Accounts of Israeli war crimes in Khuza’a, Gaza pile up

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Israeli soldiers check their weapons on the southern border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Israeli soldiers check their weapons on the southern border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked the U.S. for help in combatting charges of war crimes committed over the last month in Gaza. He will definitely need it.

In recent days, well-documented accounts of war crimes have poured out of the Gaza Strip from journalists and human rights advocates. Some of these stories will likely be followed up on by the United Nations team that has been tasked with investigating war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Many of these accounts have focused on Khuza’a, a village near Khan Younis that was the site of intensive Israeli bombardment in late July. Khuza’a is near Gaza’s border with Israel, and Israeli forces battled Palestinian fighters there. By many accounts from Palestinians and journalists, the village suffered from indiscriminate shelling and firing, leading to the deaths of many Palestinian civilians. There are also reports that Israeli soldiers shot unarmed civilians at point-blank range. (Mondoweiss printed accounts from Palestinians on the apparent massacre in Khuza’a here, here and here.)

Daily Beast’s reporter Jesse Rosenfeld was among the first to document with his own eyes what look like blatant war crimes in the village. On August 1, he published a harrowing account of a mass execution in the village. What was left in the village, Rosenfeld wrote, is “rubble, bombed-out buildings and the all-encompassing, sickening smell of death.” Rosenfeld broke the story of how there were at least six rotting, dead bodies piled together in a small home. He’s careful not to assign blame, but he does report that “the house is filled with casings from the bullets used in assault rifles. They are marked on the bottom as ‘IMI’ (Israel Military Industries).”

Human Rights Watch added their own report three days later. The human rights organization said that Israeli soldiers shot and killed civilians who were fleeing Khuza’a, which is a blatant violation of international law. On July 23, for instance, Israeli soldiers ordered about 100 Palestinians to leave a residence they had gathered in for shelter. When Shahid al-Najjar left the residence, he was shot in the jaw by an Israeli soldier. Then, Human Rights Watch reported, soldiers detained all of the males over the age of 15. They brought some of the detainees into Israel for interrogation. The Israeli forces let some of them go, but fired on one unarmed group while they were walking to Khan Younis, killing one Palestinian and wounding two others.

But perhaps the most disturbing documentation of war crimes was published by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. (The Electronic Intifada’s Rania Khalek covered the report here.) In Euro-Mid’s August 10th release, the group relayed Palestinian accounts of being used as human shields–a particularly important charge given that Israeli officials have repeatedly accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields with no evidence.

Ramadan Muhammad Qadeeh said that on July 25th, Israeli soldiers raided his home in the village. They killed his 65-year-old father at point-blank range after he tried to tell the soldiers they were just civilians. Then, Qadeeh said, “they ordered us to take off our clothes and tied our hands up. They took us to one of the rooms and used us as shields, making us stand at the windows as if we were looking outside…I was at one window and three children from my family at another. The soldiers then began firing around us.” There are many detailed accounts of how Israel has used Palestinian civilians as human shields during past military operations in Gaza.

The Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer also reported on apparent war crimes in Khuza’a for the Middle East Eye. Omer wrote on how the Qudeh family was sheltering in their home on July 25 when an Israeli army-operated bulldozer crashed into the home and then soldiers entered the residence. 64-year-old Mohammed Tawfiq Qudeh went to talk with the soldiers while waving a white flag. But as witnesses told Omer, an Israeli soldier shot and killed him.

53 Responses

  1. W.Jones
    August 14, 2014, 5:44 pm

    One of the most troubling things about the attack on Gaza has been the bombing of churches and Christian casualties.

    Yet this article has Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network reporter claiming that Gaza’s bishop told him that Hamas was firing rockets from a church courtyard and that bombs are targeting militants who are in the alleys, and that this results in the church being damaged.
    link to catholicherald.co.uk

    What do you think about this claim that rather than the Israelis intentionally targeting churches, they are targeting militants who are nearby?

