In the last days of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ Israel focused on its final goal — the destruction of Gaza’s professional class

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I spent the final night of Israel’s 51-day-long assault on the Gaza Strip on the ninth floor of the al Shorouq building, a media building in central Gaza City which had previously been bombed multiple times by Israel. After word spread that the 13-story residential tower known as the Italian Compound was marked for destruction, a series of explosions began to rock the building, sending sparks and plumes of ash pouring into the darkened sky. First, drone strikes hit the roof, an example of Israel’s ‘knock on the roof’ policy of firing a missile with a small payload to signal the imminence of a larger attack. Shortly after, multiple F16 strikes collapsed the building and an adjacent park, sending shrapnel hundreds of feet into the air and destroying the homes of hundreds of people. The massive display of firepower sent billowing thick black smoke and ash over the city. Israeli flares lit up the nighttime sky and naval shelling boomed throughout Gaza.

A resident of the Italian Compound stands in front of the destroyed building. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A resident of the Italian Compound stands in front of the destroyed building. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

The spectacle of disproportionate force wielded against exclusively civilian targets in the heart of Gaza City had only begun.

At just after 4 am, drones and F16s flying at low altitude over Gaza attacked the Basha Tower, a 15-story building only an estimated 100 meters away from the al Shorouq tower. The stately tower was the oldest in Gaza City, as much a symbol of the urban landscape as the World Trade Center was to New York City. Its offices housed medical and dental clinics, non-governmental and media organizations including many of Gaza’s most popular radio stations.

Basil Tanani works for Sha’ab radio, which served as a primary outlet of information to Gazans throughout the assault. “The media shows the real face of Israel to the world,” Tanani said. “That’s why they’re targeting the media organizations. They thought that they would silence our voices by destroying these towers, but we are the people and the voice. We’re not going to stop working and making our voices heard.”

As one missile after another struck the Basha Tower — some military experts have speculated that Israeli forces used US-made 5000-pound GBU bunker busters — my colleagues and I were forced to open windows to prevent the impact from wounding us with shattering glass. As a result, we spent the next hour inhaling the thick black smoke that rose from the collapsing tower.

Mohammed Aqila in his damaged home across the street from the bombed Italian Compound. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mohammed Aqila in his damaged home across the street from the bombed Italian Compound. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

The previous night Israeli warplanes and drones brought down the Zafer 4 resident tower, a 14-story residential tower that housed at least 44 mostly middle class families, including that of the director of Fatah’s security apparatus in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, it destroyed the 7-story Zourab building, a commercial center in Rafah. Other nearby buildings were threatened with destruction but spared without explanation.

The bombing of these buildings was the finale of Israel’s mass destruction of the Gaza Strip, flattening landmark towers that provided essential social and economic functions, and which stood as symbols of the besieged coastal strip’s beleaguered professional class. While the war began with the flattening of the areas the Israeli military considers Gaza’s “hard shell” — border areas like Shujaiya and Khuza’a — it ended with a brazen assault on its soft core.  The targeting of the professional class, a key pillar of Palestinian society generally considered unsympathetic to the political goals of Hamas, was a new front of economic and social warfare on Gaza.

“We didn’t expect it at all,” said Nalan al Sarraj, a 23-year-old social media activist who fled from Gaza City. “Destroying one tower is like destroying a whole neighborhood. It just shows that they have no intention for peace.”

Once the ceasefire bringing the assault, named “Operation Protective Edge,” to its conclusion was announced on August 27th, I spoke with Dr. Nihad Almughany, the Director General of Engineering and Planning, in his office in central Gaza City. The adjacent building suffered major damage from Israeli F16 strikes on a neighboring cemetery — from missile strikes targeting the dead.

“From my perspective, whoever thought of this is a genius. It really puts the pressure on Gaza,” Almughany told me. “It’s a new phase. We can not stay and see our big residential assets fall one after another… It’s like what happened in Europe during World War Two. Infrastructure, roads, buildings, farms, all the trees which were our main source for olive oil and vegetables. Everything was destroyed… It’s mass destruction.”

