Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza’a

Israel/Palestine

Yesterday we published a brief account of an apparent massacre in the Palestinian village Khuza’a, a village east of Khan Younis and close to the Israeli border in Gaza. That had been sent to Felice Gelman over Facebook and today, Yamen Radwan sent Gelman another brief message: “#Massacre_Khuza’a: stilling going on until now executions of civilians and wounded by Israeli forces in the streets of Khuza’a.”

News reports of what happened, or is happening, in Khuza’a remain vague. Above, from Al Jazeera, is the only video news report we’ve been able to find.  National Public Radio’s Emily Harris just now reported a telephone conversation with a woman who escaped the village after two days in a basement and who said that snipers were shooting people in the streets.

The Gaza NGO Palestinian Centre for Human Rights included these details from Khuza’a in an daily report it issued today covering events from yesterday:

At approximately 12:30, Israel forces that had moved into Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, fired bullets and artillery shells at hundreds of Palestinian civilians who attempted to leave the village as there were reports about a one-hour coordination to evacuate casualties.  Israeli forces fired also at ambulances and prevented them from entering the village.

At approximately 17:00, 12 ambulances attempted to enter Khuza’a village, but Israeli forces prevented and fired at them.

At approximately 18:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Dr. Kamal Abu Rujaila, which he uses as clinic, in Khuza’a village, as a number of wounded Palestinians went to the house seeking medical aid.  A number of casualties were reported as a result of the attack.  Apparently, one Palestinian was killed.  Medical crews were not able to reach the house. A volunteer paramedic, who was wounded throughout the body while he was attempting to evacuate wounded Palestinians, has been trapped in the area since Wednesday morning, 23 July 2014, as medical crews have not been able to reach him.  According to reports from Khuza’a village, Israeli forces raided a number of houses and turned them into military sites.  They also arrested scores of Palestinians.  At approximately 23:00, an ICRC crew and 10 ambulances of Palestine Red Crescent Society went to Kuza’a village, but they were not able to evacuate victims because the situation was extremely dangerous.

At approximately 21:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, killing 2 of them: Mohammed Barham Abu Draz, 24; and ‘Essam Ibrahim Abu Ismail, 23.

At approximately 06:50, Israeli forces fired at dozens of Palestinian civilians who raised white flags and attempted to leave Khuza’a village, and forced them to go back homes.

At approximately 07:15, Israeli forces fired at a number of Palestinian civilians who attempted to leave Khuza’a through a dirt road leading to ‘Abassan village.  One of these civilians, Mohammed Ahmed Suleiman al-Najjar, 56, was killed by a bullet to the neck.  Two civilians were also wounded.

Also at approximately 08:30, medical crews were able to recover the body of Fadi Yousef Ahmed al-Najjar, 27, who is physically disabled, from Khuza’a village.  He was killed by Israeli shelling.

At approximately 09:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motor cart on which a number of Palestinian civilians were traveling attempting to leave Khuza’a village.  As a result, 4 civilians were killed and another 2 ones were wounded.  The victims have not been identified as their bodies were burnt.

This account is consistent with social media. The most complete comes from Khuza’a resident Mahmoud Ismail who tweeted out updates from the village. They were translated by Mohammad Alsaafin who retweeted them. The updates read:

Account: My family & I made it out, light injuries. Hundreds of casualties, bodies in the streets. Many of the dead in Khuza’a bled to death bc ambulances unable to reach. From my window I watched a 20 yr old die for hours. One doctor, Kamal Abu Rjeila, treated injuries that came into his clinic even after it was bombed & his father killed. The Israeli army used ten families as human shields. They took over their homes and wouldn’t let them escape.Home I was sheltering in with 50 others was bombed. I don’t know what happened to them but my shoes soaked in their blood. We escaped to our home under the cover of the dust from the bombing. Minutes later, it was hit by 3 artillery shells. We tried to escape on foot to Khuzaa’s exit, but helicopters fired on us. I saw a woman carrying her dead child in one arm and a white flag in the other. She used the white flag to wrap his body. As we walked I saw my uncle and his son, dead on the road next to their house. Snipers were hitting people in the legs. My other cousin died trying to save his bleeding brother in the street. They died on top of each other. There are corpses still lying in the streets, injured people waiting to become corpses, families who still haven’t escaped

The village was also attacked during Cast Lead, the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2009. The definitive report on the conflict by the UN Human Rights Council, the Goldstone Report of 2009, documented Israeli sniper killings of civilians in the village, and the prevention of ambulances from arriving to take the wounded away:

11. The shooting of Rouhiyah al-Najjar

780. The Mission visited the site of the shooting of Rouhiyah al-Najjar in Khuza’a. It interviewed two eyewitnesses of the shooting and six other witnesses to the events, including Yasmine al-Najjar, Nasser al-Najjar, Rouhiyah al-Najjar’s husband, and their daughter Hiba.

