who really broke the “ceasefire”? (and when?)

a few hours ago when i was still at school i started receiving sms messages on my phone from ma’an news (ma’an and jawal teamed up to create a service recently for breaking news updates–it’s great). it was about new clashes in gaza between resistance fighters and israeli terrorists:

Israeli tank fire killed one Palestinian and injured a second after Palestinian fighters launched a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) at an Israeli tank patrolling the Gaza border in the south-central area of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli sources said the RPG killed one soldier and injured three others.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was quoted as saying Israel should respond quickly to the attack no matter who was responsible for launching the projectile.

The head of the committee in charge of bringing aid into Gaza Raed Fattouh said Israel closed all commercial crossings to the Gaza Strip after the explosion.

Medical sources identified the Palestinian casualty as 27-year-old Anwar Al-Brim.

Witnesses said they saw Palestinian faction fighters launch an RPG at an Israeli patrol near the Kissufim military base in south-central Gaza. They fired from the Al-Farahin area east Khan Younis.

The military base is on the Israeli-Gaza border, and it was not immediately clear whether the patrol was on the Israeli side, the Palestinian side or in the buffer-zone of the border area.

Immediately after the attack Ma’an reporters in Gaza said one fighter was killed when Israeli troops responded with tank fire.

the times online reported shortly thereafter this–which is either a deliberate fabrication or completely ignorant:

The fragile ceasefire in Gaza appeared to be crumbling today as Palestinian militants set off a bomb beside an Israeli patrol on the Gaza border, reportedly killing one soldier.

Palestinian officials also said that Israeli troops afterwards shot and killed a 27-year-old man and wounded two others near the tense border, across which Israeli tanks and troops swarmed this month in a ground invasion of the Hamas-controlled enclave.

The violence came after the end of a week-long ceasefire unilaterally declared by Israel to end three weeks of fighting that left 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

okay, i expect this from the times, but not from al jazeera english, which is reporting the same fabrication/falsehood:

It is the first apparent breach of a January 18 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

i quoted eva bartlett’s blog the other day stating this, but obviously it bears repeating since journalists seem to think that the ceasefire was just broken today and that it was broken by palestinians. i have news for you: this is not the case:

At 7:30am 22 January, five days after Israeli authorities declared a “ceasefire” following their 22-day air, land and sea bombardment of the Gaza Strip, Israeli gunboats renewed shelling off the Gaza city coast, injuring at least six, including four children.

Muawiyah Hassanain, director of Ambulance and Emergency Services, reported more shelling in the northwestern coastal area al-Sudaniya the same morning. Five fishermen were injured in the attacks, he said.

About 9:45am that morning in Shejaiya district to the east of Gaza City, seven-year-old Ahmed Hassanian was outside his house with friends when Israeli soldiers fired from the eastern border. A bullet lodged in his brain, causing brain hemorrhage. Dr. Fawzi Nabulsi, director of the ICU at al-Shifa hospital, says the boy is not expected to survive.

Three Palestinians have been killed since the ceasefire and 15 injured, including the ten injured 22 January, according to both Hassanain and Dr. Khalaf.

Hours after the ceasefire was said to have come into effect 18 January, Israeli warplanes flew extremely low over areas of Gaza. Drones capable both of photographing and of dropping targeted missiles continued to circle overhead. At 8:30am on 18 January, one of these drones dropped two missiles in the Amal area east of Beit Hanoun, killing 11-year-old Angham Rafat al-Masri and injuring her mother.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reports further violations of the ceasefire, including the killing of Maher Abu Rjaila, 23, shot in the chest by Israeli troops at 10:40am 18 January as he walked on his land east of Khan Younis city.

Israeli soldiers fired on residents of Al-Qarara, near Khan Younis, at 1pm 20 January, shooting Waleed al-Astal, 42, in his right foot.

so the “ceasefire” that never was, was “broken” today. hmmmm. and now on twitter al jazeera is reporting that israeli troops “entered” gaza. i’ve got news for you: armies, especially armies belonging to rogue, terrorist states don’t enter. they invade.


perhaps journalists need a reminder from chris hedges about their duties:

The assault on Gaza exposed not only Israel’s callous disregard for international law but the gutlessness of the American press. There were no major newspapers, television networks or radio stations that challenged Israel’s fabricated version of events that led to the Gaza attack or the daily lies Israel used to justify the unjustifiable. Nearly all reporters were, as during the buildup to the Iraq war, pliant stenographers and echo chambers. If we as journalists have a product to sell, it is credibility. Take that credibility away and we become little more than propagandists and advertisers. By refusing to expose lies we destroy, in the end, ourselves.

and speaking of propaganda…check this out from the chief military rabbi in the israeli terrorist state:

The Israeli army’s chief rabbinate gave soldiers preparing to enter the Gaza Strip a booklet implying that all Palestinians are their mortal enemies and advising them that cruelty is sometimes a “good attribute”.

The booklet, entitled Go Fight My Fight: A Daily Study Table for the Soldier and Commander in a Time of War, was published especially for Operation Cast Lead, the devastating three-week campaign launched with the stated aim of ending rocket fire against southern Israel. The publication draws on the teachings of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of the Jewish fundamentalist Ateret Cohanim seminary in Jerusalem.

In one section, Rabbi Aviner compares Palestinians to the Philistines, a people depicted in the Bible as a war-like menace and existential threat to Israel.

and speaking of war criminals…kawther salam decided to name names today, which can be useful for the impending war crimes tribunals that will prosecute israeli terrorists:

I have decided to publish some names and photos of the Israeli military personnel who participated in the so-called “Operation Cast Lead”, the offensive launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on the Gaza Strip between 27 December and 18 January 2009. The names of these criminals called my attention since the first day of their criminal attack against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza. I consider each person who took part in this IOF and each one whose name appears in this report as a war criminal who should be requested by an international court of justice, just like all other war criminals who were persecuted before… The Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz is conniving with others the war crimes committed in Gaza. These others are Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert and his cabinet of criminals, and the military counterpart, Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is equally involved in the war crimes in Gaza. The Attorney General of Israel asked his military counterpart to open a quick investigation among the military as an “alternative” measure to hinder potentially “hundreds” of international lawsuits against Israeli officials alleging war crimes against the Gaza population during the operation has been widely anticipated. There is growing concern in the offices of the Israeli justice and war ministries because they expect a massive wave of lawsuits for human rights violations against Israeli officers and politicians.

click the link above to read the rest of the names. their crimes will not be forgotten and they will not go unpunished.


One thought on “who really broke the “ceasefire”? (and when?)

  1. Good stuff!

    I am also amazed that the USA/World press are more investigators of the news.

    I especially like the “Rabbi booklet”.

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