August 7th: Peace For Gaza Open Mic Session

August 5, 2014

A Peace for Gaza community event will take place this coming Thursday [Aug 7] to show support for the people of Gaza, with Bermuda to join the global call for peace.

One of the organizers, Walton Brown, today commented, “We have the power only to show that we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and call on global powers to act responsibly to bring about both peace and security in what has become a war zone.”

The event is termed an open mic session and is open to anyone to share their sentiments, read a poem, sing a song etc, in an expression of support for the residents of Gaza. The event will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Dr E F Gordon Memorial Hall in the Bermuda Industrial Union building, and everyone is invited.

According to the NY Times, Gaza officials say that 1,834 Palestinians have died in the conflict, most of them civilians, while Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed since fighting began on July 8.

The Times report said that in addition to the casualties in Gaza, the area’s infrastructure, including electricity, water and sewage systems, has been badly damaged. According to the United Nations, about 260,000 of Gaza’s 1.8 million people have been displaced by the fighting.

The BBC state that a 72-hour truce – brokered by Egyptian mediators late on Monday – came into force at 08:00 local time, and “appears to be holding.”

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  1. 32n64w says:

    Can we expect the PLP to organise an open mic to support the people of Israel as they seek to defend themselves from Hamas, an extremist group that has, through parliamentary elections, governed Gaza for the last seven years?

    From The Daily Caller – 9 Things You Need to Know About Hamas (Straight From its Charter):

    Before you comment on the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, you really have to read the charter upon which the terrorist group Hamas was founded.

    To understand Israel’s enemy in Gaza, you have know why the group was constituted. And it wasn’t constituted to negotiate a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Hamas was founded in December 1987. In August 1988, it issued a covenant outlining its mission. The covenant has never been renounced by Hamas, even though some try to claim it is now merely a historical artifact.

    Here are nine key takeaways about Hamas, taken straight from its charter.

    1.) Hamas isn’t looking to negotiate a peace deal with Israel. It wants to destroy Israel. Quoting Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, the charter reads:

    “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

    2.) Actually, Hamas’ charter goes beyond destroying Israel. It longs for Jewish genocide:

    “The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: ‘The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

    3.) The international community may love the peace process, but Hamas makes it clear in its charter that it doesn’t believe in peace conferences. As its charter states:

    “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”

    4.) Unsurprisingly for an organization that supports Jewish genocide, Hamas’ charter is explicitly anti-Semitic. For instance, Hamas’ charter claims Jews — not just Israelis — are responsible for all wars:

    “There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.”

    5.) And all revolutions:

    “They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.”

    6.) And they also control media:

    “For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others.”

    7.) According to its charter, Hamas is a big fan of violent jihad:

    “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

    8.) Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore shares the Muslim Brotherhood’s enthusiasm for “death for the sake of Allah:”

    “Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.”

    9.) Finally, like many anti-Israel protesters who don’t seem to like Jews very much, Hamas accuses Israel of being Nazi-like an awful lot in its charter. For instance, there’s this:

    “The society that confronts a vicious enemy which acts in a way similar to Nazism, making no differentiation between man and woman, between children and old people — such a society is entitled to this Islamic spirit.”

    And this:

    “In their Nazi treatment, the Jews made no exception for women or children. Their policy of striking fear in the heart is meant for all. They attack people where their breadwinning is concerned, extorting their money and threatening their honor.”

    And this:

    “The Zionist Nazi activities against our people will not last for long.”

    And, finally, this:

    “There is no way out except by concentrating all powers and energies to face this Nazi, vicious Tatar invasion.”

    But don’t accuse Hamas of being intellectually consistent on the question of the Holocaust. Though its charter repeatedly accuses Jews of being like Nazis, in 2009 the organization protested the United Nations over teaching the history of Holocaust to Palestinian children because it was, according to Hamas, “a lie invented by the Zionists.”

  2. aceboy says:

    Until the Palestinians get rid of Hamas the violence will continue.

