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Coming home from work?

The diner dinner?

Catch up.

Every conflict — and now every battle — is a little different.  About an hour ago, a CNN clip shows a conversation between two citizen-reporter residents, one in Gaza, the other in Israel, both in the combat area and both reporting and addressing the conflict: “Let’s agree on one thing.  Let’s get this game of who is the victim and victimizer out of the way, so we can talk about more substantial issues,” says Mohammed Sulaiman, a resident of Gaza.


Also watched shortly before publishing this post: http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2012/11/15/brooke-israel-vs-hamas.cnn.html

Also, much in reference comes from bookmarks, not today’s news, much less “breaking news”; however, being so, it too tells a story within today’s story. Incidental rocket fire from Gaza never stopped after “Cast Lead” (2009); the Hamas government itself has been in the proverbial doghouse with the human rights groups for some time (and reports of “confessions” obtained through torture seem common); the use of civilian centers for arms caches and even children’s playgrounds for launch sites seems to have been and to have remained a part of Hamas doctrine, essentially calling in return fire on, across, or through innocents.


Akram, Fares.  “Rights Group Criticizes Hamas-Run Justice System in Gaza.”  The New York Times, October 3, 2012: “Hamas should stop the kinds of abuses that Egyptians, Syrians and others in the region have risked their lives to bring to an end.” / A number of Hamas officials disrupted the news conference, challenging Human Rights Watch’s work and barely allowing journalists time to ask questions.”

CBN News.  “Palestinians Escalate Rocket Attacks on Israel.”  November 12, 2012: “JERUSALEM, Israel — Palestinians in the Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with more than 75 rockets and mortar shells in a 24-hour period. At least eight of them were longer-range missiles . . . The latest escalation came after terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli army jeep patrolling near the Karni border crossing early Saturday evening, injuring four soldiers, two seriously and two moderately.”

Chesler, Phyllis.  “Op-Ed: What a Wonderful People! and What a Cynical World!”  Arutz Sheva, November 15, 2012.

CNN.  “Blasts Interrupt Interview in Gaza.”  November 15, 2012.

Heller, Jeffrey.  “Israel hits back after Hamas launches cross-border rocket attacks.”  National Post, October 25, 2012.

Human Rights Watch.  “Gaza: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture, Unfair Trials.”  October 3, 2012.  Report download page: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/10/03/abusive-system-0

IDF Blog.  “Would You Raise Your Child in This Neighborhood?”  November 15, 2012.  “. . . Imagine raising your children in a neighborhood where terrorists shoot rockets from the local playground.”

Khazan, Olga.  “Israeli army drops warning leaflets on Gaza.”  November 15, 2012.

Mughrabi, Nidal-al.  “Rockets hit near Tel Aviv as Gaza death toll rises.”  Reuters, November 15, 2012.

Lappin, Yaakov, JPost Staff, Reuters.  “IAF strike kills Hamas military chief Jabari.”  The Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012.

Ostrovsky, Arsen.  “My Country is Under Attack.  Do You Care?”  The Huffington Post, October 24, 2012.

Ronen, Gil.  “Israel Air Force Ready for 2nd Assault: 70 Rocket Sites in Gaza.”  Phillip Pasmanick’s Israel and Stuff, November 15, 2012.

Sterling, Joe.  “Hamas justice system ‘reeks of injustice,’ rights groups says.”  CNN, October 3, 2012.

STRATFOR.  “Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Military Commander (raw footage of aftermath).  YouTube, November 14, 2012.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.  “The Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip Continues Inculcating Kindergarten Children with Support for Terrorism and Hatred of Israel.”  June 13, 2012.

Tobin, Jonathan S.  “No Alternative to Israeli Self-Defense.”  Commentary, November 15, 2012: Lead — “To its credit, yesterday the State Department rightly declared that Hamas was responsible for the latest round of violence along the Gaza border and that Israel had the right to defend itself. Even the New York Times editorial page affirmed that Israel had that right this morning. But the Times, speaking as it does for liberal conventional wisdom, claimed that Israel’s government was wrong to exercise that right.”  Tobin will go on to debunk that notion.

Wikipedia.  “List of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, 2012”: “As of October 2012, over 800 rockets had been launched at Israel from Gaza since January 2012”.