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Despite ravages of war, Gaza supports armed resistance to lift the siege

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Dima and Kamal Qadan display bombs dropped onto their home by Israeli warplanes. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Dima and Kamal Qadan display bombs dropped onto their home by Israeli warplanes. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Hours before the latest ceasefire was set to expire last night, Israel resumed attacks on the Gaza Strip and Hamas again began to launch rockets. Both sides blamed each other for the failed ceasefire. Five missiles hit the al-Dalou family home in Gaza City, killing the wife, son and three-year-old daughter of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, and injuring 18. The al-Dalou family was targeted in 2012 when an airstrike destroyed their home.

With airstrikes throughout Gaza, 22 have died and 100 wounded since the collapse of the most recent ceasefire. Rockets have landed as far into Israel as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, demonstrating Hamas’ unabated capability to continue attacks.

While Israel’s assault on Gaza has now claimed at least 2,030 lives and caused more than 10,302 injuries, along with entire neighborhoods destroyed, frustration with the status quo has boiled over into near-total support for armed resistance. As exhausted as they are with the war, everyone I spoke to across Gaza said they were willing to endure another round of fighting if it meant an improvement in the long term humanitarian situation. Beyond that, no one seemed willing to take Israel’s assault lying down.

Kamal Qadan’s family barely escaped from Rafah during the Black Friday massacre, when 120 civilians were killed after Israel invoked the Hannibal Directive — the order to conduct an all-out assault on the circumference of an area where a soldier was supposedly captured. As we sat in his home, his grandchildren played with bombs that Israeli jets had dropped through their roof. Israel had attacked them and their neighbors with F-16s, tanks, artillery, Apache helicopters, bulldozers, and snipers.

“Our life is hard under the siege,” Qadan told me. “And it would be insane not to lift it after this disaster that we lived during this war. But I don’t think it will be lifted. That’s why we need to go on and fight and be steadfast and even pay double the price if we have to so it can be lifted.”

Israeli bombs continue to rock Gaza as I write and more deaths are expected tonight. Yet the ability of Hamas to continue launching rockets and the willingness of Gazans to endure has made it clear that no military solution exists for Netanyahu and his inner circle. Gaza’s beleaguered population will accept nothing less than the lifting of the siege they have endured for almost eight years. Until then, they are left to wonder which one of them will die next.

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen is an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Palestine. He tweets at @dancohen3000.

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  1. seafoid on August 20, 2014, 5:15 pm

    It’s pretty clear that Israel would like to kill as many Gazans as required to get them to surrender and go back to the siege and the eventual collapse of the public health system

    Israel says “Put the fucking lotion in the basket , Gaza ”

    But Gaza is not playing that game any more.

    Israel is limited in terms of diplomacy and money. The economy is already slowing down and they won’t declare the situation a war because they don’t want to cover the losses of Jews in southern Israel. They’ll throw them a few peanuts instead.

    Gaza was supposed to have surrendered weeks ago.

    Tensions are also evident in the Israeli cabinet.

    This could go on for months. Israel needs an exit plan but where is it going to come from ?

    Zionism seems to have reached an impasse. Jabotinsky thinking has run out of road. It’s a pity Sharon died before 2014.

  2. seafoid on August 20, 2014, 5:20 pm

    “Very important for Jews to condemn Israel’s behavior in Gaza before Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. God is keeping score.

    I am not part of the organized Jewish community. If I was, I’d resign.

    Without J Street, the entire Congress would have supported Israel’s mass slaughter in Gaza.Oh, it did. Never mind.”

    • just on August 20, 2014, 5:26 pm

      wow, he’s really had an epiphany. I wonder if it was painful in any way as the scales fell from his eyes.

      sad it took so this genocidal massacre, but better late than never.

      (Buffalo Israel rides again, but the people of Gaza say NO)

      • seafoid on August 20, 2014, 5:38 pm

        He’s a bellwether, I think. He knows how the images are received in the US and that Israel is set on a path that is not going to end well. There is no point in bothering saying anything nice about Zionism at this stage.

        All the bad news- the 200 wedding crashers, the murder of Abu Khdeir, the Death to leftists as standard march sloganeering, the state of the education system, the 95% support for the Gaza op, the Jewish Chronicle story, the Salaita sacking- (that’s just the last 4 weeks ) all points to a very disturbing moral meltdown.
        ” Yo, some are there and really care
        About what’s being learned and taught
        They fought through it when they got stuck
        Some are there ’till the bell rings
        Run through the day without thinking
        Cause they really don’t give a fuck”

        There are far too many in the latter category in Israel.

