In the Ongoing “Dialogue of Rockets” Hamas Still Speaks 150 Times Each Day

Hamas Warns Settlers; Vows No Retreat No Surrender

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31/12/2008 Gaza resistance fighters have been firing deeper into the occupied territories in recent days and a spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas vowed on Tuesday rockets would be fired even further if Israel doesn’t halt its savage attacks on the Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, Hamas stepped up Grad-type rocket attacks on Beersheba. Two settlers were wounded when several Grad rockets were fired at Ashkelon. The rockets surprised Israeli President Shimon Peres while touring the settlement. Salah al-Din Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committee’s military wing claimed responsibility for the rockets that were fired at Ashkelon earlier.

Also, a rocket fired from northern Gaza landed in the Gedera area for the first time ever. Two Qassam rockets landed in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council limits.  Two other Qassams landed in open area near Ofakim.

Earlier, Channel 2 reported that Grad-type rockets had struck Route 6 at an unspecified location.  The attacks resumed in the morning, when a volley of rockets struck Beersheba. Later, another rocket hit the center of the city, the largest in the South occupied territories.

Elsewhere, strikes were reported in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, the Eshkol region, the Yoav region, Sderot, Ofakim, and the area near Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi, as well as in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Netivot.

At least 35 impact sites had been located by mid-morning. On Tuesday night, Hamas resistance targeted Beersheba for the first time – located some 40 kilometers from Gaza. This attack was the first time the city’s 200,000 settlers came under Hamas rocket fire.

Earlier on Tuesday, rockets struck Ashdod and Ashkelon, where two Israeli were killed in attacks on Monday. Grad-model Katyushas also hit fields near Kiryat Malachi.

“We tell the leaders of the enemy — if you continue with your assault, we will hit with our rockets further than the cities we have hit so far,” a spokesman for Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said in televised comments after announcing that the Brigades was able to launch about 150 rockets on the occupied territories and settlements regardless of the continued Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

He also warned that Israelis living in settlements around the Gaza Strip should leave their homes or risk being hit by more fire from inside the besieged enclave.

“If you decide to enter the Gaza Strip, the land in Gaza will burn under your feet and it will explode under your soldiers and Gaza children will collect parts of your bodies and tanks from the streets,” he said. “Our message to the Zionist community is this — your own leaders are spilling your blood to win an election,” he said, referring to snap legislative polls called for February 10.

“If you think that Hamas and Al-Qassam will be crushed, we will rise up from the rubble,” he said.

Amid Israeli claims that it destroyed the infrastructure of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, more than 150 rockets and mortar shells are being fired at occupied territories on daily basis so far killing three settlers and one occupation soldier and injuring two dozen Israelis more, some seriously, indicating that the resistance in Gaza has never lost momentum.

Hamas has also warned, for the first time since January 2005, it could launch martyrdom operations deep inside occupied territories in response to the bombardment.

Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, rejected a truce with the Israeli occupation saying that the “Palestinian people who resisted and fought for many years won’t yield to the Zionist entities’ arrogance”. This entity “wants to suppress the people of Gaza and liquidate its resistance fighters”.

Barhoum said that talks to stop the fighting and to enter into a truce between Israel and the Hamas movement would be “a matter of bargaining between the victim and the executioner.” Barhoum called on Arab and Islamic countries “to unite and stop this aggression, lift the siege, open the crossings and rebuild Gaza.”

Israel and the U.S.: Partners in Permanent Aggression

gazaDead“Israel is taking measure of the incoming Obama administration’s sensibilities to the spilling of Palestinian blood in the besieged enclave of Gaza.”

Israel and the U.S.: Partners in

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

“There is only one other nation whose appetite for violence is comparable to the United States: Israel.”

Just before the U.S. elections, Senator Joe Biden shot off his mouth about the certainty that Barack Obama would be “tested” early in his presidency. “Watch,” said the blathering vice-presidential candidate. “We’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.” Biden didn’t predict where the test would come from.

Then, a week before Christmas, a senior Bush State Department official filled in the blanks. Obama’s “mettle” would be tested by the Russians, over U.S. anti-missile systems in Eastern Europe.

The truth is, nobody on the planet wants to “test” any American president. Everyone knows the Americans are crazy, always looking for a fight, the “greatest purveyors of violence in the world,” as Dr. Martin Luther King said back in 1967. There is only one other nation whose appetite for violence is comparable to the United States: Israel, America’s junior partner in aggression.

