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For the second time in 2 years Israel ferociously attacks Gaza. And for the second time, I’m not there. I follow the news on Twitter. With every tweet, and every explosion, it feels like I am deaf. My heart is there where my family and people are, but physically I am not there. I am not hearing any explosions, not feeling any shockwaves, not physically at risk of being killed by a random bomb Israel drops on my house. But my family and friends are. You sleep not knowing what kind of bad news you are going to wake up to.
The world feels giddy and insignificant.

It’s Gaza again. And it’s bleeding again. And it’s being blamed again, ignored again, and abandoned again, for nothing other than that those who are being killed are Palestinians. Protective Edge is the name of the new Israeli assault. And it’s ongoing and doesn’t seem to be ending soon. Israel hasn’t fulfilled its ravenous appetite for destruction and death. It’s an operation that comes after some settlers burnt a Palestinian boy alive. It’s an operation that comes when Gaza is under unprecedented siege. An operation that comes in the Holy month of Ramadan where Muslims observe fasting. An operation where every 4,5 minutes there’s an explosion. The Palestinians in Gaza are the target, not Hamas. The houses of Palestinians, their institutions, their mosques, their hospitals, their societies are the target. Israel wants to inflect the maximum damage and destruction in order to bring Palestinians to succumb. The world favors the oppressor.

113 Palestinians are now martyrs (and counting), most of whom are innocent civilians, and you still read headlines that say:”Israel is under attack”. There’s no justice for Palestinians in the news. They want to incriminate an entire population, blaming them for their own misery. They want to forge a narrative that there are two equal sides. While there’s one side that’s oppressor and another that’s oppressed.

They want to amplify the effect of a rocket that leaves very little damage, but they want to trivialize the effect of an F-16 bomb dropped on a house in densely populated area. They want to humanize Tel Aviv’s summer vacation, but they want to make entire massacred families some collateral damage, or an error, or Hamas’ fault. But never blame Israel regardless the fact that they’ve some the most sophisticated technologies and regardless of the fact that some these attacks were conducted in broad daylight. The world is blind.

Cast Lead, Pillars of Clouds, and Protective Edge, Israel gets away with it.
Cast Lead, Pillars of Clouds, Protective Edge, people rise up and protest.
Cast Lead, Pillars of Clouds, Protective Edge, nothing is changing.
Cast Lead, Pillars of Clouds, Protective Edge, nothing changes unless there’s an end.
Cast Lead, Pillars of Clouds, Protective Edge, and many more, nothing will change unless there’s an end,
An end to israel’s impunity, an end to israel’s occupation, an end to its apartheid policies, an end to its settler freak mentality, an end to its supremacy.
Cast Lead, Pillars of Clouds, Protective Edge…and many more to come, unless an end to israel’s impunity, an end to israel’s occupation, an end to its apartheid policies, an end to its settler freak mentality, an end to its supremacy.

Until then it’s wrong to think that Palestinians will just turn the other cheek. Resistance, armed and unarmed, is our right, our duty to protect ourselves. Israel only understands the language of force. We don’t have much of it, but we have enough to preserve our dignity. It’s our undeniable right.

Gaza is bleeding. Gaza is mourning. And the bitterness of loss and injustice is colossal. But Gaza has always taught us that it rises up, it resists, it stands up for its people and its people stand up for it.

We should never forget or forgive…Palestinians are not numbers and statistics.

(Originally published on Lina Al-Sharif’s blog Reflections
on motherhood, motherland, and poetry
)

Lina Al-Sharif

Lina Al-Sharif, a Palestinian blogger living in Doha-Qatar.

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  1. anthonybellchambers on July 12, 2014, 9:44 am

    This is NOT a war about Palestinian rockets – this is a war about illegal settlements, stolen land and 500,000 Israeli settlers

    * The BBC has just reported 123 Palestinians killed by the IDF of which more than 75% were civilians. Plus the killing of two patients unable to walk and the serious injuring of four others in a home for the disabled. (12/07 -1321hrs)

    The only way now to stop Netanyahu’s horrific killing of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is to stop Israel’s preferential trade with Europe. The EU Parliament should take immediate steps to abrogate the Israel Association Agreement the provisions of which Israel is in gross contempt.