    I don’t stand in solidarity with the Palestinians, sorry.

    • Ian says:

      You do realize Israel is an occupier that has continually expanded its presence on Palestinian land through the likes of illegal settlements, against the approval of even its closest ally [USA], for years? Do they not qualify as terrorists as a result?

    • Kunta says:

      We need to have a open mic discussion on how this O.B.A./ubp Govt. is legislating and implementing laws that are SHADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. js says:

    somebody needs to put a muzzle on Walton Brown

    his statement that we show solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza flies in the face of the U.S. and U.K.’s stated position of unequivocal support for Israel during this conflict

    must it be reminded that the U.S. is Bermuda’s largest trading partner and the U.K. is responsible for Bermuda’s foreign affairs

    as a Parliamentarian Brown should demonstrate greater diplomacy by seeking a show of support for the ending of the conflict in general so as not to be seen as favouring one side over the other

    • Mighty mouse says:

      Don’t be silly. He has the right to an opinion. By the way what have you ever supported. And the US and UK don’t care what ONE citizen has to say. Silly.

      • js says:

        everyone has a right to an opinion as a private citizen

        however as an elected official your opinion is deemed reflective of the people that elected you and you are no longer only ONE citizen but a representative of the entire citizenry

        the US and UK may not care but what about all the Jewish financiers and insurers who do business with the island

        Bloomberg and AIG’s Greenberg family springs to mind

        what if they decided to remove their business interests from the island because of an elected official’s anti-Israeli pro-Palestinian opinion

        if Bloomberg took a commercial flight to Israel during the height of the conflict when the FAA restricted U.S. carriers from flying there as a form of public protest of that policy what do you think he will do with his business and residential ties to the island

        think about it

        even Egypt knows where its bread is buttered

    • Rich says:

      How do your comments in any way follow? So what if the UK and US’s position on this is one of unequivocal support? The overwhelming majority of the rest of the world take a different stand. And what if the UK and US position is regarded by many as morally reprehensible and wrong? Are you suggesting that the fact that the US and UK say one thing should be determinative of the matter? That we, as Bermudians, cannot take a position at odds? As the UK is responsible for our foreign policy, we have every right to take issue with that foreign policy if we so chose. You might also care to know that Cameron’s position on the matter actually represents a major departure from the UK’s traditional stance on the Israel-Palestine issue, and from the position of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. There is no consensus witin the British Government on the matter. So much so that a senior Conservative official resigned this week from Cabinet.

      And if you think that somehow a few private citizens and an opposition MP taking a position at odds with the US would undermine our balance of trade … that’s just silly beyond belief.

    • Ian says:

      So the US/UK’s support of Israel’s atrocities against Palestine qualifies the NEED for Bermuda to stand firm in solidarity with a nation that targets Palestinian schools, sewage/water infrastructure, murders women and blows the limbs off of children? And you say its because Hamas hides amongst them when I have seen videos where Netanyahu explicitly states they value in pounding Palestine with continual, overwhelming assault to “break the spirit of the people”? Comes as no surprise actually the folks here supporting the OBA on every repulsive move they make are the same ones taking your stance of backing Israel on its repeated gross violations of international law.

    • mai says:

      Wth would we watch anything for the Israeli network?! Talk about a bias perspective.

      • Garrus says:

        It’s a video from Youtube made by a mother expressing herself in a poem. Yes, it was picked up by Israeli news. I guess you refuse to consider any other opinion than your own or maybe you think its all part of a big Jewish conspiracy. Can you please explain why you care about this but not the Shiites killing Sunnis and Kurds in far greater numbers? Could it be you just don’t like Jews?

        • mai says:

          Who says I don’t care about the sunni and shiites killing one another. I do! BUT RIGHT NOW, AT THIS MINUTE, I AM STANDING WITH THE HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE BEING MURDERED IN PALESTINE. I’ve considered both sides and they are both terrorists to EACH OTHER but I’d rather stand against the ones who are committing genocide.