781. The Israeli armed forces launched the attack against Khuza’a, a small town about half a kilometre from the border (Green Line) with Israel east of Khan Yunis, around 10 p.m. on 12 January 2009. During the night, they used white phosphorous munitions, causing fires to break out in the al-Najjar neighbourhood on the eastern fringe of Khuza’a. Families in the neighbourhood, including the family of Nasser al-Najjar, his first wife Rouhiyah and their daughter Hiba, spent much of the night trying to extinguish fires in their houses. Israeli armed forces, possibly heliborne troops, had taken position on the roofs of some houses in the neighbourhood and observed the residents as they attempted to fight the fires. Around 3 a.m. residents also began to hear the noise of approaching tanks and bulldozers, with which they were well familiar, as in 2008 there had been several Israeli incursions into the farmland to the north and east of Khuza’a, in the course of which bulldozers flattened fields, groves, chicken coops and greenhouses.

782. In the early morning hours, some of the residents, including Rouhiyah al-Najjar, climbed on the roofs of their houses and hoisted improvised white flags. Using megaphones, the Israeli armed forces asked the men of the neighbourhood to come out of the houses and walk towards the tanks. There the men were separated into two groups which were then held in different houses under the control of the soldiers.

783. At some point between 7 and 7.45 a.m., Rouhiyah al-Najjar and the women in her immediate neighbourhood decided to leave their homes and walk with their children to the town centre. The group of women was headed by Rouhiyah al-Najjar and her 23-year-old neighbour and relative Yasmine al-Najjar, both carrying white flags. Rouhiyah’s daughter Hiba was right behind her. Other women were holding up babies in their arms, shouting “God is great!” and “We have children!” The group of women and children started moving down a straight alley, about six or seven metres wide, flanked on both sides by houses. At the other end of the alley, a little more than 200 metres away,431 was the house of Faris al-Najjar, which had been occupied by numerous Israeli soldiers (around 60 according to one witness). The soldiers had made a hole in the wall of the first floor of the house, giving them a good view down the alley into which the group of women and children were advancing. When Rouhiyah al-Najjar was about 200 metres from Faris al-Najjar’s house, a shot fired from that house hit her in the temple (she had just turned her head towards her neighbour next to her to encourage her). Rouhiyah al-Najjar fell to the ground; Yasmine was struck in her leg. This single shot was followed by concentrated gunfire, which forced the group of women and children to scramble back into the houses of Osama al-Najjar and Shawki al-Najjar, though it did not cause further injury. Because of the fire from the Israeli soldiers, they did not dare to leave the house and look after Rouhiyah al-Najjar. They stayed inside until around noon the same day, when they made a second, successful attempt to leave the neighbourhood and walk to a safer part of Khuza’a.

784. An ambulance driver from Khan Yunis hospital, Marwan Abu Reda, received a phone call from Khuza’a asking for emergency help for Rouhiyah al-Najjar at around 7.45 a.m. He immediately drove to Khuza’a and arrived in the neighbourhood shortly after 8 a.m., i.e. within no more than an hour from the shooting. He was already in the alley where Rouhiyah al-Najjar was lying on the ground when soldiers opened fire from houses or rooftops, forcing him to make a U-turn and take the ambulance to a nearby alley. He called PRCS and asked it to see access to the injured woman, through ICRC and in coordination with the Israeli armed forces, without success. Marwan Abu Reda was not able to pick up Rouhiyah al-Najjar’s (by then lifeless) body until the evening of that day. He confirmed to the Mission that she had received a bullet in the temple.

431 The Mission did not measure the distance; this is an estimate.

432 The Mission does not have information which would allow it to state whether Rouhiyah al-Najjar was still alive when the ambulance arrived.

12. Factual findings

785. The Mission has no reason to doubt the veracity of the main elements of the testimony of the witnesses it heard with regard to the shooting of Rouhiyah al-Najjar.

786. The Mission’s site inspection and the testimony of several witnesses appear to establish that the group of women and children led by Rouhiyah al-Najjar had slowly walked for at least 20 metres before the shot that killed Rouhiyahher was fired. During that time, Israeli soldiers standing on the roofs of the houses in the neighbourhood had ample time to observe the group.

