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‘Watch my proficiency in toppling your 7-story building’ — Israeli taunts Gaza landlord

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Azmi Doghmush, a building owner in Gaza, says that he received a taunting phone call from an Israeli intelligence officer on Sunday: “Sheikh Doghmush! How are you doing?… Count down five minutes and watch my proficiency and accuracy in toppling your building, but keep 50 meters away.”

Al-Qamar building flattened like fallen dominoes, Gaza. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

The seven-story al-Qamar residential building in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in the Gaza City was then leveled by six Israeli missiles.

“He was honest, while my lifetime dream was turned into fallen dominoes,” Doghmush, 50, said.

The anonymous officer gave all tenants in the building five minutes to evacuate, he said. “I was screaming hysterically, this is a joke, don’t do it, this is foolish! Five minutes is not enough to pick up even a pencil, but the officer insisted that the countdown is running.

Record of an unknown caller, the Israeli officer who called Azmi Doghmush’s cell phone. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Despite the smoke still rising from the ruin Monday, former tenants of the building attempted to retrieve all they could find in the rubble of the high-rise. 

Palestinian child at the al-Qamar building, Gaza, May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Palestinian boy inside bombed building, Gaza. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

The Al-Qamar building was home to more than 40 residents and commercial tenants including a beauty salon, mini market and tires service store. The bombings over the weekend caused damage to 310 residential buildings, fishing ports, and two universities across Gaza, and completely destroyed 18 residential buildings and family homes, a mosque, several schools, three media offices, and three ambulances. 

Azmi Doghmush, at bombed out building, Gaza. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

“My son’s new mini market, equipped with food for the Holy Ramadan, is under rubble, but that seems no less horrible than when I saw a paranoid man with only his knickers on fleeing out after the call,” Doghmush said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 25 Palestinians, including two infants, a toddler, and two pregnant women, were killed in the Israeli airstrikes, before an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the besieged enclave was declared.

Palestinian child outside the al-Qamar building, Gaza. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

For Azmi Doghmush, this military escalation is a “real war and could be just one in a series of wars since the last conflict of July-August 2014, when 2,251 people, including 1,462 civilians, were killed over seven weeks, according to the UN.

“More conflicts will erupt till doomsday as long as the US wrestler Donald Trump is in office; exploiting the Arabian Gulf’s cash and it siding with Israel,” he added.

Palestinians outside bombed buildings, Gaza. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Trump said on Sunday the United States fully supported Israel’s response to a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza and called for an end to the Palestinian militant attacks, warning Gazans such actions would bring them “nothing but more misery.” He said on Twitter.

“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens…. To the Gazan people – these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace – it can happen!” 

Among the victims were a family: Iman al-Ghazali, 30, and her husband Ahmad, 31, and their daughter Maria, 4 months. The family were reported killed as an Israeli warplane fired missiles into their apartment in Zayed Residential buildings, in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday.

Abdul-Raheem Haidar points at the apartment where the al-Ghazali family was killed. His daughter Muna is behind him. Gaza. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

A neighbor of the slain al-Ghazali family, Abdul-Raheem Haidar, 62, said that he was praying in a nearby mosque when it was shaken as if by an earthquake. “At that second I felt my heart shrink, that a real thriller movie is playing outside,” Haidar said yesterday, as his daughters moved their belongings to a truck. The family must relocate due to massive damage to their home, which was next to the al-Ghazali’s apartment.

Palestinians carry away belongings from bombed out building. Gaza. May 6, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Muna Haidar, one of those daughters, held up her hands, still trembling since the strike took place. “In this Holy month? I have never imagined that we could be homeless one day, but it becomes an undeniable truth,” Muna, 27, told Mondoweiss. “They were a lovely family (al-Ghazali) with a cute infant, but the Paradise could be safer than Gaza’s endless wars and falling rockets.

“Where is Mr. Obama? I guess he was more equitable with the Palestinians. Today we would prefer the blue devil to Trump.”

She took a last look at the wrecked home and added, “The slain mother Iman and I were planning for three days to prepare beef ravioli for today’s breakfast.”

Ahmad Kabariti

Ahmad Kabariti is a freelance journalist based in Gaza.

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  1. Maghlawatan on May 7, 2019, 4:48 pm

    Israel reminds me of the tyrants in the stories told on Jewish holidays.

    It’s actually very hard to imagine how wrong Zionism is. Judaism places great store on justice. So a Jewish state should be just?

    Imagine a state full of Zen disciples devoted to war. That’s equivalent to Zionism. Absurd

  2. Mooser on May 7, 2019, 6:47 pm

    “Judaism places great store on justice.”

