Israel Takes Away 44% of Gaza Land … Herds Gazans Into Remaining Area

Already Crowded Gazans Are Now Being Jammed Into a Much Smaller Area

Daily Beast reports (hat tip Wall Street Journal reporter Tom Gara):

This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the three-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is “scorched earth.”

It’s not like Israel didn’t plan this. It told tens of thousands of Palestinians to flee so its air force, artillery and tanks could create this uninhabitable no-man’s land of half standing, burned-out buildings, broken concrete and twisted metal. During a brief humanitarian ceasefire some Gazans were able to come back to get their first glimpse of the destruction this war has brought to their communities, and to sift through their demolished homes to gather clothes or other scattered bits of their past lives. But many were not even able to do that.

This map shows the area Israel is seizing, courtesy of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Postscript: In related news, Lisa Goldman tweets:

IDF is calling now for evacuation of Jabalyah Camp in Gaza. That means 110K people. Per @galberger …

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  • Carl_Herman

    This is genocide. This action fits the crimes of War of Aggression and Crimes against Humanity.

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    • ckozzy

      Little bit of rhetoric there. There are 1.8 million palistinians, so far 1500 lost. Israel is at war and should continue until Hamas give a unconditional surrender.

      Funny storing rockets in schools, hospitols in and around civilian population is a crime against humanity. Why no call to arrest the terrorist?

      By your definition of genocide would not Bush and Obama fall under it?

      • JimGlover

        Why not use your real name to push the Israeli propaganda? Of course rockets are launched from populated areas because all of Gaza is a populated area. Now the first thing you learn in training for war is Shoot and Scoot where you don’t stay in position after shooting unless you want to die.

        So Israel always says in almost every single case a rocket has been fired close to a populated area and then after the shooter scoots they bomb the whole area including whole blocks of apartments, schools, homes, government offices, beaches with kids and hospitals according to the UN. if you have proof for your claim, Show it because even the Pentagon does not believe you anymore.

        Anyone who makes illusive claims should not hide behind the image of Ben Franklin with a false name.

        • Stammon

          You’re a moron, Google Earth Gaza. It’s mostly rural.

          • JimGlover

            I did and you are using the “big lie” like Hitler. Gaza is known except by a lying morons is one of the most densely populated areas in the world but Israel to west is mostly rural. You are also a coward to lie behind a false name but the ape you use as your picture icon fits your big lying mind.

            This explains your method ~

          • Stammon

            You’re not convincing anyone. Anybody can Google Earth the Gaza Strip and see it’s mostly rural. The land and greenhouses Israel gave to the Palestinians was farmland, and the Israelis gave it back for peace. What happened? The Palestinians ripped down the greenhouses and voted in Hamas. Now there’s war. What did you expect. All the Palestinians want is war.

            And Stammon is my real name, and the “ape” is my 4th’s drawing of me before my morning coffee.

          • Kit Bonde

            Are you sure the Arabs ripped down the greenhouses, because I heard another story. – On the other hand: Since they have very little water at their disposition greenhouses aren’t exactly a great solution.

          • Arrow to the Knee

            What other story, I saw the pics and vids. It was a big deal for liberal Israelis that the greenhouses be giving intact, and with a water supply to the Palies. I saw a vid on youtube and liveleak of a Palie ripping out the pumps to sell on the black market. Go there, look it up. It’s a fact, accept it.

      • Carl_Herman

        Liar, ckozzy: Israel is at unlawful war by merely comparing the law to the facts.

        And yeah, US wars since WW2 are also criminal. Documentation:

      • Carl_Herman

        Liar, ckozzy: Israel is at unlawful war by merely comparing the law to the facts.

        And yeah, US wars since WW2 are also criminal. Documentation:

      • Ramon H Tellez

        Unfortunately few of us Americans are aware of how much the Israeli Hasbara PR spends in our Country to shape our opinions with their shenanigans. Sad.

        My Reference:

      • JimGlover


        Hamas will never surrender and the world is turning against you more every day.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Here’s a map of the zone Israel is destroying:

  • ddearborn


    For anyone to believe that only 1100 or so people have been killed by 10 days of round the clock bombardment and continued day and night barrages plus a ground operation (extermination) since then also has to believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Clause. The is NO PLACE for many of these people to go to. There were 1.8 Million people in Gaza. They have been pushed into roughly half the space. People 10’s of thousands of Palestinians have been murdered and the number wounded has to be approaching 100 thousand. And the wounded are going to die by the thousands over the next few weeks. Why? Because israel bombed all the hospitals, aid stations, water and sewage treatment plants, and power plants. With no food, water, shelter, medical care, etc. disease will also rapidly begin to kill Palestinians by the thousands. Remember half the entire population are children under the age of 15. More than half the rest are women. Hell the Nazis were never this efficient or effective. Israel is murdering innocent defensive women and children by the thousands. This is GENOCIDE.

