Israel committed ‘wanton destruction’ in Gaza offensive: Amnesty

JERUSALEM, July 2 — Amnesty International today said Israel inflicted “wanton destruction” in the Gaza Strip in attacks that often targeted Palestinian civilians during an offensive in December and January in the Hamas-run enclave.

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Reuters:Turkish PM returns to hero’s welcome after Gaza row

 

By Paul de BendernISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan received a hero’s welcome on his return to Istanbul on Friday after accusing Israel of “knowing very well how to kill” during a heated debate at the World Economic Forum.

 

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Bowen diary: A father’s loss

BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen is writing a diary of the conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Helmi al-Samouni kisses his son Mohammed goodbye

Helmi al-Samouni kissed his dead son Mohammed goodbye

Al Jazeera:UN releases Gaza attack photos

 

The United Nations has released images of what it believes are white phosphorus munitions raining down on one of its compounds during Israel’s war on Gaza.

The pictures, broadcast by Al Jazeera on Thursday, show what appears to be flame-generating munitons, thought to be white phosphorus “wedges”, falling into a UN compound in Gaza where hundreds of people were sheltering.

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“Victory” for A heroic Muslim Hamas @ David stand against over whelming military might of Goliath @ Israel

“Victory” for A heroic Muslim Hamas @ David stand against over whelming military might of Goliath @ Israel

 

“Victory” may look rather different a few months from now. – The Guardian   

 

A Palestinian boy holds a Hamas flag over a destroyed house in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip today. The Hamas militant group has issued its first statement on losses suffered during Israels latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, stating that the group lost 48 fighters, and the Health Ministry says more than 1,200 Palestinians died in the fighting. – AP pic

A Palestinian boy holds a Hamas flag over a destroyed house in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip today. The Hamas militant group has issued its first statement on losses suffered during Israel's latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, stating that the group lost 48 fighters, and the Health Ministry says more than 1,200 Palestinians died in the fighting. – AP pic

JAN 19 – On Saturday evening, Israel announced not a ceasefire – in the sense of an agreement between the parties to end a conflict – but a decision that its forces will unilaterally halt their fire. It said it would await the Hamas response, any timetable for a withdrawal of Israeli forces being contingent on an end to rocket fire from Gaza. 

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Al Jazeera:Olmert announces Gaza ceasefire

 

Ehud Olmert, Israel’s prime minister, has announced a unilateral truce in the Gaza Strip.

Israel will halt its offensive in Gaza at 0000 GMT on Sunday but troops will remain in the enclave for the time being and will respond to Hamas fire, Olmert said on Saturday.

The announcement came after a meeting of Israel’s security council on Saturday evening and halts the 22-day offensive which has left more than 1200 Palestinians dead, more than 400 of them children.

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Jews against Zionism

By:BUNN NAGARA

from:thestaronlinenews

Some religious Jews also reject an immoral, outlaw Israel in the name of their religion.

AMONG the many religious Jewish groups that reject today’s Israel and its Zionist basis are Satmar, Dushinski and Neturei Karta (NK, or “Guardians of the City/Faith”).

 Cohen: ‘Any form of unjust violence is terrorism, whether state-sponsored or otherwise, and must be stopped.’

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