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PHOTOS: A Gaza funeral for 26 members of one family

In just one example of the ongoing Israeli tactic of targeting civilian homes, 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, including 18 children, were killed in a single strike.

Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org
Text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler

Mourners fill the mosque during the funeral for 24 members of the Abu Jamea family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 15 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jamea family.

Mourners fill the mosque during the funeral for 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 15 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jame’ family.

Israeli attacks in Gaza have now killed more than 566 Palestinians as the death toll exceeded 100 on both Sunday and Monday. The vast majority of those killed have been civilians. In just one example of the ongoing Israeli tactic of targeting civilian homes, 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family were killed in a single strike that also killed four others. Fifteen of those killed were children. An Associated Press report quoted a surviving family member:

“Doesn’t this indicate that Israel is ruthless?” said family member Sabri Abu Jame’. “Are we the liars? The evidence is here in the morgue refrigerators. The evidence is in the refrigerators.”

UPDATE: The Al-Mezan Center for Human Right organization reports:

At approximately 7:50 pm on Sunday, 20 July 2014, Israeli warplanes bombarded the house of Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’. The three-story-house is inhabited by five families and is located in the Bani Suhaila town, east of Khan Younis district in the south of the Gaz Strip. The house, which was attacked without prior warning, was completely destroyed in the attack. Civil defense and ambulances crews rushed to the destroyed house to uncover the bodies buried under the rubble. It took them until the next day, Monday 21 July 2014, to uncover the victims. Medics found 26 bodies, 18 children and five women. Only three residents survived, and they sustained with varying injuries.

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of the members of the Abu Jame' family out of the mosque. Certain bodies are carried in cardboard boxes as they were torn to pieces by the shelling.

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of the members of the Abu Jame’ family out of the mosque. Certain bodies are carried in cardboard boxes as they were torn to pieces by the shelling.

 

A mourner carries the body of a child among 24 members of the Abu Jamea family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

A mourner carries the body of a child among 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

 

Local residents watch the funeral procession pass by their homes.

 

Palestinians shout with anger during the funeral.

Palestinians shout with anger during the funeral.

 

Bodies of members of the Abu Jamea family await burial.

Bodies of members of the Abu Jame’ family await burial.

 

Mourners bury the body of a child among 24 members of the Abu Jamea family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

Mourners bury the body of a child among 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

Related:
The ‘terror tunnels’: Another Israeli self-fulfilling prophecy
‘Cast Lead was a joke compared to this’
Mourning death wherever it strikes
PHOTOS: Scenes of devastation from deadliest day in Gaza

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  • COMMENTS

    1. Sonnenuhr

      Why does 972mag not show the Hamas leaders and fighters who are responsible for these deaths by putting military infrastructure among civilian structures?

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      • Miss Castello

        It doesn’t have to. There’s always a ‘what aboutery’&’why nottery’ apologist like you around to defend the indefensible; i.e israeli war crimes against a basically defenceless people, unless you class stone age rockets & kids chucking stones to be on a par with Iron Domes & state of the art war toys to the tune of 1.3 billion dirty US dollars per annum. You probably do.

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        • Sonnenuhr

          Some people cannot wrap their mind around the fact that people die in war as collateral damage. This is a war. Hamas chose to participate in the war. Hamas planned years for this war. For years they built an underground military infrastructure deep in the heart of Gaza. There are missile launchers in or beside homes, hospitals, mosques and public buildings. Missiles are stored in homes, hospitals, mosques, schools and many other public buildings. The IDF has provided pictures of entrances to tunnels leading to weapon supplies in houses, mosques and other buildings. The iDF has shown pictures of buildings being hit which show secondary explosions from explosives stored there. These weapons are used to fire at the IDF and at Israeli citizens. Israel has a right of defense which includes hitting areas from which the attacks originate. Inevitably, because of Hamas tactics, there will be many Gazan casualties. If Hamas followed the rules of war and fought away from a civilian crowded battlefield, very few Gazan civilians would die. But Hamas commits war crimes firing at Israeli citizens and using its own citizens as human shields because it takes pride in the death of civilians whether they be Israeli or Palestinian.

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          • Miss Castello

            There are NO ROCKETS FIRED FROM THE WEST BANK, SO CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY IT ALSO REMAINS UNDER BRUTAL OCCUPATION AND CAPTIVITY? Furthermore, an occupied people have the right to defend themselves against a brutal occupier under International Law; I.E.’Law of Belligerent Occupation’; Article 51, 4th Geneva convention; And they don’t come any more ‘belligerent’ than the ZioNazi fake state of Isra-Hell. That ends my ‘dialogue’ with a hasbara troll troll such as you.

