Israel Launches War on Gaza: Day 8 Live Coverage
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Last Wednesday afternoon, Israel launched a wide-scale attack on the densely-populated Palestinian Gaza Strip. In a scene reminiscent of the start of the December 2008 War on Gaza, in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed, Israeli fighter jets struck over 1500 targets in the besieged Strip in the course of 48 hours. At least 162 Palestinians have been killed and over 1200 wounded since the assault began. Retaliatory rocket fire from Gaza killed five Israelis – one soldier, and four settlers. A ceasefire is currently in effect.
Al-Akhbar will continue to post live updates on the situation in Gaza.
■ Hamas military chief Ahmad Jaabari and Ahmad al-Zahar, the brother of Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar, were killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City
■ Israeli fighter jets have reportedly targeted over 1,500 sites in Gaza since Wednesday afternoon
■ Retaliatory rockets from the Gaza Strip struck Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the first time; as well as Beersheba, Ashkol and Dimona, home to Israel's main nuclear power plant.
■ 162 Palestinians have been killed and over 1200 have been injured.
■ Five Israelis were killed from Palestinian resistance retaliatory rocket fire.
■ For analysis of media coverage, see our Boxes & Briefs media mash-up.
A report by Bloomberg on how the Iron Dome system is deemed a success and is set to make a lot of money. It makers seem "pleased" about the results.
Here's an excerpt:
Business could get even better after Iron Dome’s success in the Gaza conflict. Singapore has already fielded a system, according to Aviation Week. And South Korea has shown interest in the system, Alon Ben-David, an independent defense analyst, told Bloomberg.
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 00:58
From a summary of the Guardian's live blog:
"After eight days of Israeli strikes, 58% of Israelis in a Channel 2 poll think the Gaza assault improved the country's "deterrence." Israeli officials said the conflict damaged Hamas and showed the strength of Israel's intelligence operation. The IDF declared that "after 8 days, IDF accomplished its goals in 'Pillar of Defense.'"
Prime minister Netanyahu and Likud are to stand for reelection in two months. Meanwhile the question of what the Gaza attack accomplished for the country is likely to grow. And that's assuming the current ceasefire, now just three hours old, holds."
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 00:35
Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud has crippled the military power of Gaza's ruling Hamas, the Israeli military said Wednesday.
In a statement, the military named key militant leaders killed by Israel and listed weapons and bases destroyed.
Referring to the confrontation pitting Hamas rockets against Israeli air strikes and naval artillery as "the fighting in the south", it said the offensive launched on Nov. 14 had "accomplished its pre-determined objectives".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the aim of the operation was to stop Hamas, Islamic Jihad and smaller groups firing rockets and mortar bombs at southern Israeli communities. The militants say they are defending Gaza against Israeli aggression.
Israel targeted 1,500 sites, the military said in its detailed summary of the conflict, and the "command and control apparatus of Hamas was significantly struck".
Targets included "19 senior command centers, operational control centers and Hamas' senior-rank headquarters, 30 senior operatives, hundreds of underground rocket launchers, 140 smuggling tunnels, 66 terror tunnels, dozens of Hamas operation rooms and bases, 26 weapon manufacturing and storage facilities and dozens of long-range rocket launchers and launch sites".
"These actions have severely impaired Hamas's launching capabilities, resulting in a decreasing number of rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip," the army said. Israel captured Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war and withdrew unilaterally in 2005. (Reuters)
Incidentally, Israel claimed a similar sentiment at the end of it's war on Gaza in 2008-2009.
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 00:20
AIRO — Israel and Hamas agreed Wednesday to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire accord to end a week of violence in and around the Gaza Strip following days of marathon talks.
Here is the text of the ceasefire agreement which is set to take effect at 1900 GMT:
“Israel shall stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land sea and air, including incursions and targeting of individuals.
“All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.
“Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas. Procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.
“Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.”
“Setting up the zero hour understanding to enter into effect.
“Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.
“Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt as a sponsor of this understanding, shall be informed to follow up.”
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 00:16
As Palestinians in Gaza celebrate the ceasefire, and some Israelis protest against it, we have a couple of must-read articles to pour over by our staff.
First up, Sanaa Kamel, our correspondent from Gaza, sheds light on the lives of Palestinians living outside of Gaza City , where they keep on living defiantly underneath Israeli drones and bombs.
Next up, Linah Alsaafin, in Ramallah, wonders if the protests in support of Gaza that has spread to the West Bank and occupied territories can sustain itself to press for real change or will they fizzle out?
North in Beirut, Sabah Ayoub looks into how Lebanese television channels where not moved by the week-long aggression on Gaza, with most sticking to their Turkish soaps, pathetic children's programs, and tacky cooking shows.
And finally, a haunting, emotional photo-blog by Dylan Collins of a Palestinian martyr's funeral in Nabi Saleh.
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 00:12
It's been over two hours since the ceasefire between Palestinian resistance fighters and Israel took effect. The ceasefire was plunged into doubt at first when it began with an Israeli airstrike on Gaza killing one Palestinian and injuring three others. Resistance fighters responded by launching 12 rockets into Israel that landed into open fields harming noone.
Nevertheless, the ceasefire seemed to hold and many Palestinians are reportedly streaming out into the streets of the besieged Gaza Strip in celebration of what they see as a "victory for resistance."
Haaretz reported that approximately 30 Sderot residents demonstrated against the cease-fire agreement. The protesters blocked a road and chanted disparaging remarks directed towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gaza is still under a brutal blockade by Israel. Khaled Meshal, Hamas's political leader, told the press that Israel is required to open all of Gaza's crossings, disputing Israel's assertions to the contrary. (Agencies, Al-Akhbar)
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 23:55
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr announced on Wednesday that a truce had been agreed to between Israel and Hamas over the Gaza conflict and said a ceasefire would come into effect at 1900 GMT.
"It will come into effect at nine Cairo time," 1900 GMT, he said.
US President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday for agreeing to "give the ceasefire a chance," the White House said.
"The president commended the prime minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, which the president recommended the prime minster do, while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself," it said.
There are no reports of Obama thanking Palestinians for agreeing to the ceasefire or of their right to self-defense.
Nor was there mention of the Israeli instigation of the war, or a condemnation of Israeli war crimes that killed157 Palestinians.
Hillary Clinton in a press conference and Obama at the White House both emphasized the need to ensure Israel's safety but Hilary Clinton briefly mentioned bettering the Palestinian living situation in Gaza.
Earlier, after talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the designated ceasefire middle-man, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that Wednesday's attack on a bus in Tel Aviv, that injured 17 people, was "clearly designed to test their resolve" and made it all the "more urgent to reach a ceasefire."
The attack on the bus was adjacent to the Ministry of Defense, encouraging many to believe that it was the missed target.
While 157 Palestinians have been killed, the great majority civilians, Ban felt that the evidence of an unsustainable situation lay in the 3 Israelis with severe injuries and 14 with light to medium ones.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 20:00
With more rumors of a pending ceasefire in the coming hours, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon offers an ambiguous statement in Cairo on the progress of the ceasefire negotiations.
Ban said Wednesday evening there were "many details to work out" before an agreement can be reached to end the week-long war on Gaza, as he called for an immediate ceasefire.
"We all know there are many details to work out but while that happens, civilians continue to die and cities continue to be targeted. And that's why we need a ceasefire right now, immediately," he told reporters in Cairo.
Earlier, in a press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Ban stressed the need to end the rockets from Gaza aimed at Israel.
Although he expressed 'sympathy' for the Palestinian families he did not condemn the Israeli war crimes in this war or in their ongoing occupation.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 18:58
The Boxes & Briefs media blog has a poignant anecdote about the circular nature of sourcing in the fast-paced digital news era, involving Al-Akhbar's own Qassem Qassem:
Qassem was following the events in Gaza closely via television, Internet, and, of course, his own sources in the beleaguered Strip, and posting updates on his Facebook page. Soon, however, he noticed that the TV channel he was watching appeared to be re-publishing his Facebook updates on the scrolling news ticker at the bottom of the screen.
Read the whole post here.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 16:37
Five Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza City on Wednesday, raising the day's toll to nine and, and hiking the overall number of people killed to 146, medics said.
"At least five Palestinians were killed in new Israeli air strikes on Gaza City," the Hamas health ministry said in a statement.
Earlier another four people were killed in several strikes across the enclave, medics said. (AFP)
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 15:31
The Tel Aviv bus blast was less than 300 meters away from Israel's Defense Ministry, suggesting the command center of the bloody offensive in Gaza may have been a target. Here's a satellite photo, that you may zoom in on, courtesy of Google. A marks the site of the blast; B marks the location of the Israeli Defense Ministry.
*The location of the bomb blast was disclosed by Israeli media, such as Ha'aretz.
View Ministry of Defense in a larger map
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 14:19
Al-Jazeera reported multiple airstrikes near their buildings in Gaza on Wednesday afternoon, only hours after their offices were damaged by Israeli strikes overnight.
As part of their nighttime war effort, and in an ongoing attack on journalists, the Israeli army hit the building housing AFP, AP, and al-Jazeera's Gaza City offices, in an Israeli air strike on Tuesday night.
AFP photographer Mahmud Hams, who was in the fourth-floor office at the time and was unharmed, said no AFP staff were hurt in the attack. He said at least three rockets appeared to have hit the building.
The Israeli military confirmed targeting the eight-story building in Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood.
The first two strikes on the media offices and journalists in Gaza came on Sunday, when war planes bombed the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighborhood, causing extensive damage and wounding six journalists, including one who lost a leg.
The building housed various media outlets, including international stations and the Hamas-affiliated al-Quds channel.
The second raid hit the Shuruq building, which also housed various media outlets, including the Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa television station.
The Shuruq building was hit again on Monday, in a strike that killed the head of the war information office in the Islamic Jihad.
The strikes were condemned by the local Foreign Press Association as well as international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.
Reporters without Borders demanded "that Israeli authorities respect and abide by the international conventions not to target media and to ensure the safety of journalists covering conflict zones."
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 13:43
The al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades have reportedly claimed responsibility for the Tel Aviv bomb attack that struck a bus near the Israeli Defense Ministry. The group is considered to be the ruling Fatah party's military wing.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 13:43
Al Jazeera reports multiple airstrikes close to its office in Gaza.
Multiple Israeli airstrikes close to the Al Jazeera office in #Gaza
— AJELive (@AJELive) November 21, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 13:29
The war on Gaza continued on Wednesday despite announcements of a pending ceasefire on Tuesday and on-tv efforts across the region to thrash out a truce to end a week of violence that has cost 141 Palestinian lives.
Diplomatic efforts have involved US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi but a deal to end Israel's offensive on Gaza remains elusive.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for an immediate halt to Hamas rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza strip after talks with Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday. He did not emphasize the halt of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, but mentioned sympathy for the Gazan population, in a short question and answer session, post-press conference with Abbas.
"I reiterate my call for an immediate cessation of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israeli populated centers. This is unacceptable," he told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
"Now is the time for diplomacy and stopping the violence," he said, a week into deadly Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip from which Palestinians have been responding with the firing hundreds of rockets at the Jewish state.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew in Tuesday night for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton, said that Washington's commitment to Israeli security was "rock solid and unwavering."
But she also stressed that this "is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the situation" in the Palestinian territory.
And she indicated a truce announcement may not emerge until after she completes visits to the West Bank capital of Ramallah and Cairo for talks with Egypt's President Mursi.
"In these days ahead, the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region for an outcome that bolsters security for the peace of Israel, improves conditions for the people of Gaza and moves toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region," said Clinton.
But, according to al-Mayadeen, Abbas was surprised that Clinton did not mention the ceasefire in their talks on Wednesday.
Netanyahu told Mursi on Wednesday that one of the conditions for a ceasefire would be the disarmament of Hamas and an end to weapon smuggling.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 13:24
A Palestinian girl may have carried out a bomb attack in Tel Aviv, according to various media sources. At least 10 people were injured, three are in serious condition.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:31
Current Internet, telecommunication and death toll situation/status Gaza:
Last Update at 08:29 GMT:
Broadband: Limited, Intermittent
PBX Lines: DOWN
Ham Radio: Unknown
Electricity: DOWN, Current electricity by Generators
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:25
The Twitter account for Israeli Vice-President Silvan Shalom appears to have been hacked by "Z Company Hacking Crew." For the past seven hours, Silvan has been demanding an end to the occupation and calling Netanyahu a "murdering power-crazed psychopath."
FREE PALESTINE! END THE OCCUPATION! STOP THE MURDER OF PALESTINIANS NOW!!!! #GAZA
— Silvan Shalom (@SilvanShalom) November 20, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 09:00
UN Security Council announces that no action will be taken by that body tonight regarding the situation in Gaza. A meeting will be held tomorrow at 15:00 GMT to assess developments overnight, and an open meeting may be held at 20:00 GMT.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 02:30
"Al-Jazeera's bureau in Gaza City has been damaged after an airstrike hit the nearby Abu Khadra government building. A residential building in the area was on fire after the strike." (Al Jazeera)
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 02:05
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:58
Seumas Milne, a columnist and associated editor for the Guardian, slammed the argument that Israel had a "right to defend itself" in his latest opinion article.
Here's an excerpt:
So after six days of sustained assault by the world's fourth largest military power on one of its most wretched and overcrowded territories, at least 130 Palestinians had been killed, an estimated half of them civilians, along with five Israelis. The goal, Israel's interior minister, Eli Yeshai, insisted, had been to "send Gaza back to the middle ages".
True, the bloodshed hasn't so far been on the scale of Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9, which left 1,400 Palestinians dead in three weeks. But the issue isn't just who started and escalated it, or even the grinding "disproportionality" of yet another Israeli military battering (even before last month's flareups, 314 Palestinians had been killed since 2009, as against 20 Israelis).
It's that to portray Israel as some kind of victim with every right to "defend itself" from attack from "outside its borders" is a grotesque inversion of reality. Israel has after all been in illegal occupation of both the West Bank and Gaza, where most of the population are the families of refugees who were driven out of what is now Israel in 1948, for the past 45 years.
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:38
Mondoweiss, a progressive American Jewish online publication, has received a report from the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) that summarizes the damage towards Gaza's medical centers and infrastructure in the last week.
Here is the summary in full:
Damage to Medical Centers and Medical Personnel:
● A hospital in Khan Younis sustained damage due a nearby shelling. Shrapnel entered the hospital. The damage has impaired the functioning of the hospital, which is currently unable to provide full treatment to its patients.
● An UNWRA medical center in Jabalya was damaged in an aerial attack.
● Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City sustained damage due to a nearby shelling.
● In northern Gaza, the local clinic in the Tawam neighborhood sustained damage. Two nearby ambulances were also damaged.
● A Red Crescent emergency center in Tel-Elhawa in northern Gaza sustained damage.
● Three ambulances from the Gaza City Ministry of Health’s Emergency Rescue Center, close to the Palestine Stadium, sustained damage.
● Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) clinic in the village of Abu Taima in Khan Younis sustained damaged. As in the entire village, the clinic has no electricity or water, and due to damage to communication infrastructure, has no access to internet or telephone lines. The clinic is relying on fuel supplies that will last only 2-3 days.
According to reports gathered from OCHA UN agency and from field workers, there are also signs of damage to electricity and water infrastructure and schools:
● Damage to two water systems, a well, and two water reservoirs.
● Another water network, which serves 20,000 people in the Nassar area of Rafiah, sustained damage on 18.11.12.
● Two power stations in the Jabalya area were damaged by shelling. Planned power outages are taking place every day for 8-12 hours.
● During the hours when there is no electricity, hospitals must rely on generators, but fuel supplies are dwindling, and are expected to run out in only a few days.
● The village of Abu Taima in Khan Younis, home to 4,000 residents, has been without water, electricity, and communication since 11:00 am on 18.11.12, following damage to its infrastructure.
● According to reports, approximately 25 schools, including three UNWRA schools, have sustained various degrees of damage
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:28
Not a very shocking justification from the IDF regarding its strike of a building housing AFP staff:
The Hamas terrorists weren't in the media building to be interviewed. They were there to communicate with field operatives and plan attacks.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 20, 2012
Warning to reporters in Gaza: Stay away from Hamas operatives & facilities. Hamas, a terrorist group, will use you as human shields.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 20, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:17
The Obama administration is criticizing its NATO ally Turkey for "extremely harsh" rhetoric in accusing Israel of terrorism in its current military operations in Gaza.
The State Department said Tuesday that such language is "not helpful" to efforts to end the conflict there. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that message had been delivered to Turkish officials within the past 24 hours. (AP)
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:05
The UN Security Council is currently meeting behind closed doors to discuss Israel's war on the besieged Gaza Strip.
Earlier, the US blocked a UN Security Council call for an immediate cease-fire in Israel's week long offensive in Gaza against Hamas.
"The draft press statement failed to address the root cause of the current escalation - the continuing barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza against Israel," the spokeswoman for the US Mission to the UN, Erin Pelton, said in a statement.
"We made clear that we would measure any action by the Security Council based on whether it supported the ongoing diplomacy toward de-escalation of violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns and restores a broader calm," Pelton said. "By failing to call for the immediate and permanent halt to rocket launches from Gaza into Israel, this press statement failed to contribute constructively to those goals. As such, we could not agree to this statement, which was counter-productive and unacceptable." (Al-Akhbar, AP)
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:00
While political leaders struggled to conclude a truce deal in Cairo, medics said four Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, bringing the day's death toll to 27.
Two brothers -- Abed Abu Mour, 24, and Khalid Abu Mour, 19, -- were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the al-Juneina district of Rafah.
An earlier airstrike killed another two brothers in Deir al-Balah, medics said. They were identified as Salim Ayish Abu Sitta and his brother Muhammad. (Ma'an News Agency)
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 00:40
Dozens of residents of Ashdod demonstrated in the city on Tuesday evening against the anticipated ceasefire in Gaza.
“Enough, erase Hamas," shouted the demonstrators, who waved Israeli flags.(Arutz Sheva 7)
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 23:54
Israeli rockets have struck a building housing AFP's Gaza offices, Al-Jazeera reports.
No AFP staff were hurt in the attack in which three rockets appeared to have hit the sixth floor of the building.
This is the third time since Israel's assault on Gaza began on November 14, that journalists have been targeted by Israeli bombs.
Here's a reaction by Paul Danahar, BBC's Middle East Bureau Chief:
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 23:38
Clinton: I am very pleased that the Iron Dome defense has been performing so well. The joint project shows the United States' enduring commitment to the safety and security of Israel's people and for Israel's right to defends itself (Haaretz)
Was she also pleased about the many dead in Gaza? Perhaps the US should consider sending a couple of those nifty, sparkly Iron Domes there...only to ensure the safety and security of Palestinians and for Palestine's right to defend itself.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 23:19
Unverifiable rumors are swirling all over Twitter that Israel has used white phosphorus in the eastern part of Gaza today:
We must stress that these rumors have not been confirmed, but it reminds one of the initial reports of white phosphorus use by Israel in it's 2008-2009 attack on Gaza.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 23:15
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at Ben Gurion Airport and has set out to Jerusalem to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avidgdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. She is to meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday. (AFP)
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 22:51
A Hamas official said on Tuesday that Egyptian efforts to broker a truce with Israel had been held up because the Israeli government had yet to respond to proposals, indicating there would be no ceasefire until Wednesday at the earliest.
"The Israeli side has not responded yet, so we will not hold a (news) conference this evening and must wait until tomorrow," Ezzat al-Rishaq, a senior Hamas leader, told Reuters. "The truce is now held up because we are waiting for the Israeli side to respond," he added in a short telephone interview.
Meanwhile, Israel intensified its air and naval strikes on Gaza. (Reuters)
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 22:47
If you haven't had a change to read them yet, we have a couple of great articles translated from the Arabic side of Al-Akhbar on various issues surrounding Israel's brutal war against the besieged Gaza Strip.
Sanaa Kamel, our correspondent in the besieged Strip, filed in two reports.
First off, she visited the overwhelmed Al-Shifaa Hospital to highlight the human face behind this tragedy .
Her second report coincides with news that Palestinian fighters executed six suspected collaborators today in Gaza. She examines the double-trap that these Palestinian collaborators with Israel usually find themselves in.
For his part, Hassan Illeik has whipped out a fascinating piece that examines how Hamas gets its weapons , while As'ad AbuKhalil, our resident 'Angry Arab blogger, wrote a delicious critique of Western media's coverage of the war on Gaza .
Meanwhile, Ibrahim al-Amin, Al-Akhbar's editor-in-chief, asks: What strategy is there for Resistance in Gaza?
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 22:05
Cpl. Yosef Fartuk, 18, from Emmanuel, was killed earlier today by a rocket fired from Gaza into Israel. His family has been notified.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 20, 2012
This brings the Israeli death toll to four in the past seven days of the Israeli war on Gaza.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 20:19
Below is a press release dated Tuesday from UNRWA condemning the Israeli fabrication of a video showing UNRWA schools/facilities as rocket launching bases.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) denies allegations made online by the Israeli army spokesperson that Palestinian militants are using UNRWA schools or facilities in Gaza to fire rockets into Israel.
On 17 November 2012 at 22:16, Israel's army tweeted from their official Twitter account (@IDFSpokesperson) a link to a video hosted on their official YouTube channel, featuring an animated film that depicts militants firing rockets from a school clearly marked with the UNRWA insignia.
UNRWA is concerned about the creation and use of footage that wrongly suggests that UNRWA is allowing its premises to be used for terrorist activities in the current conflict and the unauthorised use of its logo in computer-generated material. In a situation of conflict these allegations have potentially grave consequences. UNRWA takes with utmost seriousness the neutrality of its installations, particularly in times of heightened violence.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 20:10
A third journalist was killed on Tuesday as Israelis ramp up their list of war crimes before the possible ceasefire.
The director of the al-Quds Educational station was killed in Deir al-Balah, a city in central Gaza.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 19:34
While rumors of a ceasefire already being signed, or that a ceasefire is about to be signed, continue to be reported, Israeli killings continue.
Hamas official Ayman Taha had reportedly said that an Egyptian brokered truce was to be declared at 19:00 GMT and was to go in effect at at 22:00 GMT.
Israeli officials said that they did not agree to a ceasefire, but an Egyptian official said that the truce talks were ongoing and that they were hopeful for a deal on Tuesday night, according to Reuters.
Obama called Egypt's Morsi to commend his Gaza truce efforts.
Meanwhile, two more journalists were among six people killed in a series of Israeli air raids on Gaza City and the north, raising Tuesday's death toll to 20, a Hamas spokesman said.
"Two cameramen from Al-Aqsa TV have been killed: Mahmud Komi and Hossam Salama," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, saying the strike hit a car in Gaza City's Nasser which was clearly marked as a press vehicle.
Another three people were killed in the city's Shejaiya neighbourhood, and another person died in an air strike on the northern town of Beit Hanun.
"That takes the total today to 20," Qudra told AFP.
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zahri said that if Israel continues to hit Gaza, the resistance will hit Tel Aviv and beyond Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv has not been hit since 1991 and Hamas continues to display military targeting more effective and far-reaching than before, changing the rules of Israeli wars on Gaza.
Hamas also reported that they hit an Israeli warship today with five missiles 'for the first time'.
They also hit the The Eshkol Regional Council in northern Israel and injured five Israeli soldiers.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 19:12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Gaza's Hamas leaders to choose between peace and "the sword" on Tuesday as a diplomatic push intensified to end a week of violence in and around the strip.
"Our hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbours who want to make peace with us," Netanyahu said in a statement.
"And the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David against those who wish to uproot us from this country," he added in reference to the biblical warrior king.
"We have already destroyed thousands of rockets and missiles aimed at Israeli citizens, including most of the long-range rockets," he said. "We continue to attack Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the terror groups."
He spoke as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was expected to fly in overnight.
Peace has come to mean nothing, yet it remains difficult to argue against.
If peace is the absence of all forms of violence, and the implementation of just rule, you would be hard pressed to find anyone that might reject the offer. Yet, there is a reason that so many would reject Netanyahu's version of peace.
There is also a reason why the word peace is used to describe unjust actions: because no one seems to be able to scrap the word; or argue with a word that seems blatantly 'just' at first glance, but is impossible to practically define.
The empty word acts as a camouflaging missile-casing for homemade bombs of criminal doings.
Homemade because it is he/she that articulates peace that defines it in each moment; it is camouflaging because of its fluid meaning and because 'it just looks right'.
It is interesting to take note of how many words our diplomats are using to disguise their actions and intentions.
Peace cannot be defined as less-concentrated killings; one person's peace is another man's violent open air prison or apartheid state.
Netanyahu's 'peace' comes at the expense of others' peace, and of fairness.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 18:45
Gunmen executed six "collaborators" in a Gaza City neighbourhood on Tuesday, witnesses told AFP, adding that notices were pinned to their bodies saying they had been killed by Hamas's armed wing.
"Gunmen in a minibus pulled up in the neighbourhood, pushed six men out and shot them without leaving the vehicle," one of the witnesses said, adding that a message pinned to the bodies read: "Al-Qassam Brigades announces the execution of the traitors."
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 17:58
* Israeli Channel 7 said that they expect a ceasefire announcement upon Clinton's arrival to Tel Aviv.
Clinton is currently on her way to Tel Aviv.
* An Islamic Jihad spokesperson said they expect a ceasefire announcement within the next three hours.
* 'Palestinian sources' told al-Mayadeen that a ceasefire would be announced at 9 pm.
*Islamic Jihad spokesperson in Lebanon Abu Imad al-Rifai: A ceasefire and the details of the agreement will be announced in a few hours.
Al-Aqsa news channel quoted President Mursi of Egypt saying "The aggression on Gaza will end tonight."
Israel has a tendency to up destruction efforts right before a ceasefire is announced.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 17:20
It appears Israel is escalating its aggression on Gaza City:
Eight people, including two children, were killed in separate strikes on the city.
Six people were killed in one strike, two children were killed in the other, according to Ma'an.
They added that Israeli warplanes have been dropping leaflets on the city to "stay away from Hamas operatives and facilities."
Another Palestinian was killed in an airstrike on Beit Hanoun.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 16:55
Addressing the many reasons why the war on Gaza ought to be troubling to Americans, the New Yorker blog ties in the US drone wars in Pakistan/Afghanistan, reminding readers of the fallacious "illusion of surgical war":
And that is where the Dalu family story must be especially troubling for Americans—not just because of our support for the Netanyahu government and its policies, whatever they are (which is an issue of its own), and not just because it’s particularly hard to see how this campaign ends in anything other than a tragedy and a prelude for the next conflict—but because the illusion of surgical war has become our illusion, too, in Afghanistan and Pakistani border regions and elsewhere."
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 16:23
Hamdi al-Falah, a 22-year-old Palestinian, was killed yesterday by occupation forces in the West Bank during a protest against Israel's assault on Gaza. Currently, hundreds of Palestinians are facing off with Israeli soldiers at Falah's funeral in Hebron.
— Irene Nasser (@Irene_Nasser) November 20, 2012
Here is a video of Falah minutes after being shot by Israeli soldiers.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 14:50
A rocket was fired towards Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon, but didn't hit the city or cause any casualties, a police spokesperson told the Israeli Channel 2.
It was the second time a rocket has been launched toward Jerusalem since Israel's Gaza offensive began last week.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 14:46
The Economist has assembled some figures that lend context to the current war on Gaza:
Total number of Israelis killed by rocket, mortar or anti-tank fire from Gaza since 2006: 47
(Source: Wikipedia. This is disputed; another source says 26)
Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire from April 1st 2006 to July 21st 2012: 2,879
(Source: United Nations)
Number of people killed in traffic accidents in Israel in 2011: 384
Reported cost in dollars of one interceptor missile fired by Iron Dome: 62,000
Estimated cost in dollars of one short-range Qassam missile built in Gaza workshop: 800
(Source: News reports)
Cost in dollars of one Iron Dome battery; Israel has deployed five and plans 13 in total: 50m
Jewish population of Israel/ under Israeli jurisdiction (ie including West Bank settlements): 5.9m
Non-Jewish population under Israeli jurisdiction (ie including Gaza and West Bank): 6.1m
Per capita GDP of Israel in 2011, in dollars: 31,000
Per Capita GDP of Gaza in 2011, in dollars: 1,483
View the rest here.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 14:42
The large number of wounded and killed in the Gaza Strip this week has had a toll on hospitals and other emergency response services, as civil defense officials Tuesday appealed to the Arab world for urgent supplies, according to Ma'an.
The World Health Organization has already issued several statements expressing concern over the situation in Gaza.
Hospitals operated by the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip are functioning but must cope with the large number of traumatic injuries with severely depleted medical supplies.
WHO also reported that one hospital, two ambulance centers and one ambulance evacuating wounded have been damaged by nearby airstrikes.
According to the Israeli army, 120 trucks filled with food and medical supplies were supposed to enter Gaza from Israel on Tuesday, but only 24 made it across the border.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 14:35
Top Military Commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades Mohammed Deif warned Israel on Tuesday that it will "pay a heavy price" if it launches a ground operation in Gaza.
Deif called on Gaza militants to prepare for fighting on the ground in an audio statement on Hamas' al-Aqsa television station. "The enemy will pay a heavy price if it thinks of entering Gaza," he said.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 13:50
Hundreds of Palestinians are taking to the streets in Ramallah to protest Israel's killing of Rushdi Tamimi.
November 20, 2012Nariman Tamimi embraces her eldest son while griefing the loss of her younger brother Rujdi... fb.me/1nlMKbQUS
— Activestills (@activestills) November 20, 2012
We posted a video of his killing yesterday. He was shot by Israeli occupation forces on Saturday in the village of Nabi Saleh when protesting in solidarity with Gaza, and died from his wounds Monday.
Here is that video again:
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 13:49
Today's killings in Gaza bring the death toll up to at least 115.
Palestinian Killed In Gaza; Seven Killed Tuesday, 115 Since Wednesday: One resident was killed and several other... tinyurl.com/cykvn4z
— IMEMC News (@imemcnews) November 20, 2012
These are their names:
1- Ahmad Al-Ja’bary, 52 years old.
2- Mohammed Al-hams, 28 years old.
3- Rinan Arafat, 7 years old.
4- Omar Al-Mashharawi, 11 months old.
5- Essam Abu-Alma’za, 20 years old.
6- Mohammed Al-qaseer, 20 years old.
7- Heba Al-Mashharawi, six-month pregnant, 19 years old.
8- Mahmoud Abu Sawawin, 65 years old.
9- Habis Hassan Mismih, 29 years old.
10- Wael Haidar Al-Ghalban, 31 years old.
11- Hehsam Mohammed Al-Ghalban, 31 years old.
12- Rani Hammad, 29 years old.
13- Khaled Abu Nasser, 27 year old.
14- Marwan Abu Al-Qumsan, 52 years old.
15- Walid Al-Abalda, 2 years old.
16- Hanin Tafesh, 10 months old.
17- Oday Jamal Nasser, 16 years old.
18- Fares Al-Basyouni, 11 years old.
19- Mohammed Sa’d Allah, 4 years old.
20- Ayman Abu Warda, 22 years old.
21- Tahrir Suliman, 20 years old.
22- Ismael Qandil, 24 years old.
23- Younis Kamal Tafesh, 55 years old.
24- Mohammed Talal Suliman, 28 years old.
25- Amjad Mohammed Abu-Jalal, 32 years old.
26- Ziad Farhan Abu-Jalal, 23 years old.
27- Ayman Mohammed Abu Jalal, 44 years old.
28- Hassan Salem Al-Heemla’, 27 years old.
29- Khaled Khalil Al-Shaer, 24 years old.
30- Ayman Rafeeq Saleem, 26 years old.
31- Ahmad Abu Musamih, 32 years old.
32- Osama Abdeljawad
33- Ashraf Darwish
34- Ali Al-Mana’ma
35`- Mukhlis Edwan
36- Mohammed Al-Loulhy, 24 years old.
37- Ahmad Al-Atrush
38- Abdul-Rahman Al-Masri
39- Awad Al-Nahhal
40- Ali Hassan Iseed, 25 years old.
41- Mohammed Sabry Al’weedat, 25 years old.
42- Osama Yousif Al-Qadi, 26 years old.
43- Ahmad Ben Saeed, 42 years old.
44- Hani Bre’m, 31 years old.
45- Samaher Qdeih, 28 years old.
46- Tamer Al-Hamry, 26 years old.
47- Jumana Salamah Abu Sufian, 1 year old.
48- Tamer Salamah Abu Sufian, 3 years old.
49- Muhammad Abu Nuqira
50- Eyad Abu Khusa, 18 months old.
51- Tasneem Zuheir Al-Nahhal, 13 years old.
52- Ahmad Essam Al-Nahhal, 25 years old.
53- Nawal Abdul-'Al, 52 years old.
54- Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, the father.
55- Ranin Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 5 years old.
56- Jamal Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 7 year old.
57- Yousef Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 10 years old.
58- Ibrahim Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 1 year old.
59- Jamal Al-Dalou, the grandfather.
60- Sulafa Al Dalou, 46 years old
61- Samah Al-Dalou, 25 years old
62- Tahani Al-Dalou, 50 years old
63- Amina Matar Al-Mzanner, 83 years old.
64- Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mzanner, 23.
65- Suheil Hamada
66- Mo’men Hamada
67- Atiyya Mubarak.
68- Hussam Abu Shaweesh,
69- Samy Al-Ghfeir, 22 years old.
70- Mohammed Bakr Al-Of, 24 years old.
71- Ahmad Abu Amra
72- Nabil Ahmad Abu Amra.
73- Hussein Jalal Nasser, 8 years old.
74- Jalal Nasr, 35.
75- Sabha Al-Hashash, 60 years old.
76- Saif Al-Deen Sadeq.
77- Ahmad Hussein Al-Agha.
78- Emad Abu Hamda, 30 years old.
79- Mohammed Jindiyya, 31.
80- Mohammed Iyad Abu Zour, 4 years old.
81- Nisma Abu Zour, 19 years old.
82- Ahed Al-Qattaty, 38 years old.
83- Al-Abd Mohammed Al-Attar.
84- Rana Ash-Shandi, 18 months.
85- Tamer Basheer.
86- Amin Basheer.
87- Salah Basheer. 88. Abdullah Harb Abu Khater (21)
89- Mahmoud Saeed Abu Khater (34)
90- Rashid ‘Alyan Abu ‘Amra (45)
91- Amin Zuhdi Bashir (40)
92- Tamer Rushdi Bashir (30)
93- Hussam Abdeljawad.
94- Ramadan Ahmad Mahmoud, 20 years old.
95- Mohammed Riyad Shamallakh, 23 years old.
96- A’ed Radi.
97- Ameer Al-Malahi
98- Ramez Harb
99- Salem Sweilem
100- Muhammed Ziyad Tbeil.
101- Arkan Abu Kmeil
102- Ibrahim Al-Hawajri
103- Khalil Shhada
104- Osama Shhada
106- Suhaib Fo’ad Hjazi, 2 years old.
107- Mohammed Fo’ad Hjazi, 3 years old.
108- Fo’ad khalil Hjazi
109- Mohammed Tawfeeq Al-Nassasra, 20 years old.
110-Ahmad Tawfeeq Al-Nassasra, 18 years old.
111- Ahmad Khaled Daghmash.
112- Bilal Al-Barrawi, 20.
113- Yahya Mohammad Awad, 15.
114- Mahmoud Az-Zahhar, in his thirties.
115- Abdul-Rahman Hamad.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 13:23
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza on Tuesday.
"Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this region and violating international law," he said. "It is occupying the Palestinian territory step by step."
While Erdogan uses strong words to define Israel's crimes, his stance on ethnic cleansing is inconsistent. He has denied Turkish responsibility in the Armenian genocide, in which several hundred thousands were killed.
This was what he had to say on the Armenian genocide in 2008:
We did not commit a crime, therefore we do not need to apologize.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 13:04
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine point out that 20 percent of those killed by Israel in Gaza over the last week have been children:
Latest figures suggest that approximately 20 percent of fatalities in Gaza since 14 November are children.... fb.me/1IeNs0R3a
— Russell Tribunal (@russelltribunal) November 20, 2012
Read Al-Akhbar's story on fourth session of the Russel Tribunal in New York last month.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 13:02
Arabs should remember: Despite the mistreatment and abuse Filipinos face across the Middle East, they still held a protest in solidarity with Gaza. These are images this morning from Manila:
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:55
Ma'an news agency has reported that foreign ministers from a group of Arab states and Turkey are headed to Gaza in a show of solidarity.
The visit was planned at an emergency Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said in a news conference that the delegation was "going to the Gaza Strip to express their full solidarity with the Palestinian people there."
The visit is to include the foreign ministers of Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, according to an Arab League source.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:25
And interesting exchange took place last night on al-Jazeera English between the channel's news anchor Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev regarding the two Israeli attacks on a media building. Regev was challenged on his assertions that no journalists were hurt in the "surgical attacks."
Can we say "burn"?
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:12
Israel has killed at least five people in Gaza this morning:
Yahya Marouf was killed when Israel launched an airstrike on the town of al-Mughraqa.
Mohammed Rezeq al-Zahar was killed when Israel launched an airstrike on Beit Lahiya.
Yahya Mohammed and Bilal al-Barawi were killed when Israel launched an airstrike on northern Gaza.
And Egyptian Khalid Daghmash died from wounds he received yesterday when Israel launched an airstrike on the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:03
Some strange things are happening in Israel. According to an AP wire story,
Israeli police say a suspect wielding a knife and an ax attacked a security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv but has been detained.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the guard opened fire in the air during the attack on Tuesday. Rosenfeld says the suspect is being held at the scene.
Tel Aviv police spokeswoman Orit Friedman says the attacker is an Israeli in his early 40s. She says his motive was unknown, but political motives are not suspected. She says the embassy guard was slightly injured in the leg.
Could this be related to Gaza?
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 11:52
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being dispatched to the Middle East by President Barack Obama in response to the Gaza crisis, according to AP. She is expected to stop in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Cairo.
The United States has come out in strong support of Israel in this conflict, although they caution against a ground invasion.
The US considers Hamas a terrorist organization and prohibits contact between American officials and the Palestinian group. This means that they will rely heavily on Egypt to serve as a messenger between the two entities.
As air strikes continue throughout the Strip and prominent Israeli figures call for sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages, National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes has said the US believes that "Israel, like the United States, like other countries, would prefer to see their interests met diplomatically and peacefully."
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 11:38
One (admittedly humorous) reaction on Twitter after an Israeli airstrike hit the Shijjaiya cemetery east of Gaza City moments ago:
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 03:16
Mashable, a popular US-based online publication that predominately looks into digital innovation, has an article on the 25 'Must-Follow' Twitter accounts for updates on Israel's war on Gaza.
Count the Palestinian voices. You'll only need one hand.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 03:00
According to a report filed under the 'Security Clearance' blog for CNN:
Three US Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials.
The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines.
But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 02:39
Nabil Abi Saab is an Al-Hurra correspondent at the UN Headquarters in New York.
When a resolution is "put in blue" (as in written in blue ink) that means that the draft resolution is to be presented for a vote within 24 hours.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 02:21
Al-Arabiya reports that Egypt will announce an agreement, guaranteed by President Mohammad Morsi. The Saudi-owned newspaper says the terms include lifting the siege and opening Gaza's crossings.. (Ma'an News Agency)
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 01:37
Amnesty International, in a report published on Monday, called for "an international arms embargo and for the immediate deployment of international monitors."
The organization blamed the violence on both the Israelis and Palestinians, saying that war crimes were committed by both sides.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 01:27
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 01:02
Nine leading Israeli ministers discussing the possibility of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas are on a break. The discussion will resume shortly and is expected to continue into the night. (Ynet)
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 00:46
In an interview with a British newscaster, Gilad Sharon denied that he called for the flattening Gaza a la Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Here is a full video of that interview:
Only yesterday, on November 18, he had wrote in an op-ed for the right-wing Jerusalem Post:
We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.
There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.
Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.
IF THE government isn’t prepared to go all the way on this, it will mean reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip. Not a few neighborhoods in the suburbs, as with Cast Lead, but the entire Strip, like in Defensive Shield, so that rockets can no longer be fired.
There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip.
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 00:01
Israeli PM Netanyahu rejected French-Qatari cease-fire initiatives. He reportedly told the French foreign minister that Israel was not interested in French or Qatari mediation and preferred to avoid any moves that might interfere with the Egyptian mediation.(Haaretz)
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 23:40
Below is a testimony published by B'Tselem, an Israeli Human Rights:
Testimony: Living in Gaza in the shadow of hostilities - the Shahin family, Gaza City
Fathi Shahin, 61
I live in central Gaza City with my wife and my daughter and her two small children, ages six and three. Her husband lives abroad.
Since the start of the attack on Gaza on 14 November 2012, the firing of missiles has not stopped, night or day. At night it actually increases and they fall everywhere, even in areas near our house. They shake the foundations of the house and we feel as if it’s about to fall down on our heads.
The children are not going to school because everything is cancelled. They run around the house all the time and feel suffocated and ask to go outside. Of course we cannot let them go out because the situation is very dangerous. They sleep with their mother because they don’t want to sleep at night in their own beds because of the sound of the missiles. If one of them wants to go to the bathroom, he insists that his mother or grandmother go with him.
My grandson, age three, began wetting his pants, even though previously he would go by himself to the bathroom. His behavior has changed drastically. He stays closer to his mother. When he hears bombing, he grabs her clothing and cries and says he is scared. We try to reassure him, but what can we do when we are all frightened by now, adults and children alike.
The children’s conversation is about the types of missiles and planes. It hurts me so much to hear them talking about these things, instead of games or things they are learning in kindergarten or that they did with their friends. What kind of life do they have with this situation looming over them? We try to keep them busy and distract them from the news and what is happening, but what is happening is stronger. And we, too, want to know what is happening and where the bombs have done damage, and whether there are any signs of a ceasefire. We are in a situation imposed on us and not of our choosing.
Thank God that we live in the city center, because the shops are close by and we can get food. We are afraid that the war will go on and the grocery stores will be emptied and there will be a catastrophe: Where will we be able to get food? Because of the situation, the merchants raise prices. They keep the goods to themselves and can control prices. Most residents of Gaza are laborers or unemployed, and have trouble surviving even in ordinary times. Now it’s much harder.
Only God will help us.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 23:36
Not very surprising thoughts from Danny Ayalon, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister and member of the right-wing Yisral Beiteinu.
In an op-ed for the Guardian, he writes:
Hamas's charter includes the aspiration that "The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews)". While many concentrate on its death-cult worship, its bloodthirsty killing of adversaries, or its contempt for women, Christians and homosexuals, it is this aspiration for genocide that is at the root of Hamas activities. This is the primary reason why Hamas, the governing regime in Gaza, will never recognise or accept a peace accord with Israel in any form.
And does a little (warped) number crunching:
In the face of this undeniable truth, the usual accusation is that Israel is responding with "disproportionate force" or carrying out "collective punishment". I urge all who make this accusation to consider that Israel has successfully targeted in excess of 1,300 weapons caches, rocket launchers and other elements of Hamas's terrorist infrastructure. Yet despite this, the number of Palestinian casualties remains around one for every 13 strikes, the majority killed being active members of Hamas and combatants.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 23:31
A 'spirited exchange' occurred between AP journalist Matthew Lee and US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland during the US State Department's daily briefing regarding Israel's war on Gaza.
It was captured on video by AP and released on it's official YouTube page :
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 23:03
A very odd press release from the White House, which summarizes a call by American president Obama with Egyptian president Morsi.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Readout of the President's Call with President Morsi of Egypt
Following the dinner tonight, President Obama called President Morsi of Egypt. The two leaders discussed ways to de-escalate the situation in Gaza, and President Obama underscored the necessity of Hamas ending rocket fire into Israel. President Obama also offered condolences for the terrible loss of life in the recent train accident in Egypt. President Obama then called Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, and received an update on the situation in Gaza and Israel. In both calls, President Obama expressed regret for the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives, and agreed to stay in close touch with both leaders.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 22:48
The number of fatalities in Gaza went up to 107 in the past few hours as Israeli airstrikes intensified.
Meanwhile, Russia accused the United States of seeking to "filibuster" a UN Security Council statement on the Gaza crisis and said it could propose a full resolution on the conflict.
Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said on Monday that one country on the 15-nation council indicated "quite transparently that they will not be prepared to go along with any reaction of the Security Council."
Churkin did not name the country but diplomats said the United States was holding up a statement sought by Arab nations. (Reuters)
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 22:42
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says Israel has failed to achieve its objectives in its Gaza campaign.
"The shelling is clearly and deliberately targeting civilians and killing women and children," he tells supporters via a video screen in a speech to mark the Shia holy day of Ashura. "The military operation has failed to achieve its targets. The killing is aimed at putting pressure on the leadership of the resistance in the Gaza Strip to drop its conditions (for a truce)." (Reuters)
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 22:35
Rushdi Tamimi, a Palestinian who was shot by Israeli soldiers on Saturday in the West Bank, has died.
Rushdi was protesting Israel's assault on Gaza when Israeli soldiers opened fire on demonstrators. He was shot in the back and the thigh.
His sister, Boshra, was filming the demonstration. After Rushdi was hit, Boshra raced down a hill towards the occupation forces who surrounded Rushdi, screaming at them to leave him alone.
She uploaded the video to YouTube:
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 19:42
A new CNN poll find that 57% of Americans support Israel's assault on Gaza.
41% of Democrats think Israeli actions in Gaza are justified, compared to 74% of Republicans, according to new CNN poll on.cnn.com/ROEDgN
— CNN (@CNN) November 19, 2012
In related news, 75% of Americans can't locate Israel on a map. Seriously.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 18:54
With protests forming all over the world the past few days, against the Israeli regime and their aggression on Gaza, more than 500 young Egyptians protested in solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza, Monday morning at dawn, chanting:
"Oh Palestinian, Oh Palestinian.
Your blood, is my blood.
Your religion, is my religion."
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 18:34
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said that the head of their war information office, Ramiz Harb, was assassinated Monday in the media building that was attacked by Israel on two consecutive days.
Three were killed Monday when Israel repeatedly bombed the media center, Burj al-Shurouq, or Sunrise Tower, in Gaza City.
The attack on the media building and on journalists is a clear Israeli-violation of International law.
The Geneva convention, universally accepted, documents international humanitarian law, the legal system that is meant to protect individuals during times of war.
Article 79 of the Geneva convention states:
"Journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict shall be considered as civilians within the meaning of Article 50, paragraph 1.
They shall be protected as such under the Conventions and this Protocol, provided that they take no action adversely affecting their status as civilians, and without prejudice to the right of war correspondents accredited to the armed forces to the status provided for in Article 4A 4) of the Third Convention.
They may obtain an identity card similar to the model in Annex II of this Protocol. This card, which shall be issued by the government of the State of which the journalist is a national or in whose territory he/she resides or in which the news medium employing him/her is located, shall attest to his/her status as a journalist."
Directly attacking a civilian during armed conflict amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 17:58
urgent, URGENT!!! If anyone has pets who are "freaking out" from rocket sirens in Israel, it is absolutely critical to get in touch with this Jerusalem Post journalist:
Does anyone have pets who are freaking out because of the rocket sirens? If so, please contact me today for a story. Thanks! #jpost
— Sharon Udasin (@sharonudasin) November 19, 2012
Meanwhile, Gaza is burning to the ground.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 17:41
According to AFP, the Lebanese army reported Monday that they found two Grad rockets three kilometers away from the Israeli border.
The source of the rockets is unknown.
Reporting the discovery of these rockets, without further information on the source of the rockets, can only serve to heighten or instigate certain fears of Lebanon's involvement in the Israeli war on Gaza.
Before reporting this 'discovery' to International sources, such as AFP, a more detailed review of the findings should have been conducted by the Lebanese army--especially with the country's history and with the current situations in neighboring countries.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 17:18
According to al-Mayadeen correspondents, two rockets were found in the border town of al-Mari, in south Lebanon. The rockets were, purportedly, ready, facing in the direction of Israeli-occupied lands.
Who 'found' the rockets, how they were found, and the significance of their presence is still unclear.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 16:44
RT has published footage of Israel's second attack on al-Sharouq building in Gaza City where journalists are based.
Hamas's political leader Khaled Meshal in an ongoing press conference in Cairo said: "The Israelis are afraid of the pictures that will come out from this aggression, that is why they struck the building housing journalists."
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 16:18
Israel just attacked the media building in Gaza for a second time, reportedly killing one person and injuring three.
Journalists are trapped inside the building and are calling for help.
Israel bombed the the same building yesterday, injuring six journalists including a cameraman who had his leg amputated.
Israel claimed it was targeting an antenna in yesterday's attack.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 16:03
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said they struck the city of Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast on Monday.
The Hamas military wing said they were able to reach the city with a Fajr-3 missile and that they have the retaliatory attack on film.
They also said they hit Beersheba and Ashdod with eight 'Grad' rockets and Kfar Saad and al-Ain al-Thalitha with four '107' missiles.
Hamas launched 86 rockets towards Israel Monday. They have launched over 1170 since the start of Israel's war on Gaza.
The rules of the game changed during this war; whilst the majority of the fighting, death, and destruction remains on Palestinian land, Hamas has been able to respond more effectively. It cannot be said that they leveled out the playing field, but Hamas' responses are now, at the very least, chips of higher deterrence-denominations.
Before this Israeli war on Gaza, Tel Aviv had not been hit since 1991. Some analysts argue that because the Israeli population is not accustomed to rocket fire, and because the leaders must answer to their people, the citizens may want out if Israeli-occupied land continues to be bombarded.
The cyber-war on Israel, and the retaliatory attacks from Gaza, have been significant and deleterious for Israel, a country that has the 4th strongest army in the world and is fighting against a small group of men in the Israeli-made open-air prison of the Gaza strip. And so, the Israeli army continues to rank higher in the death toll arena, as at least 95 Palestinians have been killed in the past 6 days.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 15:34
So, Turkey's prime minister Tayyip Erdogan said today that Israel is committing "terrorist acts" in Gaza.
But does that excuse Turkey's decades of cozy relations with Israel? Hm?
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 14:35
This message was transmitted live on Sunday before four children were killed in a single building strike; 11 died from the Israeli shelling; nine were from the al-Dalu family.
From the children of Gaza:
Oh free people of the world, we address you today from the rubble of our homes, destroyed by the occupation. We address you from our toys drowning in our blood. We address you from the Zionist bombs and missiles, continuously launched in our direction and robbing us of our childhood. We address you and we are losing blood and our bodies are being torn apart.
We are addressing your humanity and your morals, if you have morals.
Until when, will you stay silent? Until when, will you stay silent? And you delight at the scenes of our murdered childhood and the shedding of our blood.
In the last 5 days, at the very least, our childhood has burned with the occupation's missiles.
Oh free people of the world, save us from these crimes and this Israeli terrorism. Futures have been murdered in the stomachs of their mothers; along with the nursing infants. They don't have mercy on our innocence or our childhood.
What has Haneen Tafesh, only 10 months old, done to deserve her tender body being torn apart by Israel? What did Waleed al-Baadla, two-years-old, do, to deserve the Israeli-burning of his body; and the list speaks.
Oh people! Oh unjust world! For what sins are we being murdered? Our childhoods being murdered? What did we do to deserve all of this? 15 infants were martyred and more than 200 were injured. So, where are our rights in life?
OH advocates of humanity; Oh advocates of humanity. We want to live in safety as your children do, in quiet and safety. We want to play with our dolls, not in our blood. We want to sleep. Is sleep now forbidden? For, every time we close our eyes, the sounds of explosions shock us from our sleep and the ground beneath us shakes with these Israeli crimes.
Oh Presidents and leaders, commanders and princes, your majesties: We address you now and the bombing persists, and the bombs fall on our heads. We beg you! Move! Move to save what is left of our wounded childhoods. We do not know where to go. We do not know where to go, because nowhere here is safe. Our houses; and our schools; and our streets; and our playgrounds are targeted. Shame on you! Shame on you!
We are your children; move for our glory before it is too late!
And here, I give you a list of the names of the children Israel murdered in this aggression; and we hold you responsible for the murder of our childhood; and the satellites will transmit my message shortly and I am drowning in my blood.
Save us. Save us. Save us before it is too late.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 14:04
A Haaretz poll found that over 90 percent of Israeli Jews support Israel's assault on Gaza. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have seen their popularity in Israel surge by 20 percent. Well then.
— Carlos Latuff (@CarlosLatuff) November 18, 2012
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 13:40
Protests in solidarity with Gaza continue across the West Bank today. Al Jazeera reports that demonstrators are blocking roads near Ofer settlement, and that Israeli soldiers attacked demonstrators at the Atara checkpoint near Ramallah, and in Bethlehem.
More demonstrations are planned at Qalandiya/Ramallah, Jalameh/Jenin, Rachel's Tomb/Bethlehem, Huwara/Nablus, Halhoul Bridge/Hebron and also in Qalqilya at 10G.
Clashes in the West Bank, and demonstrators block roads aje.me/Wg7v0U
— AJELive (@AJELive) November 19, 2012
Last night over 50 people were injured during protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Ma'an. Israeli soldiers attacked them with tear gas and rubber bullets. Protesters collected some souvenirs:
— Drew Statham (@drewstatham) November 19, 2012
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:59
After they took over radio airwaves Sunday, the Israeli army on Monday took over programming of Al-Aqsa TV, a Gaza-based Hamas television station "to broadcast warnings."
AFP correspondents said that they did not see any warnings from the military; the picture was going on and off for several hours and sometimes appeared to be scrambled.
While the constant bombing, breaking of sound barriers, deaths and injuries--the continued colonial efforts of Israel, and the violent past of the occupying force as of 1948-- serve as warning enough to those that remain steadfast in Gaza, the Israeli-reported 'reason for takeover' appears to be questionable.
The Israeli army targets media stations that offer alternative perspectives to their desired narrative. By losing control of their airways, the Palestinian population is also blocked from receiving information from those reporting in the interest of the Palestinians -- on 'their side'.
Israeli warnings serve to instill fear in the population; the targeting of media stations is part of a systematic and holistic Israeli propaganda structure and method that necessarily involves the silencing of all other truths, and, ultimately, the truth from the Palestinian population, reporters, the rest of the world, and their own.
In short, silencing the horrors that come from the war on Gaza serves the Israeli PR strategy; silencing local media stations blinds the local population, makes it harder for them to communicate and cooperate, and ultimately divides the population.
Haaretz reported Monday that Israel had 'accidentally' bombed a family on Sunday -- but that the Israeli army was trying to limit civilian casualties by warning people to stay away from Hamas militants via text message and broadcast warnings.
Israel has stricken over 1,350 sites since Wednesday in small strip more than 28 times smaller than the tiny country of Lebanon.
The warnings serve as very real threats to the population as ways into safety are blocked.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:41
Journalists injured yesterday in Israel's assault on their media headquarters in Gaza City say they were resting when a missile came through the building and struck cameraman Khader al-Zahhar in the leg.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:35
The force of the Israeli airstrike that killed 11 people yesterday, including nine members of the al-Dalu family in Sheikh Radwan, turned this car parked outside the home into twisted metal.
— Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) November 19, 2012
Yesterday we posted a clip of what an Israeli airstrike looks and sounds like. Here is a reminder:
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 11:58
Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 19 overnight and early on Monday, raising the Palestinian death toll to 93 as Israel's war on Gaza entered its sixth day.
In the latest incident, a missile hit a motorcycle east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, killing two men and critically wounding a child who was with them, a statement by Gaza's ambulance service said.
The two were named as Abdullah Abu Khater, 30, and Mahmud Abu Khater, 32, but the relationship between them was not immediately clear.
An earlier strike on Qarara in the same area killed two farmers -- Ibrahim al-Astal and Obama al-Astal, medics said.
In a strike on southern Gaza City, a car was hit, killing one man and injuring another three, officials said, naming him as 23-year-old Mohammed Shamalah.
Shortly before that, three people were killed in a strike on a car in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, all of them from the same family: Amir Bashir, Tamal Bashir and Salah Bashir.
Very early in the day, two women and a child were among four killed in a strike on Gaza City's eastern Zeitun neighbourhood -- Nisma Abu Zorr, 23, Mohammed Abu Zorr, 5, Saha Abu Zorr, 20 and Ahid al-Qatati 35,
And medics said another man had been found dead in the northern town of Beit Lahiya, naming him as Abdel Rahman al-Atar, a 50-year-old farmer.
Israel's army said it targeted 80 sites across the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, including "under-ground rocket launching sites, terror tunnels and training bases, inflicting severe damage to the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations operating out of the Gaza Strip."
Over 1,350 sites in the Gaza Strip have been targeted since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Cloud on Wednesday, an army statement said.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 11:44
More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the Israeli government said on Sunday.
Attempts on defence-related sites have been the highest, while 10 million attempts have been made on the site of Israel's president, 7 million on the Foreign Ministry and 3 million on the site of the prime minister.
A ministry spokesman said while the attacks have come from around the world, most have been from Israel and the Palestinian territories.(Reuters)
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 01:04
A very disturbing op-ed written by Gilad Sharon, Ariel Sharon's youngest son and a major in the IDF reserves, which was published on Saturday at the right-wing Jerusalem Post.
Here's an excerpt:
There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity. We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.
There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.
Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.
IF THE government isn’t prepared to go all the way on this, it will mean reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip. Not a few neighborhoods in the suburbs, as with Cast Lead, but the entire Strip, like in Defensive Shield, so that rockets can no longer be fired.
There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip. Otherwise there will be no decisive victory.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 00:24
Negotiations in Cairo for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas have made progress, a PLO official told Ma'an News Agency. But he cautioned that a truce may be unlikely in the coming days.
For its part, Al Jazeera earlier reported that Ramzi Hamad, a Hamas official, had told it that "Hamas and Israel have agreed on 90% of the terms of cease-fire agreement."
Meanwhile, the Israeli bombings intensified in the past hour with casualties being reported. In one case, an eight-year old boy was killed by an Israeli airstrike on a house near Abu Sharkh Square in northern Gaza City.
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 00:09
Health authorities in Gaza warned of a critical shortage of medical supplies as the casualty numbers grow, The Independent reported in an article published today on its website .
At the 700-bed Shifa hospital, where 80 per cent of casualties are taken, many have been admitted with severe burns or crush injuries from falling masonry.
All hospitals have cancelled routine surgery and were yesterday discharging less urgent patients or moving them by ambulance to hospitals outside Gaza, including in Egypt.
There were scenes of pandemonium at Al Shifa Hospital as children were brought in covered in blood, some of them dead. More children followed who looked like they had been "dug out of the rubble", the BBC correspondent Paul Danahar reported.
"There is screaming and crying and chaos. A nurse has broken down and is crying in the corner. Her colleagues are trying to comfort her. Awful scenes here," he wrote.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza said it had run out of 192 essential drugs – 40 per cent of the essential medicines list – and held zero stocks of 586 medical disposables – items such as dressings and syringes – accounting for 65 per cent of the essential list.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 23:29
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights organization, which is based in Gaza City, has posted a press release signed by an array of other Palestinian NGOs.
Here's an excerpt:
We call upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War to fulfill their obligation to ensure Israeli forces’ respect for the Convention, and to stop Israel's systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property.
We call upon the United Nations, represented by the Secretary General, to immediately act and intervene to protect the international security and peace in accordance with the UN Charter. We express our deep shock at his decision to visit Israel and Ramallah on Tuesday, 20 November, without visiting the Gaza Strip which is currently under attack. This has serious indications that the Secretary General is following the US position of supporting Israel, the party which practices occupation and aggression, at the expense of Palestinian civilians who are the victims of the offensive.
We call upon the Human Rights Council to hold a special session to address the situation in the Gaza Strip and take effective steps to stop the offensive.
We highly appreciate Arab and international official and public visits to the Gaza Strip in solidarity with its people, especially the visits of the Egyptian Prime Minister and the Tunisian Foreign Minister, and call for more solidarity visits in the upcoming days.
We call upon Arab civil society organizations to organize visits to the Gaza Strip in solidarity with the Palestinian people and rejection for the Israel's offensive and crimes, and we highly appreciate the solidarity activities organized by them and call upon them to continue such important activities.
We highly appreciate demonstrations and protests by solidarity movement with the Palestinian people throughout the world, and express our full support for their efforts to pressurize their governments to intervene in order to stop the offensive.
We call for establishing a safe passage to ensure the entry of medical and food consignments into the Gaza Strip, which is an obligation of the occupying power under international humanitarian law.
You can read the entire press release here .
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 23:04
Haaretz has retracted an earlier report of theirs on their Live Blog.
Earlier reports by the IDF Spokesman to the effect that Israel assassinated the head of Hamas' rocket-launching unit Yehiya Rabiah today in an aerial bombing in northern Gaza appear to have been inaccurate. Apparently, the IAF mistakenly bombed the home of one of his neighbors, Mohammed a-Dallo, killing 10 members of his family and two of his neighbors. Rabiah seems to have survived the attack.
Israel has often claimed that it uses "precision aerial bombings" in its attacks. In fact, in a report published today on the Arutz Sheva 7, Israel National News website, they wrote:
Precision aerial bombings in the Pillar of Defense counterterrorist operation have proven themselves, sparing civilian deaths and a media backlash.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:53
New explosions are reportedly heard in Gaza City.
According to Al Jazeera, at least one Palestinian was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Jabalia, bringing the total number of deaths up to 72.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:36
On the fifth and bloodiest day of the Israeli attack on Gaza, Ma'an news agency reports:
"Israel bombed the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City, killing two men, and earlier hit the al-Safina building in the city killing one man on Sunday evening, bringing the day's death toll to 27."
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:00
After Anonymous downed 10,000 Israeli websites since Wednesday and deleted organizations archives, such as Bank of Jerusalem, Anonymous took down Aipac.org.
AIPAC stands for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and represents America's pro-Israeli lobby. Comprised largely of American Jews and Zionists, AIPAC encourages the American public and the U.S. government to support Israel, its policies, and people via material aid, often at the expense of American foreign interests.
For decades now, the focus of American foreign policy in the 'middle east' has been defined by their pro-Israeli stance, largely said to be directly connected to the influence of the Jewish lobby on US politicians.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 21:57
Medical sources in Ramallah say a one-yr-old baby boy died after a teargas canister, fired by Israeli soldiers into his house by Qalandia checkpoint, hit him.
Najib Najib, aged 20 months, burned to death.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 21:05
After attacking approximately 10,000 Israeli websites, Anonymous makes public personal information of five thousand Israeli officials.
Anonymous announced their cyber-war, and justification for it, in the following video:
Their message, in text:
"Greetings Citizens of the world, this is Anonymous.
It has come to our attention that the Israeli government has ignored repeated warnings about the abuse of human rights, shutting down the internet in Israel and mistreating its own citizens and those of its neighboring countries.
November 2012 will be a month to remember for the Israeli defense forces and internet security forces. We will strike any and all websites that we deem to be in Israeli Cyberspace in retaliation for the mistreating of people in Gaza and other areas.
Anonymous has been watching you, and you have received fair warning of our intent to seize control of your cyberspace in accordance with basic humanitarian rights of free speech and the right to live.
As of 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, the number of attacked Israeli websites is approximately 10,000. The further assault on the people of Gaza, people of Palestine or any other group will be treated as a violation of the Anonymous Collectives intent to protect the people of the World.
Israel, it is in your best interest to cease and desist any further military action or your consequence will become worse with each passing hour.
This is a message from Anonymous Op Israel, Danger Hackers, Anonymous Special Operations and the Anonymous Collective of the entire planet.
We will treat each additional death as a personal attack on Anonymous and you will be dealt with swiftly and without warning.
Our hearts are with the women, children and families that are suffering at this very moment, as a direct result of the Israeli Governments misuse of its military.
Brothers and sisters of Anonymous, we urge you to protest the Israeli Government and any associated hostile forces.
Now is the time for anonymous to help the people that are hurting. Help the people that are being taken advantage of. Help the ones that are dying and it will further the collective as a whole and we can help bring a peace within the Gaza region to those people that so desperately need it.
We call on the Anonymous Collective to hack, deface, docks, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, four oh four and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary.
To the Israeli Government, Anonymous has grown tired of your bullying, and now you will see the result of your actions. Cyber war has been declared on Israel cyber space and you will see exactly what we are capable of.
Israel, the angel of death has been called to your cyberspace.
We are Anonymous. We are legion. Expect us and Respect us.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 19:58
According to al-Mayadeen, an Israeli channel said that Ben Gurion university would cancel classes because of the security situation.
Shortly beforehand, Hamas hit a power plant near Ashkelon causing power outages.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 19:28
Here are some of the victims of Israel's airstrike on a three-story building in Gaza City that has killed at least 11 people:
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 19:28
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades downed an Apache Helicopter flying over the northern part of the Gaza strip.
Pre-empting Israeli denial, the Hamas military wing says they have this operation filmed.
Israelis, in an effort to sustain the illusion of invincibility, deny most strikes on Israeli military infrastructure, personnel, and weaponry.
The Qassam Brigades also targeted an Israeli battleship with three Grad rockets, west of the province.
Despite the majority of the deaths, bombs, and destruction taking place in Palestinian land, Hamas was able to launch approximately 1000 retaliatory rockets in the last 5 days.
For the first time in over 20 years, since the 1991 Gulf War, Tel Aviv was hit with long-range missiles.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 18:48
Lawyers tell Palestinains on Sunday to document what they're going through so that their testimonials may be heard in International Court.
If Palestine wins the UN bid to become a non-member state this month, then Israeli war crimes can be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Palestinians could not previously take Israel to court because Israel had not signed onto the ICC. Additionally, Palestine had the status of 'entity' instead of 'state', and thus did not have the authority to report crimes on their land.
The ICC tries individuals, as individuals, for war crimes and circumvents, to an extent, member state 'sovereignty claims' and the necessity for Security Council Chapter Seven directives -- where the US has veto power and could block investigations and trials into Israeli war crimes.
If Israeli leaders worry that they might do jail time if they commit war crimes, Palestine becoming a non-member state and, thus, having the authority to submit Israeli crimes to the ICC, could perhaps deter future crimes at the hands of Israelis -- at least in part.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 18:09
Three more Palestinians have been killed in two separate strikes in Gaza.
Medics said 24-year-old Sami al-Faqir was killed in airstrike in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City, and two others were killed when an Israel jet fired at a vehicle in Jabaliyeh.
The latest killings bring the death toll in Gaza to 69 since Wednesday.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 17:33
Ten people have been confirmed killed in an Israeli airstrike on a Gaza City home. The dead include three women, six children and one man, as rescue workers continue searching for others under the rubble.
Meanwhile, Israelis are suffering from "shock" after a Palestinian rocket lightly damages a home.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 17:14
An IDF spokesperson confirmed that Israel hijacked Hamas radio airwaves in Gaza and played 'warning messages' to Gaza's residents, saying that they are going onto 'another stage' in the Israeli-launched war.
Residents were told to stay away from Hamas infrastructure and personnel, 'for their own safety'. Earlier, the IDF military warned journalists to stay away, as well:
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 18, 2012
Given the impossibility of moving freely, leaving, or foretelling what Israel will count as 'Hamas infrastructure', these broadcasts serve little more than instilling terror in the population.
Israel often refers to the fact that they 'warned the civilians' that there would be strikes; they do not, however, offer the civilians a way into, or the option of, safety.
Israel has routinely sent text messages, called, and dropped fliers with fear-instilling threats, worded as useful warnings, in other attacks in the past.
Below is a video of Israelis dropping leaflets in Gaza:
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 16:47
Emergency workers have pulled at least six other members of the al-Dalu family out from the rubble of their homes, including an 11-month-old baby. That brings the death toll from the strike on the three-story building in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sheikh Radwan to eight. Other sources have put the casualty figure at 10.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 16:33
US President Barack Obama said the next 36 to 48 hours would determine whether or not progress could be made in halting the Gaza crisis. He said it would be 'preferable' if military escalation was not necessary but that "Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory."
Meanwhile, Israeli officials and allies continue to justify Israeli occupation, expansion, killings, and apartheid structures with the, now meaningless, term: 'self-defense'.
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday that Israel would not negotiate a truce with Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers as long as rocket fire continues from the Palestinian enclave.
Israeli officials urge Hamas to non-response and silence as Israel continues to bombard Gaza; this appears to be the condition for a ceasefire.
"The first and absolute condition for a truce is stopping all fire from Gaza," he said before meeting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, adding that all militant factions in Gaza would have to commit to cease rocket fire.
The Arab League will wait to go to Gaza on Tuesday which will be the seventh day of the war on Gaza, if the 'operation' continues.
Palestinian roving ambassador Afif Safieh told Sky News channel Sunday that the Gaza conflict is about 'territory not terrorism'; he called Netanyahu a 'pyromaniac.'
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 16:12
US President Barack Obama on Sunday said he is "fully supportive of Israel's right to defend itself" during a news conference in Thailand.
Meanwhile, Israel defended itself by launching missiles at a home in Gaza City's Sheikh Radwan neighborhood that killed two women, Samah and Salifa al-Dalou, and injuring 10 others, according to health officials.
More people are feared dead as emergency workers search for victims trapped under the rubble.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 16:03
The death toll in Gaza has risen to 55, including 15 children and 6 women; 580 are left injured.
Meanwhile, Israelis targeted 21 Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank.
The Palestinian minister of health said that the Israelis have crossed red lines in their targeting of citizens and journalists.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 15:28
After almost two years of media framing the uprising in Bahrain as a Shia vs. Sunni conflict, the "Shia" people of Bahrain today petitioned their "Sunni" rulers for a permit to rally in support of the "Sunni" people of Gaza.
The petition was of course rejected by Bahrain's interior ministry. Will that discourage the people of Bahrain from taking to the streets? Fat chance.
— Mazen Mahdi (@MazenMahdi) November 18, 2012
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 15:14
Yet Israel claims its the Palestinian Qassam rockets that pose a threat to its existence.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 14:52
A report by Mondoweiss examines Israel's military propaganda.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 14:26
The IDF admitted to knowingly bomb journalists in Gaza, RT reported. They said that they knew there were one or two journalists in the two buildings they bombed early Sunday but they were not the 'target of the attack'.
The hits on the two media centers in Gaza City on Sunday, left at least eight journalists wounded, including one who lost his leg.
Instead, the IDF spokesperson said, their target was an antenna, part of the 'Hamas communication' system.
Site 2: Hamas comms equipment on building where several international news orgs are located. Roof antenna hit - rest of building untargeted.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 18, 2012
It is unlikely that bombs are necessary to render an antenna useless. This attack is more likely part of the military arm of the Israeli propaganda machine, and their systematic efforts to forcibly silence accurate coverage of the destruction and deaths that they cause during their 'military operations.'
“Among the outlets damaged are local, Italian, German, Lebanese and Kuwaiti channels. RT's office in Gaza was affected too,” RT reported.
The following is a video of the damage, in part, to one of the media buildings:
The IDF continues to justify war operations by emphasizing their capacities in precision-targeting:
This is what we mean by precision strikes in #Gaza. We targeted a specific point on the building. We did not target any other floors.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 18, 2012
Either the IDF does not have this capacity, or their targets go beyond 'military' personnel and equipment.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 14:18
Netanyahu, effacing hopes of a ceasefire, on Sunday said that the war on Gaza would continue and that they are preparing for 'expansion'.
His remarks came as thousands of Israeli troops backed by armor massed along the border, fueling fears that the Jewish state is poised to expand its relentless aerial bombing campaign into a ground operation, ensuring an exponential rise in the death toll, if they go through with it.
"A ground invasion of Gaza would lose Israel a lot of the international support and sympathy that they have in this situation," British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Sunday.
Hague told Sky News television it was much more difficult to limit civilian casualties in a ground assault and it would threaten to prolong the conflict.
Netanyahu thanked world leaders for being “understanding of Israel's right to self-defense;” there was no mention of the leaders' 'understanding' of the Israeli decision to wage a war on the Gazan population under false pretenses.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 13:17
RT has published a compilation of photos documenting global demonstrations against Israel's assault.
— RT (@RT_com) November 18, 2012
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 12:51
Not surprisingly, Israel is targeting journalists in Gaza. Israeli airstrikes Sunday morning destroyed two buildings that house a number of media organizations injuring six people, including a cameraman for al-Quds TV who lost his leg.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 12:40
The death toll in Gaza has risen to 54. The latest victim is 52-year-old Nawal Abed al-Ali, dug out from under the rubble of a police station. Two others were killed, including a child, and eight injured when Israel bombed al-Shati refugee camp earlier this morning.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 12:16
Multiple people on the ground in Gaza are reporting that two children who are brother and sister were just killed in Israel's fresh round of bombings and shelling tonight. Tamer and Jumana Abu Se'fan were one and three years old respectively.
The little girl I just reported injured just died, her name is Jumana Abu S'eifan and he is ONE YEAR OLD! In Norther Gaza #Gaza
— Farah Filasteen (@Palestinianism) November 18, 2012
2 children ...brother and sister...just kids. Killed.Jumana Abu Se'fan,1 just pronounced dead. #Gaza
— Wael(@WillOuda) November 18, 2012
BREAKING NEWS: 2 children (brother and sister) killed in the airstrike that hit a house northern Gaza City
— Palestine Telegraph (@Sameh_Habeeb) November 18, 2012
@maathmusleh Tamer is 3 years old while his sister is only 1..
— Momen Shataly (@MomenShataly) November 18, 2012
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 03:38
An AFP correspondent reports that one of the journalists injured in Israel's strike on the media tower has lost a leg.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 03:24
No alarm sirens prompting Gazas to go to shelters tonight. Only deafening drones and naval shelling.
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) November 18, 2012
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 03:16
Under the cloak of near complete darkness, Israel is showering Gaza with bombs, missiles and drones from the air and sea. This is what it sounds like in the coastal enclave right now, home to 1.7 million Palestinians.
Audio recorded by @RanaGaza
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 02:52
Gaza's journalists are under attack.
Israel has struck a 12-storey building housing local journalists, reporters in Gaza are saying.
Six reporters have been injured, according to Ma'an news agency which has offices in the building.
A Ma'an correspondent said the impact was focused on the eleventh floor, where the office of al-Quds TV is located.
Al-Quds radio stopped streaming amid the bombing of the Shawa' media tower, which has been hit in previous military assaults on Gaza.
Journalists reporting on the strikes say they are hearing shelling from naval warships.
Below are tweets from a BBC journalist and an NBC journalist respectively.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 02:39
Glenn Greenwald, a columnist for the London-based newspaper The Guardian, has written a riveting, blunt piece on the American role in the Israeli attack of the Gaza Strip.
Here's the good bit:
If one wants to defend US support for Israel on the merits - on the ground that this escalating Israeli aggression against a helpless population is just and warranted - then one should do so. As I wrote on Thursday, it's very difficult to see how those who have cheered for Obama's foreign policy could do anything but cheer for Israeli militarism, as they are grounded in the same premises.
But pretending that the US - and the Obama administration - bear no responsibility for what is taking place is sheer self-delusion, total fiction. It has long been the case that the central enabling fact in Israeli lawlessness and aggression is blind US support, and that continues, more than ever, to be the case under the presidency of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The US is not some neutral, uninvolved party. Whatever side of this conflict you want to defend - or if you're one of those people who love to announce that you just wish the whole thing would go away - it's still necessary to take responsibility for the key role played by the American government and this administration in enabling everything that is taking place.
You can read more here .
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 01:54
A very heart-wrenching account published on Mondoweiss, a progressive Jewish news website.
It was written by a human rights advocate based in the Gaza Strip.
Here's an excerpt:
A 13-year-old girl, Duaa Hejazi was hit in Sabra neighbourhood as she walked back home with family. Shrapnel was embedded all over her upper body. “I say, we are children. There is nothing that is our fault to have to face this.” She told us. “They are occupying us and I will say, as Abu Omar said, 'If you’re a mountain, the wind won’t shake you.' We’re not afraid, we’ll stay strong.”
And so the night goes on. The near future of Gaza is uncertain. The fates of everyone here is uncertain. Which people now preparing to go to their beds, will have their lives turned upside down by the loss of a loved one these next few days. I know some of the warmest people here that I feel strongly attached to, that you would instantly care for if you met them. The complete madness of this violence makes me wonder what we have done to ourselves, how do we allow humanity to manifest itself in this way.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 23:25
Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi said that his government is in touch with Israelis and Palestinians about a possible truce that could come "soon."
However, he warned that there were still "no guarantees" of any ceasefire.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 23:16
45 of the 47 Palestinians who have been killed since the launch of Israel's attack on Wednesday November 14 have been identified.
1. Ahmad al-Jaabari
2. Muhammad al-Hums
3. Ranan Arafat (child)
4. Omar Mashharawi (child)
5. Isam Abu al-Miza
6. Muhammad al-Kaseih
7. Hiba Mashharawi Turk (pregnant woman)
8. Mahmoud Abu Sawawin (elderly man)
9. Habis Masmah
10. Wael al-Ghalban
11. Hisham al-Ghalban
12. Rani Hammad
13. Khalid Abu al-Nasr
14. Marwan Abu al-Qumsan (elderly man)
15. Walid Abadla (child)
16. Hanin Tafish (infant)
17. Uday Jamal Nasser
18. Tareq Jamal Nasser
19. Faris Basyouni (child)
20. Muhammad Iyad Saadallah (child)
21. Ayman al-Abid Abu Warda
22. Tahrir Suleiman
23. Ismail Qandil
24. Younis Kamil Tafish
25. Muhammad Suleiman
26. Amjad Abu Jalal
27. Ziad Abu Jalal
28. Ahmad Abu Jalal
29. Hasan al-Heilma
30. Khalid al-Shayer
31. Ayman Salim
32. Ahmad Abu Masmah
33. Mukhlis Udwan
34. Abdul-Rahman al-Misri
35. Muhammad al-Lolahi
36. Awad al-Nahhal
37. Ali Abdul-Hakim Manama
38. Osama Abdul-Jawwad
39. Ashraf Darwish
40. Ahmad al-Atrash
41. Muhammad Yasin
42. Osama al-Qady
43. Ali Bin Iseid
44. Muhammad Aydat
45. Samahar Qidih
(Source: Ma'an News Agency )
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 23:08
Earlier this evening, the Israeli interior minister Eli Yishai spoke on Israel's attack on Gaza. "The goal of the operation," he said," is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years." (Haaretz)
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 22:50
Israeli state officials quickly denied a report by al-Mayadeen that an Israeli representative was sent to Cairo to sign a ceasefire, the Israeli news site Ynet had claimed.
According to al-Mayadeen's report, Palestinian sources had told the Beirut-based channel that a ceasefire agreement was supposed to start Saturday at midnight.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 22:34
Ibrahim al-Amin, al-Akhbar's editor-in-chief, has a few questions for Egypt and Hamas.
Here's one of them:
The fact that Israel can reach Jaabari and other military commanders shows it has a massive advantage on the intelligence front. This made it easier for the political leadership to execute this blow, and also led it to the conclusion that it would not – at least for now – risk seeing the confrontation escalate into a broader war. Yet there is no guarantee against that since other battlefield-related factors were involved in the decision to embark on this adventure.
This leads to the more important question: Was Israel’s assessment based on accurate information reassuring that neither Egypt nor the MB leadership are prepared to take any radical action toward creating new realities in Palestine and the region?
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 22:26
The Arab League Emergency meeting in Cairo concluded a little while ago, as Israel intensified it's bombing of the Gaza Strip.
At the press conference following the meeting, Nabil al-Arabi, secretary-general of the bloc, said a delegation of Arab ministers are expected to assess the damage in Gaza on Sunday.
Reuters, citing an Arab diplomatic source, reported that a draft statement in discussion supported Egypt's efforts to secure a "long-term truce" between Israel and various Palestinian factions. The statement also called for the UN Security Council to take the necessary steps need to "protect the Palestinian people."
"Today we will issue a statement. What will it mean? It won't mean anything," said Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani during the ministerial meeting.
"We need to do something practical for those suffering, at least from a humanitarian point of view."
For his part, Lebanon's minister said Arabs should review any communications with Israel, while Arab League chief Nabil al-Araby accused Israel of "ugly crimes".
But several ministers voiced frustration at the failure of Arab declarations or initiatives to make any difference in the past. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the League building, some chanting for a "bombardment of Tel Aviv."
Meanwhile, the death toll increased to 45 Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 22:20
Our correspondents within the besieged Gaza Strip have written up an interesting piece examining the Palestinian military responses to the brutal Israeli assault.
Here's an excerpt:
Tel Aviv’s stated objective behind its latest assault on Gaza is to enforce its policy of military deterrence in the Strip. After this objective was dealt a fatal blow by the Palestinian resistance, Israel presumed it would be able to end the battle at will – as it had always done – by reaching a truce that is often unilateral.
This time, however, Israel did not have its way. Instead, the fighters of the various factions of the Palestinian resistance have managed to strike deep into Israel using the latest weaponry.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 18:58
A demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza is ongoing in Paris, and footage indicates a very strong turnout, possibly numbering in the thousands.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 17:50
An American reporter reflects on his experience in drone-ridden Gaza.
So many drones over #Gaza city it sounds like everyone is out mowing their lawns in the dark
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) November 16, 2012
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 17:25
According to website youm7.com, which cites an official source in the health ministry, Egypt has sent 22 trucks of medical supplies towards Gaza and has raised emergency levels at hospitals in the border cities of Rifah and Arish.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 16:46
For the first time since Israel's occupation of the Galilee in 1948, a Palestinian flag has been hoisted atop the Clock Tower of 'Akka, Palestine. The defiant move was made in solidarity with the people of Gaza, according to Palestinian website Arabs 48.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 15:01
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa are holding a meeting in Cairo, according to Ha'aretz.
Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ramadan Shallah and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal are also in Cairo for talks with the heads of states.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 14:42
Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan Shallah is in Cairo to discuss the assault on Gaza with Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Ynet news reports.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 14:32
A US navy carrier has been deployed off the coast of Israel in case it must evacuate American citizens; the US stresses it is not providing intelligence or military help to Israel, NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin reports.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 13:05
Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren said Friday the American government has given Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip its "full backing".
"Israel has received unequivocal and outstanding support from the United States and all branches of government. From the White House, from Congress, in both parties, completely bipartisan support," said the American-born Israeli historian. Oren rescinded his US citizenship in order to represent the Jewish state.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 12:51
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's headquarters has been destroyed for the third time.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 12:24
Three soldiers wounded by rocket fire, Israeli army spokesman says.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:58
A Reuters wire story citing Gaza officials says the death toll in the Strip has risen to 38 since Wednesday. Half of these casualties are civilians, including eight children and a pregnant woman.
The Israeli death toll reportedly still stands at four civilians. They died in rocket attacks on Thursday.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:54
Israel braces itself. Fifth missile defense battery now deployed in Tel Aviv, says BBC correspondent.
— Richard Galpin (@Richardgalpin) November 17, 2012
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:48
Tunisia's Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem (3rd R) visits the office building of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 17, 2012. (Photo: Reuters - Mohammed Salem)
The Tunisian foreign minister has just delivered a strongly-worded warning to Israel from Gaza city.
Highlights from Rafik Abdessalam's speech:
*I come to Gaza to express revolutionary Tunisia's solidarity with the people of Gaza Strip.
*Israel is systematically targeting women and children.
*Occupation is unacceptable in the 21st century. Israel must realize that it is facing a changed Arab world that won't stand for what it is doing.
*The Arab League will take a unified stance against Israel's assault of the Gaza Strip, and against the its blockade, and will exercise pressure on the international community.
*We wanted to visit a Tunisian school that was recently hit but we were told that the security situation would not allow for it.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:29
Gaza awoke Saturday morning to heavy air bombardment.
The Israeli military has struck Khan Younes, al-Maghazi, al-Manaameh, Jabalya, Deir al-Balah, Rafah and the Zeitoun suburb of Gaza City, as well as Gaza City itself, where the municipal football stadium was destroyed. Eight Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in the latest round of Israeli attacks raising the death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip to 38 since Thursday.
Resistance rocket fire has continued for a fourth consecutive day. A day after hitting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Palestinian resistance targeted the Israeli Air Base of Hatzerim with 9 Grad rockets as well as hitting the settlements of Eshkol and Sderot.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:40
A CNN interview with a resident of Gaza over Skype was cut short after Israeli bombs apparently knocked out the Internet connection.
The interviewee, Palestinian Mohammed Sulaiman, was responding to an Israeli who told the CNN reporter that he fears for the lives of his family members when a massive explosion outside Sulaiman's house took down the connection.
When the reporter asked Sulaiman to explain what the noises were that could be heard over the microphone, he said: "These are Israeli warplanes bombing the Gaza Strip. ... You can hear all of that by yourself, I'm not going to comment on it, I'm not even going to allow these bombs to interrupt me from having this debate with you and your guest."
He added: "Let's agree on one thing, let's get this game of, 'who is the victim and who is the victimizer' out of the way so we can talk about more substantial issues. When you talk about Palestinian rockets being fired into Israel and intentionally targeting Israel civilians, I might as well talk about ..."
At that point the image was frozen with Sulaiman covering his ears to protect from the noise.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 23:13
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel and Hamas to "stop this dangerous escalation."
"The Secretary-General is extremely concerned about the continued violence in Gaza and Israel, and deeply worried by the rising cost in terms of civilian lives," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
"Rocket attacks are unacceptable and must stop at once. Israel must exercise maximum restraint."
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 20:22
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel launched the war on Gaza in part to "disrupt" his Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.
He said: "When we were visiting Europe, we cut the trip short because events like this [in Gaza] require us to be side by side with our people."
He added that he would push for reconciliation with Hamas, and that he had attempted to contact Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Meshal throughout the day "for updates," but that he could not reach them.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 19:00
A new IDF spokesperson parody twitter account is making the rounds:
We attacked them because they attacked us after we attacked them.
— IDF (@IDFSpokeperson) November 16, 2012
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 18:22
Bombing for ballots.
Writing in the UK's New Statesman, Rachel Shabi ruminates on what Israel's current leadership may hope to achieve with the current attacks on Gaza.
Here is an excerpt:
Zehava Galon, who chairs Israel’s left-wing Meretz party, described the Israeli government as: “A team of pyromaniacs that want to cause war on the eve of elections.” The assessment is that prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his defence minister Ehud Barak are showing some of the forceful leadership that Israelis seem to love at the ballot box. War, or course, removes other issues – such as rising social discontent – from the campaign agenda for elections taking place in late January 2013. Now Israeli politicians of all the main parties are backing Netanyahu’s strikes on Gaza – to do otherwise, when the war drums are beating, would be tantamount to treason and an electoral turn-off. When Israeli army radio reported the Meretz quote about pyromaniacs, the presenters added that it was hard to believe Israeli Jews were saying such things.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 18:14
Israeli Military censors always have the final word on what gets reported out of Israel in time of war.
With regards to the latest Palestinian Resistance missile strike in Tel Aviv, they are preventing journalists from reporting the location of the hit which is apparently a significant one.
Siren went off again in TLV, ran to bomb shelter. I know where rocket landed, asked not 2 report. Location significant.
— Aaron Klein (@AaronKleinShow) November 16, 2012
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 18:13
Israeli Channel 2 says that contact with an Israeli fighter jet has been lost. One hour ago, Hamas's Qassam Brigades announced that it had shot down a warplane flying over Gaza.
Hamas says it is about to release video footage showing the fighters' downing of the plane.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 17:47
Alarm sirens have been sounded in Jerusalem and on the outskirts after rockets fired by Palestinian resistance factions struck areas north of the city.
This photo shot by a Ma'an reporter in Bethlehem shows rocket trails.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 17:32
The Gaza Strip has a total area 360 square kilometers, meaning that, according to the Israeli army, there are on average of 1.7 "terror sites" per square kilometer in the Strip – and it can be assumed that there are many more targets to come.
During Operation Pillar of Defense, IDF has targeted 600 terror sites in Gaza, including underground rocket launchers & infrastructure.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 16, 2012
With the population density of Gaza estimated to be around 4,700 persons per square kilometer, it is hard to imagine how residents can abide by Israeli warnings – dropped from the sky in leaflets as a measure to "minimize harm" to civilians – to "avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations."
“Important announcement for the residents of the Gaza Strip:
For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety.
Hamas is once again dragging the region to violence and bloodshed. The IDF is determined to defend the residents of the State of Israel. This announcement is valid until quiet is restored to the region. Israel Defense Forces Command.”
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 16:59
Gaza interior ministry in ruins after ferocious Israeli air strikes.
— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) November 16, 2012
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 16:37
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan decried Israeli air strikes on Gaza on Friday as a pre-election stunt and said he would discuss the crisis with Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi in Cairo this weekend.
"Before this election they (Israel) shot these innocent people in Gaza for reasons they fabricated," he told reporters in Istanbul. "The dominant world powers are now making the Gaza people and fighters pay, and as the Republic of Turkey we are with our brothers in Gaza and their just cause."
Erdogan said he would speak by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama later on Friday and that Ankara was also seeking talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the prospect of a full Israeli ground invasion.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 16:22
Gaza's Shifa hospitals says at least 23 Palestinians have been killed since Wednesday, according to BBC West Bank and Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison. Latest person to die was a man in his 60s.
Officials at #Gaza's Shifa hospital say at least 23 Palestinians killed since Wednesday. Latest person to die in Gaza was a man in his 60s.
— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) November 16, 2012
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 15:39
Israeli forces are assaulting worshipers at the Al-Aqsa mosque who were staging a protest against the assault on Gaza. Live footage shows police arresting people, pushing elderly men and women to the ground, and punching at least one man.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 15:12
Thousands of Palestinians rallied across the West Bank on Friday, urging Hamas fighters to "bomb Tel Aviv" as Israel pursued a relentless air campaign on the Gaza Strip.
More than 1,000 protesters gathered in central Ramallah, shouting slogans of support for Gaza's Hamas rulers, and waving the Islamist movement's green flag, AFP correspondents said.
"Hamas, bomb Tel Aviv!" they chanted a day after a rocket from Gaza struck the sea just offshore from the sprawling coastal city.
(Photo: Reuters - Mohamad Torokman)
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 15:02
Israeli TV: Israel has conducted 502 air raids in Gaza since the start of its offensive on Wednesday. Five hundred and ten retaliatory rockets have hit Israeli towns and settlements. (Al-Mayadeen)
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 14:54
Sderot is the name of the Israeli settlement which was built on the ruins of the Palestinian town of al-Najad , which was ethnically cleansed in 1948.
Similarly, Kiryat Gat was built over the Palestinian town of al-Falujah.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 13:25
Palestinian resistance rockets hit Sderot, Kiryat Gat, and Beersheva in the South, while Al-Qassam Brigades announced that they launched a long range missile at the Knesset building in Jerusalem.
Israeli television announced that over 100 rockets from Gaza have landed on Israeli settlements this morning.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 13:13
Protests in solidarity with the people of Gaza continue around the world.
This latest picture comes from a protest in Seoul, South Korea.
— Momen Shataly (@MomenShataly) November 16, 2012
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 13:00
The Israeli army called up 16,000 reservists as it crowds forces in preparation for a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian Resistance official told al-Mayadeen TV that the resistance factions have thousands of fighters on alert and ready for all possibilities.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:14
Palestinian resistance factions continue to fire retaliatory rockets at Israeli settlements.
This morning after Israeli shelling of al-Bureij in North Gaza, a barrage of short range rockets was fired at Israel's southern settlements.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:07
Reports of more very loud explosions flooding in from Gaza.
These latest strikes are mainly centered around Gaza City and have knocked out power for most parts of the densely-populated strip. Still no word on casualties.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 02:58
If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, here is our profile on Ahmad Said Khalil al-Jaabari , the Hamas military chief whose assassination kicked off Operation Pillar of Cloud.
Here's a taste:
Ahmad Said Khalil al-Jaabari was Hamas’ most powerful man in the Gaza Strip. Those close to him called him Abu Mohammad, but Israel knew him as the “military chief of Hamas.”
As a leader of the Izzedin al-Qassam Brigades in Gaza, Israeli intelligence reserved a special spot for him on their target list for assassination. His position meant that he was in charge of all of Hamas’ military activity and this made him a central target for Israel.
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 02:00
Israel forces have entered the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank and are searching homes, witnesses said to Palestinian Ma'an news agency.
Meanwhile, Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces at protests across the West Bank on Thursday. Seven people were injured in Bethlehem and three protesters were wounded near Ofer military base, including PA police officer Mohammad al-Sheikh who sustained two bullet wounds to his leg.
Undercover Israeli forces detained six people, including three children, at a demonstration in Jerusalem's Issawiya neighborhood, the Wadi Hilweh information center said.
Hamas has declared today the "Friday of Loyalty to Gaza" and called for more rallies in the West Bank. (Ma'an)
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:51
The Israeli army has created a online game out of its vicious offensive on the Gaza Strip, the aim of the game being: the more army propaganda (e.g: blog posts, tweets)a person reads and shares, the more points they gather, and the more they rise in rank.
Read more about Israel's turning the loss of human life into a virtual reality here..
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:43
The hacktivist group Anonymous launched a series of digital attacks against websites belonging to the Israeli government on Thursday.
Earlier, the group announced the start of #OPIsrael in response to Israel's brutal attack of the Gaza Strip.
They first defaced an Israeli security and surveillance website and then managed to take down the website of the Israel Ministry of Defense for a short while.
But the group stated it's main goal now was to ensure that Palestinians on the ground continues to have access to the internet:
An Arabic guide to stay connected was also published here .
One Egyptian blogger provided other suggestions here that was "collected by various Telecomix agents from around the globe".
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 00:42
Israel has intensified its airstrikes on Gaza resulting in deaths and more destruction. Reuters quoted residents in Gaza saying that an electricity generator for the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah was destroyed, including a police station in central Gaza.
Earlier, Avi Dichter, the Israeli Home Front Command minister had warned, "Israel is facing a turbulent night as we prepare for expanding our operation in Gaza." (Ynet, Reuters)
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 00:23
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh issued a broadcast statement, in which he addressed Israel directly.
Your threats cannot intimidate us. [...] We have been raised to meet either martyrdom or victory.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 20:33
Nasrallah calls on Arab countries to raise oil prices to "shake" the US, enable Gaza Strip victory over Israel. The only solution is for the world to pressure the US which will pressure Israel to end its blockade on Gaza.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 20:29
As noted in one of The Times of Israel's recent updates on the ongoing violence, Israeli forces are gearing up for the possibility of long-term conflict.
Following the IDF’s announcement of a limited call-up of reservists, a senior diplomatic source in Jerusalem tells Israel Radio that a far larger call-up is expected because the IDF has planned to send ground force into the Gaza Strip.
The source adds that Israel is not interested in getting dragged into a prolonged ground operation, and that Hamas’s reaction to Operation Pillar of Defense determines the future of the IDF’s operation. Pillar of Defense is not expected to end anytime soon, he says; it won’t be a matter of days, rather, a matter of weeks.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 20:15
Al-Quds Brigades, the military resistance arm of Islamic Jihad, claim responsibility for the Fajr-5 rocket which hit Tel Aviv's southern suburbs earlier today. This comes amid reports of a second rocket hitting Jaffa Port near the Israeli capital.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 19:18
Still according to reports by the BBC's Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar, the Israeli army has given new statistics regarding today's violence.
— Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) November 15, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 19:00
According to the BBC's Middle East bureau chief, Egypt's Prime Minister will visit Gaza tomorrow
— Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) November 15, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 18:50
As the spotlight shines on the wide-scale Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, this report by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights released this past Sunday reminds us that the death and destruction in Gaza has been ongoing for a long time.
Here's the beginning:
Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their aerial and ground attacks against the Gaza Strip. Five Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, have been killed, and 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded. Four of these deaths and 38 of the injuries resulted from an Israeli attack on a football playground in al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Additionally, 2 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed, and some civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 18:46
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is expected to deliver a speech tonight at 8pm Beirut Time commemorating the start of Ashura.
According to our sources, Nasrallah will address the latest developments in Palestine and the region.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 18:36
The besieged Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
How does its population density fare compared to other highly-populated regions?
Harper's Index has these numbers from 2000.
Average number of people living per square mile in the Gaza Strip, New Jersey, and Japan: 8,000, 1,100, 828 (Oct '00) #HarpersIndex
— Harper's Magazine (@Harpers) November 15, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 18:31
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) sent out a press release a little while ago noting that one of it's teachers based in Gaza, Marwan Abul-Qumsan was killed by one of Israel's many airstrikes on the besieged strip.
The release noted that Abul-Qumsan was in his early 50s and was an Arabic teacher at UNRWA's Preparatory Boys School in Jabalia.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 18:18
Eight Palestinian women were arrested after staging a protest on the roof of an Israeli military point in the Bet Eil settlement in the West Bank, which houses Israel's largest military base in the Occupied West Bank.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 17:58
The Boxes & Briefs blog, which is scrutinizing coverage of the attacks on Gaza, takes a look at the Gulf media's reporting – and the responses it is eliciting:
Twitter on Thursday was rife with criticism over Gulf media reactions to Israel’s assault on Gaza – particularly that of al-Arabiya, much of it aired under the hashtag tafkeek al-khitab al-mutasahien (dismantling the Zionist-y rhetoric).
Print coverage of the attacks on Gaza focused on official condemnations from the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab leaders, but conspicuously avoided evocative details from the ground or mentions of popular reactions.
Read the entire post here.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 17:53
Israeli authorities are preventing foreign journalists from crossing into Gaza.
20 foreign journalists blocked by israeli military before Erez crossing point to enter #gaza. We have been waiting for 3h now
— emilie_baujard (@emilie_baujard) November 15, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 17:22
The Israeli army has announced that three of its soldiers have been wounded.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 15:40
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Hamas bore "principal responsibility" for escalations in violence in Gaza. Hague called on Israel to avoid civilian casualties, and stopped short of demanding an end to its brutal offensive on the coastal strip, which has so far killed 15 Palestinians and wounded over 150. Four Israelis were killed in retaliatory rocket strikes.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 15:30
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as unacceptable on Thursday, in his harshest public criticism of Egypt's neighbor since taking office in June.
Looking more subdued and downcast than in previous speeches, Mursi looked ill at ease as he listed steps he had taken to recall Egypt's ambassador in Israel and appeal to the United Nations Security Council.
"We are in contact with the people of Gaza and with Palestinians and we stand by them until we stop the aggression," Mursi said. "The Israelis must realize that this aggression is unacceptable and would only lead to instability in the region". (Reuters)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 15:23
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Hamas to stop firing rockets at Israel, adding that both sides need to end the fighting.
Abbas has just cut short a tour of Europe where he was trying to rally support for a non-member statehood bid at the UN, which will be put to a vote at the General Assembly on November 29. (RT, Ma'an)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 15:19
Al-Manar, Hezbollah's media arm, has released unverifiable footage that it says it found online of Palestinian resistance missiles falling on Tel Aviv last night.
They can be seen here.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 15:02
The Beirut-based al-Mayadeen, citing Israeli media, reports that around one million Israelis spent the night in bomb shelters.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 14:54
Egyptian security sources say a rocket landed half a kilometer from Egyptian border guards stationed in Sinai's Rafah. No injuries reported and the authorities are investigating. (Ma'an News Agency)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 14:43
According to the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades's Information Office website, the Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza will "secure the back of the resistance."
It further noted that the ministry had called on civilians "not to gather around areas which have been hit to allow the emergency services to deal with [the] situation and to prevent massacres by the IOF (sic)."
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 14:41
Khaled Meshaal, leader of Hamas, was seen on Thursday at an Islamic conference in Khartoum. The exiled chief was sitting in the front row with thousands of delegates, including the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a short statement, Meshaal addressed the current ferocious violence in the Gaza Strip and condemned Israel. In addition, he applauded Egyptian President Morsi's decision to recall the country’s ambassador to Israel.
"Men and women in Palestine, we will continue the resistance," he said. (Reuters, Ahram Online)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 14:32
Commentators have been pointing to the slanted coverage of the BBC, which headlined its coverage of the attacks in Gaza with the deaths of three Israelis, despite the fact that at least five times as many Palestinians have been killed since Saturday – most of them civilians. The news service went on to add:
“Eleven Palestinians - mainly militants but also children - have been killed in the ensuing Israeli operation. Since then, more than 130 rockets have been fired into Israel, police say.”
So, non-children are necessarily militants?
More over at Boxes & Briefs, including Chomsky and other writers taking the corporate media to task in an open letter.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 14:07
Before being assassinated by the Israeli army on Wednesday, Hamas' military chief Ahmed al-Jaabari worked closely with Israel on certain security issues for the past five and a half years. As Haaretz has pointed out in this article, Israel has "killed its subcontractor":
Ahmed Jabari was a subcontractor, in charge of maintaining Israel's security in Gaza. [...] Israel demanded of Hamas that it observe the truce in the south and enforce it on the multiplicity of armed organizations in the Gaza Strip. The man responsible for carrying out this policy was Ahmed Jabari.
In return for enforcing the quiet, which was never perfect, Israel funded the Hamas regime through the flow of shekels in armored trucks to banks in Gaza, and continued to supply infrastructure and medical services to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. Jabari was also Israel's partner in the negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit; it was he who ensured the captive soldier's welfare and safety, and it was he who saw to Shalit's return home last fall.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 14:00
Israeli interior minister Eli Yishai estimated that the Israeli attack on Gaza "will last for many days."
The minister made this comment during a visit of a Kiryat Malachi apartment that was hit by a Palestinian missile Thursday morning. (Israel National News)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 13:48
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague has released a statement regarding the Israeli attack. He firmly placed the blame on Hamas, saying that they "bear principle responsibility for the current crisis."
He further said:
I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups. This creates an intolerable situation for Israeli civilians in southern Israel, who have the right to live without fear of attack from Gaza. The rocket attacks also risk worsening the plight of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, which is already precarious.
On Israel, the British Foreign Secretary took a milder tone:
I also strongly urge Israel to do their utmost to reduce tension, avoid civilian casualties and increase the prospects for both sides to live in peace. It is imperative to avoid the risk of a spiral of violence. The escalation of the conflict would be in no one's interest, particularly at a time of instability in the region.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 13:28
Parallels have been drawn between the Muslim Brotherhood's current approach to the attack on Gaza to that of Hosni Mubarak's actions back in 2008-2009.
On his blog The Arabist , Issandr el-Amrani writes:
Just like under Mubarak: the government (in this case the Brotherhood) is sandwiched between an angry population and regime interests, the opposition is leveraging this to its own advantage and making requests that don't quite make sense (the Egypt-Israel peace treaty is quite publicly available, for instance — although perhaps they are referring to subsequent memoranda). The irony is that two years ago the MB would have been on the opposite side. I wonder how long this is sustainable for them before they are forced to take the lead.
A similar point of view was presented by Egyptian journalist Abdel Rahman-Hussein to The Guardian. He said:
The Brotherhood are facing criticism already that they are not doing anything that is too different from a regime that was overthrown by the Egyptian people and was deemed complicit in the siege of the people of Gaza ...The Muslim Brotherhood has always criticised the Mubarak regime basically for letting things happen on its border because Gaza's on the border with Egypt and the Sinai border and I think a stronger Egyptian position would have made Israel think twice about carrying out such an operation, not knowing what would happen on the other side of the border ...
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 13:18
Tablet Magazine, a daily online magazine covering Jewish news and culture, has an interesting interview with Nathan Thrall.
Thrall is a Jerusalem-based analyst with the International Crisis Group, and has written for the New York Times, Slate, and other American publications.
Here's the significant part:
So you absolutely see the influence of the upcoming Israeli elections in this operation.
I don’t see any other explanation. Given that the other escalations have been even bigger, there have been more rockets. Not only that, but this thing started after people were already talking about a ceasefire. The front page of Haaretz this morning was talking about a ceasefire and there was a lull at four in the afternoon when Jabari’s car was hit.
Likud looked very impotent the last few days. Everyone I talked to in Israel—whatever their political persuasion—was of the view that something had to be done. I don’t see how it could have been ignored. I don’t want to overthink it by saying ‘well, this is the eve of Olmert’s announcement of his reentering the race and he is someone who actually did quote-unquote “take care of Gaza,” he is someone who actually did eliminate a nuclear program instead of just talking about it. Whether Olmert specifically plays any role, it’s certainly the case that the elections made a difference.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:18
An Egyptian security source in south Sinai denied a report allegedly published in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot claiming that four rockets launched from Egypt landed in Israel yesterday, injuring no one, according to the Egyptian official newspaper al-Ahram.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:03
“The IDF is attracting criticism for the jokey tone of updates by some of its members on Twitter, amid the bloodshed. Here are a couple of examples (you can see more on the IDF tweeters list).” (The Guardian)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:00
Among the three children killed in Israel's offensive on the Gaza strip was 11-month-old Omar, the son of a BBC worker. The BBC has so far been silent about the killing, while other British media outlets, such as the Telegraph, have reported it.
Spare a thought for Omar, 11-month son of our BBC Arabic Service colleague in Gaza, killed in today's Israeli air strike.
— Paul Adams (@BBCPaulAdams) November 14, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 11:48
The Israeli army just announced it has hit 156 locations in the Gaza Strip since the start of its brutal offensive yesterday. The army claims the targets were "terror sites", however the attacks have so far killed five civilians and wounded more than 100.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 15, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 11:35
Fourth Israeli reported dead in Grad rocket attack in Kiryat Malachi. The four were killed when a rocket hit an apartment building in the southern town. They are the first Israeli casualties to be reported since Israel launched its brutal offensive on the Gaza strip, killing at least 11 Palestinians. (Israel national news)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 11:24
It seems history is repeating itself in this latest assault on Gaza.
Israeli officials and military spokespersons have been working round-the-clock since the launch of this operation yesterday to shore up support. Particularly, Israeli officials have been pointing to rocket attacks by Palestinian fighters as the raison d'être for Operation Pillar of Clouds, echoing similar arguments made during the attack on Gaza on 2008-2009.
We've dug up an article from that time period, published by the American liberal news site Huffington Post, titled: Reigniting Violence: How Do Ceasefires End?
The authors of this article analyzed data from the Israeli Human Rights group B'Tselem for the time period of September 2000 to October 2008. This is what they concluded:
[A] systematic pattern does exist: it is overwhelmingly Israel, not Palestine, that kills first following a lull. Indeed, it is virtually always Israel that kills first after a lull lasting more than a week.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 10:54
The Boxes&Briefs blog team are scrutinizing media coverage of the ongoing attack on Gaza:
The New York Times' lead article this morning on the ongoing bombing of Gaza opened with the mandatory explanation that Israel had launched a "ferocious assault... after persistent Palestinian rocket fire" – a claim widely discredited, including here on our live blog yesterday.
"Both the rocket fire and the buildup of advanced weaponry in Gaza have increasingly tested Israeli officials and prompted such an intense attack, according to military experts in Israel," the Times reporter in Jerusalem, Israel Kershner, reported.
Aside from a Hamas leader who was "Mr. Netanyahu's Osama Bin Laden" (Yes we can) and was killed in a "pinpoint airstrike," any mention of casualties on the Palestinian side appeared only later in the piece, after reporting that the Israeli population was "frightened" by rocket fire which had "damaged homes"; casualty claims in Gaza, meanwhile, were attributed to the "Hamas-led Health Ministry."
Read the entire post here.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 10:49
Egypt has opened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the injured, Al Jazeera journalist Sherine Tadros reports. She adds that no one has yet come through.
— Sherine Tadros (@SherineT) November 15, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 10:16
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday struck an apartment building in southern Israel, killing three people, Israeli media said.
It was the first report of Israeli fatalities since Israel launched an air assault on the Gaza Strip a day earlier. (Reuters)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 09:20
Israel are stopping foreign journalists from entering the Gaza Strip despite promises the Erez crossing would be open Thursday, according to Palestine's Ma'an news agency.
During Israel's Cast Lead offensive that began in December 2008 and killed 1,400 Palestinians, journalists were also barred from entering the Gaza Strip. The only English-speaking outlet reporting from inside Gaza during the bloody military campaign was Al-Jazeera English, which had reporters present inside the Strip before the ban the was implemented.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 09:18
Medical sources to Al Jazeera say the death toll from Israel's military offensive rose to 11 today. Hamas security sources to the network said Israel carried out more than 70 air strikes. Among the dead are two children and one woman. One hundred were wounded including 15 children and 18 women, according to medics. (Al-Jazeera)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 08:52
Emergency action to stop the bloodshed in Gaza is underway across the world:
WEDNESDAY, 14 Nov
Bethlehem | Manger Square, 7:30 p.m.
Istanbul | al Fateh Mosque, 9:00 p.m.
Jerusalem | Damascus Gate, 7:00 p.m.
London | Israeli Embassy
Ramallah | al Manara Square, 7:00 p.m.
Tel Aviv | Ehud Barak's doorstep, 8:00 p.m.
Quebec | Hall Building, Concordia U, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 6:00 p.m. [link]
THURSDAY, 15 Nov
Alexandria (Egypt) | Qaid Ibrahim, 12:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor | Campus Diag, in front of Hatcher Graduate Library, 3:00 p.m.
Atlanta | Israeli Consulate, 4 p.m.
Beirut | Cola, 10:00 a.m.
Belfast | City Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Boston | 4:30 p.m., Copley Square
Bradford (UK) | 4.30 p.m.
Brighton (UK) | Outside EcoStream HQ, 12:00 p.m.
Brighton (UK) | Victoria Gardens, 5:30 p.m.
Chicago | Outside Obama HQ, 130 E Randolph Street, 4:00 p.m.
Dublin | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m.
George Mason University | The North Plaza, 1:30 p.m.
Jerusalem | Outside Hebrew University, 12:00 p.m.
Leeds | Parkinson Steps, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, 1:00 p.m.
London | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m.
Los Angeles | Israeli Consulate, 4:00 p.m.
