ISLAMABAD/ GAZA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday termed Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza as ‘genocide,’ urging the world to stop Israel’s naked and brutal aggression.
In a statement released late on Tuesday, Nawaz said that these crimes against innocent civilians, women children and elderly, were unparalleled in the recent history of the world.
"I am saddened and disappointed to note the silence of international community against this injustice. The silence and ineffectiveness of Muslim Ummah has made Palestinians more vulnerable and made Israel more aggressive. World must stop Israel from this naked and brutal aggression."
Hamas rocket claims first Israeli casualty, Palestinian toll up 197
Nawaz’s comments came as Israel resumed a punishing air campaign against Gaza Tuesday after its Palestinian foe Hamas failed to agree on a truce and dozens of rockets were fired over the border, killing an Israeli for the first time in the week long conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the army would "expand and intensify" its Gaza operation as hopes of an Egyptian-brokered truce fell through.
The renewed Israeli strikes killed three Gazans, raising the Palestinian death toll in eight days of violence to 197, medics said.
The Israeli was killed in a rocket attack on an Israeli position near the Erez crossing with Gaza, the army said.
Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing said it carried out the attack.
The 38-year-old civilian had been delivering food to soldiers serving in the area, a spokesperson for the Israeli emergency services told AFP.
It was the first Israeli death of the conflict after nearly 1,000 rockets and mortar rounds hit the Jewish state. Four Israelis have been seriously wounded.
It came after Israel's security cabinet said early Tuesday it would accept an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire to begin at 0600 GMT.
But Hamas officials said they had not been consulted on the proposal and would not halt fire without a full-fledged deal including Israeli concessions.
The movement's armed wing continued to fire dozens of rockets into Israel after the 0600 GMT deadline, sending tens of thousands scrambling for cover.
At 1200 GMT, the Israeli army announced it was resuming air strikes, after militants fired 47 rockets from Gaza.
The fresh raids hit Gaza City, southern Khan Yunis and Rafah and killed two people.
"This would have been better resolved diplomatically, that's what we tried to do when we accepted the Egyptian truce proposal today," Netanyahu claimed.
"But Hamas leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it."
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said the movement had not been consulted on the truce bid, and called the idea of halting fire before agreeing on terms "unacceptable".
A top member of Hamas's exiled politburo, Mussa Abu Marzuq, sounded a more cautious note, saying the movement had no official position on the proposal and discussions were continuing.
Hamas has said it wants the end of Israel's blockade of Gaza and the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt as part of a truce deal.
It also wants Israel to free Palestinians it rearrested after releasing them in a 2011 exchange for an Israeli soldier held by Gaza militants for more than five years.
In his remarks on Tuesday evening, Netanyahu also took aim at domestic critics, responding to Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman who earlier slammed Israel's acceptance of the Egyptian truce and Netanyahu's "hesitance", saying Israel should conquer Gaza and expel Hamas from it.
"These are moments when decisions must be made coolly and with patience, not hastily or noisily," Netanyahu said.
The Israeli premier also fired deputy defence minister Danny Danon, a firebrand member of his Likud party, who was a vocal critic of him during the operation.
Cairo's truce proposal was announced overnight, and urged both sides to halt the violence and travel to Egypt for talks.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was due in Cairo on Wednesday, but it was unclear if Hamas officials there were continuing to discuss the truce bid and if Israeli officials would also travel to Egypt.
The proposal won support from Western governments with President Barack Obama saying he was "encouraged" by Egypt's efforts and hoped to see calm restored.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also urged Hamas to accept the Egyptian proposal, accusing the Islamists of holding Gaza "hostage."
But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan put the blame entirely on Israel accusing it of carrying out "state terrorism" and a "massacre" of Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge before dawn on July 8, hitting Gaza with an intensive air and artillery bombardment aimed at stamping out rocket fire.
Since then, 960 rockets have hit Israel, while another 215 have been intercepted by its Iron Dome air defence system, the army said.
