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Gaza Death Toll Rises Sharply as Israel Escalates Attacks - No Israelis Have Been Killed By Rockets Fired From Gaza

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The death toll from Israel's air assault on Gaza rose sharply on Thursday, following the pattern of past conflicts when Palestinian fatalities far exceeded those on the Israeli side. Israel has mobilized 20,000 reservists for a possible ground assault...

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Miriam E (18)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 10:41 pm
"The Iron Dome missile interceptor system has proved effective in shooting down rockets, preventing casualties so far by homing in only on those headed for population centers or critical infrastructure."

There are no Israeli casualty not because Hamas is nice and merciful, but thanks to the Iron Dome.
Israel is trying to defend its people. Keeping them alive. And I hope the Iron Dome will continue doing its job successfully

On the other hand, Hamas is doing the opposite, encouraging its people to be human shields, firing rockets from within populated areas.

While I am indeed very sad and think it is horrible that there are civilian casualties on the Palestinian side, and I think Israel needs to do whatever it can to prevent it, Hamas should do its part to protect its people, not promote their death.

David F (14)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:22 am
... cannot currently send a star to David ...
" Most nation states are very good propagandists but Israel has taken this to another level(*). "
-- Frank Barat, i'viewing Ilan Pappe: An Israeli 'New Historian' and BDS activist

*) a level that makes (Hitler & his Reichspropagandaminister) Dr.Goebbels look like school-kids in comparison

> West Bank == "Mega Prison of Palestine" -- upcoming (2015) book by Dr. Ilan Pappe
> Gaza_strip == the worlds most cost-effectively-run KZ

David F (14)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:23 am
" You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back. " -- placard held up by an old man in Gaza (Where did i see that? - Maybe in Tears of Gaza (2010; 81 min) available on u2b (probably not for long - download & make backup! )
Hamas firing rockets from populated areas ?! --- (doubleplusUN)well, it's probably not easy to find UNpopulated areas in a KZ, is it ?

fly bird (26)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:27 pm
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.

fly bird (26)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:29 pm

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:13 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

"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 "
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