UN rights expert accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' in treatment of Palestinians

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He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks and accelerating Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which Palestinians say is dimming their hope of establishing a viable state on contiguous territory.

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#1165 Aug 6, 2014
More than 400 children have been killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza, and almost a thousand times as many are traumatized and face an “extraordinarily bleak” future, the top UNICEF official in Gaza said on Tuesday.

Pernille Ironside, head of the field office run by the U.N. children’s agency in Gaza, said rebuilding children’s lives would be part of a much larger effort to reconstruct the Palestinian enclave once the fighting has stopped for good.

“How do we expect parents and caregivers to care for their children and to raise them in a positive and nurturing way when they themselves are barely functioning as humans? People have lost entire strands of their family in one blow.

“How can a society cope with this? This is a deep, deep, deep wound,” she said by phone, addressing a U.N news conference in Geneva.

By Aug. 4, 408 Palestinian children were reported to have been killed, 31 percent of all civilian casualties. More than 70 percent of the 251 boys and 157 girls killed were 12 or younger.

Even before the latest violence, Gaza’s children were schooled in shifts because of a lack of schools and graduated into a job market with 59 percent youth unemployment.

“If you’re over the age of seven, you’ve already lived through two previous wars,” and the latest escalation was far worse than those in 2008-9 and 2012, Ironside said.

“It is an extraordinary thing to live through, and especially to survive and witness the use of incredibly damaging weapons that tend to slice people with terrible amputations and maimings, shredding people apart in front of children’s eyes and in front of their parents as well,” she said.

UNICEF estimates about 373,000 children have had some kind of direct traumatic experience and require immediate psycho-social support, she said.

“This is an incredible endeavor to embark on, and quite daunting for the teams that we already have on the ground. But of course we’re committed to seeking that work through over the months and years that it will require.”

Humanitarian workers were at their limit, she said, citing Israel’s destruction of electric power supplies that had exacerbated an already parlous water supply situation by putting water pumping facilities out of action.

“There’s only very limited amount of water available. It’s used for drinking, which means there’s insufficient water for hygiene. We see children coming out of these shelters with scabies, lice, all kinds of communciable diseases.

“Even worse is that in the communities outside of the shelters, most people have not had any access to water through the system for several weeks now. They are in a terrible state in terms of being able to accees any kind of clean drinking water that’s not contaminated by sewage.”

That could lead to diarrhea and the further deaths of children, particularly under-fives, she said.

Ironside estimated that just sheltering families whose homes had been destroyed would cost $40-50 million in the next year, which would be a small fraction of the total reconstruction cost.

“I would estimate we’re looking at hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars. And certainly the question needs to be closely considered, who will pay for it: Is it the occupying power who inflicted it? Or is it the international community who are going to pay the bill again?”

But she said neither the international community nor the Palestinians would accept the rebuilding of Gaza on the same terms as before, and suggested Israel’s tight control on building supplies coming into Gaza needed to be relaxed.

“The amount of time and resources just to coordinate one bag of cement are astounding. Is this where the resources of the United Nations should be placed, on the coordination and approval of minutia?”

Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,867 Palestinians, most of them civilians.

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#1166 Aug 6, 2014
murad wrote:
y
Israel has the only stable democracy
Israel is a theocracy, not a democracy.

Wipe your chin, bigot.

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#1167 Aug 6, 2014
murad wrote:
you are just licking the balls of anti-Semitics
I wouldn't dream of cutting in on your action, Sweet Pea.

