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    Arrow News :: More than 30 Commonwealth war graves desecrated or destroyed in Gaza City. It

    Article extract >> SOURCE : BBC NEWS ONLINE

    Vandals have attacked more than 30 Commonwealth war graves in Gaza City in an apparent act of retaliation for the abuse of prisoners in Iraq.
    Some 33 graves were desecrated or destroyed in the cemetery for troops from the two world wars.

    Photographs of US and British soldiers allegedly abusing Iraqi prisoners were hung from some of the tombstones.

    The British Consulate General in Jerusalem said it was investigating the incident.

    Flowers were uprooted and the message "We will take revenge" was written across one tombstone.

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which runs the graveyard, said the attack had been carried out by about 10 men, three of them armed with rifles, who arrived there at about 1500 BST on Sunday.

    Shock, disgust and anger are the emotions that spring to mind

    Peter Francis, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Commission spokesman Peter Francis said the cemetery's Palestinian head gardener, Issam Jaradeh, and his father, Ibrahim, did all they could to stop them but they went ahead and attacked 33 tombstones.

    Mr Jaradeh said the vandals claimed they were carrying out the destruction as an act of retribution for the alleged mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq by the US-led coalition.

    But he deplored their actions, saying: "Our religion as Muslims and our tradition as Palestinians forbid such acts."
    Soldiers killed in both world wars are remembered at the Gaza City cemetery

    Mr Francis said: "Shock, disgust and anger are the emotions that spring to mind, tinged with relief that Mr Jaradeh and his father were unharmed.

    "The gravestones we can replace but we cannot replace them."

    Mr Francis said vandalism against the graveyard was a "totally inappropriate" political gesture against a non-political organisation whose purpose was humanitarian and historical.

    "It must be extremely distressing for the relatives of those commemorated in the cemetery and we would like to reassure them that we will do everything possible to replace the tombstones as soon as possible," he added.

    Almost 4,000 soldiers, most of them of Commonwealth soldiers of various nationalities killed in the two world wars, are buried in the plot in Gaza City.

    Our religion as Muslims and our tradition as Palestinians forbid such acts

    Cemetery head gardener Issam Jaradeh
    A Foreign Office spokeswoman condemned the attack, saying: "We are aware of reports suggesting a link between this and what is happening in Iraq but as far as we are concerned it doesn't excuse what's happened in Gaza.

    "There's no justification for what has happened to these graves."

    A Palestinian security source strongly condemned the desecration and promised "the necessary measures" against those responsible.

    Reports of abuse in US-led prisons in Iraq have reverberated throughout the Arab world, including the Palestinian Territories, further fuelling the anti-Western sentiment already surrounding the US-led invasion of Iraq.

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    it just goes to show that those with the most holier than thou attitudes arent really holier than thou - they are just as disturbed. now they unwittingly have committed just as heinous acts and have taken away their peoples complaints about the original offense since they ahve sunk to the same depths,
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    They say it is a revenge attack but i think that is just an easy way out and excuse for these people. IMO it is more likely to be a minority or radical group just taking advantage of the situation and already have their own predetermined agenda. It just doesn't seem like an action done on impulse from what i can tell. 10 men supposedly angry about abuse wait until days after the initial reports before carrying out such an act. Then they don't even target Britain directly but a Commonwealth cemetery.

    Although it appears a rather disorganised outlet for their emotions, not like one of the mass rallies that we've seen in the past for other issues in Gaza City and all over the territories.

    Very puzzling and disturbing behaviour whoever was behind it.

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    Maybe instead of destroying those tombstones as a retaliation they should of sat around and had a candle light vigil singing, " Coooombeyyyeee AHHHHHH myyyy Lord, Coooooombeyeeee Yahhh" because like 'Critic' says - to paraphrase - they were just looking for an excuse to do damage.

    In fact anyone who retaliates against gross and inhuman crimes against their friends, family, religion or people are really just looking for an excuse to commit mayhem and destruction.

    No one would EVER commit revenge or retaliation for supposed injustices.

    In fact: NO ONE in this Universe would ever commit any kind of revenge or retaliation which involved violence, mayhem or destruction - because the truth is they're only looking for an excuse.

    Let's all tell ourselves this until we believe it.

    Let's tell ourselves they will eventually find weapons of mass destruction.

    Let's tell ourselves this is a just and fair war, a noble one to liberate the Iraqis.

    Let's tell ourselves that Osama Bin Laden is envious, jealous and hates our freedom.

    Let's tell ourselves that all those left wing scoundrels who keep saying this war is about Zionism and oil are LIARS.

    Letís say it over and over again until we believe it and once we believe it then they will be wrong and we will be right.

    now sing and sway with me: Ohhhhh Ohhhhh Lord, cooombayahhhhhh
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    Maybe instead of destroying those tombstones as a retaliation they should of sat around and had a candle light vigil singing, " Coooombeyyyeee AHHHHHH myyyy Lord, Coooooombeyeeee Yahhh" because like 'Critic' says - to paraphrase - they were just looking for an excuse to do damage.

    In fact anyone who retaliates against gross and inhuman crimes against their friends, family, religion or people are really just looking for an excuse to commit mayhem and destruction.

    No one would EVER commit revenge or retaliation for supposed injustices.

    In fact: NO ONE in this Universe would ever commit any kind of revenge or retaliation which involved violence, mayhem or destruction - because the truth is they're only looking for an excuse.

    Let's all tell ourselves this until we believe it.

    Let's tell ourselves they will eventually find weapons of mass destruction.

    Let's tell ourselves this is a just and fair war, a noble one to liberate the Iraqis.

    Let's tell ourselves that Osama Bin Laden is envious, jealous and hates our freedom.

    Let's tell ourselves that all those left wing scoundrels who keep saying this war is about Zionism and oil are LIARS.

    Letís say it over and over again until we believe it and once we believe it then they will be wrong and we will be right.

    now sing and sway with me: Ohhhhh Ohhhhh Lord, cooombayahhhhhh
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    Let's put down the crack pipe

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