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Three Palestinians were killed during pre dawn Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip Thursday. Among the dead were a woman, who was nine months pregnant, and her 18-month-old daughter.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza identified the pregnant woman as 23-year-old Inas Khamash, and her 18-month-old daughter as Bayan Khamash.

The two were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit their home in the Jaafari area of central Gaza. Khamash’s husband, Muhammad, was severely injured during the strike.

While some local media outlets were reporting that Muhammad succumbed to his wounds early Thursday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health has maintained that he is still in critical condition and being treated in the ICU.

Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinian Enas Khammash 23, and her 18-month-daughter Bayan, during their funeral in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Ashram Amra/ APA Images)

The third slain Palestinian, reportedly a Hamas fighter, was killed in an airstrike in northern Gaza. He was identified as 30-year-old Ali al-Ghandour.

The health ministry added that around 12 Palestinians were injured, two critically, and were transferred to the hospital for treatment.

Israeli air forces pounded the Gaza Strip overnight, targeting over 100 sites in the besieged coastal enclave. The Israeli army said in a statement that forces struck 150 “terror targets.”

A picture taken on August 8, 2018 shows a fireball exploding during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. (Photo: Dawoud Abo Alkas/ APA Images)

In a statement on Twitter, the army said the strikes were “conducted in response to the rockets launched from Gaza at Israel throughout the night,” adding that 180 rockets — at least 30 of which were intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system — were fired from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli media outlets reported that 11 Israelis were injured in the town of Sderot. One woman was reported to be in serious condition, while nine others were taken to the hospital. Thirteen other Israelis were reportedly treated for “shock.”

An Israeli army spokesperson told Mondoweiss that they could not confirm the number of Israelis reportedly injured.

The Israeli army said they held Hamas “fully responsible” for the escalation in violence, and that it was “determined to secure the safety of Israelis, is on high alert, & prepared for a variety of scenarios.”

“Hamas is responsible & bears the consequences for the ongoing events,” the army said on Twitter.

The army’s rhetoric has been echoed by Israeli politicians and government bodies over the course of Thursday, with the Foreign Ministry saying that Israel was “defending itself from from Hamas’ aggression.”

The US envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt released the following statement on Twitter: “Hamas regime again is launching rockets at Israeli communities.  Another night of terror & families huddling in fear as Israel defends itself. This is the Hamas regime’s choice. Hamas is subjecting people to the terrifying conditions of war again.”

Neither Greenblatt, the foreign ministry, nor the army made any mention of the killing of Inas Khimash and her daughter Bayan.

Palestinians inspect a house that was damaged in an Israeli airstrike on Dair al Balah in the center of Gaza Strip on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Ashram Amra/ APA Images)

Hamas official Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement that it was Israel who was responsible for the violence, and that “in the event of continued aggression, shelling and killing of the Palestinian people in Gaza, the resistance will not be silent. It’s duty to respond and break the occupation.”

On Twitter, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri echoed similar sentiments, and called on the international community to “shoulder its responsibilities towards Israel’s aggression and siege.”

Thursday’s events are the latest in a series of severe flare ups over the past few months in Gaza, leading many local and international officials to speculate that another large-scale Israeli offensive on the Palestinian territory could be imminent.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted an unnamed senior Israeli commander as saying that the military is “nearing launching an operation in the Gaza Strip” if the current situation persists.

The official told Haaretz that Hamas “will pay the price for its violations in the last four months,” seemingly referring to the ongoing Great March of Return protests that began on March 30th, over which time Israeli forces have killed at least 160 Palestinians and injured 17,000 more.

“Hamas must go back to the understandings after the [2014 Gaza war], and if it doesn’t, it will understand the hard way,” Haaretz quoted the officer as saying.

With fears of a new Israeli onslaught on the horizon, reports have emerged of the UN scrambling to negotiate a ceasefire.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, said in a statement issued on early Thursday that he was “deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence.”

“For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risk a devastating conflict that nobody wants. The UN has engaged with Egypt and all concerned parties in an unprecedented effort to avoid such a development,” he said.

Mladenov added that “if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people.”

The Gaza Strip is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, over 70% of which are refugees who were forcibly expelled from their homes in present-day Israel when the state was established in 1948.

A more than decade-long Israeli air, land, and sea blockade has crippled Gaza’s economy, which boasts one of the highest unemployment rates in the world at 44 percent, leaving an estimated 80 percent of the territory’s population dependent on humanitarian assistance.

Gaza has often been compared to an “open air prison,” and in 2015, the UN warned that the it could become “unlivable” by 2020 if nothing was done to improve the situation.

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  1. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw
    August 9, 2018, 9:35 am

    Israel is bending over backwards trying to get a ceasefire, and Hamas is dragging it’s feet.

    The blood, as usual, is on Hamas hands. But, what would you expect from a terrorist organisation.

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 9, 2018, 9:56 am

      || Jackdaw: Israel is bending over backwards trying to get a ceasefire, and Hamas is dragging it’s feet. … ||

      The rapist has no intention of ending the violent abuse, setting his victims free or accepting responsibility or accountability for his actions. But he’s “bending over backwards” trying to make “peace” with the battered and raped women chained in his basement.

    • hai_bar
      hai_bar
      August 9, 2018, 10:10 am

      A second thought that I hope will stick in your savage Brain: Hamas was created and got active 1990s. Our misery started when you and other European racists made this colonial outpost, that is way before the idea of Hamas was even thought of.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      August 10, 2018, 10:53 am

      @Jackdaw

      “But, what would you expect from a terrorist organization [?]”
      How much longer are you hasbarats going to push this canard?

      REALITY Regarding Hamas:
      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr…
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “…. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

      Also:
      The International Committee of the Red Cross: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

      “In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1,800,000 people” – Amira Hass, 2015 correspondent for Haaretz, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.

      To quote Dov Weisglass, then PM Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser:
      “‘The significance of the [proposed] disengagement plan [implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda….’ Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’” (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

    • dionissis_mitropoulos
      dionissis_mitropoulos
      August 11, 2018, 7:47 am

      Hi jackdaw

      you said on Thursday August 9:

      “Israel is bending over backwards trying to get a ceasefire, and Hamas is dragging it’s feet.”

      But it was Hamas that was trying for a ceasefire, and Israel that was refusing. I quote from the rightwing Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, August 10:

      http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/08/10/israel-denies-hamas-claim-that-gaza-cease-fire-has-been-%e2%80%8ereached-%e2%80%8e/

      “Sources at the Prime Minister’s Office said that ‎Hamas, via Egyptian officials and U.N. Middle East ‎envoy Nickolay Mladenov, had been asking for a cease-fire since Thursday morning [August 9], but Israel continued to ‎strike terror targets in Gaza.”

  2. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    August 9, 2018, 10:51 am

    The bbc reported this online under the heading “Israeli airstrikes kill…” . The MFA tweeted a demand that they change their story “immediately”. Board of Deputies and others also complained.

    BBC – “Gaza airstrikes kill…” .

  3. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    August 9, 2018, 11:37 am

    And….they’re bombing Gaza again (breaking a ceasefire supposedly brokered this morning).

    • catalan
      catalan
      August 9, 2018, 12:25 pm

      “they’re bombing Gaza again”
      That’s why we have BDS. As more people participate, it will stop Israel. It worked in South Africa.

  4. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    August 9, 2018, 1:50 pm

    RE: Israeli air forces pounded the Gaza Strip overnight, targeting over 100 sites in the besieged coastal enclave. The Israeli army said in a statement that forces struck 150 “terror targets.” ~ Patel

    SEE:
    “Are YOU Brainwashed?” | by Uri Avnery | zope.gush-shalom.org | September 6, 2018

    IT’S FRIGHTENING. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar.

    The term “brainwashing” was born in 1950. . .

    . . . How is this done? It’s quite simple, really: one has to suppress all other voices. One has to make sure that the citizen hears only one voice. One that repeats a few messages over and over, endlessly. This way the lie becomes truth.

    In such a situation, the ordinary citizen becomes convinced that the official line is really their own personal opinion. This is an unconscious process. When one tells a citizen that they are brainwashed, they are deeply insulted.

    This has been happening in Israel over the last few years. The citizen is not conscious that it is happening. He or she absorbs diverse newspapers, TV programs and radio broadcasts, and sees that all these media are freely arguing with each other and even quarreling with each other. The citizen is not conscious of the fact that on the one critical subject of our life – war and peace – all the media are “connected” to one singular line of brainwashing.

