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In an area where 16 hour blackouts are commonplace over the last 18 months as an Israeli political ploy, Gazans conduct mass funerals and even more are without electricity, medical supplies, and water due to Israel blockades on necessary UN aid and the destruction of trade routes. No food and gas are additions to the inhumane conditions in which the Gazans are forced to live.

In the midst of this horror created by the Israeli TerrorState, the TerrorState is working overtime to create Newspeak for the masses in their election season and prime minister candidate, Bibi Netanyahu, doesn’t want to be left out of his opponent, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s, free advertising:

‘There are those who are counting bodies and at the same time counting Knesset seats,” Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al) said. “Bodies for votes – this is done primarily by the Labor Party.”

Fortunately, there is still some dignity in the press. Haaretz, a globally renowned Israeli news source, is not holding back including the bombshell that Israel’s attacks are not reactions to Hamas ending their truce with Israel, but that these attacks were planned as Israel was forging the truce with Hamas as recently as six months ago in an article titled, “Disinformation, Secrecy and Lies: How the Gaza Offensive Came About”:

Long-term preparation, careful gathering of information, secret discussions, operational deception and the misleading of the public – all these stood behind the Israel Defense Forces “Cast Lead” operation against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, which began Saturday morning.

The disinformation effort, according to defense officials, took Hamas by surprise and served to significantly increase the number of its casualties in the strike.

Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas. According to the sources, Barak maintained that although the lull would allow Hamas to prepare for a showdown with Israel, the Israeli army needed time to prepare, as well.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s claim that Israel has “nothing against Gaza residents, but we are engaged in an all-out war against Hamas and its proxies” might need to be clarified to Gazans “living in a nightmare.”:

Majed Badra, 23, Gaza City, cartoonist and student at the Islamic University:

“Unfortunately the situation is very bad in Gaza city – the Israeli occupation is striking more and more organisations, more houses and the mosque, and my university was hit last night….

“We were not prepared for the war. They attack civilians and children and don’t care if we are armed or not….

“The world looks at unarmed Palestinian people as though they are a nation with an army, as though we are equal to the Israelis. They think we have real rockets that cause a lot of damage or have a big effect, but this is not true….

“Why does the Israeli army strike my university and mosques and houses? I don’t know the answer. You have to ask them.”

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Hamoudi, Tal el Hawa:

“Two of my neighbours were killed on their way back from school – sixteen-year-old Yasmeen and her sister, 15-year-old Haneen. They were innocent girls….

“In my household, where I live with my brothers, sisters and my sister’s eight-month-old baby, we have been sleeping far from the windows and living in darkness due to the lack of power.

“All I seek in these moments is for the truth to get out there. Let it be known that in the 21st century this is happening while the whole world is watching but remains silent.

“I wonder how cheap Palestinian blood is.”

For more, read “The Politics of the Gaza Massacre” by Justin Raimondo (29 Dec 08).

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported the death toll to have passed 350, twice that of most estimates from the Mumbai Attacks, in Gaza, an area with less than 14% of Mumbai’s population. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who’s called for an immediate end to Israeli violence has also mentioned the third rail of TerrorState Newspeak: international humanitarian law:

“The frightening nature of what is happening on the ground, in particular its effects on children, who are more than half the population, troubles me greatly,” he said. “I have continuously stressed the need for strict observance of international humanitarian law.”



Xinhua: Palestinian and Egyptian ambassadors to the UN have asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to bring Israel into compliance with the world call to put an immediate end to the violence and military actions in Gaza.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and urging Mideast and world leaders to do more to help end the Israeli-Hamas conflict and promote political dialogue. Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband has echoed this sentiment. The White House is still talking gibberish condemning Hamas, being ignorant of Israel’s atrocities, and actually thinks people can believe that the US wants to negotiate a “durable cease-fire.”

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has spoken out against Israel’s attacks:

“The perpetrators of attacks against Israel must also be brought to justice, but Israel cannot create a war against an entire people in order to attempt to bring to justice the few who are responsible. The Israeli leaders know better,” Kucinich said in a news release on Monday.

The Democratic lawmaker also urged an independent investigation to be led by the United Nations into Israel’s acts of violence.

Kucinich said that he wrote to UN General Secretary Ban ki-Moon, urging an ‘independent inquiry of Israel’s war against Gaza’.

“It is time for the UN to not just call for a cease-fire, but for an inquiry as to Israel’s actions,” said Kucinich.

AFP:

Muslim nations on Monday condemned Israel over the deadly air attacks on the Gaza Strip, as European diplomats called for an urgent meeting on the crisis which sparked anti-Israeli protests around Europe.

EU foreign ministers will meet in Paris Tuesday to “look into how the European Union can help ease the current crisis, along with the efforts of the international community, especially the secretary general of the United Nations,” a French foreign ministry statement said.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II urged US President George W. Bush to help end Israel’s air blitz, the palace said.

“Effective international efforts must be launched to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza and end the suffering of the Palestinians,” the king told Bush over the telephone, according to a palace statement.

Other Muslim countries including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Pakistan joined in condemning Israel.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said it was ironic that the raids occurred as people entered the Islamic new year and days before the new year of 2009.

“We should pray that the earth will be more peaceful, but we’ve been torn by the situation in Palestine and Gaza,” Yudhoyono told reporters.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged Israel and Palestinian leaders to let urgent medical aid into Gaza, to provide a “humanitarian breathing space” amid the fighting, his spokesman said.

“We are appalled by the continuing violence in Gaza and reiterate our call to Israel and Hamas for an immediate ceasefire to prevent further loss of innocent life,” said a spokesman for Brown.

The special UN envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, and the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency, Karen Abu Zayd, meanwhile protested strongly to Israel after air strikes hit two UN buildings and killed eight of its people.

Gazans have endured oppression that violates International Humanitarian Law for at least 18 months now at the hands of Israel. Recent attacks have been a catalyst for global protests:

Israeli attacks on suspected Hamas strongholds in Gaza have triggered protests in more than a dozen countries.

In London, England, dozens of protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy, waving flags and trying to push their way closer to the building, as police tried to hold them back and erect a barricade.

Police in Germany said about 2,000 protesters marched peacefully down Berlin’s Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard and dispersed after about three hours.

Protesters also have taken to the streets in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, according to news reports. There also were reports of demonstrations in Caracas, Venezuela.

Iranian media reported that thousands took part in anti-Israel demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, which the government declared a day of mourning for the Palestinians in Gaza.

Greek riot police clashed with protesters in Athens during a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy, according to police and images broadcast on state television.

Protesters hurled stones in an attempt to break through the police cordon around the heavily secured embassy. Police responded with tear gas.

In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in al-Mustansiriya Square in eastern Baghdad. The demonstrators carried Iraqi and Palestinian flags, banners and pictures of al-Sadr and his father.

The demonstrators threw an Israeli flag on the ground, put President Bush’s picture on top of it and set both on fire.

In the Muslim world, demonstrations also were held in Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya and Bahrain, the BBC and other news outlets reported.

Also, thousands of Lebanese demonstrators packed the streets of Beirut as part of a rally called by the militant group Hezbollah. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed the crowd via satellite from an undisclosed location.

Protests were also held in Israel, where students at universities in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem demonstrated against the Israeli military operation, ynetnews.com reported.