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Israel Begins Terror-Bombing Gaza

by Stephen Lendman

The Netanyahu regime and other Israeli hardliners consider Gaza a punching bag to terrorize with impunity – civilians considered legitimate targets when launching attacks.

In response to a rocket allegedly fired from Gaza Sunday, striking an Israeli home, lightly to moderately injuring seven family members, Israeli warplanes began terror-bombing the Strip late Monday afternoon  – Trump backing Netanyahu regime aggression.

Attacks might continue for days or longer, terrorizing its two million residents. Gazan media reported Israeli airstrikes on Strip targets.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett on the Israeli/Gaza border reported “plumes of smoke coming up from the Gaza skyline,” adding:

“We’ve seen confirmation from the Israeli military that these strikes have begun. From our colleagues inside Gaza, we’re hearing that so far that the targets seem to have been empty training camps associated with Hamas’ military wing…a sea base as well.”

According to Hamas spokesman Abdullatif al-Kanoo,” (t)he (Netanyanu regime) continue(s) to impose a crippling siege on the Gaza Strip and practice(s) all kinds of aggression against Palestinians…Therefore, the Israeli occupation should bear the consequences of its actions against our people in Gaza and the West Bank and in Jerusalem as well.”

“Hamas will not leave our people undeterred. The resistance will strike back if needed. The current Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip reflects its criminal nature. The Palestinian resistance will not allow the occupation to oppress its people.”

Hamas political chief Ismail Haniya called for unity in the face of Israeli aggression, stressing “(t)he Palestinian cause is being attacked on various fronts – in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, as well as inside Israeli jails,” adding:

“We must face this onslaught with a united national front, and in coordination with our Arab allies…Our people and the resistance will not surrender if the occupation crosses red lines.”

Gaza’s health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudrah said Strip hospitals and medical personnel are on high alert, ready to treat casualties as best they can with limited resources because of the suffocating blockade.

In the White House with Trump, Netanyahu lied saying Israel is “responding forcefully to (Gazan) aggression.” As usual he has things backwards, adding “(w)e will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state.”

Their only threats are internally created by extremist fascist rule. Contemptuous of Palestinian suffering, Trump expressed full support for Israeli aggression, falsely calling it self-defense.

Together with Netanyahu, he signed a proclamation, illegally recognizing sovereign Syrian Golan as Israeli territory – a flagrant international law violation.

This is a developing story. More on it ahead as further information is known.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.