  4. bluebird says:

    OH YES! we need “PEACE IN GAZA”
    So that they may re-group and re-arm to rain more “ROCKETS” on the country next to them.
    “GAZA east and west are supported “FINANCIALLY” by europe and the USA.
    60% from Europe and 40% from the USA since 1948 when the population was quite small.
    The population has grown and so has the “MONEY” they live “OFF” the money from Europe and the USA and produce nothing.
    The Guns Rockets exsplosives and Cement is suplied by “TRAN”.
    The Iranians need to keep the Isrealies busy so that they do not Bomb there “ATOMIC” facilities the same as they took out “SADAM HUSSANS” (Iraq) atomic facuilities.
    Sadam Hussain used to give $25,000.00 to every family in “GAZA” who sent there “CHILD or CHILREN” to commit suiside with a bomb.
    And their “MOTHERS” were very proud of there child and the $25,000.00
    they received from Iraq.
    “GAZA” does this every few years and all you have to do is to look at History.

    • Ian says:

      Israel is a occupying force that continues to build illegal settles in the face of disapproval from its closest ally. Any idea why the US, who contributes 3 billion dollars a year to Israel has no influence on Israeli policy while, in actuality, Israel perhaps has more influence on US policy than most Americans?

  5. Terry says:

    I am all for peace worldwide but I can’t support a terrorist organization. Period.

    Yes there are many civilian casualties and there will be more not less because these terrorist hide in schools/ and civilian areas and fire from there.

    Remember whom keeps firing the first shot and never come to the table.

    If the police had a shoot out each week in Bermuda and gunmen were killed many would have a different profile picture/message to send.


    • Ian says:

      Is Israel an occupier? Does Israel continue building illegal settlements on Palestinian land? Is it more acceptable to you that Israel can kill the numbers of women and children they do because they are not American/British [and/or even white] women/children? Tying the word terrorist to these justifies this?

    • mai says:

      You want us to remember that Hamas keeps firing rockets first? You mean after Israel destroyed thousands of homes killing hundreds of innocent Palestinians claiming Hamas killed 3 israelis only to APOLOGIZE when the truth comes out that HAMAS was not behind their killing! Our do they fire rockets first after Israel intentionally KILLS 4 LITTLE PALESTINIAN BOYS ON THE BEACH FOR THE WORLD TO SEE, THEIR LITTLE BODY PARTS BLOWN TO PIECES?! Our does Hamas fire first after Israel intentionally bombs a UN SHELTER WERE 300,000 refugees were being sheltered by the UN after they were given the coordinates 17 times! They say oops again! Our dors Hamas fire first after Israel claims during the seize fire Hamas kidnaped an IDF soldier so they bomb killinga total of 1800 civilians only to discover that the IDF soldier was not kidnapped but killed before the seize fire! Please….. Turn off the tv and hit the Internet to find the truth.

  6. bluebird says:

    How about this group of “OPEN MIC” spending some time on the HUGE DEBT that they created for the younger generation.
    The younger generation has “INHERTED” $2.5Billion dollars of DEBT and growing as we have a falling ecconomy,beside over $10Million dollars a “MONTH” in interest payments going out of Bermuda.
    Ah yes the PLP/BIU would call it STIMULAS and we will have lots of that when the next interest rates go’s up say to 10% our monthly payment will increase to $20Million per month.
    We are still borrowing $276Million per year to keep these people like Walton Brown paid,how about we have a discussion about the increased “BORROWING”
    We have more “PROBLEMS” at home and will do nothing to change anything in the middle east.

    • Rich says:

      People can walk and chew gum at the same time.

      • Cleancut says:

        Except for the PLP that is. All they can do is “stand strong” like a statue, “solid as a rock”

      • NITTY GRITTY says:

        Yeah well we are still waiting for them to walk the walk in regard to the HOMEFRONT!
        If this group are going to take on the complexities of Hamas versus Israel, maybe they should start with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that now stands at over 800 deaths and could end up killing tens of thousands. At least there is the connection with Africa, but what Walton has in common with Israel or Hamas is zero.
        If anything, he will put Bermudians travelling to Israel in the Immigration office for 2 hours of questioning and possibly a quick exit out of the country.
        If there is a case of knowing two both sides of the story, this is it.

