Statement: Legal experts and human rights defenders demand international community end Israel’s collective punishment of Gaza

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Palestinians walk past the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

Palestinians walk past the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

As international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals who firmly believe in the rule of law and in the necessity for its respect in times of peace and more so in times of war, we feel the intellectual and moral duty to denounce the grave violations, mystification and disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental human rights of the entire Palestinian population committed during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. We also condemn the launch of rockets from the Gaza Strip, as every indiscriminate attack against civilians, regardless of the identity of the perpetrators, is not only illegal under international law but also morally intolerable. However, as also implicitly noted by the UN Human Rights Council in its Resolution of the 23th July 2014, the two parties to the conflict cannot be considered equal, and their actions – once again – appear to be of incomparable magnitude.

Once again it is the unarmed civilian population, the ‘protected persons’ under International humanitarian law (IHL), who is in the eye of the storm. Gaza’s civilian population has been victimized in the name of a falsely construed right to self-defence, in the midst of an escalation of violence provoked in the face of the entire international community. The so-called Operation Protective Edge erupted during an ongoing armed conflict, in the context of a prolonged belligerent occupation that commenced in 1967. In the course of this ongoing conflict thousands of Palestinians have been killed and injured in the Gaza Strip during recurrent and ostensible ‘ceasefire’ periods since 2005, after Israel’s unilateral ‘disengagement’ from the Gaza Strip. The deaths caused by Israel’s provocative actions in the Gaza Strip prior to the latest escalation of hostilities must not be ignored as well. 

According to UN sources, over the last two weeks, nearly 800 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed and more than 4,000 injured, of whom the vast majority were civilians. Several independent sources indicate that only 15 per cent of the casualties were combatants. Entire families have been murdered. Hospitals, clinics, as well as a rehabilitation centre for disabled persons have been targeted and severely damaged. During one single day, on Sunday 20th July, more than 100 Palestinian civilians were killed in Shuga’iya, a residential neighbourhood of Gaza City. This was one of the bloodiest and most aggressive operations ever conducted by Israel in the Gaza Strip, a form of urban violence constituting a total disrespect of civilian innocence. Sadly, this was followed only a couple of days later by an equally destructive attack on Khuza’a, East of Khan Younis. 

Additionally, the offensive has already caused widespread destruction of buildings and infrastructure: according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 3,300 houses havebeen targeted resulting in their destruction or severe damage.

As denounced by the UN Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on the Gaza conflict in the aftermath of Israel’s ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in 2008-2009: “While the Israeli Government has sought to portray its operations as essentially a response to rocket attacks in the exercise of its right to self defence, the Mission considers the plan to have been directed, at least in part, at a different target: The people of Gaza as a whole” (A/HRC/12/48, par. 1680). The same can be said for the current Israeli offensive.

The civilian population in the Gaza Strip is under direct attack and many are forced to leave their homes. What was already a refugee and humanitarian crisis has worsened with a new wave of mass displacement of civilians: the number of IDPs has reached nearly 150,000, many of whom have obtained shelter in overcrowded UNRWA schools, which unfortunately are no safe areas as demonstrated by the repeated attacks on the UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun. Everyone in Gaza is traumatized and living in a state of constant terror. This result is intentional, as Israel is again relying on the ‘Dahiya doctrine, which deliberately has recourse to disproportionate force to inflict suffering on the civilian population in order to achieve political (to exert pressure on the Hamas Government) rather than military goals.

In so doing, Israel is repeatedly and flagrantly violating the law of armed conflict, which establishes that combatants and military objectives may be targeted, i.e. ‘those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.’ Most of the recent heavy bombings in Gaza lack an acceptable military justification and, instead, appear to be designed to terrorize the civilian population. As the ICRC clarifies, deliberately causing terror is unequivocally illegal under customary international law.

In its Advisory Opinion in the Nuclear Weapons case, the ICJ stated that the principle of distinction, which requires belligerent States to distinguish between civilian and combatants, is one of the “cardinal principles” of international humanitarian law and one of the “intransgressible principles of international customary law”. 

The principle of distinction is codified in Articles 48, 51(2) and 52(2) of the Additional Protocol I of 1977 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, to which no reservations have been made. According to Additional Protocol I, “attacks” refer to “acts of violence against the adversary, whether in offence or in defence” (Article 49). Under both customary international law and treaty law, the prohibition on directing attacks against the civilian population or civilian objects is absolute. There is no discretion available to invoke military necessity as a justification.

Contrary to Israel’s claims, mistakes resulting in civilian casualties cannot be justified: in case of doubt as to the nature of the target, the law clearly establishes that an object which is normally dedicated to civilian purposes (such as schools, houses, places of worship and medical facilities), are presumed as not being used for military purposes. During these past weeks, UN officials and representatives have repeatedly called on Israel to strictly abide by the principle of precaution in carrying out attacks in the Gaza Strip, where risks are greatly aggravated by the very high population density, and maximum restraint must be exercised to avoid civilian casualties. HRW has noted that these rules exist to minimize mistakes “when such mistakes are repeated, it raises the concern of whether the rules are being disregarded.”

Moreover, even when targeting clear military objectives, Israel consistently violates the principle of proportionality: this is particularly evident with regard to the hundreds of civilian houses destroyed by the Israeli army during the current military operation in Gaza. With the declared intention to target a single member of Hamas, Israeli forces have bombed and destroyed houses although occupied as residencies by dozens of civilians, including women, children, and entire families. 

It is inherently illegal under customary international law to intentionally target civilian objects, and the violation of such a fundamental tenet of law can amount to a war crime. Issuing a ‘warning’ – such as Israel’s so-called roof knocking technique, or sending an SMS five minutes before the attack – does not mitigate this: it remains illegal to wilfully attack a civilian home without a demonstration of military necessity as it amounts to a violation of the principle of proportionality. Moreover, not only are these ‘warnings’ generally ineffective, and can even result in further fatalities, they appear to be a pre-fabricated excuse by Israel to portray people who remain in their homes as ‘human shields’. 

The indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, the targeting of objectives providing no effective military advantage, and the intentional targeting of civilians and civilian houses have been persistent features of Israel’s long-standing policy of punishing the entire population of the Gaza Strip, which, for over seven years, has been virtually imprisoned by Israeli imposed closure. Such a regime amounts to a form of collective punishment, which violates the unconditional prohibition set forth in Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and has been internationally condemned for its illegality. However, far from being effectively opposed international actors, Israel’s illegal policy of absolute closure imposed on the Gaza Strip has relentlessly continued, under the complicit gaze of the international community of States. 

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As affirmed in 2009 by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict: “Justice and respect for the rule of law are the indispensable basis for peace. The prolonged situation has created a justice crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory that warrants action” (A/HRC/12/48, para. 1958) Indeed: “long-standing impunity has been a key factor in the perpetuation of violence in the region and in the reoccurrence of violations, as well as in the erosion of confidence among Palestinians and many Israelis concerning prospects for justice and a peaceful solution to the conflict”. (A/HRC/12/48, para. 1964)

Therefore, 

We welcome the Resolution adopted on 23 July 2014 by the UN Human Rights Council, in which an independent, international commission of inquiry was established to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. 

