OTHER MUSLIM COUNTRIES CONDEMN “GENOCIDE” IN GAZA, R.I. VOICES MILD REACTION
by Syarif Hidayat
While Iran, Egypt, Turkey and several other Arab and Muslim countries condemned the Israeli barbaric operation, Indonesia, a Muslim majority country, merely voices moderate reaction to the on-going Zionists “Genocide” against Palestinians including old men, women, children and babies in Gaza through their so-called “Operation Pillar of Cloud.”
“Operation Pillar of Cloud” alias “Operation Cloud Column” (Hebrew: עמוד ענן, Amúd Anán) is one of the Zionist Terrorists “Genocides” that were and are being committed against Palestinian people including old men, women, children and babies. This “Operation Genocide” proves that ZIONISM is not categorically different from NAZISM.
“ZIONISM is racist. Being a fundamentalist political movement, ZIONISM is not categorically different from NAZISM. Only when we understand ZIONISM in its racist context will we begin to comprehend the depth of its atrocities. If Israel won’t stop itself. Humanity will eventually unite against this disgraceful state!“ – An Anti-Zionist Israeli activist Gilad Atzmon.
According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “War is an organized, armed, and, often, a prolonged conflict that is carried on between states, nations, or other parties typified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and usually high mortality. War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities, and therefore is defined as a form of political violence. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of war (and other violence) is usually called peace.”
But in Gaza, we are seeing only the Zionist forces committing extreme aggression and genocide against poorly defended Palestinian. We don’t see and haven’t seen a war in Gaza! What we are seeing and have been seeing is that the Zionist Forces are committing almost daily barbaric killings of Palestinians, using all kind of sophisticated bombs, fighter bombers, tanks, nuclear missiles and modern weaponry.
The Zionists war planes can fly anywhere in the Gaza airspace freely hunting for Palestinian resistant fighters without being afraid of being hit by anti-aircraft guns because Palestinians have no radars and nor air defense system. They also don’t have tanks, armored vehicles and the other modern weaponry to counter the Israeli military might.
Indonesian President urges Israel to stop attacking Palestine
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urges Israel to stop attacking Gaza Strip in Palestine, hoping to avert the invasion like in 2008. Indonesia indeed sent official statement for Israel two days ago.
“Israel is still attacking Gaza and it causes deep concern,” he said on Saturday before departing for Cambodia. Many civilians and innocent people are dead during the attack. SBY also expects UN Security Council will take a right step to stop the violent act.
“I hope the UN Security Council can prevent the escalation. And also, it is clear that Indonesia support the freedom for Palestine with two state solution,” SBY said firmly. By establishing two peaceful co-existence states, Israel and Palestine, he believes that perpetual peace will be achieved.
“I hope that UN and countries in the region can encourage Israel to stop military act. Then, both parties must prevent other conflicts,” he said.
Indonesia FM urges all parties for restrain
Short of condemning the Zionists genocide in Gaza, Indonesian Foreign Minister, Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa has merely urged all parties to exercise restrain to ease the atmosphere in the region.
“The Indonesian government has been with concern closely following the situation in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians following a series of Israeli military action. Indonesia urges all parties to refrain from further actions, and do not aggravate the situation that may cause further casualties among innocent civilians,” Natalegawa said, according to a press release issued by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Thursday.
Referring to the UN Security Council emergency session held on November 14, 2012, the Foreign Minister called for the UN Security Council, in accordance with the mandate under the UN Charter, to take immediate concrete steps to defuse the situation in the region.
“Indonesia urges UN Security Council to take immediate action and to the effort to restore a conducive situation in the region” said Minister Natalegawa.
Indonesia also once again calls for all parties back to the negotiating table and seek a final solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict according the relevant UN resolutions.
“Indonesia believes, the independence of a sovereign Palestinian state living side by side with Israel, in accordance with the principle of “two states solution,” is the final solution to resolve the conflict” Minister Natalegawa said.
