[News] Israelis Terrorize Palestinian Civilians, Vandalize Media, Bomb Charities
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Mon Jul 3 12:21:52 EDT 2006
Israelis Terrorize Palestinian Civilians,
Vandalize Media, Bomb Charities, Terrorist Ehud
Olmert: 'I Want No One to Sleep at Night in Gaza'
Palestine Media Center PMC
Using the release of the Israeli Corporal Gilad
Shalit as pretext, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert unleashed his occupation forces to
reoccupy Gaza Strip, terrorize Palestinian
civilians with sonic booms, thin them to
starvation, disrupt traffic, electricity supply,
and access to water, bomb soccer fields, schools,
TV stations, cultural centers and charities,
vandalize hospitals, and kidnap mafia-like
cabinet ministers, mayors and parliamentarians,
revoke Palestinian residency in Jerusalem, and
bomb the offices of prime and interior ministers.
Olmert told his Cabinet on Sunday: I take
personal responsibility for what is happening in
Gaza. I want no one to sleep at night in Gaza.
Israel kidnapped on June 28 about 100 members of
Hamas, including eight cabinet ministers,
legislators and senior officials, the Government
of Israel acknowledged in a statement on Thursday.
Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Education and
Higher Education, Dr. Nasseruddin Al-Shaer, was
not among those kidnapped as was initially reported on Thursday.
Al-Shaer said Wednesday the Israeli invasion of
Gaza could not have been launched without a US green light.
Israel's deputy Prime Minister, Shimon Peres,
said on Sunday his country would prosecute the
kidnapped Palestinian government officials: They
will be put to trial, he told CNN.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) pushed their
tanks and troops backed by warplanes into
northern Gaza Strip overnight Monday in the
second stage of Operation Summer Rains, which
began at midnight on Tuesday, and shootouts were
reported with Palestinian defenders.
Christer Nordahl, the deputy director UNRWA told
Reuters Sunday: We estimate that 25,000 people
could be forced to flee Beit Hanoun if Israel
attacks in the north of Gaza Strip.
The IOF shot dead four Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip Monday, including two in the vicinity of
the Israeli-reoccupied Gaza airport. Another
Palestinian wounded in an Israeli air strike died
of his wounds in Gaza early in the day. Israeli
warplane the same day targeted a car in the
southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, killing one Palestinian.
Israeli air and artillery attacks began shortly
after Cpl Gilad Shalit, 19, was captured in a
daring Palestinian attack on an IOF military base on June 25.
Israels General Security Service (Shin Bet)
head, Yuval Diskin, told the cabinet meeting on
Sunday that the Israeli operations in Gaza could take weeks or even months.
Israeli aircraft sent missiles tearing through
the office of Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail
Haniyeh, on Sunday. Israeli warplanes bombed a
building of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior
at dawn Sunday, killing a night guard in the
northern Gaza Strip town of Jabaliya.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accompanied
by Haniyeh insspected the rubble of the premiership building on Monday.
Abbas on Wednesday condemned the Israeli invasion
of Gaza as a crime against humanity and a
collective punishment against the Palestinian people.
IOF sealed off and banned entry to and exit from
the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, besieging Abbas,
Haniyeh and top officials of the Palestinian
National Authority (PNA) as leading
anti-occupation activists went underground.
Abbas however told reporters that he had no
intention to leave Gaza until the Israeli invasion stops.
Palestinians in Gaza Strip are preparing for what
they feared could be a long Israeli invasion, and
tried despite their meager resources amid an
exacerbating food and humanitarian crisis to
stock up on food, candles and batteries for radios.
Closure of the Rafah border crossing between the
Gaza Strip and Egypt for the 6th consecutive day
is stranding more than 4,000 Palestinians in two Egyptian towns.
UN's World Food Programme (WFP) and International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on
Israel Friday to allow urgent medical and food supplies into Gaza Strip.
Israel on Friday revoked the Jerusalem residency
of four Palestinian lawmakers, including a
Cabinet minister, Israel's Interior Ministry said.
The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) was
scheduled to convene in an emergency session in
Ramallah and Gaza on Monday to debate the
deteriorating situation in the West Bank,
including eastern Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, which Israel occupied in 1967.
