Archive | July 19th, 2014

Worldwide demos held against I$raHell Gaza offensive

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‘I$raHell killers, Hollande accomplice,’ shout protesters as pro-Gaza demo rages in Paris despite ban

Hundreds are rallying in support of Gazan Palestinians on Saturday in northern Paris, despite the recent ban of such gatherings in France.

“We are all Palestinians” and “Israel killers, Hollande accomplice,” shouted the protesters, according to witness accounts. Police fired teargas fired at the protesters, some of who retaliated by hurling rocks at security officers.

The Israeli offensive has stoked passions in France — which has the largest Muslim population in western Europe as well as a 500,000-strong Jewish community.

Police said in a statement Friday they could not guarantee a safe march “due to heightened tensions” fuelled by the recent escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

President Francois Hollande, during a visit to Niger on Friday, said the march would have been a “risk to public order”.

“We cannot allow the conflict to be imported into France. We cannot have demonstrators (from opposite sides) facing each other down, with a risk to public order,” he said.

Thousands of protesters across the world came out in force to denounce Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday and Friday.

In Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan some rallies turned violent and protesters vandalizing property clashed with police forces. Protests also took place in London, Madrid, New York, and Cape Town.

The Independent daily reported an estimated 15,000 protesters marched through London from Downing Street to the Israeli embassy in Kensington, voicing anti-Israeli slogans.

Anti-Jewish slogans were heard at a pro-Palestinian rally in Berlin on Thursday. The American Jewish Committee Berlin office filed a complaint with police that protesters had chanted “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out and fight.”

On Friday night 3,000 protesters demonstrated in Zurich, calling to throw all the Jews into “to the sea.” An Israel eyewitness told Israeli daily Maariv that the protesters held Palestinian flags and claimed Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza.

Pro-Palestinian protesters in Krakow, Poland, on Thursday assaulted a group of Israelis, spitting at them, according to the Times of Israel.

Last week protesters trapped Jews inside a Paris synagogue and chanted “Hitler was right” and “Death to Jews.”

 

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On the 12th Day of the Nazi Offensive:

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Israeli Forces Continue Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling;

Israeli Forces Use Flechette Shells;

Approximately 50,000 Palestinians Forcibly Displaced in Border Areas

 

Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza:

303 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 249 Are Civilians, Including 71 Children and 35 Women, and 2,058 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 615 Children and 406 Women;

359 Houses Targeted and Destroyed and Hundreds of Others Extensively Damaged

Thousands of Palestinian Civilians Forcibly Displaced

 

Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 12th 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, including houses and mosques.  Israeli drones targeted any civilian gathering without any prior warning.  Israeli forces have also flechette shells, against Palestinian civilians.  Israeli forces have continued the ground operation in the Gaza Strip.  They moved hundreds of meters into Palestinian areas located along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, amidst intensive shelling. They moved nearly 1,200 meters into the southeast of Rafah, 2,000 meters into the northwest of Beit Lahia, 1,200 meters in the Bedouin Village, 1,200 meters into the northeast of Beit Hanoun, 700 meters into the east of Gaza City and 1,500 meters into al-Qarara village east of Khan Yunis.  This morning, they also med nearly 500 meters into al-Maghazi refugee camp.  Israeli warplanes supported these incursions.  Israeli forces threatened Palestinian civilians of destroying their homes over their head if they stay in these areas.  At least 50,000 Palestinian civilians were forcibly displaced from these areas, and UNRWA opened dozens of shelters for them at schools.

Due to the indiscriminate and intense Israeli shelling, several public and service institutions, including municipalities, have suspended their activities, as 3 municipalities workers were killed in Rafah al-Boreij.  This decision will lead to a real crisis in regards to providing drinking water, cleaning and sanitation.  Additionally, more than one third of the Gaza Strip’s population lack electricity supplies as Israeli forces damaged major electricity lines and obstructed their repair.

From 10:00 on Friday, 18 July 2014 to 10:00 on Saturday, 19 July 2014, 53 Palestinians, 43 of whom are civilians, including 17 children and a woman, were killed.  Additionally, 332 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded – this number includes 89 children and 57 women.  Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 26 houses.

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

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 61 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, a hospital, agricultural plots, open areas and a mosque.  As a result of these attacks, 14 Palestinians, including 13 civilians, were killed – the civilian victims include 8 children and a woman.  Additionally, 180 Palestinians were wounded. Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed 9 houses.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 10:10 on Friday, 18 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a 2-storey house belonging to Jihad Khaled al-Kahlout in Tal al-Za’tar neighborhood in Jabalya, destroying it.

–       Also at approximately 11:00, Israeli tanks positioned at the northern border of the Gaza Strip fired a number of shells at Beit Hanoun.  A shell hit a flat belonging to Na’im Mohammed Abu Musallam.  As a result, 3 of Abu Musallam’s children were killed: Mohammed, 15; Ahmed, 11; and Walaa’, 14.

–       At approximately 12:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the second floor of the administration building of Beit Hanoun Hospital, damaging it.  No casualties were reported.

–       Also at approximately 12:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at members of a Palestinian armed group in Um al-Nasser village, killing one of them, Ahmed ‘Abdullah al-Bahnasawi, 23.

–       At approximately 16:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were in Beit Lahia cemetery.  As a result, Mohammed ‘Awadh Matar Matar, 38, who is mentally disabled, was killed.

–       At approximately 17:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to Fathi Hammad, former Minister of Interior, in Beit Lahia.  The house was further damaged, as this attack on the house was the second its kind.

–       At approximately 20:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Bassel Radwan in Jabalya.  The house was completely destroyed.

–       At approximately 20:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Mansour ‘Eisha in Beit Lahia. The house was completely destroyed.

–       At approximately 20:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Ghazi Slman in Beit Lahia. The house was completely destroyed.

–       At approximately 21:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Jalal Sarsour in Beit Lahia. The house was completely destroyed.

–       At approximately 21:25, Israeli tanks positioned at the northern border of the Gaza Strip fired a number of shells at Beit Hanoun.  Two shells hit a house belonging to the sons of Khalil ‘Ali Abu Jarad.  As a result, 8 members of the family, including 5 children, were killed: ‘Abdul Rahman Mousa Khalil Abu Jarad, 32; his wife Rajaa’ ‘Olayan Khalil Abu Jarad, 28; their children Mousa, 8 months, and Haniya, 2; Na’im Mousa Khalil Abu Jarad, 23; his child Sameeh, 18 months; Ahlam Mousa Abu Jarad, 16; and Samar Mousa Abu Jarad.

–       At approximately 02:30 on Saturday, 19 July 2014, an artillery shell hit a flat in al-Nada buildings belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud Hussein ‘Aziz, 34.  ‘Aziz was killed.

–       At approximately 02:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ayamn Zawaidi in Beit Hanoun.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       At approximately 04:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman Hammad in Jabalya.  The house was completely destroyed.

–       At approximately 07:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Talal al-Zain in Jabalya.  The house was destroyed.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 25 airstrikes and Israeli gunboats and tanks fired shells targeting houses, civilians, agricultural lands and open areas. As a result of these attacks, 3 Palestinian children were killed, and 69 civilians, 20 children and 12 women, were wounded.  Additionally, 9 houses and a flat were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 18 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Karim Mohammed al-Khudari, in which 20 people live, in al-Remal neighborhood. A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 14:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Qader Mohammed Abu Touha, in which 21 people live, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       Also at approximately 14:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Ali ‘Awadh Murad, in which 15 people live, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 17:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to As’ad Mousa Hashem, in which 17 people live, in al-Sabra neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       Also at approximately 17:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to ‘Aabed Ibrahim Rayan, in which 26 people live, in al-Sabra neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 18:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to the heirs of ‘Ayesh al-‘Abed Abu Ghuniam, in which 20people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 19:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Yahia Mohammed Abu al-‘Ata, in which 10 people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 20:15, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza City, fired a number of shells at Palestinian communities in the east of the city.  Two shells hit a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Adnan al-Hayek in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. As a result, one of al-Hayek’s children, 4 year-old Rezeq, was killed, and another one, 14-year-old Malak, was wounded.

