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  • Palestinians to UN, Western states: Try citizens who served in the IDF for war crimes
    Palestinian FM sends letter calling for foreign volunteers in Israeli army who served in Gaza to be investigated under Geneva Convention.
    By Barak Ravid | Aug. 27, 2014

    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon and a number of Western foreign ministers asking them to bring to trial their citizens who serve in the Israeli army or volunteer with the military for alleged war crimes commited in Gaza. 

    Haaretz received a copy of the letter Maliki sent Tuesday to his U.S., British, French, Australian, Canadian and South African counterparts. In the letter, he emphasized that UN member states bear the responsibility of investigating and putting on trial people in their jurisdictions who have violated international law. 

    “The Israeli military currently has approximately thousands in its ranks. This total includes both Israeli dual nationals and non-Israeli volunteers enlisted through so-called “Mahal” programs,” Maliki wrote. “These dual nationals and foreign nationals participate in Israeli combat operations within the territory of the occupied State of Palestine, including the current offensive in the Gaza Strip. Additionally, foreign nationals volunteering with the so-called “Sar-El” program provide non-combat maintenance and logistics support to the Israeli occupation forces.”

    The Mahal program enables young Jews aged 18 to 24 years from around the world who don’t have Israeli citizenship to volunteer for the Israeli military. They serve in combat units for one-and-a-half years, and volunteers get temporary residency status. The Sar-El program, a joint initiative of the Jewish Agency and the Israel Defense Forces, brings Jewish volunteers from around the world to Israel for a period of one week to one year during which time they volunteer with bases around the country.

    In the letter, Maliki says that IDF forces have carried out a long line of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, in the past and in the current round of fighting, which has caused the deaths of many innocent civilians and the destruction of key infrastructure. Under the Geneva Convention, which all the recipients of the letter are signatories of, “States are obligated to take all measures necessary to suppress violations of international humanitarian law, including grave breaches, i.e. war crimes,” he added.  

    “Palestine hereby calls upon all member States of the United Nations to meet these legal obligations with regard to the potential involvement of its nationals in international crimes relating to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, including the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip,” he wrote.

    Maliki then identified a number of steps the Palestinians want the recipients of the letter to take:

    1. Identifying all of its nationals who are serving in or otherwise aiding Israeli occupation forces, including participants in the so-called “Mahal” volunteer brigade and the so-called “Sar-El” volunteer program;

    2. Notifying all such persons of alleged violations and war crimes committed by Israel during the current offensive in the Gaza Strip, the potential criminal liability for committing or contributing to the commission of war crimes, and each State’s obligation under international humanitarian law to investigate potential war crimes within its jurisdiction and prosecute where appropriate; and

    3. Investigating any allegations that its nationals were involved in the commission and/or the aiding and abetting of war crimes during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, and prosecuting these individuals where appropriate. 

    It remains to be seen how practical the Palestinian request from Western countries to investigate their citizens who served in the IDF is. There is reason to believe that most of the countries that received the letter will be reluctant to do anything about it. And even if they wanted to advance the issue, it would prove extremely difficult for them to identify and locate those individuals.

    However, Maliki’s letter is another attempt to increase the diplomatic and legal pressure internationally after the Gaza operation. It was only a few weeks ago that the Palestinian Authority pushed for the establishment of a Gaza war crimes commission in the UN Human Rights Council to investigate alleged Israeli crimes during the fighting in Gaza.

    In addition, the PA is holding discussions and consultations with Hamas about the possibility of signing the Rome Statute and applying to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. But despite the surge in Palestinian statements on this topic, it seems that Abbas, fearing an Israeli response and harsh international criticism, is not interested, at this time, to move further along that path.

  • # PALESTINE /// Cartographic Representation of the Bombings’ “Atmospheric” Impact in Gaza | The Funambulist

    When it comes to the Israeli enforced organization of space in the West Bank and Gaza, one can always turns towards the UN Office for Coordination of Human Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian territories and the regularly updated maps they provide coupled with a multitude of important data. OCHA just released a 120-page “Gaza Crisis Atlas” that superimposes recent satellite photographs of the Gaza strip and their analyses in terms of damage imposed by the Israeli army bombing/shelling of this last month. Each red dot on these documents represents a destroyed structure, and it does not take much time to realize the amplitude of the bombings’ impact on the ground as red dots populate each page of the ‘atlas.’

    #gaza #israël

  • Evidence Emerges of Israeli “Shoot To Cripple” Policy In the Occupied West Bank

    Most disturbing about the killing was how familiar scenes like it had become. According to Abukhalil, the Israeli army has exhibited a clear pattern of either shooting to kill or shooting to cripple over the past six months. Rather than disperse protests with traditional means like teargas and rubber coated metal bullets, the army has begun firing at protesters’ knees, femurs, or aiming for their vital organs.

    Like the army’s old policy of breaking the arms of young stone throwers to deter protests during the First Intifada, the new tactic suggests an attempt to winnow out the ranks of demonstrators by shattering their legs. By eroding the front line of protests through brute force, Israel’s military is apparently trying to undermine the capacity of Palestinian society to mount an effective new Intifada.


    “Every Friday we’d have ten to twenty guys coming in [to the hospital] all injured around the knees,” he explained. He added that many of the wounded demonstrators claimed to have heard the Israeli commander in Jalazone, “Hilal,” order his soldiers to cripple as many protesters as they could.

  • Israeli Army Whistle-Blower Gets Arrested After Posting ‘Israeli Troops Killed #Gaza Civilians in Revenge’ on #Facebook

    Former combat soldier and company sergeant of the Israeli army turned whistle-blower #Eran_Efrati, aged 28, was arrested by the Israeli authorities and questioned concerning his research regarding the use of illegal weapons in Gaza.

    #critique #arrestation #Israël

  • “Concentrate” and “exterminate” : Israel parliament deputy speaker’s Gaza genocide plan

    Feiglin writes that the Israeli army must “designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.”

    “Tent encampments,” where the Palestinian civilian population would be “concentrated,” are simply concentration camps.

    “The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected,” he adds.

    He then calls for the “formerly populated areas” to be “shelled with maximum fire power. The entire civilian and military infrastructure of Hamas, its means of communication and of logistics, will be destroyed entirely, down to their foundations.”

    The Israeli army would then “exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.”

  • #Israel says captured soldier was killed in #Gaza

    The Israeli army on Sunday announced the death of an Israeli soldier who went missing in the Gaza Strip two days earlier. “A special committee led by the army’s chief rabbi has announced the death of infantry officer Hadar Goldin, killed in action on Friday in the Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement. (AFP)


  • #Israel is not my birthright

    I hoped fervently that it would not happen, but it did – the rabbi spoke of those who hate Israel and hate the Jews, but did not speak of the Israeli army, which is burning children alive; did not condemn the hate of Israelis for Palestinians. He spoke of peace, but he spoke of peace as a thing to force on the Gaza strip, not a thing for both sides to work toward. I clutched my daughter’s hand, trying not to cry, thinking but we are killing children. Where is the peace in that action?

    Who is we?

    We. We are killing children, we are killing civilians, because we were told that God gave us this land, and half of us don’t even believe.

    Our Birthright ™.

    They, not we. The Israeli navy bombed children who were playing on the beach. This is not we, this is not us, this is not in my name. These are nightmarish actions taken by a government I have no real tie to, despite my childhood indoctrination, despite my name, despite my alleged birthright.

  • Interview with Former Israeli Security Chief Yuval Diskin - SPIEGEL ONLINE

    Ex-Israeli Security Chief Diskin: ’All the Conditions Are There for an Explosion’

    Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer

    In an interview with SPIEGEL, Yuval Diskin, former director of Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet, speaks of the current clash between Israel and the Palestinians, what must be done to achieve peace and the lack of leadership in the Middle East.

    SPIEGEL: Mr. Diskin, following 10 days of airstrikes, the Israeli army launched a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip last week. Why now? And what is the goal of the operation?

    Diskin: Israel didn’t have any other choice than to increase the pressure, which explains the deployment of ground troops. All attempts at negotiation have failed thus far. The army is now trying to destroy the tunnels between Israel and the Gaza Strip with a kind of mini-invasion, also so that the government can show that it is doing something. Its voters have been increasingly vehement in demanding an invasion. The army hopes the invasion will finally force Hamas into a cease-fire. It is in equal parts action for the sake of action and aggressive posturing. They are saying: We aren’t operating in residential areas; we are just destroying the tunnel entrances. But that won’t, of course, change much in the disastrous situation. Rockets are stored in residential areas and shot from there as well.
    SPIEGEL: You are saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressured to act by the right?

    Diskin: The good news for Israel is the fact that Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz are not very adventurous. None of them really wanted to go in. None of them is really enthusiastic about reoccupying the Gaza Strip. Israel didn’t plan this operation at all. Israel was dragged into this crisis. We can only hope that it doesn’t go beyond this limited invasion and we won’t be forced to expand into the populated areas.

    SPIEGEL: So what happens next?

    Diskin: Israel is now an instrument in the hands of Hamas, not the opposite. Hamas doesn’t care if its population suffers under the attacks or not, because the population is suffering anyway. Hamas doesn’t really care about their own casualties either. They want to achieve something that will change the situation in Gaza. This is a really complicated situation for Israel. It would take one to two years to take over the Gaza Strip and get rid of the tunnels, the weapons depots and the ammunition stashes step-by-step. It would take time, but from the military point of view, it is possible. But then we would have 2 million people, most of them refugees, under our control and would be faced with criticism from the international community.

    SPIEGEL: How strong is Hamas? How long can it continue to fire rockets?

