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Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC, reporting from the neighborhood of Shujai’iyeh in Gaza on Instagram, says that 81 bodies have been recovered from the slaughter of last weekend. His photograph and caption:

July 26, 2014 | Shejaiya Cemetery, Gaza. Relatives frantically digging graves in an open lot being used as a cemetery. The stream of bodies was too fast for gravediggers to keep up with number of bodies being brought from nearby hospitals. The graves were being marked with cinder blocks from the rubble of nearby buildings destroyed by Israeli shelling. All that identifies where the dead are buried are the pieces of hand-written cardboard.

Here’s another foto: cinderblocks as headstones.

Mohyeldin says:

Bodies on top of bodies next to bodies. In four hours, at least 81 bodies have been pulled from the rubble pushing the overall death toll to more than 1,000 Palestinians killed since the war began. The smell of decomposed bodies, some who had been rotting there for a week was suffocating making it almost impossible for anyone to breathe without a mask. Hospital workers were barely capable of identifying bodies and were issuing death certificates on the fly and for parents who wanted a cause of death, there was simply no time for proper autopsies meaning few if any will be able to pursue legal recourse against their relative’s killers. They had to choose between a full autopsy or laying their loved ones to rest in the few hours of a ceasefire. All of them chose to take their relatives for burial.


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  1. a blah chick
    a blah chick on July 26, 2014, 3:09 pm

    There’s suppose to be a big pro war shindig Monday. It’ll be interesting to see how much they embrace their death cult in front of the world.

    • bilal a
      bilal a on July 26, 2014, 5:02 pm

      No doubt the star talisman , between the blue Euphrates and the Nile rivers, will be displayed frequently and prominently.

      Amos 5: 26 But you carried a tabernacle for your Moloch, and the image of your idols, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves.

  2. Boomer
    Boomer on July 26, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Disturbing to watch as a human. And as an American, disturbing to know that, once again, we are complicit in so much death.

  3. Kay24
    Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 3:14 pm

    This is the holocaust of Palestinian Arabs by Israeli Jews. This is the slaughter of innocents. This is the zionist’s brutal campaign to keep an occupation going, land theft and illegal settlements going, and to break the unity government, which was a threat to an end to these crimes, by genocide.
    They are massacring those standing in their way to taking over the Palestinian territories. They have penned them in like helpless sheep, and are slaughtering babies and children, with hatred and rage.

    • American
      American on July 26, 2014, 4:25 pm

      Here you go…..send a messsage to Joe “I am a zionist” Biden

      I’ve had the usual dozen dem pleas for money to fight the repub impeachment of Obama …today’s from Biden, entitled “I need you”

      “Friends —

      I need your help.
      Barack needs your help.
      And we need it TODAY because this is urgent:
      because Republicans are voting TODAY to advance their lawsuit against President Obama. It’s their most brazen attempt to obstruct our agenda yet.
      Together — Barack, You, and I — we’ve already accomplished so much to expand health care, promote equal rights, and lift up the middle class. Now they’re trying to bring that all crashing down. We still need 1,387 Democrats to step up and chip in today. If we don’t hit this goal, Republicans win.
      I have to ask you one more time: Can you step up right now?”

      I copied it to and emailed it to Biden’s WH office and told him to get the money from his Zionist masters. That we were through with the Dems……this Gaza murder and slaughter was the last straw.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on July 27, 2014, 8:13 am

        Thanks for the link. I did write to Obama, although I have no hope it will be read. I guess there are many like us who write, but it goes nowhere.

    • gracie fr
      gracie fr on July 27, 2014, 6:35 am

      ….yes perhaps guilty and also ill informed. The issue and answers seem to have been designed to confuse and discourage substantive action:

      We are now asking why R2P isn’t being applied to Palestine today. In reality, it never was –not at its inception and not since. The second (al Aqsa) Palestinian intifada against Israeli occupation began in September 2000, while the original International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) report on R2P was published in December of that year. Throughout the second intifada, the invasion of Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq, R2P supporters had nothing of consequence to say about any of this.
      Only 4 mentions of ‘Palestine’ are in Vols 1-3, 2009-11, of the journal “Global Responsibility to Protect” ‘the premier journal for the study and practice of the responsibility to protect (R2P)’.
      Can political activists or legal scholars, reluctant to see the world in terms of a democratic/non-democratic binary, and who seek to further justice and human rights, think and imagine a broader picture???