We call upon the United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union, individual States, in particular the United States of America, and the international community in its entirety and with its collective power to take action in the spirit of the utmost urgency to put an end to the escalation of violence against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, and to activate procedures to hold accountable all those responsible for violations of international law, including political leaders and military commanders. In particular:

All regional and international actors should support the immediate conclusion of a durable, comprehensive, and mutually agreed ceasefire agreement, which must secure the rapid facilitation and access of humanitarian aid and the opening of borders to and from Gaza;

All High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions must be urgently and unconditionally called upon to comply with their fundamental obligations, binding at all times, and to act under common Article 1, to take all measures necessary for the suppression of grave breaches, as clearly imposed by Article 146 and Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention; these rules are applicable by all interested parties as well;

Moreover, we denounce the shameful political pressures exerted by several UN Member States and the UN on President Mahmoud Abbas, to discourage recourse to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and we urge the Governmental leaders of Palestine to invoke the jurisdiction of the ICC, by ratifying the ICC treaty and in the interim by resubmitting the declaration under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, in order to investigate and prosecute the serious international crimes committed on the Palestinian territory by all parties to the conflict; and

The UN Security Council must finally exercise its responsibilities in relation to peace and justice by referring the situation in Palestine to the Prosecutor of the ICC.

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Please note that institutional affiliations are for identification purposes only.

John Dugard, Former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Richard Falk, Former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 

Alain Pellet, Professor of Public International Law, University Paris Ouest, former Member of the United Nations International Law Commission, France

Georges Abi-Saab, Emeritus Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Former Judge on the ICTY 

Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Emeritus Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Chantal Meloni, Adjunct Professor of International Criminal Law, University of Milan, Italy (Rapporteur)

Roy Abbott, Consultant in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, Australia

Lama Abu-Odeh, Law Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, USA

Susan M. Akram, Clinical Professor and supervising attorney, International Human rights Program, Boston University School of Law, USA

Taris Ahmad, Solicitor at Jones Day, London, UK

Maria Anagnostaki, PhD candidate, Law School University of Athens, Greece

Antony Anghie, Professor of Law, University of Utah, USA

Nizar Ayoub, Director, Al-Marsad, Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights

Valentina Azarov, Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law, Al Quds Bard College, Palestine

Ammar Bajboj, Lecturer in Law, University of Damascus, Syria

Samia Bano, SOAS School of Law, London, UK

Asli Ü Bali, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, USA

Jakub Michał Baranowski, Phd Candidate, Universita’ degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy

Frank Barat, Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Emma Bell, Coordinator of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Université de Savoie, France

Barbara Giovanna Bello, Post-doc Fellow, University of Milan, Italy

Brenna Bhandar, Senior lecturer in Law, SOAS School of Law, London, UK 

George Bisharat, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, USA

Barbara Blok, LLM Candidate, University of Essex, UK

John Braithwaite, Professor of Criminology, Australian National University, Australia

Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, lecturer in international law, University of Edinburgh, UK

Eddie Bruce-Jones, Lecturer in Law, University of London, Birkbeck College, UK

Sandy Camlann, LLM Candidate, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France

Grazia Careccia, Human Rights Advocate, London, UK

Baris Cayli, Impact Fellow, University of Stirling, UK

Antonio Cavaliere, Professor of Criminal Law, University Federico II, Naples, Italy

Kathleen Cavanaugh, Senior Lecturer, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Elizabeth Chadwick, Reader in International Law, Nottingham, UK

Donna R. Cline, Attorney at Law, USA

Karen Corteen, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Chester, UK

Andrew Dahdal, Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Teresa Dagenhardt, Reader in Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Luigi Daniele, PhD candidate in Law, Italy

Alessandro De Giorgi, Professor of Justice Studies, San Josè State University, USA

Paul de Waart, Professor Emeritus of International Law, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Gabriele della Morte, Senior Lecturer in International Law, University Cattolica, Milan, Italy

Max du Plessis, Professor of Law, University of Kwazulu-Natal, and Barrister, South Africa and London, UK

Noura Erakat, Georgetown University, USA

Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Canada

Mireille Fanon-Mendés France, Independent Expert UNO, Frantz Fanon Foundation, France

Michelle Farrell, lecturer in law, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, UK

Daniel Feierstein, Professor and President International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), Argentina

Eleonor Fernández Muñoz, Costa Rica

J. Tenny Fernando, Attorney at Law, Sri Lanka

Amelia Festa, LLM Candidate, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Katherine Franke, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, USA

Jacques Gaillot, Bishop in partibus of Patenia

Katherine Gallagher, Vice President FIDH, senior attorney, Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), New York, USA

Avo Sevag Garabet, LLM, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Jose Garcia Anon, Professor of Law, Human Rights Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Irene Gasparini, PhD candidate, Universitá Cattolica, Milan, Italy

Stratos Georgoulas, Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece

Haluk Gerger, Professor, Turkey

Hedda Giersten, Professor, Universitet I Oslo, Norway

Javier Giraldo, Director Banco de Datos CINEP, Colombia

Carmen G. Gonzales, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, USA

Penny Green, Professor of Law and Criminology, Director of the State Crime Initiative, King’s College London, UK

Katy Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Andrew Henley, PhD candidate, Keele University, UK

Christiane Hessel, Paris, France 

Paddy Hillyard, Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ata Hindi, Institute of Law, Birzeit University, Palestine

Francois Houtart, Professor, National Institute of Higher Studies, Quito, Ecuador

Deena R. Hurwitz, Professor, General Faculty, Director International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law, USA

Perfecto Andrés Ibánes, Magistrado Tribunal Supremo de Espagna, Spain

Franco Ippolito, President of the Permanent People’s Tribunal, Italy

Ruth Jamieson, Honorary Lecturer, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Helen Jarvis, former member Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), member of IAGS, Cambodia

Ioannis Kalpouzos, Lecturer in Law, City Law School, London, UK

Victor Kattan, post-doctoral fellow, Law Faculty, National University of Singapore

Michael Kearney, PhD, Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex, UK

Yousuf Syed Khan, USA 

Tarik Kochi, Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex, UK

Anna Koppel, MSt Candidate in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford, UK

Karim Lahidji, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and lawyer

Giulia Lanza, PhD Candidate, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy

Daniel Machover, solicitor, Hickman & Rose, London, UK

Tayyab Mahmud, Professor of Law, Director of the Centre for Global Justice, Seattle University School of Law, USA 

Maria C. LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, CCR, New York, USA 

Louise Mallinder, Reader in Human Rights and International Law, University of Ulster, UK

Triestino Mariniello, Lecturer in International Criminal Law, Edge Hill University, UK

Mazen Masri, Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University, London, UK

Siobhan McAlister, School of Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Liam McCann, Principal Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln, UK

Jude McCulloch, Professor of Criminology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Yvonne McDermott Rees, Lecturer in Law, University of Bangor, UK

Cahal McLaughlin, Professor, School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Araks Melkonyan, LLM Candidate, University of Essex, UK

Antonio Menna, PhD Candidate, Second University of Naples, Caserta, Italy 

Naomi Mezey, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, USA

Michele Miravalle, PhD candidate, University of Torino, Italy 

Sergio Moccia, Professor of Criminal Law, University Federico II, Naples, Italy

Kerry Moore, Lecturer, Cardiff University

Giuseppe Mosconi, Professor of Sociology, University of Padova, Italy

Usha Natarajan, Assistant Professor, Department of Law & Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Miren Odriozola Gurrutxaga, PhD Candidate, University of the Basque Country, Donostia – San Sebastián, Spain

