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Amira Hass and the end of Jewish ethical history

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

I like and admire Amira Hass. Her reporting is admirable and more. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has lived through and commented on the contemporary arc of Jewish history. From the Holocaust to the devastating violence of Israel’s occupation mark her reporting, along with Gideon Levy and others, as the epitome of Jewish conscience. Hass is giving her all at the end of Jewish ethical history.

Amira Hass

Amira Hass

In her recent writing on Gaza, Hass’s words are strong and moving. They are also increasingly disconnected. As I once did and perhaps still do, Hass lives in a Jewish ethical history that no longer exists. Rather than addressing current events, her words represent mourning for a world that will not be resurrected.

Hass’s particular mistake is clear. Contra her analysis, Israel’s invasion of Gaza isn’t hurting Israel. Rather, it’s paving the way for the future that most Israelis – and Jews – actually want and embrace. That future is low on ethics and high on power. As everywhere in the world.

Here are some of Hass’s moving words:

If victory is measured by the success at causing lifelong trauma to 1.8 million people (and not for the first time) waiting to be executed any moment – then the victory is yours.

These victories add up to our moral implosion, the ethical defeat of a society that now engages in no self-inspection, that wallows in self-pity over postponed airline flights and burnishes itself with the pride of the enlightened. This is a society that mourns, naturally, its more than 40 soldiers who were killed, but at the same time hardens its heart and mind in the face of all the suffering and moral courage and heroism of the people we are attacking. A society that does not understand the extent to which the balance of forces is against it.

“In all the suffering and death,” wrote a friend from Gaza, “there are so many expressions of tenderness and kindness. People are taking care of one another, comforting one another. Especially children who are searching for the best way to support their parents. I saw many children no older than 10 years old who are hugging, comforting their younger siblings, trying to distract them from the horror. So young and already the caretakers of someone else. I did not meet a single child who did not lose someone – a parent, grandmother, friend, aunt or neighbor. And I thought: If Hamas grew out of the generation of the first intifada, when the young people who threw stones were met with bullets, who will grow out of the generation that experienced the repeated massacres of the last seven years?”

Our moral defeat will haunt us for many years to come.

States don’t live on morality – even a Jewish state. If the state has enough power, a moral haunting may be experienced by a minority. Jews of Conscience in Israel and beyond are examples of this. But the majority of any state’s citizens want to get on with their lives and enjoy the benefits accrued through military victory and economic imperialism.

The very powers so concerned with Gaza attest to this lack of moral haunting. Whatever moral clauses invoked against Israeli power and on behalf of suffering Palestinians, where would Europe and America be without historical and contemporary empire?

What Hass wants is a return to a Jewish world and history that formed her. Though she knows this world was tainted, she still hopes that somehow the overall thrust of Jewish ethical history can pull us through. Hass is wrong. However one defines the Jewish condition, Jews like Hass continue to argue for a Jewish morality in the state of Israel that no longer exists.

Hass isn’t a religious Jews, even a closeted one as far as I know. But her sense of the Jewish ethical and the punishment for Jewish wrongdoing, even in an imagined Palestinian resistance that knows no bounds, is a kind of faith. As a Jew, Hass can’t give up on it. What Jewish and Israeli legs would she have to stand on if she threw in the ethical towel and admitted to her readers – and most of all to herself – that Jews and Jewish life have reached its end point?

Israel won’t be haunted by its transgressions. When the end of the Israeli-Palestinians disputations finally arrives all will be forgiven on the international front.

Moral outrage by the powers of the world is limited by their own moral transgressions. They, too, have been forgiven rather than haunted by their power.

Should Israel be any different in reality than in the Jewish imagination?

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Video: If you voted for Hamas, I$raHell has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Nazi Rabbis

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There was a pro-Israel rally of 10,000 people in New York yesterday, a half block from the United Nations, and Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, the president of the NY Board of Rabbis, suggested that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are combatants who deserve to be targeted by Israel. He said:

When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.

The crowd cheered. Kirshner went on to say that the Israeli army is “the most moral army in the history of civilization.” He ended his remarks with the word, Amen.

The rabbi did not make it clear how he would sort out Palestinians who voted for Hamas. In the last election in Palestine, in 2006, Hamas — the “terrorist organization” to which Kirshner was obviously referring– got 440,000 votes, 44 percent of the electorate, according to Wikipedia. Fatah won 410,000, the PFLP 42,000.

Senator Chuck Schumer and many Democratic congresspeople also spoke at the rally, on 47th Street. None were on the stage when Kirshner offered his spiritual counsel near the end of the gathering.

Kirshner, from the Temple Emanu-El site

Kirshner, from the Temple Emanu-El site

Below is the context for Kirshner’s remarks, beginning at about 3:00 in the video above. Kirshner (who was introduced as president but identified with three different titles,12, 3. of the New York Board of Rabbis) began by saying that the United Nations was condemning the killing of civilians in Gaza.

Ladies and gentlemen let me make something very, very, very clear to all of you gathered. If you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt and you are carrying an AK-47, you are not a civilian, you are a combatant.

When you welcome Hamas into your living room and allow them to launch rockets next to your sofa, you are not a civilian you are a combatant.

When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.

And lastly when you fail to heed the pamphlets, the phone calls, the text messages and the warning shots telling you to evacuate a building, and instead use yourself as a shield and use innocent children as a shield, you are not collateral damage. When you ignore those very moral warnings and align yourself with Hamas, you are a combatant.

As Adam notes, the statement could apply to anyone who voted in that election in 2006; I’m interpreting it to apply to Hamas supporters.

Elsewhere in the speech, the rabbi identified himself wholly with the Israeli government, saying that “we gave them freedom nine years ago,” referring to the end of the settlement program in Gaza.

Kirshner hosted Gov. Chris Christie at Temple Emanu-El, his conservative synagogue in New Jersey, last year. He spoke at the Israel lobby group AIPAC in 2009.

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American complicity in I$raHell war crimes

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Stop funding Israel

By Alan Hart

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was right when, after saying that “All the evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause” (of the attack on the UN school in the Jabaliya refugee camp where more than 3,000 Palestinians were taking shelter from Israeli bombs and shells), he added the following. “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” But there is, I say, something as shameful: the complicity of America’s corrupt political system in Israel’s war crimes.

Half-hearted condemnation

Initially, the mainstream media attached great significance to the fact that the US had “condemned” the attack, the implication of the first reports being that it had condemned Israel. It did not. US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said only that America “condemned the shelling of the school.” She did not name Israel. Body language is all important and when I watched and listened to her speaking I thought she delivered the condemnation as a dismissive, throwaway line. What I mean is that her body language said to me something like, “What I’m saying is not really important but I have to say it.”

From President Obama himself there were just more empty words  – another call for an immediate ceasefire. I imagine the unspoken response of Israel’s leaders was something like: “We know you had to make that call, Mr President, and you know that we are going to ignore it.”

Hypocrisy

Obama’s hypocrisy was on display again when he announced new sanctions on Russia. He said, “We stand up for rights and freedoms around the world.” What he didn’t add was “with the exception of the rights and freedom of occupied and oppressed Palestinians.”

I thought Chris Gunness, the spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), hit most of the right notes when he said:

It is beyond belief that in the 21st century children, women and civilian men should be subjected to this kind of outrage. It [Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip] is an abomination, a barbarity that needs to end… The world should hang its head in shame.

My own thought is that it is President Obama and other so-called leaders, not the world, who should be hanging their heads in shame.

That said, I still believe (perhaps naively) that Obama himself would like to use the leverage America has to try to cause Israel to be serious about peace on terms the Palestinians could accept, but he cannot because policy for the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel is controlled by a Congress that is answerable not to the American people but the Zionist lobby and its mad Christian fundamentalist allies.

“What America needs most of all is some real democracy”

In my analysis no president will ever be free to put America’s own best interests first by confronting the Zionist monster (a terrorist state) unless and until lobby funding is taken out of American politics. What America needs most of all is some real democracy.

On BBC Radio 4′s “Today” programme Britain’s new foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, said this. “I have explained to Israeli ministers, not only Netanyahu, that the world is rapidly turning against Israel.”

That made me wonder what would happen if all of Israel’s Jews and all members of Congress could be compelled to watch a lengthy compilation of film and video footage of the death and destruction Israel has delivered to the Gaza Strip. Would it make them understand why the world is turning against Israel and cause a change of hearts and minds in Israel and Congress?

Probably, almost certainly, not.

Note

Dan Gillerman, a former Israeli ambassador to the UN, has let a cat slip out of the bag. In an Al-Jazeera programme he said that Israel was enjoying “unprecedented” support from around the world. Why unprecedented? Because, he stated, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were fully supporting Israel’s efforts to destroy Hamas. He also said that during his period at the UN (from 2003 to 2008) he couldn’t count the number of times Arab ambassadors and other Arab dignitaries had said to him: “Go, go. Don’t stop.”

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Dorothy Online NewsLetter

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Dear Friends,

Another 5 items below.  They begin with positive news (for a change)!

Item 1 contains 2 reports on demands to label products that come from the Opt—one from England, the other from Belgium.

And item 2 reports on criticism of Israel by Spanish artists.  Finally, we are beginning to see reactions additional to the protests in many countries.  Let us hope that there will be many more open letters as these!

Item 3 is less pleasant.  A recent poll shows that the large majority of Israelis are with the government in this horrid attack on Gaza. Well, most Israelis don’t know the whole story—why it began at all, so of course they stand up for their government, just as Gazans stand up for Hamas.

