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Looks Like A Holocaust To Me

Posted by scorpiomkm on January 6, 2009

Israeli Bombs Hit UN School

GAZA CITY, Gaza – Israeli forces edged closer to Gaza’s major population centers on Tuesday and attacked new targets, including a U.N. school, taking more civilian lives after ignoring mounting international calls for an immediate cease-fire. A Palestinian rocket attack wounded an Israeli infant.

The United Nations said three civilians were killed in the airstrike on its school, where hundreds of people from a Gaza City refugee camp had gone to seek shelter from Israel‘s blistering 11-day offensive against the Hamas militant group.

The missile landed in a courtyard late Monday, causing minor damage to the building.

“There’s nowhere safe in Gaza. Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized,” said John Ging, the top U.N. official in Gaza, blaming the international community for allowing the violence to continue.

“I am appealing to political leaders here and in the region and the world to get their act together and stop this,” he said, speaking at Gaza’s largest hospital. “They are responsible for these deaths.”

The Israeli army had no comment on the incident, but in the past has accused militants of using schools, mosques and residential neighborhoods to store weapons or launch attacks.

Israel launched its offensive on Dec. 27 to halt repeated Palestinian rocket attacks on its southern towns. After a weeklong air campaign, Israeli ground forces invaded Gaza over the weekend. More than 500 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 100 civilians, according to United Nations figures. Nine Israelis have died since the operation began.

In other fighting early Tuesday, at least 18 Palestinians were killed in shelling from tanks and naval craft, local hospital officials said. Only two of the dead were confirmed as militants.

Tanks rumbled closer to the towns of Khan Younis and Dir el Balahin south and central Gaza but were still several kilometers (miles) outside, witnesses said, adding that the sounds of fighting could be heard from around the new Israeli positions. Israel already has encircled Gaza City, the area’s biggest city.

The rising civilian death toll has drawn international condemnations and raised concerns of a looming humanitarian disaster. Many Gazans are without electricity or running water, thousands have been displaced from their homes and residents say that without distribution disrupted, food supplies are running thin.

“This is not a crisis, it’s a disaster,” said water utility official Munzir Shiblak. “We are not even able to respond to the cry of the people.” He said about 800,000 residents in Gaza City and northern parts of the territory had no access to running water from Tuesday

Israel says it won’t stop the assault until its southern towns are freed of the threat of Palestinian rocket fire and it receives international guarantees that Hamas, a militant group backed by Iranand Syria, will not restock its weapons stockpile. It blames Hamas for the civilian casualties, saying the group intentionally seeks cover in crowded residential areas.

“The battle is bitter but unavoidable. We set out on this operation in order to deal Hamas a heavy blow and to alter living conditions in the south of the country and to block smuggling into the Gaza Strip,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The army says it has dealt a harsh blow to Hamas, killing 130 militants in the past two days and greatly reducing the rocket fire. At least 15 rockets were fired Tuesday and one landed in the town of Gadera, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Gaza border, lightly wounding a 3-month-old infant, police said. At the outset of the fighting, militants launched dozens of rockets each day.

Israeli forces have cut the main Gaza highway in several places, cutting the strip into northern, southern and central sectors and preventing movement between them. Israel also has taken over high-rise buildings in Gaza City and destroyed dozens of smuggling tunnels — Hamas’ main lifeline — along the Egyptian border.

Late Monday, a paratroop officer and three Israeli infantrymen were killed in two separate friendly fire incidents, the military said. Heavy Israeli casualties could threaten to undermine what so far has been wide public support for the operation.

The international community, on the other hand, has been more cautious, defending Israel’s right to defend itself but expressing concern about the deaths of dozens of women and children.

A high-level European Union delegation met with President Shimon Pereson Tuesday in a futile bid to put an end to the violence. Commissioner Benita Ferraro-Waldner acknowledged Israel’s right to self-defense, but said its response was disproportionate.

“We have come to Israel in order to advance the initiative for a humanitarian cease-fire and I will tell you, Mr. president, that you have a serious problem with international advocacy, and that Israel’s image is being destroyed,” she said, according to a statement from Peres’ office.

She said international relief organizations have complained that there is a serious problem distributing aid in Gaza.

In Geneva, the international Red Cross said Gaza was in a “full-blown” humanitarian crisis. Its head of operations, Pierre Kraehenbuehl, said the few remaining power supplies could collapse at any moment, leaving 500,000 people without clean water and at risk of disease.

The EU delegation was one of a flurry of diplomatic efforts to forge a cease-fire. French President Nicolas Sarkozy left Israel after a day of meetings with leaders.

Europe “wants a cease-fire as quickly as possible,” Sarkozysaid Monday, urging Israel to halt the offensive, while blaming Hamas for acting “irresponsibly and unpardonably.”

Prime Minister Ehud Olmertstressed to Sarkozy that any agreement “must contain at its foundation the total cessation of all arms transfers to Hamas,” said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.

Regev noted that Hamas used a previous six-month truce to double the range of its rockets. About one-eighth of Israel’s 7 million citizens now live in rocket range.

In New York, Arab delegates met with the U.N. Security Council, urging members to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate end to the attacks and a permanent cease-fire.

In Washington, the State Department said the U.S. was pressing for a cease-fire that would include a halt to rocket attacks and an arrangement for reopening crossing points on the border with Israel, said spokesman Sean McCormack.

The crossings, used to deliver vital food shipments into Gaza, have been largely closed since Hamas took control of Gaza in June 2007. A third element of a U.S.-backed cease-fire would address the smuggling tunnels used by Hamas.

President George W. Bush emphasized “Israel’s desire to protect itself.”

“The situation now taking place in Gaza was caused by Hamas,” he said.

A top exiled Hamas official in Syria, Moussa Abu Marzouk, rejected the U.S. proposal, telling the AP the U.S. plan seeks to impose “a de factosituation” and encourages Israel to continue its attacks on Gaza.

In Tuesday’s fighting, six civilians were killed when a shell fired by an Israeli ship hit their house on the Gaza shore, hospital officials said. Local residents said the gunboat apparently fired at a group of militants next to the house who were preparing to ambush advancing Israeli troops. Two of the militants were killed in the blast.

Palestinians said Israeli attacks intensified before dawn and at least 10 more civilians were killed when shells hit houses on the edge of Gaza City and in the Jebaliya refugee camp, to the north.

U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said the overall Palestinian toll since the opening of the Gaza campaign on Dec. 27 stood at about 500, with about 125 of them civilians.

Holmes said Gaza was in the grip of an “increasingly alarming” humanitarian crisis and was running low on clean water, power, food, medicine and other basics.

Israeli leaders say there is no humanitarian crisis and that they have allowed the delivery of vital supplies.

On Tuesday the Israeli military said three soldiers were killed and 24 wounded in a friendly fire incident when an Israeli tank shelled a building in which they had taken cover Monday night during fighting outside Gaza City. The military said a colonel who commanded an infantry brigade was among the wounded.

In a separate friendly fire incident, also Monday, a paratroops officer was killed in northern Gaza, the army said. In all, six soldiers have been killed since the offensive began.

Israeli forces detained 80 Palestinians — some of them suspected Hamas members — and transferred several to Israel for interrogation, said military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to release the information.

Israel’s operation has sparked anger across the Arab world and has drawn criticism from countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Jordan, which have ties with Israel and have been intimately involved in Mideast peacemaking.

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For the past 8 years or so, I’ve heard so-called ‘American Patriots’ and so-called EXPERTS say after each-and-every radical ‘Islamic Attack’: “Where’s the Islamic OUTRAGE over this!” or “Why don’t the American Muslim Community express OUTRAGE over this!”
 
Well. I ask: “Where is the American Jewish OUTRAGE over the Israeli SLAUGHTER of HUNDREDS of INNOCENT Palestinians!”
 
Oh, I see: Palestinians aren’t ‘Real People’ like Jews, huh! Palestinians, after all, don’t ‘look’ like most of us (Americans); or Palestinians (many) Believe in Islam and unlike us (Americans) … they believe that women ~ particularly Married Women ~ should clothe themselves in a manner that reduces other MEN from looking at them in a ‘desirous’ manner.
 
And ‘yes’: “Palestinians want to …. KILL Jews.”
 
Well. Most Americans that cling to such garbage and moronic Viewpoints about Palestinians can (and will) go to their graves just as IGNORANT as the day they were born; but I have a more direct question to Jews in general ~ and American Jews in particular:
 
How can Jews, constantly point out to the WORLD, the ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ suffered their People in Hitler’s Germany (or in the Polish Ghetto); yet THEY (Israel/Jews) turn right around and SLAUGHTER THOUSANDS of INNOCENT Palestinians as if its Sport!”
 
And they (Jews/Israel) have been doing so for over 60 YEARS now!
 
I’ll tell ya what Israel: You Kats are looking more like the ‘Third Reich’ each and every Decade!!
 
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4 Responses to “Looks Like A Holocaust To Me”

  1. Yigal said

    As a Jew, allow me to answer. I share your pain at the loss of civilian life, and I think that Israelis share your pain as well. But I think it is important to make several points here.

    Surely there is a distinction between rounding up innocent, unarmed Jews, deporting them to concentration camps, and gassing them to death, and targeting terrorists with unfortunate collateral damage. Believe me, if Israel wanted to commit genocide, in bombing a thousand targets in the most densely populated area on earth, they would and could have killed far more than 500 people (75% of whom, according to the UN, are armed terrorists).

    Surely, if you have a problem with Israel firing at civilian centers, you would also condemn Hamas – which is essentially doing the same thing! Your silence in the face of Palestinian terrorism is telling…

    Moreover, I would argue that your denial of Israel’s right to defend its civilians against lethal Hamas attacks – essentially having innocent Israelis and their children be sitting ducks for genocidal terrorists – is nothing short of genocidal itself.

    The painful scenes that Palestinian children are witnessing are sad, but also important. Palestinian children are also learning an important life lesson – terrorism against innocent civilians doesn’t pay. Far from achieving independence and honor, it brings Palestinians suffering, humiliation and devastation. Instead of building rockets and training to be suicide bombers perhaps these children will do something more than their foolish parents – perhaps they’ll build themselves an economy, hospitals, and infrastructure and become something more than a hotbed for terrorism and hate.

    Oh, and as for the “occupation.” Israel withdrew from Gaza two years ago. The Palestinians – in elections monitored by Jimmy Carter and the EU – elected Hamas. So what on earth is “occupation” other than yet another buzzword to excuse all Palestinian wrongs?

  2. terminator said

    Right on!

  3. preston said

    OK…LET ME SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT. THE ISRAELIS WERE MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS, THEN ON DEC. 27TH HAMAS STARTS LOBBING MISSILES INTO ISRAEL FROM GAZA….BECAUSE “WE JUST HATE JEWS, PERIOD. ISRAEL RESPONDS WITH MILITARY FORCE TO STOP THE INDISCRIMINATE FIRING OF MISSILES AND KILLING ‘INNOCENT PEOPLE IN ISRAEL.’ ISRAEL ATTACKS THE SITES WHERE THESE “INDISCRIMINATE MISSILE FIRINGS ARE COMING FROM WHICH ARE WHERE SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES ARE LOCATED. THINK ABOUT IT..FIRING MILITARY GRADE WEAPONS FROM HOMES, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS…. AND SO ISRAEL IS THE BAD GUY. WHAT KIND OF IDIOT DO THE PALESTINIANS TAKE ME FOR. IF SOMEONE STOOD ON THE ROOF OF MY HOUSE AND STARTING FIRING A SHOTGUN AT THE NEIGHBORS AND THE INNOCENT NEIGHBORS SHOT BACK…WHY WOULD I BE PISSED AT THE NEIGHBORS…THINK I MIGHT BE A LITTLE UPSET AND THE DUDE ON TOP OF MY HOUSE…”JUST SHOOTING AT THE NEIGHBORS.” I’M SICK OF THESE PEOPLE. “PALESTINE….I WAS BORN AT NIGHT..NOT LAST NIGHT…YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!” ONE OF THESE DAYS I WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE THE GONADS TO JUST TURN PALESTINE INTO A GLASS FACTORY. THEN THIS CRAP WOULD STOP!

  4. Open Your Eyes said

    Open your Eyes… Don’t look about any background of these problem.
    We’ve got injured childrens and injured mothers (both sides Palestines and Israels…….)
    Don’t judge from terorist view or military view or revenge view… JUDGE FROM HUMANITY SIDES…

    What do you think if those happen with your family…..

    Wars never ends if you force violences with violences, hates with hates….

    I Criying for these…

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