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Thousands of mourners packed the streets of Rafah to pay tribute to the Hamas commanders Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Thousands of mourners packed the streets of Rafah to pay tribute to the Hamas commanders Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Last night, Israel dropped several one-ton bombs on a house in Rafah, killing three top Hamas commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. The airstrikes also killed Hasan Hussein Younis, 75, his wife Amal Ibrahim Younis, Ahmad Nasser Kallab, 17, Nathira Kallab, Aisha Attiya, and children Abdullah Kallab and Youssef Kallab.

Mourners carry a body from the al-Awda mosque to the East Rafah cemetery. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners carry a body from the al-Awda mosque to the East Rafah cemetery. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Thousands packed the streets of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today to mourn in the largest funeral gathering since the assassination of the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari in 2012. Drone strikes could be heard in the distance and Israeli flares were launched above the cemetery.

Mourners shovel and push dirt by hand into a grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners shovel and push dirt by hand into a grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A mourner passes a brick that will serve as a temporary grave marker. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A mourner passes a brick that will serve as a temporary grave marker. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Professor Abu Neqira speaks at the funeral. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Professor Abu Neqira speaks at the funeral. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A group of dejected mourners sit over a fresh grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A group of dejected mourners sit over a fresh grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners grieve after the funerals. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners grieve after the funerals. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

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  1. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    August 21, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Yeah this will sure make peace. Wake up palestinians, ICC is the only way!

    • Donald
      Donald
      August 21, 2014, 3:36 pm

      “Yeah this will sure make peace.”

      What? I might even agree with your point if I knew what it was.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 21, 2014, 4:05 pm

        I was of course ironic.

      • CBC banned me for commenting on Israels genocidal extremists

        The “ICC is the only way” to what?

        Israel has repeatedly been found guilty of war crimes: I don’t see any consequences. Do you see any consequences?

        Palestinians ARE going through proper ICC channels, but it is going far too far to expect them to also maintain an irrational belief that that will solve the problem of being genocidally oppressed and dispossessed by Israel.

        Is there any possibility that you could be less flippantly disrespectful to the victims of Israel’s recurring massacres?

      • annie
        annie
        August 21, 2014, 7:29 pm

        Is there any possibility that you could be less flippantly disrespectful to the victims of Israel’s recurring massacres?

        i doubt it. jpb called palestinians ‘dumb’ the other day. oh i take that back, he said “Are the palestinians dumb? ” he knows everything so much better than them. and then he said “they just play along in this stupid circus of Israel.” which makes you kind of wonder if he agrees w/netanyahu they are trying to kill themselves off. and then he said “palestinians dont get” the “obvious fact…israel wont do anything to make peace”

        i mean, if only palestinians hung out at MW they could easily learn so much from jpb. because it’s oh so clear palestinians think israel is trying to make peace.

        and you know what else is wonderful? getting this kind of crap as top comment on a funeral thread. that really will attract palestinians and their supporters to this site no doubt! NOT.

      • just
        just
        August 21, 2014, 7:32 pm

        Good comment, CBCbmfcoige.

        (can I call you CBC from now on?)

      • tod77
        tod77
        August 21, 2014, 9:40 pm

        jpb – First read the ICC wikipedia. The ICC is a tool that is very useful if you plan to prosecute an African state.
        There was a link a while back about Israeli lawfare too, but I can’t find it, if someone has it, please post it here.
        Also see:
        http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/1.591596?v=4BBEEE60307DD9754FB8E6C4F2AB23F6
        In a nutshell, going to the ICC is as significant as being declared a state by the UN general assembly.

      • CBC banned me for commenting on Israels genocidal extremists

        That’s absolutely fine with me , just. : )

      • CBC banned me for commenting on Israels genocidal extremists

        Annie,

        Yikes! I couldn’t agree more as to the effect of such comments.

        (Please excuse my having used the wrong button. It was the only way to leave a reply.)

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 22, 2014, 4:07 am

        CBC banned me for commenting on Israels genocidal extremist

        No Israel has not been found guilty of warcrimes in ICC. The puppet Abbas refuse becoming a member of ICC.

