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Residents said a crowded mourning tent in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood near Gaza City was targeted. People there were paying respects to the family of a Palestinian killed by shell fire.

Israelis also targeted Khan Younis. Four injuries were reported. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said:

"The occupation's targeting of civilians was a grave escalation that must not pass in silence. Resistance must be reinforced in order to block the aggression."

The Popular Resistance Committees said it fired four rockets at communities close Gaza's border with Israel. It referred to what it called "the revenge invoice" for Palestinian deaths.

Days earlier, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man. He threatened no one.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, "The IDF responded harshly to the incident and further action will be considered in the coming days. We will not tolerate any escalation along the border."

He ignored Israel's responsibility for initiating violence. He and other Israeli officials call it self-defense. It's willful aggression. It's cold-blooded murder.

As usual, The New York Times blamed Palestinian victims. On November 10, it headlined "Violence Surges on Israeli-Gaza Border," saying:

"Palestinian militants fired an antitank missile on Saturday at an Israeli military jeep patrolling Israel's border with Gaza."

Israel returned fire. "Gaza militants then fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel; one of the militants was killed by a return airstrike."

A confrontational atmosphere "simmer(ed) for months," said The Times. Hamas and other "militant" groups were blamed. 

Ignored was over five years of lawless siege, the protracted humanitarian crisis, ordinary Palestinians defending their land, and Israeli belligerence responsibility for virtually all violent incidents.

Throughout decades of occupation harshness, Times reports are consistently pro-Israeli. Palestinian rights get short shrift. Other media scoundrels report the same way.

On November 11, Israeli bombing and shelling continued. Five more Palestinian deaths were reported. Others were wounded. Greater Israeli escalation is feared.

Weeks before Israel's 2009 elections, Cast Lead was launched. Over 1,400 Gazans were killed. Around 5,000 were injured. Enormous damage was caused. Parts of Gaza remain barren. Broken lives aren't the same.

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