Monday, March 03, 2008


Massacre under way in Gaza

by Larry Geller

The killing of Palestinians in Gaza that I mentioned as part of the previous post has regrettably continued. Before the reading of My Name Is Rachel Corrie began at Harris Church, we heard that in the prior 24 hours 45 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza by Israeli military forces.

The killing has continued, and with our country's blessing:

Democracy Now reports 112 killed in the past five days, one third of whom are children:

112 Palestinians Killed in Five-Day Israel Attack

Israel has reportedly pulled most of its ground troops out of Gaza following a five-day attack that left at least 112 Palestinians dead. But Israeli aircraft continue to carry out bombing raids and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has warned that Israel’s military operation in Gaza is not over. On Saturday 60 Palestinians died in what officials said was the deadliest day in Gaza since the first intifada of the 1980s. Al Jazeera reports at least a third of the Palestinians killed over the past five days have been children. Since last week three Israelis have died—one civilian and two soldiers. Sami Abu Zuhri of Hamas accused Israel of carrying out a war of elimination.

Sami Abu Zuhri: “What happens in Gaza is not an aggression of bombardments by planes but it is a war of elimination by its full meaning. Babies are being killed, civilians are being killed and buildings are being destroyed.”

It's important to understand that these are civilian deaths. Israel is not killing soldiers, they are targeting and killing civilians.

The clashes reached a peak on Saturday, after Israel sent in a regiment of ground troops in an operation dubbed “Hot Winter” that killed 77 Palestinians in two days. According to Gaza health ministry statistics, 22 children were killed. More than 350 people were wounded. Since last week three Israelis have died—one civilian and two soldiers. [Democracy Now, 3/3/08]

Where is the outrage?

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