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Space for perpetuating the conflict: Tunnels, deterrence and profitsIdan Landau - +972 - Israeli leaders cannot escape the idea that Palestinians must be controlled, all the time and in all areas of life. Indeed, if controlling the Palestinians is everything we want, then the separation wall and the ‘Iron Dome’ are excellent solutions. The longer this snowball rolls, however, any non-military option is ruled out more aggressively, and even relatively moderate military options become irrelevant [ry]22/9/2014
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ICC blocked for Gaza residents Mazin Qumsiyeh - AIC - Israel, the United States and the PA have blocked Gaza residents from turning to the ICC for justice [ry]22/9/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: Greetings from BerlinGideon Spiro - When I stand before monuments in memory of the Red Army, I cannot avoid choking up, because I cannot forget that the Red Army saved millions of Jews and others from destruction and enslavement. I never forget that the Soviet Union paid the heaviest price on the hard road to victory, 26 million human beings. In moments like that – and only then – I thank in my heart Stalin, his generals and all the soldiers of the Red Army, because without them we would not be here today.21/9/2014
Beinart predicts J Streeters will tackle immigration before thinking critically about IsraelMatthew Taylor--A day after Rebecca Steinfeld asked in Haaretz whether liberal Zionists will move left to support democracy or move right for permanent ethnocracy in the wake of the two state solution’s autopsy, Peter Beinart on cue considers — and then totally avoids — the question. Writing about J Street-- (several months old, but still worth reading. dn)21/9/2014
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Why not listen to Khaled Meshal?Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Peace is made with enemies. Israel knows this, but Israel also knows that true peace requires withdrawal from the Occupied Territories. And so Israel represents Hamas as a “murderous organization” which is unwilling to make peace. Israel represented Fatah in exactly the same way, back in the day. gm20/9/2014
Growing Jerusalem unrest sparks fears of a third intifadaNadav Shragai - Israel Hayom - What is clear is that this time somebody prepared the rioters well for the possibility that they would be arrested and questioned. Many of the suspects were instructed and trained to resist interrogation and avoid divulging important details or providing the authorities with evidence. As a result, the security agencies are having a difficult time translating the treasure trove of intelligence information into evidence that would be admissible in court. [What is going on in Jerusalem, seen through the eyes of a notorious rightwing commentator. bz] 20/9/2014
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Israel & the US: The Delusions of Our DiplomacyNathan Thrall - The New York Review of Books - The US is less a cure than a cause of stasis. It deprives any other third party—whether European or Arab—of a meaningful part in the peace process. (...) Even if the steps I have mentioned were taken, they would be no guarantee of a peaceful future. But unlike current policies, they at least offer the possibility of a better one. [bz]20/9/2014
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The U.S. is also guilty in PalestineSam Bahour - +972 "While Israeli bombs were hammering Gaza, Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd, drafted a 32-page pamphlet which was published by the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (HAW) titled, Violations by Israel and the Problem of Enforcement (August 2014). The policy paper places the U.S. in front of its own mirror and meticulously documents how one hand of the U.S. government systematically documents Israeli violations of U.S. law and international law, while the other hand unconditionally dishes out financial, military, and diplomatic support to Israel." ca19/9/2014
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All Israelis are implicated in the occupationDahlia Scheindlin - +972 "Ironically, the far right has said this repeatedly. They argue that settlers are unfairly demonized, when in fact all of Israel, people and government alike, supports settlements." ca19/9/2014
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Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’Pam Bailey - Mondoweiss - This lukewarm truce in Gaza is part of a long, boringly consistent pattern. A 2009 study that tracked patterns of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza over the course of eight years revealed that unlike what Western mainstream media coverage of the conflict suggests, Israel violates the vast majority of ceasefires first.-rh18/9/2014
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Victory for Khalida Jarrar!Samidoun - With steadfastness and resistance, and the campaign of thousands in Palestine and around the world who have stood with Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jarrar today achieved victory and the end of the expulsion order to Jericho placed upon her by Israeli occupation authorities.-rh18/9/2014
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Why Obama Will Lose His Endless War in Syria and IraqSteve Weissman - Reader Supported News - Islamic State, or ISIL, has only one way to keep the support of Iraq’s Sunni tribesmen and former Baathist supporters of Saddam Hussein. The blood-thirsty “fools of God” need to be seen defending their people against a Western invasion, which is precisely what Obama gives them.-rh 18/9/2014
The Haifa MobNoam Chayut - Boston Review - Many innocent people have lost their lives in Gaza. I lost only the freedom to express my thoughts in my neighborhood streets.-rh18/9/2014
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Jewish extremists try to change status quo at Al-AqsaDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The visit by extreme-right Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin to Al-Aqsa Mosque is yet another example of empowered Jewish extremists seeking to change current agreements over Islam’s third-holiest shrine.-rh 18/9/2014
Gaza: Life amid the rubbleYolande Knell - BBC News - More than 400,000 of Gaza`s residents were displaced by Israel`s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels.-rh18/9/2014
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‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’ : Testimonies from people who worked in the Israeli Intelligence Corps tell of a system where there were no boundariesThe Guardian - On the one hand, I felt solidarity with the victims, with the oppressed people who were denied such basic rights as I take for granted to be mine. On the other hand, I realised that the job I had done during my military service was that of the oppressor.-rh18/9/2014
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Israel’s N.S.A. ScandalJAMES BAMFORD -The New York Times - It should trouble the American public that some or much of the information in question — intended not for national security purposes but simply to pursue political agendas — may have come directly from the N.S.A.’s domestic dragnet. According to documents leaked by Mr. Snowden and reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, the N.S.A. has been sending intelligence to Israel since at least March 2009.-rh 17/9/2014
Summary of 2013 data: 199 invatigations into criminal offences by IDF soldiers against Palestinians - only 6 led to indictmentsYesh Din - Yesh Din and B`Tselem áöìí, two Israeli human rights organizations, declared today that the military law enforcement system is a complete failure and that the data shows Israel is unwilling to improve it, and as a result - is unwilling to conduct thorough and proper investigations of harm caused to Palestinians by the Israeli military forces.17/9/2014
