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Amnesty International Report: Operation Cast Lead – 22 Days of Death and Destruction

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 19, 2009

“Soldiers came to the area at night [on 3  January 2009] and at dawn on 4 January many relatives came to my house to stay with us.  We though that if we stayed in our house we would be all right. After a while soldiers came to  the house and my father spoke to them in Hebrew; he told them: ‘These are my children, my  family, there are no terrorists here.’ The soldiers told us to leave our house and go to Wa’el’s  house across the road and we obeyed. We were many relatives, about 100 altogether, many of them children. We stayed there all day and all night. We had hardly any food in the house  and the children were hungry. Nobody could come to the area, not even ambulances. We were scared. The following morning (5 January) three of my cousins and I tried to go out of  the house, to the walled garden to get some tomatoes and some wood to cook something. As  soon as we got out of the door we were shelled. My cousins Muhammad and Hamdi were  killed and Wa’el and I were injured and we retreated back into the house. Then the house was shelled again – at least two shells – from above. Some 25 people were killed and most of
the others were injured. My little girl, Azza, was killed and my wife was injured. My mother Rahma was holding baby Mahmoud (six months old) and she was killed but she shielded the  baby with her body and saved him. My father was killed. Wa’el’s children, a boy and a girl, were both killed. Safa, the wife of my brother Iyad, was killed and Maha, the wife of my brother Hilmi, and their baby son Muhammad were all killed. Why did they shell the house after having put us all in there? We thought we’d all be killed; those of us who could ran out  of the house. Many of us were injured; I was injured in the head and blood was pouring down  my face as I ran. Nearby there were soldiers in the house of the Sawafiri family and they shouted to us to go back and shot at us, but we kept running. When we got to safety we raised the alarm, called the Red Cross to send an ambulance to the house to get the injured, but the army did not let any ambulances approach the area. We knew there were people still alive in the house because we called the mobile numbers and children answered; they were scared, with dead bodies all around them. Some of the injured died in the house waiting to be rescued. Only three days later could the Red Cross go in, but only on foot as the army did not let the ambulances approach; they found some children still alive and many others dead.”

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Police block right-wing march from Sderot to Gaza

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009

“Not everyone in search of something to do should come to Sderot,” Sderot Mayor David Buskila said.

“Sderot residents are enjoying the holiday, and anyone who planned to demonstrate here should have gotten the proper authorizations,” he added.

Police eventually reached an understanding with the rally organizers: The gathering was allowed to take place, but participants would not march toward Gaza.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078097.html

Sinn Fein leader visit Gaza demands siege to be lifted

Posted in The Blockade, The Gaza Strip, Videos by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Adams told reporters that” what happened in Gaza was wrong” he added that” Gazans have the right to leave in harmony and security.” The Irish official also said “Israel must know that Gaza residents have rights”.

Regarding the ongoing siege on the Gaza strip Israeli is imposing since June of 2006, Adams commented” Israel should open all crossings, allow all supplies into Gaza and facilitate the travel of patients and end the siege.”

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59841

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The Sinn Féin leader, who met Hamas members when he last visited the Middle East in 2006, said he regretted the Israeli government’s refusal to meet him.

“As the leader of a party which was censored and demonised and whose members were killed, I see dialogue between all sides as key to building a successful peace process,” he said.

“So I will meet with all sides and urge all sides to end all armed actions and to engage in meaningful dialogue.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7989676.stm

Iron Dome missile defense system likely to be ready by 2010

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

An analysis of Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War of 2006 showed that only 1,000 rockets (25 percent of all rockets launched) landed in populated areas. Rafael says that if Iron Dome had been operational at the time of the war, the majority of those missiles could have been shot down at a cost of tens of millions shekels, a negligible amount when compared to the loss of life, destruction of property and strategic damage actually caused by Hezbollah.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077218.html

Paul Wood: Analysis – Operation Miscast Lead?

Posted in Operation Cast Lead, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009
Israel's doctrine was 'go crazy' in the name of deterrence - but rockets still come

Israel's doctrine was 'go crazy' in the name of deterrence - but rockets still come

As Israeli commentator Ofer Shelah put it: “In the face of enemies who have opted for a strategy of attrition and attacking from a distance, Israel will present itself as a ‘crazy country’, the kind that will respond (albeit after a great deal of time) in a massive and unfettered assault, with no proportion to the amount of casualties it has endured.”

Certainly, there was massive bombing of Gaza; some 1,300 Palestinians lives were lost, many civilians.

From Israel’s point of view, did it work? The answer must be, only partially.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7940624.stm