Palestine’s chief peace negotiator characterizes Israeli attack on Gaza as ‘terror’

Photo of #HalaAbuSbeikha by Adel Hana in #Gaza. RIP.

Photo of Hala Abu Sbeikha, killed by Israeli fire, Al-Aqsa hospital, Deir Al Balah, Gaza, Palestine Dec. 24, 2013 (photo: Adel Hana)

Israel attacked Gaza Tuesday, launching a series of air strikes across the Strip killing 3 year old Hala Abu Sbeikha and wounding 10 others (including children). The attack was in retaliation for the killing of, Salah Abu Latif, 22, a Bedouin and Israeli civilian, who was killed by a Palestinian sniper while Abu Latif was doing military contract work for Israel, repairing a fence near the border with Gaza.

Salah Abu Latif 22

Salah Abu Latif 22

According to Haaretz, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC)  claimed responsibility for Abu Latif’s shooting.  Hamas told Israel’s Ch. 10 that it was not interested in an escalation with Gaza; and AP reported Hamas “ordered its forces to evacuate offices and compounds and redeploy to safer sites.”

Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting Sderot at the time of Abu Latif’s killing and said he held Hamas responsible. ”Our policy until now has been to thwart and to respond forcefully – and this is how we will act in this case as well.”

Meantime, Abu Latif’s family has been highly critical of the Israeli government, with members saying Netanyahu is to blame for shooting. They also had to wait hours to get his body back, and said that a Jewish victim’s family would have been treated differently. “Nobody here cares for a Bedouin boy,” Haaretz quotes a family member.

Tuesday was Abu Latif’s first day on the border job. Haaretz quoted his cousin, Khaled Abu Latif, re Salah’s service:

“Nobody is happy about working there, but for us, it’s a living … He worked and built his house by himself, without help from anyone. But that’s fate, and it’s impossible to do anything about fate.”

“He trusted the state,” he added. “But clearly we can’t rely on the state for anything. I don’t wish this on any family.”

Saeb Erekat, Palestine’s chief negotiator in the “peace talks,” responded to the attack by saying Israel had a ”government of terror, not of peace” in carrying out the attacks:

“Israel gave a Christmas present to the Palestinian people by killing a 3-year-old girl,” he said.

More from Ynet:

 Palestinian officials reported at least 16 Israeli attacks, causing  a series of loud explosions across the territory in rapid succession.

Medics said Hala Abu Sbeikha was killed by shrapnel during the Israeli air strike on the Al Maghazi camp. Hala means halo in Arabic.

 

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike over Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. pic.twitter.com/9whL90SIiX

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike over Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. pic.twitter.com/9whL90SIiX

 

On December 7, 2013 when an Israeli military sniper killed a child, 14 year old Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, Palestinian government officials did not respond by bombing densely populated Israeli neighborhoods and Israel said they would ‘investigate’. How’s that investigation going?

 

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  1. 2 points.

    * Erekat, step down you puppet!

    * These killings of palestinians goes on year after year, never is Israel held accountable. Shameful!

  2. just says:

    It is terrorism.

    Why is Kerry wasting the Palestinians’ time and lives? Israel should be severely sanctioned.

    Us, too– for our complicity and extreme hypocrisy. The world is watching……even if not enough Americans are.

  3. Linda J says:

    Off topic, but more terror might ensue if Stanley Fischer is installed as head of the Fed. Grant Smith outlines some of the implications. link to alethonews.wordpress.com

    • jimby says:

      @Linda. there is a tradition of Zionists at the Fed. It is hard to research fully. Paul Warburg’s brother was a very big shot with ZOA and then there is Alan (Heck of a Job) Greenspan just to mention a couple. This is a touchy subject on this site.

    • Sibiriak says:

      LindaJ:

      Off topic, but more terror might ensue if Stanley Fischer is installed as head of the Fed. Grant Smith outlines some of the implications.

      Fischer is being considered for the position of vice-chair, not chair of the Fed. Janet Yellen has been nominated to be the chair.

      Yellen is considered by many on Wall Street to be a “dove” (more concerned with unemployment than with inflation) and as such to be less likely to advocate Federal Reserve interest rate hikes, as compared, for example, to William Poole (former St. Louis Fed president) a “hawk” (see definitions under Inflation).[22]

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      More to the point: what direction do you think Fischer would try to take the Fed that would be different than that of any other mainstream neoliberal who might be appointed to that position?

      • Linda J says:

        Sibiriak, thank you for the correction about the post at the fed.

        The linked article above outlines the history of Mr. Fischer’s involvement in financial affairs in this country and possible outcomes of his potential influence.

      • Keith says:

        SIBIRIAK- “More to the point: what direction do you think Fischer would try to take the Fed that would be different than that of any other mainstream neoliberal who might be appointed to that position?”

        Are you serious? You have no qualms about this Zionist, Israeli citizen, advocate of tough Iran sanctions, recent Governor of the Bank of Israel becoming the second in command at the Federal Reserve, the de facto global central bank? We don’t already have too many staunch pro-Israel Zionists in the US and global power structure? Here is a quote and another link for you to ponder:

        “Fischer’s long-term boosters, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), likely want to accustom Americans to openly dual citizens circulating between top roles in the U.S. and Israeli governments.” (Grant Smith)
        link to dissidentvoice.org