    Stop its bilateral trade with the EU and Israel’s territorial expansion plans will be stopped. By removing its preferential rights to trade with Europe, its government will no longer have the money to wage an offensive program of forced land grabs – even with continued military assistance from a lobby-controlled, US congress.

    Stop bilateral trade with Europe and Netanyahu becomes impotent overnight and the bully of the Middle East will revert to being just another politician of a small state with F16 bombers (albeit with a secret nuclear weapons arsenal that it cannot use because it would irradiate its own cities).

    Then the horrific killing of innocents, by a US-congress-backed IDF, will be an atrocity unlikely to be repeated.

    This is NOT a war about Palestinian rockets – this is a war about illegal settlements, stolen land, 500,000 Israeli settlers and the wholesale killing of innocent men, women and children – families just like yours and mine. Palestinians are human beings and bleed just like Christians.

    In the face of this continuing atrocity, the world and the UN must act.

    • biorabbi on July 12, 2014, 11:52 am

      Are you high? I don’t think Hamas cares about illegal settlements, unless you mean Tel Aviv.

      • a blah chick on July 12, 2014, 1:18 pm

        Ah, the old “it’s not about the settlements” argument.

        Well, if it’s not about the settlements why is the Israeli government planning new settlements in punishment for the hitchhiker killings?

      • Sumud on July 12, 2014, 1:53 pm

        Much to Israel’s dismay the divide and conquer strategy employed to keep Gaza and the West Bank apart is failing badly, likewise Israel’s attempt to break apart the unity government.

        Senior Hamas official to Haaretz: Palestinian unity government won’t be dismantled

        To suggest Hamas aren’t interested in settlements is just …silly.

      • Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 4:15 pm

        Israel was hell bent on breaking apart that unity government, and was disappointed that the US made noises about being able to work with it, so did the EU and other nations. Someone linked an article here, in which it was stated that this attack on Gaza was part of that plan to break up the unity government. Apparently the Israeli government knew that the kids were already dead on day one, but pretended to “look” for them on the other side.
        They have slaughtered children and women, all for avenging the deaths of their three kids. So how many Palestinian kids must die, for a murder no one still has any proof, that Hamas was responsible for?
        The butchers will never be able to get rid of Hamas this way, they have done the same old sheet, before, and Hamas is still standing.
        It is time the world boycotted, divested and sanctioned Israel, and most importantly freed the Palestinian from their occupation, and prevented genocide. The human animals have killed enough, and abused the Palestinians for too long.

      • justicewillprevail on July 12, 2014, 1:53 pm

        No, you don’t think You have no idea.

  2. Vikram on July 12, 2014, 10:15 am

    I cannot understand how civilised and supposedly “normal” people could carry out atrocities like we have seen over the past few days in Gaza. The people who are ordering these attacks, those who carry them out and those who support them in Israel are all guilty of crimes against humanity. Foreign leaders such as Obama, Cameron etc all share in blame.

    The firing of rockets by militants into Israel are militarily completely ineffective. I can understand how Palestinians, having suffered so much oppression, humiliation, death and destruction at the hands of the Israelis, might resort to violence. The have every right to defend their homes and property.

    However, it saddens me greatly that they do not stick exclusively to non-violence. Their understandable violence has been used by the Zionist propaganda machine to paint all Palestinians as terrorists when the only real terrorists in Israel/Palestine are the government and armed forces of the Zionists. I cannot understand how little compassion or fellow feeling the people of Israel seem to have. How can they watch innocents being killed daily in their name without crying out for justice !

    • NoMoreIsrael on July 12, 2014, 12:05 pm

      I can’t imagine how the Palestinians feel. Even as a JEW I would never consider sharing the land with Israelis at this point. Never. It turns out that Hamas has been right all along. Israel needs to go.

    • Taxi on July 12, 2014, 12:34 pm

      Vikram,

      Israel murders non-violent Palestinians with just as much savagery and gusto as they do Palestinians who take up arms.

