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CBS reports that Israel's "pinpoint" targeting has resulted in over 560 deaths in Gaza as reported in, Palestinian death toll tops 560, Gaza officials says,  most of which are civilians. Israel report 27 deaths, which include 2 civilians,  have been killed. A top Gazan leader rejected calls for cease fire, demanding that Israel's 7 year blockage against Gaza be ended first.  

All of these deaths on both sides are tragic and sad.

CNN has just issued a traveler advisory warning Americans not to travel to Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza.  

For the second day in a row, the daily Palestinian death toll surpassed 100 on Monday, pushing the total number killed since the new round of fighting began on July 8 to at least 566, Palestinian officials said, adding that some 3,350 have been wounded.
 

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In the Gazan town of Khan Youris, 24 members of the Abu Jamea family were killed when their house was destroyed.

"Doesn't this indicate that Israel is ruthless?" said family member Sabri Abu Jamea. "Are we the liars? The evidence is here in the morgue refrigerators. The evidence is in the refrigerators."

Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, explained their goal of getting the seen year crippling blockade of Gaza lifted.

He said the aim of the battle is to break the 7-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory, which was imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas overran Gaza in 2007. Over the past year, Egypt has further tightened restrictions, driving Hamas into a deep financial crisis.

Haniyeh said in a televised speech that "we cannot go back, we cannot go back to the silent death" of the blockade." ..."Gaza has decided to end the blockade by its blood and by its courage," he said. "This siege, this unjust siege, must be lifted."

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In Amnesty International we read Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault, reports that Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International called on both Israel and Hamas to stop committing war crimes, and for the war-crimes to be the subject of an international investigation.

Israel’s relentless air assault on Gaza has seen its forces flagrantly disregard civilian life and property, which must be protected under international humanitarian law


The military wing of Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups in Gaza, which have fired more than 1,500 indiscriminate rockets into Israel, must immediately stop such war crimes

“Targeting civilians and direct attacks on civilian property cannot be justified. Both sides, which have repeatedly violated international law with impunity, must be held accountable, and the first step towards that is a UN-mandated international investigation,” said Philip Luther.

Amnesty International reports that "more than 1,780 homes have also been completely destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by Israeli attacks, leaving at least 10,600 Gazan residents homeless."

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The BBC reports Gaza crisis: UN calls for ceasefire as deaths pass 500. Israel says 20 Israelis have died during the 13 day "incursion" into Gaza, 18 of them soldiers

Sunday's late-night UN Security Council session was convened at the request of Jordan, which is understood to have proposed a strongly worded draft resolution for consideration.

However, the 15-member council instead issued a statement to the media, with Rwanda's UN ambassador calling for "an immediate cessation of hostilities".

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had earlier spoken out on the situation, describing an Israeli assault on the densely populated Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza as "an atrocious action".

More than 60 Palestinians alone were killed during heavy shelling in Shejaiya, in what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called "a massacre".

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Abbas called the Israeli attacks against Gaza  "intolerable" and "crimes against humanity."

The BBC reports that the UN says 83,695 people have now been displaced in Gaza.

How incredibly sad.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, their families and loved ones in both Gaza and Israel.

Let's hope we can find a peaceful way forward as soon as possible.

3:26 PM PT: As I proofread this article I noticed that I have not sufficiently represented enough of the Israeli points of view.

Herb Keinon  of The Jersusalem Post offers an analyis in Analysis: Kerry intent on a Gaza truce

On arrival, Kerry is likely to find that the urgency he feels is not shared by the main protagonists in this military drama called Operation Protective Edge. And this must fill him with a sense of deja vu. ...

And, as former National Security Council head Giora Eiland pointed out on Monday, the three main sides to a cease-fire – Israel, Hamas and Egypt – don’t at this point have an overwhelming sense of urgency.

Israel, having made the agonizing decision to launch a ground incursion – and now paying a heavy price as a result – is unlikely to want to stop until it has destroyed the bulk of Hamas’s terror tunnels. And, as Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Sunday, that will take two to three days.

Israel, now that it is fully engaged on the ground inside Gaza, will not want to stop until it has significantly degraded Hamas’s operational capabilities so it will take numerous years, not just two or three as has been recent experience, to rebuild them and again pose a threat.

3:38 PM PT: Also The Jerusalem Post reports the U.S. State Department travel advisory in US issues travel warning for Israel, West Bank and Gaza



WASHINGTON - The State Department warned US citizens on Monday against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, citing the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

"The Department of State recommends that US citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank and reaffirms the longstanding strong warning to US citizens against any travel to the Gaza Strip," the State Department said, adding the warning replaced a previous one issued on Feb. 3.

"The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and US citizens need to be aware of the risks of travel to these areas because of the current conflict between Hamas and Israel," the statement added.



3:39 PM PT: Does anyone know how to fix the formatting of this CBS embedded video.


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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 03:05:20 PM PDT

  •  It looks like Netanyahu (6+ / 0-)

    is desperate for an off ramp from this disaster.   His red line is some sort of  internationally assured comittment for disarming of Gaza.  He can't accomplish that militarily.  And he doesn't want to get near any more Peace talks

    Hamas is seeking a relief from the blockade and the "buffer zone", principally, and some sort of International guarantee Israel can't enter Gaza again and bust it up or conduct targeted assasinations

    The US and the EU want to turn back the clock to the Dec 2012 status quo ante, but that obligates Israel to a bunch of stuff it doesn't want to.

    Everyone want the killing to stop, but nobody knows how, yet.