–       At approximately 20:30, 2 Israeli artillery shells hit a house belonging to Hamed Fa’eq ‘Olwan in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, 2 of ‘Olwan’s children were killed: Qassem 4; and ‘Emad, 7. A third child, ‘Abullah, 14, was wounded.

–       Also at approximately 20:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to the heirs of Ibrahim Mustafa al-Lilli, in which 20 people live, in al-Sabra neighborhood.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 22:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a flat belonging to ‘Adila Hashem Yassin on the first floor of Jouda Zwayed building al-Zaytoun neighborhood.  The flat was completely destroyed.

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 12 airstrikes and tanks fired dozens of shells targeting houses, agricultural lands and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 2 Palestinians, including a civilian, were killed, and 15 others, including 3 women and 2 children, were wounded.  Three houses were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 18 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Nasser ‘Ali al-Mana’ma, in which 8 people live, in al-Maghazi refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 15:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to the al-Batrawi family in the west of al-Nussairat refugee camp.  As a result, Mahmoud ‘Ali Darwish, 40, a member of a Palestinian armed group, was killed, and 3 civilians were wounded.

–       At approximately 20:00, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of at Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah.  As a result, Sa’ad ‘Ali Ahmed Abu ‘Eissa, 32, was killed and 2 others were wounded.

–       In the evening, medical sources declared that 4-year-old Yamen Riad Hussein al-Humaidi died of wounds he had sustained on 13 July 2014, when Israeli warplanes bombarded al-Zawaida village.

–       At approximately 22:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Rawhi ‘Ezzat Abu Swaireh, in which 12 people live, in al-Zawaida village.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 19 July 2014, Israeli forces moved nearly 500 meters into the east of al-Maghazi refugee camp.  They leveled areas of Palestinian lands amidst intensive shelling. Consequently, at least 4,000 Palestinian civilians were forced to leave their homes and resort to 3 shelters recently opened in the central Gaza Strip.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 24 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.  Israeli tanks and gunboats also fired dozens of shells at agricultural and open areas.  As a result, 24 Palestinians, including 17 children were killed – the civilian victims include 5 children.  Additionally, 45 Palestinians, including 8 women and 12 children, were wounded. Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 3 houses, there are concerns that bodies of civilians may be under the debris of this house.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 14:25 on Friday, 18 July 2014, medical crews were able to evacuate the body of ‘Abdullah Jum’a al-Sumairi, 17, from his house in al-Qarara village.  They also evacuated his father and 4 brothers who had been wounded.

–       At approximately 15:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Ahmed Suleiman al-Farrah, Mayor of al-Fkhari village southeast of Khan Yunis, after Israeli forces had phoned the family to evacuate the house. A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 16:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at members of a Palestinian armed group in al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis, killing 2 of them: Hamada ‘Abdullah Mohammed al-Bashiti, 21; and Ahmed Hassan Saleh al-Ghalban, 22.

–       At approximately 16:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at members of a Palestinian armed group in the east of Khan Yunis, killing one of them, Walaa’ Jihad Mohammed al-Qarra, 26.

–       At approximately 19:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Mohammed Sa’ad Abu Sa’ada, 23, a member of Palestinian armed group, in al-Zanna area, east of Khan Yunis, wounding him seriously.  Medical crews were able to reach him an hour later.  He died shortly after having been evacuated to the hospital.

–       At approximately 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 airstrikes on open areas in the west of Khan Yunis.  No casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 19:50, as a result of the Israeli artillery shelling, 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded in al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis.

–       At approximately 20:00, medical sources declared that Yousef Ibrahim Hassan al-Astal, 23, a member of a Palestinian armed group, died of wounds he had sustained by an Israeli airstrike on al-Mawasi area in the west of Khan Yunis on 14 July 2014.

–       At approximately 21:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 2 Palestinian brothers who were near their house in al-Manara neighborhood in the south of Khan Yunis.  One of them, Ghassan Mousa Abu ‘Azab, 28, was killed, and the other one was seriously wounded.

–       At approximately 21:20, an Israeli drones fired a missile at al-Zanna area in Bani Suhaila village.  As a result, a Palestinian was wounded.

–       At approximately 21:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Hakim ‘Asfour in ‘Abassan village, east of Kahn Yunis.  There are concerns that a number of people were inside the house when it was attacked.  Medical crews were not able to reach the house at night, but they were able to evacuate the body of Bilal Ismail Abu Daqqa, 32, from the vicinity of the house.

–       At approximately 22:30, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a number of Palestinian civilians near al-Huda Mosque in al-Manara neighborhood in the south of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 3 brothers, including a child, were killed: Ahmed, Mohammed and Amjad Salem Khamis Sha’ath, 22, 20 and 15 respectively.  Four civilians were also wounded.

–       At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 19 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinians in al-Reqeb area in Bani Suhila village, killing one of them, Eyad Ismail Suleiman al-Raeqb, 26, a member of an armed group.

–       At approximately 01:10, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Khan Yunis fishing harbor, causing extensive damages.  A Palestinian civilian was also wounded.

–       At approximately 01:55, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a number of Palestinian civilians who were sitting near their houses in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  As a result, 9 civilians, including 3 children, were killed: Yahia and Mohammed Bassam al-Sir, 20 and 17 respectively; Mohammed Mustafa Darwish Slahiya, 32; Mohammed, Mustafa and Wassim Rida Mustafa Salhiya, 22, 21 and 15 respectively; Ibrahim Jamal Kamal Nasser, 13; Mohammed ‘Awadh Fares Nasser, 25; and Rushdi Khaled Fares Nasser, 25.

–       At approximately 03:35, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to Hussein Mansi al-Tartouri, in which 17 people live, in al-Amal neighborhood in the west of Khan Yunis, after Israeli forces had phoned the family to evacuate the house.  Twenty minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it. As a result, Ra’ed Waleed ‘Ali Laqqn, 32, who lives in a nearby house, was killed, and a physically disabled woman was wounded.  A number of nearby houses were also damaged.

–       At approximately 06:50, medical sources declared that Mohammed Jihad al-Qarra, 29, died of wounds he sustained a few hours earlier when an Israeli drone fired a missile at him in ‘Abassan village.  It is worth noting that al-Qarra’s brother was killed by an Israeli attack on Friday.

–       Last night and this morning, Israeli warplanes launched at least 7 airstrikes at al-Zanna area and al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, while tanks intensively shelled the area.

–       At approximately 08:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Zanna area.  As a result, Mohammed Ismail Sammour, 21, was killed, and another person was wounded.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 6 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, agricultural lands and open areas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.  As a result, 9 Palestinians, including 8 civilians, were killed, and 23 others, including 7 children and 2 women, were wounded.  A house was also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 14:20 on Friday, 18 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Essam al-‘Attar in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah.  The house was damaged, but no casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 14:40, medical crews found the bodies of Saleh Suleim al-Zughaibi, 22, and ‘Alaa’ Mohammed Abu Shabab, 23, near a mosque in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.  The two victims were killed by Israeli tank shells in the morning.