    DURING THE last few weeks we have been seeing a perfect example of this mechanism. The events on the Gaza Strip border have activated a mechanism of brainwashing that dictatorial regimes in the world can only envy.

    Let’s examine ourselves: what have we heard over the radio? What have we seen on TV? What did we read in the papers?

    Within a few weeks more than a hundred human beings were shot dead, and many thousands were wounded by live fire. Why?

    “We were forced to fire at them because they were storming the border fence”. And indeed, did the Gazans themselves not proclaim their will to “return home” – meaning, to return to Israeli territory?

    But on May 14, “Black Monday”, 63 unarmed demonstrators were shot dead and over 1500 wounded by live fire. Every Israeli knows that this was necessary because the demonstrators stormed the fence and were about to swarm into Israel. Nobody paid attention to the simple fact that there was not a single photo showing such an occurrence. Not even one. In spite of the fact that on both sides of the fence there were hundreds of photographers, including Israeli army photographers, who filmed every single detail. Tens of thousands stormed, and not a single picture?

    One should notice the use of the word “terror”. It has turned into an adjective attached to everything. There are not just tunnels – they are all always “terror-tunnels”. There are “terror-activists”. There is “the Hamas terror-regime” and there are “terror-bases”. Now there are “terror-kites”.

    Notice: not just “incendiary kites”, or “destruction-kites”, only “terror-kites”. The same every day in all media. Someone has made the terminology decision. Of course, everyone who has the word “terror” attached to his name is “a son of death”, as you say in biblical Hebrew. Another proud term of the brainwashing.

    The inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are “terrorists”. (In Hebrew, a special term has been invented: “Mekhablim”). All of them? Of course, no question. Especially Hamas members. But Hamas is a political party, which has won democratic elections in all of Palestine. A civilian party which has indeed a military wing. But in our media all party members and supporters are “terrorists”, sons of death. Of course.

    The use of these terms, hundreds of times every day, clearly constitute brainwashing, without the citizens noticing it. They are getting used to the fact that all Gazans are terrorists, mekhablim. This is a process of dehumanization, the creation of Untermenschen in the Nazi lexicon. Their killing is allowed, even desirable. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1528467876/

  5. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    August 9, 2018, 4:05 pm

    Some Zionist thoughts…
    A) if the EU is so worried about Gaza why doesn’t it propose to send a force to open a port where full security inspections take place? Egypt and possibly our new ‘bff’ KSA can be involved. Hamas would rather die first however

    B) the figure of 70% refugees. It’s doubtful that anything close to 70% of Gaza’s refugees were expelled from Israel in 48. Maybe the descendants which are given the unique status of perennial refugees. No other people’s in the entire world are treated in this special way. Just saying, the current chosen people are not jews, Syrians Africans or other war refugees.
    C) the insinuating belittling and often snickering that follows in regards to Israelis injured by shock. If any of those here have been 10 to 20m when a rocket hits and your lucky enough to not be hit with shrapnel your body is most definitely shocked. Physically shocked not just ‘It’s shocking’. I’m sure civilians in Gaza experience the same or worse but Hamas would never report shock as an injury because it sounds ‘humiliating’ I suppose Ibut, what MW likes to report on is the psychological damage to Gaza civilians who obviously are affected by shock. Those reports Hamas approves of. I imagine when a rocket finally hits a school there will be some real schadenfreude expressed here.’
    D) I agree that it’s getting absurd to keep track of which force is responding and which is attacking. It’s a totally minor pr point but meaningless in an asymmetrical war like this. The only difference is Israel is both attacking and defending. Hamas attacks/retreats/attacks. Both legitimate strategies in a logical stoic sense

    • bcg
      bcg
      August 9, 2018, 5:04 pm

      @DeBakr: With regards to your first question, “if the EU is so worried about Gaza why doesn’t it propose to send a force to open a port where full security inspections take place?”, Israel won’t let EU representatives in – hell, they do their best to prevent journalists finding out what’s going on, they’re going to let the EU in to build a port? This is from 2017 –

      “Israel prevents EU lawmakers from Gaza entry”

      https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-prevents-eu-lawmakers-from-gaza-entry/

      Five European parliamentarians said Wednesday that Israeli authorities prevented them from entering the Gaza Strip. ..Similar delegations of European lawmakers have been barred from entering the Palestinian coastal enclave since 2011, the statement added, though a team led by the head of the European Parliament’s budget committee was allowed to visit once.

