it, at least, like thousands of other typical
Jewish kids of my generation, I was reared as
a Jewish nationalist, even a quasi-separatist.
Every summer for two months for 10 formative
years during my childhood and adolescence I
attended Jewish summer camp. There, each
morning, I saluted a foreign flag, dressed in
a uniform reflecting its colors, sang a
foreign national anthem, learned a foreign
language, learned foreign folk songs and
dances, and was taught that Israel was the
true homeland. Emigration to Israel was
considered the highest virtue, and, like many
other Jewish teens of my generation, I spent
two summers working in Israel on a collective
farm while I contemplated that possibility.
More tacitly and subconsciously, I was taught
the superiority of my people to the gentiles
who had oppressed us. We were taught to view
non-Jews as untrustworthy outsiders, people
from whom sudden gusts of hatred might be
anticipated, people less sensitive,
intelligent, and moral than ourselves. We were
also taught that the lesson of our dark
history is that we could rely on no one."
Steinlight, Stephen. (2001). Backgrounder.
Center for Immigration Studies. October.
Top Israeli Official
Admits Underestimating Gaza Fighters
A senior army intelligence official has admitted that
Israel underestimated the tenacity of Gaza fighters
and did not expect a 50-day conflict to last so long,
but he insisted they were soundly beaten.
The conflict, which ended with a ceasefire last week,
killed more than 2,100 mainly civilian Palestinians,
as well as 66 soldiers and six civilians on the
"If you'd asked me two months ago, I wouldn't assess
that it's going to take us 50 days," the official told
journalists in English at a briefing in Tel Aviv late
"We thought it's going to take them a shorter time to
understand what happened, and we are mistaken here.
It's a tactical assessment mistake, but it's a
mistake," said the official, speaking on condition of
He said the training of some Hamas fighters had
impressed him, but that there were no "surprises" for
"They were in pretty good shape and pretty well
trained," he said of amphibious commando-style raids
by Hamas fighters on Israeli shores.
"You can see for sure they were trained outside of the
Gaza Strip," the official said, but added "we haven't
seen anything that has surprised us" militarily.
But the official said Hamas, the main power in Gaza,
and Islamic Jihad, the next biggest group, were
"We think they are in very bad shape," he said,
claiming that two-thirds of their rocket stores had
been wiped out and several hundred of them killed.
Hamas and Israel agreed an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire
on August 26, with both sides hailing it as a victory.
Israel’s Recruitment Of New Gaza Division Commander
Sign Of Defeat
The appointment of a new
commander for the Israeli army’s Gaza Division is a
proof of Israel’s admission of defeat in the Gaza
offensive, Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri said,
dubbing the move an episode in a series of sanctions
imposed on Israeli war “losers.”
Abu Zuhri’s statement came following the appointment
of Brigadier General Itai Virov as new Gaza Division
Commander, replacing Mikey Edelstein who served in
this post for the past two years.
Edelstein will serve as commander of the Sinai Brigade
and head of the infantry training center in Negev,
Israeli military sources said.
The ceremony, held at the division headquarters, was
attended by the General Officer Commanding of the
Southern front, Sami Turgeman.
Meanwhile, Israeli military sources on Sunday said the
Israeli army will carry out investigations into the
operations performed by the Givati Brigade unit in
The investigation will make use of the suspected
capture of an Israeli soldier as the most efficient
investigation tool to refute projected accusation, to
be charged by the UN and human rights organizations,
over Israel’s perpetration of war crimes during the
notorious Rafah massacre.
Human rights organizations documented the mass-murder
of 190 Palestinians in Rafah after Israel stepped up
its offensive under pretext that an Israeli soldier
had disappeared in its vicinity.
Soldiers . . . The Mysterious Labyrinth
Israel’s failure to decipher the mystery of the two
captured Israeli soldiers in the wake of the Gaza
offensive, has turned into the most nightmarish of all
of mazes, Al-Majd security website said.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the capturing of an
Israeli occupation soldier, identified as Shaul Aarun,
and refused to release any further details as long as
nothing is to be gained from Israel.
According to Al-Majd security website, the Israeli
intelligence apparatuses will step up their search
operations in an attempt to decode the cryptograms of
the enigma by all means.
Intimidating text messages, money blackmailing,
anti-resistance leaflets, smear campaigns, ad hominem
moves, online and field collaborators along with
spying equipment and personnel, are among the tactics
to be used by the Israeli occupation throughout the
large-scale operation search as it already did, and
failed, in 2006 in its vain hunt for ex-captive Gilad
Shalit. -- PIC
Zahhar: The Soldiers In
Our Hands Will Be A Price For Our Prisoners' Freedom
Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar
said that the Israeli prisoners who were captured by
the resistance during the last war would be used to
release Palestinian prisoners from Israel's jails.
"The Israeli prisoners in the hands of the resistance
would be a price for the release of our prisoners of
all affiliations from Zionist jails," Zahhar stated in
an interview on Al-Quds satellite channel on Monday.
The Hamas official also ruled out that Israel would
resume its war on Gaza and affirmed that it had
desperately wanted a ceasefire in one way or another.
In another context, Zahhar considered what had been
declared by Fatah faction about the formation of a
committee to decide the fate of the unity government
with Hamas "either a threat to dissolve the government
or an invitation to reactivate it."
He stressed that his Movement rejects outright such
threat, but if the intention was otherwise, Hamas is
ready to contribute further to the government's
success, pointing out that the Movement had already
made concessions beyond expectations in order to end
the division and form the unity government.
The central committee of Fatah had decided during a
meeting chaired by Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Monday
to form a committee of five members to engage in talks
with Hamas over the fate of the Palestinian unity
government. -- PIC.
Gaza Has Won A Landslide Victory
Israel’s failure to divide, disarm or defeat the
heroic resistance in Gaza is seen as a historic
political victory, Columnist Sara Flounders wrote in
an article published by The American Workers World
newspaper on Tuesday.
The article, entitled “Gaza – political victory for
Palestine,” reported: “Israel caused massive
destruction in Gaza and killed, according to a United
Nations report, 2,104 people, including 1,462
civilians of whom 495 were children.”
“The attacks further destroyed essential
infrastructure, water, electricity, schools, medical
centers and almost one-third of the housing. This
devastation has created international outrage. Many in
Israel view the war as a devastating political
setback,” the report went.
According to Sara Flounders, the seven-week military
onslaught utterly failed in its objectives of
defeating the elected Hamas government and dividing
the new Palestinian unity government of Hamas and
Fatah. All Palestinian political forces took part in
the resistance, coordinating their defensive actions.
“The Palestinians’ greatest accomplishment was to
prevent the high-tech, heavily armed Israeli Defense
Forces from accomplishing its goal of disarming a
determined Palestinian resistance, which used hundreds
of tunnels, simple rockets and smuggled, hand-held
weapons,” Flounders wrote.
In Founders’ terms, rallies in Gaza, in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank and by thousands of
Palestinians living within Israel’s 1967 boundaries
make it clear that the Palestinians believe they won.
“Thousands of Palestinians celebrated in streets of
Gaza City on Aug. 27. Deputy Head of the Hamas
Politburo, Ismail Haniyeh, and other resistance
leaders joined the public celebration. Haniyeh
explained that the resistance had been preparing for
the battle for years: “The victory is beyond the
limits of time and place. This battle is a war that
lacks a precedent in the history of conflict with the
enemy,” she added.
“Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida told a large crowd
gathered in Gaza City’s eastern Shujaiyya neighborhood
— devastated during Israel’s ground assault:
'Resistance unified the people, and that is our big
achievement. We will not return to divisions or
disputes,’ Flounders wrote down.
“There is still no signed agreement. Israel’s primary
demand — the disarmament of Gaza’s resistance
organizations — is not even open for discussion,” she
added in a section of the article dubbed “A ceasefire
— no agreement”
In the writer’s view, Israel always violated both
signed ceasefire agreements and agreements to open the
border. Israel has violated all other agreements made
with the Palestinians, including the 1993 Oslo
Flounders further pointed to the Gaza victory rally of
more than 2,000 people held on August 28 in Galilee,
within Israel’s 1948 borders, where marchers waved
Palestinian flags and held pictures of slain children
The columnist referred to Palestinian elected Knesset
(parliament) member, Hanin Zoabi, who said during the
rally: “The Palestinian resistance and the people as a
whole in Gaza defeated all the military and political
objectives that Israel set for itself. Our people’s
struggle thwarted all of Israel’s objectives.”
In an outspoken reference to Israel’s defeat, outlined
in a section of the critique entitled “Zionists’ great
fear: Israel has lost”, the writer called Israeli
premier Netanyahu a “war criminal” who “hollowly
proclaimed victory” and pretended that Israel had
secured both a great military achievement and a
“But the Zionist establishment now fears that the war
was a howling blunder,” Sara Flounders wonders.
Flounders quoted Amir Oren of Haaretz, a major Israeli
publication, in a stunning admission of how much
Israel has been set back: “What Netanyahu and his
colleagues have brought down on Israel, in a conflict
between the region’s strongest army and an
organization numbering 10,000, is not just a defeat.
It’s a downfall.”
On July 23, Israeli polls claimed 82 percent of
Israelis approved of Netanyahu’s leadership. On Aug.
28 the Jerusalem Post says his support is down to 38
percent and falling further, she explained.
According to Flounders, the Israeli military suffered
its highest casualty rate since it attempted to invade
Lebanon in 2006. This time, the Palestinian resistance
was able to carry out cross-border raids and target
military sites in addition to firing small rockets
into Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. This has given new
confidence to the desperate Gaza population, which has
lived decades under a brutal occupation.
The writer referred to the evaluation of Ali Abunimah
of Electronic Intifada who wrote: “Israel lost! If
'victory’ is measured in the number of civilians an
army kills and injures, or the number of homes,
hospitals, mosques or schools it destroys, Israel is
the clear champion once again.”
Hamas Asks Abbas To
Renounce Negotiations With Israel
Hamas Movement has called on PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas
to abandon the negotiations process with Israeli
occupation authorities and to focus on accelerating
the implementation of national unity in response to
Israeli confiscation policy.
Spokesman for the Movement Fawzi Barhoum described on
Tuesday the Israeli confiscation of Palestinian lands
as a flagrant attack on the Palestinian people’s
rights. He added that the IOA was encouraged by the
Arab silence and international and US complicity.
He called on Abbas to adopt a comprehensive national
strategy to protect Palestinian lands and holy sites.
Barhoum also called on the Palestinian people to
confront this Israeli racist policy by all possible
The Israeli army decided on Saturday to confiscate
4,000 dunums of Palestinian lands in order to expand
Gush Etzion settlement southern Bethlehem.
Israeli TV Channel Seven quoted Yoav Mordechai,
Israeli coordinator of government activities in the
Palestinian territories, as saying that the Israeli
confiscation policy came in response to the kidnapping
and killing of three Israeli settlers three months
ago. -- PIC.
Haartez: Gaza Siege
Merely Foments Violence
Haaretz Hebrew newspaper stated that lifting the siege
on Gaza and opening all the border crossings would
achieve a permanent ceasefire and a durable peace in
Gaza Strip especially that "it is proven that the
blockade merely foments violence."
The newspaper addressed, in its report titled “There's
no whitewashing the Gaza blockade” on Monday, the
8-year Israeli siege on Gaza Strip. “The Gaza Strip
doesn’t need generosity or favors. Netanyahu must end
the blockade; fully open the crossings between Gaza
Haaretz quoted a senior military officer as saying
that it is in Israel’s interest to avoid intense
social and economic pressure on Gaza.
According to the newspaper, this statement raises
three questions: Why did the defense establishment
remember to examine the ramifications of the Gaza
blockade on its residents only after the war? Why is
the Israeli army suggesting that the politicians ease
the blockade, instead of the politicians initiating
this crucial step on their own? And what is the
practical meaning of this generosity?
Haaretz considered that even this positive suggestion,
if adopted, cannot whitewash the perverse blockade.
“Easing its terms alone, as we’ve seen in the past,
doesn’t create conditions for normal life, doesn’t
offer any economic or diplomatic horizon, and at best
serves as insufficient cover for the government’s
claim that it has no dispute with the people of Gaza,
but only with Hamas.”
