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Gaza -- 'self defence'

Gaza -- 'self defence'
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The third week of what Israel calls a legitimate self-defence of its citizens from rockets fired by Hamas — Hamas, the elected authority of Gaza, the Islamist group internationally condemned as a terrorist organisation… A Spanish report by TVE centres on Palestinian civilians — unarmed and terrorised by the Israeli bombardment of a UN refugee compound in Gaza.

Public outrage in France: last weekend, groups offering the Palestinian people moral support were denied permission to demonstrate. They went ahead anyway, in Sarcelles, on the northern outskirts of Paris; then cars were destroyed, stores were pillaged and there were clashes with police. The government approved a march on Wednesday, covered by F3.

The UN Human Rights Council votes for an international investigation into whether anyone is committing war crimes in Gaza. Switzerland is concerned that with revulsion over the acts of the state of Israel comes a rise in anti-Semitism, Swiss television reported.

With Palestinian rockets being fired into Israeli territory, in the aftermath of a civilian airliner being shot down over Ukraine, international carriers cancelled flights to Tel Aviv. Only Israeli civil aircraft might have adequate countermeasures against attack, an explanation from Portuguese television.

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