One rocket from Gaza outweighs 6 Israeli incursions and 67 attacks

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Over the weekend, Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign to End the Occupation seized on the news that a rocket had been fired on Israel from Gaza. He tweeted:

There are reports of the first projectile fired from Gaza into Israel in months. No one reports on near daily Israeli violations in Gaza.

Later he tweeted that it was the first projectile reportedly fired from Gaza to Israel since December 2014. “Here‘s what Israel fired at Gaza since then.” The list of all the Israeli attacks is at the bottom of this post, and was compiled by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Munayyer also linked to a new Middle East Monitor report on Israeli attacks that states:

“In the three months January-March, there were six military incursions – when Israeli forces invade the Gaza Strip then withdraw – and 67 shooting attacks on land and at sea.”

Today Munayyer returned to the subject of the double standard in a series of tweets:

1. Here is a list of Israeli attacks on Gaza during a nearly 4 month period with ZERO projectile fire

2. Even when there is no rocket fire from Gaza, there is routine fire into Gaza’s land and waters by Israel targeting Palestinians.

3. Western media largely fails to cover this since they consider attacks on Palestinians to be the norm, only attacks on Israelis newsworthy

4. So when next inevitable Gaza war starts, readers/viewers see situation completely devoid of context thinking rocket fire unprovoked

5. Journos covering Israel/Palestine who fail to cover this fail to cover central component of reality in Gaza and mislead readers/viewers

6. Fisherman & farmers are routinely shot at or arrested by Israel in Gaza but that’s not considered provocative enough of Journos to cover

7. But if a projectile from Gaza lands in an open field, its a headline. This shows how for western journos, Israeli lives more important

Here is that UN OCHA list of attacks on Gaza over the first 3-3/4 months of the year.

