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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike hits the Gaza Strip. 7 July 2014

Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike hits the Gaza Strip. 7 July 2014

Besieged Gaza – Occupied Palestine: Since June 12, 2014, Israel has launched a heinous attack against both Gaza and the West Bank. It has so far conducted more than 100 airstrikes against civilian targets in Gaza. Nine Palestinian civilians, including three women and two children, were wounded by shrapnel, and three civilians, including two children, were injured by the flying glass.  Moreover, three civilians sustained bruises. Besides, a chicken barn, greenhouses, a country house, two barracks for fodders and sheep were destroyed, and 3000 chicks died. Israeli naval forces continue to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza waters. Therefore, Israel further aggravates the situation for Palestinians in Gaza, which has been under a brutal military siege for more than seven years and still going on.

Recently, since the announcement of kidnapping three Israeli settlers on June 12, though there is not a proof that it is a Hamas or even Palestinian operation, the population of the Gaza Strip continues, as typically occurring, to pay the price and bear the blaze of Israel’s policies that hinges on deterrence and retribution. During the past few weeks, Israel has been violently and intensely launching a series of air strikes against the strip as it has already mounted the largest crackdown in the occupied West Bank in a decade resulting in the killing of 9 Palestinians (3 of them are from Gaza), not to mention the detention of more than 500 alleged members of Hamas, and searching of 1,300 homes, buildings, and sites in the West Bank. In addition to the horrible crime of kidnaping and burning to death the Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khudair in Jerusalem by Israeli settlers.

Israel continues to impose a total medieval blockade on the Gaza Strip isolating it from the outside world. This moment, more than 15,000 Palestinian patients are anxiously waiting to leave Gaza for treatment through the border crossing with Egypt.

Meanwhile, the United States continues providing the decisive military, economic, diplomatic and even media and ideological support for these crimes. US continues to ‘reward’ Israel with 6 billion dollars of tax-payers money. For the Israeli apartheid regime this translates as the green light to unleash the 4th most powerful military on us to ‘do its worst’ against our civilian population, of which over half in Gaza are children and over 2 thirds are UN registered refugees.

Because collective punishment is a war crime, under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, we urge the international community to put an end to the ongoing all-out military assault aimed against the total population of Gaza, open the Rafah crossing, the only travel port in the besieged Gaza Strip, permanently and heed our call to Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with International Law.

We, Gaza-based BDS activists and Palestine’s Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), salute our supporters all over the world, and call on you to stand on the right side of history and support our struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

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  1. HarryLaw on July 8, 2014, 9:44 am

    It is not only in Gaza collective punishment is being used, Arab areas of Israel who protested Israeli aggression in the West Bank have been singled out for discrimination.
    Adalah, the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, sent an urgent appeal on Monday after the Israeli Ministry of Health closed an important medical clinic in Umm Al-Fahm and a number of companies, including the electricity company, the telecommunication company Bezeq and Orange for mobile services, decided to close shop in the Arab areas and prevented their teams and staff from providing services to Arabs in the cities and villages more generally.

  2. Boomer on July 8, 2014, 9:52 am

    Obama calls for “peace,” and I, as an American, am ashamed.

    A squatter covets a house, he kills the owner, evicts the family, and settles in. The neighbors come to support the evicted family in their complaint. The police come and disperse the crowd, saying “peace.” The next day, the same thing happens. And the next, and the next.

    Munib al-Masri has a slightly different analogy:

  3. MahaneYehude1 on July 8, 2014, 10:15 am

    Because collective punishment is a war crime,

    Missile attack terrorizing more than million Israeli civilians is also collective punishment and regarded as a war crime. Not even a word…

    • seafoid on July 8, 2014, 1:32 pm

      Bring it to the ICC, have it assessed along with Ha occupation, 47 years of war crimes. Let’s have justice for everything.

    • Shingo on July 8, 2014, 6:13 pm

      Missile attack terrorizing more than million Israeli civilians is also collective punishment and regarded as a war crime. Not even a word…

      Bomb attacks terrorizing more than a million Palestinian civilians and murdering a dozen, is also even worse collective punishment and regarded as a war crime. Not even a word…

    • Mooser on July 8, 2014, 8:08 pm

      “Missile attack terrorizing more than million Israeli civilians….”

      Yes, I’ve heard several people were treated for ‘anxiety attacks’.

    • pjdude on July 8, 2014, 11:36 pm

      you mean Israeli civilians illegally in occupied teritory? not a war crime. the red cross has implied as much

      • MahaneYehude1 on July 8, 2014, 11:44 pm


        No, don’t tell me what I mean. They are targeting on almost all over Israel from the south to the center, even north of Tel-Aviv. Let me remind you that this area contains more than 4 million civilians. I sure it is comfortable to you to think they are firing on occupied territories so you can justify their war crimes against civilians.

