Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It

Israel has again attacked Gaza. In its aerial and ground assault that began on Saturday, November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.

One of the wounded is carried into a hospital in Gaza City following Israel’s shelling (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

As in every vicious military offensive Israel carries out in Gaza, the dominant narrative is that it is a response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. This is how it’s being reported in the US, and this is how virtually every American understands it.

And it’s a lie.

It’s true that on Saturday, prior to the expanded Israeli bombardment, the military wing of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine shot an anti-tank missile at an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle near the Gaza border, wounding four Israeli soldiers. But what prompted the firing of the anti-tank missile?

First, on Monday, November 5th, Israeli forces shot and killed 23 year old Ahmad Nabhani when he “approached the border fence with Israel.” According to at least one account, Nabhani was mentally challenged.

Then, on Thursday, November 8th, the Israeli Occupation Forces – eight tanks and four bulldozers, to be exact – invaded southern Gaza, shooting and killing a 13-year old boy. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (via):

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF military vehicles that had moved into the ‘Abassan village, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,200 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.

So, even if honest observers brush to the side the cruel and inhumane Israeli blockade on Gaza and refuse to let it influence the equation of exactly which side started this flare up of violence, it is clear Israel started this latest clash. And in response to the response, Israel has waged a harsh, disproportionate military assault.

This would be a simple thing to understand if, for example, Western media bothered to ask the other side what happened. Palestinian news media immediately reported that the anti-tank missile Israel was supposedly responding to was admitted to by the Popular Resistance Committees, who described it as “revenge” for preceding Israeli violence on Gaza. But that basic task of honest journalism is apparently out of the question.

Every single Israeli incursion or attack on Gaza is accompanied by the same narrative: Israel fairly responded to unprovoked Palestinian rocket fire. The last major war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead in December ’08-January ’09, also carried this narrative. Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to.

181 thoughts on “Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It”

  1. John, Thanks for this great article and your spectacular blog. I used this article as a source on five or six comment streams today. Keep up your awesome work amigo. We notice it and appreciate all you do.

  2. November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.

  3. I was going to send a letter expressing my outrage to Prime MInister Harper of Canada who supports every Israeli abomination, but why bother? Instead, I sent a contribution to AntiWar.com and KinderUSA. I will be doing what I can to see that Harper and his party, never win another election.

  4. While I agree that the article is pure garbage, I don't think it is offensive at all. The article identifies an illiterate idiot with agenda. And illiterate idiots are simply unable to influence opinions based on objective facts. They (illiterate idiots) can only influence other illiterate idiots. That explains why you see the supporters of this article not being able to spell or express themselves.

    Here is a simple explanation as to why there is no peace between Israel and Palestinian. For Palestinians and sponsoring them Iran, the main problem in the Middle East is NOT Israel's policies or acts, but rather the existence of Israel in of itself. As long as the right of Israel to exist, is being denied, there will be no peace. So, the solution is: accept Israel and you will have your State and peace the same way Egypt and Jordan have peace with Israel.

    Israel must realize that the policy of containment is wrong: you simply can't contain those whose goal is your destruction. That means, Israelis must go in and clean the filth. And Israel should stop being stupid dropping those leaflets warning of incoming attacks. It is a war. Hamas is the government in Gaza and it bears total responsibility for civilian casualties by hiding their weaponry behind civilians.

    And to clueless idiots on this board: grow up. Think about this: if Canadians were to fire thousands of rockets into Vermont, what do you think the US would do? Negotiate? File complaints with the UN?

    Grow up and stop being brainless parasites.

    1. Oh dear Alan, did you review what you've written before posting?….. Now you claim that people on here are pretty lacking in spelling, etc, but while that may be true the message is pretty clear and more closer to the truth than your hyperbole. Your assertions are full of half-truths, mis-leading and plain lies. Lets take your first statement; That the Palestinians and Iran do not recognise Israel's existence, first of all that is mis-leading to say the least, and is NOT the case. Israel is demanding that the Palestinians recognised Israel as the home of the JEWS! Now you say that you're a smart chap, but surly you must be aware of the sticky point with this demand? There is a problem with this demand on a couple of levels, on a moral level it is pure racist, and will exclude 25% of is population. The 2nd level will be the right of return for Palestinians and Jews from the diaspora, which by the way, as it stand now Jews from the four corners of the globe can come and live in Israel with their families and spouse if they wished to do so. Guess what, Palestinians do not have the same right, and we're talking about Palestinians refugees in limbo around the ME. So for Palestinian to recognise Israel as the home for the JEWS, is committing suicide and would waive their right to return, and would be waiving their group dignity by negating their historical narrative and national identity. It's an oxymoron to suggest to others and demand that they recognise Israel's right to exist when it is clear that they already do, since 1948 in fact. The burden is not on Palestinians to recognise Israel, but for Israel to join the international community as a Law abiding state, treating all is citizens as equals, which is NOT the case, and the opposite is true. It occupies other's land, and basically is an oppressive regime. Just check out which states breaks the most UN resolutions on the planet, and you will find Israel on top of the heap.

