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URUK Net 13 January, 2009 - Part 2
Hear, O Israel!!

Last updated: Thursday, January 15, 2009 13:06

Hear, O Israel!!
Stefano Sarfati Nahmad
Hear, Hear O Israel! You have massacred infants and blamed their parents for it
saying that they used them as shields. I can think of nothing, nothing more disgraceful. Only in the space of a generation, in the name of that suffering, you have caused suffering to others: you have hermetically sealed them in a territory, and you started to slaughter them with the most sophisticated of arms, indestructible armoured tanks, state-of-the-art helicopters brightening the night-time sky as if it were day, to strike them more efficiently… Hear, O Israel! I do not repudiate my history, or that of my family, which had undergone the Shoah, but today I am Palestinian. I am on the side of the Palestinian people and their heroic resistance…

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Bush’s Farewell to Israel: The Genocide of Gaza with American Arms
Mohamed Khodr
…If such a massive genocide of a trapped civilian population by air, sea, and land was committed by any other nation the world would launch a massive investigation into this crime against humanity and hold the leaders of such a nation accountable in the International Court of Justice…In reality Israel will never face any such charges as Israel is the sole “untouchable” nation on earth…

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Gazans open old graves to bury their new dead
The Associated Press
…More than two weeks into a blistering Israeli offensive that Palestinian medical officials say has killed more than 940 Palestinians, Gazans are struggling to find places to bury their dead. One family buried their slain son with his grandfather. Another man was buried with his cousin. Cemeteries throughout Gaza City that were closed for burial have now reopened. “Gaza is all a graveyard,” said gravedigger Salman Omar, who said he has been busy since Israel’s operation began…

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Video: Gazans tell of horrors
AlJazeeraEnglish
Gaining access to areas which have come under attack in Gaza is difficult. However, Al Jazeera has managed to speak to some of the residents living in the heavily shelled district of Zeitoun near Gaza City. They describe their experiences under Israeli fire…

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Medical staff recovers bodies of 22 Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza city
Palestinian Information Center
Palestinian medical staff was able this morning to recover bodies of 22 Palestinian citizens killed during the IOF troops’ attempts to advance last night and early Tuesday into the Tel Al-Islam neighborhood, southeast Gaza city. The medical staff have not been able to have access to all bodies which are caught in crossfire in the area, according to Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, the director of emergency services in the health ministry. The Tel Al-Islam area witnessed fierce fighting between Palestinian resistance fighters and IOF troops who failed to break into the area after they took positions in nearby agricultural lands…

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Iraq Palestinians see hypocrisy in Maliki denouncing Gaza attack
By Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers
…Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s public denunciation of the “major crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza “ evoked a bitter laugh from Saleh as she riffled through pictures of Palestinians thought to have been killed by Iraqi Shiite Muslim militias and National Police commandoes during the height of sectarian violence. “When Maliki talks about Gaza , I ask, ‘What are you doing to us?’ “ she said. “When Iran talks about Gaza , I think, ‘Who killed us? Wasn’t it your people?’ “ she asked, referring to Iraqi Shiite militias supported by Iran who targeted them for their supposed allegiance to Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party . “God created us to be beaten, and wherever we go we’re abused.”…The number of Palestinians in Iraq is down from 34,000 before the war to some 10,000 today, mostly in Baladiyat. Many escaped on counterfeit passports to replace the defunct Palestinian travel documents from the old regime. Another 3,000 live in limbo in no man’s land in three camps between the Syrian and Iraqi borders, a people dispossessed…

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Gaza sewage lagoons could collapse – water authority
IRIN News
The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) is concerned that waste water lagoons in the northern Gaza Strip could collapse due to the current fighting between Israel and Hamas. “With Israel’s latest bombardment, there is a real risk that earth retention walls of a number of wastewater lagoons will break, releasing an estimated three million cubic metres of wastewater into the surrounding communities”, said Shaddad Attili, head of the PWA, in a statement on 12 January…

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Israel intensifies Gaza City push
AlJazeera.net
Israeli troops are pushing deeper into Gaza City and the surrounding areas of Jabaliya and Beit Hanoun as their offensive enters its 19th day. Sameh Akram Habeeb, a journalist and blogger, told Al Jazeera by phone from inside Gaza City in the early hours of Wednesday that periodic gunfire between Palestinian fighters and Israeli forces could be heard throughout the night. Israeli helicopters could be heard firing and at least two big explosions were heard from the western and northern parts of the city, he added…

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Every second there is a bomb
Adham Khalil writing from Jabaliya refugee camp, the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine,
It is very horrible here. Today was the worst. There were lots of F-16s above us and white phosphorous falling from the sky. I didn’t sleep last night. The sound of shelling in the north and east kept us all awake. Most of the time we don’t have any electricity in my house. So when the power comes for an hour or two the whole family is busy. We charge our mobiles, pump water, bake bread. But I have seen so many horrible things on TV that sometimes I wish we could stay without power. So far, my own family is okay but I feel shy to speak about my family. I don’t think like that. Everyone in Gaza is my family. We are suffering collectively as we are being punished and forgotten collectively, and we are dying…

