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Noura Erakat and Yousef Munayyer on Gaza Assault: Interview with MSNBC's
*On Sunday morning, Jadaliyya co-editor Noura Erakat, together with the
Palestine Center's Executive Director Yousef Munnayyar, joined Chris Hayes
on his MSNBC program, "UP With Chris Hayes" to discuss these latest
developments. The program also featured David Frum, former economic
speechwriter for George W. Bush, and Noam Sheizaf, independent journalist
and editor presently with +972 Magazine. The program is unique for hosting
two Palestinians with a critical perspective on the Palestinian-Israel
prolonged conflict and thus marks a
or an anamoly, in the American mainstream media cycle.*
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Gaza Live Coverage: Israel Chooses Air Assault Over Ground
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:21
Scott Lucas in Ahmet Davutoglu, Benjamin Netanyahu, EA Live, EA Middle East
and Turkey, Gaza, Hamas, Hillary Clinton, Israel, Middle East and Iran,
1420 GMT: The BBC's Paul Danahar reports:
Local journalists say they saw Hamas execute six people in the last half
hour in #*Gaza* <https://twitter.com/search/%23Gaza> for being
20 Nov 12 <https://twitter.com/pdanahar/statuses/270893786178134016>
1404 GMT: Whilst talk of an imminent ceasefire is prevalent, Al Jazeera
English reports that Israel is sustaining its beligerent rhetoric:
#*Israel* <https://twitter.com/search/%23Israel> dropping leaflets in north
#*Gaza* <https://twitter.com/search/%23Gaza> warning citizens of a ground
20 Nov 12 <https://twitter.com/AJELive/statuses/270888020067090432>
Journalist Erin Cunningham adds:
Erin Cunningham@*erinmcunningham* <https://twitter.com/erinmcunningham>
Leaflets dropped in various parts of
reportedly (from numerous sources) telling residents to evacuate to city
20 Nov 12 <https://twitter.com/erinmcunningham/statuses/270888971037442048>
Erin Cunningham@*erinmcunningham* <https://twitter.com/erinmcunningham>
I have not yet seen leaflets. But were dropped around the same time Egypt's
state media quoted president as saying truce expected tonight.
20 Nov 12 <https://twitter.com/erinmcunningham/statuses/270889127795380224>
And the BBC's Wyre Davies <http://www.twitter.com/WyreDavies> notes that it
is not just leaflets being dropped: "Soon after leaflets were dropped over
#Gaza there's an airstrike in the same area."
>1404 GMT: Alex Thomson of Britain's Channel 4 TV reports:alex thomson@*alextomo* <https://twitter.com/alextomo>
more people killed in strikes on 2 cars in s Gaza City, Al Sabra
20 Nov 12 <https://twitter.com/alextomo/statuses/270888579855704065>
1357 GMT: Protests and clashes have continued today across the West Bank
--- the BBC's Yolande Knell <http://www.twitter.com/YolandeKnell> reports:
*Tear gas and burning tyres. Funeral turns to angry protests and
*Protesters in Bethlehem being hit with huge quantities of tear gas. Looks
like Israeli troops inside refugee camp.*
At least one person, an off-duty Palestinian policeman, was killed
yesterday when he was shot by Israeli security forces. Hundreds have been
injured or arrested since last Wednesday.
1353 GMT: Optimism about a ceasefire has surged, fuelled by Egyptian
President Mohamed Morsi's comment, "The Israeli aggression against Gaza
will end today, Tuesday, with no compromises or surrender."
1232 GMT: Israeli police say the rocket fired towards Jerusalem has landed
in an open area, without any casualties.
Hamas Radio said the rocket was a Qassam
1216 GMT: Air raid sirens have been set off in
The Israel Defense Forces
rockets have been fired from Gaza, with 51 intercepted by the Iron Dome
1139 GMT: Ali Yenidunya reports....
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been delivering a fiery
speech in a party meeting in which, expressing his determination "to
continue supporting the rights of Palestinians", he has declared, "One day,
Israel will be called into account for the murder of children and the
Erdogan said, without explicitly referring to Israel, that Turkey cannot
rely on the United Nations: "If we have to depend on the Security Council,
we will lose. Today, against them. Tomorrow, they are against us. If we
have to die, let us die like a man."
