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9 January 2009

Last updated: Saturday, January 10, 2009 18:06

Children found under the rubble, 1000s of families torn apart
PNN
The United Nations said Friday that the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip reached 799 after the bodies of 50 children were found buried under the rubble. Witnesses report that during last weekend the Israeli military bombed a house in Gaza where soldiers had rounded up 110 Palestinians, killing 30 people. At least 50 bodies were found, along with children, under the rubble. Witnesses in Gaza and Israeli military sources said today that Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and projectile launches from the armed Palestinian resistance continued early Friday despite the UN Security Council finally passing a resolution calling for an immediate halt. The Israeli Cabinet is meeting to decide whether to abide the resolution or to move on to “Phase Three” of the operation against the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian spokesperson said the resolution “fell short of the aspirations of the Palestinian people.”..

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Gaza: Civilian Casualties Contaminated with Uranium in Gaza
Kawther Salam
If, as recently alleged by Norwegian medics in Gaza, that civilian casualties have been found to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium that would mean that munitions used by the Israelis are clad with DU (Depleted Uranium). Such use against civilians, never mind the opposing military forces, is a war crime in itself. Depleted Uranium is the unforgiving gift of war that keeps on giving. Any warhead – be it bullet, bunker busting bomb, missile or rocket – capped with DU will cut through the thickest steel armor plate like a hot knife through butter. On impact, the DU vaporizes to a fine toxic dust which, when inhaled, will ultimately poison anyone unfortunate to have been exposed to it…

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Testimony: Gaza family massacred, survivors detained
Testimony, B’Tselem
On Sunday [4 January], around 9:00am, soldiers came to the house of my father-in-law, Rashed al-Samuni, which is located next to a concrete engineering company. We were 14 people in the house, all of us from the al-Samuni family: me, my husband, Tawfiq (21), our infant, Jumana, nine months old, my father-in-law, Rashed (41), my mother-in-law, Rabab (38), and my husband’s brothers, Musa (19), Walid (17), Halmi (14), Zeineb (12), Muhammad (11), Shaban (9), Issa (7), Islam (12), Israa (2). The soldiers came to the house on foot and knocked on the door. We opened and then, threatening us with weapons, they forced us to leave the house. They had bullet-proof vests on and had automatic weapons. Their faces were painted black. We left the house. Walid ran from another door of the house, but the soldiers caught him…

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U.S. Weaponry Facilitates Killings in Gaza
Thalif Deen
The devastating Israeli firepower, unleashed largely on Palestinian civilians in Gaza during two weeks of fighting, is the product of advanced U.S. military technology. The U.S. weapons systems used by the Israelis — including F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters, tactical missiles and a wide array of munitions — have been provided by Washington mostly as outright military grants. The administration of President George W. Bush alone has provided over 21 billion dollars in U.S. security assistance over the last eight years, including 19 billion dollars in direct military aid as freebies…

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No room for the dead, no room for the living
Ewa Jasiewicz
After finishing a shift with the PRCS yesterday morning, we went to the Fakoura school, to see and to listen to the voices. Prayers were happening in the street in front of the school. I’d seen prayers in open, outdoor places in Palestine, in Egypt. But these days, when I see a mass of people praying, in front of Shifa hospital, in the streets of Jabliya, I think of the mosques that have been bombed, the loss of lives and sanctuaries. And yesterday I thought of the loss of a safe-haven. The grief was very evident, as was the indignation: “Where are we supposed to stay,” one man demanded. “How many deaths is enough? How many?” It’s the question that has resounded in my mind since the attacks on December 27th…

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Gaza under fire despite truce call
AlJazeera.net
Israel is pushing ahead with its offensive in the Gaza Strip after branding a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire “unworkable”. Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, rejected the truce call following a security cabinet meeting on Friday. Referring to continued rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, Olmert said: “The firing of rockets this morning only goes to show that the UN decision is unworkable and will not be adhered to by the murderous Palestinian organisations.”..

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Witnesses say Israel shelled Gaza house crowded with civilians
AFP
The United Nations on Friday cited witnesses saying Israeli forces evacuated about 110 Palestinians into a house which they then repeatedly shelled 24 hours later, killing about 30 people. It said that “according to several testimonies, on 4 January, Israeli foot soldiers evacuated approximately 110 Palestinians into a single-residence house in Zeitun (half of whom were children) warning them to stay indoors. Twenty-four hours later, Israeli forces shelled the home repeatedly, killing approximately 30.”…

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British link with drone aiding the Israeli war effort
David Pallister, Guardian
An Israeli-owned British company has been drawn into the political controversy over arms sales to Israel prompted by the assault on Gaza. UAV Engines, of Lichfield, Staffordshire, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engines for drones – unmanned aerial vehicles that are becoming critical frontline systems for military and civilian use around the world. The company, known as UEL, is owned by the Israel drone specialists Silver Arrow, a subsidiary of the Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems…

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Al Nakba 2009
Vittorio Arrigoni for Il Manifesto
They parade in fear, their eyes looking upwards, surrendering to the sky showering terror and death upon them, fearing the earth that keeps shaking under every step they take, opening craters where there were houses, schools, universities, markets, hospitals, and burying their lives within them forever. I’ve seen caravans of desperate Palestinians evacuate Jabalia, Beit Hanoun and all the refugee camps in Gaza, crowding the United Nations’ schools like earthquake survivors, like victims of a tsunami which is eating into the Gaza Strip day by day, along with its civilian population, without pity or compliance with human rights and the Geneva Conventions. Most of all, without a single Western government stirring a finger to stop this massacre, or sending medical staff out here, or stopping the genocide that Israel is smearing its hands with in these hours…

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The brutal face of Israel’s “total war” on Gaza
Bill Van Auken, WSWS
While Israel has sought to conceal the atrocities that it is carrying out against Gaza’s civilian population, reports of aid workers and testimony of survivors have provided a searing picture of the carnage unleashed by its military assault. The Israeli government has barred the international media from entering the besieged Gaza Strip for good reason. It wants as much as possible to limit the images of the dead and maimed civilian men, women and children from reaching the outside world and to prevent the Palestinians trapped inside the blockaded territory from telling their stories. Nonetheless, accounts of war crimes carried out by the Israeli military continue to come out of Gaza. One source is the testimony gathered by Israeli human rights groups, which have sought to telephone Gaza residents, with increasing difficulty as the bombardment has disrupted telecommunications throughout the territory…

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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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100 Survivors Rescued in Gaza From Ruins Blocked by Israelis
Relief Agencies Fear More Are Trapped, Days After Neighborhood Was Shelled
By Craig Whitlock and Reyham Abdel Kareem, Washington Post Foreign Service
Emergency workers said they rescued 100 more trapped survivors Thursday and found between 40 and 50 corpses in a devastated residential block south of Gaza City that the Israeli military had kept off-limits to the International Committee of the Red Cross for four days. Relief agencies said they feared more people remained in the rubble of several shattered houses in the Zaytoun neighborhood. Red Cross officials said that they began receiving distress calls from people in the houses late Saturday but that they were blocked by the Israeli military from reaching the area until Wednesday…

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Taliban becoming more sophisticated with IEDs
JANE ARMSTRONG, Globe and Mail
Taliban-planted roadside bombs, which have killed 10 Canadian soldiers in the past five weeks, have grown far more sophisticated this winter, Canadian military officials say. Trooper Brian Good, killed Wednesday morning north of Kandahar city, became Canada’s first war casualty of 2009 from an improvised explosive device. Scores more Afghan police, army and civilians have been killed and maimed by the bombs, which insurgents plant on busy routes, as well as in ditches and culverts lining the roads. Winter is traditionally a period when fighting dies down in the Afghan countryside as fighters leave the country for Pakistan. Not so this year…

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US soldiers killed in Afghan attack
AlJazeera.net
Two US soldiers and three civilians have been killed by a suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan, officials said.At least eight others were wounded in Thursday’s attack, which targeted US troops patrolling on foot in a busy market in Kandahar, Mullah Massoud Akhundzada, district governor, said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which followed clashes earlier in the week between US-led troops and armed fighters that left 17 civilians dead…

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Gaza: Palestinian journalist, his wife and mother-in-law killed by Israeli artillery
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC
The Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, reported that a Palestinian journalist, his wife and his mother in law were killed on Thursday evening when Israeli troops shelled their home in Gaza city. Eyhab Al Wahidi worked as a cameraman for the Palestinian President’s Office in Gaza. The children of Al Wahidi, now orphaned due to the killing of their parents and grandmother, also sustained serious injuries…

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Israel ignores UN call for ceasefire, killing 21 Gazans
Ma’an news
Israel ignored a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, killing 21 Palestinians since the resolution was passed on Friday morning local time. The latest casualty to be identified is 15 year-old Muhammad Atef Abu Al-Husna, who was killed when Israeli warplanes leveled a house in Jabaliya, in northern Gaza. He was taken to nearby Kamal Udwan hospital and identified by Mu’awiyah Hassanain, the director of Ambulance and Emergency Services in the Palestinian Health Ministry…

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UN: Israel Admits Claims About Attacked School Baseless
Jason Ditz
UN Relief and Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness reported this evening that the Israeli army is privately briefing diplomats on the fact that its previous claims about their attack on a UN-run girls’ school in the Gaza Strip, which caused over 100 civilian casualties, were baseless. The attack occurred yesterday, when Israeli mortars deliberately fired three shells at the school, which was filled with hundreds of displaced civilians at the time, killing at least 46 and wounding 55 others. As international outrage began to well over the enormous civilian toll of the attack, Israel declared the killings “according to procedures” and claimed Hamas had fired rockets from the school’s courtyard, making the attack on hundreds of innocent civilians self-defense…

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The Point Where the Inhumanity Becomes Clear
Ron Jacobs
…As I write, I am listening to an Israeli military spokesman telling an Al-Jazeera reporter that the reason for all of this bloodshed is Hamas. Hamas, he says, “is running a con game on the people of Gaza.” According to the bloody logic of Israel, Tel Aviv has no blame in the mass murder being perpetrated on the people of Gaza. This is despite the fact that Israeli weapons are what is killing the Palestinians. This is despite the fact that the bombs and rockets rained on the people of Gaza are considered legitimate weapons while the rockets launched by Hamas’ military wing are labeled weapons of terrorists. At the risk of redundancy, how can anyone genuinely believe this? How can anyone call the Israeli rockets that kill more civilians in one stroke than all the thousands of rockets fired into Israel anything but weapons of terror?..

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Palestinians discover 35 bodies in rubble of Gaza battle zone
AP
A Palestinian health official says the bodies of 35 people have been found in the rubble of a Gaza Strip battle zone. Dr. Moaiya Hassanain of the Palestinian Health Ministry says the bodies were discovered Thursday during a three-hour pause in fighting. Israel agreed to the lull to allow aid shipments into Gaza…

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Testimony: Nowhere is safe from Israel’s bombing
Testimony, B’Tselem
I live with my wife and our two daughters, who are one-and-a-half and three years old, in the Johr al-Dik section of Gaza, about a kilometer and a half from the Green Line. My wife is seven months’ pregnant. Generally, when Israel invades the area, first a bulldozer enters and clears everything in the area. My house was damaged a few times, but we didn’t leave. This is the only house we have, and it cost me a lot to build it. Since the beginning of Israel’s military attack on the Gaza Strip, there have been lots of bombing and shelling in our area. For a week, we stayed with my sister, who lives between al-Bureij and al-Mahgazi, but then they started bombing there too…

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