David vs Goliath circa 1004 BCE
David vs Goliath circa 2000-2005

“I have stood in front of tearful Palestinian women as they nursed the bruises of their children who had been attacked by soldiers or settlers. I have listened to their sobs and wails as bulldozers plowed into their houses while Israeli soldiers laughed and cheered. I have seen men picking up little bits of people stuck to asphalt, walls, and trees. I have seen Israeli soldiers beckon settlers to come and spit on terrified young men at a checkpoint. Folks like Ariel Sharon should experience the pain and terror they have inflicted on their victims for decades.”- Kathleen Kern, Christian Peacemaker Teams

December 22, 2005. A reported proposal by Israeli government officials to cut the Gaza Strip’s electricity supply would constitute unlawful collective punishment, and have disastrous consequences for an already impoverished population. Two-thirds of Gaza’s population lives below the poverty line. – Human Rights Watch

December 21, 2005. A Palestinian boy was injured when Israeli troops fired plastic bullets at demonstrators during a raid near the city of Nablus. Tensions have been high since Monday, when Israeli settlers cut down 150 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in a nearby village. – BBC

December 13, 2005. Israeli soldiers shot and killed a bystander in clashes that broke out during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus. At least 16 Palestinians were wounded. Soldiers shot three stonethrowers, critically wounding two, in the southern part of the city. – Ha’aretz

December 13, 2005. A Palestinian farmer on his way to his fields was killed by an Israeli tank shell in Gaza. The Israeli army said soldiers had fired to prevent Palestinians from approaching a boundary fence. – ABC News

December 12, 2005. Two Palestinian teenagers who threw stones at an Israeli army patrol in Askar refugee camp near Nablus were wounded after troops opened fire on them. Medical sources said one of the 16-year-olds was in a serious condition after being hit in the stomach. – Gulf Daily News

December 7, 2005. Mahmud el-Arqan, 29, died when two missiles fired from an Israeli aircraft struck his car in the Gaza town of Rafah. Ten people were wounded, among them three children struck by shrapnel from the vehicle as it rounded a bend on a road crowded with pedestrians. – ABC

December 3, 2005. Israeli Navy guards killed a Palestinian fisherman when they opened fire at fishing boats off the coast of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Colleagues of ther victim, Zeyad al-Bardaweel, aged 24, transferred his body to Rafah Hospital, and denounced “the barbaric and abusive measures taken by Israel against the fishermen” in the area. – UPI

November 24, 2005. Saleh Fuqahaa, 24, was shot dead by Israeli troops who opened fire to disperse stonethrowers during a raid on Jenin refugee camp. Thirteen Palestinians, including schoolchildren, were wounded during what Israeli military sources called a “routine operation to arrest terrorists”. – Mail & Guardian

November 19, 2005. Israeli troops shot and fatally wounded Zaid Omar Abu A’isha, aged 25, on the main road near Hebron. They left the man bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds for nearly two hours and barred ambulances from reaching the scene. –

November 15, 2005. An Israeli military court acquitted an army captain who was charged with killing a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in the Gaza Strip last year, saying she was already dead when he shot her. Palestinian doctors said the girl, Iyman Hams, was hit by at least 15 bullets. – SeattlePi

November 8, 2005. Muhammad Abu Salha, 15, killed in an Israeli army raid on the West Bank town of Nablus. His body was found by his family after Israeli troops left the area. Two other 15-year-olds, one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a bullet in the leg, were taken to hospital. – Al Jazeera

November 4, 2005. A 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot in the head and chest has died of his wounds. Ahmad al Khateep was critically wounded during an Israeli army raid on Jenin refugee camp. Soldiers shot the boy who was later found to have been holding a toy gun. – Reuters

November 3, 2005. Israel has a terrifying new tactic against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip – using air force jets to create sonic booms at low altitude, often at night. The deafening “sound bombs” cause widespread fear, induce miscarriages and traumatise children. A senior Israeli army source said “We are trying to send a message in a way that doesn’t harm people.” – The Guardian

October 10, 2005. The Israeli army intends to destroy 41 homes in the small Palestinian village of Sawia, in the West Bank. Almost 250 people are at risk of being left destitute if the destruction goes ahead. Sawia lies in an area surrounded by Israeli settlements and by roads used by Israeli settlers. – Amnesty International

October 4, 2005. Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian woman who stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint. The woman, 36-year-old Haifa Hindiya, a mother of five, was knocked to the ground after the stabbing and troops shot her when she tried to get up. – SwissInfo

October 1, 2005. Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian boy, Uday Tantawi, 13, in the West Bank city of Nablus. Uday was shot dead by Israeli soldiers who stormed the city’s Askar refugee camp. – Al Bawaba

September 23, 2005. More than 60 Palestinian women have given birth at Israeli checkpoints since 2000 and 36 of their babies have died as a result, says a UN report. The report says the delays force women to give birth unaided and some women and their children die as a result. – BBC

September 22, 2005. Israeli forces evacuating a West Bank army base shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian teenager who entered the base too quickly. Allah Khamtouni, 19, and nine other Palestinians entered base near early Thursday, thinking it was abandoned. – New York Sun

September 10, 2005. Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian man, 21-year-old Hani Sawaween, who threw stones at them in the Gaza Strip. The military said Sawaween ignored several shots fired into the air by troops intended to ward him off. – Ha’aretz

September 6, 2005. Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager, Nimr Saduni, as he and friends cut their way into a demolished Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. The group raced past razor wire to become the first Palestinian civilians to enter the settlement after the Israeli evacuatation last month. – Gulf Daily News

September 4, 2005. In August, Israeli occupation forces killed 21 Palestinians, including nine children. Two died at checkpoints after being prevented from reaching hospital for emergency treatment. About 80 people were wounded by gunfire or in beatings by Israeli soldiers or settlers. – IPC

August 31, 2005. About 10 pm last night, Israeli soldiers came roaring into the West Bank village of Bil’in throwing sound bombs and firing tear gas. These incursions are now happening every other night and at different hours, making life impossible for children. – ISM

August 26, 2005. Israeli troops fired into a crowd demonstrating against construction of the “security wall” near Bil’in village. A 61-year-old woman was hit in the back of the head by a teargas canister, while two soldiers fired live ammunition at kids in the village. To date, nine Palestinians have been shot dead during peaceful protests against the Wall. – ISM

August 17, 2005. Three Palestinians were killed and several injured when an Israeli settler grabbed a gun from a security guard in the Shilo settlement and started shooting Palestinians nearby. Reports say the gunman wanted to disrupt the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. – Associated Press

August 11, 2005. Israeli soldiers shot and wounded seven demonstrators protesting against Israel’s West Bank barrier in Bil’in near Ramallah. They arrested 28 other protesters, including 18 Israelis and 10 foreign activists. – Forbes

August 8, 2005. Israeli troops opened fire at houses in Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm, in the West Bank, killing Tamer Asa’ad Khader Jaber, 17, and wounding Mohammed Khaled Khader Jaber, 15. Eyewitnesses said the victims had been sitting near their house and had not participated in clashes. – ReliefWeb

July 28, 2005. Israeli troops have killed a teenager in the West Bank town of Jenin. Yusuf Haseef, 15, was shot in the head and died later in hospital. Meanwhile, a four-year-old Palestinian girl was critically wounded by Israeli forces in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. – Al Jazeera

July 28, 2005. Israeli forces shot and wounded six Palestinians who lit tyres as part of a protest against Israel’s “security wall” in the villages of Bilin and Budrus, West Bank. The injured included two 15-year-olds – Ribhi Khatib, who was shot in the back, and Rashid Abu-Rahma who was hit in the leg. – Al Jazeera

July 22, 2005. Over 250 Palestinian villagers on a protest march against military closures in Nablus district, West Bank, were blocked by Israeli troops who threatened to shoot anyone who continued. To prove the point, a soldier shot a young man in the hip without warning. – ISM

July 21, 2005. A Palestinian teenager, Ragheb al-Abed al-Masri, aged 14, was killed when Israeli soldiers in a sniper tower fired “warning shots” at Palestinian traffic attempting to cross a Gaza Strip checkpoint. Raghed was shot in the back, the live bullet exiting through his heart. – Rafah today

July 18, 2005. During a raid on the town of Salfit in the West Bank an Israeli soldier fired on two boys approximately 15 meters from his jeep. One boy escaped, but a bullet hit Moath Jamal Sulieme, 16, in the forehead and exited from the back of his head. Moath died several hours later. – ISM

July 8, 2005. Mahayoub Aasi, 17, bled to death after being shot by a private security guard defending the construction of Israel’s illegal barrier in the West Bank village of Beit-Likya. Soldiers fired shots to prevent villagers reaching Mahayub, who died before an ambulance was allowed to treat him, one hour later. – Scoop

July 8, 2005. I was standing beside a young Palestinian handing out water to demonstrators at a protest against the Wall in Bil’in village when he was suddenly shot in the head by a rubber bullet. He immediately collapsed, blood rushing from his head, as people rushed him into an ambulance. – Scoop

July 6, 2005. Fourteen-year-old Noor Faris Njem was shot and killed when the Israeli army came to Balata Refugee Camp and, without warning, opened fire on unarmed civilians. Noor was peering round a wall to see if the army jeep was still there when a soldier shot him in the head. – Electronic intifada

July 5, 2005. Israeli troops moved into the Kherbat Tana area to the east of Beit Fourik village, near Nablus, and demolished 17 houses and a school. As a result, at least 200 Palestinian civilians, mostly children, have become homeless. The houses were located a few kilometres away from a Jewish settlement. – ReliefWeb

May 30, 2005. Israeli settlers rioted in Hebron, attacking Palestinian children and overturning vegetable and fruit stands in full view of Israeli troops. Witnesses said the settlers attacked and savagely beat a young girl, Khitam al Muhtasib. The girl was hospitalized. –

May 30, 2005. Israeli soldiers barged into the home of Anan al-Zrayer in the West Bank city of Hebron and commandeered its television room so they could watch a soccer match. Television footage showed broken furniture and windows in the room where the troops watched last week’s Champions League final. – SMH

