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Will Israel be Held Accountable for War Crimes?

Luis Miranda
The Real Agenda
November 22nd, 2012
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The question above is one that always comes to mind whenever a more powerful military force uses its might to destroy livelihoods anywhere in the planet. In the case of the Israeli regime, its despise for live, especially that of Arab people is simply horrendous, and that is why it is just fair to ask. During the latest attacks carried out by the Israeli army, almost 50 percent of innocent victims are children and women.

The sum of civilian deaths in Operation Defensive Pillar continues to rise inexorably. On Monday morning there was a score, and throughout the day another dozen were killed in different parts of the Gaza Strip. The total number of deaths already exceeds one hundred.

“What is happening here is a war crime,” said Salah Abed Alaty, a representative of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in the north of the Gaza Strip. “The international community can not remain indifferent to a massacre like this, especially women and children,” he adds, when suddenly leaps up to feel the rumble and flare caused by a Qassam rocket launched from a hundred yards of the Omar el Moktar Avenue.

Statistics are never the best way to provide an account of the damage and destruction caused by war, but according to the numbers compiled by the Ministry of Health in Gaza, most of the fatalities in the territory are children, women and the elderly. The same three groups are also an important minority among the wounded, which already hit 700. The indiscriminate killing of civilians in Gaza caused the official condemnation by the UNICEF and international NGOs present in the area. Such condemnation has never been heard so publicly in the past, which is why is relevant to ask whether this time, the murder carried out by the Israeli army will be punished.

On  Monday, four members of a family, including two children under four years of age, were killed in an Israeli air strike on a house in the town of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. “Although a senior officer of the Qassam Brigades Ezadín had been in the building, there was no justification to destroy it,” said Abed Alaty, a lawyer who witnessed the attack. In his opinion, the alleged “extrajudicial execution” of a militia leader of Hamas is not enough to launch several missiles at the  building in which he was assumed to be.

Israel’s Air Force bombed a second time the building in Shuruq, Gaza City, which until Monday harbored Al Aqsa TV, which was linked to Hamas. In the same venue also operated crews from foreign channels such as Sky News and Al Arabiya.

Palestinian sources reported that at least two people died, one Ramiz Harb, leader of Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad. The Israeli military said in a statement that Harb was “responsible for the propaganda” of the militia. At least three other people were injured, including two journalists.

The tower was converted into a column of black smoke, and in dozens of soil and debris from broken glass objects. On Sunday, the tower next to the Al Shawa, which also hosted television producers serving international channels, was hit by an air to land missile. The director of the press office of the Hamas government, Ihab Al Ghusain says that the antennas were used exclusively for television. “The Israelis say masts served as the communications signal of our security forces,” he says. “But that’s silly, because these antennas are in the barracks and police stations, which are also being systematically bombed,” the spokesman stressed.

“We have come to the Beach Hotel,” said Mahmoud Jaber, the CEO of Palestinian Media Productions, the production company that was attacked on Monday for the second time. The new headquarters is a constant bustle of journalists, some are quick to come out with cameras, others stay glued to computer screens and connected to the radio, the most reliable source of information on the Strip.

“We believe that hotels are the safest, as host to foreign journalists and aid workers, so we have temporarily changed to Hotel Beach” concluded Jaber. The crisis is generating great benefits for the many direct connections prompted for foreign television. From the hotel, journalists follow the last-minute attempts in Cairo to reach a ceasefire through Egyptian mediation. The leader of the political wing of Hamas abroad, Khaled Meshal, and other members of the intelligence apparatus of the military require guarantees that Israel’s bombings will be halted.

Palestinians also called for an end to targeted killings against members of their militias and other armed groups in Gaza. The Israelis want to maintain control over the security zone near the border with Israel, which covers between 300 meters and a kilometer, but Hamas leaders have refused to accept such a request.

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Contributed by Luis Miranda of The Real Agenda.

Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute.

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  • BubbbaGump

    Rockets? anybody remember the rockets…WHICH WERE FIRED 1ST?….anybody?…rockets?…anyone…anyone at all…oh, so there were NO rockets fired on Israel and Israel attacked out of the blue…………………………………………………………..ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh…

  • SKIP

    “Will Israel be Held Accountable for War Crimes?

