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‘Bombing the Dead’ — Max Blumenthal in Gaza

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This is excellent. Max Blumenthal has taken his photos and tweets from Gaza, with the help of Dan Cohen, and made a Storify. This slideshow might serve a war crimes inquiry; for it conveys the overwhelming and indiscriminate devastation of Israel’s attack on two neighborhoods near the Israel border. Beit Hanoun and Shuja’iyeh were flattened; Israel even bombed a cemetery. The last image is particularly striking, as it shows the aftermath of the July 24th strike on the UN school in Beit Hanoun.

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  1. Jackdaw on August 17, 2014, 3:24 pm

    And needless to say, not one photo of an armed Palestinian or a rocket launcher.

    *Sssh…we don’t make the Arabs mad’*

    • justicewillprevail on August 17, 2014, 5:09 pm

      Why do you need photos of these? May as well ask where are the photos of howitzers, mortars, missiles, F16’s, flechettes, helicopter gunships, naval guns of the occupation army. But maybe you missed the point of this article which is about the destruction caused by these generously donated munitions to the israeli army, and its arrogant vindictive, punitive attitude. Maybe you need some pictures of comparable destruction of israel – oh wait, there was none.
      As for your racist comment, it’s all of a piece with your laughably self-styled ‘ethical’ soldiers. They left their ethics on the walls of ordinary people’s homes.

      • AbigailOK on August 18, 2014, 8:57 am

        @Justicewillprevail There will always be an israeli probably paid shill to provoke in order to get people here to give the nut attention and, true to its nature, off topic which is in casu the above shown pictures by an incredibly moral courageous journalist with a great mind and soul.

        BTW I wonder whether I get attacked again by some shill on these comment pages, who now avoid using israeli nicknames but use anglo-saxon ones, like I did last Thursday and got my computer hacked and my anti-virus as well. Most probably BIOS has been entered like last time so every letter I type is followed.
        Mooser was called @Loser and other derogatory sh*t when I wanted to post a reaction to him (Mooser is one of the most sensible and eloquent commenters here among seafoid whom I dearly miss, Woody Tanaka and pabelmont whom I miss also here lately.). The slurs were in different font above my typed comment which subsequently I was not able to post. I could click whatever I wanted: Nothing. Courtesy no doubt The Only Democracy In the Middle East. Well, better than threatened on a tramway stop like back in February 2014. Some BDS helps apparently to get the ork ziobots and their ilk scared shitless. Some ork started to speak to me in Ivrit and since I answered him in English I noticed his fluent English without Israeli accent. Not that he spoke any logical word, but uttered threats. I have no idea who the idiot was other than anobviously israeli ork. How did this mongrel know who I was, how I looked like and that I spoke Ivrit? After I started to get to a certain shul again? Anyway, I see I can post comments again. Well, probably until I again come with Jewish law showing clearly and objectively (Halachah that is) that the ziobot state is in total transgression of it. That’s kinda scary for these so-called jews? Chaza”l (our sages) already wrote: whoever is committing crimes (and they named a list) is not part of israel but like mitzrayim. Meant was the mitzrim who held us as slaves back then. Not nowadays Mitzrayim for sure.

      • seafoid on August 18, 2014, 11:33 am

        They really messed up ivrit. The language is toxic now.

    • just on August 17, 2014, 5:18 pm

      Did you learn about empathy and responsibility @ home or in school?

      • just on August 17, 2014, 5:31 pm

        Hey JD– Go ask your PM for some of his cartoons– he’ll give you plenty of the ‘evidence’ you seek.

    • rpickar on August 17, 2014, 5:33 pm


      Its not co-equal. Palestinians have arms and rocket launchers for a good reason, to defend themselves and harass Israel in the face of the Occupation. What, may I ask, is the reason to carve Stars of David in peoples furniture? How do you think that will affect people’s perception of the religious symbol?

    • amigo on August 17, 2014, 6:13 pm

      “He tells us that Israeli soldiers looted his wife’s gold”

      Your heroes are nothing short of thieves and murderers.

      Make you real proud eh jackdaw.

      Too bad there are very few places left on this planet to brag about them.

