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Quote Shasta'sAunt Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2008 at 2:22pm

"Olmert questioned whether Hamas's stance was consistent with Islam. "Is the spirit of Islam to kill innocent children, to fire rockets at kindergartens and civilians? I don't think that is the spirit of Islam," Olmert said."

Playing the "God card"? This is bold, especially for an Israeli. 

 
"Tzipi says Hamas came to power through a coup and are now holding Gazans hostage. Also that Israel's attacking only Hamas members and sites - Apparently, babies and children were also members of Hamas."

Apparently she missed the elections, and the collective punishment the U.S. and Israel dealt out immediately afterward. How dare the Palestinians elect Hamas into office!

"In Barzilai's underground children's ward, sick Gazans lay alongside sick Israelis as a clown hopped around trying to coax smiles. Lobel said that his facility had close ties with Gaza's Shifa hospital, and accepted many of its patients who need treatment the Gazan hospital cannot provide. He said it wasn't uncommon to have a colleague in Gaza call him for assistance even as rockets rained down on Ashkelon."
 
   Israeli Checkpoints and Their Impact on Daily Life
 
Israel has constructed hundreds of checkpoints and other roadblocks on Palestinian land, which restrict Palestinian travel between, and sometimes, within, their cities and towns.

Many checkpoints are manned by heavily-armed Israeli soldiers and sometimes guarded with tanks. Others are made up of gates, which are locked when soldiers are not on duty. In addition there are hundreds of dirt or concrete roadblocks, which prevent the passage of all vehicles – family cars and ambulances alike.

 

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An ambulance is detained and checked at a checkpoint in Nablus. Palestine Monitor

There is a great deal of documentary evidence showing that ambulances carrying sick or injured Palestinians frequently are prevented from traveling through checkpoints, sometimes leading to deaths. In addition numerous pregnant women have not been allowed to pass through checkpoints – in many cases the mother or baby has died as a result. Between June 2003 and February 2004, 46 women delivered their babies at checkpoints – 24 of the women and 27 newborns died as a result.

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According to the Palestine Monitor, “[m]ore than 991 incidents of denial of access to Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees’ (UPMRC) ambulances have been reported,” and at least 83 deaths have resulted from the prevention of access to medical services.

Published: September 30,2007More Palestinians Die After Being Denied Access Through Israeli Checkpoints

"An increasing number of Palestinians have died after being denied passage through Israeli checkpoints, according to the latest United Nations humanitarian report on the occupied Palestinian territory.

The latest incident occurred in August when a 76-year-old woman from Barta'a a-Sharqiya in Jenin district with heart problems died after Israeli soldiers refused to allow her to pass a gate in order to reach the hospital in Jenin, the Humanitarian Monitor Report for August said." http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24054&Cr=gaza&Cr1=

"According to B'Tselem, two themes clearly emerge from examination of the spectrum of human rights concerns in 2007. The first is the use of security justifications for virtually every Israeli action in the Occupied Territories . There is no doubt that Israel faces serious security threats, and is entitled and even obligated to do its utmost to protect its population. However, far too often, Israel fails to appropriately balance its security needs with equally important values, including protecting the rights of Palestinians under its control. In addition, Israeli authorities often exploit security threats in order to advance prohibited political interests, such as perpetuating settlements and effectively annexing them to Israel .

The second theme arising from the report is the lack of accountability of Israeli security forces, in all matters relating to human rights. This can be seen clearly in the reluctance of the state to thoroughly investigate violations and to prosecute those responsible for them. The lack of accountability can also be seen in the denial of most Palestinians' right to compensation when they are injured through no fault of their own by Israeli forces."



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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2008 at 3:54pm
Originally posted by Linda Heard from UK

But like its Washington master (or is it the other way around?)


It is only a test for Israeli select POTUS elect by the sheeples of America!

To act as an obedient Pharaoh*** of the new United States of greater Israel....while the free food and soup lines are getting longer he is sent on a luxurious vacation package fit for a king at $30 million beach house....in the meanwhile the king makers offer the spectacle of slaughter in the Palestinian pale AKA Gaza for the impotent Arab world ....If the Jews stopped the shedding of heifer's blood  they have taken the Palestinian bloodshed instead...What have you learned by sacrificing of the heifers?
Shame, shame nothing but shame to the shameless and spineless over fed Arab so called kings and sheikhs living a life of infamy and disgrace in fancy glass houses and palaces in collusion with the Jews....
Thought after Brits left India may be it was an end of the colonialism may be for Hindus but for the Muslims it was a new game...the colonial setup changed into neocolonialism and Israel got added as a new site manager and director with US  a co-producer.... and the circus with puppet show goes on.....
Imagine the glee of these Zionists that the land of Pharaohs where their forebears were slaves now that nation is one of their puppets and complicit in the Palestinian pale's blockade and that is absolutely criminal.........for how long? .....
May be some one burns down the whole circus tentDead I am answering my own question here!

Pl. excuse my rant......


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As War Ravages Gaza, Silent Barack Works on Golf Game

20 Days Ahead of Inauguration, President-elect Seems Distant From Growing Crisis


With the death toll in the Gaza Strip still rapidly rising, incoming President-elect Barack Obama’s initial reaction of “no immediate comment” has seamlessly segued into an official policy of no comment, period. As Obama and family continue to enjoy a luxurious vacation in Hawaii, his attention seems far more focused on his golf game than the foreign policy crisis he is poised to inherit.

The silence from Hawaii is almost deafening, with Obama’s staff using the oft-repeated excuse that the US “has only one president at a time” to justify his lack of commentary. The silence, combined with his cabinet choices, has punctuated what many already believe: that when the Obama Administration takes the White House next month, little will have really changed.

A small group of protesters at his rented vacation home hope to ensure that the President-elect is at least aware of what is going on. But if Obama saw the protesters as his motorcade took him to play a game of basketball, he didn’t show it. There was no word of how many points Obama scored, but it is unlikely to have rivaled the number of casualties in the Gaza Strip during the game. And the silence continues.





Edited by Sign*Reader - 31 December 2008 at 10:13am
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Quote hat2010 Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2008 at 10:09pm
On coverage:
The streets were packed yesterday night in Fes...
And there was nothing on our national televison reflecting the scale of the protests.
London, New York, Paris? Saw them.
Show on crafts in the old medina? Included in the news.
No Fes, Rabat, Marrakesh, Casa - blackout.


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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2008 at 10:35pm
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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2008 at 10:51pm
Originally posted by Jamal Morelli

On coverage:
The streets were packed yesterday night in Fes...
And there was nothing on our national televison reflecting the scale of the protests.
London, New York, Paris? Saw them.
Show on crafts in the old medina? Included in the news.
No Fes, Rabat, Marrakesh, Casa - blackout.


This is neocon's total media control for neocolonial world order!
After Jewish US banksters swindled China thru MBSs and now holding her hostage with meltdown....... they almost have total control monetarily across the board.... You know no one can send monies to Hamas even for a can of soup form the states....I think in current state the TV is worthless ...... net is the way to go and people need to maximize its use if they are tech savvy if not learn it!
Why is there a wall between Egypt & Gaza?
CUZ that pig looking Hosni gets billion and half of the US sheeple's tax bucks for this dirty work, boy that is a lot of pork for his shameless crap!


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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2008 at 11:08pm
Here are a few scores of commentaries and articles on GAZA situation or massacres some of the authors might be your favorites.............
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Quote Duende Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2008 at 12:49am
SignReader, on other forums I've seen, I notice people just use a cyber short hand to indicate their agreement with another person's post, so I'm trying to catch up with the 21st century here when I put:

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Israel have the whole of the west brainwashed, and practically all of the media goose stepping to their drum: notice even in Jamal's back yard the editors refuse to report on home-grown demos against the Israeli genocide.

All of the Arab-Muslim lands are bought by US dollars, their leaders corrupt, shamefull excuses for Moslems. WAKE UP! There IS NO POLITICAL SOLUTION to this, the politicians are under Anglo-Israeli -Zionist control, changing leaders (how do all Obama's supporters here feel now?) NEVER changes the scenery.

Everywhere I read, after the article full of hand wringing and efforts at 'balanced reporting' if there are comments, the majority of posters understand this: POLITICS IS DEAD. This is the Age of Aquarius, we must de-throne the rulers we voted for, because they are not listening to us. No, I correct myself, they couldn't CARE LESS WHAT WE WANT!

Does your brain hurt if you try to imagine a world without politicians? Does your imagination fail you when you try to picture a social set up without the "buy my vote" democracy delivered by bombs? That is the challenge of the new age which confronts us: people all around the world DO NOT WANT war. Who is giving it to us? POLITICIANS. If you think we shall ever manage to get what we really truley want through voting, just watch the Obama-Rahm-Axelrod show coming soon.

Sign readers sig sums it up beautifully: In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.

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Quote abuayisha Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2008 at 6:43am

December 30, 2008

Pacifying Gaza

 

by Ran HaCohen

Defense Minister Ehud Barak (the Hebrew surname means "lightning," German "Blitz") did it again: a historic record of over 200 Palestinians killed in a single Sabbath's blitz (Dec. 27). Polls now predict five additional Knesset seats for his Labor Party in the coming February general election. That's 40 Palestinian corpses per seat. No wonder he promises it's just the beginning: at this pace, it will take Labor just about two thousand additional corpses to go from rags to riches, from a dead political party to an absolute majority in parliament like in the good old days. For Barak, then, the Gaza obituaries are a matter of political survival: they are pasted up on his party's obituary. A similar sickening logic sent former Prime Minister Shimon Peres (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, etc., etc.) back in 1996 to devastate southern Lebanon and solve the problem of Hezbollah once-and-for-all in Operation Grapes of Wrath, just weeks before the general election – in which he was defeated by Netanyahu. When the so-called doves behave like hawks, the voters prefer the real hawks, following the Talmudic saying "Whatever looks like an egg, a true egg is always better." But warriors like Barak never learn.

