Israel launches Pillar of Cloud targeted killing against a defenseless civilian population.
Palestine has been under military occupation for six decades.
by Debbie Menon
Ken O'Keefe vs. Daniel Pipes
Peace activist Ken O'Keefe stressed "…without the cover of the EU and our Western nations, Israel would not be able to continue this collective punishment on an innocent population…. "
He added if Western cover was removed from giving impunity to crimes committed by Israel against defenseless people they would not have gone unpunished.
As Israel continues its assault on Gaza, death toll reaches ten, with dozens injured.
19:40 GMT: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov calls for end to violence in Gaza.
19:34 GMT: Egypt's president orders UN representative to call for emergency security council meeting over Israel Gaza strikes, spokesman says, according to Egyptian state TV.
19:27 GMT: Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Israel.
19:22 GMT: Former US President Jimmy Carter was quoted by Israel's Haaretz daiy as saying: “Both sides should cease all hostilities; Israel should end its blockade of Gaza".
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Most Palestinian leaders languish in Israeli jails or are killed in Israeli aristrikes.
IMEMC – Two Palestinians were killed, four others two injured, one critical, by Israeli air strikes targeting Gaza city on Wednesday afternoon.
Local sources said that an Israeli military unmanned plane fired a missile at a car near Gaza City hospital killing Ahmad al-Ja’bari, 52, and Mohamed al-Hiems, 30. Four others were injured one critical. Al-Ja’bari was a commander of the al-Qassam Brigades of the Hamas movement.
Another air raid targeted a civilian car near the Gaza city port on Wednesday afternoon. Local sources said that two men who were inside the car were injured and moved to a nearby hospital.
Meanwhile Israeli F16 fighter-jets fired missiles at residents’ homes in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported.
Yesterday a resistance fighter died of wounds suffered last Saturday during the latest wave of Israeli military escalation against the coastal region.
The death of the two men today brings the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army since Saturday to ten, including a 15 and 17 year-old brother, while dozens of residents, including children, were injured by Israeli fire and shells in the coastal region.
Witness: Palestinian Loss of Homes & Villages carry on uninterrupted daily supported and aided by the purveyors of “democracy” and “human rights”
What I oppose strongly is "blind", knee-jerk support for Israel, especially when she is in the wrong. Israel continues to build walls across occupied territories the UN said Israel must give back. Israel continues to bulldoze Palestinian homes, farms, orchards. Israel continues its "extra-judicial" assassinations — including on foreign soil and usually taking "collateral" civilians with it.
Israel does not have a moral leg to stand on with regard to its treatment of Arabs now or ever. Bombing innocents as revenge for real wrongs committed is also wrong. In that sense, two wrongs do not make a right and Arab terrorism is just as wrong as Israeli terrorism.
Gandhi said 55 yeas ago: "Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. If they [the Jews] must look to the Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb."
"They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs.. As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them. I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regard as an unacceptable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds."
Gandhi's words still ring true.