Saturday, 17 November 2018

Israel Brutalizes Palestinians the Way Nazis Mistreated Jews

By Stephen Lendman
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Israel repeatedly accuses Gazans and other Palestinians of crimes the Jewish state commits against them – the same blame the victim tactic used by Washington against targeted nations.
Whenever violence erupts anywhere in the Occupied Territories, especially Gaza, it’s always initiated by Israel, not Palestinians – other than isolated incidents too minor to matter.
Since March 30, Gazan Great March of Return Friday demonstrations have been consistently peaceful. 
Yet IDF snipers targeted activist Palestinians with live fire and other brutal tactics, bearing full responsibility for devastating violence – killing over 220, injuring more than 24,000 others, many seriously.
The death and injury toll is sure to rise. Israel holds Gazans and other Palestinians responsible for state-sponsored crimes against them.
On Friday, Israel’s Beer Sheba District Court ruled that Israel is not “liable for damages for the shooting and serious wounding of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip in (November) 2014,” adding:
“Gaza Palestinians are not entitled to seek compensation for damages from Israel” because they live in what the court called an “enemy entity” – an egregious perversion of truth.
The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel filed the case on behalf of the aggrieved Gazan family, leaving 15-year-old Attiya Fathi al-Nabahin a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair.
The court cited Article 5/B-1 of Israeli Civil Wrongs Law (State Responsibility – 1952) – police state legislation, saying “residents of a territory declared by the Israeli government as ‘enemy territory,’ are not eligible to seek compensation for state-sponsored crimes against them.
Israel is the enemy of all Palestinians, not the other way around. Yet the Jewish state is absolved of its highest of high crimes by Israeli judicial injustice and the world community, turning a blind eye to what no just societies tolerate.
No matter how grievously they’re harmed, long-suffering Gazans and other Palestinians are barred from getting redress in Israeli rubber-stamp courts against them.
A joint Al Mezan/Adalah statement said the unjust ruling sends a “very dangerous message that Gaza residents are not entitled to compensation or legal recourse in Israel in any circumstances, in contradiction of international obligations on access to justice and accountability,” adding:
“Israel declared that it absolves itself from the responsibilities, as a state, to investigate, deter, and take responsibility for violations by its armed and security forces.”
“The ruling grants comprehensive immunity to the Israeli military and the State for illegal, reprehensible, and even criminal actions taken during military operations in occupied territories, including the Gaza Strip, and leaves their victims without any hope of compensation.”
The court’s refusal to hear the above case “violates the right of Gaza residents to fulfill their right to ‘effective legal remedy’ from the occupying power as guaranteed to them under international humanitarian law.”
Separately, Adalah said from October 2000 throughout the Territories (the onset of the second intifada) to Gaza 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court affirmed the right of IDF snipers to kill and wound Gazans peacefully demonstrating for fundamental rights the Jewish state denies them.
Israel gets away with mass murder and much more because its courts and the international community do nothing to hold it accountable for repeated high crimes.
On Friday, Israeli General Kamil Abu Rukun, coordinator of government activities in the Territories, threatened Gazans with greater IDF violence against peaceful demonstrators than already since March 30, saying:
“Our patience has broken, and we will respond harshly. We will show no restraint.” Does he have Gaza war 4.0 in mind? Will IDF commanders deploy warplanes to terror-bomb peaceful demonstrators?
Is greater mass slaughter than already planned? “You have been warned,” he roared – ignoring reality on the ground in Gaza.
Hamas is Palestine’s legitimate government, democratically elected in January 2006. It’s not a “terrorist organization,” falsely designated this way by the State Department at Israel’s request, a despicable act, the Jewish state taking full advantage, committing high crimes against two million Gazans with impunity.
On Thursday, extremist Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv for war on the Strip, holding inflammatory banners and shouting hostile slogans, calling on Netanyahu to resign for not waging full-scale war on Gaza.
On the same day, a Security Council session on Gaza failed to resolve anything for its beleaguered people, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour saying:
“We want the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility with regard to this situation threatening international peace and security” in Gaza, adding:
“Unfortunately the Security Council is paralyzed. It did not shoulder its responsibility” – because of one-sided Trump regime support for Israel, dismissive of fundamental Palestinian rights.

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Al-Hassan: A Child Conceived With Smuggled Sperm Embraces His Father Outside The Occupation’s Prison


8 hours ago



The sun of freedom has risen for 33-years old Tamer Al-Zaanin. He wore his military uniform and strapped his weapon near the Beit Hanoun crossing. The first thing he looked for was his son Al-Hassan. Al-Hassan was raised while his father was imprisoned for 12 years. He was conceived with sperm smuggled from the prisons of the “Israeli” occupation. He grew up only knowing his father from pictures. Today he is meeting him in person.