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#1168 Aug 6, 2014
barefoot2626 wrote:
More than 400 children have been killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza, and almost a thousand times as many are traumatized and face an “extraordinarily bleak” future, the top UNICEF official in Gaza said on Tuesday.
Pernille Ironside, head of the field office run by the U.N. children’s agency in Gaza, said rebuilding children’s lives would be part of a much larger effort to reconstruct the Palestinian enclave once the fighting has stopped for good.
“How do we expect parents and caregivers to care for their children and to raise them in a positive and nurturing way when they themselves are barely functioning as humans? People have lost entire strands of their family in one blow.
“How can a society cope with this? This is a deep, deep, deep wound,” she said by phone, addressing a U.N news conference in Geneva.
By Aug. 4, 408 Palestinian children were reported to have been killed, 31 percent of all civilian casualties. More than 70 percent of the 251 boys and 157 girls killed were 12 or younger.
Even before the latest violence, Gaza’s children were schooled in shifts because of a lack of schools and graduated into a job market with 59 percent youth unemployment.
“If you’re over the age of seven, you’ve already lived through two previous wars,” and the latest escalation was far worse than those in 2008-9 and 2012, Ironside said.
“It is an extraordinary thing to live through, and especially to survive and witness the use of incredibly damaging weapons that tend to slice people with terrible amputations and maimings, shredding people apart in front of children’s eyes and in front of their parents as well,” she said.
UNICEF estimates about 373,000 children have had some kind of direct traumatic experience and require immediate psycho-social support, she said.
“This is an incredible endeavor to embark on, and quite daunting for the teams that we already have on the ground. But of course we’re committed to seeking that work through over the months and years that it will require.”
Humanitarian workers were at their limit, she said, citing Israel’s destruction of electric power supplies that had exacerbated an already parlous water supply situation by putting water pumping facilities out of action.
“There’s only very limited amount of water available. It’s used for drinking, which means there’s insufficient water for hygiene. We see children coming out of these shelters with scabies, lice, all kinds of communciable diseases.
“Even worse is that in the communities outside of the shelters, most people have not had any access to water through the system for several weeks now. They are in a terrible state in terms of being able to accees any kind of clean drinking water that’s not contaminated by sewage.”
That could lead to diarrhea and the further deaths of children, particularly under-fives, she said.
Ironside estimated that just sheltering families whose homes had been destroyed would cost $40-50 million in the next year, which would be a small fraction of the total reconstruction cost.
“I would estimate we’re looking at hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars. And certainly the question needs to be closely considered, who will pay for it: Is it the occupying power who inflicted it? Or is it the international community who are going to pay the bill again?”
But she said neither the international community nor the Palestinians would accept the rebuilding of Gaza on the same terms as before, and suggested Israel’s tight control on building supplies coming into Gaza needed to be relaxed.
“The amount of time and resources just to coordinate one bag of cement are astounding. Is this where the resources of the United Nations should be placed, on the coordination and approval of minutia?”
Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,867 Palestinians, most of them civilians.
And Hamas continues to hide among children.

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#1170 Aug 6, 2014
dollarsbill wrote:
<quoted text>And Hamas continues to hide among children.
And Israel continues to violate international laws and shell buildings with thousands of civilians in them.

only one country voted against investigating Israel for war crimes out of 47...
murad

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#1171 Aug 6, 2014
Hamas is not doing any favors to Gaza people for firing rocket from populated civilians area. Hamas uses human shield for its terrorist activities. it is not the first time Hamas using such cowardly tactics

Hamas is internationally recognized as terrorist organization
Hamas uses UN Ambulance to escape
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Hamas cowardly using Children as Human shield

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#1172 Aug 6, 2014
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Hamas didn't fire at American sailors climbing into life rafts.
Hamas hasn't sponged off the US tax payers for 50 years.
Hamas didn't bomb hospitals or UN shelters.
Hamas didn't set up snipers to kill children.
Hamas did not surround a refuge camp and then send in killers and kill 3,000 women and children.
Hamas never fired on women waving white flags trying to surrender.
Hamas didn't tie children to the hoods of the jeeps as human shields.
Hamas doesn't use cluster bombs on civilian targets.
Wipe your chin, dear.
Hamas has done all those things and more....

How many Americans has Hamas killed?
Who killed Shalhevet Pas?

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#1173 Aug 6, 2014
Hamas war crimes....

IDF Releases More Video of Hamas Human Shield Use

In footage from three days ago, missiles are clearly seen being fired from in between residential houses.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.a...
murad

Untererlinsbach, Switzerland

#1174 Aug 6, 2014
Israel is very democratic indeed, there are even Arab and other minorities MP

it seems you are doing shameless anti Jewish bigotry here. scam bag fascist
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Israel is a theocracy, not a democracy.
Wipe your chin, bigot.
Uzi

Kfar Saba, Israel

#1176 Aug 6, 2014
more wonderful stuff from the muslim shitholes of the world, enjoy it, muslims do.

Subject: Fw: Muslims Take Fifty Innocent People, Cut Their Heads Off, And Place Their Heads On Poles All Throughout The Area (Must See Footage)

Where is the US, the UN, the EU, Russia?
Too busy in saving Hamas' arse.

Muslims Take Fifty Innocent People, Cut Their Heads Off, And Place Their Heads On Poles All Throughout The Area (Must See Footage)

Where is your outrage over this Atrocity?

Warning NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED.

http://shoebat.com/2014/07/26/muslims-take-fi...

Or do you reserve your vitriol for Israel and Jews?

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#1177 Aug 6, 2014
barefoot2626 wrote:
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And Israel continues to violate international laws and shell buildings with thousands of civilians in them.
only one country voted against investigating Israel for war crimes out of 47...
And it's gonna get worse.

