Archive pour la catégorie 'English' Red Cross Accuses Israel of Neglecting Gaza Wounded

Jeudi 8 janvier 2009

Alan Cowell: The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had discovered “shocking” scenes — including small children next to their mothers’ corpses — when its representatives gained access for the first time to parts of Gaza battered by Israeli shelling. It accused Israel of failing to meet obligations to care for the wounded in areas of combat.

Red Cross Accuses Israel of Neglecting Gaza Wounded,

Haaretz: UN rejects IDF claim Gaza militants operated from bombed-out school

Mercredi 7 janvier 2009

The United Nations on Wednesday denied Israel Defense Forces claims that there were Palestinian militants in the Gaza school bombed by Israel on Tuesday.

Christopher Gunness of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the organization is 99.9 percent certain there were no militants or military activity in its school.

UN rejects IDF claim Gaza militants operated from bombed-out school,

Robert Fisk: I’ve reported the excuses the Israeli army has served up in the past for these outrages. Since they may well be reheated in the coming hours, here are some of them: that the Palestinians killed their own refugees, that the Palestinians dug up bodies from cemeteries and planted them in the ruins, that ultimately the Palestinians are to blame because they supported an armed faction, or because armed Palestinians deliberately used the innocent refugees as cover.

Why do they hate the West so much, we will ask, The Independent

Ghassan Khatib on Gaza

Mercredi 7 janvier 2009

Ghassan Khatib: The main losers will be the civilians of Gaza, in addition to the Palestinian Authority and Egypt. Apparently, the civilian casualties almost exclusively on the Palestinian side, are a price both Hamas and Israel are willing to pay to achieve their respective victories. Tragically, this is possible only because influential governments, particularly the United States’ and those of the European Union, are by condoning Israel’s aggression as « defensive » closing their eyes to the unfolding war crimes that are being committed. This makes them indirectly responsible.

Gaza: Outlines of an endgame, International Relations And Security Network (ISN)

Haaretz: 40 Palestinians killed in IDF strike on UN school

Mardi 6 janvier 2009

« There’s nowhere safe in Gaza. Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized, » said John Ging, the top UN official in Gaza, blaming the international community for allowing the violence to continue.
: 40 Palestinians killed in IDF strike on UN school:

Dr Mads Gilbert on Gaza

Mardi 6 janvier 2009

Dr Mads Gilbert in Gaza: This is an all out war against the civilian palestinian population in Gaza.

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Seth Freedman on Gaza

Mardi 6 janvier 2009

Seth Freedman: (…) by absolving Hamas of any modicum of responsibility for their own war crimes simply because of the conditions in which they’re forced to exist, their sympathisers actually reduce Hamas’s leaders to the status of mere automatons devoid of free will. There is no justification for attacking civilians: not in international law, religious law, nor any basic code of ethics. When the Israeli army launch attacks on civilian targets, they are rightly hauled over the coals for doing so – yet when Hamas and their agents do likewise, suddenly the silence is deafening from those very same apparent champions of human rights.: Support for Hamas crosses a line:

Dominic Moran of ISN on Gaza

Lundi 5 janvier 2009

Dominic Moran: While the decision to precipitate a full confrontation lies with Israel, Hamas does bear significant responsibility for the current crisis through deciding on a resumption of hostilities and allowing a major surge in the firing of rockets and mortars into Israel in preceding days.
: Gaza: Disastrous leadership failures: International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

Laila El-Haddad Father

Dimanche 4 janvier 2009

Laila El-Haddad: My father spoke calmly, eloquently, in the pitch dark of besieged Gaza, with only the the fire of Israeli bombs illuminating his world: « they are destroying everything that is beautiful and living » :

Rami G. Khouri on Gaza

Mardi 30 décembre 2008

It was exactly 40 years ago to the day — December 28, 1968 — that Israeli commandos raided Beirut airport and destroyed 13 Lebanese civilian aircraft, in retaliation for a Palestinian attack against an Israeli airliner in Athens. Israel aimed to inflict a revenge punishment so severe that it would shock the Arabs into preventing the Palestinians from fighting Israel.

Today, 40 years and countless attacks and wars later, Israel again uses massive retaliatory and punitive force to pummel the Palestinians of Gaza into submission. Hundreds of Palestinians have died in the first 24 hours of the Israeli attack, and several thousand might die by the time the operation ends. For what purpose, one wonders?

Rami G. Khouri: Punishing Gaza in Vain,

Robert Fisk on Gaza

Mardi 30 décembre 2008

(…) let’s remember Hamas’s cynicism, the cynicism of all armed Islamist groups. Their need for Muslim martyrs is as crucial to them as Israel’s need to create them. The lesson Israel thinks it is teaching – come to heel or we will crush you – is not the lesson Hamas is learning. Hamas needs violence to emphasise the oppression of the Palestinians – and relies on Israel to provide it. A few rockets into Israel and Israel obliges.

Robert Fisk: Leaders lie, civilians die, and lessons of history are ignored,