Gaza Militants Kill 1 Israeli Soldier
Yaniv Zohar / AP
March 7, 2008
KISSUFIM CROSSING, Israel (AP) — Palestinian militants ambushed an Israeli army jeep patrolling the Gaza border, then attacked a rescue crew that rushed to the scene, killing one soldier and wounding three in a brazen cross-border attack, according to military and witness accounts.
The attack raised the possibility of a fresh round of violence in Gaza, just two days after Israel ended an offensive that killed more than 120 Palestinians. Senior Israeli military officers held an emergency meeting to plot a response, officials said…
Gaza’s ordeal ‘its worst in 40 years’
The Age (The Daily Telegraph)
March 7, 2008
GAZA’S humanitarian crisis is more acute now than at any time since Israel took control of the territory in the 1967 war, aid agencies have said. More Gazans are dependent on food aid than ever before, hospitals suffer the longest power cuts yet experienced, record levels of raw sewage are being pumped into the sea daily and the economy has never been worse… The data was collated before the recent escalation in Hamas rocket fire and Israel’s incursion, which killed 106 Palestinians, at least half of them civilians, in five days alone. One Israeli civilian and two Israeli soldiers were killed in the same period…
Israeli minister vows Palestinian ‘holocaust’
The Daily Telegraph
March 1, 2008
A senior Israeli politician provoked controversy today when he warned that Palestinians firing rockets from Gaza would be punished with a “bigger holocaust” from Israeli armed forces.
The use of the Hebrew word for holocaust, “shoah”, tends to be used exclusively in Israel to describe the Nazi persecution of Jews.
Palestinian activists routinely claim to be suffering a “shoah” at the hands of Israel, but the Jewish state normally denies any moral equivalence between the suffering of Palestinians today and European jewry under the Nazis.
Matan Vilnai, deputy defence minister, broke that taboo when he used the term “shoah” during interview on Army Radio.
“The more qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,” he said…
Occupied Territories / Israel
Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces 4419 / 66
Palestinians killed by Israeli civilians 43
Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians 234 / 471
Israeli security force personnel killed by Palestinians 239 / 87
Foreign citizens killed by Palestinians 17 / 37
Foreign citizens killed by Israeli security forces 10
Palestinians killed by Palestinians 575