Young men sweep rubble out of a hole blasted through into home. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Young men sweep rubble out of a hole blasted through into home. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Indeed, the 50-day assault was catastrophic for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. Israel’s campaign of mass destruction damaged or destroyed at least 75,000 homes, exacerbating existing homelessness from Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009 by another 108,000. 24 medical facilities were destroyed, including al Wafa hospital, Gaza’s only rehabilitation and geriatric hospital. 22 schools and 73 mosques were destroyed, and two churches were bombed. Israel attacked Gaza’s only power plant, which has since been repaired though is still plagued by fuel shortages. This attack shut down Gaza’s only water treatment plant and sewage treatment facility, resulting in the release of raw sewage into farmland and the Mediterranean Sea. Even prior to the assault, fuel shortages prompted the municipality to instruct Palestinians not to swim in the sea or fish, according to Dr. Nihad Almughany.

Gaza’s fishing and farming industries, already crippled under siege, had been decimated. The destruction of more than 360 factories severely damaged Gaza’s weak industrial economy.

The bombing of these pristine towers during final ceasefire negotiations recalls the US military’s selection of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for nuclear annihilation in World War II, strategically chosen in part because they were untouched. Implementing the principle of “searing into the consciousness” articulated by Moshe Ya’alon, this unprecedented level of destruction struck a final psychological blow, sending an unmistakable message that unless Palestinians in Gaza abandon resistance and accept ghettoization and mass-imprisonment, Israel’s campaign of mass destruction and killing would resume.

Palestinians in a daze at sunrise after the bombing of the Basha tower. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Palestinians in a daze at sunrise after the bombing of the Basha tower. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

As the bombing ended and the sun rose, I arrived at the base of the Basha Tower, now a pile of smoldering ruins. Many residents of the area had begun to inspect and clean up the damage to their homes and businesses while others stood in a daze. A municipal crew worked efficiently and with obvious experience in this type of situation, using a frontloader to clear the road of rubble. Homes next to the destroyed building had massive holes blown through their outer walls. In normal circumstances, these homes would be uninhabitable and marked condemned. However, the housing crisis throughout the Gaza Strip resulting from years of Israeli attacks left no alternative but to rely on them for all the shelter they could provide.

At the site of the Italian Compound, colorful balls of yarn, parts of dolls, and an array of personal belongings were strewn against the black and grey landscape of desolation. A section of the tower was still standing, and an enormous slab of concrete that used to be the roof hung precariously by rebar hundreds of feet in the air. With apartments stripped of their outer walls, sofas, beds and kitchens cupboards stood exposed, taunting the families who could not reach them.

Oruba Ayesh, a Palestinian refugee from Syria, walked in a daze in front of her adjacent building badly damaged by the Italian Compound’s dramatic collapse.  “It’s like a dream,” she stammered. “I feel like I’m sleeping.”

A doctor from Shifa hospital hurried out the door with suitcases to his car. His first home in the northern border area of Beit Hanoun had been destroyed by Israeli shelling, he told me, and the apartment he and his family moved into next to the Italian Compound was irreparably damaged. When I asked him for his name, he replied with dejection, “It doesn’t matter.”

A man stands in front of his home across from the Italian Compound after sunrise . (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A man stands in front of his home across from the Italian Compound after sunrise . (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Most residents of the area were too traumatized to speak, I decided to return to the Basha Tower. By afternoon, crews had cleared a massive amount of rubble and traffic was able to pass. Across the street, I met Saleem al Qasas, 27, sitting in a plastic chair and watching crews continue clearing the rubble.

In the middle of the night, al Qasas told me, his neighbor received a phone call from the Israeli military threatening to bomb the neighboring Basha Tower. His family and thousands of others fled to hide behind buildings only a few blocks away. After waiting for hours, at around 4 am, a massive bombardment hit the tower and instantly collapsed it into a burning pile of concrete and mangled rebar.

The neighboring 3-story building that housed the al Qasas family sustained heavy damage. Balconies were blown off and the outer wall that faced the building has four-meter blast holes. Surrounding homes and businesses, including the family’s butcher shop, were heavily damaged or entirely destroyed.

