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With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility

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Palestinian child views his destroyed home for the first time during ceasefire hours in the Shuja'iyeh neighborhood of northern Gaza. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Palestinian child views his destroyed home for the first time during ceasefire hours in the Shuja’iyeh neighborhood of northern Gaza. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Today the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) told members of the UN Security Council that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has surpassed United Nations capabilities for emergency shelter and services and is now the responsibility of the Israel army.

“The occupying power will have to assume direct responsibility,” said Pierre Krahenbuhl, speaking by telephone from Gaza City. Krahenbuhl expressed regret that UNRWA no longer has the resources to provide for the additional influx of refugees expected from cities Israeli authorities notified to evacuate last night. Palestinians are fleeing the towns of Khan Younis and Zeitoun, yet there is no organization on the ground that has the resources to provide food or water, let alone shelter for the scale of those in need.

The United Nations estimates up to 440,000 people are now displaced with 240,000 residing in UNRWA facilities. This means a quarter of the population of Gaza is living in tenuous, temporary shelter. In addition to the devastation to the civilian infrastructure in the northern communities of Shuja’iyeh, Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya, over 103 United Nations facilities and 24 medical facilities have been damaged. Seven UNRWA workers have been killed since the beginning of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge nearly four weeks ago.

Inside of the UNRWA shelters, the overcrowding is compounding the human impact. Disease has started to spread amongst those who are holed up UNRWA facilities where families are cramped 80 to a room. “Infection is beginning with skin rashes, scabies and others,” said Krahenbuhl.

“I feel we are facing a precedent,” Krahenbuhl continued, warning the Security Council that Gaza “will become unlivable in a mater of years unless urgent steps are taken.” He concluded that the humanitarian crisis has now “exceeded” UNRWA’s reach and “immediate steps” must be taken to address root issues, not limited to Israel’s security and lifting the blockade across the besieged Gaza Strip. He stressed accountability from Israel as the occupying power to provide dire relief, as UNRWA has exhausted all of its means of caring for nearly a quarter million refugees.

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  1. just
    July 31, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Thanks Allison.

    What hell on earth Israel has created. Israel has never taken it’s obligations as the Occupying power seriously– it has trashed all International Laws since the beginning. It demonizes the UN, unless it suits them. Now the UN can’t manage to do their important work, and what and whom Israeli weapons hasn’t already destroyed or killed, disease and despair will.

    No electricity, no potable water, no infrastructure, severely short medical supplies and exhausted staff, the list goes on and on. Israel is targeting everyone– including relief workers, ambulances, and the very hospitals that the grievously wounded are brought to.

    Try to say safe Allison, amid all this violence, pain, and misery.

    • ritzl
      July 31, 2014, 5:47 pm

      How long can the people of Gaza last, FFS?

      If they are forced to drink brackish water, they’ll die of kidney failure (or worse) in a couple of months. I guess that puts a limit to the world’s acquiescence timeline, maybe. Hell of a thing. Hell of a thing to watch so many people die because pols are afraid of a monied lobby, or being called [bad names?] by B-NET.

      • just
        July 31, 2014, 6:02 pm

        I don’t know how they have endured so far. They are so amazing, brave, and dignified. Goodness knows, they have honor and justice on their side.

        (In my dreams, I imagine that the US Congress goes on vacation, gets busy raising millions and lying to their constituents and Obama and Kerry tell B-NET where to put it and *poof* goes our “special friendship”! I keep hoping that they are just letting out more rope for GoI to finally prove to the entire world just what they have become– genocidal terrorists.)

    • Bubba
      July 31, 2014, 6:16 pm

      That is over 20% of the population of Gaza is in need of housing. How is that suppose to work???

    • Abierno
      July 31, 2014, 7:03 pm

      The siege needs to be lifted now! It is pure fantasy to think that the country who put an entire population including children on a “diet” causing chronic malnutrition, are going to do anything. Particularly now that Israel is complaining bitterly about the financial cost of their military operations. The UN needs to realize that Israel’s current government has so incited the Jewish population that the majority of them feel all Gaza is Hamas and all Gaza deserves to die. They also need to realize that Gazans have spoken clearly with their death and wounded count, that they would rather be dead than under Israeli occupation, which appears to guarantee a “Cast Lead/ Mighty Cliff” every 24 months. Both Iran and Qatar have offered extensive and deep resources for these beleaguered people: Netanyahu has called for international supervision of Gaza borders – why not take him at his word, place an international protectorate over Gaza and then let these two countries, joining with the many other countries who have volunteered to immediately bring in medics, supplies and temporary equipment and housing. A make shift airport could be constructed in a matter of days; there is a harbor and beaches for amphibious craft. Supplies, personnel and support need to be airlifted (remember Berlin?) and shipped in, owing to the continuing instransigent behavior of both Israel and Egypt. One thing is clear in Gaza’s history: Israel, the US and Egypt cannot be trusted to be honest brokers in service of these heroic people, particularly the children. All security issues can be addressed through the international military forces stationed in Gaza. Ultimately, Gaza will need to become a UN protectorate as in East Timor.

