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Worldwide Leaders Condemn Rocket Fire


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Miriam
- 168 days ago - ynetnews.com
International condemnation issued against 'deliberate targeting of civilians', while EU, UN urge restraint on both sides.



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Miriam E. (18)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 1:03 am
As the first day of Operation Protective Edge drew to a close, with more than 117 rockets hitting across Israel, international leaders have issued condemnations of the attacks against Israel and expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself, but also urged restraints.

Washington backed Israel's actions in Gaza while the European Union and United Nations urged restraint on both sides.

“We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire inside of Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing.

"No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel's right to defend itself against these vicious attacks," he added.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned Gaza rocket attacks on Israel Tuesday, and called on both sides of the conflict to halt their aggression.

Ban "reiterates his call on all actors to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further civilian casualties and overall destabilization," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

He added that Ban "condemns the recent multiple rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza" and that "these indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop."

A similar statement was issued by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who said he is "deeply concerned by escalation of violence" in Israel and Gaza.

“I condemn the firing of rockets into Israel by Gaza-based militants. The UK calls on Hamas and other militant groups to stop these attacks. The people of Israel have the right to live without constant fear for their security; the people of Gaza also have the right to live in peace,” Hague added.

The European Union condemned "indiscriminate" rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel and called for an immediate ceasefire.

"The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate fire into Israel by militant groups in the Gaza Strip," said a statement from the office of the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

"The EU deplores the growing number of civilian casualties, reportedly among them children, caused by Israeli retaliatory fire. The safety and security of all civilians must be of paramount importance."

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi called on Tuesday for an urgent meeting to be held by the UN Security Council on the backdrop of the deadly Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, AFP said.

In turn, France's Foreign Ministry, commenting on violence between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, urged all parties to exert restraint.
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 8:30 am
Great so why isn't any leader doing a thing about it---words are so meaningless. No cares one bit...just pitiful. Thanks
 

Sam H. (403)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 8:37 am
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Beth S. (334)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 5:42 am

Billions of petrodollars finance the revisionist propaganda and outright lies of the Fakestinians.

There is is NOTHING wrong with Israelis telling the TRUTH. It Must Be Told, even if it has to be funded.
 

Stan B. (122)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 2:34 pm
As usual, Palestinian terrorists have bitten off more than they can chew.
I hope they get well and truly clobbered this time.
Thanks Miriam.
 

Hilary S. (45)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 7:14 pm
seems in some countries word is finally getting out about the constant daily barrage of rockets fired indiscriminately at israeli civilian centres from gaza's residential areas. this has been going on for months, years. no-one seemed to care until israel finally chose to fire back.
 

Kathleen Mireault (108)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 7:56 pm
Sadly noted.
 

Shil O. (0)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:45 am
"while EU, UN urge restraint on both sides."

Gives you that warm fuzzy feeling
In other words don't retaliate against the treacherous mohammedans (they are an asset to Europe and the west in general - they give full employment to the security forces)
and they are only joking when they say

There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.

“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.


Yet withal they have retained a sense of humour

The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end.----- rofl

@Hilary S
" no-one seemed to care until israel finally chose to fire back. "
On the button
 

John Gregoire (264)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:46 am
Those rockets are a drop in the bucket compared to the disproportionate Israeli bombing which has killed over 100, mostly civilians and includes women and children. Let's blame both sides and look to the root of the conflict. In my mind it is Israel which should get out of Palestinian territory with its settlements and return to the UN mandated borders.
 

Ge M. (218)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:57 am
John, really? Do you read anything other than poisonous lies? The media are condemning Israel for protecting themselves like any other country would.

This latest bout of conflict between Israel and Hamas was caused by Hamas' longstanding goals of destroying the Jewish state, and greatly exacerbated by its policy of deliberately placing civilians, especially the weak and vulnerable, in harm's way.

Hamas' policy of deliberately targeting civilians in indiscriminate aerial attacks breaches the Fourth Geneva Convention, created, as it says in its preamble "for the purpose of establishing a Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War." It was signed in the aftermath of World War II in order to prevent a repeat of some of the atrocities seen during that war, in particular the carpet-bombing of cities such as Coventry (by the Germans) and Dresden (by the British). Other conventions deal with the treatment of prisoners, provisions for the sick and wounded and other matters.

Hamas has so far fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, reaching as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the two main population cities in Israel. This shows an increase in the range of rockets since the last flare-up in 2012 and has sent over a million Israelis running to bomb shelters.

