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U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians

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Interview with Prof. John McMurtry
Global Research

A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial.

Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner.

 “I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to violent bullying, more likely to draw a gun, more discriminatory against the dispossessed, and more arbitrarily vicious in normal behavior,” said McMurtry. “The US now leads the globe in an underlying civil war of the rich against the poor.”

 “The US can … detain, kidnap and imprison without trial or indictment any US citizen or other citizen anywhere by designating them enemies to the US,” Prof. John McMurtry noted in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.

 According to the Canadian intellectual, the United States statesmen have long supported dictatorial and tyrannical regimes and even funded and armed the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler in the period between 1939 and 1945.

 John McMurtry is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada. In 2001, Prof. McMurtry was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding contributions to the study of humanities and social sciences. His latest major works are his 15-year study, “The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure” and three monumental volumes commissioned by UNESCO for its Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems entitled “Philosophy and World Problems.” McMurtry’s articles and writings regularly appear on different newspapers and online magazines across the world.

 Prof. McMurtry took part in an in-depth interview with FNA and responded to some questions regarding the U.S. project of the War on Terror, its military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan and the September 11, 2001 attacks. The following is the text of the interview.

Q: Prof. McMurtry; it was following the 9/11 attacks that the United States launched its project of War on Terror. The venture has so far cost the lives of thousands of innocent, unarmed civilians across the world, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya; however, the civilian cost of the Global War on Terror has been mostly ignored by the mainstream media and the politicians in the West. Why do you think they’ve overlooked the enormous rate of civilian casualties resulting from an endeavor which was purportedly aimed at exporting democracy and liberal values to the world?

A: In the US’s so-called War on Terror, by far the greatest and most systematic terrorization of civilians is in fact perpetrated by the US state itself. Unarmed citizens are murdered across the world as ‘collateral damage’, ‘illegal enemy combatants’ or other license of impunity. The US state conceives itself as above international law along with ally Israel, but this reality is taboo to report and so too all the killing and terrorization of civilians. One can truly say that “the historical record demonstrates the US is provably guilty of continual lawless mass murder of civilians across the world”, but the truth is unthinkable within the ruling ideological regime. Consider for example, the US-led deadly civil wars and coup d’etats in Venezuela and Ukraine as well as Libya and Syria. They mass terrorize and destroy societies into defenseless dependency so that their resources, lands and markets are “free” for transnational corporate exploitation. Yet the meaning is un-decoded. Ignorance is built into the syntax of acceptable thought.

Q: Many immigrants who seek refuge in United States from the four corners of the globe in search of a better and more prosperous life think of America as an absolutely free, democratic and open society with abundant opportunities for economic and social progress. However, you’ve argued, as many scholars did, that the United States is a police state. Would you please elaborate more on that? Do you believe that these immigrants and asylum-seekers are not told the whole truth about the United States or are somehow deceived?

A: Deception allies with ignorance. I define a police state as a society in which there is unlimited state power of armed force freely discharged without citizen right to stop it. While the men at the top always proclaim their devotion to the public good, an endless litany of crimes against human life is permitted by legally terrorist offices, central directives, and bureaucratic channels. Thus in “free and democratic America”, more citizens are caged than any country in the world, and over 80% have perpetrated no violence against [any] person. While the US accuses others of inhuman persecution and despotism, it holds the world records for caging non-violent people, for violent killings of civilians, for spy surveillance of everyone, and for mass murders of innocent people across international borders. Even kicking the tire of a VIP vehicle may be prosecuted as an act of “terrorism”. I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to violent bullying, more likely to draw a gun, more discriminatory against the dispossessed, and more arbitrarily vicious in normal behavior.  The US now leads the globe in an underlying civil war of the rich against the poor.

Q: What’s your viewpoint on the recent laws and legislations that have stipulated limitations on the civil liberties of the U.S. citizens, including the PATRIOT Act of 2001, which was widely criticized and protested at? It’s seen as a discriminatory measure that violates the privacy of the American citizens and the foreign nationals traveling in the States. Isn’t it so?

A: The repression of civil rights by the US goes far deeper than violation of citizen privacy to which the media confine themselves. The Patriot Act together with other laws like the Military Commissions Act, the Defense Authorization Act, the Homeland Security Act and the Protect America Act, mutating to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, form a systematic curtailment of civil rights and freedoms. Spying on everyone across borders is the accompanying apparatus of the National Security Agency which has been recently exposed in its totalitarian global snooping and dirty tricks. Department analyst Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers summarizes the post-9/11 situation in the US as “a coup … a steady assault on every fundamental of our Constitution for executive government to rule by decree”.  What makes these new laws and licenses tyrannical is their selective suspension of established constitutional rights to habeas corpus, the right of the accused to see evidence against him/her, the right to one’s chosen legal defense, the right to trial without indefinite detention, and other rights of due process of law including to free speech and organization that can be construed as supporting “illegal enemies”. As to who these “illegal enemies” are, this is determined by the US president without legal criterion, proving evidence or verification required. The US can thus detain, kidnap and imprison without trial or indictment any US citizen or other citizen anywhere by designating them enemies to the US. This arbitrary power has most infamously instituted US presidential right to kill individuals and those around them at will by robot killer drones – all crimes against humanity and war crimes under international law, but again taboo to report in the mass media or question in international security meetings themselves.

Q: The U.S. government has traditionally supported the oppressive regimes that are widely considered as dictatorial and tyrannical. Some examples include the successive U.S. governments’ support for the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Israel. Isn’t such an approach contrary to the democratic principles which the U.S. Constitution is said to be oriented on?

A: Certainly the US has long supported dictatorial and tyrannical regimes. In fact US corporations and banks led the funding and arming of Hitler and the Nazis even during the 1939-45 War, and official US support of murderous dictatorships afterwards has been normalized since the CIA’s foundation in 1947. In the years since 9/11, US government has covertly directed funding and arming of the most destructive armed forces including jihadists, not only in the nations you mention, but in Syria and before that Libya, Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan and many much less known places like Mali. Ukraine has been similarly launched into civil war and escalated oppression by US-led destabilization, covert Special Forces, and local fascists.

Yet the US Constitution itself has no clear resource to prevent such international crimes, the founding US fathers themselves being mainly rich slave owners and leaders of the genocidal Western expansion against first peoples which England had forbidden in 1763. In fact, despite some stirring phrases without binding force, the ultimate concern of the US Constitution is the protection of private property and wealth at the top against the masses and democratic reversal. The ultimately governing value is profitable and unfettered private commerce, the “commerce clause” being the only way found to enforce the civil rights of Blacks. The opening slogans of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” seem inspiring except that happiness cannot be pursued, life needs do not ever enter into consideration, and liberty without the means to exercise it is nonsense.

Bear in mind that Supreme Court decisions have further granted the constitutional freedom of private money hoards to control politicians, public speech and elections themselves. Transnational corporations which are the global vehicles of the world’s ruling money sequences have at the same time multiplying powers with no obligations, while other societies’ rights have been effectively erased by international trade treaties which recognize only corporate rights and strip societies of their economic sovereignty and public resources. Corporate rights to dominate public speech and elections have been twisted out of even the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protecting the civil rights of ex-slaves. In short, a near total expropriation of rights by Big Money has shown how anti-democratic the US Constitution has been made. I think that only the rule of life-protective law with the force of international law can regulate this global money-power dictatorship back into coherence with life support requirements now violated at every level, with or without a revolutionary uprising.

Q: Over the course of 20th century, the United States has been involved in several covert foreign regime change actions, and as the Foreign Policy magazine notes, it has toppled seven governments in the last 100 years through masterminding and engineering coups across the world, including the 1953 coup d’etat against the popular government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh or the 1973 coup in Chile that brought down the government of President Salvador Allende. Is such sponsorship of coups and regime change actions the characteristic feature of a democratic, peace-loving government?

A: There has been almost no coup or government overthrow since 1945 not led by the US. The examples you give of Mosaddegh and Allende are sea-changes of history in which elected, socially responsible and peaceful governments led by men of the very highest quality have been criminally usurped. This perpetual and increasing destabilization of other states and societies along with other gravely degenerate trends are systematically tracked in my 15-year study The Cancer Stage of Capitalism/ from crisis to cure. In the US itself, the three powers of supreme legislature, executive and court are now all controlled by the same money party selecting for the same full-spectrum predation of life and life support systems everywhere to multiply themselves. Yet still the long record of the US state and its oligarch allies destroying societies across the world is unspeakable in the mass media because they themselves are financed and advertised in by the same transnational corporations that demand the resources and territories of societies everywhere. The carcinogenic global causal mechanism is ever more evident and catastrophic, but not recognized.

Q: More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, there are still several unanswered questions about the tragic event, including the origins and motives of the perpetrator, the role of foreign intelligence organizations in masterminding the attacks and the behind-the-scenes benefits of the attacks for the U.S. military-industrial complex. As you note in your writings, it was not Osama bin Laden who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks. Who is the real culprit? Did the 9/11 attacks play into the hands of the Bush administration to set in motion its lethal project of War on Terror and start invading different countries?

A: My recent monograph on the Internet, “The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S. Criminal State” is a definitive answer to these questions. The turning-point event is laid bare step by step as a mass-murderous construction whose scenario is anticipated and contrived by US geostrategic planners with the official investigation completely concealing the basic fact that fireproofed steel infrastructures collapsed at the speed of gravity into their own footprints against the laws of physics. Moreover the first question of forensic justice – cui bono, who benefits? – is ruled out from the start, although every subsequent policy, decision and new power served the interests of the Bush Jr. regime and the US military-oil complex against the welfare of the American public and the world, especially Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

Unfortunately conspiracy theories miss the inner logic of the strategic event and the system disorder driving it. The official conspiracy theory is absurd, but every disbeliever in it is pilloried as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ – the reverse projection which is the signature operation of US propaganda. Always blame others for what the US does as the reason for attacking them. One might laugh at the same old propaganda psy-op and fabrications trotted out endlessly, but the terrible reality is the 9/11 construction has had effectively sabotaged international progress in solving the world’s gravest problems. It has dismantled the global peace movement that was reaching an historical peak in 2001 to stop US-led militarism after the Cold War. It has successfully suppressed world-wide uprisings against a US-led global corporate dictatorship despised and opposed by ever more citizens across America, Europe and the world. It has even formed the draconian laws and police practices needed to squash the world-wide environmental movement across the world at same time. 9/11 has, in short, vastly empowered the corporate money system devouring human and planetary life by falsifying opponents as “terrorists”. But who joins the dots of the Great Repression?

Q: Since its inception 66 years ago, CIA has been involved in numerous covert sabotage, anti-sabotage, assassination, propaganda, destruction and subversion plans against other countries, and during the course of all these covert actions, it has violated different internationally recognized treaties and regulations as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of these nations. Are these actions and gambits legal or illegal? If they are illegal, then why doesn’t any international organization investigate the crimes and hold the U.S. government accountable?

A: Yes this is a turning-point issue of the world. But the US record as a rogue state is unspeakable in the mass media because they are financed and advertised in by the same transnational corporations that demand the resources and territories of the world by threat of trade-investment embargo and the point of the gun of US and NATO forces. This is what the lawless but unnamed US reign of terror achieves – not only by war crimes and crimes against humanity, but by economic ruin for any society resisting transnational trade treaties and demands which recognize only foreign corporate rights to profit. If the underlying causal mechanism is taboo to recognize, unaccountability is the result. Blame is instead diverted to US-designated enemies – like Iran or Russia or Venezuela – and the society-destroying disorder rampages on.

In fact there are many life-protective international laws to hold the US accountable to, but every one of them is repudiated by the US so as not to apply to itself ; laws and conventions against nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines, small arms, international ballistic missiles, torture, racism, sexism, child abuse, arbitrary seizure and imprisonment, crimes against humanity and war crimes, military weather distortions, biodiversity loss, and international climate destabilization. Yet this record remains taboo to track or publish even as the US demonizes others for “defying the laws and norms of the international community”.

The US and ally Israel thus violate the laws against armed aggression, occupation and crimes against humanity at will, but who even knows or cites the laws?  For example, when the US was about to perpetrate the supreme crime of invasion against Iraq in 2003 with no lawful grounds, no-one raised the issue at the Security Council, including the Iraqi diplomat there. As one who later debated on Canadian public television a leading US geostrategic analyst three days before the criminal bombing of Baghdad began, my statement  that he was “advocating war crime and should be arrested for doing so” was deleted from the live broadcast. The cornerstone of international law is thus silenced while the media go on calling opponents “unpatriotic” or “terrorists” – as in Nazi Germany. If law-abiding states do not stand and join for the rule of international life-protective law, there seems no end.

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Dorothy Online NewsLetter

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Dear dear Friends,

I don’t know what happened to me yesterday—maybe mental and emotional exhaustion.  I can’t bear to read and hear about what is happening in Gaza.  But I have to to keep you informed.

Nevertheless I will not do again what I did yesterday—send you a ton of articles with no comments or means of knowing what each is about.  There is too much on the internet.  Hard to keep up with. This will end sometime after the conflict ends—which has not happened yet.

