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Update Israel/ US 'Fall Out' Over Insult' +UN Warns>WAR Crimes!

ALL U.S. Flights to Israel Cancelled:
FAA Bans Travel to Tel Aviv as Delta Plane Turns Back at Last Minute...

-After Rocket Attack Near Airport

  • Delta Flight 468 from New York to Tel Aviv carrying 273 passengers and 17 crew was rerouted to Paris Tuesday
  • US Airways canceled its Tuesday flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv and then suspended all service
  • A rocket fired from Gaza damaged a house less than a mile from Ben-Gurion International Airport
  • FAA issued a warning Tuesday banning all American carriers from flying to Israel for up to 24 hours
  • Israel's transport minister questioned the FAA ban, insisting that the Tel Aviv airport was secure
  • Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian airlines, KLM, Air France and Air Canada are suspending service to Ben-Gurion for 36 hours
Daily Mail UK, 22 July 2014


Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and a growing number of European air carriers have suspended service to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.
'Delta has suspended service until further notice to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and its New York-JFK hub,' the airline said in a statement posted on its official website Tuesday.





Change of plans: Delta Flight 468 from New York to Tel Aviv carrying 273 passengers and 17 crew was rerouted to Paris Tuesday (pictured)





Suspended service: Delta Airline on Tuesday halted all flights from New york to Tel Aviv until further notice



'Delta, in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, is doing so to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees.'

Amanda Mel, a passenger aboard the diverted Delta Flight 468, said:
'We were told that the flight has been canceled without getting any explanation.
'Only hours later I saw the reports on the news and I understood,' said Ms Mel, who was trying to return home to Tel Aviv from New York.
The passenger added that while the airlines' concern is understandable, she speculated that the decision to ban flights to Tel Aviv may have been a politically motivated move to help end the military operation in Gaza.

US Airways, which has one daily flight from Philadelphia, canceled that flight Tuesday and the return trip from Tel Aviv, saying that it is monitoring the situation.

United Airlines, which has two flights daily to Israel out of Newark, New Jersey, grounded these flights until further notice.

American Airlines said that the carrier is planning to hold a meeting shortly to discuss its service in and out of Israel.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the FAA issued a ban prohibiting all American air carriers from operating flights to Israel 'for a period of up to 24 hours.'

The notice came in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning ... [and] applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport,' according to the statement.





Grounded: A departure board at the Philadelphia International Airport shows that US Airways Flight 796 to Tel Aviv has been canceled Tuesday





Reassured: Israey's Transport Ministry issued a statement insisting that Ben Gurion is safe and well guarded, and there is no reason to suspend flights to Tel Aviv



The agency said it will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation, and that updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines "as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours" from the time the directive went into force.

Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz responded to the FAA ban by insisting that there was no reason whatsoever for American air carriers to suspend service to Israel and 'hand terror a prize.'
The agency called on the airlines to reverse their decision and added that the airport was 'safe for landings and departures.'

Just after 1pm, Germany's Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian airlines announced they are also suspending service to Ben-Gurion for 36 hours, followed by the Dutch KLM, Air France and Air Canada.

But British Airways said that it will continue operating flights to Israel 'as normal' while monitoring the situation closely.

The Israeli newspaper reported that two rockets were intercepted Monday morning over the Shfela area, including Ben-Gurion International airport - Israeli's main flight hub.


US asks individual airlines to decide on flying over Mideast...







Target: The flight cancellations come a day after a rocket struck a house just 3 miles from Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv






Close call: Israeli rescue and military personnel at the wreckage of a home in the town of Yehud, outside Tel Aviv,
and near the Ben Gurion Airport, that was hit by a missile fired by Palestinian militants from inside the Gaza Strip July 22



A rocket also caused damage in the city of Yehud located only a mile from the airport. Police spokeswomen Luba Samri said the strike destroyed a house and slightly wounded one Israeli.

Aviation and legal experts said Tuesday that airlines are now taking risk assessment into their own hands, both for the safety of passengers and to avoid claims of negligence.
Aviation consultant Robert Mann said airlines are becoming more proactive in the wake of the Flight 17 disaster.

'It's really forcing every carrier, every business jet operator to do their own due diligence, do their own risk assessment, given the geopolitical situation,' Mann said.

Jonathan Reiter, a prominent New York aviation-accident attorney, said flying into an airport after a near-miss by a rocket could be used to show that the airline was negligent. That explains why airlines are suspending service to Israel.


Aftermath of rocket attack that prompted Tel Aviv travel ban




'I'm sure it is human concern as well,' Reiter said, 'but I think [the airlines] feel it is wise to err on the side of caution because it is their burden to prove they are doing everything possible to avoid injuries and deaths.'

