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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Candy for Israeli soldiers, cancer for Gaza's civilians

Candy for Israeli soldiers, cancer for Gaza's civilians | The Electronic Intifada

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Staff in al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City, treat a wounded man; doctors say that some of the injuries they have observed appear to have been caused by DIME bombs. 
 (Ezz Zanoun / APA images)
In an especially grotesque piece of propaganda, an Israeli weapons manufacturer hasboasted of distributing candy to soldiers attacking Gaza.
Israel Aerospace Industries, the company in question, is a leading supplier of drones to the Israeli military.
Such drones are, of course, not bringing candy to Palestinians. They are being used to drop weapons which cause horrific injuries.
A new briefing from Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights group, details how Hellfire rockets connected to drones are firing DIME (dense inert metal explosives) into residential areas of Gaza. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor working in Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital, hasspoken of how injuries he has seen in recent weeks appear to have been caused by DIME.

Bodies cut in half

A DIME bomb usually contains a mixture of explosive material, cobalt, nickel, iron and tungsten alloy. The bomb leaves almost no metallic fragments in the human body.
The injuries of victims who have been hit by DIME bombs are therefore distinguishable from injuries from traditional, metal-coated weapons. Physicians in the Gaza Strip have observed how entire bodies have been cut in half, bones shattered, and skin, muscle and bones turned into charcoal due to the heavy burns caused by these bombs.
Furthermore, DIME bombs have dangerous biological effects on the victims and cause tissue to be torn from flesh. Amputations caused by the bombs are extremely difficult to treat and frequently result in death. Work on treating such injuries has been made all the more difficult by how Israel has attacked more than twenty health facilities.
Palestinians who survive the DIME injuries are at high risk of contracting cancer. Exposure to a mixture of tungsten and cobalt are linked to early signs of lung cancer, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Criminal

Al-Haq argues that Israel’s use of DIME bombs against the people of Gaza violates international humanitarian law.
A key tenet of international law, the principle of proportionality, prohibits the causing of death and injuries to civilians. More than 80 percent of all Palestinians killed so far have been civilians, according to the Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Children comprise one-fifth of the victims.
In addition, the 1980 convention on chemical weapons prohibits the use of weapons which “cause superfluous injury or excessive suffering.” Israel has signed that convention.
The convention also prohibits the use of any weapon which aims to injure by placing fragments in the human body that escape detection. Al-Haq argues that Israel is using Palestinian civilians in Gaza to test DIME bombs. By doing so, Israel violates the principle of humanity in international law, which requires that all persons be treated humanely in all circumstances.
Conducting experiments on civilians is also recognized as a war crime by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
This leads to an inescapable conclusion: Israel must be prosecuted for its cruel and criminal behavior in Gaza.

Time lapse shows neighborhood in Gaza being flattened by air strikes over the course of one hour.اسرائيل تدمر حي خلال ساعه في غزة

Gaza under attack -Al-Qassam Brigades leader: "We only target Israeli soldiers, not civilians"

Live blog: Gaza under attack | Middle East Eye

Al-Qassam Brigades leader: "We only target Israeli soldiers, not civilians"

The general commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas, said that Gaza fighters are only targeting Israeli soldiers and have not sought to hurt civilians.
In a recorded statement broadcast by al-Aqsa satellite television at 19:00 GMT, Mohammad al-Daif sent a messages to the Israeli "enemy".
Daif has reportedly escaped numerous capture and assassination attempts as he operates away from the sight of his Israeli foes. He rarely makes public appearances.
"The battlefields are now different", said Daif, adding that Gaza's fighters are less scared of death than their Israeli counterparts.
Secondly, Daif predicted a shameful failure of Israel's ground operation in Gaza, noting that "what war-planes had failed to do, soldiers won't succeed".
Thirdly, he stressed that Hamas is targeting Israeli soldiers only, and is not seeking to cause harm to civilians. This is, he adds, despite Israel's "deliberate" killing of Palestinian civilians.  
Fourthly, Daif vowed that Israel won't feel security unless Palestinians feel it too. He demanded that not only must Israel halt its military offensive but also lift the blockade on Gaza if there is going to be a truce.
Finally, Daif said that Hamas was ready itself for such a battle and that the group's moves are calculated and disciplined, adding that they do not make hasty and "uncalculated reactions like Israel",
Towards the end of the recording, Daif said Palestinian fighters owe their strength to the patience of the people of Gaza and their "support for the resistance".
- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/live-blog-gaza-under-attack-857155168#sthash.VS3rGXib.dpuf

Palestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer: Lifting the Blockade Isn’t a Hamas Demand — It’s a Human Right | Democracy Now!

Palestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer: Lifting the Blockade Isn’t a Hamas Demand — It’s a Human Right | Democracy Now!

Death toll soars to over 1,200 amid talk of truce

Death toll soars to over 1,200 amid talk of truce | Maan News Agency

Published today (updated) 29/07/2014 22:10
A building within the port of Gaza is seen on fire after several strikes
early on July 29, 2014 (AFP Loulou D'Aki)
 
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Over 120 Palestinians were killed by Israeli strikes on Tuesday as leaders on both sides debated a proposed humanitarian ceasefire.

In the latest attack, two Palestinians were killed and three were injured in an Israeli airstrike on northern Rafah.

Additionally, the bodies of four Palestinians were recovered from rubble late Tuesday from earlier attacks on Rafah, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

A top PLO official, meanwhile, said that Palestinian factions in Gaza had agreed to a day-long humanitarian truce.

Yasser Abed Rabbo announced that after consultations with Hamas and Islamic Jihad there was "willingness for a ceasefire and humanitarian truce for 24 hours."

A joint delegation headed by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas would travel to Cairo to take the next step, he added.

"This is more proof that we have a unified Palestinian stand," Abed Rabbo told reporters. "The delegation will head to Cairo under the PLO umbrella represented by President Mahmoud Abbas."

A Hamas spokesman quickly denied Hamas had agreed to the proposal.

"When we have an Israeli commitment ... on a humanitarian truce, we will look into it but we will never declare a truce from our side while the occupation keeps killing our children," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zukhri said on his Facebook page.

Abed Rabbo later insisted that Hamas was open to the idea, saying that the announcement had been made with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal's approval.

Israeli media quoted officials as saying there was agreement among officials, but later the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that two officials had denied a ceasefire had been agreed upon.

The Israeli government remained silent on the subject while continuing its bombardment.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had asked for fresh help from America in trying to broker a ceasefire.

"Last night we talked, and the prime minister talked to me about an idea and a possibility of a ceasefire. He raised it with me, as he has consistently," said Kerry.

The top US diplomat added that Netanyahu had said he "would embrace a ceasefire that permits Israel to protect itself against (Palestinian militants') tunnels and obviously not be disadvantaged for the great sacrifice they have made thus far."

There was no Israeli government comment.

A series of ceasefires in recent days have failed to take hold, as both sides appeared more determined than ever to keep up the fighting.

The Israeli offensive, which began on July 8, has killed more than 1,210 Palestinians, mostly civilians according to the United Nations, and injured over 7,000.

Fifty-six lives have been lost on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers.

Demands for end to hostilities

The World Health Organization now estimates that more than 215,000 people, or one out of eight Gazans, have fled their homes in the overcrowded territory.

Many have headed for already-cramped UN schools in the north, where children ran barefoot around a dirty school yard alongside stinking piles of rubbish.

The surge in violence drew increasingly urgent international demands for an end to hostilities.

"In the name of humanity, the violence must stop," UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.

But the calls went unheeded, with Netanyahu warning it would be "a lengthy campaign" that would go on until troops destroyed cross-border tunnels used for staging attacks on Israel.

"Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and from death tunnels -- death from above and from below," he said.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed by Gaza rocket fire, one of whom was hit while volunteering at an Israeli military base.

But the vast majority of Israeli deaths have been among soldiers, with Gaza militants killing at least 53 since the beginning of Israel's ground offensive on July 17.

AFP contributed to this report

Gaza Pic / RamAbdu: An airstrike on a neighborhood ...

Twitter / RamAbdu: An airstrike on a neighborhood ...

