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Israel And Gaza Conflict: The Human Cost And Time Span

Israel And Gaza Conflict: The Human Cost And Time Span

After nearly four full days of fighting and a death toll rapidly approaching the 400 mark, it appears that the Israel and Gaza conflict is far from over. Israel just announced it is ready for “long weeks of attacks” and is stepping up its air strike campaign that began last Saturday.

United Nations Condemnation of Israeli Action

Spokespeople for the United Nations have demonstrated a unified voice in demanding an end to the air strikes, claiming they are disproportionate to the Palestine bombing which are imprecise, and are incapable of the massive destruction that the Israeli forces can, and have, inflicted.

Richard Falk, a U.N. official for Human Rights in the Palestinian territories, said that the bombings were a “shocking series of atrocities.” In an interview with the BBC, Falk said that Israel was “using modern weaponry against a defenseless population” whilst members of the Free Gaza Movement (FGM) have announced: “Israeli missiles tore through a children’s playground and a busy market in Diere Balah.” Fellow campaigner, Canadian Eva Bartlett of the International Solidarity Movement, added “[I] witnessed a last rocket hit the street 150 meters away where crowds had already gathered to try to extract the dead bodies.”

Targeting Hamas Installations

It is estimated that at least 60 of those Palestinians killed in this conflict have been women or children, even though Israeli officials are adamant they are targeting only Hamas buildings and terrorist compounds. The officials have conceded, however, that because of the proximity of Hamas with the general population, civilian casualties were something they were prepared for.

After days of bombardments along the fringe of the Israeli border, Israel has stated that its aim was to end rocket attacks by Hamas and militants linked with the group. This follows the expiration of a six month ceasefire and is largely seen as a show of strength by an Israeli government who is mindful of the approaching election in February.

The Israeli Position on the Gaza Strikes

The Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak was quick to point out on the commencement of the air strikes that Israel had to draw a line under the “continual artillery attacks” whilst saying, “Now is the time for battle.”

Ehud Barak further clarified that the chief aims of the strike were threefold: to hit Hamas rebels hard, to then use this to create fundamental changes in the region, and to end the artillery attacks against the Israeli people.

To this end, Ehud Barak said that Israel would not falter in its strikes and drew on recent American incursions, saying that “the war on terror is an ongoing war.”

Around the world, protests by Human Rights groups are being held with large scale public support. The international community as a whole is keen to reinforce its statement that an all out conflict should be avoided at all costs, and that the bombings should cease on both sides as soon as possible.

The Israeli Defense Minister, however, does not think that a cessation to violence is in the immediate future, saying, “The operation will be deepened and expanded as much as necessary. I don’t want to delude anyone. It won’t be easy or short, but we have to be determined.”

If you would like to show your support for ending Israel strikes against Palestine and Israel’s control over the region, you may like to join this Care2 group. To urge Israel to agree to a ceasefire, please take action to stop the violence in Gaza.

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2:33AM PST on Dec 30, 2009

"Isreal is the root of all evils " that's my opinion...Pls don't shoot me .

3:08AM PST on Jan 22, 2009

I called you the way I did Rasha because you won't react to what I say. You won't listen because I don't think like you.

I feel sorry for the kids in Gaza, they don't deserve it! Why Hamas hides behind the Palestinian childern?! i'm trying to explain that the war was not against the people of Gaza but against the Hamas!

You said and I quote: "kids of Gaza will never live in peace as long as they live under the terror of the Government of Israel". The thing is, the Israeli army and the Israeli government left Gaza and evacuated the Israeli settlements in the area 3 years ago. No child in Gaza lived under the Israeli government for the last 3 years.

Why Palestinians didn't try to build their own country? - because their leadres-Hamas-preferred to spend their time and money shooting at Israel.

If you live in Edjypt you suppose to know that. Explain to me please Why Hamas contiued to bombared Israel?

2:59PM PST on Jan 21, 2009

I want tell you all .............. you all are talking from Safe, air-conditioned rooms

I am talking from my peaceful country Egypt

I want to give you a simple background of what is happening here to know the cause of my negative emotions in my response to you

In Cairo, the capital of Egypt, there are 6 hospitals full of the Wounded Palestinians

And hospitals in other cities such as: (Ismailia and El-Arish and the Tenth of Ramadan) full of the Wounded Palestinians

I saw them with my own eyes they are In critical condition ...we are here for helping them .. and you do not put solutions to this crisis

But you give justification for this dirty war, which was used internationally prohibited weapons, with certificate of the United Nations

2:19PM PST on Jan 21, 2009

Thank you "polly" For your politely speech !!!!( "like speaking to a wall" & "how blind you are")

Did you Describes me with all that words because i hate "the terrorism" ?!!!!!!!!!

Did you Describes me with all that words because i hate "killing babies" ?!!!!!!!!!

Did you Describes me with all that words because i hate "killing woman" ?!!!!!!!!!

Did you Describes me with all that words because i hate "killing Elderly" ?!!!!!!!!!

Did you Describes me with all that words because i hate "Demolition of the homes of citizens" ?!!!!!!!!!

Did you Describes me with all that words because i hate "Use of internationally prohibited weapons against citizens" ?!!!!!!!!!

Did you Describes me with all that words because i hate "Shooting The weapons in the face of children" ?!