      • just
        July 31, 2014, 7:08 pm

        “One thing is clear in Gaza’s history: Israel, the US and Egypt cannot be trusted to be honest brokers in service of these heroic people”

        Very true, Abierno.

      • annie
        July 31, 2014, 8:53 pm

        i agree abierno. we need real solutions fast. putting israel in charge of gaza is like putting the wolf in the hen house.

      • Marnie
        August 1, 2014, 9:15 am

        It’s the epitome of crazy thinking right? The rapist will be conducting all therapies for his victims.

        Isn’t there another body that could serve as a protectorate of Gaza besides the UN? The UN has a lot of blood on its hands (just pictured John Bolton, for starters).

    • Peace2All
      August 2, 2014, 6:29 am

      Kerry this is barbaric !

  2. Kay24
    July 31, 2014, 5:05 pm

    CNN: A family of 9 killed by Israeli strikes. Death toll rises. No electricity, no water, they are in dire straits, the world simply watches. Who will save these children?

    UN condemns this massacre, saying Israel DELIBERATELY breaking international laws.

    The big joke? US condemns number of civilians killed by Israel.

    THIS AFTER HANDING THE KILLERS MORE AMMO. What a load of bull, America.

    • Peace2All
      August 2, 2014, 6:32 am

      Yes Kay US is concerned over israel’s safety regardless of Palestinian death toll reaching 2000. Looks like Hamas got to work harder !

  3. benedict
    July 31, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Krahenbuhl got it wrong.

    The people of Gaza have an elected (?) government. They should ask their government why it decided to drag them all into this pointless war. They should also ask Mr. Haniyeh why he wasted 40 percent of hamas budget on building a vast system of military attack tunnels instead of using the money to provide for the peoples actual needs. They should also demand transparency and a full disclosure of how their money was used and to what purpose. If they don’t like the answers they get, they should be able to replace their government with a different one.

    Whats the chance that the hamas regime will allow any of this to happen?

    • annie
      July 31, 2014, 9:00 pm

      the gov was democratically elected and hamas won in both gaza and the WB under dire conditions of occupation. hamas didn’t start this war, israel did. and spare us the lecture on hamas spending defense funds considering the US spends way more than 50% of fed funds on ‘defense’.

      besides, even if hamas didn’t spend funds like that israel would mow the grass, that’s what they do and have been doing for decades.

      • oldgeezer
        July 31, 2014, 9:22 pm

        I have said it before and I will say it again. Given a choice between tunnels and anything else (well the last time was bunkers) I would spend on tunnels as it’s the only option which has even the remotest chance of freedom. The others only offer me some sort of chance of living under oppression.

        I fail to see how this ceasefire will hold but I hope it does. Israel (bbc jpost) is insisting it’s tunnel destruction operations will continue. I guess if it’s behind their lines that’s doable but if it means moving towards Hamas lines in the search then Hamas will likely defend their territory as they should.

        Sounds crazy… Troops remain in place should mean troops remain in place and not troops continue operations.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      August 1, 2014, 1:18 am

      I guess it never crossed your mind that maybe Netanyahu shouldn’t have bombed Gaza in retaliation for a crime not committed or planned by Hamas leadership. It was only after he unleashed his racist fury, killing five Palestinians (not including the many he had killed in the months leading up to this) that Hamas fired rockets, which they had a right to do as the leaders of an occupied people.

    • can of worms
      can of worms
      August 1, 2014, 5:00 am

      I am sure that Benedict-the-Occupier’s expert advice on how the Occupied should manage their struggle against the Occupier will be taken in the same spirit it’s given.

      You criticise the armed struggle as “pointless”, because it brings you worldwide publicity, confusion and self-disgust. Well, keep enjoying the publicity, it is well deserved. You know you just want to implant the PA in Gaza, for they have proven to be increasingly useful allies, who had lent a veil of legitimacy to your occupation, settlement and ethnic cleansing programmes.

