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URUK Net 20 January, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Friday, January 23, 2009 7:35

Israel wanted a humanitarian crisis
Targeting civilians was a deliberate part of this bid to humiliate Hamas and the Palestinians, and pulverise Gaza into chaos
Ben White
The scale of Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip, and the almost daily reports of war crimes over the last three weeks, has drawn criticism from even longstanding friends and sympathisers. Despite the Israeli government’s long-planned and comprehensive PR campaign, hundreds of dead children is a hard sell. As a former Israeli government press adviser put it, in a wonderful bit of unintentional irony, “When you have a Palestinian kid facing an Israeli tank, how do you explain that the tank is actually David and the kid is Goliath?” Despite a mass of evidence that includes Israel’s targets in Operation Cast Lead, public remarks by Israeli leaders over some time, and the ceasefire manoeuvring of this last weekend, much of the analysis offered by politicians or commentators has been disappointingly limited, and characterised by false assumptions, or misplaced emphases, about Israel’s motivations…

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“Gazans won’t maybe die in airstrikes anymore but may still starve to death due to the ongoing siege”
Palestinian National Initiative
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MP, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, spoke out against the faulty unilateral ceasefire declared by Israel. “What ceasefire?” he asked, “Israel is still reportedly bombarding Palestinians from the sea, and though the troops have been moving back, they are not gone and retain the permission to instigate more violence at will.” “This war and the ceasefire have not brought about a lifting of the siege on Gaza. People might not be dying by gunfire, but they may still starve to death or succumb to easily treatable ailments. This brutal siege has crippled Gaza and most importantly the children”, he emphasised, referring on the siege policy that Israel has heavily imposed on the Gaza Strip for 14 months…

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Video: Prima Facie Evidence of War Crimes by Israel
Haitham Sabbah
Channel Four News journalist Johnathan Miller travelled to Gaza where he interviewed civilians sheltering in a UN run school attacked by Israel using white phosphorus munitions. Donatella Rovera, an Amnesty International investigator said “We’ve seen Prima Facie that there have been war crimes.”…

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Video: Clear off all the city!
Haitham Sabbah, Palestine Think Tank
We’ve seen a lot of clips that have been showing Israeli war crimes within Gaza over the last 24 days. What we didn’t have chance to look at was the reaction of the occupiers of Palestine (a.k.a Zionists-Israelis) and what they were doing on the other side of the borders of Occupied Gaza? I can’t say I’m surprised by what I saw in the following videos because I know what Zionists are made of. I can only say that I was disgusted and sick to my stomach. What you are going to see is a sample of the overwhelming majority that voted FOR the Jewish state’s war crimes and supported it day after day. These warmongers form the majority of Israel too, so no wonder. After all that they have done, after all the war crimes they have committed, they are still asking “why do they hate us?”..

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A child full of light will never see again
Sameh A. Habeeb writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine
As a Gazan journalist who is devastated by the holocaust the Israel army is perpetrating against us, I find myself at loss. The list of horrendous crimes committed by the Israeli army against Palestinians is endless and the crimes are countless. Should I write about the 45 evacuees who were massacred in their refuge at the United Nations-administered al-Fakhoura school? Should I write about the most horrifying crime when Red Cross personnel found four starving children who had spent four days with the dead bodies of their mothers and other relatives in the ruins of a house in the al-Zeitoun neighborhood?..
These and so many other crimes have already been documented by Amnesty International and other human rights institutions. Many more are still untold stories. I can tell one story with my own words and my own camera — that of eight-year-old Louay Sobeh. Little Louay could not know what this war had in store for him or his family…

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from el Wafa to Arafa
In Gaza
…In the next few hours, I was able to meet another extended family, take their testimonies (which included shelling of their house, phosphorus-like fires, sadistic drawings left behind by the IOF occupying the house, the imprisonment of the elderly parents for 4 days (no food, no water, no toilets, no medicines) and the killing of their sheep and goats. The mother was terrified, and thanked me in a stream of frightened babble intermixed with gratitude for listening. “We saw terrible things, terrible things,” she said. “They’ve come 3 times, and this was by far the worst ever. I saw dead bodies on the streets. We are just an old man and woman, why did they do this to us?” The medicine and insulin that she should have been taking lay in the dirt, stepped on, where it was thrown by soldiers taking them from their one-room house to a room of their sons’ house. The older man pulled an inhaler out of his breast pocket, saying that this too was denied him during his imprisonment…

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Now why can’t those damn Palestinians just disappear?
William Bowles
…Declaring the slaughter over (for now), Olmert has stated that Israel’s objectives have been realized, which clearly they haven’t as Hamas is still in place and still capable of resisting. This brings into question the entire alleged rationale for Israel’s Blitzkrieg, for the destruction of the Gaza Strip is nothing more and nothing less than an attempt to destroy the Palestinian will to resist the occupiers, destroy what remains of Palestinian civil society and, in the process turn every Palestinian into a member of Hamas, whether they want to be or not…

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Of Desire Unfulfilled, and the Deadly Reality of Power
Arthur Silber
…In many posts, I have examined the numerous ways in which Obama has already indicated that he has no intention of modifying this drive to “absolute domination by the state.” If anything, and especially given the “opportunity” presented by the economic crisis, the Obama administration will speed our descent into the hell of unanswerable state power. It is with a profound sense of sadness that I note that future developments will provide many occasions for the analysis of all these issues in still further detail…

