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FINALLY - Hamas, Israel Agree on Long-Term TruceSuhaib Salem - The Daily Beast - "Six people were said to have been killed after Israeli strikes in Gaza on Tuesday night, bringing the death toll to around 2,200, more than a quarter of whom were children." - id "27/8/2014
His last cry of pain "echoes in my ears"Maram Humaid - The Electronic Intifada - "Hala tried to phone her husband several times on the day of the massacre. He did not respond, so she sent him text messages. Still no response.Then she turned on the TV. Al Jazeera showed images of a dead man, wearing a vest marked “press.”" - id 27/8/2014
69% of Gaza Schools Damaged by Israeli AssaultsConnie Hackbarth Alternative Information Center - ""Israel’s ongoing assault has significantly damaged at least 277 Governmental and UNRWA schools. About 30% are still being used as shelters for displaced families.”" - id 27/8/2014
Celebrations in Gaza after truceTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Arab News - "Mosques used their loudspeakers to broadcast celebratory chants as the wartorn enclave hailed the apparent end to some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade." - id 27/8/2014
As war rages in Gaza, West Bank routine of violence and arrests unabatedAmira Hass - Haaretz - Arrests, expulsions, home demolitions, land seizure and settlers harassing Palestinians continues: Since the beginning of the fighting in the south on July 8, soldiers and police have injured 2,139 Palestinians in the West Bank [ry]25/8/2014
Nowhere Is Safe: Israel Tells Gazans to ‘Stay Away From Terrorists’Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Israel to Call Up Another 10,000 Reservists as War Escalates [ry]25/8/2014
Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for StatehoodHenry Siegman - Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center - Occupied people who are told by their occupier that their subjugation is permanent and that they will never be allowed to exercise the right to national self-determination and sovereign existence on territories recognised by the international community as their rightful patrimony have every right to resort to resistance, including violent resistance, to achieve their freedom, if they are reacting to the violence that is keeping them illegally under occupation.-rh 21/8/2014
Homeless Gazans struggle to find shelterMohammed Othman - Al-Monitor - Abu Assar and her 13-member family fled the neighborhood of Shajaiya in eastern Gaza following a major attack by Israeli forces on July 19. “The situation is increasingly worsening in the hospital park, where thousands of displaced people have taken refuge,” Abu Assar told Al-Monitor.-rh 21/8/2014
Revenge devoid of purpose: Punitive demolitions of Palestinian homesCody O’Rourke and Jeff Halper - Mondoweiss - And the “punitive” demolitions were pointless and, indeed, counterproductive, even by Israel’s own standards. Over the years the Israeli authorities have demolished some 40,000 Palestinian homes, either as “collateral damage” in military incursions (10,000 were destroyed in the latest round of fighting in Gaza) or because, since 1967, Israel has refused to grant building permits to Palestinians, who are then forced to build “illegally” and face demolition. In virtually none of these cases was “security” the reason for demolition, as testified by the fact that none of the owners were ever arrested.-rh21/8/2014
Adameer : Urgent – Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar Expelled to JerichoSamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - At 1.30 A.M on 20 August 2014 approximately 50 Israeli occupying soldiers surrounded Jarrar`s home in Ramallah. An Israeli captain then proceeded to hand Jarrar an order which states that Jarrar must not leave the district of Jericho for the next six months and can only leave with the express permission of the Israeli military commander in the West Bank.-rh 21/8/2014
Palestinians, Europeans support reopening Rafah crossingDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With or without the movement of goods, the reopening of Rafah on a 24-hour basis after the implementation of a permanent cease-fire would have a profound effect on the besieged residents of Gaza, who would consider it the most visible sign that the war and the siege of Gaza are finally over.-rh 21/8/2014
In 2008 Israel Agreed to a Protocol for the Port of Gaza : Why not now?Paul Larudee - Dissidentvoice - In short, there is nothing in the Hamas demands that Israel cannot accept and has not already accepted in similar circumstances, as long as international monitors are placed in charge of implementing agreed protocols for control and security. This is a common sense solution that can meet the requirements of all concerned and allow Gaza to develop itself in ways that are well established in the rest of the world.-rh 21/8/2014
Hamas: Israel tried to kill armed wing leader Mohammed DeifReuters - Ynet - "Marzouk said Israel had ruptured the truce alleging it was in order "to assassinate Mohammed Deif," but that civilians were killed at the site of the attack." - id 20/8/2014
Israeli airstrikes kill three in Gaza, rockets fired at Israel as ceasefire breaks downEdo Konrad - +972 - "Operation Protective Edge has so far claimed over 2,000 Palestinian lives and 67 Israeli lives, the vast majority of whom were soldiers killed during the ground invasion of Gaza." - id 20/8/2014
UN: Amount of Destruction in Gaza ‘Unprecedented’Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - "Serry reported that the number of homes and apartment buildings destroyed or severely damaged in the Israeli assault is 16,800. In contrast, no Israeli homes were damaged severely by Palestinian rocket fire during the month long Israeli invasion of Gaza." - id 20/8/2014
How a Palestinian turned airstrikes into artLauren Hansen - The Week - It`s a harsh reality for those living in the war zone. But 27-year-old Tawfik Gebreel, who lives in Gaza, chooses to find some hope among the wreckage. The Palestinian architect and artist turns photos from the conflict into inspirational portraits of serenity, love, and strength. Using Photoshop, Gebreel manipulates plumes of black smoke into a father playing with his child, a fist emerging from ruins, and a stallion rearing above the crumbling cityscape.-rh20/8/2014
Gaza children unable to go back to schoolFares Akram - Aljazeera - A math teacher, al-Arqan was meant to return to school in less than a week. But as violence has resumed in Gaza after the breakdown of ceasefire talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, the school year has been postponed indefinitely in the besieged Palestinian territory.-rh20/8/2014
Why It`s Hard to Believe Israel`s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian DeathsIdan Barir - Huffington Post - Having served as a crew commander in the Israeli artillery corps, I feel compelled to counter the claim that Israel was targeting militants and doing its best to avoid civilian casualties. Artillery shells cannot be aimed precisely and are not meant to hit specific targets. After a 2006 incident, when a a stray Israeli shell landed inside the home of the Ghabeen family in Beit Lahiya and killed a young girl named Hadeel, the Attorney-General told the Supreme Court that no more artillery fire was to be used in the Gaza Strip. But just a few years later, during Operation Cast Lead, extensive artillery fire was again aimed at the heart of the Gaza Strip. And up until the recent ceasefire, throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel has fired thousands of artillery shells into Gaza - causing intolerable harm to civilians and widespread destruction. ak 19/8/2014
