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20 Mar 2009

The following is an excerpt of the transcript of a program held in February at the Yitzhak Rabin pre-military preparatory program convened at Oranim Academic College in Kiryat Tivon. Danny Zamir, the founder of the program, invited former graduates who served in the Gaza offensive to discuss their experiences there. The names of the soldiers were changed by the transcribers.

Danny Zamir: “I don’t intend for us to evaluate the achievements and the diplomatic-political significance of Operation Cast Lead this evening, nor need we deal with the systemic military aspect [of it]. However, discussion is necessary because this was, all told, an exceptional war action in terms of the history of the IDF, which has set new limits for … Continue reading

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20 Mar 2009

By Amos Harel, Ha’aretz

During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, say soldiers who fought in the offensive.

The soldiers are graduates of the Yitzhak Rabin pre-military preparatory course at Oranim Academic College in Tivon. Some of their statements made on Feb. 13 will appear Thursday and Friday in Haaretz. Dozens of graduates of the course who took part in the discussion fought in the Gaza operation.

The speakers included combat pilots and infantry soldiers. Their testimony runs counter to the Israel Defense Forces’ claims that Israeli troops observed a high level of moral behavior during the operation. The session’s transcript was published this week in the newsletter … Continue reading

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7 Feb 2009

On January 21, 2009, it was reported that:

9 people have gained entry to the ITT/EDO MBM arms factory in Brighton, where they are believed to have caused extensive damage to the offices, and to industrial tooling used to make arms.

The factory produces weapons components including the ‘zero retention force arming units’ and ‘ejector release unit 151′ which the Smash EDO/ITT campaign says are supplied to the Israeli Air Force. In a phone call from inside the factory the ‘decommisioners’ said they were acting in solidarity with the people of Gaza, who have recently been on the receiving end of the factories products.

According to reports in the national media, the action may have the effect of shutting down the factory for … Continue reading

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4 Feb 2009

By Nasser Lahham on Maan News

Every few years, for the last sixty-one, another war is foisted on the Arabs, on the Palestinians. Beginning with Haifa and Akka in 1948, on the Palestinians alongside Egypt in 1956, with the Jordanians, Syrians and Egyptians in 1967, then again in 1973, 1981, 1983, 2002, 2006 and now in 2008-9 in Gaza.

Arab leaders approach every war without a unified defense or attack strategy. Civilians become victims of every war, rather than those it was ostensibly waged against, and during every war their suffering becomes more all-encompassing. The wars, beyond their occupation of Palestine, serve to divide and perpetuate disagreement and make life unbearable.

The same has been true for Gaza. Before the dead were … Continue reading

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22 Jan 2009

The daily demonstrations in solidarity with the people of Gaza continue across Palestine. These pictures from January 19 show around 200 women and children demonstrating in Betlehem. This rally took place outside the UNRWA Relief Office on the busy Hebron Road/Beit Jalla Road junction where it caused modest traffic disruption. Demonstrations like this have been taking place on a daily basis across the West Bank since the conflict began four weeks ago.

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19 Jan 2009

Contributed by Aharon, a former volunteer with PSP

As I sit here in my comfortable nook at my local independent coffee shop, sipping Nicaraguan blend, innocent men, women, and children are being systematically cleansed in a part of the world very dear to me. 1,200 Palestinians have been slaughtered by Israeli Destruction Forces since Israel’s offensive in Gaza began on 27 December, more than half of them civilians. More than half of them civilians. More than half of them civilians. 5,200 have been injured, and an estimated 90,000 have fled their homes. Yet, with Gaza being half the size of my beloved city of San Francisco, and having twice the population, an estimated 1.5 million, fleeing … Continue reading

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19 Jan 2009

The story of the Sammouni family in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City has brought widespread condemnation of the Israeli Occupation Forces’ methods and calls for an investigation into possible war crimes. The family was ordered by Israeli soldiers to move into a single compound “for their safety”. The morning after being moved, the building was shelled multiple times. Paramedics were then refused access to the area for days as children sat without food or water, surrounded by the bodies of their dead mothers and fathers. The International Red Cross said that Israeli forces were nearby and must have known that there … Continue reading

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19 Jan 2009

From IRIN, News service from the UN-OCHA

TEL AVIV, 19 January 2009 (IRIN) – As relative calm settles over Gaza for the first time in three weeks following the Israeli ceasefire, the scale of the humanitarian crisis is becoming evident. Some 100 bodies have been discovered in areas that were previously inaccessible.

The grim discovery brings the Gaza death toll since the Israeli offensive began on 27 December 2008 to over 1,300, according to officials of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) – and that number is expected to rise. Over 5,400 have been wounded.

Israel has tightly controlled information during its military operation, not allowing foreign correspondents into the Strip, although some Israeli media were allowed in briefly – but under … Continue reading

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19 Jan 2009

From Maan News Agency

The embers of Tel Al-Hawa continue to burn. The smoke from the fire and concrete dust cloud the air, and carry the thick smell of burning and rotting bodies.

This street, up until Thursday was one of the most luxurious streets in Gaza City, built by the Palestinian Authority in the late 1990s.

Rather than flowers, glittering glass and stone a walk through Tel Al-Hawa two days after the Israeli invasion into the area, burnt cars with burned bodies, half demolished apartment towers and torn up roads are what greet passersby. The hospital is where most residents call home now.

Ma’an visited the destroyed neighborhood, and asked about the burned car at the main street’s entrance. A former … Continue reading

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18 Jan 2009

From Ma’an News Agency ( January 18, 2009:

Gaza – Ma’an – A Gazan farmer is dead and his son injured by Israeli fire less than ten hours after Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza Strip Sunday morning, medical sources confirmed.

The farmer was identified as 24-year-old Abd As-Samad Abu Rejlieh, who was shot as he went out to his lands to inspect the damage from the 22-day Israeli incursion.

Israeli fire also hit a mother and her daughter in their home in the northern Strip town of Beit Hanoun, both were injured.

Since the ceasefire went into effect at 2am Sunday morning, one is dead and several injured. Medical crews continue to dig bodies out of Gaza rubble. … Continue reading