Friday, 26 August 2011

Palestinian lawmaker condemns Israel's 'truce with continued killing' as death toll rises


GAZA, (PIC)-- First deputy speaker of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC) Ahmed Bahr said that Israel's military escalation is aimed at imposing what he called the formula of a unilateral "truce with continued killing" in the Gaza Strip.

In a press release on Thursday, Bahr stated that the Israeli occupation state wants the Palestinian people to keep their arms folded and stay idly watching it shedding their blood.

He stressed that the Palestinian people rejects such a dysfunctional equation and that the truce must be mutual and unconditional in order to survive and last.

The occupation government wants to tailor the truce to its own desires, so that it can give itself the right to violate it at will, the lawmaker said.

"The truce proposed by the occupation is aimed to impose the terms of surrender and submission on the Palestinian people and their resistance, and this cannot be accepted in any way," he added. more

Islamic Jihad announces ceasefire agreement with Israel


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Senior Islamic Jihad officials said the faction had agreed a ceasefire with Israel at dawn Friday, after mediation by Egypt.

Two members of Islamic Jihad's military wing were killed in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip around 9 p.m. Thursday, prompting outraged calls to reject a truce from the Islamic faction and another group, the Popular Resistance Committees.

The attacks came as five rockets struck the western Negev Thursday night and 12 rockets in the previous 24 hours, according to the Israeli army. more

Precision 'terror targeting' by Israeli drone kills 2-year-old boy


By Alison Weir at Antiwar.com

...It’s a happy picture, the kind that makes you smile; perhaps it reminds you of funny, energetic little children you know or remember.

Until you see the next picture. It was taken on his second birthday. His name was Islam Quraiqe.
Death from a drone strike is not pretty. The small body is charred, ripped apart; internal organs are pouring out.

He had been riding with his father and uncle on a motorcycle in Gaza when the missile hit them. His 29-year-old father, a member of the Palestinian resistance, and 32-year-old uncle physician were also killed. Five bystanders, including a woman, were injured.

The missile was fired remotely by an Israeli sitting in front of a video screen and operating one of the many drones that periodically fly over Gaza and shoot Palestinians like fish in a fishbowl. The operators are usually female, the preferred group for this kind of desk job.

The drones, which look like small, pilotless jets, are equipped with precision-guided missiles.

Those operating them receive real-time video feeds from sensors located on the drone: a color nose camera, a TV lens, an infrared camera for low light and night, and a synthetic radar for looking through smoke, clouds, or haze. The cameras produce full-motion video as well as still-frame radar images.

Numerous articles extol the virtues of Israeli drones. An Aug. 17 article by David Rodman reports: “The Israel Air Force (IAF) has a rich history of employing unmanned aerial vehicles in battle with excellent results.” Rodman crows that, with the possible exception of the United States, “Israel is the country most closely identified with [drone] operations in the post-World War II period.”

Islam was the second 2-year-old to be killed by Israeli forces in two days.

The first was killed by an Israeli “precision” rocket the day before. The boy’s name was Malek Sha’at. His father was also killed. The only picture available online is of a small shrouded body.

An article at WorldNetDaily.com by reporter Aaron Klein proclaims that Israeli weapons are “capable of taking out stationary and moving targets with minimal collateral damage.”

Perhaps Klein is right. Two years of life is decidedly minimal. Intolerably so. more