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As scenes of carnage fill the screen with news of another grotesque Israeli attack on a UN school this morning the thought crossed my mind, “This could not be, so soon after, it must be old footage.” But no, it is all too real and has happened again. Ten people have been killed and “dozens” more injured when the deadly strike hit a street just outside of the gates of the school this morning in Rafah.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called for an investigation, and stated the U.S. was “appalled” at the “disgraceful shelling” and  “urged Israel to do more” to prevent civilian casualties.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon called the attack “criminal” and “a moral outrage” but I’m failing to grasp how this will prevent another incident of gross civilian human slaughter from reoccurring in the following days.

Guardian: Gaza school attack denounced as ‘criminal act’ by UN chief

The school was sheltering more than 3,000 people displaced by fighting in the area. It has been the scene of heavy bombardment by the Israeli military and fierce clashes following the suspected capture by Hamas fighters of an Israeli soldier, later declared killed in action.

In a statement, Ban called on those responsible for the “gross violation of international humanitarian law” to be held accountable. He said the “Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites.”

At the time of the strike – about 10.50am local time – dozens of children and adults were clustered around the gates buying biscuits and sweets from stalls set up by locals.

The missile struck the ground eight to 10 metres from the open gates. Witnesses at the scene less than an hour after the explosion claimed it had been fired from one of the many unmanned Israeli drones in the air above Rafah.

…it was the third time in 10 days that a UN school had been hit.

Elsewhere in Rafah, more than 30 other people have already been killed today. Rafah’s Abu Yousef el Najjar hospital is overwhelmed with the rising casualties.

Parts of Rafah are beginning to resemble Shuja’iyah. I’m no war reporter, just an ordinary person, but what are we to think when whole neighborhoods are destroyed one by one and residents seeking refuge in schools being slaughtered unmercifully? Look at this scene of Rafah from yesterday:

Here is the full statement from Jen Psaki:

The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties. UN facilities, especially those sheltering civilians, must be protected, and must not be used as bases from which to launch attacks. The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians. We call for a full and prompt investigation of this incident as well as the recent shelling of other UNRWA schools.

We continue to underscore that all parties must take all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties and protect the civilian population and comply with international humanitarian law.

This is not a war it is the decimation of Gaza bit by bit. More and more people are coming to the conclusion what’s happening in Gaza, looks like genocide. As the world looks on in horror, and people protest by the millions, I ask you what are we to do?

Just last week Ban Ki-moon called the Israel’s attack on another UN school in Jabaliya, which killed 16 people, “reprehensible”. We need more than hand wringing, denouncements, investigations and calls for accountability. We need justice, the occupation to end. If this were happening to Jewish families, all hell would be breaking loose in the halls of congress. Our government is worse than worthless, they are facilitating this crime against humanity.

Has humanity become so inured by Palestinian oppression and death we could stand by and witness a genocide before our very eyes and not recognize it is taking place? I don’t think so.

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is a mom, a human rights activist, and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area and likes to garden. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Justpassingby on August 3, 2014, 5:55 pm

    “appalled” thats the word aipac approve…
    Those statements are ridiculous and no one belive they have any meaning, just some days ago US armed israel with more weapons.

    • Peace2All on August 4, 2014, 8:39 am

      U.S. & israel shows their true love to the Palestinians by being “appalled” and a moral outrage but not a war crime !

      • Justpassingby on August 4, 2014, 10:16 am

        Note, they dont mention israel.

  2. just on August 3, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Great, comprehensive article about Israel’s Genocide of the Palestinian People.

    It’s way past time for the UN, the US and the world to stop the bs and ACT for justice. Sanction Israel. Stop arming the untrustworthy state. Call them out for their crimes against humanity.

  3. Nite_Owl on August 3, 2014, 6:11 pm

    I bet Obama was so appalled that he sent another half billion in weapons to Israel to help with the ethnic cleansing.

    • ziusudra on August 4, 2014, 7:58 am

      O’Bloomer & Bungy Moony simply verbalized condemnation of the crimes of Zionistan, then they all praise Jehova & pass the ammunition!

  4. Maximus Decimus Meridius on August 3, 2014, 6:11 pm

    It really shows hot utterly outside civilised norms Israel has become that yet ANOTHER attack on a UN school barely elicits shock anymore. It’s become almost routine.

    And it’s thoroughly disgusting that when even Israel itself admits to having bombed the school – albeit using the excuse that it was ‘targetting militants on a motorbike’ – world ‘leaders’ such as Obama, Ban Ki Moon and Hollande refuse to explicitly condemn them. Even the BBC referred to the school being attacked by a an unspecified ‘missile’ – as far as the viewer was concerned, the missile might have come from Mars. Sometimes I think the media and political class is more pro-Israel than Israel itself is.

    • ziusudra on August 4, 2014, 8:03 am

      Greetings MDM,
      …sometimes i think the media & political class are more pro-Israel….
      You are thinking correctly.
      PS where are the Sanctions against Zionistan?

    • Peace2All on August 4, 2014, 8:45 am

      israel is protected by all sides including mainstream media and innovative lies like a motorbike and the next excuse probably a child on a tricycle a mortal danger to their soldiers !!!

  5. Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Psaki can act like she is appalled and outaged, but we know by now this is all the good cop act for the time being. Tomorrow the good cop will vanish, and the bad cop will re-arm Israel with more weapons, to continue this massacre, and we will see the carnage on videos.