      With regard to your point B, the Zionists consider themselves refugees from the land of Herod over two thousand years ago. Why shouldn’t the Palestinians consider themselves refugees from the land their grandfathers owned?

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        August 10, 2018, 10:59 am

        @bcg

        Excellent response!!
        DaBakr continues to flail about spewing forth utter nonsense and making a fool of himself. With advocates like him, Israel needs no critics.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 9, 2018, 5:45 pm

      “Both legitimate strategies in a logical stoic sense”

      So “DaBakr” is just another damn Hellenist!

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 9, 2018, 9:16 pm

      || @Bak: Some Zionist thoughts…
      A) if the EU is so worried about Gaza why doesn’t it propose to send a force to open a port where full security inspections take place? Egypt and possibly our new ‘bff’ KSA can be involved. Hamas would rather die first however … ||

      An even bigger problem than Hamas preferring death is the fact that Israel – and Zionists like you – would immediately assault the EU with accusations of anti-Semitism, “Jew hatred” and “singling out” the “world’s only ‘Jewish State'”.

      || … C) the insinuating belittling and often snickering that follows in regards to Israelis injured by shock. If any of those here have been 10 to 20m when a rocket hits and your lucky enough to not be hit with shrapnel your body is most definitely shocked. Physically shocked not just ‘It’s shocking’. I’m sure civilians in Gaza experience the same or worse but… ||

      …Jewish supremacists (Zionists) like you couldn’t give a f*ck what happens to civilians in Gaza because what matters most to you is the survival of Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

    • dionissis_mitropoulos
      dionissis_mitropoulos
      August 11, 2018, 11:10 am

      Hi DaBakr

      You said:

      “I imagine when a rocket finally hits a school there will be some real schadenfreude expressed here.’”

      Hamas has become very pragmatic, it certainly does not target children. But apparently even Islamic Jihad (another resistance faction which is hawkish) tries not to hit children and schools. For one thing, the Palestinian resistance groups do not have accurate targeting mechanisms. I quote from the rightwing Israel Hayom:

      http://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/hamas-is-misreading-the-situation-%e2%80%8e/

      “Hamas can[not] be sure that the rockets it ‎fires on Israel’s south …[will]… land in an open area, ‎rather than a populated one.”

      Besides, even Islamic Jihad (let alone the pragmatic Hamas) has shown signs that it does not wish to kill Israeli children. I quote from the Times of Israel (ToI):

      https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-curious-common-interest-behind-the-rapid-gaza-israel-flare-up-and-flare-down/

      “in the first Islamic Jihad barrage on Tuesday morning a shell exploded in the yard of a kindergarten. Nonetheless, it appeared that the terror group commanders did not wish to lose complete control and to force Israel into a harsher response. That first barrage came before the children had arrived.”

      Mind you, this did not prevent CAMERA (“Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting”, a misnomered pro-Israel advocacy group) to lie outright, as usual, and blame the firing on Hamas. I quote the CAMERA lie, June 1, 2018:

      https://www.camera.org/article/the-washington-post-questions-israeli-anger-at-hamas-attack-on-israeli-schoolchildren/

      “Armed with Iranian-made rockets and mortars, and assisted by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), another U.S.-listed terror group, Hamas purposefully launched missiles [on May 29 2018] at Israeli schools, among other targets.”

      Now, the mortar barrage that was fired and hit the kindergarten was not fired by Hamas, as the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) admits:

      https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-idf-officer-iran-may-use-gaza-terrorists-again-to-distract-from-syria/

      “A top commander in the Israeli army … [t]he senior officer in the IDF’s Southern Command … said Israel had “expected” Islamic Jihad to launch an offensive, explaining that the terror group has had an account to settle ever since Israel exposed and destroyed a tunnel belonging to it earlier this year.


      The senior officer said that Hamas only joined the offensive [May 29, 2018] after the IDF struck targets in response to the two initial barrages fired by Islamic Jihad.

