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The Israeli army is at the centre of a second controversy over the moral conduct of its soldiers in as many days.

The t-shirts were printed for Israeli soldiers at the end of periods of deployment or training courses and were discovered by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

One, printed for a platoon of Israeli snipers depicts an armed Palestinian pregnant women caught in the crosshairs of a rifle, with the disturbing caption in English: “1 shot 2 kills”.

Another depicts a child carrying a gun also in the centre of a target.

“The smaller, the harder,” read the words on the t-shirt.

According to a soldier interviewed by the newspaper, the message has a double meaning: “It’s a kid, so you’ve got a little more of a problem, morally and also the target is smaller.”

Another shows an Israeli soldier blowing up a mosque and reads “Only God forgives”.

Above a ninja figure, yet another shirt bears the slogan “Won’t chill until I confirm a kill”.

The revelations, coming so soon after Israel’s offensive in Gaza in which hundreds of civilians were killed – many of them women and children – are causing outrage.

Perhaps the most shocking design shows a Palestinian mother weeping next to her dead baby’s grave, also in the crosshairs of a rifle.

It suggests it would have been better if the child had never been born, with the slogan “Better use Durex”.

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I just want to quote the following lines from this article and this one with no comments; these testimonies are not an Arab propaganda but revelations from Israeli soldiers themselves who participated in the war in Gaza:

Israel’s military was rocked on Thursday by Gaza war veterans’ accounts of soldiers’ killings of civilians and allegations that deep contempt for Palestinians pervaded its ranks.

The revelations, compiled by the head of an Israel military academy who declared that he was “shocked” at the findings, come as international rights groups are calling for independent inquiries into the conduct of both sides in the three-week Israeli offensive against Palestinian Islamists.

That’s the beauty of Gaza. You see a man walking, he doesn’t have to have a weapon, and you can shoot him,” one soldier told Danny Zamir, the head of the Rabin pre-military academy, who asked him why a company commander ordered an elderly woman to be shot.

One of the soldiers, an infantry squad leader, recalled an incident in which he said an army sharpshooter killed a Palestinian mother and her two children who turned the wrong way after troops ordered them out of their house.

“The platoon commander let the family go and told them to go to their right. One mother and her two children didn’t understand and went to the left … The sharpshooter saw (them) approaching him, closer than the lines he was told no one should pass. He shot them.”

“I don’t know whether he first shot at their feet or not, but he killed them,” the soldier said.

The squad leader said most of the men under his command felt “the lives of Palestinians … is something very, very less important than the lives of our soldiers, so as far as they are concerned, they can justify it that way”.

The same unnamed NCO said that his commanding officer ordered soldiers on to a rooftop to shoot an old woman crossing a main street during the fighting, which a Palestinian rights groups said left 1,434 people dead, 960 of them civilians.

I don’t know whether she was suspicious, not suspicious, I don’t know her story,” the NCO said. “I do know that my officer sent people to the roof in order to take her out… It was cold-blooded murder.”

Describing vandalism carried out by soldiers, the squad leader said: “To write ‘death to the Arabs’ on the walls, to take family pictures and spit on them, just because you can — I think this is the main thing, to understand how much the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has fallen in the realm of ethics.”

Another disturbing element reported by the soldiers was the role of military rabbis in distributing booklets that framed the fighting as a religious war. “All these articles had a clear message: we are the Jewish people, we have come to the land by miraculous means, and now we have to fight to remove the Gentiles who are getting in our way and preventing us from occupying the Holy Land… a great many soldiers had a feeling throughout this operation of a religious war,” said one soldier.


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After the war in Gaza ended last week, a very interesting report caught my attention. The leaders of France, Germany, England, Spain, Italy and the president of the European Union met with Israel’s prime minister only ONE day after the war in Gaza ended. They wined and dined with the butcher himself just few hours after he finished slaughtering young children. What is more interesting was the comment of Italy’s prime minister. He said,” I am very pleased to be here this evening to express my support, together with the other European leaders. As far as my country and I am concerned, we have always stood beside you. We feel for the hardships you must face.You certainly remember that Italy always stood beside you, even when Israel was the only democracy in the Middle East. This is because of our shared values, our aspiration for freedom, our cultures and our free market rules.