Great joy, pleasure, hugs and nostalgia dominated the first meeting between the former detainee Tamer Al-Zaanin and his eldest son al-Hassan, who was born five years ago.

"I cannot describe what is going on in my chest. I'm very happy. I spent years, hours, minutes, dreaming of this meeting as I embrace my eldest son al-Hassan, Al-Hamdullilah [thank God]," says al-Zaanin. "Sperm smuggling is a challenge to the Zionist enemy, who believes that by arresting us, they can end our lives and deprive us of paternity."

Al-Zaanin was the first prisoner from the Gaza Strip to smuggle his semen out of a detention facility.
"We will continue our resistance and our jihad in all ways and fight with all the tools available. The occupation will not deprive us of bearing children, whether we are inside or outside the prisons," he said.

Happiness overwhelmed the family of the former detainee after Tamer’s release. The scene of jubilation included Takbir, ululating, a display of decorations and scattering flower petals rejoicing his return and the reunion after a long separation.

Hana, the freed detainee’s wife, says, "when my husband was arrested in 2006, we were only married for two months. I was patient and bore the bitterness and difficulties until the idea of sperm smuggling came up. Thank God, we were blessed with al-Hassan."

"My joy today with Tamer’s release is indescribable. It is as beautiful as my joy when my child Hassan was born," she adds.

"I am so happy and overjoyed with my son’s return following a long absence." Tamer’s mother says. "This is the family’s second joy after the birth of al-Hassan."

Al-Zaanin’s mother hoped that the families of other prisoners who are waiting for children from smuggled sperm be overjoyed the way her family was. She also expressed her hope that the tragedy of the prisoners and their suffering end with their release.

Semen smuggling by Palestinian prisoners from “Israeli” jails to the outside world is one of the recent battles the detainee is fighting against his Zionist jailer. It started in 2012 in Gaza and the West Bank.

The head of the media department in the Mohjat al-Quds institution Yasser Saleh says, "after the arrest of the Palestinian prisoners, the Zionist occupation ends their lives and kills them mentally and physically by issuing unjust sentences, which may last for decades."

"Palestinian prisoners spend their youth in “Israeli” prisons. They do not enjoy their lives. Sperm smuggling supports their steadfastness. It also strengthens the hopes of their families and wives," he explains.  "Smuggled sperm poses a form of qualitative and creative confrontation in the face of the occupation."

Statistics from the Prisoners of Palestine Center for Studies found that 23 prisoners have experienced childbearing through sperm smuggling since early 2015. In 2016, 28 successfully had 38 children. The number rose to 44 detainees who had 56 children in 2017. This year, 61 children were delivered using in-vitro fertilization.

Source: Al-Ahed, Occupied Palestine

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The Victorious Palestine


The act of celebration is very symbolic. Knowing what a people celebrate gives the spectator insight on what kind of society they represent, along with their values.
The Palestinians just celebrated repelling an offensive and avoiding another full-blown massacre against their families. They did not celebrate attacking the illegal settlers who continue to rape their land. Not that they don’t have every ethical right to do so; after all, those settlers are foreign elements who have displaced them by resorting to terrorist methods like the use of weapons and a mercenary army for the purpose of ethnic cleansing and the theft of ancestral land.
It just shows how genuinely pure their cause is – it gives indications of their social attitude. These are the same people who expressed sorrow for the many Jews who endured the unspeakable in Europe almost 80 years ago; they are the same people who opened their hearts and doors so innocently for those who barely made it with their lives. They did it under the belief in the Arabic saying “??? ???? ?????” which means God’s land can accommodate all.
Little did they know that the ships claiming to bring in refugees turned out to be transporting Zionists pretending to be Jews. Pretending, because humanity’s prophet Moses did not teach theft and is, by all means, exonerated from the criminal practices of these people. You are not a Jew if you do not follow the teachings and example of Moses.
The rockets shot at the occupied land were not an act of attack, they constituted a defense strategy. Terrorism could not have possibly been stopped with dialogue. God knows the Palestinians, with their natural social tendencies to peaceful approaches, had tried for decades, but words were always met with bullets and more extermination. Hence, the “Israelis” were met with reciprocation this time. It seems that a conversation in their own language is what yields results. Unleashing rockets back at them made them desist from leveling more buildings on children like they have done so many times before.
The Palestinians have celebrated the success of stopping another chapter in their holocaust.
Of course, what happened took its toll on an already divided and ailing “Israeli” political scene. The modern-day Heinrich Himmler of the Zionist entity decided to take a quick exit from the council of psychopaths they call government. Lieberman must have finally accepted the fact that being a bouncer at a nightclub does not necessarily qualify him to lead an occupying force. More reverberations took shape in the further plummeting of Netanyahu’s popularity among his people.
The footage that emerged this week of a beautiful symbol exploding while touched by impure hands carried immense significance. When “Israeli” terrorists tried to desecrate the great flag of Palestine with hands drenched in the blood of innocents, it exploded. A flag is the representation of a nation. It was a lesson; the nation will explode and engulf desecrators with fire just like its symbol did. They need to understand that regardless of how long they remain occupying the holy land, it will never be theirs just like it will never lose its real name, Palestine.
Next to the one dealing with the Palestinian resistance unifying in the face of terrorism, another great event took place during this same period. The Arab leaders who have been supporting Zionists in secret for so long have decided to come out in the open. As unfortunate as that may be, it does help put things in perspective. Now, the revelation that Palestine is not limited, as a cause, to Arabs has been confirmed. And now, those Palestinians who waited for the presumed Arab support know that they are not going to receive it.
The positive aspect is that the Palestinians are able to finally make better alliance calculations. The leaders who have always pretended to be supporters of this righteous central cause have made their reality public. The indisputable knowledge that they belong to the “Israeli” camp indicates that whomever they are against must be in the camp supporting Palestine.
The continuous bashing of the Syrian government, Hezbollah, and the Islamic Republic of Iran by the same people who welcome the oppressors of Palestinians does not require a great deal of analysis. The preposterous allegation that a Shiite geographical crescent is being formed to subdue Sunnis has been debunked by the same people who made it.
If there is a crescent in the making, it is one that includes Shiites, Sunnis, Druze, Alawites, Christians, and any other free soul who believes in Palestine.
It is high time to stop listening to the media funded by those who are too busy between offering “Israel” billions to strike Lebanon and turning their diplomatic missions into human slaughterhouses. Or, that of those who give a private mosque tour to the woman who compares the Islamic mosque Azan to dogs barking. People must focus on the deeds and not the words – contemporary history is sufficient to know whose compass is in the right direction, who is suffering from wars and crippling sanctions due to their dedication for Palestine.
May Palestine remain united and may it celebrate many more victories to come.
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Yemen’s Ansarullah: Pause In Saudi Raids on Al-Hudaydah to Buy Time