  7. Raymond Ray says:

    Mr. Walter Roban, maybe you should direct the desire for “peace” locally and allow them over there take care of their own problems themselves :-( Be real, what will Bermudians accomplish by attending this “open-mic session”?

    • Terry says:

      Another opportunity to voice his radical opinions.
      Bermuda Sun is gone.
      He only has the RG and Bernews.

      What percentage read the Verkers Woice.

    • watching says:

      Umm, to what are you referring, as Walter Roban has not said anything.

    • Raymond Ray says:

      Typo: I stand to be corrected, it’d been/is Min. Walton Brown and not Walter Roban. My apologies

  8. Relocated Now says:

    Supporting Palestinian civilians against an illegal occupation and brutal aggression does not mean support for Hamas. Bombing an entire apartment building full of sleeping civilians, even if there is a wanted Hamas fighter among them, can NEVER be justified. The same way, blowing up a bus full of Israelis can never be justified just because one of the passengers was an IDF soldier.

    It seems that some small minded, bigoted Bermudians believe that all Palestinians are Hamas members. Kind of like all Germans were Nazis and all true Bermudians are black?

  9. Garrus says:

    When were the “events” to express outrage as muslims were killing muslims (in far greater numbers) in Syria and Iraq? Did I miss the poetry session condeming Boko Haram’s rampage? What? We only protest against whites and Jews? Oh… I get it now.

    • mai says:

      If you had such a problem then why didn’t you organize an open mic about the issue THEN. Dont hate because Mr. Brown got to this first and is taking a stand while you sit on your behind war crime after war crime and SAY NOTHING!

  10. DH says:

    No issue with Palestinians but BIG ISSUE with HAMAS, a terrorist organization that seems to think it is ok to fire THOUSANDS of rockets, build tunnels for illicit reasons,into Israel. And constantly fail to agree or ABIDE by a cease fire and use the general public as protection. NO I will not stand in solidarity with them, but I do wish for an everlasting peace agreement between both, is it likely we may never know.

    • Ian says:

      Is it okay for Israel to constantly occupy more and more Palestinian land via [whats recognized by even the US] as illegal settlements?

  11. The law of Karma is an immutable law! History can recall how the Palestinian Arabs first came into the region , and how the people who call themselves Jews are now there through The Balfor Declaration. Learn historical reality and please do not rely on most media outlets who have a certain agenda.

  12. haha says:

    Well this will really do something smh…

  13. Unbelievable says:

    I’m not a general supporter of Mr. Brown but I support this show of solidarity with the people win Gaza. But I wish peace for Israel and for Palestine. Far as I am concerned, both territories are ruled by terrorists and it’s the respective people of those places that ultimately suffer the most.

  14. pressing the flush says:

    typical plp back the terrorists

    • Rich says:

      Palestinians are not terrorists. Hamas are. Read a book.

      • Kangoocar says:

        Palestinians elected Hamas ???? Which makes them all Terrorists!!!!!

      • 32n64w says:

        Hamas are the elected party governing Gaza so by supporting the same people who voted for them Walton is supporting their leadership as well.

        • mai says:

          So half of the American population who support Palestinians are also terrorists then. So are you digesting that Israel bomb them too?

    • Ian says:

      Wow… People like you DO exist…

  15. Tolerate says:

    We have the power only to show that we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza”

    Careful there Mr. Brown….. Is this a PLP stance on the foreign conflict? This is a bit touchy to say the least as BOTH parties are not the innocent victims. It takes two to tango and Hamas has found a willing partner in Israel.
    I do feel for the poor innocent civilians caught in the middle (Palestinians and Israeli). These are the ones who deserve peace.