Israeli War on Infrastructure
Israel is now openly engaged in infrastructure
warfare, the wanton destruction of the basic
platforms of human survival, Mike Whitney wrote on Monday.
IOF warplanes bombed the soccer field of the
Islamic University in Gaza late Wednesday after
destroying the only power plant in the strip
early in the day, plunging Gaza Strip into
darkness and depriving about one million
Palestinians from electricity for months to come,
hitting very hard not only households but also hospitals and schools.
Water supplies were also cut early Wednesday by
bombing water pipelines, after destroying three
bridges linking the south and north of the Gaza Strip.
Al-Arqam school, a cultural center and a charity
in Gaza city were bombed to rubble by the IOF warplanes.
The IOF also damaged the Atfaluna Society for
Deaf Children's facilities in Gaza City. When IOF
warplanes caused massive sonic booms and nearby
explosions in air strikes, the Palestinian NGO's
building windows shattered. As a result, several
deaf vocational trainees were injured from the shattered glass.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human
Rights six power transformers were destroyed,
which provide an estimated 45 per cent of the
electricity in Gaza for approximately half the population.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs, the Gaza Electrical
Distribution Company estimates it will take nine
months to procure replacement transformers.
The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility manages
the 132 water wells in Gaza, which is powered by
GEDCO. Since back-up generators are needed to
keep water flowing, there is concern about the
financial and physical stability of using back-up
generators because the IOF closed off the energy pipeline into Gaza.
The Associated Press reported that the Israeli
tanks and bulldozers crossed the Gaza Strip and
began razing farmland east of Khan Younis.
When the tanks withdrew from a spot of a farm
land in Abasan in the southern Gaza Strip, they
left a trail of destruction in their wake, AFP reported Monday.
Palestinian families, uprooted from their homes
during Saturday's day-long operation, returned
after dawn to ransacked homes. Israeli tanks and
bulldozers had destroyed storehouses, knocked
down bedroom walls and uprooted olive trees.
Soldiers battered down doors and upturned
furniture in what an IOF spokeswoman said was an
attempt to locate a tunnel Palestinians were
reportedly digging towards Israeli positions
along the Gaza border east of the city of Khan Younis.
Israel is deploying a terrifying new tactic
against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip
by letting loose deafening sound bombs that
cause widespread fear, induce miscarriages and traumatize children.
The Palestinian health ministry says the sonic
booms have led to miscarriages and heart
problems. The United Nations has demanded an end
to the tactic, saying it causes panic attacks in
children. The shockwaves have also damaged
buildings by cracking walls and smashing thousands of windows.
I have never heard such a loud explosion. I
thought it was right over the top of my
building, said the owner, Tareq Dayyeh.
Sometimes you hear the rockets the Israelis fire
but this was different. I felt like I was in the
middle of a bomb. When I ran out the door I
thought I might find the rest of the street was gone.
Sonic booms are caused by aircraft when the fly
beyond the sound barrier. When a warplane flies
at low altitudes above civilian populations, the
terrorizing sound as the aircraft wakes
traumatizes children (Donald Macintyre, November
2005) and causes infrastructure damage.
Last year the petition filed by Physicians for
Human Rights-Israel and the Gaza Community Mental
Health Programme reported an increase in
miscarriages from sonic booms as well.
War on Charities
Meanwhile the IOF were raiding, confiscating and
sealing off several institutions and humanitarian
services charities in several West Bank cities,
towns and refugee camps, in Jenin and Bethlehem
on Sunday and in Jericho on Monday.
The IOF troops were also vandalizing media outlets and hospitals.
On Monday they raided a local newspaper in
Ramallah and the Nablus local TV station.
Separately, according to Ynet, the IOF soldiers
caused a great deal of damage to the Nablus
hospital property while searching for a suspect whom they failed to detain.
Palestinian sources in the hospital told Ynet
that soldiers destroyed equipment and caused
severe damages during the search. Activists from
Physicians for Human Rights said that during the
search, soldiers made all the hospital employees
assemble on one floor and interrupted their work.
The Israeli Physicians for Human Rights
organization condemned the soldiers conduct in
the hospital. The organization stated that,
Hospitals and hospital staff must be excluded from all military operations.
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