According to the BBC, "The military wing of Hamas has warned that all Israelis are targets."

Hamas has also failed in their requirement, provided by article 88 of the Geneva Convention to provide adequate air raid shelters to its population. On the contrary, they have a deliberate policy of using the population of Gaza as human shields.

This is in breach of an additional protocol mandating that "parties to the conflict shall to the maximum extent feasible … avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas."

Most recently this policy was put into place on Tuesday in Khan Younis, a city south of Gaza, when Israel targeted the home of a Hamas operative. According to Pakistani newspaper, The News International: "Witnesses said an Israeli drone fired a warning flare, prompting relatives and neighbors to gather at the house as a human shield and that, shortly afterwards, an F-16 warplane fired a missile that levelled the building." Seven people were killed.

In the eyes of Hamas, every Palestinian killed is another photo opportunity and another way to build popular support, playing on anger against Israel. It was the deaths of two teenagers on Tuesday, whom Hamas had sent to the house of one of its operatives to act as human shields, that was used as the pretext to announce the targeting of all Israelis. Rather than heed the warnings sent by Israel to avoid the imminent strike, Hamas purposely engineered the deaths of civilians in order to gain a propaganda boost.

Hamas boast of using civilians as human shields - 45 secs long

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B4fFyZ_1sQ

From the Clarion Project
 

Sam H. (403)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:01 am
If I remember correctly, there was no Hamas in 1948.
 

Sam H. (403)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:02 am
If I remember correctly, there was no Hezbollah before Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982.
 

Carol Dreeszen (362)
Friday July 11, 2014, 12:18 pm
It's amazing how intentionally blind some people can be when it comes to seeing truth!! They will believe whatever it is they want to believe...truth or not be told!
 

Betty Kelly (4)
Friday July 11, 2014, 12:36 pm
Now that the world leaders have verbally condemned the rocket fire, What are they going to do about it? Lip Service is not effective. Maybe stop imports?
 

Lona Goudswaard (77)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:06 pm
Both sides should stop, but they don't seem to know hoe. Neither wants to give in first. Both have been here before and know this will only escalate further and further. I hope that all these world leaders are not only just putting out statements but are also very busy trying to find a diplomatic solution before the first Israeli is killed and the death-toll of the Palestinians goes up even further than the more than 100 now.
 

Dori Grasso (0)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:28 pm
John, perhaps there would be fewer casualties if (a) Palestinians didn't use civilians as human shields (there are clips of their "leaders" encouraging and bragging about it); (b) schools, mosques, and homes in the center of heavily populated areas weren't used to build and launch missiles; (c) Palestinian civilians took the warning leaflets and sirens from the Israeli Air Force seriously; and (d) money was spent on building bomb shelters instead of bombs or being diverted to corrupt Hamas officials.

The Gaza Strip has extremely dense concentrations of population in the cities. About 70% of the land in the strip is EMPTY. If the missile sites were moved to one of the unpopulated areas, THAT'S what would be targeted.

It's worth noting that for the four points I made above about the Palestinians, exactly the opposite is true of Israelis. Every citizen owns a gas mask and has a bomb shelter to go to. Furthermore, a lot of money was poured into developing and implementing the Iron Dome defense, which is purely defensive and pretty effective. You want to know why Israel rarely suffers casualties? Look no farther than this: there's your answer.
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:00 pm
"Hamas boast of using civilians as human shields"

Other than the fact that this PR video clip dates back to 2008 ... the man says that Palestinians are rushing to ACT as human shields! They're not taken at GUN POINT like the Israelis soldiers do with Palestinian kids and adults when they march into Palestinian villages.

It's very much like what Uri Avnery and so many truly peace loving Israelis and Internationals did when Sharon had Ramallah and Arafat under siege and they did everything possible to stop Sharon the bulldozer from dropping a few bombs on Arafat's head.

Such little details naturally get lost with the Hasbaratchiks but to intellectual honest people they do matter.

Just another cheap hasbara trick. Amazing that one never gets tired of using it.

As for the IDF Soldiers who take Palestinians as human shields - just google and you'll find plenty of evidence.