  16. Sooooo says:

    “Gaza officials say that 1,834 Palestinians have died in the conflict, most of them civilians, while Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed” yes, but the reports go on to say that the low Israeli losses are a result of air raid shelters and warning systems as will as the Iorn Dome defence system.

    If the Palestinian Government we to work with Israel to eradicate Hamas from their boarders there would be NO civilian losses…

  17. cromwell says:

    “One of the organizers, Walton Brown, today commented, “We have the power only to show that we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza…”

    Walton Brown wants to have his own independent foreign policy based on his republican and socialist view of the Marxist internationalist. It appears he is now in control as the key leader in the PLP responsible for a new radicalization of the previous moderate wing of the PLP.

    The next public foreign policy for a Bermuda PLP government would be to recognize and normalize relations with Cuba. The very country which had nuclear missiles (not rockets like in Gaza) targeted at the US!

    • Terry says:

      Walton works for the OBA.

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      Yet to this day the U.S. being the only country to actually fire a nuclear weapon onto another country killing countless innocents.. So what’s your point?

      • Creamy says:

        And bringing an end to WW2. What’s your point?

        • Ian says:

          And the Palestinians are somehow responsible for the holocaust and should have the pay the price they do today through Israel’s occupation, illegal settlements and military campaign.

        • Time Shall Tell says:

          The point is cromwell made Cuba out the villain on the sole point of pointing missiles in the direction of the U.S. while America themselves are the only country to actually use the missiles against another country. Don’t forget Russia had these same missiles targeting the U.S. as well yet America has open trade as well as open travel with them even as the much more current tensions between the two escalate.

      • aceboy says:

        First of all the “dropped” the bombs, they didn’t fire them.

        Secondly, the number of innocents who would have died in a full scale invasion of Japan would have been far greater. Japan refused to give up and vowed to fight to the last person breathing. Or they would commit suicide…like they did on Saipan.

        Read and learn.

        • Time Shall Tell says:

          Those numbers you mention are nothing more then guesstimates & public media spin while the numbers of innocents that actually died are actually facts listed & counted….

          • aceboy says:

            It was war. A World War.

            American and British bombers laid waste to many German cities killing more people than both A bombs combined, usually by burning them to death in fire bombings.

            The Germans bombed civilians in their major cities.

            Interesting that you mention the A bombs killing innocents, but make no mention of the firebombing of Tokyo, which killed more people than both bombs.

            Have you seen the videos of Japanese civilians jumping off “Suicide Cliff” on Saipan? I assume not, here:


            How many would have done this on the mainland?

            No media spin mate, facts.

            • Time Shall Tell says:

              The dropping of the two bombs killed over 200,000 either instantly or due to radiation exposure there after while there where only 3,500 Japanese kamikaze raids . Japan rejected unconditional surrender but was open to conditional surrender before the bombs where dropped. Many military strategist made mention that Japan was already to their knees & couldn’t hold out much longer even if the bombs weren’t dropped. The belief was the dropping of the bombs was more of a show of strength to the Soviet Union who had entered the war against Japan, which just may have been the trigger to the Cold War.

  18. Kangoocar says:

    Why am I NOT surprised that Walton/plp would take the wrong side??? May I remind any dimwit that supports the Palestinians, are supporting terrorist!!! The Palestinians use humans as shields, they are also known to shoot first and when attacked back, claim THEY are being ATTACKED??? This stance by Walton/plp is shameful!!! The Palestinians only intention is to totally wipe out Isreal and its people while the Israelis only want a workable solution on how they can live together!!! The Israelis have had to put up with rocket attacks for far to long and don’t forget the tunnels that were built by the terrorist Palestinians into Israel, the last time I checked the Israelis were not digging tunnels into Israel??? Also may I remind those dummies aka plp/Walton, that the US and Britain are our biggest trading partners and they both back Israel!!!! Whenever I think the plp/walton can’t come up with anything more stupid than what they last did, I am proven wrong again!!!!

