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  • January 10, 2009:
    A woman is carried into Kamal Adwan hospital
    after being wounded in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip


    • you want to escalate, ya wlad el KALB?! eh wallah wallah you don't know who you're !@#$%^&*(*&^%$#$%^&ing with


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        • Three men were competing to see who's the worst one in the world.

          The first one attacked a woman , beat her until her teeth fell out and she bled from her nose and ears. He beat her so savagely that she fainted. He turned to the others and said, "I am the worst one of all."

          The second man stepped up to rape her and beat her further until she was ... almost dead. He turned to the others and said, "No one can be worse than me."

          The third one stepped up, smiled coldly, and said, "No, I am the worst one because I just stood by and watched. This woman is my sister."

          The woman is Lebanon and Palestine.

          The first man is Israel.

          The second is America & the West.

          The third is the Arab world that stood by and did nothing.


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            • GAZA CITY, January 11, 2009 (AFP) – Israel pressed its air and ground assault on Hamas in Gaza on Sunday as the death toll in the 16-day-old war passed 850 and the Islamist movement vowed it would not negotiate a truce "under fire."

              Medics in the embattled Gaza Strip said three Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded by heavy Israeli tank fire and air strikes early on Sunday, some allegedly by banned white phosphorous shells that Israel denied using.

              With the body count spiralling, Hamas remained defiant in the face of Egyptian-led efforts to broker a cease fire.

              Top Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said the movement would not accept any truce without the withdrawal of all Israeli forces and the lifting of the blockade slapped on the territory when the Islamists seized power in 18 months ago.

              "With an open mind we will work with any initiative or any resolution but only based on these demands. We will not accept negotiations on a truce under fire," he said.

              A closed-door briefing was told on Saturday that Israeli troops had killed more than 550 Palestinian fighters since the operation began, a senior military official told AFP.

              Israeli army spokesman Jacob Dallal declined to confirm the number but said "several hundred" fighters, most of them from Hamas, had been killed since Israel launched its offensive on December 27.

              "There is no question that the military ability of Hamas has been diminished," he said.

              As fighting spilled over into the early hours of Sunday, the army was accused by Palestinian doctors of using banned white phosphorous shells against civilians, a claim denied categorically by the army.

              A woman was killed and 60 people hurt in tank shelling on a village east of Khan Yunis, said Dr Yusef Abu Rish of the city's Nasser hospital.

              Of those, 55 "were burned over their bodies in a way that can only be caused by white phosphorous," he told AFP.

              His claim was echoed by Dr Muawiya Hassanein, head of Gaza emergency services, who said these weapons had already been used by Israel in the Gaza offensive.

              Army Captain Guy Spigelman rejected the report. "We deny that we were operating in that area."

              He also reiterated what a spokeswoman had said earlier, that "there is no use of white phosphorous. Everything we use is according to international law."

              White phosphorus is used as a smokescreen or for incendiary devices, but can also be deployed as an anti-personnel weapon capable of causing potentially fatal burns.

              Meanwhile, Hamas claimed it was repulsing the Israeli offensive, with Meshaal, the head of its powerful Syria-based politburo, accusing Israel of carrying out a "Holocaust" in Gaza.

              "You have lost on the moral and humanitarian fronts ... and you have created a resistance in every house," Meshaal said in a pre-recorded statement aired on Arab satellite television.

              "I can say with full confidence that on the military level the enemy has totally failed, it has not achieved anything.

              "Has it stopped the rockets?" he asked of Israel's declared aim in launching the offensive.

              Since the Israeli offensive began on December 27, at least 854 people have been killed, including 270 children, 93 women, and 12 paramedics, according to Palestinian medics.

              Another 3,490 people have been wounded, overwhelming Gaza's beleaguered medical facilities.

              Meanwhile, Hamas and other armed groups fired at least 13 rockets into Israel on Saturday, wounding four people, the Israeli army said.

              Egypt has been spearheading Western-backed efforts to end the fighting. On Saturday, President Hosni Mubarak met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who urged Israel and his Hamas rivals to accept the plan "without hesitation."

              A Hamas delegation was also due to hold talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

              Mubarak is calling for an immediate truce, opening Gaza's border crossings, preventing arms smuggling and a call for Palestinians to resume reconciliation talks.

              Abbas stressed he wanted an international force in Gaza rather than controlling traffic on the Egyptian side of the border, as suggested by European countries.

