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- Between 15 and 20 Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tanks and Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) moved into the Gaza Strip from the northern border at noon today and positioned themselves in the former Nisanit settlement area. Palestinian security forces were advised to leave their positions in the area and the IDF closed Erez crossing at 11am today.
- The Gaza Electrical Distribution Company (GEDCO) continues to load-share the available electric supply across the Gaza Strip though power is intermittent and often not synchronised with water supply to households. Families face difficulties to secure water for personal hygiene.
- There have been 25 sonic booms from Israel Air Force (IAF) aircraft since 28 June across the Gaza Strip. Most occurred pre-dawn.
NOTABLE ISRAELI VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS PRIOR TO THE GAZA INVASION
- Israeli mock air raids over Gaza were carried out to terrorize the population, firing missiles at uninhabited areas, including a playground, and flying low over densely populated civilian areas. (1-7 June)
- Israeli gunboats shot at Gaza's coast and wounded 2 Palestinian children playing on the beach (1 June)
- Israeli border positions fired artillery shells at Jabalya town, injuring two Palestinian children inside their homes, and at Um al-Nasser village, injuring a 48-year-old Palestinian man (3 June)
- An Israeli missile attack on a car carrying Palestinian militants kills two civilians (5 June)
- Israel fired artillery shells at 3 Palestinian attempting to enter Israel through the fence, killing two and injuring the third. Shrapnel killed a member of the Palestinian police and wounded another, together with 4 civilians, including a 5-year-old and 17-year-old children, and a 50-year-old man (7 June).
- Israel's shelled people enjoying their weekend on Gaza's beach, killing 8 Palestinian civilians including 7 members of the same family, and injuring a further 32 civilians including 13 children (9 June)
- Three Palestinian civilians were killed when Israel fired a missile at a car near Jabalya (9 June)
- An Israeli missile attack on a van driven by Palestinian militants on a busy Gazan highway killed eleven Palestinians including 2 children and 2 paramedics, and injured 30 Palestinians including a number of children (13 June)
- Israel opened fire at a funeral procession east of Jabalya, wounding three 15-year-old children following the procession (13 June)
- An Israeli missile attack on Palestinian militants missed its target and instead killed 3 children and wounded 13 civilians, including 7 children, aged 2, 5, 8, 9, 11, 11, and 16 (20 June)
- An Israeli missile attack that missed its target hit a family home and killed a Palestinian brother and his pregnant sister. The missile injured 11 others, including 7 children aged 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 14, and 14. Four civilians, including a 10-year-old child, were injured near the home. (21 June)
UN Envoy Accuses Israel of Violating International Law
In an urgent United Nations human rights session addressing the situation in Gaza, envoy John Dugard blamed Israel for violating the “most fundamental norms of humanitarian law and human rights law.”
Supported by Russia, Arab nations called for the urgent session, seeking condemnations of Israel’s military operation in Gaza.
The keynote speaker at the event, Dugard called Israel’s position “morally indefensible,” citing the over 1,500 artillery shells fired into Gaza by Israel as well as the sonic booms used to frighten residents of the PA autonomous area.
Originally posted by golemina
You might want to consider pacing yourself there Souljah... I suspect it will be at lease another 50 years before the 'Palestinians' give up and finally join the human race.
awkward: not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
feckless: generally incompetent and ineffectual; "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account"
revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse; "an inept remark"; "it was tactless to bring up those disagreeable"
Originally posted by DYepes
Anyone else find this odd? Souljah? Pieman? It is a perfect target for these militants with so many rockets, why would they launch a single rocket at an isolated target in a city farther from this facility? Would not this target reach a more direct effect for their goals? Do you guys agree this would make it seem as if the rocket attacks that have alleged to been by Hamas may indeed be by foreign agents now?
Palestinian Family Members Killed and Injured in the Latest Israeli Military Escalation in the Gaza Strip
On the evening of Saturday, 8 July 2006, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian woman and two of her children, and injured another five members of the same family, when an IOF plane dropped a bomb close to their house located to the east of the Sheja’iya area of Gaza City. This crime is a continuation of a series of war crimes that have been perpetrated by IOF in the Gaza Strip over the past two weeks. Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip are paying the price of the war launched by IOF, which has led to the killing and injury of a large number of civilians. The total number of Palestinians killed by IOF in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) since 25 June 2006 is now at fifty-two. In addition, more than a hundred and forty have been injured, many of them seriously.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 19:50 on Saturday, 8 July 2006, an IOF plane fired one bomb that fell near the house belonging to Farid Hajjaj, located near Obeid Petrol Station at the end of Mansour Street, east of Sheja’iya in the eastern part of Gaza City. The house is located 800 meters from the border with Israel. The bomb shrapnel spread to the area and inside the house. As a result, Farid’s wife and two of his children were killed. Five other family members were injured. The family was sitting in the garden of the house when the bomb hit. Medical sources indicated that the three dead family members had been hit by shrapnel at very close range. The conditions of the injured are described as moderate to serious. The dead family members are:
-Ammouna Yousef Hajjaj (42);
-Rawan Farid Hajjaj (6); and
-Mohammad Farid Hajjaj (20)
Eleven More Palestinians Killed; Civilian Property Destroyed; Medical and Media Crews Attacked
CHR strongly condemns the continued killing of Palestinian civilians and destruction of civilian facilities in the Gaza Strip by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), which have been exercising disproportionate and lethal force. PCHR also reiterates its calls for the international community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War to immediately intervene to protect the Palestinian civilian population and force the occupying power to comply with the Convention. PCHR further calls upon the High Contracting Parties to implement article 1, which calls for respecting and ensuring respect for the Convention in all circumstances.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, on Friday, 7 July 2006, IOF continued their wide scale incursion into the northern Gaza Strip for the second consecutive day. They moved into the north east of Beit Hanoun and razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land. They also moved into the north of Beit Lahia, occupying the al-Salateen, al-'Atatra and al-Israa' neighborhoods. Moreover, IOF continued to shell civilian populated areas and seized control of dozens of houses, forcing hundreds of Palestinian civilians to leave their homes. PCHR's field worker in the northern Gaza Strip reported that IOF detained at least 5000 people and endangered their lives by using them as human shields.
24 Palestinians killed by Israeli Occupation Forces in the Gaza Strip and 2 killed in the West Bank, 115 others injured
PCHR strongly condemns the continued killing of Palestinians by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and the disproportionate use of force in the Gaza Strip. The Centre points to the fact that IOF are not respecting the principles of necessity and proportionality, when employing their superior war machine against Palestinian resistance fighters not involved in combat activity in civilian areas. These actions are causing high numbers of civilian casualties, as well as damaging civilian property and infrastructure. PCHR reminds the international community, especially the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention, of its previous demands for them to act immediately in order to protect the lives of civilians and ensure IOF compliance with the convention. The Centre calls upon the High Contracting Parties to enact article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which ensures the respect of the convention under all circumstances. The Centre confirms its call to these parties to take the necessary punitive steps and impose sanctions on these committing serious violations of the convention.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that the past day has witnessed an IOF escalation unprecedented since the implementation of the disengagement plan nearly ten months ago. A total of twenty-six Palestinians were killed over a period of twenty-six hours: twenty-four in the Gaza Strip and two in the West Bank. This brings the number of Palestinians killed to thirty-six, since the capturing of the Israeli soldier on 25 June 2006. In addition, one hundred and fifteen Palestinians have been injured, most of them civilians. Ninety-seven were injured in the Gaza Strip and eighteen in the West Bank. There were thirty-four serious injuries, including five who are now in intensive care units. Thirty-seven women and children were among the injured. IOF are using the imprisonment of the soldier as a pretext for their attack on the Gaza Strip, destroying its infrastructure and reoccupying parts of its land.
EU Officially Condemns Israel's Gaza Operation
The EU has accused Israel of using "disproportionate" force and making a humanitarian crisis worse during operations in the Gaza Strip.
"The EU condemns the loss of lives caused by disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces and the humanitarian crisis it has aggravated," Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, said in a statement.
The EU is Israel's largest trading partner and rarely criticises the country in such terms military or security matters.
Originally posted by golemina
I'm sorry... I shouldn't laugh... But to now somehow contend that 'Mossad' agents are the people firing the rockets back at Israel...
I don't know Souljah... Maybe THATS why no one takes what 'Palestinian' supporters are saying with ANY seriousness whatsoever.
I can see why the 'Palestinians' don't want to take credit for their activities... It only exposes have ineffectual they really are... (Read the worst 'warriors' ever seen on the fact of the planet )
You sound so vested... Have you considered writing them a manual Souljah...
My first rule of engagement would be something along the lines of don't take on an armored vehicle with only rocks...
Because in true keeping with their standards of ineffectiveness, the 'Qassams' are about as accurate as a bottle rocket.
Israel denies 'excessive force'
Israel has rejected criticism that its military offensive in the Gaza Strip is a disproportionate use of force.
PM Ehud Olmert said there was no other way to stop "the fear, the shocks, the lack of security" of Israeli civilians facing daily rocket attacks from Gaza.
Anger and grief amid Gaza rubble
"We were like prisoners. The children were living in fear," says Mr Khatar, standing beside his front door, which is now lying on the side of the road.
Originally posted by golemina
Frankly Souljah, I'm still waiting for you to provide ANY links worth reading.
You seem to be so vested that you appear to have lost ALL objectivity.
We have had repeated conversations with regards to your cause... And it is YOUR cause. The bottom line is you have little REAL information to share.
What you view as informative is viewed by any outside honest observer as pure dogma and propaganda.
'Palestinians' need to decide which set of LIES they are going to promote to the outside world...
You are either the victim (need to return the French POW) or...
You are a 'freedom fighter' (need to actually start fighting, stop whining, and hiding behind skirts of women and children).
The 'Palestinians' are keystone 'freedom fighters', engage in their farcical efforts while mostly hiding behind civilians, and then cry fowl when the inevitable counterstrike happens and casualties occur.
So there you have it... 'Palestinians' are sacrificing their own people.
Originally posted by golemina
Another thing you might contemplate acquiring is your own voice. Instead of essentially parroting what you are seeing, reading on these mostly anti-semitic sites, share your own thoughts/insights on this most complex of issues.
David Icke - Allegations of anti-Semitism
Icke's theories have been attacked as anti-Semitic because of his references to a secret elite that rules the world, Jewish bankers who planned the Holocaust and financed Adolf Hitler, and his use of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious anti-Semitic hoax. In ...and the truth shall set you free, he wrote that:
"I strongly believe that a small Jewish clique which has contempt for the mass of Jewish people worked with non-Jews to create the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the Second World War. This Jewish/non-Jewish Elite used the First World War to secure the Balfour Declaration and the principle of the Jewish State of Israel). They then dominated the Versailles Peace Conference and created the circumstances which made the Second World War inevitable. They financed Hitler to power in 1933 and made the funds available for his rearmament."