      • tod77
        tod77
        August 21, 2014, 9:22 pm

        Not sure if you were going for ironic, sarcastic or apathetic, but – what?!
        Are you attacking Israel for bombing Gaza in an attempt to find everlasting peace?
        Are you attacking the Palestinians for holding funerals?
        Are you saying that if the Palestinians had gone to the ICC a couple of weeks ago, this whole mess would have been ancient history, with all Gazans living happily ever after?

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 22, 2014, 4:08 am

        tod77

        The headline was different before, like ‘ Hamas members killed by Israel’ and I said sure that will make peace as an ironic comment.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 22, 2014, 4:09 am

        tod77

        About ICC, one cannot say that before you have actually made an effort, the puppet Abbas wont do that effort.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 22, 2014, 7:04 am

        “Are you attacking Israel for bombing Gaza in an attempt to find everlasting peace?”

        My powers of sarcasm are, once again, inadequate.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 22, 2014, 9:44 am

        Annie

        Yes palestinians or anyone else who think israel wants peace is dumb, I ask you, do you think that Israel want peace?

        I would urge you agin to stop using personal attacks, trolling in your comments against me, its not the first time and against the rules of this site. I never see Adam nor Phil using this disrespectful arguments, so why are you?

      • just
        just
        August 22, 2014, 9:58 am

        jpb– Annie is neither engaging in “personal attacks” nor “trolling”.

        You clearly have a problem with Abbas and his “failure” to go to the ICC. We all know that– you’ve made it abundantly clear.

        Some of us choose not to constantly blame the victims– any of them. I leave that up to Palestinians.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 22, 2014, 11:18 am

        just

        I have blamed Abbas yes, why shouldnt I? Its HE that refuse becoming a member of ICC. No one else but only himself that do this. Hes a corrupt puppet. That is not blaming the victim, mainly because Abbas isnt the victim to begin with.

  2. just
    just
    August 21, 2014, 4:08 pm

    Israel has lost, is lost and will keep losing until the Palestinians are free in their own lands.

    Whoever thought that Israel could break the Unity Government by slaughtering Palestinians was seriously WRONG.

    Long live Palestine.

  3. seafoid
    seafoid
    August 21, 2014, 5:23 pm

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.611791

    “Assassinations of Hamas commanders could make Netanyahu the hero
    Such successes sink both the group’s morale and ability to carry out operations from Gaza. They’re also popular with Israelis suffering in the south. ”

    Delighted for Jon and his neighbours who have been having trouble sleeping recently.

  4. Kay24
    Kay24
    August 21, 2014, 5:52 pm

    I see pictures of dejected young men. Most probably enraged by the deaths of innocent people, children, the elderly, by Israel. Many will join militant groups to avenge the deaths of their loved ones.

    They have every right to feel anger, and if Israel is going to suffer the consequences of their slaughter in Gaza some time from now, I would say they truly deserved it.

  5. biorabbi
    biorabbi
    August 21, 2014, 7:33 pm

    High/mid level echelon of Hamas military wing hit. I wonder if the political leadership is next?

    • annie
      annie
      August 21, 2014, 7:41 pm

      wonder if the political leadership is next?

      are they in gaza? or do you mean more mossad assassinations in foreign countries?

      • biorabbi
        biorabbi
        August 21, 2014, 7:47 pm

        Yes.

        Another interesting point to be made here. Much is being made about Israel intel here(in the Israeli centered press/blogs). But it is very interesting me that two out of the three Hamas chiefs who were killed had ties to Sinai operations. I would be curious about

        a. the nature/expertise of Egyptian intel on Hamas military leadership, and, b. the cooperation between Egypt and Israel on Egyptian intel.

        I would bet Egypt’s intel on Hamas military arm is better than Israel.

      • annie
        annie
        August 22, 2014, 1:17 am

        but you said political leadership. aren’t they based in qatar?

        edit, when i asked do you mean more mossad assassinations in foreign countries?

        you answered yes. ah, so we should have great fear of the impervious mossad. gotcha.

        and how does this impact the situation on the ground?

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 22, 2014, 1:08 am

        Maybe the ones hiding in the hospital.

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 22, 2014, 1:29 am

        Haled Mashal is based in Qatar. Ismail Haniya and Mahmoud al-Zahar are in Gaza.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 22, 2014, 6:51 am

        Maybe the ones hiding in the hospital.

