Israeli air strikes on Gaza threaten shaky truce

Al Jazeera is reporting more Israeli air strikes on Gaza. And mortars are being fired from Gaza into Israel.

An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip has killed one Palestinian and wounded two others, prompting Hamas to allege that it violated a two-day-old unofficial truce.

Wednesday’s missile attack, which targeted a vehicle in Rafah near the border with Egypt, raised fears of a fresh descent into violence scarcely 48 hours after factions had agreed to end rocket fire on southern Israel, on condition that the Israeli Air Force also stopped its raids.

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Gaza’s Hamas government accused Israel of violating the unwritten truce with its latest air strikes and called for UN intervention.

A statement issued by Hamas read: “Such aggressive behaviour confirms that Israel has no true intention of maintaining the truce and insists on escalating the situation. We call upon the international community and the United Nations in particular to pressure Israel to stop its aggression against our people.”

I’ve been reading Gazan tweets and they’re being pounded as I type this. More death and injury is being reported on that venue and I’ve received an email from a friend in Gaza, it feels like all hell’s breaking loose, again.

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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
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  1. hughsansom says:

    If true, this would a classic Israeli Orwellian take on ‘truce’ — truce or ceasefire means that Palestinians cease all violence while Israelis continue war crimes as usual. Likewise, the “peace process” means Palestinians accede to all Israeli demands while Israel makes a handful of cimmitments that it breaks even as it’s making them.

    And Americans and Israelis wonder why nobody on Earth finds them credible.

  2. Chaos4700 says:

    Well of course. The truce threatens Israel’s policy of indiscriminate violence against Palestinians, anywhere, any time.

  3. Shingo says:

    Indeed, this is another case if Israel agreeing to a ceasefire and then violating it at will, doing all they can to provoke a response from Hamas that they can then defend themselves against.

    And then along will come the useful idiots like DGB and GF and pretend to act perplexed as to why Hamas keepd provoking Israel.

    • annie says:

      it’s really infuriating. imagine living there under these circumstances. my friend:

      You think after living for many years hearing explosions on daily basis, you might get used to them, but I just can’t. It’s always the same. Jumping on my feet and running around the house making sure everyone is ok. Always the same.

      I tried to detach myself of what’s going on for everything that is happening does not make sense.

      fuck fuck fuck. and what can i say to her? i am sorry?

      • Samuel says:

        Your friend, Annie, I assume lives in the south of Israel within target range of the Hamas and co. missiles. The description fits exactly how the people there feel every time a missile is fired.

        (without expletives) what can I say to her? I’m sorry?

        • Shingo says:

          The description fits exactly how the people there feel every time a missile is fired.

          99.9% of the time, they don’t feel and see anythisg becasue the things land in the Negev.

        • What BS. There is absolutely no equivalence between the pampered lives in Southern Israel and the miserable, terrorised lives in Gaza, thanks to Israel’s indiscriminate, punitive vindictive ‘strategy’. Sderot is exploited ruthlessly by Israel in its relentless PR campaign, so much so that you wonder if they have a vested interest in keeping it in occasional danger from feeble home-made rockets which hardly ever land there.

        • Dex says:

          That might officially be the dumbest comparison in the first 11 years of this century.

          Let me guess Samuel: there are also millions of Jewish Refugees, Barak offered Arafat 97% at Camp David, everything Israel does is in self-defense, there are no partners for peace on the Palestinian/Arab side, Palestinians teach their children to hate, etc, etc, etc…

          Man, people like you seriously live on another planet. Just an example of why Zionism is no different than any other oppressive, racist ideology.

        • eljay says:

          >> The description fits exactly how the people there feel every time a missile is fired.

          Yeah, it must be tough for southern Israelis who live under an ON-GOING and OFFENSIVE (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder.

          Oh, wait a minute, they don’t.

        • Cliff says:

          There is NO comparison between the suffering in Gaza and that in Southern Israel.

          It’s by order of 100. You’d have to be deeply dishonest and partisan like Dick Witty, the pro-Nakba, racist, pro-settler Zionist to get that low.

        • annie says:

          The description fits exactly how the people there feel every time a missile is fired.

          huh? something tells me being bombed by an airforce is probably louder and more dangerous than whatever kind of rockets are available to militants in gaza. but you already know that.

