Information Clearing House Newsletter Special Report – Slaughter In Gaza

27 December, 2008

More Than 200 Killed As Israel Drops 100 Tons Of Bombs In Gaza City
The BBC Video Report
Israeli F-16 bombers have pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 200 people, according to local medical workers.

Israeli Attack on Gaza, Kills 205
Israeli warplanes have carried out a massive airstrike on the Gaza Strip

By Press TV
Video footages showed the bodies of dead people including men, women and children on Gaza streets.

Eyewitness: Chaos in Gaza
We can see from our office here in Gaza, in the middle of Gaza City, ambulances are still evacuating the injured from buildings and school kids are trying to find secure places.

Hamas Press Conference After Israeli Attacks On Gaza
Video – 27 Dec08
Taher al-Noono, a Hamas spokesman, speaks to reporters in Gaza following Israeli attacks which killed more than 195 people and wounded more than 200 others.

Bush Winks at Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza,
Obama and Clinton Are Silent

By Matthew Rothschild
President-elect Barack Obama and Secretary of State-to-be Hillary Clinton were shamefully silent in the first hours after the attack. Bush’s reaction, and the non-reaction by Obama and Clinton, underscores the point that Hanan Ashrawi made on Saturday. “Israel has gotten used to not being held accountable and to being a country that is above the law,” said the Palestinian legislator and human rights activist. She called the bombings a “massacre.”

Gaza Massacres Must Spur Us To Action
By Ali Abunimah
“I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing.” Those were the words, spoken on Al Jazeera today by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defense official in the Sderot area adjacent to Gaza, as images of Israel’s latest massacres were broadcast around the world.

Gaza Massacre
Israel’s Cynicism Supported by the West’s Complicity

By Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
Today the Israeli army launched its long awaited strikes against the Gazan people, an unarmed, captive civilian population. The West, including the British government, has supported the last two years’ of blockade of the Palestinians in Gaza for the crime of exercising their democratic rights in a manner not to Israel’s liking.

One Israeli killed, 4 hurt as Palestinian rockets hit Negev home:
Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired at least 54 Qassam and Grad rockets into southern Israel on Saturday after Israeli air strikes killed more than 195 Palestinians in Gaza, according to Palestinian sources.

Israel to mount emergency international PR effort in wake of savage attacks on Gaza:
Livni instructed senior ministry officials to open an aggressive and diplomatic international public relations campaign, in order to gain greater international support for Israel Defense Forces operations in the Gaza Strip.

In Pictures :Israeli Attack On Gaza:

December: The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

27 December, 2008

Two days after Christmas, and the Israelis have proven they are children of the true Christianity; that they have the holiest of holy spirits in them, by bombing Gaza and killing and maiming. I omit the number of deaths and maimings intentionally. The numbers matter to those who were and are the beings that make up the numbers, those who knew, know, loved, love those who were and won’t be again. The task is not in knowing those numbers; in reducing those numbers. The task is in abolishing the process that creates those numbers– the process that survives only through destruction.

The numbers don’t count to the Israelis. What counts, literally, is destruction. The numbers, the index to the efficiency to the process of destruction, are secondary to the all the bourgeoisie as it is destruction alone that maintains their property; destruction alone that preserves aggrandizement.

As the bourgeoisie demonstrate everyday and in every way, their zeal for, and fidelity to, efficiency is vastly overrated. Efficiency is only an euphemism for aggrandizement. The Israelis, perfect vectors, cats’ paws, proxies, derivatives, of and for the bourgeoisie are perfect examples of efficiency efficiently debased, profitably devalued, and made vitally wasteful and vice-versa to the real project of capital which is exacty that debasement, devaluation, destruction.

There is no basis for the existence of the state of Israel other than destruction, devaluation, debasement. The mythology of making the ‘desert bloom,’ of ‘technological progress,’ is nothing other than misdirection, the smoke and the anti-mirror to cover the destruction of the original social relations. In this, the Israelis are the true heirs to the Boers of South Africa; to the apartheid rule of Verwoerd, de Klerk and Botha; to the US of Nixon and his Christmas Bombings; to the United States and its destruction of Iraq.

There can be no two-state solution; there can be no one-state solution. There can be no solution without the revolutionary overthrow of the Israeli state. Attempts at Israel’s simple destruction are worse than fruitless; they are necessary to its very existence. The transition then from resistance to revolution requires the socialist rejection of Arab nationalism by the displaced, the immiserated Palestinians and by the workers of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan.

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Source: The Wolf Report:Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

“Stop the Massacre in Gaza – Boycott Israel Now!”

27 December, 2008

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)*

Press Release

Occupied Ramallah, Palestine – 27 December 2008: Today, the Israeli occupation army committed a new massacre in Gaza, causing the death and injury of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including a yet unknown number of school children who were headed home from school when the first Israeli military strikes started. This latest bloodbath, although far more ruthless than all its predecessors, is not Israel’s first. It culminates months of an Israeli siege of Gaza that should be widely condemned and prosecuted as an act of genocide against the 1.5 million Palestinians in the occupied coastal strip.

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Massacres in Gaza, Demonstrations in the West Bank….

Please forward to media immediately and pick-up the phone and call media outlets immediately to condemn the atrocities being committed in Gaza (Using US taxpayer money and International and Arab Government Acquiescence). Demonstrations are ongoing throughout the West Bank. Here is the press release for the one in Bethlehem.

A demonstration to condemn the massacres being committed in Gaza

Palestinian Civil Society organizations in the Bethlehem area, people of various political affiliations, Christians, and Muslims, and all people of conscience in the Bethlehem area are gathering at 5 PM in front of the Church of Nativity and Omar’s mosque in Bethlehem.

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AIC Condemns Deadly Attacks on Gaza, Calls for Civil Society Mobilization, International Sanctions


The Alternative Information Center (AIC) condemns today’s deadly attack by the Israeli Air Force on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the killing of (at this moment) over 150 Palestinians. The AIC calls on social movements throughout the world to mobilize against these Israeli war crimes and demands that the international community implement sanctions against Israel and indict Tzipi Livni, Ehud Barak and other Israeli political and military leadership for these blatant war crimes, committed as part of Israel’s election process.

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International Witnesses speak out from Gaza

27th December 2008, Gaza, Palestine – Human Rights Defenders from Lebanon, the UK, Poland, Canada, Spain, Italy and Australia are present in Gaza and are witnessing and documenting the current Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Due to Israel’s policy of denying access to international media, human rights defenders and aid agencies to the Occupied Gaza Strip, many of these Human Rights Defenders arrived in Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement’s boats.

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Ali Abunimah: Gaza massacres must spur us to action

27 December, 2008 The Electronic Intifada

Palestinians carry the body of a victim of an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)

“I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing.” Those were the words, spoken on Al Jazeera today by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defense official in the Sderot area adjacent to Gaza, as images of Israel’s latest massacres were broadcast around the world.

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At least 195 Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed in an Israeli aerial bombardment of Gaza

Latest as of 8:30 Pacific time:

Israeli defense minister says Gaza operation will widen as necessary…Israeli air attacks continue as night falls in Gaza…. Palestinian medical sources say Gaza toll has reached 205 people, including many women & children.

1. Scores dead in Israeli raid on Gaza
2. Analysis: Israel’s Gaza assault

Scores dead in Israeli raid on Gaza

Bureij.jpgAt least 195 Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed in an Israeli aerial bombardment on Hamas security installations.

Israel launched air attacks across the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday, threatening that further operations would be carried out.

Emergency services said that at least 300 people had been wounded.

Witnesses reported heavy damage as at least 30 missiles were fired.

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Gilad Atzmon: The Wisdom of Edwin Montagu

26 December, 2008

edwin-montagu.jpgThe following is a Memorandum written by Edwin Montagu commenting on the Balfour declaration. It was submitted to the  British Cabinet on 23 August 1917.

Though Montagu speaks wisdom in each sentence, his suggestions were ignored. Montagu probably failed to realise that the Balfour declaration was a token the British had to pay in order to pull America into the war.

In his remarkable book The Pity Of It All, Amos Elon  (Penguin 2004) provides a very interesting historical insight into the subject. Seemingly, within the eve of the first war, some very powerful Jewish German lobbies were operating in America. Prominent German American Jews protested against America joining England and France. In a statement to the New York Times on 22 November 1914, Jacob H Schiff, head of Khun, Loeb – at the time the second largest private bank in the US – charged the British and French with attempting to destroy Germany for reasons of trade (Elon, 253). Needless to say. the East European Jews who emigrated to the USA evading Anti-Semitic Czarist Russia regarded the German army as a liberator. At large, American Jewry was pro-German.

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