The fact that, after shooting Rouhiyah and Yasmine al-Najjar, the soldiers directed warning fire at the group without injuring anyone, but forcing them to retreat to a house, is further indication that the soldiers had not observed any threat to them from the group. Indeed, a few hours later the same group was allowed to walk past the soldiers to a safer area of Khuza’a. The Mission accordingly finds that Rouhiyah al-Najjar was deliberately shot by an Israeli soldier who had no reason to assume that she was a combatant or otherwise taking part in hostilities.

787. The Mission also observes that, while it is unclear whether the ambulance from Khan Yunis hospital could have saved Rouhiyah al-Najjar’s life, the Israeli forces prevented the evacuation of the wounded woman without any justification.

61 Responses

  1. just
    July 24, 2014, 5:11 pm

    Enough! Can the US government in toto say that? Please?

    This is genocide. It is criminal. It is against all law on this planet. I have been angry in my lifetime– many times at my country for our warmongering against innocents. I have protested in many ways, they don’t listen but at least I feel that I have a voice and am not entirely helpless. I feel helpless now.

    I have never been this angry or disgusted or ashamed of my country and most of my fellow citizens as I am now.

    not in MY name.

    • mariapalestina
      July 24, 2014, 5:44 pm

      The U.S. Government has made its position clear. Today’s statement by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf (via Democracy Now today)
      “We will stand up for Israel even if it means standing alone…”
      This appears to be a clear message to Israel that the U.S. will not intervene or even criticize Israel no matter what crimes it commits against the Palestinians.

      • just
        July 24, 2014, 5:55 pm

        I heard Regev saying that Israel stands unapologetically with the US
        (or some such rot)

        Duh.

      • Kay24
        July 24, 2014, 6:24 pm

        Its rotten lies every time they open their mouths.

      • eljay
        July 24, 2014, 6:27 pm

        >> mariapalestina: … Today’s statement by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf (via Democracy Now today)
        “We will stand up for Israel even if it means standing alone…”
        >> just: I heard Regev saying that Israel stands unapologetically with the US (or some such rot)

        So…are the U.S. and Israel taking turns, or are they sixty-nining?

      • Abierno
        July 24, 2014, 6:18 pm

        Ms. Harf, former spokesperson for the CIA, now representing our state department, can rest assured the US is to our great shame and detriment standing alone with Israel.

      • Kay24
        July 24, 2014, 6:45 pm

        That means, once again Israel has got the green light by the US, to go ahead with their massacre.

        They are already going to get more of our moolas and most probably more deadly weapons to use on babies.
        You can count me as yet another disappointed American.

      • Castellio
        July 25, 2014, 12:34 pm

        Then do something. You are an American? Work at it. I am Canadian. I work at it. My government is reprehensible. So is yours. Commenting isn’t enough. The blood is on our hands as well.

        Don’t ask others “what to do”. That is part of the work we all must take on. Answers will differ.

      • Marnie
        July 25, 2014, 6:12 am

        Just when I thought I couldn’t be more disgusted with the israelis/US, they’ve managed to lower the bar again. I am ashamed to be an american. I will never call myself an israeli or an american. Okay state department, you’ll stand up for israel and you are alone. The US and state of israel’s screwing each other and the rest of the world will be coming to an end soon, because there is a God and the harvest is almost ready. How about it US/israeli – ready to have your lawn mowed?

    • American
      July 24, 2014, 8:18 pm

      Well, maybe now you’ all will listen to me when I say —- BURN WASHINGTON TO THE GROUND AND START OVER.
      They cannot be reformed. They have no morals.
      This Gaza slaughter has proved that….again. How many times does it take?

      • can of worms
        July 25, 2014, 12:35 am

        @American: I certainly agree that the global intifada has to intellectualize its struggle, and place its focus on the system, on the levels of political omnipotence that are at the root of what we see in Gaza.
        The other day ritzl made me think by saying that we FIRST challenge zionism, in order that we can THEN pursue the yet unspeakable discussion on the implications of US-led global capitalism.

    • bopfromthedarkside
      July 24, 2014, 9:05 pm

      Cripes, the US kept its trap shut back in ’67 when Israel killed over 30 US sailors and Marines on the USS Liberty. You don’t think they’d have the guts to say anything now do you? None dare call it treason.

