Saturday, January 03, 2009

Second Stage of Operation Cast Lead Begins.

It just gets worse, with the Israel Defense Forces gloating on their website...

Saturday evening (Jan.3), IDF forces began to implement the second stage of Operation Cast Lead. Ground forces have begun to maneuver within the Gaza Strip.

The objective of this stage of the operation is to destroy the terrorist infrastructure of the Hamas in the precise area of operation, while taking control of some of rocket launching area used by the Hamas in order to greatly reduce the quantity of rockets fired at Israel and Israeli civilians.

A large number of IDF forces are taking part in this stage of the operation including infantry, tanks, engineering forces, artillery and intelligence, along with the support of the Israel Air Force, Israel Navy, Israel Security Agency and other security agencies.

Israel has launched a ground invasion of Gaza, sending a column of troops and tanks into the Palestinian territory to destroy Hamas rocket launchers. The incursion, which began under cover of darkness near Beit Lahiya near Gaza’s northern border, represents a significant escalation of the week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas. According to an unconfirmed count 442 Palestinians and 4 Israelis have been killed since operation Cast Lead began last week.

At the Stop the War Coalition rally at Trafalgar Square in London today , Mr Benn called for a Europe-wide boycott of Israeli goods. The Metropolitan Police put the total number of demonstrators in London at between 10,000 and 12,000, but organisers claimed the figure was as high as 75,000.

So the ground war by Israel into Gaza has begun and our protests have achieved nothing. Our politicians are standing back as Israel invades Gaza and the world watches in horror. The man-in-the-street can do nothing to stop the Palestinians being slaughtered. All I can do is boycott Israeli goods and when I bought my groceries yesterday I did not buy any Grapefruits . Workmates know how much I enjoy taking a grapefruit to work as part of my lunch but the grapefruits for sale were labelled Israel. Israel produces 245,000 tonnes of grapefruit a year, so my consumption is a drop in the ocean. My conscience would not let me buy these grapefruits but that is all I can do in protest.
quite right stephen the only real power we have is what we choose to buy. i will also be avoiding grapefruit from israel.
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