  6. RobertB on August 3, 2014, 6:22 pm

    The critters in the US(Israel) Congress, the white house/state dept staff… Kerry and Obama …. they are ALL complicit to Israel’s war crimes & the Palestinian human disasters…day after day. They All have blood on their damn hands. The blood of hundreds of helpless Palestinian women & children…!!!

  7. In2u on August 3, 2014, 6:25 pm

    “urged Israel to do more”

    More killing? More weapons on the way?

  8. a blah chick on August 3, 2014, 6:25 pm

    Nothing will come of this. Israel has a core of support that will forgive them anything. These supporters also have money and power.

    And, no, I don’t know what to do about it.

  9. Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 6:29 pm

    This is a great speech by Chris Hedges. Given in 2010, but so relevant to the massacre going on right now in Gaza. He describes what the Palestinians have to go through, and how their plight is ignored by the rest of the world. Very powerful words.

    Worth watching if you have not seen it before.

    • Sumud on August 4, 2014, 1:02 pm

      It’s great Kay – as much as something so …horrific can be.

      Hedges words have never been truer.

  10. justicewillprevail on August 3, 2014, 6:31 pm

    I really think politicians are way behind their populations on this one. They revert to type, uttering banal formulaic phrases which are crafted to do some hand wringing while evading any responsibility they may have to seek justice for people under the most vicious, reprehensible assault. Genocide looks more and more the aim – what this campaign has established is the utter redundancy of anything israel says, its actions the only reliable guide to what darkness is in their hearts and intentions. Miliband in the UK has only spoken out because the overwhelming weight of public opinion has emboldened him to say what they are all reluctant to say, because they know the opprobrium they face for speaking truth to power. Even Hammond had to formulate a way of trying to ride the wave of public opinion while delicately avoiding saying the obvious and laying the blame where it belongs.
    What people desperately want is some accountability for the out-of-control lunatics in israel who have come to believe they can commit whatever barbarity they conceive. The only mechanism we have is international law and sanctions – which none of these lily-livered faint hearts will touch with a bargepole, when the lobby is so powerful.
    It underlines what feeble and unrepresentative democracies we have, when the rich and powerful collude to make sure that israel is untouchable, however many innocent people die under its heel.
    This is a watershed, in as much as people not familiar with the horror of israeli oppression suddenly have had their eyes opened, and are appalled. We must do all we can to make israel accountable and stop the impunity it enjoys. Like S Africa it will be a long struggle, but the silence is breaking and people are not intimidated as they once were to state the obvious and call israel out. Everywhere i go, people are outraged and want action – politicians are hopelessly behind the curve. At the edinburgh festival an israeli company were thrown out of their venue because of the disruption that protests were causing. Of course the director was whining about it – but i think that this sort of public revulsion at israel and making clear that its citizens cannot enjoy normal international relations, cultural, trade or sport while they accept the violent racism of their state is more likely to be effective, as it was against S Africa. Enough.

  11. Bumblebye on August 3, 2014, 6:33 pm

    In the last few minutes (according to radio) Israel has announced a several hour humanitarian ceasefire for tomorrow – excluding Rafah.

    • oldgeezer on August 3, 2014, 6:41 pm

      Unless food, water and medicine is brought it then there’s little point. They kept the crossings closed on the very first ceasefire which was set expressly for that purpose.

      I don’t know how any Israeli can look at themselves in the mirror. Assuming their press reports these things it takes a very special kind of hatred and racism to consider it acceptable.

      • Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 7:16 pm

        They not only can arrogantly look at themselves in the mirror, but I am sure they sleep well too. Not only do this blood thirsty nation support the slaughter by a huge majority, it seems now both the left and right are urging Israel to not withdraw from Gaza. They want more blood shed most probably.

      • Bumblebye on August 3, 2014, 8:14 pm

        I think, seriously, there’s got to be international pressure on all our politicians, the UN, and whatever else needs it, to get at least the port in Gaza permanently reopened. The arbitrariness of goods coming via Israel, people unable to leave via Egypt, is now completely intolerable.

      • ziusudra on August 4, 2014, 8:21 am

        Greetings Bumblebye,
        …int’l pressure……
        From whom?
        The People of or their Goverments of:
        the US, the Americas, Europe, Pro Western Arab Principalities, etc.
        Who? Nobody! We can only wait for Serendipity to appear causing the finalizing implosion causing a Synthesis of this rogue entity.
        PS They cannot be stopped because big brother needs them for his hegemonial aspirations in the Levant. They only cost 1% of the US spending Budget. Zionistan’s soldiers are mercenaries for the Goals of New Rome, we pay, they fight, 2 of them die per excursion. Bibi can handle that for 250mn.$.

    • justicewillprevail on August 3, 2014, 6:41 pm

      Are we supposed to be impressed by their ‘concern’? For seven hours? How about for ever? What is the point of continuing the slaughter – haven’t they killed enough? There is no worthwhile opposition to their military juggernaut, so just f-ck off, and leave the people you have starved and impoverished alone. Scuttle back to your air-conditioned subsidised walled consumer paradise where you can continue stoking your carefully honed sense of superior victimhood, where human lives outside of israel count for nothing, and you can fantasise you are brave or moral or remotely likeable.

      • Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

        Yes really, after so many civilians have been blown up Israel shows how magnanimous it is, and gives these poor people some hours to scramble and look for food and water. They are in dire straits, and this respite will only be a short lull before the slaughter starts again.

      • ejran on August 4, 2014, 1:53 am

        The ceasefire is a selfish act by Israel to reload on its weaponry. Nothing to do with giving Palestinians some hours to breathe.

      • Bumblebye on August 3, 2014, 8:20 pm

        I do hope you’re not assuming I’m one o’ “them”! But I thoroughly understand the fury and frustration you’re feeling.