        ]

        More likely he was collateral damage from Israel targeting children.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 23, 2014, 3:16 am

        No the leadership is luxuriating in Qatar organising more arms shipments.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 23, 2014, 7:22 pm

        No the leadership is luxuriating in Qatar organising more arms shipments.

        Via was transportation route?

    • just
      just
      August 21, 2014, 7:43 pm

      You sound happy and thirsty, biorabble.

  6. biorabbi
    biorabbi
    August 21, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Is it Palestinian collaborators, Egyptian intel, or Israeli intel(or a combination of all 3) that is behind Hamas recent leadership loss in Gaza.

    I don’t see IDF’s intel suddenly making a quantum improvement, collaborators are possible(but that only explains one hit), but Egypt deciding to pull out all the stops to help Israel target Hamas military wing makes the most sense.

  7. Jon66
    Jon66
    August 21, 2014, 10:31 pm

    Apparently Hamas admitted that they were responsible for the Israeli teen deaths in June that started this latest conflagration.

    “Saleh Arouri told a conference in Turkey on Wednesday that the military wing oif Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades, carried out what he described as a “heroic operation” with the broader goal of sparking a new Palestinian uprising.

    “It was an operation by your brothers from the al-Qassam Brigades,” he said, saying Hamas hoped to exchange the youths for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.”

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/22/world/hamas-leader-admits-group-kidnapped-executed-israeli-teens/#.U_aqpH-9KSN

    • annie
      annie
      August 22, 2014, 1:08 am

      Apparently Hamas admitted that they were responsible for the Israeli teen deaths

      hamas? hamas who? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/21/hamas-kidnapping-three-israeli-teenagers-saleh-al-arouri-qassam-brigades

      Claim by Saleh al-Arouri, a founder of Hamas’s military wing, is doubted by experts and not supported by other Hamas sources

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      August 22, 2014, 6:52 am

      Apparently Hamas admitted that they were responsible for the Israeli teen deaths in June that started this latest conflagration.

      Apparently you don’t know how to read your own links. How can someone who is exiled speak on behalf of Hamas?

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        August 22, 2014, 7:25 am

        Half of their leadership is in exile. Meshaal is in the Gulf. It seems to be a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand does.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 22, 2014, 8:08 pm

        It seems to be a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand does.

        It seems more a case of Hasbara.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        August 22, 2014, 9:31 pm

        In a Yahoo interview Meshaal says it was Hamas members who acted without his knowledge, but he felt it was fine for them to do this anyway.

        http://news.yahoo.com/hamas-leader–don-t-compare-us-to-isil-193125056.html

        I don’t disagree that there have been lies told by Israel and Hamas both. But, the response here is always to assume Hamas is telling the truth. The hatred here for Israel is so great that it blinds some ( maybe not you) to the truth.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 22, 2014, 10:29 pm

        In a Yahoo interview Meshaal says it was Hamas members who acted without his knowledge, but he felt it was fine for them to do this anyway.

        Lie. That’s not what he said at all. He said that acted alone and understood the frustration and anger that drove the suspects to do what they did.

        You really are pathetic Jon66.

        But, the response here is always to assume Hamas is telling the truth.

        No it’s not. The response is to see where the evidence takes us and whether the kidnapping was consistent with Hamas strategy.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      August 22, 2014, 3:44 pm

      One of your rabbis demanded 300 Philistine foreskins for killing 3 Jews but the exchange rate has obviously inflated along with the Israel real estate market.
      And you’re a fairly educated Israeli- I can only imagine the extremism in the poorer districts of Tel Aviv.

  8. Belacqua
    Belacqua
    August 21, 2014, 11:44 pm

    Early during the bombing of Gaza, Brzezinski was interviewed by Bloomberg News and I think surprised the interviewer with his views:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/brzezinski-on-ukraine-israel-hamas-conflict-nOdu6YhhSYeRu86mpYcEIQ.html

    And I think that the point he makes; that Hamas was moving towards moderation in forming a unity government with Fatah and that this, more that anything else can be pointed to as the cause of Israel’s attack on Gaza. The Fascist government of Israel cannot abide a moderate Hamas. It has always needed enemies to give it permission to make war and to steal more and more land from Palestinians.