      • SQ Debris on July 9, 2014, 5:13 pm

        Israel makes the rules then Hamas follows them. Israel, an alleged democracy, elects one leader after another that perpetuates the oppression, dispossession, and whole sale murder of Palestinians. I don’t read Hopmeister and MY1 condemning those war crimes. Rather they defend them. When a Palestinian applies Israel’s rules of conduct to Israel it’s all of a sudden war crimes? Oy!

      • Mooser on July 9, 2014, 10:07 pm

        “They are targeting on…”

        They are unguided projectiles. They can only be fired in the general direction of, they can’t target anything.

        And stop whining Mehane, this is what you signed up for. I think Israel might even be more popular if you didn’t whine, you know kvetch all the time. Nothing is fair, is it Mehane? The media is against the UN is against you the EU is against you the US doesn’t like you enough….
        Do you do anything besides kvetch?

      • Truthunleashed on July 9, 2014, 11:46 pm

        I hope everyone here realizes how crazy what youre saying is regardless of their beliefs. What youre basically saying is that if a person were to take a gun into a public place close his eyes and just shoot aimlessly with woman children and elderly around, but by some miracle hits none…. he isnt guilty of any crime!? Sticking to that analogy, if a cop was there witnessing this and aimed directly at this shooter and killed him hes the criminal?? Hate all you want, be as bias as you choose, but be reasonable and logical please people. Aiming missles, unguided means it can hit literally ANYWHERE, a house of worship, a nursery, a hostpital….. and it means the intentions of the shooter is to hit literally anything and anyone! Unless ofcourse youre saying they deliberately aim these rockets at open fields and random streets….. in which case that means they are 100% accurate in their aim, so much so in fact that it is impossible.

      • Bumblebye on July 10, 2014, 8:16 am

        @Truthunleashed (haha)
        What you’re saying is that if a blindman is being attacked by a bunch of bullies in a crowd, he dare not attempt to fight back in case he hits those in the crowd not attacking him, y’know, the ones just egging on the bullies.
        IOW, if Gaza militants cannot buy or build technologically advanced weapons, they have no right to defend themselves from Israeli bombings, yeah?

  4. seafoid on July 8, 2014, 10:42 am

    The Dersh is really confused. how to say revenge is wrong and let’s not investigate IDF shoot to kill

    “But those who call for the murder of innocent Israelis in revenge for legitimate Israeli military actions have no moral standing to express outrage at revenge taken by lawless Israelis.

    They may feel selective outrage when one of their own is murdered in revenge for one of their own having murdered innocent others. But that is tribalism, not morality.
    Both morality and the rule of law demand equal treatment of all murders. They also demand an acknowledgment of the difference between the deliberate murder of innocent civilians and the legitimate military actions of a government seeking to protect its citizens, even when those military actions cause unavoidable civilian casualties among the human shields widely employed by Israel’s enemies. ”

    It’s no wonder Zionism is hopeless

    • Shingo on July 8, 2014, 6:30 pm

      Both morality and the rule of law demand equal treatment of all murders.

      My word, does Dersh ever read his own past diatribes? In 2006, during the war with hezbollah, Dersh argued that the murder of civilians was justified because the victims were guilty of allowing Hezbollah to exist in their midst, which in turn made them all legitimate targets, whether or not they supported Hezbollah.

      The guy is a hypocritical crack pot.

      • eljay on July 8, 2014, 6:41 pm

        >> The guy is a hypocritical crack pot.

        You’re too kind. I can think of far more offensive – but equally accurate – words to describe someone as intentionally deceitful, hateful and immoral as Dershowitz.

    • a blah chick on July 8, 2014, 9:53 pm

      “They also demand an acknowledgment of the difference between the deliberate murder of innocent civilians and the legitimate military actions of a government seeking to protect its citizens, even when those military actions cause unavoidable civilian casualties among the human shields widely employed by Israel’s enemies. ”

      Wow, I didn’t know that that army videotographer being allowed to shoot a gun “for fun” was really protecting Israeli citizens, or that those two unarmed teens were really human shields for their backpacks!

      My bad.

  5. lysias on July 8, 2014, 11:32 am

    Both CNN and RT are reporting that Israel is about to launch a ground invasion of Gaza.

    • seafoid on July 8, 2014, 1:01 pm

      Israel is really lost. To every problem, there is a solution. Bomb Gaza.
      And then they’ll kill too many people and wheel out Regev.

      • Kay24 on July 8, 2014, 5:34 pm

        Good point. Revenge is part of their psyche. The Palestinians bid for statehood – retaliation by stealing more land, and refusing to release Palestinian funds. 3 Israeli boys missing – collective punishment of all Palestinians, Palestinian unity government – retaliation by bombing the hell out of Gaza and getting rid of Hamas officials.
        Yeah, it is all about retaliation. For all their crimes against their neighbors, these zionists deserve far more worse.