“Moreover, the version of relief the IDF is suggesting
has in the past been no more than symbolic gestures,
like allowing in equipment to finish building a new
hospital in Gaza, or worse, took the form of an
inhumane calculation of how many calories each
resident needed, which was used to derive what
products would be allowed into the Strip.”
The Gaza Strip, with its 1.8 million people, according
to the newspaper, doesn’t need generosity or favors.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who speaks vaguely
of a “diplomatic horizon,” must end the blockade,
fully open the crossings between Gaza and Israel and
give a real chance for development to bring quiet,
after it has been proven that the blockade merely
foments violent rebellions against Israel.
The Israeli newspaper concluded by saying that “this
doesn’t mean that Israel must give up the close
inspection of the goods that enter or leave the Strip.
But there is a big difference between security checks
and even a minimum security prison. Israel has the
power to close that gap and work on behalf of its
mutual interests with the residents of Gaza.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said during
a closed-door meeting with Israeli senior leaders that
disarming Palestinian resistance is an inapplicable
demand during the near or long-term future, media
Israeli TV channel 10 said Monday night that Netanyahu
has also ruled out taking any decision concerning Gaza
airport and seaport at this current stage.
Netanyahu confirmed during the meeting that Hamas has
received some privileges in return to the ceasefire
agreement including relieving Gaza siege and
increasing the fishing zone.
According to the sources there is no intention to
resume talks in Cairo late this month.
Regarding peace negotiations with PA, Netanyahu said
that “any withdrawal from the West Bank will lead to
tunnels in Kfar Saba and Sharon towns” in reference to
his total rejection to evacuate settlements in the
West Bank in any future peace agreement.
Danes: Israel Is A
The Danish newspaper
Jyllands-Posten said that a recent opinion poll it
conducted showed that more than 70 percent of the
Danish people believe that Israel is a child-killer
According to the newspaper, Denmark has been
witnessing since the start of Israel's last war on
Gaza widespread solidarity with the Palestinian people
and their national cause.
Different pro-Palestinian groups also emerged recently
in Denmark and launched popular initiatives to help
the Palestinians in Gaza, most notably the 112 Gaza
campaign that aims to send ambulances and medical
supplies for the population.
During the war, Danish activists and Arab and Muslim
residents took to the streets to protest Israel's
military aggression against the civilians in Gaza.
Noted Danish writers and intellectuals also denounced
Israel's violations against the Palestinian people and
said that its blockade and military attacks on Gaza as
well as its occupation of east Jerusalem and the West
Bank are factors preventing the achievement of peace
and generating incessant violence. -- PIC.
Topmost Hashtag On Twitter Internationally:
Assassination Of Qassam Leaders Will Not Break Our
Activists launched hashtag #WeAreHamas on social
networking websites in response to MP Benjamin
Netanyahu’s statement saying that "The entire Arab
world is against Hamas”.
The hashtag achieved the Arab world first place on
Twitter, and the second in the global frequency to
reach the first place in a few hours in the wake of
Netanyahu's speech on Wednesday.
Thousands of Arabs and Muslims Interacted with the
hashtag and expressed their support and full
solidarity with Hamas, denouncing Netanyahu's speech
and Arab positions against the Gaza Strip.
A specialist account for monitoring and statistics
said that the hashtag #WeAreHamas was active in the
last few hours to reach more than 34 thousand tweets
in a record time.
Only Qatar, Turkey, and Iran support Hamas, and "all
the Arab countries are against it,” Netanyahu said.
Qassam Leaders Will Not Break Our Will
Hamas Movement said on Thursday that Israel will pay a
heavy price for the assassination of three leaders of
the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Rafah.
Spokesman for the Movement said that the assassination
of Qassam leaders at dawn Thursday is a “big Israeli
crime” that would not succeed in breaking the
Palestinian people’s resoluteness and resistance.
Qassam Brigades said on Thursday morning that Israel
assassinated three of its senior commanders in the
Gaza Strip. The Brigades identified the commanders as
Mohammed Abu Shamallah, Raed al-Attar, and Mohammed
Seven others were also killed and 25 people were
injured in the Israeli airstrike that targeted a house
in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
Rafah Division commander Al-Attar, a father of two
children, was on the top of Israel's wanted list. He
was involved in the planning and commanded the
operation to kidnap Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, and
other resistance operations against Israeli targets.
Al-Attar, 40, has participated in the two previous
battles against the occupation in 2008/2009 and 2012.
He was one of the architects of the tunnel project in
the south of the Strip.
Yediot Aharanot accused al-Attar early August of
capturing an Israeli soldier, saying that "commander
of the Qassam Brigades in Rafah city Raed al-Attar is
apparently the only person who knows the fate of the
missing Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin."
Mohammed Abu Shamallah, 41, was the senior commander
in southern Gaza. He spent 9 month is Israeli jails
and 3 years in PA prisons.
He was also on the top of Israeli wanted list since
1991. He survived three assassination attempts. His
home was bombed more than once by Israeli warplanes.
He was responsible for a number of resistance
operations against Israeli military targets.
Mohammed Barhoum, 45, was on the same list since 1992.
He was one of the founders of Hamas's elite unit and
travelled to a number of countries.
in funeral of 3 Hamas commanders
Thousands of Palestinians marched in the funerals of
three Hamas leaders and seven members of the Kallab
and Younis families in Rafah on Thursday, as Israel
continued to pound Gaza throughout the day.
Representatives and members of a wide variety of
Palestinian political factions marched in the
funerals, which set off from al-Awdah Mosque in Rafah
in the southern Gaza Strip.
In addition to the three Hamas commanders Muhammad Abu
Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum that were
killed in Israeli airstrikes, Hasan Hussein Younis,
75, his wife Amal Ibrahim Younis, Ahmad Nasser Kallab,
17, Nathira Kallab, Aisha Attiya, and children
Abdullah Kallab and Youssef Kallab were also mourned
in the funeral march.
More than 2,070 Palestinians have been killed and more
than 10,300 injured in more than 40 days of Israeli
bombardment, which has also left more than 100,000
Mishaal: We will
never compromise on our demands
Head of Hamas's political bureau Khaled Mishaal said
that the Palestinians could return to the indirect
truce talks with Israel if there was a genuine
indication that it would accept the Palestinian
"We will never backtrack on our Palestinian demands,
especially with regard to ending the blockade on
Gaza," Mishaal said, reiterating his Movement's
position in an interview with Anadolu news agency on
"Our message to the world is that it is time to deal
with the root cause of the problem by ending the
[Israeli] occupation and settlement construction, and
allowing the Palestinian people to live in peace on
their own land," he added.
He said that the resistance would continue to fight in
defense of their own people and land, affirming that
the Palestinian people have been fighting the
occupation for long decades and cannot stop now.
He denied that his Movement violated the last
temporary ceasefire first and accused Israel of lying
once again to the international community as it had
done before by breaching the first truce at the
pretext that one of its soldiers was captured.
The Hamas official also criticized Palestinian premier
Rami Al-Hamdallah for exaggerating the size of damage
that had been inflicted upon Hamas's infrastructure,
affirming that the Movement's military losses are
He described Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu as a
child killer and accused his army of perpetrating a
"holocaust" in the Gaza Strip.
"What Israel has done in the Gaza Strip over the last
45 days is an obvious holocaust," Mishaal told Anadolu
agency. "They are killing children, destroying
residential areas, mosques, hospitals and UNRWA-run
He said that more than 2000 Palestinians, a quarter of
whom were children, had been killed in the recent
"Israel is replicating what [Nazi leader Adolf] Hitler
did years ago," Mishaal said.
Hamas Confirms Israel
Violated Truce After False Rocket Fire Claims: Israel
Murdered 4 While Burying Relatives in Gaza Cemetery
A Hamas spokesman on Wednesday accused Israel of
having violated the temporary ceasefire on Tuesday,
saying that Israel had failed to offer a serious
partner for peace in ongoing negotiations in Cairo.
Hamas spokesman Moussa Abu Marzouq told Ma'an via
telephone on Wednesday that Israel "ended the truce
and claimed that three rockets hit Israel, which Hamas
had no information about."
Abu Marzouq added that "all options" are on the table
now, saying that the group was ready for peace but was
not afraid of continuing to defend itself if Israel
continued to choose war.
"All options are open now: a new truce, keeping the
war going, or signing an agreement," he added.
He said that Egypt is currently making efforts with
both sides as part of ongoing attempts to reach a
lasting agreement to bring to an end a six-week
Israeli assault that has left more than 2,040
"We presented a new proposal (that offered) the least
of our rights to the Egyptian side, who gave it to the
Israelis yesterday. Instead of responding, they were
ordered to leave," Abu Marzouq he said.
Abu Marzouq said that Israel had failed in
negotiations and that on Wednesday they attempted to
assassinate the military leader of Hamas' military
wing, Muhammad Deif, but had failed.
Indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israel
have failed to achieve results, with Hamas accusing
Israel repeatedly of "stalling" and refusing to make
Palestinians have demanded that Israel end its
eight-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has
crippled the tiny coastal enclave's economy and led to
Israel, however, has demanded Gaza demilitarize, a
demand that Palestinian resistance groups have scoffed
4 killed by
airstrikes while burying relatives in Gaza cemetery
Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in Gaza City
on Thursday after targeting a cemetery in the Sheikh
al-Radwan district, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Qidra
The bodies of Muhammad Talal Abu Nahl, Rami Abu Nahl,
Haitham Tafesh and Abed Talal Shuweikh were taken to
al-Shifa medicial center.
The victims were burying relatives who had been killed
overnight by Israeli airstrikes.
The latest airstrikes bring the total death toll since
midnight to 25 Palestinians.
Hamdan Hadayid, 42, succumbed to wounds he sustained
in an airstrike that targeted a motorcycle in eastern
Earlier, two Palestinians were killed and three
injured in an Israeli airstrike targeting a car in the
al-Nasr neighborhood west of Gaza City.
Before that, Israel killed three of Hamas' most
prominent military commanders in airstrikes targeting
a building in Rafah.
The al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that
Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad
Barhoum were killed in the al-Sultan neighborhood of
Five other civilians were killed in the attack and at
least 40 injured.
In the al-Nuseirat refugee camp, Israel killed two men
after targeting a motorcycle. They were identified as
Jumaa Matar, 27, and Omar Abu Nada, 22.
In northern Gaza, Israeli shelling killed Surour
Tambora and his son Hasan, 13, medical sources said.
An Israeli airstrike also killed five Palestinians,
including three children, in Gaza City on Thursday, a
medical official said.
Meanwhile, a body was recovered under rubble from the
al-Dalou home, which was targeted by Israel on
including 3 children, killed in Gaza City
An Israeli airstrike killed five Palestinians,
including three children, in Gaza City on Thursday, a
medical official said.
Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza's ministry of health spokesman,
identified one of the victims as Nasr Ziad al-Rifi,
35. Four others were seriously wounded.
The latest fatalities bring the death toll in Gaza to
18 since midnight.
Earlier, Israel killed three senior Hamas military
commanders and nine civilians in airstrikes across
Over 2,065 Palestinians have been killed since Israel
launched a military offensive in July.
onslaught on besieged Strip kills 22 Palestinians in
At least four Palestinian citizens were killed in a
wave of Israeli strikes near Sheikh Redwan cemetery
while they were holding funerals for their murdered
relatives on Thursday morning, bringing Gaza death
toll to at least 22, all slaughtered in no more than
24 hours’ time.
Health Ministry spokesman, Ashraf al-Qudra, identified
the casualties as: Muhammad Talel Abu Nahl, Rami Abu
Nahl, Haithem Tafesh, and Abed Talel Shweikh.
Sheikh Redwan cemetery has become Gaza’s sole
graveyard, crammed with dead bodies all recovered from
beneath Gaza debris on a daily basis.
At least 14 more Palestinians, including three elderly
civilians and four children were killed in barrages of
Israeli rocket fire unleashed in Rafah and central and
Other waves of Israeli airstrikes east of Rafah killed
three senior Hamas top commanders early morning on
Thursday, Palestinian media sources reported.
According to the New York Times, the attack, which
also killed the father of a leading Gaza human-rights
advocate, followed Israel’s assassination attempt
Tuesday night on Muhammad Deif, al-Qassam
commander-in-chief who has topped Israel’s most-wanted
list for years and lost his wife and baby son in an
Israeli strike on Tuesday evening in a flagrant breach
of the then ceasefire.