    The US Military destroyed entire countries for far less than this. Where is the US Military to STOP this GENOCIDE! What happened to the idea of truth, justice and protecting the innocent women and children that our leaders claim we always do? How can the Congress and the White House look the other way? Only be way of treason and allegiance to Israel can our “leadership” act the way the are over Israel.

    • Robert Barsocchini

      You are right. The Lancet medical journal just stated that the given numbers are too low because many bodies are buried in rubble.

    • dannylewis

      The figures of deaths are low because Israel warns the inhabitants that a bombing is imminent. In many cases warning bombs are exploded outside the targets. Hamas positions itself next to schools, hospitals and playgrounds and draws Israeli fire when it launches its rockets.into Israel.It delights in the ensuring carnage brining the world press in to witness and photograph the devastation. This is nothing new . Saddam Hussein did the same thing in Iraq, Assad and the myriad of rebels in Syria employ the same tactics. The figure of Palestinian deaths is over a 1000, is a sad loss of life which Hamas bears responsibility. The 100,000 deaths you refer to is actually the estimated cost in lives from the Syrian War. thus far. Your understanding of Nazism and the genocide that it brought about is limited. Can I suggest The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert not a pleasant book but really essential if you are going to make wild comparisons like you have.
      Your last paragraph is just too flaky for me to try and balance. The US is the only country that supports Israel unequivocally. And it pays a price for doing so; the hatred of the Muslim world It could turn its back on Israel and gain by it. But it does not.
      Can I add just one more thing.Before the outbreak of direct hostilities 3 Jewish teenagers were kidnapped and murdered. Although there is no evidence to suggest that it was a Hamas operation, they condoned the kidnapping and then the killings. I am sure you were not too concerned . Not long after the the bodies were found, there was a reprisal killing, a young Palestinian boy. The police arrested the Jewish Israelis that allegedly carried out the murder. There was condemnation both inside and outside of Israel from Jewish and Zionist organisations for the senseless and callous murder of that Palestinian boy . When innocent Jewish blood is spilt Muslims celebrate. So who are the Nazis now

      • ddearborn


        First where exactly are the hundreds of thousands of victims supposed to go? Out of the 1.8 Million inhabitants Israel itself admits there are perhaps at most 15,000 Hamas Patriots. Given that gaza is a very small area (now reduced in size by almost half) no matter where Hamas ( A duly democratically elected political party) is located in Gaza Israel can claim they are next to civilians. This is even more true now that there are 1.8 Million people in half the space.

        There is nothing wild about the comparisons. Prior to 1948 Jewish terrorists systematically killed about 3/4 of a Million Palestinians to make way for immigrating Jews. Remember in 1945 Jews owned only 6% of the lands in Palestine. Israel is infamous (as were the Nazis) of blaming the victims.

        As for the teenage boys you do seem to have short term memory problems. Just prior to the 3 Jewish Teenagers deaths 2 Palestinian teenage boys were shot dead in the street and a third critically wounded. And it gets far uglier than that: According to the UN Israel has killed a Palestinian women or child on average of once every 4 days for the LAST DECADE. And your characterization of pouring gasoline down the throat of an innocent young Palestinian boy and lighting him on fire as a “reprisal” is vulgar in its attempt at whitewashing a grotesque terrorist act. Bye the bye what has actually happened to those 3 terrorists? If that had been 3 Palestinians burning a Jew they would have already been executed.

        Now as for the morality of public displays of joy for the pain and suffering of others. Thousands of Jewish Israelis went out to watch cheer and celebrate the first 10 days of Israel’s round the clock bombardment of a city that is 50% children under the age of 15 another 30% women. So the answer to your question “who are the Nazis now”
        is very simple: The State of Israel and all those that support it.

      • noone special

        Israel created Hamas you bone head , to divide and conquer. The secular PLO was too effectively politically. It is a scientific certainty that Arafat was murdered via radioactivity.

        Do you think we are all stupid?

