#GazaUnderAttack | No truce: Israel is the aggressor, they must stop says Hamas

Al Ray Agencies | July 13, 2014 | 13:53

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Spokesperson of Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas


Exclusive news report by Julie Webb-Pullman for Middle East Monitor

Hamas spokesperson Fawzy Barhoum said today that the only way this “one-sided war” will end is when Israel stops bombing Gaza.

“We have sustained high numbers of casualties – over 100 civilians dead, 150 homes destroyed sometimes with families still inside them, we are the victims. We are defending our civilians from a massacre,” he said outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City early this afternoon.

“We are being attacked from the sea, from the air, from the land – there is massive destruction, and we have the right to defend our people from these attacks. There will be no ceasefire until the occupation stops its shelling of Gaza.”

Noting that the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza had been kept closed while the Taba crossing between Egypt and Israel had been kept open, Barhoum was adamant that the Egyptians must open Rafah to enable urgently-needed assistance to enter Gaza to prevent a complete humanitarian disaster.

Rafah opened this morning for one day to allow the exit for treatment of those injured over the past three days who cannot be treated in Gaza, but this is not enough.

“We need drugs, materials, medical assistance, fuel – we need everything.”

Huda Naim, a deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council Unity Government, agrees. In a letter sent out today to parliamentarians of the free world she warns of “endless humanitarian disasters, because of the length of the hermetic siege on Gaza Strip, resulting in a severe shortage of necessities, in the services provided by the Ministry of health, municipalities and all providers of services to people in normal circumstances, as the savage aggression is unlimited and could expand more and more.”

While the parliamentarian calls on diplomatic circles to work with the United Nations organisations and the Security Council to condemn and halt the Israeli aggression, Barhoum has little faith in that path.

“I have no hope that the UN Security Council meeting will help us – they always support Israel against Palestine,” he said.

Historically, the facts support his contention. The UN partition plan of 1947, in direct breach of the UN Charter itself which upholds the right to self-determination, sought to divide Palestine, giving the proposed state of Israel more than 50% of Palestine’s territory without giving Palestinians themselves any choice in the matter, and despite Palestinians having a far larger population.

Since then, Israel has steadily occupied and illegally settled increasingly-vast tracts of Palestinian territory in breach of international law, while the UN has done nothing to rein it in, or to deliver justice to Palestinians in any way, shape or form. The UN consistently condemns Palestinian rocket fire, but never the massive Israeli military machine that wreaks a hundred times more havoc on Palestinians, merely suggesting ‘restraint.’

“Every people have the right to defend themselves,” said Barhoum. “Israel is killing civilians by the hundreds, Palestinian civilians. We are the victims. Israel is the aggressor. Count the dead, count the injured. We are just trying to defend our civilians.”

Barhoum expressed considerable surprise at the comparative silence of Abu Mazen (President Abbas) and Prime Minister Hamdallah of the new unity government.

“They have barely said a word – we are defending Palestine, we are defending Al Aqsa and they say little and do even less. They should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.

“I hope the people of the West Bank continue their intifada against the Israeli occupation, and continue their support of Palestinians in Gaza.”

As Barhoum says, it is a very one-sided war and it is abundantly clear who the real aggressor is – and thus in whose hands the solution lies.

“Israel must stop shelling, stop bombing, stop killing civilians. That is the only way it can end,” he concluded.

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Urgent Call from Gaza

Palestinians mourn victims of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 12 July. (Mohammed Asad / APA images)

We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account. (Read more at the Electronic Intifada)

List of Martyred Palestinians

Killed Saturday:

1. Anas Yousef Qandil, 17, Jabalia.
2. Yousef Mohammad Qandil, 47, Jabalia.
3. Mohammad Edrees Abu Sneina, 20, Jabalia.
4. Abdul-Rahman Saleh al-Khatib, 38, Jabalia.
5. Husam Thieb ar-Razayna, 38, Jabalia.
6. Ibrahim Nabil Hamada, Gaza City.
7. Hasan Ahmad Abu Ghush, Gaza City.
8. Ahmad Mazen al-Bal’awy, Gaza City.
9. Ali Nabil Basal, 32, Gaza City.
10. Hamada al-Halaby, 28.
11. Mohammad Abu Askar, 20,Gaza City.
12. Mohammad Sweity, 20, Gaza City.

