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Signs of the Times for Tue, 11 Jul 2006

It's a direct hit by the second missile fired by the excellent Israel Air Force pilot, and it comes right into the dining room through the ceiling. Fatma, three months pregnant, is killed on the spot by the shrapnel that hits her spine. Her brother, Dr. Ahmed, is also killed. His daughter-in-law miscarries her child, the little girl Farah is moderately injured and the baby of the family, Khaled, is critically injured in the head.

A puddle of blood collects on the floor.

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Conal Urquhart in Gaza City
Monday July 10, 2006
The Guardian
- Israeli forces destroy water tanks and mains
- Operation will continue indefinitely, says Olmert

The population of the Gaza Strip is "struggling to survive" as a result of Israel's two-week assault, according to the UN, with water and electricity shortages and the breakdown of the sewerage system leading to the pumping of raw sewage into the sea.

"Daily life is a misery. Ordinary people are struggling. We are running around trying to put plasters on everything," said John Ging, the head of operations of the UN agency which looks after Palestinian refugees. "It's a dangerous and desperate situation and it's a myth that there is no humanitarian crisis."

He said in the north of Gaza Israeli forces had shot and destroyed rooftop water tanks and mains, while in the south more than 1,000 people had been forced to leave their homes. Rafah had no electricity because the army would not allow the UN to fix a minor fault, while the rest of Gaza had electricity for six hours a day.

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RAMALLAH, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Tuesday that the Gaza Strip was in a humanitarian crisis against the backdrop of an ongoing massive Israeli offensive.

Terming the situation in Gaza as "a true humanitarian crisis", Erekat said, "We confirm to the world that there is a hard and complicated humanitarian crisis for 1.4 million Gazans who suffer sharp shortages of food, medicine and electricity."

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July 7, 2006
Some 300 prominent British Jews Friday condemned Israel for its brutal invasion of Gaza and urged the UK government to achieve an immediate ceasefire.

The Zionist regime is "using its enormously superior military might to terrorize an entire people," they said in a full-page petition published in the Times newspaper.

"Bombing power stations and cutting off fuel supplies deprives people of electricity, refrigeration, pumped drinking water and sewage disposal services. It holds hostage hospital patients on life support systems, or undergoing dialysis," the petition said.

The well-known British figures, describing themselves as Jews for Justice for Palestinians (Jfjfp), included playwright Harold Pinter, film director Mike Leigh, historian Professor Eric Hobsbawn, and actor Miriam Margoyles as well as a large number of academics.

They said that Israel was trying to present an isolated incident regarding the capture of a soldier, while ignoring their "regular snatching of Palestinians from their home."
There were "thousands" of Palestinians held without trial, including women and children.

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Comment: As we noted in yesterday's editorial, "Zionist Israel, The True Enemy Of The Israeli People", the Zionist Israeli government is not acting on the will of the Israeli Jewish people, it is acting on its own agenda which is putting the lives of ordinary Jews in serious peril.

Adel Zaanoun
July 11, 2006
GAZA CITY, Gaza -- Israel battered the Gaza Strip with fresh airstrikes on Tuesday as troops stood poised to launch more incursions in a deadly offensive that has killed more than 50 Palestinians in a week.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert defended the operation, aimed at securing the release of an abducted teenage soldier and halting rocket attacks, despite widespread international criticism that the assault has been disproportionate.

A Palestinian security officer was killed and six people were wounded in the latest Israeli airstrikes hitting northern Gaza, medical sources said, as the punishing aerial campaign moved into a third week since the soldier's capture.

The raids - which the Israeli military said targeted rockets and a "cell about to launch them" - came just one day after nine Palestinians died from Israeli fire around the impoverished and radicalized Gaza Strip.

The dead man was named as Ahmed Shahid. Medics said that he was struck by a missile fired toward a car. The army said that the attack targeted a vehicle used to reach a rocket-launch site and loaded with rockets in the Beit Hanun area.