May 28, 2005. Azzam Suwwan, 56, died after Israeli soldiers manning a roadblock near Qalqilia in the West Bank prevented his taxi from reaching hospital. The taxi driver said soldiers assaulted him: “I told them I had a man seriously ill but they said ‘Let him die’.” – Palestine Information Center

May 25, 2005. In 2004, the Israeli army killed some 700 Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, including about 150 children. Most were killed unlawfully, in reckless shootings, shellings or air strikes on refugee camps and other densely populated areas. – Amnesty International

May 25, 2005. Since the beginning of 2004, Israelis security forces have killed 89 Palestinians during “arrest operations.” At least 17 of the persons killed were civilians not wanted by Israel, and at least 43 were unarmed. – B’tselem

May 18, 2005. Israeli occupation forces have shot and killed Ahmed Barhoum, 22, a volunteer guard at the Rafah refugee camp. More than 20 Palestinians, including 11 children, have been killed since a ceasefire was announced on 8 February. – Al Jazeera

May 6, 2005. An Israeli military court has convicted an army sergeant of shooting an unarmed Palestinian in the Gaza Strip in late 2003. The soldier opened fire after seeing the man climb a ladder and lean against rooftop antenna in the Rafah refugee camp. – Ireland Online

May 5, 2005. An Israeli Army commander has been suspended over the fatal shooting of two Palestinian teenagers, Uday Assi, 16, and Jamal Assi, 17, during a protest against the West Bank separation barrier. The two were killed after the officer decided to disperse a crowd with live ammunition. – Daily Star

April 15, 2005. Palestinian officials have accused “certain circles within Israel” of seeking to sabotage the current ceasfire agreement, after undercover troops shot dead a Palestinian activist in the northern West Bank. Ibrahim Smeri, 23, was gunned down in the Balata refugee camp. – Palestinian Chronicle

April 15, 2005. A military judge has acquitted an Israeli officer in the shooting of James Miller, killed in May 2003 while making a documentary on Palestinian children. Witnesses said soldiers shot him at close range, although he wore journalist insignia and waved a white flag. – Al Jazeera

April 9, 2005. Three teenagers were killed by Israeli Army gunfire while playing soccer about 150 feet from the border fence in Tal-Al-Sultan. Israeli army snipers in the guard towers shot dead Khaled Ghanaam and Ashraf Mussa, both 14. Hassan Abu Zaid, 15, died later from his wounds. – Rafah Today

March 7, 2005. Whether it’s calls a truce, a cease-fire or a “calm-down” period, the Israeli army is still shelling refugee camps in Gaza. Mazen Ben Hassan, 19, was recently killed by Israeli soldiers and a 13-year-old boy, Jehad Judah, suffered gunshot wounds while near his house. – Rafah Today

February 15, 2005. Ala Hani Khalil, aged 15 years, was shot dead by Israeli troops near Beituniya in retaliation for stones that he and other children had thrown at Israeli military vehicles. Another boy, aged 14, was seriously wounded – EO-online

February 14, 2005. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Sabri Fayiz Rajub, 13, in Hebron, alleging that he tried to attack them with a sharp object. A Palestinian witness said “The soldiers were shouting at the boy, and then shot him in the leg. As he fell down shivering with pain, another soldier shot him in the chest. It was cold-blooded murder.” – Al Jazeera

January 31, 2005. Israeli army gunfire killed a 10-year-old Palestinian girl today as she stood with other children in a schoolyard in Rafah refugee camp. Noran Deed was lining up to enter their school in the morning when she was hit by gunfire from an army post some 900 metres away. – Melbourne Herald Sun

January 30, 2005. A 65-year-old Palestinian civilian was killed by Israeli army fire along the Gaza-Egypt border. The military said the man was deep inside a no-go zone, close to an Israeli army post along a patrol road near the border, when troops shot him. – Sydney Morning Herald

January 29, 2005. A mentally handicapped Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip. Ibrahim al-Shawas, 36, died after being shot in the head near Khan Yunus as he approached a border fence. – Al Jazeera

January 28, 2005. An unarmed Hamas member was shot and killed in the West Bank by an undercover Israeli police unit and two other Palestinians were wounded. Such operations are carried out every day and every night. – Ha’aretz

January 27, 2005. A three-year-old Palestinian girl was killed when Israeli troops opened fire in the Gaza city of Deyr Al-Balah yesterday. Rahma Abu Shams was sitting at home when she was hit in the head by a bullet fired from a Jewish settlement. – Zaman Online

January 21, 2005. Two Palestinian boys were shot dead by Israeli troops in separate incidents today. In the West Bank, 14-year-old Salah Ikhab was shot as he played with a toy gun he had been given as a present. Several hours later, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead in the Gaza town of Rafah while walking with his family. –

January 16, 2005. Fadda Arram, 50, and her son Abdalla, 27, were killed when Israeli tanks shelled houses in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. A third family member was critically wounded. Witnesses said soldiers prevented ambulances reaching the scene. – Xinhua

January 12, 2005. A 23-year-old Palestinian has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers as he drove his pregnant wife to hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip. Alaa Hassuna was killed in the flashpoint Beit Lahiya area shortly after leaving the family home in a nearby Bedouin village. – ABC News

January 12, 2005. An Israeli policeman has been convicted of assaulting a Palestinian civilian. With other officers, he beat the man, stubbed a cigarette out on his hand, forced him to drink urine, kicked him in the stomach and threatened him with guns before throwing him out of a window. – Ha’aretz

January 8, 2005. A 61-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli army fire at a roadblock near the town of Khan Yunes in the southern Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Al-Farra was shot twice as troops attempted to get Palestinian vehicles to pull back from the roadblock. –

January 4, 2005. Five Palestinian children were killed by Israeli tank fire in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. Killed were three brothers, Hanni, 16, Mahmoud, 14, and Bisaam, 13, and two of their cousins Jabir, 12, and Rajikh, 10. Eight others were wounded in the incident. – BigNews

January 2, 2005. A Palestinian cameraman working for Israel’s Channel 10 television was shot by Israeli troops operating near the town of Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip. Majdi al-Irbid was shot in the stomach and leg without warning, following “an exchange of words.” – Ha’aretz

December 31, 2004. Nasser Hospital in the Khan Younis refugee camp is crowded with casualties following the latest Israeli incursion. The hospital itself has become a target. Israeli bulldozers have demolished the western part of the structure and the hospital director said “Some of our patients are in danger of being hurt all over again in their hospital beds.” – Rafah Today

December 26, 2004. A six-year-old girl, Tasahil Al-Hasanat, died in hospital from wounds she sustained in October, when Israeli troops stationed at a Jewish settlement attacked houses in the Al-Moghraqa neighborhood of Al-Buraij refugee camp. –

December 22, 2004. A Palestinian policeman, Ibrahim al-Bayuk, 27, was shot dead in the southern Gaza Strip, raising today’s death toll in Gaza to three. The latest deaths brought the overall toll since September 2000 to 4,638, including 3,594 Palestinians and 969 Israelis. – Channel News Asia

December 21, 2004. A 14-year-old boy shot by Israeli snipers in Tal Al Sultan was taken to hospital with head and chest wounds. In Khan Younis, Ahmed Abu Mustafa, 17, his brother Fuad and their mother Ghfrah, 60, were injured when tanks at a nearby settlement fired six shells at local homes. – Rafah Today

December 18, 2004. Abu Shalouf, 36, was shot dead by an Israeli sniper while sitting inside his house in Rafah. He was one of seven civilians, including a 14-year-old, killed in the past few days. At night, the only light in the sky is the automatic fire from Israeli helicopters. – Rafah Today

December 18, 2004. Up to 11 Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli assault on the town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The entire area has been closed off as Israeli forces continue to bulldoze houses and other buildings, leaving scores homeless. – Al Jazeera

December 17, 2004. Halla Gharib, 3, of the Rafah refugee camp has been reportedly wounded after being shot by Israeli soldiers manning the Palestinian- Egyptian border just south of Rafah. – IPC

December 17, 2004. Three Palestinians have been killed and at least 14 others injured during an Israeli raid on the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Israeli tanks opened fire as they entered the camp, followed by bulldozers that razed several houses. –

December 15, 2004. Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man, Mustafa al-Sawarka, 32, as he tried to cross a Gaza road they had sealed off near a Jewish settlement – Daily Times

December 14, 2004. Israeli bulldozers, guarded by jeeps and armored vehicles, razed large areas of Palestinian farming lands near the village of Bal’ein in the West Bank. Dozens of residents of the village clashed with Israeli soldiers who opened fire on them, wounding five. – Xinhua

December 12, 2004. An Israeli army tank fired shells at the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, wounding seven schoolchildren. Two of the children were treated at the scene while the others, aged 8-12, suffered shrapnel wounds and were taken to hospital. – SFGate

December 10, 2004. A 7-year-old Palestinian girl was killed yesterday as she was eating lunch in her home in Khan Younis refugee camp. Israeli troops had opened fire in response to a mortar attack that wounded four residents of a nearby Jewish settlement. – The Independent

December 8, 2004. A senior Israeli army commander said that the army has killed 148 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank this year. He said most of the people were involved in minor offenses such as stone-throwing, but at least 29 people were “innocent.” – The Guardian

December 7, 2004. Israeli troops killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy while on a hike marking their graduation from basic training. Near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, the soldiers fired live rounds, hitting Khaled Mahdi, who was in a field at the time with his father. – Ha’aretz

December 3, 2004. In Rafah, 8-year-old Khalil Berika was seriously wounded by a bullet in the head while inside his home. Fathia Al Akhras, a woman of 53, was also injured by random Israeli gunfire in the Hay Al Salam neighborhood. – Rafah Today

December 2, 2004. An Israeli soldier fired at two boys in Nablus, killing both of them. Montasser Hadada and Amar Banaat, both 15, had been standing in the street. Another child, Khaled Osta, 9, was shot dead in the middle of the night while fleeing from soldiers who told his father to evacuate their home. – ZNet

December 1, 2004. Israeli forces shot and seriously wounded a four-year-old Palestinian girl in Rafah, in southern Gaza. Witnesses said Shayma Hasan Abu Shammala was hit by several bullets fired by an Israeli soldier manning a military tower. – Electronic intifada

