esta wrote a new post, repost: activist rasmea odeh found guilty by US federal court, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 8 months, 3 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, repost: ei article on the absurd reaction of gregor gysie to max blumenthal and david sheen following his efforts at censorship, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 8 months, 3 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, repost: Video captures execution of Palestinian citizen by Israeli police, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 8 months, 3 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, baha samir badr, 13 – another child murdered in the west bank, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 9 months, 2 weeks ago
you might think that nothing is happening in palestine. while yesterday, the occupation army once again shot at fishermen in gaza and sank a boat. armed settler colonists AGAIN attacked palestinians – like they […]
esta wrote a new post, rabbi jill jacob on the ongoing ethnic cleansing of silwan, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 9 months, 2 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, article: two more killed in gaza, three injured by left-over bomb, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 10 months, 2 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, article on mee: gaza’s human shields: victims speak out, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 10 months, 2 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, panoramic view of the damage in gaza in various areas, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 10 months, 2 weeks ago
if you want to see what gaza looks like in many places right now, take the time to watch this
esta wrote a new post, anne’s post suggests this time, many ppl in gaza really broke, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 10 months, 2 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, PLO BRIEF:during gaza bombing, occupation murdered, constructed colonies, demolished homes en masse in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 11 months ago
this is significant, as the bombing of gaza was once again used to advance the colonization of the rest of palestine (the brief gives no info about the repression and harassment of palestinians inside […]
esta wrote a new post, eran efrati talked to three soldiers who witnessed the murder of salam shamaly in sheja’iya out of revenge, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 11 months, 3 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, article: whistleblower erin efrati (exposed that sheja’iya massacre was committed out of revenge) arrested, threatened and questioned, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 11 months, 4 weeks ago
here’s an article about the harassment, arrest and possible death threats against eran efrati last week. efrati exposed that the sheja’iya massacre was committed out of revenge. he was furthermore researching illegal weapons (watch videos on the actual site)
Israeli Army Whistle-Blower Gets Arrested After Posting ‘Israeli Troops Killed Gaza Civilians in Revenge’ on Facebook
Posted 3 August 2014 7:49 GMT
Former combat soldier and company sergeant of the Israeli army turned whistle-blower Eran Efrati, aged 28, was arrested by the Israeli authorities and questioned concerning his research regarding the use of illegal weapons in Gaza.
On Tuesday, July 29, Efrati announced on Facebook that he received information from sources within the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealing what he claims to be the real reason for the Shuja’iyya massacre which occurred nine days prior on July 20: namely that civilians were targeted and killed by Israeli soldiers as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units.
In recent weeks I was on the border of Gaza and getting reports from soldiers in the Gaza Strip who leak information out to me. I am in the process of publication of two big stories in major U.S. newspapers, but there are some things I can share with you right now: Soldiers in two different units inside Gaza leaked information about the murdering of Palestinians by sniper fire in Shuja’iyya neighborhood as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units. After the shooting on the Israeli armored personnel carriers, which killed seven soldiers of the Golani Brigade, the Israeli army carried out a massacre in Shuja’iyya neighborhood. A day after the massacre, many Palestinians came to search for their relatives and their families in the rubble. In one of the videos uploaded to YouTube, a young Palestinian man Salem Shammaly calls the names of his family and looking for them between the ruins when he is suddenly shot at in his chest and falls down. A few seconds after that, there are two additional shootings from snipers into his body, killing him instantly. Since the video was released, there was no official response from the IDF spokesperson. Today I can report that the official command that was handed down to the soldiers in Shujaiyya was to capture Palestinian homes as outposts. From these posts, the soldiers drew an imaginary red line, and amongst themselves decided to shoot to death anyone who crosses it. Anyone crossing the line was defined as a threat to their outposts, and was thus deemed a legitimate target. This was the official reasoning inside the units. I was told that the unofficial reason was to enable the soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers (something that for years the IDF has not faced during its operations in Gaza and the West Bank), out on the Palestinian refugees in the neighborhood. Under the pretext of the so-called “security threat” soldiers were directed to carry out a pre-planned attack of revenge on Palestinian civilians. These stories join many other similar ones that Amira Hass and I investigated in Operation Cast Lead. The death toll that continues to rise is steadily reaching the numbers of the massacre of 2009.