      • a blah chick on July 8, 2014, 9:41 pm

        “Revenge is part of their psyche.”

        I blame their honor/shame based system.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 8, 2014, 2:26 pm

      I would say it’s highly unlikely. Israel doesn’t do ground invasions. Their precious mammas’ boys might get hurt. Far better just to bomb from afar.

      I reckon it’s all bluster, just another round in the willy measuring contest between Liebermann and Netanyahu. Israelis prove their manliness by bombing men, women and children with nothing more than glorified firecrackers to defend themselves. When they had to face real fighters in Lebanon, they couldn’t run away fast enough.

  6. bopfromthedarkside on July 8, 2014, 1:28 pm

    I wonder how these IDF heroes would fare in a conventional fight with conventional forces – say US or British Marines, instead of babies and grandmothers. I suspect many of these facebook IDF warriors would cut and run.

    • JustJessetr on July 8, 2014, 2:39 pm

      I wonder how Hamas heroes would fare in a conventional fight with the IDF – say fighting out in the open instead of behind babies and grandmothers (and mosques, and churches, and hospitals, and schools). I suspect many of the facebook Hamas warriors would cut and run.

      • seafoid on July 9, 2014, 1:47 am

        Give them the equipment the bots have and turn it into a cable show.

    • Shingo on July 8, 2014, 6:52 pm

      I suspect many of these facebook IDF warriors would cut and run.

      Of course they would. We saw them so that in 2006 against Hezbollah. Many IDF, especially the reserves, went AWOL when they realized they were facing well armed, disciplined, fearless fighters.

      Contraty to all the myths, Israel has always enjoyed overwhelming superiority in terms of firepower in it’s wars.

    • Pat Nguyen on July 8, 2014, 8:17 pm

      Are you joking? The British have killed for more brown people.

      • Mooser on July 9, 2014, 10:12 pm

        “Are you joking? The British have killed for more brown people.”

        Look, Pat, why don’t you give us a number? I mean, how many Holocausts, how many murders of “brown people” (your words) are we owed? I mean, really, don’t we have 6 mil. coming, at a minimum?

    • a blah chick on July 8, 2014, 9:40 pm

      Now, now, let’s cut the guys some slack. When the most you have to deal with is a rock throwing teen, demonstrating college students or irate housewives you can get out of practice. I say airdrop their asses onto a mountain top in Afghanistan, let them fight real Islamic warriors who have the weapons to fight back.

  7. lonely rico on July 8, 2014, 2:07 pm

    To every problem, there is a solution. Bomb Gaza.

    Brings to mind Uri Avnery’s comment on Sharon’s death earlier this year –

    “Sharon was the most typical Israeli one could imagine, embodying the saying, ‘If force does not work, try more force.’”

  8. American on July 8, 2014, 2:41 pm

    Israel isnt going to stop.
    Israel has been led since day one by reptile lizard brains.
    And as long as Israel keeps on, Palestine resistence like Hamas will keep on.

  9. Justpassingby on July 8, 2014, 2:45 pm

    abbas could end this now by using the ICC.

    Where is he anyway? In qatar? Washington? Tel aviv?

    • Pat Nguyen on July 8, 2014, 5:12 pm

      Abbas has been warned that the ICC would open up a can of worms. He is smart to heed that warning

      • seafoid on July 9, 2014, 1:51 am

        To hear that from someone supporting the Jewish state is deeply depressing. What did they do to Tikkun Olam? It’s a first cousin of international law. I heard they found soot in Tikkun’s lungs in a forest in West Jerusalem.

  10. seafoid on July 8, 2014, 3:10 pm

    11 people dead. How many does that make when added to all the others in operation dead settler vengeance ? And where is Israel going with this? The head of Shin Bet gave a private talk recently where he said the greatest existential threat to Israel was not Iran but the Palestinians. He was wrong. The greatest existential threat to Israel is Yossi Israeli.