Gaza death toll has hit 2,060, mostly children and
women; all killed in the Israeli aggression targeting
besieged Gaza since July 7.
Information On Soldiers Will Not Be Free As
Palestinian Negotiators Remain Mum On Talks In Cairo
Over Gaza Blockade - In Face Of Israeli Gaza War
Member of Hamas political bureau, Muhammad Nazzal,
vowed that Hamas will be withholding updates about the
fate of the captured Israeli soldiers until Israel is
made to pay a heavy price in return.
Alressalah Net website quoted Nazzal as reiterating
the preconditions set by the Qassam Brigades, the
armed wing of Hamas, over being provided with the
profiles of the Israeli spies in the West Bank and
Gaza in exchange for reports on the fate of the
The Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the
capture of the Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron in a clash
with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in al-Toffah
neighborhood, east of Gaza. The Israeli occupation has
announced the disappearance of another soldier east of
Israel has been seeking ways to discern the fate of
the missing soldiers, appealing to Egypt and other
truce-broker parties to work out the affair, Nazzal
“Israel got into the habit of acquiring pieces of
information for free. Now this has become an
out-of-the-question possibility,” he pledged.
According to Nazzal, the following round of swap talks
will be independent of the ongoing ceasefire talks and
quite apart from any Israeli wordplay, vowing Hamas is
ready for another round of swap talks.
A renewed Egyptian-brokered ceasefire hearing is being
currently held in Cairo following an agreement Monday
on extending the truce for 72 hours.
negotiators remain mum on talks
Political bureau member of Hamas and member of the
Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo Ezzet al-Resheq
said that the Palestinian delegates have agreed to
stay mum about progress of the ceasefire talks.
He attributed this position to “public interest” in a
statement posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Another member of the delegation and also political
bureau member of Hamas Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk
reiterated the same position on his Facebook page on
He pointed out that on the opposite side the Israeli
media outlets were rife with statements on the
negotiations, which could lead to negative impacts.
Meanwhile, Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot quoted Israeli
diplomatic sources as saying on Tuesday night that the
negotiations were still “complicated and difficult”.
They said that Cairo was pressuring both the
Palestinians and the Israelis to extend the truce in
order to allow more time for talks.
redeploy near Gaza border as ceasefire end looms
As negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli
delegations faltered on Wednesday during a 72-hour
ceasefire, Israeli forces began redeploying near the
Gaza border in advance of the midnight deadline.
Earlier, Egypt called for a three-day renewal in order
to press for more time to reach a long-term agreement,
even as Israel refused to accede to Palestinian
demands for an end to the eight-year Israeli siege on
A Palestinian official was reported to have said that
Egypt had also suggested a new ceasefire proposal that
would include easing the Israeli siege on Gaza as well
as restrictions caused by Egypt's closure of the Rafah
crossing, a key demand of the Palestinian leadership.
Despite the negotiations, the Israeli army was
reportedly deploying forces at the border with the
Gaza Strip and authorities on Wednesday afternoon said
they were considering calling up more reservists.
The military wing of Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades,
said they would to give a televised speech Wednesday
evening to update the public on negotiations and the
preparations being made by Palestinian resistance
The move comes as negotiations for peace have reached
an impasse amid a five-week Israeli assault on Gaza
that has left nearly 2,000 Palestinians dead and
around 10,000 injured.
Hamas has insisted that Israel end its eight-year
siege on the Gaza Strip, release dozens of prisoners
whom Israel has re-arrested that were released in 2011
as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange, the re-opening
of a seaport and airport in Gaza, and the creation of
a safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza
Hamas' demands are consistent with the terms of the
Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the
Palestinians in the 1990s, but which Israel has failed
to abide by amid its refusal to consider direct
negotiations of any kind with Hamas, which it
considers a terrorist group.
Israeli authorities have said that they would be
willing to extend the ceasefire indefinitely but have
also stressed that a long-term agreement should
include the demilitarization of the Strip.
Hamas has scoffed at this demand, saying it was al-Qassam
fighters who prevented the full-scale infiltration and
re-occupation of Gaza by Israeli forces in recent
Before another temporary ceasefire last week, Israeli
forces pulled out of major Gaza cities and redeployed
on the Israeli side of the border, although airstrikes
and shelling on Gazan cities continued between
12 army export licenses used by Israel in Gaza
The British government has ruled for the suspension of
12 arms export licenses to the Israeli occupation
after having found out about their potential usage in
carrying out attacks throughout the Gaza offensive.
The British Foreign Ministry said in a press release
on Wednesday that most of the military items exported
to Israel are not to be used in carrying out military
operations in Gaza.
The statement concluded that 12 licenses might involve
items used by the Israeli army throughout the
“A ceasefire is being currently put into effect.
Britain has been urging both parties, during the
Egyptian-brokered talks, to preserve the terms of the
truce and stop the fighting,” the statement added.
“In case the truce breaks down the British government
would not perhaps be able to tell whether the terms of
the export licenses have all been met. In light of
that uncertainty we have taken the decision to suspend
these existing export licenses as a precautionary
measure,” the statement concluded.
Israel Sabotages Truce
Talks, Hamas Cannot Extend Under Siege Ceasefire As
Obama Makes A U-Turn To Open Gaza - Too Little Too
A spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam
Brigades, warned Thursday of renewed fighting with
Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza
"We appeal to the Palestinian delegation to not accept
a ceasefire, unless it satisfies the demands of our
people," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu
Obeida said in a televised address, adding that Hamas
fighters were "ready to return to battle."
The three-day truce ending four weeks of bloodshed
between Israel and Hamas is due to end at 0500 GMT
The sides have so far failed to negotiate an agreement
to extend the truce, with the Palestinians accusing
Israel of "procrastinating".
Abu Obeida said the main demand of Hamas was the
opening of a sea port for the blockaded enclave.
"We will not agree to stop the battle without a real
end to the (Israeli) aggression and a real lifting of
the siege," he said.
"If there is an agreement, it will be possible to
extend the truce, but if there is not, we will ask the
delegation to withdraw from the talks."
Speaking from Cairo, senior Hamas political official
and delegation member Ezzat al-Rishq, said: "The
resistance in Gaza and the delegation in Cairo are in
Israel 'stalling' truce talks
Israel had still not replied to its ceasefire offer
and threatened that there would be an "escalation" in
hostilities if Israel failed to do so, just over
twelve hours before a three-day ceasefire was set to
expire at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Palestinian officials accused Israel on Thursday of
stalling the truce talks.
"The Israeli delegation is proposing extending the
ceasefire while refusing a number of the Palestinian
demands," said a senior Palestinian official.
"If Israel continues its procrastination, we will not
extend the ceasefire."
The statements came after US President Barack Obama
appeared to support Hamas' demands for an end to the
siege earlier in the day by saying that Gaza could not
be isolated forever, while Israel refused to budge,
leaving the threat of a return to hostilities Friday
On Thursday, US President Barack Obama put pressure on
intensive ceasefire negotiations in Cairo by saying
Gaza could not remain cut off from the world forever.
Britain, France and Germany have put forward an
initiative that could bring EU representatives to the
Gaza border, a diplomatic source said.
With the ceasefire due to end at 8 a.m. on Friday,
Egypt's intelligence chief Mohamed Farid Tohamy was
holding a new round of talks with the parties on
Thursday afternoon, with the focus on extending the
But the Israeli delegation was headed back home on
Thursday afternoon, an official told AFP. It was not
clear whether they would return to Cairo later in the
Israel has said it would be prepared to prolong the
But Hamas said agreement had still not been reached to
extend the calm which went into force on Tuesday.
"There is no agreement to extend the ceasefire," Hamas'
exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzouq wrote on
Open Gaza - Too Little Too Late?
US President Barack Obama upped the pressure on the
talks by saying Gaza could not remain forever cut off
by Israel's blockade which has been in place since
2006. Ahead of Thursday's talks, Obama insisted that
Gaza could not remain forever cut off by Israel's
blockade, now in its eighth year.
"Long-term, there has to be a recognition that Gaza
cannot sustain itself permanently closed off from the
world," he told a news conference in Washington,
saying the Palestinians needed to see "some prospects
for an opening of Gaza so that they do not feel walled
Lifting the blockade is the main
Palestinian demand in the ceasefire talks in Cairo.
Although Israel has expressed willingness to extend
the truce indefinitely, there was no immediate word on
its response to that.
"Today will be a crucial day," a member of the
Palestinian delegation told AFP.
If a truce extension was proposed "we will think about
it .. and that depends on how negotiations proceed
And London, Paris and Berlin tabled an initiative
offering an outline for rebuilding Gaza while ensuring
Israel's security concerns were properly addressed, a
diplomatic source said.
The proposal aims to strengthen the hand of
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and his Palestinian
It also envisages opening the Rafah border crossing
with Egypt then eventually opening other crossings to
Israel. It also refers to the opening of a commercial
port in Gaza, the source said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
said that Gaza would be rebuilt -- but hopefully for
the last time, as international patience showed signs
of wearing thin.
"The senseless cycle of suffering in Gaza and the West
Bank, as well as in Israel, must end," he said.
"Do we have to continue like this -- build, destroy,
and build and destroy?
"We will build again but this must be the last time --
to rebuild. This must stop now."
Before the ceasefire, Israeli forces pulled out of
major Gaza cities and redeployed hundreds of meters
inside the border, although air strikes and shelling
on Gazan cities continued.
More than 1,886 Palestinians have been killed and
nearly 10,000 injured in the month-long conflict.
Figures released by UNICEF, the UN children's fund,
indicate that 73 percent of the victims - or 1,354
people - were civilians.
Of that number, at least 429 were children -- around
30 percent of the civilian casualties.
67 Israelis -- 95 percent of whom have been soldiers
-- have also died.
Thousands rallied in the streets of
Gaza City earlier on Thursday in support of the
Palestinian delegation currently in Cairo trying to
negotiate a long-term ceasefire with Israel.
Marches called for by Hamas set off from different
mosques across the Gaza Strip heading to the
Palestinian Legislative Council, the equivalent of the
parliament, while speakers urged the talks delegation
to ensure that Gazans' "rights" were guaranteed.
"We are here today united to show that we support the
Palestinian delegation in Cairo," Hamas member of
parliament Mushir al-Masri said, adding: "We tell them
to not return unless our conditions and demands have
"We have won the military battle and with the
permission of God we'll win the political battle," he
said during the rally.
Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam
Brigades, said in a televised address Thursday night
that the military wing had given the political
leadership "the opportunity to negotiate to stop
Israel from hurting our people," but insisted that
there would be no ceasefire unless Israel agreed to
end the siege.
Hamas has insisted that Israel end its eight-year
siege on the Gaza Strip, release dozens of prisoners
whom Israel has re-arrested that were released in 2011
as part of the Shalit exchange, the re-opening of a
seaport and airport in Gaza, and the creation of a
safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Al-Masri pointed out that the demands of Palestinians
are their "rights," calling upon Egypt and the Arab
World to stand behind them in these demands.
At the same time, al-Masri stressed that if Israel
failed to respond and give Palestinians their rights,
Hamas was prepared to continue fighting.
"Fighters still have their fingers on the trigger and
their missiles targeted towards Israeli cities," he
"If Netanyahu does not accept our demands, you will
not return to your homes," he added in a pointed
statement to the residents of Israeli cities near the
Gaza border that have been subjected to Palestinian
Hamas' demands are consistent with the terms of the
Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the
Palestinians in the 1990s, but which Israel has failed
to abide by amid its refusal to consider direct
negotiations of any kind with Hamas, which it
considers a terrorist group.
Israel, meanwhile, has said that they would be willing
to extend the ceasefire indefinitely but have also
stressed that a long-term agreement should include the
demilitarization of the Gaza Strip. Hamas has scoffed
at this demand, pointing out that it was Hamas
fighters that had prevented the full-scale
infiltration and re-occupation of Gaza by Israeli
forces in recent days.
OIC to convene
emergency meeting over Gaza
The executive committee of the organization of Islamic
cooperation (OIC) will convene next Tuesday, August
12, an emergency meeting to discuss the developments
of the tragic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip
and the avenues to confront Israel's crimes.