“We have to find new apartments,” said al Qasas. “It’s unsafe to live in these ones. We’re unable to repair these buildings because we are under siege and there are no materials for rebuilding. All of the buildings around here are damaged like that.”

Like so many I met during the war, Al Qasas had experienced Israeli violence not as a sudden burst or terror, but as a continuous, unrelenting process of psychological and physical devastation. His family was twice displaced from Shujaiya, this time during the massive bombardment that left the area uninhabitable and killed close to 200 residents. “They ran away from the shelling and airstrikes,” he recalled. “They are running here to come to a safe place, but there is no such thing!”

As I spoke to al Qasas, a 43-year-old man named Ayman Rajab recognized me as an American. He interrupted with a message directed at the country he and so many I met across the Gaza Strip consider the ultimate culprit in their destruction. “We want to live in dignity with humanity,” he pleaded. “No troops, no guns, no tanks! The American people have responsibility in this. This is a message for American people: Stop this madness immediately!”

27 people including Rajab’s entire family attempted to shelter in his house in Shujaiya throughout the bombardment. After his roof was torn off by Israeli shelling, his family fled to Gaza City. Though his family survived, they were not unscathed. His 16-year-old son had sustained multiple wounds to his neck and was undergoing amputations on his leg and arm as we spoke. Rajab’s eyes welled with tears as he attempted to describe his family’s ordeal. Unable to complete his sentence, he took his youngest son by the hand and walked away.

Later, I accompanied Saleem al Qasas to his battered home. As we walked up a blackened stairwell, he told me that weeks before the bombing of the Basha tower, his home had been targeted by Israeli drones. “The 21st of Ramadan was a day from hell,” he said.

His sisters and their families who had fled the bombardment of Shujaiya were preparing an Iftar meal when two drone strikes hit the top floor apartment. When Saleem al Qasas heard the explosion from his home on a lower floor, he ran up the stairs and found nine family members, all girls and women, blown to pieces. “I found them with their legs and hands missing, and their heads halfway blown off,” he told me. Standing in the destroyed building, he pointed at a blast crater on the floor and told me, “My four nieces were killed right here.”

Saleem Al Qasas’ father walked into the room, and they proceeded to to count the dead on their fingers:

Samar, 3; Arwah, 5; Yasmeen, 7; Israh, 11; Nismah, 12; Lamya, 14; Sumaya, 35; Aliya, 35; and Faysa, 70.

Saleem al Qasas counts his family members killed by Israeli drone strikes. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Saleem al Qasas counts his family members killed by Israeli drone strikes. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

When the explosions from the Israeli munitions pouring down from the sky ignited a fire in the stairwell, Saleem al Qasas’ young cousin, Islam, ran into his apartment to rescue his 15-month-old daughter. A blast nearly killed them, leaving Islam deaf in one ear and badly scorching his infant daughter’s legs.

In Gaza, one disaster is often eclipsed by an even greater catastrophe. Israel’s malevolent fury rises with each assault on the captive population, leaving them to brace for the next assault and wonder what new horrors it will bring them.

Throughout the final weeks of the Israeli onslaught, multiple Gaza residents described Operation Cast Lead to me as a kind of “rehearsal” for the bloodbath of Operation Protective Edge. With the announcement of a final ceasefire, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval ratings suddenly plummeted, suggesting that no amount of destruction could satisfy the public’s vengeful wrath.

Considered to be in relatively safe areas away from the decimated border neighborhoods, the destruction of these towers shattered any remaining illusion of security for the residents of the towers. Throughout the entirety of the 51-day assault, they could only watch from balconies and windows as Israeli bombardment massacred thousands and flattened entire neighborhoods. Yet the residents of the towers are now among the homeless, and the destruction of the towers may have previewed what the next Israeli assault will bring.

This week, an international summit raised $5.4 billion to rebuild infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. The summit was hosted in Cairo by the Sisi coup regime which collaborates with Israel to maintain the siege and prevented Palestinians from fleeing during the summer onslaught. The United States pledged $212 million to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a fraction of the daily $9.9 million given by the US to Israel, which in part funded the mass-destruction of Gaza.