It is Israel that is testing the limits of world tolerance for its 60-year war against the Palestinian people. More specifically, Israel is taking measure of the incoming Obama administration’s sensibilities to the spilling of Palestinian blood in the besieged enclave of Gaza. Israel’s aerial blitzkrieg and long-standing blockade of 1.5 million people is a crime against humanity for which its sponsor and champion, the United States, is equally guilty. But the Israeli leadership understands that complicity in crime must be constantly renewed, so that each party is reminded that its hands are also soaked in blood. The Israeli atrocity against Gaza serves as a ritual renewal of its special relationship with yet another U.S. administration.

“Both countries are under the permanent control of their respective war parties.”

Not that Barack Obama’s loyalties to Israel have ever been suspect. As a candidate, Obama went further than any U.S. president in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem – a position that guarantees there can be no lasting piece in the region. Obama’s right-hand man, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is a born-and-bred Zionist who volunteered to work for the Israeli army during the 1991 Gulf War. And the Bush regime’s Defense Department, a bastion of Israeli Likud Party warmongers, is about to be transformed into the Obama Defense Department, with few changes in personnel, including the guy at the top, Secretary Robert Gates, who is being retained.

Israel and the United States have a wartime alliance that never quits, since both nations are constantly at war. Both countries are under the permanent control of their respective war parties – although Israel gets the better part of the deal, since her domestic war party has also infiltrated both U.S. political parties.

Despite the deep ties that bind American and Israeli war criminals, the junior partner, Israel, seems to constantly need reassurance that the senior gangster, Washington, is a willing accomplice in the next bloodbath. Thus, the timing of the massacre in Gaza, ensuring that Obama – by deferring to Bush – enters office with blood on the soles of his shoes. He has passed the Israeli test.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at
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Rain takes airstrikes off the menu; Israeli tanks, warships fire on Gaza from all sides

Rain takes airstrikes off the menu; Israeli tanks, warships


fire on Gaza from all sides

Ma’an news

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December 31, 2008

Gaza – Ma’an – While rain and overcast skies have halted Israeli airstrikes on Gaza for the time being, warships and artillery vehicles surrounding the Strip continue to launch volleys of shells at the homes of Palestinians in the north and central regions.

Israeli warships targeted the Gaza port for the second time at 7:00am Wednesday, bombarding the area with shells. The sea port, usually the hub of activity for the Mediterranean community, has been abandoned as Gazans remain indoors and away from border areas.

At the Strip’s eastern border with Israel tanks are lined up firing rounds on the residential areas of Tel Az-Za’atar east of Jabaliya. The bombardment killed a Palestinian doctor and injured several others from the medical crew who had rushed to rescue those injured in an earlier round of shelling in the Jabal Ar-Rayyes area.

Israeli shelling continued through the early hours of Wednesday morning. Israeli forces targeted 40 sites in Gaza including the interior ministry and the security buildings in Gaza City, Khan Younis and Jabaliya as well as the naval police headquarters on the coast near Khan Younis.

Tuesday overnight Israeli artillery targeted the headquarters of the de facto government’s General Secretariat of the Council for Ministers and the National Security buildings east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp in central the Gaza Strip. Fire also targeted residential areas where several homes of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades’ leaders are located.

Since the Israeli attacks began 376 Gazans have been killed and over 1,900 injured. At least 42 of the dead are children and 215 of the injured are in critical condition.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Jim Kirwan

‘We’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.’ – Rod Serling

Barack Obama is the first American ‘leader’ to begin his administration as a lame duck. During his two year long campaign the candidate with zero experience claimed to be ‘up to the job’ of leading this nation. Yesterday he proved his critics were right: He is not qualified to lead anything other than a press-conference.

An unforeseen global crisis has erupted in Gaza with the declaration of ‘All Out WAR’ on the Palestinian people; and Obama hid behind a date on the calendar when what he might have said could have altered this entire situation.

When he was asked about Gaza, Obama mumbled a feeble excuse that clearly reflected his lack of appreciation for the depth and seriousness of the actual crisis that is in its fourth day. He said: ‘If my daughters were living in a house that was being threatened by rocket attacks, I would do whatever it takes to end that situation.’ Spoken like a true child of no-experience.

If he thought of himself as a potential leader Barack would have said “If my daughters were living in a house that was being threatened by rocket attacks; Then I would look deeper into that situation and do whatever it took to remove the reason for those attacks-immediately.’ Somehow the dictator-elect missed the fact that people do not put themselves in harm’s way just to create diversions. Those rockets were fired in anger and frustration over the impossible living conditions in Gaza that have only gotten worse over the last fifty years.