      Your think your policies of coercion and force will last forever but they are just outmoded engines of economic gain.

    • Peace2All
      August 2, 2014, 6:36 am

      Hamas unable to balance its budget with all the destruction…thanks to israel pinpoint bombing or some say precision bombing result in almost 2000 deaths of Palestinian civilian who are victims of war crimes !!!

  4. Bumblebye
    July 31, 2014, 5:45 pm

    72hr humanitarian ceasefire announced, joint statement by Ban Ki Moon and Kerry, to start 8am (Palestine time) tomorrow. No link – just came thru on radio.

    • just
      July 31, 2014, 5:48 pm

      I saw a crawl on CNN — all parties agree to 72 hr ceasefire

      • American
        July 31, 2014, 10:14 pm

        Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour Gaza humanitarian truce …

        4 hours ago – Truce to start 8 A.M. Friday; Palestinian, Israeli delegations to head to Cairo immediately, joint U.S., UN statement says.>>>>

        Last time they called a truce Israel bombed a vegetable market and killed 17 people.

      • annie
        August 1, 2014, 1:39 am

        about an hr ago i intercepted a tweet they were attacking from land sea and air. so they will plummet gaza tonight most likely.

  5. John Douglas
    John Douglas
    July 31, 2014, 6:28 pm

    I suggested in a comment earlier today that Israel may be trying to force the Gaza Palestinians to emigrate by making their land unlivable. I asked this question, “Will Gaza be able to sustain a human population after Israel is finished with it?”
    Later today on M-W we get one answer from Pierre Krahenbuhl of UNRWA, “. . . Krahenbuhl continued, warning the Security Council that Gaza “will become unlivable in a mater of years unless urgent steps are taken.” Israel can, of course, make it livable after the Palestinians have left.
    I concluded with the question of whether this is a practice session for what is in store for the West Bank.

    • bijou
      July 31, 2014, 7:45 pm

      Emigrate? If only! However that is not Israel’s intention at all, because Gaza is sealed airtight by siege. No one can leave or enter without Israel’s permission, which it does NOT grant.

      Draw your own conclusions. The intentions couldn’t be clearer.

      Just another summer day mowing the pesky lawn:

      • John Douglas
        John Douglas
        August 1, 2014, 10:34 am


        Thanks for the interesting link. I think the “diet” information came from Wikileaks. And of course the “mow the lawn” is widely known. This still leaves Israel’s long term goal, from the 1940s to 2014 to consider. I’m not alone in thinking it is to empty the land between the Jordan and the Med of everyone but Jews. Yes, very few Gaza people can now emigrate but Israel would certainly be open to a mass emigration of all Gaza’s people. I was suggesting their (racist) goal is: Make Gaza’s land uninhabitable and perhaps the guilty West would offer refuge, though I doubt the brave people of Gaza would accept.

  6. wes
    July 31, 2014, 6:29 pm

    it is possible that israel will have to offer displaced civilians from gaza, cities of refuge in israel and the west bank,while gaza,s fate is decided.under those conditions gaza never to be militarized or to be used as a base to attack israel.

  7. just
    July 31, 2014, 6:58 pm

    CNN preview for Erin Burnett show: Is the UN taking sides …..? Ambassador Ron Prosor……

    ought to be a hoot.

    You just have to growl/snort/roll your eyes in disbelief.

    (Israeli troops will remain in place is what Israel is going to do during this “ceasefire”…holy hell)

    • bijou
      July 31, 2014, 7:46 pm

      Damned straight the UN (or at least UNRWA) is taking sides – the side of humanity and justice!

  8. Blownaway
    July 31, 2014, 8:30 pm

    “Scorched Earth”: How Israel Converted 40% Of Gaza Into A Wasteland Of Rubble
    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/31/2014 19:44 -0400

    Israel Reality Reuters


    Moments ago, after weeks of relentless humiliation for John Kerry, Israel and Hamas agreed to yet another 72 hour ceasefire – one which if the previous “ceasefires” are any indication, will be broken within hours if not minutes. Regardless, Kerry, who cobbled this agreement after much “hard work” alongside the UN’s Ban Ki-moon, was ecstatic: “We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire,” Kerry and Ban said. “This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence.”

    What Kerry did not say is that the ceasefire is merely an extended occupation by the IDF: as Reuters reported, the ceasefire statement said “forces on the ground will remain in place” during the truce, implying that Israeli ground forces will not withdraw. Which also assures that it is only a matter of time before yet another stray rocket is launched into Israeli fields, before the IDF retaliates by blowing up another school or hospital allegedly housing Hamas rockets, and so on.

