Friday, 11 November 2011

Likud MK Danon: Destroy Gaza neighborhoods for every rocket fired

From Mondoweiss

Ami Kaufman of +972 Magazine highlights this disgusting message from Danny Danon, a Likud Party member of the Israeli Knesset:
I am currently in Ashkelon to witness the security problem facing the city specifically in neighborhoods with new Olim and have come to two main conclusions. Firstly, we must do everything we can to ensure the safety of all residents with an emphasis on areas with new immigrants who greatly lack protection, and more importantly, to deal with Hamas leaders in Gaza, and for every missile that falls in our southern towns, we retaliate by deleting a neighborhood in Gaza

It is disturbing to hear such a blunt call for collective punishment and the wholesale destruction of civilian life in Gaza from a politician with power in Israel. Unfortunately, it is no surprise--a similar mentality was behind Israel's conduct during Operation Cast Lead.
Danon's call echoes what former combatants in the Israeli army told the UK-based Channel 4 early this year:

24-year-old tank commander Ohad remembers being told the night before the operation that the entry into Gaza was to be "disproportionate". Once into Gaza, he says his orders were unambiguous:

"The order was very clear that if a car came within 200 metres of me I could simply shoot at it. Shoot a shell at it."

Some of the most disputed claims about the operation centre around firing at family homes and mosques.

Ohad also says: "We needed to cleanse the neighbourhoods, the buildings, the area. It sounds really terrible to say "cleanse", but those were the orders....I don't want to make a mistake with the words."
Thanks to Mondoweiss

Muslim graves in ancient Jerusalem cemetry desercrated again with racist graffiti by settlers

(pic: Ma'man-Allah Graveyard - IMEMC)

The Al Aqsa Foundation for Waqf (Islamic Endowment) and Heritage issued a press release on Thursday evening, denouncing a fresh attack carried out by extremist Israeli settlers against the Ma’man-Allah (Mamanullah) historic Islamic cemetery in Jerusalem.

The cemetery is in West Jerusalem is one of the largest cemeteries in the city, and stands on an area of 200 Dunams (nearly 90 acres).

The settlers wrote racist graffiti, destroyed gravestones, and tried to dig-up some of the graves.

The foundation held the Israeli government responsible for the attack, and demanded
Prosecution of the assailants, especially since the graveyard has become subject to frequent Israeli attacks.

Israel wants to build the so-called Museum of Tolerance in place of the ancient cemetery that contains graves going back to the Muslim caliphate in Palestine.
The foundation stated that “Recently, extremist settlers carried out repeated attacks against Islamic and Christian sites and cemeteries, and even signed their attacks, yet, Israel fails to stop them, and they continue their violations with impunity.”

“We consider any attack against holy and ancient sites as an unforgivable crime, but the attack against Ma’man-Allah graveyard is the mother of all sins,” the foundations added. “This graveyard is 1,400 years old, its original size is nearly 200 Dunams, and it contains graves of the Sahaba, scholars, and martyrs. Now it is under direct and official Israeli attack, being carried out by the government.” more