Permalink Israel-Hamas conflict is a ‘war on children’ – UN spokesperson

More than 6,000 Palestinian children have been killed in Gaza since the Hamas-led attack on Israel | [...] A spokesperson for UNICEF has condemned the mass killings of children in Gaza during the Israel-Hamas conflict, and called on “those with influence” to put an end to the conflict.  James Elder posted an emotional video on Instagram on Friday, saying: 💬 “The ceasefire is over. We can already hear the bombing. I am at a hospital. There was a hit about 50 metres from here. This is the biggest, still functioning hospital in Gaza. It's at 200% capacity. The health system here is overwhelmed. The world “cannot see more children with the wounds of war, with the burns, with the shrapnel littering their body, with the broken bones,” adding: “This is a war on children,” the spokesman for the UN children’s fund said.

‘A mass assassination factory’: Inside Israel’s calculated bombing of Gaza (+972 Mgazine) | The investigation by +972 and Local Call is based on conversations with seven current and former members of Israel’s intelligence community — including military intelligence and air force personnel who were involved in Israeli operations in the besieged Strip — in addition to Palestinian testimonies, data, and documentation from the Gaza Strip, and official statements by the IDF Spokesperson and other Israeli state institutions.  Compared to previous Israeli assaults on Gaza, the current war — which Israel has named “Operation Iron Swords,” and which began in the wake of the Hamas-led assault on southern Israel on October 7 — has seen the army significantly expand its bombing of targets that are not distinctly military in nature. These include private residences as well as public buildings, infrastructure, and high-rise blocks, which sources say the army defines as “power targets” (“matarot otzem”). [...] Several of the sources, who spoke to +972 and Local Call on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the Israeli army has files on the vast majority of potential targets in Gaza — including homes — which stipulate the number of civilians who are likely to be killed in an attack on a particular target. This number is calculated and known in advance to the army’s intelligence units, who also know shortly before carrying out an attack roughly how many civilians are certain to be killed. In one case discussed by the sources, the Israeli military command knowingly approved the killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians in an attempt to assassinate a single top Hamas military commander.


Permalink Truce in Gaza ends without extension, 'Israel' resumes war

Israeli occupation war jets pursue their airstrikes across the Gaza Strip as the Resistance confronts invading Israeli forces at the front lines. | The temporary truce between the Resistance in Gaza and the Israeli occupation entity, brokered by Qatar and Egypt, expired at 7:00 am Friday without any announcement of its extension.  Shortly after, "Israel" renewed its aggression across Gaza, bombing the Strip indiscriminately.  Palestinian media sources reported that 8 martyrs were killed as a result of the occupation aircraft bombing several areas in the Gaza Strip, including Al-Aqsa TV cameraman Abdallah Darwish who was martyred in the occupation raids on the Gaza Strip.

Over 109 Palestinians killed since ceasefire ended – Gaza (RT.com)
29 killed in Gaza in first 2 hours after truce expired (Naharnet/AFP)
‘Israel’ Resumes War on Gaza After Truce Deal Expires (Alahed News)
Erdoğan: Events in Gaza constitute both a crime against humanity and a war crime (aNews)

Permalink Israel Knew Hamas’s Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago

A blueprint reviewed by The Times laid out the attack in detail. Israeli officials dismissed it as aspirational and ignored specific warnings. | Israeli officials obtained Hamas’s battle plan for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack more than a year before it happened, documents, emails and interviews show. But Israeli military and intelligence officials dismissed the plan as aspirational, considering it too difficult for Hamas to carry out.  The approximately 40-page document, which the Israeli authorities code-named “Jericho Wall,” outlined, point by point, exactly the kind of devastating invasion that led to the deaths of about 1,200 people.  The translated document, which was reviewed by The New York Times, did not set a date for the attack, but described a methodical assault designed to overwhelm the fortifications around the Gaza Strip, take over Israeli cities and storm key military bases, including a division headquarters.  Hamas followed the blueprint with shocking precision. The document called for a barrage of rockets at the outset of the attack, drones to knock out the security cameras and automated machine guns along the border, and gunmen to pour into Israel en masse in paragliders, on motorcycles and on foot — all of which happened on Oct. 7.

