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Why on earth am I the first to post this on indymedia!?

It made CNN news, but I dont see much anywhere else.
Heres the story from CNN. Losing 200 lives in a small population like that has got to be 10 times the damage "9-11" did to our country. Infrastructure and civil service were targeted.

At the least, write your elected representatives and ask that they condemn this brutal crime.

I feel that IDF chose to undertake this action now, in part because bad weather was domininating headlines in much of the USA, along with economic stuff, holiday stuff, and obama worship. They knew nobody was/is paying much attention.




GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Israeli airstrikes pounded Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 205 people, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the military aimed to inflict a "major blow" on militants in Gaza because of escalating rocket attacks against Israel.
A Palestinian boy wounded by an Israeli missile awaits treatment Saturday outside a hospital in Gaza City.


"In the last few weeks ... ground missiles and mortars have been directed at our community in the south of our country. We have no intention of allowing these attacks to continue," Barak said at a news conference.

The Israeli attacks would continue through the night, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. Hamas vowed to retaliate.

"We will stand up, we will defend our own people, we will defend our land and we will not give up," said senior Hamas spokesman Osama Hamden.

A statement from the IDF said Israeli aircraft were attacking "a series of Hamas targets and infrastructure facilities," including headquarters, training camps and weaponry storage warehouses.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called for patience.

"The operation in Gaza intends primarily to change the situation in the south part of our country. It may take some time, and all of us are prepared to carry the burden and the pains that are [an] inseparable part of this situation," he said at a news conference with Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.


However, he said, Israel wants to avoid causing a "humanitarian disaster" in Gaza.

"The instructions that we have given to our forces are to refrain from inflicting injury and harm on the innocent," he said.

"Israel is now seeking to wipe out the terrorism which is trying to undermine the whole area," Olmert said. "We will not hesitate to strike anywhere where we are attacked."

Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, speaking from Ramallah in the West Bank, accused Israel of ignoring the terms of the tenuous six-month cease-fire that expired December 19.

"This is certainly a very cruel escalation, a relentless bombardment of a captive civilian population that has already been under siege for months, that has been deprived of basic requirements like food and medicines and fuel and power," she said. Video Watch Ashrawi condemn the airstrikes »

Israeli Maj. Avital Leibovich told CNN the military will continue the attacks for "as long as it takes."

An Israeli woman was killed Saturday when a rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in Netivot in southern Israel, about six miles east of Gaza, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said. Two other Israelis were in "medium to serious" condition at Soroko Hospital in Bersheba, he said.

Rosenfeld said at least 15 missiles had landed in Israel from Gaza by late afternoon. Map »

Tensions had been building between Hamas and Israel, despite a six-month truce brokered by Egypt. The tenuous agreement was weakened in recent weeks as violence escalated.

Israeli military officials accused Hamas militants of firing more than 65 rockets into southern Israel on Wednesday, and the Israeli air force said it killed a Hamas militant whom it accused of helping to launch the rockets against Israel.

Palestinian medical sources said 110 people were hospitalized in Gaza Saturday in serious to critical condition. Earlier in the day, the sources said at least 250 people had been wounded in the raids.

The Arab League scheduled an emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to discuss the Israeli attacks. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. (noon ET).

President Bush's administration condemned Hamas for its attacks on Israel, while cautioning the Israeli military to avoid civilian casualties during its strikes on Gaza.

"Hamas' continued rocket attacks into Israel must cease if the violence is to stop. Hamas must end its terrorist activities if it wishes to play a role in the future of the Palestinian people," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "deeply alarmed," a spokesman said in a statement, and called for "an immediate halt to all violence."

Hospitals were being overwhelmed with patients and were running out of space and supplies.

"The hospital is not accustomed to accept mass casualties like this," Dr. Mahmoud el-Khazndar, who works in Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, told CNN. He said he had treated at least half a dozen children.

"Hundreds of people come suddenly to the hospital ... I believe more than 500 people or more due to this action. Really, the hospital is in need, in short supply of everything ... to treat these injured people," the physician said.

Wounded people could be seen lying in the streets of Gaza City, and passers-by were doing what they could to summon help. Video Watch panicked Palestinians try to help the wounded »

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees urged the Israeli government to stop its bombardment.

"UNRWA recognizes Israel's legitimate security concerns. However, its actions should be in conformity with international humanitarian law, and it should not use disproportionate force," the agency said in a news release.

Saeb Erakat, adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, urged Israeli and Hamas leaders to put another cease-fire in place.

"I believe this is the only way out. I don't think this problem can be solved through military means," he told CNN. "I don't think it can be solved through aggression, through violence. Violence will breed more violence."

Abbas' Fatah party government is locked in a power struggle with the Hamas movement.

Israel on Friday opened three border crossings for the first time in 10 days to allow food, medical supplies and other humanitarian goods into Gaza, but Palestinian rocket attacks continued.
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A Gaza-based reporter, whose name is withheld for security reasons, said a number of Hamas police stations were hit Saturday, killing some senior police commanders.

Palestinian Maj. Gen. Tawfeeq Al-Jaber, a senior commander in the Hamas police force, was killed, as was Ismail Jabari, who headed the special police force in Gaza, Palestinian sources said.

amercans on se 27.Dec.2008 14:23

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americans especially dont want to disturb their ''sex'' and orgasms,too busy to care bout life caue were overpopulated.the whole orld needs to top reproducing.too many people.there are thoe ho say there are NOT too many people,but when assaults by police and massacres like this,no one cares! do you care? stop reproducing ,inform everone you know,take action instead of reporting yet another genocide youll forget about lke the mumbai.everyones already forgotten about that!

This crap makes me sick 27.Dec.2008 16:14

Jody Paulson

Israel provoking a response, hoping to trigger WWIII. Same old crap, innocent children being blown to bits. What is there to say about this, except ... it was to be expected. :(

Vile israeli government 27.Dec.2008 17:34

Den Mark, Vancouver

israel's government is as vile as ours. As in ours, in israel there is a peace movement, but their renegade government cares about peace as much as ours does, which is not at all. Who can we protest to. Disgusting democrats & republicans do not care about Palestine. congress' hands are as bloody as knesset's hands. Even our supposedly "progressive" Pacific Northwest delegations are as complicit in israel's crimes as anyone, with possible exception of Jim McDermott here in WA. What can we do. Not pay taxes? Or what! This newest atrocity is heart-breaking & enraging. But if we protest in the streets about innocent kids being murdered, petty robotic obsessive-compulsive cops will teargas us for stepping off a curb, & media will report that we are the ones who are wrong. And bush is partying somewhere & rice is admiring jewels she got from saudis' king & obama is relaxing on O'ahu after his workout. Have we yet entered The Twilight Zone.

The incredible, shrinking Palestine 27.Dec.2008 20:42

Norm

If a person had no background on the Palestinian Genocide at the hands of the Zionists, the best place to start an education would be to look at facts on the ground, maps.

 http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/mapstellstory.html?q=mapstellstory.html
 http://www.palestineremembered.com/Maps/index.html

With what started as a catastrophe for the Palestinian people, the creation of Israel, has become so much worse. Much of the Palestinian's remaining land has been stolen since 1948 and what's left looks like Swiss cheese, with Israeli settlements and Jewish only roads throughout.

How is Israel able to continue this racist, aphartied ethnic cleansing, while ignoring countless United Nations resolutions against it? Look no further than this year's AIPAC dinner (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in Washington. The "Largest formal dinner of the year' in Washington D.C. was attended by 7000 committed Zionists, which included as usual the majority of our Senators and Congresscritters. Together now; I pledge allegiance, to the United States of Israel, etc. etc.

Of U.S. foreign aid dollars, Israel receives the most by far. Egypt is second, and just happens to sit next to Israel. Gee, do you think it is possible that these Egyptian billions are a bribe to look the other way on the atrocities next door?

Some people that speak truth to power:

www.whatreallyhappened.com
www.ifamericansknew.org
www.smokingmirrors.blogspot.com

Peace

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 28.Dec.2008 08:32

dude

If a historical analogy can be taken for this situation, perhaps the Warsaw ghetto uprising
is a good one. This situation between the dominant and dominated, between occupation and rebellion.
Its ironic this holicaust is performed by its last victims.

Its clear that extermination of palestine is the goal of israel. Anyone who can see pass their paycheck can see this. Another metaphor that comes to mind is boiling a frog by slowly raising the temperature of the pot. I don't know if its true with frogs, but the case holds true with people. Hoping the temperature will go down if we just wait a bit longer. It seems that hope is preventing the world from seeing or realizing israel's goal. Hope give the people the thought that one day things will be better. We hope that the occupation will go away. We hope for better times. We hope things will change. We even hope for a better day with obama. Certainly hope can be a path to oblivion.
Hoping for a better day
Hoping for a better day

heya Mike Novack, goforit, Larry Craig 28.Dec.2008 20:07

GRINGO STARS

As Den Mark explained, it has been 60 years since Al Nakba, around 1948, when Zionists violently expelled over 750,000 native Palestinians from their homes, and has refused them the right of return to this very day. Even Israeli historians are aware of the historical record of the Zionists' violent ethnic cleansing of Palestine at that time.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Palestinian_exodus

And to goforit and Larry Craig (nice nom de plume); what can Israel do? Act the adult. There are two sides to this conflict. One has the upper hand, by far. So that would be the side capable of ending the conflict for good. But they refuse to. Both sides claim they are victims, but how can that ever be true? Both sides want to start the history of teh struggle when THEY were attacked. But only one side began the violence. Which side is right? Do the research. I'd feed you baby birds but it wouldn't mean as much when you don't do the work yourself. :)

One side on thsi conflict has tanks, jets, radar, one of the most powerful militaries in the world with all the small arms, rockets, helicopters, remote controlled drones, bombs, missiles, vehicles, everything. They are funded by the USA with the most recent war technology. The other side has some small arms with the occasional suicide bombers and rare rocket launchers. It is an incredibly lopsided affair. You tell me: which side could end the conflict if it wanted to? Israel claims that Palestinians will stop at nothing until Israel is destroyed utterly. They have an all-or-nothing xenophobia which rivals the most right-wing Americans. Which side is fighting an illegal occupation? Which side is making sure that the other has no water, food, medical care, even for its children? Look it up, then you tell me.

Facts on the ground 28.Dec.2008 23:02

Norm

A Bit More. If I could pick one webpage that would start a journey for a curious mind;

 http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2006/05/10/the-shrinking-map-of-palestine/

Even early Zionist leaders admitted Palestine was not "a land without a people for a people without a land"

 http://monabaker.com/quotes.htm

"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."

-- David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99

It is not hyperbole to say that confronting and reversing worldwide Zionism is essential to our very survival, given its pervasiveness throughout the governments of the U.S., Great Britian, Germany etc.

Check out Carlos Latuff/awesome cartoonist  http://latuff2.deviantart.com/

Peace

Let the Jews who claim to be the chosen race prove their title by choosing the way of non-violence for vindicating their position on earth. -- M. Ghandi

why on earth am i the first one to kick somebody else's story off the wire 29.Dec.2008 01:59

with a CNN repost

> Why on earth am I the first to post this on indymedia!?

Because this is not your blog, and not a venue for copying stories from CNN.

If no one is writing about an event except corporate and state propagandists then there is no content to post here.

You all know where to go read corporate news. It's OK. We know there are good reasons.

But this is not the place for it.

Incoming! 29.Dec.2008 18:20

i

Can someone post a link to the protests about the rockets being fired into Israel in the days leading up to the Israeli attacks?

I didn't think so. Go ahead and delete, wouldn't want to confuse the useful idiots on this 'independant' media center.

oh don't be stupid 29.Dec.2008 19:09

also israel usually kills 10 to 100 times as many people

It's our job to protest things sponsored and supported by our own institutions.

Protesting what the official enemy does is what they do in China.

Gaza : Black wind of death and destruction in Gaza 30.Dec.2008 13:12

Carlos Vigueras mexiamerica@mexico.com

The world lives in silent mourning black standing in Gaza.Shame of the universe.Everybody in the world knows that violence printed by Israel against hundreds of innocent people is totally irrational and evil.The wind reaching Palestinian terror is death for children who suffer every time the Israeli airforce launched their bombs against innocent targets.
No declaration of war and impunity. The universe of the Palestinian is destroyed by Israel forces in the area located Gaza.One by one to fall more víctims.The world still in silence, nothing stops, nobody help the inocent people. Anything worse is to come soon,no doubt.
There is a civilized world?
The air attacks are becoming more and more horrible with total impunity .The silence is becoming deeper and globalization increasingly dehumanized and insensitive.
The tanks are waiting to come with their soldiers, weapons sent on instincts, ideas
génocidaires mark the hours of a clock killing for killing.


Spanish vertion:
El mundo vive en silencio el luto negro permanente en Gaza. Vergüenza de la humanidad.Todo el mundo sabe que la violencia imprimida por Israel en contra de cientos de inocentes es totalmente irracional e innecesaria.El viento negro que llega a Palestina es muerte para los aterrorizados niños que sufren cada vez que la aviación de Israel lanza sus bombas contra blancos inocentes.
Sin declaración de guerra y absoluta impunidad, se destruye el universo de los palestinos ubicados en la zona de Gaza.Uno a uno caen más víctimas.El mundo sigue en silencio, nada los detiene, nadie hace nada para evitarlo.Lo peor está por venir, no hay duda.
Existe un mundo civilizado?
Los ataques aéreos son cada vez más horribles y de mayor impunidad para aniquilar.El silencio es cada vez más profundo y la globalización deshumanizada cada vez más insensible.
Los tanques aguardan para entrar con sus soldados, las armas mandan sobre los instintos, las ideas
genocidas marcan las horas de un reloj que mata por matar.