Zechariah 14:2-4 (NKJV)
2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

Much worse.
ThatOneBand

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#1178 Aug 6, 2014
Zioni wrote:
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And we haven't even started posted mass videos of Hamas and Fatah leaders agreeing with nearly everything we speak of here.
Refugee: Arab states told us to leave for "2 weeks"
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
Arab leaders encouraged Palestinians to flee in 1948
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
In 1996 the PA already planned return to terror
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
Abbas admits PA sent terrorists to kill Israelis
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
Arafat encourages children to seek death as Martyrs
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
Abbas: Neither Fatah nor Hamas need to recognize Israel
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
PLO did not remove denial of Israel from charter
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
Hamas spokesman defends policy of using civilians as human shields
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
Arafat's bodyguard: Arafat lied when he condemned terror attacks
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
Palestinian children: Martyrdom for Allah is preferable to life, suicide terror is natural
http://www.palwatch.org/site/modules/videos/p...
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx...
Hamas TV: Perhaps destruction in Gaza is "for the best"
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx...
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
I watched some of these, not all.
some of them do not support an anti-palestinian slant: the one that says the palestinians will rebuild it better could be interpreted as "keeping a stiff upper lip". optimism in the face of slaughter.

that one with Arafat and the children was strange. I, however, would wager there have been occasions in Israeli classrooms when the chant "Palestine is our enemy!"

others portray a sympathetic view toward the Palestinian people...

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#1179 Aug 6, 2014
ThatOneBand wrote:
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I watched some of these, not all.
some of them do not support an anti-palestinian slant: the one that says the palestinians will rebuild it better could be interpreted as "keeping a stiff upper lip". optimism in the face of slaughter.
that one with Arafat and the children was strange. I, however, would wager there have been occasions in Israeli classrooms when the chant "Palestine is our enemy!"
others portray a sympathetic view toward the Palestinian people...
The entire world supports Palestine. And that support is stronger than ever after this most recent zionist provocation. Israel has support in one and only one place: the Jew-SA./

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#1180 Aug 6, 2014
Abdurratln wrote:
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The entire world supports Palestine. And that support is stronger than ever after this most recent zionist provocation. Israel has support in one and only one place: the Jew-SA./
Of course. Right on schedule!

Zechariah 14:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
VN Vet

Richmond, VA

#1181 Aug 6, 2014
The UN needs to be dissolved. The commies, Nazis, and Islamists are in control. Just like they are over Obama the failure. He may as well quit, he has given up on doing the job( he never did anything anyway).
Zioni

Kfar Saba, Israel

#1184 Aug 7, 2014
ThatOneBand wrote:
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I watched some of these, not all.
some of them do not support an anti-palestinian slant: the one that says the palestinians will rebuild it better could be interpreted as "keeping a stiff upper lip". optimism in the face of slaughter.
that one with Arafat and the children was strange. I, however, would wager there have been occasions in Israeli classrooms when the chant "Palestine is our enemy!"
others portray a sympathetic view toward the Palestinian people...
I posted on the spot without any foresight. Just some examples of the THOUSANDS. They openly call to kill Jews, the children sing songs about wiping out Israel, and they are turned into child soldiers. This is major child abuse and if you have some time go through the website yourself and also MEMRI for the regional hatred translated.
Arafat was very open and there is a video online taken the same week as he signed the Oslo Accord stating that he will take what he can and than take the rest with force.

The chant death to Israel, from the river to the sea, and kill the Jews is not a random occurrence in the PA but a norm. They actively send their children to attack Jews. There are daily attacks against Jews throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Also Hamas is much more open about their intentions.

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#1185 Aug 7, 2014
scirocco wrote:
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Hamas has done all those things and more....
Seems that they only proof is of Israel.

I guess it helps to be getting a few billion dollars a year from the US, eh?

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#1186 Aug 7, 2014
scirocco wrote:
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Hamas has done all those things and more....
But I am happy to see you go down the list.

Start with Hamas attacking American sailors climbing into life rafts- as Israel did in 1967.

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#1187 Aug 7, 2014
Zioni wrote:
They openly call to kill Jews
And Israelis mobs attack Palestinians on the street, and they kill them by the thousands in Gaza and the West Bank.

Including the four hundred dead children this month.

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#1188 Aug 7, 2014
Zioni wrote:
The chant death to Israel
Gee, I wonder why that is?

Israelis have only killed 9,000 Palestinians in the last ten years or so, that's hardly a thousand a year!

And clear, Israel is going to give the land they took in the war they started someday!

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