From now on, so long as the conflict lasts, I will send not more than 4 or 5 items at a time, but probably will send more than one collection.  This should make it easier for you to find what interests you most.  I very likely will also forward to you some of the materials that I receive in emails.

As for today, below are 4 items, the first and last are by Amira Hass.

In item 1 she depicts the means the IAF uses to supposedly ‘save’ innocents when pilots intend to demolish homes.

Item 2 furnishes updates from this morning, so that you can get an idea of what Israelis (or more correctly, some Israelis) face daily, including deaths of soldiers.

Item 3 is Nahum Barnea’s commentary on events—primarily on the 10 soldiers killed yesterday, within 24 hours, bringing the number to over 50.  5 or 6 of them were kids, 18 and 19 years old.  The other 5 were 20 and 21 year olds.

All 50 of the soldiers and all the 1000 + Palestinian dead could have been alive today had Israel’s PM accepted Hamas’s 3 very legitimate demands: end the blockade, open the border crossings, and release the prisoners whom you released in the Shalit deal and then used the killing of the 3 Jewish boys as excuse to throw them in jail again—not because they had done anything wrong, but because you wanted to, just because!!!!  Actually, because you wanted Hamas to start shooting!  So you kill your own as well as massacring Palestinians!

It’s time for Jewish Israeli mothers to rise, as they did against the Lebanese war, and to shout that their uteruses are not mechanisms for producing soldiers!  It is time for mothers to shout that they are not willing to raise kids to kill others and to be killed.  IT IS TIME!

In the final item Amira Hass warns that Israel’s moral defeat will haunt us for years.  I think it will do more.  I think that it will bring many more Jews the world over to see what kind of place this Israel really is.

That’s it for now.

Dorothy

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1 Haaretz Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gazan tries to answer his son’s question: Who broke the house?

The 4-year-old son of a Gazan artist who happens to be related to a Hamas commander wants to know why he doesn’t have a home anymore.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.607717

By Amira Hass

At 1:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 16, the Azara family’s cell phone rang. The mother answered, and quickly hung up in fright. Then Samer Azara’s phone rang, and the 26-year-old police officer answered.

The caller, Azara related, introduced himself as David from the Israel Defense Forces and told him in good Arabic: “You have three minutes to leave your house. I intend to launch a missile at the Issa house, your neighbors. What’s most important is that you remove the children; I don’t care about the adults.”

“I told him there are many children, about 50. How will we manage to get them all out in three minutes?” Azara recalled. “And he told me, ‘You have a lot of children; what do you do with them all?’ and slammed down the phone.”

The Azaras quickly informed the Issas and all their other neighbors in Gaza’s Bureij refugee camp. An announcement was also made over the mosque loudspeaker. About 20 families went out into the dark with their children, their elderly and a few documents they’d prepared in advance.

David from the IDF called Azara four more times to ensure that everyone had left, and a warning missile was fired. Then warplanes dropped seven missiles and two bombs on the Issas’ five-story house. The explosions destroyed two other houses as well, those of the Azara and Sarraj families.

The Issa house was undoubtedly an IDF target: Marwan Issa is a senior commander in Hamas’ military wing, apparently the heir of Ahmed Jabari, whom Israel assassinated in 2012. But Marwan didn’t live there with his parents and brothers — eight families in all, totaling 55 people. He was hiding out somewhere in Gaza, as the Israeli security services knew very well.

One of his brothers, a Fatah member, is an officer in the Palestinian security service who is paid by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Another, Raid, is an artist who has exhibited abroad and won artist-in-residence fellowships in France and Switzerland.

About six weeks ago, he had an exhibit in Ramallah, but Israel wouldn’t let him travel from Gaza to the West Bank for it.

Raid Issa, 38, told Haaretz he does nothing but draw. “I earn a living from my drawings, and now they’re all buried beneath the ruins,” he said.

“Now my oldest son, aged 4, asks me, ‘When are we going home?’” Raid said. “I took him to the ruined house, and he asked me, ‘Who broke the house?’ I told him the planes of the Israelis. He asked me why, and I told him they ‘broke’ ours like they broke others. He’s always asking how this could be. And then he told me, ‘I’ll break the Israelis’ house like they broke my house.’”

Since the bombing, the 11 families who lived in the three ruined houses have been wandering among relatives, friends and schools. Some left Bureij altogether, since many families have received recorded messages (but not personal phone calls) telling them to leave.

The Issas’ house is one of about 560 throughout Gaza that Israeli air strikes have intentionally destroyed, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. In some cases, as with the Issas, it’s clear the house was targeted because a single family member was a senior Hamas or Islamic Jihad operative.

But in other cases, the reason isn’t clear. Why was the house of someone who just joined Hamas’ military wing a month ago treated like the houses of its senior leaders? Was another house bombed because one brother works for a Turkish company? The family says it can’t think of any other “incriminating” factor.

Some houses have been bombed with no prior warning, with all their inhabitants still inside, for reasons incomprehensible to those relatives who survived. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 53 entire families have been killed in this way.

But the 560 houses that were deliberately bombed constitute a tiny fraction of the total number of buildings damaged or destroyed over the past three weeks.

Hundreds of thousands of people from eastern and northern Gaza have fled their homes in that time. During Saturday’s humanitarian cease-fire, many discovered that their homes no longer existed.

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s negotiations affairs department has tried to estimate the damage to date. According to preliminary data gathered by the Gazan health and housing ministries, 2,330 buildings have been totally destroyed. Another 2,080 have been partially destroyed to such a degree that it’s uncertain they can be repaired; 18 of the buildings that were completely or partially destroyed are mosques. And 23,160 buildings have been damaged, including 65 mosques, 20 schools, two churches and a Christian cemetery.

But these are merely preliminary estimates. As these lines were being written Monday night, those people still remaining in Gaza City’s Zeitoun and Shujaiyeh neighborhoods were being asked to leave as well. Many will find their houses gone if and when they return.

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2 Haaretz Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Gaza power plant in flames after reported IDF shelling

Rockets fired at Israel’s south; 23 Palestinians killed in Gaza, 150 targets attacked in Gaza overnight; 10 IDF soldiers killed over past 24 hours – including 5 in militant infiltration.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.607757

By Haaretz  |  Jul. 29, 2014

Operation Protective Edge entered its 22nd day on Tuesday, as Israeli ground forces continued their incursion into Gaza after the government rejected a cease-fire draft proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend.

Ten Israeli soldiers have died in the past 24 hours: five of the soldiers were killed in a militant border infiltration, four in mortar shell fire near the border and one during clashes in Gaza’s south. The Israel Air Force struck Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh’s home in Gaza, according to reports. No injuries were reported.

Rocket sirens sounded throughout Israel, including the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, in the middle of the night.

According to statements by the Palestinian Health Ministry, since the operation began 1,100 Palestinians have been killed and more than 6,500 have been wounded. Since the start of the operation, three Israeli civilians and 53 IDF soldiers have been killed.

11:40 A.M. Gaza’s power plant is on fire after reportedly being hit in an Israeli strike. A spokesman for Gaza’s electric company says Israeli tank shells hit a fuel container, shutting down the station. (Jack Khoury)

11:23 A.M. Two rockets intercepted over Ashkelon.

11: 16 A.M. Rocket alerts sound in Ashkelon and towns near the Gaza border.

10:45 A.M. Israel’s security cabinet is set to convene at 7 P.M. to discuss the Gaza war. (Barak Ravid)

10:00 A.M. Gunmen opened fire on a Paratroopers Brigade unit in the center of the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday. The soldiers returned fire; a direct hit was identified. No Israeli soldiers were wounded. A few hours later, Israeli forces destroyed a tunnel, also located in the Strip’s center.

The IDF has struck four mosques that were used for weapons storage. One of the mosques also contained a tunnel opening. Another served as a Hamas command center. An underground rocket launcher located near a mosque was bombed as well. (Gili Cohen)

9:47 A.M. Some 106 IDF soldiers are currently hospitalized across the country; one is in very serious condition and eight are in serious condition. (Ido Efrati)

9:42 A.M. Rocket fired toward Israel explodes within Gaza; earlier, rocket alerts sounded in the Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol regional councils. (Shirley Seidler)

9:18 A.M. Rocket alerts sound in Israeli towns on Gaza border.

8:40 A.M. IDF resumes wide attacks on the Gaza Strip, using mainly artillery and shells. (Gili Cohen)

8:00 A.M. According to reports in Gaza, 23 people were killed in Israel strikes overnight, including seven members of the Abu Zied family, whose home in the al-Jnina neighborhood in Rafah was bombed. According to the reports, no advance warning of the attack was given.

An explosion was reported at the home Islamic Jihad commander Ahmed Najm in Rafah, apparently killing him. A separate strike killed three in city’s north.

In the al-Bureij refugee camp, in the Gaza Strip’s center, 12 people were killed in a massive shelling. (Jack Khoury)

7:47 A.M. Mortar shell explodes in open area near a town in the Eshkol Regional Council; no damage reported. (Shirley Seidler)

7:46 A.M. The IDF releases the name of the fifth soldier killed in the tunnel attack on Monday: Sgt. Nadav Raimond, 19, from Shadmot Dvora. Raimond was an infantry soldier training to be an IDF squad commander.

7:14 A.M. The gunmen who crossed into Israel through a tunnel on Monday and killed five soldiers left behind four Kalashnikov rifles and two rocket-propelled grenades before returning to Gaza. (Gili Cohen)

6:54 A.M. The IDF attacked 150 targets in Gaza during the night, including Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh’s home, the Shujaiyeh batallion commander’s home, Gaza’s Ministry of Finance, Al-Aqsa Radio and Al-Aqsa Television.

The night passed quietly for IDF forces; no casualties were reported. (Gili Cohen)

5:59 A.M. Cleared for publication: Five IDF soldiers were killed in action on Monday near the border community of Nahal Oz, after militants used a tunnel to enter Israeli territory. One of the militants was killed.

The military released the names of four of the soldiers: Sgt. Daniel Kedmi, 18, of Tsofim; Sgt. Barkey Ishai Shor, 21, of Jerusalem; Sgt. Sagi Erez, 19, of Kiryat Ata; Sgt. Dor Dery, 18, of Jerusalem.

The name of the fifth IDF soldier is yet to be released. (Gili Cohen)

5:07 A.M. Rocket alarms sound in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

5:03 A.M. Hamas said that its broadcast outlets, Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio, were targeted by Israeli air strikes. The television station continued to broadcast, but the radio station went silent. (Reuters)

4:50 A.M. Air strikes on central and southern areas of the Gaza Strip killed 16 Palestinians and wounded more than 50 others early on Tuesday, medics and witnesses said.

Nine Palestinians were killed in a predawn air strike on a house in the refugee camp of al-Bureij, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said.

Another seven Palestinians belonging to one family were killed when their house was hit in the southern town of Rafah, he said. (DPA)

4:34 A.M. Rocket alert sirens sound in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

4:10 A.M. Rocket alarm sirens sound in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

3:31 A.M. Two rockets fall in open areas near Ashkelon. Two rockets additionally intercepted in the area. (Shirly Seidler)

3:05 A.M. Rocket alarm sirens in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

2:52 A.M. One rocket falls in open area near Rishon Letzion, one rocket intercepted over Ashdod. (Gili Cohen and Shirly Seidler)

2:47 A.M. Israeli Air Force strikes Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh’s house, according to the Gaza Interior Ministry. No casualties reported. (Reuters)

2:30 A.M. Rocket alarm sirens sound throughout Tel Aviv metropolitan area and central Israel.

2:15 A.M. Rocket alert sirens sound in Kerem Shalom, near the Gaza border.

1:27 A.M. Brazil’s president is calling Israel’s conflict with Hamas “a massacre.”

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made the comment while speaking with local media outlets Monday from the presidential residence in Brasilia.

In an article posted on the website of the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, Rousseff says that “I think what’s happening in the Gaza Strip is dangerous. I don’t think it’s genocide, but I think it’s a massacre.” (AP)

1:02 A.M. Route 232 closed to traffic due to a suspected security incident. Residents in several communities told to remain in their homes. (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)

11:52 P.M. The IDF releases the names of the four soldiers killed by mortar fire on the Gaza border earlier Monday: Staff Sgt. Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22, of Safed; Corporal Meidan Maymon Biton, 20, of Netivot; Corporal Niran Cohen, 20, of Tiberias; and Sgt. First Class Adi Briga, 23, of Beit Shikma.

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3 Ynetnews Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fallen Soldiers

Photo: Ido Erez Wounded soldiers evacuated after morat attack. ‘Luck and bad luck are an integral part of every war’ Photo: Ido Erez

Paying the price of a justified war  [refers to over 50 IOF soldiers killed, 10 of them within 24 hours. D]

Analysis: Israel’s decision makers never imagined that after 10 days of a ground operation in Gaza, the military death toll would cross the 50 mark.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4551558,00.html

Nahum Barnea

There are no unjustified wars, and the two serious incidents which took place Monday at the Gaza vicinity sadly illustrate just how correct this sentence is.