More than 1,100 have been killed in Gaza, at least 80 percent of them civilians. Today it is cleared for publication that at least 4 soldiers were killed by a rocket in a gathering area outside of Gaza, and another soldier was killed in Gaza. They join 43 soldiers that have already been killed. We know that more acts of revenge will come soon and it is important that we not stay silent. This is the time to take to the streets and to social media. Demand from your representative wherever you are to stop supporting this massacre and to immediately boycott the state of Israel until the occupation ends, the blockade is lifted and Palestinians will be free. We all want to be in the right place at the right time when history knocks on our door, and history is knocking in Gaza right now. You need to decide on which side you want to go down in history.
In addition to being arrested and questioned, Efrati had both his Facebook and email accounts blocked and apparently received death threats aimed at keeping him silent. He wrote:
In recent days I was arrested by authorities and questioned about my research regarding the use of illegal weapons in Gaza, my mail and Facebook accounts were blocked, And I received strong hints that my life is at risk and I need to be silent and keep low. But I’m not going anywhere.
They may close my communication channels again,but that does not mean I’m not here, I’ll find a way to get the information out to you,and I trust you will echo it on, go down with it to the streets ,And demand your representatives, your government to stop funding the slaughter in your name,to boycott Israel and to stop the bloodshed in Gaza. The whole world is watching now, history is being made.
I’m counting on you.
The Shuja’iyya massacre took place during intense fighting between Hamas forces and the Israeli military. The killing resulted in the death of 72 Palestinians, among whom 17 were children. It also resulted in the death of 13 Israeli soldiers.
The video of the wounded Palestinian who was shot by a sniper was released by the International Solidarity Movement and can be viewed below. [Warning: The video is graphic, viewer’s discretion advised.]
The massacre was described by Amnesty International as tantamount to possible war crimes:
The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling of a hospital, add to the list of possible war crimes that demand an urgent independent international investigation, said Amnesty International.
The Israeli military said that Shuja’iyyeh, a densely populated area with some 92,000 residents east of Gaza City, had been targeted because it was a “fortress” housing rockets, tunnels and command centres. Israeli military and government officials have repeatedly said that civilians were warned to evacuate the area days before it was attacked.
However, many civilians in Shuja’iyyeh and other areas did not evacuate because they had nowhere to go. All the UNRWA schools and other facilities opened as shelters are overflowing. Issuing warnings to evacuate entire areas does not absolve Israeli forces of their obligations to protect civilians under international humanitarian law.
“The relentless bombardment of Shuja’iyyeh and other civilian areas in the Gaza Strip, as well as the continuing indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel, demand urgent international action to prevent further violations. The UN should impose an arms embargo on all sides, and all states should immediately suspend transfers of military equipment to Israel, Hamas, and other Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip,” said Philip Luther.
Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders accused Israel of indiscriminate bombing:
“While official claims that the objective of the ground offensive is to destroy tunnels into Israel, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who die are civilians,” said Nicolas Palarus, MSF’s project coordinator in Gaza.
At the time of writing, Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” has claimed the lives of more than 1,650 and wounded nearly 9,000 Palestinians. Israel says the assault is targeting Hamas for firing hundreds of rockets across the border into Israel. Seventy-five percent of the Palestinians killed in this offensive have been civilians. Since the offensive started on June 8, 62 Israeli soldiers have been killed in fighting in Gaza, and three civilians killed and around 400 injured in rocket attacks in Israel.
Besides being a member of Anarchists Against the Wall and the pro-BDS Boycott from Within, Efrati was a member of Breaking The Silence*, an Israeli NGO comprised of former IDF soldiers whose aim is “to raise awareness amongst the public about the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.”
This is Israel’s third military operation in Gaza in 6 years. Israel has bombed residential neighborhoods, schools, a playground, hospitals, shelters and refugee camps. On July 28, Israel attacked the only power plant in Gaza, plunging the congested strip of 1.8 million people into darkness. UN shelters are struggling to accommodate more than 250,000 Gaza residents who are fleeing the violence or whose homes have been destroyed by bombings. Six UN shelters have come under attack by Israeli forces. Excessive restrictions from Israel in the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank is why most of the world and the United Nations considers this territory “occupied” by Israel.