    • Justpassingby on July 12, 2014, 2:17 pm

      Because palestinians are s*it according to the west, the racism is enormous!

  3. joer on July 12, 2014, 10:27 am

    Here is another good source on Twitter for first hand real time information on what is going on in Gaza. Farah is tweeting as bombs are going off around her house:

    https://twitter.com/Farah_Gazan

    She is one of several Palestinians who have the presence of mind to report attacks as they happen. It is a little chilling though to not know that if someone I follow isn’t active for a day or two, there is a possibility they may have been killed. It brings the whole thing closer to home.

    • annie on July 12, 2014, 10:34 am

      joer, thanks. here’s a video she posted..what it’s like to be near these blasts, i recommend

      https://www.keek.com/keek/MhNeeab

      Jul 12, 2014 | My friend just sent me this #Gaza he took this video from his home by FarahBasilBaker on Keek.com

      • joer on July 12, 2014, 10:45 am

        I just noticed in her bio she is only 16. It didn’t even occur to me she is only a girl because she is so focused on what she is reporting. I guess kids grow up fast in Gaza.

      • annie on July 12, 2014, 5:25 pm

        rawan yaghi was only 16 when we met her. yes, they grow up fast.

      • adele on July 12, 2014, 2:00 pm

        Can you imagine being a parent in Gaza trying to keep your children emotionally and physically healthy in this situation? Trying to shield them from injury and assuage their fear, struggling to ensure that you can nourish them and find them clean water to drink? I just read that Israel bombed water pipelines and over 350,000 Palestinians in Gaza are now affected. Dear good lord, the stress, fear, anguish and grief these innocent people are being subjected to is inhumane. Such bitter days.

      • Daniel Rich on July 12, 2014, 5:58 pm

        @ adele,

        Q: Can you imagine being a parent in Gaza trying to keep your children emotionally and physically healthy in this situation?

        R: You’re not keeping up with the Apartheid State’s rationale of blaming Palestinian parents for letting their kids die…

        Israel has lost every single right to exist [in my book of moral concepts/rights].

        I’m done with it.

      • Citizen on July 13, 2014, 7:06 am

        @ adele
        Seems to me the (nearing) 200 deaths and 600 + woundings is collateral damage to the Israelis; rocket launchers, and the entire Gaza infrastructure is being targeted, water system, electrical grid, hospitals, police stations, schools, places of worship, etc. After the ceasefire, life will be much harder in Gaza, and very unhealthy for the million plus humans who live there with no place to escape to.

  4. Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 10:28 am

    These are sad, sad, pictures, and it is heart breaking to see these innocent little children feeling the wrath of Israel. They will be forever traumatized by seeing death and destruction, hear their mother’s crying, and see their father’s dead, for no valid reason. The world watches zionist insanity and does nothing. There are no two words about it, the zionists are just as criminally insane as the nazis were.

    Anthony, this is simply another brutal step by Israel to decimate Gaza, bomb it to the stone ages (as suggested by Ariel Sharon’s son) and kill a large number of Palestinians. Yes it is about the illegal settlements, and Israel’s plan to rid the Galilee of Arabs.
    For Israelis, Palestinians are “animals”, “human animals”, children are “little snakes”, and to justify the brutality, they call them all terrorists. Unfortunately, like extremists give Islam a bad name, these zionists and their brutality, gives Judaism a bad name.
    This is more like doing the work of the devil.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 12, 2014, 10:50 am

      Whenever an atrocity is committed by Muslim terrorists, Muslims and Muslim organisations the world over are asked to condemn it, and any failure to do so on demand is interpreted as approval of said attack.

      Of course, the same question is never ever asked of Jews when the Jewish State goes on the rampage. That would be ‘anti-semitic’ I suppose. And the fact is that, while not all Jews are Zionist, almost all official Jewish organisations the world over are strongly pro-Zionist. If these organisations are worried about Judaism being given ‘a bad name’, they are free to condemn the actions of the Jewish State. But they won’t.

      • Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 12:12 pm

        I agree. I have googled and found numerous Muslim leaders, committees, and other groups condemn extremists violence, but it hardly makes the news in the US. You have a good point. Why are those who can make some impact be more forceful, and openly say they disagree with their government. When the 3 Israeli kids were kidnapped, Bibi pressurized Abbas to condemn such actions (although we still do not know exactly who the criminals are) and he offered to support them in their search.
        I have yet to hear the Obama administration, Chuck Hagel included, mention the brutal massacre of women and children by the IDF.
        No, only supporting so strongly, the notion that Israel has the right to defend itself. Defend itself from unarmed, helpless, occupied people?

      • a blah chick on July 12, 2014, 12:18 pm

        We are seeing history being re-written before our eyes. On every Zionist site you read about how the Jewish community condemned the lynching of Abu Khdeir but that the Arabs “cheered” when the hitchhikers were found dead. What I recall is that people on the WB were too busy dodging bullets and being collectively punished to cheer anything. But Zionists learned long ago that the key to good propaganda is to be the first to seed our version of the facts into people’s minds. Once there it is very hard to get it out and their perspective is the one that dominates the American discourse.

      • American on July 12, 2014, 7:52 pm

        Anthony’s suggestion:

        ” The only way now to stop Netanyahu’s horrific killing of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is to stop Israel’s preferential trade with Europe. The EU Parliament should take immediate steps to abrogate the Israel Association Agreement the provisions of which Israel is in gross contempt.”

        Will not work imo. Every little ‘condition imposed on Israel only makes it act out more. And Europe never holds their feet to the fire. They impose a tiny restriction like no access to banking services for settlement enterprises —and then they give Israel some plum with the other hand.
        The Palestines will likely be half genocided and half transferred if there is not some forceful outside intervention in the immediate future.
        Maybe the world will be upset enough after the fact to drag Israel and the US to international war crimes court.
        Or maybe not.

        I am disgusted down to the last fiber in my body with Isr and the US–if I were President I would give Israel the only ultimatum and choice it deserves and the only one that would have any effect—call off your assault of Gaza or the USAF will shoot your bombers out of the air, destroy your ships off Gaza and precision target ever military site and arms depot in Israel, we will leave you nothing but your Iron Dome rocket defense.

      • Citizen on July 13, 2014, 7:16 am

        @ American
        I feel the same way. Chuck Hagel seems an entirely different person these days.

  5. a blah chick on July 12, 2014, 11:58 am

    Some of the online newspapers are truly abysmal. Headline from the London Evening Standard: “Rabbi stands on top of double-decker bus in west London as part of pro-Palestine protest against ‘Israeli aggression'”

    Note the quotation marks around Israeli Aggression.

    Meanwhile the Irish Times explains it this way: “Hamas goes to war – for a ceasefire” Here’s the first paragraph: “Writing in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, the Israeli analyst Alex Fishman said Hamas was “like a suicidal individual trying to drag Israel forcibly into armed conflict … believing [it] will be the one to determine the strength of the explosion.”

    What planet are these people on?

    • Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 12:49 pm

      Planet zio. They write to show devotion to Israel, for anyone not toeing the line will either find him/herself out of a job, or their websites or news channel having no sponsors. They will all be reminded that what they do is anti semitism.

  6. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 12, 2014, 12:30 pm

    IDF now saying that rockets from Gaza have landed in Hebron and Bethlehem.

  7. Daniel Rich on July 12, 2014, 12:35 pm
  8. Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 1:23 pm

    UN urges ceasfire. As if that would made Israel stop what they seem to be enjoying doing – massacring women and children in Gaza.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/palestinians-draft-resolution-urging-cease-fire-24532796

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 12, 2014, 1:53 pm

      Yes, but it says it was approved by all 15 members, which means the US didn’t exercise their usual veto. That in turn suggests that Israel is looking for a way out, as it’s hard to imagine the US would have acted against Israel’s wishes.

      • Justpassingby on July 12, 2014, 6:00 pm

        Maximus

        Israel ceasefire? No the resolution doesnt say anything, just what israel accept. Now they plan invasion. Crazy regime.

