Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Israel Causes Truce To Dissolve


Hamas has called off it's 16 month military truce with Israel, after 7 Palestinians were killed & 30 were injured while having a picnic at a beach in Gaza.
According to ABC.com:
" The artillery fire scattered body parts, destroyed a tent, and sent bloody sheets flying into the air. A panicked crowd quickly gathered, screaming and running around hysterically.
A sobbing girl lay in the sand, crying for her father. "Father, Father!", she screamed.
The body of a man lay motionless in the sand nearby.
Palestinian officials said 7 people were killed and more than 30 wounded at the beach. Hardest hit was the Ghalia family, which lost 6 members, among them the father, one of his 2 wives, an infant boy, and an 18 month girl."
This exact type of incident has made Hamas appear appealing to the Palestinians. And although Hamas may be violent religious zealots, Israel continues to poke them with a prod & pour fuel onto the fire.
If the situation was reversed, & it happened to be an Israeli family killed on the beach by Palestinians, the news would have reached more people, with a much different response. The Palestinians would have been viewed as "terrorists", whereas the Israeli's are not. We rarely hear of the total terror the Palestinians face on a daily basis by Israel. Israel is trying to wipe the Palestinians off the face of this earth, & the US needs to stop supporting the Israeli terroristic military.
Since 1967, when Israel conquered the areas in the West Bank & Gaza Strip, Palestinians have been living under Israeli military occupation.
According to international law, an occupying force is responsible for the protection of the civilian population living under it's control. Israel ignores this requirement, routinely commiting violations of the Geneva Conventions.
724 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli's, & 121 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinian's since September 29, 2000.
The majority of these Palestinian children were killed & injured doing normal everyday things, such as going to school & playing outside.
The number of deaths/injuries to Palestinian's, according to the P.R.C.S. (Palestine Red Crescent Society), from September 30th 2000--June 12th, 2006 is :

Deaths:

Total deaths: 3,938

Injuries:

Live Ammunition: 7,964
Rubber/Plastic bullets: 6,766
Tear gas: 6,576
Misc.: 8,713
Total injuries: 30,026

(all injuries figures are from PRCS field posts & EMS operations. Misc. injuries are mostly due to bomb fragments & shrapnel)

For some important information on the Israel/Palestine conflict visit, ' If Americans Knew' at http://www.ifamericansknew.org