    Diskin: Unfortunately, we have failed in the past to deliver a debilitating blow against Hamas. During Operation Cast Led, in the winter of 2008-2009, we were close. In the last days of the operation, Hamas was very close to collapsing; many of them were shaving their faces. Now, the situation has changed to the benefit of the Islamists. They deepened the tunnels; they are more complex and tens of kilometers long. They succeeded in hiding the rockets and the people who launch the rockets. They can launch rockets almost any time that they want, as you can see.

    SPIEGEL: Is Israel not essentially driving Palestinians into the arms of Hamas?

    Diskin: It looks that way, yes. The people in the Gaza Strip have nothing to lose right now, just like Hamas. And this is the problem. As long as Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was in power in Egypt, things were going great for Hamas. But then the Egyptian army took over and within just a few days, the new regime destroyed the tunnel economy between Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula, which was crucial for Hamas. Since then, Hamas has been under immense pressure; it can’t even pay the salaries of its public officials.

    SPIEGEL: All mediation attempts have failed. Who can stop this war?

    Diskin: We saw with the most recent attempt at a cease-fire that Egypt, which is the natural mediator in the Gaza Strip, is not the same Egypt as before. On the contrary, the Egyptians are using their importance as a negotiator to humiliate Hamas. You can’t tell Hamas right now: “Look, first you need to full-stop everything and then we will talk in another 48 hours.”

    SPIEGEL: What about Israel talking directly with Hamas?

    Diskin: That won’t be possible. Really, only the Egyptians can credibly mediate. But they have to put a more generous offer on the table: the opening of the border crossing from Rafah into Egypt, for example. Israel must also make concessions and allow more freedom of movement.

    SPIEGEL: Are those the reasons why Hamas provoked the current escalation?

    Diskin: Hamas didn’t want this war at first either. But as things often are in the Middle East, things happened differently. It began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. From what I read and from what I know about how Hamas operates, I think that the Hamas political bureau was taken by surprise. It seems as though it was not coordinated or directed by them.

    SPIEGEL: Netanyahu, though, claimed that it was and used it as a justification for the harsh measures against Hamas in the West Bank, measures that also targeted the joint Hamas-Fatah government.

    Diskin: Following the kidnapping of the teenagers, Hamas immediately understood that they had a problem. As the army operation in the West Bank expanded, radicals in the Gaza Strip started launching rockets into Israel and the air force flew raids into Gaza. Hamas didn’t try to stop the rockets as they had in the past. Then there was the kidnapping and murder of the Palestinian boy in Jerusalem and this gave them more legitimacy to attack Israel themselves.

    SPIEGEL: How should the government have reacted instead?

    Diskin: It was a mistake by Netanyahu to attack the unity government between Hamas and Fatah under the leadership of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel should have been more sophisticated in the way it reacted. We should have supported the Palestinians because we want to make peace with everybody, not with just two-thirds or half of the Palestinians. An agreement with the unity government would have been more sophisticated than saying Abbas is a terrorist. But this unity government must accept all the conditions of the Middle East Quartet. They have to recognize Israel, renounce terrorism and recognize all earlier agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.

    SPIEGEL: The possibility of a third Intifada has been mentioned repeatedly in recent days, triggered by the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip.

    Diskin: Nobody can predict an Intifada because they aren’t something that is planned. But I would warn against believing that the Palestinians are peaceful due to exhaustion from the occupation. They will never accept the status quo of the Israeli occupation. When people lose hope for an improvement of their situation, they radicalize. That is the nature of human beings. The Gaza Strip is the best example of that. All the conditions are there for an explosion. So many times in my life I was at these junctions that I can feel it almost in my fingertips.

    SPIEGEL: Three of your sons are currently serving in the Israeli army. Are you worried about them?

    Diskin: And a fourth is in the reserves! I am a very worried father, but that is part of it. I defended my country and they will have to do so too. But because real security can only be achieved through peace, Israel, despite its military strength, has to do everything it can in order to reach peace with its neighbors.

    SPIEGEL: Not long ago, the most recent negotiations failed — once again.

    Diskin: Yes, and it’s no wonder. We have a problem today that we didn’t have back in 1993 when the first Oslo Agreement was negotiated. At that time we had real leaders, and we don’t right now. Yitzhak Rabin was one of them. He knew that he would pay a price, but he still decided to move forward with negotiations with the Palestinians. We also had a leader on the Palestinian side in Yasser Arafat. It will be very hard to make peace with Abbas, but not because he doesn’t want it.

    SPIEGEL: Why?

    Diskin: Abbas, who I know well, is not a real leader, and neither is Netanyahu. Abbas is a good person in many respects; he is against terror and is brave enough to say so. Still, two non-leaders cannot make peace. Plus, the two don’t like each other; there is no trust between them.

    SPIEGEL: US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to mediate between the two.

