Monday, 12 March 2012

Video: Israel police's routine harassment, throwing gas grenade at family caught on camera

Israeli troops were captured on film throwing a tear gas grenade at Palestinians in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

In the clip, shot last Friday by freelance photographer Mati Milstein in Nabi Saleh, a tear gas grenade is tossed out the window of a passing Border Police jeep, causing a group of Palestinians who were standing by the side of the road
to flee. more

Father and daughter killed in Israeli strike - death toll rises to 23

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported Monday that a father and his daughter were killed when the Israeli Air Force bombarded Tal Az-Za’tar area in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The sources identified the victims as Mohammad Al-Hassoumi, 65, and his daughter, Fayza, 30.

Earlier on Monday, a 15-year-old school student, identified as Nayef Sha’baan Qarmout, 15, was killed, and six other children were wounded, three seriously, when an Israeli war-jet fired a missile at school students playing near a gas station in As-Sudaniyya area, west of Gaza city.

The child was playing with some of his schoolmates at a playground near his school, north of Gaza city, when the army fired a missile at the playground.
The latest Israeli bombardment raises the number of Palestinian killed since Friday afternoon to 23 while dozens of residents, including children, were injured; several wounded residents are in currently in serious conditions. more

Israel's case for bombing is based on lies about Eilat attackers coming from Gaza

By Max Blumenthal (Mondoweiss)

In the last two days, Israeli forces have killed at least 15 residents of the Gaza Strip and wounded over 30. Among the dead are two young boys (see here and here), while the wounded included a reporter from the Ma'an News Agency and his pregnant wife. Militant factions in Gaza have responded to the Israeli assault by launching several homemade rockets at Southern Israel, leaving two injured and no one dead.

The Israeli army claimed that it initiated the assault on Gaza in order to kill two alleged militants who supposedly "masterminded" a brazen and deadly terror attack near the Israeli city of Eilat in August of last year. The army also claimed the two were planning a new operation. According to Al Jazeera English's Jerusalem correspondent Paul Brennan:
The Israeli army is saying these two people it targeted with its clinical airstrike on Friday night were senior militants who were plotting an attack.

The Israeli army says that last year’s attack on the road that runs alongside the Egyptian border, where eight people were killed and 25 Israeli soldiers were wounded, was masterminded by the two men they targeted.

"Zuhair Al-Qaissi and Mahmoud Al-Hannani were said to have been behind these attacks, and the Israeli army said that these two men were planning a similar attack and that is why they launched their aerial clinical attack.

The Jerusalem Post, which functions as a virtual bulletin board for the Israeli army, told a similar story: "The IDF said it decided to bomb Qaisi’s car due to intelligence that he was plotting a large terrorist attack along the border with Egypt," the paper reported, "similar to the one the [Popular Resistance Committee] carried out last August that killed eight Israelis."

As is so often the case, the Israeli army is lying through its teeth. According to the army's own investigation of the Eliat attack last year, the attackers were not from Gaza as Israeli government spokespeople initially claimed -- they were Egyptian. The army's investigative findings were first reported by Alex Fishman, the military correspondent for the Israeli daily Yedioth Aharanoth, who had treated the earlier attempts to blame Gaza's Popular Resistance Committees for Eilat with extreme skepticism. Bloggers Idan Landau [Hebrew only], Richard Silverstein and Yossi Gurvitz also marshaled evidence shredding the army's case against Gaza. more

Video: Two fighters and schoolboy killed - resistance hits back with rockets

Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinian militants and a schoolboy in the Gaza Strip on Monday as Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel, in escalating fighting that has defied international truce efforts. (March 12)

Three killed, 46 injured in fourth day of Gaza airstrikes

[update: five killed in Monday attacks - link]

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli airstrikes killed two Islamic Jihad militants and a 17-year-old boy on Monday, bringing the death toll since Friday to 21 people.

Raafat Abu Eid, 24, was killed in Khan Younis when an airstrike targeted a vehicle he was traveling in. Two other militants sustained injuries and a female passerby was also injured in the attack, a Ma'an correspondent said.

Hamadah Salman Abu Mutlaq, 24, was killed near a mosque in a village east of Khan Younis after warplanes fired at him. He was an Islamic Jihad militant.

Three others were injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

Nayif Shaaban Qarmout, 17, was killed in Beit Lahiya, north Gaza, as Israeli warplanes launched an attack, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Five others were injured and taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

Medical spokesman in Gaza Adham Abu Salmiya said that Israeli airstrikes hit two homes in the northern Gaza Strip, injuring 33 civilians, most of whom were women and children.

Most sustained moderate injuries, with one critically injured, and were transferred to hospital.

A 17-year-old girl and another man were also injured as Israeli missiles struck a home in Gaza City, Abu Salmiya said. more