November 29, 2004. Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian doctor and wounded three other people in the southern Gaza Strip. Samir Hijazi, 38, died of wounds sustained when the army fired tank shells and automatic gunfire towards the Rafah refugee camp.- ABC News

November 24, 2004. Since September 2000, Israeli soldiers have killed at least 1,656 Palestinians who took no part in the fighting. Of those killed, 529 were children. To date, one soldier has been convicted of causing the death of a Palestinian. In the vast majority of cases, no one is ever held accountable.- B’tselem

November 11, 2004. Ahmed Al Jazzar, 13, was killed by Israeli gunfire as four bulldozers continued their destruction of his neighborhood in Rafah. Fatma Al Hashash, 9, and her sister Asma Al Hashash, 10, were injured during heavy random shelling of the camp. – Rafah Today

November 5, 2004. Death seems to be the constant companion of the 140,000 people who live in Rafah and its refugee camps. Rafat Al Hums, 27, a taxi driver, was killed during an Israeli incursion while driving home in his taxi. Al Hums had been married less than a month ago. – Rafah Today

October 28, 2004. A 9-year old girl, Rania Arram, was killed when Israeli forces fired heavy machineguns on houses in the Khan Younis city neighbourhood of al-Amal. Medics confirmed that the girl was killed by a bullet in the neck. – Al Bawaba

October 27, 2004. Salman Safadi, 16, was killed by an Israeli settler near Nablus. He was shot in the back and one of his arms was broken. Local Palestinians say the settlers have frequently assaulted them, stolen their property and systematically destroyed their olive trees. – Al Jazeerah

October 25, 2004. The Israeli army has killed 14 Palestinians in a raid on the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. Witnesses and medics said overnight Israeli air strikes killed seven Palestinians in the camp, a tank shell killed two and soldiers shot dead five people, including a boy of 11 and two young men in a stone-throwing crowd. – Reuters

October 22, 2004. In Jabalya refugee camp, one casualty, a young woman, was walking to her cousin’s house. Another woman was on her way to the hospital. One schoolboy was on his way to elementary school when an Israeli bullet penetrated his head. Another man was walking to the mosque for dawn prayers when he was shot down. – Rafah Today

October 16, 2004. A massive Israeli incursion into Rafah killed three civilians and made 300 people homeless. Ali Sha’at, 25, and Ahmed Al Tahrawi, 21, were burned into the crater made by a missile, while Ismail Sawalha, aged 70, was shot dead on the stairs of his home. – Rafah Today

October 15, 2004. Shortly before an Israeli pullback from Gaza, a 65-year-old Palestinian woman was shot in the head and killed by Israeli tank fire while eating a traditional dinner for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in her home, Palestinian hospital officials said. – The Guardian

October 14, 2004. Israeli tanks and bulldozers pulled out of the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya today after tearing up roads and sewage pipes, flattening strawberry greenhouses, and knocking down electricity poles and the walls of dozens of houses. – The Scotsman

October 14, 2004. A 16-year-old boy, Jihad Hassan Barhoum, died after being shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers near the Rafah refugee camp. Barhoum’s 7-year-old cousin, Abdel Rahman Barhoum, was hit in the stomach and is in a stable condition, hospital officials said. – NDTV

October 13, 2004. Ghadeer Jaber Mokheimer, aged 9, died after she was shot in the stomach by Israeli troops while sitting in her classroom at a United Nations school near Khan Younis refugee camp. Ghadeer is the second child to die in recent weeks after being hit by gunfire while attending a UN school. – UN News

October 12, 2004. 115 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of Israel’s latest military offensive in northern Gaza. Palestinian authorities say 65 of the dead were civilians, most of them children under the age of 16. Another 450 Palestinians were injured. – Xinhua

October 12, 2004. Israeli soldiers say their company commander participated in the shooting of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, Iman Alhamas, last week, then ‘confirmed the kill’ by shooting her in the head at close range. The commander could face disciplinary measures. – Ha’aretz

October 7, 2004. An Israeli tank has fired shells at a group of Palestinians in northern Gaza, killing two boys aged 15. Witnesses said the boys had been on their way to school in a town near the camp. – Reuters

October 6, 2004. Israeli tanks shelled a town in the northern Gaza Strip, killing three Palestinians. One shell hit a house where a family was sleeping, wounding 10 children aged from six months to 12 years old, several of them seriously. – Reuters

October 4, 2004. Near the Gaza town of Khan Younis, Luay al-Najjar, 4, was killed by tank fire as he stood in the doorway to his house. In Jabaliya, a 14-year-old girl, Islam Dweedar, was killed by ‘stray gunfire’ as she baked bread in her garden with her mother. – The Guardian

October 3, 2004. A 13-year-old boy died of wounds after being shot by Israeli troops in Jabaliya refugee camp. A deaf man, Raed Abu Wadi, 36, was shot dead on his balcony. In five days, more than 60 Palestinians – including civilians – have been killed in Israeli raids. – BBC

October 2, 2004. A 60-year-old Palestinian was killed in his backyard in Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, by what witnesses said was Israeli gunfire coming from a nearby Jewish settlement. – Reuters

October 1, 2004. At least eight Palestinians were killed in two missile strikes in Jabaliya. A doctor at Al Awda hospital said she had removed anti-personnel flechettes from some of the dead and wounded. “The shell was full of needles,” she said. “That’s why their bodies are torn.” – Times Argus

September 30, 2004. Israeli forces killed at least 23 Palestinians in Jabaliya refugee camp. A tank shell claimed seven lives, many of them said by witnesses to be unarmed teenagers. More than 100 people were wounded. – The Guardian

September 30, 2004. Israeli helicopters fired at least eight missiles at the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, killing a 21-year-old Palestinian and wounding six others. – Xinhua

September 29, 2004. Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian schoolchildren near Jabalya refugee camp after they threw stones at the army’s armoured vehicles. A 14-year-old boy was shot dead while 15 others, many of them students in school uniforms, were wounded. – BigNews

September 28, 2004. Israeli troops have shot dead a mentally ill Palestinian during a raid in Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. Medics said Saleh Bilalu, who is known to have a history of mental illness, died of a bullet wound to the chest. – BBC

September 27, 2004. Israeli soldiers fired machine guns at the Khan Younis refugee camp, killing a 55-year-old civilian standing at a school gate. In the Rafah camp, four children were wounded by Israeli gunfire. In the West Bank, a Jewish settler shot and killed a Palestinian taxi driver. – San Diego Tribune

September 25, 2004. A day after a mortar round killed an Israeli-American woman in a nearby settlement, Israeli forces stormed into a Palestinian refugee camp, killing a 60-year-old man and flattening rows of houses. Witnesses said up to 100 people were left homeless in the raid. – Reuters

September 19, 2004. Israeli troops have killed an 11-year-old girl in Nablus. Miram a-Nahla and her mother were standing in the doorway of their home when she was shot in the chest. The girl’s family said the shot came from a position taken by Israeli soldiers overlooking their house. – Ha’aretz

September 17, 2004. In southern Gaza, there is often no sanctuary from the seemingly relentless, indiscriminate Israeli shooting. Barely a night passes in Rafah or Khan Yunis without the machine-gun fire that has shredded hundreds of homes. In their homes, in the street, in UN-run schools, Palestinian youth are not safe from Israeli bullets. – The Guardian

September 17, 2004. A 19-year-old Palestinian woman, Friza Deib Al Minawi, was killed when Israeli snipers shot her in the heart as she stood on the rooftop of her home in Nablus. Three Nablus residents have been killed and 40 wounded over the past three days. – IPC

September 9, 2004. Four Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed when Israeli troops launched a second day of incursions in the northern Gaza Strip. Twelve-year-old Munir Dekes was shot in the head outside his grandfather’s home in Jabalya refugee camp, hospital officials said. – Washington Post

September 9, 2004. A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was run over and killed by an Israeli army jeep during an incursion into the al-Amaari refugee camp, south of Ramallah. The boy, Mohammed Abu Nasra, was among a group of youths that pelted two jeeps with stones as they entered the camp. – News24

September 9, 2004. Mohammad Ezzedine, 22, Sami Thabet, 18, and 11-year-old Munir al-Diqes were killed when soldiers opened fire at a group of youths who were throwing stones in their direction in Gaza Strip’s Jabalya refugee camp. – Channel News Asia

September 7, 2004. Israeli tanks fired on a school in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, seriously wounding a Palestinian girl in her classroom. Medics said Raghdaal Assar, 13, was hit in the head and is now clinically dead. – Xinhua

September 6, 2004. Israeli troops wounded a Palestinian boy, arrested six others and dynamited a house in West Bank cities. Mohammed Zebeidi, 13, was shot in the shoulder when Israeli soldiers opened fire on houses in the village of Selat al-Dhaher, south of Jenin. – Al-Albawaba

September 4, 2004. Husam Abu Zarka, 18, died after being shot during clashes with Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunus. Abu Zarka was wounded when Israeli soldiers opened fire on a group of stone-throwing youths and died soon afterwards. – Al-Jazeera

September 2, 2004. Four Palestinian teenagers have been killed during an Israeli army incursion in the central Gaza Strip. Shadi Murab, 19, Ahmed Abu Shawish, 19, and Mohammed Abu Mousabbeh, 15, were mortally wounded when soldiers opened fire to disperse stone-throwing youths in the town of Deir Al-Balah. Mohammed Barakeh, 19, had been killed earlier in similar circumstances. – Sun-Herald

August 31, 2004. A Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire and a girl was injured in a missile attack in Jenin. Yasser Al Najar, 25, was shot dead in the village of Al Qarara, near the Morag settlement. In a separate incident, an Israeli aircraft fired a missile towards a car carrying Palestinian militants but missed and struck a house instead, wounding 7-year-old girl Yara Abed. – Gulf Daily News

August 31, 2004. A Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli troops during a raid on Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza strip. Mazin al-Agha, 14, received multiple wounds from a machine gun mounted on a tank. An Israeli spokesman confirmed soldiers had opened fire on a suspect who was too close to a bulldozer. – Al Jazeera

August 29, 2004. Israeli forces critically wounded a Palestinian child after they opened heavy machineguns against houses in Rafah city refugee camp. Medics said Ali al-Zatma, 10, was critically wounded by shrapnel of a tank shell. – Al-Alabwaba