Item 4 is from an Israeli who speaks of “Israel’s tarnished moral calculus.  Good points.  But he misses when he doesn’t ask why Hamas has been successful in keeping Palestinian public opinion on its side.  The population suffers terribly from the blockade, which Hamas justifiably opposes.

Item 5 reports that the IOF hit Gaza’s main power plant, leaving even those in Gaza who still have homes without electricity.

That’s it for this round.

Wish this would end before more people get killed or injured and before more destruction takes place.  Enough!

Dorothy

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July 29, 2014

Off the Shelves

Photo: Ilan Arad, lowshot.com Settlement of Karnei Shomron Photo: Ilan Arad, lowshot.com

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UK retailer Tesco to stop sales of settlement produce

Jewish Chronicle reports British supermarket giant Tesco to suspend sales of products originating from West Bank starting this September. Chain says ‘decision was not political, has nothing to do with Gaza’

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, has decided to cease all sales of products originating from the West Bank, the Jewish Chronicle reported on Monday. The decision will go into effect starting this September.

According to the report, a Tesco spokesman stressed that the decision was not politically motivated” and not related to the current Gaza-Israel conflict during Operation Protective Edge, but rather was made as part of a “regular product review process”. The news website said that the only product sourcing in the West Bank that the chain currently stocks was dates, and that it will cease its importation.

However, the Jewish Chronicle also reported that two healthcare and beauty product companies told its reporters that Tesco had requested that they provide them with lists of all products and ingredients they import from Israel and the Palestinian territories, and that the chain had asked for the said information in light of inquiries from customers.

The chain spokesman said: “We have received some questions from customers about products we sell that are sourced from Israel or the West Bank.”

“To make sure we answered their questions with the most accurate and up to date information, we contacted suppliers to double check our own information, particularly for branded products.

“We have no plans to change our position on sourcing from Israel.”

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Haaretz

July 29, 2014

Belgium advises retailers to label products from Israeli settlements

The non-binding recommendation has nothing to do with escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the Belgian Economics Ministry says.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.607864

By Robert-Jan Bartunek

REUTERS – Belgium advised retailers on Tuesday to clearly label the origin of products made in Israeli settlements that are in occupied territories where Palestinians seek statehood.

The non-binding recommendation has nothing to do with escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the Belgian Economics Ministry said, noting that Britain and Denmark already had similar labelling in place.

“It’s a non-binding advice to state on labels that products originating from occupied territories come from there,” a ministry spokeswoman said. “We don’t see this as a sanction against Israel, but EU rules stipulate that consumers have to be informed of the origins of products.”

The ministry planned to send a letter to retail federations on Tuesday recommending the use of such labels. Belgian retail federation Comeos and the Israeli Embassy in Brussels said they would not comment before the letter was issued.

Israel has been critical of any move to label produce from Jewish settlements clearly or distinguish them from goods produced by Palestinians, arguing that the distinction is part of a larger effort to impose a Palestinian state on Israel.

The labels Belgium has in mind would mainly apply to fruit and vegetables grown in Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank. But they could include products such as sparkling water made by SodaStream and cosmetics by Ahava which both have production facilities in the West Bank.

Palestinians have limited self-rule in areas of the West Bank not taken up by Israeli settlements.

Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as their capital, but the latest round of U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed in April. Palestinians fear the settlements, which the European Union views as illegal and an obstacle to peace, will deny them a viable country.

Israel took the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in a 1967 war. It later annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally. More than 500,000 Jews now live in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem alongside some 3 million Palestinians. Israel withdrew from the tiny Gaza Strip in 2005.

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July 29, 2014

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Pedro Almodovar denounce Israel’s ‘genocide’ in Gaza

Open letter signed by dozens of Spanish stars blasts Israel’s actions in Gaza and urge EU condemnation.

http://www.haaretz.com/life/arts-leisure/1.607866

By Haaretz

Dozens of stars from Spain’s cultural scene have added their names to an open letter blasting Israel’s Gaza operation, and denouncing Israel’s actions as “genocide.”

In the letter, which was published on Monday, Oscar-winners Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, and the feted Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, were joined by a long list of names, in calling for the European Union to condemn “the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.”

They urged a truce by the Israel Defense Forces, which the letter refers to as the “Israel Occupation Forces,” and for Israel to “lift the blockade, which the Gaza Strip has suggered for more than a decade.”

“Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing,” the letter said.

Other signatories included directors Montxo Armendariz and Benito Zambrano and actors Lola Herrera, Eduardo Noriega and Rosa Maria Sarda.

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge entered its 22nd day on Tuesday, the 12th day of Israel’s ground incursion in the Strip. Some 1,100 Palestinians have been killed since the operation began, along with 53 IDF soldiers and three civilians in Israel.

The open letter blamed the current round of hostilities on Israel, saying that “Israel keeps advancing and invading Palestinian territories instead of withdrawing to the 67 borders.” The letter said that Israel “humiliates, detains, and tramples on the rights of the Palestinian population in all of the West Bank ever day, also causing many deaths.”

Bardem is well-known for his political activism, according to the Hollywood Reporter. On Friday, the star of “No Country for Old Men” published a letter in eldiario.es, in which he said, “In the horror happening right now in Gaza there is NO place for distance or neutrality.”

Earlier this month, sixty-four public figures, including seven Nobel Peace Prize winners, called for an international arms embargo on Israel for its “war crimes and possible crimes against humanity” in Gaza in a letter published in the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper.

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July 29, 2014

Operation Opinions

Photo: AP IDF tank on Gaza border Photo: AP

Poll: 90% of Israeli Jews believe Gaza operation is justified

A new survey by the IDI shows that most Israeli Jews predict further fighting with Hamas, do not expect long-term quiet.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4551824,00.html

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An overwhelming number of Israeli Jews believe that the ongoing military operation in Gaza is justified and that the IDF has not used excessive firepower, according to a new series of polls by the Israel Democracy Institute.

Over the course of three surveys conducted in the past two weeks, an average of 95 percent of respondents said that Operation Protective Edge was justified, while only 3-4 percent said the IDF has used excessive firepower in Gaza. According to the poll, an average of 48 percent of Israeli Jews think the IDF is using an appropriate level of firepower and an average of 45 percent think the IDF is using insufficient firepower.

IDF tank and spent ammunition on the Gaza border (Photo: Getty Images)

The respondents also looked relatively favorably on the government throughout the conflict, grading its performance, on average, 7.3 out of 10. The Home Front Command also scored highly, receiving an average grade of 8.9 out of 10. Local governments also performed well in public opinion, receiving an average mark of 8.3 out of 10.

The survey, however, did hint at a schism within Israeli society, with the Israeli Jewish respondents ranking the behavior of the Israeli Jewish public at 8.6 out of 10, but the Israeli Arab public at 3.6 out of 10.

The respondents also indicated a reluctance to halt the operation even temporarily as long as the rocket fire on Israel from Gaza continues. An average of 80 percent were opposed to a unilateral ceasefire lasting up to 48 hours if the rockets did not stop, and an average of 65 percent disagreed with an immediate ceasefire so as to negotiate a long-term calm. Furthermore, an average of 60 percent of respondents said there should be a ceasefire only after “an agreement on the conditions for sustaining quiet is reached.”

A majority of respondents also believed that the operation would not put an end to the fighting with Hamas, with an average of 64 percent predicting a further clash. Only an average of 18 percent of respondents said they believed there would be long-term quiet similar to that which came into effect after the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

The three-poll survey was conducted among Israeli Jewish adults on July 14 (246 people), July 16-17 (185 people) and July 23 (216 people).

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4 Israel’s tarnished moral calculus

We used to shoot and cry, as the old Si Heyman song says. Now we kill and justify. Hamas is out to kill Israelis, but when did we lose our interest in minimizing brutal tactics?

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.607824

By Don Futterman

I watched the first 18 days of our latest nightmarish war from Down Under, on the other side of the world.

Free of the albatross of moral one-upmanship and PR positioning, Australians responded like decent, thinking and feeling people: No one should have their children kidnapped or killed; no civilians should have to endure rocket attacks, and no government would be expected to stand idly by; and no army should massacre whole families or scores of bystanders in efforts to kill individual operatives.

Aussie television had reporters stationed both in Gaza and Jerusalem, and with the nightly images of dead and maimed children and their dismembered families, public sentiment began to shift. The pendulum swung from overwhelming Australian support for Israel to revulsion over the carnage in Gaza.

My first concern while I was away naturally was for my children, my family and friends back in Israel under attack. I am humbled by the courage of those on the front lines, by the tributes to every fallen soldier, by the tens of thousands who showed up for funerals of strangers. And I took l pride in how calmly and responsibly my own kids behaved, assuring us that we need not rush home.

Just as the Gaza death toll reached 300, a Malaysian airliner on its way to Australia was shot out of the sky. For a weird and disconcerting moment, there were competing stories, each featuring 300 dead people.

As Australian rage brewed at the baffling and meaningless murder of its own civilians, Gaza was bumped off the front page, becoming the transition segment on the TV news between the Russian-Ukrainian cover-up and the latest Aussie football and rugby results.

Meanwhile, in Gaza, the number 300 receded into the distance of our rear-view mirror. We arrived home to the strange mix of anxiety, calm and sadness, sirens and funerals.

We used to shoot and cry, as the old Si Heyman song says. Now we kill and justify. We have a case. Hamas is the governing agency in Gaza but diverts massive resources to building tunnels and rockets to try to kill Israelis, so Israel has no choice but to try to destroy them. They continue to attack us and Israelis are not willing to be terrorized, and since this is war, not a soccer game, we have no interest in a fair fight or proportionate response.

