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1 January 2009

Last updated: Friday, January 2, 2009 9:39

Report direct from Gaza
Day 6 of Israeli War On Gaza: More suffocating bombings claim lives of children
Sameh A. Habeeb
The scale of Israeli war escalated today by hitting more targets in various places across the occupied Gaza. The army opened the new year with more military fatal actions in Gaza leaving more people dead. Trauma cases raise up and more people are suffering from the air raids. Many facets of harmed people can be found in Gaza. You either find a hit house with a dead one of the family or a hit house in which its residents traumatized and panics…

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Keep your eye on the ball. This is not about rockets
STUART LITTLEWOOD
What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries? Would they be allowed to exploit and develop their offshore gas field? Would their fishermen be allowed to fish in unpolluted waters? Would their young people be able to come and go and take up places at foreign universities? Would Israel clear out of Gazan airspace permanently? Would the Israeli navy cease its piracy and stay out of Palestinian territorial waters? Would you and I be able to visit Gaza direct? Fat chance. None of this would suit Israel. So Gazans would be no better off. Their tormented half-existence would continue…

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Ashkelon Built on Ruins of Ethnically Cleansed and Destroyed Al-Jura
umkahlil
Every US politician makes the obligatory trip to Sderot, an Israeli town built on the defaced and ethnically cleansed Palestinian Village, Najd. I wrote previously about Najd, “Sderot Built on Ashes of Ethnically Cleansed and Defaced Najd.” Astute politicians, albeit unconcerned about getting re-elected, might find my article about the history of what is now called Sderot, and might also find interesting the history of what is now called Ashkelon, which is built on ethnically cleansed and destroyed Al-Jura. Because the root of the problem between the Jewish immigrants who came to Palestine from all over the world and ethnically cleansed the Palestinians and then destroyed over five hundred of their villages and the Palestinians is that the initial injustice to the Palestinian people, is not addressed and most of the time not put into context for people not familiar with the history of Palestine…

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A horrible truth from the Al-Amal Orphan Society / A message from David Halpin
DAVID HALPIN, Palestine Think Tank
Mohammed El-Ewadi is a very calm, polite, shy, and clever boy. He is an orphan living at AL AMAL Orphanage in Gaza. Mohammed left the orphanage early in the morning, to his final exam at school. he was ready for his exam, and looking forward to the winter vacation, as he was planning to learn photography and computer drawing. He was supposed to come back to the orphanage at 11:00 AM, as he is used to come back from school right away. We waited and waited. Mohammed did not come back. We went out looking for him everywhere, but we couldn’t find him. We went to the hospital many times asking about him, the hospital was a total chaos, no one was able to help us. Finally at 7:00 PM we were permitted to enter the ICU to look for Mohammed between the many unknown victims. Yes, Mohammed was one of the many victims of the crimes committed against Gaza yesterday…

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Video: US military aid underpins Gaza offensive
AlJazeeraEnglish
Israel receives billions of dollars in military aid from the US each year, much of it spent on American weaponry which US law says must only be used in self-defence. But experts say there is little chance of cuts in aid to Israel despite its military operation in Gaza…

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WILL THE US EVER SUPPORT JUSTICE?
Ibrahim Ebeid , Al-Moharer.net
Since the creation of the Zionist entity in 1948, the United States of America always considers the Zionist entity its best ally and most important friend. It is treated like it is the 51St state. Billions of dollars have been siphoned to the entity. The economy and military power is supported by US money and arms, and this support created the monster that ravages and kills with no remorse. About 400 people were killed in Gaza in the past few days by US bombs supplied to the invaders of my country, Palestine, Palestine and George Bush says the killing is “justified.” He is repeating the same mantra of Madeleine Albright about killing more than half a million of Iraqi children under five years old during the first few months of the genocidal blockade. Arab children and Arab people have no value and do not count in this time and age of Zionist Western Imperialism…

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Eleven children among 21 killed on sixth day of Israeli air assault
Ma’an news
Israel’s air force continued its aggression on the Gaza Strip for the sixth consecutive day at the beginning of New Year 2009, leaving at least 21 Palestinians dead, including 11 children and nine women. Medical sources in Gaza said the death toll had been lifted to 418 and the number of injured to about 2,100 by the end of Thursday, roughly 250 of them critically…

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The truth about those Hamas rockets
Dennis Rahkonen
Five years ago, the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction to dupe us into supporting an illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq. A few days ago, Israel trotted out only an infinitesimally more credible excuse — the Hamas rockets case — as justification for its own murderous shock and awe in Gaza, a long-planned campaign perniciously aimed at ousting a “regime” that came to power via popular, democratic vote…

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Video: Sixth day of raids on Gaza
AlJazeeraEnglish
Israel destroys the home of Nizar Rayyan, a senior Hamas figure, killing him and 13 members of his family in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza. In the most high-level assassination of a Hamas official since Israel’s operations began six days ago, the targeting of Rayyan’s house prompts criticism that Israel is violating international law…

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Action Alert: Twenty-Six Things to Help Gaza
Haitham Sabbah
So far hundreds of civilians have been killed in Gaza. Five sisters in one family, four other children in another home, two children on a cart drawn by a donkey. Universities, colleges, police stations, roads, apartment buildings were all targeted. The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian areas issued a statement that “The Israeli air-strikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war.”…