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After the CeasefireOmar Robert Hamilton - London Review of Books - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following.-rh17/9/2014
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There is nothing static about the West Bank "status quo"Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu’s government treats all “state land” in the West Bank as if it already belongs to Israel, as opposed to land under dispute. For Israel it’s actually better than annexed land: projects that would take an arduously long time to plan and execute under the civilian planning system in Israel proper can materialize in a matter of months under the IDF military regime in the West Bank.-rh17/9/2014
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Listen to the Unit 8200 objectorsHaaretz editorial - A near wall-to-wall coalition, from the Labor Party to the extreme right, vied over which could condemn its signatories more harshly. Several politicians called for them to be punished and jailed. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz suggested assigning them to guard duty in the Negev; Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Zeev Elkin declared that they had “stuck a knife in the back of the Israel Defense Forces,” and former Unit 8200 commander Hanan Gefen said they should be investigated “in the interrogation rooms of the Shin Bet security service or the investigations unit of the Military Police.” [bz]16/9/2014
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The Jerusalem ApproachGershom Gorenberg - National Journal - On a midsummer afternoon, at the King George Street station in the center of downtown Jewish Jerusalem, I boarded one of the silver four-car trams of Jerusalem`s only light-rail line. The electric train swooshed east along Jaffa Road to the City Hall stop. The next stop was the Damascus Gate station, serving downtown Arab Jerusalem. From there the train headed north toward outlying Palestinian and Jewish neighborhoods. It was a normal rush-hour trip —except that there were no Palestinians on the train. (...) The missing passengers weren`t participating in an organized boycott. They were simply afraid. [bz]16/9/2014
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Analysis: On victory and false victory in GazaRamzy Baroud - Ma`an - The very idea that powerful Israel, and the likes of Netanyahu, can use Palestinians as a testing ground for weapons or to enhance approval ratings seems to be over. [bz]16/9/2014
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Unit 8200 refuseniks are telling the truthNahum Barnea - Yediot Ahronot - In the best-case scenario, the information they gather prevents a terror attack; in many other cases, it contributes to the occupation`s maliciousness, arbitrariness and foolishness, or provides a decent cover to the government`s false policy. [In the cacophony of mainstream reactions to the refusers, Barnea`s is exceptionally mild.-bz]16/9/2014
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Short-term memory loss champions of the world: Gaza? What Gaza?Haggai Matar - +972 - "It’s one thing for the politicians to be indifferent, or for the public as a whole to not be interested, but it’s the professional duty of journalists to deal with Gaza, now more than ever, to explain what’s going on right now – if for no other reason, then to provide context for the next war." - id 14/9/2014
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Hamas frustrated by Israel’s flouting of cease-fire dealAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, the demands made by Hamas have not been realized, in particular lifting the blockade on Gaza and opening the border crossings, which is causing delays in starting postwar reconstruction." - id 14/9/2014
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IDF`s `start-up nation` reservists refuse to serve the occupationDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "One of the most striking points in the unprecedented refusal letter is the forceful argument that Israel’s policies vis-a-vis Palestinians are simply unrelated to defense –and they are a matter of choice." - id 14/9/2014
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Breaking the last taboo: Gaza and the threat of world warJohn Pilger - Counterpunch - The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.13/9/2014
Hannibal ad PortasUri Avnery - The order to implement the "Hannibal Procedure" in the IDF is based on the conviction that prisoner exchanges must be prevented by all means – quite literally. When soldiers see their comrade being dragged away, they must shoot and kill – even if it is almost certain that their comrade will also be hit. If the captors and their captive disappear, the whole neighborhood has to be flattened indiscriminately, in the hope that the captors are hiding in one of the buildings.13/9/2014
In-depth look at Gaza school attacks (Human Rights Watch)Human Rights Watch - Three Israeli attacks that damaged Gaza schools housing displaced people caused numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. 13/9/2014
Four Boys, 43 Ex-Soldiers, 5% Opposed to the War - Thoughts on Sadness & HopeMoriel Rothman-Zecher - The Leftern Wall - Easy? Nope. Possible? Maybe. Crucial to believe that [there is still hope] and keep going? Absolutely. [bz] 13/9/2014
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Israel`s watershed moment that wasn`tLarry Derfner - +972 - The idea that the Palestinians would stop fighting if Israel took its knee out of their spine, or that Israel’s interlocutor in the West Bank has long since stopped fighting, or that the Palestinians, like every other Middle Eastern nation, would be deterred by Israel’s terrible military might if they, like every other Middle Eastern nation, didn’t have Israel’s knee in their spine – such an idea is swatted like a fly by the national camp. [bz]13/9/2014
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Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusionDr. Shlomo Swirski and Attorney Noga Dagan-Buzaglo - Haokets "Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it’s the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities." ca12/9/2014
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Israeli academics to Netanyahu: Accept Arab InitiativeMazal Mualem - Al Monitor "Alex Mintz, director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, explains that accepting the Arab Initiative “with reservations” is needed, as it “would weaken Hamas and the Iranian axis” while opening regional negotiations.Their call was based on the realization that the most recent conflict with Hamas highlighted the existence of a moderate bloc in the Middle East, which fears the growing strength of Islamic extremist groups and the arming of Iran." ca 12/9/2014
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Denying Palestinians Their Humanity : A Response to Elie WieselSARA ROY - Counterpunch - Mr. Wiesel, how can you defend the slaughter of over 500 innocent children by arguing that Hamas uses them as human shields? Let us say for the sake of argument that Hamas does use children in this way; does this then justify or vindicate their murder in your eyes? How can any ethical human being make such a grotesque argument?-rh 11/9/2014
