Israeli aircraft bombed and totally destroyed a mosque in the town of Beit Lahiya, north of Jabaliya district in the Gaza strip. At the time when the missiles struck there were around 200 worshippers inside the Ibrahim al-Maqadna mosque. The mosque was hit as Israel started intense shelling on Saturday afternoon. There are reports quoting Hamas and medical officials in the media that more than 50 people are in critical condition. PressTV: 16 killed while praying in Gaza mosque.
Israel continued for the eighth consecutive day its military attacks against civilian targets throughout the Gaza Strip resulting in the death of 441 Palestinians including more than 70 children. Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, the director of ambulance and emergency in the health ministry, said that most of the victims were civilians including 36 women and 70 children, pointing out that the beds in Gaza hospitals are full of patients and injuries and can accommodate no more. China View: 462 Palestinians killed, 2300 wounded in 8 days of Israeli offensive on Gaza: official.
Israel has tried to take the initiative in the propaganda war over Gaza but, in one important instance, its version has been seriously challenged. The incident raises the question of how to interpret video taken from the air.
A tape recording of radio exchanges between soldiers involved in the incident, played on Israeli television, contradicts the army's account of the events and appears to show that the captain shot the girl in cold blood. The People's Voice: 52 percent of Israelis are sociopaths. + Palestinians Are Animals, IDF Soldier Says (Video) You Tube / Al Jazeera: Israel shoots dead nine-year-old boy - 30 Jul 08.
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about Sderot, a town that has become the centrepiece of Israeli propaganda. Israeli spokesmen, and Israel’s stooges in the media and among politicians in Britain, the European Union and the United States, repeat ad nauseum the mantra about Palestinian home-made rockets "raining down" on Sderot, although only 1 in 500 causes a fatality. It is a mantra that has been used to justify the countless thousands of Israeli bombs, missiles, grenades and tank shells that are blasted into Gaza's tight-packed humanity. But what do we know about Sderot? Below is an insight into the town's history.
Ismail Haneyya, the premier of the PA caretaker government in Gaza, has asserted that the Israeli military adventure in the Gaza Strip would end up in failure and would achieve none of its goals. Haneyya, addressing the Palestinian people in a speech broadcast on the Aqsa TV station on Wednesday evening, said that what is going on in Gaza is a real war. "This is a war without ethics or principles that surpassed all norms and heavenly and earthly morals. It is a war of annihilation in which all types of weapons are being used and in which none is being spared," he elaborated. However, the premier stressed that the Palestinian internal front was solid and the people of Gaza would emerge victorious. The enemy wanted to employ this war of genocide to liquidate a cause and to end a certain project, Haneyya said, asserting that the war was not against Hamas or the government despite being its declared purpose, "but in fact the war is directed against all Palestinians and against their potentials, institutions and property, and is targeting the Palestine cause and the Palestinians' future".
The scale of Israeli war escalated today by hitting more targets in various places across the occupied Gaza. The army opened the new year with more attacks in Gaza leaving more people dead. Trauma cases raise up and more people are suffering from the air raids. Many facets of harmed people can be found in Gaza. You either find a hit house with a dead one of the family or a hit house in which its residents traumatized and panics. Casualties of Israeli heavy bombings reached 415 while wounded rise up to 2100 persons. Many wounded are in critical condition and there is no ability to respond to their deteriorated cases. AllVoices: Bush: Hamas attacks on Israel an 'act of terror'. Pakistan Daily: US Government Shields Israeli Terrorist Attacks on Gaza, US-Made F-16 Warplanes Used in Killing Palestinian Children, Women, Civilians.
Poll: Most Israelis support continuing Gaza military op. According to the survey, 52 percent of Israelis favor continuing the air assault against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, though just 19 percent say the Israel Defense Forces should launch an extensive ground incursion. BrassCheckTV: Israel's criminally psychopathic government - Gaza: The Democratic Killing Zone : A concentration camp for 1.5 million people (Video -Produced in 2003). Xymphora: Habitual offender.
In 2003, Merkel, in her function as chairman of the Christian Democratic Union, unconditionally threw her weight behind the US in the Iraq war. She supported the illegal US invasion at that time and since then, as chancellor, has supported the CIA practices of kidnapping and torture—all in the name of the "anti-terror" struggle. Her full support for Israeli war crimes in Gaza is consistent with this record of complicity with US imperialism and its chief ally Israel in the Middle East.