  •  I have been watching Gaza streams (3+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Portlaw, jan4insight

    The bombardment has been going on 24 hours a day. Hundreds of bombs per day have been dropped.
    When not shelling, you hear the hum of drones overhead.
    To be a family living in this area gives me the chills.  It is a nightmare on Earth. There is no sleeping. Many bombs have been dropped in the middle of the night.

    It's not just a couple bombs and then silence for houses.

    As a write this, I can hear bombs going off live

    Go to Ustream.tv and put "GAZA" in the search field.

    Here is one with a terrible chat going on between Muslims, Christians

    http://www.ustream.tv/...

  •  Is there more that we can do other (1+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog

    than weep? I've written to Obama, Kerry and my two senators, Schumer and Gillibrand , but feel I am blowing in the wind.

    •  It's so sad. Imagine that at over 100 (2+ / 0-)
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      Portlaw, WattleBreakfast

      civilian casualties a day, at this rate we can predict that by late Wednesday, as many new people will be dead, that are alive today, that died in the tragic shooting down of the Malaysain airline over the Ukraine.

      If we new another Malaysian planeload full of passengers would be shot down and killed on Wednesday, we'd shout, " don't do it!" Cancel all the flights.

      Yet, in the case of the almost 300 new combined Gazan and Israeli deaths that we are on course to witness by late Wednesday, or early Thursday, the world just sits here and watches.

      Perhaps, we've grown to "civilized" about showing civilian deaths?  

      Maybe if the MSM news reports showed close-up video of the still burning corpses of children after being incinerated in bombing, with a close of "Be sure to tune in tomorrow, when we will show you 100 more new dead bodies" the shock might wake us from our hypnotic slumber?

      Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

      by HoundDog on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 04:10:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Your point is so poignant Portlaw, you've caused (2+ / 0-)
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      me to wonder if we showed more horrible and disgusting images like this, that give us a more vivid impression of what is happening people might be shocked to the action mode.

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      Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

      by HoundDog on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 04:14:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I can't recall (2+ / 0-)
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    any congressional delegations to Gaza, though

  •  A terrible graphic video has been posted (4+ / 0-)

    standard warnings...... I will not embed here.

    Watch at your own risk.

    https://www.youtube.com/...

    This video is purported to be:

    It is of a group of Gaza people trying to dig through the rubble of a neighborhood looking for a relative. The gentlemen are accompanied by rescue workers. The neighborhood appears completely destroyed.

    One of the rescuers is wounded by a sniper. The sniper then finishes the job.

  •  Here's a question to ponder: (3+ / 0-)
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    DeeDee001, Zornorph, Justanothernyer

    Should Israel let more of the 1500 or so rockets fired into their cities hit their targets?  If more Israelis died from the attacks by Hamas would that make everyone feel better?  

    From a column in The Guardian regarding the British press' perceived insistence on the proportionality of Israel's intervention:

    One wonders how the UK would react if a terror group overtook the Isle of Man and began raining missiles down on Britain. Sadly, all too many in the media treat proportionality as something quite different: the number of Israelis dead.
    http://www.theguardian.com/...

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 04:55:41 PM PDT

    •  No (1+ / 0-)
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      Israel should not allow rocket attacks.  They should end the blockade, end the occupation, and end the resistance to Palestinian sovereignty.  Then the rocket attacks will stop.  

      •  Rewarding terrorism is your idea?! (3+ / 0-)
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        Israel should not allow rocket attacks.  They should end the blockade, end the occupation, and end the resistance to Palestinian sovereignty.  Then the rocket attacks will stop.

        WOW!

        Do you advocate other groups of people who are dis-satisfied to fire rockets into civilian areas until they get what they want too?!

        Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

        by Mannie on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 05:34:14 PM PDT

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        •  Israel has within its power (0+ / 0-)

          to make peace with Palestine.  The right-wing government bears responsibity.

        •  When I was younger (1+ / 0-)
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          Egalitare

          I heard how Israel would retaliate 2 times harder than they received.

          I do not have a problem with Israel defending itself in principle.

          What is turning me off is the proportionality seems to way off. There is mounting evidence that the tactics Israel is using is knowingly enhancing civilian casualties. It might be the 24 hour a day bombardment of civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, and mosques. Israel is also reportedly using weapons that violate international laws of warfare.

          Here is an example of weaponry Israel is reportedly employing.
          These bombs will explode sending shrapnel flying 300 meters.

          International doctors on scene are reporting injuries consistent with DIME bombs. Wikipedia These launch microscopic shrapnel filled with tungsten that can snap off limbs and leave burns.

          Further, there are reports also that white phosphorus is being used. This can be result in horrible chemical burns if landing in vicinity.

          The problem is Israel has taken their 2X pledge and gone too far.

          •  Regarding DIME bomb. (0+ / 0-)

            Ironically, it was originally designed to limit collateral damage. The microscopic shrapnel's advantage is such that when the bomb goes off, the shrapnel gets topped by air resistance very quickly. So you get a blast pattern that devastating in a set radius, and lethally quickly drop off outside of that.

            Unfortunately, the "inert" metal chosen (Tungsten), turn out to have toxic effect.

      •  Blockade had already been eased. (0+ / 0-)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...
        Current blockade effect the obvious stuff (military or dual-use items) plus construction material (which had been used to build tunnels from Gaza to Israel).

  •  How much of this is about Jews (0+ / 0-)

    Being racist? It this a grown  sentiment in  the country? This video kind of disturbed me  with the shouts of Gas Left wingers and Arabs. It reminded me of the same kind of hat the Jews suffered.. its so odd.

    http://www.democracynow.org/...

    "We need a revolution away from the plutocracy that runs Government."

    by hangingchad on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 10:01:55 PM PDT

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