They dance the dance of DEATH.
Gaza has been so taken out of context by most people. I’ll back that up so no worries. Most people think of Gaza as a poor starving area with no hope. Well in many ways they are correct. BUT they blame it on Israel, Zionism, and Jews in general, and any other fragment of whatever string they are trying to tie to all of us living over here. Well folks it isn’t Israel’s or any others on your list that are at fault. The ones at fault are the Gazan’s themselves! Yes. Their fault. Not ours. When Israel captured Gaza from Egypt in 1967 we actually opened the border and allowed Gazans to come into Israel and work. Yes we gave them jobs. Pay. Income….. But that had an adverse effect on many in Gaza as those that worked in Israel, those that started improving their lives and the lives of their families and others were all of a sudden targeted by extremists who told them “either quit your job in Israel or DIE” well many quit. And many others died. Israel got involved and cleared out as much of this Arab on Arab terror as they could and more and more people came into Israel to find and get work. Life seemed to pick up in Gaza. Schools were built where none had existed; clinics went up where none had ever stood. Stores opened, trade started. Trade with Israelis started to happen big time. Trade with the Israelis was good for the folks of Gaza due to the fact that they had a tax free system so Israelis flooded in to their markets all the time to buy and buy cheaply. And then there was the reverse, Gazans bought in Israel. They purchased things that they had never owed before and also got it cheaply. (A kibbutz I lived on used to make good living trading cattle with the meat markets of Gaza and it was profitable for all. Hell it was better to sell the cattle to them then to the Israeli meat packers due to the taxation issues). But all the time things seemed good in Gaza the dance of death was being played. The players of the song were small groups of people with so much hate in their hearts that it is a wonder that they didn’t burst into flames with every beat of their dark hearts. These groups of haters would do things to ruin the status quoi over and over again be it a grenade attack during market day, a stabbing of an Israeli shopper, or any other fast and cowardly attack that would result in the closing of the markets for a few weeks till some sort of order was restored and it was safe once again to open shop and do business. Over the years these groups took on names. Jihad Islamite. Hamas, then PLO. The PLPF. Each one with its own agenda but each one wanting the destruction of the Jews and Israel. Each of them had a different charter but each charter had the same thing in it. DEATH TO ISRAEL. DEATH TO THE JEWS! I experienced Hamas in its infancy. I was there on the ground in Gaza for over 2 and half years. I saw how they grew out of a small block of houses like a cancer to spread out and ruin the people of the strip. I saw how a quiet neighborhood would be turned into a place where not even an Arab resident would want to venture. I saw the tactics used by Hamas to get people to join, “Join or DIE” was the most widely used in the early days. And die many did. But then others started to join in fear of their family’s lives. The lives of their women were at stake, rape and valance waited for every woman, girl, teen, child of a male that refused to join. Many will still tell of how Hamas member raped and killed their women folk in front of them till they agreed to join and support the group. So fear and the song of death took over the dance floor and it started to play louder and louder. Israel tried to stop the band from playing. The music just kept pounding out like that boom box from hell that you just can’t drown out. The intifada killed off the trade with Gaza. Israelis stopped coming. The players of the death song grew stronger as the money got tighter. The death players started handing out food and what they called an Islamic education to the dancers. And grew stronger as the will grew weaker, With the renewed violence less and less came to Israel to work, and many of the workers who were coming over the line were now not only working but attacking deep inside of Israel . Not so much as to attack but to get the gates closed so that they could keep the Gazans inside the strip and control them. Control. Like a puppeteer. The strings extra strong…. The lines extra tight. A new order of fear takes over and makes life a living hell for the regular folks trying to eak out a life… but then Hamas opens more schools and summer camps. “Hey son what did you learn in school today? Hey dad I learned how to field strip and fire an AK-47” “Daughter? What did you learn today? Well father I learned how to make a bomb vest and how to kill Israelis”…… Thank you UNICEF! Thank you UMRA. We pulled out of Gaza a while back. We destroyed the settlements but we left the farms and hot houses so that the people of Gaza could flourish on their own. These