Hoe is het mogelijk dat in naam van de joodse cultuur de basis voor intellect wordt vernietigd? Is Israël reddeloos verloren, deze thuishaven als beloofd voor joden? Het lijkt of een geschiedenis ten einde gaat. Razernij en verdriet strijden bij mij om de overhand op deze voor mij bijzondere datum, 2 augustus.
Met klem wil ik u ook vragen hoe u aan uw informatie komt. Lees ter oriëntatie dit bericht over de NY Times. Ik citeer: “With a few exceptions, The Times reporting on Israel’s ongoing assault in Gaza has been dreadful and deserves condemnation. The paper has deliberately obscured or lazily failed to examine key events and realities, and presented information in a way that attempts to portray a balanced conflict where both sides are suffering similarly, rather than the reality of a one-sided Israeli massacre of Palestinian civilians.”
Het zal u niet verwonderen dat de propaganda machine aan gene zijde van Gaza volop zijn werk doet. The truth is very different: “The IDF has developed the most comprehensive and sophisticated measures to minimize civilian casualties during attacks against legitimate military targets.” Precies, het eerste dat sneuvelt in oorlogstijd is de waarheid. Je kunt ook zeggen, slachtoffers worden tot daders omgesmeed, een fascistische omkeertruc.
Onderstaand bericht heb ik overgenomen van Al-Akhbar die op zijn beurt refereert aan AFP en Reuters.
Israel bombs mosque, university, homes as Gaza death toll hits 1,712
Updated 12:35 am: Israeli tanks and war jets on Saturday bombed a mosque in the northern Gaza town of Jabalia, a major university in Gaza City and flattened houses in a beach side neighborhood, bringing the Palestinian death toll in the 26-day assault to 1,712.
Saturday’s killings come a day after Israeli forces committed horrifying massacres in the southern town of Rafah, slaughtering about 150 men, women and children after the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the capture of a third by Palestinian commandos.
Rafah residents said they had received recorded telephone warnings from Israel to stay indoors during a barrage that wreaked widespread ruin.
Medical officials on Saturday counted at least a dozen homes destroyed, with the families who lived there each losing between two and eight relatives.
“It was like an action movie — explosions everywhere, cars flying up in flames, people crushed under houses that were bombed,” local resident Bassem Abed told Reuters.
“It was a miracle I escaped the area. It’s another miracle I didn’t die of fear.”
Among other targets of Israeli airstrikes on Saturday was a building in the Islamic University campus in Gaza City.
The occupation army justified the attack by claiming the building had been used by Hamas for weapons research and development.
Hamas to pay “insufferable” price
Later in the day, Israel had pulled back occupation forces from two areas in Gaza in what was initially interpreted as a sign it was winding down its biggest military operation in Gaza in decades.
But there appeared to be little indication Israel was planning to put the brakes on ts terror campaign operations, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatening to make Hamas pay “an insufferable price” for continued cross-border rocket fire.
“We will take as much time as necessary, and will exert as much force as needed,” he said at a news conference, adding that troops had also dealt a “significant blow” to Hamas’s infrastructure.
A spokesman for the Islamist movement mocked Netanyahu’s statements as “confused” and testimony of the “real crisis” he was facing.
“We will continue our resistance till we achieve our goals,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum told AFP.
Whereabouts of captured soldier “unknown”
Hamas claimed responsibility for the ambush that captured the Israeli army officer, but said the group has lost contact with the fighters involved in the operation, and suggested that they may have been killed by Israeli shelling along with their prisoner of war.
“We lost contact with the (Hamas) troops deployed in the ambush and assess that these troops were probably killed by enemy bombardment, including the soldier said to be missing — presuming that our troops took him prisoner during the clash,” the Brigades said in a statement issued in Arabic and English.
“The Qassam Brigades has no information as of this time about the missing soldier, his whereabouts, or the circumstances of his disappearance.”
Over 1,700 Palestinians killed
Palestinian health officials say 1,712 Palestinians, the overwhelming majority of them civilians, have been killed, including a muezzin who died in an Israeli strike on a northern mosque on Saturday.
Among those killed in the Israeli assault launched on July 8 were 398 children, 207 women and 74 elderly, health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said in a daily report posted online.
Another 9,080 have been injured, including 2,744 children, 1,750 women and 343 elderly.
Sixty-three Israeli soldiers have been killed, and Palestinian shelling has killed two Israelis and a Thai worker.
Hundreds of homes leveled
Airstrikes and tank fire pounding huge areas of Gaza into rubble and rendered much of it unrecognizable to one Palestinian who returned home after spending years in an Israeli jail.
“It was my dream to return to Gaza but it is a real shock,” said 30-year-old Osama who comes from the central town of Deir al-Balah.
“Everything has been destroyed.”
Since Friday, more than 400 houses have been leveled across Gaza, mostly by airstrikes, Palestinian officials said.
And UN figures show that up to 25 percent of Gaza’s population of 1.8 million may have been forcibly displaced, with more than a quarter of a million people now seeking safety in shelters belonging to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
(Reuters, AFP, Al-Akhbar)