|Israeli air strikes kill 120 Palestinians in single day; Hamas refuses truce without end to blockade||Edo Konrad -
"Senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office denied claims that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that Netanyahu had requested the the U.S. move forward the humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, according to Haaretz’s Barak Ravid. According to the officials, “Kerry was the one who brought up the option of a cease-fire to Netanyahu, not the opposite.”" - id
|UK retailer Tesco to stop sales of settlement produce||Daniel Easterman - Jewish Chronicle [also in Ynet] - The only product sourcing in the West Bank that the chain currently stocks [are] dates. However, two healthcare and beauty product companies told its reporters that Tesco had requested that they provide them with lists of all products and ingredients they import from Israel and the Palestinian territories, and that the chain had asked for the said information in light of inquiries from customers.
The chain spokesman said: “We have received some questions from customers about products we sell that are sourced from Israel or the West Bank."
“To make sure we answered their questions with the most accurate and up to date information, we contacted suppliers to double check our own information, particularly for branded products. [bz] ||29/7/2014|
|The enemy below: Why Hamas tunnels scare Israel so much||Gerard DeGroot - Washington Post - The value of tunnels is magnified in asymmetric conflicts, in which a small insurgent force takes on a larger, more powerful enemy. The tunnels, because of the immense effort required to construct them, demonstrated, in Vietnam and beyond, the enormous determination of the Viet Cong. [bz]||29/7/2014|
|Israel Focuses Anti-Ceasefire Rage on Kerry||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Kerry Ceasefire Draft Sought to End Gaza Blockade [ry]||28/7/2014|
|The Association for Civil Rights in Israel||Sharon Abraham-Weiss -
"As the Gaza conflict continues to expand, we are confronted by one of the more complex and difficult periods that Israeli society has experienced in many years.
Continuing hostilities and the increasing loss of human life causes
us much sorrow and concern, and yet we are committed to remaining vigilant against human rights abuses and to reducing
the harm caused to innocent civilians affected by the conflict. It is during times of war especially that human rights become more important than ever." ca||25/7/2014|
|Children scarred by Gaza violence as entire families lost||Charlie Hoyle -
Ma`an News Agency
"Children are suffering from the devastating consequences of escalating Israeli violence in the Gaza Strip, with entire families lost in single airstrikes and severe physical injuries likely to require long-term medical treatment." ca
|John Kerry defies flight ban to attend Israel ceasefire talks||Harriet Sherwood & Patrick Kingsley -
"Israel`s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, controversially suggested Israel should be awarded the Nobel peace prize for "fighting with unimaginable restraint", he told a meeting of Christians United For Israel." - id ||23/7/2014|
|Netanyahu Defends Deaths of Civilians in ‘Historic’ Gaza War||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Claims `Very Strong` World Support for War`s Continuation [ry]||21/7/2014|
|Just as in Apartheid South Africa, Palestine’s story is whitewashed||Diana Buttu--The humanitarian toll is devastating. In addition to those killed and injured, the attacks have resulted in outright destruction or severe damage to more than 1,000 Palestinian homes and public buildings, including a home for the disabled, hospitals and mosques. dn||20/7/2014|
|IDF names soldier missing in Gaza as Oron Shaul, unknown if dead or alive ||Yaakov Lappin - Jerusalem Post - Shaul was one of 7 soldiers in a Golani APC which got stuck and then was attacked in Gaza Sunday; "As long as the identification process hasn`t finished, and there are no unequivocal findings, he is still alive in our eyes," family says. The IDF announcement came one and a half day after Hamas claimed to have kidnapped an Israeli soldier. [bz]||22/7/2014|
|The Invasion of Gaza - Israel and the Psychological Dynamics of Totalitarianism||Norman Pollack - CounterPunch - "Psychological totalitarianism: nothing must be permitted to penetrate the tightly-locked worldview of dominance, license to conquer, arrogance, certitude, for any glimmer of doubt might shatter the whole mental-cultural-ideological edifice and the corrupted institutional framework on which it rests. And then, just perhaps, Judaism can rediscover its roots in the struggle for human betterment of all peoples in the world. Shalom" [ry]||21/7/2014|
|Israel’s Goliath to Palestine’s David||NORMAN POLLACK -
"Would world Jewry of today be jubilant if all Palestinians were exterminated? My guess is Yes, so full of hate we’ve become as a people.
" - id
|Israeli calls for Palestinian blood ring at fever pitch||David Sheen -
The Electronic Intifada -
"Israeli police allowed the thugs to charge the crowd and take out their rage on the demonstrators, smashing chairs over their heads." - id
|B`Tselem: Israel Failed to Provide Connection between Targets and Military Activity||Chris Carlson -
"B’Tselem has issued an information sheet stating that the interpretation presented by the Israeli forces spokesperson -- that it is enough for a person to be involved in a military activity to render his home and his neighbors’ homes legitimate military targets without having to prove any connection between his activity and the house in which he and his family live -- is unfounded and illegal." - id
|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.
|Netanyahu: If Hamas doesn`t accept cease-fire, Israel will intensify attacks||Haaretz - 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.
|Meanwhile missiles and bombing go on||Yoav Zitun - Ynet - Southern Command chief Major General Sami Turgeman commented on the resumption of aerial strikes in the Gaza Strip, saying that “Hamas is in a multidimensional state of distress in the Gaza Strip, but it made a mistake in renewing rocket fire towards us.”