–       At approximately 16:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at members of a Palestinian armed group in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah, wounding five of them.  One of the wounded, Ra’fat ‘Ali Bahloul, 27, died of his wound an hour later.

–       At approximately 19:40, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Rafah, fired a number of shells at houses in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah.  As a result, Hamza Mohammed Abu al-Hussain, 27, was killed when he was inside his house.

–       At approximately 21:55, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a family council of the al-Loulahi family in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah.  As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were killed: Ismail Ramadan al-Loulahi, 21; Nizar Fayez Abu Snaima, 39; Emad Faisal Abu Snaima, 20; and Mustafa ‘Ouda Abu Snaima, 32.  Another 2 civilians were also wounded: Faisal ‘Ouda Abu Snaima, 42, and his son Riad, 23.

–       At approximately 23:00, medical crews found the body of Mohammed Talal al-Sane’, 21, in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.  He was killed by Israeli tanks shelling on Friday morning.

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

3)   Calls for establishing a UN fact-finding mission to investigate suspected war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and take necessary steps to prosecute responsible for them.

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Gaza Conflict: Thousands Gather In London For Protest Against I$raHell Military Action (PICTURES)

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GAZA LONDON

Thousands of protesters have gathered in London today to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and “justice and freedom” for Palestine.

Up to 15,000 people are thought to have marched through the capital from Downing Street to the Israeli embassy in Kensington after Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday.

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This was the latest and one of the more peaceful demonstrations as rallies take place across the globe in recent days.

Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said London has “already shown its outrage at Israel’s attacks on the mostly refugee population of Gaza, with people turning out in their thousands last week.

“Today’s national demonstration will give people from across the country the chance to say enough is enough, Israel’s siege of Gaza and its occupation of Palestinian land has to end now.

“People want justice and freedom for the Palestinians, and they will be voicing this in their thousands.”

Labour MP Diane Abbott was among the speakers to address protesters as they gathered in Whitehall.

“I am here to show solidarity with the people in Gaza,” she said.

“We call for an end to the occupation and justice for Palestinians.”

Pro Palestine supporters carried placards with the messages “Gaza, stop the massacre” and “stop Israel’s war crimes”.

 

Protesters arrived at the Israeli embassy but were met by a police blockade preventing them from getting near to the building.

A number of high-profile Palestine supporters addressed the crowd near to the embassy.

Organisers repeatedly told the crowds to spread out during the speeches over fears people were being crushed.

Two children were pulled over a barrier close to the stage and one organiser said 10 people had fainted in the crowd.

Respect MP George Galloway said nearly 300 passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight had been killed “without a reason” by “fanatics”.

He went on: “The 300 Palestinians are completely ignored by the same newspapers, by the same television stations and by the same political leaders who are threatening sanctions and war against Russia but who are supporting, with weapons and money and diplomatic political and media support, the Israeli killers.

“In fact, if whoever fired that missile in Ukraine had fired it instead at the beach in Gaza, the media could have knocked off for an early lunch and saved themselves all of this work.

“Why the double standard? Why is the blood in Ukraine so much more noteworthy than the blood in Gaza?”

Addressing the crowd, Baroness Jenny Tonge said: “What on earth is Israel doing? It has lost its legitimacy, it is no longer a democratic state.

“It breaks international law, Geneva conventions, it has no respect for human rights. Israel must leave the international family of nations.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama have discussed the worsening situation in Gaza during a phone conversation, Downing Street said.

A No 10 spokeswoman said: “Both leaders reiterated their support for Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself from the barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza.”

The two leaders also discussed Iran’s nuclear programme and “agreed that we should keep up our efforts to negotiate a lasting agreement which gives the world confidence that the nuclear activities of Iran are exclusively for peaceful purposes”.

Yesterday a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators had to be ejected from the Cabinet Office after staging a protest against Israeli military action in Gaza..

Police officers were called to remove the small group, who were chanting anti-Israel slogans and carrying banners reading “Stop arming Israel”.

Israel and militants within the Gaza strip have been exchanging fire for 11 days, leading to the deaths of 235 Palestinians from air force and naval fire, the Gaza Health Ministry says.

One Israeli has been killed by rockets from Gaza. According to the IDF, Hamas militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into the Israeli heartland.

On Wednesday, horrifying pictures emerged after four Palestinian children were killed in Gaza when Israeli shelling struck a group playing football on a beach.

The attack was witnessed by scores of foreign journalists, many who rushed to help the children that survived the attack.

Below are the latest pictures from the Israeli invasion of Gaza:

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    A Palestinian man burns a tire during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    A Palestinian man stands in the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Palestinians firefighters stand in the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    The smoke trail of multiple missiles fired by Palestinian militants from inside northern Gaza Strip, is seen as they make their way towards Israel, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Palestinians salvage their usable belongings from the rubble of their homes in an apartment building after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    A Palestinian carries a gas cylinder as he and others salvage from the rubble of their destroyed homes in an apartment building after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Palestinians inspect the rubble of a building to pick up their usable belongings after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    Palestinians inspect damage of an apartment building after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    An Israeli border policeman aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians following a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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    An Israeli tank moves into position near the Israel and Gaza border, Friday, July, 18, 2014.
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    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014.

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On the 9th Day of the Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Nazi Warplanes Escalate Attacks on Houses, Especially Those of Political Leaders

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Since the Beginning of the Offensive:

195 Palestinians Killed, 158 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 36 Children and 29 Women, and 1,339 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 401 Children and 273 Women;

Hundreds of Houses Targeted and Destroyed

Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th 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.  After Israeli forces had suspended their offensive for a few hours on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, in what it called “a unilateral truce,” Israeli warplane escalated their attacks on houses, especially those belonging to political and field leaders.  Israeli forces also ordered Palestinian civilians living in border areas, especially al-Zaytoun and al-Shuja’iya neighborhoods in the east of Gaza City, to leave these areas and move to the center of the city.

From 10:00 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 to 10:00 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 13 Palestinians, including 10 civilians, were killed.  Additionally, 117 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded – this number includes 33 children and 20 women.  Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 40 houses.

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

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 47 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 71 Palestinians, including 16 children and 16 women, were wounded.  Israeli warplanes also attacked 13 houses, destroying 8 of them.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 19:30 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli drones fired a missile at the garden of a 3-storey house belonging to ‘Omar Khalil ‘Omar in al-Shaimaa’ area in Beit Lahia.  Twenty minutes later, an Israeli warplane lunched a missile at the garden, heavily damaging it.

–          At approximately 20:35, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 3-storey house belonging to Salah ‘Awadh Rajab in Beit Lahia.

–          At approximately 21:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Emad Dawas in al-Shaimaa’ Street in Beit Lahia.  Ten minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 00:20 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 4-storey house belonging to Ismail al-Ashqar, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in Jabalya.

–          At approximately 00:35, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 4-storey house belonging to Mousa al-Hajj ‘Ali in Jabalya.

–          At approximately 00:45, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 2-storey house belonging to Zaher Rajab Abu Nasser in Jabalya.  A nearby meeting hall belonging to the Rawagh family was also destroyed.

–          At approximately 01:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Dawod Hammouda in Beit Lahia.  As a result, the house was destroyed.

–          At approximately 01:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to Fathi Hammad, former Interior Minister, in Beit Lahia.

–          At approximately 02:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to the Matar family in Jabalya.

–          At approximately 03:45, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a house belonging to Jameela al-Shanti, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in Jabalya.

–          At approximately 04:20, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 5-storey house belonging to sons of Ibrahim ‘Abdul Fattah Kutkut in Jabalya.