    It seems to me that we have seen a campaign of collective punishment going back to the blockade itself that restricts basic foods. Are we supposed to think that the bombing is different and the civilian casualties are only unintended collateral damage?

    • Felice Gelman
      August 15, 2014, 9:05 am

      One of the most troubling things about the attack on Gaza has not been the bombing of churches and Christian casualties — yes, it’s disturbing but the slaughter of children, elderly and other civilians, the destruction of tens of thousands of homes, schools, public buildings, factories and infrastructure should be just as disturbing to Christians. Unfortunately it seems that so-called Christians like Pat Robertson have forgotten everything they read in the New Testament except the Book of Revelation.

      Finally, when you are shooting artillery with an accuracy of plus or minus 100 meters, it’s always possible to claim you were aiming at something other than the target you hit. But, I will just add that in 2003 the Israelis dropped a bomb on the altar of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Gaza at a time of complete quiet. They claimed they were shooting at something else that time also. link to bit.ly

      • W.Jones
        August 15, 2014, 10:04 am

        Thanks for mentioning that about the attack during the calm.

        One of the most troubling things about the attack on Gaza has not been the bombing of churches and Christian casualties — yes, it’s disturbing but the slaughter of children, elderly and other civilians, the destruction of tens of thousands of homes, schools, public buildings, factories and infrastructure should be just as disturbing to Christians.

        I tend to think that bombing the churches and the UN shelters are one of the most troubling things because it doesn’t match the supposed goals of the attack. Obviously, UN shelters are not holding rockets and churches are not places of “radical Islam”. So when those places get hit, you can ask why the attackers are doing that.

        Bombing schools and hospitals and sniping children are other insane tragedies of the “war”.

  2. just
    August 14, 2014, 5:50 pm

    I’m grateful that it’s documented. I am sure we will see further documentation. These multitudinous war crimes must be punished. I pray that they will.

    Israel has to be stopped! They need to go on an extreme WMD DIET, etc.

  3. Kay24
    August 14, 2014, 5:53 pm

    The war criminals must be held accountable for these despicable crimes. They should be hunted down like the nazis were, and made to face a court of law.

    These crimes are deserving of the death penalty.

    • sfia
      August 15, 2014, 10:58 pm

      The cynic in me has very little hope….but I have to consciously keep reminding myself that at the peak of South African apartheid or Jim Crow south or hitlers Germany things probably looked this bleak and that the tides DID change and justice DID prevail, eventually. Just gut wrenching to witness the lives cruelly obliterated in hope of that eventuality.

  4. Citizen
    August 14, 2014, 6:22 pm

    Obama ignored Goldstone, so why would he not ignore Goldstone II, next Spring? He also ignored Cast Lead when he was getting on the POTUS saddle, didn’t he?

  5. Cliff
    August 14, 2014, 6:56 pm

    @Alex and MW in general

    Please do a story on Carey Wedler:

    link to youtube.com

    Excellent video debunking every single Zio-meme we’ve heard so far in this latest massacre.

    • W.Jones
      August 14, 2014, 8:52 pm

      That girl knows her stuff.

      • Marnie
        August 14, 2014, 11:25 pm

        This was good. She also mentioned how the use of the “chosen people” is used as an argument a couple of times. You getting this Yonah?

    • globalconsciousness
      August 15, 2014, 12:26 am

      I really found this very difficult to watch..for all her purported research, she takes some major and important issues for granted such as the ‘human shields, terrorist organization—perhaps a function of age but annoying nonetheless.
      I much rather watch or read someone who does not seem so eager in getting her 8 minutes of fame via youtube…urghh!

      • piotr
        August 15, 2014, 10:33 am

        If you want to unbiased, the issues of “human shields” and “terrorist, bad organization” are really complex. She may well know more than she tells, this is highly emotional video, after all. What she describes is important, though.

