What you don't see in media about Gaza
During a state visit to Thailand this weekend, the president called on Israel to halt what he called a gratuitous and murderous assault on the Gaza Strip.Obama dismissed Israels claims that it was acting in self-defence, and accused Israel of having deliberately provoked the latest confrontation, and engaging in the collective punishment of a defenceless civilian population.He rejected claims by the Israeli government that Palestinian civilian deaths were due to the use of human shields by Hamas fighters. Though Obama condemned Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups for firing missiles at Israeli civilian targets, he placed primary responsibility for the conflict on Israel itself. Given Israels continued domination of the Gaza Strip even after its 2005 disengagement, the idea it is acting out of self-defence is meaningless, the president declared.
Obama was indeed in Thailand, this is what he actually said:
In consequence Obama was fully supportive of Israels right to defend itself. The Peace Laureate nevertheless insisted that he would prefer not to see a ramping up of military activity in Gaza.
And who did the president blame for this ramping up? Not Israel, but Turkey and Egypt, whose governments have both condemned the Israeli assault. Wise and statesmanlike as always, Obama warned that
So there you have it; Israel must keep bombing Gaza in order to bring the Palestinians back on a peace track. Countries that criticise the bombing and call for it to stop are responsible for bringing about a further escalation of the situation in Gaza. BY: MattCarr, He is the author of three published books: My Fathers House (Penguin 1997), The Infernal Machine: a History of Terrorism (New Press 2007), recently republished in the UK as The Infernal Machine: an Alternative History of Terrorism (Hurst & Co 2011), and Blood and Faith: the Purging of Muslim Spain (New Press 2009, Hurst 2010).
JusticeMan ·Comment from Information Clearing House
My heart bleeds for the children of Gaza.
Preparing the ground for the big Iranian operation
The current operation in Gaza can be called 'the
little southern Iranian operation,' since
J Ajay posted in Shamireaders on FB
"Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai says "the goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for 40 years," according to Israel's Haaretz website." (thanks Sultan)
Listen to the BBC reports on Gaza yesterday, you get the impression that Gaza is launching a war on poor little defenseless Israel. BBC News coverage is not qualitative different from that of Fox News.
"Oren spoke during a visit to Capitol Hill on Friday after both houses of Congress overwhelmingly voted for resolutions in support of Israel's "inherent right to act in self-defence".
"The United States has given us the full backing to take whatever measures are necessary to defend our citizens from Hamas terror," he said." What does "to take whatever measures" mean in international law and foreign policy? Does that mean that Israel can commit any number of massacres and that it can perpetrate any war crimes and that it can kill any number of children and that it can drop any kind of bomb on the Palestinians while counting on unconditional US support?
"GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians killed in the
latest Israeli offensive as of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.
1. Ahmad al-Jaabari
2. Muhammad al-Hums
3. Ranan Arafat (female child)
4. Omar Mashharawi (child)
5. Isam Abu al-Miza
6. Muhammad al-Kaseih
7. Hiba Mashharawi Turk (pregnant woman)
8. Mahmoud Abu Sawawin (elderly man)
9. Habis Masmah
10. Wael al-Ghalban
11. Hisham al-Ghalban
12. Rani Hammad
13. Khalid Abu al-Nasr
14. Marwan Abu al-Qumsan (elderly man)
15. Walid Abadla (child)
16. Hanin Tafish (infant)
17. Uday Jamal Nasser
18. Faris Basyouni (child)
19. Muhammad Iyad Saadallah (child)
20. Ayman al-Abid Abu Warda
21. Tahrir Suleiman
22. Ismail Qandil
23. Younis Kamil Tafish
24. Muhammad Suleiman
25. Amjad Abu Jalal
26. Ziad Abu Jalal
27. Ahmad Abu Jalal
28. Hasan al-Heilma
29. Khalid al-Shayer
30. Ayman Salim
31. Ahmad Abu Masmah
32. Mukhlis Udwan
33. Abdul-Rahman al-Misri
34. Muhammad al-Loui
35. Awad al-Nahhal
36. Ali Abdul-Hakim Manama
37. Osama Abdul-Jawwad
38. Ashraf Darwish
39. Ahmad al-Atrash
40. Muhammad Yasin". (thanks Laleh)
Personally, WE should learn to be UNITED despite the
fact, that religious and political ideologies fragment us
on a daily living basis, hence this result which is so
obvious, is the factual truthful reality, what waits for
humanity us HELL on earthl.
However, I do not know if this is possible, but WE have to put aside our primitive beliefs, and focus on what is happening to us, which we initially created. Sadly, what the Palestinians are facing in GENOCIDE committed right in front of our eyes. Please let this FACT sink into your psyche and allow whatever necessary action that follows to bring about to save these people/s, after all WE are human beings, not psychopaths On that logical note alone, we have to be united and to bring about a brave new world, but the first step is to stop this insane criminally instigated KILLING/S.
Israel's criminal assault on Lebanon fits
nicely with the paradigmatic slaughter of the Amalekites.
"Slay both man and woman, child and suckling."
