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  • Dick Eastman
    Using claims like retaliation for Palestinian rocket fire is false and misleading. They sell that story to the American masses via main stream media to make
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2008
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      Using claims like retaliation for Palestinian rocket fire is false and misleading. They sell that story to the American masses via main stream media to make people think that all the nice Israelis are doing is defending themselves. What is not told and what the rest of the world knows, is that the Israelis have been the aggressors all along. From shooting American made missiles into crowded Palestinian habitations killing countless civilians, conducting targeted assassinations, bulldozing houses, starving the population, destroying their electrical power plants, poisoning and denying them water, and countless other acts of war and aggression the Israelis have been on a serious offensive . Not a week goes by without Palestinians being killed. Yet we hear a lot about Palestinian rocket fire but oddly enough with no Israeli casualties.

      They twist the truth to make the victims become the aggressors and the aggressors become the victims. The Israelis are pushing ahead with their genocide of the Palestinian people so that they can complete taking all of Palestinian lands as they claim was given to them by their god as chosen people. The real story is that they are using the worst Satanic methods to obtain what they claim was given to them by their god. Indeed what they are doing is in total opposition to the edicts of the Creator. As one leading Jewish intellectual admitted a few years ago, "Many Jews don't like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer!"
      Senior Israeli defense official: Collective punishment works
      In a statement to the Israeli press Monday, a senior Israeli official claimed that the collective punishment of the entire Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip was an effective way to curb Palestinian homemade rocket attacks, stating that Palestinians "got the message".

      Despite the fact that such collective punishment of an entire population is explicitly illegal under international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and despite the fact that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are an occupied people, and are thus entitled to a special 'protected' status under United Nations regulations, the Israeli occupying authorities have continually attempted to justify measures which punish the entire Palestinian population for the actions of a few.

      Said the unnamed senior Israeli military official, in an interview with the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahranot, "We got the message across. Hamas understood the equation: A continuation of the rocket fire would lead to Israeli pressure against armed groups and civilians. We do not plan to cause a humanitarian catastrophe, but they now realize they will not get fuel or other luxuries as well."

      Many Palestinians disagree with the designation of fuel as a luxury, given that the fuel cutoff has made it impossible to maintain operation of hospitals and clinics, and a number of patients have died as a result. Communications between emergency personnel have been affected, and the sick and elderly have been suffering through a severely cold winter without access to heat.

      Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention forbids collective punishment and states that a person shall not be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. This article explicitly relates to administrative punishment imposed on persons or groups because of acts that they did not personally commit. Article 50 of the Hague Regulations states a comparable prohibition.

      Israeli policies in the Gaza Strip continue to target the entire population of 1.5 million people as punishment for homemade rockets fired toward Israel by a few Palestinian resistance fighters.

      The Israeli military source quoted in the Israeli paper Monday made clear that the collective punishment of the Palestinian population in Gaza will continue, stating, "Only an end to rocket fire would enable a return to normal life in the Gaza Strip."
      joeschmuck wrote:  “So throwing all the Jews into concentration camps as punishment for what their gang leaders do should be okay then.”


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      More Israeli war crimes, more media complicity


      On Friday, this was how one of the latest Israeli actions was described:
      Israel bombed the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza
      News reports described the building as "empty at the time," but did note that "one woman was killed and at least 30 others nearby were wounded."
      It turns out, though, that there was more to the story, which is now making its way into some papers, though certainly not into the broadcast media:
      The building, in a residential neighborhood flanked by the apartments of well-to-do residents, had been empty since it was severely damaged in a July 2006 airstrike.
      So the building wasn't just "unoccupied, " but "unused," and it wasn't the "Hamas-r! un Interior Ministry," but an building formerly used (and still owned) by the Interior Ministry. And, not only that, but a building located in a "residential neighborhood, " where, as it turns out, a wedding was in progress:
      An Israeli warplane attacked the downtown offices of the Palestinian Interior Ministry, flattening one wing of the empty building, killing a woman at a wedding party next door and wounding at least 46 other civilians, some of them children playing soccer in the street, hospital staff and witnesses said.
      And why was this building attacked? Evidently it was not a military target, since it was an unused building. No, it was an act of pure terrorism - "sending a message" through bombing:
      Even though it was unoccupied, it was seen as a symbol of Hamas authority.
      But it isn't just me who says so, it's a U.N. official, who correctly described the Israeli actions as war crimes:
      A United Nations official in Geneva on Saturday condemned Israel's actions, particularly the bombing on Friday of an empty Hamas Interior Ministry building in a Gaza City neighborhood. Shrapnel from the missile strike killed a woman and wounded up to 46 people, some of them children, who were celebrating at a wedding party next door.

      The official, John Dugard, who works on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said the Israelis who were responsible "for such cowardly action" resulting in civilian casualties "are guilty of serious war crimes and should be prosecuted and punished for their crimes." He said that the attack on the building "near a wedding party venue" was carried out "with what must have been foreseen loss of life and injury to many civilians."
      And where did I read Dugard's statement? Of the major media, only in the New York Times, but even there, the Times does not acquit itself well. The headline to the article reads "Israeli Airstrike in Gaza Kills 2 Hamas Members," and not until well in the article do we read that a U.N. official has leveled the rather serious charge of "war crimes" against Israel, rather a more newsworthy item than the death of yet two more Palestinians at Israeli hands. Talk about burying the lead! Also known as complicity.
      As an aside, the Israelis are still describing this building, unused for more than a year and a half, as "a Hamas headquarters. "


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