Palestinian people, I believe we're all being deceived yet again.
I am fully convinced American citizens have been under a psychological assault to divide us all into tribes. Creating tribes provides a greater opportunity to manufacture division so people can be more easily controlled. All that is needed is a divisive issue with enough polarity. Factions will eventually formulate, tensions between each group will grow and before you know it violence will ensue. Both groups will be so entrenched in rage and devoured by their own hatred for one another they will never realize they've all been setup.
The Psychology of Labeling
Labeling theory is an approach in the sociology of deviance that focuses on the ways in which the agents of social control attach stigmatizing stereotypes to particular groups, and the ways in which the stigmatized change their behavior once labeled. 1
Labeling is a psychological trick necessary for changing behavior amongst the masses. This tactic creates identities or personas that can be readily manipulated.
An obvious indicator of such an affair is the deceptive use of language. As it relates to the current conflict, you're simply not allowed to show compassion for Palestinians. If you do, you receive the label, "Hamas Sympathizer" or "Terrorist Sympathizer". Congratulations! You've now been partitioned into the tribe of terrorist supporters.
We've seen this tactic played out in the past with labels such as conspiracy theorist, anti-vaxxer, racist, white supremacist, nazi supporter, homophobe, election denier and others. These labels are pumped out by the mainstream media in hopes of being adopted. Once adopted people will align themselves according to a tribe. In an effort to not be stigmatized many will shift their personal beliefs or behavior in such a way to appear to be more compliant or to become more acceptable in society, even if the societal belief is morally debased; think of the Germans who supported the Holocaust or Americans who supported slavery despite their innate recognition that these things were crimes against humanity. However, some will stick to their proverbial guns and won't be swayed by such labeling. Hence, the forming of tribes.
Not only do we have a new label of "Hamas Sympathizer", I've noticed the language used by the mainstream media to describe the deaths of Israelis to be far more intense then when describing the deaths of Palestinians. It gives the appearance that the lives of Israelis are more important than the lives of Palestinians. Israelis are butchered, massacred and brutally killed while Palestinians just die. And if you think everything you’ve been reading is all true, realize Israel's own Defense Forces won't confirm the stories you've probably seen perpetuated online about Hamas beheading children. You read that right. There is zero confirmation of such stories. Hamas is also denying they are butchering or beheading children as that isn't part of their ethos, something I will touch on later in the article. Even President Biden repeated this claim but with a twist, adding that he has seen confirmed pictures of beheaded babies, only for the White House to walk that statement back.
Yet the claim exists, the fire is stoked, emotions are flaring and people are forming their tribes because nobody wants to be seen as a psychotic who supports the butchering of babies. Truth and facts be damned!
But this isn't the only thing that has been walked back. It was reported loudly by mainstream media that Iran was the mastermind behind the attacks. Yet, in silence that looks like that may not be true according to our own intelligence agencies.
This is why it's important to exercise patience. All of this is part of psychological warfare. Something the giants are masters of and to which most people are oblivious.
The Role of the Media
To make matters worse, there's a history of greatly over-reporting the deaths of Israelis and under-reporting the deaths of Palestinians, which supports the claim that we are to view the lives of Israelis as more valuable.
I understand that the United States funds and backs Israel so there will be a bias in how conflicts and deaths are reported. But this is beyond extreme. There is a clear agenda set forth to influence the way American citizens view the conflict in the middle east.
Surprise Attack or Open Door?
There's something else about this recent attack that doesn't sit well with me and that's its "surprise" nature which caught Israel off-guard. Apparently Egypt, who is a mediator between Hamas and Israel warned of an immediate threat –something big— that would originate in Gaza, yet Israel did nothing to prepare. However, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu described the reports as "absolutely false" because he wasn't given specifics.
Hamas is a terrorist organization going up against the IDF, one of the best armies in the world —chiefly because they're backed by the United States— and managed to catch them off guard. I want you to read this because this is from Reuters:
A careful campaign of deception ensured Israel was caught off guard when the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched its devastating attack, enabling a force using bulldozers, hang gliders and motorbikes to take on the Middle East's most powerful army.
This reads like a comic. Hamas managed to enact an ingenious level of subterfuge, sneak past the defenses of the IDF and mount an assault by using bulldozers, hang gliders and motorbikes? And this was after Israel was warned there was an immediate threat.
It is also reported that Israeli troops were below full strength in the south near Gaza because some had been redeployed to the West Bank to protect Israeli settlers following a surge of violence between them and Palestinian militants. 2
Make a mental note of the term "Israeli settlers" because this will become important later on.
Now, I'm not here to argue about the possibility of this assault taking place in this fashion. I'm only pointing out the oddity that the IDF was caught off-guard like this. But I have another theory and that's that the attack was allowed in order to give credence to the idea of obliterating Gaza while drumming up international support. Gaza is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and is also an area governed by none other than Hamas. I have zero evidence for this and yes, it sounds preposterous but plausible.
