Pentagon Slams Israel's "Unacceptable" Shelling Of UN Shelters As "Totally Indefensible"

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We already know that all is not well in US-Israeli relations (despite the ongoing funding) and John Kerry is not helping, but this morning's comments from the White House and Pentagon are concerning. As The BBC reports, the US Defense Dept says civilian casualties in Gaza are "too high" and Israel needs to do more to protect civilian life. Then White House spokesman John Earnest added, "the shelling of a UN facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." Time to rethink the $576 mllion tripling of Israeli aid?

Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, 1,400 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.


It said 173 people had been killed within the past 24 hours.


The BBC reports,

"The Israelis need to do more to live up to their very high standards... for protecting civilian life," a Pentagon spokesman said.


The UN has also criticised Israel over the worsening situation in Gaza, saying people there are "facing a precipice".

And Bloomberg adds,

“The shelling of a UN facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest says at daily briefing.




Says there’s little doubt about whose artillery was involved, pointing to statements by UN, Israel, even though incident still requires full investigation

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Israel says it will not stop its operation in Gaza until all the tunnels - which militants use to infiltrate Israeli territory - have been destroyed. Of course, as we noted previously, this is likely all theatrics as the money and arms are still flowing.

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:25 | 5027985 Duffy
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click bait!

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:28 | 5027998 Magnix
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Then what did CIA expect?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:30 | 5028018 SWRichmond
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Yes, but they're having so much fun killing, do they have to stop?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:34 | 5028044 SafelyGraze
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careful there, mister executive branch

don't start thinking about shirking your duty to be the only 'No' vote on UN resolutions


Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:38 | 5028067 MiguelitoRaton
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Holy Crap, Earnest goes to the White House??? Things have gotten bad.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:39 | 5028076 ilion
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Israel is an evil state.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:48 | 5028124 Manthong
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“US Defense Dept says civilian casualties in Gaza are "too high" and Israel needs to do more to protect civilian life"

Russian Defense Dept says civilian casualties in Donetsk are "too high" and Ukraine/EU/US needs to do more to protect civilian life..   


There - Fair and balanced now.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:52 | 5028143 Herd Redirectio...
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Israel is an Apartheid state. 

But they're even worse.

Can you imagine if the South Africans went into the 'Bantustans' and started blowing up schools, hospitals, apartment blocks, the harbor...   It would have been a worldwide outrage.  And rightly so.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:57 | 5028174 chumbawamba
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I like how Israel's war crimes are acceptable until someone gets butthurt over some political backstabbing.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:02 | 5028200 redpill
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And droning Pakistani weddings is OK too, because Obama.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:31 | 5028320 ZerOhead
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Netanyahu responds by telling the Obama Administration  to shut up and expedite the weapons shipments... cash the checks before we place a 'stop payment' order on them... and that the Gaza body count is still no where near the numbers Bush/Obama unleashed upon Iraq...

"We don't do body counts"  ~ General Tommy Franks

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:39 | 5028381 ZerOhead
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This just in...

Netanyahu calls a special session of the Knesset to declare the UN a 'terrorist organization'.


In a rare show of bipartisanship the Obama administration and US Congress both agree the problem is now solved.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:44 | 5028436 surfsup
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Must be a wild scene at the NRO as orbital birds can see the reality down there like nobody's business... 

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:03 | 5028563 TahoeBilly2012
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But....Pentagon says targeting of apartment towers in East Ukraine perfectly acceptable, especially after a successful "cookie coup" by the CIA. Nazi's "will fight for cookies....and $50".

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:29 | 5028755 ZerOhead
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That's completely different.

You should see the can of "kick ass" Cameron is cooking up for those Scotish terrorists if they choose independance...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:36 | 5028826 TahoeBilly2012
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Mel Gibson could handle those Limey's....

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:31 | 5029544 Aaaarghh
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nah, he's waaay too old now, plus screw the jocks, I say break the country at hadrians wall and give haggis-land a push into the north sea!

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:36 | 5029828 Spigot
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They will not stop until every last rocket launcher installation is destroyed. Neither should they. Neither would Washington DC if they were being bombarded by missles launched from Virginia for years.

