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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Call for Zeitoun investigation

9 January, 2009

Listen to this video all the way through and you will hear this woman say quite clearly that there is NO safe haven for civilians in Gaza? Does Israel not know this? Is Israel indifferent to the deaths of women and children because some of their men are terrorists? Can anyone honestly say that these women and children have a say about what the terrorists do?

Do I hear Joshua’s trumpet sounding once again, only for Gaza -not Jericho?

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Tip o’ the hat to Cannonfire for pointing me to this story:

UN levels war crimes warning at Israel

Killing of 30 people in Gaza when army shelled house full of evacuees ‘has all hallmarks of war crime’, says high commissioner for human rights.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said in a report it was “one of the gravest incidents since the beginning of operations” against Hamas militants in Gaza by the Israeli military on 27 December.

OCHA said the incident took place on 4 January, a day after Israel began its ground offensive in Gaza. According to testimonies gathered by the UN, Israeli soldiers evacuated about 110 Palestinians to a single-storey house in Zeitoun. The evacuees were instructed to stay indoors for their safety but 24 hours later the Israeli army shelled the house. About half the Palestinians sheltering in the house were children, OCHA said. The report also complains that the Israeli Defence Force prevented medical teams from entering the area to evacuate the wounded.

The body of a child is removed from a house in Zeitun

The body of a girl who was found in the rubble of her destroyed house following an Israeli air strike on a house in Zeitoun Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty


And does the word irony apply here?

Before Israel’s Invasion, Hamas Popularity Was Waning Among Its Neighbors — Even in Gaza Itself

Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project

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