    • Terry says:


    • shirley Richardson says:

      There is no right side or wrong side to compassion. The fact that innocent people are being killed, especially children, in Gaza and Israel should be a concerned to all peace loving people. The fact that some of theses bloggers continue to attack Walton Brown, for his support for the people of Gaza, is just another indication of how hate not only destroys nations, but people as well.

      Just think what would the world be like if Imperialist countries, like the US,UK,Germany, ,Russia,and China would stop supplying weapons to theses countries at war with eachother. They could use the billions of dollars, to promote peace instead of domination.

      I say to Mr. Brown, keep up the good work,continue to try and educate some of these backward, ignorant people.

    • Ian says:

      And you know this through your illustrious military career serving the IDF of course…

      • Kangoocar says:

        And you know your stuff through living in the Gaza Strip for over 30 yrs??? Oh, wait you are still in your 20′s and spend your days wiping the mucus from behind your ears!!!!!

    • Kangoocar says:

      The amount of “dislikes” on this thread is truly amazing??? There has been no rebuttals of substance given as to why they support the Palestinians aka TERRORISTS, It makes you wonder why????? HHHMMMMM!!!!!!!!!

      • PBanks says:

        Probably because you’re calling people dummies and dimwits for having a view that differs from your own?

    • mai says:

      Haha. You obviously took the wrong side. I advise that you leave Bermuda and see which side the WORLD has taken and I’m not referring to the Israeli puppets like the Obama administration. Palestinians are terrorists? How? I thought Israel said Hamas is the terror? ISRAEL CREATED HAMAS for their own selfish reasons. Palestinians use humans as shields? Every single American/British reporter who has been to Gaza has WITNESSED that the only people using Palestinians as human shields were the IDF soldiers.
      Why did Israel attack Gaza? Every week is a different story. I don’t condone the firing of rockets by Hamas which have killed NO CIVILIANS into Israel but I definitely do not condone the collective punishment, the war crime, the genocide of an entire people because of the actions of a few. Who cares what is in the charter by Hamas. Saying how you feel is different than actually doing it. Ya, Hamas wants the destruction of Israel because Israel refuses to stick to their end of any bargains and they are fighting for their freedom. They fire rockets because they are sick and tired of their people living in deplorable conditions. They are sick and tired of the 1.7 million Palestinians having less rights than the rats in Israel. They are sick of the siege on Gaza, limited food, water, electricity, import, exports, the military control over their people. ANYWHERE YOU HAVE INJUSTICE YOU WILL HAVE A RESISTANCE. ‘Palestinians are known to shoot first’? Israel killed 300 civilians only to admit later that the 3 israelis were NOT killed by Hamas which was their first reason behind attacking Gaza. So why are they STILL there? They then claim is because fired rockets first. If they did, the rockets killed NO one yet they killed an additional 600 people. The world condemned Israel for the attack so they called for a seize fire WITHOUT HAMAS BEING PRESENT. They then claimed that Hamas broke the size fire by kidnapping one of their IDF militants so they bomb a UN SHELTER after they were told 17 times the location of the innocent civilians who were there to which their response was oops, 6 schools with children and loads more killing a total of 1800 people mostly Children and babies. But the most obvious part that this is genocide is it comes out that the soldier was never kidnapped but was killed a while back. Again Israel says oops! Their method is KILL NOW AND APOLOGIZE LATER!

  19. mai says:

    Wow! I encourage everyone to attend the open mic session to get a brush up on the facts. Real facts!

    • Hmmm says:

      Why cherry pick a conflict. There are tonnes out there in the world. Why this one , why now?

      • mai says:

        Does it really matter why this or why now? 2000 pale have been killed. Where’s the humanity? Where’s the compassion?

  20. TICKED OFF says:

    Perhaps Mr W Brown would care to go there and broker a peace deal, talks could be held in Bermuda

  21. Own Goal says:

    MP Brown when was the last time you canvassed in our Constituency?

    Might be an idea to focus on Constituency 17 ahead of events in Gaza?

