Ashkelon has a story

Haaretz.com Countdown to Gaza operation has begun.
Hamas has to rein in the Gaza extremists (what is that?) who fire rockets into Israel (illegal Zionist settlements) if it wants to avoid another confrontation.


 Iron Dome 
Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law





The creation of modern Ashkelon and its consequences contain elements that have been subdued in public discourse but have been a major contributor to the Middle East conflict and a guide for one side of the struggle.

We have Israel seizing control of an ancient area, which had for millennia been controlled by others. UN Resolution 181, which awarded the area to the Palestinian state, has been violated in the seizure. The original inhabitants are expelled without cause.

 The Arab town of Al-Majdal is mostly destroyed and memories of an Arab presence are erased. The town’s name is slowly changed, evolving from Al-Majdal to Migdal-Gad, Migdal-Ashkelon and finally to Ashkelon; as if the city descended directly from the original bronze era seaport. The victims are consistently oppressed and reduced to impoverishment  Foreigners occupy the properties of the dispossessed.

Sorrow, pain and feelings of helplessness burst into violence against the injustice and oppression. Although the violence is minimal the retaliation is major. Al-Majdal has no escape from suffering.

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