Category Archive: mid-east mess

Jan 11 2009

Gaza: Escalating Out of Control

The attack on Gaza has gotten so extreme that the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed pages – yes, the conservative-loving, reality-hating WSJ op-ed pages – carry an editorial from a Palestinian-American with the uncompromising title “Israel Is Committing War Crimes.” George Bisharat makes a strong case: Israel had not suffered an “armed attack” immediately prior to …

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Jan 10 2009

Gaza: Writing Out a Will

Will this Palestinian child be one of those who writes out a will? In 1996, Israeli jets bombed a UN building where civilians had taken refuge at Cana/ Qana in south Lebanon, killing 102 persons; in the place where Jesus is said to have made water into wine, Israeli bombs wrought a different sort of …

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Jan 09 2009

About That Window for Humanitarian Aid…

Israel has a strange idea of what it means to allow humanitarian workers in to provide relief for starving, traumatized civilians: The U.N. suspended food deliveries to Gaza and the Red Cross accused Israel of blocking medical assistance after forces fired on aid workers, killing two, as the threat of a wider conflict emerged with …

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Jan 08 2009

Children 1/3 of the Dead in Gaza

The death toll in Gaza included over 220 children as of yesterday. That was one-third of the total dead. I want you all to take a moment to ponder that number. “You did all this for the election? Is this the way you treat children?” a man asks as he points to sniper wounds on …

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Jan 07 2009

Before and After

A few days ago: The United States thwarted an effort by Libya on Saturday to persuade the U.N. Security Council to call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza after Israel launched a ground invasion, diplomats said. [snip] But diplomats said the United States refused to back the Libyan-drafted text and killed the initiative, since council …

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Jan 06 2009

Depends on What You Mean By “Normal”

We’ve been assured by Israel’s highest authorities that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Meanwhile, Gaza’s running out of body bags: Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor in Gaza, tells Sky News that the number of civilians injured and killed in Gaza proves that Israel is deliberately attacking the population. The people of Gaza continue …

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