April
• At least 22 incidents involving Israeli forces’ opening of “warning fire” at Palestinian civilians in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) at land and sea were recorded in the Gaza Strip, one of which led to the injury of three Palestinians, including a child.
• One Palestinian child was killed, when a fire broke out inside his house north of Gaza city, where candles were being used during a power outage. Previously this year five other Palestinians were reportedly injured in four similar incidents in the Gaza Strip.
March
• On at least 36 occasions, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian civilians in areas near Gaza’s perimeter fence and at the sea, resulting in the injury of five civilians, including two children.
• Overall, 197 Palestinians were arrested across the oPt, including 10 near the fence surrounding Gaza, during attempts to cross into Israel.
• At least 21 incidents involving Israeli forces opening ‘warning’ fire into Access Restricted Areas (ARA)on land and at sea in the Gaza Strip were recorded this week, one of which ignited fire in a vehicle. Israeli forces entered Gaza east of Rafah and carried out land leveling on one occasion.
• At least 23 incidents involving Israeli forces opening ‘warning’ fire into Access Restricted Areas (ARA)on land and at sea were recorded this week, none of which lead to injury or property damage. Israeli forces entered Gaza near Al Maghazi Refugee Camp and carried out land leveling on one occasion.
• Israeli naval forces shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman who was fishing west of Gaza city, in unclear circumstances. On another 30 occasions, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian boats sailing near the Israeli-imposed 6 nautical mile fishing limit, including one incident resulting in the injury to two fishermen and in damage to their boat, and another in the detention of six fishermen.
February
• Incidents involving Israeli forces fired “warning shots” at Palestinian civilians in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea continued on a daily basis, with at least 24 such incidents reported during the week, none of which led to injury.
• Incidents involving Israeli forces opening fire into the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea continued on a daily basis, with at least 15 such incidents reported during the week, one of which led to injury
• In one incident on 23 February, Israeli forces fired two shells to the east of Al Maghazi Camp with no injuries reported.
• Incidents involving Israeli forces opening fire into the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea continued on a daily basis, with at least 17 such incidents reported during the week, none of which led to injury. In at least two incidents, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats reportedly sailing within the Israeli-declared sixnautical-mile fishing limit, forcing them ashore.
• Incidents involving Israeli forces opening fire into the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea continued on a daily basis, with at least 26 such incidents reported during the week, including one leading to injury. On 8 February, Israeli forces special units reportedly entered Gaza, shot and injured and subsequently detained a 21-year-old Palestinian man while he was working on agricultural land, 300 meters from the perimeter fence, east of Al Magazi Camp.
• In at least seven incidents, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats reportedly sailing within the Israeli declared six-nautical-mile fishing limit, forcing them ashore.
• In at least two incidents on land, Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered approximately 150 meters into Gaza, northeast of Khan Younis, and east of Rafah, and leveled land. During the week, Israeli forces arrested two Palestinians, including one merchant who was arrested at Erez crossing.
• Incidents involving Israeli forces opening fire into the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea continued on a daily basis, with at least 29 such incidents reported during the week, none of which resulted in injuries. In at least ten incidents, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats reportedly sailing within the Israeli declared six-nautical-mile (NM) fishing limit, forcing them ashore. In two incidents on land, Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered approximately 150 meters into Gaza, northeast of Khan Younis, and east of Rafah, and leveled land.
January
• Incidents involving Israeli forces opening fire into the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea have continued on a daily basis, with at least 19 such incidents reported during the week. In one incident on 16 January, Israeli forces positioned along Gaza’s perimeter fence east of Jabalia, opened fire towards a group of Palestinians who threw stones at them, injuring one Palestinian civilian. In another incident on 15 January, Israeli forces arrested three Palestinians, reportedly during an attempt to infiltrate into Israel. In at least three incidents, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats reportedly sailing within the Israeli declared six-Nautical-Mile (NM) fishing limit, forcing them ashore.
• Incidents involving Israeli forces opening fire into the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea have continued on a daily basis, with at least 32 such incidents reported during the two week reporting period, leading to the injury of three Palestinians civilians. In one incident on 2 January, Israeli forces positioned along Gaza’s perimeter fence east of Jabalia, opened fire towards a group of Palestinians who threw stones at them, injuring two 19-year-old youths.
• In at least nine incidents, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats reportedly sailing within the Israeli declared six-Nautical-Mile (NM) fishing limit, forcing them ashore. On 30 December, the Israeli navy fired warning shots at Palestinian fishing boats west of Rafah City. According to eyewitnesses, Israeli naval forces forced three fishermen on board to swim towards the navy boat, before detaining them and confiscating their boat. The fishermen were released a few hours later without their boat. In another incident on 3 January the Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian boats west of Rafah, injuring one Palestinian fisherman and setting one boat on fire.

 

 

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  1. pabelmont
    April 27, 2015, 2:02 pm

    This is good stuff. Facts.

    Another good thing is arguments. It would be valuable to get into text what Norman Finkelstein said about the unfairness of the “international law” types blaming Hamas and other Gazans for firing un-aimable “rockets” and mortar shells into Israel as, you know, war crimes. He makes much in that speech of how little damage was done by them, and this essay says about the same.

  2. Krauss
    April 27, 2015, 2:21 pm

    For me, this is one of the key issues highlightning how the struggle against Jewish apartheid is different than the struggle against white Apartheid.

    There seems to be an idea that Jews can’t quite do it, and furthermore, there is a lot of journos in the West who support Jewish apartheid, like Jodi Rudoren and half the NYT, which backs up Jewish apartheid in a way that white Apartheid never was in the elite media.

    This is central to understanding how people can be so misinformed for so long on this issue. Apartheid didn’t last much more than 50 years and even after 20, it was largely discredited. By 30 it was a landslide. Yet Jewish apartheid is now pushing 50 years and even now most of the Western media won’t even describe it as such.

    For me that is stunning.

    • Mooser
      April 27, 2015, 6:24 pm

      “For me that is stunning.”

      And still, cast about as we might in any direction, we can find no explanation for it? It defies logic, but there it is. For no possible reason anybody can even glimpse, Zionism seems to be a subject which cannot be talked about truthfully, or like any other issue.
      Well, I’ll never know why. Mr. Krauss, you got any ideas?
      Probably just one of those lucky breaks you get every once in a while. After all, who could say we weren’t due for one?