Georgios Papanicolaou, Reader in Criminology, Teesside University, UK 

Marco Pertile, Senior Lecturer in International Law,
Faculty of Law, University of Trento, Italy

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory, LLM, The Westminster Law and Theory Centre, UK

Antoni Pigrau Solé, Universitat Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona, Spain

Joseph Powderly, Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Tony Platt, Visiting Professor of Justice Studies, San Jose State University, USA

Scott Poynting, Professor in Criminology, University of Auckland, New Zeeland

Chris Powell, Professor of Criminology, University S.Maine, USA

Bill Quigley, Professor, Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law, USA

John Quigley, Professor of Law, Ohio State University

Zouhair Racheha, PhD Candidate, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France

Laura Raymond, International Human Rights Advocacy Program Manager, CCR, New York, USA

Véronique Rocheleau-Brosseau, LLM candidate, Laval University, Canada

David Rodríguez Goyes, Lecturer, Antonio Nariño and Santo Tomás Universities, Colombia

Alessandro Rosanò, PhD Candidate, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Jamil Salem, Director Institute of Law, Birzeit University, Palestine

Mahmood Salimi, LLM Candidate, Moofid University, Iran 

Nahed Samour, doctoral fellow, Humboldt University, Faculty of Law, Berlin, Germany

Iain GM Scobbie, Professor of Public International Law, University of Manchester, UK

David Scott, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK 

Phil Scraton, Professor of Criminology, Belfast, Ireland

Rachel Seoighe, PhD Candidate, Legal Consultant, King’s College London, UK

Tanya Serisier, School of Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Mohammad Shahabuddin, PdD, Visiting researcher, Graduate School of International Social Sciences, Yokohama National University, Japan

Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law, USA

Per Stadig, lawyer, Sweden

Chantal Thomas, Professor of Law, Cornell University, USA

Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University, USA

Gianni Tognoni, Lelio Basso Foundation, Rome, Italy

Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, The Open University, UK

Paul Troop, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, UK

Valeria Verdolini, Reader in Sociology, University of Milan, Italy

Francesca Vianello, University of Padova, Italy

Aimilia Voulvouli, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Fatih University, Turkey

Namita Wahi, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India

Sharon Weill, PhD, Science Po, Paris/ CERAH, Geneva, Switzerland 

Peter Weiss, Vice President of Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), New York, USA

David Whyte, Reader in Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK 

Jeanne M. Woods, Henry F. Bonura, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, USA

William Thomas Worster, Lecturer, International Law, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Maung Zarni, Judge, PPT on Sri Lanka and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

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  1. just
    July 28, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Impressive.

    Thank you all! I especially appreciate this:

    “in particular the United States of America”.

  2. Daniel Rich
    July 28, 2014, 3:33 pm

    It’s simply not the way partners and allies treat each other,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

    “Go f*** yourselves!” – Team Apartheid State

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 3:48 pm

      It was amusing to see hasbarats attack Kerry in that article.

      Hope the charity we keep sending them is worth the insults they keep throwing at the Obama administration. Obama has upped the aid for Israel from the time he was President, and helped them with the iron dome. The ingrates.

      I guess that deserves the insults. It seems these Israelis do not have the spine to take some criticism, but from the comments, they sure can dish it out.
      It is always their way, or more illegal settlements.

      • oldgeezer
        July 28, 2014, 11:04 pm

        Fixed it for you. :)
        “It is always their way, and more illegal settlements.

        Let’s not forget they covet parts of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

        They do need to be stopped. This is a 1930’s moment. No comparison between you know what… There’s no need. Their crimes stand on their own.

      • Citizen
        July 29, 2014, 4:18 am

        Watching The Five on Fox News. As usual never a word about the occupation or increasing Israeli settlements in WB. The panel never once has discussed why there’s tunnels and rockets in the first place. It’s always about innocent Israel being victimized once again. I’d like to expel the whole panel from America. They’d be quite shocked, as Gentiles moving to Israel (except the little snarky Jewish guy on the panel who is always careful to avoid being known as a Jew). Now he’s ranting on about Iraqui Christians being attacked in the ME. One of the goy guys is now saying that the Israeli Constitution protects Christians. Amazing that he displays his ignorance since Israel has no Constitution. Now they are all talking about how evil radical islam is.

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

      On CNN Peter Beinart was debating Newt Gingrich, yet another Israeli apologist, and Peter was really great. He was very good giving his point of view, and countering Gingrich’s hasbara talking point. I was impressed when Peter responded to Gingrich’s “what would the US do if Mexico or Canada sent thousands of rockets at us” lame argument, and it was the first time I heard the right response to this from Peter – he reminded the Newt that the US is NOT occupying Mexico or Canada. Great answer.
      This is how this stupid lame Israeli question must be answered.
      I hope I see more of Peter Beinart soon.

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 4:03 pm

        He was pretty good.

        I fervently wish that we wouldn’t have to see Newt and the entire ‘pro- war against Muslims anywhere’ brigade on tv.

      • Citizen
        July 29, 2014, 4:28 am

        All these hasbara agents on US TV media are as smart as any of us, and likely as aware of the facts so easily obtainable by judicious use of the internet sources, yet they go on mouthing cheap hasbara 101 talking points and omitting so much context unfavorable to Israel. It’s really disgusting they do that, day after day. The Gentiles among them I especially hate. The conclusion is they will do anything simply for money and career.

  3. kalithea
    July 28, 2014, 3:34 pm

    The Israelis committed another war crime today striking the main Shifa hospital in Gaza and Al-Shati refugee camp, also known as Beach Camp with children playing on the streets! 8 children and two adults killed, 40 injured. The children who survived were interviewed by journalist, Karl Penhaul, and claim they heard the zanana a DRONE before the strike happened.

    Once again, as with the U.N. school incident, Israel is claiming it was Hamas rockets. But Hamas say they have proof, pieces of the Israeli weapon/bomb used.

  4. kalithea
    July 28, 2014, 3:38 pm

    CNN is showing bipartisan show of support for Israel’s war crimes at Jewish Leadership National Assembly.

    • kalithea
      July 28, 2014, 5:29 pm

      CNN reported on the Jewish Leadership National Assembly where both parties Democrats and Republicans were gushing bipartisan support for Israel’s campaign of war crimes in Gaza.

  5. HarryLaw
    July 28, 2014, 3:43 pm

    ” We also condemn the launch of rockets from the Gaza Strip, as every indiscriminate attack against civilians, regardless of the identity of the perpetrators, is not only illegal under international law but also morally intolerable.” But are these rocket attacks by Hamas illegal under International law?
    Reprisals refer to acts which are illegal if taken alone, but become legal when adopted by one state in retaliation for the commission of an earlier illegal act by another state.[2] Counter-reprisals are generally not allowed.
    An example of reprisal before reprisals could be legally undertaken, a number of conditions had to be satisfied:
    • There had to be a previous act by the other party that violated international law.
    • Reprisals had to be preceded by an unsatisfied demand for reparation or compliance with the violated international law.
    • There must be proportionality between the offence and reprisal.
    The following is from an article on Professor Norman Finkelsteins blog link to normanfinkelstein.com
    “HRW’s Deputy Middle East and North Africa director stated in the first press release. “All attacks, including reprisal attacks, that target or indiscriminately harm civilians are prohibited under the laws of war, period.” Not so. International law does not—at any rate, not yet—prohibit belligerent reprisals.[4]The United States and Britain, among others, have staunchly defended the right of a state to use nuclear weapons by way of belligerent reprisal.[5] By this standard, the people of Gaza surely have the right to use makeshift projectiles to end an illegal, merciless seven-year-long Israeli blockade or to end Israel’s criminal bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population. Indeed, in its landmark 1996 advisory opinion on the legality of nuclear weapons, the ICJ ruled that international law is not settled on the right of a state to use nuclear weapons when its “survival” is at stake. But, if a state might have the right to use nuclear weapons when its survival is at stake, then surely a people struggling for self-determination has the right to use makeshift projectiles when it has been subjected to slow death by a protracted blockade and recurrent massacres by a state determined to maintain its occupation”.

