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War Crimes Update: Israel escalates Gaza invasion

Obama stays silent on Gaza crisis – Raw Story 1/3/09 

Obama has made his position clear.  Transcripts to his AIPAC speeches are below.

In Pictures: the slaughter of Gazan children Victims of the Israeli occupation forces in the tenth day of their attacks on Gaza Strip – January 5, 2009 – Uruknet 1/5/09

“They are Bombing 1.5 million People in a Cage”  – Juan Cole 1/5/09

Of 2500 wounded, 50% are women and children. Doing surgery around the clock. There are injuries you do not want to see– children coming in with open abdomens, with injured legs, we had to amputate both of them. This is a war on the civilian population of Gaza. It is a very young population. They cannot flee. They are fenced in. They are bombing one and a half million people in a cage.

Unconventional Weapons against The People of Gaza – Global Research 1/6/09

WAYS YOU CAN HELP THE BESIEGED PEOPLE OF GAZA – Desert Peace 1/5/09

Gates spoke with Israel defense chief – Raw Story 1/5/09

Has the NSA sold out to Israel? Video – Americans Journey 1/5/09

Democracy Now interview with James Bamford has shocking revelations.

The Long and Bloody Hypocrisy of U.S.-Israeli Acts of Terrorism  – Alternet 1/5/09

War Crimes: White Phosphorus bombs into Gaza  – Global Research 1/4/09

Worldwide alarm at Israeli ground offensive (AFP)  – AFP/Yahoo 1/4/09

Israel’s tank and troop assault on the Gaza Strip unleashed worldwide cries of alarm on Sunday, but Israel won heavyweight US backing and moves for an immediate ceasefire foundered at the United Nations.

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land: Media & the Israel-Palestine Conflict – Google Video

The Politics of An Israeli Extermination Campaign – Information Clearingouse 1/4/09

Because of the unconditional support of the entire political class in the US, from the White House to Congress, including both Parties, incoming and outgoing elected officials and all the principle print and electronic mass media, the Israeli Government feels no compunction in publicly proclaiming a detailed and graphic account of its policy of mass extermination of the population of Gaza.

Free Gaza Update and Call to Action – FreeGaza.org 1/4/09

Depleted uranium found in Gaza victims  – PressTV, Iran 1/4/09

Medics tell Press TV they have found traces of depleted uranium in some Gazan residents wounded in Israel’s ground offensive into the strip.  Norwegian medics told Press TV correspondent Akram al-Sattari that some of the victims who have been wounded since Israel began its attacks on the Gaza Strip on December 27 have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies.  The report comes after Israeli tanks and troops swept across the border into Gaza on Saturday night, opening a ground operation after eight days of intensive attacks by Israeli air and naval forces on the impoverished region.  Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned on Sunday that the wide-ranging ground offensive in the Gaza Strip would be “full of surprises.” 

France condemns Israel land offensive in Gaza – Reuters, UK 1/3/09

The Invasion of Gaza: “Operation Cast Lead”, Part of a Broader Israeli Military-Intelligence Agenda  – Global Research 1/4/09

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS CONCERNING THE GAZA HOLOCAUST – Desert Peace 1/4/09

National March on Washington Saturday, January 10 – ANSWER 1/4/09

Robert Fisk: Why bombing Ashkelon is the most tragic irony – Independent, UK 1/4/09

How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which – in any other conflict – journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza.

That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it – Askalaan in Arabic – were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza. They – or their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren – are among the one and a half million Palestinian refugees crammed into the cesspool of Gaza, 80 per cent of whose families once lived in what is now Israel. This, historically, is the real story: most of the people of Gaza don’t come from Gaza.

Paramedic killed as shell hits ambulance in Gaza – Atheo News 1/4/09

Gaza: Life under bombardment – Guardian, UK 1/4/09

Hatem al-Shurrab, an aid worker for the Gaza-based Islamic Relief organisation, has kept a video diary of the last few days to show what conditions have been like since Israeli air strikes began.

