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Below is the unedited text of the ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday, courtesy of “Information Clearing House“. It was originally distributed by the Egyptian presidency.

Unfortunately the agreement was violated almost immediately when Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man, Anwar Qdeih, (a 23 year-old), on the border. He was apparently shot through the head while trying to place a Hamas flag on the fence near Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

Lord, have mercy!

Father Dave

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Text of Israel-Hamas Peace Agreement

November 22, 2012 CAIRO

Agreement of Understanding For a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

1: (no title given for this section)

A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

B. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

C. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

D. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

2: Implementation mechanisms:

A. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

B. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

C. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up.

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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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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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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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A courageous and unambiguous statement from one of the greatest minds of this generation!

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Noam Chomsky

Professor Noam Chomsky

Chomsky Statement on Israel’s War on Gaza 

It is not a war, it is murder.

The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.

The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.

Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.

When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.

Noam Chomsky