    • just
      July 28, 2014, 3:48 pm

      Thanks Harry.

      It did irritate me to read that particular bit– I took it as the regular “toss a bone to Israel”.

    • HarryLaw
      July 28, 2014, 3:52 pm

      In my opinion the Palestinians are entitled to strike Israeli targets as a reprisal for the deliberate targeting of civilians by the IDF in Gaza. Look at it this way if you were a boxer under the Marquis of Queensbury rules and your opponent immediately kicked you between the legs, you go down and your opponent immediately starts kicking and stomping you in the head with intent to kill you. You would be entitled to lash out with your feet [although that in itself would be against the rules] but that lashing out would be to say to the person trying to kill you, stop, that was a warning that what you are doing is wrong and if you persist in trying to kill me I will have no alternative but to resist as I have done so. That’s logical.And in my opinion well within International law.

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

        I think that’s a good analogy and probably true.

  6. just
    July 28, 2014, 4:07 pm

    wrt “tunnels” — how many attacks have there been from Palestinian people infiltrating Israel via these tunnels??? Why haven’t they been detected before, all during the siege of Gaza these many years?

    Who built these tunnels under the watchful eyes of the IOF? Why don’t I believe anything coming out of the official mouthpieces of Israel?

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 4:31 pm

      Good questions, when they whine about the tunnels, I wish someone could ask them, how many Israelis have been killed because of these tunnels prior to this massacre starting.
      It is time the zionists realized that when you hold any people in large numbers, under a brutal occupation, blockaded, fenced in, for YEARS, digging tunnels, either to get out of that hell hole, or to resist that occupation, is almost a natural response.
      Israel can close all the tunnels they want, but a desperate people will do it over and over again. Best thing Israel – End the damn occupation and give these long suffering people their rights and freedom. Too greedy to let the occupation go eh?

      • justicewillprevail
        July 28, 2014, 7:06 pm

        The tunnels are the same ones used for years as a way around the economic blockade:
        link to news.antiwar.com

        It is another excuse to continue attacking Palestinian schools and hospitals and destroying their society. What a scumbag criminal liar Yahoo is.

      • Citizen
        July 29, 2014, 4:33 am

        @ Kay24
        On Fox News The Five, one of the kook-aid drinkers on the panel is now saying the Palestinians are tunneling under Israel to kill Jewish kids–from Jordan border.

  7. just
    July 28, 2014, 4:22 pm

    Gak!

    Tony (blinkered to the truth) Blinken stroking Israel and the IOF on behalf of the our National (IN)Security.

  8. seafoid
    July 28, 2014, 4:41 pm

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    • Sycamores
      July 28, 2014, 5:05 pm

      @ Seafoid

      One Direction trending might bring more attention to Zayn Malik from One Direction who tweeted Free Palestine and has received 170k RT’s and 170k Favorites

      #FreePalestine.— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) July 28, 2014

      silver lining under every cloud

    • Citizen
      July 29, 2014, 4:35 am

      Funny my Twitter trends shows:
      #DogMovies
      #Gaza
      #HamasTVShows
      #Israel
      #auspol
      Tories
      Tory
      Netanyahu
      Yess

  9. Daniel Rich
    July 28, 2014, 4:42 pm

    It’s a sad state of affairs to notice the absolute silence and consequent inaction of other Muslim states. I guess that’s the price to pay for being a suckling on unca Sam’s teat..

  10. Howard
    July 28, 2014, 5:09 pm

    If this is how Israel uses conventional weapons, serious thought should be given to how they might use their nuclear weapons.

    • Mooser
      July 29, 2014, 12:23 pm

      “If this is how Israel uses conventional weapons, serious thought should be given to how they might use their nuclear weapons.”

      Oh, I’m pretty sure I know how Israel will use its illegal nuclear weapons. I’d bet a grand that when they loose a nuke, it’ll be ‘for the protection and defense of Jews worldwide!’ What else could provoke Israel to use a nuke?

  11. Kay24
    July 28, 2014, 5:39 pm

    Dr Barghouti speaks so well on behalf of the Palestinians. I must say that this time the Palestinian side is better represented, and make their case VERY well.
    They should keep emphasizing that it is freedom they want, and out of this hell hole that Israel has kept them in.
    Shame on our Israel loving leaders for NEVER mentioning that it is time these poor people got what we all have – freedom.

  12. kalithea
    July 28, 2014, 5:40 pm

    Israeli thug military took out the power in Gaza, Gaza is in darkness, and the thugs are sending down flares and more bombing. Israel is nothing but a criminal state on stolen land killing the people they robbed in a genocidal massacre.

    By the way, Karl Penhaul deserves the Pulitzer Prize for reporting, he’s been outstanding with the truth!

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 10:59 pm

      Yes I really think he is a great reporter. I wonder what happened to Ben Wiedeman.
      He was very good too.

  13. HarryLaw
    July 28, 2014, 5:54 pm

    “Moreover, we denounce the shameful political pressures exerted by several UN Member States and the UN on President Mahmoud Abbas, to discourage recourse to the International Criminal Court (ICC),” “Political pressures” Israeli General Mandelblit said “it would be an act of war to take us to the ICC” link to wikileaks.org What”the West” want is a selective use of International Law, they are in effect saying, there is no law, or only law which we, the powerful nations and the arbitrators of what is right and wrong, and solely dependent on who we, at any one time are friends of. I say to that, Go F— Yourselves.

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 7:15 pm

      “Israeli General Mandelblit said “it would be an act of war to take us to the ICC”

      So says the arrogant General whose brutal troops have killed innocent, civilians, children, and babies, and bombed Mosques, schools, thousands of homes, UN shelters, children playing soccer, and maimed thousands of civilians.

      Lopsided war, and these poor people are like sitting ducks blocked from every side, nowhere to go, and this creature has the audacity to talk about acts of war.
      Despicable lot these zionists.

  14. Janet Jupiter
    July 28, 2014, 6:10 pm

    Here’s an idea on how to stop the Israeli military campaign: reveal the locations of the tunnels (so they can be rendered useless) and all the removal of the missiles.

    Then these guys wont have to write silly letters that make them look sort of foolish.

    • DaBakr
      July 28, 2014, 8:52 pm

      i assume your serious so I’ll comment that this is an excellent idea and one that the Israeli cabinet would not have much to argue against. the trouble is-Kerry’s proposal contained nothing and no offers of the sort you mentioned.

      *and for those that think its so easy for Israel to locate tunnels some of which are 8 stories underground go to the border region and see how “easy’ you think it would be for israel to dig a 100 meter deep trench around the borders of Gaza and then have to endure the international natterers who will complain Israel is building another ‘wall’ but underground instead. harumph.

    • Djinn
      July 28, 2014, 10:36 pm

      So silly and foolish that you spent time here to comment on it.