    • Miriam
      July 25, 2014, 2:21 am

      It’s late and there’s not much we can do EXCEPT…en masse CALL the damn Congress…tomorrow (Friday) Morning…as early as you can….BECAUSE you see I learned this afternoon whilst talking to my congress critter…who admitted to me that as far as GAZA goes ….well, no foreign policy work will be done until SEPTEMBER!! why? because they are LEAVING DC tomorrow for FIVE freaking weeks…FIVE. SO please CALL them…they are coming to home district perhaps you can air your ‘disappointment’ in person…see, they need to raise money for the next campaign….the children of GAZA need our support….what else can we do?

    • Antidote
      July 25, 2014, 6:24 am

      “I have never been this angry or disgusted or ashamed of my country and most of my fellow citizens as I am now.”

      And why is that, “just”? Because it’s actually another country doing this?

      Ok, I feel your pain. You poor Americans are having a bit of an identity crisis. You are idealistic, honest, good-natured people and you don’t understand why your country, the best in the world, gets involved in one war after another, and whitewashes evil , mass murdering and genocidal regimes as democratic , from Stalin to Netanyahu. Is there any comparison in sheer scope between the crimes of Stalin, who killed millions before Hitler even came to power, and the crimes of Netanyahu who is determined to never have another Shoah?

      You just don’t know what’s left and right anymore, or good and evil.

      • just
        July 25, 2014, 8:00 am

        I don’t even know how to respond to your comment. I certainly know my left from my right, and good from evil.

        Israel is acting with malice and evil. The US government supports it unconditionally. That is evil.

        “Is there any comparison in sheer scope between the crimes of Stalin, who killed millions before Hitler even came to power, and the crimes of Netanyahu who is determined to never have another Shoah?”

        Scope? You’re daft. Israel is committing genocide! And you talk about scope… Netanyahu is bringing ruin to his people. This isn’t about preventing another shoah, this is about massacring the indigenous people of Palestine.

    • Miriam
      July 25, 2014, 1:49 pm
    • wes
      July 24, 2014, 5:44 pm

      Hope he makes a good recovery,looks a bit like the owl that hangs around my neighbourhood

  2. seafoid
    July 24, 2014, 5:24 pm

    It’s a war between good and evil according to S Daniel Abraham.
    link to haaretz.com
    “The Allies understood in 1945 that anything less than total surrender by the Nazis and the Japanese would guarantee their continued attempts to kill Americans and the other Allied forces. In those days, the Allies were far more indiscriminate in their bombing than Israel is today. Even prior to the use of the atom bomb, the Allied bombings killed some 25,000 civilians in Dresden, 42,000 in Hamburg and 125,000 in Tokyo.
    Israel is doing everything in its power not to kill civilians, and it would succeed in that goal if not for Hamas’ demonic placement of its missile sites in the midst of Gazan residential neighborhood and population centers. When Israel is threatened by Hamas missiles, it sends its citizens into bomb shelters. Gaza doesn’t build bomb shelters (for one thing it doesn’t want to divert concrete from building its terrorist tunnels), because the Hamas leaders want civilians, children in particular, killed, thereby hoping to turn world opinion against Israel.
    One day, the Gazan people will realize what the Italian people realized too late about Mussolini, that he was never their friend and he didn’t care if they died; that’s why it was Italians who killed him. And one day the Gazan people will realize what the German people realized too late, that the man who caused them more misery than anyone else in the entire history of Germany was Adolf Hitler. And one day the Gazans will realize that voting into power a government that places missiles mixed in among its citizens’ homes, thereby inviting attacks, is a government that despises them and despises their children.
    Unfortunately, this realization does not seem to have come yet to Gazans. And that leaves Israel the responsibility of taking care of its own citizens. A world that is largely indifferent to the fate of Jewish lives can protest against Israel all it wants. But no country would allow another country – one which repeatedly announces its desire to destroy her and even puts that malevolent wish into its national covenant – to go on shooting missiles at her, and infiltrating terrorists past her borders.
    What Israel is doing now is an act of self-defense, and if innocent Gazans die it is by accident on Israel’s part and by intention on Hamas’ part. How dare anyone, any country, condemn Israel for trying to protect its citizen’s lives? Israel sends its endangered citizens to shelters. Hamas makes no effort to build shelters for them. And that is all that one needs to know about the nature of the two sides in this conflict.

