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Israel Bombs Gaza, Barak says Ceasefire with Hamas Like Ceasefire with Al Qaeda

Posted by uscsjp on December 27, 2008

Palestinians carry the body of a victim of an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages, provided here courtesy of Electronic Intifada)

Palestinians carry the body of a victim of an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages, posted on Electronic Intifada)

” ‘I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing.’  Those were the words, spoken on Al Jazeera today by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defense official in the Sderot area adjacent to Gaza, as images of Israel’s latest massacres were broadcast around the world.

A short time earlier, US-supplied Israeli F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters dropped over 100 bombs on dozens of locations in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip killing at least 195 persons and injuring hundreds more. Many of these locations were police stations located, like police stations the world over, in the middle of civilian areas. The US government was one of the first to offer its support for Israel’s attacks, and others will follow…”

–Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 27 December 2008

See Also:

“Israel resumes Gaza bombardment

Israeli warplanes have resumed their air strikes on Gaza, blasting targets all over the Strip, including a mosque and a TV station…

…Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, rejected calls for a new truce, saying Israel ‘cannot really accept’ a ceasefire with Hamas.

‘For us to be asked to have a ceasefire with Hamas is like asking you to have a ceasefire with al Qaeda. It’s something we cannot really accept,’ Barak told Fox News from Tel Aviv… ”

–Al Jazeera English, 27 December, 2008

And more background to the current bombardment:

“If Gaza Falls…

Israel’s siege of Gaza began on 5 November, the day after an Israeli attack inside the strip, no doubt designed finally to undermine the truce between Israel and Hamas established last June. Although both sides had violated the agreement before, this incursion was on a different scale. Hamas responded by firing rockets into Israel and the violence has not abated since then. Israel’s siege has two fundamental goals. One is to ensure that the Palestinians there are seen merely as a humanitarian problem, beggars who have no political identity and therefore can have no political claims. The second is to foist Gaza onto Egypt. That is why the Israelis tolerate the hundreds of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt around which an informal but increasingly regulated commercial sector has begun to form. The overwhelming majority of Gazans are impoverished and officially 49.1 per cent are unemployed. In fact the prospect of steady employment is rapidly disappearing for the majority of the population…”

–Sara Roy, London Review of Books (and posted on ZNet’s Israel-Palestine Watch page), 26 December, 2008

Also, earlier this holiday season:

“Days After Calling Israeli Blockade of Gaza ‘A Crime Against Humanity,’ UN Human Rights Investigator Richard Falk Detained, Expelled from Israel

The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has accused Israel of ‘unprecedented and deeply regrettable’ treatment of UN human rights investigator Richard Falk. Falk was deported from Israel Monday after being detained at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for twenty hours. Falk’s detention and expulsion came days after he condemned Israel’s blockade of Gaza as a ‘flagrant and massive violation of international humanitarian law’ and ‘Crime Against Humanity.’ We speak to Falk about his detention and expulsion from Israel…”

–Democracy Now, December 17, 2008

See also the Electronic Intifada’s Interview with Falk:


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