What shared values are these? Can you try to imagine how an ordinary Arab would think when he sees all of those European leaders honoring a murderer shortly after he finished killing more than 410 Arab children? For us it seems that the West will never treat us with the same dignity and respect as they treat their own citizens or the citizens of their apple of the eye, Israel!

Anyway, I also wanted to share another interesting article I read in the Guardian about some of the atrocities that happened in Gaza during the war. What took my attention the most were the following things:

“But most disturbing of all was the graffiti they daubed on the walls of the ground floor. Some was in Hebrew, but much was naively written in English: “Arabs need 2 die”, “Die you all”, “Make war not peace”, “1 is down, 999,999 to go”, and scrawled on an image of a gravestone the words: “Arabs 1948-2009”.

There were several sketches of the Star of David flag. “Gaza here we are,” it said in English next to one.”

Dear reader, I am sure you think,” So what? These are childish behaviors of young men and they do not express the general feelings of Israelis toward the Arabs!” I will now share what some of Israel’s most influential men have said about the Arabs and the Palestinians only as examples of how they real feel about us.

“One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” – Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 in N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1.

“All of the Palestinians must be killed: men, women, infants and even their beasts” – Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director Tsomet Institute, Israeli ‘Haaretz

“We must use terror, assassination, land confiscation and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population” Israel Koenig, ‘The Koenig Memorandum

“Let’s hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space” Moshe Dayan, ‘Israel’s Sacred Terrorism’

“It is important that the Palestinians are made to understand, in the deepest recesses of their consciousness, that they are a defeated people.” – Moshe Yaalon, Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces in 2002

Finally, I’d like to quote some comments made by Israel’s former chief rabbi, Ovadia Yosef. He is the spiritual leader of Shas party which is the 3rd largest party in the Israeli parliament and is participating in the current Israeli government. According to Wikipedia he is “generally considered one of the most important halakhic authorities. In particular, he is widely considered as the ultimate halakhic authority for Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews.”

Now let us see what that great leader and religious scholar said:

 “It is forbidden to be merciful to Arabs. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable,” and, “The Lord shall return the Arabs’ deeds on their own heads, waste their seed and exterminate them, devastate them and vanish them from this world.” 

“In the old city of Jerusalem they [Arabs] are swarming like ants. They should go to hell — and the Messiah will speed them on their way.”

Rabbi Yosef also generated controversy in 2000 when he declared that Prime Minister Ehud Barak has “no sense” because he is trying to make peace with the Palestinians, which he likened to another senseless act, attempting to make peace between a human and an animal such as a “snake”, which is motivated by instincts that cannot be overridden, asking, “Will we make peace with a snake?”

I know in the Western media they tell you that Palestinians are teaching hatred to their children. But really who are the ones who are teaching hatred to their children? Do they tell you about these kind of comments made by Israelis? Do you still think that what the Israeli soldiers did does not represent what they are taught in their society?


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This is a rare image that shows an Israeli air strike in a UN school in Gaza with white phosphorus shells!

 

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Unfortunately a lot of people just don’t know how this war on Gaza is affecting the minds of people in my region! Check out this article:

“I have just returned from the Middle East and witnessed how Israel’s assault on Gaza is radicalizing mainstream Muslim opinion. Shown endlessly on Arab and Muslim television stations, the massive killing of civilians is fueling rage against Israel and its superpower patron, the United States, among mainstream and moderate voices who previously believed in co-existence with the Jewish state. Now, they are questioning their basic assumptions and raising doubts about Israel’s future integration into the region

Many professionals, both Christian and Muslim Arabs, previously critical of Hamas, are bitter about what they call Israel’s “barbaric conduct” against Palestinian noncombatants, particularly women and children. No one I have encountered believes Israel’s narrative that this is a war against Hamas, not the Palestinian people. A near consensus exists among Arabs and Muslims that Israel is battering the Palestinian population in an effort to force it to revolt against Hamas, just as it tried to force the Lebanese people to revolt against Hezbollah in the summer of 2006. But Hezbollah weathered that Israeli storm, acquired a sturdier immune system and became the most powerful institution in Lebanon. In so doing it shattered Israeli deterrence, delivered a blow to US Mideast policy and expanded the influence of Iran, Hezbollah’s main supporter in the region.

In my recent travels I was struck by the widespread popular support for Hamas–from college students and street vendors to workers and intellectuals. Very few ventured criticism of Hamas, and many said they felt awed by the fierce resistance put forward by its fighters. Israel’s onslaught on Gaza has effectively silenced critics of Hamas and politically legitimized the militant resistance movement in the eyes of many previously skeptical Palestinians and Muslims. Regardless of how this war ends, Hamas will likely emerge as a more powerful political force than before and will likely top Fatah, the ruling apparatus of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.

“No one dares any longer to question Hamas’s right to represent the Palestinian people,” said a 30-year-old leftist Palestinian, a graduate of the American University in Beirut. Why so, I asked. “The Islamist resistance has earned a place at the table with blood,” he told me.

What Israeli officials and their American allies do not appreciate is that Hamas is not merely an armed militia but a social movement with a large popular base that is deeply entrenched in society. It cannot be wiped out without massacring half a million Palestinians. If Israel succeeds in killing Hamas’s senior leaders, a new generation, more radical than the present, will swiftly replace them. Hamas is a fact of life. It is not going away, and it will not raise the white flag regardless of how many casualties it suffers.

Suffice it to say that the so-called moderate Arab states are on the defensive, and that the resistance front led by Iran and Syria is the main beneficiary. Once again, Israel and the Bush administration have handed the Iranian leadership a sweet victory.”

Recently I heard a very interesting interview with a famous Arab journalist. That journalist is known to be a supporter for the Arab peace initiative toward Israel. He said,”The Israeli war on Gaza has killed my old personality. It has burned any kind of seed of acceptance I had in my heart for the state of Israel. When I heard the Iranian president’s comments about Israel, I thought his comments were foolish but now I want to apologize to him. I came to realize that we all turned out to be fools and he is the only wise one among us!” What do you think about that?

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The war started 20 days ago and so far more than 1066 Palestinians have been killed including 355 children! 😦 Today the Israelis have been indescriminatly bombarding the Gaza City. A UN compound and a hospital were hit by the bombardment.

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Aisha al-Najjar,3,was killed by the Israelis yesterday! She died minutes after this picture was taken!

Check out this new poll that was taken in the US:

WASHINGTON — Forty-four percent of Americans support Israel’s use of force in the Gaza Strip, while only 18 percent considered Hamas’ use of force appropriate, according to a new McClatchy/Ipsos poll. Fifty-seven percent think that Hamas is using excessive force, while only 36 percent said Israel is.

When it comes to who’s to blame for the latest Middle East crisis, Americans blame Hamas hands down.

44% of Americans think that the killing of all of those people is appropriate! The media they are listening to is to blame for that. The media and the politicians in the US are major participants with Israel on its crime against our people in Gaza.

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I wish those Americans read the following letter posted by the Guardian:

We the undersigned are all of Jewish origin. When we see the dead and bloodied bodies of young children, the cutting off of water, electricity and food, we are reminded of the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto. When Dov Weisglass, an adviser to the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, talked of putting Gazans “on a diet” and the deputy defence minister, Matan Vilnai, talked about the Palestinians experiencing “a bigger shoah” (holocaust), this reminds us of Governor General Hans Frank in Nazi-occupied Poland, who spoke of “death by hunger”.

The real reason for the attack on Gaza is that Israel is only willing to deal with Palestinian quislings. The main crime of Hamas is not terrorism but its refusal to accept becoming a pawn in the hands of the Israeli occupation regime in Palestine.

The decision last month by the EU council to upgrade relations with Israel, without any specific conditions on human rights, has encouraged further Israeli aggression. The time for appeasing Israel is long past. As a first step, Britain must withdraw the British ambassador to Israel and, as with apartheid South Africa, embark on a programme of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Ben Birnberg, Prof Haim Bresheeth, Deborah Fink, Bella Freud, Tony Greenstein, Abe Hayeem, Prof Adah Kay, Yehudit Keshet, Dr Les Levidow, Prof Yosefa Loshitzky, Prof Moshe Machover, Miriam Margolyes, Prof Jonathan Rosenhead, Seymour Alexander, Ben Birnberg, Martin Birnstingl, Prof. Haim Bresheeth, Ruth Clark, Judith Cravitz, Mike Cushman, Angela Dale, Merav Devere, Greg Dropkin, Angela Eden, Sarah Ferner, Alf Filer, Mark Findlay, Sylvia Finzi, Bella Freud, Tessa van Gelderen, Claire Glasman, Ruth Hall, Adrian Hart, Alain Hertzmann, Abe Hayeem, Rosamene Hayeem, Anna Hellmann, Selma James, Riva Joffe, Yael Kahn, Michael Kalmanovitz, Ros Kane, Prof. Adah Kay, Yehudit Keshet, Mark Krantz, Bernice Laschinger, Pam Laurance, Dr Les Levidow, Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky, Prof. Moshe Machover, Beryl Maizels, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Marks, Martine Miel, Diana Neslen, O Neumann, Susan Pashkoff, Hon. Juliet Peston, Renate Prince, Roland Rance, Sheila Robin, Ossi Ron, Manfred Ropschitz, John Rose, Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, Leon Rosselson, Michael Sackin, Ian Saville, Amanda Sebestyen, Sam Semoff, Prof. Ludi Simpson, Viv Stein, Inbar Tamari, Ruth Tenne, Norman Traub, Eve Turner, Tirza Waisel, Karl Walinets, Renee Walinets, Stanley Walinets, Philip Ward, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, Ruth Williams, Jay Woolrich, Ben Young, Myk Zeitlin, Androulla Zucker, John Zucker

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Please read Parsin’s post about the Israeli/Gaza conflict.  He really puts things into perspective in an easy-to-understand way.  Check out where he puts the deaths and injuries into American proportions!  8-(

And — *~*~whoo hoo!~*~* — finally we can celebrate a major American newspaper having the fortitude to publish an article calling it like it is in Gaza!  From the opinion page … thank you, George E. Bisharat and The Wall Street Journal!  It’s about time!!

Maybe we should all write WSJ with our thanks!

Israel Is Committing War Crimes

Hamas’s violations are no justification for Israel’s actions.

This is what the UN said today about a crime that happened earlier this week in Gaza: 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Friday that 30 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip earlier this week when the Israeli army sheltered dozens of civilians in a house which was later hit by shells.

A report by the U.N.’s Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that on January 4 Israeli soldiers evacuated 110 Palestinians to a house in the Zeitoun neighbourhood in central Gaza, warning them to remain indoors.

Citing witnesses, the report said the house was later hit by Israeli shells, killing some 30 people.

And this is a report issued by the International Red Cross yesterday about the current conditions in Gaza:

The ICRC/PRCS team found four small children next to their dead mothers in one of the houses. They were too weak to stand up on their own. One man was also found alive, too weak to stand up. In all there were at least 12 corpses lying on mattresses. 

In another house, the ICRC/PRCS rescue team found 15 other survivors of this attack including several wounded. In yet another house, they found an additional three corpses. Israeli soldiers posted at a military position some 80 meters away from this house ordered the rescue team to leave the area which they refused to do. There were several other positions of the Israel Defense Forces nearby as well as two tanks. 

“This is a shocking incident,” said Pierre Wettach, the ICRC’s head of delegation for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. “The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded. Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestine Red Crescent to assist the wounded.” 

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These are the photos of 3 Hamas fighters who were successfully assassinated by Israel!!

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The father not believing what happened to his precious children!