    There is often ambiguity in wars. Rarely is it a question of a war between good and evil. This one is. ”

  3. seafoid
    July 24, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Very few Jews in Likud’s Israel are going to care how many people died in Khuza’a

    link to haaretz.com

    “The website “Walla!” published talkback comments on an article about the four children killed on the Gaza beach. Shani Moyal: “I couldn’t care less that Arab children were killed, too bad it wasn’t more. Well done to the IDF.” Stav Sabah: “Really, these are great pictures. They make me so happy, I want to look at them again and again.” Sharon Avishi: “Only four? Too bad. We hoped for more.” Daniela Turgeman: “Great. We need to kill all the children.” Chaya Hatnovich: “There isn’t a more beautiful picture than those of dead Arab children.” Orna Peretz: “Why only four?” Rachel Cohen: “I’m not for children dying in Gaza. I’m for everyone burning.” Tami Mashan: “As many children as possible should die.”

    It’s not just a war. It’s a society breaking down.

    • Kay24
      July 24, 2014, 6:26 pm

      They sound a racist, blood thirsty lot.

      To think their propaganda always tried to show the other side as racist and blood thirsty. But here it is, and the entire world can now see.

      • Marnie
        July 25, 2014, 6:20 am

        They’re like hitler youth – full of blood lust and slogans and they’ve been trained since birth. This is institutionalized hatred, each generation is sicker than the previous. It’s going to end very badly for them too.

    • Danaa
      July 24, 2014, 10:59 pm

      Seafoid, about your link:

      Comments like this are found all over israel, from all levels and ages – the educated and the not so, the well off and the poor, the charitably inclined and the mean-spirited. All are united as one: MORE BLOOD please. The loving grandmothers whispering to their cute ten year old grandchildren – “they’ brought it on themselves; “they” would do worse if “they” could. In the bars and clubs, in university halls and yeshivas, on buses, in taxis and in the streets. In homes where spouses cuddle and look lovingly at their off-spring, as they watch the images of the brave IDF out on their mission to kill a few more. Get those tunnels. They are all hamas anyways. It’s good (us) vs evil (they).

      Sometimes, mowing the lawn is hard work.

      • just
        July 25, 2014, 12:03 am

        Shun Israel. It’s dangerous. It’s genocidal.

        There’s an infection in what used to be the soul of hurt people. The infection is now resistant to law and humanity. BDS.

  4. Annie Robbins
    July 24, 2014, 5:54 pm

    it’s impossible, almost inconceivable how anyone could endure this. and our leaders are too cowardly to lift a finger. decade after decade after decade. and the monster intensifies. goldstone, another cowardly man. how does he sleep at night.

    • adele
      July 24, 2014, 9:20 pm

      All I can say after reading these blood-curdling reports from Khuza’a is no wonder Palestinians in Gaza are resolute in ending this hellish nightmare. May the uprising in the WB shake the ground under their feet until Israel surrenders. No more, no less.

    • french_jew
      July 25, 2014, 2:21 am

      Too cowardly? No, they just don’t care, non white blood isn’t as important as juicy arms contracts, strategic alliances and so on.
      It’s not like Israelis are bloodthirsty and the US or other western leaders are it’s poor victims, both are inhenretly racist and after the same thing…

      When Israel goes against the US’ (imperial) interest, the US doesn’t follow. Or else you would be in a war with Iran right now…

    • Ohmz27
      July 25, 2014, 7:51 am

      Goldstone may be a coward, but i’m sure there are many more in the ranks who totally support what Israel are doing. It’s not hard to condemn evil, and yet US stand up for Israel everytime an opportunity is provided, whether it will lead to negative press or not. Israel couldn’t have done any of this without help from the US, and yet the US is still helping them, and will continue to do so. Whoever makes decisions for the US must be every bit as evil as the IDF.

  5. bilal a
    July 24, 2014, 5:58 pm

    God is Great.

    Getting reports from friends in West Bank that PA has called for Third Intifada

    Fires have erupted in the Palestinian #48kmarch happening now in the West Bank

    Reports of 4 now killed in Qalandya Checkpoint confrontations.

    PLO said they stand “by”. Significantally tho I’ve not reports on PA sec police tonight. Hamas&Resistance&People

    link to twitter.com

    It has begun.

    • Kay24
      July 24, 2014, 6:28 pm

      I am afraid for the Palestinian women and children. It is so hard to see the pictures of little babies injured, bleeding, and helpless.

      No parent can watch this, and not think this is unfair, unless you are supporting the zionist terrorists.

