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"If Egypt and Jordan would break, or at least
suspend, their diplomatic relations with Israel,
then at least the world might take note of what
is happening. But their own dependence on
the Americans to keep their police-state regimes
in power has them hog-tied; and they know it."

MER - Mid-East Realities - MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4 August: The United Nations Security Council will meet in emergency session today about the Israelis. In the end, largely due to American pressures and threats, it will do nothing other than issue another worthless 'plea for peace'. And thus things will be even worse after the Security Council meets than before; and the Israelis will have even a greater free hand to rampage and kill at will.
The Arab regimes, and their pathetically weak Arab League, have issued a variety of statements and appeals. But truth be told once again hardly anyone takes them very seriously any more, not even themselves. The Arab League has been fractured, paralyzed, co-opted, and discredited beyond all hope.
Now i
f Egypt and Jordan -- the two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel signed under totally different circumstances and promises -- would break, or at least suspend, their relations with today's rogue Jewish State, then at least the world might take note of what is happening. But their own near-total dependence on the Americans to keep their police-state regimes in power has them hog-tied; and they know it.
The realities are bleak; the future ominous. Gaza is already the world's largest prison camp and the United Nations and the world community, in addition to the United States superpower, all bear considerable responsibility. Just in the past week alone, per capita in comparison to the population of the U.S., the Palestinians in Gaza have suffered fully three times more deaths than the Americans did on 9/11; and probably 10 times more badly injured.
When the Security Council meets later today and does essentially nothing, it will be one more huge stain on the integrity and decency of that international body, and of the international community it claims to represent.

Arab League calls for UN intervention

The Arab League wants the UN to save the Palestinians

The Arab League has decided to appeal to the United Nations to halt Israel's deadly military offensive in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians are faced with "a serious humanitarian situation", Arab League representatives said on Sunday and called for aid organisations to provide emergency relief.

The five-day Israeli military onslaught has claimed the lives of more than 65 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians.

After talks at its Cairo headquarters, the League asked Arab representatives in New York "to make an urgent appeal to the General Assembly and/or Security Council to halt Israel's continued war of extermination against the Palestinian people".

They will also call for international protection of the Palestinians "in line with the Geneva accords [on people living under occupation] and international laws".

Permanent representatives of the Arab League also urged the Middle East peace quartet - a grouping of the United Nations, Washington, Moscow and the European Union - "to live up to its responsibility and move rapidly to take a decisive stand to end the Israeli aggression".

The Israeli army launched an operation in northern Gaza late on 29 September that escalated a day later after a Palestinian rocket attack killed two children in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

From Gaza:

GCMHP Calls for Immediate Intervention to Stop the Israeli Military Incursion in the Northern Gaza Strip

Over 66 Palestinians, including 19 children, have been killed and at least 246 injured since the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) launched a renewed incursion into the northern Gaza Strip in a large scale operation called "days of penitence". It is the largest and deadliest offensive in Gaza in more than four years.

IOF, reinforced by over 200 tanks & armored personnel carriers and Apache helicopters, opened fire on the densely heavily populated Jabalya refugee camp and residential area in the village of Bait Lahiya.

In this military operation, IOF have demolished over 75 homes, destroyed large areas of agriculture land & civilian property, torn up roads, and converted schools and a number of houses into military sites. They have cut off the electricity and water supplies rendering about 15,000 people living in the area of the raid without water and electricity for 7 days. Shortage of milk supplies and food is also escalating.

Moreover, the Gaza Strip remains partitioned into three parts after Israeli armored bulldozers sealed off the main coastal road. For more than two weeks, the Gaza Strip is still considered a military zone, where entry and exist is prohibited.

GCMHP warns of the worsening of the health and humanitarian conditions if the IOF continue their operation for weeks as declared.

GCMHP denounces the Israeli military operation in the northern Gaza Strip and the whole OPT and appeals to the entire world to act immediately and rapidly to stop the attacks and prevent further escalation and deterioration of the humanitarian conditions.

GCMHP calls the international human rights organizations, the EU, and the quartet to intervene immediately, and pressure Israel to stop its military actions and respect its obligations, as set by the 4th Geneva Convention, in protecting Palestinian civilians in times of war. (Gaza Community Mental Health Program)

No reprieve in sight for besieged Gaza

Tens of victims of the Israeli raid have been buried

<>Aljazeera - Monday 04 October 2004 6:42 AM GMT:
<><> Eight Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip on the fifth day of a huge Israeli offensive with army commanders talking of a weeks-long operation.

<> <>Among the dead on Monday was a child and a 16-year old girl. The teenage girl, Asma Dwidar died after being hit by a bullet in the chest in the eastern part of the Jabalya camp in Gaza.

The child was killed by Israeli gunfire during another army incursion into a village near Khan Yunus in southern Gaza, according to Palestinian medical and security sources.

The killings came after an Israeli military chief warned that the troops were there to stay.

"Our forces are ready to operate not just for days but for weeks," Israeli army chief Lieutenant-General Moshe Yaalon told military radio on Monday.

Fighters killed

Early on Monday, Israeli missiles killed four Palestinians in the northern town of Bait Lahya. Among those killed was a Hamas field commander in northern Gaza, Dharif Masri, 29.

The army said the men were detonating a bomb and a missile was fired at them from a helicopter.

The death brought to 73 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since tanks and troops swarmed into the densely populated Gaza Strip last Tuesday. Hundreds more have been injured.

A few hours earlier, Israeli occupation forces targeted a local Hamas commander in a Gaza City air strike, seriously wounding him, another resistance fighter and a woman, witnesses and hospital officials said. The military had no comment.

Moshe Yaalon: Troops are ready to
continue for weeks

The onslaught in northern Gaza intensified again late on Sunday when about 25 tanks moved into Bait Hanun, the town closest to the Israeli border and the town of Sderot across the fence.

About 15,000 people living in the area of the raid have been without water and electricity for days.

Land seized

Israeli forces have also seized a 9-km area in Gaza to use as a buffer zone to move its towns out of range of the rockets.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged to expand the area under Israeli control to stop the rocket fire.

"The forces will have to remain there as long as this danger exists," Sharon told army radio.

Sharon is committed to smashing Palestinian resistance groups in advance of an announced withdrawal of settlers and troops from the Gaza Strip.

The onslaught, concentrated in the Jabalya refugee camp, has been deadly.

Palestinians say the Israeli occupation forces have destroyed homes, torn up roads and left a school in ruins. Toys, colouring books, and posters of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse were scattered in the dust.

International reaction

A school has been reduced to
rubble in the Jabalya camp

Previous Israeli military operations have halted suddenly when civilian casualties soared, and there are signs that the international community is losing its patience.

On Sunday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Israel "to halt its military incursions into the Gaza Strip, which have led to the deaths of scores of Palestinians, among them many civilians, including children".

The statement from a UN spokesman added: "The secretary-general likewise calls on the Palestinian Authority to take action to halt the firing of rockets against Israeli targets by Palestinian militants."

Resistance reacts

Palestinian resistance groups met over the weekend to discuss the situation.

Ismail Haniya (2nd R): Israel to
be pressured, not Palestinians

"Factions have discussed how to supply the Palestinians with force elements to face this aggression and protect the resistance, as it is the only weapon through which the Palestinians can defend themselves, defeat the occupation and attain all their rights," Ismail Haniya, a member of Hamas's political bureau told Aljazeera.

"It is obvious that there is a strategic Israeli plan being carried out to end the intifada, eliminate the resistance and break the will of the Palestinians."


But Palestinian legislators, following an emergency meeting on Sunday, issued a statement implying that resistance fighters should stop firing rockets at Israel.

"The Palestinian Legislative Council, while asserting our people's right to resist Israel's ugly occupation, calls on all factions to put this resistance in a strategic frame that is consistent with the Palestinian higher interests," the lawmakers said.

However, Haniya said: "All international and regional establishments, including the Legislative Council, should not impose any pressure upon the resistance and Palestinians.

Up to 200 Israeli tanks have been
deployed in and around Gaza

"The pressure should be imposed on the Israeli occupier as it is the one carrying out mass killings in Jabalya refugee camp, Bait Hanun and Bait Lahya, in accordance with the United States."

Monstrous attack

On Sunday, Palestinian President Yasir Arafat referred to Israel's campaign as a "monstrous, criminal, inhumane attack on our people".

He called on "the entire world to act immediately and rapidly to stop the criminal and racist" attack.

On Friday, US state department spokesman Adam Ereli said Israel had the right to defend itself, but added: "We urge Israel to avoid civilian casualties and minimise humanitarian consequences." http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/336E5DCF-9936-407B-85BD-12FFFCEF6EA2.htm

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