hot houses produced tons and tons of the best fruits and veggies ever but once we left them to their own these areas have been left fallow. The hot houses neglected are now falling down and in need of millions to repair them. And the only digging to have been done there since the Israeli pullout has been that of tunnels into Israel used to kidnap people on the other side of the fence. We pulled out, we left them. We quit….. But they didn’t. The continued rocket attacks on the south. The continued shooting at farm workers on the Israeli side. The kidnapping of soldiers on our side of the fence, the smuggling of arms from Egypt. The attacks that were attempted. The attacks that happened… I still remember a young Gazan girl who as a small child got burned while playing in the kitchen… hot oil spilled onto her burning and scaring her over a large part of her body. I know how she used to leave the strip and travel to Beer Sheva to the children’s hospital for treatments. And I remember the day that one of the IDF guards noticed something wrong with her, the way she acted. The way she was dressed. The nervous twitch etc……. they cleared the room and made her remove here sweater which hid a bomb vest that was destined to explode in that children’s ward. It was going to kill the doctors and nurses that had been treating her for all those years. It was aimed at people who treated her not only with medicines but respect and love….. And I remember the rage of her face as she was stopped form performing her task as the players of deaths music had demanded of her. I’ve seen them use the honor method. Talking a fallen woman and telling her “either go out killing Israelis or we will stone you in the city center for all to see and shame your parents for all time” and I have seen them use the weak of mind telling them “you will sit next to Allah and live like a king”. I also see they still use children and women to shield their shooters and act like human sandbags when it comes to an open firefight, I see how they use hospitals, schools and mosques as weapons dumps. I hear them yell that we destroyed their mosques with our bombs and that we are at war with Islam due to the fact of this attack , but then I know and so do the rest who have the brains to think. That the attack on Islam is from Hamas, as it is against all laws to use a place of worship as a place of war, to store these weapons turned a holy place into a target… The use of schools as launching pads for rockets, the use of UN and Red Crescent ambulances as armored personnel carriers using whole families to protect the arms stored under their homes. The mining of homes, schools, and other places with the hopes of killing the IDF troops. Just think of the surprise you would get waking up in the morning to get your paper and seeing how the members of that so called elected party Hamas had wired up your home, school, store or anything else without your knowledge, think what a surprise it would have been to you and yours along with the Israelis it would kill! Then go change your pants when you see they used hundreds of pounds of explosives on your house alone, and thousands more on the surrounding homes as well. How is it during the lulls in fighting? When Israel opened the gates to let in humanitarian aid did Hamas use this time to launch more and more rockets at Israel? Why wait? Why not just shoot and forget it or is it easier for Hamas to take advantage of Israeli kindness and humanity to make such a move? Why did the band play loudest during the lulls and cease fires? Why not just cease fire? The music is still playing in Gaza. The tunnels are re opened and the arms are flowing in for the next dance. Why do the people of Gaza continue to dance the dance of death? I’m sure it isn’t that they are true music lovers. Hamas kills off those that play happy songs… Hamas kills the joy of living in Gaza. They will kill the bride and groom at a wedding party if the music isn’t what Hamas wants to hear. It’s not as if the crowd is screaming “Free bird” at a Skynard concert Now the fighting is over as they say, Hamas claimed a great victory….. I laugh at this because Hamas’s band played their song of death from protected shelters while the dancers died on the streets. Many of the captured said that if a vote was held today, even with the death threats of “Vote for us or die” would not be listened to…. Hamas has as stated in the press “retaken control of Gaza” and they have taken control of all relief efforts meaning that they are now taking relief supplies from the UN and the others that donated it to the civilians of the strip and passing it out after they skim off the cream for themselves, same as they did during the conflict. Leaving their people to want and need for more. The music keeps playing. The people keep suffering, the PA sits in fear of trying anything after being knee capped and/or executed. The band won’t change its tune and the children are lining up to be in the dance contest to see who gets to die first.