Former head of Mossad says talking to the enemy is the only answer – Guardian, UK 1/5/09

Thousands flee guns and shells as Israel tightens grip on Gaza – Guardian, UK 1/4/09

Israeli tanks and troops seized control of large parts of the Gaza Strip yesterday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as relentless artillery and gunfire killed at least 40 more civilians, including children. Some were killed when an Israeli shell hit Gaza City’s central market.

Israel military keeps wary eye on northern border – Guardian, UK 1/4/09

Some of the thousands of extra reservists called up by the Israeli military are to be held ready in case of conflict on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, the scene of a long and costly battle two years ago.  As Israeli troops invaded Gaza on Saturday night, the defence minister, Ehud Barak, warned that the military was monitoring the northern border.  “While we are fighting in Gaza, we keep an open eye on the sensitive situation in our northern border,” he said. “We hope the situation there will remain calm; nevertheless we are ready and alert to face any unwarranted development in that area.” 

Last week, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, said he had put his forces on alert. Israel believes Hezbollah has rearmed itself, yet there has been no sign that the group is ready for another conflict. Since the summer of 2006, when Hezbollah and Israel fought a bloody conflict that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 Lebanese and more than 100 Israelis, the border has been quiet, with a UN monitoring force patrolling in southern Lebanon.

Obama’s Position on Gaza: Transcript of Obama’s AIPAC speech from June 4, 2008

EXCERPTS: Nothing reflects the face of AIPAC more than the 1,200 students who have traveled here to make it clear to the world that the bond between Israel and the United States is rooted in more than our shared national interests — it’s rooted in the shared values and shared stories of our people. And as president, I will work with you to ensure that this bond is strengthened. …

Like Eisenhower, each of us bears witness to anyone and everyone who would deny these unspeakable crimes, or ever speak of repeating them. We must mean what we say when we speak the words “never again.”

It was just a few years after the liberation of the camps that David Ben-Gurion declared the founding of the Jewish State of Israel. We know that the establishment of Israel was just and necessary, rooted in centuries of struggle and decades of patient work. But 60 years later, we know that we cannot relent, we cannot yield, and as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.

Not when there are still voices that deny the Holocaust. Not when there are terrorist groups and political leaders committed to Israel’s destruction. Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don’t even acknowledge Israel’s existence, and government-funded textbooks filled with hatred toward Jews. Not when there are rockets raining down on Sderot, and Israeli children have to take a deep breath and summon uncommon courage every time they board a bus or walk to school. …

I have been proud to be a part of a strong, bipartisan consensus that has stood by Israel in the face of all threats. That is a commitment that both John McCain and I share, because support for Israel in this country goes beyond party. But part of our commitment must be speaking up when Israel’s security is at risk, and I don’t think any of us can be satisfied that America’s recent foreign policy has made Israel more secure.

Hamas now controls Gaza. Hezbollah has tightened its grip on southern Lebanon, and is flexing its muscles in Beirut. Because of the war in Iraq, Iran — which always posed a greater threat to Israel than Iraq — is emboldened and poses the greatest strategic challenge to the United States and Israel in the Middle East in a generation. Iraq is unstable, and al-Qaida has stepped up its recruitment. Israel’s quest for peace with its neighbors has stalled, despite the heavy burdens borne by the Israeli people. And America is more isolated in the region, reducing our strength and jeopardizing Israel’s safety.

The question is how to move forward. There are those who would continue and intensify this failed status quo, ignoring eight years of accumulated evidence that our foreign policy is dangerously flawed. And then there are those who would lay all of the problems of the Middle East at the doorstep of Israel and its supporters, as if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root of all trouble in the region. These voices blame the Middle East’s only democracy for the region’s extremism. They offer the false promise that abandoning a stalwart ally is somehow the path to strength. It is not, it never has been, and it never will be.

Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values. Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines. And I will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.

That starts with ensuring Israel’s qualitative military advantage. I will ensure that Israel can defend itself from any threat — from Gaza to Tehran. Defense cooperation between the United States and Israel is a model of success, and must be deepened. As president, I will implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade — investments to Israel’s security that will not be tied to any other nation. First, we must approve the foreign aid request for 2009. Going forward, we can enhance our cooperation on missile defense. We should export military equipment to our ally Israel under the same guidelines as NATO. And I will always stand up for Israel’s right to defend itself in the United Nations and around the world….

