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Israel might be going up for war crimes. UN calls attack on UN school a " Moral outrage and criminal act"

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UN chief condemns air strikes on UN Gaza school which killed ten

Sunday 03 August 2014 23.07

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The Israeli military declined immediate comment
The Israeli military declined immediate comment
The Israeli military declined immediate comment

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described a deadly attack on a UN school as a "moral outrage and a criminal act".

Mr Ban called for those responsible for the "gross violation of international humanitarian law" to be held accountable.
              
In a statement, Mr Ban strongly condemned the shelling of the school in Rafah in southern Gaza that killed at least 10 civilians and injured 30 people.

The school was sheltering 3,000 displaced persons and Mr Ban said the "Israel Defense Forces have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites." 

The Israeli military declined immediate comment on the attack, the second to hit a school in less than a week.

A missile launched by an aircraft struck the entrance to the school in the town of Rafah, the witnesses and medics said.

Hundreds of Palestinians in the area, where the Israeli military has been battling militants, had been sheltering in the facility.

A spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees Chris Gunness, said the school had been housing thousands of internally displaced people.

People staying there were people who had been forced to flee their homes by the ongoing violence in Gaza.

Posted by Anonymous on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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And I call storing your weapons under a school and using your civilians and children as shields a violation of human rights.  Israel has the right to protect itself.  Israel plays fairly and does the minimum necessary for survival---something difficult when the enemy's objective is solely to force it off the map and has no concern for its own citizens.

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by Anonymous 3 on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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Jabojoe
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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There has thus far been no evidence that there were rockets stored under the UN school. Even Israel, itself, does not claim this. I am not for or against either side, in general, but I do think it's a sad thing when children of either country get killed. I do hope this round of fighting ends soon.

Quoting Anonymous:

And I call storing your weapons under a school and using your civilians and children as shields a violation of human rights.  Israel has the right to protect itself.  Israel plays fairly and does the minimum necessary for survival---something difficult when the enemy's objective is solely to force it off the map and has no concern for its own citizens.

IhartU
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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Quoting Anonymous:

And I call storing your weapons under a school and using your civilians and children as shields a violation of human rights.  Israel has the right to protect itself.  Israel plays fairly and does the minimum necessary for survival---something difficult when the enemy's objective is solely to force it off the map and has no concern for its own citizens.

 Israel has a right to protect itself from what exactly? It is Palestine that illegally occupies land? Is it Palestine that bulldozed Israeli homes and built their own? Is it Palestine that gets millions of dollars every year from the US? Is it Palestine that has one of the largest armies in the world? Is it Isreal that has lost hundreds of innocent civilians due to war crimes?

 Israel wants to force Palestine off the map and is committing genocide, atrocities, terrorists acts and war crimes and yet you find fault with Palestine trying to defend itself?

CannonMomof3
by Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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Praying for Israel.
IhartU
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM
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Today I saw a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic bag of meat: it was his son

Brian Eno . Posted in News

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, says Brian Eno, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.



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Brian Eno speaking at the National Demonstration for Gaza, London, 26/07/14

Brian Eno's letter to America: WHY? I just don't get it

Brian Eno is an artist, musical innovator, record producer for artists ranging from David Bowie to U2 and Coldplay. He has been a consistent supporter of Stop the War Coalition since it was first founded.

Dear All of You:

I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more. 

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He'd been shredded (the hospital's word) by an Israeli missile attack - apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are - hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it. 

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But - for Christ's sake! - it's not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don't get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that's the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don't think that's the reason… but I have no idea what it could be. 

The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can't work it out: I know you're not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren't heard or registered?

How come it isn't your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word 'America'? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn't and supports a ragingly racist theocracy? 

I was in Israel last year with Mary. Her sister works for UNWRA in Jerusalem. Showing us round were a Palestinian - Shadi, who is her sister's husband and a professional guide - and Oren Jacobovitch, an Israeli Jew, an ex-major from the IDF who left the service under a cloud for refusing to beat up Palestinians. Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things - Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers throwing shit and piss and used sanitary towels at the inhabitants; Palestinian kids on their way to school being beaten by Israeli kids with baseball bats to parental applause and laughter; a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved onto their land; an Israeli settlement on top of a hill diverting its sewage directly down onto Palestinian farmland below; The Wall; the checkpoints… and all the endless daily humiliations. I kept thinking, "Do Americans really condone this? Do they really think this is OK? Or do they just not know about it?". 

As for the Peace Process: Israel wants the Process but not the Peace. While 'the process' is going on the settlers continue grabbing land and building their settlements… and then when the Palestinians finally erupt with their pathetic fireworks they get hammered and shredded with state-of-the-art missiles and depleted uranium shells because Israel 'has a right to defend itself' ( whereas Palestine clearly doesn't). And the settler militias are always happy to lend a fist or rip up someone's olive grove while the army looks the other way.

By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis - they're 'right of return' Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that 'Arab' equates with 'vermin' - straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It's like sending money to the Klan.

But beyond this, what really troubles me is the bigger picture. Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents 'The West'. So it is The West  that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited - to the great glee of the mad Mullahs - by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see  - but it doesn't even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn't make Kissingerian 'Realpolitik' sense; it just makes us look bad.

I'm sorry to burden you all with this. I know you're busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It's us squandering the civilisational capital that we've built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don't get it and I wish that I did.

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IhartU
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM
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Quoting CannonMomof3: Praying for Israel.

 Why are tou praying for killers? Maybe you should be praying for all the innocent Palestinians who have been killed by the HUGE Israeli military instead.

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by Anonymous 4 on Aug. 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM
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People don't care about the Palestinians, just like the American government and people didn't care about the countless number of innocent people looking for "weapons of mass destruction." A lot of people still equate being Muslim as being a terrorist so they don't care that innocent men, women, and especially children are dying. They especially don't care about the people in Gaza because they had been force fed a bunch of propaganda from pro-Israel news outlets.
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by Anonymous - Original Poster on Aug. 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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Quoting Anonymous:

And I call storing your weapons under a school and using your civilians and children as shields a violation of human rights.  Israel has the right to protect itself.  Israel plays fairly and does the minimum necessary for survival---something difficult when the enemy's objective is solely to force it off the map and has no concern for its own citizens.

This wasn't a school run by Hamas, It was a UN Refugee camp and school. The UN is not hiding bombs or rockets.

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Aug. 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM


Quoting CannonMomof3: Praying for Israel.

Are you praying for them to stop killing people?

Jesus was very anti-murder you know.

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