Hamas has said its military leader, Mohammed Deif, is alive and still commanding attacks against Israel, following air strikes which killed his wife and child
The commander of Hamas’ armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, is still leading military operation, a source close to the Islamist movement told AFP.
Mr Deif’s wife and infant son along with another woman and a teenager were killed after an Israeli air strike levelled a six-storey house in Gaza City.
Following the attack it was not immediately clear whether Mr Deif had also been killed or injured.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri issued a statement, saying Israelis would not be safe until Mr Deif decided so.
“The occupation will pay for its crimes against Palestinian civilians and those living around the Gaza border will not return home until Mohammed Deif decides so,” he said.
Earlier, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for military action to overturn Hamas, saying the Islamist movement was clearly dictating the pace of the confrontation.
“This policy of ‘quiet for quiet’ effectively means that Hamas is the initiator and the one deciding when, where and how to shoot at Israeli citizens,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“Hamas is controlling the height of the flames and chooses when to disturb the rhythm of life for people in Israel,” he said, indicating the rocket fire from Gaza was unlikely to stop.
“When we speak seriously about Israelis’ security we must understand that there is no other option other than decisive action with one meaning – toppling Hamas.”
Mr Lieberman is one of the most hard-line members of Israel’s inner security cabinet, which was meeting this afternoon to discuss the situation, media reports said.
Palestinian health authorities said 20 people have died and at least 120 wounded by Israeli strikes across Gaza.
Among those killed were three women and nine children.
Israeli army figures show that since the latest truce collapsed, Gaza militants have fired 137 rockets over the border, of which 94 hit southern and central Israel, while another 24 were shot down.
In the same period, the army hit 92 targets across Gaza, a spokeswoman said.
The latest violence has raised the overall death toll in Gaza to around 2,038 with more than 10,300 people wounded.
On the Israeli side, 67 people have died – 64 soldiers and three civilians.
For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:
The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine
- Special Topic – All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians
- iRemember… – Confirmed Names of Martyrs Occupation (*)
- Special Topic – Ethnic Cleansing
- Israeli escalation in Gaza – A cover-up for settlement activity
- “Slow Death” -International report: Collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage – Incl Full Report PDF
- A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza
- Gaza Siege Harshness Continues. Israel’s committing slow-motion genocide ~ by Stephen Lendman
THE LEGAL RIGHT OF RESISTANCE
81 Notre Dame Law Review1275(2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen. In PDF.
- The Palestinian Right of Self Defense
- Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance – Source
- No. Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory – Source
- If Jews in WWII Warsaw would have had rockets: They would have fired them too – by occpal
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ROCKETS FROM GAZA
- The “Rocket” from Gaza Myth – Photography
- More facts about the Rocket from Gaza Myths – Storify
- Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Israel and #Gaza: Context Behind Projectile Fire ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
- Israel is not looking for peace. Nor talks. But: This
* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.
Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.
How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.