    Diskin: Yes, but from the beginning, the so-called Kerry initiative was a joke. The only way to solve this conflict is a regional solution with the participation of Israel, the Palestinians, Jordan and Egypt. Support from countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and maybe Turkey would also be necessary. That is the only way to consider all the demands and solve all problems. And we need more time, at least five years — and more to implement it step-by-step.

    SPIEGEL: Why isn’t Netanyahu working toward such a compromise, preferring instead to focus on the dangers presented by an Iranian nuclear bomb?

    Diskin: I have always claimed that Iran is not Israel’s real problem. It is this conflict with the Palestinians, which has lasted way too long and which has just intensified yet again. The conflict is, in combination with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the biggest security risk for the state of Israel. But Netanyahu has made the invocation of an existential threat from Iran into his mantra, it is almost messianic. And of course he has derived political profit from it. It is much easier to create consensus about the Iranian existential threat than about an agreement with the Palestinians. Because there, Netanyahu has a problem with his electorate.

    SPIEGEL: You have warned that the settlements in the West Bank may soon become irreversible and that it will make the two-state solution impossible.

    Diskin: We are currently very near this point of no return. The number of settlers is increasing and already a solution to this problem is almost impossible, from a purely logistical standpoint, even if the political will were there. And this government is building more than any government has built in the past.

    SPIEGEL: Is a solution to the conflict even possible anymore?

    Diskin: We have to go step-by-step; we need many small successes. We need commitment on the Palestinian side and the acceptance of the Middle East Quartet conditions. And Israel must freeze at once any settlement activity outside the big blocks of settlements. Otherwise, the only possibility is a single, shared state. And that is a very bad alternative.

    SPIEGEL: Mohammed Abu Chidair, the teenager murdered by Israeli right-wing extremists, was recognized as being a victim of terror. Why hasn’t Israel’s security service Shin Bet been as forceful in addressing Israeli terror as it has with Arab terror?

    Diskin: We invested lots of capabilities and means in order to take care of this issue, but we didn’t have much success. We don’t have the same tools for fighting Jewish extremism or even terrorists as we have when we are, for example, facing Palestinian extremists. For Palestinians in the occupied territories, military rule is applied whereas civilian law applies to settlers. The biggest problem, though, is bringing these people to trial and putting them in jail. Israeli courts are very strict with Shin Bet when the defendants are Jewish. Something really dramatic has to happen before officials are going to take on Jewish terror.

    SPIEGEL: A lawmaker from the pro-settler party Jewish Home wrote that Israel’s enemy is “every single Palestinian.”

    Diskin: The hate and this incitement were apparent even before this terrible murder. But then, the fact that it really happened, is unbelievable. It may sound like a paradox, but even in killing there are differences. You can shoot someone and hide his body under rocks, like the murderer of the three Jewish teenagers did. Or you can pour oil into the lungs and light him on fire, alive, as happened to Mohammed Abu Chidair.... I cannot even think of what these guys did. People like Naftali Bennett have created this atmosphere together with other extremist politicians and rabbis. They are acting irresponsibly; they are thinking only about their electorate and not in terms of the long-term effects on Israeli society — on the state as a whole.

    SPIEGEL: Do you believe there is a danger of Israel becoming isolated?

    Diskin: I am sorry to say it, but yes. I will never support sanctions on my country, but I think the government may bring this problem onto the country. We are losing legitimacy and the room to operate is no longer great, not even when danger looms.
    SPIEGEL: Do you sometimes feel isolated with your view on the situation?

    Diskin: There are plenty of people within Shin Bet, Mossad and the army who think like I do. But in another five years, we will be very lonely people. Because the number of religious Zionists in positions of political power and in the military is continually growing.

    About Yuval Diskin

    Yuval Diskin was the director of Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet between 2005 and 2011. In recent years, he has become an outspoken critic of the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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      The army is now trying to destroy the tunnels between Israel and the Gaza Strip with a kind of mini-invasion, also so that the government can show that it is doing something. Its voters have been increasingly vehement in demanding an invasion.

      Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz are not very adventurous. None of them really wanted to go in. None of them is really enthusiastic about reoccupying the Gaza Strip.

      It would take one to two years to take over the Gaza Strip and get rid of the tunnels, the weapons depots and the ammunition stashes step-by-step. It would take time, but from the military point of view, it is possible. But then we would have 2 million people, most of them refugees, under our control and would be faced with criticism from the international community.

      the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. From what I know about how Hamas operates, It seems as though it was not coordinated or directed by them.

  • Ne pas oublier : les crimes de guerre israéliens ne sont pas des « dommages collatéraux », ils font partie d’une application criminelle de la notion de « dissuasion » (déterrence). (Proche de la théorie du « cowboy américain fou » décrite par Chomsky, à laquelle s’ajoute la logique typiquement coloniale de punition des populations.)
    Premeditated murder : the Shuja’iyya massacre and Israeli criminality

    The shocking fact is that these dozens, hundreds, of personal horror stories are the result of deliberate decisions taken by the Israeli army. On the day of the attack, IDF officers boasted that they were “taking off the gloves”. Even as the ground offensive got underway late Thursday, Israeli tanks had “received an order to open fire at anything that moved”.