  9. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    August 22, 2014, 2:55 am

    Wow…

    So…, the Apartheid State could pinpoint the whereabouts of 3 separate Hamas commanders into one place… [and kill them arbitrarily], but it couldn’t find Gilad Shalit in 5 years…?

    Yep, that makes perfect sense…

    Have we come to the point where we fail to see that justice from the air is something utterly unjustifiable, indefensible and very cowardly?

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      August 22, 2014, 7:20 am

      Good point. They could not find Gilad Shalit, a man who was unable to get about so easily as others, and yet they could pinpoint 3 Hamas commanders, who would never have been in the same place for long. Strange.

      • Daniel Rich
        Daniel Rich
        August 22, 2014, 7:47 am

        @Kay24,

        Let us not forget that the Apartheid State has [through torture, intimidation and other coercive means] access to an array of [Palestinian] ‘snitches,’ aka the AS’ HUMINT, thus the fact that the AS couldn’t find GS, is BS.

        He became a useful pawn in BiBi’s bloody ‘We turn our hearts into solid steel’ campaign for the time being.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        August 22, 2014, 9:43 am

        You are right. GS became the excuse for more violence against the Palestinian people, like the fake story about finding 3 kidnapped Israeli kids, who Bibi knew were already dead.

  10. just
    just
    August 22, 2014, 7:52 am

    “Hamas has executed 11 suspected informers a day after three of its senior military commanders were killed in an Israeli air strike that was probably carried out on the basis of intelligence provided by collaborators.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/22/hamas-executes-suspected-infomers-gaza

  11. jon s
    jon s
    August 22, 2014, 10:29 am

    The latest report is that Hamas has executed 18 of their own people today.

    I’ll bet the Hamas cheering squad on MW will approve .

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      August 22, 2014, 10:52 am

      Would classing it as a Hannibal procedure make it acceptable, Jon ?

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 22, 2014, 10:55 am

        No

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        August 22, 2014, 12:48 pm

        What happened to Kastner after he moved to Israel, Jon? He collaborated with the Nazis.

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 22, 2014, 1:32 pm

        No similarity. Kastner wasn’t summarily executed by the authorities, he was murdered by a citizen, who went to jail.

        The debate on Kastner persists. Some see him as a collaborator, some see him as a hero. His granddaughter is MK Meirav Michaeli (Labor).

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        August 22, 2014, 11:31 am

        Ha! good one. I’ve noticed that many Zionists only care about dead Arabs when they’re killed by other Arabs.

    • American
      American
      August 22, 2014, 11:04 am

      So what?
      Israel executes by bombing, Hamas executes by whatever, ISIS and Isr’s new friend, Saudi executes by beheading….

      http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/08/21/saudi-arabia-surge-executions

      Saudi Arabia: Surge in Executions
      19 Beheaded in 17 Days; 8 for Nonviolent Offense

      (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia has executed at least 19 people since August 4, 2014. Local news reports indicate that eight of those executed were convicted of nonviolent offenses, seven for drug smuggling and one for sorcery.

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 22, 2014, 11:08 am

      >> jon s: The latest report is that Hamas has executed 18 of their own people today.
      >> I’ll bet the Hamas cheering squad on MW will approve .

      I’ll bet Zio-supremacists are thinking Hamas didn’t go far enough and that it should execute itself out of existence.

    • adele
      adele
      August 22, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Jon,
      why do you think we would approve of this? I would like to understand your reasoning behind such a callous statement. Why are you trying to dehumanize us? Just because we are critical of Israeli actions?

      Assuming that they were collaborators why would we cheer their death? Don’t you think their death is as much of a tragedy as innocent children being killed by Israeli bombs?

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      August 22, 2014, 8:09 pm

      The latest report is that Hamas has executed 18 of their own people today.

      The latest report or the latest BS from the hasbara mother ship? You know, like the crap you insisted last week was common knowledge?

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 23, 2014, 2:26 am

        Just as I expected, noone has a word of condemnation for summary executions of their own people carried out by Hamas.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 23, 2014, 7:26 pm

        Just as I expected, noone has a word of condemnation for summary executions of their own people carried out by Hamas.

