Expired excuses: 10 cards overplayed by Israel

Published July 23rd, 2014 - 13:15 GMT

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We’ve all had boyfriends who were emotional manipulators; they either turn around situations, where him cheating on you somehow ends up being your fault, or they fight dirty so if you have a headache, they will have a brain tumor, and on top of that they’re excellent guilt mongers.

Well, Israel is THAT boyfriend. In its on and off destructive relationship with Palestine, Israel seems to fit the bill for an emotional manipulator. It plays dirty and overplays certain cards to justify its actions against the Palestinians. Continue reading below »

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Hamas using human shields: Israel’s most overplayed card! Using civilians and human shields, hiding rockets in mosques and schools is Israel's first response when confronted with horrendous crimes against the Palestinians but where is the proof?
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11Hamas using human shields: Israel’s most overplayed card! Using civilians and human shields, hiding rockets in mosques and schools is Israel's first response when confronted with horrendous crimes against the Palestinians but where is the proof?

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Evacuation warnings: Israel often retaliates by saying Palestinians are warned with a message or a “smaller bomb” before their houses are razed to the ground. Remember, Gaza isn't very big. To quote Jon Stewart, “What, are you supposed to swim for it?”
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11Evacuation warnings: Israel often retaliates by saying Palestinians are warned with a message or a “smaller bomb” before their houses are razed to the ground. Remember, Gaza isn't very big. To quote Jon Stewart, “What, are you supposed to swim for it?”

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‘How can you support a country that oppresses women,’ is often used as an argument. Because every oppressed Palestinian woman’s dream is to be freed from her oppressor by an Israeli missile. Don't speak on behalf of Palestinian women, please.
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11‘How can you support a country that oppresses women,’ is often used as an argument. Because every oppressed Palestinian woman’s dream is to be freed from her oppressor by an Israeli missile. Don't speak on behalf of Palestinian women, please.

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What is referred to as “pinkwashing” by activists, Israel’s attempt to use LGTB issues to justify oppression is a common tactic that portrays Palestinians as uncivilized and homophobic.
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11What is referred to as “pinkwashing” by activists, Israel’s attempt to use LGTB issues to justify oppression is a common tactic that portrays Palestinians as uncivilized and homophobic.

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Self-defense: Israel has the most technologically advanced defense system in the world. Most Hamas rockets are detected by the “Iron Dome” and how can unarmed Palestinian children be seen as a “threat” when they are brutally killed by slick Israeli weaponry?
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11Self-defense: Israel has the most technologically advanced defense system in the world. Most Hamas rockets are detected by the “Iron Dome” and how can unarmed Palestinian children be seen as a “threat” when they are brutally killed by slick Israeli weaponry?

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The terrorist card: Just look at the rising Palestinian death toll of Operation Protective Edge and decide who the real terrorist is. The vast number of Gaza casualties seemed pretty terrified by Israeli attacks so far.
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Image 6 of 11:  6 / 11The terrorist card: Just look at the rising Palestinian death toll of Operation Protective Edge and decide who the real terrorist is. The vast number of Gaza casualties seemed pretty terrified by Israeli attacks so far.

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'They started it': Most of Palestine is an open-air prison. If you bomb their children, uproot their olive trees, occupy their land and constantly violate their rights, can you blame them for retaliating?
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Image 7 of 11:  7 / 11'They started it': Most of Palestine is an open-air prison. If you bomb their children, uproot their olive trees, occupy their land and constantly violate their rights, can you blame them for retaliating?

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Pulling out of Gaza settlements in 2005: Israeli settlements in Gaza were built on occupied land. Did Israel’s politicians want a medal for evacuating settlers from land that wasn’t theirs in the first place?
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Image 8 of 11:  8 / 11Pulling out of Gaza settlements in 2005: Israeli settlements in Gaza were built on occupied land. Did Israel’s politicians want a medal for evacuating settlers from land that wasn’t theirs in the first place?

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'The Chosen People': If Israel is THAT religious and believes it is the “chosen land”, then surely its people would listen more their religion and wouldn't kill innocent souls! #Judaism101
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11"The Chosen People": If Israel is THAT religious and believes it is the “chosen land”, then surely its people would listen more their religion and wouldn't kill innocent souls! #Judaism101

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'They want to drive us into the sea': Anyone else offered a ride to the sea would reply with a “thank you”, rather than a bomb. Seriously though, how can anyone drive a whole nation into a sea? But in case this should happen, learning to surf might help.
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Image 10 of 11:  10 / 11"They want to drive us into the sea": Anyone else offered a ride to the sea would reply with a “thank you”, rather than a bomb. Seriously though, how can anyone drive a whole nation into a sea? But in case this should happen, learning to surf might help.

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Disarming Hamas: Just a reminder, Hamas was the democratically elected government of Gaza. Also, prior to  recent violence, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas attempted to create a unified government in order to broker peace in the region. You can’t just move them out or get rid of them.
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11Disarming Hamas: Just a reminder, Hamas was the democratically elected government of Gaza. Also, prior to recent violence, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas attempted to create a unified government in order to broker peace in the region. You can’t just move them out or get rid of them.