      And how do we know that the kindergarten was hit during those two mortar barrages by Islamic Jihad, and not later at some other time, putatively by Hamas, as CAMERA claims? Well, the first ToI link that I posted states this fact clearly: the kindergarten was hit in the first mortar barrage, the one that was fired by Islamic Jihad only, without cooperation from Hamas:

      https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-curious-common-interest-behind-the-rapid-gaza-israel-flare-up-and-flare-down/

      “in the first Islamic Jihad barrage on Tuesday morning [May 29, 2018] a shell exploded in the yard of a kindergarten.”

      So CAMERA lied, in order to demonize Hamas as purposefully trying to kill children. The truth is it wasn’t even Hamas that fired, and even Islamic Jihad that did the firing tried not hit children, by choosing a time that children wouldn’t be around. Not to mention, once again, that the Palestinian resistance orgs have no way to calibrate their firing so accurately as to know whether they will hit this or that school, even if they wanted to. And Hamas,even when firing in retaliation to an IDF bombing or shelling, had been trying in the recent past (June 20, 2018) to fire only at night, so as to minimize the chance of hurting Israeli civilians. I quote from the previous rightwing link:

      http://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/hamas-is-misreading-the-situation-%e2%80%8e/

      “Still, Hamas made sure the attack followed most of ‎the familiar “rules” – only at night and only at the ‎Gaza-vicinity communities, and apparently while also ‎trying to minimize any casualties, to avoid further ‎escalation.”

      It should be said that during the May 29 conflagration, the only conflagration (the kindergarten one) that did not start with the IDF’s culpability (i.e. it was the only time that the Palestinians fired projectiles without the IDF’s having bombed them or shelled them first) it was Islamic Jihad that initiated it, not Hamas. Hamas had to acquiesce to this Islamic Jihad attack because it couldn’t do otherwise, as the IDF assessed:

      http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/05/31/hamas-caught-off-guard-by-intensity-of-clash-with-israel-officials-say/

      “According to defense officials, Hamas signed off on the barrage ahead of time so as to let the Islamic Jihad exact revenge for an incident earlier in the week, in which Israel killed three of its [Islamic Jihad] members when they tried to plant an explosive device near the Gaza border fence.
      However, despite the initial green light, Hamas was taken aback by the large number of mortar bombs fired toward Israel and was also surprised by the Israeli retaliation, which included some 30 daytime sorties targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets.
      Officials believe that Islamic Jihad dragged Hamas into a military confrontation it did not actually want. As a result, Hamas fired rockets toward the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip – a step it has not taken since the conclusion of the 2014 war, not even in cases where Israel successfully destroyed cross-border Hamas tunnels (10 in total) or when more than 100 Palestinians storming the Gaza fence were killed over the course of several weeks in weekly border protests.
      This unusual decision to fire at Israel may have been taken in order to shed the notion that Hamas is collaborating with Israel.”

      This fact, namely that Hamas did not even anticipate Islamic Jihad’s unusually big number of projectiles fired, has been admitted even by pro-Israel advocate Melanie Philips, who is so pro-Israel that right now she is in a dungeon in London torturing pro-Palestinian Muslims (ok, maybe I am exaggerating a bit as far as the torture is concerned, but she is an advocate, not a journalist as she claims). Anyway, I quote her:

      https://www.jns.org/opinion/europe-makes-an-about-face-on-israel/

      “Even Hamas reportedly got cold feet over the scale of the [29 May, 2018 Islamic Jihad mortar barrage] attack.

      Which, by the way, only goes to show that, according to pro-Israel sources, the real bully is the IDF, not Hamas and that in the single case since August 2014 that the Palestinians fired first (after having endured the massacre of more than 130 Palestinians at the fence without firing projectiles against Israel in retaliation), it was Hamas that was trying to play the role of the adult between the IDF and Islamic Jihad.

      DaBakr, I made this comment a bit long, because the implicature of your statement was that Hamas targets children, and is unduly aggressive. This is false, as I believe I have demonstrated.

    • dionissis_mitropoulos
      dionissis_mitropoulos
      August 11, 2018, 7:39 pm

      Hi again Jackdaw

      You said (emphasis added):

      “The blood, as usual, is on Hamas hands.”

