Day Five of Israeli Attack on Gaza: Death toll rises to 72, 520 civilians wounded; 4 children killed in Israeli strike; Tel-Aviv bound rocket shot down again

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Palestinian women mourn four-year-old Mahmoud Raed Sadallah, who was killed following an explosion in Jabaliya, Gaza Strip, 16 November. (Anne Paq / ActiveStills)

This post is a continually updated news resource. Click on the links for Mondoweiss’ coverage of Day 1; Day 2; Day 3; and Day 4 of the Israeli attack on Gaza.

Sunday marked the deadliest day yet for Palestinians in Gaza, as Israel’s heavy bombardment of the coastal strip killed yet more civilians. The death toll has risen to 72 people in Gaza; according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, at least 27 civilians have been killed so far. Additionally, according to the centre, “535 Palestinians, including 520 civilians, have been wounded – this number includes 140 children and 83 women.”

24 people today have been killed, according to Ma’an News.

The New York Times’ on-the-ground reporters have details on a deadly strike on a home in Gaza today:

Israeli forces killed at least 11 people, including several children, in a single airstrike that destroyed a home here on Sunday, as Israel pressed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip for a fifth day, deploying warplanes and naval vessels to pummel the coastal enclave.

The airstrike, which the Israeli military said was meant to kill a Palestinian militant involved in the recent rocket attacks, was the deadliest operation to date and would no doubt weigh on negotiations for a possible cease-fire. Among the dead were five women and four small children, The Associated Press reported, citing a Palestinian health official.

The strike reportedly leveled “the al-Dalou family home in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City,” Ma’an reports.

Haaretz has more details on the strike on the al-Dalou family:

Earlier reports by the IDF Spokesman to the effect that Israel assassinated the head of Hamas’ rocket-launching unit Yehiya Rabiah today in an aerial bombing in northern Gaza appear to have been inaccurate. Apparently, the IAF mistakenly bombed the home of one of his neighbors, Mohammed a-Dallo, killing 10 members of his family and two of his neighbors. Rabiah seems to have survived the attack.

The Times also reports that “in Israel, 3 civilians have died and 63 have been injured. Four soldiers were wounded on Saturday.”

The occupied West Bank saw intense protests and clashes over the Gaza assault. Ma’an News reports that “over 50 people were injured on Sunday during protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.” 

Two rockets fired from Gaza in the direction of Tel Aviv were struck down by the U.S.-financed Iron Dome system today. 

And as our own Allison Deger reports, the “Israeli military targeted two media buildings in the Gaza Strip, injuring six journalists with one losing his leg in an amputation after the bombing.”

Reporters Without Borders condemned the Israeli attack on journalists in a press release:

“These attacks constitute obstruction of freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We remind the Israeli authorities that, under humanitarian law, the news media enjoy the same protection as civilians and cannot be regarded as military targets.

“Even if the targeted media support Hamas, this does not in any way legitimize the attacks. We call for a transparent investigation into the circumstances of these air strikes. Attacks on civilian targets are war crimes and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions. Those responsible must be identified.”

The Committee to Protect Journalist likewise condemned the attack on the media building.

In Egypt, cease-fire talks have reportedly broken down for now, according to reporter Sheera Frenkel. On Twitter, she wrote: “Hamas official Abu Zahri says that ceasefire negotiations in Cairo have failed.” Haaretz reported earlier that a “Senior official in Jerusalem confirms that Israeli envoy has arrived in Cairo for cease-fire talks. According to the official, Israel does not expect any breakthrough in talks, and preparations for a possible ground offensive are ongoing.”

This comes as Egyptian revolutionaries have crossed into Gaza. The Associated Press reports:

About 500 Egyptian activists have crossed into Gaza to deliver medical supplies and show support for Palestinians facing an Israeli offensive…

“We are telling the Palestinians that we are on their side,” said activist Adam Mubarak. “Our visit is a message to Israel that we will not abandon the Palestinians in Gaza.”

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has uttered his first public words on the Israeli assault.

“Let’s understand what the precipitating event here that’s causing the current crisis and that was an ever-escalating number of missiles that were landing not just in Israeli territory but in areas that are populated, and there’s no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” said Obama, ignoring the fact that it was an Israeli assassination that decisively broke a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel and that this latest flare-up began when Israel killed a teenage boy.

“Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory,” Obama added at a press conference during his trip to Asia. “If that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that’s preferable. It’s not just preferable for the people of Gaza. It’s also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they’re much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded.”

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  1. Reuben_Manhattan
    November 18, 2012, 1:24 pm

    minions of Israel on Washington Post are now claiming Palestinians using Iranian made Fajr-5 rockets as well as US made Patriot missiles are being launched into Israel. Do you think they know they are losing the media battle and are getting desperate by the minute? Fajr-5 rockets and Patriot missiles? REALLY? Hilarious

    I have always said that with Nuttyyahoo-Barak-Lieberman-Yishai it makes Israel the clown car of the Middle East with that little tiny car crammed chock full of clowns…dangerous ones

    • Talkback
      November 18, 2012, 2:21 pm

      Hamas itself claimed on its website that it fired Fajr-5 rockets.

  2. VR
    November 18, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Next Israel will be claiming ICBM’s…

  3. Mary
    November 18, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Disgusting that Obama only expressed concern for the well being of Israeli troops in the event of a ground assault, and not for the 1.6 million civilians crammed into this open air prison. How much more loathsome this drone loving, zionist ass-kissing maniac can get, I just cannot imagine.

    • VR
      November 18, 2012, 3:54 pm

      So ask yourself, if this man is so despicable when it comes to human lives, what is he going to do regarding the “fiscal cliff” he keeps talking about? Here is the answer, he will throw the people off the cliff, because if you will not even protect the helpless and poor as in the case of the Palestinians, there is not anything that you are incapable of doing to harm the weak and helpless anywhere (either by omission or commission).

    • Cliff
      November 18, 2012, 4:20 pm

      He really is the epitome of an ‘ass-kissing’ politician.

      His campaign – more so in 08′ – is such a scam. However, at the same time it goes to show how far the US has come if a black president can be as cowardly, two-faced and sycophantic as a white president.

      Our democracy is the sum our of institutional prejudices. Keep that in mind next time some agent provocateur (partisans such as ethno-religious nationalists) tries to cite a poll as gospel.

  4. Citizen
    November 18, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Rice went all over pop TV, preaching how Obama had “decimated” Al Quaida, in the wake of the terrorist attack on our embassy. She stressed how there was nothing to see there, it was just a protest against a crappy anti-Islam movie clip made in USA.

    The other Rice woman use to tell us about an Iraqi nuclear holocaust.

    American domestic political hasbara is killing us, not to mention fallout on the World.

    We need a new, updated version of Griffith & Gone With The Wind.

  5. seafoid
    November 18, 2012, 4:24 pm

    There has been a lot of good stuff over the weekend.

    1. Judah Magnes on Israel’s regular cleansing of Gaza and how the game is rigged, via Marc Ellis
    link to jeremiahhaber.com

    2. Yishai wanting to bomb Gaza back to the Middle ages
    link to dnaindia.com

    3. Peres saying “Basically, our purpose is peace. Their purpose is to destroy Israel”
    link to guardian.co.uk

    4 The CNN bomb video
    link to mondoweiss.net

    5 Danaa , along with abierno and anonymous comments on the real Israel
    link to mondoweiss.net

    6 MRW’s deli story

    link to mondoweiss.net

    7 Greenwald in the Guardian

    link to guardian.co.uk

    If one wants to defend US support for Israel on the merits – on the ground that this escalating Israeli aggression against a helpless population is just and warranted – then one should do so. As I wrote on Thursday, it’s very difficult to see how those who have cheered for Obama’s foreign policy could do anything but cheer for Israeli militarism, as they are grounded in the same premises.

    8 Whoever said that it is very hard to see where Israel goes from here to reach Erez Israel Hashlemah

    Very, very good work from the Mondo team. Well done.

  6. crone
    November 18, 2012, 5:32 pm

    This says it all ~

    link to mediacdn.disqus.com

  7. thankgodimatheist
    November 18, 2012, 5:55 pm

    Gilad Sharon (son of butcher Ariel Sharon) in the Jerusalem Post:
    “The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences….
    ….We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.”
    link to jpost.com

    • Avi_G.
      November 18, 2012, 6:36 pm

      Israel is like a spoiled brat who thinks that he can make up his own rules, whatever it takes, to win a game. And those made-up rules don’t apply to others.