But it does not take a military expert to know that we are not doing our best to prevent civilian casualties on the other side. We are operating under a new moral calculus, which gives carte blanche to “collateral damage,” to killing any and all Palestinians who might be in the line of fire of targeted Hamas operatives.

We have made a choice to inflict pain on the people of Gaza and to blame the other side for the brutality of our tactics. And since a high proportion of Gazans are kids, this means that the Jewish state is murdering many children.

It is a horrible calculus, an evil and deadly calculus, and we will not come out of this war untarnished.

For many Israelis, the masses of Palestinian dead present no problem beyond image management; Hamas is forcing us to kill civilians, including children, by using them as human shields, and raising the stakes for Israel’s image by daring us to attack their arsenals stashed in schools and hospitals.

As much as we would like to avoid killing civilians, our soldiers are us – our family and friends – so our primal concern is that the Israel Defense Forces does everything possible to minimize the casualties on our side.

But most Jewish Israelis I know are much more conflicted, and our empathy for the faceless and nameless dead on the other side still flickers, if not enough to demand an end to the war on purely moral grounds.

We don’t know if there is another way to prosecute a war against Hamas, but we know these killings are awful.

I don’t expect we will own up to our changed calculus. It certainly won’t happen now, while we are running for cover several times a day, while we are losing our own boys, while anyone who expresses empathy for Palestinians is attacked in the social media or by politicians. In war, jingoism rules the day.

Once this is all over, we will remember the moment before, the impotence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, how our government exploited the kidnapping-murder of three innocent teens as a pretext to attack Hamas in the West Bank, and how our prime minister stood by while Jews hunted Arabs down in the streets in Jerusalem, in response to the revenge kidnapping and murder of an innocent Palestinian teen.

Even Netanyahu’s belated condemnation of that atrocity as a terrorist act was undermined by his claim that Jews worship life while Arabs worship death, the message of a man incapable of seeing beyond Jewish pain.

Hamas has nothing to offer the Palestinian people other than its failed strategy of violent resistance. The pride they instill through standing up to Israel is a legacy of the doomed, creating hopeless tales of a last stand.

If the Palestinians want to restore hope to Gaza, they will have to depose Hamas. But if we want anything better than the status quo ante, we will need leaders with a different vision as well.

Don Futterman is the Program Director for Israel for the Moriah Fund, a private American Foundation, which works to strengthen democracy and civil society in Israel. He can be heard weekly on TLV-1’s The Promised Podcast.

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5  Ynetnews

July 29, 2014

IDF hit Gaza power plant, cutting electricity to parts of Strip

Palestinian death toll rises to 1,110; Gaza reports claim IAF hit Hamas’ Gaza leader’s home, as well as Hamas’ radio and television stations; Gaza’s main power plant also hit in morning attack.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4551526,00.html

[To view photos below, click on the above link. D]

Yoav Zitun

The IDF renewed airstrikes and artillery fire at the Gaza Strip Tuesday, hitting the Strip’s main power plant and cutting electricity to many parts of Gaza, indicating hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting were unlikely to actualize.

 

IAF aircraft hit Tuesday the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh before dawn on Tuesday, causing damage but no casualties, Gaza’s interior ministry said, as well as government offices and the headquarters of the Hamas satellite TV station.

In the past hour, with the help of leaflets and phone calls, the IDF has called on the residents of Gaza neighborhoods located east of Khan Younis to cuate immediately to the city’s center, ahead of a possible attack.

Haniyeh: My house is not more valuable than the houses of other people

Hamas leaders remained defiant in the aftermath of the Israeli onslaught.

“My house is not more valuable than the houses of other people, destroying stones will not break our determination,” Haniyeh said in a statement.

Speaking to a Hamas website, he added that “The destruction of stones will not break our will and we will continue our resistance until we gain freedom.”

According to the IDF, 70 targets were struck in Gaza through the night. At least 30 people were killed in the assaults from air, land and sea, residents said, after a night of the most widespread attacks so far in the coastal enclave.

IDF attacks Gaza overnight (Video: Ido Becker)

IDF tank shells hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, forcing the plant to shut down, a spokesman for Gaza’s electricity distribution company said.

There was no immediate word of casualties and the IDF had no comment. According to Jamal Dardasawi, the spokesman of the electricity distribution company, the shells hit one of three tanks in the plant compound that currently store fuel.

Deputy chairman of the Gaza Energy Authority said the power plant was the only one in Gaza and would be disabled for the entire whole year following damage caused to the gasoline tanks as a result of IDF attacks.

Even before the strike, Gaza residents had electricity for only about three hours a day. The strike is bound to reduce supplies even further.

Smoke rises over Gaza (Photo: EPA)

Eleven people were killed in a strike on a house in the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza City as IDF forces hit targets across the territory in the most widespread night of attacks so far in the coastal enclave.

IDF forces fired hundreds of flares that turned the night sky bright orange. By daybreak Tuesday, a cloud of thick dust from the explosions hung over Gaza City. A Palestinian health official put the overall Gaza death toll at 1,110.

The IDF said five soldiers had died in a gun battle with militants who crossed into Israel via a tunnel near the community of Nahal Oz, close to the border with the Gaza Strip. The incident on Monday raised to 10 the number of military fatalities for the day. Fifty-three Israeli soldiers have been killed since Israel launched its offensive on Gaza.

Hamas said that its broadcast outlets, Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio were also targeted. The television station continued to broadcast, but the radio station went silent.

Hamas-run Al Aqsa television (Photo: AP)

At dawn Tuesday, plumes of smoke rose above the Al Shorouq media building in central Gaza City which houses the offices of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio.

Overnight attacks on Gaza (Photo: Ido Erez)

Hours earlier, at least two major explosions hit the media building, one of the tallest in Gaza, starting a fire on the roof and shaking surrounding buildings.

Gaza media building (Photo: AP)

AP video showed a massive flash as the first strike hit the top of the building, sending debris raining down. The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television news channels.

The Abu Khadra government complex in Gaza City was also badly damaged by the Israeli attacks.

Photo: AP

Israel launched its offensive on July 8 with the aim of halting rocket attacks by Hamas and its allies. It later ordered a land invasion to find and destroy the warren of Hamas tunnels that cross-crosses the border area.

In a televised address on Monday night, a grim-faced Netanyahu said any solution to the crisis would require the demilitarization of the Palestinian territory, controlled by Hamas Islamists and their militant allies.

“We will not finish the mission, we will not finish the operation without neutralizing the tunnels, which have the sole purpose of destroying our citizens, killing our children,” Netanyahu said, adding that it had been a “painful day”.

The overnight strikes came after a day of heavy Hamas-Israeli fighting in which nine children were killed by a strike on a Gaza park where they were playing, according to Palestinian health officials – a tragedy that each side blamed on the other.

Israeli tanks also resumed heavy shelling in border areas of Gaza, killing five people, including three children and a 70-year-old woman, and wounding 50 in the town of Jebaliya, which was among the areas warned to evacuate, the Red Crescent said.

Many Jebaliya residents said they did not dare attempt an escape. Sufian Abed Rabbo said his extended family of 17 had taken refuge under the stairway in their home.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Turns out the chosen people aren’t jewish

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By Naomi Wolf
Okay, so I was challenged below: “Read the Bible! God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people.” So….I may get crucified for this but I have started to say it — most recently (terrified, trembling) to warm welcome in a synagogue in LA: Actually if you read Genesis Exodus and Deuteronomy in Hebrew — as I do — you see that God did not “give” Israel to the Jews/Israelites.
We as Jews are raised with the creed that “God gave us the land of Israel” in Genesis — and that ethnically ‘we are the chosen people.” But actually — and I could not believe my eyes when I saw this, I checked my reading with major scholars and they confirmed it — actually God’s “covenant” in Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy with the Jewish people is NOT ABOUT AN ETHNICITY AND NOT ABOUT A CONTRACT. IT IS ABOUT A WAY OF BEHAVING.
Again and again in the “covenant” language He never says: “I will give you, ethnic Israelites, the land of Israel.” Rather He says something far more radical – far more subversive — far more Godlike in my view.
He says: IF you visit those imprisoned…act mercifully to the widow and the orphan…welcome the stranger in your midst…tend the sick…do justice and love mercy ….and perform various other tasks…THEN YOU WILL BE MY PEOPLE AND THIS LAND WILL BE YOUR LAND.
So “my people” is not ethnic — it is transactional. We are God’s people not by birth but by a way of behaving, that is ethical, kind and just. And we STOP being “God’s people” when we are not ethical, kind and just. And ANYONE who is ethical, kind and just is, according to God in Genesis, “God’s people.” And the “contract” to “give” us Israel is conditional — we can live in God’s land IF we are “God’s people” in this way — just, merciful, compassionate.
AND — it never ever says, it is ONLY your land. Even when passages spell out geographical “boundaries” as if God does such a thing, it never says this is exclusively your land. It never says I will give this land JUST to you.
Remember these were homeless nomads who had left slavery in Egypt and were wandering around in the desert; at most these passages say, settle here, but they do not say, settle here exclusively. Indeed again and again it talks about welcoming “zarim” — translated as “strangers” but can also be translated as “people/tribes who are not you” — in your midst.
Blew my mind, hope it blows yours.

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Five I$raHell Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

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from Edna Spennato

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by Noura Erakat

Israel has killed almost 800 [0ver 1000 counted so far now – ed] Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the world’s only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are civilians.