    • Justpassingby on July 12, 2014, 2:16 pm

      shameful by US led UN council! Not a word against israel!

      140 dead now!

      • Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 9:54 pm

        That is unfortunately true. No one, not Obama, Canada, or David Cameron, have condemned the unnecessary massacre of civilians, especially women and children. I think France has mentioned the civilian deaths, but no one else. Shame.
        It seems Palestinian lives are of no value.
        Now imagine if these were Israelis who were killed, by now Bibi would have twisted arms, and world leaders would be trying to out do each other showing condemnation.

  9. gracie fr on July 12, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Israel’s “Knock on the Roof” tactic caught on film……
    (What it’s like to have years of comfort, memories, and possessions obliterated in the wink of an eye as your home is reduced to dust…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waSPsI9-ge8#t=38

    • Citizen on July 13, 2014, 7:30 am

      @ gracie fr
      Frightening. Totally jarring at instant of impact. That was the before, during, & after F-16 bombing of a family’s home in Gaza, yesterday.

    • Citizen on July 13, 2014, 8:03 am

      Here’s another video clip showing a mortar round “knocking on the roof” of a home, and, less than a minute later, the home being bombed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdULPgX5mR0

  10. nettee on July 12, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Absolutely heartbreaking.
    The blackest day for Zionism.
    I’m Jewish and I’ll NEVER support this massacre,there are tears in my eyes.
    How is it possible to defend this brutality?
    How horrible it must be to live in Israel while this is happening virtually down the road from you and not feel concerned or horrified at what is being done to these poor poor people.

    • Citizen on July 13, 2014, 7:33 am

      @ nettee
      Israel’s defenders are all over the internet social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube commentary, etc. All say all Gaza needs to do is stop launching rockets into Israel.

  11. Justpassingby on July 12, 2014, 2:15 pm

    Rumours that israel have attacked a hospital.

    • justicewillprevail on July 12, 2014, 7:40 pm

      They have sent ‘warning’ rockets to the hospital which is a geriatric one with patients who can’t be moved. Perhaps Israel would like to explain what kind of mortal threat a geriatric hospital poses to the people or government of Israel. Even more creepy an Israeli phoned the hospital apparently keen to find out if the patients were being moved

      http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/israel-fires-warning-missiles-gaza-city-geriatric-hospital

    • Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 10:00 pm

      Nothing has been spared, a hospital, a mosque, a facility for the handicapped, and just now airstrike on Gaza police chief’s home, kills 8 Palestinians.

      “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
      Buddha

    • Naftush on July 13, 2014, 2:28 am

      Solid intelligence that the gang in charge of Gaza stockpiles weapons in hospitals, making them legitimate military targets.

      • annie on July 13, 2014, 5:15 am

        if it’s so solid how come you’re not linking to it.

      • Citizen on July 13, 2014, 7:39 am

        Solid evidence that the gang in charge of Gaza stockpiles weapons in Palestinian diapers.

      • justicewillprevail on July 13, 2014, 6:05 am

        As solid as all the other repeated lies and convenient excuses Israel wheels out every time they murder people – that have done it so often and so flagrantly they have no credibility when it comes to this kind of propaganda. I suppose they might try the ruse of fake videos as they have in the past.
        It is evident their goal is to destroy infrastructure, whatever the collateral damage, leave people in misery and somehow hope this will turn them against Hamas. Which betrays the bankruptcy of their ideas – the only answer they ever have to avoid a settlement with Palestine is extreme violence, whatever the cost in the lives of the defenceless people they attack. What do they care about them, they want rid of them anyhow.

  12. a blah chick on July 12, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Well Hamas earlier announced that they would be aiming for TA, so if anybody in TA gets hurt they have only themselves to blame because they were warned.

    • annie on July 12, 2014, 3:27 pm

      israel just slaughtered a bunch more people

      • Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 4:25 pm

        Perhaps there is more slaughter to come:
        Huffpost
        “JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area “for their own safety.”

        In a statement Saturday, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area.

        Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesman, said Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours as it steps up an offensive against Gaza militants.

