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The Children of Palestine: A Photo Essay on Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza

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UPDATE JUNE 5, 2010. This page gets linked to by a lot of lunatic sites. Pearls before swine. I considered removing this post, just to avoid fueling the fires of the racist, anti-semitic, xenophobic, tea-bagging, hood-wearing, “take back my country” mob who visit here and somehow feel vindicated in their hatred and violent rhetoric after viewing these photos. Earth to anti-semites: I’m not on board with you. I don’t hate Jews. I don’t hate anyone, and neither should you. Problem is, you do hate. You wish ill-will and death on total strangers based on… what? Their ethnicity? Their skin? The country they were born to? Their religion? Your religion? Don’t even try to make like you’re serving some greater cause. It was a cause like yours that murdered the innocent children you see on this page.

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I could write until I’m even bluer in the face, but the fact is, I’ve been profoundly ill over the past month and don’t have the mental or physical energy I’d like to devote to writing on Israel’s deplorable, reprehensible, illegal slaughtering of the citizens of Gaza. Here, I’m going to work from the axiom that a picture is worth 1,000 words, prefacing the horrors, below, with some comment on one of Israel’s more reprehensible lies: “human shields”

Israel would like the world to believe that the pictures of these children serve as further indictment and evidence of Hamas terrorism. What a clever propaganda ploy: blame the deaths of women and children on the enemy. Tell the world that Hamas is using these people as “human shields” so that, when the photos of mangled babies, children and women arrive over the news wires, it can all be blamed on Hamas, not on Israel’s bombs, which are blasting Gaza’s hospitals, mosques, universities and homes into oblivion.

GRAPHIC CONTENT) The body of one of three Palestinian siblings from the Al-samoni family, killed by an Israeli tank shell, lies in the mortuary of  Al-Shifa hospital, on January 5, 2009 in Gaza City. Seven members from the Al-samoni family were killed including the mother, three children and a baby, when an Israeli shell struck their house south of Gaza city. Israel is intensifying its wide-scale ground assault against the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to Hamas rocket attacks against the Jewish State. From Getty Images.

January 5: The body of one of three Palestinian siblings from the Al-samoni family, killed by an Israeli tank shell, lies in the mortuary of Al-Shifa hospital, on January 5, 2009 in Gaza City. Seven members from the Al-samoni family were killed including the mother, three children and a baby, when an Israeli shell struck their house south of Gaza city.

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Of course, it goes without saying that it would be difficult to engage in a wanton, fullscale bombing campaign on one of the most densely populated regions on earth — with 1.5 million people packed into 146 square miles — without killing babies and children, who comprise nearly half of the entire population. It also goes without saying that those who persist in blindly supporting Israel’s hideous war crimes would need some justfication for condoning the killing and maiming of the innocent women, children, babies and, yes, men that compose the “collateral damage” of Israel’s bombs and the “human shields” of their propaganda campaign.

MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANSAnd speaking of propaganda, check out the photo, left,  of NY Mayor Bloomberg, visiting an Israeli child in the hospital — the photo-op intended to leave us with the impression that this child is somehow a victim of the war, which is a lie. This is simply an Israeli child in the hospital (perhaps getting his tonsils removed?) , as contrasted with the photos, below, which are real-life photos of children maimed and killed by Israel — just over the past 2 days, alone!

I encourage you to look at these photos with both eyes open, and then write your legislators, write to your editors and, most importantly, write to Obama, via change.gov. He needs to hear our outrage over the ongoing U.S. support of Israel’s reprehensible behavior, both in general and, specifically, their genocide campaign against the people of Palestine.

A wounded Palestinian boy is treated at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, after an Israeli missile strike early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Israeli forces pounded Gaza Strip houses, mosques and tunnels on Monday from the air, land and sea, consolidating their grip in the territory's northern half without quelching the rocket fire that provoked Israel's bruising, 10-day-old offensive. Gaza health officials reported 524 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded since Israel embarked upon its military campaign against Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers on Dec. 27. From AP Photo by HATEM MOUSSA.

January 5: A wounded Palestinian boy is treated at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, after an Israeli missile strike early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

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A dead Palestinian infant is brought to the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, after an Israeli tank shell hit a house early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Israeli forces pounded Gaza Strip houses, mosques and tunnels on Monday from the air, land and sea, consolidating their grip in the territory's northern half without quelching the rocket fire that provoked Israel's bruising, 10-day-old offensive. Gaza health officials reported 524 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded since Israel embarked upon its military campaign against Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers on Dec. 27. From AP Photo by ASHRAF AMRA.

January 5: A dead Palestinian infant is brought to the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, after an Israeli tank shell hit a house early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

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Wounded Palestinian children arrive for treatment at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, after an Israeli strike early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Israeli forces pounded Gaza Strip houses, mosques and tunnels on Monday from the air, land and sea, consolidating their grip in the territory's northern half without quelching the rocket fire that provoked Israel's bruising, 10-day-old offensive. Gaza health officials reported 524 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded since Israel embarked upon its military campaign against Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers on Dec. 27. From AP Photo by ASHRAF AMRA.