The session, which will be attended by the ministers
of foreign affairs at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah,
will discuss ways of exposing Israel's war crimes in
Gaza and holding its leaders accountable at the
The OIC executive committee includes Turkey, Senegal,
Guinea, Kuwait, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, OIC secretary-general Iyad Madani contacted
relevant international players and urged them to step
in and stop Israel's aggression against the
Palestinian people in Gaza.
Never Ask Me About
For We All Become Hamas - Women, Children And Innocent
By Asmaa al-Ghoul
Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I
received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that
my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in
the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family in
a war that still continues, with every family in the
Gaza Strip receiving its share of sorrow and pain.
My father’s brother, Ismail al-Ghoul, 60, was not a
member of Hamas. His wife, Khadra, 62, was not a
militant of Hamas. Their sons, Wael, 35, and Mohammed,
32, were not combatants for Hamas. Their daughters,
Hanadi, 28, and Asmaa, 22, were not operatives for
Hamas, nor were my cousin Wael’s children, Ismail, 11,
Malak, 5, and baby Mustafa, only 24 days old, members
of Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine or Fatah. Yet, they all died in the
Israeli shelling that targeted their home at 6:20 a.m.
on Sunday morning.
Their house was located in the Yibna neighborhood of
the Rafah refugee camp. It was one story with a roof
made of thin asbestos that did not require two F-16
missiles to destroy. Would someone please inform
Israel that refugee camp houses can be destroyed, and
their occupants killed, with only a small bomb, and
that it needn’t spend billions to blow them into
If it is Hamas that you hate, let me tell you that the
people you are killing have nothing to do with Hamas.
They are women, children, men and senior citizens
whose only concern was for the war to end, so they can
return to their lives and daily routines. But let me
assure you that you have now created thousands — no,
millions — of Hamas loyalists, for we all become Hamas
if Hamas, to you, is women, children and innocent
families. If Hamas, in your eyes, is ordinary
civilians and families, then I am Hamas, they are
Hamas and we are all Hamas.
Throughout the war, we thought that the worst had
passed, that this was the pivotal moment when matters
would improve, that they would stop there. Yet, that
real moment of pain, of extreme fear, was always
followed by something even worse.
Now I understood why the photographs of corpses were
so important, not only for international public
opinion, but for us, the families, in search for an
opportunity to bid farewell to our loved ones, so
treacherously killed. What were they doing in those
last moments? What did they look like after their
I discovered the photos of my dead relatives on social
networking sites. The bodies of my cousin’s children
were stored in an ice cream freezer. Rafah’s Abu
Yousef al-Najjar Hospital was closed after being
shelled by Israeli tanks, and the Kuwaiti Hospital
that we visited just a day earlier had become an
alternate venue, where this freezer was the only
Al-Najjar’s director, Abdullah Shehadeh, told
Al-Monitor, “We decided to move the patients when
shells hit the main gate. Some patients, out of fear,
ran out, despite the gravity of the security
situation. We are now working out of this ill-equipped
The Emirati Red Crescent Maternity Hospital, west of
Rafah, has been transformed into a large container for
corpses, with fruit and vegetable freezers filled with
dozens of bodies.
I saw corpses on the floor, some with nametags on
their chests, while others remained unknown. We held
our noses, for the stench was unbearable, as flies
filled the air.
Ibrahim Hamad, 27, removed his five-year-old son’s
shroud-wrapped body from a vegetable freezer. Fighting
back tears, he told Al-Monitor, “He died as a result
of a reconnaissance drone missile attack. His body has
been here since yesterday. The dangerous situation
prevented me from coming to take him any sooner.”
I thank God that my relatives were quickly buried, and
that my cousins Mustafa, Malak and Ismail did not
remain long in a freezer, lest their bodies freeze,
and their souls now rest in peace, leaving us with
nothing but the silence of death and bodies forever
trapped in the postures of their passing.
On the fifth day of the war, when I went to write my
Rafah report about the shelling of the Ghannam family,
I stopped by to visit my cousin’s house. I saw my
relatives and we took photographs together. During the
war, my cousin Wael’s wife had given birth to twins,
Mustafa and Ibrahim, who were like two tiny angels,
harbingers of hope and joy.
How could I have known that this would be our last
meeting? I wish I had stayed longer and talked to them
some more. Hanadi, Asmaa, my uncle and his wife
laughed as they joked about the twist of fate that
brought us together in the middle of a war, at a time
when Israeli occupation forces had not yet begun
perpetrating their wanton war crimes against Rafah.
Endings are so strange, as are living moments that
suddenly become relegated to the past. We will never
see them again, and the pictures that I took of the
twins are now so precious, as one of them, Mustafa,
was killed, while the other, Ibrahim, remained alive.
I wonder how they could differentiate between them,
for they looked so much alike. Who identified them
when their father died and their mother lay wounded in
intensive care? Who was Mustafa, and who was Ibrahim?
It was as if they had merged upon one twin's death.
In the photos taken after their death, my family
looked so peaceful, asleep with their eyes closed.
None of them were disfigured or burned, unlike
hundreds of dead children and civilians that US-made
weapons killed before them. We wondered if they died
in pain. What happened when the missile, carrying tons
of explosives, impacted their modest house and
exploded, creating air pressure so fierce that their
internal organs burst? Their suffering was perhaps
lessened by the fact that they were sleeping.
I didn't see them when I went to Rafah on Aug. 2. I
wrote about the death of the Ayad Abu Taha family,
which was targeted by warplanes, and saw the corpse of
Rizk Abu Taha, one year old, when it arrived at the
I observed him at length. He looked alive. One could
see that he had been playing when he died, dressed in
his pink pants. How could he be at such peace? The
bodies of war victims look so different from how they
appear on television. They are so real, so
substantial, suddenly there before you, without any
newscast introductions, music or slogans.
Bodies lay everywhere, and it was if everything in
life had been to prepare us for this moment. Suddenly,
the dead left their personal lives behind: their cell
phones, homes, clothes, perfumes and daily chores.
Most importantly, they left the fear of war behind.
Distances in the small Gaza Strip have grown larger,
distances and time expanding as a result of the fear
and death that shrank the life expectancy of the
populace. We were unable to join the family for the
funerals. My uncle, Ahmad al-Ghoul, later told me over
the phone, “Because of the inherent danger, our
goodbyes to them lasted mere seconds. Malak’s eyes
laid open, as if to ask, 'What wrong did I commit?'”
I was born in 1982, in that same house in Rafah’s
refugee camp, where the family’s large household
expanded. I grew up there, and everything else grew
with us: the first intifada, the resistance, my nearby
school that I walked to every day. There, I saw my
first-ever book library. There, I remember seeing my
grandfather fall asleep as he listened to the BBC. And
there, I laid eyes on the first Israeli soldier in my
life, striking my grandfather to force him to erase
the national slogans that adorned the walls of our
refugee camp home.
Now, the house and its future memories have been laid
to waste, its children taken to early graves. Homes
and recollections bombed into oblivion, their
inhabitants homeless and lost, just as their camp
always had been. Never ask me about peace again.
Asmaa al-Ghoul is a
Palestinian journalist from the Rafah refugee camp
based in Gaza.
How Can Israel Keep
Biting The Hand That Feeds?
By Thalif Deen
There is an age-old axiom in politics, says a cynical
Asian diplomat, that you don't bite the hand that
But that longstanding adage never applied to Israel -
which although sustained militarily by the United
States - has had no compunction at lashing out at
Washington if the US is ever critical of illegal
settlements or human rights violations in the occupied
Although its military survival depends largely on all
the US weapon systems at its command, Israel lambasted
the United States last week, unofficially describing
US Secretary of State John Kerry's support for a peace
plan in Gaza as "a strategic terrorist attack."
Angry at the remarks, State Department Spokeswoman Jen
Psaki countered: "It's simply not the way partners and
allies treat each other."
Still, the United States, per its usual norm,
continued to absorb the punches thrown by Israel -
right or wrong - in a veritable act of political
"If one is to parody a metaphor," the Asian diplomat
told IPS, "while Israel continues to bite the hand
that feeds, the United States continues to feed the
hand that bites."
Despite the vitriol from Israel, the administration of
President Barack Obama was quick to supply some $225
mn in ammunition and spares to Israel as emergency aid
last week to bolster its defences in the month-long
conflict with Hamas.
The conflict is now under an extended 72-hour truce.
William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security
Project at the Center for International Policy, told
IPS: "If the Obama administration had wanted to exert
leverage during the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, it
could have threatened to cut off military aid until
the Israeli government ceased disproportionate attacks
that killed large numbers of civilians."
Instead, he said, the US administration re-supplied
Israel with ammunition in the midst of the conflict.
Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute
for Public Accuracy, told IPS: "The US government has
continued to serve as an enabler for Israeli slaughter
of Palestinians in Gaza."
He said the humane rhetoric from the Obama
administration functions in tandem with huge US
military and intelligence help from Washington.
Last month, as the latest Gaza crisis escalated, the
White House flashed an unmistakable green light for
Israel to massacre - and keep massacring, said
Solomon, co-founder and coordinator of RootsAction.org,
a 450,000-member online activist group based in the
The bilateral relationship between the US and Israel
has combined tragedy and farce in gruesome ways, he
Both governments have regularised the matter-of-fact
killing of civilians in Gaza as though they were
nothing more than incidental to the geopolitical
agendas of those two dominant military powers, said
Solomon, author of "War Made Easy: How Presidents and
Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death".
At last count, about 1,875 Palestinians, including 426
children, were killed in the conflict - virtually all
of them with US supplied weapons.
In contrast, the Israeli death toll was 64 of its
soldiers and three civilians.
A preliminary survey by international organisations
says the Israeli bombings destroyed some 37 mosques,
167 schools, six universities and more than 10,000
homes in Gaza.
Addressing the General Assembly Wednesday,
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said international
humanitarian law clearly requires protection by all
parties of civilians and civilian facilities,
including UN staff and UN premises.
Ban said perhaps nothing symbolised more the horror
that was unleashed on the people of Gaza than the
repeated shelling of UN facilities harbouring
civilians who had been explicitly told to seek a safe
"These attacks were outrageous, unacceptable and
unjustifiable," he added.
"Our UN flag must be respected and assure protection
to those in need. UN shelters must be safe zones, not
combat zones. Those who violate this sacred trust must
be subject to accountability and justice," he added.
Ban also pointed out that in the most recent case of
shelling of a UN facility, the Israelis were informed
of the coordinates 33 times.
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu regretted the civilian casualties, but
blamed it all on Hamas.
"Every civilian casualty is a tragedy, a tragedy of
Hamas's own making, " he added.
Hartung told IPS although Israel has its own
production capacity - particularly in areas like
drones - the military is heavily dependent on US aid.
From F-16 fighter planes to bombs and ammunition, the
Israeli attacks on Gaza prominently featured weapons
made in the United States and paid for by US
taxpayers, he pointed out.
In all, he said, the United States has provided over
$25 bn in military assistance to Israel in the 2000s -
all in the form of grants that do not need to be paid
And while countries like Canada, France, Italy and
Germany have supplied some military equipment to
Israel, their sales are dwarfed by the equipment
provided by the United States, Hartung added.
Solomon told IPS: "From Obama, no amount of discreet
handwringing or personal dislike of Netanyahu has made
an appreciable difference to the Israeli government."
He said it can count on Washington to supply a steady
stream of platitudes about seeking a broad solution
via a peace process.
Directly aided and abetted by the US government,
Israel has opted for an ongoing iron fist - truly
terrifying for the civilian population of Gaza, said
Solomon. This US-Israeli mode of operation remains
highly functional in terms of diplomatic cover,
military help and intelligence aid. In human terms,
for Palestinians, the results continue to be
catastrophic, he declared.
Before 9/11, he said, the scholar Eqbal Ahmad voiced a
truth that is more cogent and crucial than ever: A
superpower cannot promote terror in one place and
reasonably expect to discourage terrorism in another
place. It won't work in this shrunken world.
Ahmad has passed away, but those words from him remain
very much alive. They are true, and they condemn the
US role as enabler of Israel's mass killing, said
More than a decade ago, as the war on terror was
gaining momentum, Martin Luther King III spoke at a
commemoration of his father's birth and asked: "When
will the war end?...We all have to be concerned about
terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by
Today, the wisdom of his statement serves as an
indictment of what Israel does in Gaza - and what the
United States does to help Israel do it, declared
No Forgiveness For
By Khalid Amayreh
I will no longer be using euphemistic language in
reference to Jewish Nazism, especially in light of the
latest Dresden-like bombing of Gaza by the Judeo-Nazi
state, also known as Israel.
The pornographic death and destruction inflicted by
the Judeo-Nazi state on the innocent population of
Gaza must be treated as a watershed. It is the
Auschwitz, Mauthauzen and Dachau of Palestine. The
victims are the helpless children and women of
Palestine. And the perpetrators are the Nazi-minded
Jews who wanted to avenge the German-perpetrated
holocaust in the course of the Second World War.
From now on, I will not listen to anyone preaching
about peace with the Judeo-Nazi state. In the final
analysis, peace with Israel would be very much like
peace with Hitler if only because Hitlerian Nazism and
Jewish Nazism are carbon copies of each other.
At the end of the day, no person with an iota of
common sense would seek safety in a hole where
venomous snakes live. The same logic applies to the
Judeo-Nazi state whose inhabitants gleefully celebrate
the mass murder of children and breast-feeding mothers
as a national victory.
Therefore, we Palestinians must mobilize the entire
international community to boycott the Judeo-Nazi
state at all levels. We owe it to the victims of
Jewish Nazism in Gaza and elsewhere to desist from
erstwhile naïve behavior of trying to build bridges
with the Nazis of our time. Bridges can't be built
with those calling for our destruction and
extermination. Thinking otherwise would be infinitely
stupid, self-defeating and disastrous.
We must also mobilize Muslim communities everywhere to
treat Judeo-Nazis in a way befitting their nefarious
ideology and evil behavior. After all, these are the
murderers of our children.
We must abandon once and for all any propensity to be
nice where being nice is interpreted as weakness and
Please, no more efforts to normalize with the
murderers of our kids. No more inter-religious
encounters, no more friendly soccer matches and no
more courtesy calls. We must never allow the evil
Judeo Nazis to beguile us into dancing in our
This is the message we need to communicate to the
Palestinian Authority (PA) and its often obsequious
officials who have repeatedly displayed eagerness to
normalize with the murderers of our children.
Yes, there must be no more betrayal of our children's
blood, spilled knowingly and deliberately by the very
people our generosity has often been meted out to
We don't want to see these Judeo-Nazi killers in our
cities or villages or convention centers. Period.
I am not suggesting violence against anyone, although
violence is going to be an inevitable reaction to the
Judeo-Nazi rampage of death and terror against our
However, we must always maintain the psychological
barrier between us and them.
Let the world, including the West level all sorts of
accusations against us. Let them call us anti-Semites
and all other epithets. A world which stood utterly
silent while our children and women were being
slaughtered on a daily basis for nearly thirty days
obviously doesn't deserve respect.
This world has been and is effectively accomplice to
Judeo-Nazi efforts to exterminate our people in order
to build an ethnically pure society following the Nazi
The Judeo-Nazi blitz against our people should have
decimated all doubts as to who are our real friends
and our real enemies. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool
me twice, shame on me. We must not be fooled again.
We must never forget that the whoring Arab regimes
around occupied Palestine have been instrumental in
enabling the Judeo-Nazi state to murder our people and
destroy our towns.
At the top of these whoring regimes is the criminal
regime in Cairo, headed by Charlatan General Abdul
Fattah al Sissi, who has morphed Egypt from a country
with the weight of 90 million people to a country with
the weight of a dwarf.
The same thing applies to Saudi Arabia who has utterly
failed to utilize its financial and other resources to
support the Palestinian people, leaving Gazans totally
vulnerable to the wrath of Jewish Nazism.
Other silent dwarfs in various Arab capitals deserve a
At the same time, every Palestinian must thank Turkey
for its moral solidarity with our people. We must also
convey our deepest thanks to the governments and
peoples of South America, especially states that have
withdrawn their ambassadors from the Judeo-Nazi state
in protest against the Judeo-Nazi blitzkrieg against
Hamas Victory Echoed In
Resistance Brigades Firing New Rocket Attacks, France
Slamming Israel Security Unjustifiable For
Slaughtering Civilians, Erdogan Likening Israel Acts
To The Nazi State Of Adolf Hitler And Britain
Reviewing Israel Arms Export Licences
As Egyptian official declared Israel-Palestinian truce
agreed to start at 0500 GMT Tuesday as Cairo to host '
further negotiations', drums of Netanyahu’s mission
failure beat louder across the Middle East as Hamas’
al-Qassam Brigades continue to stage spectacular long
range rockets deeper into the enemy territories just
before the so-called truce take effect.
Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades targeted Israeli soldiers in
eastern Juhr al-Dik with three 120 mortar shells, the
Zikim military site with two shells and Kfaz Azza with
two others on Monday.
Although, there had been no immediate comment from
Israel over the truce deal announced by Cairo, the
fact that Israel failed to bring the fighting to an
end without the involvement of Hamas resistance has
made all military powers of Israel and its backers
Egyptian regime was the first of all anti-Hamas
parties to realize there is no peace without the
formidable Palestinian recistance in line with the
stance of Qatar and Turkey, the two other regional
powers who had maintained that any deals including the
initial Egyptian ceasefire without Hamas the major
player was unworkable.
A Palestinian delegation, including Hamas
representatives, has been holding talks in Cairo with
Egyptian mediators for a durable truce in Gaza, but
Israel has not yet sent any negotiators to the
Egyptian capital. Sisi government has finally conceded
to the need to open the Rafah Crossing in order to
achieve a workable framework for a lasting ceasefire.
Hamas has emerged victorious after all with due
recognition of its power-based role in the Middle East
peace process and irreconcilable position at the very
heart of all the Palestinians.
The victory must have emboldened the Palestinian
resistance bloc as its Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds
Brigades targeted Ashkelon with five more grad
missiles later on the eve of Egypt ceasefire
announcement, confirming the total failure of
Netanyahu and his Nazi regime to demilitarize the
ruling party of Gaza. It was so incredible that
despite all Israel's atrocities, the PRC's al-Nasser
Salah al-Din Brigades was still able to target the
Zionist state's soldiers near the Zikim military site
with four 107 missiles as Egypt new approaches were
According to the Middle East monitoring groups, the
al-Mujahidin Brigades targeted Malaka with three 107
missiles, an Israeli vehicle with an RPG shell in
eastern al-Shujaiyya, Ofokim military site with two
grad missiles, and Eshkol with three 107 missiles.
security does not justify 'slaughter of civilians'
Israel's right to security does not justify its
actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent
Fabius said Monday, as he called for a political
solution to be "imposed" by the international
"How many more deaths will it take to stop what must
be called the carnage in Gaza?" Fabius said in a
"The tradition of friendship between Israel and France
is an old one and Israel's right to security is total,
but this right does not justify the killing of
children and the slaughter of civilians."
The statement comes amid global outrage over an
Israeli strike next to a UN school where ten people
were killed, among them civilians who had been seeking
refuge from the violence.
Fabius said that Israel was not justified in carrying
out what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called "a
criminal act" with the attack near the school.
"That is why we support and demand the establishment
of a real ceasefire as proposed by Egypt and why we
are ready, as French and Europeans, to contribute to
it in a concrete way," he said.
"It is also why a political solution is essential ...
and should in my opinion be imposed by the
international community," Fabius said.
acts like the Nazi state of Adolf Hitler
Israeli premier Recep Erdogan on Sunday launched a
scathing attack on Israel and likened its war crimes
in Gaza to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Addressing a sea of cheering supporters at his biggest
rally so far ahead of the August 10 presidential
elections, Erdogan accused the Jewish state of
deliberately killing Palestinian mothers, fathers and
their children to quash their struggle for liberation
from its occupation.
"Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free
of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same
target," the Turkish leader said.
"They (the Jews) kill women so that they will not give
birth to Palestinians; they kill babies so that they
will not grow up; they kill men so they cannot defend
their country... They will drown in the blood they
shed," he added.
For his part, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi
demanded Israel in a news conference held in Cairo on
Sunday to halt its military operations in Gaza to
avoid further loss of civilian lives.
He also called on Israel to end its blockade on Gaza
and release all Palestinian prisoners.
reviewing Israel arms export licences
Meanwhile, Britain is reviewing licences to sell arms
and military goods to Israel in the light of ongoing
operations in Gaza, Prime Minister David Cameron's
office said Monday.
Britain's government has approved licences for the
sale of military goods to Israel worth at least £42
million ($71 million, 53 million euros) since 2010,
according to government figures obtained by the
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).
These are mostly to supply weapons control and
targeting systems and components for ammunition,
drones and armoured vehicles.
"We are currently reviewing all export licences to
Israel to confirm that we think they are appropriate,"
said a Downing Street spokeswoman.
"Clearly the current situation has changed compared to
when some licences will have been granted, and we're
reviewing those existing licences against the current
situation, but no decisions have been taken beyond
going back again and reviewing," the spokeswoman said.
The decision to review the contracts was taken last
week, she added.
CAAT spokesman Andrew Smith welcomed the review but
called for an immediate embargo on the selling of
military equipment to Israel, insisting the government
"should never have agreed the licences in the first
"It not only facilitates, but signals approval to the
actions of the Israeli government," he added.
Cameron said earlier Monday that the United Nations
was "right" to condemn the shelling of a UN school in
Gaza which killed 10 people but declined to say
whether he thought it breached international law.
The opposition Labour Party in recent days has
criticised Cameron for not taking a tougher line
Transcript of Address
By Muhammad Al-Daif, General Commander Of The Izz
Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades
By Abu Khaled, Muhammad Al-Daif
Below is the full text of the speech made by
Muhammad Al-Daif, General Commander of the Izz Ad-Din
Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic
Resistance Movement Hamas.
In the name of Allah, Most Merciful Most Compassionate
Praise be to Allah, the Lord all of worlds, Peace and
prayer be upon the Imam of the mujahideen our Prophet
Muhammad, his family and his companions and those who
follow their way until the Day of Judgement.
[Quoting the Quran]: “Fight them, and Allah will
punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help
you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of
O Allah, it is with Your help that we spring to
action, it is with Your help that we manoeuvre, it is
with Your help that we fight; and we have neither
power nor strength without You.
The Abraha of this age has transgressed against our
Ummah and against our people in Jerusalem, the West
Bank and Gaza employing the most lethal war machinery.
The enemy has laid siege, starved the people,
terrorised the innocent, murdered children, women and
the elderly and destroyed their houses on top of their
heads in the largest bank of civilian targets ever
known in history. The enemy is seeking to convince its
people that it invaded Gaza and destroyed its tunnels
and rocket launchers and to delude them of a false
victory. As a result, the enemy has trapped its own
defeated army and its troops who have been brought
into battle as if being herded to death. As they
consider the predicament of the so-called ground
operation, we promise them what will make them feel
worse and would like to affirm the following:
1. The balance of power in the battlefield has
changed. Today, you are fighting righteous soldiers
who love to die in the cause of Allah just as much as
you love to live. They compete for martyrdom just as
you run away from death or fighting. The ranks of all
the forces and factions of our people have been united
in resisting the aggression.
2. What the fighter planes, artillery and military
boats have failed to achieve will not be achieved by
the defeated troops on the ground. By the Grace of
Allah, these troops have now become easy prey for our
guns and the ambush of our mujahideen. There is no
better evidence to proof this than the ongoing
landings behind enemy lines, the most recent of which
was the operation to the east of Al-Shujaya yesterday
despite the massacres and the razing to the ground of
houses on top of the heads of their inhabitants. This
has been possible despite the multi-layered
reconnaissance systems the enemy has in place. Now the
enemy realises that the mission is much tougher and
much bigger than initially thought. The enemy is
sending its troops to a definite hell, God willing.
3. We have opted to confront and kill the enemy’s
armed troops and its elite soldiers rather than
assault civilians in the neighbouring villages. This
is despite the fact that the criminal enemy has been
shedding the blood of civilians, perpetrating
massacres and razing entire neighbourhoods to the
ground levelling houses on top of the heads of their
inhabitants whenever more of their soldiers are
4. The usurping Zionist entity will not enjoy security
until our people are secured and live in freedom and
dignity. There will not be a ceasefire until the
aggression is stopped and the siege is lifted. We
shall not accept any compromise at the expense of the
dignity and freedom of our people.
5. We affirm our full readiness for this moment. We
work in according with scenarios and plans already
laid down. We do not simply react or act foolishly as
the leaders of the criminal enemy do. We have exerted
every possible effort and we are confident that Allah
will provide us with victory, for Allah provides
victory for whoever he wills, and Allah is mightiest
and most compassionate.
Our Ummah, our people. We appreciate your stance and
your cohesion with and support for the resistance. Let
it be known to you that with you, after Allah, we are
stronger and that they will not do you but a little
harm. Victory comes with patience, and victory is but
an hour’s patience. Such victory and great
accomplishment would not be possible had it not been
for your steadfastness, patience and embrace of the
resistance. You are our folks and the crown on our
heads. We promise you that we shall remain your
protective shield and your servants. May Allah be your
guardian and protector, for Allah is the best
protector and the most merciful. May Allah have mercy
on our martyrs, heal the wounds of our wounded and
free our captives. Until Allah’s great victory.
[Quoting the Quran]: “Verily, We will indeed make
victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in
the Oneness of Allah) in this world’s life and on the
day when the witnesses will stand forth, (i.e. Day of
The General Commander of Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam
Abu Khaled, Muhammad Al-Daif
Hamas Maintain Its
Steadfast People Will Achieve Victory: Custodian of
the Two Holy Mosques Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Slams
World Silence On Israel War Crimes Inexcusable
Hamas Maintain Its Steadfast People Will Achieve
Victory: Saudi King Abdullah Slams World Silence On
Israel War Crimes Inexcusable
“You are re-writing history through the very ink of
perseverance, self-abnegation and support you’ve been
providing the resistance with,” Hamas said as it
acclaimed the Palestinians’ steadfastness and their
eagerness to stand firm in their historic battle
against the Israeli occupation.
“Every single drop of blood you’ve shed on behalf of
Gaza is a harbinger of an imminent victory; every
single tear you’ve dropped for the death of a dear
person foreshadows the downfall of darkness and the
launch of a new dawn,” Hamas statement declared.
“Our People in Gaza have been an epitome of
resistance, sacrifice, and patience in the face of the
Israeli offensive against our children, women, and
elderly people. Despite the agony inculcated in us by
all such agonies, our offspring have been standing
tall, so tall to protect their sacred soil and reclaim
not only their honor but also that of an entire
“Gazans have been enduring years of tough blockade,
heavy shelling and ruthless destruction. Yet, they
have never thrown in the towel. Our people has been
standing its ground like an unbreakable mountain,
never conceding defeat, never yielding in, forever
craving for victory,” Hamas added.
“We are standing here today to express our honor and
pride of what you’ve done to face up to the ongoing
Israeli terrorism. The occupation jets, tanks, and
watchtowers have all failed to dash your hopes. You’ve
made proof of an unparalleled vigor despite the wounds
and pains you’ve had to endure.”
Hamas hailed Gaza children, who have been snatching
smiles from beneath the ruins that fell upon them,
seeking to recover their toys from within the very
mounds of stones into which their own and only homes
“Gaza children have been waving victory flags to
remind all of Gaza’s mosques, families, homes, souls,
martyrs, and even trees that victory is coming out
soon,” Hamas concluded.
Custodian of the
Two Holy Mosques Saudi Arabian King Abdullah: World
Silence On Israel 'War Crimes' Inexcusable'
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Saudi Arabian King
Abdullah said Friday that world silence over Israeli
"war crimes" in the Gaza Strip was "inexcusable" and
would only breed more violence in the future.
"We see the blood of out brothers in Palestine being
shed in collective massacres that have spared nobody,
and in war crimes against humanity," the Custodian of
the Two Holy Mosques said in a speech carried by state
news agency SPA.
He said it was "all taking place under the eyes and
ears of the international community ... that has stood
indifferently watching events in the whole region."
"This silence is inexcusable" and will "result in a
generation that rejects peace and believes only in
violence," the king said.
The conflict that broke out on July 8 has killed
nearly 1,500 on the Palestinian side, mostly
civilians, and 63 Israeli soldiers, two Israeli
civilians, and a foreign national.
In his reaction to the
statement of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,
Lebanese Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri described
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah’s speech to the Arab
world as “historic and very important” Friday, lauding
the kingdom's head for warning of the painful reality
in the region and urging an international response to
Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza.
Hariri hailed the speech “because it accurately
reflects the painful reality that has ravaged the Arab
region - the growing phenomenon of terrorism disguised
under the cloak of Islam,” adding that terrorism’s
“sole purpose is to tear communities apart, and bring
hatred and conflict instead of brotherhood to the sons
of the nation.”
Israel Bombs Gaza
Ambulance As Friday Death Toll Surpasses 100
An Israeli airstrike hit an ambulance and killed a
paramedic Friday as Israel stepped up its bombardment
of the besieged Gaza Strip following the collapse of a
ceasefire earlier in the day.
Palestinian medical sources said that paramedic Atef
Zamili was killed in an airstrike on his vehicle and
that seven passengers were wounded.
Zamili's death brings to 16 the number of health
workers who have been killed in Israeli strikes since
the beginning of the assault 25 days ago. This is
third 13th ambulance to be targeted in an Israeli
attack, according to the ministry of health.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces widened their assault across
the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon, launching further
ground movements in Shujaiyya in eastern Gaza City,
Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, and Khan
Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
The expansion of the invasion comes after Israel said
one of its soldiers was captured during an attack on
its military position east of Rafah inside the Gaza
Hamas said that it attacked the position an hour
before a ceasefire was due to start at 8 p.m., saying
that it was a response to Israeli troop movements in
the area as well as the deaths of 16 Palestinians in
continued Israeli shelling and airstrikes overnight.
It did not, however, take responsibility for the
capture of the soldier, saying that Israel had
fabricated the claim.
Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip all Friday
afternoon following the attack, as Israeli authorities
vowed a "crushing" response to what they called a
At least 40 were killed in intense shelling of Rafah
during the Hamas attack on the military post, and at
least a dozen more have been killed in air strikes and
shelling since then.
The deaths bring the total in Israel's assault to more
than 1,600 as well as nearly 9,000 injured, in one of
the deadliest sustained campaigns against Palestinians
in recent history.
Many more are believed to be dead but stuck under the
rubble of destroyed buildings, and thus as of yet
unaccounted for by Gaza medical officials.
A Palestinian was killed in an Israeli attack on al-Maghazi
refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip late on Friday,
health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.
The dead man was identified as Atef Suheil Qandil, 24.
Another Palestinian was killed in al-Nusairat refugee
camp, also in central Gaza.
He was identified as Ab al-Malek Abu Ma'ala, 37.
Additionally, three Palestinians were killed when an
Israeli airstrike hit a three-wheeled "tuk-tuk"
vehicle in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City.
The three were identified as Fayiz Tariq Yasin, 16,
Muhammad Nihad Yasin, 24, and Hassan Ismail Yasin, 32.
Earlier, a Palestinian woman and a young girl were
killed as Israeli artillery shells hit a house in Beit
Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.
Two people were also killed and six wounded when an
Israeli shelling hit a car near the University in Tel
al-Hawa in southern Gaza earlier Friday.
Of the more than 60 Palestinians killed in Rafah since
the collapse of the ceasefire, 19 others were
identified by medical officials as of 5:00 p.m.
They were identified as Ibrahim Suleiman al-Madri, 50,
Nadiyah Youssef al-Masri, 45, Ibrahim al-Masri, 6,
Muhammad Anas Arafat, 4 months, Anas Ibrahim Hamad, 5,
Sabri Sheikh al-Eid, 35, Muhammad Khalid al-Alul, 30,
Ibrahim Mustafa Ghneim, Amina al-Zamli, Yahiya Abd al-Karim
Lafi, Moussa Muhammad Abu Imran, Hilal Eid Abu Imran,
Salama Muhammad al-Zamli, Nuha Jamal Abu Ziyada,
Taysir Ali Muammar, Hussein Salim al-Jaafari, Yusra
Muhammad Abu Jazar, Itaf Hammad al-Mahmoum, Moussa
Ibrahim Abu Jazar, Muhammad Rizq Hasanein, 20.
Hamas Captured An
Israeli Soldier Before Ceasefire: Israel Violated The
Ceasefire, Committed Bloodbath In Rafah
Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk
confirmed on Friday that an Israeli officer was
captured hours before a 72-hour humanitarian
cease-fire went into effect. Two other soldiers were
killed during the operation, Anadolu News Agency
Israeli media sources stated that an Israeli soldier
has been missing since Friday morning during a “tough
operation” in Rafah.
Abu Marzouk said that Israel has officially informed
the UN of the capture of its officer and the killing
of two other soldiers in Rafah.
In its turn, the UN informed Egypt about the capturing
operation as it plays the role of mediator.
On other hand, Abu Marzouk said that Palestinian
delegation’s visit to Egypt was delayed for tomorrow.
For his part, spokesman for Hamas movement Fawzi
Barhoum charged that the ceasefire was first broken by
Barhoum called on international community to intervene
urgently to put an end the Israeli crimes and
aggression on Gaza.
Dozens of Palestinian casualties were reported since
the morning hours despite the declaration of ceasefire
late last night.
Speaking to Yediot Ahronot Hebrew newspaper, a senior
Israeli military source said that the possible
kidnapping of an Israeli soldier was carried out
during clashes near a tunnel and was aided by a
“suicide bomber.” According to him, “terrorists
appeared while the Israeli forces were searching for
tunnels, one of them then blew himself up during which
time others kidnapped the soldier.”
“His family has been informed and massive clashes are
still underway”, the sources continued.
Hamas's armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said that its
fighters have carried out this morning a special
operation after targeting a home used by Israeli
More than 40 people were killed and around 200 others
were injured on Friday during Israeli violent shelling
of displaced civilians who tried to return to their
homes on the border of Gaza after ceasefire was
The Ceasefire, Committed Bloodbath In Rafah
Hamas has slammed the Israeli occupation for having
breached the ceasefire agreement and stepping up its
genocides in Rafah, vowing Hamas will only provide
consensus over truce bids if observed by Israel.
A responsible source in Hamas said in a statement
Friday the Israeli occupation has violated the terms
of the 72-hour ceasefire tender by stepping up its
military offensive against Gaza civilians.
Israeli repeatedly breached the ceasefire, Hamas
charged, adding the violations included a series of
raids into Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, where the
Israeli occupation forces raided civilians’ homes and
deployed over their rooftops.
“The Israeli offensive has been taking away the lives
of our offspring in besieged Gaza Strip. The shelling
east of Rafah and the raids carried out at around 2
a.m. do not only manifest of Israel’s pre-planned
violations of the truce but also of its indifference
towards all regional and international mediators,” Al-Qassam
Brigades, Hamas armed wing, declared in a statement
“The incursion leaves no doubt that Israel’s
infringement of the ceasefire bid is a pre-planned
conspiracy targeting our land and innocent people,”
“Our fighters at 7 a.m. clashed with the Israeli
soldiers advancing in eastern Rafah, leading to a
number of deaths and wounds among the Israeli
occupation army,” the statement concluded.
PIC, Maan &
Several Media Outlets
Deif Is The Resistance Real 'Seif': Hamas Leader Of
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades Eluding The Zionists
And Their Superpower Supporters
Hamas's top military commander Mohammed Deif, who has
survived assassination attempts and defied the Middle
East's most powerful forces, is proving a redoubtable
foe for Israel in its latest incursion in Gaza.
As Israel presses its deadly offensive aimed at
halting militant rocket fire and eliminating Hamas's
tunnel network, Deif has warned there will be no truce
in the Palestinian enclave until Israel ends its
Born in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in southern Gaza
in 1965, Deif has been involved in Hamas's operations
for more than 20 years, plotting suicide bombings
inside Israel, kidnapping soldiers, firing rockets and
helping plan the tunnels used to launch attacks.
He was appointed head of Hamas's military wing, the
Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in 2002 after the death
of his predecessor, Salah Shehade, in a raid.
But Deif had had a long yet shadowy career as a
militant before then.
His involvement with the Islamist movement in Gaza
began in the 1980s when, as a biology student close to
the Muslim Brotherhood, he headed the Islamists' union
at Gaza Islamic University.