Even though, the Indonesian leaders voiced gentle reactions on the on-going barbaric Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks against Palestinians in Gaza, the first paragraph of the Preamble of the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia states firmly: “Whereas independence is a genuine right of all nations and any form of alien occupation should thus be erased from the earth as not in conformity with humanity and justice.”
Operation Pillar of Cloud
Operation Pillar of Cloud (Hebrew: עַמּוּד עָנָן, Amúd Anán) is an Israel Occupation Forces (IOF) operation in the Gaza Strip, officially launched on 14 November 2012 with the cold-blooded murder of Ahmed Jabari, chief of the Gaza military wing of Hamas. The stated aims of the operation, which began after Gaza militants fired over 100 rockets at Israeli cities and towns over the course of several days, are to halt the rocket attacks originating from the Gaza Strip against the Israeli civilian population and to disrupt the capabilities of militant organizations.
During the operation, the IOF has targeted more than 800 sites, including dozens of rocket launching pads, weapons depots, and facilities of the Hamas authority in Gaza. At least 48 Palestinians, 22 of them militants and 26 of them civilians (including 10 children), have been murdered by the strikes. Additionally, one man was publicly executed by Hamas for alleged collaboration with Israel. The Hamas Health Ministry estimates that more than 450 people have been wounded.
Three Israeli civilians were killed in a direct hit on a home in Kiryat Malachi, and rockets hit Tel Aviv for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War. By 15 November, 70 Israelis had been injured in rocket attacks. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least 243 rockets.
There have been ongoing negotiations between Hamas and Israel toward a ceasefire brokered by Egypt.
The Murderous operation:
The operation began about 16h (Israel time) with an airstrike targeting Ahmed Jabari, chief of Hamas’s military wing. Osama Hamdan, a Hamas representative in Lebanon, said the airstrike also killed Jabari’s son. The IOF released a video of this airstrike. On the same day, an Israeli round hit the home of Jihad Mishrawi, a BBC Arabic video editor residing in Gaza. The airstrike murdered his 11-month old son Omar, and his sister in law. Mishrawi told the BBC Middle East bureau chief that there had been no fighting in his residential neighbourhood at the time of the attack.
The IOF also struck against 20 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, including underground rocket launchers and an ammunition warehouse stocking Iranian-made, long-range Fajr-5 missiles. The IOF said that many of the targeted weapon stashes were in residential areas and evidenced “the pattern of Hamas to use the population in Gaza as human shields.”
Israel claims to have destroyed most of this long-range capability. An IOF spokesman said that the goal of the operation is to “bring back quiet to southern Israel, and… to strike at terror organizations.” At the same time, Israeli spokespersons said that it would try “to avoid civilian casualties.”
On the night of 14 November, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the Israeli cabinet had authorized a partial call-up of reservists in case they were needed for a large ground-based operation.
On 15 November, Thirteen Israelis were treated for injuries suffered during the morning. Three Israelis, a man and two women, were killed when a rocket struck a four-storey building in Kiryat Malachi. Magen David Adom paramedics treated five wounded people at the scene, including a 11-month-old child who was critically injured. A further five missiles were fired at the town as emergency services attempted to rescue those trapped inside the debris. A residence in Ashdod and a school in Ofakim were struck by rockets.
Israel put all communities with less than 15sec of warning from mortar/rocket attack in lockdown and closed all schools in less than 60sec warning radius. The Israeli air force distributed leaflets over Gaza telling residents to keep a distance from away from Hamas facilities and their forces.
Also at least two Fajr rockets landed in the suburbs of Tel Aviv. No injuries were reported. This was the first time that Gush Dan has been targeted by missiles since the Persian Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein launched a number of Scud missiles at Israel. On the night of 15 November, the Israeli Air Force launched a series of 70 bombing runs to destroy what it said were underground medium-range rocket launchers. In total, 15 Palestinians were killed, including five militants and two children during the airstrikes.
