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Plea for 'International Protection' as Attack on Gaza Intensifies


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Lynn
- 1192 days ago - commondreams.org
...death toll has risen beyond 170 people, with more than 1,250 injured ...Al-Monitor continues to track and name the Palestinian victims of Israel's military assault, which they have named 'Operation Protective Edge.' So far, no Israeli lives have been lost.



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Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 11:13 pm
"A feared ground invaded has not yet be ordered, but following an Israeli cabinet meeting on Sunday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated the military attack was escalating with "growing force." He added, "We do not know when this operation will end.""

When it will end? It should never have started. But if you listen to the rhetoric coming from Ayelet Shaked, a member of the Israeli Knesset, this will only end when every Palestinian is wiped out . . . the genocide of the Palestinian people.

This is unacceptable and it is time for the UN to step in. A genocide, or attempted genocide of the Palestinian people is a crime against humanity and for that, the Israeli leadership must be held accountable. Let's face it, after WWII and the attempted genocide of the Jewish people, the German leadership was held accountable for their crimes at Nuremberg and subsequently executed. Should the Israeli leadership expect anything less?

Please do not understand me, I am not anti Israel but rather pro people.
 

Ana MESNER (201)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 12:34 am
Thank you Lynn for posting.
I agree with you.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 2:16 am
I also agree.
Maybe we have to execute all "leaderships"...
 

Animae C (517)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 2:47 am
T.Y. Lynn
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 8:25 am
Thanks Lynn
 

JL A (282)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 9:15 am
Apparently Israel has not learned the lesson from Bush's failure to forsee the rise of ISIS in response to this type of approach. Thanks Lynn--there have been too many grounds for sending US media petitions on their unbalanced and/or inaccurate reporting that this better source is welcome.
 

Panchali Yapa (26)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 11:47 am
Thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 1:04 pm
Maybe a ceasefire is in order?
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 2:10 pm
Thanks.
 

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 3:07 pm
Noted.
 

JOHNLEWIS HODDINOTT (77)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 5:30 pm
No cease firer till hamas lays down it's weapons ,and hands such weapons over to the ISRAELI I.D. F.
 

marie C (163)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 5:43 pm
The other Muslim countries are very quiet I wonder why perhaps planning more bombs in UK
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 7:22 pm
marie, who knows WHAT they're up to ~ but they sure aren't backing Hamas (except Iran, of course).

*Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has thus far turned down appeals to work toward achieving a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Sisi's decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted that Hamas is being badly hurt.*


 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 7:27 pm
Jordan wants nothing to do with them. Lebanon went ballistic (so to speak) on *someone* firing rockets from the Lebanese border.
Well, let's see what Hamas has planned for the humanitarian ceasefire, hmm..............
 

Stan B (123)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 10:23 pm
No need for international protection.for Gaza. It just needs Hamas terrorists to accept a cease fire.
I've just read that Hamas has refused to allow the Israelis to bring blood supplies into Gaza.
That says it all.
 

Barbara P (1069)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 10:37 pm
Thank you Lynn for posting,,, Noted and shared!!!
 

jess b (26)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 10:54 pm
There are some bloodthirsty, vengeful bigots, but Israel will not hide it's lies for long. By now the world is getting used to the shills and hasbarah, spinning facts and history, showing no compassion, only self righteous, contemptible arrogance.
It has several purposes, one being to deflect, another to hide behind fabrications and avoid coming face to face with uncomfortable, hatred from within, externalized.
Thank you for the post, Lynn.
 

jess b (26)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 11:14 pm
VIDEO: The Gaza Bombardment - What You're Not Being Told
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 12:12 am
Noted. I agree with you Lynn. Thanks for posting.
 

Stan B (123)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 12:23 am
Try this link Ros. It's not quite as reliable as the Electronic Intifada!!!!

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=18807

Here are some more good reasons why Hamas doesn't want peace with Israel. Its leaders wouldn't be able to steal as much from their people.

" While the fighting is only expected to worsen the distress of the residents of Gaza, the Strip's economic outlook for the Strip was never good. The unemployment rate in Gaza stood at approximately 40% before the latest conflict, with a similar proportion being classed as living under the poverty line.


But while most of the Gaza population tries to deal with the difficulties of daily life, it seems that one sector at least has had few worries about their livelihoods - Hamas leaders and their associates.