January 5: Wounded Palestinian children arrive for treatment at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, after an Israeli strike early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

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A relative reacts in front of the bodies of three children killed by an Israeli tank shell, Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Israeli forces pounded Gaza Strip houses, mosques and tunnels on Monday from the air, land and sea, consolidating their grip in the territory's northern half without stopping  the rocket fire that provoked Israel's bruising, 10-day-old offensive. Gaza health officials reported 524 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded since Israel embarked upon its military campaign against Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers on Dec. 27. From AP Photo by ASHRAF AMRA.

A relative reacts in front of the bodies of three children killed by an Israeli tank shell, Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, early Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

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An ambulance worker carries the body of a boy from the Al-Samoni family as he arrives at the Al-Shifa hospital on January 5, 2009 in Gaza city, Gaza Strip. Seven members from the Al-samoni family were killed including the mother, three children and a baby, when an Israeli shell struck their house south of Gaza city. Israel is intensifying its wide-scale ground assault against the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to Hamas rocket attacks against the Jewish State. From Getty Images.

An ambulance worker carries the body of a boy from the Al-Samoni family as he arrives at the Al-Shifa hospital on January 5, 2009 in Gaza city, Gaza Strip.

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Palestinians carry a boy into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, wounded during the Israeli army operation in Gaza, Sunday Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip Sunday, bisecting the coastal territory and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against the Hamas group gained momentum. From AP Photo by ASHRAF AMRA.

January 4: Palestinians carry a boy into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, wounded during the Israeli army operation in Gaza, Sunday Jan. 4, 2009.

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Palestinian medics carry the body of a boy, killed by an Israeli shell, at the hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009. Israeli troops and tanks split the Gaza Strip and ringed its main city on Sunday in an offensive against Hamas militants but civilians trapped in the Palestinian enclave suffered more bloodshed. At least 34 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed on Sunday as Israeli shells slammed into houses and Gaza's main shopping district, medical sources said. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

January 4: Palestinian medics carry the body of a boy, killed by an Israeli shell, at the hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009.

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A Palestinian medics wheel a boy, injured during the Israeli operation in Gaza, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas militants gained momentum. From AP Photo by MAJED HAMDAN.

January 4: A Palestinian medics wheel a boy, injured during the Israeli operation in Gaza, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.

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A wounded Palestinian boy is carried into a hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009. Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants battled in Gaza on Sunday after Israeli troops and tanks invaded the coastal enclave in the most serious fighting in the conflict in decades. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

A wounded Palestinian boy is carried into a hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009.

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January 4: A wounded Palestinian boy is helped as he arrives at a hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza City, Gaza.

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A Palestinian medic carries a wounded boy into a hospital in Gaza City on January 4, 2009 as Israeli troops continue its ground assault in Gaza. The half dozen hospitals in Gaza cannot cope with more patients and casualties are overflowing out of regular wards into corridors as Israeli troops push deep into Gaza. At least 40 people have been killed since Israel launched the night-time offensive yesterday after eight days of air strikes in which at least 485 Palestinians died and more than 2,400 were wounded, Gaza medics said. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

A Palestinian medic carries a wounded boy into a hospital in Gaza City on January 4, 2009.

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A wounded Palestinian boy is carried into the Al-Shifa hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Israeli shells killed at least 12 Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area, medics and witnesses said. Israel has so far carried out over 700 air strikes in Gaza within the last week and over 400 Palestinians are reported to have been killed. From Getty Images.

A wounded Palestinian boy is carried into the Al-Shifa hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian doctors attend to a wounded boy in Beit Lahia hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on Januray 3, 2008. Israeli artillery on Saturday bombarded the Gaza Strip in a dramatic escalation of the campaign against Hamas after a week of air attacks which have left more than 450 Palestinians dead. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

January 4: Palestinian doctors attend to a wounded boy in Beit Lahia hospital in the northern Gaza Strip .

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A Palestinian medic carries the body of a girl, killed by an Israeli shell, at the hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009. Israeli troops and tanks split the Gaza Strip and ringed its main city on Sunday in an offensive against Hamas militants but civilians trapped in the Palestinian enclave suffered more bloodshed. At least 34 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed on Sunday as Israeli shells slammed into houses and Gaza's main shopping district, medical sources said. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

January 4: A Palestinian medic carries the body of a girl, killed by an Israeli shell, at the hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009.

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A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of a relative that was killed in an Israeli air strike  in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum. From AP Photo by FADI ADWAN.

January 4: A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of a relative that was killed in an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.