        Officials say the area has been used to fire rockets at Tel Aviv.”

        Israel is such a considerate slaughterer; it gives warning to unarmed civilians to evacuate, so that they can bombard their homes and buildings,
        where are these poor people supposed to go? As if the butchers care.
        They have destroyed hospitals, mosques, and buildings that are considered war crimes. Arrogance and disregard for international law, makes them indifferent. Our leaders still keep holding their blood stained hands.

      • can of worms on July 13, 2014, 7:54 am

        “The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area”

        –> from a Jerusalem Post article (2008 invasion):
        “Simply put, Israel should reassert complete control over Gaza, topple the Hamas-led regime, arrest and try its leadership, and finally declare that this land is rightfully ours and we shall never again abandon it. We should then move quickly to rebuild the rubble of Gush Katif and its once-thriving Jewish communities. ”

        link: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Fundamentally-Freund-They-had-their-chance-Now-take-back-Gaza

  13. Kay24 on July 12, 2014, 3:54 pm

    American hypocrisy.
    “U.S. imposes sanctions against Hezbollah-affiliated consumer electronics company
    According to the U.S. Treasury, Stars Group Holding secretly bought electronics in North America and Europe to help Hezbollah conduct surveillance operations in Israel.” Haaretz

    How about imposing sanctions against Israel for the slaughter of innocents? It is long overdue. Surveillance equipment seems tame compare to slaughtering 127 civilians, including babies. US showing double standards again. Ugly.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.604394

  14. a blah chick on July 12, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Short of getting caught gang raping little girls there is nothing that the IDF can do that will not get them forgiven by their cadre of supporters. And I wouldn’t put gang raping to the test either.

  15. a blah chick on July 12, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Here’s an interesting tweet from Anshel Pfeffer: “Min. Yuval Steinitz refused now to speak live on @channel10 with a Gaza resident. Visibly embarassed and uncomfortable at the opportunity.”

    Yeah, big shot Likudnik is too afraid to face one of his victims. Cowards the whole lot of them.

  16. Justpassingby on July 12, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Fatah support israel in this, its so obvious now.

    • annie on July 12, 2014, 5:28 pm

      Fatah support israel in this, its so obvious now.

      why would you say that? it’s not true. besides, israel just blew up an important fatah family in gaza today. and a fatah militant group shot rockets at israel the other day. their unified now, if fatah didn’t support them, they wouldn’t be.

      • just on July 13, 2014, 8:36 am

        thank you annie.

        blaming Fatah and Abbas is nuts.

      • Justpassingby on July 13, 2014, 9:26 am

        Annie

        With all due respect but now I began to wonder Annie what your views are,
        Fatah and Israel started a war against Hamas in Gaza some years ago and you are repeating that Fatah represented by Abbas isnt working with Israel?

        Again with all due respect, but if we here cannot even accept the truth then, there is no way there will be peace.
        I already gave you a link yesterday about how Abbas slam/criticize Hamas not to mention the lack of any move by Abbas at all.

        I find it very tragic that Modoweiss authors trying to defend this disgraceful man that havent done anything to protect palestinian lives/statehood.
        Do you really deny that this man is working with israel? do you really deny this man is corrupt?

  17. German Lefty on July 12, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Up W/Steve Kornacki 07/12/14
    Can the Middle East cycle of violence be broken?
    http://www.msnbc.com/up-w-steve-kornacki/watch/can-middle-east-cycle-of-violence-be-broken–302999107539

    • annie on July 12, 2014, 5:30 pm

      that’s not slamming

      • Justpassingby on July 12, 2014, 5:59 pm

        Annie

        Slam/criticize, shows what a puppet he is to Israel.

  18. just on July 12, 2014, 5:25 pm

    Heartbreaking.

  19. Daniel Rich on July 12, 2014, 5:32 pm

    Israel May Be Raising The Moral Standards Of Warfare .

    Dang! I must have missed that cool aid stand…

  20. just on July 12, 2014, 7:13 pm

    There is no forgiveness for Israel.

    None.

  21. a blah chick on July 12, 2014, 8:20 pm

    Anyone able to confirm that the Israeli navy tried a landing and were beaten back?