      • socialconscience
        April 28, 2015, 9:19 am

        excellent compilation of the facts by Yousef

        interesting analysis by Krauss and Mooser

        observing operation protective edge watching mainstream Television and Internet coverage in the mainstream media the words Zionism, Apartheid, state sponsored terrorism were to my recollection not even mentioned, certainly not given any substantial attention.

        Observing the differences between S.A. apartheid and Israel indeed demonstrates and appalling disparity between willingness to accept the genocide for what it is

        – take public apathy add a corrupt (western world) political system,
        – multiply that by flimsy at best journalism (?also corrupt and biased)
        – and here we have the world’s only invisible multi billion dollar apartheid industry

        where human lives and liberties are illegally traded for land, arms deals and cold hard money

        thanks be to goodness for independent journalism such as mondoweiss

  3. amigo
    April 27, 2015, 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the UNOCHA report.That is a keeper .

    I have this problem with the Irish times who very rarely report when Israel attacks/arrests or kicks Palestinians from their homes.The Burning of the Palestinian teen was enough to get their attention but most of these almost daily crimes never see the newsagents paper rack.

    There is also the problem of leaving out the word occupied when referring to the so called Golan. AJ , always refers to the Syrian heights as “Occupied Golan “which at least gets the word occupied on record but omits the Syrian connection.I have called the foreign affairs dept at the Irish times and asked why they do not refer to the Golan as occupied and they claim they did not know.So I point out the relevant UNSCR with number and advise them to look it up.That is if they wish to publish fact based reports to their readers.It seems not.Today I noticed the abscence of occupied from the discourse again.

    I have to ask , if the Israel embassy in Dublin is scripting their reports for them.

    • TonyRiley
      May 27, 2015, 10:51 am

      The report says that nothing was fired from Gaza, but that is not true. Missiles were fired on Independence Day.

      Fishermen were fired on for leaving their designated zone. They know the rules, and the consequences.

      Israel will always act to prevent terrorist actions.

      • amigo
        May 27, 2015, 2:17 pm

        The report says that nothing was fired from Gaza, but that is not true. Missiles were fired on Independence Day. -“dicey Riley

        Source please–credible if you don,t mind.

        “Fishermen were fired on for leaving their designated zone. They know the rules, and the consequences.” Dicey Riley.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/fishermen-killing-injuring

        For you dicey.

      • TonyRiley
        May 27, 2015, 5:48 pm

        OK, if you can handle it, you should Google Missiles + Israel + Independence Day and the top story from YNET News shows that a missile landed in southern Israel on Independence Day, back in April.

        As for the fishermen, they have been caught smuggling weapons many times.

        Yawn.

      • echinococcus
        May 27, 2015, 6:32 pm

        Tony Riley,
        Your “Israel”, as an invader and occupier, has no right to defend itself. The occupied and invaded peoples have the right to fight the occupation by all means they see appropriate. This much is basic international law, i.e. the 101, the plain English text in front.
        Any armed action, inside or outside the 67 armistice line, is perfectly justified unilaterally for the occupied people: they have never been part of any armistice.

      • just
        May 27, 2015, 7:09 pm

        Provide proof, Tony.

        Lovely that you “yawn” while people are OCCUPIED and killed and terrorized every day.

      • amigo
        May 27, 2015, 7:14 pm

        “OK, if you can handle it, you should Google Missiles + Israel + Independence Day and the top story from YNET News shows that a missile landed in southern Israel on Independence Day, back in April. ” Dicey Riley

        It,s your claim , you provide the link.That,s the way it works here.

        When you are not yawning , that is.You do know how to post a link , don,t you.

      • amigo
        May 27, 2015, 7:35 pm

        “It,s your claim , you provide the link.That,s the way it works here.

        When you are not yawning , that is.You do know how to post a link , don,t you.”Amigo to dicey riley

        Not to worry tony, I just did a full check of your 57 posts in the archives and you have not once provided a link.You did a lot of yawning though.