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Once More, the American Embassy Expresses Concern for Its Citizens (Israel’s That Is)
Beirut New Year Update
Franklin Lamb
With daily demonstrations being held in Beirut and across Lebanon, this item just in from the morning papers here in Beirut: Beirut, 01 Jan. 0344. “United States Advises its Citizens in Lebanon to Avoid Demonstrations in Support of Gaza” “The American embassy in Beirut, sent an email to its citizens informing them that several protests had occurred “with little or no warning in Lebanon” and that they should “exercise extreme caution.”…

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The New York Times and Gaza: Justifying genocide
Bill Van Auken, WSWS
On the fourth day of the Israeli aerial blitz against the population of Gaza, the New York Times, the mouthpiece of US establishment liberalism, weighed in on the subject for the first time on its editorial pages. In a lead editorial, the Times made its position clear in short order. “Israel must defend itself,” it began. “And Hamas must bear responsibility for ending a six-month cease-fire this month with a barrage of rocket attacks into Israeli territory.” There is little to distinguish the “newspaper of record’s” version of events from the mendacious account being peddled by the American media in general: the Palestinians are the aggressors and Israel the victim…

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GAZANS IN URGENT NEED OF FOOD AID AS BOMBING CONTINUES
Islamic Relief – UK
British aid agency Islamic Relief has delivered four trucks of food aid to the main Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. The food aid included flour, rice, beans, tinned meat and fish. Aid workers report that before the delivery of aid reached the hospital food stocks were almost depleted and there was only enough flour to last four days. Islamic Relief is one of the largest aid agencies operating in Gaza and has been sourcing food and medical supplies from inside the Strip. Emergency relief teams say food is running out and immediate supplies are needed from outside of Gaza in order to reduce the human suffering…

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Action Alert: Twenty-Six Things to Help Gaza
Haitham Sabbah
So far hundreds of civilians have been killed in Gaza. Five sisters in one family, four other children in another home, two children on a cart drawn by a donkey. Universities, colleges, police stations, roads, apartment buildings were all targeted. The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian areas issued a statement that “The Israeli air-strikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war.”…

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Thousands of Gazans near Rafah displaced by IAF bombing of tunnels
AMIRA HASS
Rafah residents came to the realization on Tuesday that the air force has adopted a new method for destroying weapons smuggling tunnels in the town. On Monday, the military fired 10 missiles which are believed to have destroyed 10 tunnels. Palestinians say IAF drones fired seven missiles on Tuesday at the same number of tunnels. The buzz of the drones and the shrieking missile fire interspersed with the exploding bombs were heard all day and all night. A total of 12 ordnances were counted on Tuesday, though 12 explosions were not heard. Instead of an explosion, people felt the ground shake beneath their feet…

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Israel imposes general closure on West Bank
Xinhua
Israel’s defense establishment on Thursday night decided to seal off the West Bank for two days, as the ongoing deadly assaults in Gaza Strip has strained relations between Jews and Arabs. The general closure, ordered by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, starts at midnight Thursday and ends on Saturday night, said the army in a statement…

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Video: B’Tselem questions Israeli account of attack
AlJazeeraEnglish
The Israeli military says it bombed a lorry which Hamas fighters were loading with rockets on Monday. But an Israeli human rights group says civilians were killed as they tried to protect their goods. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid talks to a Palestinian who says the vehicle was his and that it was being loaded with gas canisters by his family…

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U.S. toll in Afghanistan at record high in 2008
Reuters
Foreign troops suffered their highest death toll in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008, and with thousands more troops scheduled to be deployed, this year could be even worse. Nearly 270 foreign soldiers, 127 of them Americans, were killed in combat in 2008, versus 169 foreign combat deaths in 2007, according to figures compiled by Reuters. Hundreds more foreign soldiers were wounded in Taliban attacks last year, mostly involving roadside bomb blasts, which according to the U.S. ambassador, doubled to some 2,000 in 2008 from the previous year…

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Sixth day under attack: death toll in Gaza reaches 412
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC
Palestinian medical sources said that the Israeli army continued shelling in the Gaza Strip today have calmed the life of at least 15 Palestinians since Thursday morning. The Hamas movement said reported that among those killed today was Nizar Al Rayian, a Hamas politician, his wife and all of their kids. Local sources said that Israeli jet fighters shelled Al Rayian home, located in Jabaliya refugee camp in then northern part of the Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon…

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U.S. Losing ‘Secret’ War in Somalia
David Axe
For several years the U.S. military has fought a covert war in Somalia, using gunships, drones and Special Forces to break up suspected terror networks — and enlisting Ethiopia’s aid in propping up a pro-U.S. “transitional” government. It’s a relatively unknown front in the “war on terror,” and one where the U.S. and its allies are losing ground, fast…

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The rotten state of Egypt is too powerless and corrupt to act
Robert Fisk, Independent
…Egyptians demand that Mubarak open the Rafah crossing-point into Gaza, break off diplomatic relations with Israel, even send weapons to Hamas. And there is a kind of perverse beauty in listening to the response of the Egyptian government: why not complain about the three gates which the Israelis refuse to open? And anyway, the Rafah crossing-point is politically controlled by the four powers that produced the “road map” for peace, including Britain and the US. Why blame Mubarak? To admit that Egypt can’t even open its sovereign border without permission from Washington tells you all you need to know about the powerlessness of the satraps that run the Middle East for us…

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