      • Jackdaw on August 18, 2014, 2:01 am

        These acts of vandalism speak for themselves.

        Slanted, pro-Hamas agitprop should not be condoned.

      • Mooser on August 18, 2014, 11:52 am

        “These acts of vandalism speak for themselves.
        Slanted, pro-Hamas agitprop should not be condoned.”

        So what you are saying, carrion bird who isn’t kosher (I looked it up!) is that the Gazans did it to themselves, but you aren’t brave enough to say so directly? So you’re using doubletalk?

        Gosh, you must bring in new Zionists by the dozens. I can’t imagine any young Jewish person reading your comments and not saying “I want to be just like him, Mamila. He’s such a macher!”

      • kma on August 18, 2014, 10:29 pm

        what’s a “jackdaw”? is it some end of a donkey?
        anyway, we are now seeing demonstrations where I live where Hamas flags are proudly waved and part of the procession and the dancing.
        what you say about that, “jackdaw”? the zionists didn’t even show up! saw not one Israeli flag.

        the US is sick of zionism. we don’t want your idiot boats or your idiot whatsername-scarlett-whosis-selling-tooth-rot either. stay home!

        Gaza will be free!

    • Kay24 on August 17, 2014, 6:42 pm

      Those homemade rocket launchers have “killed” say about 3 Israeli people.
      Most of them went astray.

      Those deadly F16, F18, DIME missiles, precision bombs, and whatever the US arms the brutal occupiers with have caused “unprecedented destruction” and caused the deaths of 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and injured thousands more.
      Mondoweiss members would be shocked at the brutality of Israel since the disregard for human lives are obvious in the numbers, so showing pictures of those homemade rockets are totally not necessary. Bad try.

    • Shingo on August 18, 2014, 12:42 am

      And needless to say, not one photo of an armed Palestinian or a rocket launcher.

      So what? See any photos of armed Israelis or an F18, F16, Apache, Isreli tanks?

      *Sssh…we don’t to make the Zionists mad’*

    • Marnie on August 18, 2014, 3:16 am

      You’re really cold-blooded jackboot.

  2. just on August 17, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Incredible documentation of mass destruction and ruin– there’s clearly nothing ‘pinpoint’ about it.

    Thanks Max. Thanks MW.

  3. seafoid on August 17, 2014, 4:37 pm

    Taking the gold and carving the stars of david say so much about the IDF and its value system. Real classy soldiers and their war of choice. Israel will always be low rent. Like the 3 dollar bottles of Moldovan alcohol they sell in tel aviv. And they tell themselves they are sophisticated.

    • Accentitude on August 18, 2014, 8:24 am

      Shhh….the “most moral army in the world” wouldn’t want to tarnish its image with stories of looting and what not. Ehhh…f*ck it. It’s also well known that in their faux operation to rescue kids they already knew were dead in Hebron, they looted over 3 million dollars in cash and belongings from families in the West Bank. So much for morality, huh?

  4. Citizen on August 17, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Thanks Max; will spread these photos around. Thanks MW.

  5. RobertB on August 17, 2014, 4:55 pm

    @jackduuuuuh…the zionist zealot…looking through his zionism’s spectacles…uhhhh…rocket launchers….uhhhhh….!!!

    The Palestinians of Gaza …the WB…Occupied Territories…with about 2,000 murdered/slaughtered… helpless population…and with over 400 infants/children and over 200 women dead, in their homes, hospital, UN schools/shelters…and no place in Gaza was safe from Apartheid Israel & its IDF killers.

    The use of 500 … 1000 pound bombs…missiles…heavy mortar attacks from air, sea and land on a captive population…with no where to go…and no where to escape from Americas heavy weapons, given “free” to Israel…

    And for Apartheid Israel & its zionist zealots…there is plenty to boast about…the destruction of Gaza towns/villages…. the killing of helpless women & children…

    Israel and its nazi IDF… they just get away with murder…time after time!

    Nice zionist victory!!!