That work must include our shared commitment to Israel. You and I know that we must do more than stand still. Now is the time to be vigilant in facing down every foe, just as we move forward in seeking a future of peace for the children of Israel, and for all children. Now is the time to stand by Israel as it writes the next chapter in its extraordinary journey. Now is the time to join together in the work of repairing this world.  

Let me be clear. Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.

Transcript of Obama’s AIPAC speech from March, 2007

Times Square Rally Protests Fighting in Gaza – NYTimes 1/3/09

The protest, which stretched four blocks and clogged much of the tourist district, came as Israeli troops began a ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled territory.

12k condemn Israel in London protest – Raw Story 1/4/09

Protester shot dead by Israeli troops – Raw Story 1/4/09

Kristol says Gaza invasion ‘a favor for Obama’ – Raw Story 1/4/09

Hamas, Israel, Gaza and Violent Resistance –  Global Research 1/4/09

Israeli troops invade Gaza – live – Guardian, UK 1/4/09

The Lede: The Lede: Two Pictures of the Israeli Military – NYTimes 1/6/09

Israel bars International Red Cross from entering Gaza  – Press TV, Iran 1/4/09

For a second day running, Israeli authorities have barred a Red Cross medical team from entering Gaza to help treat residents injured in bombings.

Israeli bombs hit UN school – Raw Story 1/6/09

Hamas Is Not Iran’s Puppet – Alternet 1/6/09

That the conflict between Israel and Hamas is a proxy war with Iran is a myth that has grown up during the Bush administration.

Faheem Hussain : Gaza and India: a View From Pakistan – CounterPunch 1/5/09

 

HISTORY & CONTEXT

ISRAEL: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY – What Really Happened.com

U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel – Jewish Virtual Library 1/4/09

List of United Nations resolutions concerning Israel – Wikipedia 1/4/09

HISTORY AND ‘MORALS’ OF ETHNIC CLEANSING: REFLECTIONS AFTER GAZA INVASION – Desert Peace 1/5/09

I arrived in Israel 40 years ago. It took me many years to understand that the very existence of my country, as it is today, is based on an ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. The project started many years ago. Its seed can be traced to the basic fallacy of the Zionist movement, which set out to establish a Jewish-national state in a location already inhabited by another nation. Under these conditions, one has, at most, a moral right to strive for a bi-national state; establishing a national state implies, more or less by definition, ethnic cleansing of the previous inhabitants. 

Israeli Massacres: Details and Numbers – Sound Of Egypt 1/5/09

Although the Image that Israel distributes about herself is that of an oppressed nation, it is with heavy hearts that we present these crimes that stand for themselves for the brutality of the Israeli Army and the heartlessness of its soldiers who seem to have a thirst for blood. It is for the hope that the world may see a clearer picture that we present these painful facts. It is interesting to notice that today’s media does not dwell on these crimes as they do on the Holocaust. They are reported in the news for a week or two and then swept into the sea of oblivion. Those who attempt to revive the true history of Israel are charged of being anti-Semitic. So with the hope to keep those memories in mind we present this shameful history of  Israel that seems to have found that the role of Goliath is more interesting than that of David.

FLASHBACK – Israeli crimes against humanity: Gruesome images of charred and mutilated bodies following Israeli air strikes – Uruknet July 2006

Flashback – Israel’s Chemical Weapons – Antiwar.com 7/8/04

“On June 10th, 2004, the two clinics in Al-Zawiya treated 130 patients for gas inhalation. The patients were children, women, old people and young men. Dr. Abu Madi related that there was a high number of cases of [tetany], spasm in legs and hands, connected to the nervous system. Pupils were dilated. … Other symptoms included shock, semi-consciousness, hyperventilation, irritation and sweating.”

Thus reads a report by medical units serving the West Bank village of Al-Zawiya, where nonviolent resistance to Israel’s impending wall has been extraordinarily resolute. According to the medical report (procured by the International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC]), “the gas used against the protestors is not tear gas but possibly a nerve gas.” 