Touring the devastated industrial zones of GazaMartin Lejeune - Maan - On the night of the July 27 the Israeli air force dropped three bombs on Al-Hurani`s carpentry workshop. The carpentry of the Al-Hurani family had been well-known across the northern Gaza Strip. "It was all designed according to the desires of each individual customer, processed with the best woods and decorated with passion". Now the plant is totally destroyed, leaving the Al-Hurani family and 25 regular workers without livelihood. ak 19/8/2014
`We want a ceasefire for always, not for three days`Ma`an - Gaza`s health ministry said the death toll rose above 2,000 as more people succumbed to injuries and bodies were found under rubble. The figures showed 2,016 people had been killed and another 10,196 wounded. Among the dead were 541 children.(...)"We want a ceasefire for always, not for three days" says Wafa, a mother of ten living with her family in a UN school after their home was destroyed. ak 19/8/2014
Israel Demolishes Palestinian House Without Prior Notice in East JerusalemWafa - The house owner, Tawfiq Gazzawi, said Israeli forces surrounded the house in the early morning hours and prevented them from evacuating the house contents before demolishing it without any prior notice. The 380-square-meter house was a shelter for 17 family members, added Gazzawi. He added that the Israeli authorities had tried to demolish the house in 2006, but a court ruling made that attempt a failure. [bz]19/8/2014
A bullet through the heart of a Palestinian man - and an entire communityGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Ayham awoke and phoned his father, Hashem, who told his son that he would be home soon to finish building a new cage for the ducks in the garden. About 10 minutes later, an Israel Defense Forces sharpshooter fired a bullet into Hashem’s heart, killing him on the spot. The sharpshooter then took his rifle and left the balcony of the house from which he had shot Hashem, according to the family who own the apartment which the soldiers had taken over. dn16/8/2014
64 Palestinians Kidnapped In Jerusalem, West BankSaed Bannoura- IMEMC "Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late at night and on Thursday at dawn, at least 64 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem, and moved them to a number of interrogation facilities." ca15/8/2014
Palestinian unity scores concessions from Israel in CairoDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor "Supporters of Palestine around the world as well as in Palestine and nearby Arab countries have taken up the need to boycott Israel economically as a translation of the need to send a message to the Israelis that the illegal and unacceptable occupation will cost Israel financially and politically." ca 15/8/2014
New Gaza truce holding after shaky startMaan News - After days of shuttle diplomacy, the agreement clinched by Egypt ushered in what is potentially the longest period of calm in the five-week conflict and will allow more time for talks on the thorniest issues that separate the two sides, the Palestinians said.-rh 14/8/2014
Israel shocked by scope of Hamas tunnels in Gaza, but locating them still a challengeFelice Friedson - National Post - They lead “from mosque to mosque; mosque to house; house to hospital; kindergarten to house … It is estimated that gunmen are able to live inside a tunnel for weeks at a time, apparently sustained by the quantities of dates and water left behind.”-rh14/8/2014
NEWSLETTER 13 Aug. 2014B`Tselem - Newsletter - I`m in a constant state of fear. When I`m at home, I fear for myself, my wife and my daughters. When I go out, I`m afraid of being bombed, or that a nearby building or the street I`m in will be bombed. But I am the channel through which information reaches the office, and from there – the world, so I haven`t stopped working.-rh13/8/2014
As war with Israel shatters lives, more Gazans question Hamas decisionsSudarsan Raghavan - The Washington Post - So, after more than a month of war and devastation, Abu Halool speaks words that once seemed unthinkable: He says that although he despises Israel, he also blames Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups for his woes.-rh13/8/2014
Gaza: Palestine first and lastAlain Gresh - Le Monde diplomatique - More than a thousand Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s latest assault on Gaza, against some 40 Israelis, and the numbers are rising. But Gaza, the birthplace of Palestinian nationalism, has a long history of resistance.-rh 13/8/2014
Gaza Crisis: `The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within`Julia Amalia Heyer interviews Eva Illouz - Spiegel online - The voice of the extreme right is much louder and clearer than it was before. That`s what`s new: a racist right that is not ashamed of itself, that persecutes dissenters and even people who dare express compassion for the other side. The real danger to Israel and its sustainability comes from within. The fascist and racist elements are no less a security threat than the outside enemies.-rh13/8/2014
Gaza Volunteers Risk Their Lives for PalestiniansAl Ray Palestinian Media Agency - IMEMC - "Noble stories written in a time of war, Al Rays reports, to the most human degree, they begin with the very people who lost their properties and are still helping the others, and do not cease with efforts to rescue the rest." - id 13/8/2014
More stories from GazaSarah Algherbawi - ISM - "This is my university...the most dangerous type of terrorism is practiced here– knowledge building! Here we learned how to face the occupation with education and knowledge, and to make the world aware of who we are. My words are my weapons!" - id 13/8/2014
Gaza: Netanyahu did Hamas a favor in this warGhassan Michel Rubeiz - The Arab Daily News - "Israel’s leader has managed to close the secret tunnels of the coastal strip. But exposed Palestinian suffering has generated global compassion for the eventual lifting of the blockade." - id13/8/2014
How the War in Gaza Could Have Been Avoided : The US and Israel passed on chance after chance to avoid the deadly war in Gaza—and prevent the deaths of thousands.Sandy Tolan - The Nation - Alongside the toll of death and broken lives, perhaps the saddest reality of the latest Gaza war, like the Gaza wars before it, is how easy it would have been to avoid. For the last eight years, Israel and the US had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza.-rh 13/8/2014
Israel Border Police kill Zakaria al-Akra - report in an Israeli contextElior Levy and Yoav Zitun - Ynet - Violence in the West Bank due to increase if the Gaza front couldn`t be concluded diplomatically during the current three-day ceasefire, says the Minister of Police [bz] 12/8/2014
Israeli forces kill Fatah activist in Nablus raidMa`an - Israeli forces killed Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra, 24, after laying siege to a building in the village. Al-Aqra`s brother is reported to live in one of the apartments in the three story building, which Israeli forces attacked with grenades and heavy gunfire. [bz]12/8/2014