    • Shingo
      July 29, 2014, 1:53 am

      Here’s an idea on how to stop the Israeli military campaign: reveal the locations of the tunnels (so they can be rendered useless) and all the removal of the missiles.

      That won’t work. Israel have violated every ceasefire since 2006, and they did so because of all manner of absurd excuses – none of which were about rockets.

      So silly idea Janet and you look very foolish.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2014, 1:59 am

        Shingo, you should hear Ms. Jupiter on the non-inheritable nature of refugee status. She has an interesting viewpoint on it.

      • Shingo
        July 29, 2014, 2:03 am

        Shingo, you should hear Ms. Jupiter on the non-inheritable nature of refugee status. She has an interesting viewpoint on it.

        I have, it’s hillarious. Maybe the hasbara mother ship sent her to keep us amused.

        Pitty the silly girl was sent out into the field underdone.

        “All refugee communities, whether those under the care of UNRWA or UNHCR, have their refugee status passed through the generations while their plight remains unresolved. Refugees in Kenya administered by UNHCR are a good example. In this regard, the accusation that UNRWA uniquely perpetuates the Palestine refugee problem is ignorant of international refugee law and practice.”
        link to ynetnews.com

        Of course the descendants of the Jews of the Galut have only multiplied for 3,000 years. But who’s counting?

    • Citizen
      July 29, 2014, 4:40 am

      @ Janet Jupiter

      Here’s an idea on how to stop the tunnels (and rockets): end the incremental genocide of the Palestinian people by Gaza siege, Israeli settlements, brutal occupation .

    • RoHa
      July 29, 2014, 5:20 am

      Here’s an idea on how to stop the Israeli military campaign: disarm Israel.

    • SQ Debris
      July 29, 2014, 12:31 pm

      Even if Israel received a comprehensive map of every tunnel that currently exists it wouldn’t do them any good. It’s foolish to think that new tunnels aren’t under construction right now and will continue to develop endlessly. The babble in the blabosphere is awash in hand wringing about stopping tunnels and rockets. That’s like saying we need more make-up to cover those smallpox blisters. It addresses the symptoms not the disease. The disease is occupation and apartheid. Apply all the make-up you want. Those blisters will just show up somewhere else. And the disease is fatal.

  15. adele
    July 28, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I also came across a letter from International Doctors speaking out against the assault in Gaza. It was published in The Lancet on July 23. It begins:

    An open letter for the people in Gaza
    Paola Manduca, Iain Chalmers, Derek Summerfield, Mads Gilbert, Swee Ang on behalf of 24 signatories:
    We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years.

    It is well worth reading and sharing as the letter addresses the desperate humanitarian situation, the crippling siege as well as denouncing the myths that Israel tells the world link to thelancet.com

    • just
      July 28, 2014, 7:37 pm

      I hadn’t seen that adele…5 days on from the writing of that letter, and things have only gotten worse for the Palestinians. Hard to comprehend.

      “…Weaponry known to cause long-term damages on health of the whole population are used; particularly non fragmentation weaponry and hard-head bombs.4, 5 We witnessed targeted weaponry used indiscriminately and on children and we constantly see that so-called intelligent weapons fail to be precise, unless they are deliberately used to destroy innocent lives.

      We denounce the myth propagated by Israel that the aggression is done caring about saving civilian lives and children’s wellbeing.

      Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. Even those of us who want to go and help are unable to reach Gaza due to the blockade.

      This “defensive aggression” of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity must be stopped.

      Additionally, should the use of gas be further confirmed, this is unequivocally a war crime for which, before anything else, high sanctions will have to be taken immediately on Israel with cessation of any trade and collaborative agreements with Europe.

      As we write, other massacres and threats to the medical personnel in emergency services and denial of entry for international humanitarian convoys are reported.6 We as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues. We urge readers not to be silent too. Gaza trapped under siege, is being killed by one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated modern military machines. The land is poisoned by weapon debris, with consequences for future generations. If those of us capable of speaking up fail to do so and take a stand against this war crime, we are also complicit in the destruction of the lives and homes of 1·8 million people in Gaza.

      We register with dismay that only 5% of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. We are tempted to conclude that with the exception of this 5%, the rest of the Israeli academics are complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza. We also see the complicity of our countries in Europe and North America in this massacre and the impotence once again of the international institutions and organisations to stop this massacre.”

      link to thelancet.com

      • RoHa
        July 28, 2014, 8:51 pm

        “We register with dismay that only 5% of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. We are tempted to conclude that with the exception of this 5%, the rest of the Israeli academics are complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza. ”

        That would, I presume, include the shining light of Israeli academia who suggested rape as a means of discouraging resistance.

        Tell me again why an academic boycott of Israel would be bad.

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 10:32 pm

        Don’t ever forget that they are SO smart and innovative and Nobel material…

        Why, they even made the desert “bloom” (with the blood of the indigenous Palestinians who had the sheer audacity to EXIST!)

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 10:20 pm

        A response to the letter in The Lancet:

        “Professor Gad Keren, director of the cardiology department at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, called upon the heads of Israel’s academic and medical professions to come out publicly against the open letter in The Lancet.

        “This respected journal has begun in recent years to take political positions, particularly regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It has demonstrated incitement and bias against the State of Israel in a one-sided, tendentious manner,” he said.

        Professor Keren stated, “The recent campaign stating that Israel commits war crimes in Gaza is an ugly, one-sided attack on a topic that it is not its role to deal with at all. This is a new peak of lies about the Israeli army and the State of Israel being spread by the journal that has mounted a harsh attack on Israel, which, as has been stated, is acting only to protect its citizens from attacks by a terrorist group.”

        He took the letter to task for containing “not one word of criticism against a cruel terrorist organization that is firing rockets at Israel and excavating tunnels underneath Israeli communities and kibbutzim.”

        Keren then called upon “Israel’s medical establishment, Israeli academia and all physicians in Israel to respond with great severity from every possible platform, refute the campaign and denounce the journal for its one-sided action, which has no parallel in scientific journalism anywhere else in the academic world.” He warned not to disregard the letter because the journal is so widely circulated and read by the world’s best scientists and physicians.

        “Rather, we must defend the reputation of Israel and the Israeli army, which is the most moral army on earth, throughout the world,” he added. ”

        link to haaretz.com

        Seriously– is this the response of a scientist/physician? Well, no it isn’t! It’s the response of another delusional and rabid Zionist.

      • adele
        July 28, 2014, 11:47 pm

        Wow Just, I’m literally smh after having read that. Thanks for posting that article. All I can say is good luck to Professor Keren in trying to stop the collective world condemnation of Israel. The letter published in The Lancet was written by highly regarded and respected doctors in their field who are witnessing humanitarian horrors and they have every right to voice their opinion, especially regarding conditions that impact their fieldwork.

        Would this Professor Keren criticise The Lancet for taking “political positions” if they published an an open letter on the humanitarian disaster conditions in Syria? ‘Nuff said.

        Israel has only itself to blame for people losing their inhibition to speak out against Israeli crimes. What is laughable is that Professor Keren is still using stale and discredited talking points about the IOF being the “most moral army on earth, throughout the world”. Yawn. No one is listening to or buying into Israel’s myths anymore except the tools of Empire and Zionism.

      • Citizen
        July 29, 2014, 4:46 am

        “Yawn. No one is listening to or buying into Israel’s myths anymore except the tools of Empire and Zionism.”

