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nAz
11-09-2006, 08:28 AM
looks like Israel just created another flock of enemies, hope they don't start the suicide bombings again.


Palestinians vow revenge at Gaza funeral for 18

POSTED: 7:58 a.m. EST, November 9, 2006

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza (AP) -- Tens of thousands of grieving Gazans, weeping in anguish and screaming for revenge, crammed into a cemetery on Thursday to bury 18 civilians killed by an errant Israeli artillery barrage that hit a crowded neighborhood.

The emotional throngs reached toward the sky or collapsed in grief as a despondent father carried the lifeless body of his 1-year-old baby in his arms. About 20 gunmen fired sporadically into the air, and many mourners waved the yellow flags of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

The cemetery, which had been under construction, was hastily opened to accommodate the victims because no other cemetery in town had enough land to allow the victims to be buried together. All of the dead belonged to a single extended family.

The bodies arrived in a convoy of 18 ambulances, which brought them from hospital morgues through the artillery-scarred cluster of apartment buildings. Cries of "God is greater than Israel and America," punctuated by gunshots, rang out as the bodies were brought out on stretchers.

"I will avenge, I will avenge!" screamed one of the victims' relatives as he fired his weapon, voicing a common sentiment among the mourners.

"The Zionist enemy understands only the language of force and therefore I say, 'an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose,"' chanted Abdel al-Hakim Awad, a Fatah spokesman. "The residents of Sderot, the residents of Ashkelon, even the residents of Tel Aviv, are not going to enjoy security or peace as long as you are suffering, our beloved people in Beit Hanoun."

The freshly dug graves were lined up in a single row, each marked by a concrete block. A Palestinian flag fluttered over each grave. Two Israeli unmanned aircraft buzzed overhead.

Beit Hanoun has been the focus of a week-long Israeli offensive meant to halt rocket attacks on southern Israel. Wednesday's deadly shelling came 24 hours after Israeli ground forces pulled out of Beit Hanoun. The bloodshed, and calls for revenge by militant groups, have raised fears of a new wave of fighting with Israel.

The shells landed as residents were still asleep, and witnesses said many were killed as they fled their homes in panic. The bombardment was the deadliest on Palestinian civilians in the past six years of fighting, and undermined Abbas's attempts to form a more moderate government and renew peace talks with Israel. (Watch how Israeli shells devastate Gaza town -- 2:40)

All of the dead belonged to the al-Athamnas, a prominent family in town that includes several doctors and professionals. Family members said they had fled during the recent Israeli offensive, returning home after Tuesday's pullout.

Israeli military officials said the artillery was aimed at a target about 500 meters (yards) away. A top commander said artillery aiming devices had malfunctioned, though a formal investigation was still under way.

The funeral procession set out from two sites, because none of the area hospitals -- taxed by casualties from the Israeli offensive -- was able alone to keep that number of dead in their morgues. Thirteen ambulances set out from Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya and five from Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

The convoys met at the entrance to Beit Hanoun and entered together. Sirens screamed, and people standing on both sides of the street cried, "God is Great," and "God, we want to avenge," as gunmen fired in the air.

The bloodshed provoked Palestinian threats of a new wave of violence. Khaled Mashaal, the exiled leader of the Palestinians' ruling Hamas group, canceled a cease-fire with Israel that has largely held since February 2005, raising the specter of renewed suicide bombings.

Hamas' military wing also called for attacks against American targets -- an appeal that Hamas political leaders in Gaza did not endorse. President Bush called for restraint on all sides Wednesday.

Abbas condemned the "terrible, despicable crime," and the international community harshly criticized the deaths. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed regret for harming civilians.

The U.N. Security Council was to meet in special session later Thursday. Palestinians hoped for a condemnation of Israel, on top of the denunciations Israel absorbed from governments worldwide after the attack.

Israeli police, fearing revenge attacks, stepped up their alert level, mobilizing forces across the country.

The 18 dead was the highest Palestinian civilian toll in a single incident since the current conflict erupted in September 2000. The highest toll of Israelis was 29 killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing at a Passover gathering in March 2002.

FatsRedux
11-09-2006, 09:10 PM
What else is new? The Palestinians are always vowing this and that. I feel sorry for the innocents that died, but I also feel equally sorry for the scores of innocent Israelis who have died due to Palestinian terror. The killing will end when the Palis recognize Israel's right to exist and stop their terrorist acts against the Jews.

Fats

Qtec
11-10-2006, 07:34 AM
The Gaza strip is one of the most densely populated places on earth. They are walled in and cannot escape the shells that the Israelis are firing into the cities.
IMO you can't justify it.

Q

FatsRedux
11-10-2006, 11:24 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> The Gaza strip is one of the most densely populated places on earth. They are walled in and cannot escape the shells that the Israelis are firing into the cities.
IMO you can't justify it.

Q <hr /></blockquote>

Can you justify the Palestinian rockets, mortars and suicide bombers? How's about this; the Palestinians stop their terrorist agression, recognize the state of Israel and sign a peace treaty. Oh no, can't have that now right? It's all the fault of those evil Jews right?

Fats

Gayle in MD
11-10-2006, 11:56 AM
Neither is above reproach, IMO. I can see wrong doing on both sides. Neither has worked hard enough for reconciliation. Same could be said for the Sunnis and the Shiites. Personally, I'm beginning to think the Middle East is swimming in self affected drama junkies.

Gayle in Md.

eg8r
11-10-2006, 12:15 PM
None of this is new and has been around since the original 12 tribes.

eg8r

SpiderMan
11-10-2006, 02:07 PM
I agree, neither side is blameless in this mess. Palestinians would probably have a much easier time acknowledging Israel's "right to exist" if it didn't involve existing on land they feel was taken from them by force.

Of course, force has been used to wrest the same land from different peoples for millenia. And by now, historical reasons for hostility are obscured in the minds of most participants by years of more recent and personal affronts.

It's become a feud.

SpiderMan (did I really just agree with something Gayle said on the NPR? /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif)

Gayle in MD
11-10-2006, 08:41 PM
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