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A wounded Palestinian girl is tended to as she arrives at the Al-Shifa hospital on January 5, 2009 in Gaza city, Gaza Strip. Seven members from the Al-samoni family were killed including the mother, three children and a baby, when an Israeli shell struck their house south of Gaza city. Israel is intensifying its wide-scale ground assault against the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to Hamas rocket attacks against the Jewish State. From Getty Images.

January 5: A wounded Palestinian girl is tended to as she arrives at the Al-Shifa hospital on January 5, 2009 in Gaza city,.

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Palestinians try to get an ambulance to transport a badly wounded girl (top) and a man following Israeli artillery shelling in Gaza City on January 4, 2009. Israeli troops pushed deep into Gaza today with thousands of soldiers and scores of tanks battling Hamas fighters and moving toward the capital on a mission to end militant rocket attacks. At least 19 Palestinians were killed in the new fighting as trucks and cars packed with families fled Gaza City and other towns ahead of the biggest Israeli military operation since its 2006 war in Lebanon. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

Palestinians try to get an ambulance to transport a badly wounded girl (top) and a man following Israeli artillery shelling in Gaza City on January 4, 2009.

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A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of her brother who was killed after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip January 4, 2009. Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants battled on Gaza City's outskirts on Sunday after Israeli troops and tanks invaded the coastal enclave in the worst fighting in the conflict in decades. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of her brother who was killed after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip January 4, 2009.

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GRAPHIC CONTENT)  A wounded Palestinian girl is carried into a hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza . Israeli shells killed at least 12 Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area. From Getty Images.

January 4: A wounded Palestinian girl is carried into a hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza .

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GRAPHIC CONTENT)  A body of Palestinian girl is carried into a hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza . Israeli shells killed at least 12 Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area. From Getty Images.

January 4: A body of Palestinian girl is carried into a hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza .

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A Palestinian woman sits on the floor beside her baby wounded by an Israeli tank shell, at Shifa hospital in Gaza January 5, 2009. An Israeli tank shell killed three Palestinian children in their home in eastern Gaza City on Monday, medical officials said. They said several other Palestinians were wounded in the incident in Gaza's Zeitoun neighbourhood. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the report. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

A Palestinian woman sits on the floor of the Shifa hospital in Gaza beside her baby, who was wounded by an Israeli tank shell on January 5, 2009.

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A Palestinian baby wounded by an Israeli tank shell is treated by doctors at Shifa hospital in Gaza January 5, 2009. An Israeli tank shell killed three Palestinian children in their home in eastern Gaza City on Monday, medical officials said. They said several other Palestinians were wounded in the incident in Gaza's Zeitoun neighbourhood. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking the report. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

A Palestinian baby wounded by an Israeli tank shell is treated by doctors at Shifa hospital in Gaza January 5, 2009.

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GRAPHIC CONTENT) The bodies of three Palestinian siblings from the Al-samoni family, killed by an Israeli tank shell early on January 5, 2009 lie in the mortuary of  Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City. Seven members from the Al-samoni family were killed including the mother, three children and a baby, when an Israeli shell struck their house south of Gaza city. Israel is intensifying its wide-scale ground assault against the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to Hamas rocket attacks against the Jewish State. From Getty Images.

January 5: The bodies of three Palestinian siblings from the Al-samoni family, killed by an Israeli tank shell early on January 5, 2009, lie in the mortuary of Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City.

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GRAPHIC CONTENT) A relative sits next to body of one-year-old baby Farah Al-Helo as she lies on the body of her uncle Mohammad Al-helo, killed by an Israeli tank shell early on January 5, 2009, at the mortuary of Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City. Israel is intensifying its wide-scale ground assault against the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to Hamas rocket attacks against the Jewish State. From Getty Images.

A relative sits next to body of one-year-old baby Farah Al-Helo as she lies on the body of her uncle, killed by an Israeli tank shell early on January 5, 2009.

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A Palestinian father carries his wounded baby daughter into a hospital in Gaza City on January 4, 2009 as Israeli troops continue its ground assault in Gaza. The half dozen hospitals in Gaza cannot cope with more patients and casualties are overflowing out of regular wards into corridors as Israeli troops push deep into Gaza. At least 40 people have been killed since Israel launched the night-time offensive yesterday after eight days of air strikes in which at least 485 Palestinians died and more than 2,400 were wounded, Gaza medics said. From Getty Images by AFP/Getty Images.

A Palestinian father carries his wounded baby daughter into a hospital in Gaza City on January 4, 2009, as Israeli troops continue its ground assault in Gaza.  The half dozen hospitals in Gaza cannot cope with more patients, and casualties are overflowing out of regular wards into corridors as Israeli troops push deep into Gaza.

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A wounded Palestinian baby is carried into a hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009. Israeli shells killed at least 12 Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area, medics and witnesses said. Israel has so far carried out over 700 air strikes in Gaza within the last week and over 400 Palestinians are reported to have been killed. From Getty Images.