Replacing the peace process with a civil rights struggleNoam Sheizaf - +972 - The solution is to replace the diplomatic process with a civil rights struggle, to break the occupation into pieces, and deal with each one of them: The fact that Palestinians do not enjoy freedom of movement. The fact that they have been tried in military courts for almost half a century. The limits on their freedom of speech and their right to freely assemble. The lack of proper detainee rights (including minors). The disrespect for their property rights, and, of course, their lack of political rights.-rh11/9/2014
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U.S. should not be a silent partner to Israeli settlement expansionJEREMY BEN-AMI - Los Angele Times - If the Obama administration were to go a step further and declare that it is the view of the United States that settlements are not merely "unhelpful" or "illegitimate" but illegal under international law as laid out in the Fourth Geneva Convention, ordinary Israelis would understand that their government`s determination to push on with settlements was causing real, serious damage to the U.S.-Israel relationship.-rh11/9/2014
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Relief aid in Gaza failing to reach the most desperateAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - He pointed out that the delay in distribution and attempt to control all aid by storing it affected its usability. Products would arrive in Gaza and one-third of their expiration dates would have already passed, including those of canned goods.-rh 11/9/2014
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Israel’s tunnels aim to Judaize Jerusalem and are approved by Supreme CourtKate - Mondoweiss - With the Hamas tunnels dominating the Israeli narrative for the past several weeks, their inherent danger horrifying the entire state and sometimes leading to apocalyptic visions, the state of Israel persistently continued digging its own underground tunnels, also aimed at resolving the conflict – in Jerusalem.-rh 11/9/2014
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Death of Israeli Child Reveals Netanyahu`s HypocrisyB. Michael - Information Clearing House - Netanyahu recently told two U.S. congressman that Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist groups are defying all international norms. So said the man who has just finished killing some 2,100 people.-rh 11/9/2014
The best U.S. ‘strategy’ to combat ISIS? Stop supporting religious statesPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Barack Obama is working on his strategy to combat the radical Islamist group ISIS. How about upholding a core principle of democracy, the separation of church and state? We would affirm that principle not by sending drones and special forces to Syria but by opposing the idea of a Jewish state in Israel and Palestine.-rh11/9/2014
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We Just Want to LiveTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - There is also no statistics that take under account the young men who left their homes in Hebron in seek of work in Jerusalem, or as they call it: “to bring bread to the children”, and got caught by the border police who drove them and dumped them at the checkpoint like an object of no use. They also just want to live.-rh 10/9/2014
Can Palestine Win the Peace?Daoud Kuttab - Project Syndicate - If Palestine’s leaders truly want to end the cycle of violence in Gaza, they must begin by resolving their own internal disagreements and present themselves as a cohesive, reliable, and committed negotiating party. They must band together behind the simple but powerful goal expressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the General Assembly in New York: “We will build again, but this must be the last time to rebuild.”-rh 10/9/2014
Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease Noam Chomsky - Tom Dispatch - "After the disengagement, Israel left behind scorched earth, devastated services, and people with neither a present nor a future." - id 10/9/2014
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Standing Up to the Behemoth - Israeli Tunnel VisionJeffrey St. Clair - CounterPunch - “There is a bloody dialectic at work. The path that Israel has chosen, one of separation and isolation enforced by eruptions of extreme violence, will lead inexorably to its own ruin” [ry] 8/9/2014
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Israel has empowered, not weakened Hamas Sharif Nashashibi - AlJazeera - With enemies like Israel, who needs friends? [ry]8/9/2014
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Death of Israeli child reveals Netanyahu`s hypocrisy B.Michael--Netanyahu recently told two U.S. congressman that Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist groups are defying all international norms. So said the man who has just finished killing some 2,100 people. dn7/9/2014
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U.S. mulls more steps in response to Israel’s land grab in West BankBarak Ravid--Israeli official says expropriation announcement `drove the Americans nuts`; Netanyahu’s advisers say move was not coordinated with them.‬7/9/2014
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Why are Palestinian citizens expected to be loyal to Israel?Rami Younis--“Is he also going to grow up to be an enemy of Israel like you?” A. asked as he played with Adi, my one-and-a-half-year-old nephew. “Maybe, if god and Gideon Levy will it, he and a lot more like him will grow up to be a fifth column,” I answered as I put another Winnie the Pooh plate into the shopping cart — I’m babysitting the future demographic threat today, and I must do as it wishes. dn 7/9/2014
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God Wills It!Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - There may be very little time left to make peace with the Arab national movement, and especially with the Palestinian people – including both the PLO and Hamas – and join the fight against the Islamic State.6/9/2014
Israel`s fatal overreach: is the Salaita case a breakthrough moment? Andrew Levine - Counterpunch - The political class will be the last to break free from reflexive Zionist attitudes, but it can happen even there. The proof will come when someone has the courage to test the waters. [...] This is why a welcome outcome in the protracted struggle ahead is not out of the question. If and when it comes, the Salaita affair will be part of the story.6/9/2014
Failure in GazaAssaf Sharon - The New York Review of Books - The historic conflict with the Palestinians will not be settled by a single agreement. Reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians—overcoming decades of bloodshed and hatred—will require a long process of acceptance and forgiveness spanning years and probably decades. The armed conflict, however, can certainly be ended. (...) Netanyahu’s “conflict management” is a euphemism for maintaining a status quo of settlement and occupation, allowing no progress. [bz]6/9/2014
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Israel’s very own PutinYoel Marcus - Haaretz "There is not a smidgen of political or diplomatic reason to the Netanyahu of recent months. It’s all a matter of character. He hasn’t been advancing any policy other than things that create a residue of anger and a lack of trust. He has been running the country as if it were a Greek tragedy, with an ending that is known in advance." ca5/9/2014
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Petition: Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace PrizeGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC "The petition -- launched by Edward Tanas, a GIS Specialist from Calgary, Canada, demanding the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway to “Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize” -- was initiated after B`nai Brith Canada announced that it would nominate Harper for the prestigious prize, according to his "outstanding moral leadership"." ca 5/9/2014