August 19, 2004. A 16-year-old Palestinian has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip. The teenager, Ahmad al-Hams, was killed and two other Palestinians wounded when Israeli forces, backed by Apache helicopters, raided the the sprawling Rafah refugee camp. – Al Jazeera

August 17, 2004. In Nablus, Israeli troops shot and killed a 9-year-old Palestinian boy. The boy, Khaled Usta, was hit in the chest by a bullet and died outside his house. Soldiers also shot and wounded two Palestinians who threw stones at military jeeps. – International Herald Tribune

August 11, 2004. Salim Kosa, 18, was killed and 10 other Palestinian youths were injured when Israeli troops fired live ammunition and rubber bullets at stone-throwers in Nablus. – Ha’aretz

August 8, 2004. At least four Palestinian civilians, including two children, were wounded during an Israeli raid on the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. As Israeli soldiers opened fire at houses, tanks and bulldozers destroyed the town’s infrastructure, including electricity and telephone poles. – Xinhua

August 5, 2004. Mohammed Hisham Salem, 9, died after being shot in the chest by Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip. Earlier, Wael Abul Jedyan, 17, and Kassem al-Mutawaq, 18, were also shot dead. – Channel News Asia

August 5, 2004. A 12-year-old Palestinian girl, Iman Barhum, died of her injuries on Thursday after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers during an operation in the troubled southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. – News24

August 2, 2004. Israeli troops killed four Palestinians in Gaza in two separate attacks. In the first attack, the troops shot dead a 60-year-old woman in a refugee camp and wounded four other Palestinians. Three tank shells were also fired into the camp. – Al Jazeera

August 5, 2004. Near the village of Bait Hanun, 18-year-old Jassim al-Mutawwaq died after being wounded by Israeli fire coming from the outskirts of the town. Witnesses say the troops were firing randomly at residents. – Al Jazeera

July 20, 2004. Israeli bulldozers have begun house demolitions in the West Bank village of Barta’a. Police forced their way into houses using tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. Villagers report that there are many wounded who are now being taken to hospital. – ICAHD

July 12, 2004. An Israeli bulldozer crushed a paralysed Palestinian man to death when it knocked down his Gaza Strip home. Ibrahim Mahmoud Khalafallah, 70, was inside his home and his family was not given enough time to take him out before it was wrecked. – Reuters

July 10, 2004. A 16-year-old Palestinian girl, Hanin Udeh Abu Samahdaneh, was killed by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. Witnesses said it was unclear why the Israeli troops had fired, as there were no clashes under way at the time of the shooting. –

July 10, 2004. Israeli soldiers shot a six-months-pregnant Palestinian woman in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun. Latifa Abu Amsha, 26, was one of two women seriously wounded when troops opened fire on them when they went out to buy food – Al Jazeera

July 9, 2004. Israeli troops killed a 35-year-old Palestinian woman, Jamilia Hamad, in the northern Gaza Strip. She was shot in the abdomen while guiding her seven children through the streets to escape the fighting. – International Herald Tribune

July 6, 2004. Israeli army commandos shot and killed Khaled Salah, a professor at Nablus’s al-Najah University, and his 16-year-old son, Muhammed. Troops who rang the doorbell shot Salah as soon as he opened it and then killed his son, who was standing behind him. – Reuters

July 6, 2004. A 12-year-old Palestinian boy, Ala’ Shaer, was killed by heavy and random Israeli artillery fire against Palestinians houses in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. – Xinhua

July 4, 2004. Israel’s Association for Civil Rights says that during operations in Rafah in May “Israeli soldiers opened fire indiscriminately, prevented the evacuation of the injured, killed dozens of people, some of whom were armed, but many more of whom were innocent children, women and men.” – Daily Times

July 4, 2004. Nine-year-old Ihab Shakat was killed and a second child wounded in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun when Israeli troops opened fire on stonethrowing youths. – The Age

July 4, 2004. In the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian man with no connection to militant groups was shot in the head and killed by Israeli soldiers late Sunday as he was walking down a main road in the town of Rafah. – ABC News

July 4, 2004. The Israeli army dynamited three Palestinian houses that had been built without permission in the Hebron area. An Israeli spokeswoman said the houses, which were home to around 30 people, had been destroyed as a result of ‘illegal construction’. – The Australian

July 1, 2004. Israeli forces killed a nine-year-old Palestinian boy in Rafah refugee camp yesterday as fighting flared in parts of the Gaza Strip. Omar Zara’an was playing football when he was hit by Israeli tank fire. – The Guardian

July 2, 2004. Israeli troops killed two Palestinian men in the Gaza Strip. One was killed in the town of Khan Yunis after leaving his home near an Israeli guard tower. Another Palestinian, 25, was shot in the Rafah refugee camp, where he had been picking through scrap metal. – Voice of America

June 29, 2004. An Israeli helicopter gunship fired three missiles at a building housing the offices in Gaza of several media organizations, including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and German television. Two employees were slightly injured in the attack. – Electronic intifada

June 25, 2004. During a vast search operation in the casbah district of Nablus, in the West Bank, Israeli troops killed Ihab Slim, 19, in his house and also wounded his brother and father. – Yahoo News

June 25, 2004. A Christian Aid delegation has been fired upon by the Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. ‘We were all very shaken,’ a spokeswoman said. ‘I can’t believe they fired at us. We were clearly civilians. We were surrounded by children at the time.’ – Christian Aid

June 7, 2004. In Tulkarem, Israeli troops shot dead a mentally and physically handicapped Palestinian, Abdul Fattah Farekh. They claimed he did not obey orders to stop and was carrying a “suspicious sack”. – PCHR

June 10, 2004. Clinics in the village of Al-Zawiya treated 130 people after Israeli troops fired an unknown gas against Palestinian protestors. Doctors said the gas used was not tear gas but possibly a nerve gas. – Electronic intifada

June 2, 2004. The United Nations today condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Israeli tank fire that hit a school in Rafah, wounding two 10-year-old boys. It was the second time in a little over a year that a child in a UN classroom has been struck by Israeli gunfire. – Electronic intifada

May 23, 2004. A 3-year-old Palestinian girl, Rwan Abu Zaid, died of gunshot wounds to the head after Israeli troops opened fire in Rafah’s devastated Brazil neighbourhood. –

May 20, 2004. Israeli forces fired tank shells into a peaceful Palestinian protest in Rafah refugee camp yesterday, killing at least 10 people – mostly children – and critically wounding many others. – The Guardian

May 18, 2004. Asma al-Mughayr, 16, and her brother Ahmad, 13, were shot dead on the roof-terrace of their home in Rafah. Each was killed by a single bullet in the head fired from the top floor of a nearby house which had been taken over by Israeli soldiers. – Amnesty International

April 22, 2004. Two Palestinian girls aged four and 11 have been killed during an Israeli army incursion into the northern Gaza Strip. A 16-year-old boy was also killed during a third day of clashes in Beit Lahiya, in which 16 Palestinians have died and at least 20 have been injured. – BBC

March 7, 2004. An Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip today left four children dead and more than 26 wounded. The children killed were Mahmoud Abdullah Younis, 11, Mohammed Amer Abu Zuraiq, 12, Mohammed Ali Bedawi, 15, and Haitham Mohammed Al Issawi, 16. – Electronic intifada

February 29, 2004. An Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip has killed three Palestinians, including a six-year-old boy, and wounded more than a dozen others. Israel says it was targeting a senior member of the Islamic Jihad militia. – ABC News

February 26, 2004. Israeli forces killed two Palestinians and wounded dozens in the village of Biddu during a protest against Israel’s Apartheid Wall. Mohammad Sabel Rayan, a father of two, and Zakariya Eyad, a father of three, were shot during the demonstration. – Electronic intifada

February 13, 2004. A 10-year-old Palestinian boy has been killed and another wounded after Israeli soldiers opened fire at a group of children near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Meanwhile, in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers shot dead a 28-year-old farmer, Ahmed Nazal, while he was on his way to work in his fields. – ABC News

January 3, 2004. In Nablus, two men and a boy were killed by Israeli military fire. Amjad Bilal Masri, 15, was shot while standing in front of his house. Amer Kathym Arafat and Rouhi Hazem Shouman, 25, were both shot in the back by a sniper. Electronic intifada

October 17  2003. Said Abu Azzum, 26, was driving his wife and their two sons on a routine trip to Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. He was shot in the heart as he turned a corner. He had no job, no money, and no house, and he leaves behind a 21-year-old widow, a four-year-old and a six-year-old. – Double Standards

December 18, 2003. Ala Dawaya, 21, was on his way to work as a baker when he was shot by Israeli soldiers in Nablus. Ambulance driver Adnan Soso arrived to see the wounded man sitting upright and still alive. “Then they started shooting at him from the jeep,” he said. “They shot him about ten times over several minutes.” – The Guardian

December 8, 2003. Israeli troops stationed at Jewish settlement in Gaza opened fire at the al-Namsawi area of Khan Yunis refugee camp. A Palestinian schoolgirl, Fatima Mousa Khalafallah, age 10, was wounded by a live bullet in the chest while she was in her school 700 metres away. – Electronic intifada

October 12, 2003. Israeli forces withdrew from Rafah refugee camp at midnight after an two-day operation that left eight Palestinians – including 3 children – dead, and more than 2,000 homeless. Israeli occupying forces destroyed 170 houses, a number of civilian facilities and civilian infrastructure in the area. – Electronic intifada

November 8, 2003. Ten-year-old Mahmoud Kayed was shot east of Gaza City early today as he trapped birds near the border fence with Israel, hospital officials said. The children had come under fire from a tank. Doctors said that the boy was killed by two bullets. – The Guardian

November 9, 2003. Sweeping into the West Bank town of Jenin, Israeli troops were confronted by young Palestinian stone-throwers. Responding, soldiers shot dead a 15-year-old boy and wounded two other children. – ABC News

September 2, 2003. An 11-year-old Palestinian girl, Sana Daour, died of injuries she sustained last week in an Israeli missile strike. The girl became the third victim of the attack, which killed two other bystanders but missed its target. – ABC News