Manchester | Piccadilly Gardens, 5:00 p.m.
Montreal | Hall Building, Concordia University, 5:00 p.m.
Nashville | Centennial Park, 3:00 pm
New York | Israeli Consulate, 42nd Street & 2nd Ave, 5:00 p.m.
Nottingham (UK)| Nottingham Market Square, 5:30 p.m.
Oxford (UK) | Cornmarket Street, 4:00 p.m.
Paris | Ministry of Justice, 6:00 p.m.
Princeton University | Outside of Frist Campus Center, 12:30 p.m.
San Diego | US Federal Building, 880 Front Street, 4:30 p.m.
San Francisco | Israeli Consulate, 5:15 p.m.
Santiago (Chile) | Croatian Stadium (Vitacura 8049) to Israel Stadium, 8:00 p.m.
Seattle| Henry Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, 4:00 p.m.
Sydney | Parmatta Town Hall, 6:00 p.m.
Toronto | Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street (east of St. George TTC), 6:00 p.m.
Tunis | In front of the National Theatre, 11:00 a.m.
Tunis | In front of all Trade Association Buildings (Sa7et Mohamed Ali), 1:00 p.m.
UCLA (Los Angeles) | Meyerhoff Park, 11:30 a.m.
Vancouver | The Art Gallery, Hornby and Robson Streets, 5:00 p.m.
Washington D.C. | Israeli Embassy, 3:30 p.m. (tbc)
FRIDAY, 16 Nov
Albuquerque | UNM Bookstore, 5:00 p.m.
Birmingham | 1400 University Boulevard, 1:30 p.m.
Cairo | Tahrir Square
Calgary | City Hall, 3:00 p.m.
Cincinnati | MLK Boulvard and Clifton Avenue, 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland | Public Square, 4:30 p.m.
Houston | Intersection of Westheimer & Post Oak Boulevard, 4:30 p.m.
Manchester (UK) | Picadilly Gardens, 5:00 p.m.
Ottawa | Israeli Embassy, 50 O’Connor between Queen and Albert, 12:00 p.m.
Philadelphia | Israeli Consulate, 19th and JFK Boulevard, 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburg | U.S. Federal Building, 1000 Liberty Avenue, 5:00 p.m.
San Francisco | Israeli Consulate, 4:00 p.m.
Seoul (Korea) | Israeli Embassy, Kabool Bulding, 149 Seorin-dong, 110-726, 1:00 p.m. Washington D.C. | March from State Department, 6:00 p.m.
Wellington (New Zealand) | Cuba Mall, by the Buckets, 12:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, 17 Nov
Aukland | Aotea Square, 2:00 p.m.
Cardiff | Aneurin bevan Statue, Queen Street, 2:00 p.m.
Edinburgh | Charlotte sq, 12:00 p.m.
Melbourne | Bourke St Mall, 12:30 p.m.
Nottingham (UK)| Nottingham Market Square, 5:30 p.m.
Oslo | Israeli Embassy, 3:00 p.m.
Stockholm | Israeli Embassy 3:00 p.m.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 08:46
US president Barack Obama expressed support for Israel's military offensive on Gaza in a phone call to Israeli prime minister Netanyahu Wednesday night. He faulted Hamas for escalating violence, saying that it was up to Hamas to ease tensions by stopping its rocketfire. He also urged Israel to "make every effort to avoid civilian casualties."
Obama also called Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi Wednesday night, who has reportedly recalled his ambassador to Tel Aviv in light of the offensive. The two men agreed on the need to de-escalate the conflic as quickly as possible, the White House said. (AP)
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 08:36
The United States threw its weight behind Israel after it launched a barrage of air strikes on the Gaza Strip, and condemned Palestinian militant rocket attacks on southern Israel.
"We support Israel's right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties," US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.
"We strongly condemn the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel, and we regret the death and injury of innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians caused by the ensuing violence," he added.
"There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel," Toner said in his statement, calling on them "to stop these cowardly acts immediately."
"Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause," he added.
"Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self determination."
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 00:00
Commentators – including Israeli politicians and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood – are noting the timing of Israel's attacks on Gaza, just two months ahead of the January parliamentary elections.
— rachel shabi(@rachshabi) November 14, 2012
The December 2008 war on Gaza, which killed 1,400 Palestinians, was also launched two months ahead of the February 2009 elections.
According to Haaretz editor-in-chief, Aluf Benn, the same was true in 1955, 1961, 1981 and 1996.
One more pre-election military operation, like in 1955, 1961, 1981, 1996, 2009
— Aluf Benn (@alufbenn) November 14, 2012
(Ironically, according to his Wikipedia profile, Aluf Benn was named after his uncle who was killed in Gaza in one such pre-election military campaign.)
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 23:09
Below are the names of Palestinians in Gaza who have been killed so far in this latest attack by Israel:
1. Ahmed al-Jaabari - Hamas leader - 52 years old
2. Mohammed al-Hams - 28 years old
3. Mohammed Kusaih - 18 years old
4. Esam Abu Meza - 19 years old
5. Heba al-Mashharawi - 19 years old
6. Renan Yousif Arafat - 3 years old
7. Omar al-Mashharawi - 11 months old
8. Mahmoud Abu Sawaween - 62 years old
The death toll is expected to rise even further.
More than 50 have been injured.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 23:02
Protests denouncing Israel's latest attack on Gaza have been called for across the world.
The biggest protests on Wednesday night were in Cairo and Istanbul, with further mobilization scheduled for Thursday in Beirut, Cairo, Ramallah, Jerusalem, New York City, London, Montreal, and Ottawa.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 22:50
Israel's ambassador to Egypt has left Cairo with his embassy staff, following the Egyptian ambassador's withdrawal from Tel Aviv, according to Reuters.
Update (11.13 pm): Reuters cites an Israeli diplomat who says that Israel's ambassador to Egypt has not been recalled and that the embassy is functioning as normal.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 22:41
Yedioth Ahoronoth has reported that more than 55 rockets have landed on Israeli settlements tonight.
Israel invested billions of dollars into the much-hyped Iron Dome missile defense system in the aftermath of the July 2006 War against Lebanon and the December 2008 assault on Gaza.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 22:32
Gaza has been under a land, sea, and air blockade since June 2007. The Israeli military, and more recently the Egyptian authorities, have continuously destroyed supply tunnels used by the Palestinians to transport the basic needs for the crowded strip.
The siege on Gaza have lead to many problems, among them contamination of the water supply of the strip. (Image source: Visualizingpalestine.org)
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 22:15
According to AFP: Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi was preparing on Wednesday to organize an emergency Arab foreign ministerial meeting to respond to Israel air strikes on Gaza, a league official said.
Arabi had earlier contacted Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, whose country temporarily heads the League, to prepare to convene the meeting following a request from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the official said.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 22:04
The Jerusalem Fund's blog provides crucial context to the current attacks on Gaza, which debunks Israeli claims of committing "retaliatory" strikes:
This most recent escalation began, unsurprisingly, when Israel launched an unprovoked strike on 7 October. 11 Palestinians were injured, nearly half of which were children. It was from this point forward that the situation escalated. As projectiles from Gaza were returned, in response renewed Israeli strikes caused increased Palestinian casualties.
Irrespective of the massive escalation in the past few hours, Israeli air strikes regularly kill Gaza inhabitants, as data from the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs shows:
In 2011, the projectiles fired by the Israeli military into Gaza have been responsible for the death of 108 Palestinians, of which 15 where women or children and the injury of 468 Palestinians of which 143 where women or children. The methods by which these causalities were inflicted by Israeli projectiles breaks down as follows: 57 percent or 310, were caused by Israeli Aircraft Missile fire, 28 percent or 150 where from Israeli live ammunition, 11 percent or 59 were from Israeli tank shells while another 3 percent or 18 were from Israeli mortar fire.
Through September 2012, Israeli weaponry has resulted in 55 Palestinian deaths and 257 injuries. Among these 312 casualties 61, or roughly 20 percent were children and 28 were female. 209 of these casualties came as a result of Israeli Air Force Missiles, 69 from live ammunition fire and 18 from tank shells. It is important to note that these figures do not represent a totality of Israeli projectiles fired into Gaza but rather only Israeli projectiles fired into Gaza which cause casualties. The total number of Israeli projectiles fired into Gaza is bound to be significant larger. All numbers for casualties here come from UN OCHA.
Read the whole post here.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 21:52
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for an end to the violence in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to Reuters.
"It is important that attacks and violence stop," he said at a news conference after a meeting with a number of Gulf foreign ministers in Riyadh.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 21:48
After nearly an hour of speaking, American President Barack Obama has just completed a news conference at the White House. He spoke on domestic issues and fielded a question about Syria. Not one word was said about the events in Gaza.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 21:28
A march from Talaat al-Harb in downtown Cairo is underway to protest the attacks on Gaza.
March in Cairo for #Gaza now chanting "you coward arab states" and "the palestinian blood is our blood"
— Helena Hägglund (@helenahagglund) November 14, 2012
A live video feed, photos and updates from the protest are available here.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 21:12
Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza have launched a series of retaliatory rocket attacks against a number of Israeli settlements.
Six rockets reportedly hit Ashkol, and 1 Grad missile reached Dimona, which is more than 50 kilometers away from Gaza. Dimona is home to Israel's main nuclear facility.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 21:04
According to Haaretz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has firmly placed the blame on the Palestinian side for the attack on Gaza.
"Hamas and Islamic Jihad intentionally hurt our citizens while hiding behind their own citizens," he said.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who spoke after the Israeli Prime Minister, stressed, "Israel is not interested in engaging in war, but Hamas' provocation in the past days has made it imperative that we act sharply and decisively."
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 21:02
Many Twitter users aren't impressed with Egyptian President Morsi's condemnation of Israeli attacks on Gaza:
Prove us wrong Morsi, open Rafah and flood Gaza with arms, food, and medicine. I won't be holding my breath though.
— Mahmoud (@MahmoudR_) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 20:57
Israeli army spokesperson on Twitter threatens further attacks against Hamas personnel.
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 20:44
Gaza residents say Israeli naval ships are shelling the coastal strip.
#Israel Navy now shelling Gaza, say witnesses on the ground.
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 20:19
Gazan man bidding slain son farewell.
عندما يودع الوالد ابنه .. بسبب القتل تسكت الكلمات .. !!! twitter.com/NadaRudwan/sta…
— Nada Rudwan ✿ (@NadaRudwan) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:57
Al-Jazeera senior news producer Jamal el-Shayyal says that Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi will recall his ambassador to Israel "within 24 hours", cites source inside president's office.
— Jamal Elshayyal جمال (@jamalAljazeera) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:51
Israeli media say there is increased pressure on new rail lines as 100s of Israelis flee southern part of the occupied Palestine, fearing Hamas retaliation for wide-scale Israeli air strikes in Gaza.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:41
The British Foreign Office has warned against an escalation of violence in Gaza. "We continue to call on all sides to exercise restraint to prevent a dangerous escalation that would be in no one’s interests," said a statement from the Office.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:33
Egypt says it may recall its ambassador to Tel Aviv over Israeli airstrikes against Gaza Strip, which have killed at least 20 Palestinians including the head of Hamas military wing, Ahmed al-Jabari.
Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi has also said that Cairo will no longer tolerate attacks on Palestinians. (Press TV)
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:22
The head of Hamas's military wing, al-Qassam brigades, has promised to retaliate to Israeli strikes and target all locations inside Israel. All targets after Tel Aviv are within reach, he said.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:16
Egypt’s Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, formerly headed by President Mohammed Mursi, said on Wednesday Egypt would no longer stand by as Israel attacked Palestinians after air strikes killed a Hamas leader.
The FJP is the political arm of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood movement. It said Israeli air strikes that killed top militant Ahmed al-Jaabari in Gaza earlier on Wednesday required “swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres.” (Al-Arabiya)
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:10
Gaza-based Palestine Telegraph founder says Israeli troops advancing toward border.
Now: Four more Israeli raids target northern Gaza Strip. Israeli TV: Israeli troops' units move towards Gaza borders
— Palestine Telegraph (@Sameh_Habeeb) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:05
Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor says: "The assassination of the head of the Hamas armed wing Ahmed al-Jabari is a deliberate escalation by Israel. The inherent risk of a new war is the reason why its chief military spokesman has warned Israelis to brace themselves. It is hard to imagine Hamas not hitting back."
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:04
Backgrounder on Israel's military campaign against Gaza which has been touted as a response to Hamas rocket fire: Rockets from Gaza killed 21 in 11 years, while Israeli strikes have killed over 2,300.
— occupiedpalestine (@occpal) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 19:01
Israeli politician Ilan Gilon (Meretz) said to Army Radio on Wednesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are "pyromaniacs" who undertook Operation Pillar of Defense for the purpose of reelection.
Speaking to Army Radio on the targeted killing of Hamas's Military Chief Ahmed Jabari, Gilon added: "Assassinations are not the answer." (Jerusalem Post)
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:55
Al-Mayadeen reports that Gaza has had three new explosions. Residents say they were "huge".
I can hear explosions in the north, probably north west. I also heard our neighbor kid screaming upon hearing it. #Gaza
— Rawan(@MyFreePal) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:50
The Pentagon has reiterated its support for Israel amid the wide-scale attacks on Gaza which have so far claimed at least six lives, including some children.
"We're monitoring the situation closely. We stand by our Israeli partners in their right to defend themselves against terrorism," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Warren said.
President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon, met Monday with his Israeli counterpart, Yaakov Amidror. Israeli authorities were reportedly considering a military campaign against Gaza at the time.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:48
Prominent Palestinian-American activist Ali Abunimah says Israeli attacks on Gaza "proves that Israel lies when it says it just wants peace and calm for its citizens."
Today's attack proves that Israel lies when it says it just wants peace and calm for its citizens. There was a truce. Israel broke it.
— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:44
Gaza's Shifa hospital has declared a state of emergency and is calling on Gazans to donate blood.
#Breaking: Blood Bank in Shifa hospital declared a State of emergency and called on citizens to donate blood.
— Gaza Youth Break Out (@GazaYBO) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:28
Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip 14 November 2012. (Photo: AFP - Reuters - Amir Cohen)
"We are a humanitarian nation," Israeli Army spokesperson Avital Leibovich tells Al-Jazeera.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:25
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on president Mohammed Mursi to reassess relationship with Israel on the eve of a massive military strike against the coastal strip which has so far killed at least six.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:23
Israel's air strikes in Gaza has killed a four-year-old girl, Gaza radio reports.
— Joe Catron (@jncatron) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:20
Nine Gazans have been killed, 22 wounded in Israel's massive military campaign on the coastal strip. Israel has said the offensive would continue for 72 hours, and may involve a ground invasion.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 18:07
The IDF has said it may launch a ground offensive in Gaza.
All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 17:59
Israel's Channel 10 said the brother of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar has been killed in Israeli air strikes. Al-Zahar is the co-founder of Hamas and member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 17:57
A little girl has been pulled from under the rubble in Zaytoon Camp in Gaza, a resident reports.
— Umm Hanaa (@FreeFalasteen) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 17:53
Israel embassy in the United Kingdom: Since the beginning of 2012, Palestinian terrorists in the #Gaza Strip have fired 768 rockets into #Israel.
However, no deaths have been reported as a result of the alleged hundreds of rockets. Israel's airstrikes on Gaza have claimed at least 10 lives this month.
— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinUK) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 17:50
A Gaza resident on Twitter has said a large ship has been spotted off the coast of Northern Gaza amid the airstrikes.
Huge ship off coast N Gaza- lots of lights and aircraft hovering over. Passed behind building out of my sight now.
— Sally Idwedar (@sallyidwedar) November 14, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 17:46
The military wing of Hamas said in a statement that the assassination "has opened the gates of hell" for Israel.
An Israeli military spokesperson has said they are fearing that rockets will launched into central Israel.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 17:39
Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war.
Islamist Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jaabari, who ran the organization's armed wing, Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 17:33