Yemen’s Ansarullah: Pause In Saudi Raids on Al-Hudaydah to Buy Time


صنعاء تتهم التحالف السعودي بالترويج للتهدئة لترتيب أوضاع قواته المنهارة

 


قوات التحالف تقصف بالمدفعية كلية الهندسة في جامعة الحديدة بعد ساعات من شن طائرات التحالف غارة جوية على مزرعة في التحيتا جنوب الحديدة.

استشهد ثلاثة مدنيين وأصيب اثنان بغارة لطائرات التحالف السعودي استهدفت سيارة مدنية على الطريق العام الرابط بين مديرية كتاف ومنطقة الفحلوين

استشهد ثلاثة مدنيين وأصيب اثنان بغارة لطائرات التحالف السعودي استهدفت سيارة مدنية على الطريق العام الرابط بين مديرية كتاف ومنطقة الفحلوين

استشهد اربعة مدنيين يمنيين وجرح اثنان بقصف جوي للتحالف السعودي استهدف حافلة ركاب في مديرية المراوعة شرقي الحديدة.

قوات التحالف قصفت بالمدفعية كلية الهندسة في جامعة الحديدة بعد ساعات من شن طائرات التحالف غارة جوية على مزرعة في التحيتا جنوب الحديدة.

 أما في صعدة فاستشهد ثلاثة مدنيين وأصيب اثنان بغارة لطائرات التحالف السعودي استهدفت سيارة مدنية على الطريق العام الرابط بين مديرية كتاف ومنطقة الفحلوين.

المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية العميد يحيى سريع أكد أن التحالف السعودي مستمر في ارتكاب المجازر بحق الشعب اليمني، مشيراً إلى أن التحالف يسعى من وراء الترويج لتهدئة إلى كسب الوقت وإعادة ترتيب أوضاع قواته المنهارة.

أما وزير الدولة لشؤون الحوار والمصالحة في حكومة صنعاء أحمد القنع أكّد للميادين أن المقاتلين التابعين للتحالف السعودي لن يستطيعوا دخول الحديدة ولو حاولوا ذلك لسنوات.

ولفت القنع إلى أن دول التحالف صرفت أموالاً على الجانب الإعلامي أكثر مما صرفت على الجانب العسكري، مؤكداً أن انتصارات التحالف السعودي في اليمن هي انتصاراتٌ إعلاميةٌ وهمية.


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قوات التحالف تقصف بالمدفعية كلية الهندسة في جامعة الحديدة بعد ساعات من شن طائرات التحالف غارة جوية على مزرعة في التحيتا جنوب الحديدة.

استشهد ثلاثة مدنيين وأصيب اثنان بغارة لطائرات التحالف السعودي استهدفت سيارة مدنية على الطريق العام الرابط بين مديرية كتاف ومنطقة الفحلوين

استشهد ثلاثة مدنيين وأصيب اثنان بغارة لطائرات التحالف السعودي استهدفت سيارة مدنية على الطريق العام الرابط بين مديرية كتاف ومنطقة الفحلوين

استشهد اربعة مدنيين يمنيين وجرح اثنان بقصف جوي للتحالف السعودي استهدف حافلة ركاب في مديرية المراوعة شرقي الحديدة.

قوات التحالف قصفت بالمدفعية كلية الهندسة في جامعة الحديدة بعد ساعات من شن طائرات التحالف غارة جوية على مزرعة في التحيتا جنوب الحديدة.

 أما في صعدة فاستشهد ثلاثة مدنيين وأصيب اثنان بغارة لطائرات التحالف السعودي استهدفت سيارة مدنية على الطريق العام الرابط بين مديرية كتاف ومنطقة الفحلوين.

المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية العميد يحيى سريع أكد أن التحالف السعودي مستمر في ارتكاب المجازر بحق الشعب اليمني، مشيراً إلى أن التحالف يسعى من وراء الترويج لتهدئة إلى كسب الوقت وإعادة ترتيب أوضاع قواته المنهارة.

أما وزير الدولة لشؤون الحوار والمصالحة في حكومة صنعاء أحمد القنع أكّد للميادين أن المقاتلين التابعين للتحالف السعودي لن يستطيعوا دخول الحديدة ولو حاولوا ذلك لسنوات.

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«Israel’s» Gaza Headache


«Israel’s» Gaza Headache

“I hope to wake up one morning and not find Gaza on the map,” former “Israeli” Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told the French President Francois Mitterrand during a meeting in the Elysee Palace. These were feelings he could no longer hide and the nightmares haunting him when he thought about the future of the Jewish “state”.
This was in the early 1990s when talk of settling the Palestinian issue dominated the arena of international diplomacy. The “Israeli” statement, conveyed by the surprised French president to his old friend Professor Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, was not a metaphor for fears as much as it was the basis of a complete strategy that governed “Israel’s” negotiations with the Palestinians in Oslo.
“Israel’s” strategic goals in the Oslo negotiations leaned towards getting rid of the Gaza headache as quickly as possible and transferring the responsibility over to a Palestinian Authority that is bound by full security cooperation with the “Israeli” occupation forces.
It was no coincidence that the title of the first phase of the Oslo agreement was “Gaza and Ariha [Jericho] first”. At the time, there was a fundamental criticism regarding the gaps and concessions that took on the title: “Gaza and Ariha, first and foremost”. This has been happening somewhat for more than a quarter of a century.
“Israel” did not abide by what it signed and there was no Palestinian state created on the territories occupied in 1967. The settlements expanded until they almost devoured the greater part of the West Bank. Al-Quds was annexed by the force of arms and not much attention was paid to any legitimate rights or international resolutions. The Palestinian Authority itself became a hostage under the bayonets of the occupation.
Popular uprisings unfolded. Confrontations took place in al-Quds and the West Bank. Gaza progressed to become “Israel’s” headache.
New situations arouse, the worst of which was the bloody Palestinian division between Fatah and Hamas or the West Bank and Gaza. A harsh siege was imposed on the impoverished enclave, making life there almost impossible.
Three devastating wars were carried out against Gaza in 2008, 2012 and 2014. Sporadic “Israeli” raids and attacks destroyed and killed. But Gaza did not succumb. No one in “Israel” is thinking of reoccupying Gaza. The price is high and intolerable. There are no biblical references advocating the occupation of a populated and armed enclave poor of natural resources.
“Israel’s” exact intentions with respect to its ongoing military operations against Gaza and its people are to reduce the prospects for the growth of the armed resistance and to sever its links to the West Bank in order to break the unity of the people and the cause. This is the closest explanation to the truth regarding the motives of the intelligence operation, the repercussions of which have caused the most severe clashes between the “Israeli” army and the resistance groups since 2014.
The failure of the operations shocked the “Israelis”. The commando force, which infiltrated into Khan Younis, fell into the ambush of the resistance. Its commander was killed and another officer was seriously wounded. It almost fell captive had it not been for the general military and intelligence mobilization directly supervised by the “Israeli” chief of staff to save it from that fate.
That incident with its ramifications and the courage shown by the Palestinians in a battle that lacked military parity was a new Gaza headache for “Israel”. The “Israelis” thought they can do whatever they wanted, launch incursions, kill and arrest, without caring about the truce that is supposed to refrain it from any provocative actions.
Such operations are not new. It cannot be envisioned that “Israel” will stop launching them in any long-term truce. It believes that it has the right to do whatever it wants in the name of its security without taking into account that there are about two million Palestinians who demand reciprocity. Calm in return for calm. Not calm from one side. That was the first message. There was a second message sent by the besieged Strip, which was targeted by “Israeli” missiles and destroyed while its residents were intimidated. The message conveyed is that it can retaliate, hurt and push 250 thousand “Israelis” to bomb shelters, paralyze and frighten the southern part of the Jewish “state” and eventually force the “Israelis” to accept Egyptian mediation for a ceasefire and a return to the course of calm, whose longevity cannot be counted upon.
While accepting the ceasefire, “Israel” declared that it would continue military operations if necessary.
What was the necessity that called for breaking the truce?
There is no single answer that goes beyond the loose phrases about “Israeli” security. As if one side has the right to violate the truce on vague grounds and to remove the other party’s similar rights. As usual, the US administration ensured that the “Israeli” war machine was protected in the UN Security Council. Hamas rockets appeared to be the only culprit, as if Palestinian victims were not terrorized and killed by “Israel’s” excessive violence. As usual, the Arab powerlessness was clearly tragic. As if the Gaza headache struck Arab rulers that wished not to find it on the map or that the entire Palestinian cause would simply disappear.
The Arab scrambling for normalization was the fundamental reason that drove the “Israeli” delegate in the UN Security Council to call other states that were talking about the disproportionate use of force ‘immoral’. That light criticism was not easy for “Israel”. As if identifying with the occupation and condemning the victims are the components of morality according to the latest “Israeli” definitions.
Despite “Israel’s” arrogance in its power, its fragility and lack of confidence in the future cannot be hidden. Suffice it to point the targeting of the Al-Aqsa TV with intensive shelling that leveled the premises and surrounding areas. This is a sign of weakness, not power. The capabilities and level of broadcast of the TV station is limited. This shows that “Israel” cannot tolerate a voice against its policies. It is unleashing policies that do not have a way to get rid of the chronic Gaza headaches other than the excessive use of force. It is a peace imposed by force, according to US President Donald Trump, in other words the “Deal of the Century”. With any objective reading, Gaza is its main focus. There is no room for negotiations over the settlements in the West Bank and al-Quds as well as the refugees. The Arab initiative of a comprehensive normalization in return for a full withdrawal from the Arab territories occupied since 1967 has clinically died. The separation of Gaza from the West Bank is an essential objective of the prepared plan.
What is being planned and what the “Israelis” hope to implement is striping away Gaza’s National liberation nature and transforming it into a purely humanitarian issue that includes improving the standards of living and services such as electricity, fuel and the establishment of a water corridor between Cyprus and Gaza under the full supervision of the “Israeli” security services. In one way or another, the failed intelligence operation and the ensuing military confrontation come in the context of the “Deal of the Century”. In one surreal scene, the violence, siege, starvation and the pressure to halt US shares to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) come side by side with proposed projects, deals and promises to improve the standards of living in exchange for Palestinians surrendering any legitimate rights. This kind of thinking is closer to delirium and is certainly fated to fail.
Source: Al-Akhbar, Translated by website team

صداع غزة في رأس إسرائيل

عبدالله السناوي

  الخميس 15 تشرين الثاني 2018

«أتمنى أن استيقظ من النوم ذات صباح فلا أجد غزة على الخريطة». هكذا كاشف رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي الأسبق إسحاق رابين الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا ميتران في اجتماع ضمهما بقصر الإليزيه بمشاعر لم يعد بوسعه أن يخفيها وكوابيس تلاحقه في النظر إلى مستقبل الدولة العبرية. كان ذلك مطلع تسعينيات القرن الماضي وأحاديث تسوية القضية الفلسطينية تتسيّد كواليس الديبلوماسية الدولية. لم تكن العبارة الكاشفة، التي نقلها الرئيس الفرنسي مندهشاً من رسائلها إلى صديقه القديم الأستاذ محمد حسنين هيكل، تعبيراً مجازياً مبالغاً عن هواجس ومخاوف بقدر ما كانت تأسيساً لاستراتيجية كاملة حكمت إدارة إسرائيل للمفاوضات مع الفلسطينيين في «أوسلو».

مال التصميم الاستراتيجي الإسرائيلي في مفاوضات «أوسلو» إلى التخلص بأسرع ما هو ممكن من صداع غزة وإحالة مسؤوليتها إلى سلطة فلسطينية مقيّدة بالتزامات التعاون الأمني الكامل مع قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي. ولم تكن مصادفة أن يكون عنوان المرحلة الأولى في اتفاقية «أوسلو»: «غزة وأريحا أولاً». شاع وقتها نقد جوهري لما انطوت عليه الاتفاقية من ثغرات وتنازلات أخذ عنواناً مضاداً: «غزة وأريحا أولاً وأخيراً». على مدى أكثر من ربع قرن هذا ما حدث تقريباً.

لا إسرائيل التزمت بما وقعت عليه ولا نشأت دولة فلسطينية على الأراضي التي احتلت عام 1967. توسعت المستوطنات حتى كادت تلتهم الجانب الأكبر من الضفة الغربية وضمت القدس بقوة السلاح من دون التفات كبير لأية حقوق مشروعة أو أية قرارات دولية، والسلطة نفسها تحولت إلى رهينة تحت حراب الاحتلال.

هبّت انتفاضات شعبية وجرت مواجهات في القدس والضفة الغربية وتقدمت غزة لتفاقم صداعها في الرأس الإسرائيلي.

ثم نشأت أوضاع جديدة، أسوأها الانشقاق الفلسطيني الفادح بين «فتح» و«حماس» أو الضفة وغزة، وفرض حصار قاس على القطاع الفقير حتى أصبحت الحياة شبه مستحيلة.

جرت ثلاثة حروب مدمرة عليه أعوام 2008 و2012 و2014 فضلاً عن غارات واعتداءات متكررة تضرب وتدمر وتقتل من حين لآخر من دون أن تخضع غزة. ليس في وارد أي تفكير إسرائيلي إعادة احتلال غزة، فالثمن باهظ وغير محتمل، كما أنه ليست هناك مطامع توراتية، أو إغواءات ما لاحتلال قطاع فقير في موارده الطبيعية ومكتظ بالسكان والسلاح. ما تريده إسرائيل ـ بالضبط ـ من عملياتها العسكرية المتواصلة ضد غزة وأهلها تقليل احتمالات نمو المقاومة المسلحة واتصال أدوارها بالضفة الغربية لفصم وحدة الشعب والقضية. هذا هو التفسير الأقرب إلى الحقيقة لدوافع العملية الاستخباراتية، التي استدعت تداعياتها أوسع اشتباك بين الجيش الإسرائيلي وجماعات المقاومة منذ عام 2014.

كان فشل العملية صدمة إسرائيلية مؤكدة. وقعت قوة الكوماندوس الخاصة التي تسلّلت إلى خانيونس في كمين المقاومة، قتل قائدها وأصيب ضابط آخر بجروح خطيرة، وكادت أن تقع في الأسر لولا التعبئة العامة العسكرية والاستخباراتية لإنقاذها من ذلك المصير تحت الإشراف المباشر لرئيس الأركان الإسرائيلي.

ما حدث تلك الليلة بدلالاته ومستوى الشجاعة التي أبداها الفلسطينيون في معركة تفتقد التكافؤ العسكري، تعبير جديد عن صداع غزة في رأس يتصور أن بوسعه فعل ما يشاء، يخترق ويستكشف ما يريد استكشافه، يقتل ويعتقل، من دون أن يأبه بمسار التهدئة الذي يفترض أن يلزمه بالامتناع عن أية تصرفات استفزازية بالسلاح.

مثل هذه العمليات الإسرائيلية ليست جديدة، ولا يتصور أن تمتنع عنها في ظل أية هدنة طويلة المدى، إذ ترى أن من حقها فعل ما تشاء باسم أمنها من دون أن يخطر ببالها أن هناك نحو مليوني فلسطيني يطلبون المعاملة بالمثل ـ تهدئة مقابل تهدئة وليست تهدئة من طرف واحد. كانت تلك رسالة أولى. كما كانت هناك رسالة ثانية من القطاع المحاصر، الذي استهدفته الصواريخ والطائرات الإسرائيلية تقتيلاً وهدماً وترويعاً لمواطنيه، أن بوسعه أن يرد ويوجع ويدفع نحو 250 ألف إسرائيلي إلى الملاجئ وإصابة جنوب الدولة العبرية بالذعر والشلل ويجبر المعتدي في نهاية المطاف على قبول الوساطة المصرية لوقف تبادل النيران والعودة إلى مسار التهدئة الذي يصعب التعويل على إمكانية ديمومته.

إسرائيل نفسها أعلنت في لحظة قبولها وقف إطلاق النار أنها ستواصل العمليات العسكرية إذا اقتضت الضرورة.

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لا إجابة واحدة تتجاوز العبارات الفضفاضة عن الأمن الإسرائيلي، كأنه من حق طرف واحد أن يخرق التهدئة بدواعي غامضة وينزع عن الطرف الآخر أية حقوق مماثلة، أو غير مماثلة. كالعادة تكفّلت الإدارة الأميركية بتوفير الحماية لآلة الحرب الإسرائيلية في مجلس الأمن الدولي، وبدت صواريخ «حماس» متهماً وحيداً، كأنه لم يسقط ويروع ضحايا فلسطينيون بالعنف الإسرائيلي المفرط. وكالعادة تبدى العجز العربي مأسوياً كأن صداع غزة قد أصاب قصور حكمه حتى تمنت بدورها ألا تجدها على الخريطة، أو أن تختفي القضية الفلسطينية كلها من الوجود.

كانت الهرولة العربية للتطبيع داعياً جوهرياً لما أسماه المندوب الإسرائيلي في مجلس الأمن بـ«عدم أخلاقية» الدول التي تتحدث عن عدم تكافؤ العنف بين الإسرائيليين والفلسطينيين. لم يكن ذلك النقد الهيّن مناسباً لإسرائيل، كأن التماهي مع الاحتلال وإدانة الضحايا من مقومات الأخلاق وفق أحدث التعريفات الإسرائيلية.

على رغم عجرفة القوة فإنه لا يخفى مدى هشاشتها وعدم ثقتها في مستقبلها. تكفي الإشارة إلى استهداف «فضائية الأقصى» بقصف مكثف أزال مبناها وما حولها. هذه علامة ضعف لا قوة، فالفضائية محدودة في إمكانياتها ومستويات انتشارها، كأن إسرائيل لا تحتمل صوتاً يناهض سياساتها. إنه انفلات أعصاب وسياسات لا تعرف وسيلة ما للتخلص من صداع غزة المزمن غير الإفراط في استخدام القوة. وإنه سلام القوة ـ بتعبير الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، أو «صفقة القرن» بتعبير آخر. بأية قراءة موضوعية مما تسرب عنها فإن غزة محورها الرئيسي. لا مجال لأي تفاوض في مستوطنات الضفة الغربية والقدس واللاجئين، والمبادرة العربية التي تقضي بالتطبيع الشامل مقابل الانسحاب الكامل من الأراضي العربية المحتلة منذ عام 1967 ماتت إكلينيكياً. فصل غزة عن الضفة الغربية هدف جوهري للخطة المزمعة.

ما هو قيد التخطيط ومحاولة التنفيذ نزع الطابع التحرري الوطني عن غزة وتحويلها إلى محض قضية إنسانية يخفف من وطأتها تحسين مستويات المعيشة والخدمات كالكهرباء والوقود وإنشاء ممر مائي مع قبرص للانتقال من غزة وإليها تحت الإشراف الكامل للأجهزة الأمنية الإسرائيلية. بصورة أو أخرى تدخل العملية الاستخباراتية الفاشلة وما ترتب عليها من مواجهات عسكرية في سياق «صفقة القرن». في مشهد سريالي واحد يتجاور العنف والحصار والتجويع والضغط بوقف الحصة الأميركية في «الأونروا» وكالة الأمم المتحدة لإغاثة وتشغيل اللاجئين الفلسطينيين مع التلويح بمشروعات وصفقات ووعود تحسن مستوى الحياة مقابل التخلي عن أية حقوق مشروعة. هذا النوع من التفكير أقرب إلى الهذيان ومصيره الفشل المؤكد.

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When Israel strikes, Gaza’s children have nowhere to run

No safe place: When Israeli airstrikes hit, Gaza's children have nowhere to run

No safe place: When Israeli airstrikes hit, Gaza’s children have nowhere to run

Most children in Gaza have experienced a major war during their lifetime. [Getty]
A sense of normalcy returned to life in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after a ceasefire agreement between Palestinian political parties and Israel ended a major escalation in violence.
But for children in the besieged territory, it is simply a momentary break in a lifetime of trauma.
Up to 45 percent of Gaza’s population of two million is under the age of 14, with most having experienced at least three major Israeli military operations in their lifetime.
The crushing decade-long siege on the densely populated territory means children have nowhere to play, nowhere to escape, and, during intensified conflict, nowhere to hide.
“There are no safe places to go in times of attacks. We stay at home and pray we are not killed,” Maher Abdullah, a Senior Programme Officer and spokesperson for Save the Children, told The New Arab.
Abdullah and his family huddled together for safety in their apartment as Israel’s military pounded targets in Gaza over the past 24 hours.
Huge bombings punctuated the night at 15-minute intervals as families across Gaza hoped their homes would be spared.
They were asking ‘are we going to die? ‘Why do they want to kill us?’ ‘What did we do for them to kill us?’ Unfortunately, we don’t have an answer for the childrenMaher Abdullah
In the most recent 2014 war, Israeli military strikes destroyed over 20,000 homes. More than half a million Palestinians were displaced and over 2,200 killed – including around 500 children.
“They were asking ‘are we going to die? ‘Why do they want to kill us?’ ‘What did we do for them to kill us?’ Unfortunately, we don’t have an answer for the children,” Abdullah said of the most recent Israeli strikes.
“We don’t feel safe and so it’s difficult to make our children feel safe, all we can do is pray.”
Always under threat
Health professionals in Gaza estimate that as many as 50 percent of children suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to their experiences of war.
According to a survey by Save the Children, over 95 percent of children displayed symptoms of depression, hyperactivity, aggression, and a preference for being alone.
Abdullah says the brutal 51-day war in 2014 has left children scared of loud noises and thunder, afraid of the dark, and experiencing constant nightmares.
Children waking up screaming and crying in the middle of the night is the norm in Gaza, he says, a consequence of constant panic amid an unending cycle of conflict.
“Our lives are always under threat”, he says.
Up to 45 percent of Gaza’s population is under the age of 14, with most having experienced at least three major wars in their lifetime
The interminable presence of violence means children and adults alike can never recover from their past traumas, and parents cannot isolate them from threats.
The United Nations estimates that more than 300,000 children are in need of psychosocial support.
But Gaza’s health infrastructure cannot even begin to cope with the mental health crisis.
Hospitals lack medical supplies, while severe underfunding means schools and the United Nations refugee agency can often only provide one counsellor for hundreds of children.
Beyond a simmering mental health crisis for children, the physical threat posed by Israel’s military has proved devastating.
Since protests began in March to demand an end to the blockade and the return of Palestinian refugees, more than 5,000 children have been wounded in demonstrations.
More than 40 children have been killed, while over 1,000 have been shot by live ammunition.
“What we are asking here is just to find a peaceful way to end all of this, to ensure that no more harm will happen to all affected children by these escalations in Gaza,” Abdallah said.

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Israel Always Initiates Violence in Occupied Palestine



Western governments and supportive media go along with the deception, part of the diabolical plan to let Israel get away with mass murder and much more.
Since creation of the Jewish state, Palestinians have endured virtually every form of indignity, degradation, and crime against humanity imaginable. The world community consistently fails to hold Israel accountable for crimes against humanity.
Occupied Palestine is an isolated prison, besieged/densely populated Gaza the world’s largest open-air one. An entire population is being suffocated out of existence – a process Francis Boyle and Ilan Pappe call slow-motion genocide, ongoing for decades.
There’s not a sign of relief for one of the world’s most aggrieved people. Israeli viciousness is unrelenting.
Overnight Sunday and Monday into Tuesday, Israeli violence is the latest example of its undeclared war on Gaza. When Palestinians legally respond in self-defense, they’re falsely accused of terrorism.
The US and other Western countries support Israeli high crimes, calling them self-defense. Virtually defenseless Palestinians throughout the Territories are up against nuclear armed and dangerous Israel, its military one of the world’s most formidable, especially its sophisticated airpower.
The Trump regime is more one-sided for Israel than any of its predecessors, contemptuous of fundamental Palestinian rights.
Through its embassy in Israel, Canada expressed “full solidarity” with the Jewish state – demanding “Hamas…immediately stop targeting civilians,” ignoring IDF terror-bombing.
It’s been more intense than any time since Israeli aggression on Gaza in summer 2014, civilians always harmed most. The Jewish state considers them legitimate targets – even infants, young children, women, the elderly and infirm.
They’ve been killed, dozens wounded in Israel’s latest state terror attacks on the Strip. Palestinian media reported that aerial attacks and ground shelling continued ferociously overnight Monday.
Israeli warplanes targeted a college in Tal al-Hawa, a Gaza City hotel, leveling the five-story structure to the ground and damaging surrounding buildings, the Al-Aqsa TV station struck to silence its reporting about the carnage, as well as at least six multi-story buildings, and numerous other sites.
When Gazans responded to Israel’s hostile overnight Sunday commando raid, killing seven Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades members of Hamas’ armed wing, ferocious Israeli terror-bombing began – intensified when Gazans fired a reported 300 crude homemade rockets at Israeli territory.
An Israeli bus and apartment building were struck, one person reported killed, several others injured. Israel bears full responsibility for what’s going on like all previous times when violence erupted.
The vast majority of Palestinian rockets land harmlessly, some intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. Many don’t explode on impact.
Direct hits on Israelis or structures are rare. Rockets are short-range and imprecise – polar opposite massive Israeli air and ground firepower. Its warplanes and ground-to-ground IDF missiles use laser guidance to strike targets with precision.
Israel’s medical service said 23 Israelis were treated for light injuries from shrapnel and smoke inhalation. Two others were critically wounded, one person killed.
On Tuesday, the Netanyahu regime’s security cabinet will meet to plot its next move, intense violence likely to continue.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ignored Israeli aggression, urging the Jewish state and Palestinians “to exercise maximum restraint,” pretending both sides are equally matched, a shameful remark like many times before, showing dismissiveness toward long-suffering Gazans.
EU envoy to Israel Emanuele Giaufret was just as contemptuous, demanding a halt to “indiscriminate” rocket fire on Israel – ignoring IDF terror-bombing and ground shelling.
Netanyahu’s deputy minister/former Israeli envoy to Washington Michael Oren said
“(w)e expect the world to stand with us.”
IDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said reservists are being ordered to active duty, calling them “vital forces, and if needed we’ll expand that” – perhaps indicating escalated conflict ahead.
Separately, the Netanyahu regime said it’s not discussing a possible ceasefire. Once Netanyahu security cabinet members meet, more information will likely follow on what’s coming next.

Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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