Fraught with hypocrisy, these post-onslaught donor conferences have become customary. In 2009 and 2012, similar conferences took place, yet failed to address the core issues that enable Israel to continually besiege and periodically slaughter Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Indeed, Israeli Transportation Minister Israel Katz said that the world is wasting its money and Israel will once again destroy Gaza.

A view once obscured by the Basha tower. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A view once obscured by the Basha tower. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

30 Responses

  1. Scott
    October 13, 2014, 10:38 am

    Powerful, important piece.

  2. Kathleen
    October 13, 2014, 10:41 am

    No coverage at all about the aftermath of Israel’s latest deadly and destructive massacre in Gaza in the US Main stream. No one even whispering about aftermath on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, Cspan, etc etc. Finally heard a spot on BBC radio about the situation as it stands. But on the BBC fb page no post up about the report for folks to comment.

    • Kay24
      October 13, 2014, 11:23 am

      You are right. No scenes of the devastation, no follow up on stories about the victims or their families, no stories of Western health workers who worked tirelessly and saw the carnage.
      If this was Israel we would be seeing these scenes non stop, appeals for donations, and the hasbara in full strength, whining how evil all Palestinians are.

      I wish the British Parliament would explain why they are so hesitant to vote for the recognition of Palestine. If this last massacre does not convince them, nothing else will.

      • Kathleen
        October 13, 2014, 12:01 pm

        You can go over to Rachel Maddow’s Chris Matthews etc fb pages bring this up. Pile on

  3. Shmuel
    October 13, 2014, 10:57 am

    Thanks, Dan.

  4. Boomer
    October 13, 2014, 11:08 am

    Thanks for this disturbing report. Like Kathleen who commented above, I have not seen or heard anything in the American MSM after the so-called “war” stopped. Just “Israel has a right to defend itself [with weapons supplied by the U.S.]” from politicians and the State department.

  5. American
    October 13, 2014, 11:14 am

    Someone explain to me again why after 65 years of pleading with the psychopath Zios and Israel we shouldnt call every resident in Israel and tell them to get out in 2 hours because we are about to reduce Israel to rubble.

    That is the only way to *negotiate* with Israel.

    • amigo
      October 13, 2014, 12:33 pm

      “Someone explain to me again why after 65 years of pleading with the psychopath Zios and Israel we shouldnt call every resident in Israel and tell them to get out in 2 hours because we are about to reduce Israel to rubble.” American.

      Don,t forget to drop leaflets first but two hours is a tad generous .Do it the Zio way.

      TEN minutes!!.

      “Israeli air strikes level 12-floor apartment block in Gaza after giving residents just ten minutes’ warning to get out”.

      link to dailymail.co.uk

      • Abierno
        October 13, 2014, 1:01 pm

        Amigo you are being generous – in not making all borders impermeable, so that there is no
        place to run, no place to hide. Those targeted are simply trapped – a fact that makes the
        deaths and injuries – for men, women, and children skyrocket.

        Perhaps, astute readers can think of other wars (not Israeli vs Gaza) wherein the occupied
        were sealed in, bombed, burned and, for some lucky enough to escape these, killed in revenge by howitzers and sniper fire. Even when reviewing the apocalyptic scenes in Syria, one is aware that civilians most usually had the opportunity to flee to other countries.

        Also, astute readers, please help me understand what these beleaguered people – particularly the children – have done to deserve such treatment.

      • ritzl
        October 13, 2014, 4:11 pm

        @Abierno- Maybe my perception is wrong, but in Syria, Syrian nationals can flee but the Palestinian refugees there are trapped (and used as human shields by the rebels that we/US supply with weapons).

        The common thread is that Palestinians are unique in this “fence them in and kill them [because nobody cares]” method that Mr. Cohen describes so horrifically in the article.

  6. amigo
    October 13, 2014, 11:24 am

    We are God,s chosen people and we will bomb you back into the Dark Ages.Our God demands this of us.

    Just obeying orders from above —eh.Yours is not to reason why.Yours is just to do or—what ??.

    Wakey wakey –up there, they are getting you a seriously bad name and killing your children en masse.

    Don,t you care??.