FLASHBACK – PALESTINE: Hamas wins election – Green Left, Australia 11/17/93

In a stunning victory, the Islamic Palestinian resistance group Hamas claimed 76 of the 132 seats in the second Palestinian Authority (PA) election on January 25. This was the first election for the Palestinian Legislative Assembly held in almost 10 years. Hamas decisively defeated the ruling Fatah party, which retained 43 seats.

FLASHBACK – Israel to lobby ABC over nerve gas documentary – Sydney morning Herald 7/1/03

Secret nuclear and biological weapons programs in Israel – BrassCheckTV 1/4/09

BANNED VIDEO FROM 2003,that Israel tried to lobby Australia to ban showing.

Previously 1/3/09: Headlines and Context: Israel invades Gaza; your protests will not stop them

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The jewish government say that they attack Gaza to stop the rocket bombing to their area, but does it’s called a form of self defence when they BRUTALLY KILL 1260 Gaza people, destroy UN school and building, kill reporter and UN driver. They also force innocent Gaza people to enter a house and then to BRUTALLY shooting that house, that full of armless people inside that house.

On January 9 and 10, 2009, Human Rights Watch researchers in Israel observed multiple air-bursts of artillery-fired white phosphorus over what appeared to be the Gaza City/Jabaliya area. white phosphorus has a significant, incidental, incendiary effect that can severely burn people and set structures, fields, and other civilian objects in the vicinity on fire. The potential for harm to civilians is magnified by Gaza’s high population density, among the highest in the world.

“White phosphorous can burn down houses and cause horrific burns when it touches the skin,” said Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch. “Israel should not use it in Gaza’s densely populated areas.”

Human Rights Watch believes that the use of white phosphorus in densely populated areas of Gaza violates the requirement under international humanitarian law to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian injury and loss of life. This concern is amplified given the technique evidenced in media photographs of air-bursting white phosphorus projectiles. Air bursting of white phosphorus artillery spreads 116 burning wafers over an area between 125 and 250 meters in diameter, depending on the altitude of the burst, thereby exposing more civilians and civilian infrastructure to potential harm than a localized ground burst.

This situation proves to the world that what the attack that initiated by the jewish army in Gaza is not a form of self defence but a explicit form of GENOCIDE to the Gaza people, moslem and christian, in Gaza.

Israel’s Gaza Assault was “aggresion” not a self defence under i-law. “Israel :Stop unlawful use of white phosporus in Gaza”.Human Right Watch January 10, 2009. The jewish government say that they attack Gaza to stop the rocket bombing to their area, but does it’s called a form of self defence when they BRUTALLY KILL 1260 Gaza people, destroy UN school and building, kill reporter and UN driver. They also force innocent Gaza people to enter a house and then to BRUTALLY shooting that house, that full of armless people inside that house.

On January 9 and 10, 2009, Human Rights Watch researchers in Israel observed multiple air-bursts of artillery-fired white phosphorus over what appeared to be the Gaza City/Jabaliya area. white phosphorus has a significant, incidental, incendiary effect that can severely burn people and set structures, fields, and other civilian objects in the vicinity on fire. The potential for harm to civilians is magnified by Gaza’s high population density, among the highest in the world.

“White phosphorous can burn down houses and cause horrific burns when it touches the skin,” said Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch. “Israel should not use it in Gaza’s densely populated areas.”

Human Rights Watch believes that the use of white phosphorus in densely populated areas of Gaza violates the requirement under international humanitarian law to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian injury and loss of life. This concern is amplified given the technique evidenced in media photographs of air-bursting white phosphorus projectiles. Air bursting of white phosphorus artillery spreads 116 burning wafers over an area between 125 and 250 meters in diameter, depending on the altitude of the burst, thereby exposing more civilians and civilian infrastructure to potential harm than a localized ground burst.

This situation proves to the world that what the attack that initiated by the jewish army in Gaza is not a form of self defence but a explicit form of GENOCIDE to the Gaza people, moslem and christian, in Gaza.

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