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Israel kills relentlessly, but no 'Al-Shejaia moment'

By John Hilley

The wickedness continues, with at least 425 Palestinians, mostly civilians, now murdered by Israel. The names of those killed is being updated by the authorities in Gaza. 

In one of the most horrendous assaults to date, over 60 people have been massacred in the Al-Shejaia area of northeast Gaza. (Strong warning: the images from Al-Shehaiai are deeply disturbing.) 
 
Norwegian surgeon Dr Mads Gilbert has been at al-Shifa hospital, working in desperate conditions trying to save the dying and assist the injured. 
 
In A doctor writes from Gaza - 'there are lakes of blood', he observes: 
 

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock. My admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless. My closeness to the Palestinian "sumud" - or steadfastness - gives me strength. But, in glimpses, I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace - but we cannot afford that, nor can they.
Channel 4 News reporter Jonathan Miller has recorded much of the horror, a traumatic experience in itself.
 
He tweets
 
Jonathan Miller @millerC4
#c4news #Gaza Doctors at Shifa Hospital describe last night as "a massacre". I have seen there which I will never be able to unsee.
It's admirable that such journalists are there on the ground witnessing the killing and terror. But isn't it also just as vital that they bear witness, via their reporting, to the true cause and context of that killing and terror: Israel's enduring siege and the relentless Occupation of Palestinian land?

That needs to be said, clearly and consistently. Otherwise, we see the suffering - or what fraction of it the media deem permissible - but remain ignorant or mystified about the fundamental reason why it's happening.

All of which helps reinforce the spurious 'two-warring-sides' line, the facile 'tit-for-tat' narrative so seamlessly delivered by the BBC. 

This vast media distortion provides invaluable cover for political evasion. As with previous mass attacks on Gaza, where's the outcry from the US, Britain and all those 'responsibility to protect' liberals? Where's the international reaction we heard when Nato was rushing to 'defend' and 'liberate' Libya, that 'Benghazi moment'? Would we ever remotely hear them talk now of an 'Al-Shejaia moment'?

Kerry has, apparently, been caught 'off mic' reacting to Israel's blanket killing in 'Al-Shejaia: "It's a hell of a pinpoint operation", he said. 

It was a small, but revealing, moment, confirming not just what craven elites like Kerry really do see, but, much more shamefully, what they pretend not to. As he continued flawlessly again into 'we support Israel' mode, it confirmed the sheer venal deceit of his 'peace-shuttling diplomacy'.     

Contemplating the poor victims of Al-Shejaia, the horrors being inflicted on Gaza, and the West's protection of the perpetrators, people may despairingly ask: how do those like Kerry live with their wicked deceptions? Their work is not remotely about the promotion of peace and resolution, but the calculating mitigation of state terrorism. 

Yet, as Jonathan Cook suggests, we should also think deeply about the seemingly 'human motivations' behind Kerry's unguarded words, for, together with his pledge to keep supporting Israel's killing machine, they help explain the darker, delusional psychology that allows such people to rationalise mass slaughter in the 'higher interest'.

Alongside Israel's state gangsters, we can only hope such Western criminal complicity is one day exposed in the highest court of law.   

http://johnhilley.blogspot.co.uk

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Pictures show the horror and reality of the Israeli attack on the people of Gaza. Should only be viewed by a mature audience.



Photos

Shejaia burning today morning amid intense Israeli shelling - Photo via Reuters

Shejaia burning today morning amid intense Israeli shelling – Photo via Reuters

Photo via @airflotilla2

Photo via @airflotilla2

Here's my only photo - respectful, I hope - of the young man repeatedly shot meters from us in #Gaza http://bit.ly/1oYDYa7 ~ by @jncatron

Here’s my only photo – respectful, I hope – of the young man repeatedly shot meters from us in #Gaza http://bit.ly/1oYDYa7 ~ by @jncatron

The attack on Al moghraby's family house in Rafah south of Gaza - Photo via @GYBO

The attack on Al moghraby’s family house in Rafah south of Gaza – Photo via @GYBO

Photo via @HaniSiliman : Old women is raising a white flag and is feeling with her family away from Al-Shojai'ya area east Gaza

Photo via @HaniSiliman :
Old women is raising a white flag and is feeling with her family away from Al-Shojai’ya area east Gaza

A doctor cries while standing next to a table with the bodies of four dead children in Shifa hospital in #Gaza - Photovia  ‏@m_househ

A doctor cries while standing next to a table with the bodies of four dead children in Shifa hospital in #Gaza
- Photovia ‏@m_househ

Pulling bodies from the rubble Shujayah Photo via  ‏@bbclysedoucet

Pulling bodies from the rubble Shujayah
Photo via ‏@bbclysedoucet

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Photo by Omar el Qattaa

أحد الشهداء الذين تم انتشال جثامينهم من تحت الأنقاض  One of martyrs during the extraction from under the ruins Photo by Omar el Qattaa