      It’s the arrogance and the Khutzpah of Israel.

  8. Les
    November 18, 2012, 6:43 pm

    Great comment on Haaretz story:

    “I like the notion, that Hamas “hides in tunnels” whereas heroic IAF-mebers bombard Civilians from several kilometers in the sky with no fear of ever facing a danger.Fighting Israeli style.”

    link to haaretz.com

  9. weindeb
    November 18, 2012, 7:16 pm

    More and more does Israel remind me of the protagonist of that tired old joke about the man on trial for the murder of his parents, who, as an orphan, requests that he be treated mercifully. For forty-five years following Israel’s 1967 brilliantly choreographed and just as brilliantly propagandized land grab have Israeli “facts on the ground” provided those self-fulfilling prophecies enabling Israel to render permanent its contravention of international law.

  10. DICKERSON3870
    November 18, 2012, 7:55 pm

    ● RE: “Israeli forces killed at least 11 people, including several children, in a single airstrike that destroyed a home here on Sunday . . . Among the dead were five women and four small children, The Associated Press reported, citing a Palestinian health official.” ~ New York Times

    DICK CHENEY SEZ: “So?”
    “So?” says Dick Cheney [VIDEO, 00:51] – link to youtube.com

    DONALD RUMSFELD SEZ: “Stuff happens and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”
    “Stuff Happens!” – Rumsfeld on looting after fall of Baghdad [VIDEO, 00:27] – link to youtube.com

    ● P.S. I am feeling so darn good about having voted for Jill Stein of the Green Party rather than “O’bomber” who obviously signed off on Israel’s current “Pillar of Cloud” assault on Gaza. I do not believe Netanyahu would be able to “play” her (“for a fool”, or “like a violin”) like he is able “play” Obama.
    I guess I should thank my lucky stars that I don’t live in a “swing state” where I might have been tempted to vote for Obama/O’bomber as the (not very) “lesser evil”!
    Israel is the “little sadist”, but the United States is the “Big (Global) Sadist” ! ! !

    Jill Stein - link to jillstein.org

    The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) - link to gp.org

    Green Party: The U.S. must press Israel not to launch a new war on Gaza; Greens urge an immediate truce and resumption of negotiations – link to gp.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      November 18, 2012, 8:23 pm

      P.S. [FROM THE GREEN PARTY, WITH MY EMPHASIS]

      Green Party: The U.S. must press Israel not to launch a new war on Gaza; Greens urge an immediate truce and resumption of negotiations

      GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES – http://www.gp.org
      For Immediate Release:
      Friday, November 16, 2012
      The U.S. is ignoring the source of the conflict and chain of incidents leading up to the current Gaza crisis, say Greens

      WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that the U.S. must pressure Israel not to resume its war on Palestinians living in Gaza, and that the illegal blockade and hardship imposed by Israel on Gaza must end.
      “President Obama and Congress have the clout to stop a repeat of the 2009 Gaza War, in which more than 1300 Palestinians were killed, including 700 civilians, over 300 of them children. Thirteen Israelis were also killed, of whom three were civilians. This is a ‘David and Goliath’ fight, with nuclear-powered Israel acting in disregard for international law against a dispossessed people living under siege. Israel’s assaults on Gaza will not make Gazans go away or resolve the conflict,” said Muhammed Malik, former co-chair of the Miami-Dade Green Party, who recently spoke at the Students for Justice in Palestine National Conference at the University of Michigan. 2009 Gaza War casualties: see link to dci-pal.org and figures referenced at -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Gaza_War

      Green Party leaders noted that targeted assassinations are illegal and that the airstrike authorized by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak that killed Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jabari also killed his 14-year-old son.

