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Serangan Udara Israel Tewaskan Pemimpin Senior Hamas

Posted in Israel, Palestine with tags , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by indonesiaunderground


AFP

Jumat, 16/01/2009 09:26 WIB
Serangan Udara Israel Tewaskan Pemimpin Senior Hamas
Rita Uli Hutapea – detikNews

Gaza – Serangan udara Israel menewaskan figur senior kelompok Hamas di Gaza City. Rumah tempat dirinya tinggal pun rata dengan tanah.

Pemimpin bernama Said Siam itu dianggap sebagai satu dari lima pemimpin terkemuka Hamas di Gaza. Siam memimpin Kementerian Dalam Negeri Hamas. Sebagai Menteri Dalam Negeri Hamas, pria berumur 50 tahun itu memimpin ribuan agen keamanan dan banyak ditakuti.

Pemimpin Hamas di Damaskus, Suriah, Mohammed Nazzal mengkonfirmasi bahwa Siam telah tewas. Dikatakannya, pembunuhan pemimpin-pemimpin Hamas tidak akan membuat kelompok itu mengendurkan sikap kerasnya terhadap Israel.

“Ancaman Israel tak akan membuat kami takut,” kata Nazzal. “Para pemimpin kami telah mendedikasikan diri mereka ke jalan martir. Karena itu mereka tidak takut mati,” imbuh Nazzal.

Menurut stasiun televisi Hamas, putra Siam, seorang saudara laki-lakinya serta keluarga saudara laki-lakinya itu juga tewas akibat serangan Israel.

Militer Israel dalam pernyataannya membenarkan bahwa rumah tempat Siam tinggal terkena serangan udara. Demikian seperti diberitakan harian Sydney Morning Herald, Jumat (16/1/2009).

Siam dianggap dekat dengan pejabat-pejabat Iran. Dia dikenal sebagai pemimpin yang berkarisma dan kerap menggunakan kata-kata kasar mengenai rival-rivalnya.

Pada pemilihan umum tahun 2006, Siam memenangi lebih dari 170 ribu suara di distriknya guna mewakili Gaza City dalam parlemen Palestina. (ita/nrl)

source : detiknews.com

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A poem for Gaza

Posted in Israel, Palestine, Zionism with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2009 by indonesiaunderground

(Reuters) The bodies of five Palestinian siblings at a hospital morgue following an Israeli air strike.

By Remi Kanazi

I never knew death until I saw the bombing of a refugee camp
Craters filled with disfigured ankles and splattered torsos
But no sign of a face, the only impression a fading scream
I never understood pain
Until a seven-year-old girl clutched my hand
Stared up at me with soft brown eyes, waiting for answers
But I didn’t have any
I had muted breath and dry pens in my back pocket
That couldn’t fill pages of understanding or resolution

In her other hand she held the key to her grandmother’s house
But I couldn’t unlock the cell that caged her older brothers
They said, we slingshot dreams so the other side will feel our father’s presence
A craftsman
Built homes in areas where no one was building
And when he fell, he was silent
A .50 caliber bullet tore through his neck shredding his vocal cords
Too close to the wall
His hammer must have been a weapon
He must have been a weapon
Encroaching on settlement hills and demographics

So his daughter studies mathematics
Seven explosions times eight bodies
Equals four Congressional resolutions
Seven Apache helicopters times eight Palestinian villages
Equals silence and a second Nakba
Our birthrate minus their birthrate
Equals one sea and 400 villages re-erected
One state plus two peoples…and she can’t stop crying
Never knew revolution or the proper equation
Tears at the paper with her fingertips
Searching for answers
But only has teachers
Looks up to the sky and see stars of David demolishing squalor with hellfire missiles

She thinks back words and memories of his last hug before he turned and fell
Now she pumps dirty water from wells, while settlements divide and conquer
And her father’s killer sits beachfront with European vernacular
She thinks back words, while they think backwards
Of obscene notions and indigenous confusion

This our land!, she said
She’s seven years old
This our land!, she said
And she doesn’t need a history book or a schoolroom teacher
She has these walls, this sky, her refugee camp
She doesn’t know the proper equation
But she sees my dry pens
No longer waiting for my answers
Just holding her grandmother’s key…searching for ink

Source: AJP and Al Jazeera

Palestine; Sad but True

Posted in Israel, Palestine with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2009 by indonesiaunderground

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Source : compiled from email

Israeli Shells Kill 40 at Gaza U.N. School

Posted in Israel, Palestine with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2009 by indonesiaunderground

Published: January 6, 2009

GAZA — Israeli mortar shells killed as many as 40 Palestinians, among them women and children, outside a United Nations school in Gaza on Tuesday where they were taking refuge in the 11th day of the conflict. The Israeli military contended that Hamas fighters had fired mortars from the school compound, and United Nations officials called for an independent inquiry into the episode.

