Original post made by Jag Singh 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.
on Nov 12, 2006 at 1:53 pm
Thanks, Jagjit for enlightening us with your ubalanced, illuminating approach to the issues facing Israel and the Palestinians.
Is this your original writing or have you cut and pasted this from some website?
Too bad you fail to mention the unending rocket attacks on Israel from palestinian territories that have forced Israel to re-enter the Gaza area.
As you will no doubt not admit the Palestinian leaders and the other Arab countries want the Palestinian people to be hungry, poor and being shot at by Israel--how better to fuel the anti-Israel propoganda machine.
on Nov 12, 2006 at 10:17 pm
I will ignore Jag's "oversight" to mention that except for the last artillery misfire which killed 18 civilians, and for whch Israel apologized, the overwhelming majority of the other 39 killed in the recent days were Hamas and PA militants; in contrast to Jag, even Hamas and PA had no problem admitting it.
But I have a much simpler question for Jag. Given that Israel has left every square inch of the Gaza strip over a year ago, why does Hamas and PA keep firing thousands of Kassam missiles and mortars into Israel since then? Not to mention that they are never aimed at any military targets, but strictly on civilian centers. How would Jag suggest that the Israelis react to that "innocent" Arab shelling from the Gaza strip? Just curious.
on Nov 14, 2006 at 6:50 am
Hey guys...lighten up on Jag. I don't want him to get discouraged and stop contributing to this forum. His rants are usually so "over-the-top" that they generate sympathy for the other side and, therefore, have the opposite affect than for which they were intended.