Anyone who is just a bit familiar with the geography of Gaza knows that anywhere Israel hits it's likely to hit civilians. Gaza is the most densely populated area in the world. It's approx 20 x 6 km with well approx. 1.7 Mio people living there. It's the biggest open air prison in the world with Israel as the prison wardens. But who do I tell this to - these are well known and undisputed facts. It's just that people prefer not to see and pretend not to know.
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:02 pm

I just got this "open letter" via Jewish Voice for Peace" and like to share it with you - please go an sign the open letter which I posted under https://www.care2.com/news/member/558572678/3787066.

"My name is Eran Efrati, I am Jewish, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and a 7th generation Jerusalemite.

What I've seen in Israel over the last few weeks is beyond anything I have witnessed in my life.

I've seen terrified Palestinian children in Hebron and Halhul, sitting on the ruins of their homes.

I've seen mobs in the street chanting "death to Arabs" and pulling out Palestinian men from their stores to beat them as other Israelis stood idly by. I've seen soldiers lined up at the Gaza border, ready at a moment's notice to invade.

And now, like you, I’ve seen the climbing death toll in Gaza, over 100 dead and some 500 injured –all by Israeli missiles, with no end in sight.

As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think I can do a lot about it. But I believe you can.

American voices - and especially Jewish American ones - are probably the most critical voices in the world right now.

We need you to tell us - Israeli politicians, the Israeli media, Israeli society - that you can't support this. That you can't support human rights violations. That you can't support racism. That you won't support the idea that Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian lives.

Join me and sign this Open Letter now—if they get another 10,000 signatures, Jewish Voice for Peace will take out ads in Haaretz and the Jewish Forward with our message.

We know the roots of this are long and deep. But the truth behind this latest assault has finally coming: as J.J. Goldberg documented in The Forward, the Israeli government lied, and created this situation.

For weeks, the government knew that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead. But they instituted a gag order on the media, lied to Israelis and the world, and falsely claimed the mass arrests and collective punishment of Palestinians was all in the hopes of finding the teenagers alive.

In other words, their chosen response was to kidnap the mind of an entire country.

From the very beginning, this has been about punishing Palestinians. From the beginning, the government has been willing to manipulate and use its own people for that goal.

Overhead, I hear airplanes headed to Gaza all day long, and I know there's nothing I can do to stop them. And now we all know the lengths they've gone to justify this attack, and how fully Israeli society has bought into it. And I don't think we can stop it from within.

But I think you can.

Please join me and sign this statement: We oppose the occupation, the bloodshed, the privileging of Jewish lives over others lives.

Eran Efrati "
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:17 pm

Here's something you can gleefully enjoy ...

https://news.vice.com/article/in-photos-gaza-under-siege
 

Sam H. (403)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:38 pm


The handiwork of the only democracy in the Middle East:



http://www.care2.com/news/member/429151634/3787394

 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:45 pm
You know what always gets me, Sam? The simple yet very disturbing fact that none of the so-called world leaders seem to understand that every human being has the right to self-defense.

How come it is never ever a concern of them that the Palestinians too have the right to self-defense? If they defend what is theirs it's called terrorism. Yet if Israel defends their stolen "property" and in the path of continuous expansion kills ever more Palestinians ... it's called "the right of self-defense"!

I wonder if one day I'll be able to solve this riddle?
 

Sam H. (403)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:52 pm
Careful, Eleonora. You’re getting close to being called an anti-Semite! Self-defense for human beings other than the Israelis?
 

Sam H. (403)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:56 pm
Was it self-defense when Menachem Begin blew up the King David hotel? Must be terrorism is the surest way to the Noble Peace Prize!
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:07 pm
Sam - I'd love to send you more stars but can't at the moment.

Anti-Semitism is totally lost on me ... sorry! And yes, when Begin blew up the King David Hotel it was a clear cut case of self-defense as the Hotel got ready to attack them. Did you miss that history class?? Also when they killed Count Bernadotte. Or the hundreds of Palestinian busses in the 30's and 40's with Palestinian civilians which were blown up by the self-defending Zionists. All the same - spell it and hang it in your home: s e l f - d e f e n s e is whatever polit-Israel decides to do. Destroying olive trees, razing villages to the ground, killing Palestinian civilians and resistance fighters, bulldozing peace activists, stealing ever more land and aquifers ... you name it ... all in self-defense!

What's the matter you???
 

jess b (24)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:10 pm
Former Shin Bet chief criticizes Israeli leadership that is under the 'illusion that the Palestinians will just accept all that we are doing in the West Bank and not respond.'