Israel`s attacks in Gaza town `a war crime` Mohammed Omer - AlJazeera - Witnesses say Israeli soldiers used Palestinians as human shields and fired on civilians in Khuza`a in southern Gaza [ry]11/8/2014
The forgotten victims of GazaAlaa` Odeh--Palestinians leave home looking for basic rights, including security and stability, but face consistent obstacles abroad, including rejection due to their identity. During times of war, Palestinians struggle to find opportunity, while watching the Israel’s violence and oppression from afar. This is the story of only one such Palestinian.dn10/8/2014
Israel Orders Halt on Palestinian Home Construction near BethlehemChris Carlson - IMEMC "Israeli forces have ordered several Palestinians working on their houses in the village of al-Khader, to the south of Bethlehem, to stop construction, under the pretext of "building without a permit", according to local mayor, Tawfiq Salah.Mr. Salah said, according to WAFA Palestinian News Agency, that Israeli forces (along with staff from "civil administration") served land owners with notices ordering them to stop work, giving the owners until September to either straighten out their legal status or be held legally accountable." ca 8/8/2014
Welcome to the status quo — a tour of the occupationNaomi Dann - Mondoweiss "As a first time visitor to the region, and as someone who had studied this so-called conflict extensively in an academic setting, it was incredibly powerful and disturbing to witness the visual manifestations of the occupation and to meet people working to bring peace with justice to the region. Infrastructure plays a subtle yet violent role in enforcing and expanding the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank. The separation wall, check points, the plethora of barbed wire, settler-only roads running over Palestinian underpasses, and rooftop water tanks are visually striking elements of the architecture of occupation. Equally striking, however, is the resilience and strength of popular resistance against the occupation." ca8/8/2014
Gaza`s health and humanitarian crisisKristin Solberg - The Lancet - The deadliest attack on a health facility was the shelling of al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah in central Gaza on July 21. The hospital came under direct tank fire several times, and the surgical ward, the intensive care unit, and pieces of life-saving equipment were severely damaged. Four people died instantly and six died later from injuries, according to WHO.-rh 7/8/2014
We are all complicit in the bombardment of GazaANDREW SMITH - Open Democracy - Yesterday Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigned from the UK government in opposition to its uncritical support of Israel, while Scotland`s First Minister Alex Salmond called for an embargo on all arms sales to Israel. In Birmingham activist group London Palestine Action successfully shut down and occupied a factory owned by Elbit Systems, Israel`s largest arms company.-rh7/8/2014
July 2014: Over 1930 Palestinians arrested by occupation forcesSamidoun - Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - During July 2014, nearly 2,000 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli occupation forces, reported the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies, including all sectors of Palestinian society. There are now over 6,200 Palestinians in occupation prisons.-rh 7/8/2014
From Iran to the tunnels: Do we really have to live this way?Nir Baram - +972 - Those who spot an existential threat at every turn, turn their backs on diplomacy and mock peace efforts are now astonished to find that the enemy has sought out their own weapons of attack. The tunnels are a self-fulfilling prophecy; the time has come to look for another way.-rh7/8/2014
Eight Days in Gaza: A Wartime DiaryAtef Abu Saif - New York Times - Sunday, July 27 For the last two hours we’ve heard nothing but sonic booms and the sound of rockets and mortars. Shells have fallen on our street a few hundred yards from my father-in-law’s house, where my wife and I, and our five kids, are staying, and on the street behind us.-rh7/8/2014
Gazans return to their neighborhoods — and find them decimatedSwati Sharma - The Washington Post - Another cease-fire took effect between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza, allowing many residents to venture back to their homes. Many found their houses in ruins and tried to salvage any belongings that might have survived the fighting. Others took the time to search for any victims buried in the piles of rubble. Intense airstrikes and ground attacks have taken a huge toll on many towns in the region. Here is a look at Gaza almost a month after Israel began Operation Protective Edge.-rh6/8/2014
Red Cross in Gaza: Rebuilding will take yearsElior Levy and Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - "In a Ynet exclusive, Sara Badiei, a Red Cross engineer in Gaza says that most Gazans have been left with no electricity and little drinkable water." - id 6/8/2014
Gaza ‘Mass Execution’ InvestigatedJesse Rosenfeld - The Daily Beast - " “My father will burn this all down,” says Mohammad waving his hand over the two homes that share a courtyard. “Who could live in a place where such a terrible crime has happened.”" - id 6/8/2014
Israel attacks my university — with bombs and liesRami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - " Fewer and fewer people are swallowing Israel’s lies. Far from destroying “weapons development centers,” Israel is trying to destroy our lives. It is intent on denying us the possibility of learning and working in peace. Israel will not succeed. We will keep on educating our people, no matter how many times we are bombed." - id 6/8/2014
Palestinians consider joining the International Criminal Court Ma`an - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, visint the Netherlands, met with officials of the International Criminal Court in the to discuss the Israeli offensive on Gaza. He inquired about the legal procedures necessary for Palestine to join the ICC and sign the Rome Statute, in order to take possible action against Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Al-Maliki said he would consult members of the Palestinian Authority government on the matter after his visit.ak5/8/2014
Israeli delegation joins Palestinian factions in Cairo for long-term truce talks Jerusalem Post - With the 72-hour cease-fire which began at 8 a.m. appearently holding, Israel sent a negotiating team to Cairo for indirect talks with Palestinians factions, aimed at reaching a long-term truce. Earlier cases of indirect talks between Israel and Hamas had never been so openly and officially proclaimed. Demands presented by the Palestinian delegation, already in Cairo, include an immediate cease- fire, a lifting of the siege and reopening of all border crossings, international assurances that Israel would refrain from launching military attacks, and UN assistance in rebuilding the Strip. More fundamental demands include an airport, seaport and free passage to the West Bank.ak5/8/2014
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel `breaks ceasefire in minutes` as eight-year-old girl killed in air strike Adam Withnall - The Independent - Israel called `humanitarian window` after receiving international condemnation for shelling of UN shelter in Gaza [ry]4/8/2014
