"It's not a war, but a massacre in Gaza," says American political scientist

10:21, April 08, 2010      

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An American political scientist and author said Wednesday that the 22-day military offensive in Gaza "was not a war, it was a massacre."

Norman G. Finkelstein made the statement as he was presenting to reporters here his new book, entitled "This Time We Went Too Far, Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion."

He cited testimonies from Israeli soldiers who took part in the military offensives to vindicate his viewpoint -- "No battles" and "No enemies in the field."

The 22-day Israeli military strikes, which broke out on Dec. 27 2008, left more than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis killed.

Finkelstein quoted Israel as saying that it won the war in Gaza and restored its deterrence capacity in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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