  22. wes on July 12, 2014, 8:24 pm

    Fantastic news northern gaza is being evacuated right now to save civilian lives.the total evacuation of civilians much like what took place in syria would be the answer.that would then enable gaza to be rebuilt to improve the conditions of the inhabitants
    tons of sewerage is being dumped in the ocean every day.this has to be fixed.housing has to be improved.hamas has allowed conditions to deterioate due to lack of funds from arab donors.this cannot go on,
    civilians in gaza must vote yes for meaningful change and allow market forces to fully exploit the gas fields.

    • Sumud on July 13, 2014, 1:04 am

      You’re nuts.

    • Djinn on July 13, 2014, 5:11 am

      that would then enable gaza to be rebuilt to improve the conditions of the inhabitants, tons of sewerage is being dumped in the ocean every day.this has to be fixed.housing has to be improved.

      Will you be lobbying Israel to lift the blockade so building materials can enter? Or materials to fix the water treatment plant? Does this blowing things up makes way for improvements attitude apply to the place you live?

    • Kay24 on July 13, 2014, 8:17 am

      Consult your doctor….time to change your meds.

  23. markpg on July 12, 2014, 8:27 pm

    We Americans should send phone/email our Congressmen and representatives to stop being facilitate Israeli crimes against humanity. If we flood their offices with protests, maybe they will start thinking.

  24. HardestTime on July 12, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Humanitarian law should absolutely forbid what Israel is doing. “Human rights, if they mean anything, are not the rights of humans to be killed efficiently. Human rights are their rights to live.” This excellent article has more on the issue: http://paper-bird.net/2014/07/12/on-the-slaughter-of-innocents/

  25. bilal a on July 12, 2014, 10:47 pm

    Dawn of a new humanity

    “Human evolution has been moving at breakneck speed in the past several thousand years, far from plodding along as some scientists had thought, researchers said on Monday. In fact, people today are genetically more different from people living 5,000 years ago than those humans were different from the Neanderthals who vanished 30,000 years ago,”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/12/10/us-evolution-human-idUSN1043228620071210

    Empathy is dysgenic?

  26. Daniel Rich on July 12, 2014, 10:54 pm

    Israel: 4 soldiers lightly hurt in battle in Gaza.

    Am I now supposed to sit here with a big lump in my throat and my eyes brimming with tears?

  27. wes on July 12, 2014, 11:21 pm

    Finally israeli politicians are waking up and taking the iniative.this proposal is a win win for inhabitants of gaza with a real opportunity to improve there conditions

    http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Katz-presents-plan-for-civilian-separation-from-Gaza-362536

    • annie on July 13, 2014, 2:08 am

      i agree w/sumud, you’re weird.

      • Walid on July 13, 2014, 2:54 am

        Annie, the guy is not weird, he’s as wicked as they come. The evacuation order which became formal this morning with the dropping of leaflets giving people till noon to get out, is to pave the way to execute a Dahieh-doctrine leveling of the area.

        “… The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced that the military has airdropped leaflets on the northern Gaza Strip with similar messages. Locals have also been sent pre-recorded messages and video clips.

        “It is the intention of the IDF to attack from the air terror infrastructure and terrorists in the area east of Al-Attara,” the leaflets warn. “Residents must evacuate their homes by 12 pm, noon, today heading south towards Jabalia.”

        The Israeli warnings told Gaza residents that “the IDF operation will be temporary and short. Those who do not adhere to these directives will jeopardize their own lives and the lives of their families. Be careful, stay safe.”

        A senior IDF official said Saturday night that “in the next few hours, in light of the fact Hamas is hiding behind civilians, we will change patterns of action and start evacuating Palestinian civilians in the northern Gaza Strip, where long-range rockets are fired from.”

        … The IDF will strike areas from which rockets are launched at Israel, in which rockets are manufactured, and in which terrorists train and hide their rockets and other weaponry.

        “We did this in Lebanon, and we haven’t done this in the Gaza Strip so far. This will increase the amount of casualties,” he said.