Permalink Israel killed more journalists in Gaza in 7 weeks than all 20 YEARS of the Vietnam war & all 6 years of World War II

Permalink Israel recalls ambassador from EU country

The Spanish prime minister has questioned the legality of the war on Gaza | The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that it was recalling its ambassador in Madrid, Rodica Radian-Gordon, for consultations after comments made by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez about the ongoing war. Madrid's ambassador in Tel Aviv was also summoned for a protest.  Speaking with the Spanish broadcaster TVE, Sanchez said he had “serious doubt” that Israel was in compliance with international humanitarian law while waging war on the Palestinian group, given the imagery coming from the enclave and the “growing numbers of children dying.”


Permalink ‘We want permanent ceasefire,’ Palestinians in Gaza say as truce extended

The four-day humanitarian pause has quietened the skies over Gaza but has shone a light on the suffering of displaced Palestinians. | Ayman Harb, a father of three children, stuck it out with his family in the Gaza City neighbourhood of Shujayea for more than a month of the war, even as Israeli bombs and tanks destroyed the besieged enclave’s largest urban centre.  Last week, just before a four-day humanitarian pause came into effect, he decided the family had to flee. One of his sons has cerebral palsy and requires an oxygen tank, and the Israeli soldiers threatened to shoot Harb if he did not throw away the oxygen. Now in central Gaza, Harb has but one dream — for the truce to turn into a full-fledged ceasefire that allows him and his family to return home.

Turkish President Erdoğan vows swift action for Gaza cease-fire, hostage release (aNews)
Israel’s Savagery Is So Shocking It’s Sometimes Hard To Take In (Caitlin Johnstone)
A Blunt Message for Israel (Samuel Moncada, Venezuela’s ambassador to the U.N.)


Permalink Gaza truce to be extended by 48 hours, Hamas and Qatar say

A truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip will be extended by two days, the Palestinian group and mediator Qatar said Monday, opening the way for further releases of hostages and prisoners.  With just hours to go before the so-called "humanitarian pause" was to end early Tuesday, Hamas said that an agreement had been reached to prolong it by 48 hours under the existing terms.  There was no immediate confirmation from the Israeli side of the extension, which was nevertheless hailed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as "a glimpse of hope and humanity in the middle of the darkness of war."

Gaza Truce Extended by Two Days (Alaher News)
Truce Extended Additional Two Days; Half of Gazans Now Homeless (IMEMC News)
Israel Violates Humanitarian Truce, Kills One Palestinian, Injures Eight, in Gaza (IMEMC News)
Israeli occupation forces violated terms of the Gaza truce again (Al Mayadeen)

Permalink “Treated like animals”: Palestinian children face inhumane treatment in Israeli-run prisons

Children in the Israeli military detention system face inhumane treatment such as beatings, strip searches, psychological abuse, weeks in solitary confinement, and being denied access to a lawyer during interrogations, new research by Save the Children found. | Save the Children consulted more than 470 children from across the West Bank who have been detained over the past ten years. The organisation found that the majority of children were taken from their homes at night, blindfolded, with their hands painfully bound behind their backs. Many of the respondents said were not told why they were being arrested or where they were going.

Freed Palestinian children say fellow prisoners were 'tortured to death' (MEE)
Stripped, beaten and blindfolded: new research reveals ongoing violence and abuse of Palestinian children detained by Israeli military (Save the Children)
Israeli Soldiers Sexually Abuse Palestinian Children (Stephen Lendman)(09/13/10)

Permalink Ethnic Cleansing: US and Israeli solution to the Palestine problem risks a new major war in the region

Tamara Ryzhenkova | Despite Cairo’s resistance, the old plan to relocate Palestinian people to Egypt has prompted new discussions | Egypt’s reaction to the events in the Gaza Strip has drawn renewed attention to the US-Israeli plan of relocating the Palestinian population living in Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula, which is now a part of Egypt. In former times, this question was repeatedly raised during negotiations with Cairo. Now, it looks like Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will have to deal with the issue once again and find an optimal solution.

Permalink Israeli bulldozers decimate Jenin in latest raid

Authorities in Jenin say the constant Israeli raids have incurred millions of dollars-worth of damages on the city | Five Palestinians were killed late on 25 November and early the next day during a brutal Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. Israeli troops stormed the city “from multiple directions … while opening gunfire indiscriminately, sparking confrontations with the local residents,” WAFA news agency reported. At least six other Palestinians were wounded as a result of the raid in Jenin. Among the five killed were members of the Jenin Brigade, one of the West Bank branches of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement’s armed wing, the Quds Brigades.


