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News :: Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Demonstrators Demand and End to Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
13 Jul 2006
Demonstrators gathered outside the Israel Consul General’s office in Boston on Wednesday, July 12th to demand and end to the Israeli military siege of the Gaza Strip.

The Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights was joined by representatives from numerous religious organizations, civil rights groups and social justice groups including Jewish Voices for Peace.
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Demonstrators Demand and End to Israeli War Crimes in Gaza (Photo Essay)
The protest was organized by the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights (BCPR) in response to recent Israeli artillery and air strikes in the occupied territories that have killed dozens of Palestinian civilians. Specifically the rally addressed the deliberate destruction of the Gaza’s electricity power station, water networks, bridges, roads and infrastructure.

BCPR said in a statement that, “With the destruction of electricity and water supplies, a humanitarian crisis of huge proportions is impending. We must break the silence that is allowing Israel to operate with total impunity against the 1.4 million people who live in the Gaza Strip, half of whom are under the age of 14 years old.”

Most of the signs and banners called for an “End to Israel’s War Crimes” and an “End to Collective Punishment in Gaza”.

Attending the event were approximately one hundred supporters of Palestinian rights. On the opposite corners of the intersection, in fewer numbers, supporters of Israel’s actions gathered to hold a counter demonstration. Both groups held their ground for a about an hour even as it started to rain heavily.

On June 30, Amnesty International declared, “Deliberate attacks by Israeli forces against civilian property and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip violate international humanitarian law and constitute war crimes.”

Read the full Amnesty International press release here:
http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE150612006
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23 Killed in Gaza; Highest 1-Day Palestinian Toll Since Sept. ‘04
13 Jul 2006
(Israel's) bombing of Lebanon has not slowed Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip. Israeli strikes killed at least twenty-three Palestinians Wednesday. It was the highest single-day Palestinian death toll in nearly two years. Earlier today, an Israeli plane bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry in Gaza, severely damaging the building and surrounding homes. A Palestinian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Israel is carrying out “organized terrorism.” Meanwhile, the death toll in the bombing of a Gaza home early Wednesday rose to at least eighteen, including a mother and her five children. Five Qassam rockets fired by Palestinians in Gaza landed on Israeli territory, causing no injuries or casualties.

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From DemocracyNow.org July 13th 2006
also from the NYTimes
13 Jul 2006
JERUSALEM, July 13 — Israel imposed a full naval blockade on Lebanon and put Beirut International Airport out of commission today as the Shia militant group Hezbollah fired rockets deep into northern Israel, with two rockets hitting the port of Haifa.

The European Union today criticized Israel for “the disproportionate use of force” in Lebanon “in response to attacks by Hezbollah on Israel,” according to a statement issued by the current Finnish presidency. It said that “the imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon cannot be justified.”

President Bush, in remarks in Germany, said that “Israel has the right to defend herself,” but he also called for care, warning Israel not to weaken the government in Lebanon.

The Lebanese government, which has said that it had nothing to do with the raid by Hezbollah, called for a cease-fire, saying that all means should be used to end “open aggression” against the country.

But Israeli officials said there would be a long campaign to restore the country’s security both along its southern border with Gaza and its northern one with Lebanon. The Israelis want to restore their military credibility with the Palestinian militants and Hamas government in Gaza and with Hezbollah, and say they intend to make the current campaign painful on both sets of antagonists.

A senior Israeli foreign ministry official, Gideon Meir, told reporters on today that Israel has “concrete evidence that Hezbollah plans to transfer the kidnapped soldiers to Iran,” but he gave no specifics or source for the claim. “As a result,” Mr. Meir said, “Israel views Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran as the main players in the axis of terror and hate that endangers not only Israel, but the entire world.”
US & Isreal
13 Jul 2006
U.S. vetoes UN resolution condemning IDF incursion into Gaza (Reuters)
History in the Making
14 Jul 2006
It's not every day you get to watch the start of World War III.

What's Israel's real motivation? Ask yourself:

IF Israel and the U.S. were about to attack Iran or Syria, would Israel keep all its military hardware in Israel (inside the Green Line), where it would be an easier target for counterattack, or would it find (or manufacture) excuses to move its weapons into the occupied territories and Lebanon, where
Palestinians and Muslims would be de facto human shields?

IF Israel and the U.S. were about to attack Iran or Syria, wouldn't the most strategic location for Israel's ground forces be in the occupied territories, adjacent to many Muslim countries that might be tempted to come to Iran's aid (Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia)?

While you're pondering these questions, consider-

-The invasion of Gaza was planned months ago
-Yesterday's invasion of Lebanon
-Israel's blaming Syria and Iran for events in Lebanon
-The US and Israel now blaming Iran and Syria for what happens in Gaza and Beirut
-The US statement weeks ago that "Iran has weeks not months"
-The joint US-Israeli statement that Israel and the US agree on the same timetable for Iran
-That the US naval attack groups reported steaming to the Middle East weeks ago must be there by now
-The very fortunate timing for the US and Israel that Iran is right now being referred to the UN Security Council
-Israel's recent unprovoked overflights of Syria's Presidential palace
-The recent conclusion of the US's largest continuity of government exercise ever
-The many high-level meetings between US and Iraqi officials, and US and Israeli officials
-The Israeli Ambassador to the US issued a statement today that Israel may strike Iran over Gaza and Lebanon

And it wouldn't be a World War without Russia's participation:
http://www.khouse.org/enews_article/2006/1087/print/

I hope all the insane, fanatical failures we call leaders step back from the brink.