  4. Susan Johnson
    April 27, 2015, 5:59 pm

    These “Access Restricted Areas” were declared so by Israel and are actually on the land of Palestinian farmers.
    While we were in Gaza in 2009, leaflets were dropped by Israeli forces informing Palestinians about the zones, stating Palestinians entering these areas would be shot. Many farmers lost access to their best farm land. In effect, Israel “expanded” its borders….leaving Gaza in

  5. Susan Johnson
    April 27, 2015, 6:00 pm

    These “Access Restricted Areas” were declared so by Israel and are actually on the land of Palestinian farmers.
    While we were in Gaza in 2009, leaflets were dropped by Israeli forces informing Palestinians about the zones, stating Palestinians entering these areas would be shot. Many farmers lost access to their best farm land. In effect, Israel “expanded” its own borders.

  6. Keith
    April 27, 2015, 7:41 pm

    As usual, Israel ignores another cease fire agreement which it expects Hamas to uphold. In view of the powerlessness of the Gazans, this seems like sadism to me.

  7. Mayhem
    April 27, 2015, 11:59 pm

    Israeli attacks on Gaza during a nearly 4 month period with ZERO projectile fire

    There are constant efforts being made by Hamas to rearm itself.
    The false suggestion here is that the only actions that Gazans try to inflict upon Israel are firing rockets.
    Nobody is privy to the security issues and threats that keep occurring in Gaza. Israel is not conducting raids into enemy territory for the fun of it.

    • socialconscience
      April 28, 2015, 9:38 am

      mmm well maybe some of the brutal, indeed twisted actions of the IDF injuring, killing and imprisoning many innocent civilians (men, women and children) might well be for fun…

      I mean what other reason does a bully have for inflicting pain onto others?

      maybe a need to feel strong? a way to assert the power of life and death over fellow human beings?

      or maybe and perhaps most obviously to exercise and promote one’s own military machine in order to demonstrate its prowess in subjugating millions of people. All the while grabbed and ‘settling’ stolen land illegally whilst stealing the natural resources from the indigenous

      Take your blindfold of bias off Mayhem – Israel clearly benefits hugely in the billion dollar industry to buy and sell arms, munitions and IT systems

      As for ‘Gazans’ that you so ignorantly generalise are trying ”to inflict upon Israel’ – well what do you expect an impoverished, corralled, occupied territory and its resistance to do when it is being actively genocided for decades….

      just look at the disparity in deaths between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, the numbers speak for themselves

      • TonyRiley
        May 27, 2015, 10:57 am

        Written on the day that Amnesty International confirmed that Hamas summarily executed 23 of its opponents during the last conflict.

        I wonder what the figure would really be if Amnesty was allowed to question Hamas. Perhaps it should send people to Doha to interview the leadership, and maybe al jazeera could run a live feed of the meeting?

        As you are aware, there is a clear disparity between the numbers of dead Palestinians and Israelis, simply because the Israelis government forces all buildings to have bomb-proof shelters, while Hamas only builds shelters for its terrorists.

        Also, Israel spent a lot of money developing its missile shield.

        For Hamas, every dead Gazan civilian is worth 10 dead Israeli soldiers, because it is a wonderful recruiting tool for Useful Idiots such as yourself.

    • Boo
      April 28, 2015, 3:51 pm

      The only logical explanation for Israel’s ongoing use of disproportionate force, asymmetric warfare and collective punishment is, in fact, institutionalized sadism. “Fifty shades of blue and white” inflicted on a helpless victim.

    • Kris
      April 28, 2015, 7:33 pm

      @Mayhem: “Israel is not conducting raids into enemy territory for the fun of it.”

      The Ku Klux Klan didn’t burn crosses and lynch blacks “for the fun of it,” either, which is not to say they didn’t enjoy lynching and cross burning. The Klan acted on behalf of their hateful religious beliefs and white supremacy.

      Jewish Israelis act on behalf of their hateful religious beliefs and Jewish supremacy. As demonstrated by numerous facebook posts by IDF soldiers, many Jewish soldiers really enjoy tormenting the Palestinians.

      • Walid
        April 28, 2015, 9:42 pm

        “@Mayhem: “Israel is not conducting raids into enemy territory for the fun of it.”

