9 Reasons why Israel is under rocket attack 

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Palestinian rescue workers search for survivors under the rubble of a house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/ AP)

Palestinian rescue workers search for survivors under the rubble of a house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/ AP)

The peace-loving nation of Israel is yet again at the brink of an existential annihilation due to home made rocket attacks from Gaza — or so they would have you believe. As the Israel-Palestine conflict rages, we’ve heard the same boiler plate statements about ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’ and ‘No country would tolerate rocket attacks, so why should Israel?’

But why are rockets being fired into Israel in the first place?  “Because the Palestinians are terrorists and anti-Semites.” Perhaps, or perhaps there are few more plausible explanations for Palestinian armed resistance; consider the following:

1. The Occupation

Israel, with U.S. support, has militarily occupied the Gaza Strip (along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem) since 1967. The belligerent occupation, now in its 47th year, is one of the longest, bloodiest and brutal in human history — over 2,500 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza alone in the last seven years.

Up until 2005, Israel maintained illegal Jewish colonies in the Gaza Strip as well. It has since disbanded these colonies and thus claims it’s no longer occupying the Gaza strip. Israel is alone in holding this deceptive view; the UNUS State Departmentglobal NGO’s and legal scholars all consider Gaza a part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories because Israel exercises complete military control over it.

2. The Siege

Israel, with U.S. backing, has laid a brutal siege in the Gaza Strip since 2007. It has blocked off air, land and water access to the Strip — nothing goes in, nothing comes out. This tiny strip of land is home to some 1.7 million people; due to its cage-like setup, Gaza has aptly been described as the ‘world’s largest open air prison.’

The siege has stifled Gaza’s economy, destroyed its infrastructure and has cut off access to some of the most basic amenities needed to live a dignified life. Today, almost 80 per cent of Gazans are dependent on aid as a result of the blockade. The UN has warned Gaza will be inhospitable by 2020 if the siege continues.

3. The Water Crisis

Israel’s discriminatory division of water means that Palestinians get 70 litres a day per person, far below the 100 liters per capita minimum, while the Israeli’s get four times this amount. Limiting the water supply results in Gazan households receiving water for only six-eight hours at a time about every other day. Israel severely damaged the sewage treatment infrastructure in Gaza during its 2009 assault; the blockade means the resources needed for repairs are unavailable.

As a result, only 25 per cent of Gaza’s waster water is treated; 90 million liters of untreated or partially treated sewage is dumped into the Mediterranean every day. Contamination of the territory’s ground water is serious concern; about 90 per cent of the water supply in the Strip is unfit for human consumption.  Due to over-pumping and sewage contamination Gaza’s only water source, its Coastal Aquifer, is damaged past the point of no return — it will expire in 2016.

4. Scarcity of Fuel and Electricity

Gaza is under a chronic power shortage due to the siege; Israel has severely limited the fuel supply needed to operate the only power plant in the territory. Only 46 per cent of Gaza’s electricity needs are being met currently; this has triggered rolling power outages of 12 hours everyday. Amongst other things, this lack of power means that hundreds of crucial medical devices at hospital are non-functional, including Gaza’s only MRI machine.

5. Leveling of Land and Destruction of Property

The Israeli army conducts weekly incursions into the Gaza Strip to destroy the land it has declared as ‘no-go zone.’ Its tanks, bulldozers and military jeeps, accompanied by helicopters and drones, systematically destroy fruit bearing trees and agricultural land in the Gaza strip. Civilian infrastructure in this area is also demolished; this includes hundreds of houses, wells and chicken farms — mosques and schools are demolished as well.

6. Travel Bans

Israel’s siege has meant that it is virtually impossible for Gazans to leave the occupied territory. They can’t even leave to visit their relatives in the West Bank, let alone in Israel. Gazans with spouses in Israel or the West Bank are forced to live in separation; simple matters such as raising a family are rendered impracticable. Permission to leave even for severe emergencies is rarely given.