Permalink Musk to meet Israeli president

The owner of X (formerly Twitter) is visiting Israel amid accusations of facilitating anti-Semitism | Elon Musk, the owner of X (formerly Twitter), is set to meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog to discuss tackling anti-Jewish sentiments on social media, the office of the President of Israel confirmed on Sunday. During the meeting on Monday, they will be joined by Israelis whose family members have been taken hostage by Hamas during the militant group's deadly attack on Israel last month. “In their meeting, the president will emphasize the need to act to combat rising anti-Semitism online,” [antipathy against Israel's killing of innocent civilians] Herzog’s office said, as cited by Reuters. The entrepreneur has yet to confirm the visit.  The Tesla CEO will also meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and, according to Israel's Channel 12, may even tour Israeli settlements along the Gaza border, in what critics claim is an attempt to salvage his public image [as a child-killer].

Musk backs Israeli assault on Gaza (RT.com)

Permalink Israel to hit ("Hamas") Civilians ‘with full force’ after truce ends – Netanyahu

The prime minister said he would delay the resumption of hostilities by one additional day for every ten hostages released | In a video statement released on Sunday, Netanyahu said he had discussed with US President Joe Biden the release of hostages held in Gaza – a key point in the recent agreement with Hamas. [...] “At the same time, I also told President Biden that at the end of the outline, we will go to realizing our goals with full force: Eliminating Hamas, ensuring that Gaza will not go back to being what it was, and – of course – releasing all of our hostages,” he added. [...] To date, 39 Israeli hostages and 117 Palestinian prisoners have been swapped. In addition, more than two dozen people captured by Palestinian militants were set free as part of separate agreements. In a statement on Sunday, Hamas said that it was seeking to extend the truce “through serious efforts to increase the number of those released from imprisonment.” A source close to the group told AFP that Hamas was willing to prolong the ceasefire by “two to four days.”

Permalink 🇵🇸🇮🇱 Gaza, before and after Jewish war crimes...

Political scientist Mearsheimer sheds light on Israel-Palestine conflict origins (VIDEO)

Permalink Russia's public pivot to Palestine

Pepe Escobar | As the west's support for Israel's Gaza war becomes indefensible, Moscow aligns itself with the global majority in defense of Palestine. [...] Putin took no time to cut to the chase detailing the official stand of the Russian Federation in the current geopolitical incandescence of two intertwined wars, Ukraine and Israel-Palestine. This was addressed as much to his high-profile audience as to the political leadership of the western Hegemon." 💬 "There is no justification for the terrible events taking place in Gaza now, where hundreds of thousands of innocent people are being killed indiscriminately, without having anywhere to flee or hide from the bombing. When you see blood-stained children, dead children, the suffering of women and old people, when you see medics killed, of course, it makes you clench your fists as tears well in your eyes.”


Permalink Spain to Recognize Palestine Unilaterally as Barcelona City Suspends Relations with “Israel”

Spain is willing to move ahead by itself on the matter of recognizing Palestinian statehood, though it would prefer to act alongside other EU members, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday. | Spain currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, which Belgium will take over in January. Sanchez and his Belgian counterpart, Alexander De Croo, spoke to reporters at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, just before the Qatar-brokered “humanitarian pause” and release of 13 “Israeli” settlers held as captives.  Asked if he would support unilateral recognition of the Palestinian state, Sanchez declared that “the moment has come” for the EU and the rest of the “international community” to do so. 💬 “It would be important if many member states of the EU, we do it all together,” the Spanish PM said. “If this is not the case, of course, Spain will take their own decisions.” [...] Relatedly, Barcelona City Council has suspended the city's relations with the “Israeli” regime as long as the latter continues its ongoing deadly war against the Gaza Strip. [...] According to Barcelona’s approved statement, the main obstacles to long-lasting peace are "the occupation and colonization of Palestinian territories," and the "denial of rights" to the people.

Prime Ministers of Spain, Belgium Reject Israel’s Criticism Over Stance on Gaza (Sputnik News)

Permalink Hamas, Israel exchange captives as Gaza truce takes hold

Hamas on Friday freed a first batch of hostages seized in the deadliest attack in Israel's history under a deal that saw a temporary truce take hold in war-ravaged Gaza. Israel meanwhile release 39 Palestinian women and children from its prisons. | Thirteen Israeli hostages captured during Palestinian militants' cross-border raids were back in Israeli territory where they would undergo medical checks before being reunited with their families, the army said. They included four children and six elderly women, an official Israeli list showed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to bring all the hostages home.