A wounded Palestinian baby is carried into the Al-Shifa hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Israeli shells killed at least 12 Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area, medics and witnesses said. Israel has so far carried out over 700 air strikes in Gaza within the last week and over 400 Palestinians are reported to have been killed. From Getty Images.

January 4: (two photos, above) Medical workers carry wounded Palestinian babies into the Al-Shifa hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip.

A wounded Palestinian woman lies with her baby at the Al-Shifa hospital on December 28, 2008 in Gaza City, Gaza. On the second day of cross-border conflict, Israel's air force continued to launch attacks along the Gaza Strip, destroying many buildings belonging to Hamas, including holy mosques, civilian homes and vehicles, work shops, police compounds and a prison, increasing the number of Palestians killed to over 270. From Getty Images.

A wounded Palestinian woman lies with her baby at the Al-Shifa hospital.

Palestinian boys wounded by an Israeli tank shell wait for treatment at Shifa hospital in Gaza January 5, 2009. At least three children were among a dozen Palestinian civilians killed on Monday as Israeli troops pressed home a ground assault on Hamas militants in the face of French-led diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire. The deaths included three children from the Samouni family and their mother when a tank shell hit their home in Gaza city, Palestinian medics said. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Palestinian boys wounded by an Israeli tank shell wait for treatment at Shifa hospital in Gaza January 5, 2009.

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From right to left, European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero Waldner, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and EU Foreign policy chief Javier Solana pose for a photograph at Livni's office in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Israeli forces pounded Gaza Strip houses, mosques and smuggling tunnels on Monday from the air, land and sea, killing at least seven children as they pressed a bruising offensive against Palestinian militants. From AP Photo by DAN BALILTY.

January 5, 2009: Congratulatory spirits prevail among European and Israeli power elites, posing for a photograph at the Jerusalem office of Tzipi Livni, one of three candidates for Israeli Prime Minister in the upcoing Feb. 10 elections.  (PHOTO: From right to left, European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero Waldner, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and EU Foreign policy chief Javier Solana).

After all, it took Israel only 18+ months of starving the people of Gaza, and depriving them of medical supplies, water and fuel — along with the two Israeli bombing campaigns (in August and on Nov. 4, 2008, in which Israel broke the terms of the ceasefire) — to finally  provoke Hamas into returning fire (with its pathetically weak arsenal of rockets, sticks and stones) on November 5th, thereby giving the Israel the necessary justification to kick this well-planned war and propaganda campaign into high gear. If all goes according to plan, the politicans up for election in early February will reap the benefits of showing the Israeli people how very committed their parties are to slaughtering Palestinians. The contest boils down to this: which politician promises to slaughter the most Paliestinians? From the expression on her face, candidate Tzipi Livni (above) is feeling a surge of confidence in the wake of the deaths over the past 2 days.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (R) meets in his Tel Avivi offices with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg January 4, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. They meet on the day that Israel begins what it calls it's 'second stage,' the ground troops, of their massive military campaign against Hamas assests in the Gaza Strip. One Israeli soldier has been reported killed and dozens wounded after Israel launched a wide-scale ground assault against the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to Hamas rocket attacks against the Jewish State. From Getty Images.

January 4, 2009: Still more jubilation from Livni’s opponent, Israeli Defense Minister candidate Ehud Barak (r), as he hams it up for the cameras in this January 4 photo-op with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (l) in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israel's Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu talks to Israeli children holding a goat during a visit to a shelter in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Israel rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its devastating offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza Strip. From AP Photo by SEBASTIAN SCHEINER.

Israel’s third candidate in the upcoming election, Benjamin Netanyahu, takes a different tack altogether in this tender photo-op from last week, as he talks to Israeli children while holding a goat, presumably hoping to impress upon Israeli voters, and the world at large, that he is *not* part of  a cruel terrorist state that slaughters innocents,  but that he really likes children, and (much like his crony, George W. Bush) is rather fond of goats, too.

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by Mantis Katz for the canarypapers

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For more reading:

The Guardian: Gaza: the logic of colonial power (by Nir Rosen) As so often, the term ‘terrorism’ has proved a rhetorical smokescreen under cover of which the strong crush the weak ….

The Nation: This magazine continues its usual offering of quality journalism in its coverage of this war.  Scan through the headlines to find articles on Israel, Palestine and Gaza.

Chris Floyd: This site offers an excellent collection of reputable news articles on the Israeli attack (along with news articles on the other wars). Today’s installments include an article on Israel’s use of phosphorus shells over civilian populations — a *special* type of bomb that inflicts hideous burns to the flesh. Using these chemical weapons over civilian populations is illegal according to the Geneva Conventions, but Israel has so managed to sidestep this law through clever semantics. (NOTE: Chris Floyd’s website, dubbed “Empire Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the American Imperium,” is an important addition to any newsgatherers “favorites” list. You may need to scan down the page to find the beginning of the articles.)

More reading from the blogs:

Lenin’s Tomb: A credible and informative blog, sourced with sound links, with analysis and history of the Israeli-Palestine conflicts.