The local head of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Abu Ghazal, was in the targeted vehicle but managed to escape unharmed, said a spokesman for the group, an offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

A 12-year-old boy who was wounded in an airstrike on July 6 died of his wounds, bringing to 52 the number of Palestinians killed in the operation, on top of one Israeli soldier who was killed by friendly fire during clashes.

Despite the mounting death toll, defense sources said that the government had given the military authority to continue, and if necessary, intensify the offensive, with infantry and armor poised to carry out "in-depth" incursions.

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Comment: 52 Palestinians dead! Many of them civilians! Allegedly for ONE Israeli soldier??! Who will stop Israel from committing Genocide as the world sits and watches?!

Mail and Guardian Online
10 July 2006
Johannesburg, South Africa - The "apartheid Israel state" is worse than the apartheid that was conducted in South Africa, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Willie Madisha said on Monday.

He said Palestinians were being attacked with heavy machinery and tanks used in war, which had never happened in South Africa.

Cosatu and other organisations supporting Palestine have called on government to end diplomatic relations with Israel and establish boycotts and sanctions such as those against apartheid South Africa.

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Patrick O Conner
One element fueling the current crisis in Gaza is the ongoing failure of US corporate media coverage of Israel/Palestine. US policy, public opinion and mainstream media coverage of Israel/Palestine are all dangerously biased towards Israel. Media coverage both reflects and influences policy and public opinion. Media coverage of events in Gaza again illustrates how the US mainstream media privileges the Israeli narrative, and frequently ignores both Palestinian experiences and international law, providing the US public and policymakers with only part of the story.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted that he intended to commit war crimes in Gaza, telling his cabinet that he wanted "no one to be able to sleep tonight in Gaza". Olmert thus officially acknowledged Israel's policy of collectively punishing 1.4 million Palestinians, a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. But none of the US' three leading newspapers - The New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times - reported Olmert's statement, even though it was widely quoted around the world.

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JERUSALEM, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has decided to continue and if necessary intensify the army offensive in the Gaza Strip, local newspaper Ha'aretz reported Tuesday.

The report said that Olmert made the decision late Monday after consultations with Defense Minister Amir Peretz and senior armyand intelligence officials.

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been defending his country's offensive in Gaza, amid international complaints of excessive force. The Jewish state continued its military actions in the Gaza strip for the thirteenth day on Monday.

Omert said Israel has no policy of trying to topple the Hamas-led Palestinian government despite its arrest of dozens of Hamas officials and its latest military offensive.

But, he said whoever is involved in inflicting terror on the Israeli people would have to pay for it.

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by Yechiel Spira
Arutz Sheva
July 11, 2006
Speaking to members of the foreign press on Monday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came out strongly in defense of Israel's ongoing counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza.

The prime minister rejected mounting criticism from the European Union and the United Nations, stating Israel has a right and an obligation to defend her citizens against unprovoked attacks.

Speaking in English, the prime minister made his position very clear regarding Operation Summer Rains, stating, "I will stop when I will feel that I can provide security for the people of Israel."

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Last Updated Mon, 10 Jul 2006 08:41:14 EDT
CBC News
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert repeated his refusal to negotiate for the release of an abducted soldier, who the leader of Hamas said Monday would be kept alive as a prisoner of war.

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Written by Howard Schultz
Tuesday, 11 July 2006
Dear Starbucks Customer,

First and foremost I want to thank you for making Starbucks the $6.4 billion global company it is today, with more than 90,000 employees, 9,700 stores, and 33 million weekly customers. Every latte and macchiato you drink at Starbucks is a contribution to the close alliance between the United States and Israel, in fact it is - as I was assured when being honoured with the "Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award" - key to Israel's long-term PR success. Your daily chocolate chips frappucino helps paying for student projects in North America and Israel, presenting them with the badly needed Israeli perspective of the Intifada.

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