By dividing Palestinians, Israel successfully employs the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy like colonial powers of the past. The people of Gaza can’t even seek asylum in other countries due to this restriction on movement. Even students are prohibited from going abroad, or even the West Bank, for higher education; visas of several winners of U.S. Fullbright Scholarships have been revoked in the past.

7. Suppression of Agriculture

The Israeli army created a ‘no-go zone’ along the Israel-Gaza border that Palestinians cannot enter. This ‘buffer region’ extends up to 1,500 meters at times into the Strip and includes some of its most fertile land. As a result, 35 per cent of the agricultural space in Gaza is off-limits to farmers. This has seriously damaged the food economy and harshly penalized innocent farmers. Palestinians are fired at arbitrarily if they try to enter this region; farmers suffer serious injuries, and at times death, as a result of this indiscriminate firing.

8. Restrictions on Fishing

Israel has announced that access to the sea six nautical miles beyond Gaza’s shore is prohibited for fisherman. This means that 85 per cent of fishing waters granted to Palestinians under the Oslo Accords is now inaccessible; this has severely impacted Gaza’s coastal economy. Similar to the restricted areas on land, Palestinian fishermen are regularly exposed to warning fire by Israeli naval forces, their fishing boats are intercepted and they are detained — all for the harmless act of fishing.

9. The Refugee Crisis

Of 1.5 million people living in Gaza, 1.2 million are registered refugees spread across eight camps. These refugees are made up of Palestinians, and now their decedents, who were expelled from present-day Israel in during the mass expulsion or Nakba in 1948. Since the newly created state of Israel denied the right of return to these refugees, they have been trapped in the refugee camps for the past 66 years. These refugee camps are overcrowded, cramped and under utter disrepair – unlivable by any standards.  Attempts to rebuild or renovate the camps have been restricted due to the siege. The humanitarian crisis in the camps is only magnified compared to the rest of Palestine; unemployment is high, food is scarce and fuel is scant.

This is a short list of the some of the unspeakable crimes Israel commits on a defenseless population; they are at the root of this conflict. Rocket attacks from Gaza are a desperate response to these injustices – how does our government manage to omit this when brazenly expressing support for Israel?  In light of the above, let’s try to counter some of the non-sense coming out of the foreign affairs office: No people would ever tolerate an oppressive occupation and an unjust siege, so why should the Palestinians?

An edited version of this piece first appeared at Rabble.ca

About Waleed Ahmed

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  1. Justpassingby
    July 23, 2014, 3:00 pm

    You forgot the israeli attack that started the war.

  2. American
    July 23, 2014, 3:44 pm

    No 1 They stole the Palestines land and killed them, they steal more and more of their land and kill more and more of them so they can steal more land.
    Keep it simple.

    • weareone
      July 23, 2014, 4:18 pm

      Agreed, American. Real simple- 60+ years of GENOCIDE. Is that not ENOUGH?

    • Marnie
      July 24, 2014, 1:04 am

      American – so right. There’s no need for a list as all comes down to just this. All the rest is the natural result of #1.

    • AbigailOK
      July 24, 2014, 6:02 am

      They put them in military trucks or otherwise expelled them from what is now the south of israel and dumped them in Gaza. Toward the end of the 40’s. That is how it all started This peace-loving so innocent, besieged victims of….their own lack of morals i.e. the israelis. From the start they were militant er….terrorists who were heavily racist.

  3. seafoid
    July 23, 2014, 3:58 pm

    10 Impunity
    11 the gap between the cover of the lobby and the weakness of hasbara in the wider world

    And violence works both ways

    • AbigailOK
      July 24, 2014, 6:07 am

      Well, if my grandparents would have been treated like their grandparents and then my whole family or half (the rest might live in the West Bank impossible for me to visit due to the Apartheid policies of israel) would be starved, their property stolen, destroyed again and again, their farmland destroyed, or as fishermen prevented from fishing if not shot at or arrested and having their fishing boats confiscated (stolen) or sunk, starved on a concentration camp diet, being made totally helpless and cut off from the world:
      I would have taken up arms as well. Israel deserves no better. Violence begets violence. And no, there is no good in that. But to only blame Hamas however fundamentalist they may be which in this case does not really matter, is hypocritical if not false (although I loathe Jewish, Muslim and Christian fundamentalism which in most cases have nothing to do with spirituality but with power and a lack of respect for others’ way of thinking/believing but that also goes for some secular folks, e.g. atheists).

