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4 January 2009

Last updated: Sunday, January 4, 2009 17:14

Eleven Palestinians killed, Israel decides to bar humanitarian aid
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Sunday morning, that as the Israeli Army continued to advance into the Gaza Strip, and the resistance continued to clash with the invading forces; at least eleven Palestinians were killed on the eighth day of the Israeli offensive, and dozens have been wounded. The Israeli Army reported that 30 soldiers were wounded, at least one seriously. At least 470 residents, including 75 children and 37 women, have been killed, and over 2,500 wounded during the ongoing Israeli offensive. The ground invasion in the Gaza Strip was kicked off on Saturday morning. Infantry troops, tanks and armored vehicles invaded the Gaza Strip from several directions under the cover of artillery shells and air strikes…

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THE ‘SILENT WAR’ IN GAZA
Desertpeace
The Israeli blitzkrieg in Gaza rages on… silently.
Reports of WMD’S in the form of cluster bombs and white phospherus bombs leaked out late yesterday… today there is silence. Silence not due to the end of hostilities, but due to few or no reports getting out of Gaza. The few journalists that remain have no means of getting the truth out as communication lines were destroyed during yesterday’s attacks. Phone lines are down, internet providers are not functioning… Israel is literally getting away with murder today without witnesses for the trials that will take place in the Hague one day. BUT… the protests MUST continue against the madness… the silence does not mean it is over…

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Hamas: We won’t leave the battlefield and will fight until the last breath
Palestinian Information Center
Hamas leader Ismail Radwan on Saturday evening stated that the Palestinian resistance and its leadership in the Gaza Strip would not leave the battlefield and would remain fighting until the last breath, warning Israel that it would pay dearly as a result of its hideous crimes in the Strip. In a televised press statement, Radwan underlined that the Israeli occupation aims to impose its extremist racist projects at the expense of the Palestinian rights…

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Called by churches and civil society: scores protest in Bethlehem against the attacks on Gaza
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC
On Sunday morning, scores of Palestinians from the city of Bethlehem, in the southern part of the West Bank, and the nearby town of Beit Sahour, protested against Israel’s ongoing attacks on Gaza. The protests where called for by the local churches and civil society NGO’s. People carried Palestinian flags and banners calling for the halt to Israel’s attacks on Gaza, which so far have left 468 Palestinians dead. Israeli warplanes started the operation by shelling all Palestinian security posts in Gaza…

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Gaza plunged in darkness
Palestinian Information Center
The Palestinian energy authority in Gaza has warned of an unprecedented humanitarian, health and environmental disaster as a result of the total blackout in the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening following the Israeli occupation forces’ ground invasion. Kenan Obeid, the head of the authority, told the PIC that the Gaza Strip was on the brink of an unparalleled catastrophe that is further complicated by the IOF aggression that did not spare any sector. He stressed that one and a half million Palestinians are actually suffering from the electricity outage as the entire Strip plunged into darkness…

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Gaza telecommunication systems offline
Window Into Palestine
Palestinian communications networks are barely functioning in the Gaza Strip due to cables damaged by several Israeli airstrikes on network infrastructure on Saturday. Palestinian mobile provider Jawwal’s phone may stop working “at any minute” as shelling severely damaged the provider’s telecommunications network in Gaza. PalTel, Jawwal’s parent company based in the West Bank, told Ma’an, “The Israeli shelling damaged the electric grid and caused continuous cuts.”…

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Israel’s air force shells orphanage in Ar-Ramal; one killed
Ma’an news
Israeli air forces struck an orphanage in the Ar-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza city on Saturday night, Ma’an’s reporter in Gaza said. One person was killed in an attack. The apparent target of the attack was a group of Palestinian fighters stationed near a mosque in the same neighborhood. Residents of the Ar-Rimal neighborhood said that explosions could be seen in the vecinity of the Al-Amal (Hope) orphanage…