July 28, 2003. Huda Darwish, 12, was sitting at her desk when shots ripped through a tree outside her classroom. One ricocheted off the window frame and lodged in her brain. After weeks in hospital, she has regained use of her arms and legs, but will be blind for the rest of her life. – The Guardian

March 3, 2003. During an incursion this morning into al-Boreij refugee camp, Israeli occupation forces killed eight Palestinian civilians, including a pregnant woman who bled to death under ruins of her destroyed house. – Electronic intifada

October 20, 2001. Johnny Thaljiah, 17, an Orthodox Christian, had just been at worship in the Nativity Church, Bethlehem. He was carrying the baby of one of his cousins. Less than 100 feet from church, he was shot dead by an Israeli sniper from a hill nearly a mile away. – Jubilee Campaign

October 7, 2002. Ten Palestinians were killed during an Israeli incursion into southern Gaza today. Most of the casualties occurred when an Israeli helicopter fired a missile that exploded in a crowd. Later, Israeli troops fired machine guns into Nasser Hospital, where hundreds of people had gathered. Four people were wounded. The Guardian

June 5, 2003. 15-year-old Ibrahim Abu Habla, who was shot in the eye by Israeli occupation forces in Tulkarm on 28 May, died of his wounds. He had been among a number of children shot with live bullets for throwing stones at the Israeli tanks – Electronic intifada

August 30, 2002. An Israeli tank firing flechettes – small sharp darts – killed a 55-year-old woman, her two sons, and their cousin late Wednesday night. Eight others were wounded, including a three-year-old boy. Three of the wounded are in a serious condition. – Ha’aretz

May 1, 2003. Israeli troops launched an incursion into a militant stronghold in the Gaza Strip, killing two boys aged two and 13. The infant, Amir Ayyad, was killed by a large-calibre bullet to the head. – The Guardian

September 7, 2003. Hashem El-Haj Yousef, 46, was shot by Israeli snipers while tanks were demolishing houses in his area. A father of five children, he was on watch in case the tanks entered his street and he had to evacuate his family. – Electronic intifada

October 20, 2003. Seven Palestinians, including a child and an on-duty doctor, were killed when Israeli forces carried out a failed assassination attempt in Gaza’s Nusseirat refugee camp. Fifty people were injured, including 11 children. An eighth civilian later died from his injuries. – Electronic intifada

May 7, 2003. An 18-month-old Palestinian boy has died after being shot in the neck when Israeli forces guarding a Jewish settlement opened fire on a southern Gaza refugee camp. – ABC News

October 26, 2003. Israeli troops in Gaza killed three members of the Al-Sumairi family who were on their way to celebrate the end of Ramadan with relatives. The three men, aged 40, 32 and 30, were 300 metres from their house when Israeli forces opened fire on their car without warning. Israeli authorities admitted that the men had been killed “by mistake.” – Electronic intifada

August 31, 2003. Israeli troops stationed at a Jewish settlement west of the Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis killed a 9-year-old girl Saturday. Soldiers fired tank shells, killing the girl and wounding two others. – Washington Times

June 5, 2003. The screams echoed around the clinic yesterday as a woman brought in her 7-year-old daughter shot in the abdomen by an Israeli soldier. As George Bush talked about peace, Israeli soldiers were raiding Balata refugee camp for the third day running. – The Guardian

July 28, 2003. Among the latest victims of apparently indiscriminate shooting were three teenagers and an 8-year-old, Yousef Abu Jaza, hit in the knee when Israeli soldiers shot at children playing football. – The Guardian

May 22, 2003. Israel Defense Forces troops shot to death a 65-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, and wounded five others near Ramallah Wednesday afternoon. – Ha’aretz

June 10, 2003. A wounded boy is carried into the Shifa hospital in Gaza City after Israeli troops fired from tanks and helicopters toward a Palestinian residential area in the northern Gaza Strip. Three Palestinians in their teens were killed and 30 people were wounded.

May 29, 2003. Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian during an incursion in the southern Gaza Strip. Relatives said Mohammed el-Kadra, 24, had been wounded and was being carried to his house when Israeli soldiers intervened and shot him dead in a nearby street. –

May 27, 2003. Israeli soldiers randomly opened fire on Palestinian houses in Karawat Bani Zeid village, near Ramallah, killing 11-year-old Samer Arrar. The boy was shot in the head and died while he was on the way to hospital. Arrar is the second child to be killed in the village in the past few weeks. – Palestine Chronicle

May 27, 2003. Mohammad Amin Mahmud, 16, was shot dead when Israeli soldiers opened fire on a group of young stone-throwers during an incursion into the the northern West Bank refugee camp of Tulkarem today. –

May 20, 2003. Israeli troops withdrew from Beit Hanoun earlier Tuesday, after a five-day takeover during which they flattened orchards, demolished 15 homes, knocked over garden walls, tore up streets and damaged the sewage, water and electricity systems. – Globe and Mail

May 16, 2003. Israeli troops yesterday seized Beit Hanoun, a town in the Gaza Strip from which Palestinians have fired rockets into Israel. Five Palestinians, including three boys, ages 12 and 15, were killed in the raid. – Irish Examiner

May 14, 2003. A Palestinian boy was shot in the head during an Israeli army operation in the West Bank city of Jenin Wednesday and died of his wounds moments later. Diya Ghawadrah, 12, was hit by heavy machine-gun fire. – Utusan

May 9, 2003. Doctors said a Palestinian woman died from wounds she received in April when Israeli soldiers opened fire on her while harvesting her fields with her daughter. – Arabic News

September 1, 2003. At least 16 Palestinian teenagers were wounded, one seriously, as they hurled stones at Israeli troops in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Five were wounded by live bullets, one of them in the head, and the remaining eleven by rubber bullets. – Agence France-Presse

April 12, 2003. British peace activist Tom Hurndall, 21, was pronounced brain-dead yesterday after being shot by an Israeli army sniper while trying to rescue Palestinian children pinned down by Israeli gunfire. – The Independent

April 5, 2003. Brian Avery, 24, an American peace activist, was shot in the face by a burst of machine gun fire from an Israeli armoured personnel carrier. When he was shot, Brian was wearing a fluorescent vest with a reflective white cross on its back and front. – Palestine Solidarity

April 4, 2003. Late yesterday, Israeli troops shot dead a 26-year-old farmer in his fields in the northern Gaza Strip. – Gulf News

March 19, 2003. Israeli forces fired teargas and stun grenades yesterday in an attempt to break up a memorial service for Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist killed by an army bulldozer in Gaza on Sunday. – The Guardian

March 6, 2003. A missile fired from an Israeli helicopter killed at least 11 Palestinians on Thursday while they watched firefighters put out a fire in the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza. More than 100 people were wounded. – CBS News

February 17, 2004. Since 29 September 2000, the Israeli army has killed 275 people in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah. Seventy-six of the dead were children. It has destroyed 1,759 homes, displacing a total of 12,643 people. – Electronic intifada

July 23, 2002. Israeli F-16 warplanes bombed the house of the military commander of Hamas in Gaza City last night, burying him and at least 11 other Palestinians, including seven children, beneath the rubble of a four-storey block of flats, and wounding 120 others. – The Guardian

March 13, 2003. Israeli troops killed two Israeli security guards in a bizarre accident near Bani Naim. As the men sat in their vehicle, a hail of over 200 bullets was unleashed, killing one of them. The passenger, who fled the scene, was chased by an Apache helicopter and finished off with an anti-tank missile. – InfoShop

December 31, 2002. The body of Amran Abu Hamediye, 18, was carried for burial along the streets of the West Bank town of Hebron today. He was allegedly abducted and beaten to death by Israeli police after he had finished nightly prayers. – Washington Post

December 31, 2002. Soldiers shot dead a 37-year-old teacher whose car was in a collision with an army jeep near the town of Jenin. An army spokesman said that after the collision the driver emerged holding an object which soldiers “mistakenly identified as a gun” and they shot him. – OneNews

December 29, 2002. Israeli forces shot and killed an 11-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank city of Tulkarm on Sunday. Abdel-Karim Salameh was hit in the head by machinegun fire as an Israeli tank and three jeeps passed through the eastern sector of the city. – Independent Online

December 28, 2002. Israeli troops have shot to death a Palestinian child in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians said 9-year-old Hanneen Abu Suleiman was shot in the head outside her home in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis when troops opened fire from a Jewish settlement. – Salt Lake Tribune

December 24, 2002. Palestinian medical workers at Shifa hospital in Gaza wheeled in the body of 14-year-old Mohammed Breaka after he was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Israeli soldiers fired the tank shell at a group of Palestinians between the Karni and Erez crossings with Israel. – BBC News

December 18, 2002. A 15-year-old boy was killed overnight by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. Witnesses said that tanks fired shells at a building in the Al-Amal neighborhood of the town, killing Jawad Issam Zidan, and wounding a 12-year-old boy and a 65-year-old man. – Ha’aretz

December 15, 2002. Palestinian doctors wheel a seriously wounded girl, Sawsan el Salaq, to the emergency room at Al-Najar hospital in the Gaza Strip. Seven houses were demolished and two teenage sisters seriously injured when Israeli tanks and bulldozers moved into the outskirts of Rafah, near the Jewish settlement of Morag. – Indymedia

December 12, 2002. A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday as clashes erupted in the southern Gaza Strip border town of Rafah. Ala Mohammed Asdudi was among the onlookers but was not involved in the stone-throwing, witnesses said. – Middle East Online

December 8, 2002. Israeli military forces shot and killed a 28-year-old mentally disabled Palestinian today. Basem Kou was riding his donkey at the entrance to his village, near a Jewish settlement. Teachers from the village told the soldiers that he was mentally disabled. “The soldiers said, ‘That’s not our problem. We told him to stop and he didn’t.'” – Salt Lake Tribune

December 8, 2002. A Palestinian woman, Nahla Ajel, 36, was killed by Israeli tank fire near the Gaza settlement of Rafiah Yam. Four others were wounded, including Ajel’s three children, aged 10, 7 and 5, and another woman, aged 26. Witnesses said they were walking to their home when Israeli troops opened fire. – Ha’aretz

December 4, 2002. The Israeli army killed a 95-year-old Palestinian woman near Ramallah yesterday after opening fire at a minibus taxi. Fatima Hassan, the oldest known victim among 2,000 Palestinians killed in the past two years, was returning from a visit to the doctor. Two other women were wounded. – The Guardian