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Muslim anti-Israeli views are not European anti-SemitismAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "While the roots of anti-Semitism in Europe are deep, anti-Israel attitudes in the Muslim world can be changed with a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." ca 5/9/2014
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Israeli right-wing politician: `Annex territories, grant Palestinians citizenship`Ami Kaufman - +972 "Israeli right-wing politician and former IDF general Efi Eitam has made remarks that few would have expected to hear from him." ca5/9/2014
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Ignoring the Arab Peace Initiative could cost BibiBen Caspit - Al-Monitor "Unlike Ehud Olmert, Benjamin Netanyahu ignores the Arab League initiative, which will cost Israel its US backing at a crucial moment in the near future." ca 5/9/2014
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Wadi SimsimDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - Suhail has the sun-scorched face of a south Hebron shepherd. Deep eyes. A certain natural, visible goodness, an ease of being and speaking. He knew today was going to be hard because already at 5AM he saw, from his tent, how the soldiers turned up in their jeeps. We left Jerusalem at 6, when it was barely light, and by 7 we had climbed down the fierce slope of Zanuta and made our rendezvous.-rh4/9/2014
ACTION ALERT: Take action for the immediate release of Dr. Yousef Abdul HaqSamidoun - Dr. Yousef was taken from his home at approximately 02:30am and transferred to Huwwara Military Camp, just south of Nablus city. 7 days later Dr. Yousef appeared before an Israeli Military Court where a Judge consented to Dr. Yousef’s detention, without charge, for 4 months.-rh4/9/2014
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How America Made ISIS : Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and OursTom Engelhardt - Information Clearing House - What Americans have needed is a little pick-me-up to make us feel better, to make us, in fact, feel distinctly good. Certainly, what official Washington has needed in tough times is a bona fide enemy so darn evil, so brutal, so barbaric, so inhuman that, by contrast, we might know just how exceptional, how truly necessary to this planet we really are.-rh 4/9/2014
When the school day ends with tear gasInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon, September 2nd, two ISM volunteers watched over Salaymeh checkpoint at school closing time. Two Israeli soldiers were stationed at the checkpoint to begin with, and as usual, children started walking home after a day at school. At one point two young boys threw stones at the checkpoint. This was shortly followed by a short-range tear gas canister fired by one of the soldiers, which was aimed at the stone-throwing children but primarily affected those who needed to pass the cloud of tear gas in order to reach their homes.-rh4/9/2014
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Israel’s right wing Zionists, Palestine’s militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughterPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Polling shows that Hamas`s popularity has spiked across Palestine with 61 percent saying the same strategy of militant resistance should be adopted in the West Bank. Israelis, meantime, have shifted right, more supporting settlements leader Naftali Bennett, who makes sitting P.M. Netanyahu look like a centrist.-rh4/9/2014
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Honor the victims: Avoid past mistakes in reconstructing Gaza Omar Shaban - Ma`an News Agency - should efforts focus on reconstruction and renovation or on building and development? In post-World War II Japan, for instance, the question was: Do we focus on mending what the war destroyed or on building new foundations? The right approach lies in successfully combining the two. But beyond international experience there are specific lessons to learn from past efforts in Gaza, especially given that they have not been successful in putting Gaza back on its feet, and that is putting it mildly.-rh 3/9/2014
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One- or two-state solution? The answer is both (or neither)Noam Sheizaf - +972 - "My principle political position is opposition to the occupation." - id 3/9/2014
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Bibi uses Gaza as wedge between Abbas and HamasAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "In seven months, the Arab initiative will celebrate its bar mitzvah, and Netanyahu is stuck in the “initial stages.”" - id3/9/2014
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Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in GazaJonathan Cook - The View from Nazareth - In late July, as Israel launched its ground offensive, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Days before the current ceasefire took effect on 26 August, that figure had slumped to 55 per cent.-rh 3/9/2014
Gazans reject Israel`s calls to disarmRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - Palestinians believe it`s necessary that the Palestinian resistance remains armed as long as the Israeli occupation persists in the Palestinian territories. They are convinced that the resistance`s disarmament will lead to further losses of their rights.-rh 3/9/2014
Failure in GazaAssaf Sharon - The New York Review of Books - In Israel, endless controversy over Gaza has overlooked one question: How did we get here in the first place? Why, after a considerable period of relative calm, did Hamas resume rocket fire into Israel?-rh3/9/2014
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Debunking claims of failure in GazaRon Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "The disappointment and even humiliation felt by large portions of the Israeli public after each round of fighting in Gaza (and Lebanon) has repeated itself." - id 3/9/2014
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Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple Robert Fisk - The Independent - World View: Israel takes land, Palestine loses land; that’s the way it works [ry]2/9/2014
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If Liberal Zionism Were Dead, What Actions Would That Imply?Robert Naiman - Common Dreams - “The most crucial failing of the Liberal Zionists has not been that they have a morally contradictory ideology that cannot manage the tension between the liberal value of equality and the Zionist assumption of Jewish supremacy in Palestine. The most crucial failing of the Liberal Zionists has been that they have been politically passive, unwilling to fight politically for their stated beliefs, using the same nonviolent political pressure tactics that a labor union or an environmental group or a women`s group would use to force the changes in government policy that they want” [ry]2/9/2014
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There`s no whitewashing the Gaza blockadeHaaretz editorial - The Gaza Strip, with its 1.8 million people, doesn’t need generosity or favors. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who speaks vaguely of a “diplomatic horizon,” must end the blockade, fully open the crossings between Gaza and Israel and give a real chance for development to bring quiet, after it’s been proven that the blockade merely foments violent rebellions against Israel. [bz]1/9/2014