Multi-Million-Dollar Deal
Someone who has benefitted financially is the former Hamas prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. Before

2006 and Hamas' shocking electoral win and subsequent dominance of the Palestinian government , 51-year-old Haniyeh was not considered a senior figure in Hamas in the Gaza Strip. But according to reports in the past few years, Haniyeh's new-found senior status has allowed him to become a millionaire. This is an unusual feat, given that he was born to a refugee family in the al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza.



In 2010, Egyptian magazine Rose al-Yusuf reported that Haniyeh paid for $4 million for a 2,500msq parcel of land area in Rimal, a tony beachfront neighborhood of Gaza City. To avoid embarrassment, the land was registered in the name of the husband of Haniyeh's daughter. Since then, there have been reports that Haniyeh has purchased several homes in the Gaza Strip, registered in the names of his children - no hardship, as he has 13 of them.


At least with regards to his eldest son, it seems that the apple does not fall far from the tree, given his arrest on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing with millions of dollars in cash in possession, which he intended to take into Gaza.


Subsidized Fuel Sold For Profit
According to sources in Gaza, Haniyeh's wealth, like others high up in Hamas, came primarily from the flourishing tunnel industry. Senior Hamas figures, Haniyeh included, would levy 20 percent taxation on all of the trade passing through the tunnels.


Hamas's heyday came after the overthrow of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, as its parent organization the Muslim Brotherhood was growing in popularity in Egypt.


In those days, Hamas leaders and their associates were not afraid to show off their ostentatious wealth. Gaza's market for luxury villas costing at least a million dollars was booming, most purchased by people associated with the establishment of Hamas. A Gazan familiar with the real estate market summed it up at the time with a quip about a Hamas crony who had recently acquired a luxury villa: "Two years ago, he couldn’t afford a packet of cigarettes."


At the same time, Khairat a-Shater, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who headed his own business empire, made sure to personally transfer tens of millions in cash to senior administration officials in Gaza as well as to commanders from the Hamas military wing.


There were senior Hamas members who preferred that the money be kept in a safer place than the Gaza Strip, and invested it in various Egyptian assets, often through business partnerships with Muslim Brotherhood officials. In some cases, the man conducting the deals on behalf of Hamas officials, who ensured that they received their dividends in cash, was Ayman Taha, a Hamas founder once considered one of its key spokesmen. In 2011, Taha himself paid $700,000 for a luxury three-floor villa in the central Gaza Strip; a year ago, he was charged with being an agent for Egypt.


The Egyptian street has become inflamed with anger directed against Hamas over the last three years, partly due to what appears to be its financial gains at the expense of the Egyptian people. The tunnels in Rafah, the town straddling the Gaza-Egypt border, for example, saw a flourishing fuel-smuggling industry from Sinai. The fuel subsidized by the Egyptian government was entering Gaza at a low price, but being sold for eight times that. Those who made the greatest profits from the sale of the fuel were Hamas members, even as Egypt often reported shortages for its own people.


Hamas, says Professor Ahmed Karima of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, has long become a movement of millionaires. According to Karima, the organization can count no less than 1,200 millionaires among its members. He did not, however, specify the source of this information.


Mashal's Mall
It was not only Hamas members in Gaza who became rich. It appears that political leader Khaled Mashal is another member of the organization who used Hamas funds to his own ends. In 2012, a Jordanian website reported that Mashal had control of a massive $2.6 billion, in large part deposited in Qatari and Egyptian banks. This is likely Hamas' accumulated assets from years through donations, as well as its investments in various projects in the Arab and Muslim world. It is also known that, among other things, Hamas has invested in real estate projects in Saudi Arabia, Syria and Dubai. And, according to reports, Mashal did not always separate Hamas money and his own.


Hamas' expulsion from Syria was a severe financial blow for the movement. In 2011, before the start of the Syrian conflict, Hamas's assets in the country had reached a value of $550 million. Apart from its real estate holdings, Hamas invested in various commercial companies, including a cargo company registered to a Syrian businessman close to Moussa Abu Marzook, Mashal's deputy.


As with other areas, in its financial dealings Hamas leaders keep their cards close to their chest and maintain a high level of secrecy. Investments are made through front companies, using family and associates. Companies linked to Mashal in Qatar are registered to his wife and daughter.


Once he was forced to close his office in Damascus (after falling out with the Assad regime over its oppressive response to the conflict), Mashal declared that his place was in Qatar. There, he claimed that $12 million he had stored in his safe in his Damascus office had been lost. Not many accepted this story, and to this day believe that Mashal kept the money, transferring it to his own personal accounts.