  4. joer
    July 23, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Also, all non-violent attempts to address Palestinian grievances are ignored, met with brutal suppression, belittled, conflated with terrorism and Nazism, and in the case of negotiations, negotiated to death.

    • seafoid
      July 24, 2014, 10:02 am

      Very well put. Never ever mentioned in the media. Context never is.
      Rula Jebreal should have nailed Chris whatever his name is on that.

  5. Shingo
    July 23, 2014, 4:56 pm

    10. Israel broke the ceasefire as they did in 2012 and 2008.

  6. Kay24
    July 23, 2014, 5:04 pm

    You have got to wonder why Luke Russert decided to get an openly pro Israeli, AIPAC darling, like Jane Harmon, as an expert on this issue. Are they stupidly thinking they will get an unbiased opinion, or is there goal to get lies and propaganda? She spewed AIPAC talking points (notice they all say the same buzz words?), blamed HAMAS for starting the war, and no a word about the 700 Palestinians now killed. They keep spewing the lies and NO one is there to dispute them.

    • ezra greenberg
      July 23, 2014, 5:13 pm

      Simple question to ask: If Palestinians stopped firing the rockets, would that not eliminate the need for the Israelis to retaliate in stopping the rocket fire? Any honest person would have to answer “yes” to this question. In other words, it is HAMAS who is driving the conflict, and Hamas who is responsible for the bloodshed. They don’t care about their people at all, they want them to be killed, particularly the women and children, whose lifeless bodies make wonderful photo ops. Place the blame where it belongs and do not engage in obfuscation, justification for terror, or PC platitudes: Hamas.

      • justicewillprevail
        July 23, 2014, 6:17 pm

        So you didn’t read the article, but just dropped in to repeat the desperate talking points you regurgitate from your child’s guide to the conflict. Perhaps you don’t understand the article, but if you did you would realise that Palestinians suffer unbearably whether rockets are fired or not. Blaming Hamas for the wanton death and destruction by Israel is so feeble that you should be ashamed to suggest it. Read Gideon Levy, show some compassion and some shame for the actions of your out-of-control lunatic murdering military government.

      • Bubba
        July 23, 2014, 9:40 pm

        I read the article. Why is Hamas firing rockets? It is a fair question. It was not answered. 

        Consider the effectiveness of the rocket fire.   It is not effective. Why give Israel cover to continue their barbaric siege. By firing stupid rockets that vaporize into nothingness.  Israel, in the World’s eye, is seen as the victim. Trite phases such as “Israel has a right to defend itself” or my favorite, “the US would demolish anyone that showered its people with 2,000 rocket” become the mindless sound bite that puts the world to sleep.

        So why is Hamas wasting its people, ‎treasure, and world standing by firing rockets that go dud in the night (and day)? 

        To me, it would be more logical if the rocket launchers were ‎staffed by Israelis and not Hamas.  But Tom Clancy died so “that dog won’t hunt”.

      • SQ Debris
        July 23, 2014, 10:45 pm

        Hamas bottle rockets have indeed been effective. They have reminded an indolent racist nation that they are actually engaged in a conflict with the natives. They have succeeded in providing a taste of the meaning of “freedom of movement” and the lack there of. Try booking a flight to Tel Aviv. And they have drawn Israeli troops into range of their more deadly weapons. Beyond that, they have given Israelis the grand surprise of realizing that their stereotypes of The Stupid Arab might have been a touch .. off.

      • Kay24
        July 23, 2014, 6:59 pm

        Hamas this, Hamas that. The hasbara is getting stale.

        How about this, end the occupation, blockade, land thefts, and give them their rights…..NO ROCKETS.?