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Hamas using human shields: Israel’s most overplayed card! Using civilians and human shields, hiding rockets in mosques and schools is Israel's first response when confronted with horrendous crimes against the Palestinians but where is the proof?

Image 1 of 11Hamas using human shields: Israel’s most overplayed card! Using civilians and human shields, hiding rockets in mosques and schools is Israel's first response when confronted with horrendous crimes against the Palestinians but where is the proof?

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Evacuation warnings: Israel often retaliates by saying Palestinians are warned with a message or a “smaller bomb” before their houses are razed to the ground. Remember, Gaza isn't very big. To quote Jon Stewart, “What, are you supposed to swim for it?”

Image 2 of 11Evacuation warnings: Israel often retaliates by saying Palestinians are warned with a message or a “smaller bomb” before their houses are razed to the ground. Remember, Gaza isn't very big. To quote Jon Stewart, “What, are you supposed to swim for it?”

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‘How can you support a country that oppresses women,’ is often used as an argument. Because every oppressed Palestinian woman’s dream is to be freed from her oppressor by an Israeli missile. Don't speak on behalf of Palestinian women, please.

Image 3 of 11‘How can you support a country that oppresses women,’ is often used as an argument. Because every oppressed Palestinian woman’s dream is to be freed from her oppressor by an Israeli missile. Don't speak on behalf of Palestinian women, please.

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What is referred to as “pinkwashing” by activists, Israel’s attempt to use LGTB issues to justify oppression is a common tactic that portrays Palestinians as uncivilized and homophobic.

Image 4 of 11What is referred to as “pinkwashing” by activists, Israel’s attempt to use LGTB issues to justify oppression is a common tactic that portrays Palestinians as uncivilized and homophobic.

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Self-defense: Israel has the most technologically advanced defense system in the world. Most Hamas rockets are detected by the “Iron Dome” and how can unarmed Palestinian children be seen as a “threat” when they are brutally killed by slick Israeli weaponry?

Image 5 of 11Self-defense: Israel has the most technologically advanced defense system in the world. Most Hamas rockets are detected by the “Iron Dome” and how can unarmed Palestinian children be seen as a “threat” when they are brutally killed by slick Israeli weaponry?

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The terrorist card: Just look at the rising Palestinian death toll of Operation Protective Edge and decide who the real terrorist is. The vast number of Gaza casualties seemed pretty terrified by Israeli attacks so far.

Image 6 of 11The terrorist card: Just look at the rising Palestinian death toll of Operation Protective Edge and decide who the real terrorist is. The vast number of Gaza casualties seemed pretty terrified by Israeli attacks so far.

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'They started it': Most of Palestine is an open-air prison. If you bomb their children, uproot their olive trees, occupy their land and constantly violate their rights, can you blame them for retaliating?

Image 7 of 11'They started it': Most of Palestine is an open-air prison. If you bomb their children, uproot their olive trees, occupy their land and constantly violate their rights, can you blame them for retaliating?

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Pulling out of Gaza settlements in 2005: Israeli settlements in Gaza were built on occupied land. Did Israel’s politicians want a medal for evacuating settlers from land that wasn’t theirs in the first place?

Image 8 of 11Pulling out of Gaza settlements in 2005: Israeli settlements in Gaza were built on occupied land. Did Israel’s politicians want a medal for evacuating settlers from land that wasn’t theirs in the first place?

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'The Chosen People': If Israel is THAT religious and believes it is the “chosen land”, then surely its people would listen more their religion and wouldn't kill innocent souls! #Judaism101

Image 9 of 11"The Chosen People": If Israel is THAT religious and believes it is the “chosen land”, then surely its people would listen more their religion and wouldn't kill innocent souls! #Judaism101

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'They want to drive us into the sea': Anyone else offered a ride to the sea would reply with a “thank you”, rather than a bomb. Seriously though, how can anyone drive a whole nation into a sea? But in case this should happen, learning to surf might help.

Image 10 of 11"They want to drive us into the sea": Anyone else offered a ride to the sea would reply with a “thank you”, rather than a bomb. Seriously though, how can anyone drive a whole nation into a sea? But in case this should happen, learning to surf might help.

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Disarming Hamas: Just a reminder, Hamas was the democratically elected government of Gaza. Also, prior to  recent violence, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas attempted to create a unified government in order to broker peace in the region. You can’t just move them out or get rid of them.

Image 11 of 11Disarming Hamas: Just a reminder, Hamas was the democratically elected government of Gaza. Also, prior to recent violence, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas attempted to create a unified government in order to broker peace in the region. You can’t just move them out or get rid of them.

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You're not fooling anyone, Israel. After 66 years of this unhealthy - and forced - cohabitation, Israel’s excuses have grown as old as their original roots in Europe, and Israel has discovered that it is no longer easy to get away with murder in the age of social media.

Israel has a great surgeon who’s managed to transform its face from an ugly terrorist into a peaceful citizen. It hides behind that mask, providing hope that Israel is an enlightened, democratic nation and Palestinians are primitive, backward and violent sub-humans.

 

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