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Photos of the week: Violence continues as hopes for ceasefire fade

After more than a week of violence in Israel and Gaza, the Palestinian death toll stands at 230, with one Israeli casualty. Negotiations are ongoing in an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal between Hamas and Israel.

Paramedics and people run at the scene where four Palestinian children were killed by Israeli military shelling on the harbor and nearby beach of Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Four children; Ahed Bakr, 10, Zakaria Bakr, 10, Mohd Bakr, 11, and Ismail Bakr, 9.; were killed during the attack.  As of 16 July 2014, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the 2014 Israeli assault against the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Paramedics and people run at the scene where four Palestinian children were killed by Israeli military shelling on the harbor and nearby beach of Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Ahed Bakr, 10; Zakaria Bakr, 10; Mohd Bakr, 11; and Ismail Bakr, 9 were killed during the attack. As of July 16, 2014 more than 200 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian child who was killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza harbour is carried away by paramedics, Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Four children were reportedly killed during the attack. As of July 16th, 196 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured.

A Palestinian child who was killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza harbor is carried away by paramedics, Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Four children were killed during the attack. As of July 16, 2014, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured.

A man sits in a destroyed building which was attacked last night by Israeli airstrike, in Al Tuffah neighborhood, July 16, 2014. As of July 16th, 196 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A man sits in a destroyed building that was attacked last night by an Israeli airstrike, in Al Tuffah neighborhood, July 16, 2014. As of July 16, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Doctor Basman Alashi, director of the el-Wafa hospital, is seen next to two paralized patients, in Al-shajaia'a area in the Eastern Part of Gaza city, July 15, 2014. One of the patients (left) 23 years old Yusra Abu Moussa has lived in the hosital since she was nine years old. The hospital was hit on Friday, July 11, 2014, by five missiles which caused considerable damage. The top floor was evacuated beforehand. fourteen patients who could not be evacuated remained at the hospital, and internationals stayed with them as human shields. As of July 15, 192 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Doctor Basman Alashi, director of the el-Wafa hospital, is seen next to two paralyzed patients, in Al-shajaia’a area in the Eastern Part of Gaza City, July 15, 2014. One of the patients (left) 23-year-old Yusra Abu Moussa has lived in the hospital since she was nine years old. The hospital was hit on Friday, July 11, 2014, by five missiles, which caused considerable damage. The top floor was evacuated beforehand. Fourteen patients who could not be evacuated remained at the hospital and and internationals stayed with them as human shields. As of July 15, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

People from northern Gaza who left their homes after Israel dropped leaflets warning them to evacuate are staying in Remal Elementary UNRWA School, Gaza City, July 13, 2014. Israeli attacks have killed at least 166 Palestinians, including 30 children.

People from northern Gaza who left their homes after Israel dropped leaflets warning them to evacuate are staying in Remal Elementary UNRWA School, Gaza City, July 13, 2014. Israeli attacks have killed more than 200 Palestinians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Dror Khenin's father mourn hum during the funeral ceremony,  July 16, 2014 in the city of Yahud, Israel. Khenin is the first Israeli to be killed by a rocket since Israel started the recent attack on the Gaza strip, as he offered food to Israeli soldiers near the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Dror Khenin’s father mourns during the funeral ceremony, July 16, 2014 in the city of Yahud, Israel. Khenin is the first Israeli to be killed by a rocket since Israel launched the recent attack on the Gaza strip, as he offered food to Israeli soldiers near the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Woman and children sit inside a bomb shelter in the city of Ashklon, July 16, 2014. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Women and children sit inside a bomb shelter in the city Israeli of Ashkalon, July 16, 2014. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A protest condemning the Israeli assault on the Gaza strip, held in downtown Chicago, IL on July 12, 2014. This protest, the second within a week, was organized in response to the continuing Israel military strike against the Gaza strip, which began on July 8th, killing more then a hundred Palestinians. (Tess Schaflan/Activestills.org)

A protest condemning the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, held in downtown Chicago, IL on July 12, 2014. This protest, the second within a week, was organized in response to the continuing Israel military strike against the Gaza strip, which began on July 8, killing more than 200 Palestinians. (Tess Schaflan/Activestills.org)

Five activists were arrested during a direct action at Boeing International Headquarters in Downtown Chicago on July 16, 2014. The activists wore red stained shirts and protested Boeing's involvement in the deaths of Palestinians during the recent Israeli offensive in Gaza. (Tess Shcaflan/Activestills.org)

Five activists were arrested during a direct action at Boeing International Headquarters in Downtown Chicago on July 16, 2014. The activists wore red stained shirts and protested Boeing’s involvement in the deaths of Palestinians during the recent Israeli offensive in Gaza. (Tess Shcaflan/Activestills.org)

Left wing activists during a protest in center Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, July 12, 2014. The protest ended with right-wing nationalists attacking a small group of left-wing activists with little police interference. Three activists injured and one right-wing person arrested. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Left-wing activists during a protest in central Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, July 12, 2014. The protest ended with right-wing nationalists attacking a small group of left-wing activists with little police interference. Three activists were injured and one right-wing person was arrested. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Right-wing nationalists attacking left wing activists during a protest in center Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, July 12, 2014. The protest ended with the nationalists attacking a small group of left-wing activists with little police interference. Three activists injured and one right-wing person arrested. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Right-wing nationalists attacking left-wing activists during a protest in central Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, July 12, 2014. The protest ended with the nationalists attacking a small group of left-wing activists, with little police interference. Three activists were injured and one right-wing person was rrested. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

An Israeli canon at an Israeli army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip in the east, on July 16, 2014. Operation 'Protective Edge' enters it's ninth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as yesterday's ceasefire agreement proposed by Egypt has failed to restore calm.

An Israeli canon at an army deployment area near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, on July 16, 2014. Operation Protective Edge enters it’s ninth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, as yesterday’s ceasefire agreement proposed by Egypt failed to restore calm. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Hussam Shamdi sits on an missile which did not explode during an airstrike which destroyed his home the day before, in Tel al-Hawa neighbourhood of Gaza city, July 14, 2014. Israeli attacks have so far killed more than 180 Palestinians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Hussam Shamdi sits on an unexploded missile during an airstrike that destroyed his home the previous day, in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City, July 14, 2014. Israeli attacks have so far killed more than 200 Palestinians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Israelis gather on a hill to watch  the Israeli army attacks on rhe Gaza strip, and rockets that are fired from Gaza to Israel, near the city of Sderot, July 15, 2014.

Israelis gather on a hill to watch Israeli military strikes on the Gaza Strip, and rockets that are fired from Gaza into Israel, near the city of Sderot, July 15, 2014. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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Why there is no room for diplomacy in Gaza
This is a war of choice. Netanyahu’s choice
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    1. Whiplash

      In war tragedies are inevitable. A Chabad volunteer and father of 3 children gets killed by a mortar shell while handing out sandwiches to soldiers. No soldiers are killed in the attack. 4 children get killed while playing on a beach that Israel is targeting Hamas military assets. No Hamas fighters are killed.

      Tragedies on the Palestinian side are happening because Hamas has located its military infrastructure, missile storage sites, command centers, rocket launchers and operatives in civilian areas. Inevitably Palestinians are going to be collateral damage to Israel attempting to target the military assets and operatives of Hamas and the other terrorist factions.

      The Palestinian representative to the UN Human Rights Panel said that every missile fired out of Gaza is a war crime. Israel has a duty to defend its citizens even if it means that in the prosecution of self defense Palestinians not directly involved in the conflict are killed.

      The blame for these tragedies rests with Hamas and the other terrorist factions. Hamas’ reason for existence is the destruction of Israel. Hamas’ charter says negotiations are useless and Jihad is the only way to win liberation of Palestine from the River to the Sea. Hamas lives by these words. Billions have been spent on Hamas’s army, arms and rockets while Gaza’s infrastructure and social services crumble.

      Some you will remember, and many will choose to forget that Hamas transformed Shiek Yassin’s charitable organization into terrorist organization and since 1989 has been involved in a decades long war with Israel. It teaches the way of jihad in its schools and its media inculcates the whole population with a hatred of Jews and a longing for jihad.

      In January Hamas held a ceremoney in Gaza to celebrate the graduation of 13,000 of its children from terrorist school. Prime Minister Haniyeh crowed about the female suicide bomb squad which had been formed. He told the Jews to watch out they would be coming.

      There have been no lack of attempted attacks by Hamas. the Shin Bet before the last escalation had stopped 283 terrorist attacks in 18 months, 45% of which were planned by Hamas. A number of Hamas tunnels had been located going from Gaza to Israel for attacks against Israeli civilians. 150 missiles had been fired against Israelis prior to the flare up. Many of the missiles were fired by the PRC which is affiliated with Hamas, meaning that many of Hamas members also work for the PRC.

      Hamas at any time could have stood down and surrendered its arms and acted as a civilian government. However, its ideological does not permit it. So the war goes on, sometimes burning hot and sometimes as smoldering embers. Many more Palestinians will die.

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      • Craig Vale

        I hear that bogus accusation everytime someone from the Israeli government speaks too. “They hide among civilians”. In the most densely populated area on the globe, anywhere within Gaza would be a location with a civilian population. Give us a break, you can’t walk 100′ in any direction and NOT find a civilian. These collateral deaths are an insidious part of the war plan by the Israeli gov’t. They want the population to turn their animus from Israel to Hamas and killing innocents is a means to justify the end. So this blather about Hamas hiding behind the skirts of Palestinian women is pure Hasbaran fantasy meant for foreign consumption. Not even the most fervent of Israeli s supporters believe it.

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    2. Whiplash

      UNWRA reported having found 20 rockets in one of its schools. Maybe activestills should have taken a picture of those rockets in an UNWRA classroom. If Hamas is placing rockets in UNWRA schools you know they are doing the same with their own schools, hospitals and other civilian buildings.

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    3. Arb

      Israel tried to avoid getting into this operation, but Hamas continued to launch rockets at Israeli communities.

      Israel stopped firing after a few days to initiate a cease fire, and for the next six hours it watched as 50 rockets fell.

      In this article in the Canadian Globe and Mail, a respected newspaper, experienced Middle East reporter Patrick Martin notes as an aside how Palestinian rockets are launched next to a school:
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/globe-in-gaza-bad-food-bad-smells-at-refugee-shelter/article19650579/#dashboard/follows/

      Yet on 972mag, the articles criticizing Israel multiply like weeds, even as we see Hamas terrorists approaching kibbutzim and an arsenal of rockets that has managed to reach the Western Galilee.

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      • Reza Lustig

        I think I’ve found a flaw in your moral reasoning.

        To you, the priority is pounding the enemy’s city, until he cries uncle, even if civilians die in the process.

        To us, assuring there are no civilian casualties trumps all.

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        • Whiplash

          Reza, did you read the article that Arb posted? Did you read that UNWRA found a cache of rockets in one of its schools. Hamas is shooting rockets from close proximity to the school which Palestinians have fled and are placing rockets in other locations which should be protected from the fighting. Hamas is putting its civilians at substantial risk of being bombed so that Hamas can then claim Israel is targeting civilians and not its rockets.

          For the number of strikes Israel has conducted in populated areas from which Hamas operates, very few deaths have occurred. In Kosovo Nato killed more than 900 civilians in 500 air strikes. Israel’s rate is one fifth of that rate even though it is operating in a more densely populated area.

          If the priority was to pound the enemy’s city, as opposed to the enemy’s military assets and operatives, Israel could easily do so. It has not done so, because it is targeting military assets and operatives, even though the result is more rockets fired at Israeli citizens.

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          • Reza Lustig

            So, because Hamas is negligent about their peoples’ safety, you are relieved of responsibility in making sure they aren’t killed by your air-strikes?

            And why, exactly, is preventing these rockets such a priority when they have only recently killed someone, and are mostly shot down by Iron Dome?

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