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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Israeli shelling kills 20 Palestinians at UNRWA school in Gaza


Palestinians collect human remains from a classroom inside a UN school in Gaza City after the area was hit by shelling on July 30, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Marco Longari)
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Updated 4:35 pm: Israeli bombings on Wednesday killed more than 77 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 20 at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of Israel's assault against the besieged strip.
The deaths brought the Palestinian toll to more than 1,306, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. Qudra added that 180 Palestinians were injured on Wednesday, raising the total number of wounded to 7,200.
Shelling shortly after 5:30 am killed 20 people at the UN school being used as a shelter for those displaced by the war.
An AFP correspondent said the occupation forces had been pounding the area with tank fire for an hour before striking the school.
Blood was splattered across floors and mattresses inside classrooms as survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.
At the edge of the schoolyard, some 20 donkeys lay dead, still tied to a railing.
Displaced Palestinians who had already had to leave their homes quickly gathered belongings and fled the building.
Khalil al-Halabi, director of UNRWA's northern Gaza operations, said some 3,000 Palestinians were taking refuge in the school, in Jabalia refugee camp, when it came under fire around dawn.
"There were five shells -- Israeli tank shells -- which struck the people and killed many of them as they slept. Those people came to the school because it is a designated UN shelter," he said.
Five of the wounded were in critical condition, Halabi said. It was the second time in a week that a UN school sheltering hundreds of homeless Palestinians had been hit.
"I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces," said UNRWA commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl, saying the school's location had been communicated to the Israeli army 17 times.
"This is the sixth time that one of our schools has been struck," he said, calling the attack a "breaking point."
I strongly condemn today's Israeli shelling of @UNRWA school in Jabalia . No words to adequately express my anger and indignation.
Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected. They were not. Intolerable.
Krähenbühl said UNRWA was entering the “realm of accountability” and called for an end to the carnage.
Abdel-Karim al-Masamha, 27, said he and his family had come to the school after fleeing fighting near their home in the northern Gaza Strip.
"We did not find safety here," he said. "People were martyred before our eyes. They were dismembered."
Shelling earlier in the northern Gaza Strip killed an 11-year-old handicapped girl, Qudra said, with a subsequent shelling in the center of the small coastal territory killing a 16-year-old girl.
Five members of the same family in Jabalia were also killed in a strike.
A strike shortly afterwards in the southern city of Khan Younis killed 10 members of a single family, Qudra said, including one child who could not immediately be identified.
According to Qudra, the victims were all from the Abu Amer family.
A middle-aged man was killed early in the morning in the southern city of Rafah.
Three children were among six people killed in an Israeli tank shelling on Gaza City on Wednesday, medics said.
The attack took place in Tuffah neighborhood in the northeastern part of the city, killing six members of the Al-Khalili family, Qudra said.
Rights groups have expressed alarm at the number of children victims.
The more than 240 Palestinian children who have died represent at least 29 percent of civilian casualties, the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, said in a statement.
"We see children killed, injured, mutilated and burnt, in addition to being terrified to their core. The consequences run much deeper than previous flare-ups" in Gaza, UNICEF's Gaza field office chief Pernille Ironside said.
An estimated 240,000 Palestinians having taken shelter in 85 of UNRWA's schools and buildings following calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate whole neighborhoods before military operations.
On the Israeli side, militant fire, including cross-border rocket fire, has killed 53 Israeli soldiers in addition to two Israeli civilians and a Thai laborer.
Few Israelis want the operation to end now.
A Tel Aviv University poll published on Tuesday found 95 percent of Israel's Jewish majority felt the assault was justified. Only four percent believed too much force had been used.
Meanwhile Chile, Peru and El Salvador said they were recalling their envoys to Israel in protest of the assault.
(AFP, Reuters, Al-Akhbar)
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US political system ‘controlled by Jewish-Zionist interests’

USA-controlled by Jewish-Zionist
“The political system in the United States is controlled by Jewish-Zionist interests” and “designed to prevent public participation,” an American activist and radio host in Los Angeles, California says.
Recent remarks by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and other Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama “is all theatrics, its all fraud which is another proper term for the American Constitution and political system,” said Rodney Martin, a former US Congressional staffer.
A new poll by CNN/ORC International shows more than one third of people in the United States think Obama should be impeached by Congress.
“The American political system and the American constitution is designed to prevent change and all this talk about impeachment is just designed to appeal to the Republican base” and “to try to fool the American public into thinking that there are two different parties when in fact there is not,” Martin told Press TV on Sunday.
“Under the American constitution, the American public has little to no say despite all the American rhetoric and bravado about democracy and the shining city on the hill and that the United States is going to bring democracy around the world,” he noted.
Martin said the only solution for creating real change in the US political system is a“Constitutional convention and a revision to the Constitution or a new Constitution that would allow for multiple parties, but these two parties that are basically controlled by Jewish-Zionist interests will never allow that because then they would lose their lock on power.”