[*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said that Efrati is a member of Breaking The Silence. He is no longer involved in it and has not worked with this organisation for four years.]
esta wrote a new post, richard silverstein:”IDF-Embedded Reporter Says It Fired Guided Missile at UNWRA School, Killing 15 Civilians”, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 11 months, 4 weeks ago
esta wrote a new post, update friday, 01.08. to tuesday, 05.08: ceasefire broken repeatedly, soldier “kidnapping” frenzy created to justify massive bombing of rafah in order to kill the soldier, people at unrwa shelter killed, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 11 months, 4 weeks ago
i don’t manage to update, although a lot has happened.
since yesterday, a ceasefire seems to finally be holding. occupation forces seem to have finally withdrawn from the gaza strip. palestinian factions are in cairo and apparently negotiating. (in this context, read the ceasefire proposal that was supposedly made by the US and rejected by the zionists earlier according to arab21 – reported by mee).as a according to pchr’s report from yesterday at 9am, the number of people murdered in gaza was 1938. 7920 were wounded. (according to the moh last night, the numbers were at 1875 murdered and 9567 injured). numbers will have risen since yesterday morning and will continue to rise as people reach areas of previous fighting and recover bodies. 64 occupation soldiers were killed according to their military sources, in addition to an jewish citizen of 48, a bedouin and a thai worker. just before the ceasefire, a number of attacks were launched that killed more people. among those killed were at least 11 journalists (here 10 are reported) and 21 medical personal, while another 85 medical persons were reportedly injured according to the moh.
according to the unrwa, monday, almost 272,987 people were sheltered in 90 unrwa schools. yesterday morning, unrwa reported the number to have decreased to 267,970 internally displaced people. according to pchr’s report yesterday, at least 520,000 were displaced in total. during cast lead, 51,000 were displaced. see also this article on ei on the dispacement of a fourth of the entire population of the gaza strip. yesterday, un ocha released an urgent appeal asking for 367 $ million to allow them to respond to the immediate needs created by the massive damage of the past few weeks and artificially created humanitarian crisis.
monday, people once again began to return to their former homes. anne also visited the areas of former fighting and the images are terrible.
friday: occupation cried “kidnapping” when a soldier was ceased before the ceasefire, and then massively bombed rafah to kill him
as explained in my post here, friday, although another humanitarian ceasefire was announced, airstrikes and shelling continued massively in gaza and especially in rafah. the first strikes were reported 8 minutes after the ceasefire was supposed to have started. the zionists announced that hamas had captured (they used the word “kidnapped”) a soldier – indicating that they had captured the soldier during the ceasefire and that their massive bombing of rafah was in response. in rafah alone, 70 were said to have been killed friday alone.
basically, soon as a ceasefire was pronounced, occupation forces began an incursion much deeper than previous once and proceeded with military operations. when they were met by hamas militants, the militants engaged in battle, apparently killed several soldiers and captured one (a practise that is not uncommon in acts of war). this is likely to have occured BEFORE the actual ceasefire was supposed to begin.
faced with the prospect of having a soldier in the hands of hamas, the zionists turned the capture into a major immorality of international concern (which elicited widespread condemnations), suggested that hamas had broken the ceasefire (which the zionists themselves never intended to fully honor) and proceeded to massively bomb rafah to make sure that the captured soldiers was killed. more significantly, there are various reports of up to 300 palestinians having been – in their case kidnapped – by invading occupation soldiers from gaza. there are even reports of executions, yet no specific information is available. when a soldier is captured, he becomes a prisoner of war, but the non-combatants (including “fighters” who are not, at that moment, engaging in combat or posing an immediate theat) cannot simply be seized under international law. furthermore, non-combatants in occupied territory are taken prisoner by the occupation forces, they can not be transferred outside the territory except for special circumstances (risk to their safety – not the case in palestine – thanks to lydia de leeuw for clariyfing this point to me).
in total,123 palestinians were murdered in gaza on friday and 250 injured according to pchr (see the detailed report here). in fact, the number of corpses in rafah was so high while the area was largely cut-off that people began storing bodies in freezers. there are very gruesome pictures of children’s bodies in an icecream freezer (i’m posting a less graphic one here).
saturday: 80 palestinians killed and 278 wounded
please read the pchr report for detailed updates on the horrors of saturday. what is significant is that saturday, it was reported that places in khoza’a and had become inhabitable, not only due to the immense destruction that the massacres caused, but also by the smell of rotting corpses.