      • justicewillprevail on August 4, 2014, 7:44 am

        Of course not, Bumble

      • ziusudra on August 4, 2014, 8:34 am

        Greetings Jwp,
        …you can fantasise (that) you are……
        doing capable work in the field against Civilians!
        1800 per month shows incompetance of a conqueror!
        at every 3 or 5 yrs, they would need eons to clear out
        the Falesteeni. Even with all their Military might, they
        are not capable of killing more! The Falesteeni will survive.
        These East Europeans Israelis are of Polish & Russian ethnicity
        & they were never as competent as Ghengis or the German Huns!
        They are not holding back out of their religious Menschkeit,
        they just don’t have it!

  12. just on August 3, 2014, 6:35 pm

    Israel never does ceasefires– they violate every “rule” in the book.

    “Israel said its military would hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip for seven hours on Monday to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and for displaced Palestinians to return to their homes, but would fight back if attacked.

    The humanitarian truce, beginning at 10 a.m. local time, would not apply in areas of the southern Gaza town of Rafah where Israeli forces are still operating, a Defense Ministry official said in a statement. ”

    • Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 7:18 pm

      They sure do violate every rule in the book, but the irony of it is, they project it on to the Palestinians, accusing them of the crimes that we know they themselves are guilty of.

  13. justicewillprevail on August 3, 2014, 6:35 pm

    And here Paul Mason finds some shreds of hope in among its horror: a tribute to the human spirit in Gaza, and one which should shame israelis, were they capable of such an emotion:

    • just on August 3, 2014, 7:01 pm

      A very good article that I found a bit ago… thanks for linking.

      Here’s more from Jason Burke’s later article from Rafah:

      “…Rafah has been hit hard in recent days. It was near the city, on the Egyptian border, that two Israeli soldiers were killed and one thought captured immediately after a brief truce had come into effect on Friday morning. The soldier has now been declared killed in action, but the clash, which came as Israeli troops tried to clear one of the cross-border tunnels built by Hamas, prompted some of the heaviest bombing of the conflict so far.

      Now the streets are empty but for mounds of uncollected rubbish, shattered glass and dead animals. The 19-mile (30km) drive to Rafah from Gaza City traverses a wilderness of deserted homes, burning factories, pockmarked apartment blocks and mosques with gaping holes punched through concrete walls by tank shells.

      A lone man waves desperately to flag down one of the rare passing cars, but none stop. Another whips a donkey to force a last effort from the exhausted beast. Drones are audible overhead and tanks kick up dust on the low horizon to the east.

      Local officials estimate that at least 180 people in and around Rafah have been killed since the latest ceasefire collapsed. After one of the most lethal days of the conflict so far, the total for Gaza is now more than 1,800, they said. Israeli officials say nearly half of the casualties are combatants from Hamas or other factions. The UN say two thirds are civilians, local NGOs say four-fifths.

      In one strike early on Sunday morning, 10 members of the al’Ghoul family died when their house down a narrow alley was obliterated. The dead included a new-born, six children under eight and three adults, Yusuf al’Ghoul, a relative and neighbour, said.

      “They were sleeping,” he told the Guardian.

      The main hospital in Rafah was evacuated on Friday because of shelling. The two remaining facilities – the Kuwaiti clinic and a small maternity hospital – are overwhelmed. With insufficient mortuary space, the body of one child was stored in an ice-cream freezer. Others lay on the floor of a storeroom.

      Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Abu Adwan, who had been buying sweets with his friend Moath when the blast occurred, was curled in a semi-foetal position on a plastic chair in a corridor, half naked and wrapped in a soiled hospital blanket. Moath was dead, he said quietly, though his friend’s name is yet to feature on any casualty lists.

      On the floor a classroom in the school, the mother of seven-year-old Saqir Kershif, whom she had last seen bleeding heavily in the arms of his injured father, sobbed steadily. Her uncle had telephoned her to say he could not find either her son or her husband at the city’s clinics.

      “Where can we go if they cannot protect us? Why did they tell us the UN school would be safe? We could have stayed and died at home,” said Hasna, 22.”

      • Goyjim on August 5, 2014, 10:22 am

        “Where can we go if they cannot protect us? Why did they tell us the UN school would be safe? We could have stayed and died at home,” said Hasna, 22.

        When I first saw mention of the idea of trying to make Gaza a UN protected site, I thought, “Sure, because that worked so well for the Bosniaks.” This quote shows, sadly, how accurate that was.

    • Marnie on August 4, 2014, 4:56 am

      Beautiful people. The israeli’s will never be remembered in such lovely prose.

  14. bilal a on August 3, 2014, 6:36 pm

    us reaction push back in response to israel violating the cease fire with the fake soldier capture, but more:

    Israel-Gaza conflict: John Kerry’s phone calls ‘tapped by Israeli government’ while he mediated Middle East peace talks

    wonder what Brit Hume has to say:

    flashback fox 2002

    BRIT HUME, HOST: Last time we reported on the approximately 60 Israelis who had been detained in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorism investigation. Carl Cameron reported that U.S. investigators suspect that some of these Israelis were spying on Arabs in this country, and may have turned up information on the planned terrorist attacks back in September that was not passed on.

    • can of worms on August 3, 2014, 11:59 pm

      @bilal a
      Thanks for bringing that up. Comments on this are limited here, so I’m going to make it general. For anyone who asks, “the Israeli control of American foreign policy is terrible, but what can we do about it?” One answer: demand an independent, international re-investigation of September 11. Such an investigation would lay bare the corruption, and pave the way for much needed reforms.