Airlines and passengers are growing more anxious about safety since last week, when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Last Thursday, Delta released a statement saying that flights will no longer be routed through Ukrainian airspace 'out of an abundance of caution.'
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UN Chiefs Outraged at Attack on Another UN School in Gaza

AP, 30 July 2014


UNITED NATIONS (AP)

— Top U.N. officials are expressing shock and outrage at an attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed 16 people and injured more than 100.
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's demand for an immediate cease-fire in the escalating war between Israel and Hamas.

Eliasson expressed "shock and dismay" at the attack Wednesday morning and said an initial assessment by the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees blamed Israeli artillery. He noted that an Israeli spokesman said Israel responded to mortar fire in the vicinity of the school.

Eliasson said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is in Costa Rica, condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, calling it "outrageous" and "unjustifiable."

More than 3,000 civilians had sought shelter at the school.


MORE:

UN Warned Israel SEVENTEEN Times that Bombed School was Housing Refugees
- Horror as Tank Strike Leaves 19 Palestinians Dead and 125 Injured

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Israeli tank strikes smash into UN school serving as a refugee shelter - pushing the Gaza death toll over 1,200
  • UN aid chief blasts Israel, saying: 'This is a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced'
  • Some 200,000 Gazans have fled to UN schools following calls by Israel to evacuate homes ahead of bombings
  • One refugee who survived latest attack cries: 'Where will we go next? We fled and the Israelis are following us'
  • UN spokesman calls on international community to help stop the bloodshed, saying: 'No place is safe in Gaza'
  • British Foreign Secretary offers no assurance of an imminent ceasefire 'if people are insisting on preconditions'
  • Israeli military has declared a four-hour ceasefire in some areas of the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons

Israel was warned no fewer than 17 times that a school it destroyed with tank strikes killing 19 Palestinians and injuring 125 others had been housing refugees, the UN said today.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in the Jabaliya refugee camp when shells smashed into the complex overnight.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said it was the sixth time one of the organisation's schools had been struck by Israeli bombardments during the 23-day conflict.

In a furious response to the attack, he said: 'This is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today, the world stands disgraced.


'We know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site.
'These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.
'The precise location of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School and the fact that it was housing thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israeli army seventeen times to ensure its protection - the last being at 8.50pm last night, just hours before the fatal shelling.'





Bombardment: Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein
UN school in Jebaliya refugee camp which was hit by an Israeli tank strike





Shocking toll: Several Israeli tank shells slammed into the crowded UN school
used as shelter for refugees in Gaza, a Palestinian health official and a UN official said






Carnage: Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said at least 15 people were killed and another 90 Palestinians were wounded in the shelling




At her wit's end: A desperate Palestinian woman throws debris in the air
at the bombed classroom where she is taking shelter with her family



He added: 'I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.'
His comments came as the Israeli military declared a four-hour ceasefire in some areas of the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons, starting at 3pm (1200GMT).

Hamas militants in Gaza had no immediate reaction to the military's announcement.

Some 200,000 displaced Gazans have sought refuge in UN schools following calls by Israel to evacuate their homes ahead of military operations only to find themselves under attack there anyway.

For many Palestinians, the feeling of helplessness living in a densely populated enclave under a seven-year blockade with nowhere to run or hide has left them on the brink of despair.

'Where will we go? cried 56-year-old Aishe Abu Darabeh outside the school in the Jebaliya refugee camp which had a few hours earlier served as her refugee shelter.

'Where will we go next? We fled and they (the Israelis) are following us.'





Targeting the innocent: The deadly strike came a day after Israel unleashed
its heaviest air and artillery assault in the bloodiest day of the three-week Gaza war






Destroyed: A large round hole was left in the ceiling of one classroom and in one
of the bathrooms, while in another classroom, the strike had blown out the front wall





Blitzed: Palestinians gather outside a classroom at the Abu Hussein UN school in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip





No end in sight: A terrified boy looks through a hole in the wall made after an Israeli tank shell at the Abu Hussein UN school in the Jebaliya refugee camp


The aftermath after a deadly tank strike hits school in Gaza:


Forty people died in Israeli strikes across Gaza today, including 16 at the
UN school in Jebaliya, sending the Palestinian toll from 23 days of fighting over 1,270.



The latest attacks dashed hopes of a ceasefire and forced the UN into another desperate call for the international community to step in.

Abu Hasna, the UN agency spokesman, said: 'It's the responsibility of the world to tell us what we shall do with more than 200,000 people who are inside our schools, thinking that the UN flag will protect them.

'This incident today proves that no place is safe in Gaza.'

Some 3,000 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jebalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, Khalil al-Halabi, director of northern Gaza operations for UNRWA said.

'There were five shells - Israeli tank shells - which struck the people and killed many of them as they slept. Those people came to the school because it a designated U.N. shelter,' he said.

The Israeli military responded by saying Hamas militants near the facility had fired mortar bombs and Israeli forces had shot back.
A military spokeswoman said: 'Earlier this morning, militants fired mortar shells at (Israeli) soldiers from the vicinity of the UNRWA school in Jebalya (refugee camp).