1022 GMT: A car in Beersheba in southern Israel destoryed by a Gazan rocket:
1015 GMT: Chris McGreal <http://www.twitter.com/ChrisMcGreal> of The
Guardian sends a note, "Driving into Gaza, streets largely abandoned. Shops
shuttered. Traffic jams gone. So quiet that buzz of Israeli drones clear."
0845 GMT: According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonot, Israel
Defense Force officials have
about measures to limit casualties: <http://www.twitter.com/elizrael> "The
attempt to avoid harming civilians will make terrorists less afraid in the
0835 GMT: Gazan officials have said seven people were killed and 15
overnight Israeli strikes.
0831 GMT: The Euro-Mid Observer for Human
822 buildings in Gaza have been damaged by Israeli strikes, of which 76
have been completely destroyed, 559 partially, and 187 externally.
The Observer reports 1643 attacks so far, 1114 by air forces, 364 by the
Israeli Navy, and 165 by ground forces.
0821 GMT: Israeli officials say 37 rockets were
Southern Israel this morning. One man was lightly injured.
In contrast, the BBC's Paul Danahar <http://www.twitter.com/pdanahar> has
been told by Hamas that "80% of details [have been] resolved in ceasefire
talks so far".
0815 GMT: The latest on the diplomatic front....
US officials have said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel
to Jerusalem, Ramallah in the West Bank, and Cairo for talks. She will meet
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority officials,
and Egyptian mediators; however, she will not speak with any Hamas
Fourteen Foreign Ministers --- 13 from Arab States and Turkey's Ahmet
Davutoglu --- and Arab League officials will visit Gaza today.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said, on his trip to the
region, "My message is clear --- all sides must halt fire immediately....We
all must recognise that Israel has legitimate concerns."
0720 GMT: There were at least six more Gazan deaths overnight amid Israeli
attacks --- two in Rafah and four in Jabaliya refugee camp.
The Israeli navy has join air forces in shelling and bombing. The Islamic
National Bank, surrounded by apartment buildings, was hit overnight,
injuring four people.
At least three rockets have been fired from Gaza and intercepted by
Israel's Iron Dome system.
0530 GMT: Israel maintained the aerial assault on Gaza on Monday. As Gazans
buried the more than 30 people who were slain on Sunday --- notably 12
members of a single family, killed when a four-story residential building
was flattened --- another 24 people were killed by shells and missiles.
The death toll since Israel launched operations on Wednesday is 111. Three
Israelis were killed by Gazan rockets last Thursday.
With more than 100 "targets" overnight, the Israelis continued to hit
buildings and camps with civilians, by accident or by design. For the third
time in two days, it struck a media centre, killing a senior Islamic Jihad
Monday morning's speculation about an Israeli ground invasion was eased
when West Jerusalem put out the news that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
had decided against the escalation for now, giving time to efforts for a
ceasefire. Negotiations continued through the day, with Hamas officials and
at least one senior Israeli involved in Cairo-based discussions, but there
was no apparent advance towards a resolution.
Article originally appeared on EA WorldView (http://www.enduringamerica.com/
Gaza live report: Day 7
Published today (updated) 20/11/2012 16:31
Palestinians pray next to the bodies of members of the al-Dalou
family during a funeral in Gaza City Nov. 19, 2012. Nine members
of the family, including four children, were killed in an airstrike
on their house, medics said. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
*16:28* Two children killed in new Gaza City strike, a man dies in
airstrike in Beit Hanoun, Ma'an reporter says.
*16:20* Israeli military says 5 soldiers wounded by a rocket fired from
*16:15* Hamas executes several people in Gaza accused of collaborating with
Israel, reports say.
*16:12* Israeli military says it is dropping flyers over Gaza right now
warning civilians to stay away from Hamas operatives and facilities.
*16:10* Another person is reported to have been killed in recent Gaza City
airstrike, bringing death toll to six.
*16:03* Israeli army spokeswoman says military vehicle in Golan Heights
damaged by fire from Syria. Israeli forces have filed a complaint to the UN.
*15:56* Five people killed in Gaza City airstrike, Ma'an reporter says.
*15:36* Leaflets dropped by Israel warn residents in border areas to leave
immediately and go to Gaza City, CNN reporter Arwa Damon says.