    However, while this too ceasefire will come and go, something far more insidious is taking place in Gaza : as the Daily Beast reports, “The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.”

    To be sure, Israel has been quite clear about its intentions and has given Gazans plenty of advance notice:

    It’s not like Israel didn’t plan this. It told tens of thousands of Palestinians to flee so its air force, artillery and tanks could create this uninhabitable no-man’s land of half-standing, burned-out buildings, broken concrete and twisted metal. During a brief humanitarian ceasefire some Gazans were able to come back to get their first glimpse of the destruction this war has brought to their communities, and to sift through their demolished homes to gather clothes or other scattered bits of their past lives. But many were not even able to do that.
    They will have a chance to do so again for the next three days, or whenever the ceasefire is broken again which will come first.

    In the meantime, constant shelling and bombing have converted nearly half of Gaza into a inhospitable wasteland:

    What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is “scorched earth.”
    The author of the original article reflects on a world that may as well have emerged from a TS Eliot poem:

    In Beit Hanoun the systematic destruction mirrors Al Shajaya. I walk past old men and teenagers trying to lift cinderblocks and slabs of stucco with their bare hands, sometimes in search of a mattress and other times in search of a relative.

    The desert of demolition only becomes more vast as I get closer to the Israeli border. Individually razed homes and stores give way to gray and white plains of obliterated walls with hills of contorted iron bars and broken-up slabs. Here the bodies are hidden under the new landscape and it will take more than a brief pause in fighting to unearth the gruesome extent of the town’s suffering.

    “Scorched earth,” historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use. Israelis shy away from using the phrase to describe what they are doing because, in Israel, it brings to mind the strategy of the Nazi retreat from Russia at the end of the Second World War.
    For Israel, there is a perverse strategy in leveling everything in their path: the practice of systematically flattening neighborhoods is focused on saving the lives of Israeli soldiers, who might otherwise be more exposed to hit-and-run attacks. “Israel is more sensitive than any other country in the West to the death of its soldiers,” says Hebrew University political scientist Yaron Ezrahi “The death of [Palestinian] civilians is a moral crisis but is without political impact.”

    Precisely. And yet the ordinary [Palestinian] civilians, those who have never fired a gun in their lives, lives which sadly have zero “political impact” this is a tragedy beyond words:

    When Rania Haels got within 60 feet of the debris that was once her family home in Al Shajaya on Saturday, a machine-gun on top of a nearby Israeli Merkava tank started firing. Probably these were warning shots pumped in her direction, but the 42-year-old mother of seven ran for her life. Now she stays with her family in an overcrowded parking garage in Gaza City and spends her days sitting in a public park full of refugees displaced by the Israeli push.

    “We lost our homes and so now we live in the streets,” said Haels, holding a toddler in her arms who clings to her pastel-patterned hejab. “This war has destroyed me.” She says at least she knew where her home was. Some of her neighbors could not find their homes as they walked down streets made unrecognizable by the wreckage and horrifying by the presence of death.

    Rashid al Delo and his 11 children were, like Haels, blocked by Israeli machine-gun fire when they tried to return to their home near the bombed-out Wafa Hospital in Al Shajaya. But despite the dire reality, al Delo, who used to work in Israel but has been unemployed these last 15 years, is determined to salvage his life.
    At least they are not dead. However, with every passing day the probability of their survival declines. What is most tragic, however, is that regardless of who is to blame for the ongoing war which is merely the culmination of a middle-east conflict that has continued for thousands of years and whose origins are lost in the sands of time, the international community, so vocal when it comes to the pretense of humanitarian intervention in any other part of the world, is so remarkably incapable to do anything for the ordinary Palestinians who face not only the obliteration of their homes but systematic eradication. All the while the world screams but does nothing.

    Why? So that a few rich men can promote their military interests and get even richer: a reason as old as the world itself.

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    • just
      July 31, 2014, 8:37 pm


      Horrible war criminals.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2014, 8:57 pm

        It is all part of their master plan of ethnic cleansing, control of water, and land grabs. They are gradually driving these indigenous people away, that is why the UN predicts by 2020 these lands will be unlivable.

        The irony of it is, the UN/UK/US dumped these homeless unwanted europeans among these people, and like a cancer spreading have stolen lands beyond their borders, they have made the Palestinians refugees in other lands, and those who stay behind are made to go through brutality and violence on a regular basis, live in open concentration camps, blockaded, and made to suffer, and the occupier hopes they will merge into other Arab nations, thus losing their identity.