      • tree
        July 23, 2014, 7:10 pm

        Ezra,

        The simple answer is NO. And yes I’m being completely honest and I read the article above which you apparently did not. For further explanation, see here:

        After nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip over the past week, there is finally increased discussion of attaining a cease-fire. The truth is, everyone knew it would have to end with a cease-fire, the only questions were how many more Palestinians would be killed, when would it happen and on what terms. Much of the discourse on this issue to tragically misinformed about the dynamics or fire between Israel and Gaza both during and outside of cease-fire agreements. Using data that ranges nearly ten years and with a closer focus on a subsection that was the 2012 cease-fire period, we explain below how these dynamics work in an effort to inform a way forward.

        This first chart below depicts the number of launches from Gaza of projectiles from September of 2004 through this May. That is nearly a decade. It starts at September because that’s how far back our data set goes on this issue, but this significant span of time gives you a very clear picture of the ebbs and flows. Launches can involve one projectile (which is often the case) or more. I’ve highlighted some key events.

        Two things become very clear when looking at this chart. The single most effective way to bring projectile fire from Gaza to a halt is through a cease-fire agreement. Military campaigns have only had the effect of increasing the number of projectiles fired. The June 2008 agreement brought projectile fire from Gaza to near zero until the Israelis broke the truce on Nov. 4th, 2008 sparking the escalation that culminated in the massive attack that was “Operation Cast Lead”. What’s clear from this is that the military operation generated far more rockets than the absence of it. Keep in mind the context which this is taking place, prior to “Operation Cast Lead”, according to B’Tselem’s statistics, over 392 Palestinians were killed on average in each year from 2004-2008 in Gaza alone. That’s more than one a day for 4 years.

        Link to this article and chart is here:

        link to blog.thejerusalemfund.org

        It goes on to make the same point about 2012 and today. Rocket fire is a response to Israeli military attacks. Rocket fire increases during or after IDF operations and decreases significantly or ends all together during ceasefires as long as Israeli also observes the ceasefire.

      • ezra greenberg
        July 23, 2014, 11:02 pm

        I believe you are being deliberately dishonest in your answer, because you appear to be a relatively intelligent and sane person otherwise. Israel absorbed 3 days of rocket fire without responding. They implored Hamas to stop firing rockets for 3 days. Hamas’ response was an increase in the rockets. At that point Israel responded. Now it is true, Israel could have just sat back and absorbed the rocket fire. They could have encouraged their citizens to put big bulls eyes on themselves, lie prostrate on the ground, and scream “shoot me.” That was an option that I suppose you would have supported. But if Israel means one thing, it means that Jews will not allow themselves to be slaughtered lying down again.
        So at this point Israel responded, making it clear that the bloodshed would come to an immediate halt if and when Hamas stopped the rocketing. Apparently Hamas WANTS the bloodshed to continue. They want dead Jews, AND they want dead Palestinians, particularly babies, since they make wonderful propoganda photo ops. Hamas has turned down 2 ceasefire requests from those well known Zionist supporters the Egyptians and the Turks. I think it is fair to say that Hamas is driving this conflict. It is also fair to say that they are evil and insane. Reconsider your position.

      • Shingo
        July 24, 2014, 10:13 am

        Israel absorbed 3 days of rocket fire without responding. They implored Hamas to stop firing rockets for 3 days.

        That’s rubbish.

        I take it you are referring to Cast Lead? Because it is a fact that Hamas have not fired any rockets between November 2012 and June 29, 2014. This was admitted in Israel.
        Hamas fires rockets for first time since 2012, Israeli officials say
        link to timesofisrael.com

        Not only that, but Israel’s excuse for bombing Gaza on the 29th of June was not about rockets, it was to punish Hamas for what they insist was Hamas responsibility for the kidnap of the 3 youths.
        In 2008. Israel attacked Gaza, and killed Palestinians. They chose the day of the US presidential elections to keep their violation off the news cycle.

        It violated an existing ceasefire that it admits Hamas were sticking to. Having done so, they had no moral or legal authority to ask Hams to stop.

        Hamas’ response was an increase in the rockets. At that point Israel responded.

        False. Hamas called for a return to the truce. Israel acknowledged that they had received this request, but rejected it. Cast Lead had been in he world for 6 months and they were determined to carry it out.

