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    Ten Palestinians have been killed in an apparent Israeli airstrike on a UN school turned shelter.
    Another 35 people taking refuge after being driven from their homes were wounded at the shelter in the Gazan city of Rafah. The Israeli military has yet to comment on the attack.

    The second strike on a school this week comes as Israel confirmed a solider they feared had been kidnapped by Hamas militants in fact died in combat.
    "A special committee led by the Israel Defence Forces Chief Rabbi, announced the death of the IDF infantry officer of the Givati Brigade, Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, who was killed in battle in the Gaza Strip on Friday, August 1, 2014," an army statement said.
    Confirmation of the soldier's death comes after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas he is prepared to continue the operation in Gaza for as long as it takes to return his citizens to safety.
    "We do not accept a continuation of the shooting," he told reporters, referring to ongoing Hamas rocket attacks.
    "It (Hamas) will have to understand, however long that takes, that it will pay an intolerable price, from its perspective, for continuation of the shooting."
    Strikes claimed another 30 Palestinian victims overnight, emergency services in the territory said.
    Meanwhile, a set of quadruplets born in Gaza on Wednesday have been discharged from hospital - but the shelling means they cannot return to their family home.
    Grandfather Mefleh al Arjah said: "We live in Jenah but when the airstrikes and shelling started we fled to Tal Sultan, staying with extended relatives of our son, Ali. We left everything behind staying with them. We had nowhere else to go.
    "We hope the war will end soon so we can return to our home."
    Israel launched its aerial offensive on July 8 with the declared aim of ending "persistent" rocket fire by militants.
    It subsequently sent in ground troops, shifting the focus of the operation to the destruction of a complex system of cross-border tunnels, which Israel claims were used by Hamas to infiltrate the country.
    Israeli military officials have reported that 31 tunnels have since been destroyed, fuelling speculation that the offensive could soon wind down. Tanks have been seen returning to Israel and Palestinians in northern Gaza have been told they can return to their homes.
    The Palestinian death toll now stands at more than 1,700.
    Another 440,000 people, a quarter of Gaza's population, have been displaced by the fighting.
    On the Israeli side, 64 soldiers and three civilians have lost their lives.



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    The slaughter in Gaza has been sickening to observe. It is hard to believe that so much destruction was required to eliminate the threat from rocket fire and tunnels. It appears to me that Israel's goal is more to terrorize the Gazans to the extent that they wont rise up against Israel again for a long time.

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    Israel's deputy speaker for the Knesset is now calling on Bibi to begin a formal program of ethnic cleansing nd whole sale slaughter to achieve that end.

    https://www.facebook.com/MFeiglin/po...534104?fref=nf

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    With God’s Help

    Attention

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    Mr. Prime Minister,

    We have just heard that Hamas has used the ceasefire to abduct an officer. It turns out that this operation is not about to be over any too soon.

    The failures of this operation were inherent to it from the outset, because:

    a) It has no proper and clear goal;
    b) there is no appropriate moral framework to support our soldiers.

    What is required now is that we internalize the fact that Oslo is finished, that this is our country – our country exclusively, including Gaza.

    There are no two states, and there are no two peoples. There is only one state for one people.

    Having internalized this, what is needed is a deep and thorough strategic review, in terms of the definition of the enemy, of the operational tasks, of the strategic goals, and of course, of appropriate necessary war ethics.

    (1) Defining the enemy:

    The strategic enemy is extremist Arab Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety. The immediate enemy is Hamas. (Not the tunnels, not the rockets, but Hamas.)

    (2) Defining the tasks

    Conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.

    (3) Defining the strategic goal:

    To turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.

    (4) Defining war ethics: “Woe to the evildoer, and woe to his neighbor”

    In light of these four points, Israel must do the following:

    a) The IDF [Israeli army] shall designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.

    The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected.

    b) The formerly populated areas will be shelled with maximum fire power. The entire civilian and military infrastructure of Hamas, its means of communication and of logistics, will be destroyed entirely, down to their foundations.

    c) The IDF will divide the Gaza Strip laterally and crosswise, significantly expand the corridors, occupy commanding positions, and exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.

    d) Israel will start searching for emigration destinations and quotas for the refugees from Gaza. Those who wish to emigrate will be given a generous economic support package, and will arrive at the receiving countries with considerable economic capabilities.

    e) Those who insist on staying, if they can be proven to have no affiliation with Hamas, will be required to publicly sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel, and receive a blue ID card similar to that of the Arabs of East Jerusalem.

    f) When the fighting will end, Israeli law will be extended to cover the entire Gaza Strip, the people evicted from the Gush Katif will be invited to return to their settlements, and the city of Gaza and its suburbs will be rebuilt as true Israeli touristic and commercial cities.

    Mr. Prime Minister,

    This is the a fateful hour of decision in the history of the State of Israel.

    All metastases of our enemy, from Iran and Hizballah through ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, are rubbing their hands gleefully and preparing themselves for the next round.

    I am warning that any outcome that is less than what I defined here means encouraging the continued offensive against Israel. Only when Hizballah will understand how we have dealt with Hamas in the south, it will refrain from launching its 100,000 missiles from the north.

    I call on you to adopt the strategy proposed here.

    I have no doubt that the entire Israeli people will stand to your right with its overwhelming majority, like myself – if only you will adopt it.

    With high regards, respectfully,

    Moshe Feiglin

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    That guy has had that as his official policy for over a decade now, nothing new there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kato View Post
    That guy has had that as his official policy for over a decade now, nothing new there.
    This time he is an elected official and part of the ruling coalition.

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    That would work against him, the guy is an anti-democrat.

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    I don't follow, the guys platform got him elected and made part of the ruling coalition in a position of relative power. Now you say that is going to work against him? I would also point out he is not the only current Knesset member calling for either ethnic cleansing and/or genocide. His stance also falls inline with official Israeli government views that were released by Chelsea Manning.

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    BBC News - Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal' - UN chief

    An attack that killed 10 people at a UN-run Gaza school was a "moral outrage and a criminal act", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

    It constituted a "gross violation of international law", Mr Ban said.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was appalled by the "disgraceful" shelling.

    The blast hit the entrance of the school, which is sheltering thousands displaced by the conflict. Israel denies firing into the school.

    The Israeli military said it had targeted three militants from the Islamic Jihad group on a motorbike near the school, though the group did not report any of it members killed or injured.

    Government spokesman Mark Regev said that if militants were turning the vicinities of schools into war zones they should be held accountable.

    Gaza health officials say 30 people have died on Sunday, while militants continue to fire rockets into Israel.

    The latest exchanges came after Israel's military said that an officer it feared captured had now been confirmed dead. Hadar Goldin went missing on Friday near Rafah.

    His funeral was held in the Israeli town of Kfar Saba on Sunday afternoon.

    Confirmation of 2nd Lt Goldin's death means 66 Israelis have now died in the fighting, all but two of them soldiers. A Thai worker in Israel also died.

    'Madness must stop'

    The UN has warned that a "health disaster of widespread proportions" is unfolding in Gaza, with medical services facing collapse.

    In the latest incident, eyewitnesses said a missile struck as people queued for food.

    At least 30 people were also hurt on Sunday, Palestinian officials said. Images showed injured children being carried away.

    Mr Ban described Sunday's attack as "yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law", and said Israel had regularly been informed of the precise location of the school.

    "This madness must stop," he said in a statement.

    The incident follows the shelling of a Jabaliya shelter last week, which killed 16 people.

    Ms Psaki called for an investigation into attacks on UN schools.

    "The United States is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling outside an Unrwa school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons," she said in a statement.

    The latest official figures from Gaza's health ministry say that more than 1,750 Palestinians have been killed and more than 9,000 injured since the conflict began more than three weeks ago.

    UN regional humanitarian coordinator James Rawley told the BBC 330 of the dead were children.

    "We are killing about one child every hour right now," he said.

    He added that more than 80% of those killed were civilians, though Israel disputes this figure.

    On Sunday, Israel said its forces were withdrawing from some areas of Gaza to a "temporary security strip" to reassess operations.

    Israeli media reports say most troops have now left Gaza, although there has been no official order to end the operation, which began on 8 July.

    Military spokesman Lt-Col Peter Lerner said troops were "in the midst of a redeployment to other parts of the border", adding that troops were being released from the front line.

    But he said the mission was ongoing and ground forces were operating.

    However, on Saturday PM Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel would "do whatever it must do to protect its people".

    Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the group would "continue to resist until we achieve our goals".

    The almost four-week conflict began amid tension around the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens and a Palestinian youth, and the arrests of hundreds of Hamas members in the West Bank.

    A surge of violence ensued, with militants in Gaza firing volleys of rockets into Israel and Gaza being hit by waves of Israeli air strikes.

    Later Israel sent in ground troops to destroy a network of tunnels dug by militants under the border into Israel.

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    Hey, Zraver:

    UN school wasn't attacked by Israel:

    Hamas targeted the UN school at Jabalia - Thomas Wictor

    Another UN school wasn't attacked by Israel either:

    Two Pallywood duds in one day! - Thomas Wictor

    That Palestinian supposedly shot looking for relatives? Also fake:

    A fake atrocity video from Gaza - Thomas Wictor

    By the way: the Palestinian authority is a signatory of the 4th Geneva Convention, as of April 11 of this year. Hamas is in a Unity government with the Palestinian Authority, and therefore, the entirety of Hamas' actions fall under war crimes as determined by the Geneva Convention.

    Now more than ever, that makes you a Hamas apologist.
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    Ben,

    Who is this Thomas fella? Don't you have something better then a blogger?

    Not judging anything here, but the credibility is unknown to me and he sure looks and sounds as biased.
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    We are going around in circles here. Ben is Israeli, Jewish and is still liable to be called up for duty if needed. He isn't ever going to turn around and admit 'yeah the Israeli state is acting in a pretty fucking disgusting way at the moment' as he has to much emotionally invested in it. Im not going to hold that against him as most people would not react well to what they perceive as people taking a dump on their country. It is what it is and i don't think anyone's mind here is going to be changed one way or another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Ben,

    Who is this Thomas fella? Don't you have something better then a blogger?

    Not judging anything here, but the credibility is unknown to me and he sure looks and sounds as biased.
    He's a quack who claims to be the worlds only expert in WWI German flamethrowers and a former semi-professional bass player in Tokyo. He and Foxnews are about the only people left willing to defend Israel at this point. There is so much evidence of Israeli atrocity by design coming out of Israel.

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    We've seen the U.S. use some strong language in condemning the Israeli attacks on schools, describing them as "disgraceful and horrifying". Yet we all know nothing is going to change. Israel will still be able to count on Washington's veto at the U.N. if the security council tries to hold the IDF accountable for its crimes. The three billion dollars in aid (mostly military) will be rubber stamped. It makes the rest of the world doubt the sincerity of anything the U.S. says.

    This "special friendship" between Washington and Tel Aviv seems to be really one sided; America giving, giving, giving while Israel bites the hands that feeds, humiliating the vice president, spying on Kerry, ignoring pleas for restraint. It really is making the U.S. into an international laughing stock and it makes you think maybe all this money would be better spent elsewhere- perhaps fighting Boko Haram, rebuilding Haiti or hell, maybe providing water to the people of Detroit.

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    Here's one Israeli expressing concern about the way the ruling coalition and media heaps scorn on Israel's best friend:

    We could do with a few more enemies like John Kerry | i24news - See beyond
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    I wish people would remember that since the start of ground operations Israel has imposed an arbitrary 3km buffer zone. This buffer zone has shrunk Gaza by 40% compressing its people into an area the size of Little Rock, Arkansas but with 9x the population. What has Israel done with this buffer zone? Sat images seem to show wholesale destruction of Gaza's main agricultural area in the NW corner of the strip. This is in addition to the 35+ attacks on protected sites, 490,000 displaced persons, at least 1400 dead civilians (of 1800ish dead), 9000+ injured, minimum of 60,000 rendered permanently homeless, destruction of the strips only power plant which means no water or sanitation for a year. That is once Israel permits (if Israel permits) rebuilding. Bibi is on record as saying," just as we are demanding, that the rehabilitation of Gaza be linked to its demilitarisation." This is a violation of international law as respecting the duties of the occupying power.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...gaza.html?_r=0

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