    The targeting of Shuja’iyya, according to veteran military analyst Ron Ben-Yishai, was about the Israeli army “cementing itself in the enemy’s psyche as a beast one should not provoke”. It is this “objective”, he wrote, that “is the essence of the deterrence” sought by Israel.

  • Gaza : neuf morts dans une école de l’ONU après un tir israélien

    Gaza (Territoires palestiniens) - Neuf Palestiniens, dont un enfant d’un an et sa mère, ont été tués jeudi après-midi dans une école de l’ONU à Beit Hanoun, dans le nord de la bande de Gaza, où avaient trouvé refuge des Palestiniens, selon le décompte d’un photographe de l’AFP.

    Les corps ont été conduits à la morgue de l’hôpital de Jabaliya, près de Beit Hanoun, selon le photographe de l’AFP. Le porte-parole de l’Agence de l’ONU pour l’aide aux réfugiés palestiniens (UNRWA), Chris Gunness a confirmé sur son compte Twitter qu’il y avait un certain nombre de tués et blessés dans ce bâtiment.

    Le porte-parole des services de secours palestiniens, Achraf al-Qoudra, a de son côté fait état d’un bilan de 15 morts et de plus de 200 blessés. Les blessés ont été conduits à l’hôpital Chifa de Gaza.

    Les coordonnées précises de cet abri à Beit Hanoun avaient été formellement fournies à l’armée israélienne, a souligné Chris Gunness.

    • Dozens feared dead as Israel shells UN shelter in Beit Hanoun

      (...) A local radio station quoted an eyewitness as saying that immediately before the shelling, a man who introduced himself as a Red Cross official had asked displaced people taking shelter at the school to gather in the yard because they would be evacuated to another shelter.

      An UNRWA official intervened when he saw people gathering and argued that there had been no coordination with UNRWA, telling them to go back to their rooms. During the argument, Israeli artillery shells started to hit the school.

      UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness tweeted in response to the attack that the “Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army.”

      He added: “Over the course of the day, UNRWA tried 2 coordinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians 2 leave & it was never granted.”

      Spokesman for the Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that ambulances have started to evacuated victims to three hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip in addition to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

      He confirmed that so far 13 deaths have been counted, but more were expected.

      An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately comment on the attack.

      An eyewitness said that displaced people were sitting in the front yard when Israeli artillery shells started to hit them. Another eyewitness said they saw five shells hitting the school.

      Earlier in the day, Gunness said on Twitter that three teachers for the UN agency had been killed, marking the first deaths among UNRWA workers.

      “The 1st UNRWA fatalities in #Gaza; 3 teachers. 2 women, 1 man killed along with family members by incoming fire. 2 women while in residences,” Gunness tweeted.

      “Losing a colleague is hard to bear. Losing a colleague in these circumstances is unbearable.”

      During Israel’s 2008-9 offensive on Gaza, Israeli tanks shelled an area outside an UNRWA school in Jabaliya refugee camp, killing 42 people, all but one of them civilians.

      ’Stop bombing civilians’

      The attacks brought Thursday’s total number of deaths to at least 80, as dozens of Palestinians have been killed as Israel continued its bombardment from land, air, and sea.

      More than 760 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched its attack on the Gaza Strip 17 days ago, the majority since the ground began last week.

      Gaza-based rights groups have said that the vast majority of those killed are civilians, including nearly 200 children.

      International medical organization Doctors without Borders called on Israel to “stop bombing civilians trapped in the sealed-off Gaza Strip, and to respect the safety of medical workers and health facilities” on Monday, as it said that the majority of those arriving in emergency rooms where its doctors were working were women and children.

      “While official claims that the objective of the ground offensive is to destroy tunnels into Israel, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who die are civilians,” said Nicolas Palarus a field coordinator for the group in Gaza.

      The group also said that Israel had directly targeted an ambulance with an air strike, despite the fact that they had been guaranteed movement.

      A recent airstrike hit a residential block in al-Zahraa in the central Gaza Strip and a house belonging to Nofal family in the Al-Nasr neighborhood in Gaza City.

      23-year-old Isam Faysal and 13-year-old Amir Adel Siyam were also killed by an Israeli raid on Rafah.

      Meanwhile, 21-year-old Abdul-Aziz Nur Addin was killed by an airstrike on a market in Shujaiyya. The Ministry of Health announced earlier that 19-year-old Saer Audah Shamali was killed in Shujaiyya.

      Earlier on Thursday, four bodies were pulled from the rubble of buildings in Khuzaa, where dozens were killed in heavy Israeli shelling over night.

