Day Three of Israeli Attack on Gaza: At least 28 killed, 290 injured in Gaza; Missile hits West Bank settlement; Israeli television reports 75,000 reservists being drafted

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Palestinian Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (on the right) and Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil hold the body of a Palestinian baby boy who was killed in an Israeli air strike on November 16, 2012 during a visit to the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City (AFP Photo / Manmud Hams)

The Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, first set off when the Israeli air force decisively broke a tacit cease-fire and assassinated the leader of Hamas’ military wing, continues into its third day. A rocket hit the West Bank settlement of Gush Etzion earlier today; no casualties were reported as a result of the hit.

An Israeli air strike killed “Hamas Central Command chief Ahmad Abu Jalal,” the Times of Israel confirms.

The latest death toll, according to Ma’an News, is up to 28 Palestinians. Reports put out by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) document that at least ten of those deaths were of civilians. “The civilian victims include 6 children and a woman. Additionally, 257 Palestinians, including 253 civilians, have been wounded – this number includes 62 children and 42 women,” according to the PCHR. That number is likely to rise as human rights workers collect more evidence on the ground.

The Israeli death toll from rocket fire remains at 3, though more Israelis were wounded over night. A second rocket reportedly was fired near Tel Aviv. “The IDF stated that no rocket impact was located in Tel Aviv, but local residents reported hearing an explosion following the siren. No injuries or damage were reported,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

The Egyptian prime minister visited Gaza earlier today. He went to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City and said: “This tragedy cannot pass in silence and the world should take responsibility in stopping this aggression…Egypt will spare no effort … to stop the aggression and to achieve a truce.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged that Israel would cease firing from the sky while Egypt’s prime minister visited Gaza. But CBS reports that “Israel said its air force bombed the house of a Hamas commander in the Gaza Strip after militants fired more than a dozen rockets toward southern Israel, trampling hopes for a three hour ceasefire during a brief visit by Egypt’s premier to the tiny stretch of land.”

All of this is occurring ”as troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers massed near the Palestinian territory, signaling a ground invasion might be growing near,” according to the Associated Press. There are reports from Israeli television Channel 2 that 75,000 Israeli reservists are being drafted. For comparison, just over 9,200 were drafted before Operation Cast Lead in December 2008, and 60,000 were drafted for the Lebanon war in 2006. YNet is reporting the Israeli Home Front Command is telling authorities in south and central Israel to prepare for 7 weeks of fighting.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a non-binding resolution expressing support for Israel’s “inherent right to act in self-defense.” The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that “the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in a statement praised ‘the leadership of Senators Gillibrand and Kirk, and the extraordinary show of support by the Senate for Israel’s struggle against terrorist attacks on its citizens.'” 

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  1. FreddyV
    November 16, 2012, 10:10 am

    ‘Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged that Israel would cease firing from the sky while Egypt’s prime minister visited Gaza.’

    Sorry, but Israel don’t really have a great track record of late on ceasefires.

    Ask Ahmed Jabari about that one Bibi……….

  2. Blaine Coleman
    November 16, 2012, 12:08 pm

    As the massacre of Gaza continues, the York University Graduate Students Association has just approved a divestment resolution: link to youtube.com

    Can someone post further news on this?

  3. Avi_G.
    November 16, 2012, 2:24 pm

    The Israeli death toll from rocket fire remains at 3, though more Israelis were wounded over night. A second rocket reportedly was fired near Tel Aviv. “The IDF stated that no rocket impact was located in Tel Aviv, but local residents reported hearing an explosion following the siren. No injuries or damage were reported,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

    This its typical of Israeli media being used as a government mouthpiece.

    Disinformation is the name of the game.

  4. jon s
    November 16, 2012, 2:32 pm

    See the nauseating use of a child’s dead body as a prop. How disgusting.

    • Avi_G.
      November 16, 2012, 4:33 pm

      You mean like when Israel uses the Holocaust as a prop? How
      disgusting.

      You condemn and judge because you think you’re better. You think you’re superior, more civilized, more advanced. But the truth is, Israel is the epitome of barbarity in this day and age.

    • amigo
      November 16, 2012, 4:54 pm

      See the nauseating use of a child’s dead body as a prop. How disgusting,,,jon s

      indeed disgusting.

      Prop provided by the so called most moral army and light unto the nations.

      Disgusting indeed.

    • WeAreAllMadeOfStars
      November 16, 2012, 4:59 pm

      In my book it is the very murdering of an innocent child that is nauseating and disgusting …

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 16, 2012, 6:48 pm

      Ahhh, there’s the israeli left for you: nauseated by the victim having the gall to show the world the result of his state’s attack on this child, and not giving a shit that his state attacked the child.

    • thankgodimatheist
      November 16, 2012, 11:09 pm

      “See the nauseating use of a child’s dead body as a prop. How disgusting.”
      I’m constantly amazed by the superior moral sense of Israeli society. Killing a child is not disgusting or nauseating. What is, to show a photo of the killed.
      We’re gonna need more “civilising” to match such moral Annapurnas .

      • jon s
        November 17, 2012, 2:22 pm

        Hamas boss Haniyah greets the Egyptian PM at the hospital and produces a child’s body for the photo-op. A sickening show, typical of the Hamas terrorists.
        I wonder how you would react if an Israeli leader would pose -with a foreign supporter- with the body of a dead Israeli.

      • eljay
        November 17, 2012, 3:21 pm

        >> Hamas boss Haniyah greets the Egyptian PM at the hospital and produces a child’s body for the photo-op. A sickening show, typical of the Hamas terrorists.

        If it was, in fact, a staged photo-op, then I agree that it was in very poor taste. Posing with corpses in order to score political points is shameful, regardless of who does it.

