Day Six of Israeli Attack on Gaza: Death toll rises to 115, over 900 injured; Media building targeted again; Cease-fire talks continue

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Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of the Dalou family. 12 family members were killed in an Israeli strike yesterday (Photo: AFP)

This post is a continually updated news resource. Click on the links for Mondoweiss’ coverage of Day 1; Day 2; Day 3; Day 4; and Day 5 of the Israeli attack on Gaza.

As regional efforts to broker a cease-fire continue, Israeli forces have bombarded the Gaza Strip for six days. The death and injury toll for Palestinians in Gaza continues to rise.

According to Ma’an News, 115 Palestinians have been killed since the start of Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense.” Over 900 have been injured since Wednesday, when the assault started. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has continued to document the toll of the assault on Gaza:

The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli Occupation Forces in the course of the offensive on the Gaza Strip, that is ongoing for the sixth consecutive day, has increased to 87, including 58 civilians. The civilian deaths include 18 children and 12 women. Over the past 24 hours, many civilian casualties, mostly women and children, have been reported, as Israeli forces have bombarded populated houses, in the vast majority of cases without any prior warning. A number of houses have been destroyed over their residents, causing several civilian casualties. Additionally, Israeli forces have attacked civilian and governmental facilities located in densely-populated areas, and a number of civilian vehicles.

That number is likely to rise as Israeli airstrikes continue to pound Gaza. Ma’an has details on a new Israeli strike that killed another family:

Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip killed a family of four on Monday, as Israel continued to bombard the coastal enclave for a sixth day, Ma’an’s reporter said.

Foad Hijazi, Amna Hijazi and their two children Suhaib and Muhammad were killed when their home in Beit Lahiya was hit by an airstrike.

Twelve people were reported injured in the attack.

The strike on the Hijazi family comes a day after an Israeli airstrike wiped out 12 members of the same family. The New York Times‘ Jodi Rudoren reported from the funeral ceremony in Gaza today:

There were few if any visible tears at the intense, chaotic, lengthy funeral on Monday of Jamal and seven relatives, among 12 people killed the day before in the single deadliest attack since the latest hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip began Wednesday following months of Palestinian militant rocket fire into Israel. Instead, there were fingers jabbing the air to signal “Allah is the only one,” defiant chants about resistance and calls for revenge, flags in the signature green of Hamas and the white of its Al Qassam Brigades.

At the destroyed Dalu family home, a man climbed atop the pile of rubble where a dozen photographers had positioned themselves and hoisted the body of one of the four slain children into the air several times, as though a totem. At the mosque, the eulogy was disrupted by the sound of missile launched toward Israel from nearby. And at the cemetery, a Qassam commander addressed himself not to the mourners but to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, warning, “We still have so much in our pockets, and we will show you if we have to.”

Earlier today, a media building in Gaza City was targeted for the second time in two days. An Islamic Jihad leader, the alleged target of the strike, was killed. More from The Guardian:

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad has confirmed that one of its top leaders was killed in the strike today on the Shurooq media building, writes Tom McCarthy. Locals initially thought the dead man was the owner of a computer store on the third storey of the city centre building, Reuters reported. At least one person was wounded in the attack. Most members of the media evacuated the building after it was first hit yesterday. The Shurooq building housed both local Arab and international media agencies such as al-Arabiya, al-Quds TV, Sky News, France 24 and Russia TV.

The continued pounding of Gaza by Israeli airstrikes, and rockets back into Israel from Palestinian factions, is occurring as intensive efforts to broker a cease-fire continue. The Haaretz live blog has details on the talks. At 10:00 PM (Israeli and Palestinian time), Haaretz reported that the cabinet of 9 senior ministers was meeting to discuss a cease-fire. Later, Haaretz reported:

Netanyahu rejects French-Qatari cease-fire initiatives. PM tells French foreign minister that Israel is not interested in French or Qatari mediation and prefers to avoid any moves that might interfere with the Egyptian mediation.

In Egypt, Hamas has been demanding the end of the Israeli blockade and airstrikes as conditions of the cease-fire. Hamas has agreed to cease-fires in the past without the condition of ending the blockade, though. For its part, Israel wants an end to arms smuggling.