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The US Envisages a First Strike Nuclear Attack against Russia

Global Research, July 29, 2014

The World is at a dangerous crossroads.
In the following video, a senior adviser to the Russian president confirms that the US envisages a first strike nuclear attack against the Russian Federation.
While a World War III scenario implying the preemptive use of nuclear weapons has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than ten years, military planners are now involved in more concrete attack plans directed against Russia including the deployment of missile systems as well as NATO ground forces inside Ukraine. (M. Ch. GR Editor)

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Crime (Israel) and punishment (Russia)


By Pepe Escobar 

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining it ...

A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic
 -George Orwell1984 

So Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi - let's call them the Fab Five - get on a videoconference call to muster their courage and "increase pressure" asking for a cease-fire in Gaza. Later in the day, Israel's Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu delivers his answer, in plain language: he remains dead set on achieving his version of a Final Solution to Gaza. [1] With or without "pressure". 

So what's left for the Fab Five after having their illustrious Western collective behinds solemnly kicked? They decide to dump Gaza and instead sanction Russia - again! How brilliant is that as an exit strategy? 

Spectacular non-entity Tony Blinken, who doubles as deputy national security adviser to Barack Obama, was keen to stress to Western corporate media that the unruly Eurotrash mob is now "determined to act". No, not against Israel because of Gaza; against Russia because of Ukraine. Such a lovely Orwellian symmetry: the extended Two Minutes Hate from Israel towards Gazans morphs into the extended Two Minutes Hate from the "West" towards Russia, mirroring the extended Two Minutes Hate from Kiev towards Eastern Ukrainians. 

Not even Hollywood could come up with such a plot; Israel gets away with unlawful premeditated mass murder of civilians, while Russia gets framed for a (smaller-scale) airborne mass murder of civilians that has all the makings of being set up by the Kiev vassals of Russia's Western "partners". 

Here I have exposed how sanctions, sanctions, sanctions is the one and only official Obama administration "policy" on Russia. On top of the next European Union sanctions, coming soon, the US will be piling up - what else - more sanctions. After all, Washington is so "concerned" that Moscow will sooner or later invade Ukraine; that would certainly, and finally, answer all those In God We Trust prayers. 

Where we stand now

Let's follow the facts. Washington from the get-go said it was Russian President Vladimir Putin's missile that downed MH17. They swore they had evidence. Like in "We know. Trust us". The historical record for the past 60 years at least shows they cannot be trusted. There was never any evidence. Just spin. 

Moscow, via the Defense Ministry, presented hard evidence. And called for an unbiased international investigation. Washington ignored it all - the call and the hard evidence. 

The US Navy, crammed with state-of-the-art missile defense radars, has been in the Black Sea for weeks now. As much as the Russians, they have tracked every particle flying over Ukraine. The NSA goes for signals intelligence; the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency goes for phenomena in the imagery realm; the Defense Intelligence Agency adds Humint; there's the CIA; and there's the all-seeing, all-knowing Director of National Intelligence. How come all this trillion-dollar Full Spectrum Dominance apparatus cannot come up with a single, conclusive piece of evidence? 

The only risible "evidence" presented so far pictures the acronym salad of US intel agencies spending their time reading blogs and Twittering. As in the State Department head in Kiev twittering satellite imagery that the New York Times parroted "proved" Russia is shelling Ukraine from across the border. The proverbial "senior US officials" even had to tersely admit on the record they have no proof whatsoever about "Putin's missile". If they had, NATO would be ready to flip burgers in Red Square. 

Based on the wealth of info now in the open, the top probability of what caused the MH17 tragedy was an R-60M air-to-air missile shot from a Ukrainian Su-25 - and not a BUK (there's also the possibility of a double down; first an R-60M and then a BUK). The R-60M is very fast, with an ideal engagement distance of up to five kilometers. That's how far the Su-25 detected by the Russians (they showed the graphics) was from MH17. 