'In response, soldiers fired towards the origins of fire, and we're still reviewing the incident.'

The military said it has also given civilians a chance to leave dangerous areas by sending warnings in phone calls and leaflets.
Aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood, urging residents to stay away from Hamas militants and to report possible rocket launches.


The leaflet gave a contact phone number and e-mail.

It read: 'The Israeli Defense Forces are going into a new phase in the coming operation and does not want to harm civilians.

'The army is warning residents in the areas where the operation will take place that for your safety, you have to keep away from terrorists and the locations from which they operate.'





Indiscriminate bombing: A Palestinian child wounded in an Israeli strike
on a UN school in Beit Lahia is treated at Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia






Terrified: A child cries as he is treated at Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia after the Israeli tank strike targeted a UN refugee shelter


Any hope of a ceasefire were earlier dashed when Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing, insisted Palestinians would continue confronting Israel until its blockade on Gaza was lifted.
In a recorded message on television, Deif said: 'The occupying entity will not enjoy security unless our people live in freedom and dignity.
'There will be no ceasefire before the (Israeli) aggression is stopped and the blockade is lifted.



Quote:
'THE WORLD STANDS DISGRACED': UN AID CHIEF PIERRE KRAHENBUHL'S REACTION TO SCHOOL STRIKE IN FULL

Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza.
Children killed in their sleep. This is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.
We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analysed fragments, examined craters and other damage. Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school, in which 3,300 people had sought refuge.
We believe there were at least three impacts. It is too early to give a confirmed official death toll.
But we know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site.
These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.
The precise location of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School and the fact that it was housing thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israeli army seventeen times, to ensure its protection; the last being at 8.50pm last night, just hours before the fatal shelling.
I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.
This is the sixth time that one of our schools has been struck. Our staff, the very people leading the humanitarian response are being killed.

Our shelters are overflowing. Tens of thousands may soon be stranded in the streets of Gaza, without food, water and shelter if attacks on these areas continue.
We have moved beyond the realm of humanitarian action alone. We are in the realm of accountability.

I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.



Stunned: A Palestinian man carries a wounded girl at the Kamal Adwan hospital
in Beit Lahiya after receiving treatment for her wounds caused by the Israeli strike






Horrendous: A young Palestinian boy reacts as he sees the body of a relative who died when the UN school came under Israeli attack



Quote:
WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL BLOCKADE IS LIFTED, SAYS DEFIANT HAMAS LEADER IN BLOW TO CEASEFIRE DEAL

Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing, said Palestinians would continue confronting Israel until its blockade on Gaza - which is supported by neighbouring Egypt - was lifted.
In a bid to boost Palestinian spirits and demoralise Israel, Hamas TV aired footage it said showed the group's fighters using a tunnel to reach an Israeli army watchtower on Monday.
They are seen surprising an Israeli sentry, opening fire and storming the watchtower compound to surround a fallen soldier.
In a rare message, recorded on television, Deif said: 'The occupying entity will not enjoy security unless our people live in freedom and dignity.
'There will be no ceasefire before the (Israeli) aggression is stopped and the blockade is lifted. We will not accept interim solutions.'


He said the UK was involved in work behind the scenes on an Egyptian peace plan which could lead to wider discussions on the issues underlying the conflict.
'What we are saying to both sides, what the United Nations are saying to both sides, what the whole international community is saying to both sides, is that the humanitarian necessity must come first.

'We must stop the bloodshed now by an unconditional ceasefire by both sides.'
The outer wall of the complex had also been damaged and a number of dead animals including donkeys could be seen lying on the ground.

Israel's military said it had struck 75 sites, including five mosques it claimed were being used by militants in a sustained bombardment on Gaza.

About two hours after the strike, hundreds of people still crowded the courtyard, some dazed, others wailing.
Four of the dead were killed just outside the school compound, two in their home and two who were struck in the street after returning from pre-dawn prayers, their relatives said.
The bodies of two members of the al-Najar family, 56-year-old Shaher and his 41-year-old brother, Bassem, were laid out in one of the rooms of their small home, surrounded by wailing relatives.

Outside the gate, another relative held on to his crying son, hugging him tight and saying: 'I'm here, I'm not going anywhere.'

The deadly strike came a day after Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault in the bloodiest day of the three-week Gaza war, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead.





Living in fear: A Palestinian woman and her son seek treatment in hospital after being
injured in the tank strike on the UN school where they were taking shelter






Victims: Israeli bombardments killed 'dozens' of Palestinians in Gaza,
including at least 16 at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict






Macabre: Palestinians mourn next to the bodies of relatives who died when a
UN school used as a shelter for internally displace people came under Israeli shelling






Targeted while seeing shelter: The bodies of those killed in an Israeli strike on
a UN school in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip are lined up at Kamal Edwan hospital






Heartache: A Palestinian woman mourns the death of a family member at a hospital morgue in Beit Lahita in the northern Gaza Strip


It also also comes days after eight Palestinian children were killed playing on swings in the Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City when a huge explosion obliterated the site.