        At the end, if the UN who made one of the biggest mistakes in it’s history does not solve this problem fairly, there is no hope at all that the Palestinians will survive.

    • gracie fr
      gracie fr
      August 1, 2014, 8:44 am

      [email protected] Blownaway……absolutely scorched earth and hunger as the article states…!!!
      The farmers who had dairy or chicken farms raised produce, fed themselves and other people. Now that is no longer possible …..

      In 2012/13 Israeli ramped up the imposed “no-go” zone (Access Restricted Area/ ARA) on lands within 500 meters inside Gaza from the armistice line with Israel by regularly firing on any Gazans in the vicinity. Areas up to 1.5 kilometers from the Israeli perimeter fence were considered “high-risk” due to shootings by Israeli forces which dubbed them kill zones. The area comprises 35 percent of Gaza’s agricultural land, according to the UN. These Access restrictions have resulted in a loss of agricultural produce valued at 50.2 million USD per year. Farmers are heavily indebted and suffer from a sharp decline in the quality and quantity of food they are able to cultivate and consume. Land leveling operations and the use of live ammunition against farmers up to 1,500m from the fence are at the root cause of this food shortage.

      Today, August 1, 2014,, the permitted area for everyday activity in the Strip has shrunk even further. The Israeli military has relentlessly and methodically, is driven people out of enlarged three-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the restricted area eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

    • Kay24
      July 31, 2014, 9:28 pm

      Very interesting articles seafroid, I can see that right now there is strong condemnation for Israel, but looking at the how things went before, when Israel consistently attacked the people of Gaza, and there were the usual criticism of it’s violence, it eventually all died down, and the brutal occupier was able slip out of any responsibility and was never held accountable. I am doubtful it will be different this time.

      The UN MUST hold the occupier responsible for the situation it has caused in this overpopulated land, and must be held accountable for the excessive and deliberate violence against them. If the US does not exert pressure on them, then it is a lost cause.

  9. American
    July 31, 2014, 9:17 pm

    With Nearly Half a Million Displaced in Gaza….and almost 300 dead children
    Here is what a moral liberal Jew is worried about:

    by Jane Eisner- Forward

    ‘’Last Shabbat, as my husband and I were walking home from a long, lovely lunch with friends, I noticed scribbling on the sidewalk. Since the letters were written in white chalk and were upside down from where I stood, it took a moment to decipher their meaning, and another moment to get over the shock.



    This was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the epicenter of the liberal American shtetl, a place so ubiquitously Jewish that even the smallest grocery store posts Friday night candle-lighting times each week. So to see even this mildly anti-Israel graffiti was a surprise. For the first time since we moved to the neighborhood a couple of years ago, we felt uncomfortable, targeted, as people who care about Israel and as Jews.

    Though we share serious misgivings about the way the military conflict in Gaza began and is being prosecuted, and we grieve for the horrendous loss of life, we also believe that Israel does have a right to defend itself against a terrorizing organization that seeks its obliteration. If Israel’s actions warranted the end of its sizable financial support from the United States, what about neighboring Egypt — also a recipient of billions in aid — whose government has killed peaceful protesters, imprisoned journalists and put a democratically elected leader in jail?

    As we continued our walk, we asked ourselves whether the comparison was unfair because Israel should be held to a higher standard, and whether that scrawled sidewalk sentiment was a legitimate criticism of American policy or rank anti-Zionism. And when does anti-Zionism bleed into simple hatred of Jews?

    To borrow Irving Kristol’s line about neoconservatives, was I acting like a liberal Jew who gets mugged?

    Like many liberal American Jews, I have long insisted that anti-Zionism is not necessarily anti-Semitism, that one can be critical of Zionist political ideology and not hate Jews as Jews. The argument is partly an intellectual one, and partly a response to the embarrassing ease with which some Jews make the link, equating every criticism of Israel with “the oldest hatred” — an accusation that can unfairly label dissenters and shuts down the conversation.

    Plus, I’m American. America loves its Jews, and loves Israel. I can show you the polls, and the votes in Congress, and the intermarriage rate, and all the other indicators of public sentiment. To equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism somehow turns us into victims, part of a global victimhood, but we are not victims here, and even a few uncomfortable words scrawled on the sidewalk cannot really make a dent in our secure standing.