  4. Citizen
    Citizen on July 26, 2014, 3:21 pm

    It’s equivalent to over a million Americans being killed by Jewish Israelis with the help of 5th column of Zionists in USA. Keep it up. US news cries for Israel, Dick & Jane are kept ignorant, Shoah Jews are used as tools for Israel’s war crimes.

  5. just
    just on July 26, 2014, 3:21 pm

    Israel (& we) have shown no mercy nor respect for these human beings.

    I think shunning is in order, followed by prosecution.

  6. W.Jones
    W.Jones on July 26, 2014, 3:22 pm

    Is there a total casualty count or estimate for all the decades of Israeli conflicts?

  7. WeAreAllMadeOfStars
    WeAreAllMadeOfStars on July 26, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Dear Kay24
    I can sort of feel your anger and sorrow and though my words won’t change those feelings, I would like first to say to you that :you, the people are not guilty of those horrendous crimes, the governments and to all those US posters here, not only the US government but also all the governments of Western Europe. All those governments are the real enablers and full complicit of these crimes. I live in Western Europe and I am truly ashamed.
    We must act like candles (small, fragile yet warm and alight) : share the flame with the next candle thus creating a chain of lit candles setting light on the path of peace and freedom. Might sound highly poetic but essentially true and I think, essential.

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 4:17 pm

      Thank you for your perspective. I am really very depressed and sad when I keep seeing helpless babies, children, men and women, being massacred like this, as if their lives are worth nothing, and the entire world does nothing.
      My country, is primarily to be blamed for being in league with Israel, bowing down to it’s demands, aiding it, supplying it with endless weapons, and protecting it from world condemnation at the UN. All it would take is for the US to stop sending the aid and weapons. Israel is totally dependent on our aid to keep this brutal occupation going, and the mowing of the lawn, when the Palestinians do not do as they are told.
      I do agree that other nations are also complicit in this genocide of unarmed civilians, but I see voices of dissent over there unlike here. You have no idea to what extent, the zionist influence controls what we do and say here. Our foreign policies are written by their lobbies, and no one dares to stand up to them. Hard to believe that the most powerful nation in the world is controlled by a devious alien nation, but that is the truth. Even our media dare not criticize them.
      I am encouraged by the fact that more people around the world are horrified by the violence by Israel, although it seems a large number in the US are still under the delusion that Israel is the victim.
      We need to light a bonfire, because candles are quickly extinguished by a stronger influence here in the US.

      • Walid
        Walid on July 26, 2014, 7:28 pm

        It is very sad and depressing, Kay, but I somehow can’t stop thinking of one Israeli in particular that posts with us here all the time that must be feeling really bad for what Israel is doing and he can’t do anything more about it than we can. I can feel his sorrow even though he remains respectfully silent while we chatter away our frustration.

      • just
        just on July 26, 2014, 7:37 pm


      • bintbiba
        bintbiba on July 26, 2014, 9:06 pm

        I know, Walid…. I’ve missed him too, as well as another one as well .
        Such respect and empathy I feel. Theirs is such a true dignity , Thank you for bringing it up.

      • just
        just on July 26, 2014, 9:11 pm


        Who are we missing?

      • Mooser
        Mooser on July 28, 2014, 1:17 pm

        “Who are we missing?”

        Hophmi? No can’t be him. Walid said “Israeli”

  8. a blah chick
    a blah chick on July 26, 2014, 4:00 pm

    They’ve got over 165,000 people homeless, that’s nearly 10 percent of the population!

    Is there a chance that someone in a position of power will stop this horror?

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 5:50 pm

      CNN had a segment of little babies and children, with shrapnel wounds, some dying, and in pain. They said that some of the kids had their shrapnel taken out without medication to numb them, because there aren’t any available. It was heart breaking to see those images.
      The US continues to support these monsters.
      There is no one that can do anything, to stop the massacre and destruction.
      No one.

  9. seafoid
    seafoid on July 26, 2014, 4:32 pm

    This is the price of the jewish haven.

    • hophmi
      hophmi on July 26, 2014, 4:57 pm

      I guess 150,000+ civilians dead in Syria is the price of the Alawite haven. Or the price of the Sunni Iraqi haven. No, wait, that was like 1,000,000 dead.

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick on July 26, 2014, 5:00 pm

        Don’t worry, at the rate Israel is going they’ll be into Asaad numbers very soon.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 5:53 pm

        This is getting lame. When will the hasbara stop pointing fingers at others.
        We are not talking about a dictatorship here. We are talking about a brutal nation that keeps claiming to be democratic, while taking the most aid from the American people. We have every right to speak out against it.
        It seems democracy is only limited to Israel. The Palestinians are not given their rights. Get real.