    • Marnie on August 4, 2014, 4:58 am

      Just goes to prove the saying “when you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas”.

  15. oldgeezer on August 3, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Well at least it wasn’t barbaric like killing a soldier during war time. eye roll.

    There supposedly targeting 2 terrorists on a motorcycle nearby. This shows a totally callous disregard for the safety of civilians. I saw two because of the language used… I guess it could have been 50 although I was never able to carry that many when I owned 1. But then 1 is a number as well so…

    “The Israeli military was investigating the incident, said a spokesman, but preliminary inquiries had shown that its forces were “targeting a number of terrorists on a motorbike near the school,”

    • oldgeezer on August 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

      wow… I make fewer errors when I’ve been drinking. apologies.

    • Kay24 on August 3, 2014, 7:04 pm

      It finally turned out that these are Israeli lies. We now realize the real human animals are those that come from Israel, and that barbaric acts are coming that side too. It is projection zionist style.

  16. sandhillexit on August 3, 2014, 6:40 pm

    “I expect you are all aware that the boys school where ****** is in charge is the one that was hit today with at least ten killed and injuries. **** and ***** confirmed to me that ****** is safe, but it is hard to imagine all that he and others must deal with.”
    Cindy Corrie

    • just on August 3, 2014, 7:45 pm

      Can you provide a link please? I can’t find it.

  17. Denis on August 3, 2014, 6:53 pm

    But, but . . . hold on. Surely GoI has an explanation. They always do. (And it’s always the same.)

    Perhaps you have seen Adam Johannes of Stop the War Coalition “quick guide to Israel’s PR methods.”

    1. We haven’t heard reports of deaths, will check into it.
    2. The people were killed, but by a faulty Palestinian rocket/bomb.
    3. Ok we killed them, but they were terrorists.
    4. Ok they were civilians, but they were being used as human shields.
    5. Ok there were no fighters in the area, so it was our mistake. But we kill civilians by accident, they do it on purpose.
    6. Ok we kill far more civilians than they do, but look at how terrible other countries are.
    7. Why are you still talking about Israel? Are you some kind of anti-Semite?

  18. scott9854958 on August 3, 2014, 7:04 pm

    The fact that so many UNRWA facilities are hit can be no accident especially considering Israel’s target acquisition capabilities. It just underscores the hatred Israel has for the UN and anything under UN jurisdiction, and even more, that smacks of an international, third party referee in the OT. It’s worth noting that other NGOs like Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross report the same hostility from Israel. They (Israel) want no witnesses. They want no record of their actions. It’s like the USS Liberty attack, again and again.

  19. Pixel on August 3, 2014, 7:31 pm

    Forget all this nonsense, the IMPORTANT question is:

    Does this war make me look fat?

    (Actual post from The Times of Israel, link at @Glenn Greenwald.)

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    • just on August 3, 2014, 7:47 pm

      Yee- ouch!

      Is this suffering?

    • scott9854958 on August 3, 2014, 8:14 pm


    • CloakAndDagger on August 3, 2014, 10:36 pm

      @ Pixel

      I am impressed by the comments to the article – almost unanimous in condemnation.

    • rpickar on August 4, 2014, 2:08 am

      She is filth.

      • Marnie on August 4, 2014, 5:04 am

        Disgusting pig.

    • Pixel on August 5, 2014, 1:34 am

      (The post was subsequently removed and can no longer be found anywhere on the web in its entirety. However, I kept a copy. In case anyone missed it, here it is:

      Does This War Make Me Look Fat?

      Try as may, I cannot stop rockets with M&M’s. Hershey’s syrup doesn’t stop the sound of booms, Cocoa Pebbles don’t stop sirens, and chocolate, glory be thy name, doesn’t stop war. I have tried in earnest to employ all of these methods and alas, Operation Tzuk Eitan is still in full swing. My name is Rachel and I am a chocoholic.

      I have lost nearly 30 pounds since making aliyah and have a significant amount more to go. Despite a love of exercise and vegetables, I find myself eating not to alleviate hunger, but to satiate the worry, the fear, and the reality that we are in. Though I live in Beit Shemesh, an area not nearly as badly hit as those in the south and Gaza belt, the sound of that dreaded siren means the same thing no matter where you live; there’s a missile aimed at us, shot by people who want us dead. Even one of those is enough to make you freak out. Dare I add, even one those is enough to make the people who love you who don’t live in Israel, freak out, too.

      When the war started weeks ago, though I’m having a hard time remembering what it was like pre- war at this rate, I found myself “war shopping.” In the States, when a heavy snow storm was predicted, grocery stores would fill with people shopping like the famine was coming. Shovels, rock salt, milk, water, and bread would fly off the shelves like there was literally no tomorrow.

      I was one of those people who admittedly blurred the lines between practicality and OH MY GOSH WE’RE NEVER GONNA EAT AGAIN! It had nothing to do with the starving children in another country, but the mere possibility that we’d run low on coffee before the snow had melted. Honestly, I can’t really tell you what I accomplished by war shopping other than to feed my increasing anxiety about living through it. I assure you that our grocery stores have not shut down, no one has starved, and we, thank G-D, still have plenty to eat.

      Food has traditionally been a source of comfort for me child of a depression baby so much grew up with food that I was certain grew from our kitchen table tease my mother may she rest in peace about her seeming ability to feed the entire third world with the food in her freezer alone up to for the people in the house who might come to the house and people who drove past the house I grew up with food as a source of goodness and love so I guess it makes sense that I use it now to try and make things better it doesn’t

      It is comforting to know that I am not fighting this Battle of the Bulge alone. In a recent and very unscientific Facebook survey a friend polled her community by asking, “Eating more or eating less because of the “situation”?”