An airstrike on a neighborhood in .We all must remember that has been under a tight siege 4more than 8 yrs

video) Qassam Brigades of attacking the Isreali Military(not civillians unlike israel) !تصوير سري خلال اقتحام مستوطنه لكتائب القسام وقتل 10 جنود | شهاب






Worthy of note: al-Qassam boosting morale of civilians in Gaza by showing their assault on "Israel" military, who've killed +1,000 civilians


Civic resistance took out one of most technologically advanced/morally empty 'armies' in the world. Their humiliation immortalized on camera


Broadcasting the assault/humiliation of "Israel"s state-militia by civic resistance to the world, will mean Gaza will suffer greatly tonight

End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace - The Washington Post

End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace - The Washington Post

Online articles and links - latest : Palestine Freedom Today - Gaza Under Attack

#Palestine Freedom Today - #GazaUnderAttack

Inside Gaza’s Shelters photo essay by lara| IMEU

Inside Gaza’s Shelters | IMEU

DrBasselAbuward:BDS - Do u know that by not boycotting Israeli products ...

Twitter / DrBasselAbuward: Do u know that by not boycotting ...

Do u know that by not boycotting Israeli products,ur money goes to the same ppl who r killing kids

Israel-Palestine conflict: As Israel has discovered, it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media - Comment - Voices - The Independent

Israel-Palestine conflict: As Israel has discovered, it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media - Comment - Voices - The Independent

Pro-Gaza sit-in to be held in front of UK Cabinet Office

Pro-Gaza sit-in to be held in front of UK Cabinet Office



[ 29/07/2014 - 03:05 PM ]



LONDON, (PIC)-- The Palestine Forum in Britain has called for mass participation in the protest rally to be staged Tuesday evening in front of the UK Cabinet Office in protest at the ongoing Israeli Gaza offensive.
Thousands have been rallying in London against the wave of Israeli strikes and in solidarity with the Gaza casualties.
The demos have called on the British government and the international community to step in so as to stop the Israeli genocides against the Gaza population.
Some 150 protestors joined a mass-rally held last Saturday in front of the U.K. government office then marched to the Israeli embassy in Britain.
London protests make part of a series of popular pro-Gaza marches that have spread out across different European cities.
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Khuzaa’s holocaust continues on Eid day

Khuzaa’s holocaust continues on Eid day



[ 29/07/2014 - 04:51 PM ]



KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)-- Israeli war machine continued to target Khuzaa town, east of Khan Younis to the south of the Gaza Strip, on the first day of Eid al–Fitr, which resulted in hundreds of martyrs, wounded, homeless, and missing and trapped people, in addition to dozens of destroyed homes.
In scenes reminiscent of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe), Abdul Rahim Kudaih, 65, resorted to one of the UNRWA schools in Khan Younis refugee camp which turned into shelter centers for those who were displaced from their homes due to the ongoing Israeli aggression.
Kudaih was forced to leave his home last Wednesday following the Israeli invasion of the town amid heavy shelling of artillery shells and tear gas grenades. Dozens of suffocation cases were reported.
Khuzaa town, a home to 13 thousand citizens, is located in the eastern outskirts of Khan Younis, its residents were forced to leave their homes in groups as what had been previously witnessed by their grandfathers.
Kudaih told the Palestinian Information Center’s correspondent that Israeli attacks started on July 22, after midnight targeting empty lands at first. The attacks were then escalated bombing civilian neighborhoods and homes.
According to local sources, IOF special forces raided a number of civilian homes and turned them into military watchtowers.
Continued suffering
On the Eid day, Khuzaa residents were either receiving treatment in hospitals, homeless, or buried in cemeteries not familiar to them, while large numbers of bodies are still unaccounted for and buried under the rubble after failure of the ambulance crews to evacuate them.
Khuzaa residents, frustrated by the Red Cross for not pressuring the Israeli occupation into allowing evacuation of the bodies of the martyrs, attacked and destroyed the headquarters of the international committee.
Hussein Radhwan, a resident of Khuzaa, said that dozens of homes were totally destroyed once the Israeli occupation forces raided the town.
Most of the destroyed homes’ owners were either killed, wounded, went missing, or detained. “We managed to pull four bodies from the rubble; however the number of missing people is much higher”, he said.
Samahar Kudaih, who survived the bombing and managed to escape, has lost her husband Suleiman, while one of her brothers was detained by the IOF soldiers.
Khuzaa’s massacre has deepened the grief of the town’s residents who are still suffering from the impacts of the previous Israeli aggressions and attacks.
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At Least 22 Civilians, Children, Killed By Israeli Missiles In Gaza

