Original post made by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Nov 12, 2006
The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees called for world support to "End Gaza Carnage." The group charged that Gaza's health system was at "the breaking point" and that the indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including children, "represent a form of reprisals and collective punishment in violation of article 33 of Fourth Geneva Convention."
Canadian television reported seeing missiles hurtling into neighborhoods. (CTV, Nov. 3).
Israeli soldiers opened fire on unarmed women. The army later claimed to have film showing that its troops were firing at men hiding among the women, who it said were being used as human shields by gunmen. Tel Aviv claimed that all 57 people killed by its troops in the townwhich included a four-year-old childwere "gunmen." Reuters aired film of the first shots being fired; no men were visible in that footage.
Tahrir Shahin, a 36-year-old with seven children, walked for an hour with her sister at dawn to the mosque. Troops shot her in the leg, which later had to be amputated above the knee.
The Israeli military used the opportunity to bulldoze more cultivated land and orchards of lemon and orange groves effectively destroying the livelihood of the farming community. The mayor reported 40 homes were demolished and 400 damaged. Utility poles, water pipes telephone and electricity wires were destroyed. Even tombstones were not spared!
On November 2, Israeli air strike wounded at least seven civilians, including six children. Several hours later eight more Palestinians were killed.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Palestinian Authority Chairperson Mahmoud Abbas denounced the bloody Israeli offensive as "acts of massacre."
There is little doubt that the massacres will trigger reprisals and more innocent Israelis and Palestinians will perish. It is time for all Americans to call an immediate halt to unconditional aid to Israel. Failure to do so, will intensify the anger and put all Americans at risk for the failed policies of our government and the state sponsored terrorism of Israel.