  6. Kay24
    July 24, 2014, 6:05 pm

    All this destruction and slaughter of innocents, are based on lies and zionists campaign to break the unity government accepted by all but Israel.

    “Spokesmen don’t speak for themselves. Almoz was expressing a frustration that was building in the army command for nearly a month, since the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva boys. The crime set off a chain of events in which Israel gradually lost control of the situation, finally ending up on the brink of a war that nobody wanted — not the army, not the government, not even the enemy, Hamas.

    The frustration had numerous causes. Once the boys’ disappearance was known, troops began a massive, 18-day search-and-rescue operation, entering thousands of homes, arresting and interrogating hundreds of individuals, racing against the clock. Only on July 1, after the boys’ bodies were found, did the truth come out: The government had known almost from the beginning that the boys were dead. It maintained the fiction that it hoped to find them alive as a pretext to dismantle Hamas’ West Bank operations.”

    link to m.forward.com

    Netanyahu lied to Israelis and the rest of the world. He took advantage of a bad situation, made it worse, and now it is out of control.
    He is one lying SOB. Now nearly 800 Palestinians have paid the price, and more to come.

  7. Kay24
    July 24, 2014, 6:09 pm

    IDF spokesman Peter Lerner, “we do not strike civilians”.

    Are they so intellectually challenged or hoping we are? Facts show over 800 Palestinians have been massacred, 80 percent civilians, and they have some chutzpah telling the world, that they don’t strike civilians.
    Lies, and more damned lies (never backed by facts).

  8. Kay24
    July 24, 2014, 7:01 pm

    KERRY PRESENTS CEASEFIRE CONDITIONS TO BOTH PARTIES:

    Kerry presents new cease-fire proposal. Hamas, Israel to respond Friday
    U.S. secretary of state held marathon phone conversations with every international actor who might be able to exert pressure on Hamas.International efforts to achieve a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip are approaching the critical point. A senior Israeli official said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has drafted a new cease-fire proposal and presented it to both sides. Kerry, who will leave Cairo Friday afternoon and return to Washington, is awaiting an answer from the Qatari and Turkish foreign ministers as to how Khaled Meshal, the head of…” Haaretz

    Hamas might not get what they demand, let’s wait and see.

    • mariapalestina
      July 24, 2014, 7:35 pm

      I’ll be surprised if they accept less. Palestine Resistance must be feeling encouraged by the support they are receiving, and they know if they back down now it will only mean Israel will repeat the process every couple of years. Even though the people of Gaza are suffering beyond imagination, they seem more resolute than I have ever known them to be. As if they are saying “Kill us if you like, but we refuse to continue to be subjugated.”

      • Marnie
        July 25, 2014, 6:26 am

        “Kill us if you like, but we refuse to continue to be subjugated.” I agree with you completely; if they back down now, it’ll be even worse for them and future generations, the israeli’s will have their boots on their necks and restrictions will be so bad it’ll make this period seem almost idyllic. I am simply stunned at the US’s acceptance of the genocide and their complicity.

    • Daniel Rich
      July 24, 2014, 8:11 pm

      @Kay24,

      Q: U.S. secretary of state held marathon phone conversations with every international actor who might be able to exert pressure on Hamas.

      R: I’m only interested in an entity that can and will kick the Apartheid State in the nuts and bring it down to its knees. Nothing less will do. That’s the only language this f*****-up bully understands.

  9. bopfromthedarkside
    July 24, 2014, 7:06 pm

    These beasts are armed with nuclear weapons. Real end of the planet stuff.

    • Mooser
      July 25, 2014, 12:37 am

      Oh, I don’t know if Israel plans to do a Masadadammerung on the entire planet, but I do think they will loose a nuclear weapon or two before it’s all over.

      • just
        July 25, 2014, 12:49 am

        You can’t be serious! When? When they can blame it on Iran or a suitcase or anyone else? Or they will accidentally lose one and blame it on the ever present and dastardly ‘terrorists’ that plague them.

        If they let ‘loose a nuclear weapon’ they will kill many for a long time to come, including themselves.

  10. Bumblebye
    July 24, 2014, 7:30 pm

    There were reports much earlier today on bbc radio about this (overtaken by the school bombing) the reporters saying it was the first time they had heard of the IDF doing house to house searches during the present conflict. They must think there’s something to find there.

    • just
      July 24, 2014, 7:41 pm

      I might have missed it, but did they find the folks that they think killed the 3 Yeshiva students?

      Otherwise they are just hunting/terrorizing surviving Palestinian civilians for sport.