Palestinian medics said two adults were also killed in the blast, which witnesses said was an Israeli air strike.
However, Israel denied responsibility, claiming it was a misfire of a rocket launched by Hamas militants that landed in the school courtyard.




Desecrated:
Palestinians walk next to the collapsed minaret of mosque in Gaza City which was destroyed in an overnight Israeli air strike






Grim task:
Palestinian rescue workers search for victims in a building destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern end of the Gaza strip








Razed to the ground: Satellite images show the destruction caused by Israeli
bombing in the Gaza Strip including areas of Beit Hanun, Gaza City, Tuffah and Shejaiya






Propaganda push: Leaflets fall from an Israeli plane warning residents in
Gaza City to stay away from Hamas militants and to report possible rocket launches






The leaflets said: 'The Israeli Defense Forces are going into a new phase in the coming operation and does not want to harm civilians'





Call to arms: Islamic fighters from the Al-Nusra Front parade at the Yarmuk
Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, to denounce Israel's military offensive in Gaza






Islamic fighters from the Al Qaeda group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, carry a
movement's banner bearing a drawing of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque with the Arabic slogan:

'We fight in Syria... and our eyes are on Jerusalem as they parade at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp






On the front line: Israeli soldiers carry their equipment after leaving Gaza
where they took part in military operations in an escalation of the assault on Palestinians





Army and ready: Israeli soldiers huddle in a circle at a staging area before entering Gaza as air strikes and tank shelling killed 43 Palestinians


The latest deadly strike came as Israel intensified its air and artillery assault on what it says are Hamas targets in Gaza.
Israel has vowed to stop the Hamas rocket and mortar fire that has reached increasingly deeper into its territory and to destroy a sophisticated network of Hamas military tunnels used for attacks in Israel.

For its part, Hamas has so far rejected cease-fire efforts unless its demands are met, including a lifting of a punishing blockade.

The military said that since fighting began July 8, Israeli forces have hit 4,100 targets in Gaza, about one-third connected to the militants' ability to launch rockets at Israel.

An army statement said that since Tuesday morning, troops have demolished three more tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel. Hamas has used such tunnels to sneak into Israel to carry out attacks.

The army said 32 tunnels have so far been located but did not say how many remain.
Since July 8, more than 1,258 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in the conflict and more than 7,100 injured.

On the Israeli side, 53 soldiers have been killed as well as three civilians.




Obliterated: Smoke rises from Tuffah neighbourhood after Israeli air strikes
in response to a barrage of Palestinian rockets after an attempted truce for Eid crumbled






Blitzed: An explosion from an Israeli strike lights up the skyline in eastern
Gaza City amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks






Flashpoint: A ball of fire rises following an Israeli military strike on the outskirts of Gaza City on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict




PREVIOUS REPORTS -IN BRIEF- ON OTHER INNOCENT TARGETS HIT BY BOMBS FROM ISRAEL:


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of another U.N. school in Gaza last week


Palestinian officials have said three Israeli tank shells hit the school in the town of Beit Hanoun last Thursday, killing 16 people and wounding dozens. It was one of the single deadliest incidents during three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
The school was one of dozens used to house tens of thousands of Palestinians displaced by heavy fighting, especially in areas of Gaza bordering Israel.
The U.N. aid agency that operates the schools called for a full investigation.
"It is important in a case like this where a U.N. school in which hundreds of people took refuge is hit in this way, that there should be full transparency and accountability," Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, said Sunday.

He noted that when the U.N. agency attempted to conduct its own investigation, "the mission was aborted after a firing incident at the school." Gunness did not say who he believed was responsible for that fire.

He said the school had been clearly marked as a U.N. shelter, and that the Israeli military was aware of its location.

On Thursday, the U.N. made numerous phone calls to the army to request a pause for the evacuation of civilians, but that the request was not granted.

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At least 100 Palestinians died in one day as Israeli tanks destroyed Gaza's only power plant. Israel knocked out the power plant in an air strike, and cut off electricity in Al-Shifa hospital, threatening the lives of hundreds of hospital patients.

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In a previous attack Israel bombed another hospital, killing/injuring many patients and hospital staff, announcing Hamas were hiding arms at the hospital - No arms were found
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'If We Don't Get our Soldier Back We Will Start Leveling Gaza':
Palestinians Face New Wave of Bloodshed as Ceasefire Breaks Down
-After Israeli Soldier is 'Kidnapped by Hamas'

  • Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, believed to be from a Jewish family who lived in Cambridge UK for several years
  • 'Abduction took place when militants emerged from tunnel and detonated bomb vest, killing two other soldiers'
  • Israel resumed shelling in Gaza just two hours after start of ceasefire after accusing Hamas of snatching soldier
  • Military wing of Hamas claims kidnapping happened before the truce and accused Israel of 'violating' peace deal
  • Gaza officials claim at least 50 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured in 'random' shelling in the town of Rafah
  • Truce started at 8am local time (6am BST) to give Gazans chance of humanitarian relief and time to bury the dead
Daily Mail UK, 1 August 2014





Israel and Hamas accused each other of breaking the ceasefire little more than an hour after it took effect at 8am (1am EST). The Israeli military said one of its soldiers might have been abducted and that Palestinian militants had fired eight rockets and mortars at Israel since the ceasefire.