        Now if Israel wanted to not be on the receiving end of rocket fire, they could have stuck to the ceasefire, but as a Wikileaks memo reveals, they didn’t want that. The ceasefire as going too well and making Hamas look good. What’s more, is that the ceasefire was set to expire, and the renewal of it would have meant negotiating new demands from Hamas to lift the blockade. Note that Israel had agreed to do so under the July 2008 agreement but never abided by that agreement.

        What Israel wanted to avoid was to be seen rejecting the continuation of a successful ceasefire, so they had to sabotage it and make it look like it was impossible.

        But if Israel means one thing, it means that Jews will not allow themselves to be slaughtered lying down again.

        THis is absurd. Israel have their boot on the foot of the Palestinians in the OTs. For them, lying down amounts to lifting their foot off for a few seconds so that Palestinians can gulp some air before putting on the squeeze.

        So at this point Israel responded, making it clear that the bloodshed would come to an immediate halt if and when Hamas stopped the rocketing.

        That;s demonstrably false. Early December, Hamas called for a return to the ceasefire and ISrael rejected it.

        Apparently it is Israel that WANTS the bloodshed to continue, because after all, the blood ain’t there’s so what’s the problem? Bibbi knows that his approval rating goes up with more dead Palestinians and dead Palestinians is what the ISraeli public wants.

        Hamas has turned down 2 ceasefire requests from those well known Zionist supporters the Egyptians and the Turks.

        As a matte of fact they are. El Sisi is extremely hostile to Hamas and the MB. He was praised as a hero in Israel for the coup he launched against Morsi. The ceasefire offered worse than the status quo. It demanded Hamas cease all hostilities while allowing Israel wiggle room to bomb Gaza if it wanted.

        But if Israel means one thing, it means that Jews will not allow themselves to be slaughtered lying down again.

        Oh give me a fuckign break. The hilarious thing about the cancellation of international flights to Ben Gurion airport is how Israelis are flip flopping about the threat of rockets from Gaza. Up until a week ago, Israeli propagandists howling like Banshees about the daily threats and trauma of rocket attacks and how their lives were a living hell. Then when tourism dried up and the planes were cancelled, they went into a panic over tourism dying in the ass. Now they are rolling out a desperate PR campaign to pretend that life in Israel is not only normal but safer than it is in America.
        Watch Bloomberg doing the hard sell.
        link to mediaite.com

        How pathetic!!

      • tree
        July 24, 2014, 4:38 pm

        I believe you are being deliberately dishonest in your answer, because you appear to be a relatively intelligent and sane person otherwise. Israel absorbed 3 days of rocket fire without responding.

        Thanks for the compliment but I’m not being deliberately dishonest. You have been lied to, but it isn’t me doing the lying, its the government of Israel, its spokespeople and professional hasbarists who are lying to you. From Shingo’s link to the Times of Israel:

        Hamas operatives were behind a large volley of rockets which slammed into Israel Monday morning, the first time in years the Islamist group has directly challenged the Jewish state, according to Israeli defense officials.

        At least 16 rockets were fired at Israel Monday morning, most of them hitting open areas in the Eshkol region, the army said.

        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.

        A member of Hamas’s militant wing was killed in the attack, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said.

        While Israel has maintained it holds Hamas responsible for all rocket attacks, officials have said that smaller groups, such as Islamic Jihad, are usually behind the rocket attacks, while Hamas squads generally attempt to thwart the rocket fire.

        Hamas hasn’t fired rockets into Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense ended in November 2012, and has yet to take responsibility for this latest barrage.

        Even the Times of Israel makes clear that the first launch of rockets from Hamas came in response to Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. But Israeli did not only engage in airstrikes prior to Hamas launching rockets in the end of June. Israel also killed numerous Palestinians, injured many more and arrested without charge many Palestinian in the West Bank under the excuse that it was searching for the 3 kidnapped Israeli youths. And even prior to the kidnapping the IDF killed 2 unarmed Palestinian youths in early June. If you think that the Israeli government has the right to respond to attacks against its people, I would hope that you are sane and logical enough to realize that Hamas, as a governing body, as the same right to respond to attacks against its people. Your timeline is incorrect as to who was responding to whom.

