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7 January 2009

Last updated: Saturday, January 10, 2009 10:41

Where would you go?
Ewa Jasiewicz
If your unbelievably small and overcrowded land was being terrorized, pulverized by bombs from the world’s 4th largest military, and your borders were closed; if your house was not safe, mosque (church) not safe, school not safe, street not safe, UN refugee camp not safe…Where would you go, run, hide?… The Shifa director also told me that emergency medics still cannot reach the Zaytoun house that yesterday morning was bombed with inhabitants locked inside. There are two main accounts of the story, both criminal. One: Israeli soldiers rounded up the inhabitants of the multi-story house, separated the men –15, I was told–and shot them point blank in front of the women and children of the family, 20, I was told. Then, laid explosives around the house and bombed the rest of the extended family. Two: Israeli soldiers rounded up the inhabitants of the multi-story house, locked them in one room for a day, and bombed it the following morning. Either way, Israeli soldiers intentionally imprisoned and bombed the inhabitants of the house. And are actively preventing medics from reaching any potential survivors…

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The Quartet’s Hypocrisy and Failure in Occupied Palestine
Stephen Lendman
The Middle East Quartet includes the US, EU, Russia and the UN. It was formed in 2002 to seek “comprehensive security reform,” mediate the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process,” address Occupied Palestine’s deepening humanitarian crisis, among other stated objectives. On September 25, 21 aid and human rights organizations (called The Group below) issued a damning report on the Quartet’s performance. Well before the current Gaza slaughter but with the Territory under siege, it cited: — a continuing humanitarian crisis among people struggling to meet their basic needs; — increasingly dependent on aid as their livelihoods are destroyed; and stressed that — the “only sustainable solution to the crisis is a comprehensive peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians based on international law.”…

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European diplomacy in Gaza crisis prepares trap for Palestinians
Peter Schwarz
Unlike the United States, which has given its unconditional backing to Israel and opposed all cease-fire proposals following Israel’s onslaught on the Gaza Strip, Europe has undertaken a series of diplomatic initiatives. There are currently a number of high-level European diplomatic missions in the Middle East. On behalf of the European Union, EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, chief diplomat Javier Solana and the foreign ministers of France, Sweden and the Czech Republic have traveled to the region. The Czech Republic currently holds the chair of the EU. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in the region on behalf of the so-called Middle East Quartet (United Nations, US, EU and Russia)…

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Airstrike kills three Gazans during declared three-hour lull
Death toll approaches 700
Ma’an news
Israeli warplanes killed three Palestinian civilians on Wednesday afternoon during what Israel had earlier declared to be a unilateral three hour halt in its attacks on Gaza. Israel had announced that it would halt attacks between one and four on Wednesday afternoon to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. Medics at Kamal Udwan Hospital confirmed that three sisters were killed by Israeli fire in the east of Jabaliya Refugee Camp. Their names were Amal, Su’ad and Samar Abed Rabbo. Others were injured in the attack…

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Gaza hospital appeals to the world to supply its morgues with fridge units
Palestinian Information Center
The Shifa hospital in Gaza city, the biggest in the Gaza Strip, has appealed to the concerned international parties to supply the hospital with morgue fridge units after all its units were crammed with the growing number of bodies. The hospital administration explained in a statement on Tuesday that the big number of martyrs whose relatives could not bury them due to the Israeli occupation forces’ aggression and ensuing conditions. Dr. Hussein Ashur, the director of the Shifa medical complex, said that there was no more space in those units and that the bodies were strewn on the floor in the rooms of those units…

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Gaza short of food
IRIN News
Civilians are finding it increasingly difficult to find food in Gaza. Markets opened briefly in Gaza City on 5 January, but they had little to offer, according to residents. Queues for bread formed, with buyers limited to five shekels worth per person – about 35 flat breads – not enough for families with an average of six children. The World Food Programme (WFP) managed to send into Gaza 11 truckloads of food on 5 January. Its warehouses are stocked with some 3,700 metric tonnes of food – about half the normal level, WFP said…

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Israel’s Aim: To Make the Gazan Prison Even More Secure
Jonathan Cook
…Israel is again pursuing its favorite mode of diplomacy: unilateralism. According to officials quoted in the local media, it wants a deal that is approved by the United States and western governments but passes over the heads of Hamas and the Palestinians. At a recent cabinet meeting, Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister, put it this way: “There is no intention here of creating a diplomatic agreement with Hamas. We need diplomatic agreements against Hamas.”…

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Palestinians Will Never Forget
Susan Abulhawa
How can anyone watching Gaza burn escape the bitter realization that history repeats itself? Many have compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to Apartheid South Africa. But not in their cruelest hour did the Apartheid regime wreak such wanton murder and destruction. Let us stop mincing words. What is happening to Palestinians now whispers of Warsaw and Lodz.Schools, universities, mosques, police stations, homes, water treatment plants, factories, and anything that supports civil society, including the only mental health clinic in Gaza, have been blown to rubble from planes that rain death from clear skies without any resistance, because Palestinians have no opposing air force…

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France retracts truce deal claim
AlJazeera.net
The office of Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has retracted statements it made saying that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had accepted a Franco-Egyptian peace plan for Gaza. Sarkozy’s office intially said on Wednesday that the French president was “delighted by the acceptance by Israel and the Palestinian Authority of the Franco-Egyptian plan” presented in Sharm el-Sheikh by Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president on Tuesday. An official in Sarkozy’s office said later in the day that the French statement was merely a reaction to Israel’s positive comments about the plan and that it was not announcing Israel’s acceptance of the Egyptian proposal…

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Israel continues to target Palestinian medics in Gaza
International Solidarity Movement
A Palestinian medic, traveling with two international Human Rights Activists, has been shot by Israeli forces in Jabaliya, northern Gaza. Red Crescent medic, Hassan al-Attal, was shot through the thigh while collecting a civilian killed by Israeli fire from Zemmo, east of Jabaliya refugee camp. Canadian and Spanish Human Rights Activist were present as it happened; “It was very clear that we were a medical team. Yet as two of our team, wearing bright red medic uniforms, went to pick up the body, they were fired upon 13 times by an Israeli sniper.” – Eva Bartlett (Canada) International Solidarity Movement…

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UN rejects IDF claim Gaza militants operated from bombed-out school
By Akiva Eldar, Amos Harel, Amira Hass, Avi Issacharoff and Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondents, and The Associated Press
The United Nations on Wednesday denied Israel Defense Forces claims that there were Palestinian militants in the Gaza school bombed by Israel on Tuesday. Christopher Gunness of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the organization is 99.9 percent certain there were no militants or military activity in its school… The IDF on Tuesday released video footage from 2007 showing Palestinian militants firing from the school compound and carrying a rocket launcher with them as they flee the scene. Gunnes said the 2007 video bears no connection to Tuesday’s military strike on the school…

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Gaza’s largest hospital on the brink of collapse
Ma’an news
Medical services at the Gaza Strip’s largest hospital will collapse if the facility does not receive fuel to power its generators, the hospital’s director warned on Wednesday. The Director of Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Hussein Aashour said the hospital has for days been using four generators to power all wards, including the intensive care and dialysis units. He explained that the hospital has 25 premature babies, 25 patients in intensive care unit and 300 people using kidney dialysis. The lives of all these people will be endangered if the hospital runs out of fuel…

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Gaza medics describe horror of strike which killed 70
Tim Butcher
Mohammed Shaheen, a volunteer with Palestinian Red Crescent, was in the first convoy of ambulances to reach the site of the blast in Zeitoun since it was first occupied then shelled by the Israeli army.His testimony confirmed accounts, first reported in The Telegraph, from survivors of the extended al Samouni clan who said they feared between 60 and 70 family members had been killed. “Inside the Samouni house I saw about ten bodies and outside another sixty,’’ Mr Shaheen said…