In Gaza City on Tuesday, shortly after Israel resumed its air strikes, 44-year-old Suheil al-Hossari looked at the ruins of his home.
An Israeli warning call meant there were no deaths in the strike, but that was small comfort for Hossari.
"Everything is destroyed. The food we prepared for our iftar (Ramadan evening meal) is now under the ruins of my home," he told AFP.
"I don't have money for food, let alone to rent a new house. I will stay here in the open and rely on God's mercy."
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@numbersnumbers: Dear Numbers, Yes I can provide credible numbers in regard to the Pakistan death toll and you know it, but you are merely attempting to detract attention away from the brutal Israeli Genocide in Gaza, which is what the above article is all about.
@Sexton Blake: And of course you can provide some credible references to support your delusion that 2/3 of the Pakistani death toll of 30,000 consists of insurgents (terrorists!) and military personnel! NOT! BTW, "responsible" Pakistan had maintained those world famous "safe havens" for their Good Taliban (Haqqani!) assets to launch raids into Neighboring countries!
"Nawaz urges world to stop Israel's 'genocide' in Gaza"
How about Nawaz urging world to stop China's genocide of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang? Or, does Nawaz and Pakistan consider the Uigurs as lesser human beings?
@numbersnumbers: As usual you are comparing apples with oranges. Palestinians in the Gaza strip have a total population of about 1 million and Pakistan has a population of 180 million. In other words The Gaza strip population is 0.5 per cent that of Pakistan. Simple arithmetic tells us that 0.5 per cent of 30,000 is 150 people. Also, the current death toll in Gaza occurred over two weeks. The 30,000 Pakistan death toll, two thirds of whom were insurgents and military personnel, occurred over 13 years. Additionally, many of the deaths have been the result of inaccurate American drone activity, towards which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constantly shown his displeasure. It would appear by any measure that the current Pakistan Government, unlike the Israeli Government, is a responsible member of the world community, and shows more consideration towards its citizens, than most, when they die in tragic circumstances.
and what about the genocide and havoc you wreaked in model town..Everyone know you have no respect and are of no importance either.
Yes she committed suicide because sexual harassment or rape is considered something really big and disgusting, that's why she committed suicide. In India its everyday business so no one cares.
And look at the geographic location of those who separated. I agree that atrocities were committed against them, but in PRESENT day Pakistani artistes and athletes are loved in their land too apart from their own nation.
@Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan. Indian commentators who support the murder of Palestinians, don’t think we have forgotten Kashmir either. Freedom for Palestine and Freedom for Kashmir is one and the same. All Muslims should be free of foreign rule and be able to live their lives according to their will.
What are your views on freedom from martial race muslims by the fish eating, short and dark bengali muslim in '71?
@Hari Om: Agreed
Indians are the same as Israelis. Look what they are doing to Kashmiri Muslims, they have been massacring and abusing us for 66 years. Shame on these occupiers of Muslim lands. We will gain freedom soon. Praying for my Palestinian brothers and sisters from Occupied Kashmir.
Kashmir stands with Gaza, Pakistan, and all Muslims.
It’s not just adult females who face a rape problem in Pakistan, it is also little boys who face similar problems. A reminder to A B Khan from yesterday’s article in Express Tribune about the rape murder of little boy in Multan:
@ABKhan: Do I have to remind you that your female cricket player yesterday committed suicide because of sexual harassment and complaint has been registered again her family members instead of accused. We don’t hide things like you do.
Israel had respected the Egypt brokered ceasefire.Hamas decided to continue fighting.So why play the part of victim.Palestinians should know by now that Israel responds aggressively to threats against it.
@Sri Varahadev: Divide and rule strategy doesn't work everywhere.
Having perpetrated one of the greatest acts of genocide in 1971 against erstwhile Bengali citizens of what was then East Pakistan (Currently Bangladesh) and making no attempt to punish the perpetrators of that act of genocide, Pakistan’s act of shedding crocodile tears about genocide in Gaza is contemptible.