It's important to understand why Hamas would even launch such an attack because they clearly can't win against Israel. This is like an ant swinging at a bear. Terrorists —like anyone else who plunges into battle— have objectives. And they will lean into those objectives if they believe they can win. What precisely would Hamas win by attacking Israel? They know the repercussions would be disastrous. I want you to look at the included chart.
Who in their right mind would assume Hamas was going to "defeat" Israel with this attack? It is known that Hamas would like to wipe Israel off the face of the earth —and they have their reasons— but this attack doesn't make sense. This tells me that this attack is mostly a distraction of a larger play. But that begs questions; who are the players and what is the play? Because again, I don't understand how this could've even happened.
This attack also appears to wreak of desperation just as every attack launched by Hamas against Israel. What would possess them to carry out such an attack knowing the consequences would be brutal? To get the answer, it involves doing something every military leader would do and that is to understand your enemy. And if you think the United States government and Israel don't understand the real reason for Hamas’ existence or attacks you've been greatly deceived. Sure, they want Israel gone, but that's the end result. It doesn't get at the why. And mainstream media is only going to indoctrinate you, not educate you.
What You Need to Know
Despite what the media or influencers may tell you, the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dates back to the 1800s with the desire to establish Zionism —the idea that the Eastern European Jews deserve their own state somewhere in the world. The goal was to offset anti-semitism as the Jews would no longer need to assimilate into other cultures.
In 1896, Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl published The Jewish State pamphlet which served as an argumentation as to why the Jews needed their own state and that this problem needed to be solved by a world council of nations. He is largely responsible for turning Zionism into a global political movement. What eventually followed was the calling for the Jews to be settled in Palestine based on the idea that it was the Holy Land of the Jews —land promised to them by God.
The idea that the Jews were promised the land they now occupy is simply not true. What we know today as "Israel" isn't the land that was promised to Israel. The land that was promised to Israel —made covenant by God to Abraham— included a large swath of land and later came with conditions.
18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.” - Genesis 15:18–21
The area promised to Abraham's seed encompassed a lot of land. However, Israel lost this land when they broke covenant with God and were later dispersed throughout the world as also promised by God in Deuteronomy 32. The tiny stretch now called Israel was only a portion of what was promised. So really, if those who supported this idea were true to the promise of God they should've attempted to retake all of this land, stretching from the Brook of Egypt to modern day Syria. Instead, the Zionists concentrated their efforts solely on Jerusalem, which was the ancient capital of Palestine. The Jews that were previously living in Palestine had no desire to build a Jewish state. This was an imported idea. What we know today as Israel, is not what was promised to the Jews. This again, is an imported idea which was based off a misuse of scripture. The Bible clearly states what area was to be obtained by the ancient Israelites. Land they lost post Babylonian and Assyrian captivity and exile.
After the end of the Ottoman Empire, Palestine was occupied by the British who were part of the secret Sykes-Picot treaty of 1916 with France which aimed to split up the Middle East for imperial and French administration. Then the Balfour Declaration came in 1917 with the goal of establishing a national home for Eastern European Jews in the land of Palestine. To those already living in this land —Arab Muslims, Jews and Christians with families tracing back thousands of years— this was considered stealing of their country. Soon after, Zionist immigration to Palestine by the thousands began and in 1936 Arabs launched a revolt against the British known as the Arab Revolt. The Arabs were crushed by the British and the story gets even more interesting.
In 1944 as a response to limiting Jewish immigration due to Jews fleeing the Holocaust, armed Zionist groups declared war on Britain. A few years later the British government ended its colonial efforts which was then taken up by the United Nations. The United Nations adopted Resolution 181 which recommended splitting Palestine into Jewish and Arab states with Jerusalem being placed under a special international regime.
This caused a war to break out in 1948 as the Palestinians rejected the plan. The Jews originally made up one third of the population and owned less than 6 percent of the land but under the UN partition they were allocated 55 percent of the land. This land encompassed many main Palestinian cities and deprived the Arab state of key agricultural lands and seaports.
The war that broke out was considered an ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians consisting of large-scale attacks with the goal of mass expulsions of Palestinians from their homes. The day —March 15— was commemorated as the Nakba, "or catastrophe", which Palestinians refer to as the near total destruction of Palestinian society in 1948. Israel celebrates March 14th as their day of independence.
Today Israel occupies the remaining Palestinian territories of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Under the UN partition plan Israel was allocated 55 percent of the land yet today it controls more than 85 percent.
This history lesson is important. Many people living in the West simply don't understand the impetus behind the conflict and the hatred for Israel. This is colonizing at its finest. And yet it gets worse.