        Yes, too bad it’s the entire US Congress.

    • Sycamores
      July 28, 2014, 7:53 pm

      Additionally, should the use of gas be further confirmed, this is unequivocally a war crime for which, before anything else, high sanctions will have to be taken immediately on Israel with cessation of any trade and collaborative agreements with Europe.

      i missed that completely the possible used of gas by the Israeli forces after a quick search i found this link to middleeastmonitor.com

      Dozens of Palestinians, including children, suffered from suffocation on Thursday due to inhaling what is being described as a “strange toxic gas” launched by the Israeli army during its ground incursion in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu news agency reported.

      Anadolu quoted Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Gaza, as saying that: “Dozens of Palestinians, including children, arrived at hospitals suffering from suffocation after inhaling a white poisonous gas fired by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip and in the Shawkah neighbourhood near Rafah, to the south.”

      Al-Qidra urged the Palestinians in Gaza “not to panic when they inhale the strange gas, to protect themselves using tarpaulin coats or nylon clothes and to cover the doors, windows and vents with a moist cloth to prevent air from leaking inside.”

      • adele
        July 28, 2014, 8:38 pm

        The letter is simply incredible in its description of what a humanitarian and environmental disaster this is for Gaza, including its condemnation of Israeli actions, and should receive much more exposure. I believe the AP reported on it but don’t have the link handy at the moment. Other than that I haven’t seen much more reporting on it, maybe others have?

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 10:38 pm

        Haaretz has an article about it. I posted about it a few minutes ago above.

        link to haaretz.com

        Thanks for bringing that important article to my attention, adele.

      • Kris
        July 28, 2014, 10:51 pm

        Thanks, just. Here’s a brief excerpt from the Haaretz article:

        “Professor Zvi Ram, director of the neurosurgery department at Ichilov Hospital, wrote a response to the letter, in which he stressed that he sympathized “with the cry to stop war and suffering on all sides” as a physician, father and grandfather, but challenged the authors to engage in dialogue.

        “I am not blind to the subjectivity of every ‘objective’ information we (including the authors) are fed, and in turn voice out,” he wrote. “I also recognize the cynicism of politics and accept, with dismay, the reality that we are often simple pawns in the hands of global, corporate and religious interests far stronger than we can ever imagine.”

        “He then encouraged the letter’s authors and their supporters to offer a solution to the Gaza crisis. “Apparently, this impasse calls for a miraculous and ingenious thinking, and I, as well as many on both sides of the conflict, would be grateful to hear it and plead with our leaders to adopt such course,” he wrote.

        “Accepting the Hamas Charter for annihilation of the Jews and the state of Israel is strangely not a very appealing option. I am looking forward for a constructive and fair discussion.”

        Ending Israel’s illegal blockade and occupation isn’t even a consideration, it’s all about either kill or be killed, end of discussion, as far as they’re concerned.

        “Apparently, this impasse calls for a miraculous and ingenious thinking,” writes Dr. Ram. Is the problem in Israel’s education system? Is it a manifestation of Ziocaine toxicity? Seriously, what is wrong with these people? Not even the racists I grew up with in Jim Crow Texas were this impaired.

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 11:05 pm

        Thanks for posting that excerpt from the article. What I find so Zionistically motivated and totally removed from any kind of healthcare ethics is that these two ‘docs’ are responding to a letter by doctors working with their hearts, souls, minds and skills IN THE ISRAELI KILLING FIELDS.

        “”We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years.””

      • Pixel
        July 28, 2014, 10:42 pm

        .
        so let me get this right. innocent victims may be being burned and gassed inside Gaza concentration camp.

    • Citizen
      July 29, 2014, 4:44 am

      Going on 4,000 signatures supporting the Lancet letter.

      • adele
        July 29, 2014, 1:52 pm

        Citizen, if possible please post the link, am sure many would like to show their support. thanks :-)

  16. Kay24
    July 28, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Chris Hayes will be discussing how this war started. He played a short clip of Bibi speaking just after the 3 kids were missing, and he states that Hamas is responsible for this, and that there is NO DOUBT about it.
    Liar.
    Now the story is different. Bibi used this excuse to slaughter hundreds of Palestinian civilians. That must be okay with our leaders, because no one objects to those lies and the ensuing massacre.

    • just
      July 28, 2014, 8:13 pm

      Not a word about Mohammed, beaten and then burned alive.

      Not a word that the first rockets from Hamas were in response to the violent pogrom by Israel.

      Too bad.

      • Kay24
        July 28, 2014, 11:04 pm

        Yes this constant blame on Hamas and the Palestinians, to keep waging this war, and the unbelievable lies by those Americans who justify it, by referring to that incident as the start of this ridiculous massacre, is hard to take. They also never refer to the 2 kids who were killed during the Nakba anniversary, we are supposed to forget all that and pretend it never happened.

      • seafoid
        July 29, 2014, 5:02 am

        Debunking Israel’s 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes
        Mehdi Hasan

        link to huffingtonpost.co.uk

      • just
        July 29, 2014, 7:27 am

        good article– I hope lots of people read it and absorb some truth for a change.

        as to his point about Hasbara Regev– I see many of the mouthpieces and him flailing. I just watched George Mitchell exhibit profound wimpiness, much to my chagrin.

      • lonely rico
        July 29, 2014, 1:51 pm

        @ just

        Not a word that the first rockets from Hamas were in response to the violent pogrom by Israel.


        Hamas fires rockets for first time since 2012, Israeli officials say.

        Headline of June 30 article in Times of Israel by Avi Issacharoff.
        The article goes on to say – “The security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assessed that Hamas had probably launched the barrage in revenge for an Israeli airstrike several hours earlier which killed one person and injured three more.”

        So much for the BS about Israel acting in self-defense.

  17. DICKERSON3870
    July 28, 2014, 10:19 pm

    RE: “Under both customary international law and treaty law, the prohibition on directing attacks against the civilian population or civilian objects is absolute. There is no discretion available to invoke military necessity as a justification.” ~ statement by international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals

    CHABADNIK BOB DYLAN: “Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim, that he’ll [i.e., Israel will] live by the rules that the world makes for him… ~ from Neighborhood Bully, 1983

    Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man
    His enemies say he’s on their land
    They got him outnumbered about a million to one
    He got no place to escape to, no place to run
    He’s the neighborhood bully . . .
    . . . He got no allies to really speak of
    What he gets he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love . . .
    . . . Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
    That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him

    ’Cause there’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
    And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac
    He’s the neighborhood bully . . .
    . . . Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill
    Running out the clock
    , time standing still
    Neighborhood bully

    SOURCE – link to bobdylan.com

    P.S. ALSO SEE: “Israel, the ‘Neighborhood Bully': Deconstructing the Lyrics of Bob Dylan in the Light of the Gaza Crisis”, By Adeyinka Makinde, Global Research, July 28, 2014
    LINK – link to globalresearch.ca

    • yonah fredman
      July 29, 2014, 8:08 am

      Yes, one can sum up bob dylan, even for this one song, as a chabadnik. not.

      btw, as a fan of the song, i always thought that the word “live” in the given lyric was a synonym for survive, as in: if israel would abide by the rules that the world makes for him, the odds are slim that he would survive.

