Israel kills Gaza’s civilian population mercilessly.

Israel continues it’s bloodthirsty massacre.  The reports continue to pour in.  This one from ABC News:

I have seen whole families being killed. Five sisters killed in Jabaliya, when their house was hit by a missile. & Their bodies being pulled out from under the rubble, all holding on to each other. I know another family that fled their home near the Gaza airport worried about their safety. They were killed yesterday while making their way to a relative’s home. Nowhere is safe in the Gaza Strip.

On Monday, the 29th of December, three boys were killed in their home in Rafah by a missile. They were 4, 12, and 13 years old. We met their sister, who was injured and in a state of shock. Their mother was seriously injured, their father was injured as well. There are so many stories like this.

In Al-Garara village near Khan Younis, three children were killed, a 11-year-old girl and two 9-year-old boys. They were hit by a missile from an unmanned aircraft, locally known as drones. We see them flying over constantly, monitoring the situation. The uncle of these children told us that one of the boys. & His head was missing.

This is just a handful of the stories here. People are being killed in their homes, in their beds while they are sleeping.

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=6578174

The hospitals are extremely thinly stretched:

Throughout the day, exhausted medics rushed in with the wounded and the bodies of the dead.

Mohammed Salman, 26, a volunteer medic washing blood from the inside of an ambulance, said he had treated people with horrific injuries, including headless children and a woman whose stomach had been torn open.

The woman screamed, “Leave me and save my children,” he said, and burst into tears.

On Monday, 20 children between the ages of 2 and 15 were killed, he said. Since the military offensive began Dec. 27, three Israeli civilians and two soldiers have been killed.

Nurse Ahmad Abdul Salam, 34, red-eyed and smelling of sweat, his clothes stained with blood, said he couldn’t sleep. “When my shift ends, I help my colleagues. These are our brothers and friends who are being harmed,” he said.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/05/news/ML-Israel-Gaza-Overwhelmed-Hospital.php

That civilians are absolutely not safe in Gaza is beyond question:

The Samouni family knew they were in danger. They had been calling the Red Cross for two days, they said, begging to be taken out of Zeitoun, a poor area in eastern Gaza City that is considered a stronghold of Hamas.

No rescuers came. Instead, Israeli soldiers entered their building late Sunday night and told them to evacuate to another building. They did. But at 6 a.m. on Monday, when a missile fired by an Israeli warplane struck the relatives’ house in which they had taken shelter, there was nowhere to run.

Eleven members of the extended Samouni family were killed and 26 wounded, according to witnesses and hospital officials, with five children age 4 and under among the dead.

Hundreds of members of the clan flooded in to Shifa Hospital, all from Zeitoun, many in shock. Masouda al-Samouni, 20, lost her mother-in-law, her husband and her 10-month-old son. She said she had been preparing food for the baby when the missile struck. “He died hungry,” she said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/world/middleeast/06scene.html?hp=&pagewanted=print

I don’t know what it is with the mayors of major US cities, but as we saw yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg of New York City expressed his solidarity with Israel’s murders.  Now, today, not to be outdone, the mayor of Los Angeles has done the same:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to speak this afternoon with Jewish community leaders and Israeli officials to express his support for Israel’s incursion into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Villaraigosa will say that Israel has the right to defend itself from rockets fired by members of Hamas into the Jewish state, officials said. Details on where the speakers will meet and who will be there will be released soon, the mayor’s office said.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/los-angeles-may.html

Of course, it is in line with official US policy to express solidarity with Israel.  We learn from Ron Paul, that Cheney’s assertions of not giving Israel the green light are probably meaningless:

Congressman Paul said that even though Israel has carried out the invasion of Gaza, “the United States will be blamed for it.”

“Israel depends on us; they depend on us economically, they depend on us for their military power and all their weapons and they really got a green light from our administration,” he explained.

Paul’s comment comes after US vice president Dick Cheney said Israel did not seek Washington’s approval for launching an offensive against Gaza.

“They didn’t seek clearance or approval from us, certainly,” Cheney said Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday, the Israeli website Debkafile cited sources in Washington as saying that US President George W. Bush had given a green light to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for an all-out military operation in Gaza.

The GOP congressman also warned in July, that any Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would take place with the explicit backing of the US government.