  7. just
    October 13, 2014, 11:28 am

    “As I spoke to al Qasas, a 43-year-old man named Ayman Rajab recognized me as an American. He interrupted with a message directed at the country he and so many I met across the Gaza Strip consider the ultimate culprit in their destruction. “We want to live in dignity with humanity,” he pleaded. “No troops, no guns, no tanks! The American people have responsibility in this. This is a message for American people: Stop this madness immediately!””

    Ayman Rajab is entirely correct.

    Bearing witness and never allowing us to forget is vitally necessary. I thank you very much for your valuable and difficult testimony, Dan Cohen.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    October 13, 2014, 11:57 am

    RE: “As one missile after another struck the Basha Tower — some military experts have speculated that Israeli forces used US-made 5000-pound GBU bunker busters . . . ~ Dan Cohen

    MY COMMENT: Using Gaza residential towers for target practice during training for an attack on Iran?

    SEE: “Israel Is Set To Receive 5,000 US Bunker Buster Bombs After Delaying Its Attack On Iran”, by Michael B. Kelley, businessinsider.com, Dec. 23, 2012

    In March President Barack Obama reportedly offered Israel bunker-buster bombs and other advanced weapons in exchange for a postponing an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities until 2013.

    At the time the White House denied that any such agreement was proposed or reached.

    Bunker-busters are essential for an attack on Iran’s underground nuclear facilities since they can penetrate Tehran’s world renowned reinforced concrete.

    This week the U.S. Department of Defense notified Congress of a $647 million agreement to provide the Israel Air Force with 10,000 bombs — more than half of which are bunker-busters — along with 6,900 joint direct attack munitions (JDAM) tail kits, which convert unguided free-fall bombs into satellite-guided “smart” weapons.

    Haaretz reported that the deal would serve to “renew the inventory of the Israel Defense Forces following the massive bombings in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense,” and no doubt it will, but this is a pretty spectacular array of ordnance well beyond what Israel against Gaza last month. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to businessinsider.com

    • JLewisDickerson
      October 13, 2014, 12:21 pm

      P.S. NOW THOSE BIGGEST, BADDEST, 5000-POUND BUNKER BUSTERS HAVE BEEN “TESTED IN COMBAT” BY ISRAEL. RAYTHEON SHOULD BE EVER SO GRATEFUL!

      SEE: Catalan Police in Israel: repression courses “Tested In Combat” [VIDEO, 05:40] – link to youtube.com
      CATALAN POLICE TRAINING IN ISRAEL
      VIDEO February 16, 2014
      “Public security” training in Israel for police from Catalonia – or how to wage war on your own civilian population to protect the investments of bankster criminals!

      SOURCE – link to roblosricos.wordpress.com

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      P. P.S. RE: “Tested In Combat” ~ from the above video on Catalan police training in Israel

      MY COMMENT – Here is a very powerful testimonial regarding the impact of Israel’s “tested in combat” marketing on policing here in the U.S.
      ■ An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05] – link to youtube.com
      Published on Mar 8, 2014
      The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.

  9. Nevada Ned
    October 13, 2014, 12:08 pm

    Thanks for the article. It’s a scandal that the mainstream media has averted its eyes from the horrors of Israel’s destruction of Gaza.

    The text came through but the pictures were distorted – stretched in the vertical direction. (I use Firefox).

  10. American
    October 13, 2014, 12:53 pm

    One of the noticeable things about the Zionistas is their psychopathic obsession with destroying not only people but trying to destroy their heritages and history and any accomplishments and all the things that make up their cultures.

    Whether its ‘rewriting’ their own history or rewriting the Chosen Jews into the founding of America– or stealing the ancient records of Iraq– or confiscating all the books in Palestine and putting them in a Israel basement—–it always about ‘erasing’ someone else’s history or culture in order to ‘Be Somebody Themselves’………like they cant “Be Something” as long as others are ‘Something’.

    Truly the most vile kind of hubris and envy on earth.

  11. Horizontal
    October 13, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Thanks for this important view that we here in the States are never shown. Once the “war” is over, there is absolutely ZERO coverage from the MSM regarding what our $3 billion in blood money has gotten us. It’s an absolute shame, but that’s all part of the plan, to keep us in the dark and the money flowing to the Zionist warmongers. I hope Obama is sleeping well these days, curled up next to his Nobel Prize. What a bad joke he’s turned out to be.