The rising civilian death toll in crowded Gaza heightened international urgency to end the combat. American and European diplomats said it was highly likely that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel would travel to Egypt on Wednesday to discuss a cease-fire. Israel has said it will not end the operation until it has crushed Hamas’s ability to fire rockets into its civilian areas.

Meanwhile, Hamas continued to fire rockets, despite the large numbers of Israeli troops on the fourth day of the ground operation in Gaza. One rocket reached farther than ever into Israeli territory, only 20 miles from Tel Aviv, and wounded an infant.

With another day of gory news reports inflaming the Arab world, Israel contended that the deaths at the school, at the Jabaliya refugee camp north of Gaza City, demonstrated Hamas’s callousness toward the lives of Palestinian civilians.

The Israeli Defense Forces said that their troops had fired several mortar shells near the school in response to mortar fire from the school compound.

“They shot back to save their own lives,” said Ilan Tal, an Israeli military spokesman and a brigadier general in the reserves. Among the dead, the military said in a statement, were “Hamas terrorist operatives and a mortar battery cell.”

The military identified two Hamas operatives, Imad Abu Asker and Hassan Abu Asker, as having been killed.

The New York Times : Israeli shells hit Jabaliya. A Hamas rocket struck Gadera

A young witness from Jabaliya, Ibrahim Amen, 16, said that he had seen one of the militants, whom he identified as Abu Khaled Abu Asker, in the area of the school right before the attack.

Ibrahim said he saw the militant after he answered calls for volunteers to pile sand around the camp “to help protect the resistance fighters.” Ibrahim went to pile sand near the school with his brother, Iyad, 20, who was then injured by the Israeli mortar fire.

United Nations officials were unable to immediately determine the accuracy of the Israeli military’s statements.

Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which offers assistance to registered Palestinian refugees and runs the school, said his organization was calling for an independent inquiry.

“Anyone on either side of the confrontation lines found to have violated international humanitarian law must be brought to justice,” Mr. Gunness said.

The night before, the United Nations said, three Palestinian men were killed in an Israeli attack on another United Nations school for refugees in Gaza.

“These attacks by Israeli military forces which endanger U.N. facilities acting as places of refuge are totally unacceptable and must not be repeated,” the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said in a statement. “Equally unacceptable are any actions by militants which endanger the Palestinian civilian population.”

Speaking to reporters at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday, hours before the strike at the Jabaliya school compound, John Ging, the chief of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, called the Gaza violence a “horrific tragedy” and a result of “political failure.”

“There is no safe haven,” he said.

United Nations officials initially put the Jabaliya death toll at 30 and said 55 were wounded, with several in critical condition. Palestinian hospital officials said 40 people had been killed, among them 10 children and 5 women.

The death toll in Gaza reached around 640 on Tuesday, according to Palestinian health officials. The United Nations has estimated that about one-fourth of those killed were civilians, though there have been no reliable and current figures in recent days.

International efforts to halt the violence appeared to be moving into a higher gear.

At the United Nations, the Security Council held a high-level meeting attended by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and many foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Gaza. Mr. Abbas and other senior Arab officials supported a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire, which was introduced by Libya.

But some members of the Security Council, including the United States, withheld support for any resolution because of efforts in the Middle East to achieve a cease-fire.

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt said at a news conference in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France that the Israelis and the Palestinians should accept a cease-fire to give Cairo time to continue its efforts toward a durable long-term solution.

Israeli and American officials insist that a cease-fire would have to await guarantees that no more weapons would be smuggled into Gaza through tunnels from Egypt; a possible mechanism for that is the stationing of international observers along the border with Egypt.

“We must find a way to prevent arms and explosives from entering Gaza,” the American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, told the Security Council. “When this ends, there must be new arrangements in place, not a return to the status quo ante.”