*15:35* Israeli forces firing large amounts of teargas at demonstrators in
Bethlehem, reports say.
*15:26* UN human rights chief Navi Pillay urges Israel to avoid strikes on
civilian structures in Gaza. UNICEF says children in Gaza were showing
signs of severe trauma after direct hits on dwellings that have killed
dozens of civilians.
*15:15* Egypt's Mursi says Israeli aggression will end on Tuesday, official
news agency MENA reported.
"The efforts to reach a ceasefire between the Palestinian and Israeli sides
will bring positive results in the coming few hours," Mursi was quoted as
*15:11* BBC reporter says airstrike reported soon after Israeli leaflets
were dropped in eastern Gaza.
*15:06* Arab foreign ministers and Arab League's Nabil al-Arabi reported to
have arrived at Rafah crossing with Gaza.
*14:45* Al-Qassam Brigades say they fired M75 rocket at Jerusalem in
response to Israeli massacres in Gaza.
*14:43* Witnesses tell Ma'an rocket fired from Gaza fell between the
villages of al-Jaba and Surif, just south of Gush Etzion settlement bloc in
Bethlehem, damaging a water network in the area.
*14:41* Al-Qassam Brigades says it targeted Israeli city of Beersheba with
Fajr 5 missile.
*14:40* UN says any Israeli invasion of Gaza could displace thousands.
*14:31* Ahmad al-Dada killed in new airstrike on Gaza City, according to
Gaza health official.
*14:29* A BBC reporter uploads an audio
a rocket fired at Jerusalem from central Gaza.
*14:24* Update: Israeli police say rocket fired at Jerusalem landed in open
area, no injuries reported.
*14:20* Palestinian students protest outside Hebrew University in Jerusalem
in solidarity with Gaza.
*14:16* BREAKING: Explosion heard after sirens sound in Jerusalem.
*14:08* Ma'an correspondent reports several injuries and arrests during
clashes between demonstrators and Israeli forces at Jalama checkpoint in
*14:05* Airstrike reported 1 kilometer from hotel where journalists are
staying in Gaza, Al-Jazeera says.
*14:00* Israeli military says 39 rockets fired at Israel today.
*13:51* Europe's national Olympic committees scrap a congress they were due
to hold in the Israeli city of Eilat on Dec. 7-8 due to ongoing violence
between Israeli forces and Gaza militants, an Israeli spokeswoman says.
*13:37* Young man injured during clashes with Israeli forces at Huwwara
checkpoint near Nablus, Ma'an reporter says.
*13:25* Clashes reported between Israeli forces and Palestinians during
Hebron funeral of Hamdi Mohammad Jawwad Al-Falah, 22, who was shot and
killed by Israeli soldiers on Monday.
*13:11* Rare audio message by Mohammed Deif, head of Hamas' military, calls
on fighters to prepare for Israeli ground invasion.
*13:09* Egyptian intelligence source regarding ceasefire: "there is still
no breakthrough and Egypt is working to find middle ground."
*13:08* In Cairo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for an immediate
ceasefire and says an Israeli ground operation in Gaza would be a
"dangerous escalation" that must be avoided.
*13:02* Hundreds reported in the streets of Ramallah for the funeral of
Rushdi Mahmoud Hassan al-Tamimi, 28, who died on Monday after he was
wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in Nabi Saleh over the weekend.
Tamimi was hit by live fire in the stomach and thigh during a Gaza
*12:59* Update: Muhammad Badr identified as man killed in airstrike on
family home in central Gaza.
*12:45* New airstrike on Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, kills man, injures 6.
*12:35* Medical sources identify Palestinian killed in latest airstrike on
north Gaza as Abdul-Rahman Hamad, a reported militant.
*12:27* Displaced Palestinians make their way to a UN-run school in Gaza
November 20, 2012.(Reuters/Majdi Fathi)
*12:15* Israeli military says Hamas fired rockets at a Gaza crossing today,
limiting the amount of goods entering. Only 24 out of a scheduled 120
trucks entered the coastal enclave. Crossing is now closed.
*12:13* British Minister for the Middle East, Alistar Burt, arrives in
Palestine and is set to meet PLO official Saeb Erekat.