        Just as I expected, none of the hasbarats actually have any evidence that any summary executions were carried out by Hamas

  12. jon s
    jon s
    August 22, 2014, 10:39 am

    BTW, I hope Max Blumenthal is out of there.
    If not – he should be extra careful regarding his personal safety.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      August 22, 2014, 11:18 am

      The only people Max feared in Gaza were the Israelis.

    • just
      just
      August 22, 2014, 11:19 am

      I hope for his safety as well.

      Why did you write that in this context?

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        August 22, 2014, 11:32 am

        Maybe he’s afraid the Hamas dudes will kill him for being a Jew.

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 22, 2014, 1:16 pm

        I was thinking not only of James Foley’s fate, but also of what happened to Daniel Pearl, another Jewish-American reporter , chasing a story in an area saturated with jihadis.

        I realize that Hamas probably regard Blumenthal as a “useful idiot”, but the message may not reach every operative on the street, especially now that they are in a panic, shooting suspected “spies” in the street.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        August 22, 2014, 3:27 pm

        I find it incredible that you live less than 20 miles from Gaza and you have no idea of life there. Have you ever visited Gaza? Did you ever speak to anyone from Gaza ?

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 22, 2014, 8:19 pm

        I was thinking not only of James Foley’s fate, but also of what happened to Daniel Pearl, another Jewish-American reporter , chasing a story in an area saturated with jihadis.

        Jihadis that funnily enough have no interest in targeting Israel.

        I realize that Hamas probably regard Blumenthal as a “useful idiot”

        Whereas we consider you simply an idiot.

        but the message may not reach every operative on the street, especially now that they are in a panic, shooting suspected “spies” in the street.

        As opposed to in Israel, where anyone who is left wing or anti war is being lynched you mean?

    • adele
      adele
      August 22, 2014, 2:09 pm

      Jon,
      have you been following Max’s Twitter TL? You really should, you will learn a lot, including the fact that he left Gaza, and as Max so astutely phrased it: “I just crossed from the involuntarily walled off ghetto to the voluntarily walled off ghetto. Goodbye Gaza, home of the brave”.

      You will also learn that he was welcomed by his Palestinian friends there. Palestinian people, like any people on this earth, are very warm and welcoming if you come as a friend, and not as an occupying army. It’s just common sense. Go on and try it, Jon, open up your world to new possibilities and ways of seeing. You will be amazed at what beauty you will discover. I say that sincerely.

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 23, 2014, 2:45 am

        Seafoid,
        1. Yes, I’ve been in Gaza.
        2. Gaza is one of the most miserable places in the world, a place of utter despair. The people of Gaza are afflicted by Hamas, who chose to invest millions in acquiring rockets to attack Israel’s civilians, in building tunnels to attack Israel, instead of investing in education, health care, infrastructure, industry, agriculture and the welfare of their people.
        3.One personal anecdote in reply to your last question: some years ago, my son was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital, here in Beersheva. In the bed next to him was a boy from Gaza, also accompanied by his father. At night , Mohammad (the father ) and I found matresses in the supply room and spread them out under our boy’s beds. We ended up sleeping so cramped together that I figured that this was the closest I had ever slept next to another person, except for my wife.

        Adele, Sorry, I don’t use Twitter.
        I was involved in Israeli-Palestinian encounter groups. I was always impressed by their warmth in welcoming people who came in peace.

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 23, 2014, 11:32 am

        Seafoid ,
        Some questions for you: have you ever visited Sderot?

        Have you spoken to people who live in Sderot, or Nahal Oz, or Kfar Azza or Yad Mordecai, or any of those places?

      • adele
        adele
        August 23, 2014, 2:26 pm

        When did you go to Gaza Jon? Can you tell us about the places you visited. Also, which dialogue group did you participate in?

        I ask all these questions because your hositile point of view toward Palestinians contradicts your alleged actions/visits/encounters with them. So it is very hard to believe you.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 23, 2014, 7:25 pm

        2. Gaza is one of the most miserable places in the world, a place of utter despair.

        Which was Israel’s intention all along. The one and only comprehensive scholarly history of Israeli settlements n the occupied territories. It’s been translated into English, called “Lords of the Land”, by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar .

        “After Israel withdrew it’s forces from Gaza, in August 2005, the ruined territory was not released for even a single day from Israel’s military grip, or from the price of the occupation that the inhabitants pay every day. Israel left behind scotched earth, devastated services, and people with nearly a present or a future. The Jewish settlements were destroyed in an ungenerous move by an unenlightened occupier, which in fact continues to control the territory and kill and harass it’s inhabitants, by means of it’s formidable military might.”

        The people of Gaza are afflicted by Hamas, who chose to invest millions in acquiring rockets to attack Israel’s civilians, in building tunnels to attack Israel, instead of investing in education, health care, infrastructure, industry, agriculture and the welfare of their people.

        Rubbish. There was a building boom taking place in Gaza in 2012, which was fuelled by economic activity based on the tunnels.
        http://www.economist.com/node/21560611
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/24/us-palestinians-gaza-idUSTRE7BN09520111224

        So the claim that tunnels and rockets syphoned money from the economy is simply BS.

  13. jon s
    jon s
    August 22, 2014, 10:54 am

    My personal experience today:
    I was driving home , after doing my pre-shabbat shopping -when I heard the alarm : first on the radio(“Beersheva 292”) and then , after I rolled down the window I heard it loud and clear. Stopped the car, turned off the ignition, got out and lay down on the sidewalk. After a few seconds I heard some booms, looked up and saw the contrails of the interception. Got up, drove home, called my family. Bastards didn’t get me.

    Heard later that one rocket did get through and fell in our city, causing one injury and some property damage . Also a rocket hit a synagogue in Ashdod, injuries and damage there, too.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      August 22, 2014, 12:54 pm

      “I was driving home , after doing my pre-shabbat shopping ”

      1 Very few Gazans can afford a car
      2 there are over 200,000 living in Un Shelters, not at home
      3 Over 10,000 homes have been destroyed
      4 80% don’t have enough money to go pre Shabbat food shopping

      Bastards in Tel Aviv run the system for you

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 22, 2014, 1:20 pm

        Seafoid,
        You’re right. They should complain to Hamas.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        August 22, 2014, 3:25 pm

        It’s run by Jews, Jon. I’m sure if you ever find yourself on the other side of the fence you won’t say it’s Likud’s fault. The system you are such a part of is only possible when Gaza is treated as it is. That is the price of your Jewish Disneyland.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      August 22, 2014, 8:16 pm

      Got up, drove home, called my family. Bastards didn’t get me.

      Wow you’re so brave.

      After a few seconds I heard some booms, looked up and saw the contrails of the interception

      Actually, it probably wasn’t an interception at all, but the Iron Dome missile detonating by itself and spraying the area with shrapnel.

      Also a rocket hit a synagogue in Ashdod, injuries and damage there, too.

      That clearly means there were bombs hidden there.

    • RobertB
      RobertB
      August 22, 2014, 11:07 pm

      Wow Jon s…It must have been really scary for you….those Palestinian firecrackers gave you the yellow-shivers…Hmmm! Were you in the car by yourself…?

      How is Jon Stevens … is he doing…ok?

      • jon s
        jon s
        August 23, 2014, 11:27 am

        RobertB,
        A 4 year old child was killed by those “firecrackers” yesterday.

        Who is Jon Stevens?

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 23, 2014, 7:27 pm

        Wow Jon s…It must have been really scary for you….those Palestinian firecrackers gave you the yellow-shivers…Hmmm! Were you in the car by yourself…?

        The stupid thing is that Jon would have been safer to remain in his car, seeing as the falling shrapnel from the exploded Iron Dome missile poses a much greater danger to Israelis than the Gaza rockets.

  14. biorabbi
    biorabbi
    August 22, 2014, 11:35 am

    That Hamas killed 18 collaborators does not mean that Hamas is correct.

    Annie, yes, Khaled M. It does not necessarily have to be Israel either. I’m not sure the Egyptians are that fond of him either, and absence does not make the heart grow fonder.

