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This press release just in from the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza. 

Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights

Press Release

Date: 18 November 2012

Published: 20:00 Gaza Time (+2 GMT)

IOF airstrike on a house leaves a family massacred

Al Mezan condemns this crime; calls for immediate intervention to end killing of civilians in Gaza

In the worst attack since the start of its aggression on Gaza, an Israeli warplane fired a missile into a four-story house in Gaza city, at approximately 2:35pm today, destroying it and killing multiple civilians. Most of the corpses that have been found are for children and women. Efforts to search for the victims were still on-going when this press release was published. Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights condemns this crime with the strongest terms, and calls for immediate investigation into the attack and prosecution of those who ordered and carried it out. Al Mezan also calls for immediate international community intervention to stop the killing of Palestinian civilians and children by the IOF.

According to initial investigations by Al Mezan, Palestinian civil defence crews have been able to find seven corpses for persons from the family of Jamal Al-Dalu, the owner of the targeted house, and two corpses of neighbors. Efforts are on-going to find more people under the rubble of the house, including at least three other civilians. It has been confirmed that the sudden attack killed the following civilians:

·         Samah Ad-Dalu, 27, the wife of the house owner’s son, and her children:

·         Jamal Mohammed Ad-Dalu, 6;

·         Yousef Mohammed Ad-Dalu, 4;

·         Ibrahim Mohammed Ad-dalu, 1; and

·         Suhaila Ad-dalu, 73, who is the sister of the house owner;

·         Tahani Ad-Dalu, 52, who is the wife of the house owner; and her daughter who has not been identified yet.

 The civil defence also found the bodies of two neighbors:

·         Abdulla Al-Mzannar, 18; and

·         Omniya Al Mzannar.

Neighbors of the bombarded house informed Al Mezan that the bodies of at least three other persons are expected to be under the rubble:

·         Ranin Ad-dalu, 22;

·         Sara Ad-Dalu, 9, and

·         Mohammed Jamal Ad-Dalu, 29.

Al Mezan is still following this case and will be able to verify the victims once the field investigation is completed.

Al Mezan condemns this crime with the strongest terms. This attack comes in the context of IOF’s increasing attacks on civilian targets during the past few days. Similar attacks also occurred multiple times in the past; including during the infamous Operation Cast Lead. Al Mezan asserts that such attacks are in fact encouraged by the continuing silence of international community, who has failed to secure protection for civilians or prosecution of any perpetrators of such crimes in the past. They are also encouraged by the statements made by several states condoning IOF’s aggression on Gaza during the past days.

Al Mezan emphasizes that the IOF has increased the use of tactics that seriously violate the rules of international law, such as the deliberate attacks on houses using the ‘roof-knocking’ tactic, and other violations such as extra-judicial killings, disproportionate attacks, and use of excessive force. The murder of a whole family in such an attack by an army who possesses the highest level technology known to mankind dictates that international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, intervene immediately to protect civilians from war crimes and hold those who are responsible for them accountable for their acts.

As the past experience shows, it is civilians; including children, women, and the elderly, who are bearing the brunt of the culture of impunity that has persisted under international community’s failure to protect civilians or prosecute violators.

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Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has the Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC)

Press Release Link: www.mezan.org……

For more information, please contact at Al Mezan Center for Human Rights office in Gaza City on: +970  8  2820442/7 between 08:00 and 15:00 (6:00-1:00 GMT) Sundays through Thursday.

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Nothing gives me more hope nor elicits my admiration more than seeing young men and women of high ideals refuse to participate in their nation’s wars. These refuseniks pay a high price. Not only do they face short-term imprisonment but long-term discrimination from their government and the disfavour of their peers across the community. God bless Natan Blanc and all who stand with him.

Father Dave

To military prison, instead of Gaza Israeli Conscientious Objector Natan Blanc to be imprisoned this morning
Today, Monday November 19th, Natan Blanc, a 19 years old Israeli from old  Haifa, will show up at the recruitment bureau, inform officers there of his refusal to serve in the IDF, and will likely be sent immediately to the military prison. His act of conscientious refusal is directly connected to the current situation and the army’s acts in Gaza. He took this decision even before hearing the terrible news of five women and four children being killed today by a single Israeli Air Force bomb:

I began thinking about refusing to join the Israeli Army during the ‘Cast Lead’ operation in 2008. The wave of aggressive militarism that swept the country then, the expressions of mutual hatred, and the vacuous talk about stamping out terror and creating a deterrent effect were the primary trigger for my refusal.

Today, after four years full of terror, without a political process [towards peace negotiations], and without quiet in Gaza and Sderot, it is clear that the Netanyahu Government, like that of his predecessor Olmert, is not interested in finding a solution to the existing situation, but rather in preserving it. From their point of view, there is nothing wrong with our initiating a ‘Cast Lead 2’ operation every three or four years (and then 3, 4,5 and 6): we will talk of deterrence, we will kill some terrorist, we will lose some civilians on both sides, and we will prepare the ground for a new generation full of hatred on both sides.

As representatives of the people, members of the cabinet have no duty to present their vision for the futures of the country, and they can continue with this bloody cycle, with no end in sight. But we, as citizens and human beings, have a moral duty to refuse to participate in this cynical game. That is why I have decided to refuse to be inducted into the Israeli Army on the date of my call-up order, November 19, 2012.

Natan Blanc

Natan can be contacted by email: nathanbl@walla.com…

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Dr Izzeldin Abuielaish

Dr Izzeldin Abuielaish

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish is best known as the victim of one of the most horrible tragedies of Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s 2008-09 assault on the people of Gaza.

Dr. Abuelaish was the first Palestinian doctor to receive a staff position at an Israeli hospital, where he treated both Israeli and Palestinian patients. Immediately before the 2008-09 Israeli assault he was a researcher at the Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv and already an important figure in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

On the 16th January 2009, Dr Abuelaish and his family were in their home when an Israeli tank shell destroyed their house and killed three of his daughters. He founded the “Daughters for Life Foundation” in memory of his daughters who were killed and has written a book, entitled “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity”.

Dr. Abuelaish is here addressing a rally held in Paris on November 17th, 2012

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Now seems like an appropriate time to remember this address given by British MP, Sir Gerald Kaufman, back in 2009, during the last Israeli assault on Gaza.

Sir Gerald, who was brought up as an orthodox Jew and a Zionist, said: “My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town… A German soldier shot her dead in her bed… My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”

Kaufman urged his government to impose a complete arms embargo on Israel.

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Ricahrd Falk

Richard Falk

Richard Falk is Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, the author or co-author of 20 books and the editor or co-editor of another 20 books, speaker, activist on world affairs, and an appointee to two United Nations positions on the Palestinian territories. He has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

Falk is interviewed here by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.

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