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Dispatch: I've been to Gaza before, but it has never been like this

IN THE GAZA STRIP — This is not my first time in Gaza, but it is my first time here during a military operation. It is disorienting. The distances are so close.

The Gaza militants lob rockets from palm groves and melon fields as you’re driving by. “Oh, look, another one,” you think. You get out of the car, take an iPhone photo of the vapor trail and start counting — one Mississippi, two Mississippi — as you would for lightning, followed by a thunder clap, to gauge distance. But in this case you’re counting to hear whether the rocket is intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome (kind of a puff sound, with white smoke) or lands just over the Gaza border in Sderot (more of a concussion) or is far, far away and cannot be heard.

Then our police scanner crackles, and my Palestinian fixer, Islam Abdul-Kareem, tells me, “Sirens in Jerusalem.” I phone my wife at our home there, and she says, “Yeah, we just heard two big booms.”

It is all very intimate. We visited a house in the refugee camp of Maghazi that had been hit by an Israeli air strike a few hours earlier. While I was interviewing the Nawasrah family members who survived, one of the cousins opened up a plastic bag and handed me a little finger.

I didn’t flip out, only because it was the second time that day someone had shown me something like this. After the airstrikes, the Palestinians collect the dead from the debris, and sometimes the dead are no longer whole, so they gather what they can for burial. Like a finger tip.

Are the Nawasrah family members terrorists? I honestly don’t know. We always ask, “Are you resistance? Are you Hamas?” They usually say no. But sometimes a neighbor, or someone in the crowd, will tell us that the fellow who lived in the house was maybe a Hamas operative.

It is a very aural military operation, too. There are many whooshes, kabooms, window rattlings and thuds you can feel in your teeth. But mostly there is a constant whine, like mosquitoes in a small room. These are the Israeli drones.

Little kids are expert at recognizing the sounds. I didn’t believe this at first, but it is true. In Beit Hanoun, we were gathered with a crowd of gawkers, all of us staring at a house down the lane that had been hit by a small, non-lethal missile, what Israeli military calls “the knock on the door” that signals to the occupants to get out. We all had our mobile phones out, ready to snap a picture once the house was destroyed by a serious missile.

Suddenly, behind us, maybe a kilometer away, we heard a rushing galloping sound: Vvippps! My shoulders shot up to my ears.

Rocket. Outgoing. Close. A child told me: “Grad.” I wrote it down in my notebook. He was probably about 8.

One afternoon, we were talking to a gathering of middle-aged men who were sitting out the battle and the heat, fasting during the day because it is Ramadan (and so nobody is smoking, eating or drinking during daylight). I asked them if they thought the war, or whatever one calls this, would go on long.

“Who cares?” answered Abu Ahmed, 46, an out-of-work construction worker. I asked what he meant. “We lived in hell before, we will live in hell again,” he said. The sleepy guys on the stoop just nodded in the heat.

Yup. Hell.

Gaza is a young place. Usually there are children everywhere underfoot. But not so much now. During the day, you see men in the mosques and in the markets, but very few women. They are all cooped up at home in their airless apartments, waiting for the six daily hours of electricity to turn the fans.

A colleague in Washington asked me what the Palestinians do during an air strike. Do they run to the bomb shelters? I think about this. It is not a dumb question. There aren’t any shelters or sirens. The Palestinians don’t really do anything. When they run around is afterward.

© 2014, The Washington Post

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Danny Lee Gibson

And it should continue until Abbas and his cronies are dead! Way too many times it has come to this point — only for both sides to stop — this allows Hamas time to get more money — more rockets — etc etc and start the entire process all over —- well this time may be different — we will see —

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Facts Sheet

–No More—-No More—–No More.
Can you imagine that while England was bombarded by the Nazi V rockets and innocent civilians murdered in cool blood across Europe, the family members of Hitler and Himmler where treated in English hospitals and returned to Nazi Germany?
You cannot imagine this?
Why Not?

Family members of Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmood Abbass are treated in Israeli hospiltas>
1: The granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was transferred to an Israeli hospital for treatment, sources in the Gaza Strip confirmed.
Google search: Middle-East/Israeli-hospital-treats-Hamas-PM-Haniyehs-granddaughter-332193
2: The wife of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has been treated in an Israeli hospital.
Google search: palestinian-presidents-wife-treated-israel-hospital-173726192
3: The mother-in-law of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is in Israel for medical treatment.
Google search: therepublic view/story/cde5122f916145aaab6388ca7e00f559/ML–Israel-Haniyeh
The similarities and differences between Nazi and Hamas.
**The Nazi wanted only to replace governments to semi Nazi governments. (And exterminate the Jews).
**The Hamas charter (a branch of Muslim brotherhood) wants to exterminate the Jews (and impose Islamism all over).
Their vision of the future world is:
“”quite and peace for Christians and Jews is possible only under Islam wings”‘

—Muslim brotherhood leader speech delivered in Cairo:
“” Hitler didn’t finish the job””
“”The Muslim brotherhood will finish the job”
The international hypocrites demand from the defending Israel to accept to be targeted
by Arabs(Hamas) and Islamist Iranian(Hezbollah) terrorists rockets as has been for the last 8 years.
We – the Israelis are saying “” NO MORE””
We demand our government to furfill its duty to protect us>
Put an end forever to the vicious last 8 years rocket attacks.

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Sean Davis

The occupation of Palestine is apartheid, plain and simple, and is a clear violation of international law. The bombing of the civilian population of Gaza is a war crime as defined by the Geneva Convention. Israel is not attacking Hamas, they are precision bombing civilians in mosques and hospitals to terrorize the population.
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai has said:
“We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water.”
Destroying civilian infrastructure is – of course – a war crime under the Geneva Convention.

The following are also war crimes under the Geneva Convention:

The indiscriminate or disproportionate use of force
Collective punishment for the acts of a few
Targeting civilians

So far, close to 170 Palestinians have been killed, among them 36 children and 24 women. And among the 1,232 injured, there are 346 children and 256 women. So, 50 percent of the injured are women and children. Now, this tells you that these attacks are not targeting the militarists in Palestine, in Gaza. These attacks are targeting the whole population in order to intimidate them and to force them to give up their resistance.

Any quick search on the websites of Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International will yield some grizzly data on Israeli human rights abuses.

Furthermore, a Palestinian rocket is a crude and simple device that could be made in a high school metalshop. They lack guidance systems and are a primitive weapon at best, and are obviously ineffective at hitting a target and are hardly a real threat when compared to the technological might of the Israeli military.

To equate Hamas with the Nazi’s is a low and obvious blow, and to say that Israel is kind and just for treating Palestinians in their hospitals is simply offensive as Israel blows up Gaza hospitals with precision airstrikes and blockades medical supplies.

An occupying force is bound by international law to protect the population that it controls, not bomb women and children to oblivion. Shame on you.

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wow. i didnt know israles were such terrosist. live and learn.

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