October 18, 2001. Riham al-Ward, 10, was killed when her school in Jenin was shelled during an Israeli attack. The tanks started shelling just as children were arriving at the school; one girl was hit in the doorway of the room and Riham, who turned to help her, was hit in the heart and died before reaching hospital. – Amnesty International

June 6, 2004. Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian civilians in Qalandya. Arafat Ibrahim Ya’qoub, 31, who was paralyzed by after being shot in the back by Israeli troops in 1992, was unable to reach shelter and was killed instantly by two bullets in the head. – PCHR

May 2, 2002. At night you hear gunshots coming from the settlements and the military bases that ‘protect’ them. A couple days ago a 3-year-old Palestinian girl was killed by Israeli soldiers. We stayed with a family who had most of their crops and their entire irrigation system destroyed by Israeli bulldozers. – Indymedia

April 3, 2002. Weedad Safran, a grandmother in her fifties, was shot dead by an Israeli sniper in Ramallah as she walked from the hospital gates on her cane. She arrived at the hospital to have a cast removed from a broken leg. She made it about 50 yards down the road before she was shot dead. – The Guardian

November 1, 2000. A group of children was standing around the rubble of the demolished houses but they were not throwing stones or demonstrating. Two Israeli jeeps arrived and after a moment a soldier fired a single shot which hit Muhammad, 15, in the chest and he fell. He died on the way to hospital. – Amnesty International

October 10, 2000. Sami Fathi Abu Jazzar died on the eve of his 12th birthday after being shot in the head by a live bullet fired by Israeli soldiers into a crowd of mostly primary school children. The shooting took place in the aftermath of a stone throwing demonstration. Six other children were injured by live fire in the same incident. – Amnesty International

October 12, 2002. A 60-year-old Palestinian woman, Shadin Abu Hijleh, was killed in Nablus last night by an Israeli soldier who stopped his jeep in front of her villa and opened fire at the veranda on which she, her son and husband were having coffee. She died instantly. – Electronic Intifada

June 26, 2002. Seven-year-old Bassam Al-sahadi was killed today in Jenin. His friend was also hit and is currently in surgery. They had been playing just outside Bassam’s house after curfew, which can occur any time of the day or night. After killing Bassam, Israeli tanks continued to roll through Jenin. – Znet

November 22, 2002. War crimes seen so blatantly across the world in April of this year continue daily in Jenin. These are not military campaigns. They are acts of terror designed to humiliate, brutalise, and bully Palestinians into subjugation. They are being denied not only the right to resist, but to exist. – Electronic Intifada

April 26, 2002. Two of the schoolboys were 14, the other was 15. Hours after they had been shot dead by the Israeli army, their fathers received the three young bodies. They had been driven over by an armored vehicle which in the case of 14-year-old Ismail Abu-Nadi cut his corpse in half. – The Independent

September 1, 2002. Combat helicopters killed five people, including two children, by blasting missiles into a Palestinian car on the West Bank. A boy and a girl, both thought to be 9, who had been standing near the vehicle were among the dead, adding yet more infant names to the long list of uninvolved juveniles killed in Israeli military operations. – The Independent

April 2, 2002. Farwa Jammal, a 27-year-old nurse, put on her white nurse’s uniform, marked with the Red Crescent symbol (the Muslim equivalent of the Red Cross), and exited the house together with her sister Rufaida, intending to help the wounded man. Israeli soldiers opened fire, killing Farwa and wounding Rufaida. Rufaida’s husband was shot at as he tried to rescue his wife, and she finally had to crawl to safety under a hail of bullets. – Human Rights Watch

December 24, 2002. Many of the West Bank’s 1.7 million Palestinians are living under house arrest. The 180,000 residents of the northern city of Nablus have been under 24-hour curfew for all but about 70 hours since July 21. Breaking the curfew means risking being shot by Israeli troops. – San Francisco Examiner

April 21, 2002. Israeli soldiers occupying Al Quds University’s medical building have left destruction in their wake. Computers were stolen, bullet holes have punctured TV and computer monitors. Soldiers who took over the building littered it with graffiti. Among them: ‘Death to Arabs’, ‘Death to Arafat’, ‘Eat, drink and destroy’. – Gush Shalom

July 21, 2002. By day, tanks patrol the streets, firing sporadically at children in front of their houses. At night, I watched red tracers from machine guns etch steady arcs across the city, hitting whatever or whomever happened to be in their path. I fail to see indiscriminate firing on a captive civilian population in the middle of the night as anything but terrorism. – Palestine Monitor

November 19, 2002. Gazing at the darkened Palestinian houses, Naaman Menachan, a 20-year-old Jewish settler, tried to envision Hebron in 20 years. “What I hope is, no Arabs,” he said. “If they continue to make trouble, no Arabs, and a Jewish city. If they’re good people – if they know this is our land, that God gave it to us – they can stay.” About 130,000 Palestinians live in Hebron. – New York Times

August 13, 2004. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has authorised 800 new Jewish houses on recently annexed West Bank land. The new projects are part of plans to insert thousands of new homes into the West Bank, despite promises to the international community to halt construction on Palestinian land. – SMH

May 15, 2004. Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes and agricultural land has reached an unprecedented level. Over the last three and a half years, Israeli armed forces have demolished more than 3,000 homes, leaving tens of thousands of men, women and children homeless or without a livelihood – Amnesty International

July 2002. In Hebron, settlers have been breaking into stores. This is how the settlers take over places here. They break in, refuse to leave, and the soldiers do nothing to make them leave. Legally it still belongs to Palestinians, but they are left without a store, without a livelihood, without compensation and without any justice. – Palestine Monitor

October 7, 2002. Settlers killed one Palestinian and wounded two others yesterday during an attack on olive harvesters near Nablus. Israeli army officers confirmed that settlers in the area has been deliberately attacking olive harvesters, and that the army has taken no real measures to prevent it. – Ha’aretz

January 21, 2003. In Nablus, bullets constantly ping along the roof as soldiers take pot shots at the city, or the ‘settlers’ do. On the hills to the west and to the east are Israeli military camps, and on the other hilltops the guns of the ‘settlers’ are ready to kill. – CounterPunch

July 19, 2001. A four-months-old baby was killed when the car he was travelling in with his family was shot at by Israeli settlers. Two other family members were killed in the attack, and five were wounded. The attack happened not far from an Israeli roadblock, but soldiers did not stop the killers’ car when it fled. – Amnesty International

June 9, 2001. Settlers frequently set up their own roadblocks, stoning Palestinian cars that fail to turn around quickly enough. They start brush fires alongside the road, pull up irrigation piping, and uproot crops. – Christian Peacemaker Teams

August 9, 2003. Two Jewish settlers were charged with possessing explosives, allegedly in preparation for a terrorist attack on Palestinian civilians. The two men are suspected of links to a terror cell in Hebron held responsible for killing at least eight Palestinians and for an abortive attempt to blow up a Palestinian school in East Jerusalem last year. – The Guardian

December 4, 2002. The Israeli housing ministry and the Settlers Council have drawn up a plan for increased settlement activity in the West Bank. The ministry has initiated the construction of a record 1,894 new housing units, more than twice the 2001 figure. Some 210,000 Jewish settlers live in 160 settlements across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while another 200,000 live in occupied east Jerusalem. – The Courier-Mail

June 24, 2004. Radical rabbis representing Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip issued a religious edict forbidding the Israeli army and police from uprooting settlements in the occupied territories. – Yahoo News

July 22, 2004. The Israeli military siege of Nablus is a death sentence for what was once the economic and industrial capital of the West Bank. Until four years ago, the city’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market brought in $13.6 million a month. Last month it brought in $150. Of 52 factories in town, only 18 remain open. – Ha’aretz

August 12, 2003. Israel is seizing hundreds of acres of West Bank land, plowing through fields, cemeteries and homes, and even splitting families to erect the 10-foot-high electronic fence, most of it iron mesh topped by coiled barbed wire. In some stretches, the fence becomes a solid wall of concrete 26 feet high. – Newsday

July 7, 2003. In Hebron, construction of a new permanent fence has begun. After gates are installed, a click of a soldier’s key will trap Palestinian residents behind it in a kind of mini-ghetto. – Christian peacemaker teams

January 21, 2004. Israeli armoured vehicles and bulldozers destroyed 36 buildings in Rafah refugee camp during an operation that began in the early hours of this morning. The buildings housed 81 families, or approximately 400 people. – UN News

October 10, 2002. The last Palestinian families have left Khirbet Yanun village. Years of unrelenting harassment, destruction of infrastructure, threats of shooting and actual shots on the part of the settlers achieved their goal. The primary school has closed. Another ‘abandoned Palestinian village’ has appeared on the map. – Ta’ayush

April 15, 2002. We are seriously concerned about the on-going large-scale destruction of important Palestinian infrastructure, including farm assets such as stores, irrigation systems, greenhouses, water facilities, orchards, and even the removal of soil from an estimated 20,000 acres of land. – UN Food and Agriculture Organization

July 29, 2001. I’m not sure of the number of people arrested. Some were limping, and many were already bleeding, and the police and soldiers were brutal. To animals they would have been more gentle. The Jewish people were screaming “Death to the Arabs.” Then they brought another kid. They were twisting his arm, and they were twisting it and twisting it and he was screaming and they were twisting, and then it broke. – Not-In-My-Name

October 9, 2000. A mob of 1,000 Jews descended on the Arab town of Nazareth [in Israel], and started hitting and shooting its inhabitants indiscriminately. When the inhabitants rallied to defend themselves, the police attacked – first with tear gas and later with live ammunition. There are many wounded, and at least one Arab was killed. This is a day of shame for Israel. – Gush Shalom

February 24, 2004. Israeli police enforcing house demolitions in the Arab village of al-Bea’neh [in Israel] beseiged a kindergarten, trapping several dozen small children in the building while firing tear gas indiscriminately in the area. When the kindergarten principal warned police that children were suffocating inside, she was told: “Let them suffocate.” – Electronic intifada

May 2, 2003. James Miller, an award-winning cameraman making a film on how violence was affecting Palestinian children, died after he was shot in the neck by Israeli gunfire while wearing a jacket marked “Press” and waving a white flag as he approached Israeli troops. – Electronic intifada

