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Demonstrators cry 'nuke Israel,' carry Hezbollah flags at U.S. anti-Israel rallies - Haaretz - Israel News

Demonstrators cry 'nuke Israel,' carry Hezbollah flags at U.S. anti-Israel rallies - Haaretz - Israel News: "Comparisons of Israel to Nazi Germany and signs depicting the Star of David as equal to the swastika have been a recurring feature at rallies in the United States protesting Operation Cast Lead, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday.

Though they lack the violence of their counterparts in the Middle East, protests held in the United States against Operation Cast Lead have included extreme rhetoric that wouldn't look out of place among the extremists of our region."

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News
Hamas must not be allowed to win its conflict with the IDF, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday told a delegation of European foreign ministers in a closed conversation.

The comment occurred even as Hamas, for the first time since the fighting began, sent representatives to Cairo to discuss a cease-fire. Following a meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials, Hamas officials said they had received an Egyptian proposal and would consider it.

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News
Hamas must not be allowed to win its conflict with the IDF, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday told a delegation of European foreign ministers in a closed conversation.

The comment occurred even as Hamas, for the first time since the fighting began, sent representatives to Cairo to discuss a cease-fire. Following a meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials, Hamas officials said they had received an Egyptian proposal and would consider it.

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News: "Hamas must not be allowed to win its conflict with the IDF, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday told a delegation of European foreign ministers in a closed conversation.

The comment occurred even as Hamas, for the first time since the fighting began, sent representatives to Cairo to discuss a cease-fire. Following a meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials, Hamas officials said they had received an Egyptian proposal and would consider it."

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News

Egypt's Mubarak to EU: Hamas must not be allowed to win in Gaza - Haaretz - Israel News: "Hamas must not be allowed to win its conflict with the IDF, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday told a delegation of European foreign ministers in a closed conversation.

The comment occurred even as Hamas, for the first time since the fighting began, sent representatives to Cairo to discuss a cease-fire. Following a meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials, Hamas officials said they had received an Egyptian proposal and would consider it."

Ex-detainee of U.S. describes a 6-year ordeal - International Herald Tribune

Ex-detainee of U.S. describes a 6-year ordeal - International Herald Tribune: "LAHORE, Pakistan: When Muhammad Saad Iqbal arrived home here in August after more than six years in American custody, including five at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he had difficulty walking, his left ear was severely infected, and he was dependent on a cocktail of antibiotics and antidepressants.

In November, a Pakistani surgeon operated on his ear, physical therapists were working on lower back problems and a psychiatrist was trying to wean him off the drugs he carried around in a white, plastic shopping bag.

The maladies, said Iqbal, 31, a professional reader of the Koran, are the result of a gantlet of torture, imprisonment and interrogation for which his Washington lawyer plans to sue the United States government."

Antiwar.com Blog · Why Not Kill All Gazans?

Antiwar.com Blog · Why Not Kill All Gazans?: "Reading the justifications that Israeli supporters are offering for the IDF assault, I don’t see any rationale being offered that would not justify killing everyone in Gaza.

If a single rocket is fired from Gaza territory, does that mean that everyone living in that area has automatically forfeited their life? The New York Times notes today that Israeli supporters believe that “the issue of proportionality… is a false construct because comparing death tolls offers no help in measuring justice and legitimacy.”

And we are obliged to accept whatever exonerations are offered by the IDF and their apologists. Max Blumenthal had an excellent piece on Huffington Post on the response to the initial IDF attacks on Gaza:
Almost as soon as the first Israeli missile struck the Gaza Strip, a veteran cheering squad suited up to support the home team. “Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life,” Charles Krauthammer claimed in the Washington Post. Echo…

Man speaks from Gaza after family home is seized and children killed | World news | The Guardian

Man speaks from Gaza after family home is seized and children killed | World news | The Guardian: "The small dead bodies were laid next to one another on the tiled floor of the morgue corridor, the blood drained from their cheeks. One had a bandage still wrapped around his head, another lay with his mouth half-open in his oversized, bloodstained clothes."

Reports: Khalilzad Ordered to Keep UN From Stopping Gaza War | News From Antiwar.com

Reports: Khalilzad Ordered to Keep UN From Stopping Gaza War | News From Antiwar.com: "Indeed, Israeli paper Haaretz is quoting sources at the UN who say Khalilzad had been ordered by the State Department to “torpedo any initiative proposed by the Arab bloc which is designed to grant the Security Council the status of an official arbiter that will have direct involvement with disentangling the Gaza crisis.” And a tangled mess it is.

The civilian toll is soaring and Israel seems unwilling to even consider the possibility of ending the war on any terms at all. The United States has ruled out a return to the status quo, but seems perfectly content to continue with the new status quo that allows scores of Gazans to be killed on a daily basis and cheer Israel on as it continues its attacks. As a permanent UN Security Council member, the United States can keep the UN from condemning the killings forever if it wants to, and it seems that it wants to."

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Scores killed as Gaza school hit

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Scores killed as Gaza school hit


Israeli strikes have killed at least 40 people who took refuge inside a UN school in the Gaza Strip, medics have said.

The strike on Tuesday hit a school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, in the northern town of Jabaliya.

Medical sources at two Gaza hospitals said two tank shells exploded outside the school, where hundreds of Palestinians had sought refuge from the Israeli attacks.

The toll quickly rose as rescuers struggled through the rubble.

In addition to the dead, several dozen people were wounded, the officials said.

Doctors said all the dead were either people sheltering in the school or residents of Jabalya refugee camp, in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Hezbollah Chief hails Gaza resistance as "miracle and legend"_English_Xinhua

Hezbollah Chief hails Gaza resistance as "miracle and legend"_English_Xinhua: "BEIRUT, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chief of Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah Hasan Nasrallah said Monday night that the resistance steadiness in Gaza until Monday is a 'miracle and a legend,' al-Manar TV reported.

Addressing a huge Ashoura gathering in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Nasrallah said that it is a 'divine gift from God that the people in Gaza are still resisting.'

'With little possibilities and a lot of faith, people are resisting, and will make the greatest victory at the end,' Nasrallah said.

He stressed that the prayers for the resistance from believers all around the world made the victory of 2006 war, and today 'No one should underestimate the prayers for Gaza people, which we are seeing now in their steadiness.'

Hezbollah fought in 2006 a 34-day fierce war with Israel, which was considered a victory to Hezbollah since Israel could n…

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Ethiopia Troops Capture Two Districts in Southwestern Somalia (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Ethiopia Troops Capture Two Districts in Southwestern Somalia (Page 1 of 1)Baidoa — Ethiopian soldiers backed by armored vehicles reentered two towns in southwestern Somalia, forcing Al Shabaab insurgents to withdraw, Radio Garowe reports.Residents said the Ethiopian army garrison that arrived in Qansah Dheere district, in Bay region, were dispatched from bases in neighboring Gedo region."The people [of Qansan Dheere] have begun fleeing their homes, because they fear war," said resident Isak Nurow.