The government of Israel today formally rejected the U.N. resolution calling for a cease fire and continued the Gaza Massacre that has now seen over 800 Palestinians killed. According to U.N. numbers, the Palestinian dead include 250 children and 60 women as of earlier today. And of course, reports are now confirmed that the Israeli Defense Force prevented the medical evacuation of a civilian neighborhood they had bombed to rubble for four days. When the Red Cross finally came through, they found emaciated children huddled by their dead mothers. Still, no respite. It is a painful incident to witness, by all accounts. Read the details, here. (image from Wikipedia)
Respected voices are asking if Israel is in danger of winning the battle only to lose the war. Time Magazine asks: "Can Israel Survive its Own Assault on Gaza?" in an intriguing analysis piece.
Today, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution supporting Israel's right to self-defense - in what was a clear signal to Israel and the world that the Gazan massacre has our explicit approval and support (source). Mind boggling. And utterly clueless on the part of Congress. After becoming known for our attachment to torture, the U.S. is now on-the-record supporting collective punishment which is expressly forbidden by Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention. Uh-huh. That sounds about right. NOT.
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