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4 January 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Monday, January 5, 2009 11:56

Report direct from Gaza
Day 9 of Israeli War On Gaza : News Report Ground Military Operation
Sameh A. Habeeb
Israeli army started the ground military operation vowed of launching it years ago. Many Palestinian civilians killed and their number is dramatically rising. Meanwhile, a small number of Palestinian militants killed in the ongoing clashes through the Gaza Strip. The operation started Saturday 8pm accompanied by heavy coverage from Artillery machine, naval gunboats and Air force. Five key access witnessed the advancement of Israeli army. In the north a group of tanks and soldiers advanced from Ertiz crossing and another group from Bait lahia town near the old settlement of Doghit. In east of Gaza City, several tanks advanced from the crossings of Al Muntar and Nahal Oz. Part of these troops advanced south east of Gaza and cut the main street of Slah Al edin. On the south, Israeli troops occupied the airport and set military outposts. In Bait lahi town, a strike killed 17 people most of them civilians and amongst them children and medical staff of an ambulance vehicle. A number of injured were reported to be on the venue of bombings but medical vehicle were not able to reach them…

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The Invasion of Gaza: “Operation Cast Lead”, Part of a Broader Israeli Military-Intelligence Agenda
MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY, Globalresearch
…Arafat’s assassination was ordered in 2003 by the Israeli cabinet. It was approved by the US which vetoed a United Nations Security Resolution condemning the 2003 Israeli Cabinet decision. Reacting to increased Palestinian attacks, in August 2003, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz declared “all out war” on the militants whom he vowed “marked for death.” (…) The assassination of Arafat was part of the 2001 Dagan Plan. In all likelihood, it was carried out by Israeli Intelligence. It was intended to destroy the Palestinian Authority, foment divisions within Fatah as well as between Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas is a Palestinian quisling…

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Questions & Answers concerning the Gaza holocaust
Khaled Amayreh
…All aggressors say they are only defending themselves. Nazi Germany said it was defending itself. Israel is the last country in the world that is fit to complain about terrorism. After all, Israel represents, encapsulates and embodies terror in its ugliest and most nefarious forms. Indeed, from the very inception of its misbegotten birth, Israel has been a mass murderer, a child killer, a land thief and an irredeemable liar. The genocidal rampage Israel is carrying out in Gaza represents the norm rather than the exception as far Israeli behaviors are concerned. In the final analysis, one can safely claim that Israel’s entire history has been an uninterrupted chain of massacres and terror. What makes the present mini-holocaust in Gaza look especially gruesome is the live television coverage from the field…

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Cluster bombs, DU, and White Phosphorus being used in Gaza
Laila El-Haddad
Residents in Gaza have been talking about an unprecedented amount of force being unleashed against them by the Israeli army- but they have also spoken about new kinds of weaponry. It comes as no surprise-Gaza has always been Israel’s “testing ground” – from nerve agents used in Khan Younis in 2003 to Sonic Boom “phantom air raids”. Now, there is talk of cluster bombs, depleted uranium, and white phosphorus. And these are only the ones people can identify. CNN corespondents stationed near the borders have also been talking about new kinds of explosions…

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Gaza phone lines expected to collapse soon
Ma’an news
The telephone network in the Gaza Strip is on the verge of collapse after being bombarded by the Israeli military, the Palestinian Telecommunication Group said on Sunday evening. In a statement the phone company said the “infrastructure of the network is suffering to direct hits to the main lines due to the Israeli assault on all areas of the Gaza Strip.” The network may shut down at any moment, the company added. Mobile phones, land lines, and internet connections will be affected…

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70 Palestinians killed on ninth day of the Gaza holocaust
Palestinian Information Center
IOF troops stepped up its campaign of terror and murder against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip and killed 70 civilians on Sunday, raising the number of Palestinians killed to 520. After a number of its tanks and soldiers were ambushed by the Palestinian resistance, the Israeli occupation took its revenge on civilians by targeting houses. Medical sources said on Sunday that since the start of ground offensive, on Saturday night the number of Palestinians killed reached seventy, 23 of them children in addition to a number of women and old people. A hundred others were wounded…