This is precisely what Israel is doing, and the killing
of children and women has been approved by the Yesha
Rabbinical Council, which in a bold press release also
took itself the liberty to deride the ethical norms of
the Christians.Needless to say, the Israeli bloodlust is
becoming an embarrassment to Jews both inside and outside
Israel. Furthermore, the Jews have every reason to fear a
global upsurge of antisemitism. Jews in Europe dare not
reveal their Jewish identity in public, and if their
Jewish identity is known, they are quick to denounce the
state of Israel. Northern America is the only place in
the world where one's Jewishness is not a liability. But
this may quickly change.
The Jewish majority is still in the diaspora, and the state of Israel is making life very difficult for the diaspora Jew. Given these circumstances, it is hardly surprising that Jews themselves are beginning to question the viability of the Jewish state:
"There exists a heterogeneous agglomeration of Jewish people
around the world [...] for whom the state of Israel has come to
represent an 800-pound albatross that needs to be pried from
our necks before it drags us over a cliff." (David Himmelstein)
"I write as a Jew and as a synagogue member. [And] I write with
a growing sense of shame. The source of the feeling is simple:
Israel claims that it continues to act in my name. [The fact of the
matter is that] Israel, in its present manifestation, sustains
anti-Semitism." (Andrew Benjamin)
"I do not ask the wounded person how he feels,
I myself become the wounded person."
"Electronic Intifada" - November 16, 2012 - These were some of the calls from a group of Israelis demonstrating in favor of Israels attack on Gaza in the streets of Tel Aviv last night.
Peaceful protests by Palestinian students at Israeli universities were met with similar incitement.
In Tel Aviv, across the road, another group of Israelis protested against the assault. We came here to say that we must end this war immediately, Knesset member Dov Khenin of the communist Hadash party told the anti-war crowd, every additional drop of blood is needless.
Israeli transport minister Israel Katz called for
Israel to bomb
Gaza so hard that the population would flee into Egypt,
and for Israel to cut off water and electricity supplies.
Hans· Why on earth is the world still believing in this "Israeli Victim" story? Israel has defied international law for decades and committed ethnic cleansing, land theft and a myriad of other horrro tactics on the Palestinians. The world should wake up and finally hold Israel accountable. Israel and the US are the greatest threats to peace in the world.
Angie·Obama quote: U.S. "wants
the same thing Israel wants."
Some Nobel Peace Prize winner .....
Alec·In 1937, during earlier
partition proposals, David Ben Gurion, a zionist, who was
to become Israels first prime minister, wrote to
A partial Jewish state is not the end, but only the beginning. The establishment of such a Jewish State will serve as a means in our historical efforts to redeem the country in its entirety .We shall organize a modern defense force and then I am certain that we will not be prevented from settling in other parts of the country, either by mutual agreement with our Arab neighbors or by some other means .We will expel the Arabs and take their places with the force at our disposal.
Quoted in Jerome Slater, What Went Wrong? The Collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Political Science Quarterly, vol. 116, no. 2, 2001, pp. 173-74.
PRESS RELEASE from PressTV Iran:
An Israeli military vessel has been hit by a rocket
fired from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources say.
Palestinian resistance fighters also managed to shoot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle in the north of the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Meanwhile, Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas resistance movement, fired M-75 missiles toward Tel Aviv on the same day, the sources said. On November 16, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet flying over the Gaza Strip was also shot down by the Palestinian fighters. Israel has been targeted by more than 770 Palestinian rockets and missiles since November 14, Israeli media say. Rockets fired from Gaza on Sunday landed in Israels southern cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Kiryat Malakhi, and Eshkol area, where three Israeli soldiers were injured. At least two Israelis were also wounded in Ashkelon.
In Tel Aviv, a rocket hit a commercial district and a second one landed 200 meters away from the US embassy. It is the first time that Tel Aviv has come under attack in decades. Over 50 Palestinians have been killed and about 500 others wounded since the beginning of Israeli attacks on Wednesday. Three Palestinian kids, including two toddlers, have also been killed over the past several hours. AO/HSN
Thousands in London occupy
outside Israeli Embassy against war on Gaza
In the U-K, Londoners hold a fourth day of protests
against Israels latest military offensive against
the Gaza Strip. Thousands have gathered outside the
Israeli embassy in support of Palestinians.Theres a Sense
of de ja vu here.
These protesters have been outside the Israeli embassy in London before. They would say they've been here too many times.
NINE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY DEAD
Jazeera's Nadim Baba, reporting from Gaza, has said that
the search continues for survivors of an Israeli air
strike that killed nine members of the same family in
Our correspondent said rescue workers worked frantically to pick up the debris from "the massive crater where the residential building stood".
Five children were among the nine members of the extended family that died in the attack.
With darkness quickly falling, Al Jazeera's Baba said "a frantic search ... at top speed" has been conducted to see if anyone else is still alive under the rubble.
UPDATE9:37 P.M.The death toll in the IDF attack on a house in the northern Gaza Strip rises to 12, including four children and five women, all of the same family.
Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Tahrir Salman and Mohammed Salman in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, 16 November.
A policeman looks at an unexploded missile fired by an Israeli aircraft in Gaza City, 17 November.(Majdi Fathi / APA images)
Palestinian rockets (above and below)