      The bodies were later identified as Rasmi Abu Reida, Muhammad Abu Yousif, Ahmad Qudeih and Rami Qudeih .

      Israeli airstrikes also killed seven Palestinians in western Kkhan Younis. Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Al-Qidra said that an airstrike killed Ahmad Abdul-Karim, Ahmad Hasan and Muhammad Ismail Khader there.

      He added that Ahmad al-Mashhadi and Ahmad Khadir were killed in another raid on Khan Younis.

      Earlier, he announced that bodies of Anas Akram Skafi , 18, and his twin brother Saad were removed from rubble in Shujaiyya, the site of the killing of nearly 70 Palestinians in one day over the weekend.

      Emergency teams on Thursday also managed to remove the body of a dead woman, identified as Alal Khalil Abu Ayda , and three injured people from the rubble of a home belonging to the al-Bardini family which Israeli missiles demolished earlier in the city of al-Zahraa in the central Gaza Strip.

      Al-Qidra said earlier that five Palestinian men were killed by two separate Israeli airstrikes on a motorcycle and a tuk-tuk (auto-rickshaw) in Abasan al-Kabira east of Khan Younis.

      Medical sources identified four of the victims as Nabil Shihdah Qudeih, Nadir Suleiman Qudeih, Bakir Fathi Qudeih, and Ismail Hasan Abu Rjeila .

    • Gaza : 15 Palestiniens réfugiés dans une école de l’ONU tués par un tir

      Selon un porte-parole de l’armée israélienne, des combats sont en cours dans la zone de Beit Hanoun avec le Hamas accusé de se servir des infrastructures civiles et de symboles internationaux comme boucliers humains.

      L’armée a aussi évoqué la possibilité d’un carnage causé par une roquette tirée par le Hamas : Durant l’après-midi, plusieurs roquettes lancées par le Hamas depuis la bande de Gaza sont tombés dans le secteur de Beit Hanoun, ajouté cette source.

      Il faut donc comprendre que les résistants palestiniens se cachent parmi la population civile et ensuite ils se tirent dessus.

    • Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded

      UN condemns shelling of UNRWA school, saying it asked IDF for time to evacuate civilians, which was not given


      Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works agency said there had earlier been “firing around the compound” and his organisation had asked the Israeli army for time to evacuate civilians. “We spent much of the day trying to negotiate or to coordinate a window so that civilians, including our staff, could leave. That was never granted … and the consequences of that appear to be tragic.”

    • La version des assassins : le Hamas a empêché l’UNRWA d’évacuer les civils,

      “Last night, we told Red Cross to evacuate civilians from UNRWA’s shelter in Beit Hanoun btw 10am & 2pm. UNRWA & Red Cross got the message. Hamas prevented civilians from evacuating the area during the window that we gave them.”

  • Interview with an international human shield in Gaza

    Palestinians push a stretcher carrying the body of a member of the al-Qasas family who was killed in an Israeli army shelling on July 21, 2014, as they arrive at the morgue of the #Al-Shifa_hospital in Gaza city. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) Palestinians push a stretcher carrying the body of a member of the al-Qasas family who was killed in an Israeli army shelling on July 21, 2014, as they arrive at the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams)

    Israel’s bombardment of Gaza continues, with a death toll that has reached 655 – and just as an array of munitions rain down indiscriminately on the heads of those living in Gaza, turning night into day and forcing the residents of one of the most (...)

    #Palestine #al-Wafa_Medical_Rehabilitation_Hospital #Articles #gaza_strip

  • Israel is being defeated in Gaza as it was in Lebanon

    Lebanon off limits

    For decades, when Israeli leaders needed to court popularity or create a distraction, they attacked or invaded Lebanon, slaughtering Palestinian and Lebanese civilians with total impunity.

    Due to fierce resistance that Israel did not expect, the Israeli army lost 121 soldiers during its 34-day invasion of Lebanon in the summer of 2006.

    Since that painful lesson, even an Israeli prime minister as foolish as Benjamin Netanyahu would not be eager to repeat the experience of his predecessor Ehud Olmert.

    With Lebanon off limits, Gaza became Israel’s convenient outlet for its bloodlust, with repeated massacres in 2006 (during the Lebanon war!), in December 2008-January 2009, in November 2012 and now.

  • Invasion of Gaza: Architecture’s Violence at Work | The Funambulist

    While I am writing these words, the Israeli army is starting its land invasion of the Gaza strip, thus providing the conditions for the continuation of the massacre that this army has been undertaking this last week. Once again, the fact of writing about the on-going tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes constitutes for me to insists on the (infra)structural conditions that foresee it, as well as enforces it to some degree.

