“Enough is enough”

I agree with the quote at the end – this is a moment when you have to say enough is enough.

I support Israel. I think Hamas are violent terrorists. But enough is enough.

From the BBC. -

The US and UN have condemned the shelling of a school housing displaced civilians in Gaza.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the attack, which killed 16, was “outrageous”. Israel said that its military was responding to mortar rounds launched from near the school.

More than 100 people died in Gaza on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said.

The shelling of a market near Gaza City killed 17, while booby traps claimed the lives of three Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian doctors said an Israeli air strike had also killed seven people in Khan Younis.

The Gaza health ministry said 106 people had been killed on Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll to 1,336. Most have been civilians.

Some 58 Israelis have been killed, 56 soldiers and two civilians. A Thai worker in Israel has also died.

‘Unjustifiable’
The UN expressed outrage at the attack on the school in the Jabaliya refugee camp.

Spokesman Chris Gunness told the BBC that Israel had been told 17 times that the school was housing displaced people, saying the attack caused “universal shame”.

Mr Ban later said: “I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable, and it demands accountability and justice.

“Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”

More than 3,000 civilians had sought shelter at the school.

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said: “This is a moment where you really have to say: ‘Enough is enough.’”

Peace now please

I said I would be crazy to enter into this debate. But I can’t keep silent anymore. It’s too much.

My posts until now have been mostly pro Israel.

But Israel can not be allowed to defend itself by ignoring 17 pleas from the UN to not bomb an international safe shelter at a school. The UN even provided the coordinates to assure safety.

Israel saying “mortars were being fired from the vicinity of the school” is not sufficient justification. It’s just not. The innocent Gazans have nowhere to flee if Israel won’t respect any safe shelter at all. It’s a war crime.

Obama has condemned the attack, as has the UN Secretary General.

Israel has gone from a position of moral advantage at the beginning to this. It has to stop.

I believe Hamas is a vile terrorist organization. I believe it cynically and cowardly uses its own Palestinian citizens as human shields to create war propaganda. I believe Israel has the right to defend itself from rockets from Gaza and to destroy their arms and the terrorist tunnels. I am not anti-Israel. Israelis deserve security and safety. I even supported some of the actions taken at the beginning as a basic right of self defense.

But this is too much. Israel does not have the right to destroy UN protected safe havens after being warned 17 times exactly what the nature of the shelter was. There is simply no other place for these people to go. Mortars “from the vicinity” just does not justify it.

I no longer stand with Israel in the current confrontation. Even if there was justification to begin the campaign for self defense, there is no justification for all they are doing, no matter how vile Hamas is. Such disregard for life will not win the security they want in the long term.

Peace now.

Read the full report: http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2014/Israeli-strikes-hit-UN-compound,-shopping-area-in-Gaza;-Palestinian-death-toll-surpasses-1,350/id-11f637f9cf3842cfb197f200a52c34e5

At the airport

I’m at St. Louis airport now waiting for my flight. I’m pre-screened so zipped through security. Because of a seat mixup on my Tokyo flight, and me questioning it, they moved me to a seat with more legroom, nobody next to me and changed my boarding priority to group 1.

So far so good.