        The often repeated claim of “unprecedented measures to protect innocent lives” is totally unbelievable in the context of all that hatred. The racist slogans of “culture of hatred and culture of life” are self-delusional lies.

      • Mooser
        August 15, 2014, 11:18 am

        “I really found this very difficult to watch..for all her purported research”

        She couldn’t put an overshirt on?

    • elephantine
      August 15, 2014, 2:02 am

      She forgot ‘What about the Hamas charter?”… (unless I just missed it) lol

    • Shingo
      August 15, 2014, 2:22 am

      What an amazing young lady. Inspiring and wow, fearless.

      One can imagine all the venom she has faced and yet her courage makes it all irrelevant.

      Thanks for that awesome link.

  6. Les
    August 14, 2014, 7:32 pm

    Idan Barir, Former Crew Commander, Israeli Artillery Corps

    Why It’s Hard to Believe Israel’s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths

    Posted: 08/13/2014 11:45 am EDT Updated: 08/13/2014 11:59 am EDT

    Among the difficult reports streaming in from Gaza over the past few weeks, two especially painful events have captured my attention.

    The first was the shelling of a UN school building in Jabaliya, where a number of families that had escaped or been forced to flee their homes had taken refuge. At least 15 civilians were killed, and dozens more wounded. Israel argued they were targeting an area from which fire had been directed at Israeli forces.

    The second was the bombing of a bustling market in the Shuja’iya neighborhood. At a time of precious few opportunities for civilians to safely buy food and other vital supplies, 16 people were killed and around 200 were wounded. Shops, stalls and merchandise were burned or destroyed.

    Harsh criticism of Israel followed each incident but — as in the past — Israel defended its actions, arguing that it was targeting militants and doing its best to avoid civilian casualties.

    I served as a crew commander in the Israeli artillery corps at the beginning of the Second Intifada, and I feel compelled to counter this claim from Israel. The images, evidence and army reports from recent operations in Gaza — of more than 1,900 deaths (a number which will likely increase by the time you read this) and a large amount of the population left without shelter — show that Israel has deployed massive artillery firepower. Such firepower is impossible to target precisely.

    Artillery fire is a statistical means of warfare. It is the complete opposite of sniper fire. While the power of sharpshooting lies in its accuracy, the power of artillery comes from the quantity of shells fired and the massive impact of each one.

    In using artillery against Gaza, Israel therefore cannot sincerely argue that it is doing everything in its power to spare the innocent.

    The truth is artillery shells cannot be aimed precisely and are not meant to hit specific targets. A standard 40 kilogram shell is nothing but a large fragmentation grenade. When it explodes, it is meant to kill anyone within a 50-meter radius and to wound anyone within a further 100 meters.

    Furthermore, the humidity in the air, the heat of the barrel, and the direction of the wind can all cause unguided shells to land 30 or even 100 meters from where they were aimed. That is a huge margin of error in somewhere as densely packed as Gaza.

    The imprecision of this weaponry is so great that Israeli forces are compelled to aim at least 250 meters away from friendly troops to ensure their safety — even if those troops are sheltered. In military terms, this distance is called the “safe range of fire.”

    In 2006, when shelling was first used against the Gaza Strip, the “safe range of fire” for Palestinian civilians was reduced from 300 to just 100 meters. Shortly afterwards, a stray shell landed inside the home of the Ghabeen family in Beit Lahiya, killing a young girl, Hadeel, and wounding other members of her family.

    In response to this and similar tragedies, human rights organizations appealed to the Israeli High Court of Justice to cease this lethal practice, and in June 2007 the Attorney-General announced that no more artillery fire was to be used in the Gaza Strip.

    But just a few years later, during Operation Cast Lead, extensive artillery fire was again aimed at the heart of the Gaza Strip. And up until the recent ceasefire, throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel has fired thousands of artillery shells into Gaza — causing intolerable harm to civilians and widespread destruction, the extent of which will only be fully exposed when the fighting ceases.

