What crimes, you say? How about these ones...
At least 30 people were killed in the Zeitoun district of Gaza after Israeli troops repeatedly shelled a house to which more than 100 Palestinians had been evacuated by the Israeli military, the UN said today.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said it was "one of the gravest incidents since the beginning of operations" against Hamas militants in Gaza by the Israeli military on 27 December.
OCHA said the incident took place on 4 January, a day after Israel began its ground offensive in Gaza.
According to testimonies gathered by the UN, Israeli soldiers evacuated around 110 Palestinians to a single-storey house in Zeitoun, south-east Gaza. The evacuees were instructed to stay indoors for their own safety but 24 hours later the Israeli army shelled the house with rockets. Around half the Palestinians sheltering in the house were children, OCHA said.
Now, the OCHA isn't about to directly accuse Israel of premeditated murder but I'm not so shy. This smacks of the cold blooded and intentional murder of innocents. Despite repeated claims by IDF spokespersons that Israel is doing all in their power to avoid civilian casualties, the fact remains that about 42% of the casualties in Gaza are children. More than 750 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured by Israeli attacks. I don't care if the murderers wear uniforms or ski masks, this is a terrorist campaign and it must stop. Thankfully, we live in Canada, a nation long respected for brokering peace. At least that's how it used to be.
We already have Steve Harper and his "measured response" lies to stain our consciences. Well, at least we can rely on the opposition Liberals to speak out for calm... or not so much. Seems Count Iggy the Annointed is on the same bloody page as Steve the Plump.
Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says Israel is justified in taking military action to defend itself against attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.
"Canada has to support the right of a democratic country to defend itself," he told reporters in Halifax yesterday after speaking to a forum of business leaders on the economy.
"Israel has been attacked from Gaza, not just last year, but for almost 10 years," Ignatieff said.
"They evacuated from Gaza so there is no occupation in Gaza."
Earlier this week, Canada condemned Palestinian fighters for endangering the lives of civilians in the Gaza Strip.
So the Liberals and Ignatieff are also pimping the notion that all those hundreds of casualties are justified. And we Canadians evidently have to "support the right of a democratic country to defend itself". Well is that so, Iggy? Because under these new rules, Pakistan has every right in the world to launch attacks on the continental United States. Turkey has every right to launch even larger scale attacks against Kurdish territories of northern Iraq. Hell, half of Central America has a clear right to seek violent reprisals against the Americans for their decades of violence, meddling and shenanigans.
The sad fact is that there are two players on the field in the Gaza conflict and neither side is showing any honour, acting with any restraint or deserving of any allegiance. Israel is behaving as every bit the terrorist that Hamas is and we are tainted by our politicians' unflagging support of their crimes against humanity in the Gaza. Ignatieff and Harper are both pimping for murder and war crimes and it sickens me to see how low our nation's moral stock has fallen. There can be no resolution to this situation by pointing the finger of blame and assigning responsibility to only one side.
Ignatieff also said Hamas shoulders the blame.
"Hamas is a terrorist organization and Canada can't touch Hamas with a 10-foot pole," he said.
"Hamas is to blame for organizing and instigating these rocket attacks and then for sheltering among civilian populations."
Ignatieff said Canada must do whatever it can to get humanitarian and medical relief into Gaza when there is a ceasefire, but rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas must stop first.
Well here's some campaign news Iggy, to scum like you and your lapdogs Cherniak and Kinsella, a vote for the Liberal Party of Canada is no different and no better than a vote for Steve Harper's Conservatives. You both support crimes against humanity and you are both a stain on this once great nation's soul. As of this moment, the Liberal Party of Canada has no moral authority, no voice for the rational and reasonable majority of Canadians.
When I see things like this...
posted on Kinsella's site beside the following political fellatio...
REASON 1,068 I SUPPORT THIS GUY
Israel must be allowed to defend itself, says Ignatieff
I am ever more convinced that there must be every effort made to prevent Ignatieff from gaining high office. Canada needs an alternative to Steve Harper, not a cult of lacking personality clone. At this point, Canada has the best possible government of the moment given the state of leadership, a prorogued one. L'il Warren goes on to rail against any criticism of Israel and the policy of propping up the slaughter. Well if this is the future of the Liberals, Iggy with a choir consisting of Kinsella and Cherniak, I'll say no thanks.
No to Ignatieff.
No to Harper.
As a Canadian, I solemnly declare that while I support the right of Israel to exist in peace, I do not support or condone arriving at that peace through the means they have chosen, by violence and crimes against humanity. Both Israel and Hamas must cease their violence and be held accountable for their crimes. In the interest of a lasting peace and co-existence, Israel must withdraw to their original borders. Israel must cease policies of collective punishments against the Palestinians. Peace is not the result of murder. The cycle of violence must stop somewhere and it will not stop with bloodthirsty applause from fools like Ignatieff and Harper or their teams of impotent sycophants.