      I take it that your diachronic ascription of blame to Hamas (“as usual”), refers to incidents after May 29, 2018. I interpret your statement in this way because until that time Hamas had not fired a single projectile against Israel since August 2014 (the end of operation Protective Edge). This is corroborated by the IDF itself:

      http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/05/31/hamas-caught-off-guard-by-intensity-of-clash-with-israel-officials-say/

      “Officials believe that Islamic Jihad dragged Hamas into a military confrontation it did not actually want. As a result, Hamas fired rockets [on May 29, 2018] toward the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip – a step it has not taken since the conclusion of the 2014 war”

      And, obviously, you can’t have been ascribing exclusive blame to Hamas for any of the 3 major wars it fought with the IDF, (Protective Edge 2014, Pillar of Defense 2012, Cast Lead 2008/09), because not even the dedicatedly pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) blames exclusively Hamas for any of those wars (emphasis added):

      https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-next-hizballah-israel-conflict

      ““but it should be recalled that … Hamas-Israel conflicts in Gaza in 2008-09, 2012, and 2014 were the unintended outcomes of miscalculations by both parties.”

      Actually, not even the IDF itself is blaming Hamas alone for these wars:

      https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/israel-outs-hezbollah-target-risks-igniting-violence-1.5460750

      ““According to Military Intelligence, almost all the last rounds of fighting – the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and the three operations in the Gaza Strip[2008/09,2012,2014] – broke out without prior planning as a result of a string of mutual mistakes in understanding the other side’s intentions.”

      In other words, Israel and Israel advocates claim that both Israel and Hamas, not Hamas alone, made mistakes that led to conflicts in the past.

      But, Jackdaw, since you can’t be blaming exclusively Hamas for past wars until August 2014 (given that not even Israel blames Hamas exclusively), and since you can’t be blaming Hamas for any incident from August 2014 up to May 29 2018 (for until then Hamas had not fired a single projectile, as the IDF corroborates), the only projectiles that you must be blaming on Hamas (so that you will be able to justify your claim that the blood is on Hamas) must have been fired from 29 May 2018 onwards.

      Now, I dealt with the case of May 29 2018 in my comment to Dabakr. I granted that it was Islamic Jihad that fired first (in retaliation to both a past IDF bombing and the recent killing of Islamic Jihad militants) but I proved that it wasn’t Hamas that fired at the IDF first, and that actually Hamas fired rockets only after the IDF bombed Hamas in retaliation to the projectiles fired by Islamic Jihad. So you can’t really blame Hamas too much — if at all — for this incident.

      And here is my challenge to you: please cite one instance since May 29 2018 where Hamas fired projectiles against Israel unprovoked by IDF bombings or shellings. I claim that you can’t find any such instance. I claim that every time Hamas has fired projectiles since May 29 2018 it was an instance of retaliation to prior IDF bombings or shellings against Hamas. This means that Hamas, far from being responsible for all the blood shed since May 29 as you claim, it is not responsible for any blood at all — to the extent that she who starts it is to be blamed.

      So we both end up making maximalist claims. Your maximalism is disproved easily. But can you at least disprove my own maximalism by citing just one instance where Hamas fired before the IDF bombed or shelled Hamas? I claim you can’t.

      And I have a diagnosis why you, like other Israel advocates (and I too used to be such an advocate), are sincerely believing this falsity and other falsities about Hamas (as I myself used to believe them). It has to do with the consistent misinformation on Hamas that is fed up by both the mainstream media and by Israel advocacy outlets. I am not concerned so much with the eco chamber that CAMERA et al have created, but I do mind the deliberate misinformation that even the liberal mainstream media are disseminating. This is going to be the subject of my next response to you and commenter DaBakr. Meanwhile, I await your citation of an instance where Hamas fired projectiles before the IDF bombed or shelled Hamas — if you can find any.

  6. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    August 10, 2018, 7:14 am

    @DaWhatever
    “I agree that it’s getting absurd to keep track of which force is responding and which is attacking. It’s a totally minor pr point but meaningless in an asymmetrical war like this. The only difference is Israel is both attacking and defending. Hamas attacks/retreats/attacks. Both legitimate strategies in a logical stoic sense”

    What a load of assmetrical s..t. Still better out than in.Mental constipation is a burden which has to be borne by Ziofreaks.

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