May 18, 2004. Discriminatory planning and building policies make it practically impossible for Israeli Arabs to obtain building permits. In Israel, the demolition of homes for lack of building permits in the Arab sector is a recurrent phenomenon, whereas demolition of homes without building permission in the Jewish sector is almost unheard of. – Amnesty international

April 17, 2003. About 300 Palestinian minors [aged under 16] have been rounded up in Israeli army sweeps over the past year and are being held in crowded lockups, some without charge, human rights monitors say. A total of 7,600 Palestinians are currently in custody. – BreakingNews

July 7, 2001. Khalil al-Mughrabi, 11, was playing with a group of children when a burst of gunfire hit him in the head, killing him and wounding two of his friends. The military cleared the soldiers who caused the death of the boy and covered up the circumstances of the death. – B’Tselem

April 22, 2003. A Palestinian cameraman working with Associated Press was killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus. Nazih Darwazeh was shot in the head at close range. – Electronic intifada

February 15, 2003. As part of the Israeli government’s policy of uprooting Bedouins [in Israel] into townships, two airplanes belonging to the Israel Lands Administration sprayed toxic chemicals on houses and on more than 500 acres of crops belonging to the residents of Abda, an unrecognized village in the Negev. – Electronic intifada

July 2001. Ten boys, aged 14 to 17, were arrested on suspicion of throwing stones. In most cases, the police arrested them at their homes in the middle of the night and took them to the police station, where police interrogators tortured them until morning. – B’Tselem

October 2000. I knew one of the 13 young Israeli Arabs killed [in clashes with Israeli police]. Asil Assli, 18, was shot assassination-style by Israeli security forces in the olive groves as his mother watched. He was wearing a T-shirt with the words “Seeds of Peace” – the slogan of an American camp for Jewish-Arab youth dialogue that he attended each year. – Washington Post

March 9, 2002. Rana a-Jayushi gave birth at the home of a midwife because the roads were blocked and she couldn’t get to hospital. The infant died at birth. The mother’s condition deteriorated and her husband tried to take her to hospital. Soldiers at the checkpoint delayed them for 30 minutes before summoning an ambulance. When it arrived Rana, aged 17, was already dead. – B’Tselem



“I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence”
Malcom X

The overwhelming and ceaseless atrocities of Israel’s government leave most Palestinians with little opportunity to reflect on the moral aspect of our resistance. Most often our reactions to events are immediate, instinctive and emotional. The few who still manage to consider the moral, political and strategic aspects of our struggle may find themselves all but stymied by the contradictions, the lack of choice, and the damage done by war to both reason and conscience.

How can Palestinian resistance be fairly assessed, then, with due consideration given to the entire history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The occupation of Palestine is based on a 19th century ideology that denied the very existence of the Palestinian people and pursued a colonial agenda asserting divine claims to a “land without a people.” In response to this “Theo-colonial” aggression, the Palestinian resistance adopted the strategy of “a protracted people’s war” to regain recognition as a dispossessed, rather than “nonexistent” nation.

To this day Palestinians still have no state or armed forces. Our occupiers subject us to curfews, expulsions, home demolitions, legalized torture, and a highly imaginative assortment of human rights violations. No justifiable comparison can be drawn between the level of official accountability to which Palestinians are held for the actions of a few individuals and the responsibility for the systematic and intense violence against the entire Palestinian population practiced with impunity by the state of Israel.

The American media call our search for freedom “terrorism,” thus casting the Palestinian in the role of the international prototype for the terrorist. This has shaped Western public consciousness and resulted in an international bias that tends to describe instances of violence against Palestinian civilians in neutral language, reducing Palestinian losses to mere faceless statistics, while using emotional language and visuals to describe Israeli losses.

This distortion of the Palestinian resistance has clouded all reasonable dialogue. Many of our efforts to defy the arbitrary rules of the occupier are reflexively dismissed as “terrorism,” and we are always expected to apologize for and condemn Palestinian resistance—despite the lack of agreement on a definition of terrorism, and the fact that the right to self-determination by armed struggle is permissible under the United Nations Charter’s Article 51, concerning self-defense.

Why is the word “terrorism” so readily applied to individuals or groups who use homemade bombs, but not to states using nuclear and other internationally prohibited weapons to ensure submission to the oppressor? Israel, the United States and Britain should top the list of terrorism-exporting states for their use of armed attacks against non-combatants in Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and other parts of the world. But “terrorism” is a political term used by the colonizer to discredit those who resist—as the Afrikaaners and Nazis named the Black and French freedom fighters, respectively.

There also is a trend among those who oppose Palestinian resistance to use the term “jihad” as a synonym for terrorism. In doing so, they reduce the meaning of jihad to mere death. Jihad is a rich concept which includes struggling against one’s lesser self, the effort to do good deeds, actively opposing injustice, and being patient in times of hardship. It is not about violence against God’s creatures, or not fearing death in defending the rights of God’s creations. Violence can, however, be a rational human’s means of defense. When a woman reacts violently when threatened with rape, that is a form of jihad. Moreover, jihad is an Islamic value—and not all Palestinian fighters are Muslims. The reason why young, sincere altruistic Palestinians blow themselves up is a secret they take with them to the grave. Perhaps it is the strange fruit of revenge growing in the fertile soil of oppression and occupation, or their profound protest against merciless cruelty; or a desperate attempt at attaining equality with Israelis in death, since it is impossible for them in life. Those who live under inhuman conditions all their lives are, unfortunately, capable of inhuman acts. What is left for the homeless thousands in Rafah except their resistance? It is not Islam; it is human nature, shared by religious, secular and agnostic Palestinian men and women. Certainly our women bombers do not die in the expectation of 70 virgins awaiting them in Paradise.

Another factor influencing Palestinian resistance is the gloomy history of peace talks and the lack of international support. Negotiations with Israel have given us nothing but promises of autonomy over our impoverishment, while enforcing the will of the powerful and establishing illegalities, as the basis for a lasting settlement. The most glaring absence in this peace process was an honest peace broker. The United Nations has been unable to take steps to ensure the implementation of Palestinian rights. The world has offered not a single remedy for the numerous wounds the Palestinians have suffered; Washington repeatedly has used its veto in the Security Council to thwart the broad consensus calling for an international monitoring presence in the West Bank and Gaza.

The relentless denial of Palestinian rights without an effective verbal or actual international response has left us acutely aware that self-defense is our only hope. International law grants a people fighting an illegal occupation the right to use “all necessary means at their disposal” to end their occupation, and the occupied “are entitled to seek and receive support” (I quote here from several United Nations resolutions). Armed resistance was used in the American Revolution, the Afghan resistance against Russia (which the U.S. supported), the French resistance against the Nazis, and even in the Nazi concentration camps, or, more famously, in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Palestinian resistance arises out of a similarly oppressive situation. The degree of violent response varies from case to case, indeed; in many instances resistance is mainly nonviolent. Despite all the odds against them, people resiliently continue to live, study, pray and plant crops in occupied land. In a few cases, they actively resist and resort to violence. This violent resistance may be defensive (and, thus, to my mind, morally acceptable), such as the resistance of the Jenin refugee camp fighters as Israeli death machines approached; or it may take the form of unacceptable offensive acts, such as the bombing of Israeli civilians celebrating a Passover meal. In all cases, however, it is individual Palestinians who choose the form of resistance, and the choices they make should not characterize the entire nation. Also, as we have seen, both peaceful and violent resistance are met with sanctioned, deliberate state violence by the democratic and free Israeli government and its forces. The death of American peace activist Rachel Corrie is evidence enough of that. “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?” some people wonder. Our Gandhi’s are either in prison, in exile or in graves. Nor do we have a population in the hundreds of millions. We are 3.3 million unarmed, defenseless individuals facing 6 million Israelis, virtually all of them soldiers or reservists. This is not industrial colonization; the Israelis are practicing ethnic cleansing to secure the land for Jews alone.

It is ironic that few of those who exhort Palestinians to emulate Gandhi question Zionism, the root cause of the Israeli occupation. In 1938, however, Gandhi himself questioned the premise of political Zionism. “My sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice,” he said. “The cry for the national home for the Jews does not much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and in the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after their return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood?” Gandhi clearly rejected the idea of a Jewish state in the Promised Land by pointing out that the “Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract.”

Violent resistance arises from an inhuman military occupation, one that levies punishment arbitrarily and without trial, denies the possibility of livelihood and systematically destroys the prospects of a future. The Palestinian people have not gone to another people’s homeland to kill or dispossess. Our ambition is not to blow ourselves up in order to terrify others. We are asking for what all other people rightfully have—a decent life in the land of our birth. What is most troubling about the criticism of our resistance is that it cares little for our suffering, our dispossession, and the violation of our most basic right. When we are murdered, these critics are unmoved. Our peaceful, everyday struggle to live a decent life makes no impression on them. When some of us succumb to retaliation and revenge, the outrage and condemnation is directed at us all. Israeli security is deemed more important than our right to a basic livelihood; Israeli children are seen as more human than ours; Israeli pain more unacceptable than ours. When we rebel against the inhuman conditions imposed upon us, our critics dismiss us as terrorists, enemies of human life and civilization.

But it is not to appease our critics that we must revisit our resistance. It is because we care about Palestinian morality and morale. International law and the historical precedent of many nations sanction the right of a people suffering from colonial oppression to take up arms in their freedom struggle. Why should it be different in the case of Palestinians? Is not the point of international law that it is universal? Americans claim life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as their most fundamental human rights. It is fitting that the right to life should be mentioned first. After all, without the right to remain alive, to be safe from attack, to defend oneself against attack, the other rights become meaningless. Fundamental to that right is exercising the right of self-defense. We Palestinians continue to face a brutal occupation with exposed chests and empty hands. I believe in dialogue in the Israeli-Palestinian encounter, but negotiations should never be the only option; they must go hand-in-hand with resistance to the occupation. While the Israelis talk to us they continue to build settlements and hastily construct a wall that will further constrict and violate our rights. Why should we abandon our right to resist and remain living in the realm of the murderously absurd?