The escalation of violence in the territories, Jerusalem and the triangle (of Arab towns in central Israel) are the direct result of the policies of the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin wrote late Friday in a harshly critical Facebook post.

ynet
 

jess b (24)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:15 pm
Thank you for the link, Eleonora - In Photos: Gaza Under Siege:
https://news.vice.com/article/in-photos-gaza-under-siege
 

Rosa Caldwell (398)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:46 pm
We need to put an end to this now.
 

Sharon Davidson (352)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:48 pm
SOMEBODY NEEDS TO EVENTUALLY STOP THE KILLING,ITS GETTING SO BAD EVERYWHERE.WHATS THE POINT IT HASN'T SOLVED A THING.
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:03 pm
Palestinian victims do have names too - this is the list of Palestinian kids and adults killed by Israel over the last 4 days:

(List updated today 3:20pm)

Killed Friday 11/7

1. Anas Rizk Abu el-Kas, 33, was killed in a bombing in Gaza City.
2. Nour Marwan al-Najdi, 10, was killed in a bombing in Rafah.
3. Mohammed Mounir Ashour, 25, was killed in a bombing on the al-Ghanam family home in Rafah.
4. Ghalia Deeb Jabr al-Ghanam, 7, was killed in the same bombing.
5. Wasim Abd al-Rizk Hassan al-Ghanam, 23, was killed in the same bombing.
6. Mahmoud Abd al-Rizk Hassan al-Ghanam, 26, was killed in the same bombing.
7. Kifah Shahada Deeb al-Ghanam, 20, was killed in the same bombing.
8. Ra’ed Hani Abu Hani, 31, was killed in a bombing in Rafah.
9. Shahraman Ismail Abu el-Kas, 42, was killed in a bombing in al-Bureij refugee camp, central Gaza.
10. Mazen Mustafa Aslan, 63, was killed in the same bombing.
11. Shahd Helmi al-Qrynawi, 5, was killed in the same bombing.
12. Adnan al-Ashhab, died from his injuries after attack in Nuseirat a few days ago.
13. Mohammad Rabea Abu-Hmeedan, 65, killed in a bombing in Jabalia.

Killed Thursday 10/7

1. Salem Qandil, 27, Gaza City.
2. Amer al-Fayyoumi, 30, Gaza City.
3. Baha’ Abu al-Leil, 35, Gaza City.
4. Asma’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
5. Sa’ad Mahmoud al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
6. Najla’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
7. Tareq Sa’ad al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
8. Omar al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
9. Amna al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
10. Amna al-Hajj, Khan Younis
11. Basimah al-Hajj, 57, Khan Younis.
12. Ra’ed Shalat, 30, Nuseirat.
13. Wife of Ra'ed Shalat, Nuseirat.
14. Unidentified child of Ra'ed Shalat, Nuseirat.
15. Unidentified chil of Ra'ed Shalat, Nuseirat.
16. Ibrahim Khalil Qanan, 24, Khan Younis.
17. Mohammad Khalil Qanan, 25, Khan Younis.
18. Hamdi Kamil Sawali, Khan Younis
19. Suleiman al-Astal, 55, Khan Younis.
20. Ahmad al-Astal
21. Mousa al-Astal
22. Mohammad al-‘Aqqad, 24, Khan Younis.
23. Abdullah Ramadan, 5, Beit Lahiya
24. Ismail Abu-Jaame, 19.
25. Khalid Abu-Jaame, 75.
26. Mahmoud Waloud, Jabalia.
27. Hazen Balousheh, Jabalia.
28. Alaa Abdelnabi, Jabalia.
29. Ahmad Zaher Hamdan, 22,northern Gaza.
30. Yasmin Mohammed al-Mutawwaq, 4.
31. Mohammed Kamal al-Kahlout
32. Abdul Rahman Khattab, 8, Deir al-Balah
33. Abdullah Abu Majrouq, Deir al-Balah