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Gaza: Photos of the day
Haitham Sabbah
This screen grab taken around 7:00pm (GMT), on January 3, 2009 from Sky News shows Israeli terrorist soldiers as they enter the Gaza strip near the town of Beit Lahiya. Israeli ground troops have entered the Gaza Strip eight days after the terrorist Jewish state launched its massive offensive war crimes on Gaza. This is the starting signal of yet unseen-like war crimes during the days to come of Israel terrorist attack on Gaza…

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PFLP Statement
Urgent: Occupation begins ground invasion of Gaza, resistance committed to victory
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
The occupation forces began their ground invasion of Gaza on January 3, 2008. The occupation forces entered Gaza in several places at approximately 9 PM, while continuing their shelling and targeting of Palestinians from air and sea, killing and wounding still more of our people while their ground forces prevent ambulances and medical personnel from reaching the victims. All Israeli (and US-made) weapons are being used in this invasion, including massive bombs. The occupation forces have bombed the small remaining oil supply used for power in Gaza, cutting 85% of electricity in Gaza and creating massive clouds of thick, toxic smoke… The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the entire Palestinian resistance and the whole of the Palestinian people is committed to confront the occupier in the face of the Israeli massacres, ground invasions and crimes…

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America’s other glorious war
William Blum
The Pentagon pushes hard for a large increase in troops for Afghanistan. Barack Obama has been calling for the same since well before the November election. Listen to the drumbeats telling us that the security of the United States and the Free World necessitates increased action in this place called Afghanistan. As urgent as Iraq 2003, it is. Why?…

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Child killed by Israli tank fire in Gaza
Agence France-Presse
A PALESTINIAN child was killed by Israeli tank fire in the Gaza Strip late today, becoming the first victim of a ground offensive against the Hamas stronghold, medics said. Eleven other children were wounded in the strike, when a tank shell hit a house in eastern Gaza City, Gaza medics said. Israeli tanks opened fire on Hamas positions after entering the northern Gaza Strip today and Hamas forces replied with mortar fire, witnesses told AFP…

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Israeli war planes bomb mosque in Gaza during prayers
Palestinian Information Center
The IOF troops have committed Saturday fresh massacre against Palestinian worshipers in Gaza as Israeli warplanes bombed a local mosque in the northern Gaza Strip and demolished it over heads of tens of Palestinian worshippers inside, local eyewitnesses confirmed. Medical sources in Gaza confirmed to the PIC that the air strike on the mosque killed 16 Palestinian citizens, many were children, and wounded 60 others, many in serious condition. The raid on the mosque wasn’t isolated as the Israeli warplanes bombed and flattened around 11 mosques in Gaza without paying attention to the sanctity of those places…

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Do Israel pilots feel happy killing innocent women and children?
A Palestinian in Gaza chronicles life under Israeli bombardment
Fida Qishta,The Guardian
…I visit the main hospital in Rafah. There are so many injured people, most of them children. In one ward, I meet four children aged five or six. They are in deep shock. They can’t speak, they just look at you. Only one child could say his name: “Abdel Rahman”. That’s all he can say. Otherwise, he just stares. He’s five. His ear was wounded by shrapnel, his head is covered by bandages. There is a 16-year-old girl also suffering from shrapnel injuries. Three of her brothers were killed; all her family were injured. She looks like a zombie and says nothing at all. Her mother is dying in the intensive care unit…

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Aljazeera: During the ground operation in Gaza, five Israeli army soldiers killed
Trend News Agency
During Israel’s ground operation in Gaza, 5 IDF soldiers were killed, reported Aljazeera TV Chanel, referring to officials of Hamas. The Israeli military on Saturday evening began a ground operation in Gaza. The Israeli army moved to the administrative part of the border and invaded the Palestinian enclave…

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Israeli forces bomb schools and mosque
Press release, Al Mezan
Israeli attacks on Gaza have continued for an eighth day. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) targeted more civilian objects. This includes bombardment of more houses and the Civil Defense building in Bani Suhaila town and the American School in northern Gaza. Air raids have also targeted open areas within the neighborhood, but particularly along the eastern and northern borders and the border between Gaza and Egypt. IOF’s naval vessels escalated their bombardment of Gaza’s beaches…

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The Israeli army starts its ground offensive in Gaza; death toll 460 in last 8 days
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC News
Israeli troops have invaded the Gaza Strip by land, accompanied by helicopters and tanks, late Saturday night. Casualties of Saturday’s invasion are unknown as of yet, but eight days of airstrikes have left 460 Palestinians dead. Palestinian sources said that Israeli tanks and armored vehicles, supported by army helicopters invaded the Gaza Strip from several directions. An Israel military spokesperson, Avital Leibovitch, stated that the objective of the attack is to destroy the Hamas infrastructure in Gaza…

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Top 5 Lies about Israel’s Assault on Gaza
Jeremy R. Hammond
…Lie #4) Arab nations have not condemned Israel’s actions because they understand Israel’s justification for its assault. The populations of those Arab countries are outraged at Israel’s actions and at their own governments for not condemning Israel’s assault and acting to end the violence. Simply stated, the Arab governments do not represent their respective Arab populations. The populations of the Arab nations have staged mass protests in opposition to not only Israel’s actions but also the inaction of their own governments and what they view as either complacency or complicity in Israel’s crimes. Moreover, the refusal of Arab nations to take action to come to the aid of the Palestinians is not because they agree with Israel’s actions, but because they are submissive to the will of the US, which fully supports Israel…

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Living on Borrowed Time in a Stolen Land
Gilad Atzmon, Palestine Think Tank
Communicating with Israelis may leave one bewildered. Even now when the Israeli Air Force is practicing murder in broad daylight of hundreds of civilians, elderly persons, women and children, the Israeli people manage to convince themselves that they are the real victims in this violent saga. Those who are familiar intimately with Israeli people realise that they are completely uninformed about the roots of the conflict that dominates their lives. Rather often Israelis manage to come up with some bizarre arguments that may make a lot of sense within the Israeli discourse, yet make no sense whatsoever outside of the Jewish street. Such an argument goes as follows: ‘those Palestinians, why do they insist upon living on our land (Israel), why can’t they just settle in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon or any other Arab country?’ Another Hebraic pearl of wisdom sounds like this: ‘what is wrong with these Palestinians? We gave them water, electricity, education and all they do is try to throw us to the sea’…

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SEVENTH DAY AVENGISTS
Desertpeace
On the seventh day God rested… but Israel did not. It continued its blitzkrieg on the people in Gaza. One and a half million of them to be exact. The world, for the most part continues its silence… is there a reason for this? They cannot say they didn’t know what was going on. Even unreliable sources such as CNN have been giving coverage to the genocide taking place. So why the silence? Why the apathy?? Has Israel succeeded in convincing the world that Palestinians are subhuman, ‘children of a lesser God’?…

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Mosque shelled in Beit Lahiya, killing 14; Rafah airstrike leaves four dead
Ma’an news
Israel intensified its ground, air and naval attacks on different parts of Gaza on Saturday, killing some 30 Palestinians and injuring dozens of others. After an airstrike that targeted a local mosque in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, ambulances transferred dozens of injured to the nearby Kamal Adwan Hospital. Fourteen died in the initial blast. The mosque was full of worshipers who had recently arrived for evening prayers. Some of the Palestinians’ bodies arrived in parts…

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ACTION ALERT: Spy for Israel
Haitham Sabbah
Yesterday Aljazeera Arabic TV showed the leaflet which Gazans awoke to find scattered everywhere by the terrorist Israeli air force. After a long search for a copy of the leaflet, I finally found it on Ma’an News (a Palestinian news agency). The leaflet gave me an idea for action that might help our people in Gaza a little. Let’s read this leaflet first then follow the action…

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