        Of course it’s not and its soldiers were reportedly crying while they were shooting Palestinians but they have somehow stopped crying. Howard Schwebber in Huffington Post had more to say about this last year in the wake of the burning of the Palestinian lad:

        “They cry when they shoot us. Now we must find a way to make them stop shooting

        It was one of the most affecting comments I heard during a stint as a human rights observer during the First Intifada in 1988. Those days seem so innocent now. Sure, people were getting shot and whole towns were being starved into submission and beatings were the currency of communication. But there were no suicide bombers, no rocket attacks, no tunnels. Only teenagers with rocks and IDF soldiers with orders from Yitzhak Rabin to “break their bones.” I was collecting evidence in a proper, lawyerly way. I reviewed documents, examined medical reports, interviewed eyewitnesses, leadership figures, doctors, lawyers, victims… and a few perpetrators. The scary ones hoped for nothing but the chance to kill. But the others, the vast majority of normal Palestinians wanting to live and raise their children in something like a normal world, they clung to hope that ultimately the Israelis would listen, would care. “They cry when they shoot.”

        They’re not crying anymore. When did they stop? It’s hard to say, exactly, but today every Israeli eye is dry. Israelis are gathering on hilltops to cheer the bombs falling on cities. Their rabbis are issuing religious judgments explaining why the mass killing of civilians — “crushing deterrent steps to exterminate the enemy” up to and including “the destruction of Gaza” — is entirely appropriate under Jewish law. An Israeli university professor took to the airwaves recently to propose that raping Palestinian women was the best strategy for deterring future attacks.”

        “… Ignorant street thugs, settler rabbis, and academic monsters. Are they merely an aberration or is this the new face of Israeli culture? Look to the Bible. The founders of the State of Israel were not theocratic biblicists, they were secular and socialistically inclined Enlightenment liberal nationalists. You can argue that is an inherently unstable constellation of ideas, but it has nothing to do with the blood-soaked hatreds of the ancient world. For that you have to go to the texts. If you ask a modern Jew which book of the Bible is the source of our religion, more than any other it will be Deuteronomy. And Deuteronomy is explicit in its instructions for how the Israelites should deal with the occupants of the Promised Land: “leave nothing alive that breathes” (“col n’shama lo techayeh” — Deuteronomy 20, look it up). ”

        “… Even when they kill children they don’t cry now. I don’t think they cry at all. I don’t think they are fully human, let alone “Jewish” in any sense of the word that I understand. They are Hebrews. Primitive tribal warriors engaged in a death struggle with other primitive tribes for control over the same wadis that primitive tribes have been killing each other over since the first humans made the first tools and then discovered that they could be driven into the skulls of their enemies with wonderful effect. Their “rabbis” are priests of local gods serving the primitive tribes of the valleys and the hills. Their leaders do not promise that they will join the nations of the civilized world as fellows: They promise victory over the tribe in the next wadi when we have killed everything that breathes. There is no reason to cry, here, because there is nothing left to be lost. On either side. Nothing left at all.”

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-schweber/the-cry-when-they-shoot-u_b_5633641.html

      • Kris
        April 28, 2015, 10:04 pm

        Walid, thank you very much for sharing Howard Schwebber’s powerful and shocking essay. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-schweber/the-cry-when-they-shoot-u_b_5633641.html

  8. Kay24
    April 28, 2015, 4:23 pm

    A very good point by Yousef Munnayer. Indeed no one howls as much when the daily atrocities and murders are committed by the occupier. How they whine and the media goes along with the false outrage when one rocket lands in someones stolen land and no one gets hurt. The American media totally ignores the daily harassment and shooting of young Palestinians, as if they don’t care. Wait, they don’t care.

    • TonyRiley
      May 27, 2015, 10:58 am

      Hey Kay, there’s supposed to be a cease fire.

      • a blah chick
        May 27, 2015, 7:10 pm

        Which Israel has violated every single day. They were also suppose to allow the fishermen 6 miles out but they reneged on that too. Oh and how about showing all these weapons the fishermen are supposedly smuggling.

        Does it make your Zionist heart swell with pride to see a bunch of poor fishermen getting shot at by gunboats? Sick.

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