    Let just us roll down like waters…

  3. Jackdaw on May 8, 2019, 6:27 am

    Did the reporter think to ask Mr. Doghmush why he believes Israel targeted his al-Qamar apartment building?

    That would have been my first question.

    Actually, from the time of the cell phone warning, to the time that the missiles were fired, was forty minutes, allowing all to flee unharmed.
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-when-will-death-stop-falling-from-our-skies-1.7209255

    BTW, did Hamas give warnings to the Jews they tried to murder?

    • eljay on May 8, 2019, 8:48 am

      || Jackdaw: … BTW, did Hamas give warnings to the Jews they tried to murder? ||

      Hamas fired rockets into Israel – Israelis would have been the targets.

      Unless you anti-Semitically conflate Israel with Jews – which of course you do because you’re a Zionist.

      • drhmay on May 8, 2019, 2:37 pm

        Yes. Israelis were the targets. Bedouin, Arab, Jews and Christians. Which is exactly why Israel responded.

      • eljay on May 8, 2019, 2:54 pm

        || drhmay: Yes. Israelis were the targets. Bedouin, Arab, Jews and Christians. … ||

        Yes. Israelis, not Jews. Thanks for that.

        || … Which is exactly why Israel responded. ||

        Yes. And the people of Gaza were the targets which is exactly why Hamas responded. Thanks for that.

      • Jackdaw on May 10, 2019, 10:32 am

        The Hamas Charter specifically calls for killing Jews.

        ‘The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.” (Article 7, Hamas Charter)

        We Jews aren’t stupid. We can read the Hamas Charter.
        We know how to deal with anti-Semites, in the Middle East and elsewhere.

        BTW, Hamas hates Freemasons and Rotarians, too.

      • eljay on May 10, 2019, 12:24 pm

        || Jackdaw: The Hamas Charter specifically calls for killing Jews.

        ‘The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.” (Article 7, Hamas Charter) … ||

        The Hamas Charter makes it very clear that rocks and trees – which direct Muslims to kill Jews – are anti-Semitic and must be destroyed.

        It also makes me wonder why Zionists would plant so many Jew-betraying trees in Palestine. Oh, that’s right: Zionists are anti-Semitic.

        Why do you Zionists insist on hating Jews so much?!

        || … We Jews aren’t stupid. We can read the Hamas Charter. … ||

        Smart reading Jews.

        || … We know how to deal with anti-Semites, in the Middle East and elsewhere. … ||

        Strong fighting Jews. Since you Zionists are anti-Semitic, will you assault only yourselves, each other or both?

        || … BTW, Hamas hates Freemasons and Rotarians, too. ||

        In addition to hating Jews, you Jewish supremacists (Zionists) hate non-Jews. It’s funny (but not surprising) how much immorality one group of supremacists shares with another.

      • Mooser on May 10, 2019, 1:01 pm

        “BTW, Hamas hates Freemasons and Rotarians, too”

        So that’s it. I’d been wondering why there are so few RX-7s in Gaza.

    • Misterioso on May 8, 2019, 9:53 am

      @Jackdaw

      Good grief!! What an utterly pathetic and desperate response. No surprise! At least you’re consistent. Once again, you defend a murderous, fascistic, expansionist, illegal/brutal occupier of foreign origin and ignore the ever mounting crimes it has perpetrated against the indigenous Palestinians for over 70 years. Frankly, I don’t know how you and your ilk can live with yourselves.

      Zionism is a well documented horror story for the native Palestinians and to state the obvious, its consequences are a betrayal of the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis. Zionism is over 70 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole, i.e., for its survival “Israel” is still dependent on massive US taxpayer provided financial aid and Washington’s protection in the geopolitical arena. Meanwhile, ever increasing numbers of people around the world, especially youth, including rapidly increasing numbers of enlightened Jews, are becoming utterly disgusted and enraged at “Israel” and viewing it as a pariah. The writing is on the wall!! All so predictable!!

      • drhmay on May 8, 2019, 2:47 pm

        The only thing predictable is your misleading, antisemitic,
        Illogical rant. Your worldview is Nazi like and irrelevant. Jews deserve a sanctuary homeland as much and more than most peoples. A home to 2 million Muslims by the way. The fact that we finally have an army to protect ourselves from the likes of you is argument enough for Israel’s existence. Palestinians could have, should have had their own home too, had they not embarked on 70+ years of rejection, terror, maximalism and “honor” over common sense. Where has it gotten them? In the thrall of terrorist leaders who abuse their own people with indoctrinated hatred and corruption; ever diminishing prospects and greater misery. Time to wake up and choose a different path. One that rewards compromise and intelligence with a better life for all peoples.