Israel has been in-charge of everything that goes on inside Palestine since 1948. It is Israel that must answer for the hunger and the lack of medical care; the lack of water, of food, of power or jobs as well as sanitation; or indeed any and all the needs that any population needs to survive. There is no freedom from the terror of random murder, whether from a drone in the sky or a bunch of terrorist thugs, that call themselves settlers, or from regular Israeli troops that shoot school children for target practice. There is no protection from interrogations, rapes, assaults and intimidation anywhere at any time within Gaza. That is why the missiles continue to be fired into the Israel beyond the camps. If conditions on the ground in Gaza were to really change-then the missiles would stop. There can be no peace unless the rights of all those involved are respected.

If Israel were to live up to its duties under the Geneva conventions and the rules of war: then there would not be any need for those rocket attacks that have killed so few in the face of decades of tanks, and planes and ships and Israeli rockets and bombs as well as troops that are all poised to attack the unarmed civilian prison camp that still holds 1.5 million people as hostages to Israel’s criminally-liable administration, over the lives and deaths of everyone in that camp.

Supplying Gaza would not cost one-tenth of what this “all-out war” will cost the US taxpayers that are financing it. Obama might have quietly demanded that the Dignity be allowed to land in Gaza with relief supplies. Then perhaps the gates around Gaza could be opened instead of continuing this massive waste of lives and money that only replicates every single failure of the past. (1)

If Obama believed that he was selected to bring real change ­ then there was no better place to show the world that he was serious than in that war-torn battleground upon which so many other global leaders have all failed. Here is what he, and we, inherited from Cheney-Bush and from the twisted passions of the Barbaric State of Israel:

If anything at all is to ever be done to alter the global monetary meltdown, or to alter our subservience to the unfinished state of Israel: Then the relationship between US foreign policy and Israel must be totally changed. These things are all every bit as connected, as are the flames, the flag and the global economy, that was pictured in 2003, but which has only deteriorated further since this Bush-War-upon-the-World began.

Obama, when he was asked about Change said: “I am the Change!” If that were true then the world should begin to see departures from the primitive and childish political-past that has failed in every possible way over the last five decades. Instead what we have in Barrack Obama is just another hopelessly shallow imposter pretending to be what he is completely unqualified to be; someone that could actually lead anyone anywhere!

Either the global community begins to come together to alter this continuing series of war-crimes against the people of Palestine or we shall all be reduced to living in this Twilight Zone that consists of political and military and financial fantasies, that those who must pay for it all, had no part in creating; regardless of which ‘nation-state’ they might be living in.

Obama is not only a Fraud he’s a coward as well; but it’s clear that he and the criminal-state of Israel, as it continues to threaten the world of today, were made for each other.

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1) McKinney Relief Boat Hit by Israeli Ship

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/dekalb/stories/2008/12/29/ cynthia_mckinney_gaza.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab&imw=Y

7,000 students register in Iran’s Isfahan to fight Israel

7,000 students register in Iran’s Isfahan to fight Israel

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)
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TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — Seven thousand university students from Iran’s central city of Isfahan registered on Monday to fight Israel, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“On the first day of registration to fight Zionist regime and to help Palestinians, 7,000 students from the universities of Isfahan have claimed readiness,” Mohammad Zarifi, member of Iran’s Students Islamic Association, was quoted as saying by Fars.

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)
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Also in the day, another Iranian students group, Basij Students(Volunteers) of Tehran Universities, announced it is registering volunteers to fight Israel.

The registration came a day after Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree saying whoever dies in fight with Israel and in defense of Gaza would be a martyr.

“In response to the supreme leader’s decree of Jihad (holy war),Basij students from all the universities of Iran have registered and the registration will be kept tomorrow,” said Alireza Zahedi, a member of Basij Students of Tehran Universities, without disclosing how many students have already registered.

“In the near future, the registered students will hold a meeting to claim their readiness to the supreme leader to go to fight in the occupied (Palestinian) territories,” he added.

Thousands of Iranians, including university students, staged a rally in Tehran on Monday morning to condemn the Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip, carrying banners on which anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans were written.

Israel on Saturday morning launched massive air raids which it said were targeted at Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, killing more than 300 and wounding over 900 people.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is strongly backed by Iran, which does not recognize Israel as a state of the international community.

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