A week in photos: Assault on Gaza intensifies
West Bank protesters show solidarity with Gazans
Top Ten Myths about Israeli Attack on
Posted on 11/17/2012 by Juan
1. Israeli hawks represent themselves as engaged in a �peace process� with
the Palestinians in which Hamas refuses to join. In fact, Israel has
refused to cease colonizing and stealing Palestinian land long enough to
engage in fruitful negotiations with them. Tel Aviv routinely announces
new, unilateral house-building on the Palestinian West
There is no peace process. It is an Israeli and American sham. Talking
about a peace process is giving cover to Israeli nationalists who are
determined to grab everything the Palestinians have and reduce them to
penniless refugees (again).
2. Actions such as the assault on Gaza can achieve no genuine long-term
strategic purpose. They are being launched to ensure that Jewish-Israelis
are the first to exploit key resources. Rattling sabers at the Palestinians
creates a pretext for further land-grabs and colonies on Palestinian land.
That is, the military action against the people of Gaza is a diversion
tactic; the real goal is Great Israeli, an assertion of Israeli
all the territory once held by the British Mandate of Palestine.
3. Israeli hawks represent their war of aggression as in �self-defense.�
But Israel�s chief rabbi admitted on camera that that the Gaza attack
actually �had something to do with
4. Israeli hawks demonize the Palestinians of Gaza as �bad neighbors� who
don�t accept Israel. But 40% of the people in Gaza are refugees, mostly
living in refugee camps, from families in pre-1948 Palestine that had lived
there for millennia.
They were expelled from what is now Israel in the 1948 Zionist ethnic
Israelis are now living in their homes and farming their land, and they
were never paid any reparations for the crimes done to them. [pdf]
�Israel�s failure to provide reparations to Palestinian refugees over the
past six decades is in blatant
international law.� Israel does not accept Palestine�s right to exist, even
though it is constantly demanding that everyone, including the displaced
and occupied Palestinians, recognize Israel�s right to exist.
5. Israeli hawks and their American clones depict Gaza as a foreign,
hostile state with which Israel is at war. In fact, the Gaza strip is a
small territory of 1.7 million people militarily occupied by
in which the UN and other international bodies concur). Israelis do not
allow it to have a port or airport, nor to export most of what it produces.
Palestinians cannot work about a third of its land, which is reserved by
Israel as a security buffer. As an occupied territory, it is covered by the
Hague Regulations of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 on the
treatment of occupied populations by their military occupier.
Indiscriminate bombing of occupied territories by the occupier is clearly
illegal in international law.
6. Israeli hawks see themselves as innocent victims of bewildering
Palestinian rage from Gaza. But Israel not only has kept Palestinians of
Gaza in the world�s largest outdoor penitentiary, they have them under an
for some years aimed at limiting their nutrition without altogether
starving them to death. I wrote earlier:
�The food blockade had real effects. About ten percent of Palestinian
children in Gaza under
had their growth stunted by malnutrition. A recent report [pdf] by Save the
Children and Medical Aid for Palestinians found
in addition, anemia is widespread, affecting over two-thirds of infants,
58.6 percent of schoolchildren, and over a third of pregnant mothers. �
If any foreign power surrounded Israel, destroyed Haifa port and Tel Aviv
airport, and prevented Israeli exports from being exported, what do you
think Israelis would do? Oh, that�s right, it is rude to see both
Palestinians and Israelis as equal human beings.
7. Israeli hawks demonize the Palestinian residents of Gaza as followers of
Hamas, a party-militia of the Muslim religious right. But half of
Palestinians in Gaza are minors, who never voted for Hamas and cannot be
held collectively responsible for that party.
8. Israeli hawks justify their aggression on the Palestinians on grounds of
self-defense. But Israel is a country of 7.5 million people with tanks,
armored vehicles, artillery, helicopter gunships and F-16s and F-18s, plus
400 nuclear warheads. Gaza is a small occupied territory of 1.7 million
which has no heavy weaponry, just some old guns and some largely
ineffectual rockets. (Israelis cite hundreds of rockets fired into Israel
from Gaza in 2012; but until Israel�s recent attack they had killed not a
single Israeli, though they did wound a few last March when fighting
between Palestinians and Israelis escalated.) Gaza is a threat to Israel
the way the Transkei Bantustan was a threat to Apartheid South Africa. As
for genuine asymmetrical threats from Gaza to Israel, they could be dealt
with by giving the Palestinians a state and ceasing the blockade imposed on
them, or in the worst case scenario counter-terrorism targeted at
terrorists rather than indiscriminate bombing campaigns.
9. Israeli hawks maintain that they were provoked into the attack. But
actually Ahmad Jabari, the Hamas leader the Israelis assassinated earlier
this week, had been engaged in talks with the Israelis about a
Assassinations achieved by the ruse of openness to peace talks are
guarantees of no further peace talks.
10. Although most American media is a cheering section for the Likud Party,in
fact the world is increasingly done out with Israel�s
Boycotts and sanctions will likely grow over time, leaving Israeli hawks
with a deficit�
Gaza live report: Day 4
Published today (updated) 17/11/2012 14:51
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli
air strike on the building of Hamas' Ministry of Interior in Gaza
City Nov. 16, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
*14:49* The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine says <http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=538618
it will continue to launch rockets to counter Israel's aggression.
*14:40* Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus closed as clashes escalate.
*14:20* Witness says
forces are firing at protesters outside Ofer prison in the West Bank.
*14:16* Airstrikes reported in Gaza City.
*13:45* Muhammad Yasin dies of wounds sustained Saturday in Gaza City's
Zaytoun neighborhood, raising the death
40 since Wednesday.
*13:33* Israeli army
4 rockets fired from Gaza strike Ashdod, hitting a house, school, car and
*13:34* Protests continue around the world for the third day. Click
see if one is happening near you.
*13:15* Clashes at Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, 7 detained.
*12:52* The Israeli military is rushing a fifth Iron Dome anti-missile
battery into service and deploying it in the Tel Aviv area, underscoring
concerns over the range of Palestinian rockets.
*12:44* A Ma'an correspondent identifies
three Palestinians killed in al-Maghazi refugee camp as members of Hamas'
armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades.
*11:57* Missile hits home in Rafah, injuring five Palestinians.
*11:55* Six names added to Ma'an's
confirmed deaths in Gaza, raising the total to 39.
*11:45* Channel 2: Israeli forces begin artillery strikes on Gaza.
*11:21* Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdesslem, in Gaza, denounces
Israel's attacks <http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=538544
the Palestinian enclave as unacceptable and against international law:
"Israel should understand that many things have changed and that lots of
water has run in the Arab river," Abdesslem says in Gaza City.
*11:13* Palestinian resistance factions confirm
their fighters continue to launch missiles toward Israeli towns and
military sites bordering the Gaza Strip.
*10:33* Israel says
soldiers were injured by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.
*10:23* Islamic Jihad says <http://saraya.ps/index.php?act=Show&id=25029
Salim, who succumbed to previous injuries early Saturday, was a prominent
member of its armed wing.
*10:03* The foreign minister of Tunisia arrives at Rafah.
*09:24* Here is a continuously updated
confirmed Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip since Wednesday. Death toll
is now 31.
*09:17* A Palestinian woman and her child are injured
an airstrike in Deir al-Balah.
*08:31* Israeli army says overnight attacks targeted "several rocket
launching squads", government buildings, the prime minister's headquarters,
the ministry of interior and a police compound as well as a "Hamas training
facility" in northern Gaza.
*08:09* Medics say the death toll since Wednesday is 38 after Israel's
overnight airstrikes across the Gaza Strip.
*08:06* National and Islamic factions and workers unions say they are
planning to hold a demonstration at noon in Yasser Arafat�s square in
*07:30* Medics say three Palestinians injured in airstrike on Rafah.
*06:50* Thirty people are injured after an Israeli airstrike on a house in
*06:34* Video shows the aftermath of the attack:
*06:20* Israeli warplanes
headquarters of the government in Gaza.
*06:17* *In a New York Times op-ed, Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin **
Israel's assassination of Ahmad al-Jaabari removed one of the more
practical actors on the Hamas side. *
*05:55* Two injured Palestinians have been
a hospital in the Sinai.
*05:10* An Israeli army spokesman confirms reports of air attacks and says
operations are ongoing in the north and south of Gaza.
*04:35* Reports <https://twitter.com/Ojouda/status/269624273038090240
airstrikes in the Rafah tunnel area between Egypt and Gaza.
MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS SHAKES MY HOUS IN #Rafah<https://twitter.com/search/%23Rafah
now #GazaUnderAttack <https://twitter.com/search/%23GazaUnderAttack
� omar jouda (@Ojouda) November 17,
*04:01:* A US-based Palestinian non-profit group posted a collection of
first-person accounts <http://imeu.net/news/article0023240.shtml
> about the
situation on the ground in the Gaza Strip.
*04:00* Massive explosion
A huge earth shaking explosion is being reported in
� Nader Elkhuzundar (@imNadZ) November 17,
*03:34* More details about the
a suspected spy in Gaza City.
*03:26* Israeli officials are preparing the
a possible Gaza invasion after rockets hit major Israeli cities for the
first time in decades.
*2:39* More on the call with Mursi: Obama commended Egypt's
help calm the situation in Israel and Gaza and underscored his hope of
*02:17* More reports <https://twitter.com/jncatron/status/269595052383285248
airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
A large explosion just shook windows and rattled doors at the southern end
of the #Gaza <https://twitter.com/search/%23Gaza
� Joe Catron (@jncatron) November 17,
"This new outbreak of violence is heartbreaking � and all too familiar.
Once again the people are paying an unacceptable price and innocent
civilians in Gaza and Israel, including children, are losing their lives.
There will be no peace for Israelis and Palestinians if the cycle of
*02:03* White House: Obama also spoke to Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi
and the two agreed to stay in close contact during the coming days.
*01:55* US President Barack Obama has reiterated his support for Israel's
right to defend itself in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, the White House
Obama "reiterated US support for Israel's right to defend itself, and
expressed regret over the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives".
*01:54* Reports <https://twitter.com/RichardEngel/status/269589355281137664
heavy drone activity over Gaza City.
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