Evolution of Dispossession

Evolution of Dispossession
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Monday, April 28, 2008

CNN's Coverage

Yesterday I watched Wolf Blitzer discuss Iran's influence in Iraq with Dianne Feinstein and John Hoekstra. Both said that Iran was "meddling" in the region. What then are we doing?

No WMD's, no connection to al-qaeda, no connection to 9-11, Bush admin made > 900 flase statements leading up to the war, and now we have Pentagon-gate, where the Pentagon has been exposed as the director of an unequivocal propaganda campaign using ex-military to go on MSM shows and discuss the Pentagon's talking points, even when the majority of these ex-military are well-invested with DOD contracting companies that stood to profit from the war. This whole thing stinks. We should have never attacked Iraq.

Now we hear former AIPAC employee Wolf Blitzer and devoted Zionist Dianne Feinstein on the show talking about confronting Iran, a well-documented pro-Israel objective.

After the golf tournament yesterday, I heard the '60 Minutes' lead-in. Israel is a tiny vulnerable nation in a bad neighborhood that has to worry about terrorist threats ....

Here's an article from the AP this morning about this vulnerable nation:

Israeli strike kills 7 Palestinians

By IBRAHIM BARZAK – 1 hour ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli tank shell slammed into a tiny Gaza Strip home Monday during a skirmish with gunmen, killing a Palestinian woman and four of her children as they prepared to sit down for breakfast, officials and relatives said.

The new violence threatened to hobble Egyptian attempts to bring a cease-fire to the area.

A militant and an unidentified man were also killed in fighting in Beit Hanoun, a northern Gaza border town Palestinian militants frequently use to fire rockets and mortars at southern Israel.

Palestinian medics identified the dead children as sisters Rudina and Hana Abu Meatak, ages 6 and 3; and their brothers 4-year-old Saleh and 15-month-old Mousad. Their mother, Miyasar, was in her late 30s. Her two older children were critically wounded in the strike, the officials said.

The Israeli military said forces entered the town early Monday after gunmen approached a border patrol. During ensuing clashes between gunmen and Israeli forces, tank shells were fired, and one struck the Abu Meatak home.

The force of the blast scattered clothes and other household items outside the two-room home. A single white children's shoe, flattened by the explosion, lay on the ground near a blue pair of shorts covered in sand. A green baby chair also sat outside, one end bent by the force of the blast.

A large crowd of people gathered outside, milling about as rescue crews cleaned up the debris and washed away bloodstains in the sand.

Beit Hanoun farmer Omar Abdel Nabi said he was driving his tractor in a nearby field when two or three explosions shook the ground.

"People were screaming that a tank shell landed in the next street," he told The Associated Press. "I carried two people covered in blood out of a house."

The children were taken to a local hospital morgue, where family members stood over the bodies, wailing and flailing their hands in the air.

"I feel sick. I want to throw up the blood that is boiling inside me, into the face of the occupation," said Ibrahim Abu Meatak, the children's 24-year-old half-brother. He said Miyasar Meatak was fixing breakfast for the family when the tank shell struck.

Maj. Avital Leibovich, spokeswoman for the Israeli military, said militants fired at troops from within a residential area.

"It's another example of the use of civilians as a human shield," Leibovich said.

The Israeli army frequently operates in the Gaza Strip against Palestinian militants, who have fired thousands of rockets into southern Israel since the Hamas militant group took control of Gaza last June. Militants claimed to have fired rockets at Israel before the Abu Meatak house was hit.

In recent weeks, militants have also tried to infiltrate the border at least four times.

Despite the sporadic clashes and border attacks, Hamas has indicated it is willing to accept a cease-fire with Israel, mediated by Egypt. But Monday's violence may throw fragile cease-fire efforts into disarray.

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas-ruled Gaza, accused Israel of striving "to ruin any regional and international efforts to end the siege and halt aggression."

Gunmen fired rockets at a crossing Israel shares with the Gaza Strip shortly after the tank shell strike. And a Hamas-allied militant group warned revenge. "The blood of the children will not be spilled in vain," said Abu Mujahed of the Popular Resistance Committees.

Despite the threat, he said the group would send a delegation to Egypt on Monday to discuss the current truce offer.

Last week, Hamas said it is ready for a six-month truce. Israel has dismissed the offer, saying Hamas wants to use the lull to rearm after sustaining heavy losses in recent fighting. Officials also say Hamas must control smaller armed groups, like the PRC and Islamic Jihad.

While battling Hamas in Gaza, Israel has been conducting peace talks with the rival Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. Hamas is not a party to those talks.

Abbas condemned the Gaza shelling, saying it would make peace negotiations with Israel even more difficult. "We emphasize the need to achieve calm and keep our people away from the agony of war and destruction," Abbas said.

The sides hope to reach a peace deal by the end of the year, though Abbas complained after a trip to the White House last week that he was growing pessimistic about the lack of progress in negotiations.

Early Monday, the Israeli army lifted its closure of Palestinian territories, imposed for 10 days over the Jewish Passover holiday.

Israel routinely bars Palestinians from entering during Jewish holidays, seen them as a time of high risk of militant attacks.

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