Two Palestinians from the West Bank have also died due to Israeli attacks on demonstrations in support of Gaza. Mondoweiss has more on the death of Rushdi Tamimi here. Al Jazeera reports on the death of another protester:

A second person died on Monday of wounds sustained from an earlier protest.

Protests broke out in Hebron’s Old City after which Palestinian protesters were pushed back into the centre of the city by Israeli security forces.

According to witnesses, Hamdi al-Falah, 17 years old, was shot four times by Israeli troops.

“He was going to his house, there were clashes nearby and he might have been protesting. He got shot once in the leg, one in the arm, one in the chest and one in his head,” a Hebron resident told Al Jazeera.

And CNN has released the results of a poll that show widespread American support for the Israeli assault, though Democratic Party support did not crack 50%. Less Democrats support the assault now when compared to Cast Lead. More from CNN:

A majority of Americans say that Israel’s current military strikes against Gaza are justified, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that 57% of the public says Israel is justified in taking military action in Gaza against Hamas, with one in four saying the attacks are unjustified…

“Although most Americans think the Israeli actions are justified, there are key segments of the public who don’t necessarily feel that way,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Only four in ten Democrats think the Israeli actions in Gaza are justified, compared to 74% of Republicans and 59% of independents. Support for Israel’s military action is 13 points higher among men than among women, and 15 points higher among older Americans than among younger Americans.”

According to the survey, nearly six in ten say their sympathies are with the Israelis, with 13% saying they side more with the Palestinians and 11% saying their sympathies are with neither side in the conflict.

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  1. Kathleen
    November 19, 2012, 6:11 pm

    “wiped out 12 members of the same family” so so sick. Israel is a very sick society.

    Alex tonight (Monday) Chris Matthews focused a bit on the Gaza but took the conversation and said this is all about a preliminary test before Israel attacks Iran. Chris Matthews ended this segment in a very sloppy way. Not sure but think he said “good for Israel” Have to go back and listen again. Muddled

  2. atime forpeace
    November 19, 2012, 6:29 pm

    ALex, maybe you can send this photo to cnn so they can report the story more fully and not be as biased as they now appear.

    CNN is not even embarrased, calling themselves a news source does not make them the press, as obviously, they represent something that does not allow information to flow freely into the newscycle.

    The best gatekeeper out there that we can see is Wolf Blitzer, bar-none. He is the Simon Bar-sinister of CNN’s cartoonnewsnetwork.

    not even embarred?

    and no bar-none is not the rest of his name.

  3. LanceThruster
    November 19, 2012, 6:34 pm

    I coudn’t find the quote to cite accurately, but I am reminded of this exchange from “Citizen X” between Donalad Sutherland’s Soviet General, and Stephen Rea’s medical examiner.

    Rea is agonizing over the lack of concern by the Soviet leadership over the child serial killer.

    Sutherland’s general tells him that the killings will continue, and that they must remain strong against the horrific reality they face, as the murders will go on, until that point that they are able to catch him.

    I do not know how humans endure under the dual agony of the horror inflicted, and the brutality involved in its dismissal by the world around them. It’s tragic enough for the witnesses to such devastation, let alone those being subjected to it directly.

  4. DICKERSON3870
    November 19, 2012, 8:00 pm

    RE: “Day Six of Israeli Attack on Gaza: Death toll rises to 115, over 900 injured; Media building targeted again”

    MY SELF-CONGRATULATION: I am feeling so darn good about having voted for Jill Stein of the Green Party rather than “O’Bomber” who obviously authorized Israel to once again “mow the lawn”* in Gaza in keeping with Israel’s “Iron Wall” “obsession”. I do not believe Netanyahu would have been able to “play” Jill Stein (“for a fool”, or “like a violin”) nearly as easily as he has been able to “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 truly the “little sadist”, but Obama, AIPAC and the United States are the “Big (Global) Sadist(s)” ! ! !

    * SEE: “Preparing to ‘Mow the Grass’ in Gaza”, By Paul R. Pillar, consortiumnews.com, 3/17/12
    LINK – link to consortiumnews.com

    Jill Stein - link to jillstein.org

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

    • DICKERSON3870
      November 19, 2012, 8:11 pm

      P.S. FROM THE GREEN PARTY, WITH MY EMPHASIS:
      GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATEShttp://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 – link to en.wikipedia.org 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

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