He added that that “we are not the address for the solution of its problems and it will pay a price.”
|Suspect in Abu Khdeir case allegedly tried to kill daughter weeks before murder ||Daniel K. Eisenbud - The Jerusalem Post - The three main suspects will likely claim "temporary insanity" in the grisly murder of the 16-year-old [ry]||14/7/2014|
|The True Gaza Back-story That The Israelis Aren’t Telling||Robert Fisk -
"And – a drawing in of breath is now perhaps required – the people who lived in Sederot in early 1948 were not Israelis, but Palestinian Arabs. Their village was called Huj. Nor were they enemies of Israel. Two years earlier, these same Arabs had actually hidden Jewish Haganah fighters from the British Army. But when the Israeli army turned up at Huj on 31 May 1948, they expelled all the Arab villagers – to the Gaza Strip! Refugees, they became. David Ben Gurion (Israel’s first Prime Minister) called it an “unjust and unjustified action”. Too bad. The Palestinians of Huj were never allowed back."
|ProPublica: US Funding Defense of Suspected Killers of Palestinian Teen||Uri Blau -
"A controversial Israeli organization that is representing the six men recently arrested in the recent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager is receiving thousands of dollars in tax-deductible support from Americans. The group, called Honenu (which roughly translates to "pardon"), supports Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinians." ca||11/7/2014|
|Jordan Field Hospital in Gaza works round-the-clock||Jordan Times -
"Hospital Director Col. Saleh Sqour said the hospital is ready to cooperate with other hospitals in the strip and provide treatment to the injured.He also said the hospital provided Al Shifa Medical Complex with oxygen cylinders." ca
|UK’s largest union backs boycott of Israel despite Labor’s calls to refrain||Jerry Lewis - Jerusalem Post - A key section of the resolution instructs the union to work with others to develop campaigning and a “leverage strategy” around the BDS movement, including tackling “complicit companies” involved in the “occupation,” the “apartheid wall,” and “illegal settlements” “through workforce pressure, contracts, and pension funds,” while encouraging members to call on supermarkets and retailers “to stop using companies that export goods from illegal settlements.”
The union is also urged to raise the issue and table motions “in support of BDS” in other trades union forums around the world. However, this flies in the face of Miliband...
|‘Now that bodies found, world won’t abide large military campaign’||RAPHAEL AHREN -
Times of Israel -
"“While we were looking for the kidnapped teenagers there was legitimacy for the operation, though not for the casualties. There were condemnations, but it was understood that we had to find the teens. Now, however, this justification does not exist anymore. Now any forceful IDF operation will not be understood.”" - id
|Israeli right demands punitive measures against Palestinians following abductees` murder||Edo Konrad -
"Hadash MK Mohammad Barakeh condemned the murder, saying that “the deaths of the Israelis and Palestinians is the result of the collective tragedy that the two nations live in, the tragedy of an ongoing occupation." - id
|When will the insanity end? ||Mazin Qumsiyeh - AIC - A sadly familiar scene over the past two weeks here in occupied Palestine: 10 Palestinians (including a 7 and 15 year old) and three Israeli settlers (16 – 19 year old) were killed. Dozens of Palestinian homes were demolished in the past two weeks. Over 570 more Palestinians were kidnapped in these two weeks making more than 6000 abductees languishing in Israeli gulags/prisons. 1500 Palestinian homes invaded without due process. 12 million native Palestinians still await their freedom from colonial occupation and displacement. And Israeli leaders are promising to “do more” (genocidal mayhem?). But the question remains when will this insanity end? [ry]||1/7/2014|
|Israel Murders Soldier to Prevent His Capture||Richard Silverstein -
Tikkun Olam -
"The Hannibal Directive is: …A secret directive of the Israel Defense Forces with the purpose of preventing Israeli soldiers being captured by enemy forces in the course of combat." - id ||30/7/2014|
|International activists staying at Gaza hospital the IDF plans to bomb||Amira Hass-- International solidarity activists are staying in a Gaza hospital, which the Israel Defense Forces has indicated it plans to bomb, as a human shield. They joined patients unable to leave because the rest of Gaza`s hospitals are in a state of emergency, treating persons injured in the bombings and waiting for more patients to come in. dn||13/7/2014|
|Let`s talk about Gaza, Sderot and the racist valuation of lives||Lilach Ben David -
"Let’s break the siege, apathy and racism, and replace them with humanity." - id
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