Like many others, I have kept away from blogging mainly due to the bad news that ended 2008 and still going in 2009, the situation in Gaza has worsened and many of us are just feeling completely useless, I feel sick of expressing my views, I am fed up with posting pictures and banners and joining support groups on Facebook and what ever, the suffering still goes on and most of us are resorting to prayers as we believe God's wisdom will prevail inshaAllah.
Watching the news here in the west can be a joke sometimes, I do like the coverage provided by Al-Jazeera English Channel, I feel its reporters have become heroes just like any Palestinian civilian going through this, the BBC coverage has been as always, reporting most of the truth, showing some sympathy with the Palestinians while giving some support to Israel, on the other hand watching some of the American news channels has become like a joke, something to make you laugh when you are feeling very stressed, the biggest joke is Fox News who continuously talk about the suffering of Israelis under Hamas rockets, one American reporter who is a middle aged woman said that the Palestinian women and children suffering we keep seeing on TV is nothing but Hamas propaganda put on TV to get the world's sympathy yet the Israeli propaganda machine is working full time, every time an Israeli politician comes on TV, be it Al-Jazeera, BBC or Sky News, they just keep repeating themselves over and over again, so much so that news presenters keep urging them to move on and talk about something else, here is a report by the BBC on Israeli propaganda.
Of course some of the press here in London is very supportive of Israel, yesterday I had a Look at London's only evening newspaper, The Evening Standard, there was a major headline inside about the anti-Semitic attacks happening in London, as you can see from the picture, it says: Synagogue set alight!, when reading the article, it says someone broke a window and they think they tried to set it on fire but they failed!! I mean this is hardly setting a synagogue alight, all this headline is doing is trying to swing public support just like the crap we keep hearing about how Palestinians are firing bombs on kindergartens and schools in Israel, international media has been illegally banned from Gaza by the Israelis, they show what they want to show, even Israelis are watching Al-Jazeera because it is the only channel with reporters in Gaza and I must stress that their reporting has been quite fair to Israelis, they are showing any damage happening in Israel due to Hamas rockets even though it is very minimum.
The public opinion of a large number of the British public has changed towards Israel in recent years especially after the war in Lebanon in 2006, this latest war has given Palestinians even more support here, there are demonstrations, calls for collecting aid and money to help Gaza are everywhere, even some celebrities including singers and artists have protested strongly, it is at times like these that I feel proud of the decent British public, of course there are many that support Israel but anyone with a tiny bit of brain can see the crimes being committed, these people are supporting genocide and murder, how can they sleep at night when they know that over 200 Palestinian children have been killed in just over 10 days, these children are precious, they are not collateral damage as they keep telling us, supporting the civilian Palestinians is not supporting Hamas or any other groups.
What can we do help?? not much really, please keep praying for the innocents, Palestinians and Israelis.I got the following beautiful prayer in Arabic by text yesterday:
أللهم انصر أهلنا في غزة وثبت أقدامهم وفرج كربتهم وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون