#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – November 04 – Israel has re-opened the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings with Gaza, according to an army spokesman, Tass news agency reports.
The closure of crossings with Israel and of Rafah with Egypt came following a missile attack on Friday night.
Hamas condemned the shut-down, stating that it violates the August ceasefire treaty.
The crossing openings and missile attack come amid tensions about Jerusalem’s sacred site known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.
#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – October 25 – Last month, addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Benjamin Netanyahu made a connection between the Islamic State and Hamas.
These terrorist entities, Netanyahu said, have a lot in common.
Separated by geography, they nonetheless share ideology and tactics and goals: Islamism, terrorism, the destruction of Israel, and the establishment of a global caliphate.
And yet, Netanyahu observed, the very nations now campaigning against the Islamic State treated Hamas like a legitimate combatant during last summer’s Israel-Gaza war. “They evidently don’t understand,” he said, “that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.”
The State Department dismissed Netanyahu’s metaphor. “Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations,” said spokesman Jen Psaki. “But ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States.”
Psaki was wrong, of course. She’s always wrong. And, after the events of the last 48 hours, there ought not to be any doubt as to just how wrong she was. As news broke that a convert to Islam had murdered a soldier and stormed the Canadian parliament, one read of another attack in Jerusalem, where a Palestinian terrorist ran his car over passengers disembarking from light rail, injuring seven, and killing 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who held a U.S. passport.
Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hamas—these awful people are literally baby killers. And yet they produce a remarkable amount of dissension, confusion, willful ignorance, and moral equivalence on the part of the men and women who conduct U.S. foreign policy. “ISIL is not ‘Islamic,’” President Obama said of the terrorist army imposing sharia law across Syria and Iraq. “Obviously, we’re shaken by it,” President Obama said of the attack in Canada. “We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident,” the State Department said of the murder of a Jewish child.
“Not Islamic,” despite the fact that the Caliphate grounds its barbarous activities in Islamic law. “Shaken,” not stirred to action. “All sides,” not the side that targets civilians again and again and again. The evasions continue. They create space for the poison tree to grow.
The persistent denial of the ideological unity of Islamic terrorism—the studied avoidance of politically incorrect facts that has characterized our response to the Ft. Hood shooting, the Benghazi attack, the Boston Marathon bombing, the march of the caliphate across Syria and Iraq, and the crimes of Hamas—is not random. Behind it is a set of ideas with a long history, and with great purchase among the holders of graduate degrees who staff the Department of Justice, the National Security Council, Foggy Bottom, and the diplomatic corps.
These ideas are why, in the words of John McCain, the terrorists “are winning, and we’re not.”
#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – October 24 – A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into an army checkpoint in the northern part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula near Israel and Gaza on Friday.
At least twenty five members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in the attack, according to medical and security officials.
Earlier reports said 17 people were wounded and several were in a critical condition.
The violence spiked in the Sinai after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – October 12 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday promised a transparent and responsible use of funds pledged at a donor’s conference to help Gaza rebuild after this summer’s devastating war between Israel and Hamas.
Speaking at the one-day gathering in Cairo, Western-backed Abbas said $4 billion was needed to reconstruct the coastal strip after the 50-day war that ended on Aug. 27.
Participants were expected to pledge hundreds of millions of dollars, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced immediate U.S. assistance of $212 million as the conference began.
#AceNewsServices – GAZA STRIP – October 08 – Palestinian sources said Hamas has been recruiting a militia force that would maintain regime protection, as a local security force.
They said the militia, trained in light weapons, was meant to free Hamas’ military wing from engaging with civilians.
“Hamas is following the Iranian model in which plain clothes forces are used to quell dissent,” a source said.
The sources said the New Hamas force was dubbed the Popular Army.
They said the so-called army was meant to work with Izzedin Kassam Brigades, which directed the Hamas war against Israel in July and August 2014.
The force, meant to contain thousands of members, has been recruited by Hamas in wake of the 50-day war. The sources said Hamas officers were organizing militia units in every major city and town in the Gaza Strip.
The sources said the Popular Army was meant to protect Hamas’ interests should the Palestinian Authority take over the Gaza Strip.
They said the army was modelled after Iran’s Basij, a force of students sworn to defend the Teheran regime.
Hamas launched recruitment in Gaza mosques within days of the end of the Gaza war on Aug. 26. By the end of September, Hamas claimed that thousands age 16 and over already joined the Popular Army.
“This force will be assigned specific missions in case of another war with the occupation [Israel],” a Hamas military official, identified only as Abu Jafar, said.
AceNewsServices (Editors Choice) – October 01 – The first the crew of the Antarctica knew of the disaster was a radio request to help a search and rescue operation.
There were bodies in the water 200 miles off the coast of Malta.
Two other ships – the Verdi and the Japan – were already at the scene, picking people out of the sea.
The Antarctica was swiftly diverted and took command until the arrival of coastguard and naval ships.
The timesheet of the rescue makes for chilling reading, a catastrophe recounted in staccato phrases.
The Verdi picks up four people in the water, the log recalls, but one of them is dead. An empty liferaft is spotted. And then a body in the water.
A woman and two children are rescued by the Japan.
A few hours later, the crew of the Antarctica hear voices. Three people are retrieved. Over 24 hours, 11 people would be plucked alive out of the waves, a two-year-old girl among them, and taken to Malta, Crete and Italy.
One of the survivors was Hameed Barbakh. A resident of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. He would later describe to the Guardian the tragedy that so nearly cost him his life. In perhaps the most egregious episode yet of a deadly year on the Mediterranean, a fishing boat packed with hundreds of migrants had been rammed by another smuggling vessel when those on board refused to get on a smaller boat. As hundreds drowned, Barbakh survived by clinging to a life-jacket he found near the wreck.
His story meshed with those of other groups of people from Gaza whose relatives were caught in the grim incident.
Their stories illuminate two startling new details about the perilous Mediterranean odysseys which this year have claimed the lives of more migrants than ever before.
The first is that as well as countless Syrians, Afghans and Africans trying to make the perilous journey, a surprising number of refugees are from Gaza.
The second is that in order to escape, they must put their lives in the hands of a wealthy, influential and ruthless smuggling gang.
Rarely has the expression “devil and the deep blue sea” seemed more appropriate.
AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – September 26 – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of conducting a “war of genocide” and a “series of absolute war crimes” during the 50-day summer conflict in Gaza, but stopped short of saying he will pursue war crime charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court AP reported.
In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Abbas also said he will seek a U.N. resolution to set a deadline for Israel to pull out of Palestinian lands captured in the 1967 war but did not include a three-year deadline as his aides had said he would.
#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) WEST BANK – September 23 – On the morning of 10 August 2014, a soldier shot 10-year-old Palestinian boy Khalil ‘Anati in al-Fawwar Refugee Camp in the West Bank. The boy was rushed in his uncle’s car to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation by B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash revealed that at approximately 9:30 A.M., a white Water Authority jeep drove into the refugee camp, accompanied by two army vehicles.
The white jeep reached a water facility inside the camp and the army vehicles stopped nearby, at two different locations close to the camp’s main road.
Some five boys and youths, including Khalil ‘Anati, threw stones at one of the army vehicles from alleys leading off the main road.
Some ten minutes later, the white jeep drove out of the camp, followed by the army vehicles.
One of the military vehicles had parked facing the centre of the camp and turned around close to one of the alleys from which the stones had been thrown. On its way out of the camp, the vehicle stopped next to another alley, from which stones had apparently been thrown, too.
The driver opened the door, fired a single shot, and resumed driving. About half a minute later, the second vehicle drove by the same alley without stopping.
The single shot, which was preceded by no warning or use of non-lethal measures, killed 10-year-old ‘Anati. Medical records obtained by B’Tselem show that he was struck by a live bullet that entered his lower back and exited through his thigh.
The video footage and B’Tselem’s investigation indicate that four or five boys and youths were throwing stones from alleys. It is not clear whether stones were thrown at the army vehicle when it stopped at the entrance to the alley where ‘Anati was shot.
However, it is clear that the soldiers were not in mortal danger and therefore were not permitted to use live fire. It is doubtful that the circumstances even merited the use of less injurious means. The shooting that killed ‘Anati was certainly unjustified. Use of live fire in such a context is unlawful, and the circumstances raise the suspicion the soldier aimed directly at the boy.
B’Tselem sent the MPIU all the information it gathered concerning the incident. However, the MAG Corps and the MPIU cannot make do with investigating the soldier who fired the lethal shot: they must investigate the orders given to the soldiers before they entered the camp.
The law enforcement authorities must speedily conclude the investigation, publish its findings and bring those responsible for the killing of 10-year-old Khalil ‘Anati to justice.
#AceBreakingNews – JERUSALEM – September 23 – Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers.
The deaths of the two suspects, identified by the Israeli military as well-known Hamas militants, ended one of the largest manhunts conducted by the Israeli security forces.
#AceNewsServices – GAZA – September 01 – Ariel Video Footage and Extent of Damage and Ruins on Gaza’s al-Shujaiyya Neighborhood. caused by ground attacks by Zionist Military forces.
Over 2,000 Palestinians were martyred and more than 10,000 others were injured in the Israeli regime’s 51-day onslaught on the blockaded territory, further destroying hundreds of residential quarters, schools, mosques, hospitals and other public facilities.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA – August 27 – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.
’ Rafah Border Crossing Was Closed Now Open For Aid and Feeding People ‘
After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates.
A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days.
This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.
“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.
To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.
“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict”.
AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 05 – The account promoted by Hamas and repeated by the United States and the U.N. on Sunday was that an Israeli mortar hit a U.N. school, killing 10 people, including children reported by Truth Revolt.
However, evidence is emerging that the Israeli strike hit outside of the school and the bodies were moved into the courtyard to make it look like Israel hit the school.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 03 – Recently President Obama has provided his point of view on Israel’s incursion into Palestine. I have just received these quotes in rebuttal to his comments. Please not these quotes do not reflect Ace News Services personal views on the situation and are the opinion of the speaker named.
REPLY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S POINTS ON ISRAELI INCURSION
PROTECTIVE EDGE ON DAY 27
DIANA BUTTU, Ramallah-based analyst, former advisor to Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian negotiators, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network:
“President Obama has failed the Palestinian people and failed the international community. By adopting, wholeheartedly, Israel’s position, President Obama has made it clear that he is unable or unwilling to stop Israel – the country that receives more U.S. aid than any country in the world – from targeting Palestinian civilians, at least 800 of whom have been killed by the U.S.-supplied Israeli military since July 7. President Obama has once again given cover to those who carry out war crimes by blaming Palestinian civilian deaths on Palestinians themselves – blaming the victims – despite overwhelming evidence that Israel systematically uses disproportionate deadly force in densely populated areas.
“If President Obama is truly concerned about the horrific carnage Israel is inflicting on the defenceless population of Gaza, he should stop supplying the Israeli military with the weapons it’s using to kill innocent men, women, and children, as he did just two days ago when he approved a request to resupply the Israeli army with ammunition that it’s using in Gaza.”
YOUSEF MUNAYYER, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine Center in Washington, DC:
“President Obama expressed numerous concerns today about the limits of American power to achieve goals around the world. This may be right in some areas but it isn’t true in Israel and Palestine. The United States has the leverage necessary and is in a unique position to reign in the Israelis but it refuses to do so. In fact, the United States is directly complicit in the crimes Israel is committing in Gaza by providing diplomatic cover and military aid. This week, as the United States was condemning the Israeli shelling of a UN school where 17 Palestinian civilians were killed, President Obama simultaneously announced the United States would open its arms caches to Israel and provide artillery that would help Israeli tanks reload and fire again on civilians. President Obama says he is heartbroken over the scenes in Gaza. If that is true, it is disappointing because that means the President is well aware of the horrors in Gaza, which he personally can do something to stop, and yet he still fails to do so.”
CECILIE SURASKY, Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace:
"In the past three weeks, Israel has killed more than 800 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including almost 250 children, according to the United Nations, using some of the most advanced weaponry in the world. For the last 47 years, Israel has militarily occupied the Palestinian people and taken their land and rights, and for the last seven years Israel has kept 1.8 million people in Gaza virtual prisoners with a devastating blockade. And they have demanded, and received, U.S. support for all of this. While Israel has the right and obligation to protect its citizens, in what dictionary would any of this be defined as ‘self-defense’?"
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#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 01
‘Look at the Casualties and then Ask do l Need a Reason to Support this Conflict ‘
GAZA CRISIS UPDATE (JULY 31, 2014)
- Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1361 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 249 children. More than 7600 others have been injured.
- On Wednesday (July 30), Israel killed at least 130 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 400 others.
- On Wednesday, at least 17 people were killed, including four children, and almost 100 wounded when Israeli tanks shelled a UN school where more than 3000 internally displaced people (IDP) were taking shelter in Jabalia in northern Gaza. Condemning the attack, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared: “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” According to UN officials, they gave the Israeli military GPS coordinates for the school 17 times since July 16 in an attempt to ensure it wasn’t attacked.
- Also on Wednesday, an Israeli attack killed 17 Palestinians and wounded approximately 200 others in a crowded market in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City in an incident that was captured on video (WARNING: Disturbing images). The victims includeda Palestinian photojournalist, Rami Rayan, and two paramedics.
- Also on Wednesday, Israeli shelling killed 11 members of the Balata family, including five women and four children, in Jabalia in northern Gaza.
- Also on Wednesday, Israeli shelling killed seven members of the al Khalili family as they ate breakfast in their home in eastern Gaza City, including three children and two women, one of whom was pregnant. Another child was critically injured in the attack.
- Also on Wednesday, Israeli attacks killed six members each from the Hamouda and Abed-Rabbo families, including six women and five children.
- According to the United Nations, as of yesterday (July 30) at 8 AM ET:
- At least 852 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 249 children and 135 women.
- 68 Palestinians families have had three or more family members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident since July 7, totalling 360 people.
- 245,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and registered in government schools. As many as 200,000 others are taking refuge with host families, meaning the total number of IDPs could exceed 400,000 people.
- 299,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.
- At least 24 medical facilities have been damaged since July 8. At least two doctors and four medics have been killed.
- Israel has destroyed or severely damaged at least 4025 housing units, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties. Another 4565 housing units have sustained damage.
- Since July 7, 136 schools have been damaged. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.
- The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”
Notable Incidents of Civilian Casualties
- On July 30, at least 17 people were killed, including four children, and almost 100 wounded when Israeli tanks shelled a UN school where more than 3000 internally displaced people (IDP) were taking shelter in Jabalia in northern Gaza. Condemning the attack, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared: “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” According to UN officials, they gave the Israeli military GPS coordinates for the school 17 times since July 16 in an attempt to ensure it wasn’t attacked.
- Also on July 30, an Israeli attack killed 17 Palestinians and wounded approximately 200 others in a crowded market in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City in an incident that was captured on video (WARNING: Disturbing images). The victims included a Palestinian photojournalist, Rami Rayan, and two paramedics.
- Also on July 30, the Israeli military carried out a number of attacks that killed multiple members of several different Palestinian families in Gaza. They included:
- Israeli shelling killed 11 members of the Balata family, including five women and four children, in Jabalia in northern Gaza.
- Israeli shelling killed seven members of the al Khalili family as they ate breakfast, including three children and two women, one of whom was pregnant. Another child was critically injured in the attack.
- Israeli attacks killed six members each from the Hamouda and Abed-Rabbo families, including six women and five children.
- On July 29, the Israeli military killed 16 members of the Abu Jabber family, including four children, in the al Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.
- Also on July 29, 13 members of the al-Agha family were killed, including four children, by Israeli airstrikes on three homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
- On July 28, 10 people, including eight children, were killed and 40 others wounded by an explosion in a park near the beach in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Although the Israeli military denied responsibility, as it did on several other similar occasions previously during the current conflict before reversing itself, eyewitnesses stated that the explosion was caused by an Israeli airstrike.
- On July 26, the bodies of 11 members of the Hilo family were pulled from the rubble of their home in Shejaiya, which was bombarded by the Israeli military a week before. According to a relative, they had received phone calls and leaflets from the Israeli military on July 29 telling them to leave, but that shelling had already begun and they didn’t think it was safe to leave.
- On July 26, shortly before a 12-hour ceasefire came into effect, approximately 20 members of the Al-Najar family were killed, including11 children, and many others wounded when their home was attacked by the Israeli military in southern Gaza. According to reports, they had been trapped inside the home since Thursday.
- On July 25, 15-year-old Adullah Alathamna, who lost his mother, two sisters, and a foot when the Israeli military bombed his home in 2006, was injured again by an Israeli attack, suffering shrapnel wounds to the back and leg when Israeli forces bombed his home again.
- On July 24, a UN school in Beit Hanoun where approximately 1500 IDPs were sheltering was struck by several missiles, killing at least 16 people and injuring 150 others. Late Thursday the Israeli military acknowledged that it had fired into the area at the time of the incident, claiming they were responding to hostile fire. According to UN officials, they twice asked the Israeli military to allow a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the school during the day, but Israel refused. Over the past three days, the Israeli military has attacked UN schools housing IDPs on three different occasions, despite the fact that the UN has provided the military with precise GPS coordinates for all of its facilities.
- On July 24, the Israeli military killed at least ten members of the al-Astal family, including three children, in two separate attacks on civilian homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. According to the UN, in one of the incidents, Israeli forces fired on civilians attempting to aid the survivors of the initial strike. At least six other members of the al-Astal family have been killed by the Israeli military in the past week.
- Also on July 24, Israeli forces killed five members of the Abu Aita family, including an eleven-year-old boy in Jabalia in northern Gaza. The dead were 67-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, 65-year-old Jamila Salim Abu Aita, 30-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, and 11-year-old Adham Ahmad Abu Aita.
- On July 22, Israeli forces killed four members of the Hajjaj family in Gaza City. The dead were 15-year-old Rawan Ziad Hajjaj, 28-year-old Yousef Muhammed Hajjaj, 31-year-old Muhammad Shehadeh Hajjaj, and 66-year-old Fayzeh Saleh Hajjaj.
- Also on July 22, the Israeli military killed two elderly women in Rafah in southern Gaza. The dead were 75-year-old Hakema Nafe Abu Odwan, and 85-year-old Najah Nafe Abu Odwan.
- On July 21, the Israeli military carried out a number of attacks that killed multiple members of several different Palestinian families in Gaza. They included:
- Approximately 25 members of the Abu Jamea family and three others were killed by an Israeli missile strike on a home in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. The dead included 18 children and five women, two of whom were reportedly pregnant.
- Ten members of the al-Qassas family were killed, including six children, and four others wounded when Israeli forces shelled their home in Gaza City. The dead children were 3-year-old Saman, 4-year-olds Arwa and Mohamad, Isra’ and Nesma, both 7, and 13-year-old Layma.
- Eleven people, including six members of the Kelani family, were killed and 40 others injured, when Israeli warplanes attacked a high-rise apartment building in Gaza City, reducing most of it to rubble. The dead family were Ibrahim Kelani, his wife and their four young children.
- On July 20, the Israeli military launched a bloody assault against the residential neighborhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City, killing more than 66 people including at least 17 children, 14 women and four elderly people. Condemning the high civilian death toll, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Israel’s attack on Shejaiya “atrocious.” In a press release accompanying an open letter to Israel’s attorney general on July 21, ten Israeli human rights organizations expressed “serious concern” about “the legality of the operation, and in particular, the potential violation of the fundamental principles of the laws of war, specifically the principle of distinguishing between combatants and civilians.”
- Also on July 20, seven members of the al Hallaq family were killed, including three children and a pregnant woman, by an Israeli missile strike on a home where they were taking shelter in Gaza City. The family had moved to a relative’s house in the center of the city from their home on the outskirts, which they feared wouldn’t be safe from Israeli attacks.
- Also on July 20, a young Palestinian man searching for family members in the rubble of the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City was shot several times and killed by an Israeli sniper in an incident that was captured on video (WARNING: Disturbing images).
- On July 19, five civilians, including four members of the Zuwaid family, were killed by Israeli shelling in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. The dead family were Mahmoud Zuwaid, his wife Daliah, and their children, three-year-old Nagham, and two-year-old Ruya.
- On July 18, eight members of the Abu Jrad family including four children were killed by an Israeli missile fired into their home in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.
- Also on July 18, four members of the Shaath family were killed and four others injured including one seriously by an Israeli airstrike on their home in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
- On July 16, four young boys were killed and three others injured, by Israeli shelling on the beach in Gaza City. The dead, all cousins, were Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakariya Ahed Bakr, who were ten years old, eleven-year-old Mohammad Ramiz Bakr, and nine-year-old Ismail Mahmoud Bakr.
- On July 13, 18 members of the al-Batsh family, including six children and three women, one of them pregnant, were killed, and 16 others injured by Israel in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Gaza’s chief of police by attacking his cousin’s home.
- On July 10, Israeli forces killed 8 members of the Al Haj family, including five children, during an attack on their home in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
- On July 9, Israeli forces killed at least 9 civilians and wounded 16 others as they watched the World Cup at the Fun Time Beach café in southern Gaza.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 27 – Israel never regrets violating the international law and is going ahead with its barbaric war on the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime enjoys all-out support of the United States, a political analyst tells Press TV.
Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review, said in a Saturday interview with Press TV that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has shown that he is willing to utterly defy world opinion in carrying out this extremely one-sided barbaric attack on Gaza.”
“This outrage has angered public opinion around the world,” he stated, adding that Israel has for long proved that it will act “in defiance…even of United States law because they can count on the continuing support of US Congress and the US government, which is a reflection of course of the tremendous power of the pro-Israel lobby here in the United States.”
The analyst predicted that the Gaza carnage will continue mainly due to the US support for Israel.
“This shows really…the moral bankruptcy of US policy worldwide and in particular of course in the Middle East.”
Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has reached 1,050 since Tel Aviv began its onslaught on July 8.
Thousands of Palestinians have also been injured in the attacks.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 26 – As part of Israel’s PR efforts during operation Cast Lead (2009), the IDF has established a Youtube channel to tell Israel’s side. As seen on Arutz Sheva. and supplied by israelnationalnews.com at the time it purported to have 7,000 followers and today as the screenshot shows it is down to 1,981.
Five years later, the involvement of the army in the documentation and dissemination of propaganda has increased, through YouTube videos and official accounts on Facebook and Twitter, which show a constant flow of messages.
Today’s media strategy includes dozens of infographics and visualizations that attempt to depict Israel’s rationale in a graphic and simple manner similar to that employed by the award-winning Visualizing Palestine project, which focused on visualizing the effects of occupation for Palestinians in Gaza.
One of the most viral visualizations shows how a house in Gaza becomes a target. “When is a house a home and when does it become a military target?”, the image reads, in response to accusations that Israel indiscriminately bombs houses in Gaza.
Another one compares “what Israel does to protect civilians” vs. “what Hamas does to endanger its civilians.”