(List will be updated asap with the latest casualties)

Killed Friday 7/11:

1. Wisam Abdul-Razeq Ghannam, 23, Rafah.
2. Mohammad Abdul-Razeq Ghannam, 26, Rafah.
3. Kifah Shihada Ghannam, 20, Rafah.
4. Ghalia Thieb Ghannam, 7, Rafah.
5. Mohammad Munir ‘Ashour, 25, Rafah.
6. Nour an-Ajdi, 10, Rafah.
7. Anas Rezeq abu al-Kas, 30, Gaza City (doctor).
8. Abdullah abu Mahrouq, Deir al-Balah.
9. Mohammad Waloud, Beit Lahia
10. Hazem Ba’lousha, Beit Lahia.
11. Ala’ Abdul Nabi, Beit Lahia
12. Ahmed Zaher Hamdan, 22, Beit Hanoun.
13. Mohammad al-Kahlout, 38, Jabalia.
14. Sami Adnan Shaldan, 25, Gaza City
15. Salem al-Ashhab,40, Gaza City.
16. Raed Abu Hani, 50, Rafah.
17.Rabea Abu- Hmeedan, 65, Jabalia.
18.Mazen Aslan, Shahrman, Al-Bureij.
19. Abu el-Kas, Al Bureij.
20. Shahd Helmi al-Qrynawi, 5, Al-Bureij.
21. Mohammad Samiri, 24, Deir al-Balah.
22. Rami Abu Mosa’ed, 24, Deir al-Balah.
23. Saber Sokkar, 80, Gaza City.
24. Hussein Mohammad al-Mamlouk, 47, Gaza City.
25. Nasser Rabah Sammama, 46, Gaza City.
26. Abdul-Halim Abdul-Mo’ty Ashra, 52, Deir al-Balah.
27. Sahar Salman Abu Namous, 4, Beit Hanoun.

Killed Thursday 7/10:

1. Mahmoud Lutfi al-Hajj, 57, Khan Younis. (father of six killed)
2. Bassema ‘Abdul Qader Mohammed al-Hajj, 48, Khan Younis. (mother of six killed)
3. Asma’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, 22, Khan Younis.
5. Sa’ad Mahmoud al-Hajj, 17, Khan Younis.
6. Najla’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, 29, Khan Younis.
7. Tareq Sa’ad al-Hajj, 18, Khan Younis.
8. Omar al-Hajj, 20, Khan Younis.
9. Baha’ Abu al-Leil, 35, Gaza City.
10. Suleiman Saleem Mousa al-Astal, 17, Khan Younis.
11. Ahmed Saleem Mousa al-Astal, 18, Khan Younis (Suleiman’s brother)
12. Mousa Mohammed Taher al-Astal, 15, Khan Younis.
13. Ibrahim Khalil Qanan, 24, Khan Younis.
14. Mohammad Khalil Qanan, 26, Khan Younis (Ibrahim’s brother).
15. Ibrahim Sawali, 28, Khan Younis.
16. Saleem Sawali, 23, Khan Younis.
17. Hamdi Sawali, 18, Khan Younis.
18. Mohammad al-‘Aqqad, 24, Khan Younis.
19. Ismael Abu Jame’, 19, Khan Younis.
20. Hussein Abu Jame’, 57, Khan Younis (Ismael’s father).
21. Ramadan Abu Ghazal, 5, Beit Lahia.
22. Ehsan Ferwana, 19, Khan Younis.
23. Salem Qandil, 27, Gaza City.
24. Amer al-Fayyoumi, 30, Gaza City.

