Rights group, B’Tselem reports
87 civilians of the 167 Gazans were killed during Pillar of Defense.
During 2nd half of op, 70 civilians died.
B’Tselem: ‘Civilians not given enough warning, IDF acted contrary to laws of war.’ – IDF: ‘Oversight committee concluded no justification for criminal investigation’
Most of the Palestinians killed during Operation Pillar of Defense were civilians not involved in fighting. This according to a report released by B’Tselem on Thursday, some six months after the operation.
Boy views Gaza ruins – Photo: AP
According to the report, during the eight days of the operation, 167 Palestinians were killed, of whom 69 were “combatants” (with seven being assassinated);11 of those killed could not be identified as combatant or civilian. Continue Reading »
UNHRC Report: “Palestinian armed groups continuously violated int’l humanitarian law, by launching indiscriminate attacks on Israel and by attacking civilians, thereby disregarding the principle of distinction. The armed groups failed to take all feasible precautions in attacks, in particular by launching rockets from populated areas, which put the population at grave risk. Furthermore, several Palestinians were killed by rockets launched by the armed groups that fell short & landed in the Gaza Strip.”
Jihad Masharawi tragically lost his infant child during the Hamas-Israel conflict.
The UN Human Rights Council released an advanced version of its report on Israel’s November conflict with Gaza terrorists this week. Continue Reading »
Within the framework of secret talks with Hamas through the Egyptians, Israel may soon agree that Egypt’s border with Gaza be opened.
Israel has been holding secret negotiations with the Hamas terror movement since the end of its Operation Pillar of Defense, Channel 2 News reported on Friday.
According to the report, the Egyptian-mediated talks are being held as part of the ceasefire reached between the sides at the end of counterterrorism operation in November and which said that both sides will refrain from attacking one another and the sides will work to reach understandings.
Channel 2 News indicated that an Israeli delegation that arrived in Cairo on Thursday came to Egypt for the purpose of holding talks with Hamas, through Egyptian mediators. Continue Reading »
Paul Hansen, a Swedish photographer wins top photojournalism award for haunting picture captured during Palestinian children’s funeral.
Explicit images of violence in the Middle East was a dominant theme in the competition.
Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award Friday for newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a picture of two Palestinian children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral.
Paul Hansen’s winning photo depicts funeral of two Gaza children killed in Israeli strike. – Photo: AP
The picture shows a group of men marching the dead bodies through a narrow street in Gaza City. Continue Reading »
A Ben-Gurion University study shows Bedouin kids were more psychologically distressed than Jewish kids by the rocket fire during Operation Pillar of Defense
By David Lev
Bedouin youth were angrier and more psychologically distressed than their Jewish counterparts by the rocket fire in November, according to a new Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study. It is the first follow-up study after the two weeks of rocket fire and subsequent Operation Pillar of Defense.
Prof. Shifra Sagy, Dr. Sarah Abu-Kaf and Dr. Orna Braun-Lewensohn of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program interviewed 78 Jewish youths and 91 Bedouin youths from the South of Israel about their reaction to the barrage of rockets fired at the South by Hamas in Gaza. Continue Reading »
FINALLY: Human Rights Watch says Gaza “armed groups” commit war crimes by targeting Israeli civilians. HRW also blamed Gaza terrorists for firing rockets & missiles from densely populated areas.
HRW also blamed Iran for provided technical information to Gaza terrorists for building their own Fajr 5 missiles that were fired on Tel Aviv & Jerusalem.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a rare condemnation of Gaza terrorists on Monday for war crimes – without the usual “balancing act” of blaming Israel.
Terrorist groups boast by publishing their rocket fire emanating from civilian areas within Gaza. – Screenshot
HRW did not go so far as to describe “Palestinian armed groups” as terrorists, but the categorical censure of rocket launchers marks a drastic change in the attitude towards Israel and Hamas. Continue Reading »
Senior IDF officer tells Reuters that Hamas took a major blow during Operation Pillar of Defense
IDF source says army won’t keep to surgical strikes in next round dealing with terrorist groups
Israel’s offensive on Gaza has deterred Hamas from new hostilities despite its claims of victory and the front is now at its quietest in 20 years, a senior Israeli military officer said.
Soldiers next to the border with Gaza – Photo: EPA
Vastly lopsided shelling exchanges over eight days killed 170 Palestinians and 6 Israelis before the November 21 truce brokered by Egypt.
Hamas, which for the first time managed to fire rockets towards Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the conflict, says it won in the absence of an Israeli ground invasion that might have toppled its Gaza administration. Continue Reading »
Islamic Jihad has put Israel on warning that it intends to break the ceasefire on missile attacks if its leaders are banned by Israel from entering Gaza.
Islamic Jihad has placed Israel on warning it will break the ceasefire on missile attacks if its leader is banned from entering Gaza.
Israel has been spared rocket and missile attacks since the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire took effect on November 21 after the IDF’s Pillar of Defense campaign and the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system pushed the de facto Hamas regime into a position of having to back down or face a massive ground incursion. Continue Reading »
Human Rights Watch says IDF’s bombing of family home during Gaza operation violated laws of war due to large number of civilians that were killed
A leading human rights group on Friday accused Israel of violating the laws of war when it killed 12 civilians in an airstrike during its recent conflict with Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.
Funeral of Daloo family members – Photo: Reuters
Israel’s army countered that Palestinian terrorists were to blame for hiding in civilian buildings.
Israel launched its air assault on Gaza last month to try to stop frequent rocket barrages at southern Israel. Continue Reading »
Top Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jaabari may have been a victim of Hamas infighting because he ‘searched the wrong home’ according to a report in a Gulf newspaper.
Top Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jaabari may have been a victim of Hamas infighting, Israeli sources said, based on a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper Monday. According to a report in Al-Jarida, distributed throughout the Gulf countries, Israel was able to eliminate Jaabari after zeroing in on his location via his cell-phone – even though the target was supposed to be top Hamas terrorist Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas government in Gaza. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister & Finance Minister comment on Gaza operation, supporting PM’s decisions but apprehensive in face of what lies ahead.
‘Hamas will bounce back,’ Ashdod mayor Yehiel Lasri says.
“The price the other side paid was so great that it will have to think 70 times before doing this again,” said Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz in a special Ynet Live broadcast Thursday, discussing the ramifications of the ceasefire with Hamas and the aftermath of Operation Pillar of Defense.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
“We had two alternatives, and we reached a crossroad,” the finance minister said. Continue Reading »
Of the 13 projectiles fired from Gaza after 9 pm Wednesday, 10 failed to reach Israel, exploding in Palestinian territories instead.
By Neri Brenner
Air raid sirens sounded shortly after 10 am on Thursday in the Eshkol Regional Council after a rocket appeared to have been fired towards the region from Gaza. Witnesses said that they saw the rocket exploding in a Palestinian territory. Security services said it was a false alarm.
The incident followed a relatively quiet night in Israel‘s south. The final Color Red alert sounded in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council at 22:58, two hours after the ceasefire between Israel and the factions in Gaza went into effect. Continue Reading »