  18. Kathryn
    July 29, 2014, 12:23 am

    And Isreal’s reaction: ​Israel intensifies Gaza shelling, warns of ‘protracted campaign’
    The Israeli military intensified the shelling of Gaza overnight, killing at least 26 people and leaving hundreds injured in air and missile strikes. Israel’s PM told citizens to prepare for a “protracted campaign” until the “mission is accomplished.”

    At least 26 people were killed and 241 others injured in Gaza after Israel resumed shelling on Monday night, bringing the day’s death toll to 44 people, Ma’an news agency reported.

    Israel reportedly told at least 400,000 Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate their homes via text and phone. The IDF confirmed sending out such warnings before the shelling was renewed.

    “The situation is somewhat extraordinary,” journalist Harry Fear told RT on the phone from the Gaza strip. He said that he and his colleagues received warning phone calls from the Israeli army warning them to seek shelter, as they were planning to intensify the strikes.

    According to Fear, the Israeli warning said that “tonight would be a very dangerous night” and that it would be “unsafe” for journalists to remain in the area of “West Gaza City.”

    As someone commented on the article: “Meanwhile, Israel reportedly told at least 400,000 Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate their homes via text and phone. The IDF confirmed sending out such warnings before the shelling was renewed.’

    Israel forgot to tell text them they can return once the bombing is over, or maybe they didn’t forget. And why text 400,000 people? Just who exactly are these guys targeting? ”
    link to on.rt.com

  19. anthonybellchambers
    July 29, 2014, 2:02 am

    Is Zionist Premier, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel measurably different from Ba’ath Party President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in that their armed forces both kill children and other civilians under the excuse of ‘collateral damage’ – although often no reason is offered to brutally take the lives of young children, their mothers and fathers in their own homes.

    The ‘fog of war’ is another justification given notwithstanding that targeting children and other civilian non-combatants is branded ‘terrorism’ under the Geneva Conventions.

    The question being: is it ever justifiable to deliberately bomb schools and playgrounds as has been perpetrated these last days by Israeli tanks and drones in Gaza that have killed over 1000 mostly civilians?

    Or are they just war crime atrocities, by another name? If so, both leaders should eventually face justice before an international court regardless of any US veto in the UNSC.

  20. seafoid
    July 29, 2014, 5:00 am

    link to theguardian.com

    “The Israeli paper Ma’ariv this morning reports the findings of an opinion poll taken over the weeked which shows continuing overwhelming support for the military operation in Gaza.

    The survey, carried out by the Midgam Polling Institute, found that 86.5% of the public agreed with the statement: “Israel cannot agree to a ceasefire as long as Hamas is firing rockets on Israel, as long we haven’t found the tunnels and as long as Hamas hasn’t surrendered.”

  21. JonnyAlpha
    July 29, 2014, 6:50 am

    Israel has been acting with impunity for too long. We need formal sanctions on it.

    Please read this, and if you agree, sign and share widely.
    Thanks.

    link to avaaz.org

  22. oldgeezer
    July 29, 2014, 7:00 am

    Gosh, the Dersh isn’t there. What a shocker.

  23. just
    July 29, 2014, 7:45 am

    “Rockets be damned, Israelis head back to the malls”

    link to haaretz.com

    “During cease-fire, Israelis head out to malls, restaurants, and beaches”

    link to haaretz.com

    “Tel Aviv’s young internationals struggle to keep the party going”

    link to haaretz.com

    I find it hard to feel empathy while they’ve stolen so much from the Palestinian people…even Eid. 86.5% support this slaughter and show no empathy for their fellow Semites. Part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    • Kay24
      July 29, 2014, 7:54 am

      I guess if you have been brainwashed from your childhood, and told you are a victim and the the world is out to get you, you will grow up hate filled and lack compassion for those around you. You would think that common sense should prevail and they should realize that what they are doing to their neighbors, a brutal occupation, blockaded, and all crimes against humanity including stealing their lands, water, even trees, are wrong, and that they should be given their rights to live free like they do, but no, the hatred is so deep and they are unable to reason it, nor show they have a conscience. Let babies be blown up, let children who are playing be blown up, let families be blown up, they will continue their great lives shopping and being free.

  24. just
    July 29, 2014, 7:49 am

    Ziozakaria ‘splaining the ‘conflict’ now.

    Blaming Hamas and Meshaal — “they started it!”

    “Bibi doesn’t have much of the blame in the short term.”

    • Kay24
      July 29, 2014, 7:58 am

      I just watched this man giving a great performance to please his zionist bosses.
      They toe that line, and make sure even any little criticism for Israel, is quickly followed by the negative for the Palestinians. No mention of Palestinians having rights and that perhaps the rockets might stop if they are given their rights.
      The Palestinians can never give these pro Israeli journalists lucrative jobs now, can they?

      • Shingo
        July 29, 2014, 8:32 am

        Ziozakaria is a shameless hack who’s race and accept have been exploited to appear credible and somehow less mainstream.

      • seafoid
        July 29, 2014, 9:17 am

        Same as the guy in the middle here.

      • just
        July 29, 2014, 9:22 am

        zuhdi jASSer

    • seafoid
      July 29, 2014, 8:35 am

      Blaming Hamas and Meshaal — “they started it!”

      Same crap as 2009
      link to youtube.com

      the only difference is in the proportion of Gazans now on food aid.

  25. just
    July 29, 2014, 8:14 am

    Mansour is spot- on and impressive. Setting the record straight.

    Brings it all back to the Israelis’ fury at the Unity government– they want to keep us divided.

    (When asked about the “tunnels” he said I am a diplomat, I am not military, I deal in politics at the UN.)

  26. just
    July 29, 2014, 8:20 am

    “LIVE UPDATES: Palestinians: At least 100 killed in Gaza since midnight
    Gaza power plant in flames after reported IDF shelling; 23 Palestinians killed in Gaza, 150 targets attacked in Gaza overnight; 10 IDF soldiers killed over past 24 hours – including 5 in militant infiltration.

    2:53 P.M. At least 100 Palestinian have been killed by Israeli shelling and bombing in the Gaza Strip since midnight, according to Gaza reports. Five whole families were nearly completely wiped out by IDF bombing in Khan Yunis and Rafah, according to the reports. Journalists in the coastal territory say it is impossible to know an exact number of dead at the moment, as many were missing, buried under the rubble. (Amira Hass)

    2:25 P.M. Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi is banned from Knesset plenum sessions for six months due to her comments on the kidnapping of three Israeli teens last month. ”

    link to haaretz.com

    86.5% Israeli support!

    • seafoid
      July 29, 2014, 8:30 am

      86.5% means 100% Jewish support plus a minority of Palestinians – the number looks too high.

      They loved Trash Gaza 1

      and they love this second sequel , Trash Gaza 3

      Israel as a strategic liability is the bigger issue

      link to csis.org

      • just
        July 29, 2014, 8:39 am

        It IS an enormous liability, strategic and otherwise.

        The risks are growing exponentially– most of all for the Palestinians.

        And from your link to CSIS:

        “The fact is that the real motives behind America’s commitment to Israel are moral and ethical. They are a reaction to the horrors of the Holocaust, to the entire history of Western anti-Semitism, and to the United States’ failure to help German and European Jews during the period before it entered World War II. They are a product of the fact that Israel is a democracy that shares virtually all of the same values as the United States.”

        There’s NOTHING ‘moral’ and ‘ethical’ about this! Total BS. Wonder what Cordesman has to say today!