        Now it is true, Israel could have just sat back and absorbed the rocket fire.

        Israel had other options besides killing masses of Palestinian civilians, particularly because the rocket fire has never been a significant threat to Israeli lives. Israel could have stopped killing and arresting hundreds of Palestinians with no charge, it could have lifted the crippling siege it has imposed on Gaza, it could have negotiated in good faith with the unity government that Hamas was joining to end the occupation, but instead Israel decided to go ballistic again because it doesn’t want to negotiate. It wants all of Palestine without the Palestinians, and it is willing to engage in incremental genocide in order to get what it wants.

        They could have encouraged their citizens to put big bulls eyes on themselves, lie prostrate on the ground, and scream “shoot me.” That was an option that I suppose you would have supported.

        I would have pegged you as a bit more intelligent than someone who would resort to such silly hyperbole. Even if every Israeli followed your inane proposal, there’d still be more people in Israel dying in bathtub accidents than would have died from rocket fire from Gaza. And no, your proposal is not what I would have wished, but I will note that the Israeli government, which prevents Israeli Bedouins in their villages from constructing bomb shelters, recommends that the Bedouins “lie on the ground” during an attack. One set of rules for Jews and a harsher one for non-Jews, and this is among Israeli citizens, not just in the OPT.

        But if Israel means one thing, it means that Jews will not allow themselves to be slaughtered lying down again.

        NO, Israel stands for the idea that Jews have more rights than non-Jews. There is nothing noble about that, and there is a huge difference between “allowing yourself to be slaughtered lying down” and oppressing another people. For some reason an awful lot of Israeli Jews seem to think that slaughtering defenseless people is A-OK as long as its Palestinians who are being slaughtered.

        I’ve mentioned this many times before, but since you are new here I will mention it again. My Jewish sister lives in Israel. Yes, I know the rockets can be scary and can potentially cause some deaths. But my sister doesn’t live under a brutal occupation that has been ongoing for decades, she doesn’t have to wait at checkpoints for hours just to visit her friends, she doesn’t have to worry about being put under curfew, or siege, or having her house demolished, or her children arrested in the middle of the night. Nor does she have to find a way to survive an aerial assault that decimates whole neighborhoods. Overall, she’s doing fine. She doesn’t need the IDF to slaughter Palestinians in order to have a decent life in Israel, and neither does she need to be treated as special or “more equal” because of her Jewish status. The sooner Israel learns that lesson the sooner there will be peace and justice for all. But Israel is a morally backward country and a slow learner.

        On more addendum: Obviously, Israel has now learned that Hamas has numerous tunnels, and apparently some of them lead into Israel. If Hamas’ only interest was in “killing Jews” then it could have done so at any time and killed many more Jews in Israel in one day than have been killed by rocket fire over the last decade. They didn’t because killing Jews is not their motive. Their motive is seeking rights for Palestinians that match the rights that Israel accords its Jewish citizens. Only in Israel can you steal some one’s land, destroy their homes, oppress them and then claim that you are the victim. Its beyond ridiculous.

      • Shingo
        July 25, 2014, 1:09 am

        But Israeli did not only engage in airstrikes prior to Hamas launching rockets in the end of June. Israel also killed numerous Palestinians, injured many more and arrested without charge many Palestinian in the West Bank under the excuse that it was searching for the 3 kidnapped Israeli youths.

        That’s what’s truly mind boggling about the media’s attention deficit here. Israel even claimed that it had to bomb Hamas to punish them for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping of the Israeli youths, and everyone has completely forgotten that and swallowed the Israeli line that the bombings are to stop rockets.

        Even more pathetic is that few have dared to mention that Netenyahu cynically and cruelly lied to the Israeli public about the deaths of the 3 boys for 2 weeks. He lied to parents as well. He pretended that the siege on the West Bank was part fo a rescue operation to being back the boys safely. He used the hysteria and anger to justify the arrest fo 500 Palestinians, the demolition of dozens of homes, the murder of 12 Palestinians and hundreds of night raids into homes, even though they knew the 2 suspects.

