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Israeli assault on Gaza threatens wider Middle East conflagration
by wsws (reposted)
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 6:16 AM
With each day that passes, Israel’s attempt to justify military aggression as a response to the capture of an Israeli soldier becomes less credible. Tel Aviv has signaled not only its intention to bring down the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (PA), but also its readiness to inflict massive destruction to Gaza’s infrastructure and heavy civilian casualties in order to do so.
Already its assault has involved military raids in the West Bank to seize top Palestinian politicians and lawmakers and a provocative flight by four Israeli fighter planes over the summer palace of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Assad was in residence. An Army spokeswoman said the flyover was intended as a warning “because the Syrian leadership supports and harbours terrorist leaders, among them Hamas, the kidnappers of the soldier.”

Israel claims that the raid that led to Corporal Gilad Shalit’s capture was masterminded by Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal, who is exiled in Damascus. The government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has threatened Meshaal’s assassination.

Such an action would be tantamount to a declaration of war against Syria. This would dovetail with the ongoing efforts by Washington to undermine Assad’s regime and, together with the attacks on the Occupied Territories, ratchet up tensions between the US, Israel and Iran. Israel has made repeated threats of a military strike against Iran since September last year.

There is support for such an option amongst hard-line neo-conservatives in Washington, who have long insisted that only a broader military offensive targeting Iran and possibly Syria can extricate the US from the quagmire in Iraq and succeed in establishing America’s undisputed hegemony over the Middle East and its oil supplies.

The US administration likely signed off on an Israeli offensive in Gaza when President Bush met with Olmert at the White House in late May, in what was described as a “strategy session” dealing with the Palestinian Authority, Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions and the US occupation of Iraq.

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by Hope Iran gets 'em
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 6:42 AM
Hope Iran gets 'em.
by Not Neely
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 8:33 AM
Zionism = Racism
by Not a deluded Hamas appologist
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 11:37 AM
Pro-Peace=Pro-Israel. The usual Israel bashers here are now just deluded Hamas appologists
by anti-israel lunacy
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 1:15 PM
"Hope Iran gets 'em."

This proves they think nothing of sacrificing the Palis on the alter of obliterating Israel.


by Understandable
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 1:24 PM
Hopefully it doesn't have to come to that...
by Thats not why
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 1:36 PM
No, these same people have always been like that. They are angry that Jews have asserted their rights to national self determination like any other people. It has nothing to do with Israel's actions or polices. Whatever Israel did, these people would condemn it for the above reason.
by YAWN
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 2:13 PM
Oh, the whiny viiiiictuuuum role again.
It's funny that people still try to play this abused card when Israel gets billiosn in US welfare/handouts and has a supreme military/nuke poiwer in the region. LOL
by marc
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 2:48 PM
slice it either way, with their latest bombings of the power plant, the raelis are placing themselves in the same class as natural disasters like katrina or war crimes like the starvation of the warsaw ghetto.

to claim that raelis are the victims of the palestinians is tantamount to claiming that the ss was victimized by the heroic jews of the warsaw ghetto or the national guard was being victimized by drowning new orlenians.

the two state solution is over, only a one state secular democratic with full civil rights for all irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion or lack thereof enshrined into basic law.
by hokum abounds
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 6:25 PM
Katrina:New Orleans::Israel:Gaza

Marc, your wild hyperbole and ridiculous comparisons (including to natural disasters) discredits every point you're trying to hamer across. For all you're concerned Israel can always do wrong and be wrong, and no concessions - land or otherwose - it makes even matter a bit. You deem all the Israelis as legitimate targets for murder. The comparison to the SS is nonsensical and offensive in the most. You don't understand that by electing Hamas to power, most Palestinians have soundly rejected a one state secular democratic with full civil rights for all irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion or lack thereof enshrined into basic law. You aren't aware of the facts on the ground. You should learn for a change to stop pointing your finger at the Israelis alone as if this is all black and white.
by Real "facts on the ground"
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 6:52 PM
The "facts on the ground" talking point is booooring....Yawn
The real facts on the ground is that Israel is imitating the Nazis.
They deserve to have that IDF kid who the 'claim' to care so much about thrown at them in pieces...
by Its not going to work in Palestine
Friday Jun 30th, 2006 8:14 PM

the two state solution is over, only a one state secular democratic with full civil rights for all irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion or lack thereof enshrined into basic law.


Yeah, but the Palestinins chose Hamas- they aren't interested in a one state secular democracy with full civil rights for all. Unless you plan on sending in AMerican tanks to re-inforce that concept- but look how well thats working in Iraq.

I think we need to face some facts. Secular democracies, while seemingly ideal to us, just don't interest much of the world. Perhaps over time they will...but this doesn't seem like something we can impose on the world
by a short one
Monday Jul 3rd, 2006 11:41 AM
From palestine-info.co.uk

Zionist Terrorism
Zionist terrorism directed against individuals (Assassinations)




Zionist Assassination Operations:

Zionist terrorist operations directed against Palestinians have not been restricted to the massacres which have taken place at the expense of the Palestinian people. Rather, the Zionist Mosad forces have pursued individuals within the occupied territories, throughout the Arab world, and beyond. What follows is a list of the Palestinian figures who have been assassinated by Zionist terrorist organs.



Ghassan Kanafani: a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was killed in Beirut on July 8, 1972 in a car explosion.
Wa'il Adil Zu'aytir: a representative of the Fatah movement in Italy who was killed in Rome on October 17, 1972.


Dr. Mahmoud al-Hamshari: spokesman for the Palestinian cause in Europe and representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Paris. On December 8, 1977 his home telephone exploded as a result of a time bomb planted inside it. He was seriously wounded and taken to hospital, and died on January 9, 1978.


Husayn Ali Abul-Khamir: a representative of the PLO in Cyprus who was assassinated in Cyprus on January 25, 1973.
Basil Ra'ouf al-Qaysi: a leading member of the Popular Front who was killed in Paris on April 6, 1973.
Husain Abbad al-Shir: A major liaison between the PLO and Russian intelligence agencies, who was killed in Cyprus in 1973.


Mahmoud Abu Diya: an Algerian citizen and a leader of the PLO who was assassinated in Paris on June 28, 1973.
Ahmad Boushiki: a Moroccan citizen who was assassinated by mistake, the intended victim being Hasan Salama, in Oslo (Norway) on July 21, 1973.


Kamal Nasir: having served as Public Relations official for the Fatah movement in 1969 and as a member of the executive council [of the PLO] and official spokesman for the same in 1970, he was killed in Beirut on April 10, 1974.


Kamal Udwan: the primary official behind operations within the occupied territories and a member of the central committee [of Fatah], he was assassinated on April 10, 1994.


Muhammad Yousif al-Najjar: a member of the central committee of Fatah and responsible for organizing "Black September" within the framework of Fatah's work, who was assassinated in Beirut on April 10, 1974.


Abu Husam: a Fatah leader who was killed in Beirut in 1974.


Mahmoud Walad Salih: a Palestinian leader who was killed in Paris on February 2, 1977.


Ibrahim Abd al-Aziz: a Fatah leader who was killed in Paris on December 15, 1979.


Samir Tuqan: a member of the PLO office in Cyprus who was killed in Cyprus on December 15, 1979.


Ali Hasan Salama: a member of the revolutionary council of the Fatah movement, leader of the "17" forces and head of the Presidential Security Apparatus, who was killed when his car exploded in Beirut in 1979.


Zuhair Muhsin: a leader of the "Lightning Bolt" organization and member of the executive committee of the PLO who was killed in Cannes, France on July 26, 1979.


Yousif Mubarak: owner of the Arab Bookstore in Paris who was killed on February 18, 1980.


Majid Abu Shirar: News and Information Coordinator and member of the central committee of the Fatah movement, who was killed in Rome on October 9, 1981.


Na'im Khadar: a PLO representative in Belgium who was killed in Brussels in 1981.


Dr. Abd al-Wahhab al-Kayali: a member of the PLO executive council and of the Palestine National Council, who was killed in Beirut on December 7, 1981.


Muhammad Taha: a security officer in the Fatah movement who was killed in Germany in 1982.


Kamal Hasan Abu Dalu: Vice-President of the PLO Office in Rome, who was killed in Rome on June 17, 1982.


Nazih Matar: killed with Kamal Abu Dalu.


Fadhl Sa'ad Anani: Vice-Director of the PLO Office in Paris, who was killed in Paris on July 23, 1982.


Ma'moun Muraish al-Seghyer: an assistant to Abu Jihad assigned to direct the External Operations Dept. of the Fatah movement, who was killed in Athens on August 20, 1983.


Jamil Abd al-Qadir Abul-Rabb: director of the Sea Navigation Company in Greece, who was killed in Athens on December 22, 1983.


Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad): a prominent leader of the Fatah movement of the PLO, who was killed in Tunis in 1988.


Nasir Sulouha: an active member of the Hamas movement who was killed in Gaza on June 23, 1994.


Hani Abid: a leader of the Islamic Jihad movement who was killed in Khan Younis on November 2, 1994 when his booby-trapped car exploded.


Ibrahim Yaghi: a military official in the Hamas movement who was killed outside his home in Jericho on December 22, 1994.


Kamal Kuhail: a leader of the military apparatus of the Hamas movement who was killed in Gaza on April 2, 1995 as a result of a bomb planted in the apartment in which he was present.


Sa'id al-Da'as: killed with Kamal Kuhail.


Hatim Hasan: killed with Kamal Kuhail.


Bilal Sa'id al-Da'as: killed with Kamal Kuhail.


Mahmoud al-Khawaja: an activist in the Islamic Jihad movement who was killed in the Gaza Strip on June 22, 1995.


Ibrahim al-Naqqar: an activist in the military apparatus of the Islamic Jihad movement who was killed on September 12, 1995 when an explosive planted in his Gaza home exploded.


Fathi al-Shaqaqi: Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad movement, who was killed in Malta on October 26, 1995.


Yahya Ayyash: one of the most prominent military leaders of the Hamas movement, who was killed on January 3, 1996 in the Gaza Strip when his booby-trapped cellular telephone exploded.

by Gaius Baltar
Tuesday Jul 4th, 2006 7:18 PM
What the Israelis hear:
<i>“Israel and the Palestinians must continue to work together to eradicate the violence which plagues the peace process. Israel has taken great strides in releasing Palestinian prisoners. Death and destruction is pointless to all. Jews and Christians and Muslims who long to live for two states, Israel and Palestine, will benefit from the peace process, as will the world."</i>

What the Palestinians hear:
<i>Blah blah <b>the Palestinians must continue to</b> blah blah blah <b>eradicate</b> blah blah blah blah blah blah blah <b>Israel</b> blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah <b>Death</b> blah blah blah blah <b>to all Jews and Christians</b> blah blah blah <b>long</b> blah <b>live</b> blah blah blah blah blah <b>Palestine</b> blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.</i>
by Steve
Wednesday Jul 5th, 2006 6:59 PM
Why do the people supporting the human rights violators (Israel) never seem to make an argument?
I stumbled upon this site and have been checking it out for a few days. It seems that they just want to disrupt a place where they are not welcome.
I agree with another reader who basically asked what are they afraid of?