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The Israeli retaliation in Gaza for the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teenagers, has been called disproportionate. That is an understatement.

To date nearly 1,800 Palestinians have died in bombing and artillery attacks by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). Almost 400 of them have been children and the images of dead and bloodied civilians, caught in the crossfire,  coming out of Gaza make this current operation, nominally to protect Israel from Hamas rocket attacks, especially cruel.

There have been many demonstrations against the war globally and today in Tokyo, Japan further joined that clarion call for restraint and peace in Gaza with a small, vocal demo in Shinjuku.

The rally began before 2pm in the park outside the east exit of Shinjuku station and about 600 people were said to have joined the rally and demo march that started at 3pm. It looked more like a thousand or so to me though. Most were Japanese with members of the Friday anti-nuke and anti-war protest groups making-up the majority. But there were also  few Muslims residents of Japan and a couple westerners among the marchers.

I do not know enough to comment on the significance of this protest in affecting Israeli policy. The protests in other countries like the UK and US have been much larger and more vocal in their opposition to Israel. More leverage can be applied by the US to reign in an angry, vindictive military and the people of America are growing louder in demanding their government does just that. Japan by comparrison has little dealings with the Jewish State.

How the fact that people thousands of kilometres away care enough to march in the street for you will affect the moral and determination of the Palestinians  is another thing.

That is perhaps more the point.

I had always been a grudging admirer of Israel due to its indomitable wish to just exist. But this action in Gaza is just plain nasty and seems determined to solve the problem of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel by cleansing the Gaza Strip of its population.

The whole situation is very complicated with extremists on both sides ratcheting up the violence and vitriol, and I cannot see it ending well. But people all around the world who value peace and the lives of innocents have to make their voices heard to try and stop this war.

Images above of some of the protest.

More images of the Gaza protest in Tokyo, Japan at my archive here.




6 responses

  1. fubar83

    There was no proof, no evidence or no admission from HamS about those three boys. Satanyahu has accused them without any proof. But of course we know that’s how the Zionists roll.

    August 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

  2. Dorkhany Arsala

    Thank u for the report. The world is waking!

    August 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

  3. Stephanie

    Genocide is the only word appropriate to discrib what’s going on.
    Even government officials in Israrl are calling it what it is:extermination.

    After all the lies and smokescreens the only left is the fact that Israrl is a terrorist state and the world is just watching it commit it’s own halocaust.

    August 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

  4. Firstly, superb article. Secondly, the Israelis are playing a SERIOUS game, the 3 boys who started all this were not actually killed by HAMAS and the Israelis confirmed this recently. We heard of the kidnapping of a soldier – well that never happened either as he was killed in battle.. We need experts like you to do more investigative journalism and expose the truth.. thanks for your great work.

    August 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  5. Florjan Kryemdhi

    God Bless the righteus people of this world including Japanes. What is the positive thing I can think to come out of the latest masacre of Palestinians is the unification of the people Palestine and around the world. The ultimate most feared link of Governmets and powerfull Elites. People, let not elites and particulal Governmets devide and conquer us. Let show care, love and unity towards everyone and anyone, everything, anything. Power is always with unified people. Enjoy good forbid evil. Peace

    August 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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