      The Israeli airstrike ended two days of calm after news that Egypt had brokered a truce between Israel and Palestinian officials. The truce was meant to end a surge of violence that resulted in more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, where people are already living in conditions comparable to an open-air prison. – link to democracynow.org

      “The Obama Administration should press for an immediate ceasefire and resumption of the negotiations. Claims by Israeli and U.S. officials that the IDF is trying to avoid Palestinian civilian casualties are not credible. Washington and the U.S. media have focused on the increased Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza but are ignoring the chain of incidents, including killings of Palestinian civilians, that motivated Hamas to fire rockets out of Gaza,” said Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 nominee for President.
      “The terrorism that Israel is using to maintain the occupation far outweighs the retaliatory terrorism committed by Hamas. Unless these assaults can be halted, we’ll see another massacre of Gazan civilians and further deterioration of the city,” added Dr. Stein. (For a timeline of events leading up to the recent confrontation, see – link to electronicintifada.net and link to fair.org

      “The U.S. government and most U.S. media have ignored the heart of the conflict between Israel and Palestinians, including Gazans — Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their native land, ongoing colonization of Palestinian land in Israel and the Occupied Territories, and Israel’s refusal to allow refugees to return home, as prescribed by international law. Over two thirds of Gazans are from Israel and the West Bank,” said Justine McCabe, co-chair of the Green Party’s International Committee. – link to gp.org

      While self-defense and armed resistance against military occupation are legal under international law, no such law tolerates attacks on civilians. Greens have urged support for Palestinian and Israeli peace groups and for nonviolent resistance, and have called for an end to all violence targeted at unarmed civilians. Greens insist that regional stability and security for all the people of Israel and Palestine are not possible until peaceful negotiation based on international law resolves the conflict.

      The Green Party of the United States has called for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and U.N. directives, ends the occupation of Palestinian lands, and observes full and equal human rights for Palestinians within Israel and the Occupied Territories, including the right to return home.

      Washington must stop aiding Israel’s violations of human rights. Israel has a budget surplus and 6.5% unemployment. U.S. taxpayers, facing austerity and unemployment at home, are seeing $3 billion of their tax money sent annually to Israel, which receives 60% of all U.S. foreign military financing,” said David Schwartzman, member of the DC Statehood Green Party and the Green Party’s International Committee.

      “Israel’s history of aggression towards Palestinians and neighbors like Lebanon and Syria has made it increasingly isolated internationally. If this situation continues, we’ll see more animosity directed against the U.S., and chances for peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians will dwindle. Nor will Americans indefinitely accept their government’s misguided Middle East policies and pay exorbitant tax dollars for it,” said John Rensenbrink, Maine Green and member of the International Committee.

      SOURCE – link to gp.org

  11. Citizen
    November 18, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Huckabee show, Fox News now:

    Interviewing IDF Special Forces leader, a personal friend of Huckabee:

    Israel has been in the land for 3800 years, while others come and go. Americans need to know you can’t stop Arab terrorism except in the same way you eliminate cancer. The Arab Spring includes the Palestinians, who are out to murder Israeli kids in their beds. One million Israelis are now cowering in shelters from the terror of the Arab rockets. Israel gave them Gaza for peace, but what Israel got in return is rockets from Gaza. You cannot negotiate with terrorists. And they are using their children as shields. Israel will defend its innocent children from them even if they hide behind their own Arab children. Americans need to know this, that we are going to hit them big time to defend our own innocent people. This is a war of spirits, the spirit of good will versus the terrorist culture.

  12. DICKERSON3870
    November 18, 2012, 8:44 pm

    ● RE: “. . . there’s no country on Earth that would
    tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its
    borders”
    ~ Obama / “O’bomber”

    MY QUESTION FOR OBAMA / “O’BOMBER”: What country on Earth would tolerate being subjected to an illegal blockade for more than five years? ? ?
    Israel is the “little sadist”, but Obama, AIPAC and the United States are the “Big (Global) Sadists” ! ! !

    ● SEE: “U.N. experts say Israel’s blockade of Gaza illegal”, By Reuters, 9/13/11
    LINK – link to reuters.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      November 18, 2012, 9:30 pm

      ● P.S. RE: “What country on Earth would tolerate being subjected to an illegal blockade for more than five years? ? ? Israel is the ‘little sadist’, but Obama, AIPAC and the United States are the ‘Big (Global) Sadists’ ! ! !” ~ me (above)

      ● SEE: “Obama’s kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza ~ by Glenn Greenwald, http://www.guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
      The US was once part of the international consensus against extra-judicial assassinations. Now it is a leader in that tactic.

