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Posted on Nov 5, 2008
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Palestinians carry a wounded man on a stretcher toward a hospital in the Gaza town of Deir al-Balah.

While many in the world are looking forward to change, an Israeli airstrike proved that some things never will. After a four-month cease-fire between Israeli and Palestinian fighters, Israel launched an attack into the Gaza Strip Tuesday evening, killing six in an allegedly pre-emptive strike.


The Guardian:

A four-month ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza was in jeopardy today after Israeli troops killed six Hamas gunmen in a raid into the territory.

Israeli troops crossed into the Gaza Strip late last night near the town of Deir al-Balah. The Israeli military said the target of the raid was a tunnel that they said Hamas was planning to use to capture Israeli soldiers positioned on the border fence 250m away. Four Israeli soldiers were injured in the operation, two moderately and two lightly, the military said.

One Hamas gunman was killed and Palestinians launched a volley of mortars at the Israeli military. An Israeli air strike then killed five more Hamas fighters. In response, Hamas launched 35 rockets into southern Israel, one reaching the city of Ashkelon.

In Gaza, a Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said the group had fired rockets out of Gaza as a “response to Israel’s massive breach of the truce”.

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By russell, November 5, 2008 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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I have been documenting this evolving movement of regenerative designs that yogurt culture the lands into food forests, and greens the deserts. Its called permaculture. I need to urge you all. Know that there are people working together down in the Arava desert and from all regions of the world.  Seek these new design science elements within the permaculture research institute as the path to peace and the new frontier out of the petroleum age. Its the best thing to happen to humanity since the internal combustion engine. I think Israel is going to save the world if we empower the permaculture (zionist) movement of social networking the intellectual design of the jewish people. The green tech from Israel is perhaps the best in the world. I have to make another warning, before Israel pulled out of the Gaza,Israel left behind state of the art greenhouses that the Hamas destroyed. We want to turn the Gaza strip into a demonstration site for green cities. How do we get there when the insurgency of Iran aka Hamas keep sabotaging efforts. The corruption in oil profits can be scapegoated. The imperial game of consumption is even reflected in deeper addictions of denial from the peace and justice movement and their hatred towards Israel. Get sustainable. Find permaculture now. America, you live in a seedless world, you are 2% local, everything you consume comes from far away. Depletion cliffs in energy are happening now. Are you sure you are informed?

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By justaguy, November 5, 2008 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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...... it was the zionist money men close to power in the US and UK who insisted that the UNRWA was set up so as to distinguish and isolate the Palestinian refugees from others, so that their inalienable legal right of return could be undermined.

It has served the zionist propaganda effort since.

If you are going to cite history, do try to get it right.

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By Howard, November 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

No comparison. Gazans are supported on the dole of the U.N.  Not by the UN Refugee dept’t which has and continues to settle millions of refugees the world over.  No, the Gazans have their own UN Dep’t that was insisted upon by the Arab countries that has never wanted them. This very special dep’t gives them food, housing, and economic benefits for over 60 years.
  Wish the Warsaw occupants had a teensy wintsy bit of that food, if nothing else.  That was true genocide.
  Only genocide in Gaza is what they promulgate and threaten to do to the Israelis !

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By yours truly, November 5, 2008 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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Gaza And The Warsaw Ghetto

same place

different time

while the world stood by

genocide

live

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By Howard, November 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

Yeah,
  let us see.  A tunnel being dug into Israel to capture another soldier certainly requires a response. Good for Israel. 3 cheers.
  Especially since rocket fire from Gaza last week into Israel actually violated the truce.  Acording to the New York Times today !

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By nrobi, November 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Re: O Dar, you are exactly correct, but I think it is more than that. Having read the article, I am sure that the Israelis are again, trying to sabotage the ceasefire, through the use of “limited force.”
How ridiculous a statement is this? Use of any force is a breaking of the ceasefire and the Palestinians did not break a ceasefire of 4 months with Israel.
What I do not understand, is the cavalier way in which Israel, can make a statement that this was a use of limited force in response to a specific threat when no threat was imminent?
This is the worst and most egregious use of the shrub’s doctrine of pre-emptive war and use of force against an enemy I have seen, except maybe for Afghanistan, Iraq, soon to be Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and all the other “hot spots,” in the world.
Should we now accept this doctrine of strike first, before you hit me? The World Court of Justice needs to be more powerful and as Americans, we need to heed the World Court more carefully.

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By 123456, November 5, 2008 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

Aaaawww, how cute. Israel is just celebrating
the election of another pro-Israel President,
is all.

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By Karim K., November 5, 2008 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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Poor Israelis! Just searching for a release to that
horrible, horrible Obama win. It is very frustrating.
That is the end of Israel I tell you! Or was that “Joe the plumber”?

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