Israel’s propaganda machine, however, insists that these Palestinians wanted to die (culture of martyrdom), staged their own death (telegenically dead”) or were the tragic victims of Hamas’s use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes (human shielding). In all instances, the military power is blaming the victims for their own deaths, accusing them of devaluing life and attributing this disregard to cultural bankruptcy. In effect, Israel—along with uncritical mainstream media that unquestionably accept this discourse—dehumanizes Palestinians, deprives them even of their victimhood and legitimizes egregious human rights and legal violations.

This is not the first time. The gruesome images of decapitated children’s bodies and stolen innocence on Gaza’s shores are a dreadful repeat of Israel’s assault on Gaza in November 2012 and winter 2008–09. Not only are the military tactics the same but so too are the public relations efforts and the faulty legal arguments that underpin the attacks. Mainstream media news anchors are inexplicably accepting these arguments as fact.

Below I address five of Israel’s recurring talking points. I hope this proves useful to newsmakers.

1) Israel is exercising its right to self-defense.

As the occupying power of the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Territories more broadly, Israel has an obligation and a duty to protect the civilians under its occupation. It governs by military and law enforcement authority to maintain order, protect itself and protect the civilian population under its occupation. It cannot simultaneously occupy the territory, thus usurping the self-governing powers that would otherwise belong to Palestinians, and declare war upon them. These contradictory policies (occupying a land and then declaring war on it) make the Palestinian population doubly vulnerable.

The precarious and unstable conditions in the Gaza Strip from which Palestinians suffer are Israel’s responsibility. Israel argues that it can invoke the right to self-defense under international law as defined in Article 51 of the UN Charter. The International Court of Justice, however, rejected this faulty legal interpretation in its 2004 Advisory Opinion. The ICJ explained that an armed attack that would trigger Article 51 must be attributable to a sovereign state, but the armed attacks by Palestinians emerge from within Israel’s jurisdictional control. Israel does have the right to defend itself against rocket attacks, but it must do so in accordance with occupation law and not other laws of war. Occupation law ensures greater protection for the civilian population. The other laws of war balance military advantage and civilian suffering. The statement that “no country would tolerate rocket fire from a neighboring country” is therefore both a diversion and baseless.

Israel denies Palestinians the right to govern and protect themselves, while simultaneously invoking the right to self-defense. This is a conundrum and a violation of international law, one that Israel deliberately created to evade accountability.

2) Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005.

Israel argues that its occupation of the Gaza Strip ended with the unilateral withdrawal of its settler population in 2005. It then declared the Gaza Strip to be “hostile territory” and declared war against its population. Neither the argument nor the statement is tenable. Despite removing 8,000 settlers and the military infrastructure that protected their illegal presence, Israel maintained effective control of the Gaza Strip and thus remains the occupying power as defined by Article 47 of the Hague Regulations. To date, Israel maintains control of the territory’s air space, territorial waters, electromagnetic sphere, population registry and the movement of all goods and people.

Israel argues that the withdrawal from Gaza demonstrates that ending the occupation will not bring peace. Some have gone so far as to say that Palestinians squandered their opportunity to build heaven in order to build a terrorist haven instead. These arguments aim to obfuscate Israel’s responsibilities in the Gaza Strip, as well as the West Bank. As Prime Minister Netanyahu once explained, Israel must ensure that it does not “get another Gaza in Judea and Samaria…. I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.”

Palestinians have yet to experience a day of self-governance. Israel immediately imposed a siege upon the Gaza Strip when Hamas won parliamentary elections in January 2006 and tightened it severely when Hamas routed Fatah in June 2007. The siege has created a humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip. Inhabitants will not be able to access clean water, electricity or tend to even the most urgent medical needs. The World Health Organization explains that the Gaza Strip will be unlivable by 2020. Not only did Israel not end its occupation, it has created a situation in which Palestinians cannot survive in the long-term.

3) This Israeli operation, among others, was caused by rocket fire from Gaza.

Israel claims that its current and past wars against the Palestinian population in Gaza have been in response to rocket fire. Empirical evidence from 2008, 2012 and 2014 refute that claim. First, according to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the greatest reduction of rocket fire came through diplomatic rather than military means. This chart demonstrates the correlation between Israel’s military attacks upon the Gaza Strip and Hamas militant activity. Hamas rocket fire increases in response to Israeli military attacks and decreases in direct correlation to them. Cease-fires have brought the greatest security to the region.

During the four months of the Egyptian-negotiated cease-fire in 2008, Palestinian militants reduced the number of rockets to zero or single digits from the Gaza Strip. Despite this relative security and calm, Israel broke the cease-fire to begin the notorious aerial and ground offensive that killed 1,400 Palestinians in twenty-two days. In November 2012, Israel’s extrajudicial assassination of Ahmad Jabari, the chief of Hamas’s military wing in Gaza, while he was reviewing terms for a diplomatic solution, again broke the cease-fire that precipitated the eight-day aerial offensive that killed 132 Palestinians.

Immediately preceding Israel’s most recent operation, Hamas rocket and mortar attacks did not threaten Israel. Israel deliberately provoked this war with Hamas. Without producing a shred of evidence, it accused the political faction of kidnapping and murdering three settlers near Hebron. Four weeks and almost 700 lives later, Israel has yet to produce any evidence demonstrating Hamas’s involvement. During ten days of Operation Brother’s Keeper in the West Bank, Israel arrested approximately 800 Palestinians without charge or trial, killed nine civilians and raided nearly 1,300 residential, commercial and public buildings. Its military operation targeted Hamas members released during the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011. It’s these Israeli provocations that precipitated the Hamas rocket fire to which Israel claims left it with no choice but a gruesome military operation.

4) Israel avoids civilian casualties, but Hamas aims to kill civilians.

Hamas has crude weapons technology that lacks any targeting capability. As such, Hamas rocket attacks ipso facto violate the principle of distinction because all of its attacks are indiscriminate. This is not contested. Israel, however, would not be any more tolerant of Hamas if it strictly targeted military objects, as we have witnessed of late. Israel considers Hamas and any form of its resistance, armed or otherwise, to be illegitimate.

In contrast, Israel has the eleventh most powerful military in the world, certainly the strongest by far in the Middle East, and is a nuclear power that has not ratified the non-proliferation agreement and has precise weapons technology. With the use of drones, F-16s and an arsenal of modern weapon technology, Israel has the ability to target single individuals and therefore to avoid civilian casualties. But rather than avoid them, Israel has repeatedly targeted civilians as part of its military operations.

The Dahiya Doctrine is central to these operations and refers to Israel’s indiscriminate attacks on Lebanon in 2006. Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot said that this would be applied elsewhere:

What happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 will happen in every village from which Israel is fired on. […] We will apply  disproportionate force on it and  cause great  damage and destruction there. From our stand-point, these are not civilian villages, they are military bases.

Israel has kept true to this promise. The 2009 UN Fact-Finding Mission to the Gaza Conflict, better known as the Goldstone Mission, concluded “from a review of the facts on the ground that it witnessed for itself that what was prescribed as the best strategy [Dahiya Doctrine] appears to have been precisely what was put into practice.”

According to the National Lawyers Guild, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Israel directly targeted civilians or recklessly caused civilian deaths during Operation Cast Lead. Far from avoiding the deaths of civilians, Israel effectively considers them legitimate targets.

5) Hamas hides its weapons in homes, mosques and schools and uses human shields.

This is arguably one of Israel’s most insidious claims, because it blames Palestinians for their own death and deprives them of even their victimhood. Israel made the same argument in its war against Lebanon in 2006 and in its war against Palestinians in 2008. Notwithstanding its military cartoon sketches, Israel has yet to prove that Hamas has used civilian infrastructure to store military weapons. The two cases where Hamas indeed stored weapons in UNRWA schools, the schools were empty. UNRWA discovered the rockets and publicly condemned the violation of its sanctity.

International human rights organizations that have investigated these claims have determined that they are not true. It attributed the high death toll in Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon to Israel’s indiscriminate attacks. Human Rights Watch notes:

The evidence  Human Rights Watch uncovered in its on-the-ground investigat-ions refutes [Israel’s]  argument…we  found strong evidence that Hezbollah stored most of its rockets in bunkers and weapon storage facilities locatedin uninhabited fields and valleys, that in the vast majority of cases Hezb-ollah fighters left populated  civilian  areas as soon as the fighting sta-rted, and that  Hezbollah  fired the vast majority of its rockets from pre-prepared positions outside villages.

In fact, only Israeli soldiers have systematically used Palestinians as human shields. Since Israel’s incursion into the West Bank in 2002, it has used Palestinians as human shields by tying young Palestinians onto the hoods of their cars or forcing them to go into a home where a potential militant may be hiding.

Even assuming that Israel’s claims were plausible, humanitarian law obligates Israel to avoid civilian casualties that “would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.” A belligerent force must verify whether civilian or civilian infrastructure qualifies as a military objective. In the case of doubt, “whether an object which is normally dedicated to civilian purposes, such as a place of worship, a house or other dwelling or a school, is being used to make an effective contribution to military action, it shall be presumed not to be so used.”

In the over thee weeks of its military operation, Israel has demolished 3,175 homes, at least a dozen with families inside; destroyed five hospitals and six clinics; partially damaged sixty-four mosques and two churches; partially to completely destroyed eight government ministries; injured 4,620; and killed over 700 Palestinians. At plain sight, these numbers indicate Israel’s egregious violations of humanitarian law, ones that amount to war crimes.