How a ‘kidnapped’ soldier illustrates Israel’s deceptionJonathan Cook - The National - "And then there was the explosion of military fury as Israel realised its soldier was missing. Israeli correspondents suggested the notorious `Hannibal procedure` had been invoked: the use of all means to stop a soldier being taken alive, including killing him. The rationale is to prevent the enemy gaining a psychological advantage in negotiations. The unleashing of massive firepower appeared designed to ensure Goldin and his captors never made it out of their tunnel, but in the process dozens of Palestinians died" [ry]4/8/2014
"The front line is none of your business"Martin Lejeune - Gaza City, 1st August - “During such attacks from Israel, the population decides to stand together and resist in unity explains Mahmoud Abu Rahma, Director of the independent Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City. The center bravely records human rights violations of all warring factions in the Gaza Strip.2/8/2014
Emergency call from GazaMartin Lejeune - Gaza City, 31st July - The nerves are constantly on the edge after three and a half weeks of continuous bombardment, of which I only experienced one and a half weeks. Nevertheless, all 70 inhabitants of this house behave calm and considerate. They share everything they have, a baked bread, the last cigarette, a mobile phone battery or a piece of soap for personal hygiene. Yesterday I was in our quarters’ kindergarten, where 80 people are sleeping per room. 2/8/2014
50 Palestinians killed in Gaza since midnightYnet News - Israel News - "Tuesday marked the deadliest day so far, with 128 Palestinians killed, according to a Gaza health official. The overall Palestinian death toll rose to at least 1,269, with more than 7,100 wounded, said the health official." - id 30/7/2014
Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone AgeJesse Rosenfeld - The Daily Beast - "As the dust cleared this morning after a night of bombardment that felt as if it would never end, Gaza’s main power plant was out of commission and the already brittle civilian infrastructure lay in shards. The Gaza City port had been bombed and the finance ministry was flattened." - id30/7/2014
Gaza Ministry of Health: ‘Muslim holy days marred by genocide in Gaza’ISM - International Solidarity Movement - "In the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”" - id 30/7/2014
Detention Bulletin - Issue 53 - May/June 2014DCI Palestine - In the first six months of 2014, Palestinian children continued to be subject to widespread and systematic ill-treatment and torture in the Israeli military detention system. Below are selected statistics compiled from 59 affidavits from children arrested by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank between January and June.-rh30/7/2014
The story of my brother, martyr Mohammed AlareerRefaat Alareer - The Electronic Intifada - "No one knows yet if he bled for three days or if he died of the shockwaves from the explosion, or the sound, or the debris, or the shrapnel, or the fire or by them all." - id 30/7/2014
Israel Bombs Gaza Back To Stone Age: Razes Only Power Plant And Plunges Strip Into DarknessJuan Cole - Countercurrents - Israel has completely reduced to rubble some 5,000 homes and damaged 26,000. If you figure that Palestinians in Gaza live on average 5 in a dwelling, there would be roughly 340,000 domiciles in Gaza. Israel has therefore destroyed or damaged about ten percent of the housing stock. This is on top of past campaigns of indiscriminate and wanton bombing campaigns. Since Israel keeps Gaza under blockade, it won’t receive the necessary materials to rebuild. The Israelis, having bald-facedly stolen the homes and farms of the people of Gaza, won’t be satisfied until they are forced to sleep in open fields.-rh30/7/2014
In Gaza, no one knows who will surviveAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - Where can children be safe? That was the question I kept asking myself as I moved my children from house to house. I was separated from my family for the first time when they decided to remain in my uncle’s house. I preferred to take my son and daughter to another place until I could find an apartment where we could again gather. I learned that some people had left Gaza for Egypt. I don`t think I can do the same.-rh30/7/2014
Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—DebunkedNoura Erakat - The Nation - Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more.-rh 30/7/2014
At Gaza Hospital, Grief and Shock for Families of VictimsSudarsan Raghavan - Information Clearing House - Outside the hospital’s morgue, Saleh Eleyan sat on a step, his head buried in his palms. The bodies of his two sons were inside. A hospital worker came by and asked him to confirm their names, written on a sheet of paper. Afterward, silent and sobbing, Eleyan spotted a boy who resembled his sons — and hugged him hard.-rh30/7/2014
26 Palestinians Killed in Wednesday Afternoon Airstrikes; Including 17 Killed in Crowded MarketMohammad Nabil - IMEMC News - Today’s latest casualties bring the total number of Palestinians killed in the offensive which began on July 8th to 1359, with 7677 wounded, according to the Ministry of Health.-rh 30/7/2014
Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on GazaGlenn Greenwald - Information Clearing House - As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals.-rh30/7/2014
More than 100 killed in Gaza in last 14 hoursMa`an - More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in today`s Israeli bombardment alone, bringing the total past 1,200 as hundreds of thousands fled their homes across the Strip. -- The Ministry of Health also said that as of Monday night nearly 5,000 homes had been completely destroyed, while tens of thousands more had been partially destroyed. The United Nations, meanwhile, estimated that more than 215,000 Gazans had fled their home, or more than 10 percent of the besieged coastal enclave`s total population. [bz]29/7/2014
To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israel’s genocidal slaughter in GazaIlan Pappe - EI - “May whoever is your loved one rest in peace knowing that their death was not in vain — not because it will be avenged and revenged. We do not need more bloodshed. I still believe there is a way of bringing evil systems to an end with the power of humanity and morality. Justice also means bringing the murderers who killed your loved one and so many others to court, and we must pursue bringing Israel’s war criminals to trial in international tribunals” [ry]28/7/2014
Army shelling Beit Hanoun Hospital: "I don`t know if we`ll see the morning"Anne Paq - ISM - There are still 61 medical staff and civilians, three patients and two International Solidarity Movement volunteers trapped inside Beit Hanoun hospital, shelled by the Israeli military. "It`s now chaos, the military is shelling directly at us. There are two patients on the second floor and we think they`re okay, but we can`t move them easily as they`re bed-bound. I`m bleeding from a head wound and there`s another person injured. People are very frightened." Stated Fred Ekblad, Swedish ISM activist. ak 26/7/2014