    • annie on August 20, 2014, 8:00 pm

      seafoid, check this out. i follow your link and he’s ragging on MW again. it’s right there about 3 or 4 tweets down.
      i swear the guy is obsessed w/us. i used to feel sorry for him, for the longest time. now, not so much! he should move on because whatever he’s doing wrt smearing us doesn’t seem to be working.

      • just on August 20, 2014, 8:02 pm

        Obsession is the sincerest form of flattery…

        or something. sheesh.

      • Andre on August 20, 2014, 10:05 pm

        Hello Just,

        I just tried to respond to your comment to me in the “With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn ‘Gaza into Ramallah’ ” thread but it appears to be closed (after 2 or 3 days?).

        Anyway, your comment was: “imho, Andre and Kay24– you need to believe that this will change, and continue to work for it. If the Palestinians can be as resilient and strong as they are, we need to honor them by not giving up or in.

        I don’t mean to tell anyone what to do, but that is what I am doing and will do until the Palestinian people are free in their own land!”

        Moderators, please forgive me for taking the liberty to post it here now:

        Hello Just,

        I will also never give up either until the Palestinian people are free from Israeli occupation and oppression and the perpetrators of these war crimes and crimes against humanity are brought to justice.

        As a son of parents who suffered unspeakable horrors during WWII (my father was a wellknown Dutch resistance fighter who was severly tortured and sentenced to death by the Nazis after he got caught and my maternal grandmother was murdered by a SS scumbag in front of my then teenage mother), my solidarity with the Palestinian people goes back for decades and the amount of time and energy I have spend on countering hasbara lies over the many years online and in real life is enormous.

        However, I sometimes feel depressed by the mind-blowing dishonesty I encounter from the Israel apologists and their distortions of the facts, their half-truths and most often blatant lies over and over and over again.

        But trust me, I will keep on fighting for justice for the Palestinian people until my last breath in any way I can even after having received death threats in the past for doing so.

        I would like to express my sincere gratitude to this great website and its compassionate and very well educated contributors to also help me keeping motivated to continue what I’m doing.

      • just on August 20, 2014, 11:17 pm

        I am deeply moved by your response, and the fact that you took the time to respond to what I hoped was not in any way, shape or form any kind of criticism. I know well the fatigue/depression that you write of. I count on others (here and in my daily life) to yank me back…

        I am sorry for the misery & loss that your family and you have experienced. I am very glad to have ‘met’ you, and hope that you will stay here in solidarity with those of us who want justice for the Palestinian people, and a more just world all around.

        Thank you kindly, Andre.

      • Peace2All on August 21, 2014, 8:51 pm

        Andre may Almighty God protect you from evil and give you the strength to continue your most noble deeds that put many to shame. The truth shall prevail …we all must unite against evil and for humanity !

      • Mooser on August 20, 2014, 8:57 pm

        You lost him with that long-ago thread on the debate over circumcision. He seemed shocked to his very core, or touched to the quick.

      • Justpassingby on August 21, 2014, 3:02 am

        Hah why is Rosenberg angry at Mondoweiss? Whats the history?

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

        My guess about mj’s anger is he got trounced here by the commenters when he got on his holocaust high horse. People took him to task for his insistence that the world bow down to the Jews as the most special important and only victims on earth worth talking about.

      • Chu on August 21, 2014, 12:50 pm

        Wasn’t he the same guy that said he ‘coined’ the phrase Israeli Firster -while the MW comments section was using it for more than 3 years before he discovered it.

      • Donald on August 21, 2014, 4:03 pm

        ” i follow your link and he’s ragging on MW again. ”

        I just read the tweet. What an incredibly stupid and childish thing to say.
        He picks one post (which I didn’t think important either) and talks as though that represented the Mondoweiss output on the Gaza slaughter. It’s why I can’t take MJ seriously on anything, even when he says things I agree with. He just doesn’t seem reliable when he talks about things where I can check up on him.

  3. a blah chick on August 20, 2014, 5:52 pm

    I’m beginning to think Butcher Bibi did not think this all out. It would not surprise me if back channels are being used to find a face saving way to pull his tuchus out of the fire.

    • just on August 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

      I can’t think of how it can happen after all of these decades culminating with this slaughter and his own and his government’s incitement, abc.

