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Israel Attacks Rafah As Promised… Striking Civilian Population

Israel has begun its bombardment of Rafah, a city in Southern Gaza, even after Hamas accepted the terms of a ceasefire.

Tanks have rolled into the Rafah crossing, and there are reports of “carpet bombing.” Rafah is where 1.5 million Palestinians have been since they were bombed out of Northern Gaza. Israel said that it had arranged camps for evacuees but no one can verify that the camps are sufficient or safe from further attacks.

China has condemned this invasion. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian said this: “China … strongly calls on Israel to heed the overwhelming demands of the international community, stop attacking Rafah, and do everything it can to avoid a more serious humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip.”

But U.S. lawmakers say that they will run defense if Israel is held accountable for its actions. A group of 12 Senators sent a letterto the International Criminal Court threatening “severe sanctions” if the court follows through with threats to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials for their violations of international rules of war.

The letter concludes: “The United States will not tolerate politicized attacks by the ICC on our allies. Target Israel and we will target you.”

They will not tolerate politics? Isn’t what they’re doing politics? Why is it their job as elected representatives of the American people to protect Israeli politicians? Can’t work that one out.

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