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International Law Seldom Newsworthy in Gaza War
Israeli justifications often cited uncritically
FAIR
U.S. corporate media coverage of the Israeli military attacks that have reportedly killed over 900—many of them civilians—since December 27 has overwhelmingly failed to mention that indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets are illegal under international humanitarian law. Israel’s recent aerial attacks on Gazan infrastructure, including a TV station, police stations, a mosque, a university and even a U.N. school, have been widely reported. Yet despite the fact that attacks on civilian infrastructure, including police stations, are illegal (Human Rights Watch, 12/31/08), questions of legality are almost entirely off the table in the U.S. media…

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Olmert stops short of saying “ Israel controls US government”
From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied East Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister has stopped short of saying that Israel controls the US government. Speaking to the Israeli media this week, Olmert said he had asked President Bush to order Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to abstain in a key UN vote on the Israeli genocidal onslaught in the Gaza Strip. “She was left shamed. A resolution that she prepared and arranged, and in the end she didn’t vote in favor,” said Olmert, bragging about “our clout and influence” in the US. “We didn’t want her to vote in favor of the resolution. And this is what we eventually got.”…

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The New York Times and the Gaza crisis: Israeli war propaganda in the guise of news
Tom Eley
The New York Times is the leading media organ of US liberalism and is closely aligned to the Democratic Party. In recent days it has planted a series of propaganda pieces disguised as news articles, which aim to justify Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. These articles appear in the context of worldwide revulsion at the criminal methods Israel is using in the densely populated Gaza strip, home to 1.4 million people. So far, more than 900 Palestinians have been killed, about half of them civilians, and thousands more have been wounded in an Israeli air, sea and ground assault that is utilizing advanced weapons supplied by the United States against a virtually defenseless population…

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Warning: Israel Plans to Strike Gaza Hospitals
Kawther Salam
…The strategic plan of the Israeli war criminals, the blood sucker Ehud Olmert and his cabinet, Ehud Barak and his coward soldiers, Tzipi Livni and her team of criminals in the foreign ministry, the chief of the Israeli assassination teams Yuval Diskin, and others, is based on striking and destroying the Palestinian hospitals in Gaza as the third step of their ongoing campaign of genocide, ethnic cleansing and war crimes against humanity in Gaza. The strong smell of a new massacre against the paralyzed patients in Gaza’s hospitals is being spread widely through the Israeli and the International media. The Jewish lobbies that own and control the international media are 77spreading the propaganda about supposed “hidden senior of Hamas officials under the hospitals in Gaza”…

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More news from the only democracy in the Middle East
Israel arrests 700 people, mostly Arabs, in protests against IDF Gaza op
Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Correspondent
Seven hundred protesters against the Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza, mostly Israeli Arabs or residents of East Jerusalem, have been arrested since the operation began, and dozens have been indicted. The protesters, 226 of whom are still in custody, are suspected of involvement in disturbances, illegal demonstrations or stone-throwing, police said. Of the detainees, 237 are minors. Most of the protests that led to arrests took place in Jerusalem or the north. Palestinians and Israeli left-wing activists claim that in the wake of Operation Cast Lead, the IDF has reintroduced the use of a semiautomatic rifle that uses live ammunition to disperse crowds that was banned after the second Intifada…

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On Heightened “Full Red Alert” Hezbollah Continues to Ponder its Islamic Duty to the Palestinians in Gaza
Franklin Lamb
…Every day brings more questions from Resistance observers inside and outside of Lebanon: when is Hezbollah going to deliver on all those speeches by Party leaders expressing Hezbollah’s ‘sacred commitment’ to the bloodstream issue for all Arabs and Muslims: the liberation of Palestine? These days the Lebanese Resistance, led by Hezbollah is on Full Red Alert and there is a palpable sense of foreboding in many Hezbollah supporting neighborhoods. In the bike shop, with its “town meeting” atmosphere, some Hezbollah members are more explicit. “We can hit Dimona with hundreds of rockets on the first day, if we get the order,” the veteran Abass explains. “The Zionists are very lucky I do not have the authority or we would have joined the battle when the first bomb fell on Gaza”…

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Israeli forces tighten grip on Gaza City – 47 confirmed killed
Ma’an news
Israeli ground forces tightened their grip around Gaza City on Tuesday as warplanes, artillery and naval forces continued to bombard all parts of the Gaza Strip. More bodies were also recovered from previous days of the Israeli war. Palestinian medical officials confirmed another 47 people killed by Israeli forces over the course of the day. Many were killed as Israeli troops moved further into Tel Al-Hawwa, in the southwest of Gaza City, and Zaytoun, in the south of Gaza. The town of Jabaliya, north of Gaza City, continued to be a focus of clashes with Israeli forces. In the south of the Strip, the town of Khuza’a, near the Israeli border, has been the target of aerial bombardment. Eleven people were killed there including an 75-year-old man…

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Ceasefire Moves Fading Away
Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
A week after the unveiling of a Franco-Egyptian ceasefire proposal aimed at stopping the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian resistance faction Hamas and on the face of it Israel, are still discussing the fine print of an agreement. “Details of the proposal remain unclear,” Abdelaziz Shadi, coordinator of Cairo University’s Israeli studies programme told IPS. “Both sides are still in the process of studying its terms to determine whose interests it serves.”…

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