Israeli troops fire at Gazans returning home, kill two after ceasefire (PressTV)
First Group of Gaza Captives Exchanged for Palestinian Detainees (Alahed News)
Joy roams Palestine after 39 prisoners freed from Israeli prisons (Al Mayadeen)

Permalink Israeli army losing, facing ongoing problems during Gaza truce: Media

The Israeli channel Kan says the "reorganization of the Israeli military in Gaza is still under construction, and the rules are not yet entirely clear." | Israeli media suggested that "from a practical standpoint, the Israeli army is losing," adding that "there are ongoing problems facing the [Israeli] forces in Gaza during the truce."  The Israeli channel Kan pointed out that the "reorganization of the Israeli military in Gaza is still under construction, and the rules are not yet entirely clear," noting that there won't be 12,000 Israeli soldiers left in Gaza, as the army will reduce this number.  The report mentioned that Israeli occupation forces are attempting to prevent the movement of Palestinian residents from the southern part of the Gaza Strip to the north, and there are entire units working on this mission, indicating that "it is obvious that they will not succeed in stopping all these movements."

Hamas proved to still be in control after 49 days: Israeli media (Al Mayadeen)


Permalink LIVE UPDATES: Four-day Truce Between Israel And Hamas Goes Into Effect

The current escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been underway since October 7, when the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise large-scale attack on the Jewish state from the Gaza Strip. Israel retaliates by launching indiscriminate attacks on the Palestinian territory. | On Friday, a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas begins, a deal brokered by Qatar. The truce calls for Hamas to release 50 hostages from Gaza over four days, while Israel releases 150 Palestinian prisoners over the same period.  Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has since vowed to continue fighting Hamas "forcefully" after the ceasefire, adding that he expects at least two more months of hostilities.  In a separate development, Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said on Thursday that he had witnessed "the unspeakable suffering of the people" in Gaza, as he reiterated his call for a "long-standing humanitarian ceasefire" in the enclave.

Hostilities HALT in Gaza (Hal Turner Show)
One hour after taking effect, Israeli forces violate temporary truce (Al Mayadeen)
Ahead of temporary ceasefire, Israeli forces continue to terrorize hospitals (Mondoweiss)
Four-day truce came into effect seven weeks into aggression on Gaza (Al Mayadeen)
Truce In Gaza Comes into Effect After Seven Weeks of ‘Israeli’ Aggression (Alahed News)

Permalink Israel Screeching about "Hamas Tunnels" Under Hospitals

But it was ISRAEL which built those tunnels 40+ Years ago! | A real scandal is emerging in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, and the scandal is not just the 14,000 Dead Palestinians. Throughout this conflict, Israel has defended its bombing of Hospitals and other public buildings by saying "Hamas has tunnels underneath them that they use to attack Israel." That claim is used to justify everything Israel has done. The implication is that Hamas built the tunnels for the purpose of moving in secret to attack Israel. Turns out: It was ISRAEL who built those tunnels some 40+ years ago, to provide extra space for the hospitals to work!

Former Israeli PM Says Israel Built the Bunkers Under Al-Shifa Hospital (National File)
IDF Knew Real Hamas HQ While Lying About al-Shifa (Gareth Porter)(Consortium News)

Permalink World 'shocked' at images coming out of Gaza, Spanish PM to Netanyahu

During his tour in the Middle East, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza is "truly unbearable". | [The] Spanish PM confirmed, 💬 "Let me also be clear: Israel must abide by international law, including international humanitarian law, in its response," adding, "The whole world is shocked at the images that we see coming from Gaza every day. The number of Palestinians killed is truly unbearable. I believe that all civilians must be protected at all costs." Earlier, Spain’s Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, released a video on the social media platform X to urge European leaders to cut ties with "Israel" after calling out world leaders for allowing the occupation to commit "crimes against humanity" with impunity. 💬 "The Gaza Strip has experienced a hellish night. Israel is not only massively bombing an absolutely defenseless population which includes children, pregnant women, and older people, but also Israel has ended all communication. Internet, phone is cut in the Gaza Strip," she said.