–          At approximately 09:30, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a house belonging to Khaled ‘Ataya al-Kilani in al-Shaimaa’ area in Beit Lahia.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 23 airstrikes targeting houses of political and field leaders, governmental buildings, a mosque and a hospital. As a result of these attacks, a Palestinian civilian was killed and 12 others, including 4 children and 2 women, were wounded.  Additionally, Israeli warplanes bombarded 18 houses, destroying 14 of them.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

–          At approximately 15:30 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Suleiman Mohammed al-Dahdouh, in which 30 people live, in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house destroying it.

–          At approximately 16:10, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Ahmed Ahmed al-Ghoul, 28, in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City.  The house was destroyed.  Before the attack, Israeli forces phoned the family to evacuate the house.

–          At approximately 18:15, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at 4-storey house belonging to the heirs of Ghanem Hajjaj, in which 40 people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.

–          At approximately 18:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to Musbah Swailem Abu Ghanima in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, the third floor of the house was damaged.

–          At approximately 18:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at Ismail Fattouh Ismail Fatouh, 24, while he was irrigating crops in his land in Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City. He was seriously wounded.  He died of his wound a few minutes following his evacuation to the hospital.

–          Also at approximately 18:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 4-storey house belonging to Jamal Deeb Bakroun, in which 50 people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The fourth floor of the house was damaged.

–          At approximately 20:00, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at 4-storey house belonging to ‘Atiya Ibrahim Abu Shari’a, in which 45 people live, in al-Sabra neighborhood in the south of Gaza City.

–          At approximately 21:10, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a 5-storey house belonging to Yousef ‘Abed al-Banna in al-Sabra neighborhood in the south of Gaza City.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house destroying it.

–          At approximately 21:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to Hani Ya’qob Halasa, in which 35 people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house was destroyed.

–          Between 22:00 on Tuesday until 08:15 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed 7 houses in Gaza City: a house belonging to Sami Hashem in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood; a house belonging to the heirs of Nabeel Shabet in al-Tuffah neighborhood; a house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Atallah in al-Ghefari area; a house belonging to Mahmoud al-Zahhr, a leader of Hamas, in al-Sabra neighborhood; a house belonging to Na’im al-Harazinin al-Zaytoun neighborhood; a house belonging to Tayseer al-‘Ashi in al-Remal neighborhood; and a house belonging to ‘Adnan Killab in al-Shati refugee camp.  Israeli warplanes bombarded also 2 flats in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood, a minaret of a mosque in al-Shati refugee camp, a building of the Ministry of Interior and al-Wafaa’ Hospital, which Israeli forces ordered its evacuation.

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, Israeli gunboats and tanks fired dozens of shells at various areas in Gaza City, especially at the fishing harbor.  A number of fishing boats were extensively damaged, one of which was totally burnt.

 

The Central Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 10 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands and open area. As a result of these attacks, a member of a Palestinian armed group was killed, and 17 Palestinians, including 4 children and a woman, were wounded.  Five houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 22:10 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Khalil Ibrahim al-Sha’afi, 41, a member of a Palestinian armed group, when he was going to a mosque in Juhor al-Dik village.

–          At approximately 02:00 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile a 2-storey house belonging to Mohammed Deeeb Abu Nasser, in which 4 families live, in al-Zawaida village.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 02:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ahmed ‘Abdullah Mishmesh in al-Zawaida village.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 04:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile a house belonging to ‘Ali ‘Obaid Abu Gharqoud, in which 15 people live, in al-Zawaida village.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 06:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile a 2-storey house belonging to Jamal Ahmed al-Asmar, in which 6 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 07:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile a 2-storey house belonging to Fathi Ibrahim ‘Aabed, in which 18 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 19 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas and security and police sites in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.  Israeli tanks and gunboats also fired dozens of shells at agricultural and open areas.   As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were killed, and 9 others including 4 children, were wounded.  Additionally, Israeli warplanes targeted 3 houses.  A mosque was also damaged by an Israeli attack.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 5:00 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a shed on an agricultural plot in the northwest of Khan Yunis.  The shed was destroyed and Subhi ‘Abdul Hamid Hussein Mousa, 78, was killed.

–          Also at approximately 15:00, Israeli warplanes launched 5 airstrikes on agricultural plots and open areas in al-Qarara village and al-Satar al-Gharbi area in the northwest of Khan Yunis.  No casualties were reported.

–          At approximately 20:00, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a uninhabited house belonging to Mohammed Nidal Abu Shab in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis.  Half an hour later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house.  At approximately 22:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A nearby mosque and 2 houses were damaged and 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

–           At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the vicinity of ‘Asqalan School in al-Fakhari area in the southeast of Khan Yunis.  As a result, Fareed Mahmoud Abu Daqqa, 33, was killed when he was near his house in the area.  His body was found at approximately 07:00.

–          At approximately 03:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Mohammed Tayseer Yousef Shurrab, 23, when he was on his way back home in Gizan Abu Rashwan area in the southeast of Khan Yunis.  He was instantly killed.

–          At approximately 03:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdullah Salam al-‘Arjani, in which 20 people live, in Gizan Abu Rashwan area in the southwest of Khan Yunis, without a prior warning.  As a result, al-‘Arjani’s son, 19-year-old ‘Abdullah, was killed, and his father, his 4 children and his grandchild were wounded.

–           At approximately 06:40, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to Muneer Abu Hatab in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  The house was damaged.

Rafah

Israeli warplanes launched 26 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands, open areas and members of Palestinian armed groups.  As a result, 7 Palestinians, including 5 civilians, were killed, and 8 others, including 5 children, were wounded.  Two houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 22:50 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli drones fired a missile at a taxi in which 6 Palestinians were traveling near Martyr Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in al-Junaina neighborhood in Rafah.  As a result, two of thes Palestinians were instantly killed: Mousa Sa’id Dahliz, 30; and Yasser ‘Ali al-Mahmoum, 18.  The other 4 ones were wounded, one of whom, Ahmed ‘Aadel al-Nawajha, 23, the taxi driver, died of his wound 4 hours later.

–          At approximately 02:20 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at members of a Palestinian armed group in the Swedish Village in the southwest of Rafah.  Two members were instantly killed: Mohammed ‘Abdullah al-Zahouq, 25; and Mohammed Ismail Abu Ouda, 28.  A third one was also wounded.

–          At approximately 02:35, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Mohammed Sabri al-Dibari, 21, when he was near his house in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.  He was instantly killed.

–          At approximately 06:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Ashraf Fares Abu Shanab, 26, when he was working on an agricultural plot in the east of Rafah.  He was instantly killed.

–          At approximately 07:10, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud al-Qadhi, in which 12 people live, in al-Siamat area in the north of Rafah.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 08:05, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Subhi Dawod Abu Sha’ar, in which 30 people live, in al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at the house and destroyed it.

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

3.     Calls for establishing a UN fact-finding mission to investigate suspected war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and take necessary steps to prosecute responsible for them.

 

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Ongoing Nazi Offensive on Gaza

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181 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 147 Are Civilians, Including 36 Children and 29 Women, and 1,181 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 368 Children and 253 Women;

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

Thousands of Palestinian Civilians Forcibly Displaced

Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th 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, including houses and mosques.

From 10:00 on Monday, 14 July 2014 to 10:00 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 18 Palestinians, 10 of whom are civilians including 2 children and a woman, were killed.  Additionally, 164 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded – this number includes 36 children and 41 women.  Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 37 houses.