              But Meshaal said Hamas "will consider any international troops imposed on our people as an occupation force" and Hamas and other groups have said they will oppose any measure that hinders the armed "resistance."

              Both Hamas and Israel have already brushed aside a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate truce in the territory.

              The conflict has sparked worldwide pro-Palestinian demonstrations, including rallies in Europe that drew tens of thousands of protesters.

              In London, thousands of protesters clashed with police around the Israeli embassy, while in Paris protesters shattered windows and set scooters on fire after a rally attended by more than 30,000 people.

              In Tel Aviv, a few hundred Israelis gathered to call for an end to the fighting in a rally organised by the Peace Now movement.

              Ten Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed in combat or in rocket attacks since the operation began, as Palestinian militants have fired more than 600 rockets, some of them penetrating deeper than ever inside Israel.


              • Originally posted by Al-khiyal View Post

                News Middle East
                Israel 'using white phosphorus'

                Human Rights Watch has called on Israel to stop using white phosphorus which it says has been used in military operations in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

                The US-based group said that its researchers observed the use of the chemical, which can burn away human flesh to the bone, over Gaza City and Jabaliya on Friday and Saturday.

                "We went by Israeli artillery units that had white phosphorus rounds with the fuses in them," Marc Garlasco, a senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera.

                "Clearly it is [white phosphorus], we can tell by the explosions and the tendrils that go down [and] the fires that were burning," he said.

                "Today there were massive attacks in Jabaliya when we were there. We saw that there were numerous fires once the white phosphorus had gone in."


                International law permits the use of white phopshorus as an "obscurant" to cover troop movements and prevent enemies from using certain guided weapons, but its use is controversial as it can injure people through painful chemical burns.

                "Even if they are using it as an obscurant, they are using it in a very densely populated area," Garlasco said.

                "The problem is it covers such a wide area that when the white phosphorus wafers come down, over 100 in each artillery shell, they burn everything they touch and they don't stop burning until they are done.

                "You are talking about skin damage, potentially homes going on fire, damage to infrastructure."

                Human Rights Watch said that it believed the use of the chemical in Gaza violated the requirement under international humanitarian law to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian injury and loss of life.

                The Israeli military has previously denied using white phosphorus during the 15-day offensive in the Gaza Strip, but has said that any munitions that it does use comply with international law.

                Israel used white phophorus during its 34-day war against Lebanon's Hezbollah movement in 2006, while the United States used it during the controversial siege of the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004.


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                  • Khalid Mesh'al: Hamas rejects permanent truce, international forces in Gaza

                    Maan News Agency


                    • January 11, 2009 -- Israeli claims to be attacking only Hamas military targets in Gaza, where civilian deaths are estimated at over 800, are called into question by an internal report compiled by its own army on its 2006 campaign in south Lebanon in which more than 1,000 civilians were killed.

                      The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) PowerPoint report, entitled Hizbollah Closed Military Zones, reveals that despite its repeated claims at the time that Hizbollah was using civilian centres to launch rocket attacks into northern Israel, killing 43 civilians, the Hizbollah actually had a very large military infrastructure based in "open terrain" well away from civilians centres.

                      More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians were killed in Israeli bombing and shelling, and the civilian infrastructure of the country was massively damaged.

                      A copy of the secret report has been obtained by the Sunday Independent. It supports claims by international agencies that Israel's attack on the civilian population of Lebanon was not necessarily justified by the presence of military installations in populated areas. However, it does not categorically prove that rockets were not launched from populated areas, in addition to whatever activities were carried out from the "open terrain" military infrastructures.

                      The IDF report contains photographs, maps and diagrams of Hizbollah rocket installations and underground bunker complexes, all based well away from civilian population centres.

                      Out of almost 100 illustrations in the PowerPoint document, none shows Hizbollah launch sites or bunkers anywhere near civilian centres.

                      The Israeli report actually states: "The CMZs (closed military zones) are located in open terrain, outside the villages, usually in valleys, in areas of thick vegetation and forests, on spurs at points that dominate axes of entry from Israel and Lebanon and/or on rear mountain slopes hidden from IDF surveillance."

                      Despite this, the IDF bombarded almost every town and village in south Lebanon, causing large-scale civilian casualties and huge collateral destruction.

                      At the time, the IDF attempted to explain the bombing of civilian centres by saying they were being used to launch attacks on Israel. Their own debriefing report suggests this was not so.

                      In a section entitled: "Closed Military Zones", the report states: "These areas are isolated from the general population and are usually located in ravines, in forested areas or on rear mountain slopes to facilitate concealed and clandestine movement." The report also refers to some of these military centres as being in "nature reserves".

                      The pictures in the report reveal that Hizbollah had, and probably still has, a very sophisticated military structure in the region. Underground bunkers, dug six or seven metres down into rock, were used as command and control centres, safe from all but a direct hit by aerial bombing. From these bunkers the Hizbollah could fire salvoes of rockets deep into northern Israel.

                      The term "closed military zones" was not publicly used at the time of the 2006 conflict, but has been used openly for the first time in respect of the Gaza conflict. It effectively means that these are areas from which the international media and observers are excluded, so preventing accurate reporting.

                      Another previous Israeli campaign - the 1996 war in Lebanon - could help shed light on last week's shelling of the UN-protected refugee camp and school at Jabiliya, in which it was reported that 43 civilians, including many children, were killed. The United Nations Work and Relief Agency director in Gaza, John Ging, an ex-Irish Army captain from Mullingar, stated that the camp was attacked despite the fact the UN had supplied global positioning satellite co-ordinates to the IDF and stated that there was no evidence of it being used to launch attacks into Israel.

                      The Israeli Government response was: "This tragedy occurred because Hamas consistently uses its own population as human shields."

                      A similar statement was issued by the Israelis when they shelled a UN-protected refugee camp at Qana in southern Lebanon in April 1996, killing 116 people, most of them women and children. Irish soldiers serving with the UN in southern Lebanon at the time were among the first on the scene, and several were traumatised by what they saw.

                      Despite claims by the Israelis that rockets had been launched from the camp, it emerged shortly afterwards that a Norwegian UN soldier had been filming from a hill overlooking the camp at the time and this showed that no rockets had been launched from anywhere nearby.

                      The Israelis hit the refugees in Qana with airburst shells, which have also been used in Gaza. These shells burst in the air, showering shrapnel downwards. Most of the dead in Qana were decapitated or torn vertically in half.


                      • Amira Hass:

                        January 11, 2009 -- The testimonies of Gaza Strip residents are revealing new details about the Israel Defense Forces' mode of operation there. In the past two days, Beit Lahia residents forced from their homes said soldiers were posing as members of Hamas' armed wing while advancing on the ground.

                        The daily pauses in bombing allow Gazans to meet with the displaced - most of whom are housed in an UNRWA school - and hear their stories.

                        Gaza resident S. told Haaretz he heard several people say they saw armed men wearing the uniforms and symbols of the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, who "called out to each other in Arabic, as if they had caught a collaborator, and then, with the element of surprise, went into the houses."

                        A Gaza radio station warned that troops posing as locals were driving a vehicle normally used by paramedics. Residents said the radio broadcaster listed the vehicle's license plate number and color.

                        Haaretz has also learned that one of the army's methods for evacuating a home is to fire a missile toward its upper level. That is how B.'s house in Sajaiyeh was destroyed. It was bombed just a few minutes after a missile struck and 40 shell-shocked family members walked out of the house.

                        The IDF has also forced at least 40,000 people to leave their homes in agricultural and border areas. In Rafah, most of the 20,000 people removed from their homes were lodging with relatives and not in UNRWA facilities.


                        • Dimanche 11 Janvier 2009 -- L'artillerie et l'aviation israéliennes ont bombardé dimanche la ville de Gaza après qu'Israël eut menacé d'intensifier son offensive contre le Hamas, dans laquelle ont péri plus de 850 Palestiniens en 16 jours. Malgré le nombre croissant des victimes et les destructions, le chef en exil du Hamas qui contrôle la bande de Gaza, Khaled Mechaal, a rejeté dans un discours pugnace toute négociation d'une trêve "sous le feu". Ignorant la résolution du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU appelant jeudi à un cessez-le-feu immédiat, l'armée israélienne a continué ses opérations sur le territoire palestinien menant avant l'aube des raids aériens et bombardant à l'artillerie plusieurs secteurs notamment dans Gaza-ville, selon des témoins. Quatre Palestiniens ont été tués et des dizaines blessés, selon des sources médicales. Un médecin palestinien, le Dr Youssef Abou Rich, a affirmé que l'armée utilisait des bombes au phosphore blanc, des munitions controversées. Mais l'armée a catégoriquement démenti.


                          • A shell Fired By Israel

                            Connecting the Dots in the New World Order: Israelis Firing White Phosphorus Shells Into Gaza


                            • GAZA, January 11, 2009 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers killed 10 Palestinian gunmen during clashes in the city of Gaza on Sunday, Palestinian medical officials said. The location of the fighting, on the southwest side of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip's biggest population centre, suggested Israel was intensifying a more than two-week-old offensive. Troops previously kept to the outskirts of Gazan urban areas.


                              • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, January 11, 2009 (AP) -- Israeli troops battled Palestinian gunmen in a suburb of Gaza City on Sunday morning as Israel's military inched closer to Gaza's population centers and residents braced for an expansion of the offensive.

                                The fighting in the Sheikh Ajleen neighborhood erupted before dawn and continued into the morning as Israeli infantrymen and tanks advanced toward Gaza City and its approximately 400,000 residents, Palestinian witnesses said. Hamas and the smaller militant group Islamic Jihad said they ambushed the Israelis in what appeared to be one of the fiercest land battles since Israel sent ground forces into the coastal territory on January 3.

                                At least 12 people were killed, Palestinian health officials said. How many were militants and how many civilians was not immediately known.

                                After dawn, Israeli troops were seen on the neighborhood's main street and in nearby orchards and fields.

                                "We are safe, but we don't know for how long," said Khamis Alawi, 44, who huddled with his wife and six children in their kitchen overnight. He said bullets riddled his walls and several came in through the windows.

                                Hamas militants launched a barrage of rockets at the Israeli city of Beersheba, causing damage but no casualties. Hamas has been hard-hit by the Israeli offensive, but continues to fire rockets from inside Palestinian residential areas, paralyzing much of southern Israel.

                                Open areas in northern Gaza from which militants once launched many of their rockets are now in Israeli hands.

                                Israeli warplanes bombed targets along the Egypt-Gaza frontier near the town of Rafah early Sunday, shattering windows at the border terminal. The area is riddled by tunnels used to smuggle weapons and supplies into Gaza, and has been repeatedly bombed throughout the Israeli offensive.

                                Israel dropped leaflets on Gaza on Saturday warning of a wider offensive.

                                "The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) is not working against the people of Gaza but against Hamas and the terrorists only," the leaflets said in Arabic. "Stay safe by following our orders."

                                Israeli defense officials say they are prepared for a third stage of their offensive, in which ground troops would push further into Gaza, but are waiting for approval from the government.

                                The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because military plans have not been made public, said the army also has a contingency plan for a fourth phase; the full reoccupation of Gaza and toppling of Hamas.

                                More than 30 Palestinians, many of them noncombatants, were killed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling on Saturday. At least 820 Palestinians, roughly half of them civilians, have died since the Israeli campaign was launched on December 27, according to Palestinian medical officials. Thirteen Israelis, 10 of them soldiers, have been killed.

                                Israel launched its campaign after years of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, and has said many of the Palestinian civilian casualties are due to Hamas using civilian areas as hiding places and staging grounds for attacks.

                                Palestinian witnesses said Israeli forces fired phosphorus shells at Khouza, a village near the border, setting a row of houses on fire. Hospital official Dr. Yusuf Abu Rish said a woman was killed and more than 100 injured, most suffering from gas inhalation and burns.

                                Israeli military spokesman Capt. Guy Spigelman denied the claims.

                                Israel has said a U.N. Security Council resolution passed Thursday calling for an immediate cease-fire is unworkable and Hamas, the Islamic group whose government controls Gaza but is not recognized internationally, complains that it was not consulted.

                                Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal made a fiery speech on Arab news channel Al-Jazeera, describing the Israeli assault as a "holocaust." Still, Hamas teams were in Cairo to discuss a cease-fire proposed by Egypt.

                                Struggling to keep peace efforts alive, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has urged Israel and Hamas to agree to a truce.

                                Israel wants a guarantee that any cease-fire would end Hamas rocket fire and weapons smuggling from Egypt. Hamas is demanding that Israel open Gaza's blockaded border crossings. Israel is unlikely to agree to that condition because it would hand Hamas a victory and allow the group to strengthen its hold on the territory it violently seized in June 2007.


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