Israeli Forces Invade Azzun and Use Palestinian Civilians as Human ShieldsInternational Solidarity Movement - IMEMC "The soldiers spent the next few minutes stopping cars on the road and began forcing the drivers to arrange their cars in a circle. The soldiers then forced these residents of Azzun to surrender their keys. The occupants of the cars included women and children. They were very frightened and the soldiers did not allow them to leave. The Israeli forces positioned themselves inside the circle formed by the cars, began to fire tear gas at the youths, and knelt behind the civilian occupants of the cars as to protect themselves." ca 25/7/2014
Reaping What We Have Sown in GazaAmira Hass - Commondreams "A book on Israeli military psychology should have an entire chapter devoted to this sadism, sanctimoniously disguising itself as mercy: A recorded message demanding hundreds of thousands of people leave their already targeted homes, for another place, equally dangerous, 10 kilometers away." ca25/7/2014
Power Shortages Hit Gaza Maternity WardJesse Rosenfeld - the Daily Beast "Members of the hospital staff say they are seeing 15 to 20 percent more premature births since the Israeli offensive began in Gaza more than two weeks ago. Then, on Tuesday, the Israelis hit the Gaza power plant. Many homes and institutions have their own generators, but fuel for those is running out, and without electricity to operate pumps, many people are going without water. At Shifa Hospital the generators are old and cranky and don’t always kick in right away." ca25/7/2014
UN Observer: Israel Slaughters Entire FamiliesChris Carlson - IMEMC News - “With no regard to human life, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to slaughter entire families,” Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the United Nation, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, said during an open debate at the United Nations Security Council.-rh 24/7/2014
Why Do Television Producers Think a Grey Blob Over a Dead Person’s Face Shows Respect? : Cruelly obliterating their image kills the child a second timeRobert Fisk - Information Clearing House - If a little body can be shown, but his or her face – the very image of their soul, especially if it is undamaged by the wounds that killed the body – must be cruelly obliterated by a scientific blob, then we kill the child a second time.rh 24/7/2014
Blast, a Fire and an Israeli Soldier Goes MissingISABEL KERSHNER and JODI RUDOREN - The New York Times - Capturing an Israeli soldier — or even withholding a soldier’s remains — can have a powerful impact on Israeli society, more in some ways than death. Israel in the past has traded the freedom of hundreds of prisoners in exchange not just for the living — like Gilad Shalit, who was held from 2006 to 2011 before Israel negotiated a trade for his release — but also for the corpses of soldiers who died in battle.-rh 24/7/2014
The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truceFrancesca Albanese - Mondoweiss - Much less noticed by the Western media was that Hamas and Islamic Jihad had meanwhile proposed a 10 year truce on the basis of 10 – very reasonable – conditions. While Israel was too busy preparing for the ground invasion, why didn’t anyone in the diplomatic community spend a word about this proposal?-rh24/7/2014
Israeli forces bomb al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza CityMa`an News Agency - The bombing comes on the 16th day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, which has left more than 650 Palestinians dead, more than 4,000 injured, and more than 135,000 displaced in the coastal enclave of 1.7 million people.-rh 24/7/2014
Why Israel should accept Hamas` termsBen-Dror Yemini - Ynet - So Israel must make a move: It must accept Hamas` conditions, add to them, and announce its agreement to a ceasefire, in exchange for the Strip`s demilitarization by an international force.-rh 24/7/2014
It is a war crime to target densely packed Gaza homesRaji Sourani - The Irish Times - The purpose of the Gaza doctrine is straightforward: disproportionate force is used to cause terror among the civilian population to exert political pressure on the authorities in Gaza. This policy of collective punishment, of deliberately causing terror, is unequivocally illegal but it is all too real.-rh24/7/2014
Over 50 Mosques Targeted Since Beginning of Gaza OffensiveChris Carlson - IMEMC - "Al-Saifi told Ma`an that Israel does not distinguish between targeting fighters, civilians, hospitals, mosques or cemeteries, and adds that he is afraid schools may be targeted in coming days." - id 23/7/2014
VIDEO: Interview with Gaza journalist Abir AyoubAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - "`It was a miracle that we survived last night`s attacks... it was random.`" - id 23/7/2014
Why I vowed not to have children in GazaOmar Ghraieb - The Electronic Intifada - "Every night we count down the hours, waiting for dawn to start breaking through, lighting up the sky and pumping Gaza with sun. But not that night. We were hoping the sun would take its time so we could delay seeing what the light would reveal." - id 23/7/2014
A story from Balata refugee campInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "Asma Alshmeer gave birth to 10 healthy children, five of whom have been killed by the Israeli military." ..."Of the remaining five children, four have spent considerable time in prison; one for two years, three of them for five and a half years and the last one is still in prison serving a life sentence." - id23/7/2014
Photos: Another day of destruction, death and displacement in GazaActivestills - +972 - "UNRWA indicates that they shelter more than 110,000 displaced Palestinians in UNRWA schools but the total number is much higher." - id23/7/2014
`The smell of death was everywhere` Fares Akram - AlJazeera - Seventy-two people have been killed in Shujayea, east of Gaza, in the heaviest barrage of Israel`s ground assault [ry]21/7/2014
Gaza hospital hit in fatal Israeli attack – live updatesMatthew Weaver - The Guardian - "Staff at the al-Asqa martyrs hospital are in state of shock that a medical facility was targeted by the Israelis, according to Fikr Shalltoot, director of programmes at Medical Aid for Palestinians in Gaza City. Speaking to the Guardian after talking to her nephew who works at the hospital, Shalltoot said: `People can`t believe this is happening - that a medical hospital was shelled without the briefest warning. It was already full with patients`" [ry]21/7/2014
Israel-Gaza conflict: Strip suffers bloodiest day after `heinous massacre`Kim Sengupta - The Independent - Palestinians say bloody assault on town of Shuja’iya was motivated by revenge for the deaths of 13 soldiers [ry]21/7/2014
Israel-Gaza conflict: Four boys killed while playing football on beach after Israeli warships open fireKim Sengupta - The Independent - The attack on the fishing port in Gaza City came at just after four o’clock on a sunny and clear afternoon with good visibility. The group of cousins, aged between nine and 11, were around what looked like a derelict shed when they were hit by a shell from the direction of the sea.-rh16/7/2014
Abbas powerless to stop Gaza warDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - While the outlook doesn’t look good at present for moderate elements and the leadership of Abbas, the situation is not so bleak as long as the Ramallah leadership still holds the checkbook for Palestine’s largest group of workers: the public sector. But such leverage is not the basis for a national leadership that is hoping to be the lead party in fulfilling the national demands of millions of Palestinians who want to be free and independent.-rh 16/7/2014