Beyond the body count and reference to law, which is a product of power, the question to ask is, What is Israel’s end goal? What if Hamas and Islamic Jihad dug tunnels beneath the entirety of the Gaza Strip—they clearly did not, but let us assume they did for the sake of argument. According to Israel’s logic, all of Gaza’s 1.8 million Palestinians are therefore human shields for being born Palestinian in Gaza. The solution is to destroy the 360-kilometer square strip of land and to expect a watching world to accept this catastrophic loss as incidental. This is possible only by framing and accepting the dehumanization of Palestinian life. Despite the absurdity of this proposal, it is precisely what Israeli society is urging its military leadership to do. Israel cannot bomb Palestinians into submission, and it certainly cannot bomb them into peace.

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Dr Mads Gilbert Doctor in Gaza from Norway Exposes & Slams Zionist America & UK! ” VIDEO ”

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Holocaust in Gaza: On the 18th Day of the Nazi Offensive on Gaza: Nazi Warplane Attack Shelter of Displaced Civilians Killing 11 and Wounding Dozens

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Nazi Forces Attack Medical Crews and Ambulances;

Nazi Forces Attack Gaza from the Air, the Sea and the Ground;

More Palestinians Forcibly Displaced from Border Areas

Since the Beginning of the Nazi Offensive on Gaza:

808 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 666 Are Civilians, Including 194 Children and 107 Women, and 4,417 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 1,280 Children and 892 Women;

552 Houses Targeted and Destroyed and Hundreds of Others Extensively Damaged;

Thousands of Palestinian Civilians Forcibly Displaced

Nazi occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 18th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction.Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. They attacked civilians, houses and other civilian facilities.  In a new serious crime, Israeli forces attacked a shelter for displaced civilians at an UNRWA school in the northern Gaza Strip, killing 11 civilians, including 7 children and 2 women, and wounding dozens of others.  Israeli forces also attacked hospitals, medical crews and houses.    Israeli warplanes bombarded a number of houses without prior warnings.  Israeli forces continued their incursions in several areas in the Gaza Strip, and more Palestinian civilians were forced to leave their homes in border areas. The ICRC and medical crews have not been allowed in some areas that were subject to Israeli attacks in order to recover dead and wounded Palestinian civilians.  These areas, especially al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, and Khuza’a village east of Khan Yunis, have been subjected to continuous Israeli attacks.

PCHR field worker have been unable to collect information from border areas in the Gaza Strip, because the situation is extremely dangerous in these areas.  The following details are based on the information which the field workers have been able to collect.

From 10:00 on Thursday, 24 July 2014 to 10:00 on Friday, 25 July 2014, according to the information PCHR has been able to obtain, 65 Palestinians, 61 of whom are civilians, including 18 children and 11 women, were killed.  Additionally, 471 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded – this number includes 150 children and 88 women.  Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 28 houses.

The latest developments since the press release issued by PCHR yesterday noon have been as follows:

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 13 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, an UNRWA shelter, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 18 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children and 3 women, were killed, and 170 others, including 77 children and 43 women, were wounded. Israeli warplanes bombarded 8 houses and destroyed one of them.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 13:25 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Khader Khalil Khader al-Louh, 52, when he was walking near al-‘Atatra square in Beit Lahia.  He was instantly killed.

–       At approximately 13:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of children who were bring some of their belongings from their houses, which they had evacuated, in al-Qaraman Street in Beit Hanoun Street.  As a result, 3 children were killed: Mohammed Jihad Saleem Matar, 12; Amena Jihad Saleem Matar, 10; and Do’aa Ra’ed Yousef Abu ‘Ouda, 17.

–       Also at approximately 13:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Tamam Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman Hamad, 66, when she was on the roof of her house in al-Qaraman Street in Beit Hanoun.  She was instantly killed.

–       At approximately 14:50, Israeli tanks that had moved into Beit Hanoun fired 5 shells at Beit Hanoun UNRWA Elementary School in Beit Hanoun which has been used by UNRWA as a shelter for dozens of Palestinian civilians who have been forcibly displaced from the border areas in Beit Hanoun.  As a result of the attack, 11 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and 2 women, were killed: ‘Awadh ‘Abdul Majid Hassan Abu ‘Ouda, 39; Bilal Ahmed Tawfiq al-Shanbari, 21; ‘Abed Rabbu Jamal Ayoub al-Shanbari, 17; Suha ‘Abed Rabbu Mohammed Mosleh, 2; Mohammed Akram ‘Abdul ‘Aziz al-Kafarna, 15; Fatema Mohammed Ayoub al-Shanbari, 47; ‘Abed Rabbu Shaiboub Ahmed al-Shanbari, 16; Palestine Hussein Hassan al-Shanbari, 40; Miriam Shaiboub Ahmed al-Shanbari, 11; ‘Ali Shaiboub Ahmed al-Shanbari, 9; and Hassan ‘Abdullah Mustafa al-‘Athamna, 59. Additionally, 110 civilians, including 55 children and 31 women, were wounded.  According to UNRWA sources, the number of civilians who had shelters at the school was 800.  Since Wednesday, 23 July 2014, UNRWA has not been able to provide food and services to those civilians because of Israeli attacks.  So, UNRWA sent a message to those civilians via the ICRC that who wished to leave the school could do that under the ICRC’s escort.  The ICRC evacuated 40 civilians from the school.  On Thursday morning, 24 July 2014, UNRWA declared that it would close the shelter because the area was dangerous.  During the course of coordination for safe evacuation of those civilians, Israeli tanks attacked the school.

–       At approximately 21:30, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that Mahmoud As’ad Mohammed Ghaben, 23, died of wounds he had sustained on Saturday, 19 July 2014, when Israeli forces attacked Palestinian civilians in Beit Lahia.

–       At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 25 July 2014, an Israeli tank fired a shell at a cow farm in al-Karama Street in the east of Jabalya.  As a result, Ibrahim ‘Abdul Rahman ‘Abdullah al-Sama’na, 17, a worker in the farm, was killed.  The farm was also damaged.

–       Israeli warplanes also bombarded 8 houses, destroying one of them completely and the other 7 ones partially.  Israeli tanks fired dozens of shells at Palestinian houses in various areas in the northern Gaza Strip.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes and Israeli gunboats and tanks fired shells targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas. As a result of these attacks, 3 Palestinian civilians were killed, and the bodies of 2 civilians were recovered from al-Shuja’iya neighborhood.  Additionally, 26 Palestinians, including 3 children and 3 women, were wounded.  Six houses and a flat were also bombarded and destroyed.

The most significant attacks in Gaza City were as follows:

–       At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, medical crews were able to recover the bodies of twins who were killed in al-Shuja’ya neighborhood on 20 July 2014: Anas and As’ad Akram Eskafi, 18.

–       At approximately 15:30, ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Nour al-Din Ibrahim Nour, 21, and Tha’er ‘Aahed ‘Ouda Shamali, 18, were killed by Israel shelling in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood.

–       At approximately 16:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to Mahmoud Ahmed Noufal, in which 40 people live, in al-Shifa area.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       Also at approximately 16:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Hammad Abu Khousa, in which 8 people live, in al-Shifa area.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       At approximately 19:30, the vicinity of al-Dura Pediatric Hospital in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City was subject to intense Israeli shelling.  According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, as a result of the selling Ibrahim al-Sheikh ‘Omar, 2, who was receiving medical treatment in the hospital was killed.  The building was also extensively damaged.  Additionally, 30 civilians were wounded.

–       At approximately 20:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at house near the Latin Church in Gaza.  As a result, Ibrahim Jihad Ja’far Abu Laban, 27, was killed.

–       At approximately 22:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 6-storey house belonging to Munther Hassouna Fattouh in al-Nasser Street.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed the house.

–       At approximately 01:30 on Friday, 25 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a flat on the 4th floor of Palestine building opposite to Palestine Stadium.  The flat was destroyed.

–       At approximately 06:00, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at 4-storey house belonging to Younis ‘Omar Siam, in which 5 people live, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed the house.

–       Also at approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Jaber al-Madhoun, in which 12 people live, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.  The house was destroyed.

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 15 airstrikes and tanks fired dozens of shells targeting houses, a mosque, agricultural lands and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 5 Palestinians, including 4 civilians, were killed – the civilian victims include 3 women.  Additionally, 60 Palestinians, including 8 women and 8 children, were wounded.  Eights houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to al-Burdaini family, in which Salam Farid Abu ‘Abda and his family live, in al-Zahra’ town, south of Gaza City.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  As a result, Abu ‘Abda’s wife, ‘Ola Khalil Hassan Abu ‘Aabda, 20, was killed, and her 3 children were wounded.

–       At approximately 16:30, medical crews recovered the body of a member of a Palestinian armed from the east of Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah.

–       At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 25 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to the sons of ‘Abdul Malek Salman Mo’alla, in which 40 people live, in the west of al-Nussairat refugee camp.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  Rescue crews are still searching under the debris as a member of the family is believed to be under the debris.

–       At approximately 00:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mohammed Ma’ali Abu Samra in Deir al-Balah.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       Also at approximately 00:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 3-storey house belonging to Ahmed Hussein al-‘Attar, in which 15 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 02:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 2-storey house belonging to Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Sheikh ‘Ali, in which 5 people live, in Deir al-Balah refugee camp.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house.  As a result, the owner’s wife, Shaima’ Hussein al-Sheikh ‘Ali, 23, pregnant in the 9th month, was killed, but the life of her baby was saved.  Seven civilians were also wounded.

–       At approximately 02:15, a 5-storey house belonging to the Shaltout family in al-Zawaida village was hit by a number of Israeli artillery shells.  A flat on the third floor was extensively damaged, but no casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 03:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Rajeh ‘Abdul Rahman Fayad in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, Fayad’s daughter, Maram, 26, was killed, and his mother and his wife were wounded.

