NYCLAW Antiwar Bulletin: Israeli Massacre in Gaza — 12.28.08



Thousands of people marched today in Manhattan. Photos at:  http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2008/12/102498.html


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ANATOMY OF A WAR CRIME

Relatives of a Palestinian who was killed in an Israel air strike mourn during his funeral in Gaza Strip December 28, 2008. Israel launched air strikes on Gaza for a second day on Sunday, piling pressure on Hamas after killing more than 270 people in one of the bloodiest days in 60 years of conflict between the Palestinians and the Jewish state. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

“The Amount of Death and Destruction is Inconceivable”
[E]ven after the dead are identified, doctors are having a hard time gathering the right body parts in order to hand them over to their families.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10059.shtml

Desperate Hospitals Overwhelmed by Casualties
“What was the sin of my 4-year-old son?”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-gaza-react28-2008dec28,0,7401089.story

Unprecedented Casualties
The high numbers of casualties made Saturday the single deadliest day in the Gaza Strip since Israel’s occupation of the territory in 1967.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7802515.stm

Knowingly Indiscriminate Air War
Israel prefers to use its unchallenged aerial superiority — clearly a blunt instrument that cannot distinguish between fighters and civilians.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/27/gaza-attacks-analysis-ian-black

An Israeli soldier holds his gun out of a tank, near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Israel's Cabinet authorized a callup of thousands of reserves soldiers, suggesting plans to expand a campaign against Gaza rocket squads that has already killed some 280 Palestinians, most of them Hamas police. From AP Photo by SEBASTIAN SCHEINER.

Olmert: Massacres Will Continue
The situation in southern Israel “is liable to last longer than we are able to foresee at this time.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/28/world/AP-ML-Israel-Palestinians.html

Only the Beginning?
[T]his isn’t the beginning, this is an ongoing policy of collective punishment and killing with impunity practised by Israel for decades.
http://www.freegaza.org/index.php?module=latest_news&id=5f36cb2382cb6e2b413b88331d2223f1&offset=

A History of Ethnic Cleansing
Massacres were part and parcel of the Zionist project in Palestine. They aimed at intimidating the Arabs and make them leave the country.
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14537

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U.S. COMPLICITY

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an Israeli helicopter fires a rocket at a target in Gaza City on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Israel widened its deadliest-ever air offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers Sunday, pounding smuggling tunnels and a central prison, sending more tanks and artillery toward the Gaza border and approving a reserves callup for a possible ground invasion. From AP Photo by Yin Bogu.An Israeli F15 fighter flies over the northern Israeli-Gaza Strip border on December 28, 2008. Israel warned today it could send ground troops into Gaza as its warplanes continued pounding Hamas targets inside the enclave where more than 280 Palestinians have been killed in just 24 hours. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

U.S. Weapons
Apache’s are hovering above us, whilst F16s sear overhead.
http://www.freegaza.org/index.php?module=latest_news&id=5f36cb2382cb6e2b413b88331d2223f1&offset=

White House Stands By Massacres
“These people are nothing but thugs. Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/world/middleeast/28diplo.html?ref=world

Bush Winks at Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza, While Obama and Clinton Are Silent
President-elect Barack Obama and Secretary of State-to-be Hillary Clinton were shamefully silent in the first hours after the attack.
http://www.progressive.org/mag/wx122708.html

U.S. Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., second right, is presented with an "I Love Sderot" T-shirt by Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, left, looks on as they stand in front of a display of rockets that landed in southern Israel, during a visit to Sderot, southern Israel, Wednesday, July 23, 2008. Obama pledged Wednesday that as president he would preserve the close ties between the United States and Israel, and that the Jewish state's security would be a top priority in his administration. From AP Photo by David Silverman.

But Obama Had Already Endorsed Attacks
“If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that,” Obama said at the time. “And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.” Israelis have been further encouraged by Obama’s key appointments, from his vice-presidential running mate Joe Biden, long a prominent supporter of Israel, to his choice of Rahm Emanuel, a leading Jewish congressman, as his White House chief of staff.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5404534.ece

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MORE LIES AND PRETEXTS

Election Posturing
“The government and the defense minister are trying to gain political capital in an election period on account of the bloodletting of the Palestinian people.”
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050396.html

Propaganda Offensive
An international media broadcast outlet will be opened in Sderot on Sunday, and the Foreign Ministry will organize a series of tours of Sderot and the Gaza envelope communities for foreign media and diplomatic figures.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050402.html

What Rockets?
Retaliatory Palestinian fire killed one woman in southern Israel — underlining the unequal military balance.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/27/gaza-attacks-analysis-ian-black

Palestinian and international activists stand amid tear gas during a demonstration against Israel's separation barrier in Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramllah on October 31, 2008. Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad warned earlier this week that peacemaking was "teetering" because of continued settlement construction and the construction of Israel's controversial separation barrier. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

No Protest Allowed
Any response to Israeli attacks — whether peaceful protests against the apartheid wall in Bilin and Nilin in the West Bank is met with bullets and bombs.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10055.shtml

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WORLDWIDE PROTEST AND RESISTANCE

Uproar

Throughout Middle East
“The reaction of the Arab street shows that the Palestinian issue is not just about Palestinians, but it is an Arab question and an Arab problem. It’s still in the hearts and minds of the Arab people.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-gaza-arab-react28-2008dec28,0,5777613.story

Hamas Resolute
”We will survive, we will move forward, we will not surrender, we will not be shaken.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/28/world/AP-ML-Israel-Palestinians.html

One Democratic State Group
The Gaza-based One Democratic State Group reaffirmed this today as it “called upon all civil society organizations and freedom loving people to act immediately in any possible way to put pressure on their governments to end diplomatic ties with Apartheid Israel and institute sanctions against it.”
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10055.shtml

A Palestinian throws a stone at Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron December 28, 2008. Tensions rose throughout major West Bank cities as hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets in protest of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 280 people, most of them Hamas militants. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

West Bank
“With our blood and souls we defend you, Gaza.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/28/world/AP-ML-Israel-Palestinians.html

Palestine ’48
“No one can tell us that slaughtering the citizens of Gaza is meant to protect the citizens of Sderot and Ashkelon.”
http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050470.html

The violence led to demonstrations around the world, including at Al-Baqaa refugee camp near Amman, Jordan, where youngsters burned an Israeli flag

Refugee Camps
“‘The Israelis kill our people in Gaza and the West Bank. The Americans kill our people in Iraq. We’re refugees, kicked out of our home in Tulkarem in 1967 and we’re still displaced.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/28/world/AP-ML-Mideast-Israel-Palestinians.html

Jordanian Labor
Labor unions in Jordan organized a mass demonstration to protest the IAF strikes in Gaza.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050396.html

A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves a muddy boot during a protest near the Israeli Embassy in London December 28, 2008, against the Israeli strikes on Gaza. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

London
“We should treat Israel as we treated South Africa during apartheid. They should be shunned.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7802078.stm

Protesters across Canada slam ‘terrorist’ Israel as Palestinian toll grows
“If there was no occupation, there would be no rockets.”
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gIMgfueYl9c8eLuLb6eSgaCLsIqg

International Mobilization and Boycott
We can turn a spotlight onto Israel’s crimes against humanity and the enduring injustice here in Palestine, through coming out onto the streets and pressurizing our governments; demanding an end to Israeli apartheid and occupation, broadening our call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.
http://www.freegaza.org/index.php?module=latest_news&id=5f36cb2382cb6e2b413b88331d2223f1&offset=

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