    • Citizen on July 8, 2014, 4:19 pm

      @ seafoid

      From The Jewish Daily Forward Blogs All
      July 6, 2014 – 3:21pm
      Yesterday I posted my translation of a Facebook post by Yuval Diskin, the former director of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency. He wrote that Israel’s security is threatened by a growing anger and frustration among the Palestinian public — and that the frustration is due in large measure to Israeli government policies. Among those policies: dismissing the Palestinians as a peace partner, ignoring their economic woes and continuing to build settlements on land the Palestinians claim as their future state. Today Haaretz published two articles in English that elaborate on that thought. One is a new piece by Diskin, outlining what he describes as an achievable path to an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, via a four-way peace arrangement between Israel, the Palestinians, Jordan and Egypt. The other is an account of a briefing by Mossad director Tamir Pardo, the current director of the Mossad intelligence agency, given on Thursday to a group of Israeli businessmen. As reported by Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, Pardo told the gathering that the “biggest threat to Israel’s security is the conflict with the Palestinians and not Iran’s nuclear program.” According to an attendee at the briefing, Pardo listed the most dangerous threats to Israel’s security as the “Palestinian issue” and the rise of the so-called Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) as a destabilizing terror base in the region. Pardo reportedly declined to include the Iranian nuclear project in his catalogue of most serious threats to Israel’s security or survival. This isn’t the first time Pardo has downplayed the Iranian nuclear threat, in seeming contradiction to the views of his boss, Prime Minister Netanyahu. In December 2011 he said in a speech to an annual gathering of Israeli ambassadors that it was a “mistake” to describe Iran as an “existential threat” to Israel

  11. seafoid on July 8, 2014, 3:41 pm

    On behalf of UN Watch, my name is Rachel Frankel, and I live in Gaza. I’ve come here today as a mother. That was a joke. I can’t because I’m in Gaza. Today , my son Mohammed and two other teenage students — whose mothers are sitting behind me — were blown up on their way home from school.

    With your permission, I’d like to tell you about the boys. My son Mohamed was 16. He loved to play guitar and basketball. He was a good student and a good boy — a combination of serious and fun. Amar loved to play sports and cook. Gamal was an amateur pastry chef, and loved movies.

    My son texted me — said he’s on his way home — and then he’s gone. Every mother’s nightmare is waiting and waiting endlessly for her child to come home.

    We wish to express our profound gratitude for the waves of prayers, support and positive energy, pouring in from around the world. Such a pity the US Government won’t do anything.

    Being in this assembly, I wish to thank the UN Secretary-General for condemning the murder of our boys, expressing his solidarity with the families, and calling for the immediate release of our people.

    And I thank the International Red Cross for stating clearly that international humanitarian law prohibits the lifting of international law for Israeli revenge taking.
    At the same time, I believe much more can be done — and should be done — by so many. That is why we three mothers have come here today — before the United Nations, and before the world — to ask everyone, to do whatever they can, to bring Israel to its senses.

    Mr. President, it is wrong to kill children, innocent boys or girls, and use them as instruments of any struggle. It is cruel. This council is charged with protecting human rights. I wish to ask: Doesn’t every child have the right to come home safely from school?

    • Jon66 on July 8, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Of course no one should target children, or adult civilians for that matter.

      • Mooser on July 8, 2014, 8:14 pm

        “Of course no one should target children, or adult civilians for that matter.”

        Well, Jon66, you might want to run over to Israel and see if you can get “Operation Protective Edge” called off. Cause it looks like that is exactly what Israel is up to.

      • seafoid on July 9, 2014, 1:39 am

        No. The Dersh says you can kill as many as you want but be sure to call it self defence.

  12. lysias on July 8, 2014, 4:06 pm

    The Hill: Israel has “a right to defend itself”, WH says:

    The White House voiced support for an Israeli military offensive targeting Hamas, saying Israel had “a right to defend itself” against “vicious” rocket attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip.

    “We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire into Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians.”

    The Israeli military struck some 100 sites in Gaza and was mobilizing troops for a ground invasion, according to The Associated Press. At least 15 Palestinians were killed in the violence.

    I guess that amounts to a green light.

    • just on July 8, 2014, 4:08 pm

      Yep. I heard it *live*. SSDD.

    • Kay24 on July 8, 2014, 5:55 pm

      Where is the zionist loyalists in Congress. Soon, they will all scramble (maybe return soon from the vacation) and with much love and devotion pass a resolution proclaiming unwavering love and support for dear helpless Israel.
      While they are at it, they will quickly use our tax money for more weapons that could be used against Palestinian civilians. Aren’t we wonderful enablers?

  13. Citizen on July 8, 2014, 5:01 pm

    To my current knowledge, Castor, Nelson, Rubio, Florida’s reps for the American boy who was brutally beaten by the Israeli cops, have not sent any word of support to the boy or his family. I see Obama added condolence for that boy along with the 3 murdered Jewish teens, to his latest hasbara platitudes. I guess Obama can’t waste any political power he has on the fact Mossad, IDF, and Shin Bet chiefs and former chiefs have now stated Israel’s existential threat is its own policies towards Palestinians, not Iran. Penny Pritzker sent him trotting, and he must tow her leash? Meanwhile, in Obama’s former gatekeeper Rahm’s Chicago, how many black on black murders was there over the 4th of July? 80, 90?

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