–       At approximately 07:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile in the vicinity of a house belonging to the Eqtaifan family in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, ‘Eid Mohammed Eqtaifan, 23, was killed and 4 members of the family were wounded.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 38 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.  Israeli tanks also fired dozens of shells at agricultural and open areas.  As a result, 25 Palestinians, including 5 children and a woman, were killed. A woman died of previous wounds. Medical crews were able to recover the bodies of 4 Palestinians, including a chil, who were killed in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis.  Additionally, 180 Palestinians, including 30 women and 45 children, were wounded.  Four houses were also attacked and damaged.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, 2 ambulances of Palestine Red Crescent Society, which transported 10 paramedics, escorted by an ICRC vehicle, headed to Khuza’a village to evacuate casualties, following coordination between the ICRC and Israeli forces.  Israeli forces obstructed the passage of the ambulances for 2 hours, during which time they searched the ambulances using sniffer dogs.  When they entered the village, the medical crews were able to recover the bodies of 4 Palestinians, and 4 wounded persons who were in the streets and inside houses. When they were leaving the village, Israeli forces stopped the ambulances and arrested 4 persons who accompanied the wounded persons.  The victims whose bodies were recovered were identified as: Rasmi Saleem Abu Raida, 55; Ahmed Mohammed Qudaih, 19; Rami Ra’ed Talab Qudaih, 18; and Bader Hatem ‘Amish, 9. Additionally, the body of Anas Qudaih, 7, who was killed by Israeli shelling in Khuza’a village, was brought to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis.

–       In the morning, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Rezeq Abu Daqqa in al-Fukhari area in the southeast of Khan Yunis.

–       At approximately 11:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians in ‘Abassan village, killing one of them, Hanafi Mahmoud Kamel Abu Yousef, 42.

–       Also at approximately 11:00, medical crews declared that Mohammed ‘Abdul Hamid Sha’athj, 29, died of wounds he had sustained when Israeli warplanes bombarded al-Manara neighborhood in the south of Khan Yunis a few day ago.

–       At approximately 12:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians in al-Satar al-Gharbi area, killing 3 of them, including a child: Ahmed ‘Abdul Karim Hassan, 51; Mohammed Isma’il Khader, 54; and Mahmoud Suleiman al-Astal, 17.

–       At approximately 17:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a Palestinian who was walking near al-Sa’ad Wedding Hall to Khan Yunis – Rafah road, wounding him.  When a number of civilian bystanders rushed to offer him help, the Israeli drone fired another missile at them.  As a result, 5 civilians were wounded: Mohammed ‘Abdullah Mohammed al-Najjar, 50; Ahmed Mohammed ‘Abdullah al-Najjar, 17; Ahmed Talal al-Najjar, 29; Ashraf Ibrahim Hassan al-Najjar, 22; and Mahmoud Jihad ‘Awadh ‘Aabdin, 12.

–       Also at approximately 17:50, a shell fired by an Israeli tank landed near a house belonging to the al-Astal family in al-Satar al-Gharbi area in the north of Khan Yunis.  As a result, Sanaa’ Hassan ‘Ali al-Aastal, 45, was killed together with her 2 sons: Nabeel and Ashraf Mahmoud Mohammed al-Astal, 13 and 28 respectively.

–       At approximately 18:50, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Ata ‘Asfour in ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  The house was destroyed and Hani Jalal Ibrahim ‘Asfour, 34, and Mohammed Yousef Mohammed al-Qarra, 39, were killed.

–       Also at approximately 18:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians in al-Jiya Street in al-Qarara village, northwest of Khan Yunis.  As a result, Ahmed Mousa Mohammed ‘Awadh, 27, was killed, and another one was wounded.

–       At approximately 20:45, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a number of Palestinian civilians in Ma’an area in the south of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 4 civilians were wounded: Mohammed Rateb Abu Jazar, 26; Hisham Mohammed Abu Jazar, 23; Mohammed Farhan Abu Jazar, 19; and Shadi Suleiman Kaware’, 31.

–       In the evening, Israeli warplanes launched 4 strikes at open area in the west of Khan Yunis.  Israeli tanks positioned to the east of Khan Yunis also fired a number of artillery shells at the town.

–       At approximately 22:40, Israeli warplanes launched 5 airstrikes at agricultural plots and open areas in various areas in Khan Yunis.

–       At approximately 23:30, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at an ambulance of the Palestinian Ministry of Health at Saladin Street that has evacuated wounded persons to the European Gaza Hospital.  The driver, Mohammed Mustafa Abu Jummaiza, 47, lost control and the ambulance hit cement blocks.  The driver and the medical crew stepped out of the ambulance and fled to a nearby house.  While they were running, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who attempted to help them.  As a result, 3 civilian were wounded.  Half an hour later, an ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent Society arrived at the area and evacuated the three civilians and one of the paramedics.  While the ambulance was traveling towards the European Gaza Hospital, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles near it.  The ambulance was damaged and the driver, Salem Abu al-Khair, was wounded.  All those who were in the ambulance got out of it and ran towards a nearby house.  They were eventually able to leave the area through coordination between the ICRC and Israeli forces. Since the beginning of the current Israeli offensive on Gaza, Israeli forces have attacked 5 ambulances.

–       At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 25 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Nasser ‘Abdu Shurrab in al-Manara neighborhood in the south of Khan Yunis.  The house was destroyed.

–       At approximately 01:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a water well in the center of Bani Suhaila.  The well was destroyed and a nearby mosque was damaged.

–       At approximately 01:55, Israeli warplanes launched 3 airstrikes at agricultural lands in al-Satar al-Gharbi area.

–       At night, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house in ‘Asfour area in ‘Abassan village.  As a result, ‘Ali Mohammed ‘Asfour, 58, was killed inside his neighboring house.

–       At approximately 03:55, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Salah al-Bardawil, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Hamas, in al-Qarara village.  Three minutes later, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 04:10, medical crews recovered the body of Suleiman Ibrahim al-Shawaf, 22, and 2 wounded persons from ‘Abassan village.  The victims were attacked earlier by an Israeli drone.

–       At approximately 04:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Mohammed Sameer ‘Abdul ‘Aal al-Najjar, 25, when he was on his way to the mosque for the Dawn Prayer in the west of Khan Yunis.

–       At approximately 09:00, medical sources at the European Gaza Hospital declared that Mohammed Ibrahim al-Khatib, 27, was killed by Israeli shelling in the east of Khan Yunis, without providing more details.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 18 airstrikes and Israeli tanks fired dozens of shells targeting houses, agricultural lands, open area and a vegetable refrigerator in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.  As a result, 11 Palestinians, including 8 civilians, were killed – the civilian victims include 3 children and 3 women.  Additionally, 35 Palestinians, including 17 children and 4 women, were wounded.    Two houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:40 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah.

–       At approximately 11:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot near Rafah International Crossing Point.

–       At approximately 12:00, medical sources at an Egyptian hospital declared that a member of a Palestinian armed ground died of wounds he had sustained when an Israeli drone attacked him on 18 July 2014.

–       At approximately 12:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a member of a Palestinian armed group in Musabbeh neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  No casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 13:00, medical sources at an Egyptian hospital declared that Yasmeen Ahmed Abu Mour, 27, died of wounds she had sustained by Israeli artillery shelling on 22 July 2014.

–       At approximately 15:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians in al-Siamat neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  As a result, Ameer ‘Aadel Siam, 12, and ‘Essam Faisal Siam, 26, were killed. Four children and an old man were also wounded.

–       At approximately 15:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah.

–       At approximately 15:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a member of a Palestinian armed group near al-Farouq Mosque in al-Shaboura refugee camp.  He and 2 civilian bystanders were wounded.  One of these civilians, Mahmoud Selmi Abu Rwaished, 49, died of his wounds.

–       At approximately 15:15, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a member of a Palestinian armed group in the Hijazi are in the north of Rafah, killing him instantly.

–       At approximately 20:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in Musabbeh neighborhood in the north of Rafah.

–       At approximately 20:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Nasser village, north of Rafah.

–       At approximately 20:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in the northwest of Rafah.

–       At approximately 21:00, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a member of a Palestinian armed group who was riding a motorbike in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah.  As a result, he and 4 civilian bystanders were wounded.

–       At approximately 23:00, medical sources at the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis declared that Leila Ibrahim Zo’rob, 40, died of wounds she had sustained when Israeli warplanes bombarded her house.

–       At approximately 02:55 on Friday, 25 July 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a vegetable refrigerator belonging to Anwar Madhi in Musabbeh neighborhood in the north of Rafah.

–       At approximately 03:00, medical sources at the European Gaza Hospital declared that Rasha ‘Abed Rabbu ‘Afana, 28, died of wounds she had sustained by Israeli artillery shelling on 21 July 2014.

–       At approximately 07:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles without a prior warning at a house belonging Saladin Ahmed Abu Hassanain, 47, a leader of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in al-Shaboura refugee camp.  Abu Hassanain and 2 of his children, Hadi, 12, and ‘Abdul Aziz, 14, were killed.  His son Ahmed, 18, and a neighbor were also wounded.  The house and 2 neighboring houses were destroyed.

–       At approximately 09:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Eyad Hassan Ramadan in al-Shaboura refugee camp. As a result, Ramadan’s grandchild, 6-year-old Mira Zaid Eyad Ramadan, was seriously wounded.