      • Mooser
        November 17, 2012, 4:49 pm

        Jons, why are you here at this time? With all that is going on in Israel, you make sure to find time to comment on this website, offering comments that could very easily be suspected, frankly, of being Hasbara straw men produced by anti-Zionists for the ease with which they can be knocked down.
        Why is that? And BTW, if this is an example of the level of Zionist intelligence and reaction to a crisis, youse in big trouble, boychik.

        Maybe jonS figures Mondo has a direct line to Hamas, and they take orders from Phil Weiss? What on earth are you here to do, jons?

      • jon s
        November 18, 2012, 12:30 am

        Mooser,
        Why am I here? I often ask myself the same question…
        What I’ve been trying to do is inject a measure of sanity and balance into the discussion here. I don’t represent any government or organization, just my own personal viewpoint.
        I’m sorry that my “level of intelligence” is not up to the lofty standards of your wit and wisdom. I’ll try to do better.

      • jon s
        November 18, 2012, 1:53 am

        Here’s CNN’s report on the circumstances of that child’s death. Note what the reporter says at 1:20.
        link to edition.cnn.com

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 18, 2012, 11:14 am

        Yeah, Mooser; someone’s gotta carry Netanyahoo’s water. Might as well be someone who claims to be a leftist…

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 18, 2012, 11:23 am

        Interesting CNN report. It showed that you “photo op” blood libel is nonsense. Further, it demonstrated that the boy was simply playing, with no Hamas military activity in sight, when the modern, laser guided military of the zionists came along and murdered him in cold blood.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 18, 2012, 11:43 am

        i am not understanding the point of your is jon. she said there were rockets coming from the neighborhood on the other side. you do know gaza is densely populated don’t you? you did here the israeli ministers words about bambing gaza back to the stone age i assume.

        what kind of ‘sanity and balance’ do you think it brings to a thread about the deaths of palestinians, children no less, to display your talents for diversions. i read this morning the death is up to 66. have you looked at the photographs of MarahElwadia? a palestinian journalist from gaza:

        link to bank.twitpic.com

        link to bank.twitpic.com

    • pjdude
      November 17, 2012, 12:57 am

      you mean like you whine about the rocket attacks against the war crime that is sderot even though it is illegal and a warcrime for you to be there?

      • jon s
        November 17, 2012, 2:57 pm

        The war crime is firing rockets at the civilian population in Sderot and all the other towns and villages.

      • eljay
        November 17, 2012, 3:23 pm

        >> The war crime is firing rockets at the civilian population in Sderot and all the other towns and villages.

        Typical hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist, glossing over:
        – the Jewish terrorism and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and land that was employed in order to create an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist state; and
        – that state’s 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder.

      • seafoid
        November 17, 2012, 3:53 pm

        If it’s a war crime bring it to the ICC. However Israel knows there are so many Israeli Jews who belong there. So nothing happens.

      • Cliff
        November 17, 2012, 3:56 pm

        and the greater war crime is the indiscriminate bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli terrorist army.

        oh and the continual occupation, colonization and apartheid inflicted on the indigenous population, the Palestinians, by your government and your army

      • pjdude
        November 17, 2012, 5:46 pm

        No it isn’t the thieves of sderot aren’t protected under article 27 of the fourth geneva conventions do do the war crime of Israel’s violation of article 49. you don’t get to move to occupied territory to prevent occupied territory from being regained through military means. the palestinians could fucking shell sderot 24 hours a day and it still wouldn’t be a war crime. I know as an Israeli you have no actual idea of what actual war crimes given your state has committed thousands of them.

        to reiterate sderot and any Israel “civilian” in any area not legally acquired aren’t protected under international law. the fact that they are civilians is irrelevant because Israel transfered them via economic incentives to occupied territory.

  5. crone
    November 16, 2012, 9:24 pm

    As Israel assaults Gaza, BBC reporting assaults the truth
    Amena Saleem The Electronic Intifada London 16 November 2012

    In 2006, an independent panel of senior public figures published a report assessing the impartiality of the BBC’s coverage of the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

    The panel, chaired by Sir Quentin Thomas, a senior figure in the British Home Office, found “identifiable shortcomings, particularly in respect of gaps in coverage, analysis, context and perspective and in the consistent maintenance of the BBC’s own editorial standards.”

    The Thomas Report, as it became known, was quickly shoved under the carpet by the BBC, even though it had originally been commissioned by the corporation’s own governors, and business continued as usual (“Report of the Independent Panel for the BBC Governors on Impartiality of BBC Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” April 2006, available on the Internet Archive).

    In the last few days, the shortcomings highlighted in the report have never seemed so glaring.

    con’t at link link to electronicintifada.net

    • lysias
      November 16, 2012, 11:19 pm

      The BBC’s coverage of the 2006 war was a lot more objective than its coverage of Cast Lead in 2008-9. I watched the BBC coverage of the 2006 war in preference to U.S. networks. It gave a much more vivid coverage of the destruction in Lebanon.

  6. eGuard
    November 17, 2012, 3:29 am

    Meanwhile, the New York Times has sent Ethan Bronner back to Tel Aviv. link to nytimes.com He introduces [o]ne retired general who remains close to the military (which country’s military he did not specify):

    “Should we let our civilians be bombed because the Arab world is in trouble?” he asked.

    Why not, from a Palestinian:
    “Should we let our civilians be bombed because … Israel has elections?”
    “Should we let our civilians be bombed because … Netanyahu didn’t get his war on Iran?”
    “Should we let our civilians be bombed because … Netanyahu wants to show Obama who’s in charge?”

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