Beit Lahiya- Despite announcement by Israeli army of withdrawal of certain areas, many Palestinians did not go back to their houses for fear of further Israeli attacks
Beit Lahiya–Malgré l’annonce par l’armée israélienne du retrait de certaines zones, de nombreux Palestiniens ne sont pas retournés dans leurs maisons par crainte de nouvelles attaques israéliennes
Destroyed Mosque in ash-Shati camp / une mosquée détruite à ash-Shati
sunday: 9 killed when area next to unrwa school shelter was bombed
on sunday, a missile hit right in front of another unrwa school shelter, this time the unrwa boys prep school in rafah, killing nine people and injuring 27. according to unrwa, unrwa schools that currently serve as shelters were bombed/shelled on six other occasions before:
UN school “21 and 22 July 2014: Maghazi Preparatory Girls School A & B, Middle Area. The school, which was finalized in 1980 with international support provided to UNRWA, sheltered approximately 1,000 IDPs prior to the first attack.
23 July 2014: Deir El Balah Preparatory Girls School C. The school was completed in 2013 and is funded by the United States of America. It provided refuge to 1,500 Palestinians at the time it was hit.
24 July 2014: Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-ed School A & D, North Area. The school was completed in 1997 and is funded by the United States of America. It provided shelter to approximately 1,200 IDPs the day it was hit.
29 July 2014: Zaitoun Preparatory Girls School B. The school was completed in 2012 and is also funded by the United States of America. It sheltered almost 2,200 IDPs.
30 July 2014: Jabalia Elementary Girls School A & B. The school was built in 1960 from funding provided by the European Commission and sheltered over 3,200 IDPs.”
“UNRWA estimates that 95 installations have been damaged since 8 July in 135 strikes, including at least 10 direct hits.
according to pchr, between sunday 10am and monday 10 am, 53 palestinians were murdered (see the detailed report here).
monday: another ceasefire broken, at least 50 palestinians killed
on monday, the 72 hour ceasefire that in fact took hold tuesday was supposed to start, but was immediately (reportedly 5 minutes after it was to have started) broken when the occupation bombed a two story house in el shati refugee camp by an f16. the house was completely destroyed and six people killed, according to pchr:
Ibtissam Ibrahim al-Bakri, 31; her children: Aseel, 4; and Mohammed, 4 months; Ramadan Kamal al-Bakri, 36; and Ibrahim Mohammed al-Masharawi, 32. Kamal Ahmed al-Bakri, 4, died of his wound on Tuesday morning. Five neighboring houses were also destroyed.
read the detailed report on monday’s attack by pchr here.
in total, while some news sources report 40 palestinians murdered on monday, pchr that ten palestinians were murdered between monday 10am and tuesday 10am.
nonetheless, people began to return to their former homes on monday. as you is evident in anne’s pictures from various places in gaza, they often only found rubble and utter destruction.
This is what remains of the kindergarden built by Italian NGO Vento de Terra in Um Al Nasser /
C’est ce qui reste de l”école construite par l’ONG italienne Vento de Terra à Um Al Nasser
Um Al Nasser
monday/tuesday/wednesday: arrests and harrassment in the west bank and east jerusalem
in the past few days, attacks by both army and soldiers continued in the west bank, east jerusalem (and probably in 48 as well, though i didn’t come across reports). since july 7, 17 palestinians in the west bank were killed so far. monday night, occupation forces invaded aida refugee camp, arrested at least one and injured several in ensuing clashes. i have seen pictures and reports of devestation (and even a report of soldiers having defacated on the roof of a house). i will post them later if i find them. 32 palestinians were reportedly arrested/kidnapped by occupation forces in the west bank and east jerusalem on monday.
on tuesday, following two reported attacks by palestinians during which one jewish resident was killed and a soldier was injured, there was even more repression and deployment in east jerusalem. palestinians who wanted to enter the al aqsa compound (haram al shareef) were attacked, including women. 15 palestinians were injured. in total, 38 palestinians were reportedly “arrested”/kidnapped by occupation army in the west bank and east jerusalem.
today, settler colonists attacked various stores in the old city of hebron. at least nine palestinians were reportedly “arrested”/kidnapped by the occupation army.