Human Rights Violations
Between June 25-27 (1967), Israel illegally annexed East Jerusalem and various parts of the West Bank, declaring them part of the state of Israel, in a move never recognized by the international community. Keyword being illegal. According to Human Rights Watch, a US-based NGO, Israel continues to commit major violations against Palestinians. Here are some of the violations from 2022: 3
On August 5, Israeli authorities struck the home of an Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza without clear provocation, triggering three days of hostilities. Islamic Jihad indiscriminately fired over 1,100 rockets toward Israel, some of which misfired and landed inside Gaza. Israeli authorities pounded the densely populated Gaza with explosive weapons with wide area effects, carrying out 170 strikes, according to the Israel-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. Beyond those killed and injured, the escalation resulted in damage to 2,000 Palestinian housing units, according to OCHA.
For a 15th consecutive year, Israeli authorities blocked most of Gaza’s population from traveling through the Erez Crossing, the only passenger crossing from Gaza into Israel through which Palestinians can travel to the West Bank and abroad. Israeli authorities often justify the closure, which came after Hamas seized political control over Gaza from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in June 2007, on security grounds. ...The closure policy, though, is not based on an individualized assessment of security risk;
More than one-third of those seeking to travel for urgent medical care outside of Gaza were not approved in a timely manner during the first half of 2022, according to OCHA. The World Health Organization reported that 839 Palestinians in Gaza died between 2008 and 2021 while waiting for a response to their permit requests.
According to a Save the Children report from June, four out of five of the children they interviewed in Gaza reported living with depression, grief, and fear after 15 years of closure.
Israeli Use of Force and Detentions
Less than one percent of complaints of abuses by Israeli forces filed by Palestinians in the West Bank between 2017 and 2021 led to indictments, according to the Israeli rights group Yesh Din. Even in the high-profile killing of Shireen Abu Aqla and the clearly-documented violent assault of her funeral procession, Israeli authorities, while acknowledging that an Israeli soldier likely killed her, said it was accidental and that there would be no criminal probe into the matter.
Settlements and Home Demolitions
The difficulty in obtaining Israeli building permits in East Jerusalem and the 60 percent of the West Bank under Israel’s exclusive control (Area C) has driven Palestinians to build structures that are at constant risk of demolition or confiscation for being unauthorized, including dozens of schools. Entire Palestinian communities in areas like the South Hebron Hills find themselves at high risk of displacement. International law prohibits an occupying power from destroying property unless “absolutely necessary” for “military operations.”
Freedom of Movement
Israel continued construction of the separation barrier. Authorities began building the barrier more than two decades ago, ostensibly for security reasons, but 85 percent of it falls within the West Bank rather than along the Green Line separating Israeli from Palestinian territory. In so doing, the barrier cuts off thousands of Palestinians from their agricultural lands, isolates 11,000 Palestinians who live on the western side of the barrier but are not allowed to travel to Israel and whose ability to cross the barrier to access their property and basic services are highly restricted, and, when complete, will carve off 9 percent of the West Bank.
Key International Actors
US President Biden visited Israel and Palestine in July. The administration has largely failed to speak out about human rights abuses, including Israel’s outlawing of prominent Palestinian civil society groups.
Nine European Union states in July said they received “no substantial information” that justified Israel’s designations of Palestinian civil society groups as “terrorist organizations” and “unlawful associations,” and would continue their financial support to them.
This brings us to Hamas. It’s important to understand who they are and the role they play.
The Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” is a Palestinian Islamic national liberation and resistance movement. Its goal is to liberate Palestine and confront the Zionist project. It was founded by activist Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a Palestinian cleric who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the late 1960s he preached and performed charitable work in the West Bank and Gaza, both of which Israel occupied following the 1967 Six-Day War.
This is important to note because the actual existence for Hamas is usually shaped as a group of Muslims that aim to kill every Jew on the planet and take over the world. This idea is extrapolated from the idea that Hamas wants Israel wiped out. But destroying Israel and killing every Jew isn’t the same thing. In fact, their very aggressive 1988 charter specifies exactly what their aim is:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will be rife, oppression spreads, evil prevails and schisms and wars will break out. - Article Six
This is from Article Thirty-One:
Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet with each other. Peace and quiet would not be possible except under the wing of Islam. Past and present history are the best witness to that.
This from Article Thirty-Two:
World Zionism, together with imperialistic powers, try through a studied plan and an intelligent strategy to remove one Arab state after another from the circle of struggle against Zionism, in order to have it finally face the Palestinian people only. Egypt was, to a great extent, removed from the circle of the struggle, through the treacherous Camp David Agreement. They are trying to draw other Arab countries into similar agreements and to bring them outside the circle of struggle.
The Islamic Resistance Movement calls on Arab and Islamic nations to take up the line of serious and persevering action to prevent the success of this horrendous plan, to warn the people of the danger eminating from leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism. Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another.
All of this can be found on their 1988 charter which is extreme compared to their more recent and toned down version.
My point isn’t to “sympathize” with terrorism. It’s that there’s much to gain by turning off all of the indoctrination and trying to understand who and what created this monster.
Hamas was also founded as a counter to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an organization dedicated to destroying Israel through Jihad but this group was also drawing Palestinian support away from the Brotherhood.
While operating as a terrorist organization funded by Iran to resist Israel, members of Hamas have been known to murder Palestinians. Despite this, many Palestinians support Hamas in light of their current situation. Hamas is viewed as a necessary military arm to help the Palestinian people resist Israel, a country many believe is attempting to wipe them off the face of the map. And it's no wonder why they feel this way if you simply look at the history of this region.
A 2023 survey that included 1270 Palestinians was conducted and it sheds light on how they view their current situation. I believe this is incredibly helpful in beginning to understand why the Palestinians —and many others around the world— feel the way they do. Here are a few highlights from the survey. 4
The split between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is the most damaging development that has happened to the Palestinian people since the Nakba followed by the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The best thing that has happened to the Palestinian people since the Nakba is the establishment of Islamic movements, the two intifadas, the establishment of the PLO and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.
About two thirds (64%) say they do not fear a recurrence of the Nakba while 33% say they fear it will happen again. Belief that the Nakba will not be repeated is higher in the Gaza Strip (71%) compared to the West Bank (59%), among men (67%) compared to women (61%)...
We asked about the main reasons for the flight of refugees from their homes in 1948: the largest percentage (43%) said it was the mass displacement by armed Zionist forces; a similar percentage (40%) said it was fear of massacres; and 15% said it was a desire to seek safer places.
When asked whether the Palestinian people will be able in the future to regain Palestine and repatriate the refugees, a slim majority of 51% says that this will indeed happen while 45% believe that this will not happen.
71% of the public (79% in the Gaza Strip and 66% in the West Bank) say they are in favor of forming armed groups such as the “Lions’ Den” and the “Jenin Battalion,” which do not take orders from the PA and are not part of the PA security services; 23% are against that.
84% believe there is corruption in PA institutions and 73% believe there is corruption in Hamas-run institutions in the Gaza Strip
63% say the PA is a burden on the Palestinian people
25% want to emigrate, 29% in the Gaza Strip and 22% in the West Bank
Concerning Palestinian-Israeli relations:
Support for the concept of the two-state solution stands at 28% and opposition stands at 70%.
A vast majority of 71% believes that the two-state solution is no longer practical or feasible due to the expansion of Israeli settlements while 28% believe that the solution remains practical.
78% believe that the chances for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel in the next five years are slim or nonexistent.
The Unfortunate Truth
The truth of the matter is what the world has been witnessing for several decades are the consequences of a nation colonizing a land still rife with resistance to such efforts. It's a truth that many —especially in the United States— don't want to admit. Why? Perhaps because the United States has its own recent history of colonizing a preoccupied land. What's happening in Israel is not just a situation of terrorist Muslim thugs attempting to destroy all the Jews because they hate the Jewish faith. If this was the case we would've seen the extermination of Jews and Christians during the Ottoman Empire. Instead all faiths lived together under Islamic rule. I’m not advocating for Islamic rule. I’m just stating the facts.
The conflict is an unfortunate result of what happens when desperate people resort to desperate measures in order to reclaim what they believe was once theirs. In this case their land which is their livelihood. This is precisely why many Palestinians support Hamas. Who else is going to fight for them? Certainly not the United States.
Here are some parting thoughts to think about:
Eliciting sympathy for Palestinians doesn't equate to supporting Hamas. To say it does demonstrates a false equivalency and is part of psychological conditioning.
Israeli lives are not more important than Palestinian lives.
Palestinians are living in an oppressive state with numerous human rights violations occurring daily.
The United States funds and supports the Israeli army.
The media is working in concert with the United States government to encourage a bias for Israel.
You can be pro-Palestine and reject Hamas terrorism.
You can be pro-Israel and reject colonialism.
If you've ever wondered how atrocities such as slavery in America or the Holocaust were accepted by every day citizens, simply look at how the media and our own government is painting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our minds are purposely being shaped. Any loss of life in this conflict is too many and it's incredibly unfortunate and painful to see Israelis and Palestinians losing their lives. But what we can't afford to do is allow corrupt people to indoctrinate us out of reality to support their agendas. If you were a Palestinian trying to provide for your family living in their hell of a world, what would you do? What would you support? How far would you go to protect them?
We can’t afford to let the giants win.
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Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research 2023: Public Opinion Poll