An online struggle for “hearts and minds”
Israeli military operations are always accompanied by robust media reports that seem intended to mitigate their impact on international public opinion. From the sensorial “Cast Lead” in 2009 to the self-explanatory “Protective Edge” in 2014, several fronts of “hasbara” (pro-Israeli propaganda, in Hebrew) have been developed to show the world Israel’s rationale.
In 2008, just before attacks on Gaza began, the Israeli administration decided to replace traditional press conferences of war time with a wide array of initiatives based on social media. Guidelines for the campaign were developed by former army officer Yarden Vatikai, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense and the Jewish Agency.
One of the initiatives consisted of teaching new media workshops to army officers in the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.
“In terms of communicating our message, the future is in new media”, Defense Forces spokesman Avi Benayahu said in February 2009. “The IDF has moved online to win hearts and minds.”
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GAZA CRISIS UPDATE (JULY 26, 2014)
- Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 883 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 194 children.
- Early this morning (July 26), before a 12-hour ceasefire was to come into effect, 18 members of the Al-Najar family were killedincluding 11 children, and many others wounded when Israeli tanks shelled their home in southern Gaza. According to reports, they had been trapped inside the home since Thursday. According to the UN, prior to this most recent indent, 42 families in Gaza had lost at least three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident, totaling 253 people.
- On July 24, Israeli forces killed at least six Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during protests against Israel’s assault on Gaza. Over the past four days, 11 Palestinians have been killed during protests in the West Bank.
- According to the United Nations, as of July 25 at 8 AM ET:
- At least 649 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 194 children and 101 women.
- During the 24-hour reporting period (July 24-July 25), 68 Palestinians were reported killed in Gaza, including at least 10 children and nine women.
- Forty-two families in Gaza have lost at least three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident, totalling 253 people. Several of the over 100 women killed were reportedly pregnant, including three belonging to the Abu Jamea family, whose house was attacked by Israel on July 20. (Note: This does not include 18 members of the Al-Najar family killed on June 26.)
- The coping capacity of health professionals and facilities is increasingly overstretched. A rise in the relative number of miscarriages, premature births, and child mortality amongst pregnant women has been reported.
- Eighteen health-related facilities have been hit by Israeli airstrikes or shelling since July 8. At least one doctor and two medics have been killed.
- At least 165,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.
- 167,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in 95 United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and government schools and tens thousands of others are taking refuge elsewhere. This is more than double the number of Palestinians who took refuge at UN facilities during Israel’s devastating three-week assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009,Operation Cast Lead. All are in need of emergency food assistance.
- Israel has destroyed or severely damaged approximately 650 residential properties, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.
- Ninety-two UN installations have been damaged.
- During the reporting period, six UNRWA schools were damaged. Since July 7, 123 schools have been. On July 24, five people were wounded when the Israeli military shelled the Deir al-Balah girls school in central Gaza, which was sheltering approximately 1500 IDPs. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.
- The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”
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GAZA CRISIS UPDATE (JULY 25, 2014)
- Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 808 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 185 children.
- At around 3 PM local time on Thursday (July 24), a United Nations school in Beit Hanoun where approximately 1500 internally displaced people (IDP) were sheltering was struck by several missiles, killing at least 16 people and injuring at least 150 others. It wasn’t immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, however late Thursday the Israeli military acknowledged that it had fired into the area at the time of the incident, claiming they were responding to hostile fire. According to UN officials, they twice asked the Israeli military to allow a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the school during the day, but Israel refused. Over the past three days, the Israeli military has attacked UN schools housing IDPs on three different occasions, despite the fact that the UN has provided the military with precise GPS coordinates for all of its facilities.
- According to the UN, as of July 24 at 8 AM ET:
- At least 578 Palestinian civilians have been killed, including at least 185 children and 93 women.
- During the 24-hour reporting period (July 23-July 24), at least 92 Palestinians were reported killed or their bodies recovered, including 17 children and eight women. (Note: These figures do not include at least 16 people killed in an attack on a UN school sheltering IDPs, the source of which is not yet conclusively known.)
- Forty-two families in Gaza have lost at least three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident, totaling 253 people.
- More than 5100 Palestinians have been injured, including more than 1500 children and 1000 women, as of July 24 at 1 AM ET.
- 149,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in 84 United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools and tens thousands of others are taking refuge elsewhere. This is more than double the number of Palestinians who took refuge at UN facilities during Israel’s devastating three-week assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009, Operation Cast Lead. All are in need of emergency food assistance.
- At least 148,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.
- Israel has destroyed or severely damaged at least 615 residential properties, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.
- Since July 7, Israeli attacks have damaged approximately 120 schools. On July 24, five people were wounded when the Israeli military shelled the Deir al-Balah girls school in central Gaza, which was sheltering approximately 1500 IDPs. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.
- The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”
#AceWorldNews – GazaCity – July 21 – As hundreds of protesters looted shops, burnt cars and attacked a synagogue, as an unauthorized anti-Israeli rally turned violent in a Parisian suburb. Simultaneously, thousands participated in peaceful pro-Palestinian marches across the globe.
Despite a ban by authorities, an anti-Israel demonstration was held on Sunday in a Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, dubbed ‘Little Jerusalem’ for its large community of Sephardic Jews. It was the second in a row unauthorized protest in the French capital to turn violent over the weekend.
Several hundred people gathered for protest in Sarcelles by 3pm local time, with dozens of youths then setting cars on fire, smashing shop windows and raiding the shops, throwing stones at police. Protesters shouted: “F*** Israel!” and “Israel assassin.”
— Arash Derambarsh (@Arash) July 20, 2014
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue, Le Figaro reports.
The police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and detaining at least 13 rioters, according to the Local.
The decision to ban pro-Palestinian protests in Paris raised controversy as the rallies happened anyway and turned violent. France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the decision not to allow protests, saying the unrest that broke out “justifies all the more the brave choice by the interior ministry to ban a demonstration,” AFP reported.
Elsewhere in Europe pro-Palestinian protests appeared to be relatively peaceful.
The largest one in Europe drew 11,000 of people to the streets of Vienna, who marched across the city center to the official residence of the country’s president.
In Amsterdam, some 3,000 participated in the march, demanding an immediate end to the Israeli military operation in Gaza. People carried signs reading “Stop the war” and “Israel war criminals.” Just one person was detained for refusing to obey a police order, the Netherlands’ NOS reported.
“It just has to stop. Children are being killed and they are innocent,” said protester Ekrem Kara, as cited by AFP.
— Delic #BDS (@HamdoDelic) July 20, 2014
A similar rally in Stockholm gathered 1,000 participants.
In the US massive pro-Palestinian protests were held on Sunday in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
Thousands marched to the Israeli Consulate in Chicago, home to a quarter million Palestinians, demanding a halt to Israel’s military action in Gaza.
In response, the consulate general released a statement defending the military operation.
“Today is a tragic day,” the statement reads as cited by WGN_TV. “13 Israeli soldiers were killed by the terrorist organization Hamas. We regret the loss of civilians on both sides. Hamas continues to brutally attack 6 million Israeli citizens and puts its own population in danger. We have to stop it.”
Some 2,000 protesters took to the streets of Sydney in opposition to the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. Parents took their children with them for the rally.
“I’m here as a mum to raise awareness of what’s happening in Gaza,” Buthania Saeed, 41, told AAP. “All we’re seeing is women and children being murdered, houses are being burnt down and families are being vanished.”
Hundreds of mainly Islamist Jordanian protesters burnt Israeli flags in Amman on Sunday, Reuters reports. Demonstrators called on Palestinian Hamas militants to step up rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities to avenge civilian deaths caused by Israel’s offensive in Gaza.
Lebanese activists staged a protest outside the US embassy in Awkar north of Beirut on Sunday. The rally participants burned the American and Israeli flags, while chanting slogans in support of the Palestinians, the Daily Star reports.
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