      • joemowrey
        joemowrey on July 26, 2014, 6:06 pm

        So, hophmi, are you suggesting that the killing of civilians in Gaza is okay because civilians are also killed elsewhere? Or is it the fact that so many more civilians have been killed elsewhere compared to the massacre in Gaza which makes it okay? Pretty gruesome logic.

        This kind of moral-equivalency argument used by defenders of Israel is one of the more disgusting hasbara tactics. The “Yea, but look what they do” justification. Or the “why don’t you criticize them as much as you do Israel” rejoinder. All loss of innocent life is abhorrent. It’s not our job when addressing the situation in Palestine to also mention every other injustice on the planet.

        You can try to defend Israel’s conduct if you want to, but please don’t try to suggest that what they are doing isn’t immoral just because everyone else is doing it. If you are willing to set your moral benchmark so low, then what has defending Israel cost you?

        And Kay24 makes an excellent point. I second his/her “Get real” remark.

      • bilal a
        bilal a on July 26, 2014, 6:22 pm

        “Just remember all the good the purge does “

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 7:13 pm

        It is an old hasbarat tactic, that I have seen for years, it is really stale, and does not work here.
        The “look over there, they are worse than us” comment. Lame.

      • Kris
        Kris on July 26, 2014, 7:57 pm

        Thanks to Mooser, on another thread, for this:

        “The case for Israel is made of four propositions that should always be presented in the correct escalating order.

        “We rock
        They suck
        You suck
        Everything sucks”

        As you can see, the “look over there, they are worse than us” comment fits under “Everything sucks.”

      • seafoid
        seafoid on July 26, 2014, 11:02 pm


        The Alawis have very similar issues to the Jews. Notions of separateness programmed over centuries and messianic luck in the 60s and unable to run a country in the 21st century.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on July 28, 2014, 1:19 pm

        Chris, Hillel once said: “That article by Gabriel Ash is all you need to know about <i.Hasbara, the rest is commentary”

      • Qualtrough
        Qualtrough on July 27, 2014, 2:43 am

        hopfmi-style ‘whataboutery’ arguments:

        “Yeah, I killed my wife, but look at what Manson did! Why are you making such a big deal over what I did?”
        “Sure, I killed a few people, but it’s peanuts compared to what the Mafia does. Who are you to judge?”
        Nazi apologist:”Hey, Stalin and Mao killed even more people than Hitler did. Why does Hitler get all the grief?”

        Ad nauseum

      • Mooser
        Mooser on July 28, 2014, 1:21 pm

        My favorite bit is where a Zionist mines all of human recorded history for atrocities and genocides, and claims Zionism is entitled to its own atrocities and genocides, cause it builds healthy nations 12 ways, or something.

      • seafoid
        seafoid on July 28, 2014, 1:31 pm

        Zionism is the project for Jewish national liberation and as Jews didn’t have a state for 2000 years they have to play atrocity catch up, Mooser. It’s only fair. Otherwise France and England etc get away with murder.

  10. a blah chick
    a blah chick on July 26, 2014, 4:58 pm

    I thought I would share something that I learned about Carmeli, one of the Jewish American Jihadis who was recruited in Los Angeles. I can’t recall where I saw it but someone who knew him said that when he arrived in Israel he was determined to join the Golani brigade. At first the army did not want to assign him there, because his Hebrew was not good enough. But he did not want to take no for an answer, it was either “jail or Golani.”

    Now I know that disappointed people are often given to hyperbole but “jail?” Why not “the Golanis or I go home,” or “the Golanis or I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue.” Perhaps I’m reading too much into the statement but I just found it an odd thing to say. What illegal act would have gotten him jail if he didn’t get his dearest wish?

    • Taxi
      Taxi on July 27, 2014, 12:51 am

      Setting a Palestinian teen on fire, killing ANY Arab he chooses etc. take your pick, blah chick. For sure “jail” is where one expects to go when one commits a crime.

  11. just
    just on July 26, 2014, 6:11 pm

    Erakat is worried what we are witnessing is Israel’s re-occupation of Gaza……..disguised as a ‘ceasefire’.

    • Walid
      Walid on July 27, 2014, 2:21 am

      Like Abbas, a fair-weather friend wanting to ride the wave now that Hamas is scoring points all over the West Bank. Ashrawi just got on and Abed-Rabbo can’t be too far behind.