With the eruption of the second Palestinian Intifada
in 2000, he escaped, or was freed, from a prison run
by Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
His escape -- or liberation, as it is unclear whether
he was freed or not -- angered the Israelis, who had
had him in their sights for more than a decade by
Shortly after he was named Hamas's military head,
Israel launched its fifth bid to assassinate him in
That attack left him severely wounded, and some rumors
suggested he had been left paraplegic, although these
were never confirmed, largely due to the secrecy
surrounding the details of his life.
He delegated the leadership of the brigades to his
deputy, Ahmed Jaabari, thus earning the nickname the
"cat with nine lives" among his enemies, and cementing
his reputation inside Gaza.
Only a few, poor-quality photographs of Deif are known
to exist, the most recent taken some 20 years ago.
His hiding place is unknown, and he is reported to be
a master of disguise who is able to blend seemlessly
into the population.
The mysterious commander also uses no technology that
might allow the Israelis to track him, a Hamas
official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
He may have learned caution from the death of his
mentor, Yahya Ayash, who was killed in 1996 by a
mobile telephone booby-trapped with explosives by
Israeli secret services.
Deif's real name is Mohammed Diab al-Masri, and he
owes his 'nom de guerre,' which is Arabic for guest,
to his habit of constantly changing his location, the
Hamas official said.
He described Deif as a man who is "polite, discreet,
softly spoken" and fascinated by "military strategy."
The elusive leader's public statements are extremely
rare. In 2012, he warned Israel against launching the
operation "Pillar of Defense," which was aimed at
halting rockets fired by militants in the Gaza Strip.
After the death of his mentor Ayash, who passed on his
explosive-making expertise, he took on the role of
"engineer for the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades," the
Israeli army says in its blog.
The Israelis see him as "the brains" behind the
campaign of suicide bombings that targeted buses and
public places in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem until 2006 and
consider him "personally responsible for the deaths of
dozens of civilians".
He also played a key role in the strategic development
of Hamas, the Israelis say.
They claim that Deif was among the militants "who
designed the Qassam rockets" -- the Islamist
movement's signature weapon that had a range of eight
kilometers (five miles) until Iran supplied them with
more advanced weapons.
Several Media Outlets
16,000 Reserves Called
Up In Israel As US Provides More Arms For Gaza
86,000 reserve troops have now been called up since 7
July while the Americans say they have sold Israel
more grenades and mortar rounds
Israel called up 16,000 additional reserve soldiers on
Thursday, boosting army numbers amid their deepening
military offensive in Gaza.
The move comes after the US revealed on Wednesday they
have restocked the Israeli army with ammunition and
plans to allow them further access to an emergency
munitions store based in Israel.
The death toll in Gaza now stands at 1,364 according
to health officials who say nearly 8,000 have been
injured in the offensive that began on 7 July. Human
rights organisations say 80 percent of those killed
have been civilians, including some 315 children.
The announcement of 16,000 additional reservists in
Israel means a total of 86,000 troops have now been
called up since the Gaza assault began, according to
an army spokesperson.
A senior military source told Ynet news that the
reservists have been called up “to give the army the
time needed to complete the mission. We’ll decide
today where to place them and in which commands.”
Israel’s security cabinet, which met for five hours on
Wednesday, unanimously decided to pursue attacks
against Hamas “terrorist targets” including a network
of tunnels, public radio said.
The additional soldiers could be used to supplement an
expansion in the Gaza offensive, at a time when
ceasefire efforts appear to be failing.
An Israeli official told Haaretz on Thursday that a
truce is not close: “When we get a ceasefire proposal
that answers our needs it will be examined.”
“The [military] will expand attacks against Hamas and
the rest of the terror organisations,” the official
Nevertheless a two-member Israeli delegation travelled
to Cairo late on Wednesday to discuss a possible
ceasefire with Egyptian officials, who are also
expected to host a Palestinian delegation later this
Prejudice: US Decides To Replenish Israel Ammunition
Meanwhile, the American Pentagon decided on Wednesday
to meet Israel’s demand and restock its dwindling
supplies including mortar shells and ammo for
“The United States is committed to the security of
Israel, and it is vital to US national interests to
assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and
ready self- defense capability”, Pentagon spokesman
Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement .
He said that the ammunitions are located inside Israel
as part of a program managed by the U.S. military and
called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I),
which stores munitions locally for U.S. use that
Israel can also access in emergency situations.
Amnesty International has called on the U.S.
administration to stop military assistance to Israel,
and to pressure the United Nations to ban arms sales
to parties involved in the Gaza conflict..
An unnamed defence official told Reuters that Israel
has already used the stockpile to refill supplies of
grenades and mortar rounds in the past week.
The official said that although the ammunition came
from the War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel, which is in
place for emergency situations, the Israelis had not
asked to use this store specifically.
State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf
responded on CNN to concerns about whether rearming
Israel could cause criticism of the US if they result
in more civilian casualties in Gaza.
“We are going to stand by Israel and do a number of
things to help it defend its security, whether it’s
Iron Dome, which is of course a defensive system, or
helping the Israelis with security funding,” she told
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’re going to stand by them as
they fight this threat but that doesn’t mean when we
think they could do more we won’t say that.”
Amnesty International, however, has urged Washington
to halt arms supplies to Israel.
“It is time for the US government to urgently suspend
arms transfers to Israel and to push for a UN arms
embargo on all parties to the conflict,” it said in a
petition to US Secretary of State John Kerry.
News of the US allowing Israel to refill their
munitions supplies came after a bloody day in Gaza,
when more than 100 Palestinians were killed in
17 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a
crowded market in Shejaiya, which came during a
four-hour ceasefire announced earlier by Israel. Early
Thursday morning,15 people were killed in an attack on
a UN school in Jabaliya, north of Gaza City, where
several hundred displaced families had been seeking
USA an accomplice in Israel’s murder of Gaza
Member of Hamas Political Bureau,
Ezzat Resheq, has held the USA partly responsible for
the Israeli genocides against Gaza children, slamming
Washington’s military assistance to the Israeli
occupation all along the Gaza offensive.
“The American decision-makers are directly involved in
such Israeli rivers of blood,” Resheq said in a brief
statement posted on his Facebook page on Thursday.
The American Department of Defense admitted having
approved the transfer of rounds of mortars and bombs
to the Israeli occupation.
The Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said:
“The USA is committed to the security of Israel. It is
vital to assist Israel’s self-defense potentials.”
Amnesty International has called on the USA to stop
exporting weapons to the Israeli occupation and to
urge the UN to issue an international ban on
restocking all parties to the Gaza conflict with arms.
Death Toll Of Israeli
Soldiers On The Rise: Netanyahu's Remarks Reflect His
Defeat, Begging Obama For Help On Hamas Truce
PIC -- The Israeli army has officially acknowledged
Tuesday morning the death of 5 Israeli soldiers in an
infiltration carried out by al-Qassam resistance
Brigades into Nahal Oz military base, bringing the
total number of Israeli soldiers killed since the
launch of the Gaza offensive to 53 according to the
Five more soldiers were killed Monday evening south of
the Gaza Strip in a Hamas mortar attack launched in
response to the wave of Israeli missiles targeting
Gaza civilian homes and institutions.
According to al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of
Hamas, the death toll of Israeli soldiers has hit 110
after 19 soldiers were killed Monday in a retaliatory
fire unleashed in response to the ongoing Israeli
offensive on Gaza, which took away the lives of at
least 1100 Palestinian civilians so far and left
thousands of other citizens, including women and
children, severely wounded.
The resistance brigades hit Tel Aviv with four M75
rockets early Tuesday morning as a response to the
Israeli genocides against Gaza civilians, al-Qassam
Netanyahu's Remarks Reflect His Defeat
Hamas Movement said that Israeli Prime Minister
Benyamin Netanyahu’s remarks concerning the ongoing
Israeli military operation in Gaza reflect Israel’s
defeat before Palestinian resistance.
Spokesman for the Movement Sami Abu Zuhri said in a
press statement on Monday evening that Netanyahu’s
threats do not scare his movement nor the Palestinian
people. The occupation will heavily pay the price for
its crimes, he continued.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on
Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged"
military campaign in the Gaza Strip. "We must be
prepared for a prolonged campaign in Gaza. Israeli
citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and
from death tunnels," he said.
"We will not end this operation without neutralizing
the tunnels whose sole purpose is killing our
Abu Zuhri pointed out that Palestinian resistance
fighters have managed to kill ten Israeli soldiers
after infiltrating into 1948 occupied territories in
response to Eid’s massacre.
Palestinian Health Ministry said that 10 children were
killed and 45 people were injured after bombing a
children’s playground on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
Abu Zuhri denied Israeli claims that Palestinian
resistance were using hospitals in their operations,
saying that such allegations aim to justify Israeli
crimes and war crimes.
Asked For US Help On Gaza Truce
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has asked for fresh US help in trying to
broker a ceasefire in Gaza, top US diplomat John Kerry
"Last night we talked, and the prime minister talked
to me about an idea and a possibility of a ceasefire.
He raised it with me, as he has consistently," Kerry
Netanyahu had said he "would embrace a ceasefire that
permits Israel to protect itself against the tunnels
and obviously not be disadvantaged for the great
sacrifice they have made thus far."
Israel Has Completely
Destroyed 5,000 Gaza Homes, Damaged 26,000; Knocked
Out Power Plant Needing At Least Year To Repair
The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Tuesday
that nearly 5,000 homes had been destroyed in Gaza as
of late Monday, a number expected to rise amid renewed
Ministry spokesman in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra said that a
total of 4,987 homes have been completely destroyed by
Israeli shelling and airstrikes in the last 22 days.
26,270 homes, meanwhile, have been partially
destroyed, of which 4,136 are no longer suitable for
The statements come after Israeli authorities gave
evacuation orders to more than 400,000 residents of
northern Gaza on Monday, including two major
neighborhoods in Gaza City.
The United Nations said on Tuesday that 215,000 Gazans
had fled their homes amid the bloodiest Israeli
assault on the besieged coastal enclave since 2009.
All borders in and out of Gaza, however, are
completely shut, forcing the majority to take shelter
in UN-designated shelters.
Last week, Israel shelled four UN shelters, killing
more than 20 and injuring dozens.
Gaza Power Plant
Damage Needs At Least Year To Repair
The only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza
Strip was knocked out of commission by Israeli
shelling and will need at least a year to repair,
deputy director of the energy authority in the
Palestinian territory said Tuesday.
"Gaza's sole power plant has stopped working due to
Israeli shelling last night, which damaged the steam
generator and later hit the fuel tanks which set them
on fire," Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil told AFP.
The power authority also said that the damage could
take up to a year to fix, meaning that already severe
power outages in the besieged coastal enclave could be
worsened even further.
As a result of an eight-year Israeli siege on Gaza
that limits the supply of fuel into the Strip, power
is only allotted in eight-hour stretches, with
An AFP reporter saw huge fires raging near the plant
Tuesday morning, noting that fire department vehicles
were still unable to reach the area.
The damage of the power plant exacerbated the heavy
damage to civilian infrastructure in Gaza already
inflicted during the 22 days of the Israeli offensive
aimed at stamping out militant rocket fire and
destroying attack tunnels.
Besides the power plant, Gaza also purchases
electricity from Israel, but many of the supply lines
have been badly damaged by the recent fighting, Sheikh
"Five out of 10 of the Israeli electricity lines into
the Gaza Strip were also damaged because of Israeli
shelling, and maintenance still cannot reach the areas
and fix them," he explained.
Gaza has been forced into dependence on Israeli
electricity as a result of the siege, which has
crippled domestic production and repair capabilities.
World Must Call The
Spade A Spade: Israel Is A Nazi State
By Khalid Amayreh
By now, it is crystal clear that the Judeo-Nazi state
of Israel has committed a real holocaust in the Gaza
Strip. The shocking scenes of incinerated children and
women are indescribable as the odor of death is
wafting out everywhere. The magnitude of death and
destruction simply defies linguistic description. It
is stronger than all the words in the world.
The ongoing holocaust is by no means an aberration or
anomaly as far as the Zionist Jewish mindset is
Israeli officials and ordinary Jews are quite gleeful
and boastful about the murder of civilians. (Up to 80%
of the Palestinians massacred so far are children and
other innocent civilians).
Hence, there is no escape reaching the conclusion that
the genocidal aggression is an accurate expression and
reflection of the Zionist-Jewish mindset, a nefarious
mindset by every imagined standard, which is also
unmatched in its evilness and barbarianism in the
annals of human history.
