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Did Israel Overstep This Time?

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Who knows what's next. "The complete madness of this violence makes me wonder what we have done to ourselves. How do we allow humanity to manifest itself in this way."

On November 14, Israel launched Operation Pillar of Cloud. Sunday is day five. Over 1,000 sorties were flown. 

Ground and offshore shelling supplements them. Mostly civilians and non-military targets are attacked. Israel prioritizes noncombatant killing and destruction. Civilians comprised over 80% of Cast Lead casualties. Media scoundrels pretend otherwise.

Reality is Gaza is as follows. Around 1.7 million people are trapped under siege. Humanitarian crisis conditions are longstanding. 

Prior to Operation Pillar of Cloud, Israel launched intermittent air, ground, and offshore attacks. Wives lose husbands. Husbands lose wives. Parents lose children. They lose siblings. Extended family members perish. So do good friends. 

No one's safe anywhere anytime. No one's sure who'll live or die. When Palestinians respond defensively, they're called terrorists. Israeli aggression is called justifiable self-defense.

How many Palestinian deaths and injuries will prove otherwise? How much wanton destruction is needed to expose Israeli state terror?

How much human suffering will be permitted before leaders able to stop it say no more? How long will Israel be allowed to get away with murder?

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Israel's partnership with America threatens world peace. One day expect a tipping point to be reached. When public rage crosses a threshold of no return, all bets are off.

World outrage about Israeli crimes grows. Did Israel overstep this time? Millions of ordinary people say so. They support Palestine. They're outraged about daily bombing, shelling, slaughter, and destruction.

Civilians are willfully targeted. Innocent men, women, children, infants and the elderly are dying. Many others are injured. Many are in serious condition. Some won't survive. Others will be maimed for life.

Illegal terror weapons are used. Injuries sustained are horrific. Doctors see charred, scorched, ripped apart patients. 

Some show up with horrible burns, lost limbs, brain damage, or other major injuries. Others arrive dead.

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Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine. Besieged Gaza replicates Warsaw ghetto conditions. Under attack, it resembles early days of its uprising. For European Jews, it was a seminal historic moment.

They were sealed off behind high walls 10 feet high and 11 miles long. Peak population exceeded 400,000. Overcrowding crammed residents into an area about two and a half miles long by a mile wide. 

Conditions were horrific. Food was scare. Little was available. Hunger and malnutrition were extreme. Starvation was common. Sanitation collapsed. Disease was rampant. Medical treatment was nonexistent. 

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No one could have imagined the ghetto Jews of Worl... by K V Ramani on Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 7:43:52 AM
well said, sir.... by Don Caldarazzo on Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 5:38:25 PM
For as long as the US continues to back and financ... by Sister Begonia on Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 3:44:49 PM
According to Democracy Now this morning the Prime ... by Stephen Zimmett on Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 5:41:36 PM