Operation Protective Edge: Israel Set to Repeat the Horror of Operation Cast Lead

by Scott Creighton

(You can go to #GazaUnderAttack to keep up with what is happening)

In the wake of the June 12th disappearance and alleged murder of three Israeli youths, Naftali Frenkel (16, from Nof Ayalon), Gilad Shaer (16, from Talmon), and Eyal Yifrah (19, from Elad), the latest Israeli “crisis” has, so far, claimed the lives of at least 7 Palestinians but that number promises to increase rapidly.

The Israelis have named their new genocidal slaughter-fest Operation Protective Edge.

One has to admit, it has an more marketable ring to it than the 2008 Operation Cast Lead, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians (6 Israeli soldiers killed, 3 Israeli civilians compared to 491 Palestinian soldiers and 926 civilians).

And “Protective Edge” is even slightly better marketing than Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud (or Pillar of Defense) which they conducted on Gaza, again under the cover of an Obama election this time in Nov. of 2012, which claimed the lives of 6 Israelis (4 civilians) and 160 Palestinians (107 of which were civilians)

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“We can’t refer to the past” – Israel refuses to take responsibility for creating the Palestinian refugee crisis.

Tzipi Livni then-Israeli foreign minister – “I feel like we can’t refer to the past“.

by Laila Al-Arian, al Jazeera

It’s a core issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that dates back to Israel’s creation: the forced expulsion in 1948 of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes by Israeli soldiers and Jewish paramilitary groups. But The Palestine Papers show that far from resolving this thorny problem, Israeli negotiators refused to even acknowledge their responsibility in creating the world’s largest refugee population.

Some of the most contentious meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators involved the “refugee file”. On several occasions, Israeli officials insisted that negotiators should move forward and forget “the past”, even as hundreds of thousands of Palestinians continue to languish in refugee camps under abysmal conditions. As talks on refugees progressed during the Annapolis process, Israeli negotiators were aided by the US and French officials, who took their side on the issue of responsibility.

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