      • eljay
        July 29, 2014, 8:57 am

        >> “The fact is that the real motives behind America’s commitment to Israel are moral and ethical. They are a reaction to the horrors of the Holocaust, to the entire history of Western anti-Semitism, and to the United States’ failure to help German and European Jews during the period before it entered World War II.”

        The correction reaction to the Holocaust, to anti-Semitism and to America’s failtures was and is justice, accountability, morality and equality.

        There was and there is nothing moral or ethical about unquestioned support for an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel, a state primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews, a state that :
        – was created by means of Jewish terrorism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians form their homes and lands;
        – has remained engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
        – refuses to honour its obligations under international law;
        – refuses to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
        – refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      • Tuyzentfloot
        July 29, 2014, 9:05 am

        86.5% means 100% Jewish support plus a minority of Palestinians

        It usually means ‘we only asked Jews but it slipped our mind that we could count Palestinians as Israeli as well’.

      • lysias
        July 29, 2014, 10:38 am

        I think they often just poll Israeli Jews, and pretend the so-called “Israeli Arabs” don’t exist.

      • yonah fredman
        July 29, 2014, 10:59 am

        I am not sure what the polls would say if not for the discovery of the tunnels. Israeli Jews went along with Cast Lead and thus probably would go along with Cast Lead II just based upon the rockets, but the threat of rockets is something that Israel is aware of and many realize that it’s difficult (impossible) to solve. The tunnels are something new and scary and the reaction to the tunnels although possibly hysterical could be in fact rather rational and as such, the desire to “solve” the tunnels is something that I, who oppose a war based upon rockets, could see the logic of trying to solve the tunnels through war.

  27. just
    July 29, 2014, 8:33 am

    “ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.

    Turkey’s U.S. ambassador wrote to Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, on Erdogan’s saying that because of Israel’s actions in Gaza and “the regrettable stance” of the American Jewish Congress, Erdogan “will be glad to return the award.” The letter, dated July 27. was made available Tuesday.

    Last week, Rosen described Erdogan as “arguably the most virulent anti-Israel leader in the world.” He said Erdogan was given the Profile of Courage award for working for a peaceful solution in the Middle East his commitment to protecting Turkey’s Jewish citizens.”

    link to theguardian.com

    • Kay24
      July 29, 2014, 2:04 pm

      I think it is class-less to ask for an Award BACK. Not giving it is one thing, but asking it back is tacky and makes them look sore and vindictive. Ugly.

  28. just
    July 29, 2014, 9:11 am

    CNN Savidge reporting on a 15 yo American/Palestinian being held by Israel after he was demonstrating a while ago…mentioned concerns over how he has been ‘treated’.

    Oh, here:

    ” The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that considering his age, the U.S. is calling for a speedy resolution to the case of Mohamed Abu Nie.

    Psaki (SAH’-kee) says he’s been held since being arrested on July 3 on various charges alleging that he threw rocks, attacked police, was carrying a knife and was leading protests linked to the ongoing unrest between Israel and Hamas (huh-MAHS’).

    Psaki says the U.S. also is concerned about allegations that he might have been beaten while in custody.

    The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is assisting Nie and is in contact with his family and his lawyer.”

    link to abcnews.go.com

    Neat.

  29. amigo
    July 29, 2014, 10:37 am

    Letter/List of Irish academics and trade Union Leaders against Israeli brutality printed in Irish Times yesterday 28 th july.

    Sir, – It is not enough to express horror at so many innocent lives having been lost during the latest round of violence in Gaza and Israel. We must instead ask how we can break the cycle that leads to this slaughter.

    The people of Gaza live in what is often referred to as “the world’s largest open air prison”. Almost two million people live in an area 40km long and 10km wide, 80 per cent of whom are classified by the United Nations as refugees. Eight out of every 10 residents of Gaza are reliant on the international community for support.

    In the West Bank, the Israeli military is in control of 60 per cent of the land. There are now more than 500,000 Israeli settlers living in over 200 settlements. In order to facilitate these settlements, land is confiscated from Palestinians. According to the UN, in 2013 alone, 1,513 Palestinians, including 731 children, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were affected by the demolition of homes and other structures.

    The occupation of the West Bank has created a discriminatory regime with two populations living separately in the same territory under two different systems of law. While settlers enjoy all the rights of Israeli citizens, Palestinians are subject to military law.

    Despite these flagrant breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law, the Israeli government refuses to comprehend Palestinian grievances. Prime minister Netanyahu speaks of “quiet for quiet”. We support his desire for peace and security for Israeli citizens, but we also recognise that it is neither realistic nor acceptable to plan a future based on peace for Israelis and the daily reality of blockades, military law and occupation for Palestinians.

    We are witnessing the third major Israeli military offensive in Gaza in six years. The current unjust status quo has sadly led to rocket attacks into Israel and cyclical military action on Gaza. Both sides claim to be responding to the other’s aggression. Without a structural change to the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, it is inevitable that this cycle will continue.

    The Irish Government, along with its European partners, must play an active role in breaking this cycle. Until we are prepared to do more than issue empty words of condemnation, the cycle of violence will continue.

    We call on the Government to affirm its commitment to a long-term political solution based on a full adherence to international human rights and humanitarian law by both Palestinians and Israelis.

    In recently issued advice to Irish citizens and businesses, the Government noted: “Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”

    Recognising this, we call on the Government to ban all trade with illegal Israeli settlements, thus reducing the economic incentive for Israel to continue to confiscate land from Palestinians in the West Bank.

    Working towards a long-term political solution based on peace and justice is the only way to ensure the security of Palestinians and Israelis.

    It is a fallacy to think that cyclical military invasions of Gaza will bring security to Israel. This policy will only lead to more violence and death on both sides. Yours, etc,

    ÉAMONN MEEHAN,

    executive director, Trócaire,

    ROSAMOND BENNETT,

    chief executive officer,
    “DR SEÁN HEALY,

    director,

    Social Justice Ireland,

    DAVID BEGG,

    general secretary,

    Irish Council of

    Trade Unions,

    JACK O’CONNOR,

    general president, SIPTU,

    DR MAUREEN O’CONNOR,

    School of English,

    University College Cork,

    PROF KATHLEEN LYNCH,

    School of Social Justice,

    University College Dublin,

    PROF LUKE GIBBONS,

    Department of English,

    NUI Maynooth,

    DR EITHNE O’CONNELL,

    School of Applied Language

    and Intercultural Studies,

    Dublin City University,

    DR DES McGUINNESS,

    School of

    Communications,DCU,

    DR ANNE MULHALL,

    School of English,

    Drama & Film,

    University College Dublin,

    DR IAIN ATACK,

    International Peace Studies,

    Trinity College Dublin,

    DR BILL McSWEENEY,

    International Peace

    Studies Programme,

    Trinity College Dublin,

    PROF DAVID LANDY,

    Department of Sociology,

    Trinity College Dublin,

    DIARMUID O’BRIEN,

    deputy principal.

    Ballyfermot College

    of Further Education,

    DR PETER COLLINS,

    Department of History,

    St Mary’s University College,

    Belfast

    DR MARTIN J POWER,

    Department of Sociology,

    University of Limerick,

    DR BILL DORRIS,

    School of Communications,

    Dublin City University,

    DR EMER Ní­ BHRÁDAIGH,

    Faculty of Humanities

    and Social Sciences,

    Dublin City University

    MARIE CRAWLEY,

    chairperson, Sadaka –

    The Ireland Palestine

    Alliance

    link to irishtimes.com

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