Dennis Perrin’s view on Israel, Palestine and Hamas:
http://dennisperrin.blogspot.com/2008/12/killing-floor-expands.html

Jon Schwarz talks about why the UN caves on Israel:
http://www.tinyrevolution.com/mt/archives/002750.html#more

Bernard Chazelle on the attack as dangerous political strategem:
http://www.tinyrevolution.com/mt/archives/002751.html

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  1. It is very unfortunate and or sad these things are going on in this world today. It is not like the Israelis said lets go kill some Palestinian children today. They were goaded and prodded into reacting. My heart goes out to the parents of the children. My heart also wants to condemn the Palestinians who continually want to send rockets into Israel. I ask what is Israel to do then?

    Byron

    January 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm

  2. This war has destroyed ISREAl& Jews, why must election be a pretext for starting a war. I was thought that the jews were victims, but with this pictures, I now realise , there is no difference between what the Nazi did to the Jews and the Nazi-like action of the Isreali Army

    Iyke

    January 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

  3. The question must be asked, what is the political capital in all this, NOTHING,only more hatred, Isolation, and threat of terrorism for Isreal the Land I once so much loved. Just to satisfy the ego of LIVNI,BARACK and BIBI.
    Man must be reminded that Power is only but a Vapour.Vanity upon vanity.

    Iyke

    January 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  4. Iyke,
    I agree. It is difficult to believe that the Jews, who have been so persecuted over the centuries — up to and including the horrors of the Holocaust — would be capable of inflicting these same horrors on other populations. Here is a link to an article that ponders this very perplexing question. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090112/shawn?rel=hp_currently

    While oil politics and end-times prophesy are major factors in America’s seemingly unconditional support of Israel, I can offer no explanation for Israel’s violence, warmongering and seeming aversion to peacemaking in the region, except that they apparently feel (and have felt since Israel was formed in 1948) entitled to the lands which rightfully belongs to the Palestinians.

    Peace to all,
    Mantis

    Byron,
    You are not alone in your belief that Israel is the victim. Sadly, this belief can only be attributed to the pervasive U.S.-Israeli propaganda, which so many rely on for facts. I would strongly urge you, and anyone with your viewpoint, to please read more about the history between Israel and Palestine. Genuine facts are harder to find than you’d think. One publication, The Nation (the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the US) has published some helpful info and factual perspectives this week:

    Here is a link to a very readable piece titled, “A Memo to Obama on Israel,” which touches on some of the more important aspects of Israel’s history since its founding in 1948. The author of this piece, Uri Avnery, is a veteran of Israel’s 1948 war, a former Member of the Israel’s Knesset, a founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement and winner of the 2001 Right Livelihood Award, often called the “alternative Nobel Peace Prize.” http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090112/avnery?rel=hpbox

    Here is a link to a statement by United Nations United Nations special rapporteur, Richard Falk, titled, “Israel’s War Crimes,” written 7 days ago, shortly after Israel began their assault on the Gaza.

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090112/falk?rel=hp_currently

    Lastly, here is a link to efforts to force Israel to immediately allow journalists and human rights monitors and workers access to Gaza (access which Israel has fought to bar) so that the victims of Gaza may receive the medical care they so desperately need, and so that the media and human rights monitors may report the facts on this war. http://www.thenation.com/blogs/actnow/393913

    Peace to all,
    Mantis

    canarypapers

    January 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm

  5. Dear Byron,

    It’s not like Israel said “We don’t want to kill helpless people trapped in the biggest concentration camp on Earth” either. Maybe they didn’t seek to use collective punishment but they don’t seem to have any qualms about it either.

    Some (perhaps many?) Israelis only care about themselves and don’t mind abusing their power in a short-sighted, self-absorbed, misguided attempt to protect themselves. I thought the slaughter of civilians in Lebanon was bad enough 2 years ago, but no, now it gets even worse

    When you attack people, you only make them stronger and more determined to resist you the only way they can, with rudimentary, home-made rockets. They have no voice and no influence in the Western world. America has not been able to bring about a lasting peace because it is manipulated by special interest groups.

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    SH

    January 6, 2009 at 5:18 am

  6. I am aware of Gaza daily. Zionist extremist are doing this and not a Jewish faith I understand.

    kerri

    January 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm

  7. We in the US should be calling for an immediate stop to any form of aid to Israel immediately. Bush is complecit in these murderous acts. I just hope Obama has the kahunas to chase the Israeli leadership responsible for these crimes to the gates of hell.
    Israeli propoganda machine needs to be exposed for what it is. Aipac should be banned from operating in the US and any contributers should be put on a watch list. Time for Haig to put these murdering thugs and thieves to trial.

