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Who will save them from us / us from ourselves? 


Here follow the January 13, 2009  press picks from what was published recently by different sources -posted by TOI-staff on Occupation Magazine. (Today, we posted articles; OM is updated each day of the week, by different editors. For earlier articles use the powerfull search function & view the sections.) 



 Wedn Jan. 14, vigil in Be`erSheva 15.30 at Henrietta Szold-corner Yitzchak Rager St.
Stop shooting, Start talking - Stop shooting, Start thinking (vigil in missile range area [ed.]) 13/1/2009

 Wedn. Jan. 14, again an early morning vigil - 6.15am opposite the Air Force base
at crossing of Ibn Gvirol and Rokach St. in North Tel-Aviv - for coordination call Yonathan Shapira 054-4892928  13/1/2009


 A protest and mourning vigil is held in Jaffa every day, 18:00
at The Gazans Park (previously/officially Gan Hashnaim), corner Dr Ehrlich and Yeffet streets. 13/1/2009

 Protest, Solidarity and Aid Convoy for the Residents of Gaza
, 16th of January   13/1/2009

 Reports on protests of the past days



 “We could hear their bodies burning” - survivors` eyewitness report on the effects of White Phosphorous
Ma’an News Agency - Everything was on fire; houses, sheds, trees. Bombs, too, were everywhere, and with them came the white clouds. White phosphorous, the doctors are now saying, but that`s disputed in Israel. But for sure it was a night of terror. We were terrified. We thought we were going to burn to death.
 Special: White Phosphorus and its use in Gaza
Mazen Qumssiya - Arij - White Phosphorus, which ignites spontaneously upon exposure to air, might cause severe burns and injuries to human exposed to it, and might lead to death. It has many military applications, its use as an incendiary being forbidden by International Law but using it a smoke-screen is permitted. There is no watertight division between these two roles, however, and the loophole makes it possible for Israel to use in in populated Gaza areas and claim it is not violating International Law. The same ambiguity had been used before by the US to justify its use in Iraq.

 Finland: Church Group Demands Probe of Gaza Clinic Attack
YLE / Gush Shalom - “From our point of view, this was a calculated act. Even the warning missile targeted the clinic, which was clearly marked with the insignia of the Red Cross. This attack broke all international treaties,” said Jouni Hemberg, Chief of Humanitarian Aid for Finn Church Aid.

 Gazans trapped in no man`s land between fire, farmlands
Amira Hass - Haaretz - HaMoked has made contact with some of the besieged people and has even tried to organize, in coordination with the IDF, food delivery to some 120 people trapped in Siafa. A small part of the equipment, medications and food was delivered on Sunday but delivery was cut short due to the end of the lull in Israeli fire.

 Field Update on Gaza
U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator - ochaopt.org - Civilians, notably children who form 56 percent of Gaza’s population, are bearing the brunt of the violence. As one of the most densely populated places in the world, more civilians risk being killed or injured if the conflict continues. The parties to conflict must respect the norms of International Humanitarian Law, in particular the principles of distinction and proportionality. 

 New Free Gaza ship en route - ambiguous assurances from PM`s office
Anis Hamadeh/Paul Larudee - Free Gaza Movement - The Free Gaza Movement`s boat "Spirit of Humanity" is currently at sea, en route from Cyprus to Gaza. The movement`s Paul Larudee spoke with Mark Regev of the Israeli PM`s office, seeking seeking assurance that the boat would not be harmed or prevented from entering Gaza with medical supplies and personnel. Regev promised that "Israel will respect international law" but refused to specify how this would translate to actual behaviour of its navy`s gunboats off Gaza. 

 American Medical Students` Letter of Solidarity with Gaza
Rami Abdou/Kirsten Austad - With sadness and urgency we, medical students, express our outrage at the brutal Israeli attacks and subsequent humanitarian disaster that is occurring in Gaza. Medical supplies in Gaza’s overstretched and under-equipped hospitals dwindle. The international community has been slow to respond with aid and even that which is offered is not reaching those in need. 

 Turkey central to Hamas-Egypt talks
Herb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - An Israeli source said that "Erdogan has removed Turkey from the game. We have lost trust in him." But this loss of Israeli faith in Erdogan has apparently gained him stature in Hamas`s eyes. [A "strategic alliance" with Turkey had been a cornerstone of Israeli policy since the time of Ben Gurion. Ed.] 

 Israel takes fighting into Gaza suburbs
Donald Macintyre and Kim Sengupta - The Independent - "Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch called on Israel to refrain from using white-phosphorus munitions in densely populated areas, saying it could badly burn people. And a Norwegian doctor in Gaza City, Mads Gilbert, said there was ‘clear evidence’ that Israel was using ‘a new type of very high explosive’, which caused more severe injuries and carried a cancer risk. The military said its weapons all conformed with international law"

 Who will save Israel from itself?
Mark LeVine - Al Jazeera - "With each new family, 10, 20 and 30 strong, buried under the rubble of a building in Gaza, the claim that the Israeli forces have gone out of their way to diminish civilian casualties - long a centre-piece of Israel`s image as an enlightened and moral democracy - is falling apart"




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