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

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 59 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 76 Palestinians, including 21 children and 26 women, were wounded. Eight houses were targeted, and 7 of them were destroyed.  Additionally, 3 flats were destroyed and fire broke out in warehouses of Palestine Red Crescent Society.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 15:10 on Monday, 14 July 2014, an Israeli drone a missile at a house belonging to Hamed Ramadan in Jabalya.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 15:15, an Israeli warplane fired at an empty flat in al-Nada apartment buildings in the west of Beit Hanoun.  The flat was destroyed.

–       At approximately 15:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to the Suleiman family in Jabalya.  The house was damaged.

–       At approximately 16:05, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Na’el Mannoun in  Jabalya.  Later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 19:25, an Israeli done fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Mohammed Mousa Abu Jarad in ‘Izbat Beit Hanoun.  Later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 21:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot near the building of Palestine Red Crescent Society in Jabalya.  As a result, fire broke out in a warehouse of the society.

–       At approximately 21:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Khaled Ibrahim Abu Darabi in Beit Lahia.  Later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 23:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Sameer al-‘Attar in Beit Lahia.  Later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 01:45 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Bassel Mohammed al-Barrawi in Beit Lahia.  Later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 04:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the 5th floor of a building in Sheikh Zayed housing project.  Two flats on the follow belonging to Miravt Halawa and Ismail Shbaki were destroyed.

–       At approximately 05:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to the ‘Abdul Nabi family in Beit Lahia.  Later, an Israeli warplane bombarded and destroyed it.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 15 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands and open areas. As a result of these attacks, 19 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded.  Additionally, 11 houses were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 14 July 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 5 missiles at 3-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Rahman ‘Aayed Hlaiwa, 60, in which 21 people live, in al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house was completely destroyed.  Four of the missiles were fired by Israeli drones, while the 5th one was launched by a fighter jet.

–       At approximately 11:00, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at an empty house belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdul ‘Azim Jouda on an agricultural plot in the third street in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.  An Israeli warplane then launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 13:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 30-square-meter store belonging to ‘Alaa’ aal-Hadidi near the western mosque in al-Shati refugee camp in the west of Gaza City.  The store was destroyed.

–       At approximately 15:20, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of shells at Palestinian areas in the east of Gaza City.  A shell hit a 2-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Karim Hassan Swaidan, in which 41 people live, in al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City,

–       At approximately 17:00, Israeli warplanes launched 5 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Mo’in Rajab, a professor at al-Azhar University, opposite to Barcelona Park in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in the south of Gaza City.  The house was completely destroyed.  Four of the missiles were fired by an Israeli drone, while the 5th one was launched by a fighter jet.

–       At approximately 01:30 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to the heirs of Mohammed Khalil al-Batash, in which 55 people live, in al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       At approximately 03:30, Israeli drones launched 3 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to Yassin Nemer al-Madhoun, in which 35 people live, in al-Manara neighborhood in al-Nafaq Street.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       At approximately 06:45, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to Tariq Shafeeq Ghurab in al-Blakhiya area in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 07:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Zakria Ahmed Badran, in which 8 people live, in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City.  The house and a nearby grocery shop belonging to Badran’s father were destroyed.

–       At approximately 08:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an uninhabited flat in an apartment tower in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood.  The flat was destroyed.

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 13 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, a member of a Palestinian armed group was killed, and 30 Palestinians, including 5 children and 14 women, were wounded.  Six houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 14 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Haman Khalil ‘Asfa, in which 16 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched  misiles at the house and destroyed it partially.

–       At approximately 15:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Nejem, in which 48 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it partially.

–       At approximately 19:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Sarah Rashid Abu ‘Aayesh, in which 15 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it partially.

–       At approximately 19:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Yousef ‘Abdul Rahim Abu ‘Eissa, in which 8 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it completely.

–       Also at approximately 19:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a member of a Palestinian armed group in the north of al-Nussairat refugee camp, killing him.  He was identified as Mohammed Yasser ‘Ali Hamdan, 24.

–       At approximately 19:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Marwan Hassan al-Jamal, in which 18 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 01:20 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Karim ‘Ali ‘Abdul Hadi, in which 50 people live, in al-Boreij refugee camp.  A few minutes later, Isareli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the house and destroyed it.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 33 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas, security sites and a mosque in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.  Israeli tanks and gunboats also fired dozens of shells at agricultural and open areas.  As a result, 11 Palestinians were killed, including 5 civilians, one of whom is a child.  additionally, 6 Palestinians, including 3 children, were wounded.  Israeli warplanes also destroyed 2 houses and 2 security sites and damaged a mosque.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:10 on Monday, 14 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Daqqa, in which 11 people live, in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and rendered it inhabitable.  Before the attack, Israeli forces had phoned the family to evacuate the house.

–       At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 strikes at open areas in the east of Khan Yunis, in the vicinity of Khalil al-Rahman Mosque in the center of the town and in al-Qarara village, north of the town.

–       At approximately 12:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike in al-Qarara village, north of Khan Yunis. As a result, a member of a Palestinian armed group, ‘Abdullah Mahmoud Baraka, 24, from ‘Abassan village, who was riding the motorbike was seriously wounded. He was pronounced dead at 14:35.

–       At approximately 15:55, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a room on an agricultural plot in ‘Abssan village, east of Khan Yunis.  The room was destroyed and a member of a Palestinian armed group, Tamer Salem Musallam Qudaih, 37, was killed.

–       At approximately 16:20, an Israeli drone launched a missiles at al-Rida Mosque in al-Fukhari area in the southeast of Khan Yunis.  The mosque was damaged.

–       At approximately 17:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike in Bani Suhila village.  The rider was wounded and his lower limbs were cut off.

–       At approximately 18:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike in Kuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. As a result, Ziad Maher Mohammed al-Najjar, 17, who was riding it, was killed.  A passing child was also wounded.

–       At approximately 10:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 airstrikes on open areas in Khan Yunis.  No casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 20:40, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the headquarters of the Internal Security Service in the west of Khan Yunis.  The building was destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 20:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a training site of the Palestinian police in the west of Khan Yunis.  The site was damaged, byut no casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 20:50, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a number of Palestinians in al-Satar al-Gharbi area.  As a result, 2 members of a Palestinian armed group were killed: Mohammed Younis Suleiman Abu Yousef, 30, 30; and Mohammed Shakib al-Agha, 23.  Two civilians were wounded, one of them, Ahmed Younis Suleiman Abu Yousef, 28, died a few hours later.

–       At approximately 21:30, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of shells at Palestinian agricultural lands and communities in the east of Khan Yunis.  As a result, a house belonging to Hassan Muhanna in al-Qarara village was damaged.

–       At approximately 22:05, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of members of a Palestinian armed group in al-Mawasi area in the west of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 2 members were killed: Kamal ‘Aatef Yousef Abu Taha, 19; and Ismail Nabil Ahmed Abu Hatab, 21.  A third member was also wounded.

–       At approximately 00:45 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Majdi Fayez Abu Jame’, in which 8 people live, in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  Two nearby houses were also damaged.  Before the attack, Israeli forces had phoned the family to evacuate the house.

–       At approximately 06:15, Israeli warplanes launched 4 airstrikes at various areas in Khan Yunis.  No casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 06:25, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at agricultural plots in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis.

–       At approximately 07:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at ‘Ata Hajj ‘Amira al-‘Omour, 58, in al-Fukhari area in the southeast of Khan Yunis.  He was seriously wounded, and he died upon his evacuating to the hospital.