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Israel needs a new strategy in GazaLev Grinberg - Ynet/translation +972 - The IDF elite won’t dare say publicly that there is no military solution to Palestinian resistance. (...) As long as a new model of relations with the Palestinians isn’t designed, the current situation will continue to deteriorate, and Israeli society will increasingly lose faith in the ability of its military and political elite to shift the status quo and deal with reality. Israelis and Palestinians will need international help to compromise and step forward. [bz]1/9/2014
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On Growing Up in Ferguson and PalestineNaomi Shihab Nye--I grew up in Ferguson, Mo. No one ever heard of it, unless you lived elsewhere in St. Louis County. Then my family moved to Palestine – my father’s first home. A friend says, “Your parents really picked the garden spots.” dn 31/8/2014
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation Robert Fisk--Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there ’Twas not a famous victory – but that’s what the Palestinians of Gaza are celebrating. There was much shaking of heads in the international media when the fireworks burst over that shattered land on Tuesday night. After more than 2,100 dead – about 1,700 of them civilians – and 100,000 wounded, what did they have to crow about? An end to the killing? Peace? dn 31/8/2014
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Threats of blackmail should not stop Palestinians seeking justiceDiana Buttu--While Palestinians heal, repair and try to reconstruct their lives, they should not be asked to simply ignore Israel’s crimes. Rather, this time the international community must insist that Israel is held accountable for its continued crimes so as to ensure that these types of actions never happen again.dn31/8/2014
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What happened to the idea of `never again`? Ron Forthofer--Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence.dn31/8/2014
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An Israeli reservist asks: What did I fight for in Gaza?Tamir V.--For now, writes the soldier, the well-brought-up Zionist young people continue to show up dutifully for reserve duty. But they are also filled with despair. dn31/8/2014
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Israeli Agribusiness Demanding Relief From Government as BDS Intensifies Jessica Desvarieux interviews Shir Hever - The Real News - `Well, actually, we`ve been under boycott for years, but now it has come to the point where we cannot be silent about it anymore, and we demand that the government will do something.` [bz]30/8/2014
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It`s time for the EU to impose sanctions on Israel Bruno Jantti--Although the EU has followed the US in supporting Israel in the past, there are signs that this might change. EU citizens are way ahead in awareness and opposition to Israel`s conduct from their American counterparts and therefore are much more likely to pressure their governments toward changing their policies towards Israel. dn30/8/2014
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Netanyahu`s miscalculation: Bullish or foolish Marwan Bishara--Israeli and Palestinian claims of victory after 50 days of fighting in Gaza are part politics, part populist. Putting a brave face on an ugly war is necessary to cover up the terrible losses both sides have incurred. But these losses are not the same for both sides. In fact, it`s the contrast between their losses that in essence defines the war and its results.dn30/8/2014
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Legal Scholar Edward M. Gaffney Jr. Rises to the Defense of Human Rights and Hedy EpsteinDouglas Kmiec--Every teacher has heard the snide comment, "those who can, do; those who can`t, teach." Whatever the origin of that ungenerous comment (probably the sour grapes of a nonperforming student), there is no teacher more capable of refuting that specious proposition than Professor Edward M. Gaffney of the Valparaiso University law school. dn30/8/2014
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The victors of the Gaza war were also the losersTalal Jabari - +972 - Hamas has placed the issue of building a Gaza seaport and an airport squarely on the negotiating table. Are our memories that short? Gaza once had a functioning airport; the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat used it while based in Gaza. And the European Union was in the midst of building a seaport. Both of these were reduced to rubble in previous spouts of violence. What’s to stop the Israeli military from doing so again? [bz]30/8/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: superfluous deathGideon Spiro - Daniel Tragerman was given a state funeral that moved all whose heart is not made of stone. Now let us use a little imagination and duplicate that delightful and beloved child a thousandfold, and we get about a thousand Palestinian children who have been killed by Israel`s bombs in the three Gaza wars of recent years. Every Palestinian child has a name, loving parents and dreams, just like Daniel.29/8/2014
Israeli forces use Palestinian child as human shield in GazaDefence for Children International - Ahmad, from Khuza`a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep.-rh28/8/2014
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War of attrition pointless in GazaAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Hamas with a war of attrition, he ignored that in such a war the winner is not the strongest army, but the side that has the least to lose.-rh 28/8/2014
The Difference Between ChildrenGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - In a world where there is some good, it would be impossible to understand the total, almost monstrous unfeelingness in the face of the killing of hundreds of children – not ours, but by us. Imagine them standing in a row: 478 children, in a graduating class of death. Imagine them wearing Messi shirts – some of those children wore them once.-rh 28/8/2014
The constant presence of death in the lives of Palestinian childrenNadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian - Mondoweiss - Israel is aware of the power that each Palestinian child possesses by mere virtue of their mere existence, and therefore, they need to keep children under constant threat of disappearing.-rh28/8/2014
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Behind The IDF Killing Of A 10-year-old BoyGideon Levy and Alex Levac - Information Clearing House - Khalil Anati was 10 years and eight months old and came from the Al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron in the West Bank, when he was killed. An Israeli soldier had opened the door of his armored jeep, picked up his rifle, aimed it at the upper body of the boy, who was running with his back to the soldier, and cut him down with one bullet, fired from a distance of a few dozen meters.-rh 28/8/2014
Why did Netanyahu take aim at Gaza`s tallest towers?Samer Badawi - +972 - Bringing down buildings is about ratings, not military gain. f anything, this might be the awful truth behind Netanyahu’s war: It is a spectacle for Israeli consumption, even as it consumes the lives of Palestinian innocents.-rh28/8/2014
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Since the beginning of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza, Israeli forces have also injured at least 2,139 Palestinians in the West BankKate - Mondoweiss - As war rages in Gaza, West Bank routine of violence and arrests unabated — 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.-rh28/8/2014
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PCHR Calls for Stopping Extra-Judicial Executions in GazaPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - Press Releases - PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority and resistance groups to intervene to stop such extra-judicial executions whatever their reasons or motives are.-rh27/8/2014
