Operation Pillar of Cloud (November 14th 2012- ), also called the Pillar of Defence, is Israel’s name for its latest military operation against Gaza. Israel has been thinking about doing this since at least January.
During the first six days:
- Israel killed at least 95 Gazans, wounding nearly 660
- Gaza killed 3 Israelis, wounding about 30.
This does not count the 55 other Gazans Israel killed during the first nine months of the year. The hundreds of rockets Gaza sent into Israel during that time caused 0 Israeli deaths.
Israel says it is trying to take out Gaza’s rockets. But it bombs more than just military targets. It bombs houses, wells, graveyards, government buildings and police stations. It even bombed the old BBC building knowing it had reporters. About 70% of the people it kills are civilians, mostly women and children.
It gets worse: On the first day Israel purposely killed the very person who could deliver a long-term ceasefire and who was in fact working on it with Israel: Ahmad Jabari, the top military commander of Hamas. Hamas is the ruling party in Gaza.
Israel is massing 75,000 soldiers for a possible ground war. Way more than it sent to fight four years ago during Operation Cast Lead – and way more than the 15,000 soldiers Gaza has.
The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.
Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.
Compare: Here is what a Gazan rocket did to the city of Ashdod in Israel:
It left a pothole in the road.
Here is the what an Israeli F-16 did to the city of Khan Yunis in Gaza:
A whole house completely gone.
Eli Yishai, Israeli deputy prime minister:
We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads & water.
Matan Vilnai, Israeli minister for home front defence:
The more qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves
Shoah is the Hebrew word for what Hitler did to the Jews.
The American president, Barack Obama, put out this statement:
The President reiterated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians. The President urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties. The two agreed that Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel to allow the situation to de-escalate.
No right to self-defence for Gaza.
- The war in Gaza – Operation Cast Lead, the last operation against Gaza, in the winter of 2008-2009.
- The Goldstone Report – the UN war crimes report on Cast Lead.
- The war in Lebanon – In 2006 Israel tried (and failed) to take out the rockets of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
- Edward Said: Permission to Narrate
- the eight stages of genocide – Gaza is at Stage 6: Preparation.