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Norman Finkelstein | The crocodile tears have begun over Israeli hostages taken by Gaza militants. | The crocodile tears have begun over Israeli hostages taken by Gaza militants. But Israel has held the 2.1 million people of Gaza, including one million children, hostage in one of the most densely populated areas on the planet for nearly 20 years. In fact, Israel was the only country in the world to have legalized hostage-taking. Revered President of the Israeli High Court Aharon Barak held in 1997 that “a detention is legal if it is designed to promote State security, even if the danger to State Security does not emanate from the detainees themselves,” and that “detention ... for the purpose of release of ... captured and missing soldiers is a vital interest to the State.” (The decision wasn’t reversed until 2000.) If the past is any guide, Gaza’s leadership will swap the Israelis for some of the 4,500 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons on alleged “security grounds.” Gaza is only playing by the book written by Israel.

💬 “All the chorus of calumny, which the Party of Order never fail, in their orgies of blood, to raise against their victims, only proves that the bourgeois of our days considers himself the legitimate successor to the baron of old, who thought every weapon in his own hand fair against the plebeian, while in the hands of the plebeian a weapon of any kind constituted in itself a crime.” — Karl Marx, The Civil War in France

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Permalink Ongoing Bombing On Gaza, 370 killed, 2200 Injured

On Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza confirmed that Israeli missiles and shells have killed 370 Palestinians and injured more than 2200. | The Health Ministry [said] that Israeli missiles have killed at least twenty children and many women in Gaza. It stated that the Palestinians located the corpses of a pregnant woman and several children after the army fired missiles at a Palestinian home in central Gaza.  The army continued the bombing of Gaza, firing dozens of missiles and shells targeting many areas, including homes, residential towers, commercial buildings, infrastructure, mosques, and medical centers.  The Israeli bombing also targeted Jabalia and Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza and several areas in Gaza City, in addition to Khan Younis and Rafah, leading to massive destruction and additional casualties. At least 20,000 Palestinians fled their homes due to Israeli bombing and took shelter in UNRWA-run schools.

313 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza (Pal-Info)
‘We Support Palestinians’ Right to Self Defense’: Iran’s President Speaks to Hamas Leaders (Palestine Chronicle)
‘We are completely shocked by the damage’ (RT.com)
Israeli repression units storm Negev, Megiddo prisons (Pal-Info)
Abu Obeida Tells Netanyahu: ‘Don’t Miscalculate’ (Palestine Chronicle)

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