The idiot civies should try, does one need to even write this, to not be anywhere near these launcher installations. Or maybe they are seeking to be martyrs?

It is to their shame that the quasi-military commands of these arms are putting them near civilians in order to assure "moral outrage" against Israel for acting in their own defense. This has been the tactic the muslim leadership has used for decades to try to paint Israel is evil. In fact it is these so called muslim "leaders" who are the most callous shit heads on the planet.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:54 | 5029910 Rusty Shorts
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:08 | 5029964 Spigot
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Keep eating your propoganda Wheaties, my lad. Then you will grow up to be a strong peice of cannon fodder.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:57 | 5028176 chumbawamba
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I like how Israel's war crimes are acceptable until someone gets butthurt over some political backstabbing.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:57 | 5028178 Dr. Richard Head
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Was talking to my co-worker, who happens to be Jewish, and I said that it is a shame that innocent civilians on either side of this conflict, like iwth all wars, are being killed.  He looked at me and said, "There is no such thing as an innocent Palestinian civilian." 

You think the Jewish society would be more sympathetic to the dehumanization of an entire population due to their heritage.  Guess not.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:59 | 5028188 Herd Redirectio...
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Think of what this does to one's psyche.

Its the oldest trick in the book.  Dehumanize your enemies.  Make them less than human.  It makes the killing more palatable.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:09 | 5028248 stewie
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It makes the killing more palatable enjoyable.



Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:18 | 5030931 nidaar
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Interestingly every Israeli is a soldier, periodically...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:25 | 5029524 Cap Matifou
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There is a courious ritual done on the 8th day after birth, that cripples these males in both body and soul. The result is an army of artificially created psychopaths, who can't care less for the fate of other humans. This old chap, himself a jew, tells it all:

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:41 | 5029853 Spigot
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Yes, it is a pity that Ghengis Kahn was a circumsized jewish man. If he weren't I'm sure that he would have written lovely poetry and sipped tea with his court more often. I also note that muslim males are not circumcized, and they are all peacable, sane, fun loving gentlemen.

So, I think you do have a point there.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:17 | 5028289 WillyGroper
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After watching "Defamation", there can be no doubt that their teen's are initiated with shock doctrine so firmly seered into their brain that once implanted will never be removed. A hatred so voluminous it makes the oceans look like a water droplet. 

As I view my neighbors on two sides of me so proudly waving ol' glory, it's obvious they don't have the common sense to take a cloth flag out of the rain. Guess they missed that part in skool. One illuminates it. 

My question, is the USSA indoctrination for war and blindly cheering it "Israel Lite"?

We are beyond hope. 

Divine intervention is all that's left.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:39 | 5028385 The_Dude
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Some people only believe in victimhood for themselves.

Don't you watch the movies....thousands of films about bad Germans....hmm....any about bad Israelis?  Can't think of one....

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 21:06 | 5030582 MedTechEntrepreneur
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ALL you Europeans and USA folk who think like a European better start paying attention to what the Muslim Hordes are saying ABOUT your homeland....Example!

Funny, I've never heard a Jew talk like that. 

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:18 | 5031377 StychoKiller
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Just a paraphrase of somethin' Martin Bormann said...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:01 | 5028203 Frank N. Beans
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the Bantustans did not lob missiles into South Africa dumbass

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:04 | 5028217 Herd Redirectio...
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Define missiles.

I am sure some rocks and glass bottles were thrown.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:31 | 5028364 Frank N. Beans
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you know what I'm talking about - missiles.  I think you are trying to redirect my comment instead of answering it, as your name implies.


Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:06 | 5028587 Herd Redirectio...
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What, like a V2 rocket?   A cruise missile?  A hellfire missile?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:16 | 5028658 Miles Ahead
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Well, I want to know also.  Define missile asshole. From what I know, the Palestinians are firing what is commonly known as "rockets".  You make it appear more sophisticated and lethal and give the name missle.  But Missles are not Rockets.  Rockets are crude compared to missles which can have varying degrees of sophistication most of all - Guidance Systems. 