Gaza health officials said that in addition to the dead, some 200 Palestinians were wounded including children (inset) in the 'random' Israeli shelling of the Rafah area in southern Gaza. Meanwhile, families returned to inspect the rubble of their destroyed homes in the town of Beit Hanun (main).

The Foreign Office is urgently investigating reports that a soldier thought to have been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza is a British Israeli.
Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, is believed to be from a family of Jewish immigrants and the third cousin of Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon.
He disappeared when a humanitarian ceasefire brokered by the United States and the United Nations collapsed into more bloodshed just hours after it was supposed to take effect.
Reports of the kidnapping provoked a furious backlash from Israel, with former deputy defence minister, Danny Danon saying: 'If we don't get the soldier back within a few hours we should start levelling Gaza.'
It is believed Lt Goldin lived for several years in Cambridge with his twin brother on two occasions at the age of six and 15.

His father spent time on sabbatical as an academic at Cambridge University and the family played an active role in the Jewish community, a friend told the Jerusalem Post.


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Israel has accused Hamas of kidnapping Lt Hadar Goldin (TOP), who is believed to be from a family of British Jewish immigrants, as the ceasefire collapsed





Homeless: Members of the Al Kafarna family react as they inspect the rubble of their destroyed house in the town of Beit Hanun


Rabbi Reuven Leigh, who is a chaplain at the University of Cambridge and a rabbi in the local community, wrote on Twitter: 'Shaken to hear of Hadar Goldin's kidnapping, he spent a few years living in Cambridge with his family, please pray for his safe return.'

Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said that the apparent abduction took place when Palestinian gunmen emerged from their network of tunnels with at least one fighter detonating an explosives vest.
In the ensuing mayhem, Lt Goldin was apparently captured and taken back into Gaza through a tunnel, while another two soldiers were killed.
'We suspect that he has been kidnapped,' Col Lerner said.

Col Lerner said he was unable to confirm whether the captured soldier was British-Israeli but said it was a 'possibility'.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said officials were still investigating reports in the Israeli media that 2nd Lieutenant Hadar Goldin is a British Israeli but so far had no information to support them.
Mr Hammond warned the apparent abduction of Lt Goldin - less than two hours after the start of a supposed humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza - could have serious consequences.

'If the reports that Hamas broke the ceasefire are correct then that is very serious indeed, as is the kidnapping of the Israeli soldier which will make it all the more difficult to re-establish the ceasefire to allow a humanitarian pause in Gaza,' he said.

Israel and Hamas blamed each other for the breakdown of the ceasefire - which saw fighting break out again less than two hours after a supposed three-day truce started at 8am local time (6am BST).
Israel had earlier cited the kidnapping as the reason why it resumed shelling in Gaza, killing more than 50 Palestinians and injuring more than 200 others.

However, the Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said the soldier had not been taken after the ceasefire.
In a statement on Twitter, it said: 'There is no justification for Israel to violate the truce as the officer was captured and two soldiers were killed before the truce.'




Agony: Seven-year-old Ahmad Al Kafarna cries over the rubble of his destroyed house
in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip as a humanitarian ceasefire broke down





Nowhere to go:
A Palestinian woman carries her belongings from her destroyed house in the Shejaia neighborhood after it was hit by Israeli shelling



Col Lerner said the attack happened in southern Gaza where Israeli forces had been searching for tunnels which posed a 'huge threat'.
He said: 'In the early hours of today during the humanitarian ceasefire that the Israeli defence forces were implementing, at 9.30am, some terrorists came out of the ground.

'One of them had a suicide belt on and blew himself up. Others came out and carried out some shooting and gun fight.
'In the aftermath of that, we had two soldiers killed in this attack and indeed Lt Goldin was supposedly abducted from the site.
'Hamas were using this humanitarian recess as a cover to carry out this attack while we were holding our fire.'

A spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: 'The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council, on behalf of the UK Jewish community, would like to express our dismay and revulsion at the kidnapping of British born, Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin.
'The kidnapping took place as part of a violent ambush by Hamas, within hours of the UN, US and Egypt-backed "72-hour ceasefire" taking effect.
'We urge the Government to show its support for the Goldin family and to speak out against this deplorable act by the terrorist group Hamas and do everything in its power to secure his release.'