    • Canadian27

      Why don’t you address the mindless over-breeding in Gaza with unemployed families having over a dozen children. This is irresponsible, and shows no regard for the surplus offspring with no future , and condemned by the Hamas mindset to destroy Israel. Breeding and expecting the UN to feed the children is a path to perpetual poverty.

      If Hamas had the weapons of Israel they would destroy Israel as fast as they could aiming at maximum civilian casualties – so don’t talk about GENOCIDE, unless you’re talking about Hamas!

      • ddearborn

        I’m sorry I thought we were talking about human beings. It sounds to me like you are discussing cattle. And the fact of the matter is that as we speak it is Israel that is doing all the killing of men women and children. It is Israel that is destroying entire towns and villages. It is Israel that is actually committing Genocide.
        So I suggest that as long as you are talking about reality you stick to what is actually happening on the ground in Gaza. And what is happening is GENOCIDE BY ISRAEL AGAINST THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.
        And if as you say the Palestinians have no future, it is because Israel has taken it away from them.

  • mercan tax cattle

    No discussion no debate, NO tolerance for master raqcer NAZI filth in apartheid, occupied Palestine

    Boycott the horned beast of zion and the animals that feed it.

    Boycott Israeli squatter trinkets.
    Barcode 500 & 729
    Boycott the settler squatter slime in the rest of the “territories”
    Barcode 7219 & 7922.

    Say NO to soda scream and the filth that the chosen racer scum cobble together

    • juandos

      Let me guess, you’re one of those whining paleoswine, right?

      BTW do you dress up your brat like a bomb?

      • not authorized

        Hello Racist.

        noun: racism

        the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

        prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different
        race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

        Let me guess, are you are one of those paid Israeli Students? The “swine” part kind of gives it away.

  • ter ber

    USA tax dollars at work. And satan dances.

  • Doug Nusbaum

    There is a moral here: If you are, in your founding charter, going to declare that your only specific (not general vague things like justice — as it, it is just to kill apostates, but actual specific things) goal is to kill a group of people, well then you should not choose a group who is, on average, one standard deviation smarter than you, and a whole lot stronger. To do so, is simply to show your stupidity

    some quotes from the charter: For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails.

    The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).

    Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims. “Let the eyes of the cowards not fall asleep.”

    Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.

    So what do we know from the words of the Palestinians and their government and its charter.

    They prefer death to life, and the greatest thing that they can do is to die for their cause

    They will not rest until all of Israel is theirs, and all the Jews are dead.

    Well to bad for them. They are just whiny and stupid (Average Arab IQ by almost every measure is around 85. There are states in this country that publish more books than all of Arabia, they invent almost nothing, they create almost nothing. All that they can do is kill and consume the wealth derived form their oil) And since death and martyrdom is their goal in life, then why are they complaining? See links and quotes at the top. Of more interest is why are all non-palestinians supporting them? Cause, according to their belief system, you, whoever you are, if you are not Muslim, then you are next. And after all the non muslims are dead, then they will start killing each other as they so often do when there are no other soft targets around.

    They prefer soft targets because, given their limited intellect, that is all that they can really handle. Ever heard of an arap fighter plane? How about an arab weapon of any kind that is not just a box of nails and some stolen explosives. (Iran is persian, not arab)

    I may have missed it, but the Hamas charter has a lot of platitudes about doing good, showing mercy, doing justice, but only one specific call to action. Kill Jews. Perhaps there was a second one. Brainwash (educate??) their children to die in the name of Allah.

    The only reason that anyone is complaining about the deaths of these arabs is because Jews are involved. The entire world, especially Arabs, put little value on the lives of arabs. The lives of arab women have zero value except as property. One a-sexual american once said that sex is like having someone else blow your nose for you. This is pretty much how Arab culture views women, as something to use for the sexual equivelant of blowing a mans nose. But women are the source of life in the civilized world. So you have a culture whose highest goal is death, does not see women as anything more than a mans property to be used and discarded when it no longer pleases him, does not invent or create anything and very well knows the lives of its members have a value of just above zero. When Arabs are killing each other at a rate of over 200 per day for over three years as in Syria, no one cares. Add in Iraq at 300 per week, and Libya at — well whose counting any more? And nobody cares. Because Arabs killing Arabs is not news. It is what they do. And recently, as of July 29, 2014 the death rate has been over 300 per day.