Paul told Press TV that, “No matter what they do, it is our money, it is our weapons, and they are not going to do it without us approving it.”

http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=80686&sectionid=3510203

Another small detail here is the fact that apparently there are 70,000 Iranian students signed up to defend Gaza is their government will allow them:

More than 70,000 Iranian students have volunteered to carry out suicide bombings against Israel, Iran’s state news agency reported Monday, but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not responded to their request for permission.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g3Y3DBA09cm20SrlOg47GI4Ixp4gD95H5LI00

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9 Responses to “Israel kills Gaza’s civilian population mercilessly.”


  1. 1 navedz January 6, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Deeply saddening. This is unhuman act. Israel’s cruelty should be condemned and not tolerated any further.

  2. 2 theradicalmormon January 6, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Agreed.

  3. 3 Kevin January 8, 2009 at 5:03 am

    I used to wonder why all nations would come up against Israel.

  4. 4 theradicalmormon January 8, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Kevin,
    I think the Lord pointed that out in Isaiah 59:

    2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
    3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
    4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
    5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
    6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
    7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
    8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

  5. 5 Kevin January 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I probably shouldn’t make this too theological, but…. Above I should have put “used” in bold letters. I don’t wonder anymore.

    What confuses me now is that if one is able to judge a tree by it’s fruit, according to the Lord’s own words, then what exactly is it that makes a people chosen?

  6. 6 theradicalmormon January 10, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Do you mean why is Israel chosen in spite of their obvious bad fruit?

    I’m not sure if this answers the question or not, but I know that there is a spiritual Israel and a literal seed of the body Israel. I like to think of the chosen people as being the spiritual Israel. Paul writes in Romans 9:

    6 Not as though the word of God ahath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
    7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
    8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

  7. 7 Grégoire January 13, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Hey Kevin,

    what exactly is it that makes a people chosen?

    If you read mythology, you’ll find people created gods and goddesses who looked like they looked, and who gave them divine permission to slaughter anyone who got in their way. The Romans had Iu-pater, Germanics had Wotan, etc. etc.. Hebrews had YHWH to the same ends. Anyone can be “chosen” provided he creates his deity correctly.

    Not all Jews support the invasion, by the way. I have an internet friend who is at rabbirami dot blogspot dot com; he’s a great example. He’s only one of many.

    Of course my tribe (Mormons) slaughtered hundreds of people in cold blood (including babies, who were kicked to death, and old women) at a place called Mountain Meadows. My stepfather owned a cabin within walking distance of the site (we lived in St. George at the time) and we visited on weekends.

    With this in mind I think it’s more relevant to view what’s going on now as a problem with humanity, rather than a specific critique of Judaism. Nothing the Israelis are doing now would be happening if big business weren’t pulling the strings behind the scenes, and the U.S.M.C. has done as bad in years past in places like Fallujah.

    Just my view…

    Greg

  8. 8 Kevin January 31, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Gregoire

    You’ll have to forgive my clumsy choice of words. I did not intend to come off as anti-semetic.

    You know the confusion and disorientation you sometimes get when startled awake form a nap? I’m still trying to make sense of the world as it really is after being awakened from a Wasatch Front ‘sleep of death’, in 2002-03.

    Kevin

  9. 9 Grégoire February 1, 2009 at 7:00 am

    You’ll have to forgive my clumsy choice of words. I did not intend to come off as anti-semetic.

    Whoa! I didn’t get the impression that you were an anti-semite.

    I am a bit sensitive and I apologize too if I gave the wrong impression. I was just making a general point.

    I do think that we can blame mythology somewhat for many of the conflicts that go on in the world today. No matter where I go I can generally find some religio-nationalistic fervor in the subtext of any society’s modern foundation myth, and Israel is as good an example as any.

    “God gave this land to me” is a fallacy, in my view; because if there were a God s/he would have given all the land to everyone (did God create some people simply so that they would be dispossessed by others?). And while I criticize Israel, I can also criticize my own people. Some of my own relatives participated in Mountain Meadows, so there’s plenty of blame to spread around.

    Peace,

    Grégoire

    P.S. – What’s the Wasatch Front Sleep of Death? 🙂 Just curious…


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