Palestinians walk by the rubble of destroyed houses in the heavily bombed
town of Beit Hanoun as Hamas and Israel blamed each other for breaking the truce




Left in ruins: The three-week war has killed nearly 1,500 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and more than 60 Israelis, nearly all soldiers


The Israeli military says Gaza militants also fired eight rockets and mortars at Israel, one of which was intercepted.
Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said that in addition to the dead, some 200 Palestinians were wounded in the 'random' Israeli shelling of the Rafah area in southern Gaza.

He said the death toll could rise as rescue workers continue to search for people buried under the rubble of several apartment blocks hit by shells.
He did not say whether the victims were civilians or militants. Palestinian sources also claimed three other people were shot by Israeli sniper fire.
'Once again, Hamas and the terror organizations in Gaza have blatantly broken the ceasefire to which they committed, this time before the American Secretary of State and the UN Secretary General,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement shortly after the fighting broke out.

Israel launched an aerial campaign against Gaza aimed at halting Palestinian rocket fire on July 8 and later sent in ground troops to target launch sites and tunnels used by Hamas to carry out attacks inside Israel.

The war has killed at least 1,500 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and more than 60 Israelis, nearly all soldiers.




Innocent victims: A mother cradles her two children, while other toddlers lies on a mat next to her, at a hospital in Rafah




Terrified: Palestinian children, whom medics say were wounded by Israeli shelling,
receive treatment at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip






Traumatised: Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said that in addition to the dead,
- some 200 Palestinians were wounded in 'random' Israeli shelling of the Rafah area




Shocking: A Palestinian girl injured in an Israeli assault on Rafah cries as she receives treatment at the Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Gaza City


At least four short humanitarian ceasefires have been announced since the conflict began, but each has been broken within a few hours by renewed fighting.
Today's temporary ceasefire was the longest to be announced thus far.
Under the ceasefire, Israeli troops on the ground in Gaza were to continue to destroy tunnels along the heavily guarded frontier, but only those that are behind Israeli defensive lines and lead into Israel.
Netanyahu on Thursday vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnel network 'with or without a ceasefire.'





Near miss:
Palestinians look at an unexploded Israeli shell that landed on the main road outside the town of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip





Blitzed: Smoke billows from buildings following Israeli military strikes near Rafah
in the Gaza Strip that killed at least eight people two hours into a three-day ceasefire





Reduced to rubble: Medics said at least 35 people were killed
and 150 wounded in intensive Israeli shelling on buildings in southern Gaza



But military spokesman Moti Almoz told Army Radio today that Israel would not be able to eliminate the tunnel threat '100 per cent.'
Soon after the ceasefire went into force, Gaza's residents took advantage of the truce to return to their homes, many of which had been destroyed in the fighting. Some arrived on tuk-tuks - three-wheeled taxis - by car or on foot to retrieve their belongings.
Near a main road in in the heavily bombarded Gaza district of Shijaiyah, less than a mile from the Israeli border, residents surveyed extensive damage.
Basem Abul Qumbus returned to find his three-story home - in which he had invested tens of thousands of dollars - uninhabitable.

Israeli Army Uncovers and Blows up Militant Tunnels in Gaza



Onslaught: Israeli soldiers stand on an armoured personnel carrier outside the
Gaza Strip as they fire mortar shell towards Gaza before the ceasefire was due to begin




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GAZA 'DISASTER ZONE' AFTER WATER SUPPLIES CUT

The Gaza Strip has become a 'disaster zone' because basic water and sewage services can't be provided to its 1.8million residents, the head of the Palestinian water authority has said.
The warning came after the territory's only power plant was shut down after Israeli shells set its fuel tank on fire.
Rebhi al-Sheikh said: 'We are unable to perform our duties amid a total power outage and lack of fuel in Gaza.
'We are no longer able to provide potable water to residential units, shelters or hospitals.'
He called on the UN to 'act quickly to prevent a real disaster' and to protect utility workers after six were killed 'in direct targeting' by Israeli forces, it was reported by World Bulletin.
Tank shells had punched a hole in the ceiling of one bedroom and a wall had collapsed into the kitchen.
'The work of all those years is gone,' he said, as he struggled to salvage flour from bags that had been torn apart by shrapnel. Food supplies are running short in the blockaded coastal territory in the war's fourth week.

Egypt issued a statement early Friday calling on the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and Israel to send negotiation teams to Cairo to discuss 'all issues of concern to each party within the framework of the Egyptian initiative.'


Egypt had put forth a cease-fire proposal a week after fighting began last month. Israel accepted the proposal, but Hamas, which deeply mistrusts Egypt following last summer's overthrow of an Islamist government in Cairo, rejected it.
Hamas has demanded the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian border blockade imposed on Gaza in 2007 when the Islamic militant group seized power, as well as the release of Palestinians rounded up in the West Bank in June following the killing of three Israeli teenagers.