      • eljay on May 8, 2019, 3:32 pm

        || drhmay: … Jews deserve a sanctuary homeland as much and more than most peoples.

        No group of people – not homosexuals, Roma or Jews – is entitled to a supremacist state, not even if that state is quaintly referred to as a “sanctuary homeland”.

        || … Time to wake up and choose a different path. One that rewards compromise and intelligence with a better life for all peoples. ||

        I agree: The time for Zionists to wake up from their nightmare “dream” of being colonialist and supremacist overlords is long overdue. Justice, accountability and equality for all people, everywhere, all the time.

      • RoHa on May 8, 2019, 8:55 pm

        “Jews deserve a sanctuary homeland as much and more than most peoples. ”

        That does not give them the right to invade someone else’s homeland and take it over.

        “Palestinians could have, should have had their own home too, ”

        They did. The Zionists took it away from them.

        “a different path. One that rewards compromise and intelligence…”

        The Palestinians offered the compromise of a unified democratic state in which the Zionist invaders would be equal citizens, with control over their education facilities, and with Hebrew as an official language. Their reward was war.

    • bcg on May 8, 2019, 12:18 pm

      @Jackdaw: “The bombings over the weekend caused damage to 310 residential buildings, fishing ports, and two universities across Gaza, and completely destroyed 18 residential buildings and family homes, a mosque, several schools, three media offices, and three ambulances. ”

      I guess we need to ask why Israel targets fishing ports, residential buildings, universities, mosques and ambulances.

      • drhmay on May 8, 2019, 2:50 pm

        While you’re asking questions, ask why Hamas and IJ are targeting Israeli civilians and abusing their own people. Ask whether life in Gaza has improved or worsened under the “leadership” of Hamas.

  4. Jackdaw on May 9, 2019, 2:35 am

    I am not 100% certain, but I believe that the apartment building that was attacked, housed the Hamas cyber warfare unit, i.e. their hackers.

    https://twitter.com/IDF/status/1125066395010699264

    • annie on May 9, 2019, 4:54 am

      seriously jack, can you even be 5% certain? after all this is the same intel (israeli) that brought us WMD in iraq, and yellow cake from niger, and most recently intel iran was going to attack us. so what, pray tell, should we take from this hasbara about you not being “100% certain”? are you even 1% certain? because i wouldn’t stake my life on even those odds. liars lie, it’s often/frequently their specialty.

      • Jackdaw on May 9, 2019, 1:44 pm

        @Annie

        “the I.A.E.A. has not been able to determine who actually prepared the documents. “It could be someone who intercepted faxes in Israel, or someone at the headquarters of the Niger Foreign Ministry, in Niamey. We just don’t know,” the official said.”

        https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/03/31/who-lied-to-whom

        “We just don’t know”.

        But Annie knows.
        Please, Annie, what’s your proof Israel was involved in the Niger yellow-cake hoax.

      • annie on May 9, 2019, 4:33 pm

        ok, my mistake. and i should have said the neocon cabal (including cheney). they tried to blame the cia but from the start the cia didn’t believe the hoax. i shouldn’t have assumed because it was pushed by the neocons it involved israel.

        identified by the Italian embassy’s intelligence personnel as probable forgeries and were refused. The La Repubblica expose then claims that SISMI Director Nicolò Pollari, at the behest of Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, did an end run around the CIA and delivered the documents by hand in Washington D.C. to White House National Security Council (NSC) staff

        that would be key neocon NSC stephen hadley, recipient, who peddled the yellowcake lie. https://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/stephen-hadley/

        anyway my point stands, idf spokespeople are notorious liars. and it’s been reported by msm that the latest intel on iran planning some attack on the US, came from israel. so isn’t that special.

    • Mooser on May 9, 2019, 5:14 pm

      “I am not 100% certain, but I believe that the apartment building that was attacked, housed the Hamas cyber warfare unit, i.e. their hackers”

      Some Palestinians in the building had computers, and several had internet connections. Case closed.

  5. Ossinev on May 9, 2019, 7:06 am

    @Jackdaw
    “I am not 100% certain, but I believe that the apartment building that was attacked, housed the Hamas cyber warfare unit, i.e. their hackers”

    Shame that the most moral missed out on an even better target. I am not 100% certain but I believe that there was a busy kindergarden about 400 metres away which housed the Hamas under 5`s childrens unit.

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