Olmert and Hamas Declare Victory, Gazan People Lose Going Into Israel’s Feb. 10 Elections

Posted: 19 January 2009 by Editors in International Affairs, Palestine-Israel
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Israel halts Gaza op as leaders look to score political points after Gazans die and are left with a living hell.

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and Hamas leader/Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh have declared victory in Israel’s war on Gaza.

While leaders [sic] thrust their chests, over 1,300 Gazans died, and many others face “shattered lives”. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says children “paying the price” (watch):

More than 300 children have been killed and hundreds more wounded in Israel’s aerial and ground assault, Ann Veneman, Unicef’s executive director, said in a statement released on Wednesday.

She said: “Each day more children are being hurt, their small bodies wounded, their young lives shattered. This is tragic. This is unacceptable.

“They are bearing the brunt of a conflict which is not theirs.

“As fighting reaches the heart of heavily populated urban areas, the impact of lethal weapons will carry an even heavier toll on children.”

“The crisis in Gaza is singular in that children and their families have nowhere to escape, no refuge. The very thought of being trapped in a closed area is disturbing for adults in peace times,” she said.

“What then goes through the mind of a child who is trapped in such relentless violence?”

“I saw the soldier standing next to the shop. I looked for my mum and then he shot me. One bullet him my hand and the other went through my back and out through my stomach,” Samar, a young girl, told Al Jazeera while recovering from her wounds at a Gaza hospital.”

Amal, another young girl, wailed: “We have nothing to do with this, we don’t fire rockets, we don’t know what this war is about.”

More than 40,000 pregnant women and their unborn children were also believed to be at risk because Gaza’s overwhelmed hospitals were unable to take them in.

Dr Walid Sarhan, a Jordanian psychiatrist, said that if nothing is done to help traumatised children Gaza would begin to see advanced cases of psychiatric problems.

“The main one would be post-traumatic stress disorder, which is expected to rise 60 or 70 per cent among children,” he said.

“Also they will have behavioural and emotional problems. They will have difficulties returning to school, going on to achieve in school, and this will not be in small numbers.”

It’s difficult for the Israeli TerrorState to call the death of children accidental coincidences while striking strategic targets from the air when children are found with bullets in their heads.

Israel is looking to control the reconstruction of Gaza, but how do you heal the deliberate targeting of civilians told to stay in their homes before being killed by Israeli strikes (2:49):

Gazans lucky to survive returned to rubble where their homes once were (1:59):

Israeli political parties with their leaders involved in the execution and/or PR operation of the Gaza Massacre are all looking to “cash in” on Israel’s State Terror and will have celebratory champagne balls on election night in a couple of weeks, not wanting you to know why (10:56):

Ha’aretz – “The IDF Has No Mercy for the Children in Gaza Nursery Schools” by Gideon Levy:

“This war is also child’s play because of its victims. About a third of those killed in Gaza have been children – 311, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 270 according to the B’Tselem human rights group – out of the 1,000 total killed as of Wednesday. Around 1,550 of the 4,500 wounded have also been children according to figures from the UN, which says the number of children killed has tripled since the ground operation began.

“This is too large a proportion by any humanitarian or ethical standard.

“It is enough to look at the pictures coming from Shifa Hospital to see how many burned, bleeding and dying children now lie there. History has seen innumerable brutal wars take countless lives.

“But the horrifying proportion of this war, a third of the dead being children, has not been seen in recent memory….

“The public’s shocking indifference to these figures is incomprehensible. A thousand propagandists and apologists cannot excuse this criminal killing. One can blame Hamas for the death of children, but no reasonable person in the world will buy these ludicrous, flawed propagandistic goods in light of the pictures and statistics coming from Gaza.

“One can say Hamas hides among the civilian population, as if the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv is not located in the heart of a civilian population, as if there are places in Gaza that are not in the heart of a civilian population. One can also claim that Hamas uses children as human shields, as if in the past our own organizations fighting to establish a country did not recruit children.

“A significant majority of the children killed in Gaza did not die because they were used as human shields or because they worked for Hamas. They were killed because the IDF bombed, shelled or fired at them, their families or their apartment buildings. That is why the blood of Gaza’s children is on our hands, not on Hamas’ hands, and we will never be able to escape that responsibility.

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