Reliable sources claim that a project by the Fadil real estate firm in Qatar is linked to Mashal, his son and his son's wife. The prestigious project in Doha, the Qatari capital, includes the construction of four towers of more than 27,000 square meters, including office and commercial space attached to a mall with an area of 10,000 square meters. The company has never disclosed the source of its funding.


According to a World Bank report released in November of last year, the Gaza Strip ranks third in the Arab region in terms of poverty, ranking above only Sudan and Yemen. The report stated that the poverty rate in Gaza stands at 38 percent. Furthermore, of the 144 countries included in the report, Gaza was the 44th poorest, with most of the countries with a higher poverty rate being located in Africa."

Even the Egyptians are washing their hands of these murdering, lying, cheating thugs.




 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 4:48 am
*During the humanitarian ceasefire, air raid sirens went off briefly in southern Israel and the military said three mortars landed in open areas near Eshkol. No group in Gaza claimed responsibility for the mortar fire and there were no reports of Israeli retaliation.*
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 8:07 am
Ros, I don't know..who do you believe these days? Everything I'm getting right now is from Reuters, BBC, ABC, NY Times...no voice communications from Israel at the moment which is worrisome as it's the dinner hour and folks should be home.
HaHa, Ros! Even city folk Westerners who live in Israel know a car fart from a machine gun. Remember, it's a way of life ~ and your life depends on it. Anyone who's ever heard the wails of the air raid sirens (and that's everyone in Israel) never mistakes them for anything else, or vice versa.

*A temporary humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect at 10 A.M. on Thursday and was scheduled to last until 3 P.M. Three rockets were fired at southern Israel just two hours after the cease-fire went into effect, and another round was launched exactly two minutes after it expired.

*5:17 P.M. UNRWA, the UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees, says that during the inspection of its premises it found some 20 rockets hidden in a school in the Gaza Strip.
"UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations," it says in a statement. "This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law," it adds. This incident "endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA's vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza." *

*Magen David Adom paramedics who were providing medical treatment to eight people were injured during the latest barrage of rockets fired at Israel.*
 

Shil O (0)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 10:56 pm
these mohammedans are murdering people in their thousands throughout the islamic world.... ( a death toll in the hundreds of thousands and not a peep from anyone-- Israel protects its own and they are chastised)...but thats ok its part of the mohammedan non culture.-- Every rocket into Israel is a crime - attempted indiscriminate murder I hope Israel sorts them out once and for all,I for one am sick of their whining and the whingers that support them especially their anti-semitism by accepting that its ok to rocket Israel

Study the idealogy - there is no quarter for Jews

@RosG-- this is a government that betrayed its own people and is actually incapable of thought
Notice the rhetoric "I spoke to hamas" ....... traitors all,they have let mohammedans into the country for a better life - what happens ,being mohammedans the only thing they know is how to destroy.

just like the multi million pound industry they were given when Gaza changed hands-destroyed by the barbarians that they are
 

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday July 18, 2014, 1:23 am
Thanks Jess for the video link to The Gaza Bombardment: What You're Not Being Told
For those like me that have trouble viewing some videos here is a transcript'

"The corporate media isn't just distorting the facts on the Gaza assault, they're flat out covering them up.
On July 7, 2014 Israel began a massive assault on the Gaza strip of Palestine. In the first week alone Israel dropped over 400 tons of bombs, killing over 130 Palestinians. Most were civilians, about half of them were women and children. By the time you are watching the the number will be higher.
Israel's official justification for this wholesale slaughter: the murder of three Israeli teenagers which Israel blames on Hamas. That's not the real reason. First of all Israel has not produced one single piece of evidence implicating Hamas or even a Palestinian in the murders, and in fact the the evidence we do have indicates that that murderers were Israeli. You see on Tuesday July 1st, The Jerusalem Post released the audio of the kidnapped teen's distress call to police, and in that call the kidnappers can be heard telling the boys to put their heads down in HEBREW. According to the Jerusalem Post prior to being leaked to the public this audio was being held under a gag order by the Israeli government.

So why is Israel really attacking Gaza? It's not about self defense and it's obviously not about avenging those three teenagers. Those are just cover stories for the naive. What this is really about is natural gas.