Killed Wednesday 7/9:

1. Hamed Shihab, Journalist – Gaza.
2. Salmiyya al-‘Arja, 53, Rafah.
3. Miriam ‘Atiya al-‘Arja, 9, Rafah.
4. Rafiq al-Kafarna, 30.
5. Abdul-Nasser Abu Kweik, 60.
6. Khaled Abu Kweik, 31.
7. Eyad Salem ‘Oraif, 12, Gaza City.
8. Mohammad ‘Oraif, 10, Gaza City (Eyad’s brother).
9. Mohammad Mustafa Malika, 18 months.
10. Hana’ Mohammed Fu’ad Malaka, 28 (Mohammad’s Mother), 27.
11. Hatem Abu Salem.
12. Mohammad Khaled an-Nimra, 22.
13. Sahar Hamdan (al-Masry), 40, Beit Hanoun.
14. Ibrahim al-Masry, 14, Beit Hanoun.
15. Amjad Hamdan, 23, Beit Hanoun.
16. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, Beit Hanoun.
17. Ibrahim Hani Saleh Hamad, 20, Beit Hanoun.
18. Mohammad Khalaf Nawasra, 2, al-Maghazi.
19. Nidal Khalaf Nawasra, 4, al-Maghazi.
20. Salah Awad Nawasra, 24, al-Maghazi.
21. ‘Aesha Shubib al-Nawasra, 23, who was pregnant in the fourth month, al-Maghazi.
22. Naifa Mohammed Zaher Farajallah, 82, al-Mughraqa.
23. Aisha Najm.
24. Amal Yousef Abdul-Ghafour.
25. Ranim Jouda Abdul-Ghafour.
26. Ibrahim Daoud al-Bal’aawy.
27. Abdul-Rahman Jamal az-Zamely.
28. Ibrahim Ahmad ‘Abdin.
29. Mustafa Abu Murr.
30. Khaled Abu Murr.
31. Mazin Al-Jarba.
32. Marwan Eslayyem.
33. Hatem Abu Salem, Gaza City.
34. Nariman Abdul-Ghafour, Khan Younis.
35. Ra’ed Mohammed Abu Shalat, 35, al-Nussairat.
36. Yasmin al-Mautawaq, 3, Gaza City.
37. Ahmad Swali, 28, al-Nussairat.

Killed Tuesday 7/8

1. Mohammad Sha’ban, 24, Gaza.
2. Amjad Sha’ban, 30, Gaza.
3. Khader al-Basheeleqety, 45, Gaza.
4. Rashad Yassin, 27, Nusseirat.
5. Mohammad Ayman ‘Ashour, 15, Khan Younis.
6. Riyadh Mohammad Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis.
7. Bakr Mohammad Joudeh, 50, Khan Younis.
8. Ammar Mohammad Joudeh, 26, Khan Younis.
9. Hussein Yousef Kaware’, 13, Khan Younis.
10. Bassem Salem Kaware’, 10, Khan Younis.
11. Mohammad Ibrahim Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis.
12. Mohammad Habib, 22, Gaza.
13. Mousa Habib, 16, Gaza.
14. Saqr ‘Aayesh al-‘Ajjoury, 22, Jabalia.
15. Ahmad Nael Mahdi, 16, Gaza.
16. Hafeth Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
17. Ibrahim Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
18. Mahdi Mohammad Hamad, 46, Beit Hanoun.
19. Fawziyya Khalil Hamad, 62, Beit Hanoun.
20. Donia Mahdi Hamad, 16, Beit Hanoun.
21. Soha Hamad, 25, Beit Hanoun.
22. Suleiman Salam Abu Sawaween, 22, Khan Younis.
23. Siraj Eyad Abdul-‘Aal, 8, Khan Younis.
24. Abdul-Hadi Soufi, 24, Rafah.

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