A rocket struck a home in Ashdod wounding five Israeli civilians. The prime minister of Egypt, Hisham Qandil, paid a visit to the Gaza Strip on 16 November. His official purpose of the visit was to “show solidarity with the Palestinian people.” He arranged for a 3-hour ceasefire to accommodate his visit. About 50 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip during this window hitting sites in southern Israel. Hamas argued that the IDF bombed a Hamas commander’s house in Gaza during the ceasefire, something the IDF strongly denied, and accused Hamas of violating the cease fire.
Through the evening of 16 November, around 500 rockets were fired from Gaza. Iron Dome intercepted 184 of these. Israel at this point had bombed about 500 targets in Gaza. Palestinan militants fired a rocket aimed at Jerusalem setting off air raid sirens in the city. Hamas claimed that its militants have downed an Israeli F-16 fighter.
Also that evening, the Israeli cabinet approved expanding the cap on reservist call-ups from 30,000 to 75,000. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the government was not considering an overthrow of the Hamas-led government in Gaza.
The IDF broadened its targets in the offensive from military targets to include civilian political infrastructure, with an Israeli air strike destroying the office building of the Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza. 30 people were rescued from the rubble of the building. Tunisian foreign minister Rafik Abdessalem visited Gaza, and called on the world to stop Israel’s “blatant aggression”, saying it was “no longer acceptable or legal by any standards”.
The World Health Organization reported that “Gaza hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties from Israel’s bombings and face critical shortages of drugs and medical supplies.” According to the Health Ministry officials in Gaza “382 people have been injured – 245 adults and 137 children.” Israel’s Defense Ministry announced it will open the Kerem Shalom border crossing to allow civilian supplies to reach Gaza. According to Magen David Adom, Palestinian rocket attacks injured sixteen Israelis and twenty Israelis have been treated for shock.
According to CNN, the Israeli government is moving tanks and soldiers in preparation for what could be a ground invasion of Gaza. In the West Bank, several demonstrations in support of Gaza led to dozens of protesters injured and several arrested by Israeli forces.
Israel continued to bombard the Gaza Strip, and, for the first time, Israeli ships fired shells too. A media tower was hit, injuring 6 Palestinian journalists. The tower contained the offices of Al-Quds TV, Sky News, Press TV, ARD, Kuwait TV, RAI and ITN, and had previously also been used by BBC. Another air strike killed two infants from the same family, according to local medics. A rocket was launched from Gaza towards Tel-Aviv, which was intercepted by Tel Aviv’s iron dome, according to the spokesperson for IOF.
According to Palestinian officials, 48 Palestinians have been killed to date, 22 of them militants and 25 civilians, among them a pregnant woman and 10 children. The most notable Palestinian casualty has been Ahmed Jabari, a commander in Hamas.
According to Israeli authorities, three Israeli civilians, two men and one pregnant woman, have also been killed.
List of Hamas freedom fighters and Islamic mujahideen murdered by Zionists:
2. Muhammad al-Hams, 28, bodyguard of Jabari: aforementioned air strike.
3. Rami Hamad, member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades: air strike east of Jabaliya, 15 November.
4. Khaled Abu Nasr, member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades: aforementioned air strike.
5. Issam Abu al-Maaz, 20, member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
6. Hisham Muhammad al-Ghalban, 25, member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades: air strike east of Khan Younis, 15 November.
7. Wael Haidar al-Ghalban, 28, member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades: aforementioned air strike.
8. Habes Masmah, 30, Hamas security commander: aforementioned air strike.
9. Ismail Qandil, 24, member of the Izz-ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades: air strike near Khan Younis, 16 November.
10. Ahmad Abu Jalal, 43, leader in the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades: air strike in al-Maghazi, 16 November.
11. Mohammed Kalab, senior Hamas military operative: 17 November.
The on-going armed conflict in Gaza is between the Zionist occupation forces and Palestinian resistant fighters who fight for their freedom and defend their land against the Zionist aggressors.
Indonesia is against any form of occupation as the first paragraph of the preamble of the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia states firmly: “Whereas independence is a genuine right of all nations and any form of alien occupation should thus be erased from the earth as not in conformity with humanity and justice.” (HSH/R-006)
1. International News Agencies
2. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia