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The war on Gaza: Documentation by the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group

Posted in Official Publications, Operation Cast Lead, Publications by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

In response to continuing rocket attacks into southern Israel, Israel waged the bloodiest war against Gaza since the 1967 war for more than 20 days on December 27, 2008. More than 1200 people were killed and thousands more wounded. Large parts of the infrastructure were destroyed, official buildings, agricultural lands, civilian houses, hospitals and mosques, while the population of Gaza had no where to escape. The attacks were supposed to stop rocket fire into Israel and to destroy Hamas, but the heaviest loss was faced by the civilians. This report is designed to give a summary of basic facts of what happened during the war.

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Unknown militant group claims to have orchestrated Bat Ayin “axe attack”

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

A previously unknown Palestinian militant group calling itself “the Palestine strugglers Army” claimed to have orchestrated the Friday “axe attack” in the Bat Ayin settlement Thursday that saw one teenage settler killed and a young boy injured.

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Israeli army rabbis criticized for stance on Gaza assault

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

The winter assault on the Gaza Strip was officially portrayed in Israel as an attempt to quell rocket fire by militants of Hamas. But some soldiers say they also were lectured about a more ambitious aim: to banish non-Jews from the biblical land of Israel.

“This rabbi comes to us and says the fight is between the children of light and the children of darkness,” a reserve sergeant said, recalling a training camp encounter. “His message was clear: ‘This is a war against an entire people, not against specific terrorists.’ The whole thing was turned into something very religious and messianic.”

An Israeli soldier prays before entering the Gaza Strip in January.

An Israeli soldier prays before entering the Gaza Strip in January.


Israeli PM: Disaster was narrowly averted in Haifa

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 22, 2009

“The ‘Free Galilee’ terror group has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack, while police have raised the alert level in the Northern District following the incident.”