President-elect Barack Obama broke his silence about the Gaza fighting on Tuesday, telling reporters, “The loss of civilian life in Gaza and Israel is a source of deep concern for me.”

Israeli losses have also risen since the ground invasion began on Saturday. The military said that three of its soldiers were killed late Monday night when an Israeli tank shell was mistakenly fired at a building they occupied.

A fourth soldier was also killed Monday night, very possibly also by an Israeli tank shell, the military said. Two soldiers, including one on Tuesday, have been killed in clashes with Hamas.

Before the Israeli ground campaign began, three Israeli civilians and a soldier were killed by rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel.

Hamas’s deepest rocket fire into Israel was a Katyusha-type rocket that on Tuesday slammed into the Israeli town of Gadera, more than 25 miles north of the Gaza border. The rocket landed between houses, and a baby was injured slightly, the Israeli authorities said.

The location was significant for Israelis, since Gadera is considered part of central Israel. The thousands of rockets fired out of Gaza in recent years have all landed in the south.

Israeli ground forces continued to fight Hamas operatives in northern Gaza.

The Israeli forces were surrounding Gaza City and, residents said, were east of Khan Yunis in the south.

In Al-Nasir, a district of Gaza City, families fleeing the fighting in the north poured into a United Nations boys’ school. Thirty members of the extended al-Sultan family from Beit Lahiya, including more than 20 children, huddled in one small classroom.

Ayisha al-Sultan, 36, who is married to a heart surgeon, said she had left behind a comfortable villa where each of her five children has a separate room.

“Now look at us,” she said. “At night we covered the floor tiles with paper for the kids to sleep on. We took off our jackets and covered them.”

International relief agencies warned that the humanitarian situation in Gaza was becoming increasingly dire. Three-quarters of the 1.5 million residents are currently without power, and hundreds of thousands are without running water, international agencies have said.

Venezuela Expels Envoy

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez expelled the Israeli ambassador on Wednesday to protest Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, bringing relations between Venezuela and Israel to their lowest point since 2006, when both nations withdrew their envoys in a dispute over Israel’s military campaign in Lebanon against Hezbollah.

Mr. Chávez stopped short of breaking off diplomatic ties but described Israel’s actions in Gaza as “genocide.”

Source : NYTimes.

A Palestinian woman at the United Nations school. The Israeli Army has repeatedly emphasized that its operation is not aimed at Gaza’s residents, amid sensitivity to deep opposition worldwide to the toll on civilians in Gaza. Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Palestinians carried the body of a man killed in an Israeli air strike on a house belonging to a Hamas member in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Zeitun. Photo: Mohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
An Israeli airstrike on a three-story house belonging to a Hamas member in an eastern Gaza City neighborhood buried a child in rubble. About 30 people were inside the house when it was destroyed by the air raid, neighbors said. Photo: Mohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Israeli terrorism – nobody to condemn?

Posted in Israel, Palestine with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

israelpole

Written by http://www.daily.pk

Monday, 29 December 2008 03:34

We have witnessed terrorism at its barbaric best in Gaza since yesterday. Israeli terrorism has not even be condemned by the so-called ‘United Nations’ organization, which has proved once again that it is only functioning as an anti-Muslim body.
Israeli F-16 bombers have unleashed their full fury at innocent Palestinians and over 280 civilians have been reported dead. We now hear that after the aerial death and destruction, Israel has prepared its land forces to move into Gaza.

The number of civilian casualties is at least two times the number of casualties that occurred in the Mumbai carnage, yet there is no public outcry. How long will we ignore this hypocrisy of the international community?

Hamas, has vowed to retaliate, saying Israel had violated an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire intended to stem violence in the region.

“We will stand up, we will defend our own people, we will defend our land and we will not give up,” senior spokesman Osama Hamdan said.

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Zalmay Khalilzad, blatantly supported Israel’s contention that it was up to Hamas to stop the violence. Such is the absurdity of the international community that helpless civilians are being crushed for NO REASON!

“Israel has the right to self defense and nothing in this press statement should be read as anything but that,” Khalilzad said.

I, on my part, condemn aggression of the Zionist forces and support of the United States of America in the strongest possible terms. May God damn these Zionist forces to hell.

Source : http://www.daily.pk