–       At approximately 07:35, Israeli warplanes launched 3 airstrikes on lands in al-Satar al-Gharbi and Ma’an areas.  No casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 08:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the lands where the evacuated Israeli settlements used to stand in the southwest of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilian guards were killed: Ismail Saleem ‘Abdul Karim al-Najjar, 47; and Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim al-Najjar, 49.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 27 airstrikes targeting houses, civil society organizations, agricultural lands and security sites in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.  Israeli forces also fired dozens of shells from the ground and the sea at various areas in Rafah.  As a result, 4 Palestinians were killed, and 2 others died of previous wounds.  Five of the victims are civilians, including a child and a woman.  Additionally, 33 Palestinians, including 5 children and a woman, were wounded.  including 2 civilians, were killed, and 16 others, including 2 children and 3 women, were wounded.  Seven houses, a flat and a number of civilian facilities were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:55 on Monday, 14 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to Qaddafi ‘Atiya al-Qutati, a leader of Islamic Jihad, in Bader camp in the west of Rafah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 12:45, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at the roof and the upper floor of an apartment building belonging to Nash’at Mohammed Qeshta in al-Brazil neighborhood in the south of Rafah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli drone launched a 5th missile at a flat on the first floor rented by ‘Abdul Hai Jum’a al-Bahnasawi.  The flat was partially destroyed.  The families living in the building had evacuated their flats once the first 4 missiles were fired at the building.

–       At approximately 14:30, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Fattah ‘Ali al-Hamas, in which 30 people live, in Yebna refugee camp in the south of Rafah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  Six Palestinian civilians, including a journalist, were wounded.

–       At approximately 19:30, medical sources declared that Zaid Suleiman Mahmoud al-Shawi, 42, died of wounds he had sustained on Saturday evening, 12 July 2014, when Israeli warplanes bombarded a vehicle of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility.

–       At approximately 20:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Omar Ahmed Sheikh al-‘Eid, 27, a member of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in Musabbeh neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  The house was partially destroyed, and Sheikh al-‘Eid, his child, 4-year-old Sarah, and his brother Jihad, 36, were killed.  His brother, Mahmoud, was wounded.

–       At approximately 22:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Emad Ahmed Shaqfa, a member of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.  Ten minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

–       At approximately 23:15, Israeli warplanes launched 7 missiles at the new buildings of Rafah Governorate and central prison in the southwest of Rafah.  The building were extensively damaged and 7 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

–       At approximately 23:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the building of the Zakat Charity in al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah.  The building was partially destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 05:50 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mohammed Jum’a Zo’rob in al-Nasser village, north of Rafah.  As a result, Bushra Khalil Zo’rob, 63, was killed, and Ahmed Jum’a Zo’rob, 25, was wounded.  The house was partially destrpyed.

–       At approximately 07:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Adam Mohammed Abu Hadayed, a member of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), in which 14 people live, in al-Shaboura refugee camp.  Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

–       At approximately 08:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the building of al-Karama Culture and Arts Association in al-Tannour neighborhood in the east of Rafah.  The building was partially destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

–       In the morning, medical sources declared that Suleiman Salama Mohammed Abu Louli, 27, died of wounds he had sustained by an Israeli airstrike a few days ago.

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

3)   Calls for establishing a UN fact-finding mission to investigate suspected war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and take necessary steps to prosecute responsible for them.

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Investigation Demanded for Plane Shot Down over Ukraine

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298 people were killed on Thursday when a Malaysia Airlines passenger was shot down over eastern Ukraine
– Jon Queally

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner flight MH-17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides. (REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)Questions remain and an international investigation is being demanded nearly twenty-four hours after a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

Traveling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lapur, the downing of Flight MH17 has been met with shared mourning around the world as well as highly-pitched accusations over who, in fact, was responsible for firing on the aircraft.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, expressed his horror and grief as he said his country would launch an immediate investigation into what happened to the aircraft.

Reports indicate that among the total victims: 173 were Dutch nationals; 44 were Malaysians; 27 were Australians; 12 were Indonesians, nine are believed to be from the UK; four each from Germany and Belgium; three from the Philippines; and one each from both Canada and New Zealand.

The nationalities of 20 passengers, as if this writing, have not yet been verified.

Malaysian officials have repeatedly said that the flight path used by the plane was approved by international aviation agencies as safe, but now all international airlines are avoiding the airspace over eastern Ukraine.

According to Reuters:

Two U.S. officials said Washington strongly suspected the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was downed by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow.

There were no survivors from Thursday’s crash, which left wreckage and bodies scattered across miles of rebel-held territory near the border with Russia.

Makeshift white flags marked where bodies lay in corn fields and among the debris. Others, stripped bare by the force of the crash, had been covered by polythene sheeting weighed down by stones, one marked with a flower in remembrance.

The scale of the disaster could prove a turning point for international pressure to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, which has killed hundreds since pro-Western protests toppled the Moscow-backed president in Kiev in February and Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula a month later.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk described the attack as an “international crime” and said the perpetrators should ultimately face an international tribunal.

The Wall Street Journal adds:

U.S. agencies are divided over whether the missile was launched by the Russian military or by pro-Russia separatist rebels, who officials say lack the expertise on their own to bring down a commercial airliner in midflight. Ukraine, which also has sophisticated antiaircraft weaponry, said it hadn’t shot any such missiles at any time during the conflict.

On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur appeared to have been shot down. She said that though it wasn’t clear who did so, Russia bore responsibility for events in Ukraine and Moscow “must do its part to calm the situation.”

As the Guardian reports, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made some of the most “potent remarks” against Russia, stating in a television interview that there were strong indications that Russian-backed militias were to blame. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Clinton said, must be put “on notice that he has gone too far and we are not going to stand idly by.”

For his part, Putin has suggested that the Ukraine military may have been the culprit but also backed calls for a full investigation into the tragedy. On Friday, he urged all separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine as well the Ukrainian military to lay down their arms and renew diplomatic negotiations to end their months-long standoff.

“Peace in Ukraine must prevail as soon as possible,” said Putin, according to Russian news agencies, as he called for direct talks between Kiev and pro-Russian insurgents.

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I$raHell Ends “Humanitarian Ceasefire” with New Massacre of Gaza Children

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A medic with the Palestine Red Crescent Society carries an injured child to a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah following an Israeli air strike before a five-hour ceasefire went into effect on 17 July. (Photo: Eyad Al Baba / APA images)Four children were killed when Israel resumed its heavy bombardment of the occupied Gaza Strip after the expiry on Thursday afternoon of a five-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” requested by the United Nations.

Another child died of injuries sustained in earlier Israeli attacks.

By Thursday evening in Gaza, at least fourteen Palestinians had been killed in Israeli attacks before and after the brief ceasefire, bringing the total to 237 fatalities since Israel’s round-the-clock assault began on 7 July, according to the health ministry in Gaza.

The number of children killed has risen to 53, including four young boys from the Baker family slaughtered by Israeli shelling in front of international media as they played on a beach on Wednesday.

Defence for Children International Palestine, which documents the deaths of children, said the toll from Israel’s current campaign “is now at its highest since Israel’s December 2008 military incursion, Operation Cast Lead, which resulted in the deaths of 352 children.”

A medic with the Palestine Red Crescent Society carries an injured child to a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah following an Israeli air strike before a five-hour ceasefire went into effect on 17 July.

More than 1,770 people have been injured, straining Gaza’s health services which face severe shortages of medications and supplies.

Almost eighty percent of the dead are civilians, and almost half of the injured are women and children, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Three children from single family killed

Three children from a single family were killed when an Israeli air strike hit their home in the Sabra section of Gaza City on Thursday evening.