أحد الشهداء الذين تم انتشال جثامينهم من تحت الأنقاض
One of martyrs during the extraction from under the ruins
Photo by Omar el Qattaa

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Martyr Ashraf Silawi attacked by unmanned warplane west of #Jabalia, and wounding another  Photo via @saidshouib

Martyr Ashraf Silawi attacked by unmanned warplane west of #Jabalia, and wounding another
Photo via @saidshouib

Martyr Ashraf Silawi attacked by unmanned warplane west of #Jabalia, and wounding another  Photo via @saidshouib

Martyr Ashraf Silawi attacked by unmanned warplane west of #Jabalia, and wounding another
Photo via @saidshouib

Photo via @GYBO

Photo via @GYBO

Photo via @GYBO - July 20, 2014

Photo via @GYBO – July 20, 2014

Photo by @anadoluimages :  A Palestinian man mourns over the dead body of a boy who killed due to Israeli attacks in Gaza City

Photo by @anadoluimages :
A Palestinian man mourns over the dead body of a boy who killed due to Israeli attacks in Gaza City

Photo via VoicesofGaza

Photo via VoicesofGaza

آPhoto via @AYAHUMAIDM

آPhoto via @AYAHUMAIDM

 

Photo via @HasCumra

Photo via @HasCumra

A picture of a whole family dead in Alshojaeya.. Photo via @GYBO

A picture of a whole family dead in Alshojaeya..
Photo via @GYBO

Photo via @ReturnPal

Photo via @ReturnPal

Photo via Motasem A Dalloul

Photo via Motasem A Dalloul

Photo via @hawinnnnnn

Photo via @hawinnnnnn

Funeral martyr journalist "Khaled Hamad" attacked by Israeli Forces at #Shijaia via @saidshouib

Funeral martyr journalist “Khaled Hamad” attacked by Israeli Forces at #Shijaia
via @saidshouib

Funeral martyr journalist "Khaled Hamad" attacked by Israeli Forces at #Shijaia via @saidshouib

Funeral martyr journalist “Khaled Hamad” attacked by Israeli Forces at #Shijaia
via @saidshouib

Funeral martyr journalist "Khaled Hamad" attacked by Israeli Forces at #Shijaia via @saidshouib

Funeral martyr journalist “Khaled Hamad” attacked by Israeli Forces at #Shijaia
via @saidshouib

At Shajaiya expect #s of injured and/or dead to rise. We saw 7 stretchers in 10 minutes on one street. Some v bad. Photo via William Booth

At Shajaiya expect #s of injured and/or dead to rise. We saw 7 stretchers in 10 minutes on one street. Some v bad. Photo via William Booth

Immense destruction in Shuja'eya area via @janisctv

Immense destruction in Shuja’eya area via @janisctv

@BoothWilliam:  At hard hit Shajaiya in Gaza: streets blocked by rumlbe, gore, wounded without limbs, masked fighters darting ahead

@BoothWilliam:
At hard hit Shajaiya in Gaza: streets blocked by rumlbe, gore, wounded without limbs, masked fighters darting ahead

 Photo via William Booth ‏:  Ambulance abandoned in Shajaiya.


Photo via William Booth ‏:
Ambulance abandoned in Shajaiya.

@activestills:  Medics mourn their collgues killed in #Shejaiya, reports on humanitrain ceasfire not fully kept #GazaUnderAttack

@activestills:
Medics mourn their collgues killed in #Shejaiya, reports on humanitrain ceasfire not fully kept #GazaUnderAttack

Photo via @ThisIsGaza

Photo via @ThisIsGaza

Civilians flee in en masses to escape imminent Death by terrorist Israel via @YousefAljamal

Civilians flee in en masses to escape imminent Death by terrorist Israel via @YousefAljamal

Martyr journalist Khaled Hamad's father kisses his foot & say the last goodbye. via  ‏@HindSaeed1

Martyr journalist Khaled Hamad’s father kisses his foot & say the last goodbye. via ‏@HindSaeed1

Photo via Al Qassam Brigades - July 20, 2014

Photo via Al Qassam Brigades – July 20, 2014

 

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Photos by SAFA

 

 

Photos via MEMO



Photos via DRAH

They have been targeted while the are getting outfrom their house.Then their Mom martyred by shells via @Islam_khatib pic.twitter.com/gLkemuyuf2

They have been targeted while the are getting outfrom their house.Then their Mom martyred by shells via @Islam_khatib pic.twitter.com/gLkemuyuf2

Photos by PalToday

 

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Note from Tom

Anyone viewing these images will undoubtedly be disturbed and angered by the brutality of the Israeli regime. Posting comments that reflect that anger are acceptable provided the do not condemn a particular race or religion for the atrocities of Zionism.

If you care about the suffering of the Palestinian people and Israels disregard for common decency, then you will accept that we all have a responsibility to protest this savagery by taking action.

You can not relieve yourself of that duty by posting comments on this page. Join a local protest, or better still, start a local demonstration to demand that Israel stop the genocide of the Palestinian people.

Peace and Joy

Tom

 

 

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