Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday blamed Hamas for the heavy loss of civilian life caused by Israel’s deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip. At least 110 people were killed on Wednesday alone in Gaza, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, as the Palestinian death toll from 23 days of unrelenting Israeli attacks soared to 1,360. Israel says 56 of its soldiers have been killed. “That said, we hold the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for this.
"During the brief ceasefire on July 26, I traveled to Shoja’ea, a neighborhood in Gaza that was heavily bombarded by Israel a few days prior, resulting in close to 90 deaths in just one day. Dozens of houses and streets were destroyed. It looked like everything there was a target — humans, animals, and every stone. I felt like I was dreaming. I couldn’t believe how much destruction there was everywhere I looked. The people’s faces, some returning to their homes and some journalists, were pale and shocked. Many couldn’t find their homes and in some cases, even their streets, as the features of the neighborhood had changed completely.
Remains of missiles were everywhere, many of them unexploded. I spoke to someone who was stuck in Shoja’ea for eight days. He said that he couldn’t hear us clearly because his hearing was damaged by the explosions that were around him for so long. He said that he had very little to eat in the past few days, only olives and peppers, and had no connection with the outside world because the electricity and cell phone connections were both out.
After leaving Shoja’ea, I and several other journalists tried to enter the Khuzaa area in eastern Khan Younis, which was intensively bombed by Israeli tanks as well, but Israeli forces did not allow it. We heard warning gunshots and had to turn back. The stories of Khuzaa’s people will stay unshared with the the world for now.”
Smoke rises from Tuffah neighbourhood after Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City on July 29, 2014. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)
There seems to be some confusion about a couple of things that I’d like to clarify.
When pro-Israelis say that Israel “provides” Gaza and the West Bank with water and electricity, it’s in the same way that your local store “provides” you with groceries. They sell them…
A Palestinian man photographs a fire in Gaza’s main power plant following an overnight Israeli airstrike south of Gaza City on July 29, 2014. Gaza’s only power plant destroyed in Israel’s most intense air strike yet — at least 100 Palestinians killed and media outlets, mosque and refugee camp all targeted (Oliver Weiken/EPA)
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting. Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jabalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said. “Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school,” UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl said in a statement after representatives of the agency visited the scene and examined fragments, craters and other damage. Blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms at the Jabalya Girls Elementary School and survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.
Israel targets water supply for 800.000 people in Gaza: “If there is no electricity there is no water”. After 3 electricity lines were repaired last week, Israel made future repairs impossible by targeting the only power plant in Gaza. via Red Cross
Israel was on Wednesday observing a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency. The humanitarian window went into effect at 1200 GMT, although the Israeli army said it would not apply to areas where troops were “currently operating” in a move Hamas dismissed as a publicity stunt with “no value”. The temporary truce deal came into force just hours after two Israel shells slammed into a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip where more than 3,000 people had sought shelter, killing at least 16 of them. It was the second time in a week that a UN school had been hit, hiking the death toll in Gaza from 23 days of bloodshed to 1,306 and drawing a furious denunciation from the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say 15 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded by an Israeli airstrike in a crowded shopping area.
Source: Associated Press
"LaVena Johnson" by Cecile Emeke
- LaVena Johnson was only 19 years old when she enlisted in the US Army to pay for her college fees.
- Just before her 20th birthday, and only days after speaking excitedly to her family about coming home early for Christmas, she was found dead in May 2005.
- The army ruled it as a suicide; one shot to the head. However things weren’t adding up for the Johnson family, and under the freedom of information act they slowly started to find out what really happened.
- An autopsy showed brusies, scratches and teeth marks on the upper part of her torso, revealing she had been badly beaten.
- Lye had been poured on her vaginal area, probably to eliminate DNA from rape.
- There was a trail of blood leading to her tent, suggesting her body had been dragged to the tent after the disgusting and brutal act.
- CBS paid for a second autopsy, which revealed her neck had been broken and parts of her vagina, tongue and anus had been removed.
- Despite investing into the case of LaVena, neither CBS or ABC ran the story
- There is overwhelming evidence proving that 19 yr old LaVena Johnson was mutilated, raped and murdered, yet the US Army insist it was suicide.
Why is LaVena’s story important?
- LaVena’s life is important, and so are the many other woman who have died in the US Army under “suspicious” circumstances.
- Because many black men and women in the US army are being killed under “suspicious circumstances”.
- Because many black men and women in the US, period, are being killed under “suspicious circumstances”.
- It’s important because it is outrageous that stories like these aren’t being reported in mainstream media.
- Because the Johnson family would have never known the truth about their daughter unless they had spent many years and resources to find out the truth. What if they didn’t have the resources? How many more murders are being covered up?
Often we hear stories and feel powerless to help, but I think hearing the song of people is the powerful first step. Hearing the songs that people sing through their stories is not only the absolute very least we can do as human beings, but it is also the first necessary step before any action can even be imagined.
LaVena Johnson I heard your song.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
Source: Associated Press