Sunday, March 1, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Devastation in Gaza

By
From page A8 | August 03, 2014 |

In his op-ed of July 20, George Rooks avoids the most important piece of the puzzle of conflict in Palestine/Israel: the brutal military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force — along with the right under international law for Palestinians to resist that occupation. Without understanding this, none of it makes sense.

In the West Bank, Palestinians face checkpoints, refusal of building permits, home demolition, land seizure, killing by IDF snipers, live fire at nonviolent demonstrations, administrative detention without trial that can be extended indefinitely, arrest and detention of children, torture in military prisons, continuous construction of settlements, destruction of olive trees and crops and more. Israelis control all their borders, water, trade, who enters and leaves.

In Gaza, the situation is even more dire. Israel has Gazans under siege within the confines of a small strip of land. It controls everything coming in and limits or disallows everything from food, to repair parts for bombed infrastructure to building materials, to spices. Almost no export is allowed. With all restrictions, unemployment is rampant.

The response by the Gazan people should not be surprising. “If you strangle a people, deny them supply, for years, extreme reaction is inevitable. The one begets the other.” — tweet by Jon Snow, a British TV announcer.

Targeting of civilians by anyone is wrong. Since the Israeli offensive started on July 7, more than 1,400 Gazans have been killed. This offensive, as well as that in 2008-09, which also killed more than 1,400 Gazans, goes far beyond attempts to strike the militant forces of Hamas, and is illegal collective punishment with the hope that the resulting misery will demoralize them enough to flee the country.

The plan to force out the Palestinians began long before Israel proclaimed itself a state in 1948. David Ben-Gurion, who became the first prime minister of Israel, wrote in 1937: “With compulsory transfer (forced expulsion of Palestinians) we have a vast area (for settlement). …. I support compulsory transfer. I don’t see anything immoral in it.” (quoted in Benny Morris, “Righteous Victims,” p. 144)

Marsha Carlton

Davis

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

Sheriff: Mother ‘sole person responsible’ for infant’s death

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Rifle Team has a blast with competitive shooting

By Savannah Holmes | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Child abduction case in jury’s hands

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

 
Pipeline project will soften water in 2016

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

Pig out at Farmers Market’s Pig Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Weekend storm drops snow, rain, hail in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Christie to Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Bob Dunning: Colon prep can be hard to swallow

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Scouts help fill STEAC’s pantry

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
MU Games closing in late March

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Still no parole in toddler case

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
City offers wetlands tour

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Parole denied in 1987 killing spree

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Explore Asia at Arboretum storytime

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Radio talk show moves to Mondays

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Assault awareness campaign kicks off

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

UCD student with meningococcal disease is recovering

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Young patients bond with special stuffies

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Diversity theater group continues creativity workshops

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
UCD student panel to cover anti-Semitism, Islamophobia

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Yolo Food Bank hosts thank-you breakfast on Pig Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Forum

Milt Priggee cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

 
Rowing: PE as well as life skills

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Police complaint procedures drafted

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Clarifying energy update letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Weekly claw pickup necessary

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Mars or ISIS? Similar outcome

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

City may get charged up over energy choices

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

 
Design innovation centers for the 21st century

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B5

 
 
A new perspective on life

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A7

Distant water crisis has lessons for Davis

By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

 
Call for study to settle if anesthesia poses risk to babies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Winning close games is the key for DHS softballers

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie men get a bounce-back win at Cal Poly

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
The mystery continues: lowly Gauchos upset UCD women

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils get a soccer win despite finishing woes

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Razo throws well as Aggies get a baseball win

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Defending champion Blue Devils have diamond holes to fill

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Republic FC falls to storied New York Cosmos

By Evan Ream | From Page: B10

.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Yolo Federal Credit Union honored for supporting business education

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

 
Online store will celebrate, mock People’s Republic of Davis

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A10 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, March 1, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B8