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Required Viewing: Tears of Gaza.

Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a record–presented with minimal gloss – of the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population.

Middag-i-ruinTears of Gaza makes no overriding speeches or analyses. The situation leading up to the incursion is never mentioned. Similar events certainly occurred in Dresden, Tokyo, Baghdad and Sarajevo, but of course Gaza isn’t those places. Tears of Gaza demands that we examine the costs of war on a civilian populace.



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Indeed, Tears and Fears, By, Of and For Gaza

I enjoyed watching, "Tears For Gaza", 2010, by the Norwigian Film Institute, first because the music was fantastic, the selections punctuating the photographic opportunities brilliantly.

Second, the Film was from the perspective of an outstanding genius artistic eye, and the editing, though confusing in historic timeline, succeeded in placing beauty into the the absolute worse human condition in humanity, war.

Imagine, if you can, how powerful such masterful film making would expose Stalin's GuLags, or Nazi's holocast, or American led wars anywhere in the world? Death by war is not a pretty picture whether it is 1,347 killed, 574 armed martyrs (also accused by UN and international peace groups of committee crimes against humanity, including their own people, in the Gaza War specifically), or the illuminatus magic number of 6 million Jews starving, gassed, bombed, burnt, shot point blank, shot by firing line, diseased, plaqued, and buried alive, or Stalin's 200 million, "human paracites" that suffered the same conditions.

NEVER AGAIN. What will it take?

I see the UN tents, I see the kisses for Allah and I hear the prayers of revenge and hate. Is that the solution?

I see one child says they want to grow up to be a lawyer. The child, Almira, was wounded badly, lost her father and brothers, wants to become a lawyer for one reason, to fight the Israelis. Where would she go to school? How would she go to school? Can anyone here afford to go to school to be an attorney to fight what you preceive as your own injustices? I see her eyes BEG the camera, "Why are you filming and not feeding, clothing, housing us? Why are you recording, but not helping us? We can not help ourselves. We are not taught to help ourselves. We are taught to hate who we see as the enemy, Israel, who we do not know gave us this land after they won it in a bigger, bloodier war. We see you outsiders dress like us, say nice things and bring us gifts, and teach us American words like "lawyer", but you are not us. You'er really worthless to us, and in the way, making me tired of you."

I see the most darling boy, he says he wants to grow up to be the American word, "doctor", so he can help people the Israelis hurt for no reason. No reason he can ever understand. All the camera shows us that he sees are swift destroyers threatening happy boaters, who don't need to wear life jackets, or have licenses. Through the camera's eye, doing the job of Yahya for us, we see the Israeli drones, apparently collecting information on weapons for Israel within Gaza, where it is overpopulated because living by the beach is much nicer than living in the hot desert sand. The Israelis have helicopters and tanks and F-16s the camera was able to show us, as if they KNEW there was going to be a conflict. Hmmm.

The F-16s deploy rockets and phospherous bombs, filmed quite beautifully. We are shown how Gazians may not have much, but they have TV, and cars, nice clothes for weddings, and a thriving street market, and most everyone is fat. The women are seperated from the men, who dance at a wedding party, while the women sit with children. Segregated sexual society.

When the rockets explode the caches of weapons for Israel, the people scream and cry and dig the dead and wounded out, among the rubble falling on those who were not hurt by the innitial blasts. There are a few ambulances, and one UN van.. a tractor to compound the rubble that was already there, as if it was waiting for the hits. All the UN has is a school it protects by moving the people into tents. The people wait for shipments through the tunnels, but it appears the UN has it's way of providing a food bank, set up like the food bank we have where I live, and seemingly, we have more people at my food bank, where the area is much smaller than Gaza.

There is another child, Rasma, who has lost everything. She tells us in so many ways, until she is exhausted, "No one is doing anything. No one is doing anything. No one is doing anything!" She doesn't understand. What good are cameras and film making? Will it bring my family back? Will it bring me a house? Will it feed me or clothe me? Are ALL adults all over the world SO STUPID that they watch what is going on, but they don't DO anything. THEY DON'T DO ANYTHING!!!!

But they do. They hate. And hate perpetuates HATE. Hate is what gives war after war. And these children are being taught to hate. They are not taught to hate the UN that gives them tents and foods that makes them fat. The UN watches and counts numbers of dead and dying to use at UN resolution committee meetings. They do not hate the Palestinian AUTHORITY that is no where in the film. "Gaza, life without government" Is this what the anti-government ralliers among us want? The children are not taught to hate the people who sustain them with no real opportunity to become an American word like, "lawyer", or "doctor". They are taught to hate Israel, completely ungrateful that Israel returned Gaza.. they did not have to return Gaza or the West Bank.. and what do thee children pray?

They pray for Allah to, No Matter If Israel Gives ALL the land and everything back, to NEVER FORGET TO HATE THEM.

Hell of a message.

Some information for you about The Gaza War:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0z5oFysfEw (6 mins)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrmhmXwTFWA (6 mins)



PEACE is NOT hating one over another for any reason, but finding reasons to LOVE. I have learned to LOVE Israel. I always loved Palestine, but for the wrong reason. Now my LOVE for Palestine is not because I hate Israel, but because I want PEACE AND LOVE for Israel and Palestine, and if it does not begin with me, how will it ever begin?

So wanna do a money bomb for Palestine? Want to send children opportunity from DP? What can we do beside hate Israel to show love for Palestine?

BUMP for Granger

I see she hasn't commented about Freedom and Individual Rights.

Nor has her crew.

I didn't see it

Now it's on my radar.. I'm halfway through THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD (6 hours) But, I'll watch this tomorrow (If YouTube lets me.. some reason YouTube keeps ditching me). I WILL WATCH IT. I WILL COMMENT.


finished it.

Not easy to watch--

I don't like terribly graphic things, but I 'handled' this movie; I forced myself to 'handle' it--

however, I would say that the film-makers were highly sensitive to that and portrayed only what had to be shown to get the point across--

there have been clips on Iraq that have been MUCH worse--

If I can handle it, I think just about anyone can; I've dealt with ptsd--

but I felt that it was important that I see this film.

Powerful. Highly recommended. My thanks to the Norwegians who helped produce this.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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Israeli War Crimes Against Children During Operation Cast Lead

Thank you for posting Tears of Gaza. I have seen it before but hopefully more will watch it. Here is an eye opening and heart wrenching article I want to share:

Israeli War Crimes Against Children During Operation Cast Lead

Besides vast destruction and mass population displacement, 313 children were killed among the 1414 who died over a 23-day period. Of the 5300 injured (many seriously), 1606 were children. In all cases, the vast majority were noncombatants.

Of the children killed:

– most were at home or nearby;
– around one-third were girls and the rest boys;
– almost 15% were under age 5 and another one-fourth between 5 and 10;
– the remainder were between 11 and 17;
– the “overwhelming majority” were killed in densely populated residential areas;
– 46% were killed in northern Gaza;
– 38% in Gaza City;
– 9% in Khan Yunis and Rafah and 7% in less densely populated areas.

Israel used conventional and illegal weapons. The former included missiles, artillery and tank shells, mortars, and automatic weapons.
Others included: – white phosphorous that burns flesh to the bone and can be fatal; it’s use is prohibited in civilian areas.

continued > http://www.globalresearch.ca/israeli-war-crimes-against-chil...

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

trying to kill the . . .

little boys.

What monsters!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Ron Paul speaks about Gaza


“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

I've asked this question so many times, but--

what can *we* do?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Not much

but I refuse to buy Israeli products, and wont donate to anything that starts with World or UN.

I have a question. Why isn't this on the


“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Bump for Education

...and compassion.


the part at about . . .

30 minutes where the boy who lost his father says, "I hope that God punishes the Israelis and Egypt and anyone who supported Israel"--

I had two thoughts:

--these children have not been taught to think of themselves as punishing others, but God ("vengeance is mine", saith the Lord)

--the prayers of the children will be heard--

chilling thought--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--


I am trying to watch it--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

It'll be nice when the US

It'll be nice when the US goes bankrupt and can't pay Israel anymore.

"The Gatekeepers" is also required viewing

Here's a review teaser:
You would normally bet that the chances of six former directors of the Israel Internal Security Service known as Shabak or, in English, Shin Bet becoming left-leaning proponents of a peaceful solution with the Palestinians would be about as likely as Dick Cheney becoming a political consultant for MSNBC. Yet, as depicted in Dror Moreh's powerful and disturbing documentary The Gatekeepers, this is exactly what happened. The film, one of five Oscar-nominated films for Best Documentary, consists of interviews by the director with Shin Bet spokesmen: Avraham Shalom, Yaakov Peri, Carmi Gillon, Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, and Yuval Diskin, interspersed with newsreel footage and CGI graphical recreation of the seemingly endless conflict since 1967.


A sterling 93% on Rotten Tomatoes

If Americans Knew

what they were funding...

I predict a war between the US and israel someday...once the truth is known.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

If Americans knew of the

If Americans knew of the Israeli involvement in 9/11 there would be no Israel. Americans more than anything need to be told this truth, until they finally come to understand it.



This one will put a smile on Grangers face!

Worth watching

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown