Bloomberg supports a war protested at home, which is seeing increasing civilian casualties.

AIPAC hack, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Israel right now, fully backing Israel’s murders of Gazans:

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Bloomberg said he fully understood Israel’s actions. “You should rest assured, if anyone in New York was being threatened, my instruction to the NYPD (New York police) would be to use all the resources at their disposal to protect civilians,” Bloomberg said.

“I think as a New Yorker, we’ve been attacked twice by al-Qaida itself,” said the mayor, who is Jewish. “We’ve seen enormous devastation and courage and after that you sort of feel you have a bond, if you will, for those who live in a dangerous world and subject to someone trying to kill them.”

Israel is in the ninth day of its strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which have killed more than 500 Palestinians. Ground forces pushed into Gaza Saturday night amid widespread world condemnation.

Of course, it is beyond me why the mayor of an US city should be in a foreign country supporting their war.  I suppose we’ll never see that in any other country besides Israel.  In the meantime, Bloomberg seems to be completely out of sinc with a large portion of his own city’s population:

Chanting “Free Palestine,” thousands of Palestinian supporters demonstrated in Times Square Saturday to protest Israel‘s punishing military offensive in Gaza.

The wave of protesters stretched across three blocks, dwarfing the dozens of boisterous supporters of Israel assembled across Seventh Ave.

“What’s happening in Gaza is something that shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere in the world,” said Bassal Omar, 29, an American-born Palestinian from the Bronx.

“It’s a humanitarian crisis, and it’s just going to get worse.”

Cathie Bell held a sign reading “Palestinians are freedom fighters” as she rallied on 42nd St.

“I’m here in solidarity with the people who are being murdered in Palestine,” Bell, 59, of Chelsea, said. “I think it’s a horrendous, horrific assault over there, and something should be done.”

Of course, these would be the actions of a man who is seeking to become the President of the USA in the future since the litmus test for such a position is AIPAC/Zionist approval.  Additionally, Bloomberg is entirely in sinc with the Bush Administration’s position on Israel’s crimes as is evident by our recent success at blocking a security council statement that would urge a cessation of hostilities in the occupied territories:

The United States has blocked approval of a U.N. Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, diplomats said.

Libyan Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi said the United States during the discussions late Saturday objected to ”any outcome” on the proposed statement. He said efforts were made to compromise on a weaker press statement but there was no consensus.

Several other council members, speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations were closed, also said the U.S. was responsible for the council’s failure to issue a statement.

In the meantime, the ground invasion is apparently taking its toll among Palestinian civilians, women, children and men who are hit with their families.

The casualties at Shifa on Sunday — 18 dead, hospital officials said, among a reported 30 around Gaza — were women, children and men who had been with children. One surgeon said that he had performed five amputations.

“I don’t know what kind of weapons Israel is using,” said a nurse, Ziad Abd al Jawwad, 41, who had been working 24 hours without a break. “There is so much amputation.”

“It’s so hard when you do it to women,” he said, adding grimly that even the devastating 1967 war here was over in six days.

For nine days now, doctors have been battling to keep Shifa running under the most adverse circumstances. Sanitation workers constantly mop up blood while Hamas security officers stand guard. But scant resources are being stretched to a breaking point, and a terrible stench is in the air.

Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian who was allowed into Gaza last week to give emergency medical aid, and who has worked in many conflict zones, said the situation was the worst he had seen.

The hospital lacked everything, he said: monitors, anesthesia, surgical equipment, heaters and spare parts. Israeli bombing nearby blew out windows, and like the rest of Gaza, here the severely limited fuel supplies were running low.

Oved Yehezkel, the Israeli cabinet secretary, said Sunday that from the information at Israel’s disposal, “there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”

Many here would dispute that. With power lines down, much of Gaza has no electricity. There is a dire shortage of cooking gas.

When I say “civilian” casualty, I don’t think that it should be valued any more than a so-called “militant” casualty.  Remember, these men are defending their homes and families and country against a monstrous aggressor.  All casualties here are to be lamented in a defensive war.


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