    Will Saudi Arabia (great financier of terror) and islam be held accountable for all the atrocities BEING committed against non muslims (hell!! even against other muslims, not that I care about them)

  • Mia

    Wow. How many people still believe that a man with serious kidney ailments from a cave half way around the world with nothing more than a cell phone and possibly a laptop masterminded the highjacking of airplanes being flown by military trained pilots in the most secure airspace on the planet, who’s henchman couldn’t handle flying a single engine plane weeks prior had suddenly mastered manuevering a commercial airliner in an approach that most airforce pilots describe as impossible, and that airplanes vaporize on impact under the right conditions (that condition being inside of the US on Sept. 11 2001) The answer is equal to (or in close proximity to) the same number of people that still believe Palastinians are the problem.

    Revelations chapter 2, verse 9:”I know of your tribulation and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander you endure from self-styled jews who are nothing other than members of Satan’s assembly.”

    The problem is not the Palestinians, nor is it the Jews. The problem is the “ashkenazi” jews, or imposter jews. The nation of Khazaria converted to Judeaism in the year 740 a.d. Can’t convert your genes. Roughly 80% of Jews in Israel call themselves “ashkanazi”. Other Jews openly recognize the fact that God promised the land to belong to them after the arrival of their messiah. Jews are still waiting for their messiah. If the imposter jews were removed from Israel you would see a very different political scene. You would see Jews and Palastinians co-existing in peace. Being anti-zion does not make one anti-semetic. In fact, if one is pro-zion because of Gods promise–GREAT! But the promise was made for after the arrival of messiah. Christian post holocaust guilt has been attempting to impose the messiah onto the Jewish people, but it doesn’t make it so. PRO-JEW….ANTI-KHAZAR! If the imposter jews were sent back to Russia where they come from, the birth place of Christ would more likely than not be one of the safest places in the middle east. That is what the Jewish people and the Palastinian people deserve– a peaceful homeland.
    Realistic formula for peace in Israel–kick out the imposter ashkanazi’s. Their self adopted first century name should be a bright red flag. Kind of hard to trust a Jewish person who puts the word NAZI at the end of their self imposed (stolen) identity. To continue to watch this violence be imposed upon Palastinians and Gods people from an Eastern European in Jewish garb is sickening.
    I am proud to be PRO-JEW, PRO-ISRAEL(as promised by God) PRO-PALASTINE and PRO-PEACE.
    If one is to believe that the Jews are entitled to Israel based on Gods promise, than one must also recognize the existance of the imposter jew.
    Word to the wise-do NOT beleive everything the western media shows you.

    • Bill X

      The usual brain dead Nazi stuff posted by someone who knows just a little about the Bible to be dangerous.

  • Chris

    Dear Mia,
    GENESIS SECTION3,CHAPTER12,VERSE3
    (ABOUT THE NATION OF ISRAEL)

    “AND I WILL BLESS THOSE THAT BLESS THEE, AND HIM THAT CURSETH THEE,I WILL CURSE; AND IN THEE SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.”

    I GUESS YOU ARE ONE OF THE CURSED!

  • Mike

    I will make you [Israel] into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. —Genesis 12:2-3

  • rabbit

    I remember reading somewhere that under international law if you use civilian areas (hospitals schools residential areas) as a staging place to wage war, store weapons or engage in any act of warfare those doing so are responsible for any civilian causualties. If thats true then if Hamas/PLO launch rockets at israel from some house or coffee shop then they are responsible for any civilian deaths when Israel retaliates. Why isn’t this even mentioned. I think this whole thing has more to do with a non-Islamic group having success in a percieved Islamic area.
    If the Israelies where muslim this would all be moot.

    • SKIP

      It has to do with, I think, the 13th commandment which reads, “thou Christian shalt kiss muslim ass and allow said muslim to do as he doth please unto you and yours. The commandment says HE because females have no value under islam.

  • Ragnar 99

    Right on Mike!!

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