"The UK calls on Hamas, who bear principal responsibility for starting this
round of violence, to stop the rocket attacks," a statement from the
British foreign minister
Israel also has "responsibilities" and must "do all it can to de-escalate
the situation, to minimize civilian casualties, and to give mediation
efforts a chance to succeed."
*12:10* Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza Strip, 4
*12:04* Large explosion reported in Gaza City.
*11:57* Palestinian lawyers to boycott Israeli military courts on Wednesday
in protest against Gaza bombardment.
*11:55* Israeli police confirm that US embassy attacker in Tel Aviv is
41-year-old Israeli Jew with a criminal record. Motive for the attack is
*11:52* Civil defense official in Gaza calls on Arab countries to provide
emergency equipment, including ambulances, as their resources are
overstretched during the current Israeli bombardment.
*11:46* Israeli media reports that a man is seriously wounded by rocket
fire in Eshkol, southern Israel.
*11:36* Arab League foreign ministers are on their way to Gaza, an official
"The foreign ministers of Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Qatar,
Lebanon, (and) Jordan along with the Turkish foreign minister left from
Cairo to El-Arish city (near Egypt's border with Gaza) from where they will
cross the Egyptian Rafah crossing into Gaza," the Arab League source said.
*11:19* Update: Attacker at US embassy in Tel Aviv stabbed a guard, armed
with knife and axe. Guard opened fire during incident and attacker was
arrested, Israeli police say.
*11:14* Israel radio: Gunman fires shot at US embassy in Tel Aviv, wounds
guard, apprehended by police.
*11:10* Man who died of wounds in Egypt is identified as Ahmad Daghmash,
who was injured in an airstrike on Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City.
*10:48* Two killed in airstrikes on north Gaza, named as Yahya Mohammad
Awad, 15, and Bilal al-Barawi, 20.
Another Palestinian dies of his wounds in Egyptian hospital.
*10:42* US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves an Asia summit headed
for Israel to meet Netanyahu, opening a round of talks with Middle East
leaders on the Gaza crisis, a senior administration official says.
*10:16* Hamas' and PFLP's brigades say they fired rockets at Israeli city
Beersheba this morning.
*10:10* Ban Ki-moon says in Cairo that he will "urge the Israeli leadership
to end the violence," when he visits later today.
*10:00* White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes reiterates
US position. Hamas must end rocket attacks into Israel and Egypt can be a
partner in helping to resolve the conflict, he says.
*09:50* The victims of the last airstrikes are identified. Mohammad Rezeq
al-Zahar was killed in al-Mughraqa and his son wounded, medics say.
Yahya Marouf was killed in the Beit Lahiya strike.
*09:38* White House says Clinton's first stop will be Israel for talks with
Netanyahu, will meet Palestinian Authority leaders in Ramallah but not with
*09:34* In Cairo, UN Secretary-General says an Israeli ground operation in
Gaza would be a "dangerous escalation."
*09:32* Two Palestinians killed in airstrikes on Beit Lahiya, al-Mughraqa.
*09:06* US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to fly to Israel
on Tuesday and will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, an
Israeli source says.
*08:49* Israeli media: Rocket hit a house in Beersheba, damage but no
*08:38* Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades claims responsibility for rocket attack
*08:26* Israeli airstrikes hit Beit Lahiya, four reported injured.
*08:21* Israeli media: Explosions heard throughout Beersheva.
*07:51* Israeli media: Iron Dome intercepts two rockets above Beersheva.
*07:21* A delegation of Arab ministers is expected to arrive in Gaza today.
*07:13* Haaretz reporter says
ministers agree to "hold off" on Gaza invasion as Egypt attempts to mediate
a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
*06:57* The al-Qassam Brigades says it launched 10 projectiles toward
Ashkelon and Kiryat Gat. Earlier, Israeli media reported that air raid
sirens went off in those towns as well as Sderot.
*06:42* In an apparent reference to the National Islamic Bank, the Israeli
army says it bombed a "financial institution used by Hamas to fuel its
Army statement says it also targeted several buildings "used by terror
operatives as command and control centers" and "approximately ten terror
tunnels" used as hideouts by Hamas.
*06:41* Israeli army says it targeted "approximately 100 terror sites,
including underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels and ammunition
storage facilities" since midnight.
*06:40* Reporter: Israel targets home of a commander of the al-Qassam
Brigades in Khan Younis.