    It’s true that in at least some cases, the army has informed civilians of its plans to attack a certain area and advised them to leave. But this in no way excuses the excessive damage and huge toll on civilian lives.

    I write this with great sorrow for civilians hurt on both sides. Sorrow for our soldiers who have fallen in this operation, and sorrow for the future of my country and the entire region. I know that as I write, soldiers like me have fired shells into Gaza.

    They had no way of knowing who or what they would hit.

    Faced with so many innocent casualties, it is time for us to state very clearly: this use of artillery fire is a deadly game of Russian roulette. The statistics, on which such firepower relies, mean that in densely populated areas such as Gaza, civilians will inevitably be hit as well. The IDF knows this, and as long as it continues to use such weaponry, it will be hard to believe when it claims to be minimizing civilian deaths.

    As a former soldier and an Israeli citizen, I feel compelled to ask today: have we not crossed a line?

    Idan Barir served in the Israeli artillery corps during the Second Intifada and is a member of Breaking the Silence

    link to huffingtonpost.com

    • piotr
      August 15, 2014, 10:36 am

      huffingonpost.com is getting better, and it is free, and there is also “fair use” issue, give short summary or most salient paragraph and the link.

      Importantly: this was the type of shells resupplied by USA during that war. Agreements for sell/purchase arms and ammunitions have clauses about allowed and not allowed use.

  7. Blownaway
    August 14, 2014, 8:40 pm

    Nothing will come of any of this. No war crime charges, no UN penalties no Obama epiphany, no halt to arms sales. Nada zip nothing. Impunity will rule the day

  8. Jackdaw
    August 15, 2014, 3:13 am

    “six rotting, dead bodies piled together in a small home.”

    Not quite. The photo, linked below, shows six combat aged male corpses piled together in the bathroom of a small home.
    Most likely, they were militants who fell in combat and whose corpses were later gathered and piled together.

    link to richardsilverstein.com

    I would add that the Al Jazeera video Mondoweiss posted earlier, shows journalists and the Red Crescent walking about Khuza’a and examining combat aged male corpses laying in the streets.

    • ckg
      August 15, 2014, 10:24 am

      You say

      Most likely, they were militants who fell in combat and whose corpses were later gathered and piled together.

      However, the evidence shows that they were likely executed in the room:

      The walls have been drenched in blood and they are pocked with scores of bullet holes that look as if they were fired from an automatic weapon at waist level. Some of the bullet holes are in line, as if the gun were sweeping across its targets.

      • Jackdaw
        August 15, 2014, 10:52 am

        @ckg

        Evidence, my friend, would come from the testimony of a Court approved forensics expert, and not a journalist.

        Maybe there was a massacre, and then again, maybe not. Without a proper autopsy, one shouldn’t make flimsy accusations.

      • talknic
        August 15, 2014, 2:35 pm

        @ Jackdaw “Evidence, my friend, would come from the testimony of a Court approved forensics expert, and not a journalist”

        Uh huh. These your words pal? “Most likely, they were militants who fell in combat and whose corpses were later gathered and piled together”

      • Jackdaw
        August 15, 2014, 2:40 pm

        Did the deceased die, in situ, in the bathroom? Maybe. But the testimony has been that the corpses were ‘piled’ in the bathroom. Maybe they were shot somewhere else in the house and than piled in the bathroom. Dunno.
        Autopsy would show if they were shot at close distance. Forensic experts could opine on the cause of death, not Phil Weiss or Jesse Rosenfeld.

      • James North
        August 15, 2014, 3:41 pm

        Jackdaw: You sound exactly like a Holocaust Denier does.

      • talknic
        August 15, 2014, 9:31 pm

        @ Jackdaw “But the testimony has been that the corpses were ‘piled’ in the bathroom”

        The photo shows how they’re piled pal! BTW the testimony says a lot more than you’re willing to put on the page in one .. “there were at least six rotting, dead bodies piled together in a small home. He’s careful not to assign blame , but he does report that “the house is filled with casings from the bullets used in assault rifles. They are marked on the bottom as ‘IMI’ (Israel Military Industries).” ”

        “Maybe they were shot somewhere else in the house and than piled in the bathroom. Dunno.”