All the Masks Have been RemovedTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - This year the appearances have been removed. All the masks have been removed. During the four Fridays of the Ramadan month in Qalandiya checkpoint the occupation had been disclosed, and all its shame was made visible in the public sphere.-rh 27/8/2014
No winners in Israel-Hamas cease-fireBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "On Aug. 25, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that the prime minister’s approval ratings plummeted to merely 38%, compared with 82% just a few weeks ago. And he has yet to face the deadly political criticism, which will come mainly from the right wing. So it is not only Meshaal’s fate that will be sealed in the coming weeks, but also Netanyahu’s. These two have not been able to break loose from each other’s stranglehold for 17 years." - id 27/8/2014
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The end of the operation: Hamas blinked firstRon Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "Hamas has already previously announced that it has agreed in principle to a 40-year hudna (armistice) with Israel. It stipulated, however, that Israel must withdraw to the 1967 borders." - id 27/8/2014
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Dr. Rania Masri`s Speech at Crisis in Gaza and West BankContext and Action Forum - youtube - Looking at the Gaza crisis in the wider context. When existence is resistance (...), Demanding full human and civil rights for Palestinians [bz]26/8/2014
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Israel`s other war: Silencing Palestinian citizensShadan Jabareen - +972 - Like so many Palestinians living here in Israel, I am now paralyzed by fear, frustration and sadness. How can there be peace when a country that claims to be democratic silences and discriminates against a minority that constitutes 20.7% of the population? How can there be peace when this country does nothing to stop the violent attacks against us? [bz] 26/8/2014
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Son of DeathUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “There is no way out of the Gaza Strip. If the Israeli army is sent to conquer the entire Strip, the fighting will be ferocious, causing hundreds of Israeli and thousands of Palestinian dead and injured, and untold destruction. The Prime Minister will be one of the political victims. Netanyahu is fully aware of that. He doesn`t want it. But what else can he do? One can almost pity the man” [ry]25/8/2014
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The Toolbox of Racist Repression - From Gaza to FergusonCorinna Mullin and Azadeh N. Shahshahani - CounterPunch - “As sociologist Lisa Hajjar argues, ‘One way a government can project the appearance of acting in accordance with the law is to produce interpretations that the law does not apply.’ Both Israel and the United States have used such legal obfuscation and evasion, as well as the elaboration and adoption of new laws, to justify inhumane treatment and oppressive rule. It is often not violations of the law, but rather the law itself that functions as a tool of power” [ry]25/8/2014
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Unfair and unbalancedSerge Halimi - Le Monde diplomatique - “The story is always that of a peaceful little state, poorly protected, without a single powerful ally, which manages to win through, sometimes without a scratch. And the confrontation always starts at the precise moment when Israel appears as the victim, shocked by misfortune — an abduction, an attack, an act of aggression, an assassination. […] And everything else, everything that matters, is forgotten: the military occupation of the West Bank, the economic blockade of Gaza, the colonisation of the land” [ry]25/8/2014
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The End of Liberal ZionismANTONY LERMANAUG--LONDON — Liberal Zionists are at a crossroads. The original tradition of combining Zionism and liberalism — which meant ending the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, supporting a Palestinian state as well as a Jewish state with a permanent Jewish majority, and standing behind Israel when it was threatened — was well intentioned. But everything liberal Zionists stand for is now in doubt. dn24/8/2014
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The grand failure of Israeli hasbara Jamil Khader--Israeli attempts to shape the narrative of the Gaza war have failed in the face of global solidarity with Palestinians. dn23/8/2014
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The outlaw state of Israel, part II Richard Falk and Akbar Ganji--In Part I of this article we described the reasons as to why Israel has become an outlaw state. In this part we discuss US support for Israel and its consequences. dn23/8/2014
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The Outlaw State part IRichard Falk and Akbar Ganji--Since 1948 Israel has drawn a long list of military aggression, human rights violations and war crimes. dn23/8/2014
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Israel`s `refusers`: Why we too feel `occupied`Saima Mohsin - CNN - The 19-year-old has been in prison for 20 days. He`s a "refuser" -- the name given to conscientious objectors who refuse to join the Israeli military on political and ethical grounds.-rh21/8/2014
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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
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
US missile shipment delay should teach Israel lessonAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The United States must act now, no later than the day after the Nov. 4 congressional elections, to submit to the UN Security Council a binding and updated version of UN Resolution 242 based on the Arab Peace Initiative and the Clinton parameters.-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
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
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
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Gaza reminds us of Zionism’s original sinMiko Peled - The Electronic Intifada - "The policies of racist discrimination and humiliation at Ben Gurion airport, and the policies of ethnic cleansing and murder of Palestinians in Gaza, emanate from the same Zionist ideology." - id 20/8/2014
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The Emperor is nakedAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "The images of death and destruction from Gaza were seen on TV around the world and made a profound impression, and even the horrors emanating from north Iraq failed to overshadow them (as Netanyhau may have hoped)." id20/8/2014
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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
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Gaza demilitarization won`t solve Israeli-Palestinian conflictDaniel Levy - Al Monitor - "Israeli leaders are making this demand; US officials are endorsing the demand; and Europe`s foreign ministers have stated that "all terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm." Sensible as the idea may sound, however, it`s a red herring — and a potentially dangerous one." - id 20/8/2014
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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