    The spectacularization of many aspects of the IDF’s militarized operations (via their Twitter account for example), coupled with their despicable interpretation as a sort of show by an Israeli ‘audience,’ as I wrote in the previous article, provide us with the comparison of the Roman games and their dramatic display of death. In the case of these games, the stage for the spectacle is insured by the architecture of the amphitheater itself that enforces the presence of the victims inside the circus, the doors being accessible only by the agent of death, whether executioners or wild animals. The doors to the Gaza strip are not numerous (five plus one in Egypt: see the map in previous article) but, similarly to the Roman amphitheater, they open only for the asymmetrical agent of death, in this case the troops and vehicles of the IDF. The population of Gaza is thus prisoners from the walls while the latter’s porosity is controllable at wish by the Israeli army: architecture’s power is fully exercised.

    #gaza #architecture #eyal_weizman

  • Israeli airstrike kills six-year-old in #Gaza as death toll hits 316

    Israeli army flares illuminate the sky above the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Jack Guez) Israeli army flares illuminate the sky above the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Jack Guez)

    Two Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes in Gaza on Saturday morning, among them a six-year-old child, medics said. The new deaths raised the toll on the 12th day of violence in Gaza to 316 Palestinians, according to emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra. The two new deaths were a man killed north of Gaza City and a six-year-old child killed in the northern Gaza area of Beit Lahiya. Their deaths were reported after five bodies were pulled from a home hit by an Israeli air strike in southern Gaza’s (...)

    #Israel #Palestine #Palestinian

  • Doctors evacuate patients after Israel bombs hospital | The Electronic Intifada

    And right now, I am in the office and the Israeli army called me through the Red Cross, asking how much time we need to evacuate the building so they can halt the bombing.

    And I gave them the message of two hours, I returned the call to the Red Cross [saying] two hours, so I believe the Red Cross is cooperating with them to destroy … an internationally-prohibited act. They are helping them in this act, and I don’t understand.


    • Director: Israeli tanks shelling Gaza rehab hospital A wounded Palestinian man waits in the corridor of the Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital near Gaza City on July 16, 2014 (AFP Thomas Coex)

      GAZA CITY (AFP) — Israeli tanks are shelling Gaza’s Al-Wafa hospital, whose 14 patients include some who are paralyzed or in a coma, and several people have been hurt, the facility’s director said Thursday.

      “Israeli tanks are shelling the hospital, they have hit several of the floors, and several nurses have been injured,” director Basman Alashi told AFP.

      The hospital in Gaza’s Shejaiya district has come under Israeli fire several times before, and the Israeli military has called on Alashi and other doctors to evacuate it.

      Alashi told AFP on Wednesday that it was almost impossible to move the patients, most of whom are immobile, and he questioned where they could go.

      “There is no place safe in Gaza! If a hospital is not safe, where is?” he said.

  • #Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings

    Very often both journalists and commentators - even those sympathetic to the Palestinian plight - are lost for words when asked to explain what is wrong with warnings. Would you rather, the Israeli Army insinuates, that it uses no warnings at all? How, after critiquing indiscriminate and inaccurate strikes, to protest tactics whose entire logic is to be more precise in choosing between perpetrators and bystanders?

    To be asked to choose the lesser evil from a limited set of choices is a fallacy. Those posing lesser-evil dilemmas are always those in power and the problem is always concerned with the death and fate of others.

    At the Salha family home there was no weapon cache, no militant headquarters. The Israeli Army simply made a mistake, and later admitted as such. Yet when the few surviving members of the Salha family petitioned the Israeli court for compensation, their case was curtly dismissed. The judge explained that Israel was not liable to consequences resulting from an act of war, and ordered the Salha family to pay the court the costs incurred in bringing the case.

    Today in Gaza, the combination of the technology of precision strikes with the legal tactics of warning allows the expansion of the depleted bank of targets and the proliferation of violence. From the air, Israel has started destroying - after warnings of course - not only places it claims are weapon caches but also the houses of Hamas’ field command. Now the target list seems to have extended even to include attacks on hospitals. On July 11, four warning missiles were fired at the Al Wafaa hospital, close to the Israeli border.

    With this combination, the Israeli Army has found a tool to enable it to strike targets it should not be striking at all - targets of little military effect, in built-up areas that house many civilians. Since it now has such a tool, the Israeli Army will go on using it until somebody forces them to stop. Confronting Israeli tactics of warning is now a matter of utmost urgency.

  • Another #Lebanon #rocket strikes occupied #Palestine

    A rocket fired from Lebanese territory hit Israeli occupied territory on Monday, the Israeli army said, after overnight rocket fire from both #syria and Lebanon. “At least one rocket fired from Lebanon hit an open area north of Nahariya,” a coastal city not far from the Lebanese border, the occupation forces said in a statement. No casualties or damage were reported, it added. The occupation forces responded shortly after with artillery fire “towards the launching site” of the rocket, the statement said. read more

    #Israel #rockets

  • #Lebanon: Who was behind the first rockets fired into Israel?

    A man holds a mock Qassam rocket during a rally organized by Lebanese and Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas and the Islamic Group, Jamaa Islamiya in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza strip where Hamas is engaged in a major confrontation with the Israeli army on July 11, 2014 in the southern Lebanese city of Saida. (Photo: AFP-Mahmoud Zayyat) A man holds a mock Qassam rocket during a rally organized by Lebanese and Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas and the Islamic Group, Jamaa Islamiya in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza strip where Hamas is engaged in a major confrontation with the Israeli army on July 11, 2014 in the southern Lebanese city of Saida. (Photo: AFP-Mahmoud Zayyat) (...)

    #Antoine_Lahd #Articles #Association_of_Muslim_Scholars #Beirut #Bekaa #Hezbollah #Hussein_Atwi #Lebanon #Occupied_Palestine #South_Lebanon_Army

  • Israel, World Capital of Homeland Security Industries - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4) | TRNN 2014-07-10

    "... so the attacks become demos ..."


    So, obviously, these security companies’ business model is built on the occupation. These are companies that their motto when they go to arms trade shows and show their equipment, they say, this has already been tested by the Israeli army on actual people. You can only have that because of the occupation. So every new weapon is first sold to the Israeli army, shot at Palestinians. Then you can sell it.

    JAY: Yeah, and they probably have nice little sales videos showing how this all works.

    HEVER: Of course. Yeah. After this invasion of Gaza that we were talking about, there was a trade show that the Israeli army did where they showed how each and every of these new inventions were used in the attack on Gaza, completely shamelessly.

    JAY: So the attacks become demos.

    HEVER: The attacks become demos, and these companies make a profit out of it, and then these companies are hiring senior Israeli officials. I don’t think that means that they want to end the peace process or sabotage the peace process; it means they want to continue it forever, because as long as it continues, they can continue these periodic attacks and they can continue the occupation.

    JAY: Yeah, ’cause the peace process is a process of never come to an agreement about peace.


    Tous les parts de la conversation avec Shir Hever chez TRNN se trouvent ici:

  • ABC News présente une scène de destruction de Gaza comme ayant eu lieu en Israël - Rania Khalek I Electronic intifada

    More than fifty Palestinians have been killed and another 450 wounded since Monday in Israel’s ongoing assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” by the Israeli army.

    As usual, mainstream media outlets are straining to paint Israel as the victim, defending its people against irrational Palestinian rocket fire.

    There is no equating the killing and maiming of dozens of innocent Palestinians with scared Israelis seeking shelter from crude rockets that rarely cause damage. But that hasn’t stopped media outlets from trying, and in some cases, outright lying, to distort the violence.

    In one stark example, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentifies scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire

  • Khader Adnan re-arrested by the Israeli army in Jenin

    The Israeli Occupation Forces just re-arrested Khader Adnan in Jenin. He is a former Palestinian political prisoner.

    The IOF had not laid any formal charges against him, but said he was arrested for “activities that threaten regional security”.

    He was released on the 18th of April 2012 after being on hunger strike for 66 days

  • #Israel threatens to “eradicate” #Hamas after missing settlers found dead

    Israel on Monday confirmed finding the bodies of three settlers who disappeared in the occupied southern #west_bank on June 12, blaming Hamas for their kidnapping and murder despite showing any evidence that the Islamist movement was behind it. “During the search for Eyal Ifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frankel, the IDF discovered 3 bodies near Hebron,” the Israeli army said in a statement on Twitter. It was not immediately clear how they died. read more

  • Missing Israeli settlers: #Al-Jazeera_English’s distorted reporting

    Palestinian boys inspect the damage in a bedroom that is in a mess after Israeli forces searched their house as part of the Israeli army’s search operation for three Israeli teenagers believed kidnapped by Palestinian militants on June 21, 2014 in Salem, east of the #west_bank town of Nablus. (Photo: AFP-Jaafer Ashtiyeh) Palestinian boys inspect the damage in a bedroom that is in a mess after Israeli forces searched their house as part of the Israeli army’s search operation for three Israeli teenagers believed kidnapped by Palestinian militants on June 21, 2014 in Salem, east of the West Bank town of Nablus. (Photo: AFP-Jaafer Ashtiyeh)

    Gaza: Al-Jazeera English’s reporting on the missing Israeli settlers was not naive (...)

    #Culture_&_Society #Articles #gaza_strip #Hamas #Israel #Palestine #Qatar

  • Israeli troops kill two more #palestinians in crackdown over missing settlers

    Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank early Sunday in separate clashes that erupted as they carried out fresh arrests in the hunt for three missing teenagers. Their deaths raised to four the number of Palestinians killed since the Israeli army began a vast search for the three teenagers who disappeared on June 12 while hitchhiking in the southern West Bank. #Israel accuses #Hamas militants of kidnapping them. read more

    #Occupied_Palestine #Palestine