SBU - Ukrainian intel - for its part confiscated the recordings of Kiev control tower talking to MH17. That would certainly explain why MH17 was overflying a war zone (Malaysian Airlines revealed they were forced to). Hefty bets can be made the recordings are now being "doctored". 

Then there are the black boxes, which will not de decoded by the Malaysians or by the Dutch, but by the Brits - acting under Washington's orders. As The Saker blogger summed up the view of top Russian specialists, "the Brits will now let the NSA falsify the data and that falsification will be coordinated with the SBU in Kiev which will eventually release the recordings who will fully 'confirm' the 'authenticity' of the NSA-doctored recordings from the UK." To make it more palatable, and erase suspicions about Anglo-American foul play, the Dutch will announce it. Everyone should be forewarned. 

NATO heads, for their part, are droolin'. Kiev's forces/militias will hold "joint exercises" with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Ukraine in slightly over a month from now, on September 1; red alert applies, because this is when Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the slow motion ethnic cleansing of Donbass will be finished. 

As for the R2P ("responsibility to protect") angle, it sounds quite improbable. True, Moscow can always say that unless the slow motion ethnic cleansing of Donbass stops they will recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics. In that case, Moscow would be replaying Abkhazia and South Ossetia; a de facto R2P backed by military muscle. 

Under international law - which Washington never respects, by the way - this is not the same as "invading" Ukraine. The frankly scary Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, would obviously freak out - but that's a dose of her own medicine. It would indeed be comparable to what the Americans are doing to the benefit of those Salafi-jihadis in Syria; and better yet, to what the US did in Kosovo. 

The $50billion vultures
And now, on top of sanctions, Moscow also has to contend with a massive US$50 billion theft attempt. The International Arbitration Court in The Hague found that the Kremlin's pursuit of Yukos and its main shareholder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a decade ago was politically motivated. Moscow can't appeal - but it will pursue all legal avenues for trying to get this ruling "set aside". 

Well, it's The Hague's decision itself that is political. Khodorkovsky was found guilty not only by the Russian judicial system but also by the European Court of Human Rights. Yukos and Menotep shareholders were and remain a bunch of oligarch gangsters - to put it mildly. 

So here's the Empire of Chaos once again in action, manipulating a Dutch court after literally stealing Germany's gold and fining France for selling warships to Russia. In this case though, the "West" has more investments in Russia than the Russian government in the West. Payback could be a bitch - as in Moscow, for instance, freezing all US and EU energy investments especially in the new ultra-profitable frontier, the Arctic oil fields. Western Big Oil will never allow this to happen. 

This could go on forever. The bottom line: the Russian state simply won't allow itself to be robbed by a dodgy ruling on behalf of a bunch of oligarchs. In parallel, a case can be made that not only the Return of the Living (Neo-Con) Dead but also substantial sections of the deep state in Washington DC and environs - as well as "Western" plutocracy - want to provoke some sort of NATO war against Russia, sooner rather than later. 

And in another parallel line, Moscow rumor has it that the Kremlin finds this protracted post-Yukos battle just an afterthought compared to the economic war about to convulse Europe and eventually pit Europe against Russia: exactly what the Empire of Chaos is praying - and working - for. "Two Minute" Hate? Talk about hours, days, weeks, and years. 

Note:
1. Netanyahu: We're prepared for an extended operation in Gaza, The Jerusalem Post, July 28, 2014.


Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.
 

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Iraq- USA sponsored terrorists ISIS, Executes Hundreds in Tikrit Massacre

Many Soldiers Among the Slain Captives

by Jason Ditz, July 29, 2014

In addition to adding to the PR war between Iraq and the ISIS militants taking over the country’s west, the release of an ISIS video today also uncovered a massacre in Tikrit,with hundreds executed.
Details are scant, but the ISIS videoshows mass executions of dozens of captives, mostly captured Iraqi soldiers taken during the fight over control of the important city.
The video shows more than just the executions, however, panning over a scene where hundreds of bodies have been dumped, before executing a handful of additional captives and dumping them as well.
The scope of the massacre remains unclear, but is just the latest in a long line of signs that the death toll across Iraq is soaring, both from the fighting and from the blood-letting by both sides when the battle ends.