And they are not alone in that: just two days before the pounding of Gaza started, it was the allegedly "left-liberal" party Meretz that officially called for military action against Hamas. You know Meretz: the party of (Frankfurt Peace Prize Laureate, etc., etc.) Amos Oz and his ilk, those pseudo-intellectuals who always claim to have been against the previous war. No exception this time: they're all there, right behind the bombers, or even ahead of them.


Over 200 corpses lying in open air behind Gaza's hospital, which – after more than a year of Israel's blockade – cannot offer patients anything but painkillers anyway. Guess what was the headline of Israel's most popular daily, Yediot Ahronoth, the next day. "One and a Half Million Gazans Under Fire"? Close, but no cigar. The actual headline (Dec. 28) read: "Half a Million Israelis Under Fire." Indeed, a single Israeli civilian had been killed that day by a Hamas rocket. Similarly, journalist Avirama Golan in her Ha'aretz blog devoted a whole post to the agonies of her hysterical pussycat in Sderot. Some journalists, especially those who consider themselves critical, are excellent prioritizers.

Yediot Ahronoth had six columnists on its front page and several more inside. The war's cheerleaders. Nahum Barnea, an over-appreciated "critical" journalist, expressed his view about the bloodbath rather succinctly: "better late than never." Dov Weissglass, "closely linked to the peace process" as Wikipedia puts it, was similarly outspoken: his column was called "Do Not Stop," with an exclamation mark to make things clear. "It should be just the beginning," he advises to the very government that has just vowed "it's just the beginning." Mirror, mirror on the wall. Eitan Haber, senior aide to late former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, etc., etc.), recycled the usual war propaganda of every Israeli government for home consumption: as always, the right-wing opposition is extremist and crazy, but we, the government, launch a moderate, responsible, and restrained war. "The political argument that we could have and should have acted long ago is neither true nor justified," Haber opens his Pavlovian service for the government.

Gadi Taub, an ultra-conservative young mainstreamer, wrote a column titled "Demagoguery, Anti-Semitism, Ignorance," with content too trivial to repeat, though fairly summarized by its first and last title-words. But Taub's demagoguery fades compared to Ben-Dror Yemini's (an Israeli Daniel Pipes) in Ma'ariv. In a column titled "The Most Justified Offensive Ever" (miraculously, the very words used by his Ha'aretz twin Ari Shavit for the Lebanon War just two years ago), Yemini draws a straight line from Hitler to Hamas (no coincidence they both start with an H, just like Hezbollah, Saddam Hussein, and Hemorrhoids), and explains that "Since the Nazi ideology […], no movement has been as dangerous to world peace as political Islam." My apologies for quoting this trash; we need an Israeli demagogue to instrumentalize the Holocaust, and Yemini was born for such dirty jobs.


At the same time, excellent columnist B. Michael does raise a critical voice in Yediot:

"Here it is again, the periodical 'déjà vu' war. The ritual bleeding poured once again into the boiling basin which has for decades been leading the entire region to hell. To be honest, our soul is weary of dividing the seventh-day's war of the Six-Day War into 'operations,' 'wars,' 'battles,' 'actions,' and 'offensives.' They are all just one ongoing war. They are all one big slaughterhouse. An occupier's war against the occupied, and the occupied's war against their occupier."

B. Michael knows what most Israelis were trained to forget: that despite the Israeli withdrawal, Gaza is still occupied. Even before the Hamas takeover, Israel retained all the measures to ensure its effective control of the Strip: from direct control of all the border crossings to Gaza, both for goods and for persons, to Israeli control of Gaza's population registry. The only apparent exception – the Rafah checkpoint – is restricted to entry into Gaza of Gaza inhabitants only, as defined by the Israeli registry, and even this is under Israeli supervision. But for most Israelis, Gaza is an independent, sovereign empire, which was occupied by Israel ages ago, and now, for no reason at all, poses an existential threat to its benevolent Jewish neighbor.


In the evening television news, careful listening – especially to serious reporters like Shlomi Eldar – could reveal the tip of the war-crimes iceberg yet to emerge: a Gazan prison was intentionally bombarded, a clear war crime. Gaza's hospital suffered damages too. All this in an overcrowded Strip in which life has already been strangled by an embargo on anything from cement and gasoline to medical equipment. A couple of months ago, journalist Amos Harel quoted an article of a leading military figure regarding Israel's next war policy, be it in Lebanon, Syria, or Gaza: "Using power without any proportion to the enemy's threat and actions, in order to damage and punish to an extent that would require long and expensive rehabilitation processes." Another Israeli general explained that villages from which shots are fired will be devastated; "we consider them as military bases" (Ha'aretz, Oct. 5; the names of the two generals – for The Hague's ICC – are Gaby Siboni and Gadi Eisenkot). Once the war started, Maj.-Gen. (Reserve) Giora Island – former head of the National Security Council – spelled it all out on television, without a shade of shame: Israel should not confine its attacks to military facilities, he said, but must hit civilian targets as well. The damage to the civil population should be maximized, because the worse the humanitarian crisis is, the better and the sooner the operation would end. It's the same major-general, by the way, who just a year ago caused outrage by urging the Israeli government to negotiate directly with Hamas. Do not to look for consistency, integrity, or intelligence where war criminals are involved.

 

 
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