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Posted by wmmbb in Israel-Palestine.

Violence can be like a sickness of mind that after time can expire, but sometimes it is calculated and justified as the only recourse. Tit for tat and all that.

The latter is the province of governments and those, often small and unaccountable groups, that wish to tip off conflict without regard to the consequences. Now the people of Gaza are living through terror, the result of a murderous attack on Israelis that was inevitably going to set the Israel Government to resort to barbarity, which for some reason they are unable to exercise restraint to allow investigation and the application of law. They might even have sought the assistance of the elected government in Gaza. Nothing good can come of this for them albeit that the base is covered in Washington.

At Common Dreams, Salena Tramel writes:

Soon after shameful attacks killed six in southern Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that militants would pay “a very heavy price.” And then his warplanes proceeded to pound civilian areas with missiles. So far nine Palestinians—including two children—have been killed, and dozens injured. Retaliatory strikes have not always been limited to sought-after militants but have also affected the more vulnerable and punishable civilian population.

Ahmed Sourani, from the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees, a Grassroots International partner near Gaza City, said that they were getting shelled from both sides, even though it is not yet clear who was responsible for the attacks in Israel. “We are very scared about this escalation,” he admitted. “Last night my children slept in my bed.” Sourani explained that the areas in Gaza threatened by attack had not been declared, so it’s anyone’s guess whose living room window will be shattered by a deadly weapon. Memories of the 2008-09 Operation Cast Lead attacks that killed more than 1,300 Gazans are still raw.

This new round of attacks comes as Muslim Palestinians prepare for the last 10 days of Ramadan, culminating in Eid, the holiest day in their calendar. Usually, this time is spent shopping and preparing for festivities—activities that pump life into a debilitated economy and lift spirits for a struggling population. But this year in Gaza, families rush to buy food, essentials and gas, and then huddle together indoors. “We were expecting to spend these last days in peace,” said Sourani with a sigh, “but now we listen to the news all night, expecting to be bombed.”

In addition, this attack targeted both the sewage treatment plant and an adjacent electricity generating station in the middle of the Gaza Strip. The damage to the sewage treatment facility recalls the time when one sewage treatment pool gave way and flooded a village in 2008, killing five. Construction supplies to fix these structures are often blacklisted by Israel. Sourani reported that there is now no electricity in the central part of Gaza.

Governments are supposedly not cults, although the distinction may becoming blurred. There is no excuse for the Israeli Government’s moral depravity.


At War in Context, Paul Woodward provide evidence that the identity of those responsible for the Eilat attacks are not known.

Glenn Greenwald reflects on the the description of “the Arab Transition” that now apparently is the official replacement for “the Arab Spring”.

UPDATE:22 August 2011

The BBC reports that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a truce after five days of violence.



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