May We No Longer Be Silent Paul Craig Roberts Counterpunch ( http://www.infowars.com/?p=6888 ) December 30, 2008 The title of my article comes from the sermon of the Episcopal Bishop of Washington DC, John Bryson Chane, delivered on October 5, 2008, at St. Columba Church. The bishopâs eyes were opened to Israelâs persecution of Palestinians by his recent trip to Palestine. In his sermon he called on âpoliticians seeking the highest office in [our] landâ to find the courage to âspeak out and condemn violations of human rights and religious freedom denied to Palestinian Christians and Muslimsâ by the state of Israel. Bishop Chaneâs courage was to no avail. When Americaâs new leader of âchangeâ was informed of Israelâs massive air attack on the Gaza Ghetto, an area of 139 square miles where Israel confines 1.4 million Arabs and tightly controls the inflow of all resourcesâfood, medicine, water, energyâAmericaâs president-elect Obama had âno comment.â According to the Jerusalem Post ( December 26), âat 11:30 a.m., more than 50 fighter jets and attack helicopters swept into Gazan airspace and dropped more than 100 bombs on 50 targets. . . . Thirty minutes later, a second wave of 60 jets and helicopters struck at 60 targets . . . More than 170 targets were hit by IAF aircraft throughout the day. At least 230 Gazans were killed and over 780 were wounded . . .â As I write, news reports are that Israel is sending tanks and infantry reinforcements in preparation for a ground invasion of Gaza. Israelâs excuse for its violence is that from time to time the Palestinian resistance organization, Hamas, fires off rockets into Israel to protest the ghetto life that Israel imposes on Gazans. The rockets are ineffectual for the most part and seldom claim Israeli casualties. However, the real purpose for the Israeli attack is to destroy Hamas. In 2006 the US insisted that the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank hold free elections. When free elections were held, Hamas won. This was unacceptable to the Americans and Israelis. In the West Bank, the Americans and Israelis imposed a puppet government, but Hamas held on in Gaza. After unheeded warnings to the Gazans to rid themselves of Hamas and accept a puppet government, Israel has decided to destroy the freely elected government with violence. Ehud Barak, who is overseeing the latest act of Israeli aggression, said in interviews addressed to the British and American publics that asking Israel to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas would be like asking the US to agree to a ceasefire with al Qaeda. The terrorism that Israel inflicts on Palestinians goes unremarked. According to the London Times (December 28), âBritain and the United States were on a collision course with their European allies last night after refusing to call for an end to Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza. The wave of attacks marked a violent end to President George W. Bushâs sporadic Middle East peace efforts. The White House put the blame squarely on Hamas.â The British government also blamed Hamas. For the US and UK governments, Israel can do no wrong. Israel doesnât have to stop withholding food, medicine, water, and energy, but Hamas must stop protesting by firing off rockets. In violation of international law, Israel can drive West Bank Palestinians off their lands and out of their villages and give the stolen properties to âsettlers.â Israel can delay Palestinians in need of emergency medical care at checkpoints until their lives ebb away. Israeli snipers can get their jollies murdering Palestinian children.