  6. just on August 17, 2014, 5:49 pm

    Gideon Levy:

    “…The sirens are silent, the experts have gone and the nonsense is back. Israel is back to its bubble. Protective Edge, what was that? Was that before Pillar of Defense or after Summer Rains?

    A momentary sense of oppression and fear has dissipated. After all, what did Israel seek? Quiet. What else could it ask for? One or two more years of denial, repression, illusion and living a lie — but mainly inaction.

    This must be Israelis’ most self-righteous and revolting demand. They want quiet and the hell with the surrounding noise and its causes. Let Gaza suffocate and the West Bank bow its head, as long as we have quiet.

    Israel only wants quiet so it can bury its head in the sand for a few more years. Quiet in Israel during a siege of Gaza? There’s no such thing. During the next quiet period, Israel once again won’t lift a finger. Gaza will be forgotten and the West Bank will disappear, both the siege and the occupation. When the rockets start falling again in a year or two, Israel will awaken and complain bitterly.

    How dare they? How dare they do this to us again? What gall to interrupt us just when we’re strolling in the port, which Israel has and Gaza will never have. This is Israel’s only goal – to maintain the present situation and sanctify the quiet. The Palestinians can go to hell. Don’t disturb Sleeping Beauty during her afternoon nap, or ever for that matter. ”


    It’s up to the rest of the world to never let “Sleeping Beauty” rest until the Occupation ends and Palestinians are given their human rights back, etc. I don’t think going back to the status quo is an option.

  7. seafoid on August 17, 2014, 5:58 pm

    That beit hanoun picture reminds me of Robert Capa’s famous photo of the warsaw ghetto after the Nazi operation of 1944

    Punitive destruction is timeless. It didn’t save anyone at Nuremberg though

  8. James North on August 17, 2014, 6:12 pm

    It looks like the Palestinian people in Gaza welcomed Max Blumenthal, so he could do this astonishing and powerful reporting. So much for the theory, held by Israelis and their apologists, that “Palestinians want to kill all Jews.”
    I hope Max can find his way over to where the tunnels-to-kindergartens are supposed to be. The New York Times has not yet corrected its dishonest reports about this propaganda lie, but maybe Max can learn the truth.

    • Pamela Olson on August 17, 2014, 6:45 pm

      Of course he was welcomed. I’ve never met anyone, of any nationality or religious persuasion, who wasn’t welcomed in Palestine (and usually overfed) as long as they came in peace and with a modicum of respect. Palestinians, by and large, don’t hate anyone. Anymore than anyone else does. They hate the system that oppresses them. And they do not seem inclined to take it for much longer.

      • just on August 17, 2014, 6:56 pm

        You are absolutely correct and I am glad you brought that fact up, Pamela.

    • just on August 17, 2014, 6:48 pm

      Only liars wouldn’t welcome Max. He tells/shows the truth– they hate that.

      And I also hope that he “can find his way over to where the tunnels-to-kindergartens are supposed to be.”

    • samlebon2306 on August 17, 2014, 7:45 pm

      Max is one of the last humans, who wouldn’t welcome him? Why would he do what he’s doing, if it’s not out of empathy and compassion for other fellow humans?

    • Marnie on August 18, 2014, 3:10 am

      I hope he’s careful around the most moral army in the world and their groupies, rabid fans, etc.; they have alot to be fearful of and everything to lose; payback is a bitch after all. The Palestinians are fearless, have nothing to lose, everything to gain.

      (The whole country is a crime scene.)

  9. Kay24 on August 17, 2014, 6:58 pm

    Let’s applaud them. Activists prevent Israeli ships from being unloaded in Oakland, and soon in other West Coast cities, including Vancouver. Good job.

    “Thousands of protesters successfully blocked a commercial Israeli cargo vessel from docking and unloading goods in Oakland, California, late Saturday. The protest was staged in response to a call from Palestinian and South African unions to hold Israel accountable for what they allege are violations of Palestinians’ human rights — particularly during Israel’s latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, an operation that killed more than 1,900 Palestinians.”

    • SQ Debris on August 18, 2014, 4:41 pm

      This is a superb piece of BDS work. Let’s hope the energy doesn’t dissipate. “Sleeping Beauty” will become very disturbed if every Zim liner is prevented from docking and unloading anywhere on the planet. It would be like .. Gaza.