In recent weeks Turkey and Qatar, which have warmer ties to Hamas but are at odds with Egypt, have tried to help broker a cease-fire agreement, with no results.

It's not clear whether other nations will attend the Egypt talks, and aides said Egypt will ultimately decide who will participate. A Hamas official in Qatar said Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials would be participating. Israel will not meet directly with members of either group because it considers them terrorist organizations.

Hours before the cease-fire was to take effect, 17 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes, including 10 from the same family, according to al-Kidra, the Health Ministry official in Gaza. He said the family members were killed in an airstrike on their home in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.




Fleeting peace: Gaza City seen shortly before the start of a 72-hour ceasefire agreed
between Israel and Hamas to allow for bodies to be recovered and funerals held



Israel's military said five of its soldiers were killed along the Gaza border Thursday evening by a mortar round.
At least 1,496 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since hostilities began July 8, according to Palestinian officials. Israel says 61 of its soldiers and three civilians in Israel have been killed.

Hours ahead of the cease-fire, Gaza police reported heavy Israeli tank shelling in northern and eastern Gaza, and the loud exchange of fire with militants could be heard across Gaza City.

Tank shells slammed into the city itself, setting homes and shops ablaze.
Hamas fighters hit an Israeli tank with an anti-tank missile, Gaza police said. The militants then attacked Israeli troops who came to evacuate the tank crew. Clashes continued into the early morning hours, police said.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the matter.

Israeli police meanwhile warned residents to stay away from Israeli communities near the Gaza border during the cease-fire, saying the area remains 'a war zone.'
'We ask the public to heed the orders of the police and army and not to go to the Gaza Strip border area, it is a threat to your life!!!' the police said in a statement.

Police said Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in a number of neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, and that Israelis attacked an empty bus.

Police also restricted the entry of worshippers to a key Muslim holy site in the city to prevent disturbances.


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Incredible Photographs Capture Israeli Missiles
-a Split Second Before they Reduce Gaza Buildings to Rubble in Front of Palestinians
  • Young men and children cower in street as four missiles smash into apartment block a few hundred yards away
  • Family of 35 fled the building moments earlier after being warned by the Israeli military of the impending strike
1 August 2014

Gazing skywards with their hands over their ears, these astonishing pictures capture the moment terrified Palestinians watch Israeli missiles falling from the sky before smashing into an apartment block.

As young men and children congregate in the street, Israeli drones target the building with three strikes, sending thick plumes of smoke billowing into the air just a few metres away.

An F-16 fighter jet then roars overhead to drop the final, knock-out missile, obliterating the building with an almighty boom that rocks the district.

The images, which captured the missiles from different points in the street, were taken earlier this week in Gaza City which has been under constant bombardment since the conflict began three weeks ago.




Incoming: Palestinians brace themselves as an Israeli missile falls from the sky towards an apartment block a few hundred metres away




Detonation: Residents in central Gaza City watch as an Israeli air strike destroys
an apartment block in a pinpoint strike that is not thought to have killed or injured anyone









Palestinians gaze skyward and clasp their ears as another missile homes in
on the building. Afterwards, residents walk nonchalantly past the explosion


Just a few minutes earlier, the owner of flats had been told of the impending strike after the Israeli military phoned his son to warn them.

Bashir al-Ramlawi, 58, said he scampered out of the building with 35 of his relatives just in time to see his home reduced to rubble, it was reported by Sudarsan Raghavan

Many of his relatives - like some 200,000 other Gazans - had already fled their own houses and now they were homeless again.

As the dust settled, Mr al-Ramlawi said: 'I don’t know why they hit my house. We don't know where we will go.'
Afterwards, people gathered to take take pictures of the devastation on their mobile phones.
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Israel's Netanyahu Fumes at Reported U.S. Slur="Chicken****", or Worthless Coward


By Jeffrey Heller
JERUSALEM, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chicken****", or worthless coward, drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader - no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.


The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic magazine, followed a month of heated exchanges between the Netanyahu government and Washington over settlement building in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, which Palestinians seek as the capital of a future state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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"The thing about Bibi is, he's a chicken****," the unidentified official was quoted as saying, using Netanyahu's nickname and a slang insult certain to redden the ears of the U.S.-educated former commando.
"The good thing about Netanyahu is that he's scared to launch wars," the official said, in apparent reference to past hints of possible Israeli military action against Iran's nuclear programme. "The bad thing about him is that he won't do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states."
Netanyahu, the official was reported to have said, is interested only in "protecting himself from political defeat ... He's got no guts."
Israeli leaders usually do not respond to comments by unidentified officials. But Netanyahu addressed those remarks directly in opening a memorial ceremony in parliament for an Israeli cabinet minister assassinated by a Palestinian in 2001.

"Our supreme interests, chiefly the security and unity of Jerusalem, are not the main concern of those anonymous officials who attack us and me personally, as the assault on me comes only because I defend the State of Israel," Netanyahu said.
"...Despite all of the attacks I suffer, I will continue to defend our country. I will continue to defend the citizens of Israel," he said.