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Iran could help stabilize Afghanistan: Merkel’s party
Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives called on Tuesday for the establishment of a “contact group” of nations, including Iran, that would develop a new political strategy for stabilizing Afghanistan. In a paper on transatlantic cooperation published to coincide with the inauguration of Barack Obama as U.S. president, foreign policy experts from Merkel’s conservative bloc in parliament urged a new approach to Afghanistan…

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“Resistance Should be our Strategic Choice” An Analysis of the Palestinian Political Situation in the Wake of the Gaza Attack
Nassar Ibrahim
…As Livni herself announced several times, the attack on Gaza, which is a massacre, a genocide, is not being done in order to topple Hamas or to stop the firing of the rockets: they are attacking Gaza to destroy any group or any Palestinian movement that sees resistance as the main way to face the Israeli occupation. Only by getting rid of the Palestinian resistance movement will Israel will be able to impose its conditions on the table. The Fatah leadership in the West Bank should take concrete actions against the occupation and should not provide any political cover for the Israeli aggression on Gaza. On the contrary, the PA is acting as a mediator, like Egypt and the other Arab regimes, instead of putting pressure on Israel while the resistance fights to prevent Israel from achieving a real success…

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Gaza doctors struggle to treat deadly burns consistent with white phosphorus
Dozens dying after Israeli attacks from injuries ‘unlike any seen before’ that medics say should not be fatal
Rory McCarthy, The Guardian
Doctors in Gaza described today how they had struggled to treat dozens of patients with terrible and unusually deadly burns consistent with white phosphorus weapons, during Israel’s three-week war in Gaza. Nafiz Abu Shabaan, head of the burns unit at Shifa hospital and the most senior burns surgeon in Gaza, said 60 to 70 patients had died in his unit during the war from severe burns that were unlike any injury he had previously seen. Patients with only relatively small burn injuries, which ought to be survivable, were dying unexpectedly. His account, along with evidence from survivors, corroborates mounting evidence from groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International that the Israeli military fired phosphorus shells into populated areas of Gaza in direct violation of international humanitarian law. Amnesty said it believes Israel is guilty of a war crime…

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Israeli Prime Minister says Obama will strengthen Israel-US relationship
Saed Bannoura – IMEM
The US has long had a ‘special relationship’ with Israel, which has included financial and military ties, economic ties and wholehearted US support for every Israeli endeavor. Now, with the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the US President, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he is convinced that the relationship will increase even more. The Inauguration of Barack Obama Tuesday follows a little-publicized part of the negotiated Israeli ceasefire that began on Saturday, in which outgoing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed off on a commitment to provide US military and intelligence resources to the Israeli military to assist in the Israeli occupation of Gaza…

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Inauguration Day: Burying the Gaza Dead
Sama Adnan
I missed the inauguration of Barack Obama this morning because I was burying the Palestinians dead in the Gaza War. I woke up this morning at 10:00 am after an unusually deep and prolonged sleep and realized that I missed the inauguration ceremony. As I got up, a bit surprised, for I had gone to bed early expressly for that purpose, I remembered that I dreamt that I was in Gaza burying the Palestinians dead from the Gaza War. The dream was especially vivid. I was exhuming and extricating bodies of dead Palestinians killed in the last three weeks in Gaza. I was in destroyed building of concrete and metal and my claustrophobia was set on high as I tried to pull out bodies from under the rubble with other Palestinians. I was calm and determined and, shockingly even now, not sad. My father was in Gaza as well, burying the dead with me…

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Who needs hasbara when you have AP ‘analysis’?
DetainThis
…But AP is not bothered by legal and moral restraints — at least not the ones that restrain the allegedly-Jewish state. According to the AP timeline, the Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza is a response to indiscriminate Palestinian rocket fire, and that’s that. But those terrifying rockets are a desperate response to the years-long Israeli siege on Gaza: revenue theft, embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes, systematic assassinations and kidnappings, and so on. These are acts of war and terrorism preceding, by at least three years, the currently cited Israeli pretext of Hamas rockets. But according to AP’s editors, the lifting of the forced mass-starvation and imprisonment of 1.4 million Palestinians is just another “Hamas demand.”…

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Iraqi Women’s Speaking Tour!
Iraqi Solidarity News (Al-Thawra)
Hanaa Ibrahim, founder of Women’s Will Association, an Iraqi womens organisation, which is based in both Iraq and Syria, and editor of Minds, a monthly women publication, will be on a one off speaking tour of London between 21st Jan – 15th Feb.Hanaa Ibrahim who continues to work in Iraq despite all threats, will present a first hand testimony on the plight of Iraqi women under occupation. Despite the destruction, violence and human rights abuses that Iraqi women face on a daily basis, Hanaa will tell us about their acts of courage and various levels of resistance despite the hardships personal threats they are facing…

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Love under the bombs
Vittorio Arrigoni
Making love under the bombs. I remember a friend from Nablous once telling me how difficult it was during the occupation to make time to reserve a moment of intimacy with his wife. One evening, while they lay in a tender embrace, a bullet lodged itself into their headboard, inches away from their heads. Canoodling under the bombs these days in Gaza is out of the question, and the conjugal future of young Palestinian couples is shaping up to be quite a challenge. Many have lost their homes and are forced to live amassed in the UNRWA schools, or crammed with as many as 20 people inside a tiny apartment…

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