      [EXCERPTS] Israel’s escalating air attacks on Gaza follow the depressingly familiar pattern that shapes this conflict. Overwhelming Israeli force slaughters innocent Palestinians, including children, which is preceded (and followed) by far more limited rocket attacks into Israel which kill a much smaller number, rocket attacks which are triggered by various forms of Israeli provocations — all of which, most crucially, takes place in the context of Israel’s 45-year-old brutal occupation of the Palestinians (and, despite a “withdrawal” of troops, that includes Gaza, over which Israel continues to exercise extensive dominion). The debates over these episodes then follow an equally familiar pattern, strictly adhering to a decades-old script that, by design at this point, goes nowhere.
      Meanwhile, most US media outlets are petrified of straying too far from pro-Israel orthodoxies. Time’s Middle East correspondent Rania Abouzeid noted this morning on Twitter the typical template: “Just read report in major US paper about Gaza/Israel that put Israeli dead in 1st sentence. Palestinian in 6th paragraph.” Or just consider the BBC’s headline. Worse, this morning’s New York Times editorial self-consciously drapes itself with pro-Israel caveats and completely ignores the extensive civilian deaths in Gaza before identifying this as one of the only flaws it could find with the lethal Israeli assault: “The action also threatens to divert attention from what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly described as Israel’s biggest security threat: Iran’s nuclear program.” . . .
      . . . I want to focus on the US response to all of this. US policy always lies at the heart of these episodes, because Israeli aggression is possible only due to the unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support of the US. Needless to say, the Obama administration wasted no time expressing its “full-throttled support” for the Israeli attacks. And one can’t help but notice the timing of this attack: launched just days after Obama’s re-election victory, demanding an answer to the question of whether Obama was told in advance of these attacks and gave his approval.
      Ultimately, though, Obama had no choice but to support these attacks, which were designed, in part, to extra-judicially assassinate Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari as he was driving in his car (the IDF then proudly posted the video of its hit on YouTube). How could Obama possibly have done anything else?
      Extra-judicial assassination – accompanied by the wanton killing of whatever civilians happen to be near the target, often including children – is a staple of the Obama presidency. That lawless tactic is one of the US president’s favorite instruments for projecting force and killing whomever he decides should have their lives ended: all in total secrecy and with no due process or oversight. There is now a virtually complete convergence between US and Israeli aggression, making US criticism of Israel impossible not only for all the usual domestic political reasons, but also out of pure self-interest: for Obama to condemn Israel’s rogue behavior would be to condemn himself.
      It is vital to recognize that this is a new development. The position of the US government on extra-judicial assassinations long had been consistent with the consensus view of the international community: that it is a savage and lawless weapon to be condemned regardless of claims that it is directed at “terrorists”. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to guardian.co.uk

    • DICKERSON3870
      November 18, 2012, 10:18 pm

      ● P.P.S. AND ALSO RE: “What country on Earth would tolerate being subjected to an illegal blockade for more than five years? ? ? Israel is the ‘little sadist’, but Obama, AIPAC and the United States are the ‘Big (Global) Sadists’ ! ! !” ~ me (above)

      ● SEE: “Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza”, by Glenn Greenwald, http://www.guardian.co.uk, 11/18/12
      The Obama administration’s unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict.

      [EXCERPTS] A central premise of US media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza – beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably “defending itself” – is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by helplessly and lament the tragedy of it all. The reality is precisely the opposite: Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. This self-flattering depiction of the US as uninvolved, neutral party is the worst media fiction since TV news personalities covered the Arab Spring by pretending that the US is and long has been on the side of the heroic democratic protesters, rather than the key force that spent decades propping up the tyrannies they were fighting.
      Literally each day since the latest attacks began, the Obama administration has expressed its unqualified support for Israel’s behavior. . .
      . . . That the Netanyahu government knows that any attempt to condemn Israel at the UN would be instantly blocked by the US is a major factor enabling them to continue however they wish. And, of course, the bombs, planes and tanks they are using are subsidized, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer.
      If one wants to defend US support for Israel on the merits – on the ground that this escalating Israeli aggression against a helpless population is just and warranted – then one should do so. As I wrote on Thursday, it’s very difficult to see how those who have cheered for Obama’s foreign policy could do anything but cheer for Israeli militarism, as they are grounded in the same premises.
      But pretending that the US – and the Obama administration – bear no responsibility for what is taking place is sheer self-delusion, total fiction. It has long been the case that the central enabling fact in Israeli lawlessness and aggression is blind US support, and that continues, more than ever, to be the case under the presidency of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. . .
      • UPDATE
      According to Haaretz, Israel’s Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?ID=292466&R=R1&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twittersaid this about Israel’s attacks on Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.” Let me know if any of the US Sunday talk shows mention that tomorrow during their discussions of this “operation”.
      • UPDATE II [Sun.]
      Gilad Sharon, the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, has an Op-Ed in today’s Jerusalem Post in which, among other things, he writes [emphasis added]: “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too. “There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.”

      Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch today went to Twitter to announce: “Obama [is] making excellent statements on Israeli situation.”

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – link to guardian.co.uk

      • DICKERSON3870
        November 18, 2012, 10:44 pm

        P.P.P.S. ONE MORE TRY:

        • UPDATE
        According to Haaretz, Israel’s Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, said this about Israel’s attacks on Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.” Let me know if any of the US Sunday talk shows mention that tomorrow during their discussions of this “operation”.

        • UPDATE II [Sun.]
        Gilad Sharon, the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, has an Op-Ed in today’s Jerusalem Post in which, among other things, he writes [emphasis added]:

        “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too. “There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.”

        Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch today went to Twitter to announce: “Obama [is] making excellent statements on Israeli situation.”

  13. crone
    November 18, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Stop the war co.uk headlines:

    Time to break the taboo and say what Gaza is: a concentration camp

    18 November 2012 Arthur Silber Palestine and Israel

    It is as if everyone realizes, but will never state, that we are engaged in an elaborate charade, a pageant of gesture and indication, where substance and specific meaning have been banned.

    more at link link to stopwar.org.uk

  14. RoHa
    November 18, 2012, 11:24 pm

    Anyone noticed this little gem?

    link to 972mag.com

    • tree
      November 19, 2012, 12:24 am

      Fake pictures seem to be a trend in Israel.

      See this:

      link to 972mag.com

      • jon s
        November 20, 2012, 12:58 am

        I posted two comments citing fake Palestinian pictures, both comments didn’t pass moderation.
        The first case was a photo of a dead child being embraced by his father in a hospital. It was posted on Twitter by the al-qassam brigades from Gaza. Turns out the photo is from three weeks ago, from Syria.
        The second was a BBC news report, also picked up by CNN in which a Gazan man, apparently wounded or dead, is hauled away by his buddies.
        A few moments later he’s seen walking around

  15. VR
    November 19, 2012, 9:58 am

    As I write the number of killed has risen to 95 and the number injured is now well over 800, mostly civilians

    link to democracynow.org

  16. susan schuurman
    November 19, 2012, 10:42 am

    The fact that my tax dollars, as an American, are spent supporting this carnage makes these relentless attacks on Gaza even more difficult to live with. Please take a moment to sign my petition asking President Obama to divert one day of American military aid to Israel ($8 million dollars/day) to Hurricane Sandy victims. Ends at midnight today. link to change.org

  17. kalithea
    November 19, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Today in a staged farce on CNN a guy reporting from an “Israeli” town bordering Gaza hit the ground microphone in hand complete with twisted camera angles for dramatic effect reacting, rather over-reacting to a purported oncoming rocket, but the laughable part is that the rocket never materialized there and the whole scenario turned into embarrassing journalistic overkill.

    Meanwhile while CNN was reporting a non-event in “israel” and coming off as real stoopid, Israelis killed a family of ten and more children and babies were slaughtered and burned bringing the total dead to just over 100 and wounded to over 800 with real death and destruction everywhere you turn, but obviously CNN doesn’t consider this REAL tragedy newsworthy; they’d rather make asses of themselves on international t.v.

    Zionist media ACTING like SNL.

  18. kalithea
    November 19, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Pillar of Cloud changed to Pillar of Defense lest a barrage of lightening should strike Israel.

    Zionists love, love, love to read God’s mind first pretending that Zionism is fulfilling God’s supposed agenda for the “chosen” and now pretending that this onslaught on Gaza is Messianic inspired.

    INANE ZIOHUBRIS.

  19. seafoid
    November 19, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Way to go IDF taking out the Dalua family in a surgical strike. No wonder that former Shin Bet head went to Belarus for a transplant, eh?

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