It turns out that Gaza has quite a bit of natural gas on its coastline. One of the largest sources in the region. British Gas, which holds a joint exploration agreement for the area estimates that the fields hold at least 1 trillion cubic feet of gas. That gas belongs to the Palestinian people and they should be the ones to benefit from it. Israel disagrees.

(An interesting side story on this issue: At one point Russia was bidding for a chance to develop Gaza's gas fields.)

After the death of Yasser Arafat, under questionable circumstances, Israel has controlled those fields, and British Gas has negotiated with Tel Aviv.

With power divided between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the Palestinians have been too weak to put up any meaningful ,resistance and Israel would like to keep it that way. The Unity Government between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority threatens Israel's control of those fields, and as such it has to be destroyed.

It's pretty basic really. These are the real motives of all wars: resources, territory and power. They'll always come up with an excuse, and it's easy to fall for them if you don't do your research, but there's also a really easy way to avoid getting duped: always stand against wars of aggression. Period. Make it a matter of principle, and the facts and morality will always end up being on your side.

And speaking of morality, even if those teenagers had been killed by Hamas, what kind of psychopath thinks that this gives Israel the right to go and kill over a hundred people who had nothing to do with it? We're talking about little kids here.

I'm not going to show you the pictures of the dead or dying children here in this video, but I have looked at them, and as a father it's almost unbearable to see. If hearing about those bombs falling doesn't phase you emotionally, if this is just a political debate for you, then go look at the pictures (these for example). You have no right to defend what Israel is doing, if you don't have the courage to even glance at the consequences.

And anyone who would justify these crimes after seeing the civilian casualties should be ashamed of themselves.

The bombing heavily populated residential areas is a war crime, and the U.S. government is funding it with your tax dollars. That's right. Israel receives over 3 billion dollars in foreign aid from the U.S. each year. (But hey, it's not like the American people actually need that money, the national debt is only 17 trillion dollars.)

Of course it's no accident that you've never had face what's being done to the Palestinian's in your name. If you turn on the mainstream media at any point during this crisis all you'll see is constant stream of reports focusing on the Palestinian rockets being fired in response. These reports conveniently fail to mention that as of yet these primitive rockets have not killed one single Israeli.

The Obama administration is also running with this artificial narrative.

But the rockets, the rockets! Let's all bring this back to the puny homemade rockets that the Palestinians are launching out of desperation and frame this as a question of Israel's self defense.

Pretend for a moment that this wasn't happening in the Middle East, but rather in the south west of the United States. Hey, just for kicks let's say it was happening in Palestine Texas. So three teenagers from Mexico are visiting Palestine Texas and they get killed, by somebody, we don't know who. Mexico of course takes this as an invitation to launch airstrikes, on the entire on the entire region. For ten days the Mexican air force dutifully pummels Palestine Texas, and the surrounding villages, but unfortunately these darn rednecks were unaware that this was perfectly within Mexico's rights, so they started taking pot shots at Mexican fighter jets with their shotguns and deer rifles, and some started shooting in the general direction of the Mexican border. The bullets didn't reach their targets, but still they tried to defend themselves, and THAT is unacceptable.

Sound absurd? That's what you people sound like when you parrot the mainstream media and talk show pundits without thinking. Totally incoherent.

Israel isn't defending itself against the Palestinians any more than the Europeans were defending themselves against the natives of the Americas. Year after year the Israelis have taken more Palestinian land, bulldozed more homes, set up new settlements, and systematically expelled the inhabitants. You can make up justifications or deny it all you want, but the maps don't lie.

Palestine loss of land since 1946

This isn't defense, this is ethnic cleansing.

Of course there are those who are actually ok with what these maps tell us. There are people who like to assert that Israel has the right to steal every square inch of Palestinian land because supposedly one thousand five hundred or so years ago their Jewish ancestors were expelled. They call this the right of return.

Ok, let's go with that.

Rights are an interesting topic. The thing about rights, is that if human right actually exists then it would have to universal to all of humanity.

So what about the Palestinian's right of return?

Don't you find it a bit odd that one of the primary stipulations that Israel always imposes upon the Palestinians during negotiations is that in order to reach a peace agreement the Palestinians have to accept that they have no right to return to the land that was taken from them in the past 50 years? We're not talking about people who have some kind of abstract ancestral claim, these are the actual people who lost their homes, and their farms, and their businesses in this lifetime.

So is the right of return an actual right or is it not? You can't have it both ways without exposing the dirty underbelly of this issue: which is that Zionism is a fundamentally racist and fascistic ideology.