The children were named as Fulla Tariq Shuhaibar, Jihad Issam Shuhaibar and Wasim Issam Shuhaibar, all young children whose ages were not specified.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows the dead children lying in a medical facility while a distraught medical official denounces their killings as a “crime.”

“Every day there is a massacre,” the official says.

In a separate incident, Rahaf Khalil Jbour, aged four, was killed in an Israeli air attack on her neighborhood of al-Manara in Khan Younis.

Also on Thursday, Yasin al-Humeidi, aged four, died of injuries he suffered in an earlier air attack on Gaza City.

Among those killed on Thursday were 71-year-old Zaynab al-Abadla of Khan Younis and 67-year-old Muhammad Abdulrahman Hassouna of Rafah.

Destruction of homes continues

Israel has also continued its systematic destruction of civilian homes.

By the end of 16 July, Israel had destroyed or severely damaged 1,660 residential buildings, making 9,900 people homeless, OCHA reported.

After a five-hour ceasefire went into effect, Palestinians collect belongings in a Gaza City building damaged in an Israeli air strike, 17 July.

Another 22,600 are seeking shelter in UN-run schools, having fled from Israeli shelling or threats of attack, principally in the northern and eastern sectors of the Gaza Strip.

Nine hundred thousand people – half the population of Gaza – are “without water supply due to inability to repair or operate infrastructure,” OCHA said.

Human Rights Watch said this week that Israeli air attacks it investigated “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.”

The group called on Israel to “end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property.”

Ceasefire?

Intense ceasefire negotiations are ongoing in Cairo, and earlier today there were premature reports that a ceasefire had been reached.

However the clearest sign that there was no agreement could be seen in the tweets of journalists and residents of Gaza who testified that the Israeli campaign of terror continues.

In a worrying development late Thursday in Gaza, The Electronic Intifada contributor Joe Catron reported that a heavy attack had begun on or near al-Wafa hospital, which had previously been threatened by Israel.

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Falluja and Gaza: Why Counter-Terrorism Fails When the Problem is Political

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U.S. Navy forces patrol the streets of Falluja in January, 2005 (Photo: flickr/cc/U.S. Navy Seabee Museum)There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support. It may well be that such groups can be defeated by counter-terrorism operations.

Other so-called terrorist groups are more organic, growing out of the profound suffering and grievances of a whole population. Such groups may deploy terror (attacks by non-state actors on non-combatants), but they aren’t actually just terrorist groups. They are insurgencies. Only about 20% of insurgencies end by the decisive military defeat of the insurgents on the part of the government. Most are ended through a negotiated settlement.

In spring of 2004, some Blackwater mercenaries were hotrodding it through the Sunni Arab city of Falluja just west of Baghdad. They were attacked by an angry crowd, killed, and their bodies desecrated. Three of the four were Americans.

Newsweek reported at the time that George W. Bush took the attack as an affront to the US and said “heads must roll.” He set in motion a siege and invasion of Falluja. But in April 2004 the US lost control of southern Iraq because of the Mahdi Army uprising, and Bush was trying to transition to a civilian Iraq government instead of the failed American viceroy, Paul “Jerry” Bremer. Several members of the Iraqi governing council that was advising Bremer on the transition threatened to resign if Falluja were invaded. So Bush backed off.

But after Bush won reelection against John Kerry, he immediately returned to the plan to invade Falluja. The administration charged that Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, was based in Falluja and that large numbers of the car bombings in Baghdad were planned and carried out from there. In November of 2004, the US surrounded and then invaded Falluja. The US military destroyed the city, leaving many buildings in rubble. The population either ran away to refugee camps or stayed to risk death. The death toll will never be known.

All the Sunni Arabs in Iraq were furious about the US invasion and razing of Falluja. They announced that they would not participate in the January, 2005, elections. And that began the alienation of the Sunni Arabs from the new Iraqi government, which came to be dominated by fundamentalist Shiites and separatist Kurds.

After Falluja was invaded and partially destroyed, the car bombings went on just as before. It was not in fact indispensable to the resistance to US occupation. Indeed, Zarqawi was killed in late spring of 2006, a year and a half later, and that made no difference to the rate of violence, either.

The US misunderstood the Sunni resistance as narrow, as consisting of a few small terrorist groups. Washington thought it knew where they were based (Falluja) and was convinced that invading that city would allow them to inflict substantial attrition on the military and organizational capacity of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia. US security analysts wrote me at the time saying that killing leaders was crucial, because leadership skills are rare and leaders are hard to replace.

In January of 2014, early this year, Falluja fell to the successor of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq. The Sunni Arab population of the city had been done out by a all those years of American occupation and then the high-handed Shiite dominance of PM Nouri al-Maliki. So the 2004 invasion of Falluja not only did not root out “terrorism,” it paved the way very possibly for Iraq to lose Falluja and other major Iraq Sunni Arab population centers.

Likewise, the Israeli military profoundly misunderstands Hamas. It is ridiculous to dismiss it as a terrorist organization. it is broadly based and has an important political wing.

For this reason, the Israel ground invasion of northern Gaza will be no more successful than the US invasion of Falluja. The Israelis cannot actually destroy Hamas or its capabilities as long as significant numbers of Palestinians in Gaza support it. That support is political, having to do with the organization’s role in at least trying to stand up to Israeli oppression, occupation and blockade.

Just as the enemies of the US ultimately prevailed in Falluja, so the enemies of Israel will prevail in Gaza.

Oppression and occupation produce resistance. Until the oppression and the occupation are addressed, the mere inflicting of attrition on the military capabilities of the resistance will not snuff it out. Other leaders will take the place of those killed.

If Israel really wanted peace or relief from Hamas rockets, its leaders would pursue peace negotiations in good faith with Hamas (which has on more than one occasion reliably honored truces). Otherwise, invading Gaza will have all the same effects, good and bad (but mostly bad) that the US invasion of Falluja had on Iraq.

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NBC Pulls Its Best Journalist from Gaza Just as I$raHell Invades

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With I$raHell tanks rolling into Gaza, NBC has pulled the reporter who has done more than any other to show the human costs of the conflict there.

With an Israeli ground invasion underway in Gaza, we’re going to need brave, humane reporters like Ayman Mohyeldin more than ever. (Photo: Ayman Mohyeldin / Twitter)News of the long-anticipated ground attack on Gaza has just broken. Israeli troops have invaded northern Gaza, vowing to protect Israelis and destroy Hamas—regardless of the human costs to Palestinian civilians. El Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, the only rehab center in Gaza, has been destroyed by Israeli bombs. Four more small children were killed by an airstrike in eastern Gaza City. Israeli tanks are on the move into the Strip.

And now, with the war threatening to spin out of control, the U.S. public has lost one of its most trustworthy reporters in the embattled Gaza Strip. Citing transparently disingenuous “security concerns,” NBC has decided to remove Ayman Mohyeldin—who has been reporting from Gaza for years—from his post and ordered him to leave Gaza immediately.

Mohyeldin’s coverage has been even-handed, careful, and comprehensive. His coverage of one of the most recent of the many horror stories of the current war against Gaza was a model for what journalism should look like.

On July 16, carefully targeted Israeli strikes killed four little boys on the Gaza beach. Cousins from the Bakr family, and inseparable, the boys were 9-year-old Ismael, 10-year-olds Ahed and Zakaria, and 11-year-old Mohamed. They were playing on the beach, in front of the Gaza hotel where most foreign journalists are staying.

Ayman Mohyeldin had been playing soccer with the boys just a few minutes before the attack. He live-tweeted the horror in real time, clearly shaken to the core himself. “Moutaz Bakr, 1 of the boys who survived #Israeli shelling, was shaking w a broken arm, blood shot eyes, says he saw 3 of his friends killed,” he tweeted. Across social media platforms and in his work for NBC and other international outlets, Mohyeldin kept the coverage at the human level, and brought the reality of the war home to perhaps more people in the United States than any other single journalist.