    The virulent reaction around the world to Israel’s latest incursion into Gaza is making me rethink that argument, and I know that I am not alone. “I’ve never been as concerned, frightened, worried and confused as this,” the historian Deborah Lipstadt told me. “Maybe it’s not 1939, but it may be 1934.”

    Read more:

    Dear Jane,
    Your ‘serious misgivings’ about about the way the military conflict in Gaza began and is being prosecuted……..are not enough.
    First, how do you know that it wasnt a Jew who wrote Stop Funding Israel?
    And you’re very stupid Jane —or just prevaricating ?—to use use the whataboutery of comparing funding of Egypt to funding of Israel since we started funding Egypt and continue funding Egypt because of Israel.
    And Israel is held to no standards by governments because your zionist corrupted politics and policies with money .
    That is why there is that “virulent reaction’ to Israel’s frequent ‘slaughters’ of Palestines by people all over the world.
    And you are not an American, you are a Jew living in America but devoted to Israel.
    Does that offend you? Will you chant what is good for Israel is good for America–that Israel is a valuable asset to America? Well perhaps you are that stupid.
    And the American public doesnt love you Jane, or hate you, or even think of Jews except in times like this in relation to Israel.
    So if you’re concerned, frightened, worried and confused well that’s your problem, one you created yourselves—-just like you created the zionist and Israel problem for Americans—-and the Palestine’s death and destruction problem with your Jewish State you dont even live in.

  10. oldgeezer
    July 31, 2014, 9:40 pm

    All proser could rant on about was I didn’t hear Hamas… I didn’t hear Hamas.

    In the first instance he wasnt’ listening in that case and in the second it’s about time Israel stepped up to the plate for the devastation and horrors they have inflicted upon innocents.

  11. Atlantaiconoclast
    August 1, 2014, 1:26 am

    Where is Angelina Jolie, Madonna, and other supposedly compassionate celebs? Why the silence? And how many of us have called our congress critters about this? We must stop being afraid to speak out. Wake up America. I beg you.

  12. Justpassingby
    August 1, 2014, 3:27 am

    Israel now want to stop fighting and get away with its 4 weeks of crimes, naive palestinians accepted it..

  13. Marnie
    August 1, 2014, 9:22 am

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Intense clashes erupted Friday morning between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the southeastern Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants attacks a post and captured an Israeli soldier.

    The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that at least 35 Palestinians were killed and more than 200 injured in Israeli shelling on Rafah that occurred in response to the attack.

    It’ll be interesting to see what Regev has to say about this, but I’m sure it will start with “Let’s be clear, Hamas blah blah blah …………”

  14. Marnie
    August 1, 2014, 9:29 am

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Intense clashes erupted Friday morning between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the southeastern Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants attacks a post and captured an Israeli soldier.
    The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that at least 35 Palestinians were killed and more than 200 injured in Israeli shelling on Rafah that occurred in response to the attack.
    The clashes came after Israeli forces shelled Gaza multiple times since the commencement of the ceasefire, killing four Palestinians. Before it came into effect at 8 a.m., Israel had already killed 16 Palestinians in strikes and shelling since midnight.
    Fighters reportedly emerged on Friday morning from tunnels, firing mortar shells toward the Israeli region of Eshkol across the border.
    One man approached Israeli forces and blew himself up during the operation.
    Israel Channel 10 said that Israeli forces were chasing down the armed men east of Rafah and was trying to prevent them from going further into the city.
    Clashes were ongoing in the areas of al-Nasser, the destroyed Gaza International Airport, al-Bilbeisi and al-Bayuk east of Gaza City.
    The channel’s reporter said that “armed Palestinians attacked Israeli forces in eastern Rafah city with shells, grenades, and automatic weapons, which led to clashes in the area.”
    An Israeli military spokesperson, meanwhile, said that the 72-hour ceasefire that was announced earlier was over and that military operations would “resume.”
    The Islamic Jihad-affiliated Palestine TV reported that the ceasefire had been “interrupted” because an Israeli soldier had gone missing.
    Israeli authorities, meanwhile, warned the residents of local towns inside Israel to stay in their homes.
    The reporter added that Israeli warplanes had “joined” the battle.
    Israeli media reported earlier that there was a “serious security incident” in Kerem Shalom area, declaring the area a closed military zone.

  15. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    August 2, 2014, 12:08 pm

    Don’t hold your breath! And neither will israel help rebuild all that which it has destroyed in Gaza. The fact that vast deposit of natural gas were found along the Gaza coast…influencing israel’s shameful behaviour?

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