  10. just on August 17, 2014, 7:01 pm

    “Bombing the Dead”. The Israelis never showed one iota of respect for life nor death of the Palestinians. Can you even IMAGINE if they were not allowed to collect their dead, identify them, bury them and mourn them according to their customs? Can you imagine if one of their cemeteries had been struck/destroyed– even the one for dogs in the Negev?


    • Kay24 on August 17, 2014, 7:21 pm

      That is disgusting just, these Israelis have shown with words and actions that they regard non Jewish lives as dirt and nothing. Their attitude is so nazi like, and perhaps they want to imitate the behavior of their bullies and display this vulgar supremacy over those they steal from and occupy. I hope I am alive when they get their just desserts.

  11. Philip Munger on August 17, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Max has been in Gaza, Yafa-Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah over the past few days. In Yafa, he was interviewed by a German webcast, Jung & Naiv. He uses the beautiful backdrop of the old harbor area to frame his references to the Nakba and more recent events:

    He was also interviewed from Ramallah by Cenk Uygur. Max’s book becomes more resonant every day.

    • just on August 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

      Many thanks for passing it on, Philip!

      • Philip Munger on August 17, 2014, 8:22 pm

        Max just tweeted:

        I collected shells from a Gaza beach as gifts for some Palestinian friends in Ramallah. I can visit here and they can’t. Think about that.

      • just on August 17, 2014, 8:34 pm

        That just gave me chills.

        I really believe that he is such a good human in every way. He is empathic, and is not afraid to see or speak the truth. A guide.

      • tree on August 17, 2014, 10:16 pm

        t took me a moment to realize he was talking about collecting sea shells, as “shells” and “Gaza” usually refers to artillery shells.

    • ckg on August 18, 2014, 9:46 am

      Next week marks the 7th anniversary of the publishing of Mearsheimer-Walt, a book whose supposedly controversial thesis seems well accepted now, at least in private. Max’s book will certainly follow the same path.

  12. Bumblebye on August 17, 2014, 9:20 pm

    Not a single pic comes thru for me after multiple attempts. :(
    All I have is the intro. Anyone know if it’s posted anywhere else?

  13. I have so much respect for Max Blumenthal for risking life and limb to document what is happening to Gaza.

    The evidence speaks for itself.

    Thank you Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen.

  14. Kathleen on August 17, 2014, 11:43 pm

    Israel “bombing the dead” and the living into oblivion. And the Star of David carved into Palestinian homes on belongings sure does stir up thoughts about swastikas on Jewish homes during WWII. I don’t usually like to draw a parallel but this effort to rub salt in the Palestinians wounds is so cold and calculated on top of such brutality

    • seafoid on August 18, 2014, 7:47 am

      If the Star of David were a commercial symbol there’d be lawyers suing the asses off those soldiers. But it isn’t so the brand value goes down the toilet.

      • Mooser on August 18, 2014, 1:13 pm

        “If the Star of David were a commercial symbol there’d be lawyers suing the asses off those soldiers. But it isn’t so the brand value goes down the toilet.”

        I’ve been looking at this comment for a while, and it is making my head spin, and I find myself making inarticulate gasping noises, and starting and erasing multiple replies. Some of them were in all caps, too.

      • seafoid on August 18, 2014, 2:46 pm

        UNESCO should take over brand management of the SoD. Israel has let it go to the dogs, frankly.
        The Nazis used it to identify and then murder Jews- now it is being used to execute mass murder again.
        What is the Yiddish for WTF ?

      • Mooser on August 18, 2014, 3:44 pm

        “What is the Yiddish for WTF ?”

        O gosh, so many things are Yiddish for “WTF” There’s a bunch.

  15. aiman on August 18, 2014, 5:56 am

    The IDF ranks alongside the ISS in terms of sheer zealotry and large-scale tribal violence.

  16. seafoid on August 18, 2014, 9:15 am

    Israel bans Amnesty Int and Human Rights watch from investigating what happened in Gaza.

    Que Sorpresa

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