Israeli’s Protest Their Government’s Aggression

While Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called for the unity of the citizens of Israel and their support for the operation in Gaza, hundreds of left-wing activists gathered on the Defense Ministry’s lawn to protest the deaths of over 200 Palestinians.

Five of the protestors were arrested for rioting after they damaged the security fence and clashed with police forces on the scene.

Around 300 activists took part in the protest, in order to condemn what they called Israel’s “genocide and war crimes”. The demonstrators marched through the streets of Tel Aviv until they reached the ministry’s headquarters.

Many cried slogans such as “No to war – yes to peace”, and carried signs saying “Israel’s government is committing war crimes”, “Negotiation instead of slaughter”, and “Lift the siege from Gaza”.

The ‘clashed with police forces‘ bit is interesting, the one pic on ynet shows protesters running away from police who are attacking them.

Dudu Azulay ynetnews.com

Dudu Azulay ynetnews.com

So will those against Bush’s wars in the US support their anti-war fellows in Israel even as Obama seems to accept the colonial reasoning- Israelis can use force but Palestinians (who by implication are all lumped into ‘Hamas’) must be victims-

“If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that,” Obama said. “And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

So far over 200 Palestinians have been killed some are children, so now what does he ‘expect’?

A Murder Is Arranged

Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.

Gaza: Crime & Media

Ynet proudly trumpets the Israeli government claims to have achieved a cunning objective, how the crime was carefully planned-

Maneuvering the enemy: The Israel government reportedly employed several measures in order to lead Hamas into a false sense of security and ensure the operation against the Islamist group would take the organization by complete surprise.

The tactic called for Defense Minister Ehud Barak to allow trucks carrying humanitarian aid into the Gaza, despite the ongoing rocket fire on the western Negev.

Last Sunday afternoon saw Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Barak reportedly agree on launching a wide-scale military offensive in Gaza. Then on Wednesday the National Security Cabinet approved the proposed operation, with the 11 ministers comprising the forum lodging a unanimous yea vote.

However leaks to the media prompted Hamas officials to go underground in anticipation of the operation, forcing Israel to rethink its strategy and attempt a three-stage deception maneuver.

  • Stage one called for the press to learn that the cabinet was only briefed on the situation in Gaza, but that no operational decisions were made.
  • Stage two called for Barak to announce that humanitarian aid would be let into the Strip on Friday.
  • Stage three had the media learn that the “kitchenette” – the narrow forum comprised of Olmert, Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni – would be meeting on Sunday to discuss future options.

So keep that in mind, when the PR offensive is renewed-

Livni instructed ministry officials currently on vacation in Israel to return immediately to their posts abroad, and to immediately mount public relations campaigns in their station countries, focusing on local media and public officials.

Not that they have too much to do with the US, UK & Egypt, Rice blamed the deaths of 200+ Palestinians on…Hamas, and further cemented the consignment to the memory hole of Israel breaking the truce in November (that’s for the reality based community who think Bush was a failure among other weird ideas, like water boarding being torture). As the plotting shown above demonstrates this was carefully planned by Israel knowing their siege & military incursions caused the rocket fire to continue so they could rely on that as cover to launch the attack which is about subjugating Gaza, to remove a whole raft of possibilities from any negations to a limited set acceptable to Israel. It is to beat an opponent into begging for mercy, this is how the Israeli government negotiates, it kills until you say what it wants (of course with the racists of the far right what it wants is simply dead Palestinians, not negotiations but ethnic cleansing). Making it a very appropriate manner to militarily proceed with in the age of torture.

London: there is a demonstration planned-

Sunday 28th December 2009, 2pm
Israeli Embassy, 2 Palace Green Road, W8 – (nearest tube High Street Kensington)

International Witnesses speak out from Gaza

From Freegaza.org

27th December 2008, Gaza, Palestine –  Human Rights Defenders from Lebanon, the UK, Poland, Canada, Spain, Italy and Australia are present in Gaza and are witnessing and documenting the current Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Due to Israel’s policy of denying access to international media, human rights defenders and aid agencies to the Occupied Gaza Strip, many of these Human Rights Defenders arrived in Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement’s boats. FREE GAZA boats have broken Israel’s siege of Gaza five times in the past four months.

“At the time of the attacks I was on Omar Mukhtar street and witnessed a last rocket hit the street 150 meters away where crowds had already gathered to try to extract the dead bodies. Ambulances, trucks, cars – anything that can move is bringing injured to the hospitals. Hospitals have had to evacuate sick patients to make room for the injured. I have been told that there is not enough room in the morgues for the bodies and that there is a great lack of blood in the blood banks. I have just learned that among the civilians killed today was the mother of my good friends in Jabalya camp.”
– Eva Bartlett (Canada) International Solidarity Movement

“Israeli missles tore through a children’s playground and busy market in Diere Balah, we saw the aftermath – many were injured and some reportedly killed. Every Hospital in the Gaza strip is already overwhelmed with injured people and does not have the medicine or the capacity to treat them. Israel is committing crimes against humanity, it is violating international and human rights law, ignoring the United Nations and planning even bigger attacks. The world must act now and intensify the calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel; governments need to move beyond words of condemnation into an active and immediate restraint of Israel and a lifting of the siege of Gaza”
– Ewa Jasiewicz (Polish and British) Free Gaza Movement

“The morgue at the Shifa hospital has no more room for dead bodies, so bodies and body parts are strewn all over the hospital.”
– Dr. Haidar Eid, (Palestinian, South African) Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, Al Aqsa University Gaza

“The bombs began to fall just as the children were on the streets walking back from school. I went out onto the stairs and a terrified 5 year old girl ran sobbing into my arms.”
– Sharon Lock (Australian) International Solidarity Movement

“This is incredibly sad. This massacre is not going to bring security for the State of Israel or allow it to be part of the Middle East. Now calls of revenge are everywhere.”
– Dr. Eyad Sarraj – President of the Gaza Community Mental Health Centre

“As I speak they have just hit a building 200 metres away. There is smoke everywhere. This morning I went to the building close to where I live in Rafah that had been hit. Two bulldozers were immediately attempting to clear the rubble. They thought they had found all the bodies. As we arrived one more was found.”
– Jenny Linnel (British) International Solidarity Movement

“The home I am staying in is across from the preventive security compound. All the glass of the house shattered. The home has been severely damaged. Due to the siege there is no glass or building materials to repair this damage. One little boy in our house fainted. An eight year little boy was trembling on the ground for an hour. In front of our house we found the bodies of two little girls under a car, completely burnt. They were coming home from school. This is more than just collective punishment. We are being treated like laboratory animals. I have lived through the Israeli bombardment of Beirut and the Israel’s message is the same in Gaza as it was in Beirut- The killing of civilians. There was just another explosion outside!”
– Natalie Abu Eid (Lebanon) International Solidarity Movement

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Human Rights Defenders in Gaza (available for interviews):

  • Dr. Eyad Sarraj (Arabic and English) +972 599400424
  • Ewa Jasiewicz, Free Gaza Co-Coordinator in Gaza (Polish, Arabic, and English) – +972 59 8700497
  • Dr. Haider Eid (English and Arabic) + 972 59 9441766
  • Sharon Lock (English) +972 59 8826513
  • Vittorio Arrigoni (Italian) +972 59 8378945
  • Fida Qishta (English and Arabic) +972 599681669
  • Jenny Linnel (English) +972 59 87653777
  • Natalie Abu Shakra (Arabic and English) 0598336 328
  • For more information on the Free Gaza Movement (FREE GAZA) or the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) contact in the West Bank:
  • Adam Taylor (ISM) – 972 59 8503948
  • Lubna Masarwa (FREE GAZA) – 972 50 5633044