      The answers varied, but most came to the conclusion that war is bad for your waistline. Many respondents admitted that their chocolate and carb consumption had gone up, as had their weight, while others said they were eating less as a result of the tension. Not eating because of stress is something I just can’t relate to; I don’t understand it and it confuses me. To be clear though, I am in awe and unabashedly jealous of people who can pull that one off. The common denominator everyone could agree on though was that war is stressful. It doesn’t matter if you have a child in the army or know of someone else’s on the front lines, whether Hamas is shooting at you non- stop, or every now and then. Knowing people want you dead? Not terribly calming.

      It’s hard enough to watch your weight when things are relaxed. It’s that much harder I find, when consumed by social media, news, and the insanity of folks who still think the good guys are the bad guys. I feel The Grip of all of these things on my brain, in my nervous system, and struggle with things like,

      – How can I work out when 3 more soldiers have been killed? How irreverent does that make me?

      – The reports say that the soldier may still be alive. I should wait to see what the updates are.

      – Oh man, my “red alert” app is going off like gangbusters. I want to stand up and do something else, but they just don’t stop!

      Don’t get me wrong, I KNOW how ridiculous this sounds. But I also know that I share this obsession with others who like me, logically get that being glued to a computer isn’t going to help us win the war any faster. The longer I sit, the less energy I have. The less energy I have, the less desire to cut open a bag of lettuce instead of plowing through a box of cereal. War really is bad for a waistline but it also wreaks havoc on the mind and soul. And that coupled with a case of “I am now one with my chair,” makes for yet more stress, more anxiety, more poundage, and no clearer end to what’s going on.

      “The good news? We are in these battles together. The existential ones, the physical ones, and the ones involving foods that call our name… May we soon be able to refer to this time the way we lovingly refer to many of our holidays,

      They tried to kill us, we won, LET’S EAT!”

      Rachel Weinstein is a medical social worker by trade who lives in Beit Shemesh. She teaches Krav Maga to women and girls, and is the co- creator of a weight support group on Facebook called ‘Honey, I Ate The Fridge.’ Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Rachel made her first ‘aliyah,’ to Chicago in ’96, and her real Aliyah in 2011. She’s a wife and mom to four teens, a rented teen, and a Havanese pup.

  20. ritzl on August 3, 2014, 7:42 pm

    I’m getting the feeling that if there was a UNSC resolution condemning the shelling of schools packed with defenseless refugees, the US would veto it.

    • just on August 3, 2014, 7:52 pm

      I’d really like to see the “debate” and vote…all MSM outlets should stop all regular programming and broadcast it!

      (Then again, silly me, I keep trying to keep hope in my heart and my brain from shutting down)

      • Bandolero on August 3, 2014, 8:00 pm

        Many U.S. people seem still to be off the opinion that Israel has not gone far enough:

        That poll was conducted a week ago, but I would be very surprised if that changed much in the last week. Such changes in people’s attitudes and thinking are going on very slowly.

      • oldgeezer on August 3, 2014, 8:17 pm

        I don’t know what it takes to shift public opinion in a major way. Most people I know what local news but pay little attention to international issues. North Americans, in general, have been bombarded with a half century of pro Israeli comment with infrequent voices being heard on the part of the Palestinians.

        Add in casual racism against Arabs in general (predating Israel really) as well as Muslims and there’s a huge barrier to overcome before a shift can occur.

        If this round of hostilities doesn’t shift opinion, I really don’t know what type of catastrophe it would take to get people to open their eyes and minds.

      • Marnie on August 4, 2014, 5:10 am

        Casual and overt racism are as american as apple pie and go back to 1619 so my opinion is it has been well institutionalized. I don’t know what it would take either, but my feeling is that it would have to be catastrophic to make a change that would last. I hope I’m wrong but when I talk to my family it’s too much like talking to the wall.

      • Bandolero on August 4, 2014, 8:20 am

        Shifting public opinion is a painstakingly slow process.

        However, when you look at the numbers, then you may see that there is some progress. Shift in public opinion doesn’t come as a sudden collective change of heart, but as chipping off small numbers of the various Zionist support bases.

        Currently the main support base for Israeli actions are White old conservative Republicans, while hispanic/black young liberal Democrats are already more or less with Palestine. That has the potential to make support for Israel a partisan issue, what would be a huge change from unconditional bipartisan support for Israel during the last decades. Such a development could open a partisan debate, which in turn could chip away some more Israeli support at Independents and so on.

        Shift in public opinions is a painstakingly slow process, but if it plays out over time, it can be very decisive. What is however very important in my view, is that “team Israel” doesn’t manage again to counter such a slow process of chipping off public support for Israeli brutalism with a shock event like 9/11.

  21. bopfromthedarkside on August 3, 2014, 7:50 pm

    America, remember – we bought these pigs nuclear weapons.

    In the virtually impossible case that America finally turned its back on Israel, watch what happens.

    • Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 8:19 am

      Aren’t we sick of hearing that the US expects Israel to live up to their own standards?

      What a load of BS and excuses. Israel is NEVER capable of doing the right thing on it’s own. They are basically evil in their thinking, and violent in their actions.
      They have no standards that they adhere to. Their actions are as bad as terrorists, but deadlier, since they put on the pretense of being a “democratic” nation, but kill civilians just as easily as terrorists do – AND they are supplied with arms and the most sophisticated weapons, by the US tax payers.

