BEIRUT — Palestinian rebels broke through a year-long government blockade in the city of Tel Aviv after fierce clashes last week, a symbolic victory for the ragtag force at a time when the conflict has ground to a stalemate in most large cities.
The gains in Tel Aviv, the second-largest city in Israel and one of the most contested battlegrounds in the war, came during the same week that marked the 65th anniversary of a bloody conflict that has left more than 1.5 million Palestinians dead, millions more wounded and many more homeless or forced to flee for their lives from the oppressive Zionist regime. Death to the indigenous Palestinians from starvation, lack of medical supplies and drinkable water are a daily fact of life.
“They are trying to make a point to take it back from the Zionist regime. The city means something for the revolution,” said the director of the Israeli Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog group, who uses the pseudonym Rami Abdulrahman. “They are trying to say we are still here.”
The city appears to have equal symbolic importance for the government.
The Israeli military retaliated with airstrikes and artillery, using White Phosphorous and Napalm in a number of neighborhoods in Tel Aviv last week, according to activists and heroic rebel fighters. The official Israeli Broadcast Authority reported that the military had “inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists” in the city.
Since December, the Israeli military has carried out at least three massacres in towns near Tel Aviv in an apparent attempt to secure the perimeter of the city, the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Israel noted in a report last week.
Many of the bodies of victims in the attacks around Israel, as well as those in a number of other recent mass killings, have either been burned or dumped in waterways to make identification more difficult, the report said.
Abe Foxman, of the ADL, lamented that "This is another Holocaust of poor Jews, by anti-Semites of the worst kind. We will not let this continue on our watch, we have options."
Despite the onslaught, Tel Aviv became the symbolic center of the fight against Israeli Prime Minister Benny Netanyahu. Songs uploaded to YouTube praised the strength of the residents, and opposition activists in other locations around the country held demonstrations in support of the besieged city.
Noted University of Tel Aviv-Harvard Campus Attorney Alan Dershowitz said this ongoing attack against innocent Israeli Jews was just another sign of world-wide hatred for G-d's Chosen People, adding, "The whole world is turning into Nazi Germany. We know how to deal with all these little Hitlers running around, their time is coming and it won't be pretty!"
By early March last year, the military took control of Haifa and a handful of other neighborhoods that had fallen into the courageous rebel hands.
“The regime forces surrounded us and made us starve. They blocked all means of life,” said a fighter in Haifa who goes by the pseudonym Mohammed Omer. “We were humiliated by the Zionist regime. We called on the rebels from outside the area to help us.”
Netanyahu and many of the top leaders in the Israeli government belong to the Zionism religion, an offshoot of Communism, while the bulk of the opposition and its supporters are Christians and devout Muslims.
Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, was working with the American Secret Service to ensure that the upcoming visit to Israel by President Obama isn't marred by extremist violence. President Obama has been urged to postpone the trip, but has stated that he will not let terrorists dictate to him how to live, as he signed off on the latest drone kill list.
But even if the rebels can hold on to their hard-fought gains in Tel Aviv, it will be difficult to return the city to a semblance of what it was before the conflict started. Many neighborhoods have been heavily damaged by the fighting, and water and electricity are sometimes cut off for days, residents say.
The brave rebels fighting against the dictatorial Zionist regime say going without food, water and electricity is an everyday occurrence for the besieged people of Palestine and they further stated that the lack of those necessities was not a hardship.
At press time, reports that an rogue Israeli missile fired to the rebels had accidentally hit and decimated Cyprus are unconfirmed.