Mohyeldin was experienced in reporting from the region during some of its most difficult periods. At Al Jazeera English, his reporting of the 2008-09 Israeli assault on Gaza—which resulted in the killing of more than 1,400 Palestinians—was widely praised. So was his coverage of the Tahrir Square events in Cairo’s Arab Spring.

And now his powerful coverage of this latest Israeli assault on Gaza has led to a new reward. Barely a day after his report from the beach in Gaza, Mohyeldin was summarily pulled from his position and ordered by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. Glenn Greenwald cited NBC sources who said the NBC brass claimed they had “security concerns” because of Israel’s imminent ground invasion—but the next day sent correspondent Richard Engel, who had just arrived in Tel Aviv, to Gaza to replace Mohyeldin.

Mohyeldin’s coverage was powerfully crafted to show the human cost of conflict. “The terrible human toll from the nine-day Gaza conflict was laid bare Wednesday when four Palestinian boys from the same family were killed as they played football on a beach,” his report began. “Three other children were wounded—one of them critically—in the attack, which appeared to be from Israeli naval shelling near the port area of Gaza City. There were scenes of anguish at the nearby al-Shifa hospital as the parents of the victims learned of the attack. ‘My son! My son!’ cried the mother of one of the boys.”His reports, unlike so many in the mainstream press, included the names and ages of the victims, and an interview with one of the wounded cousins who had survived.

He told the world what he saw. NBC’s rival networks, including CNN and others, cited and republished Mohyeldin’s reports. The story went viral—with all the shaken details of murdered children, grieving parents, and shredded families that so often get lost in mainstream telling.

That, apparently, was unacceptable to Mohyeldin’s superiors. The notion that “security” had anything to do with NBC’s decision was nonsense—when they replaced Mohyeldin with Engel, any remote possibility that they were concerned about the security of one but not the other was beyond laughable.

This is a political move, whether initiated by frightened NBC executives on their own or demanded directly by powerful pro-Israel advertisers or other power-brokers. And it threatens to undermine the significant gains that have already been made in changing the U.S. discourse on Israel-Palestine in recent years.

The coverage is already different—Israel was unable to keep the international press out of Gaza during this most recent assault. The ground invasion now underway is going to make that coverage much more difficult. We’re going to need people like Ayman Mohyeldin more than ever.

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I$raHell Ground Invasion Kills 28 More Palestinians, Forces Fire Unknown ‘White Poisonous Gas’

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Israel Defense Forces prepare before beginning a ground invasion of Gaza on July 17. (Photo:flickr/cc/Israel Defense Forces)Twenty-eight more Palestinians have been killed since Israeli military forces launched a ground invasion into Gaza, according to Ma’an News Agency.

Shelling apparently killed three children when “targeted shelling” killed three children in a home in northern Gaza. The three children killed in their bedroom were: 14-year-old Ahmad Ismail Musallam, his 13-year-old sister, Alaa, and his 15-year-old brother, Muhammad.

Nine people were killed when a home was shelled in Khan Younis. And, in Rafah, “three people were killed and 11 others wounded by Israeli forces, who fired foul-smelling gas during the operation.”

A toxic gas is being fired at Palestinians. “Dozens of Palestinians, including children, arrived at hospitals suffering from suffocation after inhaling a white poisonous gas fired by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip and in the Shawkah neighborhood near Rafah, to the south,” Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Gaza, stated.

Doctors are not sure what the gas happens to be but cautioned Palestinians to not panic and cover themselves with “tarpaulin coats or nylon clothes” if they start to inhale the gas.

Israeli Defense Forces data provided to Haaretz claimed 17 “Palestinian militants” had been killed and “some 150 targets hit” since the ground invasion started on Thursday night.

Altogether, the death toll for Palestinians is now 267, according to Haaretz. At least 47 children have been killed, including the four children who were bombed on a Gaza City beach right in front of a hotel where international journalists are staying.

More than 80 percent of deaths in Gaza since Israel’s assault began more than ten days ago have been civilians.

Ma’an reported that the army had announced, “Israel approved the call-up of another 18,000 reservists, taking the total number approved to 65,000 for an operation aimed at protecting Israeli lives and striking ‘a significant blow to Hamas’s terror infrastructure.’”

Hamas’ response has been to posture itself as ready to take on whatever force Israel engages in. Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal apparently declared, “What the occupier Israel failed to achieve through its air and sea raids, it will not be able to achieve with a ground offensive. It is bound to fail.”

Physicians for Human Rights urgently warned Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, not to bomb a hospital after “warning missiles” had struck the hospital on Friday. It was the only hospital that specialized in treating disabled and comatose patients in Gaza. The IDF did not apparently care and issued a notice to evacuate.

The nursing building was bombed. Seventeen patients who could not be evacuated remained in the building, along with foreign activists who refuse to leave the hospital as long as patients remain there.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on the emergency situation in Gaza. Over 1,764 have been injured by Israel’s assault so far. More than five hundred are children.

The assault has displaced 22,900 people and fifty percent of “sewage pumping and treatment centers” no longer are operating.

Palestinian militant groups have continued to fire rockets into Israel. Primarily, those rockets have only killed one person and maybe injured 26 people. Most have been landing in open areas or have been intercepted by the US-funded Iron Dome system.

It is estimated that 96,400 Palestinians are now in need of “shelter assistance” because of destruction or damage to their homes.

On July 14, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, who is in Gaza, told “Democracy Now!” about the staff at the Al Shifa Hospital, where many children attacked by Israel are being brought.

He described:

…The Palestinian hospitals are denied a constant supply of energy, of water, of disposables, medical drugs—all the items you need to run a university-level hospital. And on top of this, on top of this total drainage of resources from the siege, they are now exposed to this constant and very large flow of very severely injured. And they are not crippled. On the contrary, they stand tall. They have doubled or tripled their shifts. They do 24-hour shifts. Everyone is extremely tired and exhausted, but they don’t yield. They don’t leave their positions. And yesterday, the hospital director in Shifa, Dr. Nasr’s home was completely bombed and destroyed by the Israeli forces. And we have, of course, nurses and doctors and other ambulance drivers being injured and even killed. So, I think it’s important to understand that the Palestinians, yes, they are suffering, but they are not begging. Yes, they are oppressed, but they are standing extremely strong together in this time of crisis…

If one can imagine, the crisis has deteriorated even further.

Medical Aid for Palestinians published an update yesterday, which indicated how the head of the burns unit at the hospital was struggling:

Dr. Nafiz and his team of nine doctors are working in 24-hour shifts as they try to deal with the influx of patients but they are struggling to cope due to severely limited resources and the dangerous journey to the hospital. One of the burns team has already been prevented from working because the airstrikes make it too unsafe for him to travel from his home in the south. Only one bed is empty in the burns unit and the shortages in medical items have become even more severe in recent days. The unit has only received about 30% of the basic items they have asked for. “We never had this shortage in the most basic items before,” Dr. Nafiz says, “In the past, what we ask for we get.” At this point the burns unit will run out of the most essential medical supplies in just one week.

Yet, again, it has only gotten worse since the ground invasion began yesterday.

This could all easily be stopped. The United States government could pressure Israel to withdraw forces and stop its assault on Gaza. However, it won’t. It has given full support to Israel, even going along with the propaganda that any carnage that happens now is primarily Hamas’ fault because the group rejected a ceasefire proposal.

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