Saturday, January 03, 2009

News on the Hartford protest

HASAN QUDDIM leads a chant in front of scores of protesters along Main Street in Hartford Friday. (ROSS TAYLOR)

UPDATE: There's a very detailed write up with photos at RealHartford.

The Hartford Courant covered the protest against the violence in Gaza, with a video clip via Fox 61 and a write up.

There were people from both sides represented, and the emotional protest, while loud at times, remained peaceful. From the Courant article:
At the rally in Hartford Friday, Sameh Dardona, from Gaza, said he last visited his homeland two years ago. Dardona, an engineer at United Technologies, was getting married in Gaza, but because the border was closed, he was forced to sleep for eight days in an Egyptian shelter.

He stayed in Gaza for two months, witnessing the deaths of his countrymen and the shelling of mosques. He said his family's house was also fired on even though his relatives were innocent bystanders. He called the deaths of Palestinians irresponsible. "It's just massacring civilian people," he said.

Liz Aaronsohn, a professor at Central Connecticut State University had another way to describe it: "This is another Warsaw ghetto, except it's Jews this time causing the genocide," she said. Aaronsohn, who said her father was a rabbi, added, "Judaism teaches you that you don't cause suffering like that," she said.

Mongi Dhaouadi, executive director of the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called on the U.S. government to end the bombardment of the Gaza strip, restore the flow of humanitarian aid to the region, broker a cease-fire and consider cutting off military aid to Israel.
Some members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation have spoken about the crisis.
Sen. Joe Lieberman said the conflict stems from the rockets and mortar rounds "fired indiscriminately and unilaterally by Hamas, with the intention of murdering innocent civilians."

"After repeated warnings," he said, "Israel is now exercising its legitimate right of self-defense to stop these terrorist acts."

Rep. Rosa DeLauro said Friday that the United States should support the return to a cease-fire, but only if Hamas ceases its rocket attacks.

Sen. Chris Dodd, a senior member of the foreign relations committee, also condemned the Hamas attacks. "But there is no military solution to the conflict," he said in a statement, adding that he supports an interim truce and negotiations.
Sen. Dodd sums up the problem right there. There is likely a solution to this conflict, but it will require good faith negotiation, not military force.

The situation is very tense right now, with Israeli tanks and troops gathered at the boarder of Gaza. Israel has stated that it will precede any ground attack with a massive aerial bombardment. This will absolutely lead to significant civilian losses, regardless of how carefully the bombings are targeted.

13 comments:

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Hopefully Homeland Security was there as well, photographing.

CT Bob said...

Yeah, because all the sleeper cell terrorists enjoy parading around holding signs and bringing attention to themselves.

But I wouldn't be surprised to see HS wasting resources doing that. They do spend an inordinate amount of time spying on Americans.

Sabr said...

To Connecticut Rebup...

Oh yes, anywhere Muslims gather must have HS nearby... your ignorance and bigotry shine through.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

>>Oh yes, anywhere Muslims gather must have HS nearby... your ignorance and bigotry shine through.

Odd, I didn't see YOU doing anything about the bigots that blocked the Mosque in Wallingford, you hypocritical ass.

Terrorism has little to do with any "brand" of religion.

That is not to so religion isn't often used by terrorists.

Were you up in Litchfield when the Historical District Commission violated federal law (RIULPA, look it up smart guy) and jerked the Synagogue around?

I didn't think I saw you there either.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

>>because all the sleeper cell terrorists enjoy parading around holding signs and bringing attention to themselves.

Honestly Bob; do you really want to support people that that side with suicide bombers??

Doesn't sound like the warm friendly Bob I thought I knew.

Anonymous said...

Hey bob if you want the truth about hamas, go to thier website, THEN ask yourself it you think they can be reasoned with. Whether you are aware or not (and I hope you're naive) most of the protesting groups true agenda can be seen by researching the rhetoric of those they support. In short Israel destroyed is their goal, same as it has been throughout history. Strange how people who claim to be progressive are in fact as anti semetic as the KKK.

Anonymous said...

Very easy thing to do, all who support hamas please by all means go to their website. Go now, then we'll discuss these savages intent. Yes HAMAS are savages Bob, so don't try the children gig on me, because the dead children would be living if the cowardly savages hadn't launched 6,00 rockets into Israel.

Sabr said...

Conn Rethuglican...

First of all have a bit more respect when talking to a woman. I don't even know what you are talking about in reference to Wallingford... And I think any injustice to anyone is wrong. Just because Rethuglicans are racist bigots does not mean the rest of us are.

And to the one who can't even post with a ID... what ever you think is savage about Hamas could probably be applied to our own government... so chill. And stop being ruled by American Media propaganda.

different anon said...

"what ever you think is savage about Hamas could probably be applied to our own government"... uhh, no. hamas doesnt believe in equal rights for women, to name one.

Sabr said...

Another Anon... again, try to find out the truth before you blather on and on about something you know nothing about. Islam gives more rights to women than any religion out there. Hamas may not be perfect, but our Government is far worse.

different anon said...

1. "on and on" implies a lot of writing. it was 2 sentences.
2. you dont know me, so you actually have no knowledge of how much i actually know.
3. islam doesnt give women more rights than any other religion. one example, if a woman is raped and there are not 4 witnesses, she is punished for adultery. another example, when there was a fire in a school in saudi arabia. 4 girls were trying to escape, but were pushed back in the building and burned to death. why? because their burkas were not fully on.
4. our government is not worse than a terrorist organization (as recognized by the EU). the US leads the world in human rights.

Sabr said...

Another Anon

You have no idea what you are talking about. What you have said is just not true, or is not a part of Islam. Just because people who say they are muslim do bad things does not mean its from Islam. GWB says he is Christian but look what he does?

Outwardly the US may have a good Human rights record, but look at their lack of caring for human rights when it comes to people they don't care about??? Ignorance is bliss in your case.

If you just stay inside your box you won't see the truth of anything.

different anon said...

sabr, a lot of the unjust laws against women, like if they are raped, come directly from sharia, but i doubt you even know what that is.

"Outwardly the US may have a good Human rights record, but look at their lack of caring for human rights when it comes to people they don't care about???" ... is that a question?

if you want to talk about ignorance, how can you compare the US to Hamas? even if you side with Hamas, there is no justification that they are better than the US. read their charter and listen to their speeches. i guarantee it is the most xenophobic thing in our time.