The price of the ground operation in soldiers’ lives, within the Strip and near the border, is extremely heavy. The decision makers never imagined that after 10 days of fighting on the ground, the military death toll would cross the 50 mark. The Israeli public, which enjoyed a protected home front in the first days of the operation, never imagined that this would be the state of things after 21 days.

A lot of it is bad luck. Like in Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in 2006, it was also in the forming-up place in the northern Eshkol region that soldiers unfortunately stood in the wrong place at the wrong time; and the tunnel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz was unearthed on time. It just wasn’t unearthed in its entirety. Luck and bad luck are an integral part of every war.

The initial reaction said: We must hit them hard, from the air, from the sea, from the ground; the IDF should pull their leaders out of the bunkers they have dug under the al-Shifa Hospital, send a tank brigade to Palestine Square, raze the Jabalya refugee camp. The belly and heart are an authentic response team. I’m not certain that they’re a wise response team.

The bad news dictated the atmosphere in the press-statement conference convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Netanyahu’s face conveyed sadness, grief. Ya’alon and Gantz had a scowling expression.

But when one looks into the content of their statements, it’s hard to find evidence of a change. It’s possible that in private they speak differently, but outside they are sticking to the outline they have been following until now.

They are pursuing an organized ceasefire, preferably with international backing and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ seal of approval. Ideas in this direction bounced back and forth Monday in all the relevant bureaus.

The flow of ideas was halted when they realized the number of fallen soldiers in the south, but the outline pursuing a ceasefire didn’t disappear. It didn’t disappear because it has no alternative for now.

Good or bad, this is reality. The talk about expanding the operation beyond the tunnels and shafts is mere talk. There is not a single minister in the cabinet who is offering a consolidated alternative right now. The ministers and Knesset members calling for the operation’s expansion are outside the cabinet, and are both unfamiliar with the material and enjoying an opportunity to make headlines for no reason. They are engaging in primary elections on the fighters’ blood.

From the first day of the operation, we have been dragged and we are still being dragged. Hamas is dictating the extent and length of the conflict, and our forces have not found a move, an initiative or a patent to break this dictation.

We interpreted the humanitarian ceasefire as a permit to keep blowing up tunnels. Hamas interpreted it differently. While the IDF continued working in the tunnels, Hamas expanded and intensified the fire, and managed to surprises us with two difficult blows. As far as Hamas is concerned, with another successful day like this one it will pull us in, into the bunkers in Gaza City.

Netanyahu, naturally, is thinking about his image on the day after. Today he enjoys an 87% support rate, but these are fragile percentage points, which could pass. What will jeopardize him more on the day after, pursuing the fighting or stopping it?

If he goes on, he will have to deal with the death toll. He probably remembers what happened to former Prime Minister Menachem Begin in similar circumstances; if he stops, he will have to deal with disappointment and internal criticism. According to the blatant, degrading tone used by his colleagues when they refer to him, his life won’t be easy.

The Obama administration has no intention of making things easier for him either. The errors which led to the explosion can be divided between the two sides. The administration, which gave Israel its full support from the beginning of the crisis, felt it couldn’t stand idly by as horrific pictures of dead children in Gaza were being published in America. Obama has been accused of letting the children of Syria die; the children of Gaza will receive a better treatment.

Kerry took the mission upon himself. He likes taking missions. If he had learned something from the lesson of Philip Habib, the diplomat who ran around from Ariel Sharon to Yasser Arafat in 1982, he would have been careful. Netanyahu should have said to him: John, my friend, it’s not a good thing when the American foreign minister mediates between an ally and a terror organization; no good will come out of it.

Kerry flew to Paris from here, to embrace the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, Hamas’ two patrons. With one hug, he bought the resentment of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Abbas and the Israeli government.

He then came up with points for a ceasefire agreement. A more cautious person would have discussed the points verbally. Kerry handed the points over to Netanyahu in writing, turning them into an American document. Netanyahu presented the document to the cabinet members. He prevented them from making a decision to reject the offer, but the leaks from the meeting were enough: The document got out, the general objection was recorded, and Kerry was portrayed as a traitor.

Obama took the betrayal issue to heart, and there was a reason for that: The new Egyptian regime has accused him of having a secret alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. The radical right in America adopted the accusation and intensified it: Why it is a known fact that Barack Hussein Obama tends to betray America’s friends and conspire against it with his friends, the radical Islamists. It’s an imaginary accusation, but the sensitivity is real. From phone calls from Washington, I hear that both Obama and Kerry are furious.

The reprimanding phone call to Netanyahu did not make much of a difference. The cabinet sat down till dawn, and concluded the meeting, as usual, without making a decision. The ministers expected Netanyahu to reach a ceasefire without them, and absolve them of responsibility.

And then came the news from the Gaza vicinity.

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4 Haaretz Monday, July 28, 2014

Israel’s moral defeat will haunt us for years

We have passed 1,000 dead Palestinians. How many more?

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.607550

By Amira Hass     |  Jul. 28, 2014

Palestinian rescue officers removing a body on Saturday from the rubble of a building

Palestinian rescue officers removing a body on Saturday from the rubble of a building where at least 20 members of the Al-Najjar extended family were killed in Khan Yunis. Photo by AP

If victory is measured in the number of dead, then Israel and its army are big winners. From the time I wrote these words on Saturday, and by the time you read them on Sunday, the number will no longer be 1,000 (70-80 percent civilians) but even more.

How many more? Ten bodies, 18? Three more pregnant women? Five dead children, their eyes half-open, their mouths gaping, their baby teeth poking out, their shirts covered with blood and they are being carried on a single stretcher? If victory means causing the enemy to pile up a number of slaughtered children on one stretcher, since there are not enough stretchers, then you have won, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – you and the nation that admires you.

And the trophy also goes to the Startup Nation, this time to the startup renowned for knowing and reporting as little as possible with as many international media and available websites as possible. “Good morning, it was a quiet night,” the Army Radio host announced cheerfully on Thursday morning. In the day preceding the happy announcement, the Israel Defense Forces killed 80 Palestinians, 64 of whom were civilians, including 15 children and 5 women. At least 30 of them were killed during the same quiet night, from overwhelming shelling, bombing and firing from Israeli artillery, and this is without counting the number of injured or the number of houses blown up.)

If victory is measured in the number of families wiped out within two weeks – parents and children, one parent and a few children, a grandmother and daughters in law and grandchildren and son, brothers and their children, in all the variations you might choose – then we also have the upper hand. Here, names from memory: Al-Najjar, Karaw’a, Abu-Jam’e, Ghannem, Qannan, Hamad, A-Salim, Al Astal, Al Hallaq, Sheikh Khalil, Al Kilani. In these families, the few members who survived the Israeli bombings in the past two weeks are now jealous of their dead.

And let’s not forget the laurel wreaths for our legal experts, those without whom the IDF does not make a move. Due to them, blowing up an entire house – whether empty or filled with residents – is easily justified if Israel characterizes one of the family members as an appropriate target (be he senior or junior Hamas member, military or political, brother or family guest).

“If it is legal according to international law,” a Western diplomat told me, shocked by his own state’s position in support of Israel, “it is a sign that something stinks in international law.”

And another bouquet of flowers for our advisers, the graduates of the exclusive law schools in Israel and the United States, and maybe also in England: They are certainly the ones advising the IDF why it is permissible to fire at Palestinian rescue teams and prevent them from getting to the wounded. Seven members of medical teams on their way to rescue the injured were shot to death by the IDF during two weeks, the last two only last Friday. Another 16 have been wounded. This doesn’t include the cases is which IDF firing prevented crews from driving to the disaster scene.

You will surely recite what the army says: “Terrorists are hiding in the ambulances” – since Palestinians do not really want to save their wounded, they don’t really want to prevent them from bleeding to death under the ruins, isn’t this what you are thinking? Does our acclaimed intelligence, which did not discover during all these years the network of tunnels, know in real time that in every ambulance that was hit directly with IDF fire, or whose trip to save an injured person was blocked, there are really armed Palestinians inside? And why is it permissible to save a wounded soldier at the cost of shelling an entire neighborhood, but it is not allowed to save an elderly Palestinian buried under the rubble? Why is it forbidden to save an armed man, or more correctly a Palestinian fighter, who was wounded while repulsing a foreign army that invaded his neighborhood?

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

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

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

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

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Dear friends and family,

Instead of having some good news today, I have to say that things are getting worse in Gaza.  Resistance in the West Bank is growing–resistance to what is happening in Gaza and resistance to the Israeli military occupation.  I read a very interesting article today that says the leadership at a crossroads similar to when they had to decide whether or not to leave Beirut just before the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.  Today the decision is whether to stay with negotiations and the status quo that has not brought them any closer to a just peace or whether to listen to the street–those resisting in Gaza and West Bank.  Things can hardly get worse.  All Palestinians, especially those in Gaza are paying a very high price.  The death toll in Gaza passed 1,000 today as teams fanned out in the Strip during the 12-hour cease-fire to uncover bodies under the rubble resulting from the Israeli shelling this past week.

First thing this morning while having breakfast, I saw a one-day old baby in a half-functioning incubator hanging on for dear life in a hospital in Gaza. The TV network called her “the baby without a name and without a mother”.  She was born C-Section after her mother had been killed and apparently the father was no where and presumed dead too.

After breakfast I went to Salahidin St (the main street of East Jerusalem) to change some money.  There was a terrible smell wherever I went–a smell like that of rotting animals.  I went to a friend’s store and he told me that on Thursday night after Iftar (breaking of the fast at sundown during Ramadan) people come to walk on the streets just to be outside and do some shopping. The stores are opened again after Iftar.  While people were out, the Israeli army sprayed “skunk water” on the sidewalks and on the streets of East Jerusalem, including on and into the shops.  The smell was so bad people could not stand it.  On Friday (yesterday) the shopkeepers got together and tried as best they could to wash the streets and sidewalks with water and disinfectant, but could not remove the smell. It was horrible, even today.

I will leave you with a short paragraph I received from an Israeli peace activist:

For all of us who do not remember, on September 29, 1967, about 3 months after the Six Day War, Haaretz daily published the following op-ed: “Our right to defend ourselves from annihilation does not give us the right to oppress others. Foreign occupation results in foreign rule, foreign rule results in resistance, resistance results in suppression, suppression results in terrorism and counter-terrorism. Victims of terrorism are usually innocents. Holding on to the Territories will turn us into a nation of murderers and murder victims. Let us get out of the Occupied Territories now!”

Below are many articles from the Israeli magazine called “Occupation Magazine”.  You can choose to read all of them, some of them, or none of them.  [The articles from the OM that Kathy refers to and which are not below were sent yesterday. D]

Please distribute this e-mail widely.

Kathy

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8 The Guardian  Monday, July 28, 2014

As the Gaza crisis deepens, boycotts can raise the price of Israel’s impunity

If governments refuse to act on Gaza, we must emulate the methods that isolated South Africa during apartheid

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/28/gaza-crisis-boycotts-israel-impunity-apartheid

Rafeef Ziadah

A woman walks on debris in Gaza. ‘The attack on Gaza is not a war between two equal sides. It is an onslaught by a powerful military state, armed and supported by the west, against an impoverished, besieged and displaced people.’ Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

I started my life under Israeli siege and bombardment. Even as a child I remember wondering, while the smell of artillery shells filled the Beirut air in 1982 and we ran for our lives: “why is the world allowing this to happen?” On the face of Gaza’s children today I see another generation born to the same trauma, and to the same question. How can this be allowed to happen?

Gaza has been under Israeli siege for seven years. Fishermen are shot when they go out to sea. Trade is blocked. Travel is nearly impossible. Water is contaminated. Hospital supplies are lacking. The economy is kept in controlled collapse, just short of catastrophe. Israel is rationing everything that enters Gaza, from calories to world literature.

After 21 days of bombing, Israel still refuses a comprehensive ceasefire that meets the minimal, unified demand of all Palestinians – to let people lead normal lives. This is not a war, let alone one of self-defence, but a punitive expedition aimed at maintaining the siege and illegal military occupation. Civilians, hospitals and residential blocks bear the brunt of the attack because the only “military” aim of onslaught is to cower Palestinians into complete submission.

In July 2004, the international court of justice ruled that Israel’s wall and the associated regime in the occupied West Bank of settlements, land confiscation, segregated roads and movement restrictions is illegal under international law, and that governments have a legal duty to act. However, 10 years on, the international community still averts its gaze, failing to lift a finger to hold Israel to account. EU foreign ministers, even after they heard news of the massacre of Shuja’iya, demanded the disarmament only of Gaza. Yet it is Israel’s hi-tech arsenal, funded by US aid, generous EU research grants and the flourishing multibillion arms trade, that rains down horror on civilians.

Lip-service aside, western governments support the siege of Gaza, the building of settlements and therefore Israel’s periodic massacres. The impunity granted to Israel is completely at odds with the democratic will of the people, as the current international outpouring of solidarity with Gaza shows.

If governments refuse to act, then the vast international support that Israel enjoys must be tackled by international grassroots civil society, using the methods that isolated South Africa during apartheid.