At Least 22 Civilians, Children, Killed By Israeli Missiles In Gaza - International Middle East Media Center

author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News Report post
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that more than twenty-two Palestinians have been killed, and dozens injured, in recent Israeli air strikes and bombardment, in different parts of the Gaza Strip. Army fires missile into UNRWA car, killing a Palestinian Doctor and his brother.
Image By Mohamed Awad - Wattan News
Image By Mohamed Awad - Wattan News
Update 08:40: A Palestinian doctor and his brother killed after the Israeli army fired a missile into a UNRWA car, in northern Gaza. The Ministry of Health said the two slain Palestinian have been identified as:

1. Dr. Bashir al-Hajjar, northern Gaza.
2. Samir al-Hajjar, northern Gaza.

Update 17:01: Three Palestinians killed by Israeli missiles in Gaza, remains moved to the Gaza European Hospital.

3. Mos'ab Ahmad Sweih, 17, Gaza.
4. Nariman Khalil al-Agha, 39, Gaza.
5. Ali Mohammad Abu Ma'rouf, 23, Gaza.

Update 16:36: Mahmoud Hammad, killed after the army bombarded homes east of Khan Younis.

6. Mahmoud Hammad, Khan Younis.

Update: 16:24: Two Palestinians killed by Israeli shells in the Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza.

7. Marwan Khalil Jibril, 40, Nusseirat.
8. Mohammad Imad Abu Hamed, 21, Nusseirat.

The sources said two Palestinians were killed by Israeli missiles, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. They have been identified as:

9. Ayman Samir Qeshta, 30, Rafah.
10. Ismael Shahin, 27, Rafah.

A Palestinian journalist and his daughter were also killed after an Israeli was fired into a crowded street in Mesbeh neighborhood, north of Rafah.

Several Palestinians were injured, some seriously. The slain father and his daughter have been identified as:

11. Baha’ ed-Deen al-Gharib, Rafah.
12. Ola Baha’ ed-Deen al-Gharib, Rafah.

A Palestinian child was also killed when an Israeli missile struck her family home in the Salatin neighborhood, in northern Gaza; several family members were injured. She has been identified as:

13. Tahrir Nasr Jaber, 15, Northern Gaza.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza also said two children (brothers) have been killed after an Israeli missile struck their home in Khan Younis. They have been identified as:

14. Mohammad Ata Najjar, 2, Khan Younis.
15. Rafif Ata Najjar, 3, Khan Younis.

In addition, a political leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and six members of his family, have been killed when the army fired a missile into their home, in Khan Younis. The names of his family members were available at the time of this report.

16. Waddah Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
17. Family member of Waddah Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
18. Family member of Waddah Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
19. Family member of Waddah Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
20. Family member of Waddah Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
21. Family member of Waddah Abu Amer, Khan Younis.
22. Family member of Waddah Abu Amer, Khan Younis.

Soldiers also fired missiles into dozens of homes, north of Gaza City, Zeitoun neighborhood, Rafah, Beit Lahia and Jabalia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said the remains of more than a 100 Palestinians are yet to be identified, and published. Israeli missiles and shells have killed at least fifty Palestinians Tuesday.
category gaza strip | israeli attacks | news report 

More than 122 killed in Gaza since midnight

More than 122 killed in Gaza since midnight | Maan News Agency



Published today (updated) 29/07/2014 18:14
A Palestinian inspects a mosque in Gaza City after it was hit by an Israeli
air strike, on July 29, 2014 (AFP Mahmud Hams)
 
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Health on Tuesday afternoon said that more than 100 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli bombardment on Tuesday morning alone, bringing the total past 1,200 as hundreds of thousands fled their homes across the Strip.

Earlier statements from the ministry had given the number of dead at around 57 for the morning, but after consultation with hospitals across the Strip the total was revised to more than 106 dead and hundreds more injured over the course of 14 hours.

Since then, at least 16 more have died in Israeli attacks.

In the most recent attack, at least 14 Palestinians were killed and dozens were injured as Israeli forces shelled Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, a Ma'an reporter said.

Witnesses said homes in Jabaliya refugee camp were shelled heavily, and that many bodies remain under the rubble of destroyed buildings.

