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Israeli Attack on Gaza: Netanyahu’s Electioneering?

Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003, while trying to prevent the demolition of the home of a Palestinian pharmacist, his wife and three young children. Cindy Corrie said today: “We have just returned to Washington, D.C. from five days in Gaza (November 5-11) and from time in Israel where we visited a kibbutz near the Gaza border threatened with rocket fire. We are appalled by the decision of the Israeli Government (apparently supported by the U.S.) to ignore the truce that was developing. This decision unleashes more violence on those who year after year continue to suffer under the illegal siege in Gaza, and further threatens the safety and well-being of the Israeli people, as well.”

A reporter based in Gaza, Omer was on Democracy Now! this morning. He stated that according to medical crews 15 Palestinians were killed in the last 24 hours. He also reported that most of the killed and injured are civilians.

AMJAD SHAWA, [in Gaza] [email]
Shawa is coordinator of PNGO, the Palestinian NGO Network in Gaza.

ELIK ELHANAN, via Nurit Peled-Elhanan [email]
One of the co-founders of Combatants for Peace, Elhanan is a former paratrooper in the Israeli military. He said today: “This is an election trick by a prime minister [Netanyahu] whose entire ideology is being dismissed in Israel. It’s important to know that Israel killed the pragmatic man [Hamas official Ahmad Jabari] able to broker a truce and probably that’s why they did it. Netanyahu set the land on fire just in case Obama decides to force Israel to negotiate.”


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