The video below is an extreme display, but it's not unique in Israel these days. If you do a little research on the topic you'll find that hardline Zionism very much resembles a neo-nazi movement.

And no, Zionism is not inseparable from Judaism, and it has nothing to do with who you are genetically.

Jews against Zionism

So what can we do to help the Palestinians? Start by actively engaging this debate everywhere it comes up. Don't avoid the conversation just to be polite. Women and children are being massacred in Gaza right now, and silence in the face of oppression is to take the side of the oppressors.

It's time to start confronting those who support what Israel is doing right now. This isn't a matter of opinion or preference. To defend the use of the military against civilian populations, is shameful, it's immoral and it has consequences.

A particular weight of responsibility sits on the shoulders of those in the so called conservative churches of the United States, because this is where the bulk of the support for Israel is found. It's up to you who see what is really going on to wake the people in your church up. If the Pastor in your church defends bombardment of Gaza, or any war for that matter, you need to confront him, and if he doesn't respond when you confront him in private then confront him publicly. If that sounds extreme to you, then go look at those pictures of the little kids who are on the receiving end of this. Go take a glimpse, but understand that the horror of seeing a photo of a dismembered child is nothing like what their parents are feeling.

And to the people of Israel, you need to do some serious soul searching. Is this the image you want the world to have when they think of Israel? An image of a brutal oppressor that murders civilians without hesitation? But more importantly, is this what you want to be?"

There is no doubt that the Israeli-Palestinian situation is a complicated one, one made even more complicated by the extremists on both sides. Netanyahu is on the extreme end, but more so are some of the members of his coalition like Ayelet Shaked who openly called for the genocide of the Palestinian people. Of course Hamas is extreme whereas Mahmoud Abbas is more moderate.

For those who enjoy reading and are interested, there is a book " I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey" by Izzeldin Abuelaish. Dr Abuelaish, who is Palestinian, lost his 3 daughters in an Israeli air strike not long after his wife died of cancer. He currently lives and works in Canada.

Thanks everybody for your comments.
 

P A (117)
Friday July 18, 2014, 1:59 am
Israel have now invaded Gaza on the ground, according to news media. God help all the innocents!
 

Shil O (0)
Friday July 18, 2014, 5:20 am
@ ros g
ROFL....Cursed-No------ unless with having to read your mindless drivel---- allow both to have the same military capacity as a deterrent.(that statement would indicate you are muslima because no sane person could even contemplate that)... Are you unaware of mohammedan behaviour on a worldwide scale-the wanton murders of innocent non mohammedans and you have the audacity/stupidity to suggest that ! -- You are probably silly enough to believe you can pick up a piece of shit by the clean end
HAMAS has only one goal and that is to destroy Israel. ‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.--- but I guess you think they are joking ....wake up woman and smell the Ros es

quote of the week
Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK, admittedthat the group’s supporters use social media sites and protest demonstrations to “peddle hatred and intolerance” of Jews
....Waow imagine that-------- psc and bds.......now both peddling hatred and intolerance of Jews

you also state
"good people" are just that "good people" they can co-exist in one State"
Here we agree but good people don't hold in reverence a man (or hold him up as the best example for mankind)who was a pagan,Christian and Jew killer who also authorised torture,rape,thieving, lying and murder which is a fair summation of his character building achievements....
 

jess b (26)
Friday July 18, 2014, 8:55 am
TAKE ACTION: Attend one of the protests around the world demanding an end to the assault on Gaza and the mass arrest raids and killings of Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Occupied Palestine ’48.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 6:42 am
Shil gets it! When will you people finally realize this is about an unholy religious war ~ jihad ~ the destruction of Israel and ALL infidels. Do some research on the 7th century when the Arabs conquered the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, Spain, parts of Italy and enforced Islam or death.
Forced conversion, killing infidels ~ Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists.
The Twin Towers, Boston, the UK, Japan ~ weren't about the Palestinian people.
Neither is this.

 

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday July 20, 2014, 4:03 pm
The people living in Gaza certainly need protection.
 

jess b (26)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 7:10 pm
TAKE ACTION - Gaza: Stop The Arms, Stop The Killing Amnesty International UK
 

Brenda P (125)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 10:08 pm
noted shared
 

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday July 22, 2014, 10:19 pm
Thanks everyone.

And thanks Jess for the link to the Amnesty UK petition. I hope everyone will sign.
 
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