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Paramedic killed as shell hits ambulance in Gaza
Press Association
A paramedic working for an Oxfam-funded organisation was killed today after an ambulance was hit by an Israeli-fired shell, the charity said. The Palestinian, working for the Union of Health Work Committees, was killed in Gaza. Another paramedic lost his foot and the ambulance driver was injured in the same incident. The paramedic was trying to help evacuate an injured person in the Beit Lahiya area, when the shell struck the ambulance, Oxfam said…

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The Transformational Whatchamacallit of Peace, Hope and Change Same Old Deadly Shit … But Better, Non-Fattening and with Great Abs!
Arthur Silber
This is so much hope and change that I’m gonna … I’m gonna … goshes, gee whizzes, I’m gonna throws up! (…) To boost cooperation between NASA and the Pentagon, Obama has promised to revive the National Aeronautics and Space Council, which oversaw the entire space arena for four presidents, most actively from 1958 to 1973. The move would build ties between agencies with different cultures and agendas. Huh. Back to the future, back to 1958 to 1973. Because that period was so peaceful. The article also references the alleged critical importance of “retaining U.S. space dominance.” Global hegemony just isn’t enough, ya know. Not sufficiently hopey-changey…

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Video: UNWRA says Gaza situation is catastrophic – 04 Jan 09
AlJazeeraEnglish
The Israeli government says there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but social and medical workers disagree. John Ging from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency says the situation in Gaza is catastrophic.

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Gaza: panicked residents unable to flee
Ewa Jasiewicz
…What strikes me more now, more than the dismembered and burned corpses I saw two nights ago, more than the intensity of the missiles hitting all around us last night and the feeling that at any moment, Israeli special forces soldiers could enter shooting… was the panic on residents faces. Panic fleeing, panic trying to flag an ambulance for the wounded, the dead, panic even in the ambulance drivers and teams. They’ve seen a lot, many have done this work for a decade or more, but this is far, far worse than any have seen, or imagined, they tell me. In the morning light, as our ambulance tries to reach another wounded, I see new streams of women, children and men, carrying some few possessions. Two 8 or 9 year old children in one family clutch bags of bread…

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Five medics killed by Israeli forces in Gaza
International Solidarity Movement
4th January 2008, northern Gaza: International Human Rights Activists working with Palestinian medical crews today reported that another five Palestinian medics were killed today by Israeli forces. International Solidarity Movement activists spent the night accompanying ambulances in Gaza. They were, and will continue, working with medical personnel during the Israeli occupation forces ground invasion into northern Gaza. “In addition to the doctor and medic that the Israeli military murdered on the 31st of December, they have killed five more medics today. One was shot in Jabaliya, one in Al Sheikh Ejleen. Three have just been killed when a missile directly hit their ambulance in the Tal Hawye neighborhood in Gaza City. The medics are constantly in contact with the Red Cross for them to negotiate passage with the Israelis. The Israelis constantly refuse…

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Suicide bomber kills 38 at Iraq checkpoint
The attack targets Shiite pilgrims en route to a Baghdad shrine.
Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
As Shiite Muslim pilgrims made their way to a holy shrine in Baghdad to mark one of the sect’s most important religious holidays, a suicide bomber detonated herself at a crowded checkpoint this morning, killing as many as 38 people and wounding 72 in one of the capital city’s worst attacks in months, authorities said. It is the second major bombing in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Khadimiya since Dec. 27, when a minibus exploded, killing 24…

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Maliki offered to mediate between the U.S. and Iran
Roads to Iraq
…this report on Iraqpa reveals something new and the real reason behind Maliki’s visit to Iran. According to the report Maliki went to Tehran to cut a deal with Iranians: Maliki offered to renew his mediation between Iran and the United States, in exchange for Iran to pressure the Supreme Council and the Sadrists to support his government…

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Ahmadinejad Praises Maliki for the SOFA
Reidar Visser (www.historiae.org)
So maybe the prospect of a timetabled US withdrawal not involving political reform in Iraq was after all quite acceptable to Tehran? Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad certainly spun it that way after his meeting with Nuri al-Maliki in Tehran, describing the SOFA as a “pact of withdrawal”. Later, Maliki met with Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei…