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Globalizing Gaza - How Israel Undermines International Law Through "Lawfare"Jeff Halper - CounterPunch - Just as Israel exports its weaponry and tactics of suppression to such willing customers as US and European militaries, security agencies and police forces, so, too, does it export its legal expertise in manipulating IHL and its effective PR/hasbara techniques. [bz]19/8/2014
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Why did Israelis support the pointless Gaza war?Aeyal Gross- Haaretz - We imprisoned Gaza’s residents, but we didn’t manage to stop the stockpiling of rockets or construction of the tunnels. The tunnels, which Israel knew about beforehand, were pulled out as a belated excuse for the war once it turned out that the fighting wasn’t stopping the rockets. (...) One day, we will ask how Israeli society accepted what was done in its name. The attacks on houses, on children at the beach and on entire neighborhoods went beyond any claim of attacking targets from which rockets were fired or where rockets were stored. [bz] 19/8/2014
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Can universal jurisdiction help Palestinians seek justice? Rawan Abdulnabi - AlJazeera - Israeli officials complicit in war crimes against Palestinians can be held accountable abroad [ry]18/8/2014
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A Marxist View of GazaJohn Taylor - The Unz Review - “Hey, who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”, Chico Marx18/8/2014
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Israel’s target is not Hamas, but Palestinian statehood Dan Glazebrook - Middle East Eye - Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal Palestinians` land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will [ry]18/8/2014
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Palestinian unity is no substitute for a viable political systemSam Bahour - +972 - Where do the U.S. and Israel want Hamas: as part of a transparent political system, or in underground tunnels? [ry]18/8/2014
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Why Latin American leaders are standing up to IsraelLaura Carlsen - AlJazeera - The frostier their relations are with the US, the more likely they are to sympathize with the Palestinians [ry]18/8/2014
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Jewish Support For Israel Fades In The United StatesSarah Posner--Three weeks ago, a group of young American Jews gathered outside the New York offices of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the umbrella organization founded in the 1950s and which claims to speak for a consensus of the American Jewish community. The young Jews outside, though, were challenging that organization’s claim to speak in their name. They read aloud the names of Palestinians and Israelis killed in the latest military escalation between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and they recited the Mourner’s Kaddish. dn17/8/2014
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Israel`s witch hunt against leftist organizations is McCarthyism in actionHaaretz Editorial--The witch hunt against leftist and civil-rights organizations in Israel is picking up speed just as Operation Protective Edge winds down. This week the director of the National Service Administration, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, informed the director of B’Tselem, Haggai Elad, that he was disqualifying B’Tselem as a receiving organization for civilian national service volunteers. Gili Cohen reported yesterday on the Haaretz website that in explaining his decision, Jerbi said the organization, whose full name is B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, acts against the state and the Israel Defense Forces. dn17/8/2014
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Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity Rober Fisk--[since this was written, the number of Palestinian dead in Gaza has risen to over 1,900, but Fisk`s complaint holds as well for this larger number than the earlier one. dn] There’s something very odd about our reactions to these two outrageous death tolls Impunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if you refer only to the “innocent” dead – ie no Hamas fighters, young sympathisers or corrupt Hamas officials, with whom the Israelis will, in due course, have to talk – then the women and children and elderly who have been slaughtered in Gaza are still well over the total number of MH17 victims. dn 17/8/2014
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The Spoils of War: Violence in Gaza Leads to Youth RadicalizationJulia Amalia Heyer in Rafah, Gaza Strip--The most recent cease-fire appears to be holding in the Gaza Strip, but vast damage has already been done. In addition to the appalling loss of life and destruction of property, the war has pushed even more Palestinians to the radical fringes. dn17/8/2014
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Violence and Western Civilization Ron Forthofer--Israel’s slaughter of over 1900 Palestinians in Gaza, by far and away most of whom were civilians, got me thinking about Western civilization. Mahatma Gandhi is often cited as responding to a question about Western civilization saying he thought it would be a good idea. However, recent research suggests Gandhi likely didn’t make this quip. dn17/8/2014
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`I know how to kill, but I know I want peace`Yonatan S.--I also belong to a certain category of people – less numerous – who truly want peace. The cheapest form of heroism is the heroism of a soldier in battle, Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz once said. I believe that he was right in every word. I understand how the mother of a combat soldier who reads that sentence might get angry – my mother would, too. My wish for all the mothers of all the combat soldiers is that their sons will not be combat soldiers forever. And yet, like their sons, I was and still am a fighter, like all fighters. Which is why I allow myself to quote that important observation. dn17/8/2014
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My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating PalestineDesmond Tutu--Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land. dn16/8/2014
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Sometimes it’s good to talk – even to ‘terrorists’Giles Fraser--This was, apparently, the land of terrorists – a word that remains so freighted with emotion that those labelled with it are deemed beyond human conversation. “We won’t talk to terrorists” is such a familiar political mantra that we tend to assume we know why we won’t. But things change. And they change through talking. I mean, if former IRA boss Martin McGuinness can take part in a toast to the Queen at Windsor Castle, then anything’s possible. Surely? dn16/8/2014
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Noam Chomsky on BDS, the Occupation and apartheidNoam Chomsky - Democracy Now/Znet - "To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by `apartheid` you mean South African-style apartheid. [...] The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison." gm16/8/2014
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Expelled, ghettoized and killed by Israel: The story of my cousin in GazaGhada Ageel - Mondoweiss "Equal rights are a great advancement for Americans from a variety of religious and racial backgrounds, but they are absent in Israel and the territories. Legalized discrimination is the law of the land for anyone with eyes to see." ca15/8/2014
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`I know how to kill, but I know I want peace`Yonatan S. - Haaretz " The cheapest form of heroism is the heroism of a soldier in battle," Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz once said. I believe that he was right in every word... "No true revolution happens without violence” is utter nonsense. It sounds very logical, but it’s not true." ca 15/8/2014