    Since the people complaining hate Jews so much how about if you hate us so much you can Join the BDS movement. You can start by refusing to use anything that uses, as the nazis called it, Jewish science. Give up your cell phones and computers, and go live in a cave.

    Special note to girls. What exactly are your thoughts on honor killing, and having your labia and clitoris removed? If you are part of the GLTB community you will be stoned to death in Palestine!!!

    Still not sufficient evidence of the existential threat that Israel faces? Then compare the quotes from Hitler including those from mein Kampf with the above segments from the Founding charter of Hamas:

    The Jews are not stupid. They actually learn from experience. When they said Never Again, they meant it, and they have 75 to 400 nuclear weapons including many on submarines, and a sampson option to back up their position.

    People complain that Israel does not want a two state solution. Well, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. As I said above, the Isralies are NOT stupid.

    “At present we have a problem with the territory called Gaza,” the prime minister said. But the West Bank is 20 times the size of Gaza. Israel, he said flatly, was not prepared “to create another 20 Gazas” in the West Bank.

    • Robert Zraick

      So is your main point that Jews are smarter than Arabs and therefore are justified in killing them?

  • not authorized
    • JimGlover

      Why did Israel help create Hamas? Good question.

      To counter the PLO which backfired the way the CIA helped create al Qaida to beat Russia in Afghanistan. Now Hamas and the PO will live in peace with Israel when the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza ends.

      If America was Blockaded would America resist?

  • nworesister

    What if the tables were turned? What if you switched the two populations but left all the “stuff” in place? What if you put all the Israeli Jews in Gaza with rockets and tunnels and explosives, and you put all the Muslims from Gaza in Israel, with nukes and tanks and fighter planes and bombers and artillery and armored personnel carriers? What would happen? Why, of course, Hamas would nuke all the Jews in the blink of an eye. No, actually, that’s not blood-thirsty enough. They would drive their tanks and armored trucks in, going house to house, raping and beheading the women in front of their husbands, and butchering the children and men with knives and swords one by one, parading heads and body parts around triumphantly. You know it’s true. So who is worse – Israel or the Arab Muslims? Why do you Jew-haters hold the Jews to a higher standard than the Arabs? That is demeaning to the Arab people and it’s racist. By the way, your criticism of Israel’s conduct in Gaza is the major contributing cause of all the Arab deaths there. If you were to criticize Hamas instead, for attacking Israel first by firing rockets from civilian areas, putting innocent people in harm’s way, Hamas would stop doing that, because it would hurt their cause, and lives would therefore be saved. Your sympathy for them is encouraging them to continue killing more of their people with their barbaric human shield tactics. Their blood is on your hands.

  • buddy

    The Chosen people of Satan continue their slaughter. I think the world is starting to wake up.

  • oldman67

    Amazing! If hamas tries to defend their homeland they are terrorist. When Israel attacks Hamas they are considered freedom fighters. The headlines are always reporting every time Hamas fires a rocket in to Israel but completely ignores the massacres that have been carried out by the IDF forces. In January 2003 AIPAC director Howard Kohn told the New York Sun that quietly lobbying congress to approve the use of force in Iraq had been one of AIPAC’s successes over the past year. Go all the way back to the Balfour Declaration where Israel was promised Palestine. lord Balfour sent a letter to lord rothschild which grew into the Balfour Declaratioin. Lord Balfour wrote,’ Zionism…is of far greater importance than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.” what Israel is doing to the Palestinians today is supported by the U.S. taxpayers to the tune of $3 billion annually. The U.s. does give the Palestinian government tens of thousands of dollars for humanitarian purposes. They don’t wish to appear one sided.

  • Alexandra Ormsby

    Idiotic Palestinians intentionally BREED more children in order to ‘out-populate’ Israel. But Israel is not to be outdone! Their “settlers” do exactly the same. SO, TOUGH LUCK for both sides. Use birth control and you won’t have these problems! Stop whining to America to send ‘aid’. All I would send you, if I had the money, is a boatload of condoms!

  • Alex Live

    Israel did the right thing to create buffer zone otherwise the barbarians will never finish the attacks. Teach Palestinians the lesson, Palestinians attack, Israel takes land, otherwise barbarians never learn the lesson.

  • Jacqueleen

    Good. The Palestinians should lose it all. They have no trouble strapping a bomb to their chest and blowing up innocent civilians but they can’t stop Hamas from causing this mayhem. So, let them leave and go to one of the surrounding Arab countries where they can live in peace…for about 5 minutes.