      2nd Mr. Genius, you need to have two armies who are more or less equal in fire power to called it a war, what you have in Gaza is, Israel the 4th most powerful military force on the planet, with all the latest technology known to men, against a people who do NOT own one single tank, one single plane, one single helicopter, nor one single war ship, and not even a recognise army to say the least. What we have is a classic school yard bully scenario, where the oppressor if we are let to believe is the victim, and the oppressed is the bully. To add salt to injury, the terrorist state of Israel is backed by one, the EU, 2nd the only empire on the planet, capped with financial assistance, weapon assistance, economical assistance and Political assistance, and you have the cojones to called Hamas cowards???

      Your third statement is irrelevant, first, because of the lack of context, and 2nd because your whole post is full of hyperbole…… I think there will comes a time when you'll realised that you cannot beat a dead horse any longer, when you cannot get blood from a stone, and that the golden hen has given all that she can give. My suggestion, burn that useless "Hasbara Handbook" it has become obsolete…….

      1. Of course I had reviewed my message before posting. :)

        I used the words 'ignorant idiots" although the term is somewhat redundant. I also used the word agenda. The difference between ignorant idiots and ignorant idiots with agenda is that the former are unaware or ignore the facts, the latter know the facts, but chose to twist them to fit their agenda. In any case, both groups are totally foreign to true facts. You pick which group you belong too and I am going to prove by clear and convincing evidence that you are either the former or the latter.

        Now to respond to your post:

        I claim that Iran and Palestinians reject the right of Israel to exist. You say it is misleading and lies. However, you don’t point exactly which is misleading and which is lies and the reason is: your above statement is plain false. Let’s take a look. Palestinians are governed by two entities: Hamas (in Gaza) and Palestinian Authority (in West Bank). Let’s start with Hamas.

        This is a quote from Hamas Chart/Platform: “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.” They say so in the first paragraph. Let’s bring another quote from Hamas’s Chart: “Peaceful Solutions, [Peace] Initiatives and International Conferences. [Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion.” In their own words. Clear enough?

        Now let’s take a look at the Palestinian Authority. Here is Adli Sadeq, the Ambassador of PA to India in November 2011: “They [Israelis] have a common mistake or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist." (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 26, 2011). In their own words. Clear enough?

        Now, let’s look at your statement that Israel demands that Palestinians would recognize it as a home for Jews. First, the statement itself is pure falsity as Israel has never made any such demands. Second, Israel is home for citizens of Israel among which there are other ethnic groups including Arabs. And third of all, see Palestinian’s own statements that I quoted above. They do not recognize Israel as a State no matter who lives there. Again, clear enough.

        Second, it is of no relevance to one State, when another State invites any people(s) to be a part of that State. Israel can invite Japanese or whomever. Palestinians can invite Russians or Americans to be part of their State. It is within their rights. That takes care of your false argument about Israel as home for the Jews.

        Third, you claim that to have a war one must have two equal armies. That’s just nonsense and another falsity. Just look at world history. Also, educate yourself and look up the definition of war, which is roughly a “struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end.”

        And finally a comment on your yet another non-fact/falsity/nonsense: “golden hen has given all that she can give.” In my humble view, when it comes to Palestinians, iI would rather use the term killer bees instead of “golden hen”… again to be closer to reality. But that is just my humble view.

        And here is why I call you an ignorant idiot: First, you make up a falsity, and then argue with that falsity while completely ignoring clear facts.

        Please educate yourself before sounding like an ignorant idiot. Also, when I call you ignorant, I am not trying to insult, just stating the obvious.

    2. "Grow up and stop being brainless parasites."

      Man. Another illiterate hypocrite. Please go kill yourself. You're a waste of human flesh.

  5. Just to continue with the time line of events in this post: 116 rockets and 55 mortar shells were fired on Israeli civilians during October 2012. On October 23 IDF officer was hit by roadside bomb.
    on November 8 a terrorist tunnel exploded near the border fence (such a tunnel require month of digging and preparations).
    So who is actually lying?

  6. Israel SHOULDNT exist. I'm tired of American officials and plenty of people backing Israel simply because the people fighting them are Arab. Since 1949, 8000 Palestinians have been killed by Israel and 1500 Israelis have been killed by the Palestinians. These are civilian statistics, and Israel has caused almost 4 times the amount of death against innocent civilians. 1620 of the Palestinians were UNDER 18! Compared to 142 Israelis.

  7. Thank you for telling us the truth. The only thing the Zionists know about the truth is how to manipulate it to their own ends.

  8. If only you anti- semites knew what you were talking about. Past history reveals that no-one wants the Palestinians since they cause trouble wherever they go. Ask Egypt, Syria, Jordan why they wanted rid of them!!! Israel did not start any wars – but it surely knows how to finish them. All Israel has asked for time and again is to live peacefully with its neighbours. But the Dogs of Hell only want Israel's demise. It is the mindset of people who thrive on death and destruction – aka followers of the Dark Lord.

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