NYCLAW Antiwar Bulletin: Israeli Massacre in Gaza — 12.27.08

HUNDREDS OF CASUALTIES

THIS IMAGE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT) Bodies of Palestinians laid out on the ground outside Shifa hospital on December 27, 2008 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets along the Gaza Strip on Saturday, destroying several Hamas police compounds, killing more than 200 people and wounding hundreds. From Getty Images.


Single Bloodiest Day

[U]nprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing at least 155 and wounding more than 310 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in recent memory. . . . Some of the Israeli missiles struck in densely populated areas as children were leaving school, and women rushed into the streets frantically looking for their children. . . . ”We are treating people on the floor, in the corridors. We have no more space. We don’t know who is here and what the priority is to treat.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/27/world/AP-ML-Israel-Palestinians.html

Palestinian children and a man wounded in Israeli missile strikes are seen in the emergency area at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Israeli warplanes demolished dozens of Hamas security compounds across Gaza on Saturday in unprecedented waves of simultaneous air strikes. Gaza medics said at least 145 people were killed and more than 310 wounded in the single deadliest day in Gaza fighting in recent memory. From AP Photo by Khalil Hamra.

THIS IMAGE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT) A Palestinian man checks the body of a Palestinian child as he lies among bodies of Palestinians laid out on the ground outside Shifa hospital on December 27, 2008 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets along the Gaza Strip on Saturday, destroying several Hamas police compounds, killing more than 200 people and wounding hundreds. From Getty Images.

A wounded child awaits medical attention at the Shifa hospital on December 27, 2008 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets along the Gaza Strip on Saturday, destroying several Hamas police compounds, killing more than 155 people and wounding hundreds. From Getty Images.

Hospitals Overwhelmed
At Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, scores of dead bodies were laid out in front of the morgue waiting for family members to identify them. Many were dismembered.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/world/middleeast/28mideast.html?_r=1&hp

Palestinians look at bodies removed from the sites of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on December 27, 2008. At least 155 Palestinians were killed across the Gaza Strip today in massive Israeli air strikes on the Hamas-run enclave, Hamas radio reported. Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu told army radio the massive bombardment of Gaza was only just beginning. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

And More Where That Came From
Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu said the bombardment of Gaza was “only the beginning.”
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/35350

An Israeli F16 fighter jet lands at air base near the border after a bombing raid in Gaza December 27, 2008. Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, destroying several Hamas police compounds and killing more than 140 people, medical officials and witnesses said. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Video (1:38m): Brought to You By . . . U.S. F-16s
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7801128.stm

Palestinian women and children flee an area hit by an Israeli air strike in the southern town of Rafah on December 27, 2008 in Gaza. Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets along the Gaza Strip on Saturday, destroying several Hamas police compounds, killing more than 155 people and wounding hundreds. From Getty Images.

Video (1:41m): Scenes of Destruction in Gaza
This video contains some disturbing images.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7801012.stm

A Palestinian man cries over the body of a child in his arms, beside bodies of Palestinians laid out on the ground outside Shifa hospital on December 27, 2008 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israel's air force fired about 30 missiles at targets along the Gaza Strip on Saturday, destroying several Hamas police compounds, killing more than 155 people and wounding hundreds. From Getty Images.

Video (4:59m): Witness Describes Gaza Attacks
Fikr Shallpoot, a health worker and resident in Gaza, spoke to the BBC about the attacks that she witnessed.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7801291.stm

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LIES AND PRETEXTS

“Security”
[N]o Israelis were killed or seriously injured in the recent [Palestinian] attacks.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/world/middleeast/28mideast.html?_r=1&hp

Who is the Real Victim Here?
By contrast, Israel has terrorized 1.5 million Gazans, locked them inside their awfully narrow borders, throttled their economy, and killed and seriously wounded thousands of them.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230111687765&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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ACTUAL MOTIVES

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni speaks during a news conference with Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Cairo December 25, 2008. Livni was invited to Cairo for talks on Thursday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about prospects for a new truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Livni talking in the news confrance Israel would not tolerate Hamas' rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Zionist Electioneering
Leadership credentials will be built on spilling Palestinian blood.
http://counterpunch.org/amiri12262008.html

Breaking Palestinian Resistance
Israel wasn’t willing to live and let live with Hamas – it was intent on making them cry uncle or, ideally, on getting rid of Hamas altogether by turning Gaza’s population against them.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230111687765&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

President Bush walks with his senior Middle East adviser Elliott Abrams, right, to meet with participants of the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at the White House in Washington. From AP Photo by Ron Edmonds.

Coup d’etat
Gaza’s final and unpardonable sin was, in a completely fair election, to elect a party that displeased Israel and the US. Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra infamy helped the reprisal along by engineering civil war between Hamas and Fatah (see Vanity Fair, April, 2008.)
http://counterpunch.org/cantarow12262008.html

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WORLDWIDE RESISTANCE AND BLOWBACK

Gaza

Explosions are seen during an Israeli missile strike in the northern Gaza Strip on the border with Israel, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from Gaza pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of air strikes Saturday, killing at least 155 and wounding more than 310 in the bloodiest day in Gaza in decades. From AP Photo by Tsafrir Abayov.

–”My son is gone, my son is gone. May I burn like the cigarettes, may Israel burn.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/27/world/AP-ML-Israel-Palestinians.html

–Hours after the Israeli assault, Gaza fighters fired home-made rockets into southern Israel, heeding calls by Hamas and other affiliated Palestinian groups to avenge the attacks, unprecedented in their scale. One Israeli was killed in the rocket fire, medics said.
http://mwcnews.net/content/view/27520&Itemid=1

–As for Israeli air raids, assassinations and the sort, they would only serve to help Hamas regain some popularity – and not only in Gaza, but also in the West Bank and across the Arab-speaking world.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1049778.html

A Palestinian Hamas supporter holds a toy gun during a protest in the West Bank city of Nablus against Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip December 27, 2008. Israeli warplanes and helicopters pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing at least 195 people in one of the bloodiest days in the Palestinians' conflict with Israel. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Nablus
Video (1:23m): Palestinians have taken to the streets of the West Bank following Israel’s air raids on Gaza City.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7801311.stm

A Palestinian protestor holds stones to throw at Israeli security forces during a demonstration against the Israeli air strikes on Gaza in the centre of the West Bank city of Hebron on December 27, 2008. Palestinians threw stones at Israeli forces who responded with tear gas during a Palestinian demonstration in Hebron today protesting the Israeli blitz of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip that killed at least 195 people. Israel sent a wave of air strikes against targets in the besieged enclave in retaliation for ongoing rocket fire, officials said. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

Hebron

Palestinian youths throw stones towards Israeli border police officers in the village of Issawiya in Arab East Jerusalem in protest of the Israeli air strikes in Gaza December 27, 2008. Israeli warplanes and helicopters pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing at least 205 people in the bloodiest one-day death toll in 60 years of conflict with the Palestinians. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

East Jerusalem

A Jordanian woman cries during a demonstration against the Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip in Amman December 27,2008. Israeli warplanes and combat helicopters pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing at least 155 people in the bloodiest day for Palestinians in more than 20 years of conflict. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Amman

Egyptian activists shout anti-Israel slogans and flash V-for-victory signs as they protest in Cairo Saturday Dec. 27, 2008, against the Israeli attacks against Hamas-ruled Gaza where over 200 people were killed and almost 400 wounded. From AP Photo by AMR NABIL.

Cairo

A young woman holds a Palestinian flag as she shouts anti-Israel slogans during a candle-light vigil held outside the Egyptian embassy in Beirut in protest against Israel's deadly raids on the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008. Hundreds of protesters demonstrated near the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon amid a greatly reinforced security presence, an AFP journalist said. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni vowed two days ago in Cairo to strike back at the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza after a sharp escalation of violence in the Palestinian territory dashed hopes of a new truce. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

Beirut

Pakistani protesters burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration condemning Israel's strikes on Gaza, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 27. 2008. Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from Gaza pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of air strikes Saturday, killing at least 155 and wounding more than 310 in the bloodiest day in Gaza in decades. From AP Photo by Fareed Khan.

Karachi

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