        The move was decided on after consultations with legal advisers dealing with international law, who will also accompany the commanders…”

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4542496,00.html

  28. Daniel Rich on July 13, 2014, 1:01 am

    off topic.

    To all of you who churn through our replies and remarks [and there are tons of them]: a big thank you for your hard and diligent work.

    :[]:

  29. Palikari on July 13, 2014, 2:22 am

    I will say that I feel sorry for every civilian, innocent death. If Hamas didn’t use civilians as human shields this wouldn’t happen; if Hamas built shelters for civilians instead of shelters for them and their weapons and tunnels to Israel, this wouldn’t happen, and so on.

    I hope Hamas terrorists get what they deserve and asked for, and I pray for the safety and well-being of innocent civilians in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

    Shavua Tov.

    • Sumud on July 13, 2014, 10:23 am

      As long as you’re blaming the victims your sorry rings hollow and is mere posturing. You’re saying it to soothe your conscience.

      We can all play the “if X didn’t do X then X” game, however the underlying issue is undeniably Israel’s occupation of Palestine and in particular the creation of a concentration camp by Israel in Gaza in gross violation of it’s obligations under the Geneva Convention.

    • pjdude on July 13, 2014, 4:52 pm

      how the hell are they supposed to do that. cement and rebar are required to build shelters 2 things Israel forbids to enter gaza.

  30. Daniel Rich on July 13, 2014, 5:24 am

    I vote for a concrete dome, with concrete walls and no windows; no more rockets in and no more rockets out.

  31. Citizen on July 13, 2014, 8:05 am

    8AM EST, on CSPAN WJ now: Mideast, Europe & US Foreign Policy

  32. Kay24 on July 13, 2014, 8:09 am

    Death toll stands at 160+.
    Number of injured over 900

    It was nauseating to watch Blitzer give a very clinical report about the Israeli ground attack on Northern Gaza, downplaying the attack, saying they will do the minimum (whatever that means) and only want to attack Hamas positions (look how that has gone so far, more civilians killed than Hamas).

    It seems Ben Wiedeman is missing today. I hope he has not been taken away from his reporting in Gaza. Last time he spoke it was with Oren, and Oren looked uncomfortable with Ben reporting that Mosques and hospitals have been bombed, and I felt perhaps those who control CNN might be asked to take Ben Wiedeman out of Gaza, because he was reporting in a very honest way, giving us details about the horrendous bombing, and gruesome deaths. Zionist do not like the truth, they hide it.

    Victor Blackwell and his female partner have shown their usual pro zionist stance
    on their program today. It has been all from the Israeli side, all about their plan to so “carefully” attack Hamas, and Israel’s favorite reporter Blitzer is carefully spewing the propaganda, as if wanting the viewers to even support this well intended massacre in Gaza.

  33. Walid on July 13, 2014, 9:45 am

    From Richard Silverstein: In First Gaza Ground Battle, Israeli Commandos Repelled
    The commando unit is the same one of the Mavi Marmara infamy:

    “by RICHARD SILVERSTEIN on JULY 13, 2014
    in MIDEAST PEACE

    In what was the first ground engagement between the IDF and Hamas forces during Operation Protective Edge earlier today, Shayetet 13 naval commandos landed on a northern Gaza beach, where their target was a rocket launcher firing long-range missiles toward Israel. According to a well-placed Israeli source, the commandos were ambushed and repelled by Hamas fighters. There was a huge firefight involving heavy weapons and the special forces were forced to withdraw with four wounded. None were killed on the Israeli side. The IDF says it killed three Hamas fighters, though this is unconfirmed on the Palestinian side.

    According to my source, the battle did not go well for the Israeli forces who had hoped for stealth to reach and neutralize their target. With the ambush they lost the element of surprise and were forced to call in F-16s and helicopter gunships to hold off the attacking Palestinians. Certainly such air support wasn’t anticipated unless the operation ran into trouble, which it clearly did…”

    For the rest on Israel’s inglorious episode:

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/07/13/in-first-gaza-ground-battle-israeli-commandos-repelled/#comments

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