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Israel In Hamas Gaza: The Reactions

by | 27th, December 2008

HAMAS throws rockets into Israel. Israel hits back at the militants: 

DAILY TELEGPRAH: Sean Rayment says Israel is “addicted to violence,” that its attack on Hamas installations in Gaza is “both disgraceful and disproportionate,” and that it is responsible for “[s]laughtering 155 civilians.”

He says “Hamas is not without blame.”

LGF: It’s been a long time coming, but Hamas made a major miscalculation (what else is new?) when they announced the end of the “truce” and barraged Israel with rockets…

DAILY KOS: Daily Kos: Israel’s ongoing war on Palestinian self-determination (EDIT: 200 dead, Obama: no comment).

With today’s news of IDF air strikes abruptly ending the lives of some 140 Gazans, I can’t help but feel an abject sense of horror at the fact that most Americans will probably find some way to blame the Palestinians for bringing this on themselves. Nevermind the fact that it was Israel who initially broke the ceasefire. Forget the fact that Israel kidnapped two civilians from Gaza before Corporal Gilad Shilat became a household name. Nevermind that Israel’s strangulation of the Gaza Strip began immediately after the so-called disengagement and before the electoral victory of Hamas.

I remain confounded by the American progressive movement’s widespread refusal to stand behind the Palestinian people as they are subjected to an endless barrage of colonialist, racist aggression.

SYRIA:

“Syria is following with great anxiety the barbaric Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza… a horrific crime and terrorist act.

“Syria calls on the Arab nation and the international community to use all possible means to put pressure on Israel to immediately stop the aggression, allow the wounded to enter hospital and open all crossing points [to Gaza].

“Syria as president of the Arab League calls on Arab leaders to hold an emergency summit to assess the dangerous situation in Gaza.”

VATICAN:

“Hamas is a prisoner to a logic of hate, Israel to a logic of faith in force as the best response to hate. One must continue to search for a different way out, even if that may seem impossible.”

FOREIGN OFFICE:

“The only way to achieve lasting peace in Gaza is through peaceful means. Whilst we understand the Israeli government’s obligation to protect its population we urge maximum restraint to avoid further civilian casualties.

“We also call on militants in the Gaza Strip to immediately cease all rocket attacks on Israel.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing more than 200 people and wounding nearly 400 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in years.

Most of those killed were security men, but an unknown number of civilians were also among the dead. Hamas said all of its security installations were hit, threatened to resume suicide attacks, and sent at least 70 rockets and mortar shells crashing into Israeli border communities, according to the Israeli military. One Israeli was killed and at least six people were hurt.

Well..?



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