Die IDF-Milizen töteten heute im "nördlichen Gazastreifen" 2 palästinensische Kinder und verwundeten 7 Zivilisten, darunter 3 Kinder schwer. Bevor man sich die Geschichte durchliest sollte man hier in Erinnerung rufen wie eine professionell vorgetragene Attacke auf bewaffnete Milizionäre aussieht. Stellt man die Geschichten gegenüber wird klar das die folgende Propagandasendung der IDF der reinen Weisswaschung dient: In a statement, the army said Palestinian rocket teams have been known to send young children to retrieve rocket launchers after the projectiles are fired. In light of the reports, it seems likely that this was the case here, the army said. The IDF issued a statement saying that "children have no business being next to Qassam launchers," and that they have not ruled out the possibility that the children were hired by the Islamic Jihad to collect the launchers after their use. An IDF source said that troops that had carried out the operation identified the figures next to the launchers as militants. "They were handling the launchers and they obviously hadn't come to slide on them," he said. "Every Palestinian, including the militants, knows that anyone that hangs around these launchers is endangering themselves," he added. The IDF maintains that photographs from various summer camps across the Strip prove that youths are being trained to shoot and carry out operations against Israel. "We regret the kind of use terror organizations are making of children and teens," an IDF spokesman said. [Haaretz]. Zudem wurde in einem Flüchtlingslager in Rafah ein 11-jähriger durch einen nicht näher zugeordneten Sprengsatz verletzt.
Die Gegenseite nimmt aber genauso wenig Rücksicht auf die Belange von "feindlichen" Kindern. Heute landete eine Qassan-Rakete in einem Kindergarten in Sderot. Die Kinder sind noch im Sommerurlaub. Am frühen Abend wird erneut von einem Luftangriff berichtet dem auf/an einer Hamas-Base ein Milizionär zum Opfer fällt. [Noch unbestätigt]
Die EU hat am Nachmittag in erneut unnachahmlich propagandistischer Natur in der Affaire um Treibstoff-Lieferungen an das Gaza-Kraftwerk für Mittwoch eine "provisional" Bezahlung wieder aufzunehmen. Man habe dies mit der göttergleichen und unübertrefflichen ramallahnischen Regierung so vereinbart. Abbas sei Dank. Der Zusammenbruch der Propagandaaktion [An EU official in Jerusalem, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed surprise at reports of shortages of fuel, as larger reserves were thought to be available in Gaza.] ist wohl eher Meldungen geschuldet, die die EU daran erinnerten das auch sanitäre Anlagen von den Stromlieferungen abhängig sind und bei weiteren großräumigen Abschaltungen die Seuchengefahr dramatisch steigt. [Text Maan dazu: The decision comes after representatives from the European Commission held a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, in which it was also agreed that the European Commission and the Palestinian Authority would carry out audits to ensure that fuel aid in Gaza remains properly managed. "The Commission will be looking carefully with the Palestinian Authority into the audit results and will proceed according to such results," the Commission announced. The Commission said that the decision to resume fuel deliveries was "on a provisional basis" adding that "any further measures and controls needed following the audit will be put into place immediately." "The Commission has always done its utmost to provide emergency assistance to the population in Gaza and has always acted to ensure that this assistance reaches the people it is addressed to, the Palestinians in need," the Commission said. Palestinian Information minister Riyad Al-Maliki confirmed that the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip could be over by Wednesday. He told Ma'an "Prime Minister Salam Fayyad met with a European delegation in Ramallah on Tuesday and discussed this issue with them. He asked them to find a fast and quick solution to this dilemma. The EU delegation has agree to resume funding the fuel but on conditions. "He said European Commission would stop supplying the fuel for the Gaza Power Plant if there is any mismanagement of funds or revenues are found to be going into the coffers of any particular political group.] Dazu der Kommentar: Starving Gaza von Chris Hedges. In einer weiteren Pressekonferenz werden statt Propagandaquatsch "hard facts" auf den Tisch gelegt: Details of financial and administrative corruption in the Palestinian power company in Gaza was revealed by the deputy chair of the Palestinian power authority, Kan'an 'Ubeid, on Monday evening. At a press conference in Gaza City, 'Ubeid said there was evidence of money and grants being embezzled as well as finances provided for projects that never materialized. He called on the European Union to send monitors and auditors from local and international companies to investigate the accusations that money paid in utility bills was ending up in Hamas' coffers. 'Ubeid also called on President Mahmoud Abbas to bring to justice those alleged to have been involved in corruption at the power company. He revealed that a number of suspects have been arrested and have admitted to stealing fuel from the company. He accused the Palestinian minister of information Riyad Al-Maliki of falsely claiming that Hamas took control of the power generating company and its income. "There had been a contract with a local company to supply 430 thousand litres of fuel to run the company's generators, and the grant was stolen by the former general manager of the company, the financial manager in cooperation with the supplying company," 'Ubeid explained. 'Ubeid also a grant of 586,000 US dollars from the European Union appeared to be unaccounted for. [Maan] [To be continued]
Die "armenische Affaire" wird nun auch in der Haartez besprochen. Now online: ADL Statement on the Armenian Genocide. ++++ Und hier endlich der sehnlichst erwartete erste Artikel über "West Bank Businessmen Invest in Palestinian Politics"
Zwischenzeitlich verkommt die "Begnadigungsaktion" der Israel zur vollständigen Lachnummer. Die Fatah-Al-Aqsa-Milizen reagieren demonstrativ: Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, on Tuesday announced that it would no longer honor understandings reached with Israel and called on its members to carry weapons to defend themselves against the IDF. Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades gunmen march in Nablus. "We call on all our members who had handed over their weapons to the Palestinian security forces to report to their commanders so that they can be issued new weapons," said a leaflet distributed by the group in Ramallah. The group claimed that the decision was made after the IDF arrested two Fatah gunmen who had been given amnesty by Israel in line with understandings reached between Israel and the PA. [JPost] ++++ Yoel Marcus August's hot air balloons