esta wrote a new post, occupation created myth about “kidnapped soldier” as pretext to break ceasefire, bomb rafah and kill him in the process, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 11 months, 4 weeks ago
friday, a humanitarian ceasefire was declared over because the occupation claimed that hamas had “kidnapped” an israeli soldier. the occupation immediately massively bombing several places in gaza and particularly in the rafah area. basically, rafah was turned into rubble and at least 70 palestinians were killed. the zionists suggested – and western media uncritically parroted – that this massive massacre was a legitimate response to the an injustice perpetrated by hamas: the “kidnapping” of a soldier.
first of all, a soldier is not “kidnapped”, only civilians are “kidnapped”. when a soldier is seized or captured, s/he becomes a prisoner of war, subject to specific divisions in international law. richard silverstein, who had exposed that the first soldier captured by hamas was killed by the occupation army itself as foreseen in the “hannibal directive, explains this:
It’s worth noting a few linguistic oddities involved in this Gaza war. Israelis mobilize Hebrew as a weapon that either obscures the troubling moral dimension; or deliberately distorts reality in order to allow them to feel empowered in their outrage against their enemies. In this particular case, Israeli soldiers are not “captured.” They are “kidnapped.”
The use of the latter term allows Israelis to claim that their soldiers are not occupiers or invaders, but rather defenders. No enemy has the right to kidnap Israel’s soldiers whose only sin is defending the homeland. If the soldiers were “captured,” then it would infer that they are fighters engaged in a war with a legitimate enemy. Israelis refuse to acknowledge the validity or (often) even the existence of Palestinians or Palestine. Therefore, anyone fighting for Palestine must be a terrorist (illegitimate), not a soldier (legitimate). Terrorists “kidnap” hostages. Soldiers capture the enemy. Palestinians can never be the latter.
One of the major new developments of this iteration of the Gaza Wars is the tunnel network that Hamas dug underground. Though some of the tunnels have been used to cross into Israel and attack mostly military targets, the lion’s share of the tunnels are used to defend Gaza from the Israeli invaders.
Nevertheless, in the Israeli hasbara apparatus, they’ve become “terror tunnels.” Instead of being a means of defense of the Palestinian homeland, they become the deadly underground lairs of terrorists. Any act of defense by Hamas using these tunnels becomes nothing more than terrorism. It’s a shameful distortion of reality.
the use of the term “kidnapped” by the zionists and its adoption by many western media outlets just once more exemplifies the absolute hypocrisy in the coverage of news from palestine. as jonathan cook further, the news in western media was not that 70 civilians were murdered, but that one soldier was captured, as he points out in the article below:
From western reactions, it was also clear the soldier’s capture was considered more significant news than any of the massacres of Palestinian civilians over the past weeks.
Israel’s cynical calculus – that one soldier is more valuable than large numbers of dead Palestinian civilians – was echoed in the diplomatic and editorial corridors of Washington, London and Paris.
it later turned out that the ceasefire was not a ceasefire from the start, as the zionists continued military attacks in and on the tunnels in gaza. according to ali abunimah, hamas claims that after the ceasefire was announced, at 2am, occupation forces made an incursion of 2,5 km into rafah – a first during these bloody past weeks. hamas claims that they responded to this incursion at 7 am (still before the ceasefire).
in typical zionist manner, they presented the occupations military operations in and around the tunnels as compatible with a ceasefire. hamas’ response to these aggressive operations was presented as having broken a ceasefire. and again, the west copied. as silverstein explains in the same article:
Israel proclaimed a unilateral ceasefire, which wasn’t actually a ceasefire at all. It claimed it would cease “offensive operations.” But reserved the right to search and destroy Hamas tunnels. In IDF-speak, the destruction of tunnels is a defensive operation. This is utter nonsense. The tunnels are meant to defend Gaza. If you want a ceasefire you cease firing. You cease all military operations. You don’t cease some of them. If you refuse a general ceasefire in the accepted sense of the term, then you’re not observing a ceasefire. You’re observing an artificial conception which you call a “ceasefire,” but which isn’t.