To live under oppression and submit to injustice is incompatible with psychological health. Resistance not only is a right and a duty, but is a remedy for the oppressed. even if not as a strategic, pragmatic option, we should resist as an expression of—and insistence on—our human dignity. Violent resistance must always be in defense, and as the last resort. It is important, however, to distinguish between permissible (military) and impermissible (civilian) targets, and to set limits for the use of arms. Nor must the oppressor be exempt from these same principles.

The history of our resistance must be explored and assessed from the perspectives of law, morality, experience and politics, taking timing and context into account and with due regard for human rights, international law and widely shared norms of behavior. Palestinians must be creative in providing effective peaceful alternatives for resistance that can invite the progressives of the world to join our struggle. Ultimately, the strength of the Palestinian plight lies in its moral, humanitarian characteristics; it is to our benefit to find moral, humanitarian means to protect that strength.

1.The Palestinian Resistance,Samah Jabr

Much is made of Israel’s political power in the west and particularly in the US. There have been private complaints about it for decades. Only recently has it become possible to speak about it in public. Still the iron fist inside the chain-mail glove is only for private discussion.

Back in 1990 when Israel was demanding the first war against Iraq it was threatening to use nuclear weapons against Iraq. It only takes a minimal understanding of military power to see it was far beyond Israel’s conventional military capability.

This is a fact.
It took the US alliance roughly 2000 sorties per day for 44 days to soften up Iraq sufficient before a half million ground troops [check numbers] started the ground attack.

Without going into the broad outlines of the logistic aspects of such an operation it should be clear Israel could not mount such an operation. But there are always people who can imagine it is possible.

  • The romantic view of Israel is that Zionism can overcome all odds — Exodus II with an even better soundtrack.
  • The biblical view of Israel is that god will intervene on the side of the Jews — Pharaoh II so to speak.
  • The gambler’s view of Israel is that it never lost a war so it is unlikely to lose this one — the Waterloo view.

The realist view is that a full scale 44 day military mobilization alone with no military actions whatsoever would bankrupt Israel. It is also the realist view that Israelis knew all the logistics problems with even preparing for the bombing side of such an operation.

Two logistics facts show it all. The allies flew over 3600 sorties per day for 44 days totalling over 100,000. There were over 850,000 troops in the Middle East directly involved in military operations not counting the military and civilians supporting military operations.

It is therefore the realist view that the Israel threat was not a ridiculous, impossible threat to use conventional weapons. Rather it was a clear threat to use nuclear weapons.

A threat to use conventional weapons would not and could not have been taken seriously by the US. Yet the US took the Israeli threat seriously. Therefore it was a nuclear threat.

Prior to the contrived second Iraq war, this time for the conquest of Iraq, Israel was demanding (What is Israel to demand anything?) this second war it was making the same threats to deal with Iraq on its own. Every Israeli politician in and out of office who could get a reporter to show up was making this threat for publication. The US took this threat seriously too.

In a repeat of the two Iraq wars Israel is making the same threats against Iran. Every problem with a war on Iran is three times greater due to population alone. But Israel is only talking about destroying Iran’s one nuclear power reactor and facilities related to uranium processing. What is Israel’s alternative to other countries make war on its behalf? Israel threatens to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities all by itself. This threat is being taken seriously.

Iran instead of Iraq changes very little in the difficulty and duration of the effort. Israel must do all of the following.

  1. It must destroy all air defenses on the flight paths to those facilities so it is possible to actually reach the targets. This means all radars, missile batteries and air fields. In practice this could mean all air defense installations.
  2. It must destroy the targets themselves most of which are underground and require multiple strikes with “bunker buster” bombs to have a hope of succeeding. Succeeding bombs will have to go into the hole made by the first bomb at least three times and likely more.
  3. It must destroy Iran’s capability to counter-attack Israel. This means all long-range missiles including those in underground bunkers and the facilities which manufacture them.
  4. It must impose a peace which prevents Iran from from repairing these facilities and starting over with a clear intention of developing nuclear weapons and missiles to strike Israel.

Israel has no long bombers. It has only long range fighters which can be configured to attack ground targets. For all practical purposes Israel might be able to fly 200 sorties on the first day of operation. The number per day will rapidly decrease after that for a variety of reasons. The number per day it can sustain long term is unknown.

A failure in any one of the four required objectives is a failure of the entire operation. Only nuclear weapons have a chance of achieving all four objectives but even they are uncertain against underground facilities designed to withstand a modest nuclear attack. Therefore more than one low yield nuclear weapon is required per target or one high yield weapon per target is required.

This means using hydrogen bombs.

A hydrogen bomb can accomplish the first three objectives and goes a very long way to the fourth objective with a threat to do it again. For Israel to make a credible threat rather than a laughable threat it can only be making a nuclear threat. The west is taking Israel’s threat seriously. Therefore it is not publicly but privately spoken that Israel is making a nuclear threat.

Would Israel actually go so far as to nuke Iran? Izziehuggers say no. Lovers of Israel cherish their blinders and work hard to keep them functioning. Here are some facts about Zionism and Israel stripped of the inspiring Exodus soundtrack.

Israel is based on ideological and religious fanaticism which is backed by radical Judaism. Islamic radicals have nothing on Jewish radicals. The Jews were the first to bring modern terror tactics to the Mideast. They started in Palestine in the 1920s with terrorist bombings and assassinations and graduated to kidnapping people and publicly executing them to the cheers of their fellow Zionists.

The British correctly labeled the Zionist militias as terror organizations and their members as terrorists even after their members became the heads of the Israeli government in 1948. Britain did not recognize Israel until 1954 and then only as a quid pro quo for making war on Egypt in 1956. Israelis have a love affair with their terrorists. A lack of basic humanity translates into votes in Israel.

Recall the Zionists collaborated with the Nazis from the beginning. Zionist bankers in Berlin financed the election campaigns of the Nazis. Zionist leaders made a deal with the Nazis to finance the emigration of Jewish Germans to Palestine. Even as late as 1945 they negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to trade trucks for Jews in Hungary.

Why? The Nazis were racists who considered themselves the Herrnvolk, the master race. So too did the Zionists consider themselves the master race. This is a pattern which continues to this day. Israel was an ally of South Africa when the world was embargoing it as racist for its premise of white superiority.

Just a few years ago when India was ruled by a party premised upon the racial superiority of the Hindus Israel made its greatest inroads in military sales. It went as far as India giving Israel the right to land, refuel and rearm in India after attacking Iran. It is not known for certain that this deal has been rescinded.

Is there a problem with believers in their own superiority working together? The Japanese believed in their superiority and still allied with the Nazis for WWII. Clearly Jews had no problem dealing with the Nazis nor with racist white South Africans nor with racist Hindus.

I observe and report. I do not explain. Many true things cannot be explained logically. Facts remain facts explained or not.

If you believe the ideological, religious fanatics in Iran would nuke Israel then you must also believe the ideological religious fanatics in Israel would do the same.

1.Written by Matt Giwer, April 5th 2009

Famed Charles Manson prosecutor and three time #1 New York Times bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi stars in this most powerful, explosive, and thought-provoking documentary.

In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world.

As a prosecutor who is dedicated to seeking justice, Bugliosi, in his inimitable style, delivers a non-partisan argument, free from party lines and instead based upon hard facts and pure objectivity.

A searing indictment of the President and his administration, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder also outlines a legally credible pathway to holding our highest government officials accountable for their actions, thereby creating a framework for future occupants of the oval office.

Vincent Bugliosi calls for the United States of America to return to the great nation it once was and can be again. He believes the first step to achieving this goal is to bring those responsible for the war in Iraq to justice.

Results of the Juniper Cobra missile defense exercise staged by Israeli and American forces, which will come to an end this week, will be used by the US Defense Department to help formulate a new NATO missile shield for Europe, senior Israeli military officials said Saturday.

Some 2,000 US and Israeli military personnel will wrap up maneuvers this week during which they are testing five different missile defense systems against a probable ballistic missile attack, and creating the infrastructure that would be necessary in the event that the Obama administration decides to deploy US systems ion occupied territories in the event of a conflict.

The current drill was relevant for a European missile shield, officials said, since it provided the Americans with experience in how to work together on missile defense issues with other western militaries.
This year’s drill is the largest joint exercise ever held by the two allies.

During it they have jointly tested four ballistic missile defense systems, including the Israeli Arrow 2, the ship-based Aegis, the high-altitude THAAD and Patriot (PAC) 3 missile defense systems. This is the first time that all of these systems have been deployed in Israel.

The drill was also relevant for a potential European missile shield, since the Americans would need to test their systems in different weather conditions.
Weather can affect the effectiveness of a missile defense system,” one official explained.

US President Barack Obama announced last month that he was scrapping the previous American administration’s plan to put missile interceptors in Poland and the Czech Republic, a program opposed by Russia.

In its place, a new plan under consideration will include the deployment of US navy ships equipped with Aegis missile defense systems to form a front line in the Mediterranean Sea alongside a few land-based missile systems in Europe.

The Americans are currently considering which land-based system to use. NATO is pushing for the SM-3, the missile that is the backbone of the Aegis ship-based system, but the US military will likely review other systems as well, including Israel’s Arrow and Arrow 3, development of which began recently and which is being funded by the administration.

1. Al Manar – Lebanese News Outlet,as published on November 1st,2009

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said Iran now deals with the West over its nuclear program from a position of power.

The comment from Ahmadinejad came as Iran is negotiating with the West over a UN-backed proposal to ship its uranium abroad for further enrichment.

The UN-brokered plan would require Iran to send 1.2 tons (or 1,100 kilograms) of low-enriched uranium – around 70 percent of its stockpile – to Russia in one batch by year’s end, for processing to create more refined fuel for a Teheran research reactor.

Iran has indicated that it may agree to send only “part” of its stockpile in several shipments. Should the talks fail to help Iran obtain the fuel from abroad, Iran has warned that it will enrich uranium to the higher level needed to power the research reactor itself domestically.

“Given the negative record of Western powers, the Iranian government … looks at the talks with no trust. But realities dictate to them to interact with the Iranian nation,” he said according to an Iranian government site. Ahmadinejad added that Iran “stands powerfully while its enemies are like a mosquito” according to the site.

1.Al Manar – Lebanese News Outlet