Since its launch by Palestinian civil society in 2005, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has won support from trade unions, political parties and grassroots movements, and from vast numbers of people all over the world expressing their ethical commitment by boycotting all Israeli products, not just those from the occupied territories. As a result, BDS pressure is now starting to have significant impacts.

Artists including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Massive Attack and Faithless have refused to perform in Israel in response to calls for a cultural boycott. Public intellectuals such as Stephen Hawking, Alice Walker and Judith Butler have taken a similar stance. A major step was taken recently by a group of Nobel laureates and other public figures who published a letter in the Guardian calling on governments to immediately “implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel”.

Now the UK security firm G4S looks set to scale back its involvement in the Israeli prison system that holds Palestinian children without trial, following an international campaign that saw US churches and the Bill Gates Foundation divest from the company. John Lewis recently became the latest European retailer to stop trading with the Israeli firm SodaStream, whose share price has halved in a year. Leaders of Israel’s settler movement have bemoaned the fact that consumer boycotts mean they can no longer export to Europe. Israeli ministers describe BDS as a “strategic threat” to the status quo, and even the US now warns that Israel faces international isolation.

The attack on Gaza is not a war between two equal sides. It is an onslaught by a powerful military state, armed and supported by the west, against an impoverished, besieged and displaced people. The talk of governments is cheap. As long as talk is all there is, the life of our children remains even cheaper. We must step up our boycott, divestment and sanctions, campaigning internationally to end Israel’s impunity.

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9  France24  Friday, July 25, 2014

French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

http://www.france24.com/en/20140725-israel-icc-war-crimes-gaza-complaint-filed/

Jack Guez, AFP

A French lawyer said on Friday that he had filed a complaint on behalf of the Palestinian justice minister at the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing Israel’s military of having carried out “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip.

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s offensive in Gaza, launched on July 8 in response to Hamas militants firing rockets into the Jewish state.

The complaint targets “war crimes committed by the Israeli army in June and July 2014 in Palestine” in the context of the operation known as Protective Edge, Gilles Devers told reporters.

“Israel, the occupying power, is carrying out a military operation which in principle and form violates the basis of international law,” he said. “Every day new crimes are committed and over 80 percent of the victims are civilians. Children, women, hospitals, UN schools… the Israeli soldiers respect nothing.

“This is a military attack against the Palestinian population.”

The Israeli offensive has left more than 5,200 Palestinians injured, according to emergency services in Gaza, and 33 Israeli soldiers and two civilians have died, too.

The Palestinian Authority, which has non-member observer state status at the United Nations, has not yet signed up to the Hague-based ICC, due to what Devers said were “political” quarrels over the Palestinians’ status.

But according to Devers, the complaint is still valid.

The UN Human Rights Council is launching a probe into Israel’s offensive in Gaza, with rights chief Navi Pillay saying the Jewish state’s military actions could amount to war crimes.

(AFP)

Date created : 2014-07-25

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10 New York Times Sunday, July 27, 2014

An Israel Without Illusions

David Grossman: Stop the Grindstone of Israeli-Palestinian Violence

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/opinion/david-grossman-end-the-grindstone-of-israeli-palestinian-violence.html?_r=0

By DAVID GROSSMAN

This story is included with an NYT Opinion subscription.

JERUSALEM —  Israelis and Palestinians are imprisoned in what seems increasingly like a hermetically sealed bubble. Over the years, inside this bubble, each side has evolved sophisticated justifications for every act it commits.

Israel can rightly claim that no country in the world would abstain from responding to incessant attacks like those of Hamas, or to the threat posed by the tunnels dug from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Hamas, conversely, justifies its attacks on Israel by arguing that the Palestinians are still under occupation and that residents of Gaza are withering away under the blockade enforced by Israel.

Inside the bubble, who can fault Israelis for expecting their government to do everything it can to save children on the Nahal Oz kibbutz, or any of the other communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip, from a Hamas unit that might emerge from a hole in the ground? And what is the response to Gazans who say that the tunnels and rockets are their only remaining weapons against a powerful Israel? In this cruel and desperate bubble, both sides are right. They both obey the law of the bubble — the law of violence and war, revenge and hatred.

But the big question, as war rages on, is not about the horrors occurring every day inside the bubble, but rather it is this: How on earth can it be that we have been suffocating together inside this bubble for over a century? This question, for me, is the crux of the latest bloody cycle.

Since I cannot ask Hamas, nor do I purport to understand its way of thinking, I ask the leaders of my own country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his predecessors: How could you have wasted the years since the last conflict without initiating dialogue, without even making the slightest gesture toward dialogue with Hamas, without attempting to change our explosive reality? Why, for these past few years, has Israel avoided judicious negotiations with the moderate and more conversable sectors of the Palestinian people — an act that could also have served to pressure Hamas? Why have you ignored, for 12 years, the Arab League initiative that could have enlisted moderate Arab states with the power to impose, perhaps, a compromise on Hamas? In other words: Why is it that Israeli governments have been incapable, for decades, of thinking outside the bubble?

And yet the current round between Israel and Gaza is somehow different. Beyond the pugnacity of a few politicians fanning the flames of war, behind the great show of “unity” — in part authentic, mostly manipulative — something about this war is managing, I think, to direct many Israelis’ attention toward the mechanism that lies at the foundation of the vain and deadly repetitive “situation.” Many Israelis who have refused to acknowledge the state of affairs are now looking into the futile cycle of violence, revenge and counter-revenge, and they are seeing our reflection: a clear, unadorned image of Israel as a brilliantly creative, inventive, audacious state that for over a century has been circling the grindstone of a conflict that could have been resolved years ago.

If we put aside for a moment the rationales we use to buttress ourselves against simple human compassion toward the multitude of Palestinians whose lives have been shattered in this war, perhaps we will be able to see them, too, as they trudge around the grindstone right beside us, in tandem, in endless blind circles, in numbing despair.

I do not know what the Palestinians, including Gazans, really think at this moment. But I do have a sense that Israel is growing up. Sadly, painfully, gnashing its teeth, but nonetheless maturing — or, rather, being forced to. Despite the belligerent declarations of hotheaded politicians and pundits, beyond the violent onslaught of right-wing thugs against anyone whose opinion differs from theirs, the main artery of the Israeli public is gaining sobriety.

The left is increasingly aware of the potent hatred against Israel — a hatred that arises not just from the occupation — and of the Islamic fundamentalist volcano that threatens the country. It also recognizes the fragility of any agreement that might be reached here. More people on the left understand now that the right wing’s fears are not mere paranoia, that they address a real and crucial threat.

I would hope that on the right, too, there is now greater recognition — even if it is accompanied by anger and frustration — of the limits of force; of the fact that even a powerful country like ours cannot simply act as it wishes; and that in the age we live in there are no unequivocal victories, only an illusory “image of victory” through which we can easily see the truth: that in war there are only losers. There is no military solution to the real anguish of the Palestinian people, and as long as the suffocation felt in Gaza is not alleviated, we in Israel will not be able to breathe freely either.

Israelis have known this for decades, and for decades we have refused to truly comprehend it. But perhaps this time we understand a little better; perhaps we have caught a glimpse of the reality of our lives from a slightly different angle. It is a painful understanding, and a threatening one, certainly, but it is an understanding that could be the start of a shift. It might bring home for Israelis how critical and urgent peace with the Palestinians is, and how it can also be a basis for peace with the other Arab states. It may portray peace — such a disparaged concept here these days — as the best option, and the most secure one, available to Israel.

Will a similar comprehension emerge on the other side, in Hamas? I have no way of knowing. But the Palestinian majority, represented by Mahmoud Abbas, has already decided in favor of negotiation and against terrorism. Will the government of Israel, after this bloody war, after losing so many young and beloved people, continue to avoid at least trying this option? Will it continue to ignore Mr. Abbas as an essential component to any resolution? Will it keep dismissing the possibility that an agreement with West Bank Palestinians might gradually lead to an improved relationship with the 1.8 million residents of Gaza?

Here in Israel, as soon as the war is over, we must begin the process of creating a new partnership, an internal alliance that will alter the array of narrow interest groups that controls us. An alliance of those who comprehend the fatal risk of continuing to circle the grindstone; those who understand that our borderlines no longer separate Jews from Arabs, but people who long to live in peace from those who feed, ideologically and emotionally, on continued violence.

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I believe that Israel still contains a critical mass of people, both left-wing and right-wing, religious and secular, Jews and Arabs, who are capable of uniting — with sobriety, with no illusions — around a few points of agreement to resolve the conflict with our neighbors.

There are many who still “remember the future” (an odd phrase, but an accurate one in this context) — the future they want for Israel, and for Palestine. There are still — but who knows for how much longer — people in Israel who understand that if we sink into apathy again we will be leaving the arena to those who would drag us fervently into the next war, igniting every possible locus of conflict in Israeli society as they go.

If we do not do this, we will all — Israelis and Palestinians, blindfolded, our heads bowed in stupor, collaborating with hopelessness — continue to turn the grindstone of this conflict, which crushes and erodes our lives, our hopes and our humanity.

David Grossman is the author, most recently, of “Falling Out of Time.” His other books include “To the End of the Land,” “Death as a Way of Life” and “The Yellow Wind.” This essay was translated by Jessica Cohen from the Hebrew.

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11 Palestine Chronicle Friday, July 25, 2014

Israel’s Genocide in Gaza will Achieve No Goal

What Israel is sowing today, it will surely harvest tomorrow. (Safa.os/Flicker)

What Israel is sowing today, it will surely harvest tomorrow. (Safa.os/Flicker)

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/israels-genocide-in-gaza-will-achieve-no-goal/#.U9Z8dIkcTMM

By Ahmed Meiloud

For over two weeks, the Gaza strip (already besieged for the past 7 years) has been subjected to continuous bombardment from air and sea. This is the third war to be waged on the strip in the span of 5 years and it is more than likely going to be the deadliest. Approximately 800 Gazans, mostly children and women, have already been murdered.

In the past 10 days, the Israelis have added their ground force to the fire power, using heavy caliber artillery and tanks to shell the densely populated strip, compounding the suffering of the population and increasing the scope and space of its ongoing massacre.

For those living in Gaza, language cannot depict the scale of the tragedy. Many families have lost all or most of their members. As one health official in Gaza said, “Entire families have been wiped out of the civil record.” This doesn’t seem to be the result of simple failure to observe the principle of “disproportionality,” but rather an evident disregard for life. Nowhere seems to be sacred or safe in the face of an onslaught, where residential areas are considered legitimate targets. Mosques, hospitals, ambulances, medical teams, UN run schools and children playing soccer on the beach have all been targeted.

The images look barbaric enough for anyone viewing, not experiencing them. But for the Palestinians, this is not the first time they find themselves before this ordeal. For the past 60 years, Israel has been slaughtering Palestinians wholesale with impunity. Ordering or participating in killing, displacing and dispossessing Palestinians are amongst the few things that any successful Israeli politician would have done at one point of his/her public career. As a nation, Israel was created by that very process of decimation, dispossessing, and displacement of Palestinians.

Gaza is a living testimony of that process. Most of its residents, who have been starved for the past 7 years and now bombed, are families who were originally forced in 1948 and 1967 to flee their hometowns and villages, which were subsequently annexed by Israel.

Contrary to the image of an Israeli victim of Arab terrorism, which many Western politicians allege, what is indeed taking place is the reverse. The suffering of the Palestinians as a result of the terror of the Israeli state is immeasurable. Beyond death and dispossession, generations of Palestinian children have been forced to endure unbearable psychological scars, as they were made refugees time and again.

Despite this, it is the Palestinians who are seen to be responsible for the war by much of Western media and the official rhetoric emerging from most Western  capitals. In the face of the enormity of the Palestinian suffering, Western leaders (such as US Secretary of State John Kerry, UK  Foreign Minister,  Philip  Hammond) have  chosen to blame the victim and side with the oppressor.

In siding with the oppressor, these leaders invoke Israel’s right to self-defense. However, the facts on the ground don’t support this claim. A close look at the figures of the dead and the injured suggests the exact opposite. Israel is committing genocide, not engaging in self-defense.

In the past 17 days of the one-sided onslaught, there are over 780 Palestinians who were killed in targeting residential areas in Gaza. Over 4,000 have also been injured. The figure of internally displaced Palestinians has surpassed 120,000. The figures on the Israeli side are lower. Only dozens were killed and injured. The difference in both cases is not just in the asymmetry of the death toll. The nature of those killed is also indicative of the kind of conflict we are witnessing and the level of deception in the comments and communiqué issued in Western capitals about it.

Of the Israeli fatalities, 94% are military personnel (30 out of the 32 are soldiers). Most of those injured are soldiers as well. The ratio of combatant to civilian death on the Palestinian side is starkly different. According to the UN and the health services in Gaza, over 80% of those killed in Israeli raids and continuous shelling are civilians and one third are children. The UK Telegraph has recently published the names of 132 of these children. Today this number has risen to 181 according to UNICEF.