Israeli action in Gaza against Islamic Terrorist Hamas rocket attacks is not genocide but rather fully justified self-defence. Israeli action is also fully justified on grounds that Jews are the original inhabitants of that part of the world with a presence predating that of Muslim interlopers who Hamas claims to represent and thus Israel has all rights to retaliate against who seek to intimidate them into leaving ancestral Jewish Lands.
@Raj - USA: GCC have much better a chance at succeeding than BRICS where everyone hates everyone.
hahahahahaha....Nawaz think tht 1 million IDPs are come from Palestine...
@ABKhan: "Indis are sitting and commenting on issues which are not related to them at all??" ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ So u r saying that Nawaz Sharif is an Indian:)?
I say dissolve the United Nations . It's of no use toddy . When was the last time it solved a problem FGS ?
@ABKhan: I hope the average Indian someday to stand up against Rape & Foeticide in their own wretched country, instead of getting up early and judging Pakistan for all and any actions.
"Nawaz urges world to stop Israel's 'genocide' in Gaza" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ two typos in there! 1. Israel in place of India\ 2. Gaza in place of Kashmir.
I wonder is there nothing in India to do except raping, that all Indis are sitting and commenting on issues which are not related to them at all??
"Nawaz urges world to stop Israel's 'genocide' in Gaza" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The absurdity of the above is matched by the call of the ex PresMushharaf to act as peacemaker between Israel and the Arab World.
I support this statement by Nawaz Sharif. All nations which support Israeli actions or Israel's position should be boycotted. Turkey, Pakistan, and other Muslim countries should put pressure on those countries which are doing deals with Israel.
Indian commentators who support the murder of Palestinians, don't think we have forgotten Kashmir either. Freedom for Palestine and Freedom for Kashmir is one and the same. All Muslims should be free of foreign rule and be able to live their lives according to their will.
@Kaleem Ullah: Pakistan is ONLY nuclear missiles capable muslim country, it boasts 6th biggest population on planet and it is 35th biggest country in terms of area. Israel is in its range and with the help of Gulf, Pakistan can make a block against Israel.
What bravado! Israel will make mince meat out of you - like it has done in every war with its Arab Muslim neighbors who have all the so called superiority you boast about. Your nuclear missiles cant do a thing - even if they take off in the right direction! Don't forget Israel also has nuclear arms.
see who is telling!! is not it double standard
"Israel is in its range and with the help of Gulf, Pakistan can make a block against Israel."
Block against Israel ?????????
The most successful block of Gulf countries, GCC is breaking up. http://mepc.org/articles-commentary/commentary/gcc-troubles-spill-arab-league-meeting
@Kaleem Ullah: Unless you were sarcastic, in which case I think it was in bad taste, please do not indulge in lose talk about your nuclear prowess that is pure fantasy. Possessing nuclear arms is a big responsibility and you should exercise constant restraint and vigilance that these are kept away from humanity. If you ever decided to use such weapons on others, be sure that you will be completely wiped out from planet earth! If you observe the talk of world leaders -- sadly, Pakistan has never produced one so far -- they never threaten each other with nuclear weapons. And here comes a stone-age country that is talking about these deadly weapons as if these were toys and playthings.
Over the same period, 840 rockets have struck Israel, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the northern city of Hadera. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down 191, the army said. now who is victim
@Kaleem Ullah Don't forget that Pakistan is also the ONLY country that created the World's first Water-Car.
@Kaleem Ullah ...Pakistan is strong enough and it can gather voices against Israel. Pakistan is ONLY nuclear missiles capable muslim country, it boasts 6th biggest population on planet and it is 35th biggest country in terms of area. Israel is in its range and with the help of Gulf, Pakistan can make a block against Israel. That can be some resistance. Not everything is money, sentiments matter too.....
You also forgot to mention that the pakistan is the biggest nuisance to the world!