  22. Rich says:

    Wow – can you all not distinguish between Hamas and the Palestinians over whom they rule? In no way is this local group purporting to stand up and and support the former. Rather they are drawing their attention to real suffering. And in any event, that Hamas is a vile, vicious and brutal terroristic group is not in dispute, but how does that obviate the need for the IDF to exercise a greater degree of proportionality in its military campaigns?

    Please let’s have a proper discussion, but calling Palestinians terrorists or refusing to stand in solidarity with them – that just completely betrays your lack of understanding of facts on the ground.

    • Rich says:

      I’m sure many of the knee-jerkers online would take issue with being lumped with the PLP as our ‘rulers’ for the 14 years they were in power.

  23. Ian says:

    The coverage:

    Netanyahu’s actual comments:

    Behold the TRUTH continues revealing itself in an information age.

    • sswhite says:




      • Kangoocar says:

        So I take it your getting your news from Al Jeezera news network??? The Muslim network that has to correct doesn’t it?? Also I would like to congratulate you for bringing up the Anglo thing?? Ian is the only other one that mentioned colour ( he must have put his big boy pants on today, to give him the courage to do so?? ) We really do live in sad times!!!

        • Ian says:

          LOL!! Condescension doesnt make you any less of an idiot Kangoocar…

          • Kangoocar says:

            Glad you found it funny Ian!!! I was busy earlier so I did not have time to deal with your post about serving in the IDF. That was good but hopefully you see I got you back now!! Lol

    • sswhite says:

      good job #Ian…but the masses wont believe it because it is not coming from the mouths of their favorite anchor person…

    • aceboy says:

      I can trade videos with you all day:

      Hamas setting up and firing a rocket from a highly poulated area:

      • mai says:

        Oh please, I SAW THAT SAME one VIDEO circulating the Internet. NO PROOF THAT IS HAMAS, NO PROOF THAT IS even in Palestine and NO PROOF THAT a rocket was actually fired from what looked like a smoke machine. If it was indeed Hamas then WHY In THE WORLD would the news anchor not film the entire set up to launch? Where is the actual rocket launcher? Where’s the rocket? Give me a break! Don’t you find it odd that Even the IDF soldiers aren’t aware of where Hamas sets up their rockets but a pakistani news anchor just happens to pass and see one. Puh lease. That video happened in Pakistan.

  24. i and i says:

    That has become a wat zone?…..Walton….really?……..also….what your in effect are saying is to commit to solidarity in a conflict…are you nuts?… really don’t have enough information to that particular fray,it is so so so very convoluted at this point….thousands of years have transpired,you couldn’t possibly choose sides….if the largest computer in the world was fed every bit of information on it concerning this ,it is thousands of years old!…how old are you Walton?Again …it would be like choosing sides in a domestic despute , and it has consequences they are quite passionate ,and youbwould enter us into this?on a specific side?…..Are you nuts?…….We should seek end of conflict only , or constraint to humanitarian aid to both sides……anything else only bespeaks naivete!

  25. Jury says:

    Walton Brown your worried about GAZA? You need to take a walk through the Constituency that voted for you and see how the so called Gang members are shooting off randoms shots. Clean up your back yard first.

  26. Tolerate says:

    Reading all the above comments only backs my original blog on questioning this event.
    I agree, people have the right to their opinion; however a Political Group representing many Bermudians SHOULD NOT be shown to be supporting one side or the other in this conflict.
    Mr. Brown has a right to his opinion; but why on behalf of the PLP???? He is NOT Party Leader. There has not been any meetings or vote to represent the Party Supporters on which side they take. As a PLP supporter I would be offended by such an event being held by my party. Can you imagine the OBA on behalf of the Bermuda Government making such a statement????
    You can argue until the cows come home on the lesser of the two evils engaged in this conflict which has been taking place in one form or another, since the beginning of time.
    Support the innocent and stand for peace but to pick a side is reckless and irresponsible.
    Remember Hamas won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliamentary Elections (2006 ousting Fatah) so they are the Government representatives of the Palestinian people.
    Scary stuff……