      • tree
        July 25, 2014, 1:23 am

        For Ezra,

        Here’s a spreadsheet on the Israel and Palestinian violations of the ceasefire brokered and agreed to by both sides after the Israeli Pillar of Clouds military strike on Gaza of November 2012 until the start of Israel’s Protective Edge military action of July 8, 2014. BTW, the ceasefire also called for an easing of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, an element of the agreed ceasefire that Israel never observed during this time period.

        link to docs.google.com

        Primary sources for the violation reports are given in the tables.

        And here is the same information in a simpler infographic.

        link to electronicintifada.net

      • talknic
        July 23, 2014, 7:11 pm

        @ ezra greenberg Watching you wade thru the tired Israeli propaganda bullsh*t I can’t help but feel a little sorry for you and your kind. Do they teach you how to be stupid?

        “Any honest person would have to answer “yes” to this question. “

        No an honest person would ask why are they firing rockets at the Occupying Power 66 years after Israel illegally acquired by war more than 50% of the territory that remained of Palestine after Israel was declared independent of Palestine.

        “In other words, it is HAMAS who is driving the conflict”

        Odd Hamas didn’t exist in 1948 when Jewish forces were busy dispossessing non-Jews from territory the ISRAELI GOVERNMENT said were “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”

        Hamas didn’t exist in 1966 when Israel attacked, starting what led to the ’67 war

        Hamas are a response to Israeli aggression that preceded 1987 and the founding of Hamas.

        “They don’t care about their people at all”

        LOL. You’re really quite stupid. Hamas ARE PALESTININANS. They are their people.

        they want them to be killed, particularly the women and children, whose lifeless bodies make wonderful photo ops”

        They’d have their brothers, sisters, children killed for a photo op? Say have you ever thought of seeing a shrink?

        “Place the blame where it belongs …. Hamas”

        Hamas (1987) are a response to almost a hundred years of Zionist colonization (from (1897).

        Israel could get out of ALL non-Israeli territories, take its putrid illegal settlers and go live in Israel. It has never been tried. Since May 15th 1948 there have ALWAYS been Israeli troops in other folk’s territory.

        The ugly truth is that the State of Israel has never been able to afford the rightful compensation of those it has dispossessed. Now 66 years later its illegal facts on the ground are so vast, to adhere to the law the costs would be so astronomical, it would mean a completely failed bankrupt state.

        You’re bitching at the wrong people. Take your pathetic whinging and moaning to the Zionist Federation who decided they’d like to colonize Palestine in 1897 and successive Israeli Governments who have PURPOSEFULLY placed Israeli civilians in danger by A) Illegally acquiring non-Israeli territory by war B) purposefully encouraging Israeli Jews to illegally settle in non-Israeli territory, C) breaking the GC’s which were adopted to protect ALL civilians (including those of the Occupying Power) from the expected violent consequences of occupying another people.

      • eljay
        July 23, 2014, 7:23 pm

        >> talknic: @ ezra greenberg Watching you wade thru the tired Israeli propaganda bullsh*t I can’t help but feel a little sorry for you and your kind. Do they teach you how to be stupid?

        Any honest person would have to answer ‘yes’ to this question. :-)

      • Kay24
        July 23, 2014, 7:51 pm

        All good points talknic, the lies are unravelling. I am tired of hearing the Palestinians get the blame for their own deaths, and blamed for the occupation, and war crimes against them.
        These zionists are unbelievable and the gnats who are brainwashed with the lies and propaganda, sound silly droning about the same stupid things.
        They must be not very bright to realize their hasbara does not work on websites like this.

      • Mooser
        July 23, 2014, 10:25 pm

        This is much worse than “Cast Lead”.

        And well said, talknic.

      • ritzl
        July 23, 2014, 8:51 pm

        Good one, talknic.

      • LeaNder
        July 24, 2014, 7:09 am

        How did I get here. Hallo ritzl. But this ezra newcomer drew my attention and strictly I thought I used the correct reply button. Not a button really. Interface?

