Netanyahu: 'Take Off the Gloves' and 'Go All the Way' -- Israel attacks Gaza

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Netanyahu: 'Take Off the Gloves' and 'Go All the Way' -- Israel attacks Gaza

Gaza Ground Assault Looms? Israel Mobilizes Reserve Forces After Voting For Calling Up 40,000

http://rt.com/news/171212-gaza-israel-ground-assault/

"Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Tuesday: 'We are preparing for action against Hamas, which will not end within a few days'...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the military earlier in the day to 'take off the gloves,' with one source claiming he told the IDF to 'go all the way'...."

 

Israel Seeks Pretext To Attack Palestinians: Analyst (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/05/369981/new-israel-aggression-ba...

"The Israeli regime is resorting to false pretexts to launch fresh aggressions against the Palestinian people, a political analyst tells Press TV.

'This is a Zionist campaign to escalate the suppression of the Palestinian people and they are using every device they can to provoke a response to provide a further justification for a new and more drastic repression and invasion,' said Ralph Schoenman, author of Hidden History of Zionism, from Berkeley, in a Friday interview."

 

Al-Qassam: Israel Bears the Consequences of its Barbaric Aggression

http://www.qassam.ps/news-8604-Al_QassamIsrael_bears_the_consequences_of...

 

Israeli Assault on Gaza UPDATED

http://www.manartv.com.lb/english/main.php

1253: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demands the Zionist entity halt raids on Gaza 'immediately'..."

Issues Pages: 
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TAKE ACTION: Protest the Assault on Palestinians/ Friday, July 11/6PM/ Israeli Consulate/Toronto

http://www.caiaweb.org/category/events/

"Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing punishment of Palestinians. In Toronto, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) together with Palestine House, are calling on all supporters of Palestinian human rights to join us at a rally in front of the Israeli consulate.

Date: Friday, July 11th - Time: 6-7 PM - Location: In front of the ROM across from the Israeli Consulate (corner of Bloor and Avenue)

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Operation Solid Rock, Gaza Invasion Begins  -  by Richard Silverstein

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/20`4/07/07/operation-mighty-cliff-gaza-invasion-begins/

"...All of these deaths are needless of course. They're testimony not just to Israel's obduracy and rejectionism, but to the indifference of the international community which needs to come to its senses and intervene to stop the slow-mo decimation of peace, justice, and Palestinian sovereignty.

Israel is a garrison nation in a constant state of war with its neighbors. Nothing and no one within Israel is capable of transforming the country into a peaceful country. That's why the rest of the world better do it before Israel lights the match and the entire region bursts into flame..."

 

TRNN: Israeli Government and Press Knew Teenagers Were Dead For Weeks (and vid)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&I...

"...And this exactly is what this whole operation is about. The unity between Fatah and Hamas brought the latest in a series of political embarrassments to the Israeli Prime Minister, and he was adamant to break the unity between the two rival Palestinian political factions.

Now it looks like the rage on the streets, on the Palestinian streets in the West Bank, as we've covered last week, has turned against the PA, - and the Israeli government and the Israeli military at the same time have been crippling the Hamas Party. So we're seeing here both externally and internally a rift between the two parties, which will likely lead to the end of unity.

Yesterday they killed a senior official in the Hamas Party, and as a result for the first time since November 2012, since the last war we had here, the Hamas Party launched a rocket against southern Israel. So we're seeing there's a very intentional campaign of agitation.

There was one soldier who leaked to the Orthodox paper Behadry Haredim that there was actually snipers in the Jenin refugee camp who were trying to shoot people to instigate the stone throws. So we're seeing that the government is intentionally trying to instigate a third intifada, which will then legitimize a very wide, violent campaign against the West Bank and Gaza Strip..."

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In Israel, Canadian MPs Scramble For Bomb Shelters as Rockets Fly

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/07/20140708-...

"At least four Canadian MPs and possibly some senators appear to have been forced to huddle in a bomb shelter in Jerusalem Tuesday after Israeli Defense Forces sounded the alarm because of fears Hamas terrorists would send rockets into the capital.

BC Conservative Bob Zimmer, BC New Democrat Jasbir Sandhu, Manitoba Conservative Ted Falk and Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Yvonne Jones were in Israel as guests of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). It wasn't immediately clear which Canadian senators were on the trip.

The advocacy group for Jewish federations in Canada takes groups of MPs to Israel every summer....according to their Twitter feeds, the Canadian parliamentarians spent the day at the Holocaust Museum and the Knesset, Israel's parliament..."

 

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Some reports are saying that as many as 23 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, and yet there's been not one word from any NDP MPs about these atrocities. Shame on Israel for these atrocities, and Shame on the NDP for its silence!

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NDP's Anti-Palestine Sentiment is Part of a Much Wider Problem  -  by Tyler Levitan

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/ijv/2014/07/ndp%E2%80%99s-anti-palestine...

"As Independent Jewish Voices and others in the Palestine solidarity movement warned in advance of the NDP leadership vote in 2012, Mulcair's abhorrence of Palestinian rights made him a grossly unacceptable candidate for the leadership of a social democratic party, Today, the shift of the NDP to the centre is complete and its allegiance to pro-Israel lobbying groups is secure..."

takeitslowly

shame on Canada really

 

Anyways, locations to rally for Palestinians

http://samidoun.ca/2014/07/take-action-protests-around-the-world-respond...

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Air Strikes Kill Civilians as Israel Prepares New Gaza Bloodbath

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/09/gaza-j09.html

"...Gaza medical officials are warning that the continued attacks will quickly spell a humanitarian catastrophe.."

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Gaza Death Toll Surpasses 60 as Israel's Offensive Enters Third Day

http://rt.com/news/171684-gaza-death-toll-israel/

"The death toll in Gaza has risen to 64 after 14 people - including seven women and children - were killed in Israeli airstrikes as Operation Protective Edge entered its third day.

At least 18 children have been killed since Tuesday."

 

Israel Steps Up Military Offensive in Gaza LIVE UPDATES

http://rt.com/news/171320-gaza-hamas-israel-rockets/

 

 

josh

It was clear from the beginning that the kidnappers weren’t acting on orders from Hamas leadership in Gaza or Damascus. Hamas’ Hebron branch — more a crime family than a clandestine organization — had a history of acting without the leaders’ knowledge, sometimes against their interests. Yet Netanyahu repeatedly insisted Hamas was responsible for the crime and would pay for it.

http://forward.com/articles/201764/how-politics-and-lies-triggered-an-un...

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RT News: July 10, 2014 [1700 msk and vid]

http://rt.com/bulletin-board/171748-rtnews-july-10-17msk/

"More than 80 people, including many children, are confirmed dead in Gaza as Israel pummels more targets, vows to step up its air offensive and plans for a possible ground assault..."

 

Haaretz: Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39025.htm

"...Abu Khdeir's murderers are not 'Jewish extremists'. They are the descendants and builders of a culture of hate and vengeance that is nurtured and fertilized by the guides of 'the Jewish state'. Those for whom every Arab is a bitter enemy, simply because they are Arab...

No less responsible for the murder are those who did not halt, with an iron hand, violence by Israeli soldiers against Palestinian civilians, and who fails to investigate complaints 'due to lack of public interest.'

The term 'Jewish extremists' actually seems more appropriate for the small Jewish minority that is still horrified by thse acts of violance and murder But they too recognize, unfortunately, that they belong to a vengeful, vindictive Jewish tribe whose license to perpetuate horrors is based on the horrors that were done to it.

Prosecuting the murderers is no longer sufficient. There must be a cultural revolution in Israel. Its political leaders and military officers must recognize this injustice and right it. They must begin rasing the next generation at least, on humanist values, and foster a tolerant public discourse.

Without these the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state."

NDPP

 

[Israel Attacks Gaza -  JDL-Canada Attacks Palestine House]

JDL Canada recently mounted an outrageous but succesful provocation designed to attack and demolish Palestine House. Given the claimed success of JDL's past interventions with Canada's pro-Zionist government, including the banning of George Galloway as a 'terrorist supporter', we may assume the Zio lobby again may well prove successful.

Three Injured Near Palestine House as Protest Turns to Riot in Mississauga

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4615067-three-injured-near-palestine-h...

"...Witnesses said the initial gathering was held to protest the killing of three Israeli teens and the suspected revenge killing [burned alive] of a Palestinian teen in the Middle East. The protest was reportedly organized by the JEWISH DEFENCE LEAGUE of TORONTO.

'We got a call from the police today and were sent an email from the Jewish Defence League of Toronto that they wanted to come hold a protest at the Palestine House,' said Raed Ayad, one of the directors of Palestine House. 'We organized our community to stand not against them, but in commemoration of our fight and our struggle for human rights...

We are a community, we've been here for about 20 years, so the reality is we're here to commemorate our people."

 

JDL: Report on July 3, 2014 Demonstration and Vigil at Palestine House

http://jdl-canada.com/2014/07/04/report-on-july-3-2014-demonstration-and...

"...As an interesting aside, many residents of the area stated that they are concerned about the presence of Palestine House in their neighbourhood, but have been unable to express their concern to the proper authorities.

JDL CANADA IS WORKING WITH THE APPROPRIATE POLICING AUTHORITIES AND RELATED LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO HAVE PALESTINE HOUSE REMOVED FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

Palestine House is intrinsically linked to the terrorist organization Hamas - neither of which have a place in Canadian society. Please send your information and reports in confidence to [email protected]  "

 

 

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Gaza Mother Dies Shielding Children From Israeli Attack (and photos)

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=711730

"Suha Hamad, 25 sacrificed herself to save the lives of her four children.

Mahdi Hamad, Suha's father, said that 'nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren't any resistance members around it."

 

Fanning the Flames of Hate: Israeli Officials in their Own Words

http://imeu.org/article/fanning-the-flames-of-hate-israeli-officials-in-...

" Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man."

Eli Yishai, Then Minister of the Interior in PM Netanyahu's coalition government (June 2012)

 

"Where Violence is the Norm  -  by Sam Bahour

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/10/where-violence-is-the-norm/

"...The extremist parts of the Jewish Israeli community and Jewish diaspora, particularly American Jews, are being seen in the open ...The world is getting a peak into the Israel that Palestinians have been complaining about."

 

Demo, today, 6 PM ROM Corner Toronto - FREE PALESTINE!

NDPP

George Galloway's Comment: World Not Taking Action on Israel (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/section/3510524.html

"Israeli airstrikes continue to target the besieged Gaza Strip while the international community seems sluggish in both taking notice and action..."

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A View From Gaza: This Is A Brutal Attack; NOT A 'Military Operation'  - by Dr Mona El Farra

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/08-4

 

Twitter Uproar Over Pic of 'Applauding' Israelis Watching Night Attack on Gaza

http://rt.com/news/172324-israel-watching-gaza-attacks/

 

Baird Attacks UN For Israel Criticism

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/07/12/baird-attacks-un-for-israeli...

"...Baird says there can't be any 'moral equivalence' between a democratic state like Israel and Hamas, which he calls a listed terrorist organization with a blatant disregard for human life.

He says Israel's military has taken extraordinary steps to reduce civilian casualties."

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Israel is able to wage "war" indiscriminately on a people who are barely able to feed themselves, let alone defend themselves. Israel on the other hand is a modern 21st century military surveillance state with comparitively infinite resources. Over 100 Palestinians dead vs. 0 Israelis. The Israelis can catch rockets in the sky. The Palestinians cannot. Israel has a huge network of bomb shelters. The Palestinians do not.

This is not even war. It is an atrocity. The Israelis are using any excuse. The leadership are overgrown adolescents using a real military and the international media as a video game, and human beings as targets.

The opinion of Jews evidently matters to Harper, Trudeau, and Mulcair. How do they reconcile the fact that Jews are coming out to anti-Israeli demonstrations, and that Israel itself is becoming more and more unpopular with North American and European Jews in the opinion polls?

Israel must be restrained.

Unionist

montrealer58 wrote:

The opinion of Jews evidently matters to Harper, Trudeau, and Mulcair.

I think I understand your intent, but to your actual statement: BULLSHIT. The only thing that matters to them is the imperial interests of Canada, the U.S., and the "West" in general (which of course includes Israel). Under different circumstances, they would watch quietly while Jews were led into death camps. Just as they watch with various degrees of indifference as Palestinians are slaughtered.

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How do they reconcile the fact that Jews are coming out to anti-Israeli demonstrations, and that Israel itself is becoming more and more unpopular with North American and European Jews in the opinion polls?

What is there to "reconcile"? Those Jews in the streets are self-hating traitors. I should know, I've been one for decades. Baird never opens his filthy mouth without calling Israel "the Jewish state". These are the enemies of the Jewish people everywhere. Trudeau and Mulcair are no different.

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Israel must be restrained.

Only the Palestinian people and the other victims of aggression in the region - along with the Israeli opposition - with the assistance of such movements as BDS - can restrain Israel. If those forces aren't powerful enough, then the aggression and mass murder and denial of national liberation and apartheid will continue. And ask me how optimistic I am about progress.

 

NDPP

RT News: July 12, 2014 [1700 msk and vid]

http://rt.com/bulletin-board/172276-rtnews-july-12-17msk

"Deadly Israeli strikes hit more targets in Gaza, apparently including a home for people with disabilities..."

 

Britons Rally Against Israeli War on Gaza (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/13/371074/britons-rally-against-is...

"...sheer outrage felt at Tel Aviv's brazen killings of civilians has prompted huge protests..."

 

No Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self Defense in International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/8799/no-israel-does-not-have-the-ri...

 

CrossTalk: Targeting Gaza (and vid)

http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/171904-israel-assault-gaza-strip/

"As Israel appears to be preparing for yet another [ground] assault on the Gaza Strip, what does it want to achieve? CrossTalking with Dan Arbell, Norman Finkelstein and Mouin Rabbani..."

 

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Gaza Live-Cam Link

http://www.ustream.tv/OccupiedAir

 

Palestinians Will Not Give Up (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/12/371012/palestinians-will-not-gi...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Hani al Bassos, from the Islamic University of Gaza, to discuss the deadly Israeli  situation in the Gaza Strip.."

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Israeli Lynch Mob Hunting Arabs (and vid)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=955_1405275849

"Death to the Arabs! Death to the leftists!"

 

Murder in Gaza: Israeli Bombs Kill 103 Palestinians Including 20 Children (and pics, graphic dead children)

http://www.4thmedia.org/2014/07/murder-in-gaza-israeli-bombs-kill-103-pa...

Old news - many more now killed by Israel

 

'Israel Drops Cancer-Inducing Bombs on Gazans'

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/13/371162/israel-drops-cancerinduc...

"Dr Erik Fosse told Press TV that the majority of patients hospitalized in Gaza are civilians injured in attacks on their homes and about thirty percent of them are children.

Fosse, a department head at a university hospital in Oslo, also says some Palestinians in the besieged enclave have been wounded by a new type of weapon that even doctors with previous experience in war zones do not recognize."

 

'We Stay Together, Or We Leave This World Together'

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39080.htm

"Her name is Hiba Kalli, and she is 85 years old. Every time a bomb explodes, she's transported back to memories of the many wars she's survived.

You can see the panic in her face. When I hold her hand, she won't let go, murmuring 'please don't leave me, please don't leave me.'

I am not going to leave my patients. We either stay together, or we leave thsi world together."  - Dr Basman Alashi

 

Burning Alive in Gaza  -  by Missy Comley Beattie

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/11/burning-alive-in-gaza/

"The death knell is blaring. Gaza is burning. Palestinians are burning alive - Operation Protective Edge is not an effort to defend a perimeter; it is part of a plan, conceived to obliterate a population."

 

 

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[url=https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56852]Israel: How Netanyahu lied to whip up racist hysteria[/url]

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From the moment three Israeli teens were reported missing last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s military-intelligence apparatus suppressed the flow of information to the general public.

Through a toxic blend of propaganda, subterfuge and incitement, they inflamed a precarious situation, manipulating Israelis into supporting their agenda until they made an utterly avoidable nightmare inevitable.

Israeli police, intelligence officials and Netanyahu knew within hours of the kidnapping and murder of the three teens that they had been killed. And they knew who the prime suspects were less than a day after the kidnapping was reported.

Rather than reveal these details to the public, Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency imposed a gag order on the national media. This barred news outlets from reporting that the teens had almost certainly been killed, and banned them from revealing the identities of their suspected killers.

The Shin Bet even lied to the parents of the kidnapped teens, deceiving them into believing their sons were alive.

Instead of mounting a limited action to capture the suspected perpetrators and retrieve the teens’ bodies, Netanyahu staged an aggressive international public relations campaign. He demanded sympathy and outrage from world leaders, who were also given the impression that the missing teens were still alive.

Meanwhile, Israel’s armed forces rampaged throughout the occupied West Bank and bombarded the Gaza Strip in a campaign of collective punishment deceptively marketed to Israelis and the world as a rescue mission.

Critical details that were known all along by Netanyahu and the military-intelligence apparatus were relayed to the Israeli public only after the abduction of more than 560 Palestinians, including at least 200 still held without charges.

It was made public after the raiding of Palestinian universities and ransacking of countless homes; after six Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli forces; after US-trained Palestinian Authority police assisted Israeli soldiers attacking Palestinian youths in the center of Ramallah; and after Israel’s international public relations extravaganza had run its course.

Weeks after the incident, it is now clear that the Israeli government, intelligence services and army engaged in a cover-up to provide themselves with the political space they required for a military campaign that had little to do with rescuing any kidnapped teens.

The disinformation campaign they waged sent a heavily indoctrinated, comprehensively militarised population into a tribalistic frenzy. It provoked a wave of high-level incitement, the shocking revenge killing of an innocent Palestinian teen and rioting across East Jerusalem.

Where the chaos will end and how far it will spread is unknown. But its origins are increasingly clear.

NDPP

RT News - July 14, 2014 [1700MSK and vid]

http://rt.com/bulletin-board/172564-rtnews-july-14-17msk/

"...In Gaza scenes of destruction and terrified Palestinians following a week of bombing - but Israel's Prime Minister, with public backing, vows only to intensify the offensive..."

 

Israeli Lawmaker Calls For Genocide of Palestinians Gets Thousands of Facebook Likes  -  by Ali Abunimah

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israeli-lawmakers-call-...

"A day before Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudeir was kidnapped and burned alive allegedly by six Israeli Jewish youths, Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked published on Facebook a call for genocide of the Palestinians.

It is a call for genocide because it declares that 'the entire Palestinian people is the enemy', and justifies its destruction, 'including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.'

It is a call for genocide because it calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to 'little snakes'.

If Shaked's post does not meet the legal definition of a call for genocide than nothing does..."

 

CIJA: Statement By The Prime Minister of Canada in Response to the Situation in Israel

http://www.cija.ca/hamas/statement-prime-minister-situation-in-israel/

"PM Stephen Harper today issued the following response to the situation in Israel:

'Canada is unequivocably behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against the terror attacks and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians..."

6079_Smith_W

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Netanyahu finally speaks his mind

At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-finally-speaks-his-mind/

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[url=http://electronicintifada.net/content/israels-incremental-genocide-gaza-...’s incremental genocide in the Gaza ghetto[/url]

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In a September 2006 article for The Electronic Intifada, I defined the Israeli policy towards the Gaza Strip as an incremental genocide.

Israel’s present assault on Gaza alas indicates that this policy continues unabated. The term is important since it appropriately locates Israel’s barbaric action — then and now — within a wider historical context.

This context should be insisted upon, since the Israeli propaganda machine attempts again and again to narrate its policies as out of context and turns the pretext it found for every new wave of destruction into the main justification for another spree of indiscriminate slaughter in the killing fields of Palestine.

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Hamas 'Opposed' to Egypt-backed Peace Plan, Israel Considering (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/172728-egypt-israel-hamas-truce/

"...The problem is not the truce, but the siege and starvation of Gaza Strip,' Haniyeh stated. 'The problem is not going back to the agreement on calm because we want the aggression to stop.'

Follow RT's LIVE UPDATES on Israel's OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE..."

 

Blood For Gaz: Why Bibi is Punishing Gaza  -  by Pepe Escobar

http://rt.com/op-edge/172524-bibi-punishing-gaza-ethnic-cleansing/

"An IDF spokesperson gruesomely boasted that Gaza - a de facto slum/concentration camp - was being bombed every 4 1/2 minutes.

So here's the secret of Operation Protect the Zionists, sorry Protective Edge: without smashing Hamas, which controls Gaza, Israel cannot drill off the Gaza coast. For Bibi as well as the Knesset, the possibility that the Palestinians could have access to their own gas-generated wealth is an absolute red line."

Stockholm

There was a ceasefire agreement all ready to go today - but Hamas rejected it because they would have to stop firing rockets and I guess that would have spoiled their fun.

Why would anyone reject a ceasefire????

 

kropotkin1951

Stockholm wrote:

There was a ceasefire agreement all ready to go today - but Hamas rejected it because they would have to stop firing rockets and I guess that would have spoiled their fun.

Why would anyone reject a ceasefire????

Gee Stock have you never heard of the concept of the poison pill.  Your analysis sounds like a right wing reporter commenting on a union's rejection of the "masters" oh so generous and fair offer.

equally important it is not clear if the Egyptian government ever directly contacted the PA. Moreover considering that both Israel and Egypt have closed their borders to Gaza ending the blockade is probably very high on their agenda.

NDPP

First Fatality in Israel as Hamas Unleashes Barrage of Rockets Across Gaza Border

http://rt.com/news/172992-israel-gaza-first-dead/

 

"The first Israeli victim of the week-long conflict was a volunteer delivering supplies to Israeli soldiers deployed at the border with the Gaza Strip..."

 

Hamas Rejects Egypt's Truce Offer For Gaza (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/15/371358/no-truce-without-siege-l...

"The resistance movement has said it will not hold its fire without Israel agreeing to a list of demands, including an end to its eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, along with the opening of the Rafah border-crossing with Egypt."

onlinediscountanvils

Stockholm wrote:
Why would anyone reject a ceasefire????

 

[url=http://imeu.org/article/faq-on-failed-effort-to-arrange-ceasefire-betwee... on Failed Effort to Arrange Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas[/url]

Q - Why do you think Hamas didn't accept the terms of the ceasefire?

RK [Rashid Khalidi] - "Hamas has insisted that there be a lasting resolution of the basic problem of Israel's siege of Gaza, as was promised as part of the 2012 cease-fire, but never implemented in spite of Israel's recognition that Hamas scrupulously maintained the cease-fire until quite recently. The Egyptian proposal makes lifting of the siege conditional on Israel's approval, which means never."

MR [Mouin Rabbani] - "Hamas, and with it other Palestinian organizations such as Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, have indicated that they were not consulted on the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, and that it has not been formally presented to them but rather released to the media after its terms were agreed with Israel.

"In terms of the proposal's contents, what these organizations and many Palestinians object to is that it simply restores a 2012 ceasefire agreement that Israel has systematically violated and does not provide any guarantees such violations would cease. These violations consist not only of periodic armed Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, but also Israel's refusal to respect clauses on the rights of fishermen in Gaza's territorial waters and farmers in land close to the Gaza/Israel boundary.

"Hamas has additionally stated that it would not accept an agreement that does not provide for the immediate re-release of Palestinian prisoners who were released by Israel in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange with Israel, but re-arrested by Israel in the last month.

"More broadly, Hamas and other Palestinian organizations are averse to returning to an untenable status quo, which lasts only until Israel once again decides to launch a major assault on the Gaza Strip, and which does not include concrete steps towards lifting the ongoing and prolonged blockade of the Gaza Strip.

"There is widespread Palestinian suspicion that Egypt, which has shown nothing but unremitting hostility towards Hamas since the current regime seized power in July 2013, released a proposal it ensured would be acceptable to Israel but rejected by the Palestinians, in order to help Israel legitimize an escalation of attacks against the Gaza Strip. It is likely to have done so in close cooperation with its new best friend, Tony Blair, and other advocates of Israeli power in the Arab world and internationally."

NE [Noura Erakat] - “Within two days of Israel’s aerial assault on the population of the Gaza Strip, Hamas announced five conditions for a ceasefire: 1) stop the airstrikes; 2) observe terms of 2012 ceasefire; 3) release the Palestinians released during the Shalit prisoner exchange who were recently re-arrested; 4) lift the siege; and 5) don’t interfere with Palestinian unity government. What little is known about the proposed ceasefire agreement is that it demands a cessation of violence with no conditions thus reverting to conditions that are even worse than the status quo ante.

“This clearly weakens Hamas politically, exacerbates the humanitarian conditions under which Palestinians struggle, and emboldens Israel to strike again with zero accountability. That said, it is not in the Palestinians’ best interest for Hamas to continue launching rockets regardless of the circumstances, as it provides a justification for Israel to continue its brutal attacks on a defenseless and besieged population.”

josh
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Vancouver Emergency Protest for Gaza, Palestine Under Attack!

GAZA IS UNDER ATTACK. Over 150 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed - including children - and THOUSANDS wounded at the hands of Israel sinceTuesday. While Palestinians are dying, Stephen Harper has once again reiterated his unconditional support of Israel, and MPs from across the Canadian political spectrum have been silent and complicit as the massacres continue. 

The last protest had over 500+ people attending. Due to the great success, and for those who were unable to make it, SPHR-UBC is hosting a second protest:

Saturday, July 19
2:00 PM
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St.
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
(Precisely: Hornby and Robson St. Corner)

https://www.facebook.com/events/649461088464555/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular 

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'Shells Were Chasing Them': Four Palestinian Children Killed on Beach by Israeli Rockets (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/173340-gaza-palestinian-children-killed/

"Four Palestinian children were killed by an airstrike while playing football on a Gaza beach. Dozens of international journalists witnessed the tragedy. 'This is a cowardly crime', said Ashraf al Qidra spokesperson for the Gaza Health Ministry.

The children have been named as Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both aged 10, Mohamed Ramez Bakr 11, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9. All those killed were relatives, while another boy is in hospital in critical condition."

 

Gaza: Hamas Rejects Tony Blair's Cease-Fire Scam

http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/blog/tom-sullivan/gaza-hamas-rejects-to...

"But this cease fire agreement was actually written by the war-criminal and Zionist Tony Blair. No Palestinian had even seen it or was involved in its creation. They learned of the 'agreement' through the media. It included nothing but a stop of fighting and some vague promises of further talks.

Hamas and other grops rejected the scam and continued their ineffective rocket fire. Hamas, which has also to keep consensus with more radical Palestinian groups in Gaza, had set several conditions for stopping the fighting..."

 

Cross Talk: Gaza Under Siege (and vid)

http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/173112-illegal-occupation-israel-gaza/

"What does Israel hope to achieve with its most recent assault on Gaza?  Does Tel Aviv merely want to reinforce the status quo? And what of the Palestinians' right to resist illegal occupation? Will Gaza's suffering ever end?

CrossTalking with Miko Peled, Gideon Levy and Fred Latzun."

 

 

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Witness To An International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza  -  by Ajamu Baraka

http://blackagendareport.com/content/witness-international-crime-israeli...

"Protective Edge', the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace loving settlers of Israel.

Similar to the inverted reality in the US where the myth of the innocent settler was created to justify the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples, the genocidal politics of Israel are camouflaged by the transformation of its position from an armed colonial invader to one of victim.

This repositioning is aided and abetted in the US by a corporate media whose worldview and angle of reporting is framed by the innocent settler narrative. This narrative simultaneously liquidates and normalizes the colonial relationship between the colonizer and the colonized so that the occupied territories are not occupied but transformed into 'disputed' territories and all forms of resistance on the part of Palestinians  becomes terroristic..."

 

 

onlinediscountanvils

Just in case there's anyone who still doesn't understand why anyone would reject the "ceasefire".

Jonathan Cook: [url=http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-07-16/how-us-and-blair-plotted-ce... US and Blair plotted ‘ceasefire’ scam[/url]

Quote:
We now have confirmation from the Israeli daily Haaretz of what we should have suspected: that the idea for the so-called Egyptian “ceasefire proposal” was actually hatched in Washington, the messenger boy was arch-war criminal Tony Blair, and the terms were drafted by Israel.

The intention was either to corner Hamas into surrendering – and thereby keep the savage blockade of Gaza in place – or force Hamas to reject the proposal and confirm the Israeli narrative that it is a terrorist organisation with which Israel cannot make peace.

According to Haaretz, Blair secretly initiated his “ceasefire” activity after “coordinating” with US Secretary of State John Kerry. On Saturday he headed off to Cairo to meet with the US-backed Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to persuade him to put his name to the proposal.

Immediately afterwards, he travelled to Israel to meet Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday afternoon. Sisi and Netanyahu were then supposed to thrash out the details. When they failed to do so, Blair intervened again on behalf of the Americans and the pair spoke by phone on Saturday evening.

Here’s the key paragraph from Haaretz:

Senior Israeli officials and Western diplomats said the reason the Egyptian cease-fire initiative was so short-lived is that it was prepared hastily and was not coordinated with all the relevant parties, particularly Hamas.

Wonderful that throw-away last line. In all this activity, it never occurred to the US, Blair, Sisi or Netanyahu – and no doubt Mahmoud Abbas, who is strangely absent from this account – that it might be necessary to sound out Hamas on the terms of a ceasefire it would need to abide by

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NDPP

from the powerful and sublime above to the grotesque and ridiculous below

 

John Baird, Marc Garneau To Attend Israel Rally in Ottawa

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/john-baird-marc-garneau-to-attend-israel...

"...In a press release announcing the rally, Ottawa Jewish Federation president Andrea Freedman noted that the Jewish community 'needs to show the innocent civilians of Israel...that we stand side by side with Israel and declare our unwavering support.'

Representatives from 'all three federal political parties' were invited to the event, according to Martin Sampson, communications director with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, which is co-hosting the event.

'We are delighted that [Baird] and [Garneau] are able to join us,' he told CBC News. 'Their presence and their support are appreciated by the Jewish community.'

The New Democrats are not sending an official representative to the event. According to Sampson, the party's response to the invitation 'indicated a scheduling conflict,' and an NDP spokesman confirmed with CBC News no MPs were available to attend..."

 

 

josh

“For us, this is not an issue that should be partisan and I’m not going to get involved.”