    • chocopie on August 3, 2014, 10:38 pm

      Looks like soldiers and human shields.

      • Marnie on August 4, 2014, 5:12 am

        Looks like human waste.

  22. American on August 3, 2014, 8:09 pm

    ” We need more than hand wringing, denouncements, investigations and calls for accountability”….annie

    Yep so tired of words. Such a sick joke.
    Words mean nothing to Israel.
    Give Israeli citizens 72 hours to get out and then bomb Israel to rubble…or at least bomb all their military and weapons depots.

  23. mijj on August 3, 2014, 8:33 pm

    perhaps the US will take steps to solve the problem by attaching a strongly worded note to the weapons it’s supplying.

    • annie on August 3, 2014, 11:05 pm

      our civilized israeli friends who share our values already do that.

      • oldgeezer on August 3, 2014, 11:23 pm

        Could you translate? I speak English as a second language and it’s the only one I know (ok …some French)

      • annie on August 4, 2014, 1:43 am

        no. i can’t. i don’t speak hebrew. but who needs words?

      • oldgeezer on August 4, 2014, 6:41 am

        Well.. for sure. I’m just curious as to how nasty the messages are.

      • just on August 3, 2014, 11:32 pm


      • Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 7:58 am

        They are disgusting blood thirsty people. They are the scum of the earth.

  24. bilal a on August 3, 2014, 10:00 pm

    Palestine activists must appeal to the evangelical base of Zionism

    Children in Gaza sponsored by Christian charity killed [by the Jewish State ]

    World Vision: Gaza conflict taking alarming toll on children
    –World Vision joins 56 organisations working amid the conflict in Gaza and Israel to say enough is enough.

    – Children in World Vision programmes are being killed and injured in Gaza
    — Aid organisation says it’s struggling to reach children in need while conflict continues
    — World Vision and 56 other international organisations calling for a lasting ceasefire and a durable and just peace

  25. X Patriot on August 3, 2014, 10:05 pm

    Here is a thread on a website that probably gets hundreds of thousands of daily hits from mostly ex-howard stern fans, many of whom are nonetheless intelligent and creative, entitled ‘the slaughter of the innocent children/the images are never displayed in usa’ by one skylarbie.

    He or she could use some help from some of you stalwart hasbara busters brave enough to venture into hostile environs in the interest of reaching out to a mainstream audience.

    I enjoy the site on the whole for it’s unpolitical correctness.

    One must register to comment.

  26. Bandolero on August 3, 2014, 10:14 pm

    A bit OT but maybe some readers might be interested. Two former CIA analysts have today published interesting articles on the happenings in Gaza.

    Paul Pillar writes at Consurtium News:

    Justifying Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza

    Mainstream U.S. politicians and press are engaged in their usual tolerance of Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, hitting the usual talking points by condemning Hamas as “terrorist” and accepting the mass killings of civilians and children with a shrug, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar reflects.


    Larry Johnson writes at No Quarter:

    Israel, Not Hamas, Started the Latest War in Gaza

    If you think the current Israeli invasion of Gaza is a response to the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers in late June, think again. Israel’s invasion was a pre-planned action and, if you simply go back and examine the news reports since April, you will realize that the missing teens became a convenient, tragic symbol that Israel disgracefully used as a pre-text for trying to destroy Hamas. Let me walk you thru some of the relevant press clippings.


    From what I see there is nothing really new in what they write, but Pillar & Johnson did a good job in summarizing some basic things. I find these articles worth reading and believe they may help people who still don’t understand what’s going on to broaden their views.

    • ritzl on August 3, 2014, 10:17 pm

      Thanks, Bandolero.

    • just on August 3, 2014, 11:22 pm

      Thank you.

    • Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 7:55 am

      Thanks for linking. They are very interesting article. Larry Johnson is absolutely right, one of the main reasons for this bloody war is Bibi’s inability to accept the unity government. The Palestinians must do as HE and Israel wants, not act on what is best for them.

      After all this bloodshed, the unity government might still be standing.

  27. eljay on August 3, 2014, 10:39 pm

    >> Jen Psaki: … We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards …

    Israel is an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State”; born of Jewish terrorism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and lands; and engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder.

    Israel is already meeting its own standards, Jen.

    • oldgeezer on August 3, 2014, 11:21 pm

      Why do US gov comments refer to Israeli’s own standards. If they were higher than the bare minimum required under international law, IHL , or GC it would be acceptable but they clearly are not.

      • Marnie on August 4, 2014, 5:18 am

        I think she means “Israel must do more to meet its standards that haven’t been clearly stated and are constantly changing, depending on the regularity of bibi’s bowels and his access to ice cream” otherwise we will continue to support “our partner in peace”, “the only democracy in the middle east” and supply them with all the cannon fodder they desire, cos that’s what friends are for.

    • Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 7:52 am

      You are right. These are Israel’s standard. It is at the gutter level. They are state terrorists pretending to be a democracy, but acting like criminals. They are supported by us, armed by us, and have the protection of the world greatest superpower. We have given them the green light to kill civilians.

  28. michelle on August 3, 2014, 10:49 pm

    shut up shut up shut up
    Israel IS meeting its own standards
    those who keep begging Israel to do this
    are insane or just plain stupid
    please lord help me with this next line
    my fingers mind and heart are trying to
    input different keys
    G-d Bless

  29. oldgeezer on August 3, 2014, 10:52 pm

    Maybe the wrong thread but does anyone know the qualitative difference between the explosive capacity of Israeli weapons and Palestinian weapons? (rockets in particular).