      • john h
        July 25, 2014, 4:29 am

        Tell me, Talknic, something I have often wondered. It is this:

        Are what is today Sderot, and places nearby, actually Palestinian rather than Israeli, according to the 1947 division that Israel officially accepted??

      • AbigailOK
        July 24, 2014, 6:12 am

        You have no morals writing this but are a puppet spewing the same Goebbels-like nonsense as your hero netanyahoo. Why is it that everything that israel does is projected onto Hamas? Cheap if not loathesome. Go spew your garbage somewhere else.

      • LeaNder
        July 24, 2014, 7:02 am

        ezra, this statement completely avoids Waleed Ahmed points. Your response is hollow without addressing the context.These missiles don’t come out of a political void.

        All bigotry is equal, but some bigotry is more equal than other? The animal farm mindset? The rulers and the ruled? The masters and the cattle? Terrorism of the weak and state terrorism?

        Terrorism, Wikipedia:

        The word “terrorism” is politically loaded and emotionally charged,[5] and this greatly compounds the difficulty of providing a precise definition. Studies have found over 100 definitions of “terrorism”.[6][7] In some cases, the same group may be described as “freedom fighters” by its supporters and considered to be terrorists by its opponents.[8] The concept of terrorism may be controversial as it is often used by state authorities (and individuals with access to state support) to delegitimize political or other opponents,[9] and potentially legitimize the state’s own use of armed force against opponents (such use of force may be described as “terror” by opponents of the state).[9][10] At the same time, the reverse may also take place when states perpetrate or are accused of perpetrating state terrorism.[11] The usage of the term has a controversial history, with individuals such as ANC leader Nelson Mandela at one point also branded a terrorist.[12]

        Thus with Waleed’s points in mind my question would be:
        Can you resort to the talking point you use, if you apparently don’t mind the ways in which terrorism is produced.

        Occasionally I watch the typical 3 minutes news casts. The latest central points that struck me are these: Tunnels are reduced to weapon channels and lately. Not a whisper about the points above. And yes, antisemitism is discussed while the Palestinian plight, especially the plight of the people in Gaza is ignored. Why don’t you give them a chance to live their lives? Maybe they then will vote Hamas out of power? If you do not believe this you need another meme below terrorism: “the Arab mind”.

        Welcome to MW, by the way.

      • AbigailOK
        July 24, 2014, 7:20 am
      • Shingo
        July 24, 2014, 9:52 am

        If Palestinians stopped firing the rockets, would that not eliminate the need for the Israelis to retaliate in stopping the rocket fire?

        Of course, but it would not stop Israel bombing Gaza for any other number of reasons they usually come up with to violate ceasefires anyway.

        Remember, that Israel violated the ceasefires in 2008, 2012 and 2014, and in every case they did so when Hamas were not firing any rockets and were going to great lengths to stop militants doing so.

        So any honest person would have to answer that it would not stop Israel mowing the lawn every few years.

        In other words, it is ISrael that is clearly and unequivocally driving the conflict, especially given that their own documents show the blockade is not about rockets or security.
        Israeli document: Gaza blockade isn’t about security
        link to mcclatchydc.com

        Israeli leaders don’t care about their people at all, they want them to be killed, particularly the women and children, whose lifeless bodies make wonderful photo ops. Place the blame where it belongs and do not engage in obfuscation, justification for terror, or PC platitudes: Israel.

  7. Mia
    July 24, 2014, 3:53 am

    help save Palestine

    link to avaaz.org

  8. hophmi
    July 24, 2014, 11:07 am

    Firing rockets into civilian areas is not armed resistance. It’s terrorism.

    • CDWard
      July 24, 2014, 11:18 am

      Stealing the Palestinian’s land, water, homes, olive groves, and lives is terrorism.

    • Shingo
      July 25, 2014, 1:02 am

      Firing rockets into civilian areas is not armed resistance. It’s terrorism.

      Dropping bombs on civilian areas is not self defense. It’s state terrorism.

  9. lysias
    July 24, 2014, 11:35 am

    Is it terrorism for the IDF to fire rockets and shells into civilian areas?

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