PCHR reiterates condemnation, expresses utmost concern for these crimes, and:

1)   Warns of deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of this continuous Israeli military escalation, threats to expand military operations, and the continued tightened closure of the Gaza Strip;

2)   Calls upon the international community to act immediately to stop these crimes, and renews the call to the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligation under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure that it is respected at all times, and their responsibilities under Article 146 to pursue perpetrators of serious violations of the Convention, which are determined in Article 147, which lists violations of the Convention amounting to war crimes; and

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Statement: Legal experts and human rights defenders demand international community end I$raHell’s collective punishment of Gaza

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Palestinians walk past the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

As international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals who firmly believe in the rule of law and in the necessity for its respect in times of peace and more so in times of war, we feel the intellectual and moral duty to denounce the grave violations, mystification and disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental human rights of the entire Palestinian population committed during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. We also condemn the launch of rockets from the Gaza Strip, as every indiscriminate attack against civilians, regardless of the identity of the perpetrators, is not only illegal under international law but also morally intolerable. However, as also implicitly noted by the UN Human Rights Council in its Resolution of the 23th July 2014, the two parties to the conflict cannot be considered equal, and their actions – once again – appear to be of incomparable magnitude.

Once again it is the unarmed civilian population, the ‘protected persons’ under International humanitarian law (IHL), who is in the eye of the storm. Gaza’s civilian population has been victimized in the name of a falsely construed right to self-defence, in the midst of an escalation of violence provoked in the face of the entire international community. The so-called Operation Protective Edge erupted during an ongoing armed conflict, in the context of a prolonged belligerent occupation that commenced in 1967. In the course of this ongoing conflict thousands of Palestinians have been killed and injured in the Gaza Strip during recurrent and ostensible ‘ceasefire’ periods since 2005, after Israel’s unilateral ‘disengagement’ from the Gaza Strip. The deaths caused by Israel’s provocative actions in the Gaza Strip prior to the latest escalation of hostilities must not be ignored as well.

According to UN sources, over the last two weeks, nearly 800 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed and more than 4,000 injured, of whom the vast majority were civilians. Several independent sources indicate that only 15 per cent of the casualties were combatants. Entire families have been murdered. Hospitals, clinics, as well as a rehabilitation centre for disabled persons have been targeted and severely damaged. During one single day, on Sunday 20th July, more than 100 Palestinian civilians were killed in Shuga’iya, a residential neighbourhood of Gaza City. This was one of the bloodiest and most aggressive operations ever conducted by Israel in the Gaza Strip, a form of urban violence constituting a total disrespect of civilian innocence. Sadly, this was followed only a couple of days later by an equally destructive attack on Khuza’a, East of Khan Younis.

Additionally, the offensive has already caused widespread destruction of buildings and infrastructure: according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 3,300 houses havebeen targeted resulting in their destruction or severe damage.

As denounced by the UN Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on the Gaza conflict in the aftermath of Israel’s ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in 2008-2009: “While the Israeli Government has sought to portray its operations as essentially a response to rocket attacks in the exercise of its right to self defence, the Mission considers the plan to have been directed, at least in part, at a different target: The people of Gaza as a whole” (A/HRC/12/48, par. 1680). The same can be said for the current Israeli offensive.

The civilian population in the Gaza Strip is under direct attack and many are forced to leave their homes. What was already a refugee and humanitarian crisis has worsened with a new wave of mass displacement of civilians: the number of IDPs has reached nearly 150,000, many of whom have obtained shelter in overcrowded UNRWA schools, which unfortunately are no safe areas as demonstrated by the repeated attacks on the UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun. Everyone in Gaza is traumatized and living in a state of constant terror. This result is intentional, as Israel is again relying on the Dahiya doctrine’, which deliberately has recourse to disproportionate force to inflict suffering on the civilian population in order to achieve political (to exert pressure on the Hamas Government) rather than military goals.

In so doing, Israel is repeatedly and flagrantly violating the law of armed conflict, which establishes that combatants and military objectives may be targeted, i.e.‘those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.’ Most of the recent heavy bombings in Gaza lack an acceptable military justification and, instead, appear to be designed to terrorize the civilian population. As the ICRC clarifies, deliberately causing terror is unequivocally illegal under customary international law.

In its Advisory Opinion in the Nuclear Weapons case, the ICJ stated that the principle of distinction, which requires belligerent States to distinguish between civilian and combatants, is one of the “cardinal principles” of international humanitarian law and one of the “intransgressible principles of international customary law”.

The principle of distinction is codified in Articles 48, 51(2) and 52(2) of the Additional Protocol I of 1977 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, to which no reservations have been made. According to Additional Protocol I, “attacks” refer to “acts of violence against the adversary, whether in offence or in defence” (Article 49). Under both customary international law and treaty law, the prohibition on directing attacks against the civilian population or civilian objects is absolute. There is no discretion available to invoke military necessity as a justification.

Contrary to Israel’s claims, mistakes resulting in civilian casualties cannot be justified: in case of doubt as to the nature of the target, the law clearly establishes that an object which is normally dedicated to civilian purposes (such as schools, houses, places of worship and medical facilities), are presumed as not being used for military purposes. During these past weeks, UN officials and representatives have repeatedly called on Israel to strictly abide by the principle of precaution in carrying out attacks in the Gaza Strip, where risks are greatly aggravated by the very high population density, and maximum restraint must be exercised to avoid civilian casualties. HRW has noted that these rules exist to minimize mistakes “when such mistakes are repeated, it raises the concern of whether the rules are being disregarded.”

Moreover, even when targeting clear military objectives, Israel consistently violates the principle of proportionality: this is particularly evident with regard to the hundreds of civilian houses destroyed by the Israeli army during the current military operation in Gaza. With the declared intention to target a single member of Hamas, Israeli forces have bombed and destroyed houses although occupied as residencies by dozens of civilians, including women, children, and entire families.

It is inherently illegal under customary international law to intentionally target civilian objects, and the violation of such a fundamental tenet of law can amount to a war crime. Issuing a ‘warning’ – such as Israel’s so-called roof knocking technique, or sending an SMS five minutes before the attack – does not mitigate this: it remains illegal to wilfully attack a civilian home without a demonstration of military necessity as it amounts to a violation of the principle of proportionality. Moreover, not only are these ‘warnings’ generally ineffective, and can even result in further fatalities, they appear to be a pre-fabricated excuse by Israel to portray people who remain in their homes as ‘human shields’.

The indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, the targeting of objectives providing no effective military advantage, and the intentional targeting of civilians and civilian houses have been persistent features of Israel’s long-standing policy of punishing the entire population of the Gaza Strip, which, for over seven years, has been virtually imprisoned by Israeli imposed closure. Such a regime amounts to a form of collective punishment, which violates the unconditional prohibition set forth in Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and has been internationally condemned for its illegality. However, far from being effectively opposed international actors, Israel’s illegal policy of absolute closure imposed on the Gaza Strip has relentlessly continued, under the complicit gaze of the international community of States.

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As affirmed in 2009 by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict: “Justice and respect for the rule of law are the indispensable basis for peace. The prolonged situation has created a justice crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory that warrants action” (A/HRC/12/48, para. 1958) Indeed: “long-standing impunity has been a key factor in the perpetuation of violence in the region and in the reoccurrence of violations, as well as in the erosion of confidence among Palestinians and many Israelis concerning prospects for justice and a peaceful solution to the conflict”. (A/HRC/12/48, para. 1964)

Therefore,

We welcome the Resolution adopted on 23 July 2014 by the UN Human Rights Council, in which an independent, international commission of inquiry was established to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

We call upon the United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union, individual States, in particular the United States of America, and the international community in its entirety and with its collective power to take action in the spirit of the utmost urgency to put an end to the escalation of violence against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, and to activate procedures to hold accountable all those responsible for violations of international law, including political leaders and military commanders. In particular:

All regional and international actors should support the immediate conclusion of a durable, comprehensive, and mutually agreed ceasefire agreement, which must secure the rapid facilitation and access of humanitarian aid and the opening of borders to and from Gaza;

All High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions must be urgently and unconditionally called upon to comply with their fundamental obligations, binding at all times, and to act under common Article 1, to take all measures necessary for the suppression of grave breaches, as clearly imposed by Article 146 and Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention; these rules are applicable by all interested parties as well;

Moreover, we denounce the shameful political pressures exerted by several UN Member States and the UN on President Mahmoud Abbas, to discourage recourse to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and we urge the Governmental leaders of Palestine to invoke the jurisdiction of the ICC, by ratifying the ICC treaty and in theinterim by resubmitting the declaration under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, in order to investigate and prosecute the serious international crimes committed on the Palestinian territory by all parties to the conflict; and

The UN Security Council must finally exercise its responsibilities in relation to peace and justice by referring the situation in Palestine to the Prosecutor of the ICC.

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Please note that institutional affiliations are for identification purposes only.