So you're the one applying mis-direction and distortion, seeking to give justification to the evil of genocide under the pretext of "self defence". 

If I was living under a 65 year occupation I'd try to fire rockets, throw bottles, rocks too.  If I was blockaded on all sides, I'd dig tunnels too to try to get access to the FREE WORLD.  I'd do a whole lotta shit.  Of which assholes like you would use as justification for further wanton slaughter, mass murder, genocidal operations - whatever you want to call it.

The Wretched of the Earth (as Frantz Fanon term it).  That what Zionist are, the Wretched of the Earth.  This, is now clear.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:45 | 5029871 Spigot
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Ah, yes, the old "rockets' are not 'missles' arguement. I then wish your city and home were bambarded with 'rcokets' for years. Maybe, since they are so crude, you could laugh a bit more at the poor bastards who are firing them at you.

Until then, au du.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:18 | 5028299 Duffy
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SA did not bomb hospital and schools and churches from fighter-bombers and off shore ships, killing thousands, on a premeditated pretext - did they, dickhead?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:35 | 5028380 p00k1e
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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:18 | 5028672 AnAnonymous
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Can you imagine if the South Africans went into the 'Bantustans' and started blowing up schools, hospitals, apartment blocks, the harbor... It would have been a worldwide outrage. And rightly so.
An 'american' joke.
Of course.
What schools, hospitals, apartment blocks, harbours? 'Americans' are mighty but even they are in troubles to blow what do not exist (cf Iraqi WMDs)

South Africans had their terror operations led by death squads that operated with the limits of the context. An 'american' might taste better the Gaza theater of operations as blowing up hospitals and apartment blocks is funnier for 'americans'.

South Africans came with their own flavour, that was supported by 'americans' in those times: like luring people in a bus with promise of work, driving the bus in a deserted road, jump out, lock the passengers in and setting the bus on fire.

Could one imagine 'americans' residing in Israel doing that? That would be a worldwide outrage and rightfully so.

'Americans' have their fun with the material at hand.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:55 | 5028953 Herd Redirectio...
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Are you still bitter about the 'Summer Palace' being burnt down?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:57 | 5029645 TheSecondLaw
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Absolute twaddle. 

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:53 | 5028151 chumbawamba
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Trying to look good in comparison to a bunch of niggers only makes you a lesser nigger.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:35 | 5028357 what's that smell
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Israel says it will not stop its operation in Gaza until all the tunnels - which militants use to infiltrate Israeli territory - have been destroyed.

maybe the "militants" are starving gazans and maybe they use the tunnels to bypass the terror blockade used to genocide them by god's chosen genociders... or maybe the tunnels might provide shelter from the bombs and missiles god's chosen baby killers have decided to bless them with?....

and what the flying fuck nuttery is "israeli territory"? the land stolen from the palestinians? 

maybe, tyler, you should edit to read: Israel says it will not stop its operation in Gaza until all the gazans are dead.


Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:46 | 5028443 g speed
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Tyler can't---they're being monitored by Zionists in the EU---

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:08 | 5029697 Divine
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I just saw a support palestine/anti-zionism rally at Stockholm, Sweden earlier today. Some of the protestors were arabs but most were white/mixed swedes. I quess we still have some hope

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:37 | 5028382 Miles Ahead
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chumbawamba: I'm really curious.  What the fuck does this mean. And why the liberties?  Please; help me understand, really.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:54 | 5028159 pods
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Jesus this is like shooting fish in a barrel. 1400 to 1?  

Why do they keep using this tunnel excuse to thin the herd?  I am sure they have ground penetrating radar or someone watching the flock in the pen.


Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:58 | 5028179 Herd Redirectio...
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Exactly.  The idea that 'a rocket was fired from XYZ so we had to randomly shell the area for hours' doesn't check out.

Why not send a team of 6 soldiers on foot to investigate the building, take out the combatants, and destroy the rockets.

In all the rubble I have seen, I have not seen the remains of any weapons systems.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:02 | 5028204 john39
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all a lie to cover a genocide/land grab.

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