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33490Bibi = Bashar -Gaza death toll now 1000+ Thousands of Israelis protest the Gaza war

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  • Cort Greene
    Jul 26, 2014
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      Of course Obama did not really mean Assad must go, just words then and now.
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      Bibi = Bashar

      BY PAUL WOODWARD ON JULY 26, 2014 LEAVE A COMMENT

      When Bashar al-Assad proceeded to destroy Homs and other Syrian cities, President Obama and other Western leaders declared, “Assad must go.”

      Homs

      Homs, Syria

      When Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the IDF to destroy Shujaiyah while killing hundreds of Palestinians across the Gaza Strip, President Obama and other Western leaders declared, “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

      Shujaiyah, Gaza

      Shujaiyah, Gaza

      Shujaiyah, Gaza

      Shujaiyah, Gaza

      Shujaiyah, Gaza

      Shujaiyah, Gaza

      In its response to the suffering of the people in Gaza and in Syria, the West has once again shown its impotence and moral bankruptcy.

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      http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=716393


      Gaza death toll surpasses 1,000 as bodies recovered
      Published today (updated) 26/07/2014 20:03
      A Palestinian man collects belongings as he inspects a house after
      it was destroyed by an Israeli air strike early on July 16, 2014, in
      Gaza City. (AFP/Mohamed Abed)
       
      GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip rose to over 1,000 on Saturday amid a brief truce, as some 135 bodies were pulled from the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israeli attacks throughout the besieged coastal enclave, medics said.

      The bodies were found on the 19th day of Israel's assault on Gaza, during a 12-hour truce in which many Gaza residents picked through the ruins of their homes.

      Meanwhile, Israeli TV said that Israel's security cabinet had approved a four-hour extension of the truce, prolonging the ceasefire until midnight. 

      As the brief period of calm took effect Saturday, survivors began to venture out of their homes to survey what was left, while those who had fled cautiously returned to see what had become of their abandoned houses.

      The updated death toll was announced as Israeli officials considered extending the truce even longer, on the condition that the army continue targeting tunnels in Gaza, Israeli media said.

      News site Ynet quoted a government source as saying an Israeli cabinet meeting was scheduled to take place at 9:30 pm to discuss the possibility.

      It was initially unclear whether Hamas and other factions in Gaza would agree to extend the truce.

      So far, Palestinian medical teams have used the ceasefire as an opportunity to recover dead bodies still buried under destroyed buildings.

      Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry, said in a statement at 7:00 p.m. that 132 bodies had been recovered so far.

      Many of the bodies were pulled from Gaza City's Shujaiyya neighborhood, which has experienced some of the heaviest Israeli shelling and airstrikes throughout the Gaza offensive. At least 70 people were killed in the neighborhood in one night of shelling last Sunday, a bombardment Palestinians have come to call "the Shujaiyya massacre."

      Khuzaa in Khan Younis has been heavily targeted as well, but Israeli forces have refused to allow ambulances and search teams to access the village.

      An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that Palestinians in the Khan Younis area had been told to leave their homes days ago and told not to return during the ceasefire, and that therefore rescue teams were "not allowed to search" in parts of the southern Gaza Strip.

      Palestinians stand on Israeli military equipment left behind
      during the ground offensive, east of Khan Yunis in the southern 
      Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014 (AFP Said Khatib)

      More Israeli soldiers announced dead

      Meanwhile, the Israeli army said in a statement that the number of soldiers killed during Israel's ground invasion of Gaza had risen to 40.

      "Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 40 IDF (army) officers and soldiers have been killed," the statement said. 

      The militant wing of the Popular Resistance Committees had announced earlier that their fighters had killed a soldier earlier in the day.

      Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades announced Friday that its militants had killed "at least" 10 soldiers with explosives in eastern Beit Hanoun.

      Palestinian militant groups have claimed that the Israeli army has yet to announce the deaths of a handful of its troops.

      Even taking the army's numbers at face value, the amount of soldiers killed during Israel's current Gaza offensive is the largest military loss the country has faced since its war with Lebanon in 2006.

      AFP contributed to this report.



      http://972mag.com/no-more-deaths-israelis-protest-the-gaza-war/94380/


      By +972 Blog

       |Published July 26, 2014

      'No more deaths': Thousands of Israelis protest the Gaza war

      Thousands gather in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. Police let the protest go ahead after canceling it two hours before it was set to start. 

      Israelis protesting the Gaza war in Tel Aviv light candles to commemorate the victims. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

      Israelis protesting the Gaza war in Tel Aviv light candles to commemorate the victims. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

      Some 5,000 Israelis on Saturday evening protested the war in Gaza under the banner, ”No more deaths – Israeli-Palestinian peace, now.” The protest took place at Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv.

      Speakers included Hadash MK Dov Khenin, an Israeli and Palestinian veteran from the organization Combatants for Peace, and Yifat Solel, the head of the Meretz party’s anti-occupation forum. Meretz, however, did not back the demonstration as a party. They criticized the government for its attitude toward peace negotiations, and for resorting to war as a default policy. Demonstrators chanted “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” called for an end to the occupation and the siege on Gaza, and lit candles to commemorate the victims.


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      At anti-war protest in Tel Aviv "Forgive us" written in 1043 candles marking the number of ppl killed in Gaza &Israel

      Roughly 300 right-wing counter-protesters were on the scene trying to reach the main demonstration. A large police presence circled the square in order to keep the sides separate. At least one rightist was arrested.
      Police stand between the anti-war demonstration and rightist counter-protesters, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

      Police stand between the anti-war demonstration and rightist counter-protesters, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

      Some two hours before the protest was set to begin, police canceled it, citing fear of a rocket attack. The permit for the demonstration was reinstated only an hour before it began – by which time busses of protesters en route for Tel Aviv had turned back.

      A live feed of the protest is below:

      Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

      Thousands protest the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

      Thousands protest the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

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      Rightist counter-protester arrested at a demonstration against the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestill.org)

      Rightist counter-protester arrested at a demonstration against the Gaza war in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestill.org)

      Police keep rightist counter-protesters away from an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

      Police keep rightist counter-protesters away from an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (photo: Activestills.org)

      The invitation to the protest read:

      On Saturday, the peace camp takes a stand at Rabin Square

       

      The war is taking a heavy toll in lives and injuries on both sides, in destruction and horror, in bombings and rockets. We answer this by taking a stand and making a demand: end the war now!

      We must end the war and start talking with the recognized Palestinian leadership of the West Bank and Gaza to end the occupation and the siege and to achieve independence and justice for both peoples – in Israel and Palestine.

      Instead be being drawn, again and again, into more wars and more military actions, it is now time to lead the way to dialogue and political settlement. There is a political solution. What price must we pay – the people of the South and the other residents of Israel, and the people of Gaza and the West Bank – until we reach that solution?

      Together, Jews and Arabs, we will overcome occupation and war, hatred, incitement and racism – and offer a path to life and hope