  12. Kay24
    Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 6:37 pm

    Oren again being interviewed….spewing anger against Qatar, and then went on again about those tunnels, cement, blah blah, and how Qatar is supporting Hamas.
    I say fair is fair, if we can support a bigger terrorist like Israel, who are we to judge others?

    It seems Oren and other pro massacre in Gaza crowd are getting a little frazzled.
    I support the Palestinians winning the PR war must be getting to them.
    I gather he is angry with anyone for supporting the Palestinians. How dare they, after all Israel wants them to stand alone and take their collective punishment like good soldiers.

    • RoHa
      RoHa on July 26, 2014, 10:31 pm

      “I say fair is fair, if we can support a bigger terrorist like Israel, who are we to judge others?”

      It is perfectly possible and legitimate for you to make fair and accurate judgements of the misconduct of others even if you are yourself guilty of the same misconduct.

      Of course, other people might ignore your judgements on the (perfectly reasonable) grounds that your own misconduct suggests that you lack the moral understanding to make accurate judgements, but that does not remove your right to make the judgements.

    • annie
      annie on July 26, 2014, 8:43 pm

      what an incredible video!!!

    • just
      just on July 26, 2014, 9:00 pm

      Damnation on Israel and that stupid Golda for ever saying : “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

      That was the most powerful, hopeful and painful video that I have seen in these 3 weeks– and there have been so many. The Zionists are losing again. They lost their humanity long ago.

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 10:51 pm

      What an amazing video. It was so mind blowing, to watch these desperate men, dig into the rubble with their bare hands, and find this miracle! I felt their urgency and anxiety, as they work with their hands. Thank you for linking this.
      It is sad to think that there are others like this little one, who did not make it.

    • Taxi
      Taxi on July 27, 2014, 1:12 am

      Incredible video, edwardm – much thanks for posting.

      Teary-eyed from watching.

      That rescued Palestinian child is a phoenix rising from the ashes – literary.

      How will he feel as an adult looking at the footage of his rescue? Israel better watch out if it thinks it can ‘bury’ the spirit of resistance in Palestine.

  13. Walid
    Walid on July 26, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Disturbing article over at Silverstein’s; something about Israel having killed one of its own to prevent his capture, as it had done once before during Cast Lead.

    Israel Murders IDF Soldier to Prevent His Capture
    by Richard Silverstein on July 26, 2014

  14. Kate
    Kate on July 27, 2014, 1:50 am

    I believe this video is from Syria, not Gaza, but as we know many children have been buried under their homes by bombs in Gaza – do we know of any surviving like this?

    • just
      just on July 27, 2014, 3:25 am

      I can’t tell where misery and hope intersect anymore. All I saw is that a baby survived somewhere and I have no idea where the baby’s Mommy, Daddy, Grands, siblings, kin are.

      Those men and boys breathed precious life back into the babe and themselves.

  15. crone
    crone on July 27, 2014, 3:07 am

    Richard Silverstein says Bibi lied… Bibi is evil… and a war criminal.“… This entire slaughter is based on a lie. And not just a small lie, but a huge, cancerous, evil lie. I do not like to make absolute moral statements if I can avoid it. But there is no doubt in my mind that Bibi Netanyahu is evil. While that doesn’t necessarily mean all of Israel is evil, as long as they elect this melalomaniac to office, then all of Israel is culpable in his malevolence.Bibi must be brought to the Hague.”more more

  16. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw on July 27, 2014, 3:14 am


    Victorian era child laborers die building Hamas tunnels.

    ” At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials. ”

    Who are the babykillers anyway?

    • Mooser
      Mooser on July 28, 2014, 1:24 pm

      “Victorian era child laborers die building Hamas tunnels.”

      Uh, wouldn’t “Victorian era child laborers” be sort of old by now?

  17. RoHa
    RoHa on July 27, 2014, 3:26 am

    “few if any will be able to pursue legal recourse against their relative’s killers.”

    How about a class-action suit against the Israeli government? Any chance of success?

  18. American
    American on July 27, 2014, 10:12 am

    Dead and wounded horses and animals everywhere—no one to help them or put them out of their suffering —-

    Come on God if you’re up there–destroy all monsters.

  19. SQ Debris
    SQ Debris on July 27, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Looking at the numbers of children killed in this conflict: In the last nineteen days Israel has killed more than double the number of Palestinian children than the combined total of all Israeli children killed in all Palestinian attacks in the last TWENTY FIVE YEARS! You can check the numbers for yourself at Time to give Israel a more accurate name. I suggest Godzilla.

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