IDF calls on 100,000 Gaza residents along Israeli border to evacuate homesYoav Zitun - Ynet - "Senior army official says ground offensive necessary to combat terror tunnels. It could take between a week and two weeks, and has high chances of being successful." - id 16/7/2014
47 Years of Temporary OccupationB`Tselem - "The presence of security forces results in daily friction between Israeli troops and Palestinian residents. This, in turn, leads to human rights violations by security forces, including acts of violence and illegal gunfire." - id 16/7/2014
Gaza facing water crisis in face of Israeli bombingsReuters - Ynet - ""Water is becoming contaminated and sewage is overflowing, bringing a serious risk of disease."" - id 16/7/2014
El-Wafa hospital threatened with bombing by Israeli militaryInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "“The patients in the hospital are already in fear. With this new threat, the terror has rocketed sky-high. There is mass confusion.” stated Rina Andolini, UK activist now staying in the hospital along with seven other international volunteers." - id 16/7/2014
Appeal from the Palestinian Medical Relief Society:PMRS - The war Israel is waging on Gaza right now is not about self-defense, it is not even about destroying Hamas. It is a war about complete control over a territory and a people and it is being conducted with complete disregard for human life. It is a war aimed at destroying the resilience of an entire people – and if we don’t act immediately, if we don’t change the current narrative and reestablish the truth, it might very well succeed this time.-rh 16/7/2014
Ambulance workers brave Gaza dangers : Paramedics, emergency responders, and ambulance drivers in Gaza City face great risks as they tend to the injured.Mohammed Omer - Aljazeera - The emotional impact has also taken a toll on medical workers in the besieged coastal enclave. Abuelkas told Al Jazeera that one of the worst calls he responded to was to help the al-Batsh family; eighteen members of the same family were killed by an Israeli missile in Gaza City on Saturday.-rh16/7/2014
No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?Richard Falk - The Palestine Chronicle - The entrapment of the Gazan population within closed borders is part of a deliberate Israeli pattern of prolonged collective punishment that has for the past several years been imposed on Gaza. This amounts to a grave breach of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which qualifies as a potential Crime Against Humanity.-rh16/7/2014
Scars show as Gaza`s children endure third warKarin Laub - Yahoo News - "For the majority of the children (in Gaza), it is the third time around," said Bruce Grant, the chief of child protection for the Palestinian territories in the United Nation`s children`s agency, UNICEF. "It reduces their ability to be resilient and to bounce back. Some will not find their way back to a sense of normalcy. Fear will become their new norm."-rh16/7/2014
On the 9th Day of the Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Warplanes Escalate Attacks on Houses, Especially Those of Political LeadersPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - Since the Beginning of the Offensive: 195 Palestinians Killed, 158 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 36 Children and 29 Women, and 1,339 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 401 Children and 273 Women; Hundreds of Houses Targeted and Destroyed.-rh16/7/2014
Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza portPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among the fishermen`s shacks built on the wall were dead. They were aged between seven and 11; two were named Mohammad, one Zakaria and the youngest Ahed. All were members of the extended Bakr family.-rh16/7/2014
What does Israeli `acceptance` of ceasefire really mean?Mya Guarnieri - +972 Magazine - Israel`s cabinet accepting the Egyptian- brokered ceasefire means Israel is willing to return to a status quo that serves Israeli interests: Occasional rocket fire from Gaza actually helps Israeli hawks strengthen their case for holding on to the West Bank (“Look, we withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and all we got is rocket fire!”). Ceasefire and returning to the status quo would put an end to the immediate damage to Israel’s image caused by the horrific photos and footage coming out of Gaza, going back to a status quo where Israel occasionally kills Palestinian civilians in both Gaza and West Bank without much international media scrutiny. ak 15/7/2014
Senior Islamic Jihad member: Our response to ceasefire will be similar to that of Hamas Roi Kais - Ynet - Khaled al-Batash, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad terror group, clarified that the response of his movement to the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire would be similar to that of Hamas. He added that his movement was given information regarding the details of the proposal overnight Monday. [bz]15/7/2014
Hamas: `We heard of ceasefire proposal only through media`Ma`an - Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the group were not consulted by Egypt about ceasefire arrangements. "We in Hamas haven`t heard about the Egyptian ceasefire suggestions except on media outlets. Nobody has consulted us, so it is natural that the initiative isn`t binding to us. If one of the sides involved in the conflict is not consulted, the proposal is worthless." ak 15/7/2014
Netanyahu: If Hamas doesn`t accept cease-fire, Israel will intensify attacksHaaretz - Several Hamas officials rejected the Egyptian proposal, but sources said that Hamas is holding talks with Egypt regarding the cease-fire and an official statement by the Hamas political leadership is expected later Tuesday. Overnight Monday, a rocket struck a parked car in Eilat, in the first attack on Eilat during Operation Protective Edge. Ten were wounded by shrapnel. [bz]15/7/2014
While waiting for ceasefire, Israeli airstrikes kill five Ma`an - It is not yet clear if ceasefire will or will not take hold today in Gaza. Either way, it will come too late for the 33-year-old Suleiman Abu Luli, 58-year-old Ata al-Umour, 53-year-old Bushra Khalil Zurub, 46- year-old Ismail Salim al-Najjar and 49-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Ibrahim al- Najjar. ak 15/7/2014
Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian south of HebronMa`an - While all attention is directed to Gaza, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian near Samu village south of Hebron. Munir Ahmad Badarin, 22, was shot in the abdomen and thigh during clashes with Israeli forces and died at a public hospital in Yatta. Witnesses told Ma`an that Israeli forces at the scene denied paramedics access to the injured man for over 30 minutes. ak 15/7/2014
Israel Orders Gazans to Flee, But Most Have Nowhere to GoJason Ditz - AntiWar - Civilians Given Less Than a Minute to Flee Bombings [ry]14/7/2014
Israeli jets destroying Gaza water and sewerage systems: officials Mohammed Omer - Middle East Eye - Health crisis looming as Israeli attacks accused of targeting already fragile water and sewage infrastructure [ry]14/7/2014
