Next Time the BBC Speaks About ‘Retaliation’ – remind them of this report

Israeli sniper prepares to fire in breach of ceasefire agreement


Israel believes it has right to declare a free-fire 300 yard zone from the Gaza fence – it doesn’t of course apply to them

 Israel is not happy about having to agree to a ceasefire.  Netanyahu and Barak had no intention of agreeing to a ceasefire.  They would have preferred the exterminationist logic of Glad Sharon, to flatten Gaza.  But they were forced to do so by the USA.  This reflects a regional change in the balance of power, a direct outcome of the Arab spring.

Israel is not happy and will do its best to provoke a new war, which includes breaking the ceasefire.  Because you can’t expand it you are confined to ceasefires.  Meanwhile the Palestinians have one task.  To be rid of the quisling head of the American (Palestinian) Authority Mahmoud Abbas and his fellow traitors.   The Palestinians are hamstrung by the consequences of Oslo and the sooner they remove these traitors the better.

And then it has to be a combined revoluition against America’s puppets in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia with the struggle against Zionism.  There will be no victory in Palestine by itself.

Tony Greenstein

23 November 2012
Last updated at 13:13

Gaza crisis: Palestinian ‘shot dead near border’

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers close to the Gaza border, Palestinian officials say.

It is the first reported killing since the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel came into force on Wednesday evening.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it fired warning shots at a group walking towards the border fence, then fired at their legs when they did not respond.

Earlier, Israel said it had arrested several people over a bus bomb in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

The blast, which injured 29 people, came hours before the ceasefire began and was the first such attack in Tel Aviv for more than six years.

The shooting on Friday, east of Khan Younis, reportedly happened around the no-go area surrounding the Gaza border fence.

A man in his 20s, named as Anwar Qdeih, was killed and at least 10 other people injured, said the health ministry in Gaza.

A relative of Mr Qdeih told Reuters news agency that he had been trying to place a Hamas flag on the fence. The army fired into the air three times before he was shot in the head, the relative said.
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History shows that a ceasefire that does not buy time for a political process to address the festering problems will not last”

image of Jeremy Bowen Jeremy Bowen BBC News, Gaza City

Truce but no durable peace

Israel said a group of about 300 people had approached the fence and that some had attempted to break through.

The soldiers shot at their legs after warning shots were ignored, the IDF said.

Following the incident, IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich tweeted: “Trying to breach Gaza fence in order to enter Israel is breaking ceasefire.”

Hamas officials said the shooting was an Israeli violation of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

Hamas “will raise this violation with Egyptian mediators to make sure that it does not happen again”, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP news agency.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki also said it was “a clear violation of the agreement and should not be repeated”.

Delicate truce

Israel launched its offensive in Gaza – which it says was aimed at ending rocket fire from Palestinian militants – with the killing of a Hamas military leader last week.

Provisional UN figures say that 158 people were killed in the Gaza Strip during the violence.

Four Israeli civilians and two soldiers were killed – the second of the military casualties died of his wounds on Thursday.

Under the truce deal, Israel has agreed to end all hostilities and targeted killings of militants, while all Palestinian factions will have to stop firing rockets into Israel and staging border attacks.

Details regarding the border region, which is regularly patrolled by the Israeli military, have yet to be worked out.
Ceasefire deal

Israel to end all hostilities on Gaza Strip by sea, land and air, including incursions and the targeting of individuals
    All Palestinian factions in Gaza to stop all hostilities against Israel, including rocket and border attacks
    After 24 hours from start of ceasefire, talks to begin on opening crossings into Gaza and allowing free movement of people and goods
    Egypt to receive assurances from both sides that they will abide by the deal, and will follow up any reports its has been broken

    Breaking Mid-East’s destructive cycle

The Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, has urged Gazans to respect the truce.

The BBC’s Jon Donnison in Gaza says shootings near the border happen fairly often and do not always lead to an escalation of violence.

Israel has unilaterally declared a 300m-wide exclusion zone around the fence which it says is needed for security but which Palestinians say steals valuable farming land.

How far this latest clash goes will depend largely on how Hamas chooses to respond, our correspondent adds – it is a reminder, though, that the ceasefire is very fragile.

Earlier on Friday, Israel’s security agency Shin Bet said in a statement that the arrests relating to the bus bomb had happened “a few hours after the attack”, AFP news agency reported.

Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said the suspect was “an Arab-Israeli from Taybe and a member of Hamas”.

Officials said that a number of Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the West Bank were also arrested, suspected of having recruited the man to carry out the bombing.