Gaza aid from NZ
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Author:  Les Keane [ Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:00 pm ]
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Tonight TV3 either insinuated , stated or seemed deliberately to exonerate Hamas for raining more rockets into Israel which have previously been destroying homes , factories and injuring children not to mention the phsycological effect on all the population , owing to the retaliation murder of an Arab youth . Is any murder an excuse to deliberately seek to harm whole neighbourhoods ?
18 rockets were fired on a southern Israeli town while the funeral for the 3 murdered Israeli teenagers was being held . Of course the whole course of action on both sides is dispicable but manipulating it is even more so .

Author:  Les Keane [ Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:38 am ]
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'At least 160 children died digging tunnels for Hamas' By JPOST.COM STAFF 07/28/2014 11:10
Tweet Select Language​▼Use of child labor not stopped by police in Gaza, where children's "nimble bodies" help dig the tunnels that lead into Israel and Egypt.
Palestinian youngsters in Gaza take part in a Hamas military
training camp. Photo: REUTERS
Hamas used children to help them dig numerous tunnels into Israel and Egypt, a 2012 paper written for the Journal of Palestine Studies reported.

The paper, titled Gaza's Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel's Siege says that little had been done to stop the phenomenon of child labor during the digging of the tunnels by Hamas in Gaza.

In December 2011, the paper's author Nicolas Pelham accompanied a police patrol in Gaza and reported that "nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies."

Related: Gaza’s tunnelsHe continued and said that "at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials."

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge 21 days ago, IDF forces have uncovered 31 tunnels leading into Israel.

More than 1,000 Palestinians, mainly women and children, have been killed during the offensive.

Author:  Les Keane [ Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:29 am ]
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BREAKING: Four Israelis Killed in Eshkol Mortar Attack
Four people were killed from a mortar that fell in the Eshkol Regional Council. Helicopters already transferred the wounded to local hospitals. Jul 28, 2014, 08:45PM | Rachel Avraham
Rocket attack yesterday

Despite the humanitarian ceasefire, the barrage of rockets continues into Southern Israel and now there are injuries. Four people were killed and 9 more were wounded from a mortar that fell in the area of the Eshkol Regional Council. Helicopters evacuated the wounded to local hospitals.

Following the tragic incident, the head of the Eshkol Regional Council Haim Yalin criticized the country’s decision-makers in recent days: “The Cabinet continues to falter and Hamas continues to fire upon us. There is no situation like this. Or we are at war or we have a ceasefire from the moment that we make a decision to have one. Our communities were hit the hardest.”

Author:  Les Keane [ Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:43 am ]
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Hamas police shot and killed Gaza civilians
Many in Israel repeatedly claim vehemently that those responsible for the suffering of Gaza civilians are Hamas members, and not the IDF soldiers attacking Gaza now. One incident that occurred in the city is further proof of this claim: Hamas police killed starving Palestinian civilians and wounded dozens of others to stop a violent conflict that erupted in a food distribution facilityJul 29, 2014, 07:56PM | Robyn Rosh

Gaza is a pressure cooker at high temperature especially these days. One incident that occurred there yesterday (Monday) is one small example of this: Hamas police killed two hungry civilians and wounded dozens more.

It occurred in the town of Beit Hanoun. A large group of residents huddled in a food distribution facility, government food stamps in hand. Because of their famine and the shortage of food, a debate started among the citizens. The debate quickly degenerated into a violent confrontation, weapons were drawn and civilians began to fire.

Hamas police officers rushed to reach the place of the shots and sounds of the debate. In an attempt to restore calm the organization members also drew weapons and pointed them at the citizens. Two residents of Beit Hanoun were killed this incident, and dozens more were wounded.

Author:  Les Keane [ Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:15 pm ]
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Carol Hunt: Killing children is always wrong, so why do we blame Israel more?
Our insistence on holding Israel to a higher set of standards than we do her neighbours is anti-Semitic, writes Carol Hunt
Published 27/07/2014|00:00

Who can argue against the evidence of dead children? Who can watch four little boys playing soccer on a beach mown down, shrug and say, "well, all fair in wartime"?

Few can. Very, very few. Yesterday, my skinny, tanned, happy little 10-year-old played football with his friends in the street beside our house. He saw some of the evening news on Gaza, complained of a tummy ache and I insisted on staying the night beside him. As I watched his little chest rise and fall, I wondered how on earth the parents of those four beautiful boys - and so many more - could ever come to terms with their loss. And then there are the 9,092 children who have been killed so far in the nearby Syrian civil war and the 2,072 Palestinians also recently killed there. Where are the marches and protests for them? What is the difference between them and their Gazan victims? "Israel" would seem to be the answer.

We in the West hold Israel to a higher standard than we do her neighbours. Israel should know better, we say. Does this mean we hold her Arab neighbours to a lesser standard? Is this not basic racism? But Israel is the Goliath to Palestine's David, we insist. And in a narrow sense this is true. Yet in the broader sense Israel - smaller than Leinster - is a tiny Jewish, yet secular, democracy in a sea of warmongering, and increasingly dangerously anti-Semitic (and Christian) enemies. Israel is not the arrogant monolith we believe it to be, though it must try to give that impression in order to survive.

As Israeli novelist Amos Oz noted in Dublin recently, Jewish Israel is still a "refugee camp" - where millions who fled from persecution in Europe or were expelled from Islamic countries live in daily fear of their neighbours.

Gaza also is a refugee camp, an open-air horror of desperation, fear and poverty and a breeding ground for terrorists and fundamentalism. There are no good guys here - just dead children and terrified, traumatised civilians. And yet last week, our new foreign minister Charlie Flanagan was roundly excoriated for abstaining from a UN resolution to solely investigate Israel's military actions. In doing so, he was in line with our European neighbours, including the UK, France and Germany. Flanagan said: 
". . . we had problems with the text, we wanted it to include all violent acts on all sides, including Hamas and other militant groups in the region". And yet the consensus from the chattering classes in Ireland was that Israel, and only Israel, be investigated.

When Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke to the UN last Wednesday, she condemned both Israel and Hamas for their actions, accusing both of indiscriminate attacks against civilians. The difference in death tolls? As Jon Snow said last week, it's the fact that "Hamas's random human targets are protected by America's brilliant Iron Dome shield". Bluntly, Israel is better at protecting its citizens. "Why doesn't the US buy a similar shield for Gaza?" Snow asked. Well, I suspect that wouldn't suit the PR battle Hamas is currently waging - and winning. Even if they are committing war crimes by hiding arms and terrorists in schools and hospitals, they know the liberal West will still blame Israel for all deaths. Every dead body is a win for Hamas. It's a strike against Israel's "disproportionate response" to Hamas' aim, which is to wipe every Jew off the face of the earth. In short, Hamas want another Jewish Holocaust.

But if the evidence of that is right under our noses, why do so many want to believe that Hamas is some sort of Middle Eastern Freedom Fighting Force, dedicated to bringing its people out of misery and degradation? Any self-respecting liberal, feminist or human rights supporter should run screaming from their tenets. Hamas was "elected" in 2006. Since then they have intimidated, terrorised and pauperised the people of Gaza.

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In April, the (illegal) Gazan parliament announced that it was replacing the 1936 criminal code with Sharia Law -this includes honour killings, female genital mutilation, the stoning of adulterers, the imprisonment of LGBT people and the beating and lashing of women who dress immodestly or refuse to act like the inferior beings Hamas's ideology tells them that they are.

We don't want to believe this of course, in much the same way as civilised Europeans in the 1930s didn't want to believe that Hitler meant every word he wrote in Mein Kampf. Instead, we blame the Jews. Or the Israelis if we insist we're not anti-Semitic. Currently the hashtag #HitlerWasRight is trending on Twitter. I have seen what I would call ordinary decent Irish people write slogans like "Zionist Filth" on Facebook. All over Europe, anti-Semitic attacks have increased horrifically since the current war in Gaza began - because paranoid Israel is not reacting to the threats against her "proportionately".

Dan Hodges (ex UK Labour party and GMB trade official) wrote last week that Israel's critics don't want a proportionate response in Gaza. They want no response at all".

He asks reasonably, "what do you think the death toll would be if Hamas had Israel's military capability - including its nuclear capability? Because I think in those circumstances we would see with horrifying clarity what a disproportionate use of military force really looks like." Bottom line? What we would see is what Hamas and their supporters and financiers want: the annihilation of Israel.

Amos Oz believes the only solution for Israel and Palestine to live peacefully is the oft proffered two-state-solution. This is a beautiful dream, but one impossible to make reality while Western liberals offer succour to the fundamentalists of Hamas while solely demonising Israel.

Every killing of a child is deeply, morally wrong. But one has to ask: What is the difference between our outrage at the children killed in Gaza and those being killed in Syria? It would be seem to be the people killing them. And if we insist that our disproportionate reaction to those killed by Israel is not anti-Semitic, then what is it?

Sunday Independent

Author:  Les Keane [ Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:32 am ]
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Hundreds of Metal Balls Discovered in Turkish Humanitarian Shipment to Gaza
A Turkish humanitarian shipment of supplies to Gaza included metal balls among bags of flour and a cement mixer among concrete. It remains unclear what was the purpose of the shipment that passed through a security check.Jul 31, 2014, 09:30AM | Dana Nasi

Metal balls found in Turkish humanitarian shipment Photo Credit: Channel 2

Customs officials at the Ashdod Port were surprised to discover that a Turkish humanitarian shipment to Gaza included hundreds of metal balls and a cement mixer. The content of the shipment aroused the suspicion of the workers and the equipment underwent a security check.

According to the Turks, the metal balls were part of equipment intended to be used for humanitarian purposes and not for hostile activities against Israel. However, in previous cases, the terrorist organizations used similar metal balls for explosive devices and warheads in order to increase the damage from explosions, which is what triggered the suspicion of the customs officials.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Turkey was attempting to break the naval blockade on Gaza, as part of a flotilla similar to the Mavi Marmara in 2010. According to flotilla organizations, the ship has not yet departed and will include humanitarian aid, food and medicine to help the Palestinians in Gaza.

Author:  passingby [ Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:33 am ]
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Chris wrote:

Chris, where are you-?

There is no one discussing anything on this web site and yet it is a great platform to discuss whatever topic one wants. I ask that you come back, stir the pot before it all boils away and this web site dies of lack of use

please (:-

Author:  passingby [ Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:34 am ]
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Maytaj wrote:
I love this :)]

Maytaj, where are you-?

There is no one discussing anything on this web site and yet it is a great platform to discuss whatever topic one wants. I ask that you come back, stir the pot before it all boils away and this web site dies of lack of use

please (:-

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