UNRWA, World Health Organization Address Gaza CrisisChris Carlson - IMEMC "The director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Robert Turner, declared Thursday that the people of Gaza are again suffering due to Israeli bombardment...In a statement, Turner stated Thursday: "Already 76 Gazans have reportedly been killed, including 10 children and over 500 injured, including as a result of the apparently deliberate targeting of residences. The United Nations has condemned indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza on civilian areas in Israel and I do so again now. I also condemn use of force by Israeli security forces on Gaza that cause civilian casualties in violation of international humanitarian law." ca11/7/2014
How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in GazaJ.J. Goldberg - Forward "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately placed a gag order on the deaths. Journalists who heard rumors were told the Shin Bet wanted the gag order to aid the search. For public consumption, the official word was that Israel was “acting on the assumption that they’re alive.” It was, simply put, a lie...The last seven years have been the most tranquil in Israel’s history. Terror attacks are a fraction of the level during the nightmare intifada years — just six deaths in all of 2013. But few notice. The staged agony of the kidnap search created, probably unintentionally, what amounts to a mass, worldwide attack of post-traumatic stress flashback." ca 11/7/2014
Gaza is terrible? Try daily lifeDahlia Scheindlin - +972 "H, a Palestinian conflict resolution expert in her 40s from a town near Hebron, was also supposed to attend the meeting. She left home, about 23 miles (37 kilometers) from Jerusalem as the crow flies, in time to be there at 9:30. At 10:30 the organizers began getting text messages from her.I asked for her permission to publish them here, almost unedited. She agreed on condition that I do not use her full name." ca 11/7/2014
Israelis Have The Upper Hand When It Comes To VengeanceJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - A headline about Israelis’ “heartbreak” was illustrated movingly by the families of the three Israeli teenagers huddled together, overwhelmed by their loss. A report on the killing of 16-year-old Abu Khdeir, on the other hand, was accompanied by an image of masked youths throwing stones.-rh 10/7/2014
Contradicting Israeli officials, family of Tarek Abu Khdeir says he was attacked while in uncle’s Jerusalem backyardAlex Kane - Mondoweiss - The family’s version of events sharply contradicts what Israeli officials have claimed in the aftermath of Tarek’s beating, which was caught on video and sparked widespread outrage in the U.S. and in Palestine. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told news outlets that Tarek was among Palestinian protesters who attacked the police. “How does a 15-year-old American student end up attacking security officers and rioting with hundreds of masked Palestinians?” Rosenfeld asked the New York Times‘ Jodi Rudoren.-rh10/7/2014
Israel’s War on Palestinian JournalistsSteven MacMillan - Palestine Chronicle - On the 2nd July, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) denounced Israel’s treatment of a Palestinian TV crew who were covering an altercation between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the Shuafat Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem – where living conditions are desperate and it is often without running water. According to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), the Israeli forces fired gas canisters, stun grenades and rubber coated bullets towards them, injuring 2 of the crew.-rh 10/7/2014
Beating Palestinian boys ‘to a pulp’ is a tradition among Israeli forcesPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Two years ago, the Israeli human rights’ organization Breaking the Silence published a report on the brutal treatment of children, titled, “Children and Youth– Soldiers’ Testimonies, 2005-2011.” If there is one theme in the 70-page report of anonymous statements, it is Israeli soldiers beating Palestinian children “to a pulp.” The word “pulp” appears 12 times in the report.-rh9/7/2014
Dispatch from Gaza: You can never be emotionally readyAbeer Ayoub - +972 - "I have witnessed two wars and even more escalations, and yet I have never been ready for the trauma." - id 9/7/2014
Including Children, 24 Palestinians killed By Israeli Missiles TuesdaySaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "More than 200 Palestinians, including children, women and elderly, have been injured in the Israeli assaults, many suffered life-threatening injuries." - id 9/7/2014
Institutionalised Disregard for Palestinian LifeMouin Rabbani - London Review of Books - There seems to be no Israeli child in harm’s way that Barack Obama will not compare to his own daughters, but their Palestinian counterparts are brushed aside with mantras about Israel’s right to self-defence. The institutionalised disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence, but also Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip.-rh 9/7/2014
Israeli settlers continue attacks on PalestiniansDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The attack against the pastor and his companions is only one of many such incidents taking place daily involving an unarmed and rather helpless Palestinian population and settlers who are armed and ultimately protected by the Israeli military. The army rarely acts against the settlers, and the same frequency applies to attempts to punish or deter them.-rh 9/7/2014
Gaza hospitals struggle to treat woundedFares Akram - Aljazeera - Gaza also suffers from a shortage of medicine and medical supplies, Gaza`s Health Ministry spokesman, Ashraf al-Qedra, told Al Jazeera. Gaza is completely missing about 30 percent of essential drugs, while 15 percent of the remainder is expected to be exhausted within days of an Israeli assault, he said.-rh9/7/2014
Top Obama official blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity RAPHAEL AHREN - Times of Israel - "‘How can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation?’ asks White House Mideast chief, Phillip Gordon, in blistering Tel Aviv speech." - id 9/7/2014
Palestinian report: Islamic Jihad commander, 5 others killed in IAF attack in Beit HanounElior Levy - YNetnews - The homes were hit using what the IDF call the `Knock on the roof` procedure, in which forces fire a small mortar at the target to indicate the imminent attack and signal those inside to flee before hitting it with full forces.-rh9/7/2014
Eight Children Killed As Israeli Warplanes Relentlessly Bomb GazaMaureen Clare Murphy - Countercurrents - Twenty-five lives have been claimed by Israel in Gaza since Monday, including at least eight children, as warplanes bombed areas across Gaza, whose 1.7 million Palestinian residents live under a tightly-enforced siege and are unable to flee and have nowhere to seek shelter.-rh 9/7/2014
New airstrikes target Gaza amid rocket fireMa`an - Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on Gaza Tuesday, after hitting over 50 sites in the Strip overnight8/7/2014
