Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip began late on Thursday 17 July, with tanks receiving orders “to open fire at anything that moved.” Over the next few days, the Shujaiya district of Gaza City was subjected to intense and indiscriminate bombardment, including 600 shells fired by an artillery battalion and 100 one-ton bombs dropped from the air.
Rontzki’s speech to Israeli soldiers recalls his time as Israeli army chief rabbi, when, in 2009, he told religious students that troops who “show mercy” towards the enemy in wartime will be “damned.” During Israel’s so-called “Operation Cast Lead” massacre in 2008-09, the army rabbinate under his leadership distributed inflammatory publications that referred to the massacre as “a war on murderers.”
Rontzki was one of the founding members of Itamar, a fanatical Israeli settlement colony near Nablus, where has also led a yeshiva, or religious seminary.
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In the 30-day Israel's barbarous invasion of Gaza, nearly 2000 unarmed Palestinians were killed and tens of thousands injured. Nearly a quarter of a million Palestinians are now homeless. Israeli savagery knew no bounds. Tens of mosques, including some historic ones, were also deliberately demolished and bombed by the evil IDF. There was no justification for destroying such historical religious sites used by Muslims to pray.
Khuzaa, which is east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, is an area where Palestinians have still been unable to recover all the bodies of loved ones killed in Israeli attacks. ITV journalist Rageh Omaar, who visited the area on Friday, August 1, found a neighborhood that “had almost been completely obliterated, looking like a post-apolcalyptic scene.”
“The stench of decomposing bodies filled the whole area,” Omaar said, as Palestinians returning to the area for the first time in three weeks during a short-lived “humanitarian ceasefire” began to recover bodies from the ruins.
The Daily Beast’s Jesse Rosenfeld reported that he saw decomposing bodies gathered in a bathroom of a house on the edge of Khuzaa amid “haunting signs of what looks like the summary execution of several Palestinians.”
But for the Israeli soldiers destroying Khuzaa, the violence is cause for celebration. Click here to view how the IDF demolished a historical mosque.
The Israeli soldiers apparently from the Givati brigade dedicate the mosque destruction to their fallen comrades and cheer as a massive explosion obliterates it. “Long live the State of Israel!” a voice exclaims. According to the narration by the videographer, the detonation took place on 30 July in Khuzaa.
Part of the transcript and translation, by Dena Shunra, of what the videographer says is shared below:
Khirbat Khuzaa, 30 July 2014, Operation Tzuk Eitan.
"We’re waiting for the explosion of something like eleven tons of explosive above – and below – the ground.
This explosion is dedicated to the memory of the three people from the battalion who have fallen since the beginning of the operation – Amit Yeori of blessed memory, Guy Boylend of blessed memory, and Moshiko Dvino, of blessed memory."
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