The genocidal nature of this onslaught is also clear from the circumstances of death as well. All the Palestinians killed, so far, were killed inside Palestinian borders, within residential areas and often as they stayed in their homes. In contrast, all Israeli fatalities (except two, the total number of those died as a result of rockets fired from Gaza) were engaged in combat.

Given the asymmetry of death, of the ratio of civilians to militants, and given the Israeli unchallenged dominance of air and sea space, it is genocide or ethnic cleansing that is more befitting descriptor of what Israel is doing in Gaza. Western leaders’ argument that Israel is defending itself is simply not supported by facts. It is morally reprehensible and inexcusable.

The Israelis claim that they are trying to neutralize the rocketry of the Palestinian resistance, which target Israeli towns. This claim is further strengthened by a corollary claim that Hamas, which runs the strip, is a terrorist organization. Western and Israeli leaders allege that it targets civilians. Today, the UK Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, speaking in Cairo, repeated the same claim and blamed Hamas for starting this round of conflict. But these claims are neither true, nor do they justify the savagery of the current onslaught on Gaza, where civilians, women and children, not rocket launchers are bearing the brunt of the assault.

The insinuation that Hamas has started this round of conflict is a lie. The current round started after three Israeli teenage settlers (one at least of whom was a soldier) were kidnapped and later found murdered. Although the event took place in the West Bank, and although no Palestinian group claimed responsibility, Israeli government immediately pointed fingers at Hamas. Hamas has denied involvement, knowledge of the teenagers’ kidnaping or who did it until it became news. Some press reports have pointed out that Israel deliberately misled its public and knew of the of the victims’ deaths and whereabouts days before it made that information public. A recent report in one German channel suggests that the Israeli government simply used the event as a pretext to attack Gaza. Despite its knowledge of the teenagers’ death, the Israeli government continued to raid and arrest Palestinian activists under the pretext that it was conducting a search for the abducted.

In the process, Israel arrested hundreds of Palestinians and killed a dozen. Many of the arrested were prisoners who were originally freed as a part of a prisoners’ swap with Hamas in 2011. This was not only a breach of the terms of the prisoners’ exchange but a clear provocation to involve Hamas. To add more fuel to the fire, Israeli settlers kidnapped and burned a Palestinian boy alive. It is within these circumstances that the resistance groups in Gaza began firing missiles toward Israeli cities in retaliation to the collective punishment, mass arrests and killing of Palestinian activists.

Beyond the immediate context, Israel deliberately breached the 2012 ceasefire brokered by Egypt, which mandated Israel to lift the siege on Gaza. Israel did the opposite. It tightened the siege. Since the fall of Morsi, Egypt joined Israelis in the effort to isolate Gaza, closing its borders, making the already unbearable situation catastrophic.

It is now the position of the Palestinian groups that Israel must first cease its onslaught on Gaza and honor its earlier agreements. Quieting the missiles in Gaza, without lifting the siege, will only mean more suffering to the crowded strip. Israel’s choice to violate its agreements and to focus its military campaign on residential areas is what defines the current conflict and manufactures the tragedy. The solution therefore lies in integrating Gaza through trade with the rest of the world.

The notion advanced in an article published today on the Foreign Policy’s website that Israel is compelled to pursue “an eye for a tooth” policy to establish deterrence is not only a disingenuous attempt to make palatable the cowardly mass killing of civilians. It is misguided in essence as well. Israel has exhausted all violent means to force Palestinians to submission and has so far earned neither rest nor reverence. Deterrence has always been an Israeli policy objective and has always failed. Despite its disproportionality, and Western praise of its efficient military establishment, Israel is not safer today than the time when it pursued deterrence against Palestinians armed mostly with stones. Rather than being a constructive course that would contribute to a peaceful future, Israeli attempts to bomb Palestinians to submission is only going to create further risks for its future generations and diminish the prospect for any peace. It is relatively cheaper for the Israelis to withdraw from the Occupied Territories in 1967 and to stop besieging Gaza from sea, air and ground.

Despite the factual errors about the 2006 war on Lebanon in FP’s article, the allusion to a parallel with Gaza is a stretch. Unlike Hezbollah in Lebanon, who kidnapped soldiers to trade for its prisoners in Israel, an objective it successfully achieved, the Palestinian Resistance is driven by a much bigger and, for that matter, a more just cause. Resistance against occupation is enshrined in all laws and highly regarded by all cultures (including the West whose moral superiority the FP’s article praises), and it is not going to stop regardless of what the outcome of the current killing spree in Gaza is. Israel’s deterrence has been eroding and whatever moral claims it had is also vanishing into thin air with every child blown to bits and pieces by its artillery or bombers. That trend will continue.

The Palestinians do not stand alone and the Israeli brutality will only rekindle the anti-Israeli sentiment in the region. The fact that many of the neighbors are either busy in their own civil wars or are shackled by despots is not a guarantee of a stable future. The region is going through a radical change, and within a decade, Israel will be fully surrounded by actors who are not fettered by fear of loss either of lives or infrastructure. Nor would these societies of warriors be shackled by the international conventions, which the Israelis and the Western governments backing them make mockery of at the moment, feeling that military superiority makes them beyond reproach.

What Israel is sowing today, it will surely harvest tomorrow, and no amount of pontification from Western missionary professors, driven by a contradictory mission to on the hand justify mass murder and on the other hand flaunt the supremacy of Western war ethics, will be of much use to them.

– Ahmed Meiloud is a PhD student at the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. His research interests include studying the various movements of political Islam across the Arab World, with special focus on the works of the thinkers, jurists and public intellectuals who shape the moderate strands of Islamism. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.

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12 Haaretz Monday, July 28, 2014

Israel should consider Hamas’ cease-fire offer more seriously

Could Hamas be offering Israel the best interim agreement ever offered by an Arab administration?

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.607604

By Nicolas Pelham

Before dismissing Hamas’ offer for a cease-fire, Israel might pause for a moment to ask whether it is looking a gift-horse in the mouth and then slaughtering it. Unlike Hamas’s previous terms for a ten-year hudna, or truce, the movement is not demanding an Israeli withdrawal from East Jerusalem, or indeed any settlement, or one inch of territory. It is not pinning an armistice on the return of one refugee. It simply asks for normal relations: The opportunity to trade and move across cease-fire lines.

On the face of it, this looks the best offer Israel ever had: The prospect of an Arab administration offering Israel an interim normalization of ties without first concluding a final status agreement would be a breakthrough at any time. And it’s coming from the region’s seminal Islamist movement at a time when a regional Jihadi advance could offer Israel a protective bulwark more strategic than anything Iron Dome has to offer.

A sensible response might have been to test how serious Hamas really is. Would its commanders negotiate a limitation of forces agreement for the 10-year period and commit to remain, like other revolutionary movements achieving statehood, in their barracks? In return for Israel’s acceptance of Palestinian access and movement out of Gaza, would Hamas reciprocate by guaranteeing the safety of Israelis travelling to and trading with Gaza? Would its immigration authorities accept Israeli travel documents? If unfettered Israeli access is too much to stomach for all – could Israel experiment with those who are supposed to work in conflicts like journalists and physicians, and then in six-month increments including construction workers and engineers, and ultimately tourists curious to visit Gaza’s quirky hotels? If Israel provides passage for Muslim pilgrims to al-Aqsa, would they safeguard the passage of Jews to the shrine of Yisrael Najarah, Gaza’s 17th century chief rabbi and author of Sabbath zemirot?

The temptation would be to assume that the Qassam Brigades would simply use the interim to rebuild their fortifications. But at least some of Hamas’s leaders have long spoken of a hudna less as a timeout for rearmament than an opportunity to strive for a transformation of relations. De facto statehood has many advantages for Hamas as well as Israel’s leading coalition partner, Likud, whose charter upholds Jewish sovereignty over all the Land of Israel and precludes a Palestinian state. And while government-to-government agreements are essential for a cessation of conflict, they argue like many on Israel’s right, only people-to-people relations can end the conflict. Might kibbutzniks who have spent the past decade ducking mortar shells along Gaza’s border again dine in its fish restaurants? Might those religious Jews who claim such a longing for Gaza’s Jewish shrines find a way of returning to pray rather than prey in a tank?

The answers could ripple far beyond Gaza’s 350 square kilometers. By returning to the strategy of Gaza First, the international community first adopted after Israel’s 2005 engagement, Gaza could offer a model for normalizing relations which might halt the downward spiral to ever greater Arab and Israeli delegitimization and demonization of each other? Might normalization on the Gaza model serve as a step onwards towards, rather than a precondition of, a final settlement, in the West Bank and Israel, and even further afield in Lebanon and North Africa?

But while there is much to talk about, there are perilously few channels for doing so. If the current round of fighting is in part the result of a series of misunderstandings over their last cease-fire agreement, Israel is paying the price for refusing contacts with Gaza’s authorities and cajoling its allies into following suit. The recourse to war was hardly Hamas’s first choice for lifting Gaza’s blockade. It has tried repeated cease-fire agreements with Israel, the formalizing of border trade to replace the tunnel economy with Egypt, and the handover of the reins of government to the Palestinian Authority, in the hope that the outside world might deal with them instead. Nothing worked. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instead began tightening the screws. Only when Israel and Gaza began fighting again did the world seem to listen.

A better way might have been for the belligerents to thrash out the issues themselves. If Benjamin Netanyahu and Ismail Haniya cannot bring themselves to sit at the same table at Erez, they should instruct their senior generals and, with the support of President Mahmoud Abbas, conclude an armistice agreement and open bridges arrangements. Israel has done it after previous wars with similarly intractably Arab foes.

But of course the death of 1000 Palestinians and 45 Israelis is too few to induce a sea-change. Buoyed by their regional allies, Israel’s leaders will soon recover from their shock. The Turkish-Qatar camp and the Egyptian-led anti-Islamist alliance will continue to treat Gaza as their political football, squabbling over whether the Brotherhood’s last experiment in government lives or dies. For a want of better leaders, Israel and Hamas will continue to serve as proxies for their great regional game and reject America’s offer of a middle path. At the end of the day, it takes more courage to make peace than war.

Nicolas Pelham is a correspondent for The Economist based in Jerusalem. He has been based in Cairo, Rabat and Baghdad and is the author of A New Muslim Order (2008) and co-author of A History of the Middle East (2010).

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13 Interview w Gideon Levy followed by one of Nathan Thrall on Democracy Now: The interview with Levy begins at about 1/3 of the video.  Levy returns briefly after Thrall, whose remarks are definitely also important.

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/22/israeli_writer_gideon_levy_if_netanyahu 
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13. Haaretz Monday, July 28, 2014

Israel’s other war, now on a street near you

Netanyahu must speak out against the increasing number of violent assaults on Arabs and leftist who express opposition to the war.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.607516

Haaretz Editorial

An internal war over the rule of democracy and law is underway now in Israel. That war is drowned out by the roar of the cannons and the pictures of soldiers’ funerals and of the destruction in Gaza. Its harshest and most frightening manifestations are violent assaults by extreme right-wing activists, mainly on Arabs but also on leftists and people who express opposition to the war.

On Friday, about a month after the abduction and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shoafat, two young Palestinians from Beit Hanina were beaten and seriously injured. According to their testimony and that of passersby, they were attacked by a group of Jews only because they were Arab.

“A man came from the direction of [the Jerusalem neighborhood] Neveh Ya’akov,” one of the victims, Samer Mahfouz, told Haaretz. “He said ‘give me a cigarette.’ I told him I don’t have any, and he heard I’m Arab and went away, coming back with his friends, maybe 12 people. They had sticks and iron bars and they hit us over the head,” he said.

The incident shows that the murder of Abu Khdeir was not a lone horrific incident, but part of a wave of violence that is becoming the norm.

Verbal violence has long taken over the social networks, with pages dedicated to preaching the murder of Arabs, marking and punishing “traitors” and organizations calling for action against them. That verbal violence is now pouring into the street with terrifying speed, translating into events like those in Shoafat and Beit Hanina, where gangs decide to “take the law into their own hands” and punish those “who are disloyal to the State of Israel.” The only crime of the victims is that they are Arab.

These criminals are not “taking the law into their own hands,” they are trampling it underfoot, turning Israel into a violent country where bloodshed is allowed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the right wing for more than two decades now, must speak out. The prime minister must stop the moral and legal decline in Israeli society, which endangers it no less than external threats.

Netanyahu must state loud and clear that violence committed by extreme right-wing factions will not be permitted. He must denounce assaults on Arabs and leftists and call for calm in a charged public atmosphere that could cost more lives.

Netanyahu’s many tasks – the war, diplomatic talks, pledging security for Israelis – must not be an excuse for silence. If he does not speak out, he will not be able to wash his hands of the next tragedy that might happen.