        While you’re speculating against evidence to the contrary and without a shred of evidence of your own, WHY were they “than piled in the bathroom” Mr Dunno?

        .. and blood was spattered and bullet holes were made in the walls to make it look like what exactly Mr Dunno?

        Anyone can speculate, maybe innocent babies, small children and their mothers were slaughtered there, then taken out so these uniformed bodies could be brought in to make it look like a military killing?

        “Autopsy would show if they were shot at close distance. Forensic experts could opine on the cause of death, not Phil Weiss or Jesse Rosenfeld”

        The cause of death you stupid stupid zionist apologist was hearts stopped beating obviously because of something passing through, lodged in, puncturing, ripping apart human flesh, where upon blood leaked out and/or was spattered on nearby objects like walls. Given that you ignore big chunks of what one can rightly call evidence, like blood spattered bullet marked walls in the same room as the corpses, your continual speculation and omission filled attempts to dismiss what evidence does exist look more and more like meaningless ziotroll waffle.

      • Jackdaw
        August 16, 2014, 4:45 am

        @James North

        I concede that you know more about Holocaust deniers than I do, but the Holocaust is a proven fact, and the ‘Khuza’a massacre’ has not yet been proven.

    • talknic
      August 15, 2014, 10:59 am

      @ Jackdaw ////“six rotting, dead bodies piled together in a small home.” ////

      “Not quite.”

      Uh? But you say:

      ” The photo, linked below, shows six combat aged male corpses piled together in the bathroom of a small home.”

      So there ARE “six rotting, dead bodies piled together in a small home.” No one is denying they were of combat age or combatants you stupid stupid person.

      “Most likely, they were militants who fell in combat and whose corpses were later gathered and piled together”

      Sure pal. Make something up, ignore the blood on the walls, the bullet holes.

      “I would add that the Al Jazeera video Mondoweiss posted earlier, shows journalists and the Red Crescent walking about Khuza’a and examining combat aged male corpses laying in the streets”

      “combat aged male corpses” is meaningless drivel from one very very sick lil puppy

      • Mooser
        August 15, 2014, 2:47 pm

        talknic, it never fails to amaze me! I think that our pet Zionists here have the impression that even if their ‘facts’ are debunked, the sheer attractiveness of their personality will convince many people to embrace the Zionists cause. I mean, who wouldn’t be eager to consort and deal with people like Hophmi and Jackdaw and JeffB all the time? The prospect must bring in fresh recruits by the dozen.

      • MHughes976
        August 15, 2014, 3:47 pm

        Just to mention to James that I think that Nakba denial – or trivialisation that amounts to a kind of denial – is rife round here.

  9. German Lefty
    August 15, 2014, 4:51 am

    Results of a survey in Germany about the Gaza war.
    (7th August 2014)

    “What should Germany do in the Gaza war?”
    69% – Stay out.
    10% – More support for Palestinians.
    6% – More support for Israel.

    “Who is to blame for the Gaza war?”
    64% – Israel and Hamas.
    15% – Israel.
    14% – Hamas.

    link to spiegel.de

    • Jackdaw
      August 15, 2014, 9:12 am

      A better question would have been, ‘What would Germany do if Switzerland began shooting rockets into German cities?’

      • eljay
        August 15, 2014, 9:33 am

        >> Jackdaweee: A better question would have been, ‘What would Germany do if Switzerland began shooting rockets into German cities?’

        It isn’t a “better question” because it fails to mention Germany’s 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder.

      • Justpassingby
        August 15, 2014, 9:55 am

        Jackdaw

        An even better question would be:

        ” ‘What would Germany do if Switzerland shooting 1000s of missiles into German cities/shelters/hospitals and then blamed Germans?’”