      • Kay24
        July 24, 2014, 8:20 pm

        I agree. They lie to harass and inflict pain on these innocent people.
        Now I can understand the anger that comes from these people. If I see my people, loved ones, and little babies being blown up, and kept in concentration camps for years, I would feel angry enough to retaliate in the most violent ways.

      • french_jew
        July 25, 2014, 2:30 am

        In the current chain of events, the three yeshiva students have been forgotten long ago, they served as a pretext for the current attack but the Israeli communication machine changed halfway more than two weeks ago already: “we don’t want to attack them, but we have no choice because they throw rockets at us and attack us from their tunnels. Hamas is storing their weapons inside homes and hospitals now, which is why so many civilians are killed.”
        is now their reason for attacking.

        Now mentioning the three yeshiva students would push the following facts into the spotlight:
        – This attack is out of proportion
        – Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and the PFLP only started sending rockets again once Israel started hostilities against Hamas when the three boys were “kidnapped” (even if Hamas had nothing to do with it, as it seems that a renegade family had done so)
        – That Hamas had respected the 2012 ceasefire rockets-wise before it came under attack by Israel in the west bank. The only few rockets that had been shot in 2013 were so by smaller, renegade groups, that Hamas could not control.

      • just
        July 25, 2014, 9:14 am

        Interesting graphic about violations of ceasefires here:

        link to electronicintifada.net

        (I asked about the Yeshiva students b/c of Bumblebye’s comment that the IOF was conducting house to house searches…)

  11. bilal a
    July 24, 2014, 7:59 pm

    I cannot verify, is this real ?

    street battles jerusalem ramallah third intifada

    link to heraldsun.com.au

  12. Stephen Shenfield
    July 24, 2014, 8:12 pm

    “Little” massacres are probably perpetrated by small groups of soldiers on their own initiative “for fun” but big massacres like this one are presumably orchestrated from above in the service of some strategic purpose. In this case I suspect the Israelis have decided to depopulate a broader zone along the border.

  13. oldgeezer
    July 24, 2014, 8:44 pm

    This is genocide by any measure.

    No more 67 lines with land swaps.

    Israel out! 100%

    • Mooser
      July 25, 2014, 12:40 am

      “Israel out! 100%”

      And where would you send the “Israelis”? Not that I don’t agree with you, but where have they to go? You want them over at your place? A country, any country, would be insane to take any number of them.

      • mariapalestina
        July 25, 2014, 12:54 am

        I don’t think anybody is suggesting Israelis leave Palestine. Just that they have to quit that nonsense about a Jewish state. They have to give up the idea of chosenness and accept that non Jews are entitled to the same rights as Jews. This won’t be easy for most Israelis who have become accustomed to thinking of themselves as privileged. Hopefully the violent ones will leave, though no doubt they will leave a few dead Palestinians and maybe even Jews in their wake. All Palestinian refugees who want to return will do so. No more zionism. Just one state for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, with equality and justice for all. Sort of like it was before 1948, but with more Jews. Shouldn’t be a problem.

      • RoHa
        July 25, 2014, 2:47 am

        “A country, any country, would be insane to take any number of them.”

        I suppose that means us. Well, we do have a bit of territory that we could put them into.

        link to antarctica.gov.au

        as long as they obey the law.

        link to antarctica.gov.au

      • oldgeezer
        July 25, 2014, 2:50 am

        Out of the OT and back inside Israel.

  14. Kay24
    July 24, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Is Israel losing the media war. Discussion by JJ. Goldberg, Benjamin Wallace Wells, New York Magazine, and Ari Wohlfeiler JVP.

    link to live.huffingtonpost.com

    They are right, this time the coverage is different, the human aspect of the Palestinian suffering and unacceptable deaths, make the viewers have sympathy for the people.
    This has been prevented by the usual anti Palestinian coverage we constantly see here, and the deliberate effort to make Israel the victim.
    Israel is losing the PR battle, and it will be hard to recover from that.

  15. michelle
    July 24, 2014, 8:53 pm

    .
    okay fine my government lacks the moral fiber to stop this
    where is everyone else
    someone please help these people
    In the name of all that is good
    help them all
    stop this
    please
    .

  16. Daniel Rich
    July 24, 2014, 9:12 pm

    Off topic.

    Hasbara Central’s new Leitmotif:

    “To err is human, to blame someone else for it makes you a true HUPB!”