The Ministry of Health also said that as of Monday night nearly 5,000 homes had been completely destroyed, while tens of thousands more had been partially destroyed.

The United Nations, meanwhile, estimated that more than 215,000 Gazans had fled their home, or more than 10 percent of the besieged coastal enclave's total population.

Late Monday, Israeli authorities had given 400,000 Gazans evacuation orders, but with all the borders closed and the Israeli bombardment and ground invasion continuing in the northern, central, and southern Gaza Strip, the vast majority had nowhere to go except UN shelters.

Last week, however, Israeli shelling hit at least four UN-designated shelters, killing more than 20 and injuring hundreds.

The violence followed a relatively quiet weekend in which more than 100 bodies were found in Gaza rubble but Israeli shelling killed only a handful of Palestinians, drawing increasingly urgent international demands for an end to the fighting.

"In the name of humanity, the violence must stop," pleaded UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

But the calls appeared to be falling on deaf ears, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning Monday it would be "a lengthy campaign" that would not end before troops destroyed cross-border tunnels used for staging attacks on southern Israel.

"Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and from death tunnels -- death from above and from below," he said.

On the ground, hundreds of Palestinians could be seen leaving their homes after the army warned residents of five areas to flee and take refugee in central Gaza City, an AFP correspondent said.

New Gaza exodus

Many headed for already-cramped UN schools in the north, where children ran barefoot around a dirty school yard alongside stinking piles of rubbish.

"We came yesterday after the army warned us to leave," said 46-year-old Ghassan Abed who fled from his home in the northern town of Beit Lahiya with his wife and six children.

"About 200 people just from our street have fled," he said.

UN statistics published Monday showed 215,000 Palestinians had already fled their homes, with 170,461 staying in 82 of the agency's schools.

On Tuesday, several tank shells struck Gaza's sole power plant, causing damage and a fire, bringing it grinding to a halt, a senior official with the power authority said.

Another air strike targeted the home of top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City's Shati refugee camp, officials said.

Palestinian rescue workers remove a body from under the rubble of a building destroyed by an
Israeli air strike in Rafah, on July 29, 2014 (AFP Said Khatib)

A deceptive calm

Tensions rose sharply on Monday after a shell landed inside the Shifa hospital compound in Gaza City, followed by a blast at a children's playground in the city's al-Shati refugee camp, that killed 10, eight of them children.

Residents in al-Shati said an F-16 fired several missiles at a motorized rickshaw in a claim denied by the Israeli army, which also said it had not targeted the hospital.

Shortly afterwards, a mortar killed four soldiers near a kibbutz in southern Israel, the army said, indicating another soldier had been killed in action in southern Gaza.

As the violence soared, top diplomats from Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the United States pledged to "redouble their efforts" and step up the pressure to persuade the sides to accept a truce.

And Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was expected to visit Cairo with representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, another militant group, for fresh talks with the Egyptians on ending the violence in Gaza, a senior source in Ramallah told AFP, without saying when.

Ministry of Health Spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra provided a continuing toll of the deaths and injuries across the Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon.

The deaths and injuries are provided here in chronological order, with the most recent as the latest.

Mahmoud Muhammad Hammad was killed in Israeli shelling in eastern Khan Younis.

Salem Muhammad al-Far's body arrived to al-Aqsa Hospital after he was pulled from under the rubble in central Gaza.

Ijmeiyan Odeh Shalouf was killed and three others were injured in an airstrike targeting a motorcycle in Rafah on Tuesday afternoon.

Tahrir Nasser Jaber, 15, was killed in an Israeli airstrike targeting her home in al-Salatin neighborhood in northern Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Qidra said the bodies of two child siblings arrived to Nasser medical center: Muhammad Atta al-Najjar, 2, and Rafif Atta al-Najjar, 3.

Two Palestinians were killed in an airstrike on Tuesday targeting eastern Rafah.

The dead were named as Ayman Qishta and Ismail Shahin, and they were killed when Israeli warplanes targeted a group of people in eastern Rafah, and four others were injured in an airstrike at Jabaliya.

AFP contributed to this report.

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Memoir of a war survivor | Mondoweiss

Memoir of a war survivor | Mondoweiss

Video of Aftermath of Israeli Strike on Gaza's Only Power Plant Emerges | VICE News

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