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          • Sonnenuhr

            The West Bank or Judea and Samaria are unsettled territory. Jordan, with no sovereign claim to the area, occupied Judea and Samaria between 1948 and 1967. They systematically cleansed the area of all Jewish life and Jordan annexed the area.

            After 1948, Israel was subject to attack after attack from the West Bank, Gaza and Arab countries.

            In 1967 Jordan in an act of war attacked Israel. In self defense Israel liberated the old city of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.

            Israel offered to give up Judea and Samaria in return for recognition and peace. The offer was refused. Instead the Palestinians engaged in terrorism against Israel in the West Bank, Gaza, from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iraq.

            The Palestinians blew up airplanes, killed Olympic athletes, killed children on school trips, raped and mutilated Israel women, ignited refrigerator bomb in the middle of Jerusalem, bombed buses, threw grenades into homes, killed babies and grandparents outside of a synagogue, killed elderly people sitting down to a Seder dinner, shot down Israeli students in school, and sent their youth as suicide bombers into Israel to kill and injure Jewish people.

            Palestinians continue to engage in terrorism but are much less successful since the building of the separation barrier and Operation Defensive shield.

            Israel has proposed to share its land with the Palestinians but they are not interested in a negotiated solution which would end the conflict and provide that there is no right of return. So Israel maintains a presence in Judea and Samaria to protect its people.

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          • jdledell

            Sonnenuhr – My grandfather was Irgun. I learned at his knee about all Irgun and Lehi exploits. He set off numerous bombs and did his share of shooting and killing both Arabs and Brits. Jewish resistance by ALL means against the British occupation was okay but Arab resistance is not. Is that what you are trying to get us to swallow?

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          • Elmeroeficaz

            Ok you all crying people you say all the casualties in this war have been children! where are the parents? Itwould make sense to think that an igual amount of people has died but mostly children! Why?
            Because the diabolical lies just to make israel the one at fault!
            Enough of this garbage and blame Hamas for this mess and turn them in and that would end this mess until then Israel has the right to defend themselves

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        • arb

          You mean that Hamas didn’t know who they were going to fight when they started this war?

          Not only did they know, and not only were they prepared, but in fact this article and photos were precisely what they were hoping to get out of this war: if you can’t win the actual war, at least you can win the battle of images.

          And considering that I have yet to see a single photo of a Hamas fighter or leader since this operation began, it appears that there are many willing participants to Hamas cynical manipulations.

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          • Gearoid

            You are a disgusting human being. I see you on here every day shilling for Israeli fascists, repeating cheap talking points like that even a child can see are logically unsound.

            Justifying the death of children and other civilians with the simplistic and childish “it’s all Hamas’ fault” (an adult version of “stop hitting yourself) is disgusting.

            You are an immoral coward.

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          • arb

            Oh fuck off. I didn’t want this war and I don’t want any war.

            So let’s be perfectly clear, the people doing the shilling around here are the 972 writers who chose to publish this magazine in English instead of Hebrew because they know they can’t convince Israelis of their lunacy, so they target naive and sinister fools outside Israel.

            I certainly don’t “justify” any death. I am simply stating a simple and unchallengeable fact: Israel didn’t want this war and Hamas did and they knew exactly what would happen because they dug the armed tunnels out of and under private homes and then told their civilians not to leave.

            http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-09/hamas-taunts-israel-to-take-shot-as-early-truce-seen-unlikely.html

            By the way, I’m glad to hear you’re reading my comments regularly. Now all you need to do is open your mind and recognize that I present you with facts. They challenge what the 972 shills write because they and I have a fundamental disagreement about the conflict. However, we can safely say that my ideas represent those of Israel’s center and center-left and those of the 972 writers represent the views of Israel’s far-left and anti-Zionist political groups.

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          • Goldmarx

            You refuse to acknowledge that Hamas was funded in its initial stages by Israel; you insinuated that Forward cartoonist Eli Valley was an anti-Semite; you equate the departure of Gaza’s Jewish soldiers and settlers as the equivalent of no more oppression; and you expect to be believed when you purport to present ANYTHING as a fact?

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          • Reza Lustig

            You obviously don’t not want the war enough to take a break from lambasting the bereaved Gazan parents/siblings/children for not doing “their part” to stop the violence you are inflicting on them, to do your OWN part in convincing your leaders to disavow violence as a tactic. Your “right to self defense” from rockets that have taken about the entire year to kill THREE whole people is too important. Just like the deranged Christian fundamentalist redneck farmer who responds to teenagers tipping his cows by shooting them dead with his boomstick.

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          • Reza Lustig

            And the Israeli “centre-left” you praise is worthless, fellow travelers of the Israeli far-right, as they allow chest-beating jingoism to trump principles. They come from a proud tradition of similar figures, such as their friend Guy Mollet, the French “socialist” who attempted to gin up the pretext to wage war on Egypt (for not giving back the Suez Canal), and displayed his “socialist” credentials later on by being a shameless pillar of “republican” colonialism in Algeria.

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          • Lisa Goldman

            Bararbrba

            We do publish these photos on our Hebrew sister site, שיחה מקומית. http://mekomit.co.il/%D7%AA%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%A9%D7%92%D7%A2%D7%99%D7%94/

            This particular essay will probably be published tomorrow, after the text is translated.

            If you tell a commenter to “fuck off” again, I will gladly use that as a reason to request the editors ban your IP address. Soon you will run out of anagrams.

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          • Sonnenuhr

            Larry Derfner twice told a commentator to F off. Have you threatened him with removal of his privileges?

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          • Goldmarx

            It is common for the folks running any blog to have different policies for the writers than for the commenters.

            Don’t like it? Well, no one’s stopping you from leaving.

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          • Arb

            “Facts? You lying sack of shit.”

            Be careful, if you use this language Lisa Goldman might kick you off this site.

            “I’m educated enough to know what a liar, a coward, and an immoral fascist you are. Amazing how that works.”

            You don’t seem to be educated, just someone frothing at the mouth.

            “You are NOT center-left.”

            Sure I am.

            “You are a lying fascist”

            Hahahaha.

            “and I sincerely hope scum like you pay in this world or the next for every single innocent killed while you lie and shill in favor of the Israeli government.”

            If you had any intelligence, you’d realize that it’s Hamas which is responsible for every single innocent killed in this war. Every single one. This war was totally avoidable.

            “Because this “Israel didn’t want this war” comment is so blatantly dishonest and such an open lie I cannot stand it.”

            The truth hurts.

            “If you cared about facts,”

            I care profoundly about facts and I always make sure to back up EVERY claim I make with facts. Even on this site, Noam Sheizaf wrote on at least two occasions that Netanyahu was admirably (and as far as Noam was concerned, surprisingly) reluctant to go to war.

            “rather than pushing the line of Israeli neo-fascists,”

            I have no idea what you’re talking about. Neo-fascists? Do you know what a fascist is? Please get an education.

            “you’d note the punitive measures going back to the announcement of the unity government.”

            Please…

            “Or how about the massive operation in Hebron clearly targeting Hamas despite ZERO evidence Hamas committed the kidnapping/murder?”

            Yeah, real massive. Twice as many soldiers died in one day of fighting as the total number of Palestinian dead in that “massive” operation to find the kidnapped boys and to ensure that Hamas’s foothold in Judea and Samaria remains relatively weak. On the basis of what Hamas has done in Gaza and what is has forced upon its citizens in this war, it is 100% certain that the IDF’s operation following the kidnapping has saved future lives and wars.

            “Despite the fact that the government KNEW that the teens were likely dead.”

            Likely dead does not mean dead. They had no way of knowing that all three were dead or that even one was dead. Not without the bodies. And that means making every effort to find them. Also, perhaps you are too ignorant of this conflict to know this, but Israel had to trade some very disgusting terrorists to release the BODIES of two Israeli soldiers that Hizbullah kidnapped. It was certainly in Israel’s interest not to allow Hamas to turn these bodies into commodities.

            “Or the fact that Israel CHOSE to move from airstrikes to a ground invasion, even though no ground invasion can possibly destroy Hamas.”

            Of course it “chose” to do this. Right after Hamas proceeded to fire dozens of rockets DURING an Israeli cease fire. Playing Candy Crush on your phone doesn’t qualify you as a military expert. Israel’s military experts, however, believe that the only way to get at the extensive tunnel infrastructure was on the ground.

            Now, some would say that Israel is stupid for putting its soldiers in harm’s way. They did the same in Jenin in 2002 and lost 11 soldiers in one fight as a result. The Hamas fighter who was interviewed later in Al Ahram said it was a duck shoot and he and his fellow fighters couldn’t understand why the Israelis put themselves in danger. The answer is that they were trying to minimize damage to Palestinian homes and remaining civilians (they warned them back then in advance as well). This time around, we see history repeating itself. If they wanted to bomb a Gaza neighborhood to dust instead of sending ground troops in, they could easily do so. My guess is that if they did, you would find fault with that as well.

            “So far it hasn’t even significantly degraded their capabilities.”

            You don’t know that and neither do I. My guess is there aren’t many people privy to this information.

            “Or how about the fact that Israel has now moved deeper into Gaza after days of suggesting the op would be limited to destroying tunnels on the border?”

            How about it? What did you expect with Hamas refusing a cease fire unless it’s on its own wild terms?

            “If you were actually paying attention, and had ANY background in security studies, counter-terrorism, or political science, you’d see that Israel very much chose to walk into this war.”

            Nah, it didn’t and you haven’t made a compelling case for your position.

            “Your lies to the contrary prove what a vacuous and dishonest excuse for a man you are.”

            Feel better now?

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          • Arb

            Lisa! You’re back! I thought you decided to give up on reading the comments. Good to have you back.

            In my defense, I do believe that telling someone to fuck off is nowhere near as offensive as what he said to me and about me.

            Also, I should point out, in case you haven’t seen this, that cursing isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, it may be good for you.

            http://youtu.be/qt9-wpC4dpA

            Look up Dr. Richard Stephens of Keele University for more on this.

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          • Gearoid

            Facts? You lying sack of shit.

            I’m educated enough to know what a liar, a coward, and an immoral fascist you are. Amazing how that works.

            You are NOT center-left. You are a lying fascist and I sincerely hope scum like you pay in this world or the next for every single innocent killed while you lie and shill in favor of the Israeli government. Because this “Israel didn’t want this war” comment is so blatantly dishonest and such an open lie I cannot stand it.

            If you cared about facts, rather than pushing the line of Israeli neo-fascists, you’d note the punitive measures going back to the announcement of the unity government. Or how about the massive operation in Hebron clearly targeting Hamas despite ZERO evidence Hamas committed the kidnapping/murder? Despite the fact that the government KNEW that the teens were likely dead. Or the fact that Israel CHOSE to move from airstrikes to a ground invasion, even though no ground invasion can possibly destroy Hamas. So far it hasn’t even significantly degraded their capabilities. Or how about the fact that Israel has now moved deeper into Gaza after days of suggesting the op would be limited to destroying tunnels on the border?

            If you were actually paying attention, and had ANY background in security studies, counter-terrorism, or political science, you’d see that Israel very much chose to walk into this war. Your lies to the contrary prove what a vacuous and dishonest excuse for a man you are.

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          • Reza Lustig

            Late clarification: Mollet played on the British anger over the Suez Canal; they wanted it back, not the French.

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          • Felix Reichert

            Only that Hamas didn’t start this war. Like in 2008 Israel broke the truce with Hamas. Only AFTER Israel had bombed several sites in Gaza did Hamas retaliate. Not before July 8th did Hamas fire any rockets. Israel bombed targets in Gaza at least 2 weeks before that.

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          • Arb

            Nah, Hamas started this war.

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          • Goldmarx

            Is that your final answer? Wow, so convincing!

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          • Arb

            It wasn’t that complicated to begin with. Mostly I just have to address the non-stop pro-Palestinian propaganda that tries to complicate what is fairly straightforward.

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          • Goldmarx

            So saying “nah” is good enough?

            That speaks volumes for your credibility, from now until the end of time.

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          • Arb

            Goldmarx, as I keep pointing out, you’re not that clever. Stop making it so obvious. It’s painful to read.

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          • Goldmarx

            This isn’t about being clever. It’s about you having little if any mastery of the facts.

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          • Reza Lustig

            Some people are too arrogant to condescend to actually explaining things to us Nazi peons.

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    2. Mark Renolds

      Sad, but the number of family members says a lot. That is an awful lot of people to be in one dwelling. I think I have culture shock on top of the shell shock.

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    3. Richard

      As an American who is neither Jewish or Muslim. I am perplexed by both sides. I don’t understand why Hamas feels the need to shoot off rockets into Israel knowing that the response will be deadly for its people they say “represent”. Yet Hamas does regardless. And on the other side doesn’t Israel see the lopsidedness in its response to Hamas. Israel has the iron dome which is very effective, so is the right response an aerial bombardment to follow up with a ground invasion. Israel knows that civilian casualties will be high.

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    4. Ben Zakkai

      This is mass murder carried out by the IDF. The Israel apologists who say, “We have no choice, they’re shooting rockets at us!” always ignore the basis of the conflict. Yes, if you occupy and blockade and rob and torture and arrest and even kill Palestinians whenever you feel like it, you’ll occasionally experience rockets and other justified resistance. If you then kill hundred or thousands of civilians in response, you’ve become a monster.

      In the classic movie “Falling Down,” the protagonist (played by Michael Douglas) is a formerly solid citizen who suffers a number of grave personal losses and disappointments and in the end deteriorates and resorts to lethal violence against others. When a police officer (Robert Duvall) finally catches up with him, he asks, “I’m the bad guy?”, and the officer sadly replies, “Yeah.” Israel still hasn’t realized that it’s become the bad guy in the movie.

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      • Whiplash

        Of course the blockade is entirely legal, as stated by the Palmer Commission. Israel has intercepted many ships and movement of rockets and arms to Gaza. Just a few days ago, the Israelis bombed a warehouse of arms in Sudan destined for Gaza.

        The conflict did not start in 2008 or 1967. The conflict has been going own since 1947 when the Palestinian Arabs tried to commit genocide against the heavily out numbered Jewish community in Mandate Palestine to stop the Israel Nation from being re-established.

        Everything stems from the Palestinian rejection of two states for two people in 1947 and the wars and terrorism which they have waged against the Jewish people in the intervening period.

        Israel is using a portion of its might to fight the terrorists in Gaza. The fact is that the Palestinians have built their military infrastructure and rocket launchers beside, in and under civilian structures insuring substantial civilian collateral damage in any attempt to destroy the military of Hamas. This is not murder, it is self defense against a hostile entity which uses its own people as human shields.

        Hamas could have chosen to locate their military infrastructure outside of urban areas and to fight Israel on a non urban battlefield, which would have save most of the civilian casualties. The fact that Hamas ignores the rules of war, does not mean that Israel has no self defense. Any reading of the Geneva Conventions for Protection of civilians shows that civilain areas which are used to prosecute a war have no protection from attack.

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        • Goldmarx

          “Of course” it’s legal? Not so fast. The Palmer Committee was only one UN body; the UN Human Rights Council found that the blockade was (and is) illegal. As did Amnesty International and a host of other legal bodies:

          The day after the attack on the Mavi Marmara, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton categorized Israel’s military blockade of Gaza, as “unsustainable
          and unacceptable.”

          In August, 2009, Navi Pillay, chief of the United Nations Human Rights Council, stated that the blockade of Gaza is illegal.

          June 14, 2010 – the International Committee of the Red Cross:
          ‘Israel’s blockade of Gaza is a clear violation of international humanitarian law’.

          June 17, 2010 – Amnesty International: The blockade,
          ‘[is in] clear violation of international law.’

          September 2, 2011 – Center for Constitutional Rights, ‘denounces the conclusion by the Secretary-General’s Panel of Inquiry that the naval blockade of Gaza is legal, a finding that is inconsistent with international
          law…;’

          2011 – Human Rights Watch, re the blockade of Gaza: ‘an unlawful form of collective punishment against residents of an occupied territory’

          All this and more here:

          http://www.mcloughlinpost.com/Palmer-Report–Not-Definitive-In-Fact-or-Law.html

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        • Ben Zakkai

          Where does one begin refuting such a string of distortions and lies? Blockade is an act of war. Even the Palmer report, which was unusually and unjustifiably pro-Israel in this and other respects, justified blockade only insofar as necessary to block weapons shipments; not the long-standing, draconian, petty and vengeful Israeli restrictions on import and export of foodstuffs, medicines, consumer goods, building materials etc., to say nothing of travel restrictions forbidding Gazans from going abroad to study, work, do business, receive medical care &c, and blocking international visitors from entering Gaza. Israel even determines where Gazan fishermen can fish and where they can’t!
          And your historical analysis is no better than your legal argument. This old tired game of cherry-picking and spinning a remote historical event or three to conclude that the whole conflict is and forever has been all the Palestinians’ fault, doesn’t convince anyone anymore.
          And where is this mythical non-urban battlefield where Hamas is supposed to fight the IDF? Iowa? The Gaza Strip is tiny and packed with almost two million people! Do you want the Hamas fighters to line up along the Strip’s northern border and charge straight into Israel so that the IDF can kill them all more quickly and easily? Will the IDF give them a few tanks and F-16s to make it more of a fair fight?
          I hope Hasbara Central isn’t paying you much. You’re not worth it.

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        • Aidan

          If you want to see a neutral history ( including the views of an USA ambassador to Saudi Arabia)

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCLk-wK2ros

          rather than a warped Zionist revision of the history of Palestine.

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