Permalink Israel-Hamas hostage deal delayed

US officials involved in negotiations say the two sides are still working out the “final logistical details” | A hostage exchange deal between Israel and the Hamas militant group will be postponed until Friday, a senior Israeli official has said. The arrangement was originally set to begin on Thursday, with Israeli forces expected to pause operations for four days to allow aid into Gaza.  Israeli National Security Council Director Tzachi Hanegbi announced the delay in a statement on Wednesday, stressing that the negotiations were still underway and that the deal was set to be finalized. [...] An unnamed Israeli official cited by Haaretz added that the four-day pause to Israel’s military operations would also be delayed, suggesting air and ground raids in Gaza would continue until the deal is officially implemented.

Permalink Photojournalist Mohammad Ayyash killed by Israeli strike on home

The Israeli occupation targets photojournalist Mohammad Ayyash in his home, killing him and his family in the overnight aggression that resulted in the death of hundreds of Palestinians. | Palestinian Wafa News Agency reported that photojournalist Mohammad Ayyash was martyred, along with a number of his family members, as a result of a raid carried out by the Israeli occupation that targeted his house in the Nuseirat camp, in the central Gaza Strip.  In Gaza, martyr Ayyash is the latest of 63 other journalists that have also been martyred as a result of direct and deliberate Israeli raids in a clear genocidal policy aimed at assassinating the Palestinian narrative.

Remembering martyr Farah Omar in her hometown of Mashghara, West Bekaa (Al Mayadeen)


Permalink Start of ‘humanitarian pause’ in Gaza to be announced within 24 hours: Qatar

Qatar on early Wednesday said that the start of a "humanitarian pause" between Israel and Hamas will be announced within 24 hours. | Qatar, along with Egypt and the United States, has successfully mediated a four-day humanitarian pause between Israel and Hamas. The announcement, expected in the next 24 hours, involves the exchange of 50 civilian women and children hostages in Gaza for Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons. Humanitarian aid, including fuel, will be permitted into the Gaza Strip.

LIVE: 50 captives and 150 Palestinian prisoners to be released (MEE)
Hamas announces 4-day truce agreement, prisoners exchange deal (Al Mayadeen)
The Palestinian Children Detained by ‘Israel’ (Alahed News)
Hamas Says Agreed to Mediated Four-day Truce (Alahed News)
Israel's Cabinet Approves Ceasefire, Hostage Deal With Hamas (Sputnik News)
Putin expresses concern over 'thousands of deaths' in Gaza Strip (aNews)

Gaza Ceasefire? (Kurt Nimmo) | Yes, calling for a ceasefire is helpful, but it will not accomplish much. Israel will not stop killing Palestinians and Washington will continue to support the ethno-religious settler fanatics in Palestine in response to the outsized influence of the Israeli lobby. Israel will continue stampeding two million Palestinians into South Gaza and eventually through the Rafah Crossing into the empty desert of the Egyptian Sinai. This has been the plan for decades. It’s not a secret. Israel is a terrorist state. It was founded and governed by terrorists. David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon, Ehud Barak, Yitzhak Rabin, and yes, Golda Meir, were all terrorists. Together these terrorists—who are rarely called terrorists in the West—ethnically cleansed nearly a million Palestinians. Some of them were members of terrorist groups before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. The ethnic cleansing plan for Gaza and the West Bank has remained consistent.

Permalink 21 Out Of 24 Hospitals in Wadi Gaza Cease Functions - WHO

21 out of 24 hospitals north of Wadi Gaza have ceased functioning, leaving thousands of people without essential medical care, WHO Health Emergencies Program Executive Director Michael Ryan confirmed. | The dire situation is further exacerbated by the fact that Al Shifa Hospital, a vital healthcare institution in the region, is no longer admitting new patients. According to Ryan, "Deconfliction mechanisms with Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories [COGAT] have been subpar and don’t allow for safe humanitarian operations. It improved with Al Shifa evacuation and WHO hopes that becomes the new standard."

Hospitals in northern Gaza completely out of service (Al Jazeera)
'Israel' bombs Gaza, targeting last operating hospitals (Al Mayadeen)
“Israeli” Troops Raid Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital Again (Alahed News)
Israel’s War on Hospitals (Chris Hedges)
Watch: Israeli children sing, “We will annihilate everyone” in Gaza (11/21/23)

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