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On the 12th Day of the Nazi Offensive: Nazi Forces Continue Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling

NOVANEWS

Nazi Forces Use Flechette Shells;

Approximately 50,000 Palestinians Forcibly Displaced in Border Areas

Since the Beginning of the Nazi 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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On the 10th Day of the Nazi Offensive: 4 Palestinian Children Killed in Gaza City

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Since the Beginning of the Nazi Offensive on Gaza:

 

221 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 179 Are Civilians, Including 45 Children and 32 Women, and 1,458 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 432 Children and 298 Women;

312 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.  In disregard for the lives of children, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian children while they were playing at the beach in Gaza City.  At night, Israeli forces accepted a truce suggested by the United Nations for 6 hours on Thursday, 17 July 2014.  PCHR is concerned that Israeli forces may attack Palestinian civilians during this truce, like what happened during “Operation Cast Lead” (2008-2009).

From 10:00 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 to 10:00 on Thursday, 17 July 2014, 26 Palestinians, 21 of whom are civilians including 9 children and 3 women, were killed.  Additionally, 119 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded – this number includes 31 children and 52 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 48 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas and a mosque.  As a result of these attacks, a Palestinian child and a member of an armed group were killed, and 23 others, including 9 children and 5 women, were wounded. Additionally, Israeli warplanes targeted 5 houses and destroyed 3 of them.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at Othman Bin ‘Affan Mosque in Be’r al-Na’ja area.  As a result, 5-year-old Ra’ed Mohammed Sari was killed, and 3 civilians, including the child’s father, were wounded.

–       At approximately 20:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to the al-Madhoun family in Beit Lahia.  The house was damaged.

–       At approximately 21:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belong to Mohammed Wirsh Agha in Beit Lahia.  The house was completely destroyed.

–       At approximately 23:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to Fathi Hammad, former Minister of Interior, in Beit Lahia.  The house was damaged.

–       At approximately 00:45 on Thursday, 17 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Omar Hassan al-Far in Jabalya.  Soon after, an Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 04:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at members of a Palestinian armed groups in al-‘Atatra area in Beit Lahia, killing one of them, Ahmed Rajab Raihan, 23, and wounded 3 others.

–       At approximately 06:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Sah’ban Mohammed Dakka in Jabalya. Soon after, an Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 20 airstrikes and Israeli gunboats and tanks fired shells targeting houses, civilians, agricultural lands and open areas. As a result of these attacks, 7 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were killed, and 45 others, including 8 children and 8 women, were wounded.  Additionally, 9 houses were targeted and 8 of them and a money exchange shop were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 5-storey house belonging to Rafiq Ismail al-Nu’aizi, in which 40 people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  Before the attack, Israeli forces had phoned the owner and order evacuation of the house.

–       At approximately 11:30, Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Sa’id Ramadan Haddad, in which 25 people live, in al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  Before the attack, Israeli forces had phoned the owner and order evacuation of the house.

–       At approximately 12:30, Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Jaber Jabr Jundiya, in which 20 people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       At approximately 13:00, Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to Khaled Mustafa Harara, in which 4 families live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 14:00, Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to ‘Aahed Mohammed Habib, in which 12 people live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 15:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at ‘Abdul Rahman Ibrahim Khalil al-Serji, 37, and his child, 16-year-old ‘Omar, who were on an agricultural plot belonging to the family in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City.  As a result, the father was killed and the child was seriously wounded.

–       At approximately 16:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of Palestinian children who were playing at Gaza beach.  As a result, 4 children were killed: Zakaria ‘Aahed Bakr, 10; Ismail Mohammed Subhi Bakr, 10; Mohammed Ramez ‘Ezzat Bakr, 11; and ‘Aahed ‘Aattaf ‘Aahed Bakr, 10.  A fifth child, 8-year-old Hamada Khamis Bakr, was seriously wounded.

The children of the Bakr family run away from an Israeli attack at the beach

The place where the children were attcked

–       At approximately 18:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 3 Palestinian civilians who were sitting near the debris of a house that had been destroyed by Israeli warplane in Sheikh ‘Ejlin neighborhood in the southwest of Gaza City.  Two civilians were killed: Hussam Jamal Hassouna Shamallakh, 30; and Mohammed Kamel Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman, 32.  The third civilian was wounded.

–       At approximately 00:30 on Thursday, 17 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Maher Saleh Farawana, in which 17 people live, in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in the south of Gaza City.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       Also at approximately 00:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 6-storey house belonging to Amal Yousef Muhanna, in which 43 people live, in al-Nafaq Street in Gaza City.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 01:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a currency exchange shop belonging to Maher Musbah Abu Ghanima in al-Jalaa’ Street in the center of Gaza City.  The shop was destroyed. Abu Ghanima’s house had been also attacked on 15 July 2014.

–       At approximately 03:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Hamza Subhi al-Yazji, in which 35 people live, in al-Yarmouk Street in Gaza City.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 09:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Arafat Mohammed al-Minawi, a university lecturer, in which 23 people live, in al-Shuja’iya  neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 14 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 2 Palestinians, including a civilians, were killed, and 14 others, including 6 women and 2 children, were wounded.  Six houses and a store were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 17:30 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Shihda ‘Abed Rabbu Abu Dahrouj, 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 18:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a store under a house belonging to Kamel ‘Eid al-Hawajari in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  The store was destroyed.

–       At approximately 19:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Alaa’ Mahmoud al-Danaf, 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.

–       At approximately 19:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an inhabited house belonging to Hatem Yousef al-Roubi in al-Boreij refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 19:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to the heirs of Waleed Jaber Abu Hain, in which 8 people live, in Gaza Valley village.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 21:40, an Israeli drone fired a missiles at members of a Palestinian armed group in Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah, wounding 2 of them.  One of them, Mohammed Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Qaddem, 22, died of his wound later.

–       At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 17 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ma’awia Mahmoud Basheer, 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.

–       At approximately 06:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Salem Saleh ‘Olayan Fayad in Deir al-Balah. As a result Fayad was killed, and another two residents of the house were wounded.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 30 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, 10 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 3 women, were killed, and 22 others, including 3 children and 6 women, were wounded.  Israeli warplanes also targeted 4 houses and destroyed 2 of them.  They also bombarded a flat and damaged it.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:15, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of shells at Abu Tu’aima area in the east of ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  As a result 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded: Mo’men Mohammed Abu Tu’aima, 30; and Siraj Tariq Abu Tu’aima, 12.

–       At approximately 11:25, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a civilian car that was traveling in Bani Suhila village, east of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 3 civilian passengers were killed: Khadra al-‘Aabed Salama Abu Daqqa, 65; ‘Omar Ramdan Hassan Abu Daqqa; and Ibrahim Ramdan Hassan Abu Daqqa, 10.  Additionally, 3 members of the family who were also traveling in the car were also wounded.  Additionally, 7 passing civilians, including 4 women, were wounded.

–       At approximately 16:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a shed on an agricultural plot in al-Satar al-Gharbi area in the north of Khan Yunis, destroying it and wounded 3 Palestinian civilians.

–       At approximately 17:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a flat belonging to the ‘Abdul ‘Aati family in the Austrain neighborhood in the west of Khan Yunis. The flat was damaged and fired broke out in it.

–       At approximately 17:35, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at two Palestinians brothers were sitting in the yard of their house in ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  The two civilians were killed: Akram and Kamal Mohammed Abu ‘Aamer, 32 39 respectively.

–       At approximately 18:55, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were sitting in the year of a house belonging to Kawthar Hussein al-Astal, 58, in al-Katiba neighborhood in Khan Yunis.  As a result, she and 3 of her relatives, including 2 children, were killed: Ussama and Yasmeen Mahmoud Hussein al-Atal, 8 and 4 respectively; and Hussein ‘Abdul Nasser Hussein al-Astal, 23.

–       At approximately 20:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to te al-Hajj family in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  About 15 minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a nearby 3-storey house belonging to Su’ad ‘Ali al-Zayani, in which 21 people live, and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 22:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to the sons of Kamel Sleem al-Saqqa, and a house belonging to their mother, Zainab Sa’id Mohammed al-‘Abadla, 73.  As a result, the woman was seriously wounded.  She died of her wound on the following day morning.

–       At approximately 22:00, Israeli drones fired a 2 missiles at a house belonging to Fu’ad Furaij Abu Ma’rouf in Jourat al-Lout area in the south of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house, damaging it extensively.

–       At approximately 22:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the vicinity of al-Iman Mosque in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis. The mosque was damaged, but no casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 01:15 on Thursday, 17 July 2014, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of shells at Palestinian communities in the east of Khan Yunis.  As a result, a water tank, agricultural plots, a minaret and a mosque were damaged, and 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

–       Also at approximately 01:15, Israeli gunboats shelled Khan Yunis beach.  No casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 04:10, Israeli warplane launched 7 airstrikes on agricultural plots in al-Manara, Ma’an, al-Satar al-Gharbi and al-Qarara areas.  No casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 05:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to Qais ‘Adnan al-‘Assar in al-Manara neighborhood in the south of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 35 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands and open areas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.  As a result, 5 Palestinians, including 2 civilians, were killed, and 15 others, including 5 children and 4 women, were wounded.  Two houses were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 19:10 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Ahmed Najem al-Masri, in which 7 people live, near Saladin Date in the south of Rafah without a prior warning. Twenty minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

–       At approximately 21:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike in Musabbeh neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  As a result, Mohammed ‘Abdul Hadi al-Masri, 27, a nurse, who was riding the motorbike was seriously wounded.

–       At approximately 01:00 on Thursday, 17 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Aadel ‘Abdul Hamid al-‘Attar, in which 11 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.  Before the attack, Israeli forces phoned a neighbor ordering evacuation of the house.

–       At approximately 04:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were on their way to a mosque in al-Junaina neighborhood in Rafah for the Dawn Prayer.  As a result, Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman Hassouna, 70, was killed, and Mohammed Ahmed al-Hout, 35, was seriously wounded.  He died a few hours later.

–       At approximately 09:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at 3 members of a Palestinian armed group in al-Nasser village, north of Rafah, killing them instantly: Mohammed Nabil Ghanem, 27; ‘Abdullah Salem al-Akhras, 30; and Basheer Mohammed ‘Abdul ‘Aal, 19.

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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Zionist ISIS exposed at House of Lords

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Dr. Morrow is bringing the ancient Covenants of the Prophet to the world – at a propitious moment

By John Andrew Morrow with Kevin BarrettVeterans Today Editor

Dr. John Andrew Morrow is the author/editor/translator of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. Based on some of the oldest manuscripts in the history of Islam, this book shows that the Prophet Muhammad (peace upon him) made agreements with various Christian communities that are binding on all Muslims till the end of time. These agreements require Muslims to protect and defend Christians. Today, some self-styled Muslim extremists and obscurantists are persecuting Middle Eastern Christians. This must stop!

According to credible reports, ISIS has killed hundreds if not thousands of Christians in Syria, and is now in Iraq ethnically cleansing Mosul of its ancient Christian community. Yet the US and its allies are not just standing by – they are the ones who created, trained, and funded ISIS and unleashed it on the people of the region!

On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, Dr. John Andrew Morrow, author of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, delivered the following declaration at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom:

I am here to express my solidarity with the people of Iraq.

The Muslim world suffers from a crisis of leadership. The traditional religious and political infrastructure was dismantled by Western colonialists and imperialists as well as internal decay.

A void was created and that void has been filled by those who offer the loudest voice and the biggest bank accounts.

The situation in Syria and Iraq is the product of poor foreign policy.

Western powers have a history of sometimes supporting terrorists abroad and then they expect us to contain them domestically.

Who created ISIS? Who supported ISIS? Who funded, armed, trained, and advised ISIS?

You cannot mobilize 100,000 foreign-backed fighters and mercenaries in Syria and Iraq without the complicity of the surrounding countries and without the support of regional powers.

History is our greatest teacher.

Experience should inform our decisions.

Present decisions impact our future.

Supporting the Mujahidin, in the way we did, gave us al-Qaeda.

Supporting the Syrian rebels, the way we have, gave us al-Nusra and DAISH, this so-called “Islamic” State of Iraq and the Levant.

In their attempt to remove little devils, they replaced them with greater devils.

It’s sad to say, but Libya had more stability under Qaddafi.

It’s sad to say, but Egypt had more order under Mubarak.

It’s sad to say, but Syria was more stable under Assad.

What can we do? What can be done?

1) For starters, pressure Western powers to stop supporting groups, directly or indirectly, that persecute Christians, Shi’ites, Sunnis, and anyone else who opposes them.

2) Help put a halt to religious colonialism. Take steps to prevent outside interference in our religious affairs in the West. Stop the spread of Takfiri-Jihadi preachers and propaganda.

3) Support the dissemination of traditional Islam and by traditional civilizational Islam, I include the Sunnis, the Shi’ites, and the Sufis.

4) Help reconnect Muslims to their spiritual tradition: the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the true Shari’ah, and, most critically, the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.

The Covenants of the Prophet provide an authentic model for Muslims to follow with real implications. They can’t solve the ISIS crisis. They can, however, help undermine the theological and political foundation of so-called “Islamic” extremism. They can also help galvanize Muslims around foundational primary sources which came straight from the Prophet.

The real army of Islam is not ISIS.

The real army of Islam are those who oppose them while abiding by the Islamic rules governing combat.

Who speaks for Islam?

It certainly isn’t ISIS and other terrorists who slaughter, unarmed men, women, and children; who crucify Christians and who cannibalize corpses.

Who speaks for Islam?

THE PROPHET SPEAKS FOR ISLAM!

And those who terrorize Muslims and Christians have broken the Covenant of the Prophet, made a mockery of Islam, and merit the malediction of Allah.

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SHAMELESS AFR-ZIONIST TRAITORS مؤسس «تمرد» يصف الشيخ ياسين ورفاقه بأقذع الأوصاف… ومذيعتان تناشدان إسرائيل قتلهم

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حسام عبد البصير

 «القدس العربي» : أسقط العدوان الاسرائيلي على قطاع غزة ورقة التوت التي كانت تغطي عورات الكثير من الاعلاميين المصريين. فمنذ اليوم الأول للعدوان ورد المقاومة باطلاق الصواريخ نحو العمق، دخل نفر من الاعلاميين المصريين في خط المواجهة ضد المقاومة ليقاتلوا في خندق جيش الاحتلال.
فقد سخرت مذيعة قناة «اون تي» من المقاومة واعتبرت حربها على اسرائيل تهديدا للأمن القومي المصري فيما طالبت مذيعة قناة الفراعين الجيش المصري بالقضاء على عناصر حماس والمقاومة في إطار مشروع الحرب على الارهاب.. اما مؤسس حركة تمرد الظهير الرئيسي والاول للرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي فقد ذهب الى ما هو ابعد من ذلك بوصفه رموز المقاومة بالكلاب وعلى هديه سار كاتب آخر اعتبر ان وضع اهالي غزة افضل تحت الاحتلال. 
ومنذ اليوم الاول للعدوان بدأ الطابور الخامس يتجول بحرية في قلب المؤسسات الاعلامية والفضائية في وسط القاهرة وبمدينتها الاعلامية للتشويش على الفضائيات التي تغطي اخبار المقاومة ومنها «القدس وعودة والميادين «. وبدلاً من ان يكون الاعلام الوطني سندا وشريكاً في محاولات رفع العدوان كما كان الوضع في الماضي، تحول لرافعة لآلة العدو العسكري اذ بات كثير من الكتاب والاعلاميين يسخرون من النضال. 
فقد صب محمود بدر مؤسس حركة تمرد، غضبه على قوى المقاومة الفلسطينية وخص منها حماس فاكال السباب والشتائم لقياداتها جراء ما تردد عن رفض الحركة استقبال مساعدات مصرية، إلا بعد محو صور الزعيم الراحل جمال عبد الناصر كانت ملصقة عليها..وشن «بدر» هجومًا حادًا على الحركة، عبر حسابه الشخصى في «فيسبوك»، مؤكدا أن عبد الناصر قدم لعروبته وفلسطين أكثر مما قدمه كل «كلاب» حماس التي سبها بلفظ خادش للحياء. وقال حماس رفضت استقبال مساعدات مصرية الا بعد ازلة صورعبد الناصر.

إلى نتنياهو.. من فضلك اقتلهم وريحنا

اما حياة الدرديري المذيعة في قناة الفراعين احد الداعمين الرئيسيين للسيسي فسخرت من فصائل المقاومة معتبرة ما تقوم به يمثل تهديداً للامن القومي المصري لأن اطلاق الصواريخ ضد إسرائيل يؤدي الى غياب الاستقرار في المنطقة مطالبة الجيش المصري بمساعدة إسرائيل للتنكيل بالمقاومة الفلسطينية. وقالت في حلقة أذيعت قبل ايام من برنامج «مصر اليوم» على قناة «الفراعين» : «الشعب المصري الذي أصبح واعيا لكل هذه المؤامرات، لن يقبل من قواته المسلحة إلا ضرب بؤر الإرهاب في غزة، وتدمير حماس بعمليات عسكرية». وتابعت: «نحن كمصريين لن ننسى حين اعتدت حماس على السيادة المصرية، وشاركت في اقتحام السجون، وساعدت في قتل الأبرياء أيام ثورة 25 يناير».
ووصفت الإعلامية أماني الخياط، مقدمة برنامج «صباح أون» على قناة (أون تي في)، ضرب إسرائيل لقطاع غزة بـ «مسرحية هزلية» ودعت الحكومة بإستمرار اغلاق معبر رفح وتساءلت «الخياط» عبر حسابها على «تويتر» : «لماذا لا يقصف جيش الاحتلال الإسرائيلي بؤر حماس الإرهابية وهم يعلموا أماكنها جيداً لماذا كل القتلى والمصابين من المواطنين المدنيين!»

حماس اخطر من اسرائيل على مصر

اما الكاتبة سمر فودة فهاجمت بصحيفة «فيتو» زعماء المقاومة واعتبرتهم الخطر الاكبر قالت: «على الفلسطينيين أن ينقذوا أنفسهم من خطرهم الداخلي أولا وهم زعماؤهم الأرزقية الآفاقون الذين يشحذون عليهم ليلا نهارا، لابد من القضاء عليهم أولا ثم يتحدون بعد ذلك ضد أي عدوان، غير ذلك ستظل القضية الفلسطينية معلقة وكما هي إلى أبد الآبدين.
وتابعت الكاتبة: ماذا تريد فلسطين؟ هل تريد القضاء على الإسرائيليين؟ وإن تمت المعجزة وقضاء الله نزل عليهم جميعا، من سوف يتبقى في فلسطين؟..أبو مازن، إسماعيل هنية، حركة حماس، الجهاديون؟ سيظل هؤلاء يسيطرون على فلسطين والقرار الفلسطيني؟». ومضت في تساؤلاتها: ماذا سوف يفعلون وكيف سيواجهون العالم من الناحية السياسية والاستراتيجية؟ الإجابة على ذلك كله لا يتعدى كلمة واحدة وهي (صفر) نعم الإجابة صفر..

واضافت: الفلسطينيون جميعا بكل طوائفهم لا ينظرون إلا تحت أسفل قدميهم بعكس الإسرائيليين الذين دائما وأبدا يرسمون خططا طويلة المدى وينظرون إلى مستقبلهم البعيد وأمام أعينهم هدف واحد ليحققوه ونعلمه جميعا. وقالت: على الفلسطينيين إن أرادوا النصر أن يتحدوا ويحرروا أنفسهم من قيود زعمائهم أولا في سبيل حلم أكبر ودراسة أعمق وصورة مستقبلية أعم وأشمل….

داعش في انتظار الوحي لنصرة غزة

أما الكاتب درنداوى الهواري فكتب مهاجماً المقاومة ورموزها في صحيفة اليوم السابع: العهر السياسى، والانحطاط الأخلاقى، والأمية الشديدة فى قراءة الواقع، يتجسد بجلاء، ووضوح فى عقيدة جماعة الإخوان، وربيبتها حماس، فمنذ ثورة 25 كانون الثاني/ يناير 2011، المنظمتان الإرهابيتان كشفتا عن نواياهما السيئة، وحقدهما الدفين، ضد الدولة المصرية بشكل عام، ومؤسساتها الأمنية المتمثلة فى الجيش والشرطة بشكل خاص. وتابع: استعان الإخوان، بعناصر حماس الإرهابية، ليقتلوا خير أجناد الأرض، ويقتحموا السجون ويهربوا المساجين، ويحرقوا أقسام الشرطة، ويختطفوا ضباطا وجنودا مصريين، ومصيرهم مجهول حتى الآن، ثم يهددوا بتحويل سيناء إلى إمارة إرهابية، قانونها التكفير، والقتل والذبح، وإثارة الفوضى فى ربوع مصر.

وتساءل دندراوي: كيف لهؤلاء الأدعياء، الكذبة، بعد كل هذه الإهانات، أن يطالبوا الجيش المصرى بإعلان الحرب على إسرائيل؟ عام كامل، حمل الإخوان وحماس، على عاتقهما، تمجيد كل من قطر وتركيا وداعش، وعندما شنت إسرائيل غاراتها على غزة، لم يجدا إلا الجيش المصرى ليسألوا عن دوره، ولماذا لا يتدخل فى هذه المعركة، وأعادوا قاموس الشتيمة، ولم يسألوا- على سبيل المثال- عن الجيش التركى، أو القطرى، حتى داعش تنصلت وقالت إن «الوحى» لم يهبط عليها ليأمرها بقتال اليهود.
فيما قلل الكاتب الصحافي، جمال فهمى، وكيل أول نقابة الصحافيين من امكانية ان تسفر تلك المعارك التي تشنها المقاومة عن احراز اهداف للفلسطينيين مؤكداً إن الأوضاع الاقتصادية والاجتماعية فى غزة تحت الاحتلال المباشر من قبل إسرائيل كانت أفضل بما لا يقاس ولا يقارن فى الوضع الحالى تحت سلطة حماس. وطالب فهمي عبر قناة «اون تى فى» بضرورة تغيير هذه الصورة والبداية فى تغييرها، قائلاً: وليكن بإعلان التمرد على هذا المشروع من بداياته، بحسب قوله.

الجيش المصري خارج التغطية

اما الكاتب حمدي رزق فقد حول زاويته الصحافية في جريدة «المصري اليوم» لمنصة صواريخ وجهها ضد المقاومة الفلسطينية ورموزها وليس ضد اسرائيل وتساءل بعد ساعات من بدء الحرب: «لماذا يضن قادة حماس بأنفسهم وأبنائهم وأحفادهم عن الجهاد.. ولا يترجون الشهادة؟.. لم نر وجه أحدهم حتى معفرا بالتراب على الخطوط الأمامية، لم نسمع عن آيات من جهاد ابن مشعل، ولا قبس من بطولات ابن هنية، ولا ورد اسم ابن الزهار فى قائمة الفخار، شهداء أحياء عند ربهم يرزقون، اختفوا وأولادهم وأحفادهم، وتركوا الغلابة فى مهب ريح إسرائيلية صرصر عاتية». وعرض رزق نفسه لحفلة تجريس عبر الفيس بوك وغيره من مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي اذ اتهمه العديد من الناشطين والمدونين بالجهل الشديد وسوء الطوية لان مشاهير المقاومة الفلسطينية قتلوا في ساحة المقاومة وعلى رأسهم الشيخ احمد ياسين مؤسس حماس وعبد العزيز الرنتيسي وكذلك ابناء الزهار الذين استشهدوا على ارض غزة وكذلك نزار ريان الذي استشهد مع تسعة من ابنائه واربعة من نسائه. 

وسخر الناشطون من قول رزق: ليس سرًا أن غالبية ضحايا الجرف الإسرائيلى من الغلابة الصامدين الذين لا يدرون من أمر أنفسهم شيئا، أما القادة فهم غائبون ميدانيا، هاربون من أرض المعركة، يناوشون من بعيد لبعيد بطلعات صحافية عنترية ذراً للرماد فى العيون.
فيما هاجمت الإعلامية لميس الحديدي فصائل المقاومة واتهمتها بالسعي لتوريط مصر وشعبها في معركة ليست طرفاً فيها. وقالت إنَّ قوات حرس الحدود ضبطت 20 صاروخًا من نوع غراد، أثناء تهريبها من غزة إلى سيناء.
وأضافت، في برنامجها «هنا العاصمة» على فضائية «سي بي سي اكسترا»: «في وسط اللي هم فيه ده كله والقتلى والجرحى بيحاولوا تهريب صواريخ علشان تطلق من مصر على الحدود الإسرائيلية علشان تقع مصر في الفخ». واضافت «مصر تقوم بدروها، وهذا الدور لا علاقة له بحماس لأن الموقف الرسمي والشعبي من حماس واضحًا، ومصر لا تتعامل مع حماس بكونها تمثل الشعب الفلسطيني، لكن باعتبارها القوة الموجودة على الأرض».

الحرب مسرحية بين حماس واسرائيل لتوريط مصر

اما نهال عهدي فقد اهتدت الى نظرية المؤامرة على مصر وعبرت عن غضبها من المقاومة قائلة عبر صحيفة الوطن: «لم تهتز مشاعرى أمام دعوة قادة حماس- وعلى رأسهم خالد مشعل المقيم فى نعيم قطر- لتدخل الجيش المصرى لإنقاذ غزة، مع كل حزنى وألمى على أشقائنا فى غزة وشهدائنا الذين يموتون برصاص وقنابل إسرائيل». وتساءلت نهال: «لماذا تتحدث حماس الآن عن عظمة جيش مصر وهى التى استعرضت كتائب القسام بشارة رابعة لتهديد جيش مصر؟.. لماذا سمحت حماس، إذا لم تكن ساعدت، بدخول الإرهابيين من غزة ليقتلوا جنودنا ويفجروا الأبرياء؟.. كيف نجحت حماس فى عدم الدخول فى أى صدام مع الإسرائيليين طوال فترة حكم الإخوان، وهل يمكن وجود أى تنسيق مخابراتى بين حماس وإسرائيل لإسقاط مصر بعد أن أوشكت على العبور من مستنقع الإخوان؟.. ما علاقة ما يحدث فى غزة ونشاط ونجاح داعش فى العراق وسوريا واضطراب الأحداث فى الكويت هذه الأيام؟.. والمحت لوجود مؤامرة تشارك فيها حماس مع اسرائيل وامريكا ضد مصر

بارونات الحرب في غزة يبحثون عن المال

اما الكاتب نبيل شرف الدين فقد هدته عبقريته الفريدة لأن يتوقع هذه الحرب منذ شهور واتهم المقاومة انها تعمل ضد مصالح شعبها والشعب المصري واكد عبر موقع البوابة أن اللعبة كانت مرتبة على «نحو ما» لتوريط القيادة المصرية الجديدة في آلية نرفضها، فتجربتنا مع «بارونات حماس» ليست طيبة، ودماء جنودنا لا تزال حاضرة في وجداننا، ومتداولة في أروقة قضائنا، ويد «سماسرة الحروب بالوكالة» من ذيول «حماس» على تنوع مسمياتها مثل «أنصار بيت المقدس، و»أجناد مصر»، و»أكناف بيت المقدس»، وما يسمى «الجيش المصري الحر» وغيرها. يضيف شرف الدين: جميع تلك المسميات لكيان واحد، لا فرق بينها سوى الاسم التجاري كالفرق بين أنواع المياه الغازية ليس أكثر، وهذه التنويعات تحمل الاسم الصحيح «ميليشيات الإخوان» وتنظيمهم الدولي ، واكد أن القيادة المصرية الجديدة ممثلة بالرئيس السيسي ترفض بحسم فكرة «الكفيل الضامن» لأننا لا نثق بحماس وكل ما يمكننا تقديمه هو «الوساطة غير المشروطة» بأي التزامات مصرية.

حسام عبد البصير

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Gaza: Catholic Church told to evacuate ahead of Nazi bombing

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The Holy Family Latin Church in Gaza has just received an evacuation order warning them that Israei is planning to bomb their neighbourhood tonight.  In a message,  a priest writes: ” The church of Gaza has received an order to evacuate.. they will bomb the Zeitun area and the people are already fleeing. The problem is that the priest Fr George and the three nuns of Mother Teresa have 29 handicapped children and nine old ladies who can’t move.

“How will they manage to leave?? If anyone can intercede with someone in power, and pray, please do it. We are trying.. may our impotence be taken up by his Omnipotence!!”

The House of Christ in Gaza, is a care home dedicated to looking after disabled children. The disabled children were removed from the care home into the Holy Family Church recently because Israel was targeting the area.

The parish appeal for prayers.

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MILIBAND TAKES ON THE I$RAHELL

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By: Mehdi Hasan1) MILIBAND TAKES ON THE ISRAELIS

Ed Miliband hasn’t had much to say about Israel’s bombardment, and ground invasion, of Gaza and the mounting civilian death toll inside the strip – until, that is, yesterday.

On a trip to Washington DC to try and see Barack Obama, the Labour leader sat down with the HuffPost’s Washington DC bureau chief Ryan Grim and told him that Her Majesty’s Opposition “oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza”.

Ryan writes:

“Miliband said the incursion into Gaza is likely to help Hamas’ recruiting efforts, and undermines Israel in the eyes of the international community. “I don’t think it will help win Israel friends,” he said. ‘I don’t think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse… As a party we oppose the further escalation of violence we have seen with Israel’s invasion of Gaza,’ he said. ‘I defend Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks. But I cannot explain, justify or defend the horrifying deaths of hundreds of Palestinians, including children and innocent civilians.'”

Strong stuff from the Labour leader – his anti-Zionist mother, Marion Kozak, a Holocaust survivor, must be proud of him.

Whether the Israelis will give a damn is another matter. David Cameron has reiterated his “staunch support” for the Jewish state and has had little to say about the X Palestinian dead – “grave concern” is the phrase I think he belatedly and half-heartedly deployed yesterday. Barack Obama, meanwhile, continues to declaim “Israel’s right to defend itself” from rockets – but without Miliband’s qualifier about Palestinian dead.

Miliband, incidentally, was in DC to get a “brush by” meeting with the Leader of the World, as craved by every British leader of the opposition and he got a 25-minute sitdown with Obama and his national security adviser Susan Rice. They talked Ukraine, Gaza, Scotland, climate change and the future of the EU, among other issues. Check out the official photo that was released (below) – the Labour spin team won’t be too pleased with that rather large table placed between their man and the prez.

miliband obama

The Times reports:

“Mr Miliband also arrived with a House of Commons plastic bag containing his gifts for the president. A Labour spokesman said the bag contained three DVDs — the original versions of House of Cards, State of Play and The State Within. “Given the number of US political dramas on our screen, we thought we would showcase a few British-made examples,” said the spokesman, who stressed that all of the DVDs were in a US compatible format.”

The Sun tries to be a party pooper: “Miliband accused of abandoning Britain to stage Obama PR stunt.”

2) LIBS AND LABS SITTING IN A TREE…

My HuffPost UK colleague Ned Simons has this rather nice scoop about the possibility of a Lib-Lab coalition post-May 2015 – and it’s been picked up by several papers including the Telegraph and the Mail. Ned writes:

“The next general election will produce a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition government, the Lib Dem energy secretary Ed Davey has predicted. Davey let slip the forecast while speaking at a conference organised by the left-leaning Lib Dem Social Liberal Forum group in Shoreditch, East London, on Saturday. His comments offer an insight into the strategic thinking of the party leadership as May 2015 draws near… He said: ‘If we were negotiating again and I hope we will be, but probably with the Labour Party this time … that would be my prediction, I think because we are used to coalition politics, we would negotiate even better.'”

3) DAVE GOES ALL GODWIN ON VLAD

“It’s time to punish Putin, says PM” is the headline on the front of the Telegraph. The paper reports:

“David Cameron last night lost patience with Vladimir Putin’s ‘bluster and obfuscation’ and called on Europe to impose ‘hardhitting sanctions’ on Russia after the downing of Flight MH17. In his strongest intervention since the disaster, which killed 298 people, the Prime Minister invoked the spectre of the Second World War and compared Russia’s aggression to that of Nazi Germany. He said Russia was facing a ‘defining moment’ in its history and expressed his frustration with European Union countries, including France and Germany, which have failed to back his calls for the toughest possible sanctions against Moscow.”

The real question, as journalist Edward Lucas put it on the Today programme this morning, is: “What happens next?”

BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR…

Watch this video of comedian John Oliver take on America’s prison problem.

4) WHAT’S 20 MILLION QUID BETWEEN FRIENDS?

Hillary Clinton was recently slammed for claiming she and her multimillionaire ex-president husband Bill were “dead broke” after her failed 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Will former British PM Tony Blair be similarly slammed for claiming, in a speech to Blairite thinktank Progress yesterday, that he’s *only* worth £20 million? I doubt it. There’s a reason they call him ‘Teflon Tony’.

From the Times:

“Tony Blair hit back at claims that he has become a member of Britain’s super-rich yesterday by insisting that he is actually worth less than £20 million. The former prime minister said he was not motivated by money and that suggestions his wealth had reached £100 million were ‘greatly exaggerated’. He said the claims had led his wife, Cherie, to ask him where all their money had gone.”

The paper adds:

“Mr Blair was quizzed about his “new life” after Downing St during an appearance marking the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour leader. He used the address to tell Labour that its best chance of winning the next election was to reach out beyond its “comfort zone” and fight from the political centre ground.”

5) GOODBYE GRIFFIN… AND GOOD RIDDANCE

Is this the end of a (far right) era? From the Guardian:

“Nick Griffin has been replaced as leader of the British National party, the far-right group has announced. The BNP’s website said Adam Walker, a former teacher who this year was struck off the teaching register for life, had been appointed acting chairman after Griffin ‘stepped aside’, two months after he lost the party’s only seat at the European parliament in a disastrous set of election results. Griffin, who was declared bankrupt in January, had ‘taken up the position of president’, it said, adding that the national executive was ‘united in their support’ for his replacement.”

Griffin isn’t just bankrupt – he lost his European Parliament seat in May, too. Or as my HuffPost UK colleague Chris York puts it in a rather amusing blogpost: “Irrelevant Party Leader Stops Leading Irrelevant Party.”

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PA ZIONIST TRAITORS المركز يستهجن فض مسيرات تضامنية مع غزة من قبل الأجهزة الأمنية في مدينتي نابلس والبيرة

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المرجع: 93/2014

التاريخ: 22 يوليو 2014

التوقيت: 10:11 بتوقيت جرينتش

 

يستهجن المركز الفلسطيني لحقوق الإنسان فض مسيرات سلمية احتجاجاً على العدوان الحربي الإسرائيلي على قطاع غزة خرجت في مدينتي نابلس ورام الله، من قبل الأجهزة الأمنية مساء يوم أمس الأول، وما رافق ذلك من أعمال إطلاق نار واعتداءات بالضرب بحق عدد من المواطنين، كان من بينهم مدير فرع المركز في الضفة الغربية.  ويطالب المركز الفلسطيني لحقوق الإنسان الحكومة الفلسطينية باتخاذ كافة الإجراءات التي من شأنها احترام الحق في حرية التجمع السلمي المكفول دستورياً ووفق المعايير الدولية لحقوق الإنسان.

ووفقاً لتحقيقات المركز الفلسطيني لحقوق الإنسان، ففي حوالي الساعة 9:00 من مساء يوم أمس الأول الأحد الموافق 20 يوليو 2014، تجمع مئات المواطنين على دوار المنارة، بمدينة رام الله وسط الضفة الغربية، احتجاجاً على العدوان الحربي الإسرائيلي على قطاع غزة، وتنديداً بالجريمة التي ارتكبتها قوات الاحتلال في حي الشجاعية، بمدينة غزة.  جاب المتظاهرون شوارع مدينتي رام الله والبيرة وهم يرددون الشعارات الوطنية، ولدى وصول عشرات المواطنين إلى شارع نابلس، بمدينة البيرة، تفاجئوا بإغلاق الشارع من قبل قوات كبيرة من الشرطة الفلسطينية والأمن الوطني.   وعلى الفور، وبعد مشادات كلامية بين الطرفين، شرعت عناصر الأمن بإطلاق قنابل الغاز المسيل للدموع باتجاه المتظاهرين والاعتداء على عدد منهم بالضرب باستخدام العصي والهراوات.  وأفاد الزميل سميح محسن، مدير فرع المركز الفلسطيني لحقوق الإنسان، بأنه قد توجه إلى المكان بعد أن أنهى مقابلة تلفزيونية عبر قناة فلسطين الفضائية حول العدوان الحربي على قطاع غزة.  وأضاف بأنه كان يقف برفقة عدد من المواطنين خلف عناصر الأمن، إلا أن عناصر أمنية شرعت، وبدون سابق إنذار، بدفعهم وعندما احتّج محسن على تصرفهم، وعرّفهم بنفسه، قام أحد عناصر الأمن بدفعه بقوة، ثمّ ركله بقدمه في أسفل بطنه مما تسبّب له بآلام حادة.  كما أصيب عدد آخر من المواطنين برضوض وكدمات، فيما أصيب آخرون بحالة اختناق جراء استنشاقهم للغاز المسيل للدموع.

وفي السياق ذاته، تجمع مئات المواطنين في حوالي الساعة 10:00 من مساء اليوم ذاته، وسط مدينة نابلس، وانطلقوا في مسيرة منددة بالعدوان الحربي على غزة ومجزرة الشجاعية، ولدى وصول المسيرة مقابل المستشفى الوطني، اعترض طريقهم العشرات من أفراد الأجهزة الأمنية الفلسطينية.  اعتدى أفراد الأمن على المشاركين فيها، في محاولة منهم على فضها، فوقعت مشادات ومواجهات بين الطرفين، وحضرت تعزيزات أمنية إلى المكان، وشرعت بإطلاق الأعيرة النارية في الهواء، والأعيرة المعدنية المغلفة بالمطاط وقنابل الغاز المسيل للدموع باتجاه المتظاهرين.  وقد أسفرت تلك الاعتداءات عن إصابة ثمانية مواطنين، أحدهم أصيب بعيار ناري في البطن، والسبعة الآخرون بأعيرة معدنية وقنابل غازية في مناطق متفرقة من أجسامهم، كما أصيب عدد من أفراد الأمن جراء تعرضهم للرشق بالحجارة.

وفي ضوء ما سبق، فإن المركز الفلسطيني لحقوق الإنسان:

  1. يؤكد على أن الحق في التجمع السلمي للمواطنين مكفول دستورياً وفق نص المادة (26 بند 5) من القانون الأساسي الفلسطيني، وقانون الاجتماعات العامة رقم (12) لسنة 1998.
  2. يطالب النائب العام بفتح تحقيق جدي في تلك الاعتداءات وتقديم مقترفيها للعدالة.
  3. يدعو الحكومة الفلسطينية إلى اتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة التي من شأنها وقف تلك الانتهاكات واحترام الحق في حرية التجمع السلمي.
  4. يدعو الأجهزة الأمنية إلى احترام حقوق الإنسان المكفولة وفقاً للقوانين المحلية والمعايير الدولية ذات العلاقة.

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