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January 11, 2009

Summary of Israel-Gaza Conflict III

Filed under: Canada,Politics,World News — cyberwanderer @ 11:52 pm
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This is 3rd part of the series of summaries of the current Israel-Gaza conflict that I am trying to chronicle. Link to the first two parts: part 1, part 2.

I apologize if there are any typos and any aesthetic errors as I put this together quickly based on recollections of news I’ve heard and read during the course of several days.

Jan 5. fighting and rocket continued. With no journalist allowed into Gaza, there’s not much info available.

Jan 6. Israel tank fired at UN School in Gaza, where civilians were taking shelter, killing up to 40 Palestinian and injuring about a dozen.

Al Qaeda Zawahri taking advantage of Middle Eastern discontent urge retaliation against Israeli and Western target. He tried to link Obama to the current Israeli attack saying it’s Obama’s present to Palestinian before he take office.

Obama facing criticism from both pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian and U.S. media expressed concern but said Bush is still in charge and he would have a lot to say once he is sworned in.

Jan 8.
Israel killed UN truck aid driver resulting in UN cancellation of Aid delivery to Gaza.

Jan 9
Egyptians discontent seems to be growing following their government blockade of aids in the Egyptian-Gaza border. Egyptian preachers labeled Jews as prophet killer and their fiery speech also condemn U.S.

Jan 10
Israel drop flyers warning Gazans of escalated attack.

Hezbollah accuses Israel of firing rocket from the Lebanon side to create pretext for attacking Lebanon. Hezbollah think Israel would attack Hezbollah after declaring victory in Gaza.

Reuters reported that about 821 Palestinians have been killed so far, many are women and children. Ten Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians was also killed.

Hamas rockets continue to hit Israel as both Israel and Hamas ignore the call for ceasefire.

Protest against the war continued across the world as thousands stage rally.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted Gazan eye witness as saying advancing Israeli troops are dressing up as Hamas.

Jan 11
Larger crowd of protester against the Gaza war around the world with protest in New York turning violent. At least nine people were arrested and some police suffered serious injuries. CNN quoted one witnesses who reported that the violence started when one officer fell to the ground and the other police seems to panic and started “attacking young people”. Protesters claims they were maced, which police denied.

Efforts for peace talks seems to be fading as Israel and Hamas continued their attack with Israel Olmert claiming more rockets have been fired.

Israel reservist have now join the fight in Gaza.

Update Jan 12 12:00AM EST

Voice of America (VOA) reported that two Egyptian children and two police oficer were injured as Israeli bomb hit near Gaza-Egyptian border. At least 20 Palestinians were killed today alone, most of them civilians according to the VOA report.

/end of summary


Something is bothering me over the conduct of some “Liberal” supporter here in Canada. After Ignatieff’s stupid comment about withholding humanitarian aid until Hamas stop their rocket attack, his supporter seems to be trying to stifle free expression of opinions by dictating to the Liberal bloggers what Liberal’s official position is.  This has lead a distinguish Liberal blogger to resign. ACreativerRevolution blog critical of the conduct of some “Liberals” is also getting lots of hits.

It pains me to see hatred and divisiveness propagating in the world because of this more than a decade old human created conflict. The time we join together in condemning those who starts war and support the suffering civilians will be a time when this world will finally see an end to wars. As it is right now, people so easily fall and take one side of the conflict and tolerate civilian casualties as just collateral.

I think Albert Einstein quote is very appropriate:

Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

– Albert Einstein



  1. amen.

    Comment by James Curran — January 12, 2009 @ 12:50 am | Reply

  2. Mercy Corps Mercy Corps, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization is actively trying to help Gazans affected by the recent violence. Today, they delivered a truckload of rice and other food staples for 2,000 hungry Gazans. We plan to distribute blankets, mattresses, pillows and powdered milk to 100 families displaced to UN refugee camps in Jabaliya and Rafah during tomorrow’s afternoon cease-fire.
    Your donation to our Gaza Crisis Fund will help us secure humanitarian relief items for besieged families Mercy Corps’ Gaza Crisis Fund.
    You can also sign our petition:

    Comment by Wendy Werling — January 12, 2009 @ 4:53 pm | Reply


    “Oh, God! I have never seen such a terrible scene,” cried Kayed Abu Aukal.

    The emergency doctor could not believe himself seeing the remains of what was days back Shahd, a full-fleshed 4-year-old Palestinian girl.
    She died when an Israeli shell was fired at the backyard of her home in the Jabalya refugee camp northern Gaza strip, where she was playing.
    When her parents attempted to rush to the rescue of their kid, who fell to the ground amid a pool of her blood, rains of Israeli bullets kept them a distance.

    For the next five days Shahd’s which was left lying in the open left for dogs to tear out.
    “The dogs did leave one single part of the poor baby’s body intact,” said a tearful Abu Aukal.

    “We have seen heart-breaking scenes over the past 18 days. We picked up children whose bodies were torn or burnt, but nothing like this.”

    For five days Shahd’s brother, Matar, and cousin, Mohamed, tried in vain to reach her body. They were fired at by the Israeli occupation forces every time.
    Seeing the body of the little angel torn to piece by the assaulting dogs, the two made one final attempt, and it was their last.
    They were showered by Israeli bullets before they could reach Shahd’s body, joining a long list of more than 920 Palestinians killed by Israel since December 27.


    Omran Zayda, a young neighbor, said the Israelis knew very well what they were doing.
    “They chased her family and prevented them from reaching to her body, knowing that the dogs would eat it,” he said.
    “They are not just killing our children, they are intentionally doing so in the most heinous and inhuman ways.”
    Zayda said words, and even cameras, can not describe the horrific scene.
    “You can never imagine what the dogs have done to her innocent body,” he said, fighting back his tears.

    Many Palestinians insist Shahd was not the first or only such case.
    In Jabalya, when Abd Rabu’s family was trying to bury three of its dead, the Israeli forces started firing at them, witnesses said.
    They then released their dogs at the bodies, deserted by mourners who sought shelter from the Israeli gunfire, they added.
    “What happened was awful and unthinkable,” Saad Abd Rabu, the deceased uncle, told IOL.
    “Our sons died before our eyes and we were even prevented from burying them,” he cried.
    “The Israelis just released their dogs at their bodies, as even they have not done enough.”

    (Gaza City –


    God’s chosen IsraeHell planning the slaughter of Lebanese (2006) and Palestinian again & again (2009).

    “It is permissible for Israel defense force to attack in the course of warfare a civilian population that is ostensibly innocent of wrongdoing. The law of Torah is to have no mercy upon them and save our civillians and our soldiers, and this is the true morality of the Torah of israel…”
    (Rabbi Dov Lior, Chairman of the Council of Rabbis of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, in “Settler Rabbi; Killing Civillians Permitted”, Forward, New York, 28th May 28 2004, p,,5)

    “And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them…” (Deuteronomy 7 : 16)

    “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail”.
    (Israeli Rabbi Yacoov Perrin (Daily News, New York, 28th February 1994, p,6)

    “Killing Palestinian is comand of God, don’t let anyone breathe, although man or woman, old man or children, human or animal, kill them all…!!!”
    (Deuteronomy 20:16-17 | Joshua 6:21 | Joshua : 10:28)

    Comment by single_fighter — January 24, 2009 @ 11:18 am | Reply

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