    Comparing kg per kg is false depending on the type of explosive material used and purity of that material.

    Just curious.

  30. oldgeezer on August 4, 2014, 12:01 am

    bbc news just now. “UN calls the attack disgraceful”

    No … it called it criminal.

  31. anthonybellchambers on August 4, 2014, 12:14 am

    These killings are alleged a war crime under the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and are carried out by the Israeli state using Hermes drones and Merkava battle tanks using British-supplied parts exported under UK government licences. No wonder David Cameron has remained silent during the continuing massacre in Gaza.

    On this highly serious matter, the government should now consider its position as it is clearly complicit in the commission of a prima facie war crime in violation of the international Geneva Conventions to which Britain is a signatory.

    The American-Israel lobby in Washington can control congress to veto a Security Council resolution in the UN but they cannot stop a vote of no confidence in a British government complicit in a humanitarian catastrophe that is a deliberate bloody massacre of innocents including hundreds of women and children.

    This is a atrocity that is being condemned worldwide – with the exception only of the two governments that have supplied the arms and munitions, planes and missiles to enable its terrifying implementation against a civilian population.

  32. kalithea on August 4, 2014, 12:34 am

    Israel is a terrorist state existing only because it ethnically cleansed over a million Palestinians through terrorist acts that destroyed their villages. Israel continues to ethnically cleanse the West Bank and East Jerusalem, demolished tens of thousands or more homes to make way for a Jewish state and robbed Palestinians of a state of their own only to populate this stolen land with radical Zionist Jews who dream only of exterminating Palestinians. Netanyahoo is trying to make that happen. He’s a war criminal and the only way to get justice for all the dead civilians of Gaza and the carpet bombing of so many homes of an impoverished, severely deprived, captive people is to never forget what he’s doing in Gaza and to fight like hell to have his ass hauled off to prison where he belongs.

    I once said Netanyahoo, left to his own devices, is the most dangerous man on the planet. He’s proving me right.

    The excuse that this is but an assault on Gaza’s resistance militia is but a pretext for an act of genocidal destruction of Palestinians. We all know this; we’re all thinking this as every day the kill quota increases with no end in sight. Genocidal intent is what’s driving this assault. This is why shelters, hospitals, ambulances, open air markets and mosques are repetitive targets. This is why the power plant was hit to punish the population, cripple hospitals and contaminate water. This is why thousands of homes were leveled and or shelled by Israeli forces. Israelis wants no permanence for Palestinians and they hate the UN relief agencies that help to create permanence and survivability for them. Israel has a two-pronged solution for the Palestinian problem: force them out and/or let them expire by imposing inhumane conditions on them or massacre them.

    We know that Israel is committing a crime against humanity. Now that the U.N. feels it too is a target; we must seize this moment and press for justice like never before. These Zionist criminals must be prosecuted this time around.
    They must be stopped; this can never happen again. The people of Gaza could never sustain another massacre like this. They have been beaten down so much. Gaza needs the world to seek justice and set it free.

  33. eGuard on August 4, 2014, 5:55 am
  34. just on August 4, 2014, 7:34 am

    Tractor overturns bus in Jerusalem– they call it a ‘Terror Attack’. Police shot and killed the driver of the tractor. 2 people injured on the bus.


    • just on August 4, 2014, 7:59 am

      “Pedestrian killed in tractor terror attack in Jerusalem
      Palestinian driver shot to death by police; 6 victims lightly wounded, reports say

      A tractor driven by a Palestinian man rammed into a bus in central Jerusalem early Monday afternoon, close to the “seam” between the western and eastern parts of the city.”

      “Seam”? “Terror”?

      • Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 8:57 am

        Many experts have predicted that the brutality on the Palestinian people right now is going to result in another generation of angry young Palestinians. I agree.
        I do not blame the little children, who have see the massacre going on, and witnessing their families being killed, for that anger, and that some are going to act on that anger. Israel must face the consequences of that.
        They deserve to face the consequences of their savagery and the carnage the world condemns them for.

    • eljay on August 4, 2014, 9:10 am

      >> Tractor overturns bus in Jerusalem– they call it a ‘Terror Attack’. Police shot and killed the driver of the tractor.

      The driver is killed and:
      – the theft, occupation and colonization of Palestine continues;
      – the oppression, torture and murder of Palestinians continues;
      – supremacist life in a supremacist “Jewish State” continues; and
      – Zio-supremacists “primarily celebrate”.

  35. Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 7:48 am

    On CNN just now some zionist shill named Habeeb of the National Review, is lumping all extremists terrorists together and describing what Hamas is doing. Kate Bolduan is going along with his narrative.
    “Hamas are nazis” he says. They still ignore the fact that nazis control and occupy the Palestinian territories, and that it is the “nazis” that have killed 1700 Palestininans.
    They also ignore the fact that it was the “nazis” that have bombed 7 UN shelters resulting in so many deaths of civilians taking shelter. The media is covering Israel’s crimes by bringing in such biased, lying zionists, that keep distorting the facts.
    Sick of hearing the victims being blamed, and the media still ignores the facts.
    Sick of this “Israel is defending itself” BS while hundreds are dying.

  36. Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 8:02 am

    Here is how we are guilty of war crimes committed by Israel:

    Top 5 Ways the US is Israel’s Accomplice in War Crimes in Gaza (Juan Cole)

    • just on August 4, 2014, 8:07 am

      Thanks Kay.

      Those are the “top” for sure. When you start scraping, there are so many more ways in which the US is complicit.