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Worldwide protest against Israeli violence in Gaza
David Walsh
Widespread revulsion against the murderous Israeli assault on the population of the Gaza Strip has sparked protest on every continent. Hundreds of demonstrations have taken place in cities large and small, from Bogota to Manila, Sofia to Ottawa, Dublin to New Delhi, in addition to dozens of cities in the US and major urban centers in Israel itself. It would be impossible to provide details on every protest, but the following is intended to convey the depth and global character of the response…

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Israeli atrocities in Gaza: a political impasse and moral collapse
Peter Symonds, WSWS
The premeditated slaughter yesterday of innocent men, women and children sheltering in the UN-run al-Fakhora school in Gaza is a war crime for which the Israeli government and military general staff are directly responsible. As atrocity piles on atrocity, it is clear that the Israeli military is using Hamas’s rocket attacks as the pretext for terrorising and subjugating the entire Palestinian population…

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Hamas: Ceasefire possible within a week
Ma’an news
A ceasefire in Gaza could be negotiated in the coming week, a Hamas leader said on Wednesday. Ghazi Hamad the spokesperson of the Hamas government elected in 2006, said that Hamas has a positive attitude towards the diplomatic efforts at a ceasefire, mentioning the efforts of Egypt, France, and Turkey in this regard. “I can say that during the week there will be a commitment to ceasefire and the atmosphere is ready for diplomatic efforts,” during an interview with Ma’an…

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22 confirmed killed after morning airstrikes in Gaza
Ma’an news
Twenty-two Palestinians have been confirmed killed on Wednesday morning in Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip. Seven people were killed in morning airstrikes on the Sheikh Radwan and Zaytoun neighborhoods of Gaza City. Ma’an’s reporters in Gaza stated that an Israeli airstrike hit a playground near At-Taqwa Mosque in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood killing fuor and injuring eight. Another airstrike hit a residential house in the Zaytoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza City killing three and injuring dozens. In Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, at least one Palestinian was killed as Israeli missile hit his house…

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Is Facebook Violating Our Right to Free Expression?
Shuger Cuebs
…according to Ibrahim Mughrabi, facebook has deleted content on his personal profile related to the “Zionist attacks on Gaza”. He says he’s been contacted by the administration and warned that he’d be suspended from posting stuff on facebook if he continues to do so! So much for free speech and equal rights for everyone in this world…

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Venezuela expels Israel envoy over Gaza attacks
Reuters
Venezuela expelled the ambassador to Israel on Tuesday in protest over the offensive in Gaza only hours after leftist President Hugo Chavez called the attacks a Palestinian “holocaust.” The socialist Chavez, a harsh critic of Israel and the United States, in recent years has frequently withdrawn Venezuela’s diplomatic envoys amid bilateral disputes and last year kicked out the U.S. ambassador over a conflict involving allied Bolivia…

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January 6, 2009: 1 Marine, 15 Iraqis Killed; 26 Iraqis Wounded
Margaret Griffis, Antiwar.com
Although security is tight for the culmination of the Ashuraa religious observance, at least 15 Iraqis were killed and 26 more were wounded in violent attacks. In Baghdad, women have been banned from one neighborhood as a security measure. Meanwhile, the DoD reported that a Marine died at a Kuwaiti base; the cause of death is pending…

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Sarkozy: Israel accepts Gaza truce
AlJazeera.net
Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, has said that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have accepted a Franco-Egyptian truce plan for Gaza. A statement from Sarkozy’s office on Wednesday said: “The president is delighted by the acceptance by Israel and the Palestinian Authority of the Franco-Egyptian plan presented last night in Sharm el-Sheikh by [Egyptian] president [Hosni] Mubarak.” Speaking to Al Jazeera, Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, said: “We are discussing all the initatives that have been put forward. We cannot say there is a specific decision on this initative.”…

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