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Iraq seeks expansion of ties with Iran: Iraqi PM
ISNA – Tehran
Current condition makes it necessary for Iraq to expand economic and diplomatic ties with neighboring countries specifically with Iran since these countries share many benefits with Iraq, asserted Iraqi Prime Minister. In a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Nouri al-Maliki said his country is optimistic about its relations with Iran. Al-Maliki has stepped in Iran on Saturday leading a high-ranking economic and political delegation as well as five Iraqi ministers; this is his fourth visit to Iran since taking office in 2006…

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Fighting concentrated in ring around Gaza City
Ma’an news
Israel escalated land, air, and sea attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday, fighting Palestinian gunmen throughout the Strip and killing more than 40, including numerous civilians. The heaviest fighting, according to initial reports, appears to be taking place in a ring round Gaza city, a Israeli tanks pushed towards the sea in a column south of the city and moved closer to the city in three separate prongs from the north. The Israeli army hs cut off the main roads into Gaza City…

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Christine, another child martyr of Gaza
Sam Bahour
The attached photo was published in Jerusalem’s Al-Quds Newspaper (Jan 4, 2009) – the caption reads: Gaza – During her funeral in the Latin Patriarchate Church, a citizen kisses the forehead of the martyred Christine Turok (14 yrs old) who was martyred due to a heart attack from fear of the Israeli bombardment. (Reuters). In a phone conversation today, from Gaza the Latin Patriarchate Church priest, Father Manaweil Musallam, clearly shaken, said, “her name is Christine, a tenth grade student. Her father is a doctor and she lived near the YMCA in Al-Remal area. She died of fear. Since the war started she felt apprehensive of the danger. She suffered from neurotic disorder and a hysteric situation just as many children are suffering. On Friday, during the shooting of F-16 missiles, she fell on the ground due to the dreadful sound. Her father tried to help, but he couldn’t. Then he held her in his arms hoping to rescue her in the hospital, but she died before reaching there.” ..

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Church of Nativity priest: 2,000 years after Christ Palestinians crucified everyday
Najib Farrag
Demonstrations took place throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank today, with the Bethlehem governorate hosting mass marches after morning church services. In the city some 300 people took to the streets upon completion of prayers in the Church of Nativity. Father Samuel Fahim delivered a sermon focusing on justice in the holy land before hundreds of people descended on Manger Square. The Roman Catholic pastor said that injustice still prevails after Jesus Christ was targeted 2,000 years ago. “The Palestinian people are crucified everyday by the Israeli enemy.”..

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FBI E-Mail Says Bush Authorized Abuse of Iraqi Detainees
Jason Leopold
An e-mail written by a senior FBI agent in Iraq in 2004 specifically stated that President George W. Bush had signed an Executive Order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees. The FBI e-mail—dated May 22, 2004—followed disclosures about abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and sought guidance on whether FBI agents in Iraq were obligated to report the U.S. military’s harsh interrogation of inmates when that treatment violated FBI standards but fit within the guidelines of a presidential Executive Order…

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Militarist Dad PROUD of his Natural Born Killer, it fulfils his “Israeliness”
Mary Rizzo, Palestine Think Tank
You really have to hand it to the Israelis, especially those who came from some other place first. In an article that romanticizes militarism, they see their participation in war as a fulfillment of their very essence of being. If the same article were written from a “Jihadi”, I wonder what the reaction might be. At any rate, not to tilt the scales of fantasy too far, I would like to simply address the article that Jewish immigrant to “Israel” has written to the Washington Post…

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Apologies: Video of Carnage in Gaza Market is a hoax
Uruknet
We, like many other websites, posted a video allegedly showing the aftermath of an IDF air strike on a Gaza market. The video turned out to be disinformation: it was not shot three days ago, as indicated by the link, and has nothing to do with the current conflict. It is actually from 2005. It was taken in the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, when a pickup truck carrying homemade rockets detonated by mistake during a Hamas rally. Our apologies to our readers…

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