    • DBG says:

      Shingo, where did Israel ever agree to a ceasefire? they explicitly said they didn’t on multiple occasions. The factions in Gaza agreed to a ceasefire amongst themselves at the urging of the Egyptians. Unfortunately for both Israel and Gaza, the rocket fire NEVER halted, it’s intensity may have lessened, but they never stopped being fired.

      useful idiot, original you should look up its origin.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        Shingo, where did Israel ever agree to a ceasefire?

        So you’re basically admitting that Israel is going to kill kill kill in Gaza, no matter what?

      • annie says:

        where did Israel ever agree to a ceasefire?

        (Reuters) – Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, have agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said on Monday.

        One official who was involved in mediating talks between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza said the groups had “reached an understanding on a truce and that the truce has started.”

        A Palestinian official said Hamas had agreed to ensure the recognition of the ceasefire by smaller militant groups which were responsible for most of the rockets fired at Israel in the latest surge in violence.

        The Israeli security cabinet met earlier Monday and decided the military would cease its strikes in the Gaza Strip if militants there halted attacks on Israel, according to an Israeli official.

        google is your friend

  4. Samuel says:

    First of all facts – there is/was no “ceasefire” or “truce”. No one asked Israel, and Israel never said it was party to any agreement with Hamas.

    And even if there was an unofficial ceasefire or truce, which was supposed to start at 21:00 I/P time (as declared by Hamas), it lasted less than half an hour, for at 21:25 kassam missiles were fired into Israel from Gaza, long before Israel replied with more bombing.

    • Shingo says:

      No one asked Israel, and Israel never said it was party to any agreement with Hamas.

      False. Israel agreed to thje ceasefire days before.

      link to smh.com.au

      And even if there was an unofficial ceasefire or truce, which was supposed to start at 21:00 I/P time (as declared by Hamas), it lasted less than half an hour, for at 21:25 kassam missiles were fired into Israel from Gaza, long before Israel replied with more bombing.

      False. Israel has been shelling Gaza with tanks the last few days, killing a 65 year old woman.
      link to timesofindia.indiatimes.com

      Secondly, even Israel admit that Hamas did not break the ceasefire.

    • Chaos4700 says:

      So the goal of the attacks on Gaza aren’t to stop ongoing attacks on Israel, but to use a window of opportunity to slaughter indiscriminately?

      • DBG says:

        usually when someone wants to slaughter indiscriminately they don’t drop fliers telling the civilians to leaves hostile areas.

        cute rhetoric though.

        • annie says:

          usually when someone wants to slaughter indiscriminately they don’t drop fliers telling the civilians to leaves hostile areas.

          they do if they want to cover their ass for war crimes. Lawfare in Gaza: legislative attack

          The technologies of warning

          The Israeli military has since the Lebanon war become ever more careful about exposure to international legal action. The results include the search for ways to implement the strategy of large-scale destruction that can be seen to accord with the principles of international humanitarian law. For example, the military’s “international law division” and its operational branch have devised tactics that allow its soldiers in the field to apply what are being called “technologies of warning”.

          The ability to communicate a warning during a battle is technologically complicated. Battle-spaces are messy, violent and confusing environments. Communicating a “warning” can save a life; but it can also in principle have the advantage of rendering “legitimate” targets whose destruction would have been otherwise in contravention of the law. There can thus be a direct relationship between the proliferation of warning and the proliferation of destruction.

          A key innovation in this emerging military field of “technologies of warning” has been the so-called “knock on the roof” procedure. This involves the deployment of “teaser bombs” without explosives, designed to make an impact on the roof of buildings strong enough to scare the inhabitants into escaping their home before it is destroyed completely with an explosive bomb.

          The bizarre codename is a twist on the established, “knock on the door”, method. This involves the military (usually in the person of an Arabic-speaking air-force operator, and/or by recorded message) telephoning a house to inform the inhabitants that in a few minutes their house will be destroyed. Sometimes telephones that had been disconnected for months because the bill had not been paid are activated in order to make such a call. The military claims that it made 250,000 such warning calls during the Gaza attack (a strange number if true, since there are only about 200,000 homes in Gaza). Virtually all mobile-phone subscribers in Gaza also received a number of SMS messages from the Israeli military on their cellphones: “every person with weapons, ammunition or a hidden tunnel in his house should leave it immediately”.