      The mask has come off and the true face of Zionist/Apartheid Israel has been revealed.

      • aiman on August 21, 2014, 8:42 am

        Netanyahu speaking on the TV screen that for every one Hamas strike he will strike sevenfold. The truth is he’s been striking hundredfold all this time. You don’t have to guess who he means. This guy is a megalomaniac who is freely threatening civilians. The IDF and the ISS are tribal twins feeding off each other’s energy to commit maximum barbarity in the Middle East. They are redrawing the map with the full consent of other unmentionables like Saudi Arabia.

        Patrick Cockburn’s article on the insane criminal Prince Bandar, a little dated but worth a read:

        Bandar is the guy responsible for the false flag chemical attack in Syria earlier and the propaganda that took root. He’s also the guy who armed Takfiri thugs.

      • Walid on August 21, 2014, 11:37 am

        “Netanyahu speaking on the TV screen that for every one Hamas strike he will strike sevenfold. ” (aiman)

        He talks like the Bible. Wiki gives a bit of insight on the mysteries of numbers:

        “… The number seven was the general symbol for all association with God, and was the favorite religious number of Judaism, typifying the covenant of holiness and sanctification, and also all that was holy and sanctifying in purpose. The candlestick had seven lamps, and the acts of atonement and purification were accompanied by a sevenfold sprinkling. The establishment of the Sabbath, the Sabbatical year, and the year of jubilee was based on the number seven, as were the periods of purification and of mourning. The number 7 is the Divine number of completion.”

        The word “sevenfold” like the number 7 represents FULL, COMPLETE, PERFECT.

        So when the Bible (and Netanyahu) talks about “sevenfold payback”, it is referring to a FULL, COMPLETE AND PERFECT PAYBACK/COMPENSATION. It’s mentioned 6 times in the Bible so now with Netanyahu, it becomes 7 and back to the magic number.

        Netanyahu is the new Moussa.

      • Peace2All on August 21, 2014, 9:09 pm

        Either his air force F16 pilots just don’t take orders from bibi on 7 strikes for each Hamas ‘rocket’ or he is a born liar and is proud about lying all the time !

      • just on August 21, 2014, 11:45 am

        Thanks aiman.

    • Peace2All on August 21, 2014, 8:56 pm

      Butcher Bibi will end up like butcher Sharon; he can never escape justice even if ICC are being pressured to drop the charges for there is an Almighty God and Judgement Day if Bibi still believes in it !!! May he fry in Hell.

  4. Kay24 on August 20, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Before the war, during the attempt by the US to broker peace, this interesting segment on RT news, featuring Norm Finkelstein. They explain Israel’s dirty games quite clearly, and the US role.

  5. JWalters on August 20, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Bibi Netanyahu seems to be a combination of Bernie Madoff and Richard Nixon. He sells fellow Jews a war zone by telling them it’s a “safe haven”, and keeps the war profits flowing as long as he can.

    ISIL and the whole “war on terror” was predicted decades ago, when their underlying causes were seen clearly.

    • Peace2All on August 21, 2014, 9:11 pm

      Bibi is like a man who negotiates the pizza but keeps eating it….a liar….a bully…like a grown-up brat !

  6. michelle on August 20, 2014, 9:34 pm

    Israel has already lost
    the world will never forget
    the further Israel continues on this abusive path
    the more proof the world has to forever remember
    the lives and lifetimes Israel stole from the Palestine people
    history has too many witnesses of this truth
    Israel is crushing itself
    G-d Bless

    • Bing Bong on August 21, 2014, 11:49 am

      Try punctuation.

      • michelle on August 21, 2014, 2:01 pm

        skip my posts
        there now we both have shared
        whew i feel better how about you
        G-d Bless

      • just on August 21, 2014, 3:21 pm

        Perfect, michelle!

    • Peace2All on August 21, 2014, 9:15 pm

      Too many witnesses without a court to prosecute Bibi is just futile…ICC is being pressured by both U.S. and European countries (champion of democracy and human rights) to drop the charges against Israel.