    shawn

    January 6, 2009 at 5:51 pm

  8. 1st. of all I would to register my condolence & sympathy to all victims of holocaust & genocides whoever they are.
    I sympathies with the Jewish community (majority) who are isolated by the actions of the Zionist-Neo-Con mafia which let the holocaust happen in order to justify whatever inhuman action they do now.
    As you know this Zionist-Neo-Con Mafia is in control of almost all western Nations & Corporations.
    The only way to bring humanity back to this world is to rebel against this Mafia & restore real democracy to this world.
    They thought you to practice Secularism and suppress whatever moral,religious values from Governess & Business practices; it is time to reapply these values & realize what they are doing is very wrong. Do not be blinded by the wealth that they offer, if you believe in Judgment day & GOD you will not support them.
    May GOD save the Children of the world from The Zionist-Neo-Con Satans

    Nizam

    January 7, 2009 at 4:40 am

  9. Shame on you Arab leaders…ALLAH IS GREAT.
    May those beautiful children of Palestin rest in peace, They are now angels to our eye’s.
    Israeli will be gettin whats coming to them…you play with fire you burn.

    O.A

    January 7, 2009 at 8:19 am

  10. jewish make a palestine problem,but muslims are not get awareness,especially for arab leaders,o ya ALLAAH give hidaya for muslims,jewish,whole mankind.

    mohammed arqam

    June 1, 2009 at 11:41 am

  11. I can’t believe the gullibility of most of the contributors to this conversation.
    They see pictures of dead and/or wounded Arab children and conclude that Israel is cruel, inhuman, and “Nazi-Like”.
    Wake up people. This is war. In every war children and other innocents die, and ALL WARS ARE INHUMANE AND IMMORAL.
    Unfortunately this is our human reality, and no amount of idealism has helped to make wars go away.

    However the comparison to NAZIs is not just ridiculous, it is clearly antisemitic.
    NAZIS deliberately targeted civilians, deliberately killed children. There is not a single proof of Israelis deliberately targeting civilians, children or adults. The Palestinian propaganda claims that most of those killed during Gaza war, were “civilians”, however closer scrutiny of those “civilians” shows that majority of them were members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and other military organizations.
    Another interesting thing if someone looks at those pictures of Pal-victims: On some of them you can count as many as SEVER (7) camera men. Strangely Pals seem to stage photo-ups each time someone dies. They cynically use the death for their propaganda.
    Thirdly, it is also important to notice, that nobody on these Palestinian propaganda pictures looks STARVED. They actually all look well-fed. Now go search for pictures from Warsaw Ghetto, and you see skeleton like people. Or you don’t even need to go that far back, go look at pictures from Dar-Furand you will see real human tragedy perpetrated by Arab Muslims on Black Muslims.
    But the antisemitic “progressives” only are interested in condemning and attack Jews, thus Pals are their beloveds.

    Ray Bright

    June 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm

  12. we all muslims need your attention isreal allways killing innocent children i have 100 of pics of innocent children
    if u want to see just mail me at Aamir_kakar966@yahoo.com

    Aamir

    August 24, 2009 at 1:58 am

  13. I mean peace guys, look at these picz, all killed for no reason? war? what war? these ppl have the right to fight for themselves n families, they cannot sit n wait till they get killed, same goes to israel. israel can say what they like, they’re just killing innocent ppl for their own good and thats a fact.
    i have many friends who are from palestine christian or muslim, all have the same story line, family n friends have been killed?
    PEACEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    lily

    September 14, 2009 at 9:26 pm

  14. Now I dont know much about this situation, but all I know that this is horrible what are happening to these people! Babies. children. women. men. HUMANS, serious.. what are people thinking. I thought that I had a hard life… look at these little children stuck in the middle of this. they are innocent. Breaks my heart

    Brittany

    September 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

  15. Fiquei horrorizado com o massacre praticado por esses assassinos chamados israelenses. Se Deus existe eles vão pagar por tudo isso. Matando crianças inocentes que em nada comtribuiram para está guerra civil, entre primos. Sim primos, pois israelenses e palestinos são primos. moro no Brasil, onde esssas duas etnias vivem pacificamente, trabalhando, comendo, e tendo o seu lazer juntos. Talves vcs deveriam fazer uma visita na rua 25 de março, uma rua estritamente comercial, onde judeus, palestinos, árabes, coreanos, egipcios, e pessoas de todas as nacionalidades e credo, vivem pacificamente. Que Deus tenha compaixão de vossas almas. aparecido barbosa SP.

    aparecido barbosa

    December 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

  16. Oh my god, what is wrong with you people? Israelis cannot possibly justify any of these killings. PEOPLE!!!! SEARCH “IF AMERICANS KNEW” it is all about this B.S. the Israelis pull on the Palestinians. The jews, having gone through the holocaust, should know how it feels to be treated like they are treating the palestinians. THIS IS CRUEL AND VILE. ANYONE WHO IS OK WITH THIS IS INSANE.