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Al-Qassam Commander Mohammad Deif: Victory Will Be Ours




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The commander of Hamas’ military wing, Mohammad Deif declared that there will be no truce without lifting the Israeli siege on Gaza, stressing: “Victory will be ours.”

Breaking years of silence, the most-wanted Palestinian by the Zionist enemy warned that the occupation forces are facing fighters "craving to die," referring to Palestinian resistance fighters who are looking to achieve martyrdom in the fight against the Zionist entity.

The ceasefire "will not take place unless the siege is lifted and the border crossings are all open,” Deif said in an audio message, adding that the "balance of power" had changed during the Israeli offensive which is now in its fourth week.
"What the air force and your artillery shelling has failed to accomplish, will not be accomplished by ground assault," said Deif.

"You are sending your soldiers to a certain holocaust, God willing,” the commander of al-Qassam Brigades stated, warning the Zionist entity that it “will not know security unless the Palestinian people live in peace." 

Deif, who is partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, has survived five previous assassination attempts by the Israeli enemy, most recently when the occupation forces targeted his home in Khan Younis.

He took part in several operations against the Israeli enemy.

Source: Agencies
30-07-2014 - 11:25 Last updated 30-07-2014 - 11:25
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Aggression on Gaza: Palestinians and Syrian steadfast - Shamfull Arabs Silent

 هنا بيروت: قراءة لبنانية لصمود غزة وسوريا

 كيف دمرت إسرائيل حياً كاملاً في ساعة بغزة



 العدوان على غزة : الفلسطينيون الصامدون .. والعرب الصامتون



 فضيحة تورط بعض العرب في العدوان على غزة
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Israel’s Jews relentless in their bloodlust genocide, another school hit


A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, receives treatment at Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia early on July 30, 2014.
A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, receives treatment at Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia early on July 30, 2014.
An Israeli shelling on a UN school in Gaza has killed 20 people, medics say, as Palestinian factions were to head to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire.
The shell slammed into the school in northern Gaza early Wednesday as the Israeli offensive in Gaza entered its 23rd day, with international efforts to bring an end to the bloodshed continuing apace.
The conflict has killed around 1,260 people, including at least 32 on Wednesday morning, with concern growing over the high civilian death toll, especially among children.
On Wednesday morning, the Israeli shell slammed into the UN school being used as a shelter for those displaced by fighting, killing 20 people, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
A UN official put the death toll at 16.
The shell hit the Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) girls’ school in Jabalia refugee camp.
The incident occurred after 5:30 am (0230 GMT), and a couple of hours after Israeli tanks had begun heavy shelling in the area.
An AFP correspondent said that at least one shell had hit the school — the outer wall of the complex was damaged by shellfire, and in a bombed-out classroom, people were picking body parts off a blood-soaked floor.
A number of donkeys killed by the shelling lay outside.
Displaced Palestinians who had already had to leave their homes quickly gathered belongings and fled the building.
It came as a Palestinian delegation prepared for a trip to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire.
The West Bank-headquartered Palestine Liberation Organization, which has been at odds with Hamas for years, said it had garnered the resistance movement’s support for a 24-hour truce, but did not say when that was due to start.
The Israeli regime had no comment on the proposal.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas “was in touch with (Hamas chief Khaled) Meshaal yesterday and today. He proposed the 24 hour truce, Meshaal and Hamas agreed”, senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath told AFP on Tuesday.
International efforts have focused on getting Israel and Hamas to agree to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire, and then extending that truce for a longer period while they intensify efforts to end hostilities altogether.
But apart from a fragile halt on Saturday after which hostilities picked up with renewed vigor, efforts have failed.
Heavy Israeli bombardment of Gaza overnight Monday to Tuesday killed scores of Palestinians after they marked the beginning of the Muslim Eid festival, medics said.
Israel’s aerial, naval and artillery shillings have killed some 1,262 Palestinians in the bloodiest conflict in six years, and the vast majority of Palestinian dead are civilians, according to the UN.
Hamas fire, including thousands of rockets launched at Israel, has killed 53 soldiers and three Israelis inside the occupied lands.
Rights groups have expressed alarm at the number of children victims.
The more than 240 children who have died represent at least 29 percent of civilian casualties, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said in a statement.
“We see children killed, injured, mutilated and burnt, in addition to being terrified to their core. The consequences run much deeper than previous flare-ups” in Gaza, UNICEF’s Gaza field office chief Pernille Ironside said.
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