    [HUPB = Hasbara’s Ultimate Poster Boy]

  17. Kay24
    July 24, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Lanny Davis, zionist too. He is on CNN blaming Hamas for the all the casualties among children, blames them ONLY for all the injuries, and wouldn’t you know, for causing terror among the Israeli children who run into shelters too. Apparently he has written an article listing all Hamas’s war crimes. Wow, seems Hamas is fighting a one sided war, and the the 800 deaths of Palestinians were ALL the fault of Hamas.
    What is Davis saying, that Israel is such an innocent player in all this?
    What bull sheet.

  18. Danaa
    July 24, 2014, 11:20 pm

    Bernie Sanders, hero to the left – on Larry King show (paraphrasing):

    Israel is in the right (“self-defense, blah blah”, as in, no matter those dead people – what choice is there? or as in “what do I care, it’s not like those dead children are jewish or anything”. Whatever.)

    Putin should change his ways (as in, give in already, we want ‘it’, whatever ‘it’ is).

    But, there is always a but, inequality is really bad and we should do ‘something” about it.

    As if someone who can’t stand up to the zionist and neocon control of the US congress could ever do something meaningful about inequality.Or about anything else, for that matter.

    And this, mind you is probably one of the best people out in that congress.

    It’s just that we have an empire to run and a fascist cult-run, semi-mad country to watch for (or else, they can take down the empire – gevalt!)

  19. Bonz
    July 25, 2014, 6:43 am

    Hello,

    There is a footage confirming snipers shooting at young civilians who try to find relatives

    link to youtube.com

    Not sure it’s

  20. Sherri Munnerlyn
    July 25, 2014, 7:46 am

    Israel has a pattern of bombing UNRWA facilities, but rather than confront condemnation and punishment for these war crimes, we see them always being excused, or others blamed or simply not punished. This continuing impunity Israel enjoys when she commits war crimes is the very reason Israel continues blatantly committing war crimes. And another point, choosing to engage in bombing in such a densely populated civilian area is arguably itself a war crime, because the operation perhaps cannot be carried out in that environment (which I note Israel created, as two thirds of the population are people ethnically cleansed from their homes elsewhere in Palestine) without violating the rules of war.

    Israel is the Occupier and owes obligations to protect the civilian population in Gaza, not commit genocide against this population of people whose lands she occupies.

    • just
      July 25, 2014, 8:59 am

      “Israel used fabricated images to justify bombing al-Wafa hospital

      The Israeli military on Wednesday completely destroyed the al-Wafa rehabilitation and geriatric hospital in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiya after weeks of missile strikes on the hospital and the forced evacuation of the patients, caregivers and hospital staff last week.

      The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the Israeli military claimed the hospital buildings were “being used as a Hamas command center and rocket-launching site.” However, the hospital director, Dr. Basman Alashi, says that Israel has targeted the hospital based on false and misleading claims.

      The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that 797 Palestinians have now been killed and more than 5,100 injured during sixteen consecutive days of Israeli attacks. More than one hundred Palestinians were killed on Thursday alone as Israel attacked multiple areas of the Gaza Strip, including a United Nations school in Beit Hanoun where Palestinians had sought refuge.

      Al-Wafa is just one of 26 medical facilities and services, including paramedic ambulances, clinics and major hospitals, to have been targeted by Israel in the last sixteen days, notes the Ministry of Health.

      Ma’an News Agency reports today that Israel targeted the Muhammed al-Dura hospital and killed two-and-a-half-year-old Ibrahim al-Sheikh Omar who was in the intensive care unit after receiving treatment from an earlier injury. “Medical sources said the boy was hit by shrapnel from the explosion, killing him on the spot,” Ma’an reports. Thirty other Palestinians were injured in the missile strike on the hospital.”

      link to electronicintifada.net

  21. Rhiannon1307
    July 25, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Reading this – and lots more – you start to wonder when will the international community really start reacting? And by that I mean with more than just suggestions and pleas but with actual sanctions and open condemnation. And our dear chancellor Angela Merkel is more concerned about never ever leaving even the slightest room for (unfounded) accusations of anti-Semitism than about actual lives that are lost on a daily basis. As if the past of our country prevented us from seeing reason when it comes to any Jewish person, regardless their actions and crimes. Shouldn’t it be our responsibility to recognise and oppose racial oppression and genocide? But no, my country stays ridiculously neutral in this, with empty phrases like “we regret that so many civilian lives are lost” but no consequence from that.
    Lesson from the Holocaust *not* learned.

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