  7. kalithea on August 21, 2014, 12:22 am

    OT: Given yesterday’s beheading of a journalist by ISIS; I wish there were a discussion on how Zionist-led foreign policy ESPECIALLY in regards to Syria and also Iraq and Lebanon (to destroy Hezbollah, given Hezbollah are tame next to ISIS) contributed to the rise of ISIS. This twisted Zionist influenced foreign policy obsessively focused on threatening Iran’s influence in the region has lead to the rise of a barbaric regime, namely the Islamic State ie. Caliphate. So yet again Zionism leads the U.S. into another fatalistic error. When is everyone going to recognize that this paranoia-driven supremacist Zionist ideology begets only endless bloodshed and savagery? Actually, IS and Zionism deserve each other since they’re both bloodthirsty, supremacist states of delusion and maybe they might just end up destroying each other. One can only dream.

    • aiman on August 21, 2014, 8:55 am

      Thanks for making that connection kalithea. The ISS came into being under the influence of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, the US etc. Israel has a large print as it was a principal force behind the Iraq war. Saudi Arabia is not far behind. The reason Israel continues its barbarity in Gaza is because the media’s attention is focussed on ISS. Israel will do anything for time and opportunity to ethnically cleanse. The ISS and the IDF are the best buddies. They are also similar in the sense that tribal-minded chauvinists and assorted psychopaths are drawn to serve in these organisations from countries as far as the UK.

      • Citizen on August 21, 2014, 11:25 am

        @ aiman
        I’ve read recently that the US/UK/Israel created ISIS. Maybe that’s why USUS hasn’t said anything about Israel being on their target agenda, and why they don’t seem to be headed there?

      • aiman on August 22, 2014, 8:31 am

        Yes no surprise there, and muddled by Saudi antipathy to the Shias and MB types. Only this time these countries have not just created the Frankenstein but the Khmer Rouge that will swallow everything. Two countries that immediately benefit from the ISS in the region: Saudi Arabia and Israel. Without the Iraq war there would be no ISS. Without the Israel lobby there would be no ISS. No ISS without the House of Saud. No ISS without arming the Syrian “rebels”. We are told of how unbelievable the march of ISS is, we are not told that ISS is not believable without support and nourishment from these particular regimes.

  8. jon s on August 21, 2014, 2:09 am

    Dan Cohen has it backwards: the Hamas violated the ceasefire by firing rockets, starting 8 hours before its expiry time. After that, the IDF resumed attacks.

    Oh, by the way,a Hamas official took responsibility for the kidnap/murder of the three teenagers:

    • lysias on August 21, 2014, 11:47 am

      The Hamas”? What’s with the “the”? The definite article may be used with “Hamas” in German (“die Hamas”) and in French (“le Hamas”), but it is not so used in English. Looking at the Arabic- and Hebrew-language Wikipedia entries on Hamas, it does not seem that the definite article is used with “Hamas” in those languages either.

  9. NickJOCW on August 21, 2014, 3:46 am

    DOS Daily Press Briefing: August 19, 2014

    QUESTION: Can you imagine any circumstance in which the U.S. would not veto a resolution at the Security Council that would call for Israel to be investigated for war crimes by a court —

    MS. HARF: I personally cannot envision a scenario in which we would not veto it.

  10. just on August 21, 2014, 8:14 am

    I was @ The Guardian and found this ad:

    “Feed Israelis Under Fire
    Donate $50 for Families in Israel Suffering Rocket Attacks Need Help”

    No shame, they have no shame at all. Is one supposed to laugh or cry?

    • Mooser on August 21, 2014, 5:30 pm

      “No shame, they have no shame at all.”

      Who placed the ad?

      • just on August 21, 2014, 5:43 pm

        It was a google ad and I refused to copy the link in order to avoid defiling this place…

  11. eljay on August 21, 2014, 8:15 am

    >> MS. HARF: I personally cannot envision a scenario in which we would not veto it.
    link to

    Justice? Nope.
    Accountability? Nope.

    The U.S. and Israel really do have an unshakeable bond!

  12. Nevada Ned on August 21, 2014, 8:19 am

    Read and hear a speech by Dr. Rania Masri about the crisis in Gaza and the West Bank.

  13. Citizen on August 21, 2014, 8:32 am

    Israel just killed three top HAMAS operators:

    • Bing Bong on August 21, 2014, 12:25 pm

      3 more heroic warriors cut down by the cowardly Israelis.

      Admiral Ackbar!

      • just on August 21, 2014, 1:23 pm

        I suppose you think that you’re amusing.

  14. globalconsciousness on August 21, 2014, 12:01 pm

    interesting – Hamas official in Turkey claims Qassam Brigade responsible for kidnapping and killing of 3 israeli teens a while back but there is a suggestion that this may not be the case…

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