*06:34* Two Palestinians injured in attacks on Gaza City, one young man in
Shajaya area and a woman whose home was targeted in al-Zaitoun.
*6:26* Israel's Iron Dome interception system shot down two of the five
rockets fired from Gaza, the Israeli army says.
*06:25* An Israeli army spokeswoman says armed groups in the Gaza Strip
fired five rockets toward Israel since midnight.
*06:23* Al Jazeera says the bombing of the Islamic National Bank injured
*06:14* A Ma'an reporter says Israeli aircraft are bombing east of Khan
*06:11* Radio: Israeli ministers conclude meeting on Gaza assault.
*06:04* Update: The area targeted in Sheikh Zayed city (03:31) is confirmed
to be a security site.
*05:30* A house is severely damaged after airstrikes in Beit Lahiya, but no
reports of injuries.
*05:10* More explosions reported.
Walaa Al Ghussein@*WalaaGh* <https://twitter.com/WalaaGh>
Explosions, rocking the area, the morning bombing party has started, stay
tuned. #*Gaza* <https://twitter.com/search/%23Gaza>
19 Nov 12 <https://twitter.com/WalaaGh/statuses/270725791438995456>
*04:25* Explosion reported in Beit Lahiya.
*04:06* Explosion reported in Gaza City.
*03:50* Blogger Rana Baker uploaded a recording
some of the sounds she's hearing tonight.
*03:45* Airstrikes reported in Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis.
*03:31* Airstrikes target Sheikh Zayed city.
*03:14* Israeli airstrikes around Safina building; no injuries reported.
The building is a government security site.
*02:55* Explosions reported in northern Gaza Strip.
*02:45* Huge blasts reported across the Gaza Strip.
Dima-Gaza @*DimaEleiwa* <https://twitter.com/DimaEleiwa>
WTH that was huge explosion !!!!!!!
19 Nov 12 <https://twitter.com/DimaEleiwa/statuses/270686541645496321>
*02:04* Israeli airstrike hits Tamer Abu Daqa residence in Khan Younis.
*01:59* Palestinian students rally outside Palestinian embassy in London
after pro-Israel activists circulate plans to protest.
*01:54* Israeli media: Air raid sirens heard in Ashkelon, Sderot and Kiryat
*01:34* In a new release, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges Israel
to immediately halt airstrikes targeting news media offices in Gaza:
"Israel should respect its obligations under international law and
immediately halt its attacks against news media offices," says CPJ's Sherif
Mansour. "Authorities know these buildings are home to numerous news
organizations whose employees are civilians protected by international law."
*01:28* Israeli strike on Abu Khadra government compound in Gaza City.
*01:20* Casualties arriving at Shifa Hospital after bombing of Islamic
*01:13* Al-Arabiya reports that Egypt will announce an agreement,
guaranteed by President Mohammad Mursi. The Saudi-owned newspaper says the
terms include lifting the siege and opening Gaza's crossings.
*01:12* Israeli planes bomb the headquarters of the Islamic National Bank
in Gaza City.
*01:01* Israeli media: Nine senior Israelis meeting to discuss future of
*00:55* Russia accuses the United States of blocking a bid by the UN
Security Council to condemn the escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip and
says other council members are filibustering the issue.
*00:47* Three missiles hit the house of Qassam leader Raed al-Athar in
Rafah, Ma'an reporter says.
*00:33* Extremely dark
The Onion today.
*00:20* The Israeli military warns residents of the Gaza Strip not to leave
their homes or they will be targeted.
*00:05* Al-Qassam Brigades: "Today we shelled Israeli targets with 107
projectiles, total number hit 1200 since #Israel's offensive on #Gaza".
*00:02* Clashes are ongoing in Hebron after Israeli soldiers shot and
killed Hamdi Mohammad Jawwad Al-Falah in the West Bank city late Monday.
*00:01* Ma'an reporters in Gaza are preparing for another day of 24-hour
coverage under fire. On Monday, TV reporter Ibrahim Qanan was live on
an interview with a human rights advocate, when an explosion went off
*00:00* Israel's assault on Gaza has entered its seventh day. Follow this
live report for minute-by-minute updates of events as they happen. Monday's
coverage is here <http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=539320>.
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