Such pledges by Netanyahu have resonated among Israeli voters, even amid fears his strained relations with U.S. President Barack Obama could ultimately weaken support from Israel's main diplomatic ally and arms provider.


Some pundits predict an Israeli election in 2015, two years early, speculation seemingly supported by the absence of any strong challenger to the Likud party leader and increasingly vocal challenges to his policies from senior ministers to the left and right of him within the coalition government.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, whose ultranationalist Jewish Home party belongs to the coalition but who has had testy relations with Netanyahu, defended him on Facebook.

"The prime minister of Israel is not a private person. He is the leader of the Jewish state and the entire Jewish people. Cursing the prime minister and calling him names is an insult not just to him but to the millions of Israeli citizens and Jews across the globe," he wrote.

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog sounded a more critical note, telling Channel Two television: "Netanyahu is acting like a political pyromaniac, and he has brought our relations with the United States to an unprecedented low."

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In a series of recent speeches widely seen in Israel as setting the stage for a possible poll, Netanyahu has highlighted growing security concerns in the wake of the July-August war with Hamas in Gaza and regional unrest that has brought Islamist militants to Israel's northern border with Syria.
Israel also worries that U.S.-led world powers will agree to what it deems insufficient curbs on the nuclear programme of its arch-foe, Iran, in talks with a looming Nov 24 deadline.

Fears of a possible new Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, have been stoked in Israel by now-daily rock-throwing by Palestinians in Jerusalem amid Muslim fears of an end to an Israeli de facto ban on Jewish worship at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the holy city where Biblical temples once stood.
Netanyahu has pledged to preserve the "status quo" at the site, a commitment Palestinian leaders view with suspicion.

But drawing Palestinian outrage and a State Department accusation that Israel was distancing peace, Netanyahu pledged on Monday to fast-track plans for 1,000 new settler homes in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.
Netanyahu described such criticism as being "detached from reality", saying Jews had a right to live anywhere in Jerusalem, regarded by Israel as its united capital - a claim not internationally recognised.

Most countries and the World Court deem the settlements Israel has built in areas captured in a 1967 war to be illegal. Israel disputes this, and has settled 500,000 Jews in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, among 2.4 million Palestinians.


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Israeli Leader Lashes Back at Harsh US Criticism

29 October 2014


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister said Wednesday that recent verbal attacks against him from the United States were merely because he was "defending Israel" and vowed to carry on with his policies despite the vitriolic rhetoric.

Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks to parliament followed a report in The Atlantic this week in which unidentified U.S. officials lambasted the Israeli premier for his settlement policies and for undermining American peace efforts. The officials derided Netanyahu as cowardly and recalcitrant, among other insults.
The report reverberated throughout Israel, with some coming to the prime minister's defense while others pointing to them as an indication of just how bad relations between the two close allies have gotten under Netanyahu's watch.





Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.


Netanyahu told parliament Monday that the French build in Paris, the English build in London and the Israelis build in Jerusalem. The government is currently advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as their future capital and oppose any Israeli construction there. The international community, including the United States, does not recognize Israel's annexation of the eastern sector of Jerusalem.

Netanyahu responded that those who attack him do so only because he defends Israel, and stressed that he was "not prepared to make concessions that will endanger our state."
"Our supreme interests, with security and the unity of Jerusalem first and foremost, are not among the top concerns of those anonymous elements that are attacking us and me personally," he said.

National Security Council Spokesman Alistair Baskey said the comments in The Atlantic do not reflect the views of the administration.

"We think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive," he said, before adding. "Despite the extremely close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, we do not agree on every issue."

There have been growing concerns of a new crisis in Israeli-U.S. relations after U.S. officials said the Obama administration last week refused Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's requests to meet several top national security aides. The rejection followed negative comments Yaalon made about Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Obama administration has long has a tense relationship with Netanyahu for his close relationship with the Republican Party and for what is often perceived as a lecturing tone toward the president. Netanyahu, meanwhile, has been suspicious of U.S. efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement over Iran's nuclear program that fails to remove the threat of it acquiring a bomb.

Even within Netanyahu's coalition there are those, like Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who have vocally expressed worry over the crisis with the United States and said it must be resolved before it endangers Israeli interests.
Among the greatest concerns are that the U.S. may withhold its vast military aid to Israel and stop protecting it from diplomatic attacks at the United Nations.

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett called on the U.S. to "distance itself from the rude remarks and reject them outright," adding that such abuse not only targeted the prime minister but all Israelis.

However, opposition leader Isaac Herzog placed the blame on Netanyahu, accusing him of playing "political games" with the American administration.
"Netanyahu acts like a political pyromaniac and has brought relations with the United States to an unprecedented nadir," he told Israel's Channel 2 online.
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