      • talknic
        August 15, 2014, 10:32 am

        @ Jackdaw … Uh? Why would Switzerland be shooting rockets at Germany? Is Germany illegally claiming Swiss territory, displacing Swiss citizens with illegal German settlers? Occupying the Swiss? Creating illegal facts on the ground in Switzerland?

        The answer of course is no. The Swiss have no reason to fire rockets into Germany. Your analogy is as stupid as you are.

        Here’s question you can’t answer without LYING or DENYING:

        What should the Palestinians do when, after being given completely gratis more than 50% of Palestine 1948 Israel ignores International Law, the UN Charter, relative conventions, illegally acquires Palestinian territory by war, illegally annexes Palestinian territory, illegally settles its Jewish citizens in Palestinian territory displacing Palestinians, illegally sells land in illegally acquired territory to illegal settlers, builds illegal facts on the ground in Palestinian territory for 66 years, while slaughtering Palestinians in order to achieve an illegal Greater Israel and when all the above has been allowed to happen by the majority of the International community?

      • JeffB
        August 15, 2014, 12:57 pm

        @Talknic

        Is Germany illegally claiming Swiss territory, displacing Swiss citizens with illegal German settlers?

        In the way you define “illegal” and settler if applied consistently, then yes they are occupying the bulk of Switzerland: link to en.wikipedia.org

        An of course another huge chunk of the population are the result of the Burgundian conquest. Fact is you are unlikely to find anyone in Switzerland who isn’t the product of one a handful of these “illegal” settlers. And of course all those people were the results of an earlier wave of Bronze age conquest. Probably best to depopulate the place and return it to the fish. Who for some reason might have trouble living there now.

      • eljay
        August 16, 2014, 8:59 am

        >> JeffBeee: In the way you define “illegal” and settler if applied consistently, then yes they are occupying the bulk of Switzerland: link to en.wikipedia.org

        Crazy Zio-supremacists, always striving to be just a little bit better than the worst.

        When they’re not busy comparing the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” to Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”, they’re reaching 1,500 years into the past to justify Zio-supremacist acts of injustice and immorality in the 20th and 21st centuries.

      • piotr
        August 15, 2014, 10:40 am

        And the tunnels! Swiss made a lot of tunnels, I really do not understand how Germans can tolerate it.

      • Marnie
        August 16, 2014, 11:02 am

        The Swiss are well known and respected for making tunnels, tunnel cakes that is.

      • amigo
        August 15, 2014, 10:47 am

        ‘What would Germany do if Switzerland began shooting rockets into German cities?’ jack-duh

        Why ,what did Germany do to Switzerland ??.

        Are they blockading them.Denying them their fishing rights or preventing them their free movement.

        Do they have an illegal 2 kilometer buffer zone inside Swiss territory.

        If so , please provide links to this revelation.

      • Mooser
        August 15, 2014, 2:49 pm

        “A better question would have been, ‘What would Germany do if Switzerland began shooting rockets into German cities?’”

        My, you did at least pick an appropriate “nym” for yourself, Jackdaw. Keep cackling, dude, keep cackling and peckin’.

      • Jackdaw
        August 16, 2014, 2:34 am

        The jackdaw is a much loved bird that has been immortalized in Western literature by Shakespeare, Chaucer and Aesop, to name a few.

        Who’s going to remember you, Mooser?

      • talknic
        August 16, 2014, 4:17 am

        @ Jackdaw “The jackdaw is a much loved bird that has been immortalized in Western literature by Shakespeare, Chaucer and Aesop, to name a few”

        Uh huh. Folk might remember the Jackdaw, but who is going to remember you?

      • Bumblebye
        August 16, 2014, 8:32 am

        It’s a carrion eater.
        And here you are, pecking and cawing over the entrails of Palestine.

      • just
        August 16, 2014, 9:30 am

        Well done indeed, talknic and Bumblebye.

