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URUK Net 15 January, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Friday, January 16, 2009 13:11

Killed by Israel, Eaten by Dogs
Ola Attallah, IOL Correspondent
“Oh, God! I have never seen such a terrible scene,” cried Kayed Abu Aukal. The emergency doctor could not believe himself seeing the remains of what was days back Shahd, a full-fleshed 4-year-old Palestinian girl. She died when an Israeli shell was fired at the backyard of her home in the Jabalya refugee camp northern Gaza strip, where she was playing. When her parents attempted to rush to the rescue of their kid, who fell to the ground amid a pool of her blood, rains of Israeli bullets kept them a distance. For the next five days Shahd’s which was left lying in the open left for dogs to tear out…

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70 Palestinians killed on Thursday, death toll in Gaza exceeds 1,100 after 20 days
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies
As the Israeli offensive continued against the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Israeli soldiers killed 70 Palestinians in different areas of Gaza. Since Israel launched its offensive on Gaza twenty days ago, more than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,100 wounded. At least 400 of the wounded are in serious conditions. Thursday’s shelling was no different from earlier attacks, targeting homes, UN facilities, hospitals and several other residential areas. In Tal al-Hawa , in Gaza City, the Israeli Army shelled and burned the al-Quds Hospital, which belongs to the Palestinian Red Crescent, along with several branches connected to the hospital. The Israelis also shelled Tal al-Hawa Hospital, which was crowded with at least 500 wounded Palestinians and medics…

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The army at the door…
Short texts & updates from the blogger in Al-Quds hospital, Gaza City –
tales to tell – from Gaza 2008
…Al-Quds hospital, Gaza City, located in the Tel al Huwa neighbourhood of Gaza, has been under attack by the Israeli army since 1:30 AM. “Israeli snipers are shooting at families attempting to get to the hospital. They are frightened and have no where to go. At least two families have been shot at now, children have been wounded.” “The hospital has received over 150 calls for help from people including many children in the surrounding area who have been wounded and are in desperate need of medical care. The Israeli army has surrounded the hospital and no one is able to get in or out.”…

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Gaza 2009: betrayal and cowardice brought us to this
“What we have done is to start a running sore in the East, and no-one can tell how far that sore will extend” s
STUART LITTLEWOOD
Twice running we have stood back and watched. Twice in two years – 2006 Lebanon and 2008/9 Gaza – the British government has done nothing to intervene and indicate to Israel in unmistaken terms that they go too far – well beyond what human decency allows and what we as a nation will stand for – and that there are consequences. Those consequences should include a drastic downgrading of our relationship on all levels and an end to economic and military co-operation. If we had no leverage it would still be incumbent on us to initiate moves to uphold international law, human rights and UN resolutions, and to mobilise immediate relief for the civilian community even if we had to land it on Gaza’s beach. After all we – Britain – are the cause of the trouble. We – Britain – sowed the seed and created the conditions for events that would lead to 60 years of dispossession and torment for the Palestinians and 60 years of brutal expansionism and colonization by the Israelis at their expense. But there’s leverage a-plenty, and it’s time we used it. Israel needs us, and Europe, more than we need Israel…

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Death is the only dowry
Vittorio Arrigoni
The sea no longer yields its generous fruits, there’s nothing left of the ripples reflecting the sky, and death was the only dowry left by the war ships plowing through its ghostly liquid. We still try to create routes of salvation, make a breakthrough to this tormented land, now confiscated and imprisoned, every inch of it raped and reduced to a cemetery for a dead without rest. For a few days now, even funerals have become targets of the Israeli air force, as if the murdered Palestinians deserved an additional punishment in death as well…

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Ynet: Report: Israel, Hamas agree on 2-week truce
Ali Waked, YNet News
…Palestinian sources told Ynet on Thursday evening that Israel and Hamas have agreed on all the general outlines of the Egyptian ceasefire initiative to end the fighting in Gaza. According to the report, the sides have agreed on the truce, on the supervision of the smuggling issue, on the crossings and on lifting of the blockade imposed on the Strip. According to the sources, the two sides are expected to agree on a ceasefire which will likely begin within 72 hours and last up to two weeks. During this period of time, the parties will discuss the Israel Defense Forces’ withdrawal from Gaza and the withdrawal’s timing. Palestinian sources estimated that the pullback into Israel would be swift… The sources said that the renewed lull will last at least a year, and is expected to last even longer. Hamas will gain the reopening of the crossings, the removal of the blockade and an official role at the crossings…

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“Dad, I’m Dying - He became a shooting practice for a squad of Israeli soldiers…
Ola Attallah, IOL Correspondent
“Dad, I’m dying.” The words keep echoing in Kamal Awaga’s ears, sending jolts of pain into his feeble, wounded body. These were the last words uttered by his 9-year-old son, Ibrahim, before he ended up as a practicing target for Israeli soldiers. “They killed my son in cold blood,” says the grief-stricken father, still in a state of shock. Ibrahim joined more than 350 children killed by Israel in its three-week onslaught on the coastal enclave. But while others fell victim to killer bullets or deadly bombs, Ibrahim’s fate was even more tragic. He became a shooting practice for a squad of Israeli soldiers…

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Gaza Genocide Compared To Israeli Massacres In Quana Lebanon
Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice
…The massacre unfolding in Gaza,can be compared to the terrifying events of Quana in Lebanon,where the Israelis conducted massacres in 1998 and 2006.The Israelis were using cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs against civilian targets during their war on Lebanon 2006. On Saturday Israeli F16 warplanes launched attacks using phosphorus bombs on the Block 2 section inside the densely populated Jabalya Refuge Camp.On Wednesday evening the population in the northern Beit Lahia Project nearby Jabalya were subject to the most aggressive attacks.The heavy bombardment released white clouds…

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Family of Iraqi shoe thrower says he remains in isolation
Timothy Williams
More than a month has passed since an Iraqi television reporter threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference held to highlight what Bush called a successful U.S. military effort to pacify Iraq. The journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, 29, who was immediately arrested, has been allowed only two visitors – and none since Dec. 21, according to those close to him. His family and his lawyer say they do not know where he is being held and are gravely concerned about him. On Wednesday, Dhiyaa al-Saadi, Zaidi’s lawyer, said he had recently seen medical records that were part of Zaidi’s court file that added credence to the journalist’s claim that he had been beaten and tortured after his arrest on Dec. 14 by the security detail of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki…

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Those Who Enable the Triumph of Evil, and the Choice Before Us
Arthur Silber
…the acts, policies and appointments of the incoming Obama administration already demonstrate that this system will continue without interruption, and without meaningful “change.” This should hardly be surprising: it is this very system that elevated Obama to the Democratic presidential nomination, and that elected him president. Obama will alter only one element: the wars of aggression abroad, the increasingly oppressive authoritarian-surveillance state at home, the torture — all of it will continue, but with better public relations, with the restoration of “camouflage,” and with the resurrection of “plausible deniability.” For the overwhelming majority of Americans, including almost all leading liberal and progressive commentators and bloggers, this will be enough to declare that America’s “soul” has been restored, that “true” American values have been saved, and that America is once again Good and Noble, unique among all the nations and peoples of history…

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Baghdad: Sectarian Gov. Militias Return
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)
Militia elements of the Maliki government security apparatuses wearing black uniforms threw sound grenades at civilians cars parked near automobile exhibitions in Palestine street in central Baghdad on Wednesday evening. Witnesses confirmed that militia troops wearing black uniforms closed the streets leading to so-called interior ministry as well as Beirut square which created panic and fear among the citizens who witnessed terror, arrest, torture and kidnapping of civilians by those groups…

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Ahmadinejad Says He Plans To Avoid Prejudging Obama
Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a milder-than-usual tone toward the United States in remarks Thursday, saying he did not want to “judge ahead of time” the policies of President-elect Barack Obama. “We will wait and see what his administration will do,” Ahmadinejad said during a news conference in Tehran. But the Iranian president repeated his sweeping demand that the United States change its behavior in order to decrease tension between the two nations. “Any government that comes to power in the United States should limit its influence to its own borders. The root of all problems and wars in the world is the unwanted meddling of the United States in world affairs,” Ahmadinejad said. He also called for an American change in attitude toward Iran but did not elaborate…

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Video: No place safe for Gazans
AlJazeeraEnglish
Mosques, hospitals, schools and homes have been hit as the Israeli air raids in Gaza City become more intense. Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, reporting from Gaza on the 20th day of the war, says there is no place of refuge left for Gazans in the densely populated territory.—

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Hospital under fire – Israeli snipers fire on fleeing Gazans
Ma’an news
Israeli snipers opened fire on families running to take shelter in a Red Crescent hospital in the Tel Al-Hawa area of Gaza on Thursday afternoon, witnesses said. Sharon Locke, an Australian volunteer at Al-Quds Hospital said that when one family approached the hospital, Israeli snipers started firing at the family. “They shot a young girl in the face and abdomen. She is now being operated on. The father of the family was shot in the leg and fell to the ground,” Locke said…

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Comrade Sa’adat: Unity and confrontation of the occupier
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Comrade General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement from behind the bars of the occupier’s prison on January 14, 2009, calling for full unity of all national and Islamic forces as the immediate task of our people in resistance to the occupier, noting that it has continued to fail to achieve its political objectives. Comrade Sa’adat stated that the war crimes of the occupier against our steadfast Palestinian people have only continued, yet have also continued to run up against and be confronted by the steadfastness of our people, the valiant resistance, and Arab and international solidarity with our people’s struggle…

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Hillary Clinton touts “smart power” in pursuit of US imperialist aims
Bill Van Auken, WSWS
At her confirmation hearing Tuesday, Senator Hillary Clinton offered few specifics as to the policies that she would pursue as the Obama administration’s secretary of state, but suggested that she would pursue the same objectives as those that have driven US military aggression over the past several years, albeit with some largely cosmetic modifications. She also made clear that her espousal of the importance of diplomacy did not imply a reduction in military violence. “We will lead with diplomacy because it’s a smart approach,” she said at one point. “But we also know that military force will sometimes be needed.”..

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Situation Report on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip No.11
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
The following information is based on reports from member states, the UN Country Team for the occupied Palestinian territory, humanitarian partners and authorities involved in the humanitarian response…

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Obama Nation Upholds US Terror
By Mickey Z.
Let’s start with two facts: 1. The United States of America is a rogue state built on and maintained by terror 2. Barack Obama will do absolutely nothing to change or challenge the realities behind fact #1… The exalted Pope of Hope is merely shilling old Kool-Aid in shiny new recyclable bottles. Until we act, we remain accomplices to his global and domestic crimes…

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List Of Israel’s Child Victims In Gaza
AlJazeera.net
At least 300 children are among the more than 1,000 Palestinians who have died since Israel began to bombard the Gaza Strip on December 27. Al Jazeera has obtained the names of 210 of the young victims, 44 of which were under five years old. ..

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Israel Attacks Media – Literally
Two Journalists Wounded in Hit on Media Center
Jason Ditz
With its continued refusal, after 20 days, to allow international journalists into the Gaza Strip to cover the ongoing war, the Israeli government is no stranger to being accused of attacks on freedom of the press. But earlier today, attacks on journalists’ ability to cover the war turned into an attack on journalists. Just minutes after Israeli forces assured Reuters that a 16-story Gaza building used as a media center by correspondents for the international press was not a military target, it was targeted. Much as the United Nations did with its schools, Reuters provided the Israeli military with coordinates for the building to ensure that it wouldn’t be hit…

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