    Aliya

    January 4, 2010 at 2:57 am

  17. UMMM, s’cuse me ray bright? YOU ARE SO TOTALLY IDIOTIC! DO NOT EVEN TRY TO BRING ALL THAT B.S. ON!! DO YOU KNOW THAT CRACK IS BAD FOR YOU? STOP USING IT, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! FIRST OF ALL, YOU MAKE IT SOUND AS IF IT IS OK THAT THESE PALESTINIANS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED. SECOND OF ALL, ISRAELI SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY TARGETING CHILDREN, AND ACCORDING TO MEDICAL RECORDS IN PALESTINE (AHEM…YOU WOULD KNOW THIS IF YOU ACTUALLY DID SOME RESEARCH, YOU BIGOT) OVER 80 PERCENT OF THE CHILDREN WHO WERE SHOT BY THE ISREALI SOLDIERS WERE SHOT SOMEWHERE WHERE THEY WOULD BE CRIPPLED FOR LIFE, OR KILLED INSTANTLY (I.E. THE HEAD, THROUGH THE HEART) MANY OF THE SHOTS MADE AT THE CHILDREN WERE SURPIRISNGLY ACCURATE. SO, SHUT UP, DO YOUR RESEARCH, AND STOP ACTING LIKE SUCH A FAGGOT. OH, BY THE WAY, TO YOUR STATEMENT THAT ALL THE CHILDREN WERE “NOT STARVED” THAT THEY WERE “WELL-FED”…HOW SENSELESS AND MORONIC COULD YOU GET? DO THEY NEED TO BE STARVED TO DEATH FOR PEOPLE TO NOTICE HOW BAD OF A CONDITION THEY’RE IN? THEY’RE DEAD, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! ALSO, AGAIN, IF YOU DID YOUR RESEARCH, YOU WOULD KNOW THAT THE ISRAELIS HAVE IGNORED HUNDREDS OF PEACE AGREEMENTS AND PROPOSALS, BECAUSE THEY ARE GREEDY! BESIDES, I THINK IT IS VERY OBVIOUS WHO IS THE VICTIM! AFTER ALL, THE ZIONISTS STOLE WEAPONS WHEN THEY WERE WORKING WITH THE BRITISH, AND THE U.S. (OF COURSE WITH BUSH) PROVIDED THE ISRAELIS LEFTOVERS FROM WWII. WHAT, MAY I ASK, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION DO THE PALESTINIANS HAVE? BESIDES ROCKS, AND PEBBLES? I REST MY CASE.

    Aliya

    January 4, 2010 at 3:12 am

  18. All Muslim Countries 2Gether Pressurize 2 Israel Live The Gaza Accept independent state Gaza ……….

    Lucky Ali

    July 1, 2010 at 6:53 am

  19. Hello Funny Democratic westerners & Jews

    your concern is…

    “Muslims are NOT Human being…..no, no, …. NOT EVEN Vitality/spirit!… they are just lethargy/apathy… they will feel NO Pain… their Blood is just a Litter!” ???

    Why hearts are dead and only brains are working???
    why your people are so horrible and terrible??

    why you are saying that you are saving human rights & and human being while you kill the both without even a single hard feeling or sense of kind???

    some of you are commenting that children & women willbe victims of any war?? where is the war ongoing? in muslim countries? only massacre or genocide barbarism against the innocent, helpless, armless, poor infants, babies, children, women, olders, premises, and sick persons!!! can you prove with single area you only war with the armed enemies??

    OK, if you still say, “some of you are commenting that children & women willbe victims of any war” then why the UN secretary General panki(Monkey) moon barking about war crimes in Sri Lanka where no any single civilian was directly targetted? why you all are double-standard/hypocracy???

    niyas

    July 5, 2010 at 6:03 am

  20. this leaves me spechless. i am truely sorry for the lost of everyone. I did’nt even know any of them but it hurts to see this pictures. God Bless My friends <3
    I'll keep praying for everybody!! :(

    Jailene

    June 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  21. Wow!!! This is soo horibble dreadful and DETESTABLE ! It is unbelievable what people will do these days. These are INNOCENT children that do not deserve this!!! Just imagine if it was your child or relative that this what happening to. You would have a different outlook then right? This has got to stop!! To the cruel people who are doing this and/or are in support of it I’ll pray for you! However, I will also pray that you get punished!!! A punishment that is unbearable!!!! I love kids no matter what race/skin color/religion kids are kids and they ALL deserve to be loved!!!!