This hasn’t stopped Israel from pointing its finger at Hamas and claiming that while Israel was honoring a ceasefire, Hamas wasn’t. Of course, there was no reason for Hamas to honor anything since there was no real ceasefire on the table. Israel, as usual, is playing games with the truth. The shame of it is that there is no one but Hamas to make them pay for this sham and deception. John Kerry and the Obama administration have been snookered. The EU is toothless. The world stands by jaws agape, while Israel pulverizes Gaza into limp hamburger meat.
as ali abunimah suggests in his detailed analysis of friday’s events and of related communication in his post “Did the Israeli army deliberately kill its own captured soldier and destroy Gaza ceasefire?”, the massive bombing of rafah on friday was likely to ensure that the kidnapped soldier was killed.
this analysis is confirmed by jonathan cook (see above-mentioned article).
And then there was the explosion of military fury as Israel realised its soldier was missing. Israeli correspondents suggested the notorious “Hannibal procedure” had been invoked: the use of all means to stop a soldier being taken alive, including killing him. The rationale is to prevent the enemy gaining a psychological advantage in negotiations.
The unleashing of massive firepower appeared designed to ensure Goldin and his captors never made it out of their tunnel, but in the process dozens of Palestinians died.
so, as soon as a ceasefire was pronounced, occupation forces began an incursion much deeper than previous once and proceeded with military operations. when they were met by hamas militants, the militants engaged in battle, apparently killed several soldiers and captured one (a practise that is not uncommon in acts of war). this is likely to have occured BEFORE the actual ceasefire was supposed to begin.
faced with the prospect of having a soldier in the hands of hamas, the zionists turned the capture into a major immorality of international concern (which elicited widespread condemnations), suggested that hamas had broken the ceasefire (which the zionists themselves never intended to fully honor) and proceeded to massively bomb rafah to make sure that the captured soldiers was killed.
in his article, jonathan cook explains how this manipulation of facts reflects the similar manipulation of facts that netanyahu employed to justify this war on the population of the gaza strip in the first place (i recommend you read it).
more significantly, there are various reports of up to 300 palestinians having been – in their case kidnapped – by invading occupation soldiers from gaza. there are even reports of executions, yet no specific information is available. when a soldier is captured, he becomes a prisoner of war, but the non-combatants (including “fighters” who are not, at that moment, engaging in combat or posing an immediate theat) cannot simply be seized under international law. furthermore, non-combatants in occupied territory are taken prisoner by the occupation forces, they can not be transferred outside the territory except for special circumstances (risk to their safety – not the case in palestine – thanks to lydia de leeuw for clariyfing this point to me).
esta wrote a new post, another eye witness account from sheja’iya massacre, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 12 months ago
esta wrote a new post, article on occupation forces breaking the humanitarian ceasefire monday, on the site i blog on palestine and resistance 12 months ago
like most, if not all humanitarian ceasefires of the past weeks. details here.
WHAT THE FUCK???
here’s the text
“Google is facing criticism for continuing to allow Android mobile users to download a game called “Bomb Gaza”, in which players are required to “drop bombs and avoid killing citizens”. The app, which was uploaded on 29 July, has been installed up to 1,000 times and received at least one report as “inappropriate”. As of Monday evening, the game was no longer listed on Google Play.According to the game’s description and a series of screenshots, users gain points by controlling aircraft marked with Israeli flags as they drop bombs on cartoon Hamas militants.It comes as more than 1,800 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza conflict. Israel has confirmed that 64 of its soldiers have died in combat, while three civilians have been killed by cross-border shelling from Gaza.Responding to the game in its review section online, Iqra Iqbal wrote that it was an “abomination”, adding: “This is a violation of human rights. My beloved brothers and sisters are dying in Gaza and some stupid ignoramus decides to make a game like this.Others said it was a “messed up game” and “disgusting”, while Saadat Ali said: “Request all to scroll to the bottom and flag this app as inappropriate to Google.” said: “Request all to scroll to the bottom and flag this app as inappropriate to Google.”People also took to Twitter to voice their criticism of the game, and user Elliott Clarkson wrote: “Google Play’s approval process? Non-existent. So games like Bomb Gaza get through.”It is not the only game available on Google Play that involves bombing Gaza, including “Iron Dome”, “Gaza Assault: Code Red” that tells users to “secure the region” by taking control of “an Israeli UAV equipped with powerful weapons in an attempt to secure the region”.A spokesperson for Google, which is not believed to pre-approve games uploaded by users to the Play store, was not immediately available for comment.“
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