…israeli terrorists continue its illegal practices such as extra-juridical assassination. such as targeting women and children. but i think the coast is clear for israeli terrorists to invade: after all they are continuing to ban the media from entering and they just let the foreigners out. now conditions are ripe for its little concentration camp project. children, women, neighbors, an apartment building home to hundreds–these were all the people targeted by israeli terrorism’s latest assassination, with the aid of american weapons. al jazeera’s ayman mohyeldin shows us the consequences of what this terrorism looks like.
The first time I read a transcript of Nancy Pelosi's speech to AIPAC (one of Apartheid Israel's many mouth pieces in America) a few years ago, I thought that Pelosi should not be the House leader, instead I thought she should be tried for treason. In fact I think our entire Congress is in need of civics lesson. I think George Washington's farewell address should be required reading for our loyalty challenged Congress. The father of our country offered this: So likewise, a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite Nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied to others [...]. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens, (who devote themselves to the favorite nation,) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country [...].
What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries? Would they be allowed to exploit and develop their offshore gas field? Would their fishermen be allowed to fish in unpolluted waters? Would their young people be able to come and go and take up places at foreign universities? Would Israel clear out of Gazan airspace permanently? Would the Israeli navy cease its piracy and stay out of Palestinian territorial waters? Would you and I be able to visit Gaza direct? Fat chance. None of this would suit Israel. So Gazans would be no better off. Their tormented half-existence would continue.
The UN Security Council has declined to issue a resolution censuring the Israeli blitz on Gaza despite global calls for an end to the assault. The draft resolution put forth by Libya, representing the 22 nations in the Arab League, was swiftly rejected in the course of an emergency session held on Wednesday, AP reported.
Two International Human Rights Activists witnessed the killing of two young girls in Beit Hanoun this morning. A young boy was also seriously injured in the attack. The two girls, one four years old, the other twelve years old were killed as they took out garbage from their home. The deaths came as Israeli missiles destroyed an agricultural co-operative, a PFLP community centre and a police station in the Beit Hanoun area.
NOT content with committing war crimes and human rights atrocities in full view of the world, Israel has now confirmed itself as a rogue state by launching into international piracy. Mediterranean waters in which the SS Dignity was sailing when an Israeli naval gunboat appeared from the inky black and rammed the aid-bearing ship. The act of aggression on a peace mission was launched in international waters 90 miles off Gaza, without any warning to the captain of the Dignity or the crew. Israel claimed the incident was an accident and that its naval officers had made numerous attempts to communicate with the Dignity. It was an accident that was to repeat itself three times.
Hamas has accused Mahmoud Abbas' senior aides of spying for Israel in recent Israeli raids on the Gaza strip, The Independent says. According to the reports, Hamas said that the former Fatah leader in Gaza, Mohammed Dahlan, whose forces were defeated by Hamas in June 2007, met Israeli intelligence officials several weeks ago to discuss Israeli plans for a strike on Gaza. Fatah leaders have denied the accusations.
An Israeli ground assault on Gaza is looking increasingly likely after the Jewish state rejected international diplomatic efforts calling for a ceasefire.
Iran has called on the United Nations Human Rights Commission to pursue the prosecution of Israeli officials because of attacks against Gaza. Under the statute of the court, the ICC Prosecutor could open investigations into the Gaza crisis if it receives reports from international bodies including the UN Human Rights Commission, Fatemeh Alia, head of the Human Rights Commission in the Iranian Parliament said in the letter, according to IRNA. The senior Iranian legislator added [that] Israel has committed genocide in the Gaza Strip and had to face prosecution under the articles 6-9 of the ICC Statute.
The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip continued on Thursday for the sixth day in a row, with warplanes striking at more targets in the Hamas-controlled territory.  Mu'awia Hassanien, a Palestinian health emergency official, said the offensive had so far killed 400 Palestinians and left 2,000 wounded. Among the injured, many are children "with 200 of them severely hurt," added Hassanien.
You don't have to support the Israeli government and its friends. 1. Michel Weksler said: "I was a tank commander in the Israeli military. "I spent a month in jail because I refused to deploy to Gaza in 2002. "I felt it was my duty to refuse 'clearly illegal' orders (an Israeli judicial term) and I think Israeli occupation practices are clearly illegal. "It's noteworthy that the Israeli Supreme Court has continuously avoided hearing a refusenik case.
Palestinians in Gaza believed Israel had called a 48-hour lull in retaliatory attacks with Hamas when Israel Air Force warplanes launched a massive bombardment of militant installations in the Gaza Strip, a UN official said Monday.
Israeli jets continued to pound the Gaza Strip for a fourth day amidst threats of worse to come. As the death toll climbed, Israel's war crimes received barely any censure from Western and Arab leaders, and continued to have the more-or-less open approval of Washington. The number killed in Operation Cast Lead has now surpassed 375. The United Nations says at least 62 of these are civilians, but this only covers women and children killed. No males above a certain age are included in the civilian death toll. Some 1,700 people have been wounded. SWC: If Britain was Gaza... 16,000 dead in four days. Uruknet: In Pictures: Massacre of Gazan Children.
About 3,000 people demonstrated in central Melbourne yesterday against the Israeli military's bombardment of the Palestinian people in Gaza. The rally, called at short notice by the Palestinian Community Association and Justice for Palestine, was attended by a broad range of people. In addition to families from Palestine and the Middle East, working people and students from many different backgrounds gathered to express their opposition to the Zionist state's war crimes. The demonstration followed a 2,500-strong protest in central Sydney on Monday. Many of the Melbourne demonstrators carried home-made banners, including: "This is not retaliation—Israeli strikes are murder", "Who's the Terrorist?", "Your silence condemns killing of civilians", "350 killed—shame Israel", "Stop Israeli crimes—End Gaza siege", and "If we don't stand up for children then we don't stand for much".
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[Dec. 30:] Death toll resulting from the Israeli occupation holocaust in the Gaza Strip, at dawn Tuesday, has reached 360, and the number of wounded rose to more than 1700, Palestinian sources confirmed. Israeli occupation warplanes, at dawn Tuesday, have launched airstrikes against the government buildings killing ten people and wounding tens others. Israeli occupation warplanes intensified their bombardment of the west of Gaza City targeting sports and government facilities. A huge number of bombs were dropped on the targets in three minutes.
Israel receives billions of dollars in military aid from the US each year, much of it spent on American weaponry which US law says must only be used in self-defence. But experts say there is little chance of cuts in aid to Israel despite its military operation in Gaza. Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports.
Demonstrations against Israel’s slaughter in Gaza have been/are taking place in every major city in the United States and throughout the world. People of conscience are standing up and speaking out...but where are their governments? There have been a few ‘verbal condemnations’ but no action whatsoever. Have the tentacles of the evil Lobby reached out across the oceans? Is the world afraid of Israel? Where is the UN? Where is the EU?? We all know where President elect Obama is, he’s out playing with his golf balls today. Is he too afraid to speak out against these atrocities? Is he afraid that by doing so the ‘charges’ against him being a Muslim might pop up again? And what about the leaders of the Arab world? Even those that do not recognise Israel have been silent...what’s that all about??
Israel's bombardment of the Gaza strip, which after three days has killed at least 364 Palestinians and maimed scores, has sharply intensified a severe humanitarian crisis in the area. In recent weeks Israel had taken new measures to choke Gaza off from its limited access to food, fuel, and other necessities. Amidst acute shortages caused by the blockade, the current Israeli onslaught imperils Gaza's entire population. Evidence that Israeli's bombing campaign is no "surgical" operation, but a campaign of mass terror, continues to mount. Among the dead are at least 62 civilians, according to the United Nations. Palestine Free Voice: Atrocious Images of the Zionist " Casting Lead Massacre" - Gaza December 29 2008.
Israeli forces killed two girls in an air attack on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday. Local sources report that a missile destroyed a house belonging to Talal Hamdan in Beit Hanoun today, killing his two daughters of 12 and 4 years old. A son is reported seriously injured. Yesterday Israeli forces killed four sisters and a four year old boy. Over 40 children have been killed since Saturday.
As Rob Kall over at OpEdNews tries to shape the story about the Israeli bombing of Palestinians in Gaza, he conveniently forgets 90% of the story, as he tries to, like Condi Rice and Nancy Pelosi, cast the blame for this atrocity on the victims. I am glad I quit contributing to OpEdNews. I knew what Rob Kall was all about, then, and hopefully he has exposed himself to more of his readers with this latest pathetic attempt of his. This is the trouble when your readers are smarter than you are and your position is fundamentally dishonest. Rob Kall makes money with his websites, and that is ALL they are about. OpEdNews is no different.
In the last few weeks, Israel has placed a blanket ban on the flow of all international journalists into Gaza. The Israeli government denies that the blockade is aimed at the media and says it has to do with security concerns, rather than controlling information.
The toll of Palestinians killed by Israel's three-day bombing campaign in Gaza today rose to at least 325 as Israeli jets bombed a university's science laboratories and hit the interior ministry in a widening series of air strikes. The Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak - who has already said his government does not want another ceasefire with the Islamist Hamas movement - said his army was fighting a "war to the bitter end". URUKNET: In pictures: Gaza Massacre. Kawther Salam: Israel, a Morally Bankrupt State led by Psychopaths.
The Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza is a war crime for which not only the government of Israel but also that of the United States bears full responsibility. The relentless bombing campaign, which in its first 48 hours has left at least 300 dead and 1,000 wounded, is a deliberate slaughter of innocent civilians and an act of state terror. The toll of casualties, many of them women and children, is certain to rise. As Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenaz put it, "This is only the beginning." The pretense that this assault is an act of retaliation for the recent scattered rocket attacks that have been carried out against Israeli territory from inside Gaza is preposterous. Israel, with the collaboration of Washington, has been preparing the current bombing campaign and threatened ground assault for months, under the cover of the supposed cease-fire with Gaza's Hamas-led administration.
Israel seems set for a ground invasion of Gaza following sustained bombardment that has left more than 300 dead and over 1,000 more injured. According to unnamed Israeli defence officials, cabinet ministers have approved a broad-based land invasion of Gaza. Hundreds of Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) personnel, including those manning tanks and armoured vehicles, are already stationed on the border. The IDF has called up 6,500 reservists.
Death toll moves above 300. Calls for investigation after seven students at UN college die in missile attacks. To the doctors at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City it was another body on a chaotically busy day. By early Saturday afternoon the morgue was already overflowing so they laid out the corpse of 20-year-old Ali Abu Rabia on the floor outside. One of the hospital staff pulled out a mobile phone from his pocket, scrolled through the numbers, and called the young man's father.
Palestinians are at a loss to describe this latest catastrophe. International civil society must act now. "I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing." Those chilling words were spoken on al-Jazeera on Saturday by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defence official in the Sderot area adjacent to the Gaza Strip. For days Israeli planes have bombed Gaza. Almost 300 Palestinians have been killed and a thousand injured, the majority civilians, including women and children. Israel claims most of the dead were Hamas "terrorists".
Fikr Shaltoot is a programme coordinator for Medical Aid for Palestinians, a British non-governmental organisation that provides medical supplies in Gaza. Being a health worker, I had to check the needs of Shifa hospital and the other hospitals in Gaza. The situation in Shifa is really bad. There were corpses in corridors covered with blankets. The mortuary couldn't cope with the number of bodies. Two bodies were left on stretchers, one wrapped in a blanket. They leave them until families can recognise them.
In order to grasp the latest devastating murderous Israeli expedition in Gaza one must deeply comprehend the Israeli identity and its inherent hatred towards anyone who fails to be Jewish and a hatred against Arabs in particular. This hatred is imbued in the Israeli curriculum, it is preached by political leaders and implied by their acts, it is conveyed by cultural figures, even within the so-called ‘Israeli Left’.
"Israel’s siege of and attacks on Gaza are not without precedent. The U.S.-initiated U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iraq (1990-2003), a well-nigh comprehensive trade and financial embargo against the government of Saddam Hussein, is widely reported to have caused the deaths of some 500,000 Iraqi children under 5 years of age by 1996. But not since Adolph Hitler’s Nazi war machine laid siege to the Warsaw ghetto has the world witnessed such a persistent and systematic attempt by a military force to starve and punish a captive urban civilian population as in Gaza."
Israeli Jews are massacring Palestinians again. Zionists are pinning the blame on the elected representative of the Palestinians: Hamas. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni demonized the Palestinian movement: “Hamas is a terrorist organization and nobody is immune.”
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