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Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It

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Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It

Israel has again attacked Gaza. In its aerial and ground assault that began on Saturday, November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.

One of the wounded is carried into a hospital in Gaza City following Israel’s shelling (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

As in every vicious military offensive Israel carries out in Gaza, the dominant narrative is that it is a response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. This is how it’s being reported in the US, and this is how virtually every American understands it.

And it’s a lie.

It’s true that on Saturday, prior to the expanded Israeli bombardment, the military wing of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine shot an anti-tank missile at an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle near the Gaza border, wounding four Israeli soldiers. But what prompted the firing of the anti-tank missile?

First, on Monday, November 5th, Israeli forces shot and killed 23 year old Ahmad Nabhani when he “approached the border fence with Israel.” According to at least one account, Nabhani was mentally challenged.

Then, on Thursday, November 8th, the Israeli Occupation Forces – eight tanks and four bulldozers, to be exact – invaded southern Gaza, shooting and killing a 13-year old boy. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (via):

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF military vehicles that had moved into the ‘Abassan village, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,200 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.

So, even if honest observers brush to the side the cruel and inhumane Israeli blockade on Gaza and refuse to let it influence the equation of exactly which side started this flare up of violence, it is clear Israel started this latest clash. And in response to the response, Israel has waged a harsh, disproportionate military assault.

This would be a simple thing to understand if, for example, Western media bothered to ask the other side what happened. Palestinian news media immediately reported that the anti-tank missile Israel was supposedly responding to was admitted to by the Popular Resistance Committees, who described it as “revenge” for preceding Israeli violence on Gaza. But that basic task of honest journalism is apparently out of the question.

Every single Israeli incursion or attack on Gaza is accompanied by the same narrative: Israel fairly responded to unprovoked Palestinian rocket fire. The last major war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead in December ’08-January ’09, also carried this narrative. Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to.

by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 2:03 AM
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3lilladies81
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM
I hate that I don't know what to believe! I will tell you this God gave Israel the promise land and YES they have a right to defend what is theirs! As for who started what idk but if someone came on my property saying it was theirs you bet your behind I would defend MY land. It is sad that the innocent must suffer for th foolish.
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM

At this point, if people wish to kill themselves and others over some thing that can't even be agreed upon as to the 'truth', it is their choice.

The children always suffer the most at the hands of the adults.

trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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Funny how the conservatives around here jump to conclusions about liberals as usual.  My family is as liberal as you get and we are 100% supportive of Isreal.

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 2:31 AM
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For their own sake, those firing the rockets better hope that none actually hit a populated area of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
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devastatedhurt
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 2:35 AM
ALL these signs shall follow. Wars and rumors of wars. plagues and natural disasters. look up! Jesus is coming for his people.


Quoting _Kissy_:

Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It

Israel has again attacked Gaza. In its aerial and ground assault that began on Saturday, November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.

One of the wounded is carried into a hospital in Gaza City following Israel’s shelling (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

As in every vicious military offensive Israel carries out in Gaza, the dominant narrative is that it is a response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. This is how it’s being reported in the US, and this is how virtually every American understands it.

And it’s a lie.

It’s true that on Saturday, prior to the expanded Israeli bombardment, the military wing of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine shot an anti-tank missile at an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle near the Gaza border, wounding four Israeli soldiers. But what prompted the firing of the anti-tank missile?

First, on Monday, November 5th, Israeli forces shot and killed 23 year old Ahmad Nabhani when he “approached the border fence with Israel.” According to at least one account, Nabhani was mentally challenged.

Then, on Thursday, November 8th, the Israeli Occupation Forces – eight tanks and four bulldozers, to be exact – invaded southern Gaza, shooting and killing a 13-year old boy. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (via):

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF military vehicles that had moved into the ‘Abassan village, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,200 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.

So, even if honest observers brush to the side the cruel and inhumane Israeli blockade on Gaza and refuse to let it influence the equation of exactly which side started this flare up of violence, it is clear Israel started this latest clash. And in response to the response, Israel has waged a harsh, disproportionate military assault.

This would be a simple thing to understand if, for example, Western media bothered to ask the other side what happened. Palestinian news media immediately reported that the anti-tank missile Israel was supposedly responding to was admitted to by the Popular Resistance Committees, who described it as “revenge” for preceding Israeli violence on Gaza. But that basic task of honest journalism is apparently out of the question.

Every single Israeli incursion or attack on Gaza is accompanied by the same narrative: Israel fairly responded to unprovoked Palestinian rocket fire. The last major war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead in December ’08-January ’09, also carried this narrative. Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to.


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jesusismyfriend
by Silver Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM
I heard a rocket was fired at Jerusalem. By humans. I'll have to see if I can find it.


Quoting shannonnigans:

For their own sake, those firing the rockets better hope that none actually hit a populated area of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

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12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

laughing

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Well, this is what I believe...Media Matters sends out an email that says click onto this for your daily comments, replies and insults.  It will also say..."if they present facts, deny, deny deny.  If they give you more facts, call them stupid. And if they still choose to give you more facts then insult their families, their religion and then & run........"

Quoting candlegal:

I wonder if they have a website to go to every day or if they appear in their inbox?

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Ah yeah....don't let a little facts stand in your way.  Sigh.....there must be a daily briefing on the "talking points" of what the left must mimic through out the day and week.  "Tax the rich" (even though it won't help),  "the video was the cause of the riot in Libya" (even though Intel showed that it didn't) and "Israel is to blame for what is going on" (when Intl news shows it was Hamas).

Quoting GLWerth:

And even in this thread, there is the insistence that anything Israel does is 100% correct in all situations. Genocide is cool these days, I guess.  

 


 


GoodPenny
by on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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Incorrect information. There had been roughly 2 months of peace when suddenly Israel was attacked. Israel has taken the stance...."you started it, we will finish it" . Also, Israel is careful to be as percise as possible with where they aim their missiles. Careful to aim them a ammo housing and military barracks. Have some civilians been killed, yes. It is a war after all.
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