  15. biorabbi
    biorabbi
    August 22, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Is their any sort of appeals process/legal process of appealing accusation of collaboration in the Hamas legal structure? I ask this question in all seriousness/I could not find an answer online. Reports note some of the collaborators were grabbed as they exited their Mosque and sprayed with bullets. Better than Isis I suppose.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      August 22, 2014, 3:26 pm

      Apparently none of the kids Israel murdered today had any legal representation either.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      August 22, 2014, 3:42 pm

      On twitter there was a statement from “The resistance revolutionary court,” so some mechanism appears to be in place. I also read somewhere that some of the accused were charged with supplying information that lead to the Shujaiyya massacre. That was several weeks ago, so this was not about dragging people randomly from their homes and putting them up against a wall. Hamas is enjoying more support now than they have ever had, why would they risk that with a “reign of terror?” Only if you believe that Arabs are stupid and dumb and naturally homicidal does that make any sense. Then there is this: “To maintain their family honours we keep collaborators names hidden, treating their family and children like martyrs families and children” this is to prevent further retribution.

      I don’t feel comfortable lecturing people with no rights from my comfortable American home about what they should or should not do. I will leave that to them. Personally, if one of my neighbors gave the enemy info that led to the death of my entire family they better hope all they get is a bullet to the head.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      August 22, 2014, 8:30 pm

      Reports note some of the collaborators were grabbed as they exited their Mosque and sprayed with bullets. Better than Isis I suppose.

      No different to the IDF.

      WHO IS BEHIND GAZA’S MASS EXECUTION?
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/01/who-is-behind-gaza-s-mass-execution.html

      Gruesome Tales Surface of Israeli Massacres Against Families in Gaza Neighborhood
      http://www.alternet.org/world/gruesome-tales-surface-israeli-massacres-against-families-gaza-neighborhood?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

  16. biorabbi
    biorabbi
    August 22, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Then there’s this.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4561996,00.html

    After thousands of Palestinians dead, scores of Israelis dead, billions of dollars of munitions used, thousands of rockets fired, and intense media interest, finally proof of life! Hamas gunmen caught on film!!! Reuters to the rescue, actually catching the rarest of entity … armed Hamas gunmen caught on film?

    I guess now it’s ok to film Hamas since Hamas wants the message disseminated.

  17. RobertB
    RobertB
    August 22, 2014, 11:18 pm

    The Historical Perspective of the 2014 Gaza Massacre

    By Ilan Pappé
    August 23, 2014

    “People in Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine feel disappointed at the lack of any significant international reaction to the carnage and destruction the Israeli assault has so far left behind it in the Strip. The inability, or unwillingness, to act seems to be first and foremost an acceptance of the Israeli narrative and argumentation for the crisis in Gaza. Israel has developed a very clear narrative about the present carnage in Gaza.

    It is a tragedy caused by an unprovoked Hamas missile attack on the Jewish State, to which Israel had to react in self-defence. While mainstream western media, academia and politicians may have reservations about the proportionality of the force used by Israel, they accept the gist of this argument. This Israeli narrative is totally rejected in the world of cyber activism and alternative media. There it seems the condemnation of the Israeli action as a war crime is widespread and consensual.

    The main difference between the two analyses from above and from below is the willingness of activists to study deeper and in a more profound way the ideological and historical context of the present Israeli action in Gaza. This tendency should be enhanced even further and this piece is just a modest attempt to contribute towards this direction.

    Ad Hoc Slaughter?

    An historical evaluation and contextualization of the present Israeli assault on Gaza and that of the previous three ones since 2006 expose clearly the Israeli genocidal policy there. An incremental policy of massive killing that is less a product of a callous intention as it is the inevitable outcome of Israel’s overall strategy towards Palestine in general and the areas it occupied in 1967, in particular.

    This context should be insisted upon, since the Israeli propaganda machine attempts again and again to narrate its policies as out of context and turns the pretext it found for every new wave of destruction into the main justification for another spree of indiscriminate slaughter in the killing fields of Palestine.

    The Israeli strategy of branding its brutal policies as an ad hoc response to this or that Palestinian action is as old as the Zionist presence in Palestine itself. It was used repeatedly as a justification for implementing the Zionist vision of a future Palestine that has in it very few, if any, native Palestinians. The means for achieving this goal changed with the years, but the formula has remained the same: whatever the Zionist vision of a Jewish State might be, it can only materialize without any significant number of Palestinians in it. And nowadays the vision is of an Israel stretching over almost the whole of historic Palestine where millions of Palestinians still live.”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39487.htm

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