I want to tell you that there are two Egyptian babies killed in that Dirty war On the Egyptian border
Israel killing the children ..... So it is suppose we love Israel and smile to every Israeli !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pleas see that i want tell you that Wise Clergy against the massacre
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RjnvQHWyLE&feature=related

kids of Gaza will never live in peace As long as they live under the terror of the Government of Israel

And this children are "Champion" because any children in their circumstances they will Suicide from the trauma of what they saw in that dirty war

but the Palestinian children "never go down"

2:18PM PST on Jan 21, 2009

To Laura R. :

what do you want to prove ?!! what is your point ?!!
you say that i called your mother Mary R. a terrorist just because she is Christian and suggested prayer ..!!!!! you are wrong Try to be careful in reading my words

--i will tell you again "in my country there is so many Christian Live with us i am from Egypt I have a Christian friends .... so why i will hate the Christian ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I disagree with polly because polly was Opposed to stop the war in Gaza
polly Justify this dirty war by saying that "Israel tries to stop Hamas"
and you Laura said that "Well was that fair to Polly?"
and you also said to polly :"your words are peaceful and loving"
polly's word are peaceful and loving because he give a Justification for that dirty war ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

why did you tell me that "It is not right to call any of us that " ?!!! ...I Did not call any one her "terrorist"

I said to polly "why do you stand with the Terrorism?"
when polly was Opposed to stop the war in Gaza

Repeat ....Try to be careful in reading my words

2:17PM PST on Jan 21, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RjnvQHWyLE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X5_rAfDO-o&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0aEo59c7zU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRBRPHX53ck


http://www.elfarra.org/gallery/gaza.htm#

1:31PM PST on Jan 21, 2009

my lady your Daughter Laura said that: " you called my mother a terrorist just because she is Christian and suggested prayer. I know that you tried to cover your mistake by saying that you meant it for Polly"

why she said words like that ?!!!

My message was clearly to Polly i will show it to you again

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to polly f :
you are soooooooooo stranger ........ have you seen the news ? or you are Isolated from the world ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

other simple question:
why do you stand with the Terrorism?

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This words clearly directed to polly because polly was Opposed to stop the war in Gaza He said :

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If Israel will stop the war with Hamas, who will ensure that Israeli civilians won't be attacked by the Hamas again?

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there is other thing ....... in my country there is so many Christian Live with us i am from Egypt I have a Christian friends .... so why i will hate the Christian ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:19AM PST on Jan 21, 2009

This is painful to see. Rasha, it seems that you have a war going on inside of you and it seems that you are externalizing that war here at care2. We are here to help each other support causes. Are you garnering any support in this manner? I'm only alerted to this argument because the comments are being tracked and sent to my mother's email. So here I am again trying to figure out why you seem to be spreading annimosity. Do I need to report you again? Polly, your words are peaceful and loving. I thank you for showing my mom that there are loving peaceful people in the world. Rasha, please deal with your inner war please because it is spilling out of you and it is hurting others. I know the issues are real and something has to be done, but keep in mind that that is what we joined care2 for-to make the world a better place. We are doing what we can. This is not a venue to spread animosity. Remember, you called my mother a terrorist just because she is Christian and suggested prayer. I know that you tried to cover your mistake by saying that you meant it for Polly. Well was that fair to Polly? It is not right to call any of us that. Stop name calling please and get help for your issues. This is not the place to ventilate your shadows by spreading hate. My name is Laura R here on care2. Repond to me if choose to, leave my mother alone. Kudos to Polly for being loving even in the face of such hostility. Rasha I love you-I love all-be well!
Namaste!
Laura R.

8:42AM PST on Jan 21, 2009

This is painful to see. Rasha, it seems that you have a war going on inside of you and it seems that you are externalizing that war here at care2. We are here to help each other support causes. Are you garnering any support in this manner? I'm only alerted to this argument because the comments are being tracked and sent to my mother's email. So here I am again trying to figure out why you seem to be spreading annimosity. Do I need to report you again? Polly, your words are peaceful and loving. I thank you for showing my mom that there are loving peaceful people in the world. Rasha, please deal with your inner war please because it is spilling out of you and it is hurting others. I know the issues are real and something has to be done, but keep in mind that that is what we joined care2 for-to make the world a better place. We are doing what we can. This is not a venue to spread animosity. Remember, you called my mother a terrorist just because she is Christian and suggested prayer. I know that you tried to cover your mistake by saying that you meant it for Polly. Well was that fair to Polly? It is not right to call any of us that. Stop name calling please and get help for your issues. This is not the place to ventilate your shadows by spreading hate. My name is Laura R here on care2. Repond to me if choose to, leave my mother alone. Kudos to Polly for being loving even in the face of such hostility. Rasha I love you-I love all-be well!
Namaste!
Laura R.

8:40AM PST on Jan 21, 2009

This is painful to see. Rasha, it seems that you have a war going on inside of you and it seems that you are externalizing that war here at care2. We are here to help each other support causes. Are you garnering any support in this manner? I'm only alerted to this argument because the comments are being tracked and sent to my mother's email. So here I am again trying to figure out why you seem to be spreading annimosity. Do I need to report you again? Polly, your words are peaceful and loving. I thank you for showing my mom that there are loving peaceful people in the world. Rasha, please deal with your inner war please because it is spilling out of you and it is hurting others. I know the issues are real and something has to be done, but keep in mind that that is what we joined care2 for-to make the world a better place. We are doing what we can. This is not a venue to spread animosity. Remember, you called my mother a terrorist just because she is Christian and suggested prayer. I know that you tried to cover your mistake by saying that you meant it for Polly. Well was that fair to Polly? It is not right to call any of us that. Stop name calling please and get help for your issues. This is not the place to ventilate your shadows by spreading hate. My name is Laura R here on care2. Repond to me if choose to, leave my mother alone. Kudos to Polly for being loving even in the face of such hostility. Rasha I love you-I love all-be well!
Namaste!
Laura R.

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