    Cleris Sanchez

    June 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

  22. I was not gonna leave a comment but now I am gonna, to all those that think its a war, a war is wen both parties are culpable, isreal has sophisticated attack jets, enabled vessles, smart gpu 39 bomb,armoured tanks, atacki attack helicopters, army, navy, soldiers, command and control, food, water, clothing, schooling, versus palestine with rocks, home made rockets and bombs,and children being shot and bombed for throwing rocks at soldiers??? Yet yal blinded by usa propaganda that it is isreal that’s the victim, well to all those out their that are gullable to believe, I am a muslim I been to isreal and I’m not even a palestinian, yet I was mistreated, had guns pointing straight at me and my baby, as we walked we were accused and sworn at, questioned, and yal sit there in ur perfect little homes, and think isreal is innocent, I’m a first hand experience on inhumanity if isreali zionists

    layla

    January 4, 2012 at 6:24 am

  23. i have to say u who owns this blog is a racist pig,” hood wearing tea drinking” racist, you want to blame the palestinians for the violence on their own children so you post this to show the world that this is the palestinians fault first nothing in this world justifies the murder or assault on children no one believes that this is a muslim vs jew war it is an opperssor which are you jews murdering innocent people stealing thier land and thier human rights then crying that it is the palestinians fault that they are making you do this if they just shut up and die quietly then everything will be ok the palestinians will never stay quiet i hope you burn in hell

    tina diaz

    January 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  24. Tina Diaz, it appears that you didn’t even bother reading the title to this piece, much less the words underneath. Otherwise, you would have noticed that we are on the same “side,” even as I wouldn’t want to align myself with the sort of person who barges onto blogs, doesn’t bother reading them, but does bother to draw erroneous conclusions, then willy-nilly wishes people to burn in hell.

    canarypapers

    February 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  25. Layla, did you not read the title of this piece — “The Children of Palestine: A Photo Essay on Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza”? Please folk, pay me the courtesy of at least reading the title, as it is a clue to which “side” I am on.

    canarypapers

    February 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  26. The aparteid state that Palestinians live in under harsh Jewish rule is comparable to Nazi treatment.
    And that is NOT being antisemitic …. its being realistic. Stop using the antisemitism argument for any critical form of feedback. Makes you look like a little sally and not someone who uses logic.

    Israel has the high-tech war planes, tanks and bombs. Palestinians don’t.

    These images, if they were Jewish children, would be all over CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets in the Western world.

    There is something going on here where Israel needs to be held accountable for war crimes.

    Brady

    June 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  27. There are plenty of photos of Israeli children specifically targeted and killed as well. Here’s one example: http://daledamos.blogspot.com/2006/08/123-israeli-children-killed-by.html The only reason we don’t see more mangled jewish bodies is because they have respect for their dead and do not parade them around for propaganda.

    Here is, for example a list of Israeli civilians killed in the second intifada, case by case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_civilian_casualties_in_the_Second_Intifada . You can plainly see they were all targeted in their homes, businesses, buses, even places of worship. None of them were standing on the border, throwing rocks at the Palestinians. None of them were put in places where military action was happening, and none were recruited to blow themselves up in a Palestinian restaurant. Some were even babies, targeted by snipers when passing by in a car.

    Now, here is the list of the Palestinian civilians killed in the same time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_civilian_casualties_in_the_Second_Intifada The groups with the most casualties were the ones where IDF was targeting specific militants. It certainly is sad. But I’m sure the IDF’s main goal in those instances was not to blow up a house full of women and children. And those instances are far and few in between. Otherwise, most of the other children and youth killed were the participants and the bystanders in the altercations with the IDF. If people would keep their children away from places of fighting, and not incite them to throw rocks at the Israelis, many of those casualties would have no chance of happening.

    The propaganda is out of control. If Palestinians would stop hiding behind their children in the altercations, and stop teaching them to hate and throw rocks, most of those children would be alive today. I’ve lived in that area, and have seen some Israelis and Palestinians do peaceful business together, interact in a normal, human way, treat each other with respect. I have seen my brothers grow up there, and at no pint they were taught by the family or the schools to hate Palestinians. Would be helpful if the other side would do the same. One time, in the US, I’ve met a group of Palestinian college students, same age as I was. We had no problem interacting, until they’ve heard I was jewish, and then there was hate, immediately. I wonder, why is that? And what good comes out of it? I wasn’t in the army, never participated in settlements on Palestinian territories, did not kill their children, did nothing to harm anyone there. Why the hate? And what else would you call it, other than racism? I had no such feelings toward them, wouldn’t mind calling them my friends, even knowing that they were from “the other side” to begin with. So, I’m sorry, but the propaganda has to stop. And the hate has to stop. Maybe then, people can live peacefully and cooperate with each other in that region. I have worked with Palestinians in Israel, when the times were more peaceful, we drove to work together, etc. Nobody was treated with disrespect or like an inferior people. Why can that not be happening more often? And what about all those Palestinian children who’d gotten free healthcare and life saving operations in Israeli hospitals? Does that not count at all? What is the purpose of the one-sided presentation of things on this page? To incite more hate? Seems like it. :( This is not helpful.

    V

    June 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  28. what a load of old anti semetic crap. We all know these photos (half of them) are lies…. its been proven time and time again. The Palestinian people are snakes – they can not be reasoned with.

    Anders Flanders

    December 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm


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