9 January: A cluster bomb disperses hundreds of bomblets in the northern Gaza Strip - Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
This list of links is very long today, but there is a lot of ground to cover.
To start with, as evidenced in the above photo, cluster bombs are being used in Gaza. Wikipedia has a very thorough page on cluster bombs – including who uses them, who produces them, and who stockpiles them. There was an agreement (Cluster-Bomb Ban) signed by 111 countries on May 28th, 2008, a process that began in Oslow Norway on February 2007, and these countries vowed to get rid of their stocks of these devices in the next eight years, as well as to not produce, store, or use them any more. The countries that voted against the ban? The United States, Russia, Israel, India, China, and Pakistan. Could plans have already been in place to use cluster bombs in Gaza?
Informed Comment: UN: Ceasefire Call Ignored; The Miseries of Settler Colonialism (Vote for Juan Cole and Informed Comment in the 2008 Weblog Awards for “Best Middle East or Africa Blog“. He deserves it. Vote early, and vote often!)
Truthout: Obama Camp “Prepared to Talk to Hamas”
The Guardian (UK): Talking to Hamas is a step toward peace by Jonathan Freedland
Common Dreams: Gaza Victims’ Burns Increase Concern Over Phosphorus
The Independent (UK): Gaza hopes die under barrage from both sides
Israel and Hamas responded to a UN peace demand by hammering away at each other with bombs, shells and rockets today.
Ignoring international pleas for the fighting in Gaza to cease, Israel continued its air attacks and the Palestinian militants kept up their missile barrages.
The Palestinian death toll for the two-week conflict rose to 777, many of them children. Thirteen Israelis have also been killed.
Overnight the UN Security Council had approved a resolution calling urgently for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. The US, Israel’s closest ally, abstained from the vote…
BBC: UN ceasefire call goes unheeded
Gaza: Smoke rises from buildings amid the Israeli offensive Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
The Independent (UK): The West Bank: We’re all Hamas now – supporters of Fatah unite behind enemy
The Guardian: Israel shelled Palestinians after evacuating them, UN says
At least 30 people were killed in the Zeitoun district of Gaza after Israeli troops repeatedly shelled a house to which more than 100 Palestinians had been evacuated by the Israeli military, the UN said today.
The Guardian: Hamas rejects UN call for Gaza ceasefire
The NY Times: Israel and Hamas Rebuff U.N. Cease-Fire Call
Truthdig: Why Do They Hate the West So Much, We Will Ask by Robert Fisk
Democracy Now!: List of headlines dealing with Gaza
McClatchy: Next step in Gaza campaign divides Israeli leaders
Telegraph (UK): Israeli strike on civilian house may be ‘war crime’ says UN
The United Nations has called for Israel to be investigated for war crimes over the shelling of a house full of Palestinian civilians which left dozens dead.
Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attack, first revealed in The Telegraph, on members of the extended Samouni family in the Gazan town of Zeitoun “appears to have all the elements of war crimes.”
Her remarks came after the International Committee of the Red Cross accused Israel of breaking the rules of war by failing to help the wounded in the incident.
According to the ICRC, four infant children were found too weak to stand after clinging for 48 hours to what ambulance crew believed to be the corpses of their mothers while Israeli soldiers were less than 100 yards away.
Under the rules of war, soldiers have an obligation to treat properly the survivors of combat.