  37. Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 8:12 am

    Psaki justifying giving the Israeli terrorists deadly weapons, by saying the US has a bond with the terror state, and that every one knows they arm Israel.
    Does that mean nothing can be done? How about stopping the aid and supplying the terrorists with weapons and ammo to keep doing it.

  38. just on August 4, 2014, 9:06 am

    “As well as the heavy death toll, with more than 1,800 people killed so far within Gaza, an estimated 9,000 others have been injured. This AFP story gives a grim picture of the extent of the injuries faced by many of these:

    Lying on his bed in a Gaza hospital, three-year-old Yamin now sees the world from behind burns which have disfigured him for life.

    The tiny boy is just one of hundreds of burn victims and those wounded by Israeli shell fire overwhelming Gaza’s sole working operating theatre for plastic surgeons.

    He also has burns on his back and multiple fractures suffered when an Israeli strike decimated his family and destroyed their home in Al-Buraj, central Gaza, last week.

    It was the evening. The start of Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    In a single strike, the house was turned to rubble and 19 people lay dead. Yamin, miraculously, was the sole survivor but he was left an orphan and badly burnt.

    He was taken to a clinic then rapidly transferred to the burns department at the Shifa hospital in Gaza, where he cries, lying naked, and where a handful of surgeons are now confronted with the endless horrors of the war…

    “There are very few light injuries in this war,” says Ghassan Abu Sitta, a plastic surgeon from the American University of Beirut, sent a week ago by the Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) organisation to help out in Gaza.

    “My feeling is around 70% would have some kind of permanent deformity, either in terms of scarring or in terms of functional deformity… They will never be the same again.”

    His worst case? “An 8 year-old boy who basically lost half of his face including one eye and lost the other eye with shrapnel in. What I needed to do is reconstruct the face just to cover the wounds.

    “The eyes are lost. He lost all his family, his ability to care for himself has been completely destroyed. There is no future for him, he keeps asking why they have turned the lights off.” ”

  39. CloakAndDagger on August 4, 2014, 9:08 am

    Tangentially related topic:

    Over 10,000 rallied at the White House today demanding an end to the Israeli lead bombing and destruction of the Gaza territory. The historic demonstration was the biggest anti-war march in over a generation and bore resemblance to anti-war rallies of the Vietnam War era.

  40. just on August 4, 2014, 9:21 am

    Gideon Levy

    “…While Y. was crying massacre in Rafah, the White House spokesman released a statement calling the capture of the Israeli officer and the killing of his two comrades “a barbaric violation” of the cease-fire agreement. The restrained American spokesman used the word “barbaric” for the first time in this war.

    Nothing else was considered barbaric. Not the Israeli shell that landed two days earlier on Shujaiyeh’s crowded market killing 17 people and wounding 150 at the height of another cease-fire, not the shell that fell on an UNRWA school where 3,000 refugees were hiding, not the bombing of the Gaza power station, the bombing of the university, the bomb dropped by those excellent Israel Air Force pilots on a four-story dwelling in Khan Yunis without warning, killing 35, including 18 children and eight women – apparently the most deadly bombing in Gaza ever.

    Only the abduction and the killing of two soldiers. This is an American spokesman also afflicted with racism; “barbarity” is preserved only for one side. Yes, Hamas is known for its barbarity, as are all the Palestinians, and word of that barbarity has finally reached Washington in another Israeli public-relations feat.

    But the truth is that this war has been barbaric since it started. The dead are already more numerous than in the previous barbaric attack, Operation Cast Lead, including the shocking number of civilians killed.

    Relative to the size of Gaza’s population, the numbers are approaching the dimensions of the war in Syria, the one Israel bandies about to prove the Arabs’ animal nature. Last week, a record-breaking week, 1,700 people were killed in Syria. In Gaza, whose population is less than one-tenth that of Syria’s, about that same number have been killed in three and a half weeks of Israeli intoxication of the senses – not a major difference.

    What began as Operation Cast Lead and continued as Operation Pillar of Defense might turn into Operation Peace for the Galilee. Some people are talking about staying for a year in Gaza. More than 60 Israeli soldiers and officers have been killed, as well as more than 1,600 Palestinians, in a war that will achieve nothing but bloodshed.

    The world cannot conceive of how unfeeling Israel is, and neither can Y. from Rafah. On Friday night he said to me on the phone: “I’m ashamed of my Israeli culture. I grew up with you from age 16; it hurts me when I hear a siren in Ashkelon, the city where I worked for years, and you don’t care at all about us, not at all.” He wept again, and I was silent.”

  41. just on August 4, 2014, 9:50 am

    “Among the export licences granted to 130 British arms-makers, one is for a company selling components for Israel’s main battle tank. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

    The British government is reviewing the sale of £8bn in arms and military goods to Israel to see whether each licence is appropriate in light of the conflict in Gaza, Downing Street has said.

    Ministers said they would not stop licensing military equipment to Israel outright because they believed the country had a “legitimate right to self-defence”.

    The contracts – mostly for cryptographic software and military communications, but also weapon parts – will be individually examined to ensure they are not being used for internal repression or the provocation of conflict.”

    • Kay24 on August 4, 2014, 10:02 am

      Very interesting just. It would be great if this comes to fruition, and if indeed the British are genuinely trying to stem the flow of weapons that are killing women and children.

      No chance in hell that the US will follow. Our weapons are tearing apart children and making many lose their limbs.

  42. Vera Gottlieb on August 4, 2014, 12:22 pm

    The US ‘appalled’??? C’mon, how stupid do they think we are. Appalled…so why does it keep supplying the Zionists with weapons? This is already round two for Gaza/Gazans. Appalled???

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