Iran has carried out far worse attrocities in syria against sunni muslims
@Kaleem Ullah: Hmmm, ad in world papers a week after Pakistan launches nuclear missile at Israel !
Land for sale cheap, some ocean front property available, used to be called Pakistan, bring radiation suit if interested in inspection!
When Pakistan, nominally administered by Mr. Nawaz Sharif is running operation Zarb-e-Azb targetting its own minority fellow Muslim Pushtun populace in N. Waziristan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif has no right to adversely comment about Israel’s fully justified counter-terrorist operation in Gaza.
Second try Nawaz calls deaths of near 200 Palestinians in Gaza to be "Genocide"!!! However, deaths of near 30,000 Pakistanis by TTP rated "NOT GENOCIDE" by Nawaz due to his silence on their behalf! We must conclude that a Palestinian life is worth far far far far more than a Pakistani life in the eyes of those Pakistani politicians trying to score political points!
Regards Operation Zarb-e-Azb launched by Punjabi dominated Military of Pakistan in North Waziristan, I have the following to say to Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff :
“I am saddened and disappointed to note the silence of international community against this injustice. The silence and ineffectiveness of Muslim Ummah has made Pathans more vulnerable and made Pakistan more aggressive. World must stop Pakistan from this naked and brutal aggression.”
Pakistan is strong enough and it can gather voices against Israel. Pakistan is ONLY nuclear missiles capable muslim country, it boasts 6th biggest population on planet and it is 35th biggest country in terms of area. Israel is in its range and with the help of Gulf, Pakistan can make a block against Israel. That can be some resistance. Not everything is money, sentiments matter too.
@Usman: It took NS one year to conduct North waziristan operation and before he eliminated polarization from society. A large majority was in favor of dialogue when NS assumed power. IK, probably the most popular leader in Pakistan always called this operation as suicide. NS should be appreciated for NS operation. It is PPP and PTI who should be blamed for inaction.
@Usman: Hold your horses. At least he's calling a spade a spade in this case. People like you never fail to amaze and frustrate with their constant cribbing about everything. Go take a cold shower.
What in the world are you talking about Mr. PM!
You have been living under the influence of the Arab world yourself and they are no less than any other zionist.
You talk about the Muslim Ummah - please tell me where do you stand or lets say where does Pakistan stand in this?
It took over 5 years to realize how important it was to have an operation in North Waziristan - I wasn't expecting our govt. to do much for Gaza anyway but this Hypocrisy is beyond next level!
State-terrorism paid for and sponsored USA.
I am glad that Nawaz has also urged the world to stop Pakistan's genocide in Pakistan.
Thanks Mr. Prime Minister for voicing our concerns about current genocide in Gaza. We love you and we also love your bold steps that you take to make us a stronger nation.
What about the Hazara and Shia Genocide in this country? The other minorities Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Ahmadis don't even count. They are exterminated by mobs under police protection.
When you fail at home ........it's normal to bother about the rest of the world.
What about Hamas which is using humans as shield and they hide themselves and also explosions in religious places and near to high population because they know that know that they will be destroyed by mighty Israel if they do that....need to put pressure on both israel and hamas
How about minding Pakistan's own business.Let us get our own house in order and stop worrying about far away places.Please
For once, Nawaz does something his Arab overloads would probably not approve of. Regardless, credit should be given where it is due... GG Nawaz
Like the world listens to him
So after weeks you got time give one statement,How coward and greedy one can become
@nawaz sharif, grow a spine already, do some thing along the lines of what Tayeb Erdogan did. just saying they are doing wrong is not going to cut it. do something. condemn it with hard words. concern for such vile acts as bombing hospitals, masjids, and civilians, killing innocent women and children, imprisonment of the men and women without a just cause, a calculated massacre is not shown by giving a sugar coated statement about israelis doing injustices and urging others to stop it. why not step up and be a man.
Only the title is relevant, and then started the usual Western media reporting in the favor of Israel.
I do not trust "AFP" published news on Israel, period.
Can i get the Video of this?