For example, even the Nazis didn't pride themselves on
murdering children, women and other civilians en mass.
But as we have seen, Israeli Jews, including so-called
intellectuals, rabbis and university professors, not
to mention ordinary Jews, are voicing their deep
satisfaction at the extermination of Palestinian
civilians rather brazenly.
Mordechai Kedar, a professor at Bar Illan University,
last week issued a statement calling on Judeo-Nazi
soldiers to rape Palestinian women in order to deter
the Palestinian resistance against Israel's
decades-old Nazi-like occupation.
The widely-circulated remarks of the two-legged animal
didn't raise eyebrows throughout Israel, which
suggests that much of the Israeli Jewish society is
very much suffering from the same moral callousness
the German society had experienced seven decades ago.
A prominent Israeli rabbi, Dov Lior with tens of
thousands of followers, urged soldiers to "not to
hesitate to shoot and kill enemy civilians, including
"There is no such a thing as enemy civilians in war,"
the cannibalistic rabbi said.
We are not talking about isolated incidents or
unrepresentative voices in the Israeli Jewish society.
Some Israeli thinkers argue convincingly that people
like Kedar and Lior more or less do represent the
mainstream in today's Israel.
The ongoing holocaust in Gaza carried out by the very
people who have left no stone unturned in order to
demonize Germans and generate sympathy for Zionism, is
a definitive game-changer. From now-on the world must
recognize that Zionist Jews are the Nazis of our time,
People around the world must challenge their
respective governments and media and call the spade a
spade. Surely, this is not going to be easy especially
at the beginning.
After all, Zionist-Jewish circles long succeeded in
colonizing the western mind through sustained
mendacity and decades of brainwashing. They succeeded
in changing the black into white and the big lie into
a virtual "truth" glorified by millions.
Hence, westerners must start a process of liberating
their mindset from the virulent Zionist stranglehold.
A final note to Muslims: Forget about "peace" with the
Judeo Nazis. These murderers and child-killers are out
there to murder our children and exterminate our
people from the face of earth.
They are the antithesis of everything human and
civilized. They are against life, against peace and
against light. How can we wish for peace with a people
who believe that non-Jews are animals in human shape
whose lives have no sanctity? Can anyone make peace
with a venomous cunning snake?
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist
and political commentator living in occupied Palestine
US Plays Decisive Role
in Israel’s Attack on Gaza
By Jonathan Cook
Two reporters for major US TV channels were summarily
“removed” last week from covering Israel’s attack on
Gaza, moments before Israel launched a ground
NBC pulled out Ayman Mohyeldin, who has been widely
praised for the even-handedness of his reporting from
Gaza, just as he landed a harrowing scoop. He had
kicked a football with four boys who were killed
moments later by an Israeli missile.
Mohyeldin managed a few tweets before being removed,
allegedly on “security” grounds. But why then did NBC
immediately send in a replacement? After a public
outcry, Mohyeldin was reinstated, but no proper
explanation of the decision has been provided.
Shortly afterwards, CNN “reassigned” its reporter in
Israel, Diana Magnay, after a tweet in which she
labelled as “scum” an Israeli mob that threatened her
with violence as she filmed them celebrating missile
explosions in Gaza. The tweet was deleted within
minutes, followed by her rapid departure.
The impression left by these incidents and the
generally deferential tone towards Israel in US
coverage is that, faced with huge pressure from the
Israel lobby, media executives are frantically
policing their correspondents’ output, including on
That view was confirmed to Max Blumenthal by an NBC
producer after the channel axed Rula Jebreal, a
Palestinian contributor, following her on-air
complaints about the massive over-representation of
Israeli officials in US coverage. The producer said
there was a “witch-hunt” being conducted by NBC
executives, led by the media corporation’s president,
The obvious shortcomings in US coverage of a story in
which Washington itself is a key player deprive us of
a vital piece of the puzzle about what is going on in
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region
on Monday to intensify ceasefire efforts, the day
after a studio microphone captured his sarcastic
comment that it was “a hell of a pin-point operation”
by Israel. He had just been informed of a horrifying
assault on the Shujaiiya neighbourhood, which left
dozens of dead, taking Palestinian casualties so far
to more than 650 killed and thousands wounded.
Washington’s good faith as honest broker goes largely
unquestioned in the US, even though the country
annually provides Israel with billions of dollars in
aid and military support of the kind that enables
these repeated attacks on Gaza.
The claim is only tenable because Washington’s actual
behaviour is rarely scrutinised in detail.
Two recent investigations by the Israeli media
illustrate the profoundly unhelpful role played by the
US. They suggest that, whatever its public statements,
the US is assisting Israel not only in what President
Barack Obama called its right to “self-defence” but in
actively damaging Palestinian interests.
And it seems not to matter whether the Palestinians in
question are Hamas or the preferred negotiating
partner, Mahmoud Abbas.
The first disclosure concerns the offer of an Egyptian
ceasefire last week. This was presented as a crucial
chance to end the bloodshed, one generously seized by
Israel and shunned by Hamas. Only footnoted in some
reports were Hamas “claims” that it had not been
Israel’s liberal daily Haaretz soon confirmed Hamas’
account with Israeli officials and western diplomats.
The reality, according to Haaretz, is that Kerry
secretly dispatched to Cairo peace envoy Tony Blair,
who in turn lobbied the Egyptian president, Abdel
Fattah el-Sisi, to coordinate the ceasefire’s terms
with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sisi is currently waging an all-out war against
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’ ideological ally.
He has harshly punished Hamas too by tightening the
siege on the shared border with Gaza. Like Israel,
Sisi’s Egypt is a major beneficiary of US aid.
In short, Sisi and Netanyahu share a keen interest to
weaken and humiliate Hamas. And yet, the US encouraged
them to negotiate a ceasefire over Hamas’ head. Since
then, Washington has rebuffed an alternative proposal
from Qatar and Turkey, who are more sympathetic to
It was a foregone conclusion that Hamas would reject
the Egyptian offer. It failed to address key concerns,
not least that the suffocating siege be ended and that
Israel honour earlier agreements, particularly on
The ceasefire proposal was nothing more than a trap –
one whose purpose was to elicit a Hamas rejection and
thereby provide Israel with a pretext to launch its
Netanyahu, backed by the US, is using the current
attack to terrorise Gaza’s civilian population,
deplete Hamas’ rocket stockpile, and then force it to
accept terms of surrender.
The second investigation comes from journalist Raviv
Drucker, this time concerning the peace talks that
collapsed in April. Washington officials have told him
that US negotiators spent the talks’ key phase
coordinating positions exclusively with Netanyahu.
Abbas was then presented with a fait accompli of
hardline Israeli demands.
Despite its public pronouncements, Washington was also
secretly conspiring with Israel on a huge expansion of
settlement projects. These were announced – to loud
condemnation by Kerry – each time a batch of
Palestinian prisoners was released, a condition Abbas
had set for his participation.
But US opposition was feigned, writes Drucker. In
reality, Washington was “informed of the [settlement]
tenders in advance”.
It is no surprise that Netanyahu has been acting in
bad faith, and that his military campaigns in the West
Bank and Gaza are designed to disrupt the recent
reconciliation between Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah.
As Israeli analyst Noam Sheizaf points out, Netanyahu
is opposed to a peace deal of any kind. For him,
“Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas are pretty much the same. Any
gain by either one of them is a loss to Israel.”
But of far greater concern should be the Obama
administration’s decision to back Israel to the hilt
and the US media’s silence on the matter. There can be
no hope of a peaceful solution ever gaining traction –
or these bouts of blood-letting in Gaza coming to end
– unless Washington is finally unmasked as Israel’s
Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize
for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the
Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to
Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and
“Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human
Despair” (Zed Books). His website is
UN Report - Israel's
Offensive In Gaza Has Killed One Child In Gaza Every
Hour, Murdering More Children Than Fighters
Israel has been accused of waging "war on the
children" of Gaza after it emerged that over a quarter
of the dead are under 18 years old, the “Telegraph”
said on its website on Friday.
“The Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, a Gaza-based
human rights organization which works with the UN, has
verified the deaths of 132 children between July 7 and
July 21 via its field workers,” the British newspaper
It added, “The impact of the conflict on children has
been brought home in part by social media, which has
streamed distressing photographs of small, mutilated
corpses around the world. One incident, in which four
boys were killed while playing football on a beach,
was particularly striking, partly because journalists
had been playing with them shortly beforehand and
witnessed what had happene”.
Human Rights Watch said in a statement that
investigations of cases where there were similar
casualties with no apparent military objective
suggested Israel had committed war crimes.
"Israeli forces' failure to direct attacks at a
military target violates the laws of war," a statement
said. "Israeli forces may also have knowingly or
recklessly attacked people who were clearly civilians,
such as young boys, and civilian structures, including
a hospital – laws-of-war violations that are
indicative of war crimes."
UN report: One
Child Has Been Killed In Gaza Every Hour
The Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs,
Valerie Amos, has described the situation in Gaza as
“dire”, as the organization revealed that one child
has been killed every hour in the conflict for the
past three days.
According to the latest situation report from Gaza by
the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA), the Israeli shelling had caused damage
to six UN-run schools out of 83 hosting at least
140,000 people who have been forced to evacuate their
homes, the Independent British newspaper said.
Baroness Amos said: “People are sheltering in UN
schools which as a result cannot be used for
education. They are running out of food, and water is
also a serious concern”.
“About 44 per cent of the total area of Gaza is not
fit for living”, she said, adding that people leaving
their homes due to the shelling makes things worse.
“The majority of those killed in Gaza are women,
children and men who have nothing to do with the
fighting. That we have had children, so many children
killed as a result of the violence in the last few
days is a terrible, terrible situation.”
UNICEF also reported that 33 per cent of civilian
deaths are children.
As the ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza has entered
its third week, more than a thousand Palestinians have
been killed while around six thousand others were
'Hug A Terrorist?’
Palestinian, Syrian Girls Act To Save Gaza Victims
In this short clip, two Palestinian, Syrian girls in
Toronto, Canada called on strangers to "hug a
Produced by the social media activist group Like for
Syria, the video portrays two young girls hugging
people to inform pedestrians about the escalating
death toll in Gaza.
They asked people for hugs, holding a banner that read
“Hug A Terrorist” and recorded the reactions of
One passer-by said: “I say on both sides: we are all
people that should be loved, no fighting and I love
you. I love you guys.”
The video endeavored to display some of the actual
victims of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s
“defensive operation” – children, not terrorists.
As tensions continue to mount in Gaza, Israeli troops
are expanding operation “Protective Edge” farther into
the Strip. The death toll has risen on both sides with
more than 840 Palestinians and 37 Israelis killed in
almost two weeks, according to current estimates.
While the majority of people who have been killed in
the coastal enclave are civilians, Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that his nation
has the right to defend itself from “terrorists.”
In the past week, many people have taken to the street
across the world, to express their solidarity with
International charity organization Save The Children
stated that “one out of every five people” killed in
Gaza has been a child since the hostilities flared up,
adding the sum of children dying has increased by more
than 40 percent since the ground assault into Gaza
started on July 17.
Footballer Joey Barton In Solidarity With Palestinians
Professional footballer Joey Barton on Friday showed
demonstrated his solidairty with the oppressed
Palestinians on Twitter against the Israeli attack on
Barton, the 31-year-old midfielder, who has more than
2.6 million followers, used the social media site to
illustrate his strong opinion on the Middle East
conflict - but the clash was unlikely to end on good
terms as both players leapt in at full steam.
Barton, a midfielder for Queens Park Rangers and
Twitter aficionado, spoke out about the 18-day-old
crisis which has resulted in at least 850 deaths - the
large majority of which have been Palestinian.
"The attack on the school in Beit Hanoun is
deplorable. #StopKillingChildrenInGaza," wrote Barton
on Monday morning.
He continued: "If this was anybody else but Israel the
West would intervene. It cannot continue. Innocent
children being slaughtered. This must stop."
"How can a God stand by and watch this? Or even
condone this? Is this all part of his master plan?"
"The U.N. attempting to evacuate the school when the
bombing took place? Asked IDF for window to evacuate.
Not given. Children die as a result."
Barton, who used to play for Manchester City and
Newcastle also tweeted a picture of Palestinian
children in tears.