 

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/07/17/garneau-liberals-wont-make-support-of...

josh

IDF begins a significant expansion of operations on the Gaza Border by land, sea and air. Palestinian sources report heavy IDF artillery fire throughout the entire Gaza Strip. A Gaza resident told Haaretz, "they're firing from every direction, everything here is shaking."

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.605590

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Israel Launches Ground Incursion in Gaza Strip (LIVE UPDATES)

http://rt.com/news/173708-israel-gaza-ground-operation/

"A ground operation in the Gaza Strip has been launched by Tel Aviv..."

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I am ashamed to be Canadian right now. I can't even believe this bs!

The latest from our government:

 

 

http://youtu.be/hq8MN0OBEO4

 

and

 

http://www.conservative.ca/?page_id=4808

 

 

 

 

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lagatta

World March of Women condemns Israeli attacks on Gaza, Palestine (also in French and Spanish)

http://www.marchemondialedesfemmes.org/index_html/en?set_language=en&cl=en

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RT News - July 17, 2014 (and vid)

http://rt.com/bulletin-board/173716-rtamerica-news-july17/

"One day after Israel outrages the world over the killing of four boys playing on a beach in Gaza, Israeli Defence Forces launched a ground invasion into the disputed territory. Hundreds of Palestinian casualities have resulted from relentless airstrikes with a large portion of those, dead civilians and children..."

 

No Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense in International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory  -  by Noura Erekat

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/8799/no-israel-does-not-have-the-ri...

"Israel's ability to frame its assault against territory it occupies as a right of self-defense turns international law on its head."

 

George Galloway's Comment: Israel Continues Violence Against Gaza (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/18/371798/israel-continues-violenc...

"Israel continues its military aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip, targeting more innocent Palestinian civilians in their houses."

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JDL Canada To Confront Pro-Hamas Rally at Queens Park Toronto: July 26 (and vid)

http://jdl-canada.com/2014/07/18/jdl-canada-to-confront-pro-hamas-rally-...

"They have but one goal: they want Israel destroyed because Israel is the shining candle of hope for the world in a very dark neighbourhood..."

From Gaza to Palestine House - relentless Zionist provocations styled as 'Jewish Defence'

 

Israel Kills - For the Fun of It  -  by Justin Raimondo

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/17/israel-kills-for-the-fun-o...

"An ideology that can only be called Jewish supremacism has taken hold in Israel..."

 

Israel and the Psychological Dynamics of Totalitarianism  -  by Norman Pollack

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/18/israel-and-the-psychological-dyna...

"...Silence, in the face of extreme moral provocation, is not golden, it is cowardice."

NDPP

FREE PALESTINE!

CAIA: Solidarity With Gaza Rally, Today - Sat, July 19, 2-4 PM, 180 Bloor St W, across from the Israeli Consulate (Avenue & Bloor)

http://www.caiaweb.org/

 

US Senate *Unanimously* Passes Resolution Supporting Israeli Assault on Gaza - by Chris Carlson for the International ME Center

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2014/07/us-senate-unanimously-passes-re...

"Following a similar resolution passed last week by the US House, the US Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel's ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip.

No dissenting vote was cast..."

 

Israel's War Causes Human Catastrophe in Gaza: Medics (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/19/371948/israel-war-causes-catast...

"Palestinian doctors have warned of a castastrophic situation in the besieged Gaza Strip due to a shortage of basic healthcare and medical supplies..."

 

Israel Sabotages Every Peace Effort: Analyst Danny Schecter (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/19/371968/israel-sabotages-every-p...

"The Israeli regime has killed every chance of a settlement of the conflict in the occupied Palestinian lands by sabotaging peace efforts, an analyst tells Press TV..."

 

Geoff

Benjamin Netanyahu has gloves?

Stockholm

What would happen if Hamas simply stopped ever firing rockets at Israel ever again, forever and ever?

What would be the upside? Would there be any downside?

onlinediscountanvils

Or... since this is supposed to be an [url=http://rabble.ca/about/babblepolicy]anti-imperialist[/url] forum... what if Israel accepted [url=http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/report-israel-conditions.html]Hamas' conditions for a 10-year truce[/url]?

1) Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.

2) Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.

3) Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.

4) Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under UN supervision.

5) Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometres.

6) Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.

7) International forces on the borders.

8) Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

9) Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement (between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority).

10) Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.

lagatta

JDL are fascist thugs. They are particularly vicious in their attacks and death threats against Jewish people who oppose their racist anti-Arab line. This has happened to friends of mine in Montréal and in Paris.

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