      • Jackdaw
        August 16, 2014, 10:49 am

        @[email protected]

        Jackdaw is a separate species from a Carrion Crow, and is omnivorous.
        So, stop maligning the poor Jackdaw.

        I’m about to throw some carrion on the barbeque and you’re not invited.

      • Marnie
        August 16, 2014, 11:13 am

        The eagle and the jackdaw by aesop doesn’t present the latter bird in a very attractive light, he was envious of the eagle’s strength, which he tried to emulate and failed miserably. Well, you’ve got that going for you.

  10. just
    August 15, 2014, 7:30 am

    Fascism anyone?

    “Israel has banned young people from serving with one of its most prominent human rights groups because of its opposition to the war in Gaza. B’Tselem, which campaigns against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, was informed on Wednesday night that it has been blacklisted as a civilian alternative to military service.

    The director of the body responsible for non-military options for Israelis who don’t want to serve in the IDF, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, told Channel 2 TV that B’Tselem had: “crossed the line in wartime (by) campaigning and inciting against the state of Israel and the Israel Defence Force, which is the most moral of armies.”

    “The level of intimidation and the broadness of attacks on the organisation over the past three weeks is unprecedented in the 25-year history of B’Tselem,” Ad said, citing death threats and attempts to violently attack employees, as well as an organised internet campaign against the group.

    He said it was a trend that could apply more generally to Israeli society over the past month, where groups of rightwing Jews and ultra-nationalists have attacked peace rallies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and there has been a surge in racism against Arabs in Israel.

    “Until this day Arabs in Jerusalem are afraid of gang violence against them on the streets of this city. This has never happened before, and still remains the situation in Jerusalem,” he said.”

    link to theguardian.com

    hmmm– could be useful to make this widely known.

    • just
      August 15, 2014, 7:40 am

      “At least 59 Palestinian families suffered multiple casualties over four weeks of Israeli bombardment in Gaza, according to data collated by the Guardian. The youngest casualty was 10-day old Hala Abu Madi, who died on 2 August; the oldest was Abdel al-Masri, aged 97, who was killed on 3 August.

      The figures are based on data from three independent Palestinian human rights organisations – the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and Al Mezan, both based in Gaza, and the West Bank-based Al-Haq; the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem; and the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

      However, it is almost certainly an incomplete picture. Systematic identification of bodies and logging of data have been hampered by the sheer scale of the casualties in Gaza – about 2,000 killed in total, and 10,000 wounded – types of injuries, and the need for swift burial.”

      link to theguardian.com

      There’s much, much more at the link. ;((

    • Marnie
      August 16, 2014, 11:18 am

      It’s a continuing downward spiral into a fascist state. Are you getting this Washington?

  11. Iamani24
    August 15, 2014, 10:39 am

    Sure! no terrorist in Khuza, only civilians!, Khuza, at the border with Israel and Hamas never thought of using this place as a nest of terror?, to build terrorist tunnels from there?…sure! The sad reality in Gaza, kids at 14 15, Jiahidist militants already :0.

    • talknic
      August 15, 2014, 2:39 pm

      @ Iamani24 “Khuza, at the border with Israel ..”

      It’s an Armistice Demarcation Line, not a border.

      “to build terrorist tunnels from there?”

      Uh? What actual terrorist attacks were carried out from the tunnels?

  12. RobertB
    August 15, 2014, 11:18 am

    Washington DC Protest for Gaza with Counterprotest by Israel August 9 2014

    “Bibi you can’t hide…we charge you with genocide

    Hey Obama…how much aid is funding Israeli raid…?”

    Hey Bibi..what do you say…how many kids did you kill today?”

    link to youtube.com

  13. Vera Gottlieb
    August 16, 2014, 3:45 pm

    Telegenic Bibi is totally shameless, peddling his lies to justify deaths. He doesn’t care how many asses he kisses in order to spread his propaganda.

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