John Dugard, Former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Richard Falk, Former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Alain Pellet, Professor of Public International Law, University Paris Ouest, former Member of the United Nations International Law Commission, France

Georges Abi-Saab, Emeritus Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Former Judge on the ICTY

Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Emeritus Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Chantal Meloni, Adjunct Professor of International Criminal Law, University of Milan, Italy (Rapporteur)

Roy Abbott, Consultant in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, Australia

Lama Abu-Odeh, Law Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, USA

Susan M. Akram, Clinical Professor and supervising attorney, International Human rights Program, Boston University School of Law, USA

Taris Ahmad, Solicitor at Jones Day, London, UK

Maria Anagnostaki, PhD candidate, Law School University of Athens, Greece

Antony Anghie, Professor of Law, University of Utah, USA

Nizar Ayoub, Director, Al-Marsad, Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights

Valentina Azarov, Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law, Al Quds Bard College, Palestine

Ammar Bajboj, Lecturer in Law, University of Damascus, Syria

Samia Bano, SOAS School of Law, London, UK

Asli Ü Bali, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, USA

Jakub Michał Baranowski, Phd Candidate, Universita’ degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy

Frank Barat, Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Emma Bell, Coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Université de Savoie, France

Barbara Giovanna Bello, Post-doc Fellow, University of Milan, Italy

Brenna Bhandar, Senior lecturer in Law, SOAS School of Law, London, UK

George Bisharat, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, USA

Barbara Blok, LLM Candidate, University of Essex, UK

John Braithwaite, Professor of Criminology, Australian National University, Australia

Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, lecturer in international law, University of Edinburgh, UK

Eddie Bruce-Jones, Lecturer in Law, University of London, Birkbeck College, UK

Sandy Camlann, LLM Candidate, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France

Grazia Careccia, Human Rights Advocate, London, UK

Baris Cayli, Impact Fellow, University of Stirling, UK

Antonio Cavaliere, Professor of Criminal Law, University Federico II, Naples, Italy

Kathleen Cavanaugh, Senior Lecturer, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Elizabeth Chadwick, Reader in International Law, Nottingham, UK

Donna R. Cline, Attorney at Law, USA

Karen Corteen, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Chester, UK

Andrew Dahdal, Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Teresa Dagenhardt, Reader in Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Luigi Daniele, PhD candidate in Law, Italy

Alessandro De Giorgi, Professor of Justice Studies, San Josè State University, USA

Paul de Waart, Professor Emeritus of International Law, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Gabriele della Morte, Senior Lecturer in International Law, University Cattolica, Milan, Italy

Max du Plessis, Professor of Law, University of Kwazulu-Natal, and Barrister, South Africa and London, UK

Noura Erakat, Georgetown University, USA

Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Canada

Mireille Fanon-Mendés France, Independent Expert UNO, Frantz Fanon Foundation, France

Michelle Farrell, lecturer in law, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, UK

Daniel Feierstein, Professor and President International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), Argentina

Eleonor Fernández Muñoz, Costa Rica

J. Tenny Fernando, Attorney at Law, Sri Lanka

Amelia Festa, LLM Candidate, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Katherine Franke, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, USA

Jacques Gaillot, Bishop in partibus of Patenia

Katherine Gallagher, Vice President FIDH, senior attorney, Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), New York, USA

Avo Sevag Garabet, LLM, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Jose Garcia Anon, Professor of Law, Human Rights Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Irene Gasparini, PhD candidate, Universitá Cattolica, Milan, Italy

Stratos Georgoulas, Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece

Haluk Gerger, Professor, Turkey

Hedda Giersten, Professor, Universitet I Oslo, Norway

Javier Giraldo, Director Banco de Datos CINEP, Colombia

Carmen G. Gonzales, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, USA

Penny Green, Professor of Law and Criminology, Director of the State Crime Initiative, King’s College London, UK

Katy Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Andrew Henley, PhD candidate, Keele University, UK

Christiane Hessel, Paris, France

Paddy Hillyard, Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ata Hindi, Institute of Law, Birzeit University, Palestine

Francois Houtart, Professor, National Institute of Higher Studies, Quito, Ecuador

Deena R. Hurwitz, Professor, General Faculty, Director International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law, USA

Perfecto Andrés Ibánes, Magistrado Tribunal Supremo de Espagna, Spain

Franco Ippolito, President of the Permanent People’s Tribunal, Italy

Ruth Jamieson, Honorary Lecturer, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Helen Jarvis, former member Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), member of IAGS, Cambodia

Ioannis Kalpouzos, Lecturer in Law, City Law School, London, UK

Victor Kattan, post-doctoral fellow, Law Faculty, National University of Singapore

Michael Kearney, PhD, Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex, UK

Yousuf Syed Khan, USA

Tarik Kochi, Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex, UK

Anna Koppel, MSt Candidate in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford, UK

Karim Lahidji, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and lawyer

Giulia Lanza, PhD Candidate, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy

Daniel Machover, solicitor, Hickman & Rose, London, UK

Tayyab Mahmud, Professor of Law, Director of the Centre for Global Justice, Seattle University School of Law, USA

Maria C. LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, CCR, New York, USA

Louise Mallinder, Reader in Human Rights and International Law, University of Ulster, UK

Triestino Mariniello, Lecturer in International Criminal Law, Edge Hill University, UK

Mazen Masri, Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University, London, UK

Siobhan McAlister, School of Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Liam McCann, Principal Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln, UK

Jude McCulloch, Professor of Criminology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Yvonne McDermott Rees, Lecturer in Law, University of Bangor, UK

Cahal McLaughlin, Professor, School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Araks Melkonyan, LLM Candidate, University of Essex, UK

Antonio Menna, PhD Candidate, Second University of Naples, Caserta, Italy

Naomi Mezey, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, USA

Michele Miravalle, PhD candidate, University of Torino, Italy

Sergio Moccia, Professor of Criminal Law, University Federico II, Naples, Italy

Kerry Moore, Lecturer, Cardiff University

Giuseppe Mosconi, Professor of Sociology, University of Padova, Italy

Usha Natarajan, Assistant Professor, Department of Law & Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Miren Odriozola Gurrutxaga, PhD Candidate, University of the Basque Country, Donostia – San Sebastián, Spain

Georgios Papanicolaou, Reader in Criminology, Teesside University, UK

Marco Pertile, Senior Lecturer in International Law,
Faculty of Law, University of Trento, Italy

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory, LLM, The Westminster Law and Theory Centre, UK

Antoni Pigrau Solé, Universitat Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona, Spain

Joseph Powderly, Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Tony Platt, Visiting Professor of Justice Studies, San Jose State University, USA

Scott Poynting, Professor in Criminology, University of Auckland, New Zeeland

Chris Powell, Professor of Criminology, University S.Maine, USA

Bill Quigley, Professor, Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law, USA

John Quigley, Professor of Law, Ohio State University

Zouhair Racheha, PhD Candidate, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France

Laura Raymond, International Human Rights Advocacy Program Manager, CCR, New York, USA

Véronique Rocheleau-Brosseau, LLM candidate, Laval University, Canada

David Rodríguez Goyes, Lecturer, Antonio Nariño and Santo Tomás Universities, Colombia

Alessandro Rosanò, PhD Candidate, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Jamil Salem, Director Institute of Law, Birzeit University, Palestine

Mahmood Salimi, LLM Candidate, Moofid University, Iran

Nahed Samour, doctoral fellow, Humboldt University, Faculty of Law, Berlin, Germany

Iain GM Scobbie, Professor of Public International Law, University of Manchester, UK

David Scott, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Phil Scraton, Professor of Criminology, Belfast, Ireland

Rachel Seoighe, PhD Candidate, Legal Consultant, King’s College London, UK

Tanya Serisier, School of Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Mohammad Shahabuddin, PdD, Visiting researcher, Graduate School of International Social Sciences, Yokohama National University, Japan

Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law, USA

Per Stadig, lawyer, Sweden

Chantal Thomas, Professor of Law, Cornell University, USA

Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University, USA

Gianni Tognoni, Lelio Basso Foundation, Rome, Italy

Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, The Open University, UK

Paul Troop, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, UK

Valeria Verdolini, Reader in Sociology, University of Milan, Italy

Francesca Vianello, University of Padova, Italy

Aimilia Voulvouli, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Fatih University, Turkey

Namita Wahi, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India

Sharon Weill, PhD, Science Po, Paris/ CERAH, Geneva, Switzerland

Peter Weiss, Vice President of Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), New York, USA

David Whyte, Reader in Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK

Jeanne M. Woods, Henry F. Bonura, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, USA

William Thomas Worster, Lecturer, International Law, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Maung Zarni, Judge, PPT on Sri Lanka and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Poll: 57% of Americans support Jewish genocidal slaughter in Palestine

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According to a recent poll conducted by CNN, 57% of Americans support the barbaric, absolutely ruthless slaughter and destruction of the largely defenseless Christian and Muslim Arab populations in Zionist-occupied Palestine. The Jewish Telegraph Agency reports:

A majority of Americans back Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, according to a poll.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans see Israel’s actions as justified, with 12 percent among those respondents saying Israel is not using enough force, according to the CNN poll conducted from Friday to Sunday — just as Israel was starting the ground operation in its Protective Edge campaign launched July 8.

CNN noted that 57 percent also believed Israel was justified in its use of force during the previous conflict with Hamas in Gaza in 2012, and 63 percent thought it was justified during the 2008-09 Cast Lead operation. […]

I’d like to think the typical American would be against the whole-sale slaughter of entire civilian populations, including the shelling and bombing of hospitals, apartment blocks, schools, and other critical civilian infrastructure projects. I’d like to think the typical American would be against the mass murdering of innocent men, women, and children. However, in most cases I’d be wrong, at least when it comes to “Israel” and the Jews.

Given the near total Jewish control over and influence upon the U.S. federal government (White House, Congress, Supreme Court, elections, etc.), mass media, banking system, Hollywood, and educational establishment, it’s no surprise more than half of the American public supports the usurping Jewish regime occupying Palestine’s most recent genocidal campaign of destruction and murder. After all, the vast majority of Americans have been programmed since childhood to believe the Jews are a tiny, insignificant, and benevolent religious minority who can do no wrong, but are always targeted and persecuted by irrational “anti-Semites” who blame Jews for everything. Most people actually believe the Jews to be “God’s Chosen People,” and that the illegitimate Jewish terrorist state known as “Israel” is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy which America must blindly support and favor, no matter her actions and policies.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, but Jewish propaganda and public relations trump cold hard facts and blatant reality every time.

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