          Many inhabitants of Gaza do not own a telephone or a cellphone; in any case, a different branch of the military frequently disabled the cellphone network or ensured that electricity-cuts left batteries uncharged. Thus, the military’s legal experts recommended the use of leaflets to enable the expulsion of people from their home prior to the latter’s subsequent destruction.

          An officer at the international-law division explained to Yotam Feldman the logic of these warnings: “The people who go into a house despite a warning do not have to be taken into account in terms of injury to civilians, because they are voluntary human shields. From the legal point of view, [once warned] I do not have to show consideration for them. In the case of people who return to their home in order to protect it, they are taking part in the fighting.” By giving residents the choice between death and expulsion, this military interpretation of international humanitarian law shifted people between legal designations – one phone-call turns “non-combatants” into “human shields”, who can thus be defined as “taking direct part in hostilities” and shot as “legitimate targets”.

          The Israeli military’s ability to warn people in Gaza about the impending destruction of their homes has also allowed it to define most buildings in Gaza as legitimate targets. The purported military ability to warn and perform “controlled” and “discriminate” destruction might even have created more devastation than do “traditional” strategies, in part because the manipulative and euphoric rhetoric used to promulgate them induce officers and politicians to authorise their frequent and extended use. In this case, the “technologies of (mass) warning” contribute both to the proliferation and the retrospective justification of mass destruction.

          straight from the horse’s mouth. take israel’s ‘warnings’ and shove em where the sun don’t shine. you’re not fooling anyone.

        • DBG says:

          what is exactly your argument here Annie, that Gazans are used as human shields? you are preaching to the choir, we’ve known that for years.

        • annie says:

          go read it again. i’m not advocating what he says i am directing you to this because he articulates the israeli mindframe of justifying war crimes thru the use of warning. gazans are not used as human shields, that’s zio narrative.

        • Chaos4700 says:

          So let me get this straight, DBG. A Gazan child in a school in the middle of Gaza — about as far from the encircling Israeli settlement enterprise as you can actually get in Palestine — is a “human shield” but all those children that Israeli settlers are raising to be gun-toting ethnic-cleansing extremists who DRIVE THEIR CHILDREN OUT INTO THE WEST BANK, INTO THE THEATER OF A MILITARY INVASION, those aren’t examples of human shields?

        • annie says:

          and let’s not ask him about all those human shields living in Najd errrr sderot. unlike gazans they have an opportunity to evacuate whenever they want. and those schools they place in close proximity to the range of fire? tsk tsk

  5. Citizen says:

    I think I read somewhere yesterday that both sides agreed to stop for now but said they would resume if the other side began again. It would be funny except for the miserable victims on either side. It’s always “you started it” same as OP CAST LEAD. Remember Nov 4, 2008?

    • DBG says:

      you can bring up that nov 4th talking point all you want, but how many rockets have been fired since cast lead? those have all been breaches of the ceasefire reached after the Gaza war.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        but how many rockets have been fired since cast lead?

        Doesn’t your statement pretty much prove our point? Before November 4th, the rocket attacks had dropped to less than three a month. Operation Cast Lead, if it was intended to stop attacks on Israel, FAILED in that regard.

        Israel’s activities provoke the cycle of violence, and there is data to prove it. This isn’t a talking point, this is factual information.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        Also once Israel breaks the cease fire, there’s nothing Hamas can do to either enforce or break it. A CEASE FIRE ENDS WHEN ONE SIDE OPENS FIRE FIRST.

        • DBG says:

          your logic is so messed up Chaos. because israel allegedly broke a cease fire on November 4th 2008, none of the cease fires afterwards are legitimate?

          Dude, weren’t you just telling us that anyone could post at HP, now you are using it for factual data? C’mon man.

        • Chaos4700 says:

          Duh? Do you not understand what “anyone” actually means? It means that you could be dealing with a respected academic like Professor Nancy Kanwisher. Or, it means you could be dealing with racist hacks like Alan Dershowitz and Abe Foxman.

