6/09/2006

Hamas ends ceasefire

I see that the armed wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, has said it will end its 16-month ceasefire following an Israeli artillery attack on a beach in Gaza. The Israeli's murdered seven Palestinian civilians, including three children, when artillery shells were fired from Israeli naval ships towards the Sudania area of the narrow coastal territory.



The Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades said that it would choose 'the right moment and place to strike back with force against the criminal attacks'. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killings and said the actions of the Israeli military constituted 'a war of extermination and bloody massacres against our people'.

This was echoed by Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyah, who denounced the strike as a 'war crime'. Russia said it was 'deeply shocked' at what it said was an 'unacceptable and disproportionate use of force'.

The seven deaths on the beach brought the overall Palestinian death toll in Gaza to 14 in less than 24 hours.

Yet again we see the blatant disregard that Israel has for Palestinians and any peace strategy that may come about. I have no doubt that this will cause deep anger amongst Palestinians who are going to vote next month whether to accept the 'blue print for peace'.

The referendum document calls for a national unity government, an end to attacks in Israel and the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel on land conquered by the Zionist state in the 1967 war.

Perhaps this aggression by Israel is designed to stop any sort of progress as they have proved themselves incapable of change and compromise at every opportunity.

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