Killed Wednesday 9/7

1. Hamed Shihab, Journalist – Gaza.
2. Salmiyya al-‘Arja, 53, Rafah.
3. Nariman Abdul-Ghafour, Khan Younis.
4. Rafiq al-Kafarna, 30.
5. Nayfa Farajallah, 80.
6. Abdul-Nasser Abu Kweik, 60.
7. Khaled Abu Kweik, 31.
8. Ameer Arif, 13.
9. Mohammad Malika, 18 months.
10. Amna Malika (Mohammad’s Mother), 27.
11. Hatem Abu Salem.
12. Mohammad Khaled an-Nimra, 22.
13. Sahar Hamdan (al-Masry), 40, Beit Hanoun.
14. Ibrahim al-Masry, 14, Beit Hanoun.
15. Amjad Hamdan, 23, Beit Hanoun.
16. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, Beit Hanoun.
17. Ibrahim Hani Saleh Hamad, 20, Beit Hanoun.
18. Mohammad Khalaf Nawasra, 4, al-Maghazi.
19. Nidal Khalaf Nawasra, child, al-Maghazi.
20. Salah Awad Nawasra, al-Maghazi.
21. Somoud Nawasra, al-Maghazi.
22. Mahmoud Nahedh Nawasra, al-Maghazi.
23. Aisha Najm.
24. Amal Yousef Abdul-Ghafour.
25. Ranim Jouda Abdul-Ghafour.
26. Ibrahim Daoud al-Bal’aawy.
27. Abdul-Rahman Jamal az-Zamely.
28. Ibrahim Ahmad ‘Abdin.
29. Mustafa Abu Murr.
30. Khaled Abu Murr.
31. Mazin Al-Jarba.
32. Marwan Eslayyem.
33. Sami al-Arja, 65, Rafah.

Killed Tuesday 8/7

1. Mohammad Sha’ban, 24, Gaza.
2. Amjad Sha’ban, 30, Gaza.
3. Khader al-Basheeleqety, 45, Gaza.
4. Rashad Yassin, 27, Nusseirat.
5. Mohammad Ayman ‘Ashour, 15, Khan Younis.
6. Riyadh Mohammad Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis.
7. Bakr Mohammad Joudeh, 50, Khan Younis.
8. Ammar Mohammad Joudeh, 26, Khan Younis.
9. Hussein Yousef Kaware’, 13, Khan Younis.
10. Bassem Salem Kaware’, 10, Khan Younis.
11. Mohammad Ibrahim Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis.
12. Mohammad Habib, 22, Gaza.
13. Mousa Habib, 16, Gaza.
14. Saqr ‘Aayesh al-‘Ajjoury, 22, Jabalia.
15. Ahmad Nael Mahdi, 16, Gaza.
16. Hafeth Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
17. Ibrahim Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
18. Mahdi Mohammad Hamad, 46, Beit Hanoun.
19. Fawziyya Khalil Hamad, 62, Beit Hanoun.
20. Donia Mahdi Hamad, 16, Beit Hanoun.
21. Soha Hamad, 25, Beit Hanoun.
22. Suleiman Salam Abu Sawaween, 22, Khan Younis.
23. Siraj Eyad Abdul-‘Aal, 8, Khan Younis.
24. Abdul-Hadi Soufi, 24, Rafah.
 

Sam H. (403)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:12 pm
I know he would try, but does Netanyahu think he could kill all the Palestinians?
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:34 pm
Sam, if you give him enough time I guess he will - with the help and agreement of the "world leaders" as it would definitively be ... self-defense!
 

Sam H. (403)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:00 pm


We will not go down in Gaza

 

Colleen L. (2)
Friday July 11, 2014, 7:29 pm
Amazes me how everyone can speak, but no one seems to listen or care. Thanks Miriam
 

Stephen D. (45)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 12:37 am
Will the real chosen ones please stand up?.... ty Miriam
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2:49 am
And now what are the world leaders doing? Somebodt must stop the killing!
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 3:14 am

The Atrocity
By Uri Avnery
12/07/14

BOMBS ARE raining on Gaza and rockets on Southern Israel, people are dying and homes are being destroyed.

Again.
Again without any purpose. Again with the certainty that after it’s all over, everything will essentially be the same as it was before.

But I can hardly hear the sirens which warn of rockets coming towards Tel Aviv. I cannot take my mind off the awful thing that happened in Jerusalem.

IF A gang of neo-Nazis had kidnapped a 16-year old boy in a London Jewish neighborhood in the dark of the night, driven him to Hyde Park, beaten him up, poured gasoline into his mouth, doused him all over and set him on fire – what would have happened?

Wouldn't the UK have exploded in a storm of anger and disgust?

Wouldn't the Queen have expressed her outrage?

Wouldn't the Prime Minister have rushed to the home of the bereaved family to apologize on behalf of the entire nation?

Wouldn't the leadership of the neo-Nazis, their active supporters and brain-washers be indicted and condemned?

Perhaps in the UK. Perhaps in Germany.

Not here.

THIS ABOMINABLE atrocity took place in Jerusalem. A Palestinian boy was abducted and burned alive. No racist crime in Israel ever came close to it.

Burning people alive is an abomination everywhere. In a state that claims to be “Jewish”, it is even worse.

In Jewish history, only one chapter comes close to the Holocaust: the Spanish inquisition. This Catholic institution tortured Jews and burned them alive at the stake. Later, this happened sometimes in the Russian pogroms. Even the most fanatical enemy of Israel could not imagine such an awful thing happening in Israel. Until now.

Under Israeli law, East Jerusalem is not occupied territory. It is a part of sovereign Israel.

THE CHAIN of events was as follows:

Two Palestinians, apparently acting alone, kidnapped three Israeli teenagers who were trying to hitchhike at night from a settlement near Hebron. The objective was probably to use them as hostages for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

The action went awry when one of the three succeeded in calling the Israeli police emergency number from his mobile phone. The kidnappers, assuming that the police would soon be on their tracks, panicked and shot the three at once. They dumped the bodies in a field and fled. (Actually the police bungled things and only started their hunt the next morning.)

All of Israel was in an uproar. Many thousands of soldiers were employed for three weeks in the search for the three youngsters, combing thousands of buildings, caves and fields.

The public uproar was surely justified. But it soon degenerated into an orgy of racist incitement, which intensified from day to day. Newspapers, radio stations and TV networks competed with each other in unabashed racist diatribes, repeating the official line ad nauseam and adding their own nauseous commentary – every day, around the clock.

The security services of the Palestinian Authority, which collaborated throughout with the Israeli security services, played a major role in discovering early on the identity of the two kidnappers (identified but not yet caught). Mahmoud Abbas, the PA president, stood up in a meeting of the Arab countries and condemned the kidnapping unequivocally and was branded by many of his own people as an Arab Quisling. Israeli leaders, on the other hand, called him a hypocrite.

Israel’s leading politicians let loose a salvo of utterances which would be seen anywhere else as outright fascist. A short selection:
Danny Danon, deputy Minister of Defense: “If a Russian boy had been kidnapped, Putin would have flattened village after village!”

“Jewish Home” faction leader Ayala Shaked: “With a people whose heroes are child murderers we must deal accordingly.” (“Jewish Home” is a part of the government coalition.)

Noam Perl, world chairman of Bnei Akiva, the youth movement of the settlers: “An entire nation and thousands of years of history demand: Revenge!”

Uri Bank, former secretary of Uri Ariel, Housing Minister and builder of the settlements: “This is the right moment . When our children are hurt, we go berserk, no limits, dismantling of the Palestinian Authority, annexation of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), execution of all prisoners who have been condemned for murder, exile of family members of terrorists!”

And Binyamin Netanyahu himself, speaking about the entire Palestinian people: “They are not like us. We sanctify life, they sanctify death!”

When the bodies of the three were found by tourist guides, the chorus of hatred reached a new crescendo. Soldiers posted tens of thousands of messages on the internet calling for “revenge”, politicians egged them on, the media added fuel, lynch mobs gathered in many places in Jerusalem to hunt Arab workers and rough them up.

Except for a few lonely voices, it seemed that all Israel had turned into a soccer mob, shouting “Death to the Arabs!”

Can anyone even imagine a present-day European or American crowd shouting “Death to the Jews?”

THE SIX arrested until now for the bestial murder of the Arab boy had come straight from one of these “Death to the Arabs” demonstrations.

First they had tried to kidnap a 9-year old boy in the same Arab neighborhood, Shuafat. One of them caught the boy in the street and dragged him towards their car, choking him at the same time. Luckily, the child succeeded in shouting “Mama!” and his mother started hitting the kidnapper with her cell phone. He panicked and ran off. The choking marks on the boy’s neck could be seen for several days.

The next day the group returned, caught Muhammad Abu-Khdeir, a cheerful 16-year old boy with an engaging smile, poured gasoline in his mouth and burned him to death.

(As if this was not enough, Border Policemen caught his cousin during a protest demonstration, handcuffed him, threw him on the ground and started kicking his head and face. His wounds look terrible. The disfigured boy was arrested, the policemen were not.)

THE ATROCIOUS way Muhammad was murdered was not mentioned at first. The fact was disclosed by an Arab pathologist who was present at the official autopsy. Most Israeli newspapers mentioned the fact in a few words on an inner page. Most TV newscasts did not mention the fact at all.

In Israel proper, Arab citizens rose up as they have not done in many years. Violent demonstrations throughout the country lasted for several days. At the same time, the Gaza Strip frontline exploded in a new orgy of rockets and aerial bombings in a new mini-war which already has a name: “Solid Cliff”. (The army's propaganda section has invented another name in English.) The new Egyptian dictatorship is collaborating with the Israeli army in choking the Strip.

THE NAMES of the six suspects of the murder-by-fire – several of whom have already confessed to the appalling deed – are still being withheld. But unofficial reports say that they belong to the Orthodox community. Apparently this community, traditionally anti-Zionist and moderate, has now spawned neo-Nazi offspring, which surpass even their religious-Zionist competitors.

Yet terrible as the deed itself is, to my mind the public reaction is even worse. Because there isn’t any.

True, a few sporadic voices have been heard. Many more ordinary people have voiced their disgust in private conversations. But the deafening moral outrage one could have expected did not materialize.

Everything was done to minimize the “incident”, prevent its publication abroad and even inside Israel. Life went on as usual. A few government leaders and other politicians condemned the deed in routine phrases, for consumption abroad. The soccer world cup contest elicited far more interest. Even on the Left, the atrocity was treated as just another item among the many misdeeds of the occupation.

Where is the outcry, the moral uprising of the nation, the unanimous decision to stamp out the racism that makes such atrocities possible?

THE NEW flare-up in and around the Gaza Strip has obliterated the atrocity altogether.

Sirens sound in Jerusalem and in towns north of Tel-Aviv. The missiles aimed at Israeli population centers have successfully (up to now) been intercepted by counter-missiles. But hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are running to the shelters. On the other side, hundreds of daily sorties of the Israeli Air Force turn life in the Gaza Strip into hell.

WHEN THE cannon roar, the muses fall silent.

Also the pity for a boy burnt to death.

http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1405008861/

 

Sam H. (403)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 3:27 am
When that coward, who’s celebrating the killing of innocent Palestinians asked the real chosen ones to stand up, he wasn’t counting on the likes of Uri to do so.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 1:04 pm
PEACE!
 

Sam H. (403)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2:28 pm
Thanks Carrie! Was ready to post the link, but you beat me to it. Very informative video.
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 5:32 pm

While the world leaders condemn those who are occupied and oppressed for fighting for their freedom and basic human rights Egypt is in the process of sending the first 500 tons of food and medical aid to Gaza other than keeping Rafah Crossing open for the wounded to come over. The Council of Arab Doctors as well the Popular Committee in Support of Palestinians (Egypt) make similar efforts in sending doctors as well as goods.

How did the world community / leaders deteriorate to such a low point? They're adding insult to injury - it'll be better if they'd shut up and crawl back into their holes until Israel/US allows them to come out again.

This is so disgusting!


 

David F. (38)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 5:33 pm
Honestly I am sick of the Israel/Palestine problem. It says very little for humans that it has taken so much money and the violence and hatred and fear continue.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 6:14 pm
Seems to me if the governments of all countries would get out of the way, the people, the innocent victims on all sides, would be able to live at peace. If it weren't for governments and militaries trying to kill each other and everyone else off, the world would be much better off and a more beautiful place to be. Too bad the mothers, fathers, grandparents aren't in charge...
 

Rosa Caldwell (398)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 6:39 pm
I don't believe anyone really likes rocket fire.
 

Stan B. (122)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 3:18 am
I just read this statement from Abu Ali, a Gazan taxi driver.


“Everybody here hates Hamas,” Gaza taxi drive Abu Ali told the Associated Press. “But they’re too afraid to say so publicly. Our food comes from Israel but what we give them in return is rockets — rockets that don’t even make little holes in the ground.”



Gaza Resident: We Are Biting the Hand That Feeds Us
While observers of the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas are certain to hear many negative claims against the Jewish state, the residents of Gaza are also quietly expressing ire at their terrorist overlords.

Abu Ali, as he indicated, is not alone. In the upcoming issue of Israel Today Magazine, we spoke to a young Gaza-based peace activist who said he wished Israel would just reoccupy the coastal enclave so that local residents could be rid of Hamas rule.

 

Sam H. (403)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 3:33 am
I guess moral bankruptcy calls for taking unusual measures, like conducting polls of one.
 

jess b (24)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 11:46 pm
VIDEO: The Gaza Bombardment - What You're Not Being Told
 
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