          That’s the definition of ANYONE. You know, as much fun as it is for me to watch you knock your own teeth out by bashing your face into the proverbial brick wall in a spurious effort to prove you’re tougher than I am, or something — seriously, I could enjoy that all day — honor compels me to tell you that ad hominem makes you look like a Dershowitz.

        • Shingo says:

          because israel allegedly broke a cease fire on November 4th 2008, none of the cease fires afterwards are legitimate?

          Complain to the Israeli government about that, who are ALWYS the first to violate them.

          How many times do were rad about the bombing of “tunnels” or killing of militants during ceasefires, yet they go largely unoticed becasue it only inolves the deaths fo Palestinians.

          Dude, weren’t you just telling us that anyone could post at HP, now you are using it for factual data? C’mon man.

          Dude, read the fucking article. It wasn’t someone pulling ideas out of their ass, it was statistical data.

          Grow a brain or ask for a new one.

  6. annie says:

    Dude, weren’t you just telling us that anyone could post at HP, now you are using it for factual data?

    the HP article sources from The Israeli consulate in NYC. did you open the pdf?

    • DBG says:

      Annie, this thing has been posted on anti-Israel sites millions of times, yes I’ve opened it. It is nonsense, all it takes into accounts are deaths, which is ridiculous. Are you arguing that ceasefires are only broken when someone dies?

      None of this data is post Caste Lead either; here are a list of rocket attacks in 2011; how many ceasefires have been broken this year alone?

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      • eljay says:

        >>> … here are a list of rocket attacks in 2011 …

        What’s the status of Israel’s ON-GOING and OFFENSIVE (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder? The numbers must be at least as impressive.

        • DBG says:

          way to move the goalposts eljay.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          way to correctly focus the point, eljay.

        • eljay says:

          >> way to move the goalposts eljay.

          I like to think of it this way: Without even getting into the whole “ethnic cleansing of Palestinians” thing, and the fact that Israel has extended itself beyond both its ’48 and ’67 borders, the fact remains that Israel continues to pursue a non-defensive campaign of oppression, theft, colonization, etc. And even though it has the power to halt that non-defensive campaign immediately and completely, it chooses not to.

          So, IMO, as long as the non-defensive campaign continues, Israel is on considerably weaker moral ground than those who retaliate against it and its oppression, theft, colonization, etc.

        • Chaos4700 says:

          What do you mean, move the goalposts? You’re the one that said counting deaths was RIDICULOUS. Now what, we’re supposed to take into account what sort of shows any particular victim was wearing at the time?

          And then before you came up with that little bit of immoral, expedient tripe, you were trying to discount the article because it was on Huffington Post. Why don’t you make up your mind? There’s pretty much no ambiguity where I stand. Anyone can search my comments for “Huffington Post” or “HuffPo” and see exactly what my stance is on Huffington Post and how it changed over time.

      • annie says:

        dbg, you must know by now israel’s terrorism center claimed the rockets launched from gaza after israel invaded gaza killing 6 people the day of our national elections (nyt reported it as ‘israal breaks ceasefire’) were the first rockets fired. so no, i am not counting ‘the first deaths’. this has been well documented and no amount of “this thing has been posted on anti-Israel sites millions of times” makes one iota of difference.

        wrt your wikilink? please link to wiki’s list of ‘israel attacks on gaza 2011′ so i can compare please. oh wait..wiki doesn’t have one! i’m so shocked.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        It is nonsense, all it takes into accounts are deaths, which is ridiculous.

        Oh, and is that your stance toward the Holocaust, too, DBG? “Six million deaths? That’s ridiculous!” Or are you motivated solely by race hatred, such that the Jewish deaths matter but the Arab deaths do not?

      • Shingo says:

        None of this data is post Caste Lead either; here are a list of rocket attacks in 2011; how many ceasefires have been broken this year alone?

        By who DGB?

        Every one of those rocket attacks has taken place after an Israeli attack. In March, during the brief conflict, you Hasbrats were compaining about Hams not sticking to a ceasefire, while remining oblivious to atatcks by Israel on Gaza on the 25th adn 26th of February.

        You fascists are so blind that you only notice violence when Israel is on the receiving end.