  12. gracie fr
    October 13, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Why did Israel target and kill Hebrew speakers in Gaza? …..

    link to middleeastmonitor.com

    • just
      October 13, 2014, 4:07 pm

      Probably to shut them up permanently. ;((

      iirc, Max brought it up at the RT.

    • eljay
      October 14, 2014, 8:32 am

      >> gracie fr: Why did Israel target and kill Hebrew speakers in Gaza?

      Because it could.

  13. xanadou
    October 13, 2014, 4:48 pm

    The destruction of the Palestinian professional class recalls the atrocities of Stalin, Yagoda and Beria in Soviet Russia, and the first Nazi prisoners (professors of the Jagiellonian University) to Auschwitz.

    It’s time to end the massive flow of free military equipment and billion$ to Israel. Those monies should be redirected to compensate the Palestinians for the 70-y/o Holocaust inflicted on them also by the world governments whose decades-long cowardly complicity has facilitated this atrocity that will, likely, not end as long as there is an israel.

    Comparisons with the 3rd Reich grow more appropriate at an exponential rate. That a “Jewish” state has turned Palestine into a massive death camp will long outlive the genocidal farce that is israel.

    Kudos to Mondoweiss, Dan Cohen and other contributors who choose to stand on the truth and righteousness.

  14. miriam6
    October 13, 2014, 5:36 pm

    And all that destruction wrought upon Gaza was BECAUSE the crazed nihilists in Hamas were firing rockets into Israel

    You people discuss this issue as though Israel’s assault on Gaza was unprovoked

    IT WAS NOT

    Hamas never seriously imagined that the rocket fire would achieve the lifting of the blockade on Gaza

    But Hamas are nowadays fully aware of how armchair pro Palestinian ‘activists’ Westerners love posting pictures of carnage incurred by Hamas and its idiotic rocket fire into Israel

    Hamas’s ‘war’ aim was all about garnering sympathy – and you people fall for it every time.

    Hamas has no conscience about throwing away the lives of thousands of Palestinians all for the goal of stirring up hostility to Jews / Israel in the West

    But the Palestinian people are the ones who pay for the propaganda war against Israel.

    Not the useful idiots in the West cheering Hamas on in its futile and suicidal ‘resistance’

    • jon s
      October 17, 2014, 5:13 pm

      Dan Cohen ignores Hamas’ strategy of using schools, mosques, hospitals and residential buildings as launching sites, arms depots, etc., thereby deliberately increasing casualties and destruction among their own people.

      As former President Bill Clinton said: “Hamas’ strategy is to have Gaza civilians killed”.

      see here:

      link to youtube.com

      Mr. Cohen notes that ” the professional class, a key pillar of Palestinian society generally considered unsympathetic to the political goals of Hamas, ” – which would give Hamas an added incentive in this case.

  15. radii
    October 13, 2014, 6:51 pm

    taking a breather … that’s all israel’s slow-roll genocide is doing, it’s their decades-long pattern now

    Gaza gets to return to some semblance of calm and active war-making by the zionists halts and goes very low-key

    but don’t doubt for an instant that the next military assault (and the next after that) aren’t already on the books with plans and objectives and targets

    israel intends to force all Palestinians out or to essentially imprison them utterly to pursue its expansionist aims

  16. seafoid
    October 14, 2014, 1:36 am

    “sending an unmistakable message that unless Palestinians in Gaza abandon resistance and accept ghettoization and mass-imprisonment, Israel’s campaign of mass destruction and killing would resume. ”

    That’s going to happen to Jews again if those are the rules. Because history is not over. A very dopey Irish comedian used to end up his shows with

    “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice”

  17. stevelaudig
    October 14, 2014, 8:09 am

    Paralleling Hitler’s destruction of the Polish cultural leadership. They have become present day reflections

  18. Chu
    October 14, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I suppose were not going to see another Goldstone report this time around, but it’s important to have these details laid out to use it against Israel’s leader’s when they are marched into the ICC.

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