Settlers attack Palestinian villages in Nablus, RamallahMa`an - On Sunday, settlers from Halamish attempted to raid the nearby Nabi Saleh village but were blocked by locals. Meanwhile, fierce clashes broke out late Sunday between Palestinians and settlers in the Nablus village of Einabus. Dozens of settlers from Yizhar raided raided the village and attempted to attack houses, but were chased away by villagers. Israeli military vehicles arrived at the scene and fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian residents, lightly injuring several people. [bz]8/7/2014
Abu Khdeir family rejects condolences of Peres and Netanyahu Ma`an - The family of Muhammad Abu Khdeir refused to welcome Israeli President Shimon Peres, whose body guards arrived at the condolences tent in their house in Shufat. While they did receive various Israeli visitors, the family is not ready to have visits from those responsible for government policy. The father "got dozens of phone calls from foreigners and Israelis paying their condolences, but did not realize one of them was Netanyahu. The family rejected the condolences of "someone who agrees on the murder of our people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.” ak 8/7/2014
Dozens Of Injuries In Hebron As Army Invasions EscalateSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources have reported that dozens of soldiers invaded, late on Monday at night and Tuesday at dawn, different areas in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, leading to clashes with local residents. [bz]8/7/2014
IDF launches Gaza operation `against Hamas` following massive rocket barrage on south Ynet - More than 30 rockets were fired towards communities in southern Israel in the span of 30 minutes on Monday, and more than 70 were reportedly fired throughout the day. One Israeli was injured by shrapnel in Ashdod. The heavy barrage was launched from Gaza, at the same time as the funeral procession for the six Hamas members killed Sunday night. [bz] 8/7/2014
Abbas urges Israel to stop Gaza operationYnet - Meanwhile, senior Hamas official Ismail al-Ashkar said the group would not agree to a ceasefire until aggressions against Gaza end. According to the official, Hamas` demands are an end to air strikes and an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockage on the strip. [bz]8/7/2014
Nine Palestinian militants killed in overnight airstrikes by Israeli forces Natasha Culzac - The Independent - Hamas has vowed to avenge the deaths, promising Israel "will pay a tremendous price" [ry]7/7/2014
Israeli Government and Press Knew Teenagers Were Dead VIDEO - The Real News - Lia Tarachansky "TRNN Middle East Correspondent Lia Tarachansky says Palestinian anger towards the Palestinian Authority has reached unprecedented levels, and that the Israeli government is now trying to instigate a third intifada in order to legitimate military actions in the West Bank and Gaza." ca4/7/2014
Israel: Serious Violations in West Bank Operations : Death, Destruction, and Massive ArrestsHuman Rights Watch - Israel’s military operations in the West Bank following the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers have amounted to collective punishment. The military operations included unlawful use of force, arbitrary arrests, and illegal home demolitions. During raids on Palestinian towns, refugee camps, and villages, Israeli forces have shot and killed at least five Palestinians and arrested and detained at least 150 more without charge.-rh 3/7/2014
Israeli teenagers` funeral: It is obscene when either side kills children – not only Palestinians : In the end it’s all about the colonies Israel is building on Arab landRobert Fisk - The Independent - But the obscene theatre of the Israeli-Palestinian war follows a script as scandalous as it is lethal. This week, the Israeli Prime Minister called the Palestinians who killed three Israelis “beasts”. So what? Didn’t Menachem Begin call Palestinians “two-legged animals” in 1982? And then Begin unleashed thousands of Israeli air raids against them – just as Netanyahu says that Hamas “will pay” for these latest deaths.-rh3/7/2014
Israeli soldiers and settlers attack Palestinians and ISM volunteers in HebronInternational Solidarity Movement 0 ISM - "The soldiers did nothing to prevent the attack, but instead shouted at the Palestinian family and ordered them back into their house." - id 2/7/2014
Ethnic cleansing in the Golan HeightsTaysir Mari’I - PNN - "The ethnic cleansing that took place in the Golan Heights and Lebanon, and is still ongoing against Palestinians in the Naqab (Negev), the Galilee and the West Bank, prove the persistence of the Zionist policy of cleansing and its gradual growth, development and professionalization." - id2/7/2014
Journalist Kidnapped Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "His daughter is the spokesperson of the "Aneen Al-Qaid Media" Network, local news agency specialized in covering news about the Palestinian detainees, and political prisoners." - id 2/7/2014
Human Rights Organizations Condemn Israeli AggressionsChris Carlson - IMEMC - "Israeli aggressions against Palestinians include, in addition to increased settler violence, the killing of a Jenin youth, the demolition of homes in Hebron and the extensive bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip." - id 2/7/2014
Updated: Israeli mass arrest campaign since 12th June 2014UFree - 639 Palestinians including 11 MPs and dozens of ex-detainees were detained so far since Israel started its arbitrary mass arrest campaign throughout occupied West Bank on Thursday evening 12th June 2014.-rh2/7/2014
Israel opens gates to collective reprisals for youth murdersDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - But some of the worst reaction to the despicable act of killing the Israeli teens has come from politicians and pundits. When the incitement comes from the very top of the government, it is no wonder how the rest of the population acts.-rh2/7/2014
In The Death of 3 Israeli Teens, The Occupation Itself Deserves ScrutinyJuan Cole - Countercurrents - It should be fairly obvious that if you take adolescents into the middle of the Palestinian West Bank and steal Palestinian land and build houses on it and shoot at Palestinians trying to harvest their crops nearby and bulldoze down their homes or dig tube wells so deep as to cause the Palestinian wells to run dry– if you engage in this settler-colonial enterprise, then you are exposing those adolescents you drag with you into it to danger.-rh 2/7/2014
7 tweets that show the escalating tensions between Israelis and PalestiniansSWATI SHARMA - The Washington Post - After a Palestinian teenager is found in what some are calling a revenge killing, clashes took place in Shuafat , an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where the teenager was last seen.-rh2/7/2014
Israeli occupation forces raid Palestinian cultural magazinesSarah Irving - The Electronic Intifada - Amidst the waves of raids and attacks launched on hundreds of Palestinian homes, charities and universities by Israeli occupation forces in recent weeks was an early morning break-in at the offices of the popular Jerusalem English-language magazine This Week in Palestine.-rh 2/7/2014
Israeli jets pound Gaza as Netanyahu blames Hamas for teenagers` deathsPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Bodies of three abducted students found in a shallow grave near Hebron, but Hamas denies involvement in murders [ry]1/7/2014
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