Today is the day that brings even more death and destruction than previous days. Israel, tiring of not being able to bring Hamas to its knees with a merciless air assault and a fraudulent ceasefire offer, decided to put the screws on. The troops go in. The young boys eager for a kill, whose commanding officers, like those of the Givati, drilling into them primitive hatred of the Arab, will have more than their chance to put notches in their gun barrels.
246 Palestinians have been killed till today, though the count will undoubtedly rise much faster with Israeli boots on the ground and snipers around every corner just waiting to pick off the children, women and infirm men holding up white flags (as happened the last time around during Cast Lead).
Two days ago an Israeli navy artillery “sharpshooter” picked out a choice target. Little boys playing soccer on the beach, where their father earned his living as a fisherman. The first shell only killed one of them. The boys, their legs not yet muscled to run fast enough, flew as fast as they could to the beachside tent where foreign reporters congregated. The second shell, finely calibrated to hit them as they fled, struck them and killed another three. Killing children: fine sport in the Israeli navy.
This war is an obscenity. The international community are pathetic useless ciphers ratifying Israeli brutality. The only difference between Condi Rice and John Kerry is that he won’t call this mass murder the “birth pangs of Middle East democracy.” Other than that, he’s useless too. Imagine that, going from exposing U.S. war crimes as a Winter Soldier during the Vietnam War to standing mute in the face of Israeli war crimes.
Today brought another war crime. Israel has threatened for the past weeks to target the al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza, whose patients are terminally ill and disabled. At least two hospitals have been struck with missiles. Earlier, patients were murdered at a rehabilitation center for the severely disabled. Israeli pilots have hit any target of any possible value. Now they’re left with the ‘dregs,’ taking potshots at those too infirm to flee. When will the outrage happen? What will it take? Machine-gunning patients in wheelchairs? Or is even that not enough?
The Nation published an eyewitness account in which local Gazans noted that the IDF is even targeting graveyards: not satisfied to kill them once, they want to kill them again.