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Israel accused of using illegal weapons in Gaza warRasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor "During a press conference on July 13 at Al-Shifa Hospital, attended by Al-Monitor, Dr. Fosse said, “Many of the casualties that have arrived at the hospital confirm Israel`s use of internationally banned weapons of the [Dense Inert Metal Explosive] DIME variety." Testimony given to Al-Monitor by Palestinian nurses, doctors and human rights activists indicate that the Israeli army used DIMEs, which causes the loss of limbs and leads to wounds that do not respond to treatment." ca 15/8/2014
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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
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Israeli official confirms US nixed arms shipment; pols argue over who’s to blameMarissa Newman - The Times of Israel "WSJ report of frayed relations between Washington and Jerusalem, including combative Obama-Netanyahu phone call, sparks firestorm among Israeli politicians." ca 15/8/2014
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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
Gaza: Neighbourly crimes of complicity: Why Arab regimes have abandoned the Palestinians in Gaza.Richard Falk - Al-Jazeera - It should be recalled that at earlier stages of the Palestinian ordeal, the governments of the neighbouring Arab countries did exhibit strong, if ineffectual, solidarity. They jointly attacked Israel, initially in 1948 to prevent the establishment of Israel, and later in the failed wars of 1967 and 1973 that challenged Israel`s existence. But such solidarity at the level of Arab governments is now a distant and ironic memory.-rh14/8/2014
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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
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Jerusalem Mixed and UnmixedMichelle Campos - MERIP - Even before he decided to leave Jewish Jerusalem, Kashua’s television series and other writings showed a gradual progression from the mentality of an assimilation-aspiring Arab Bill Cosby to that of an Arab Spike Lee, politically much less compromising and painfully aware that his intellectual role is to point at the gulf between Jewish and Arab societies in Israel, perhaps especially when the gulf seems increasingly unbridgeable.-rh14/8/2014
How dare they?Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "...possibly, the outcry at the terrible things broadcast from Gaza to TV viewers worldwide, though not in Israel(!), might have some deterrent effect on the political and military decision makers." - id13/8/2014
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University of Illinois fires professor for expressing views critical of Israel’s war crimes in GazaRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "McCarthyism on the rise in America against American Arabs and Muslims." - id 13/8/2014
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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
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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
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
The Nobel Prize For “Unimaginable Restraint”Robert Fisk - Information Clearing House - But when the Israeli ambassador to the US told us (after almost 2,000 Palestinians had been slaughtered, most of them civilians) that the Israeli army should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its “unimaginable restraint” in the Gaza war, I had to glance at the calendar. Was it 1 April, perhaps?.-rh 13/8/2014
How journalists become complicit in Gaza`s sufferingSamer Badawi - +972 - " “Journalism,” wrote the Swedish war correspondent Stig Dagerman, “is the art of coming too late as early as possible.” The dictum resounds in Gaza, where an eight-year Israeli siege – which has left this land all but unlivable – went woefully underreported well before Gaza was is in the throes of war." - id 13/8/2014
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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
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Hannibal Directive is the beginning of fascism in IsraelUri Arad - Ynet - These things do not happen in a vacuum: [Netanyahu`s] flattery of fascist rabbis, his path of de-legitimization against the left who`s "forgotten what it means to be a Jew", his vanity and arrogance toward Mahmoud Abbas, his continuing support of settlement construction and racist legislation, his tireless use of techniques of fear and his failure to unequivocally condemn manifestations of racism, violence and fascist ideas, allow them to bloom and blossom. [bz] 12/8/2014
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Were Gaza tunnels built to harm Israeli civilians?Emanual Yelin - +972 - We’ve seen six instances in which Hamas used the tunnels against Israel. Once when Gilad Shalit was captured, and the rest during the current operation. In all instances, Hamas’ target were IDF soldiers, not the communities. [bz]12/8/2014
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The world is letting Israel get away with it againLarry Derfner - +972 - The assault on Gaza has hurt this country’s image – and it doesn’t care [ry] 11/8/2014
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Let diplomacy win, because an army can`tAriana Melamed - Ynet - The IDF can destroy every house in Gaza and kill any terrorist emerging from a tunnel, but in the 21st century war is won in the negotiating room [ry]11/8/2014
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Metro Gaza Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Two months ago, Abbas was the punch bag of Netanyahu. Now he is the pet of Netanyahu and Israeli public opinion. At the same time, paradoxically, Abbas and Hamas have also been drawn closer together. This could be a unique opportunity to start a serious peace process, in the wake of the solution of the Gaza Strip problems. If…" [ry]11/8/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: Letter to the IDF Chief of StaffGideon Spiro - Operation “Solid Cliff” will be remembered to our eternal shame for massacres of a civilian population. The killing-field now numbers about two thousand killed and ten thousand wounded, and that is not the final tally. Every day more corpses are discovered under the rubble. The percentage of children among the victims is horrifying.10/8/2014
Why the Gaza port matters Samer Badawi--While prospects for a negotiated end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza remain bleak, making use of the existing sea passage to Gaza could offer a way forward for all parties, including Egypt. dn10/8/2014
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Paralyzed Gazan girl witnesses war, this time from IsraelGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Maria Amman, a young Gazan who was severely disabled in a 2006 missile attack that killed her mother and other relatives, spent the Gaza war in Israel while her family back home suffered. dn10/8/2014
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Progressive politics after GazaAndrew Levine - Every member of the House and Senate, every single one, is now on record in support of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. Cowardice, ignorance, and malice account for their moral and political turpitude; there are no mitigating factors. 9/8/2014
Hadar Goldin and the Hannibal DirectiveRuth Margalit - The New Yorker "Just what those circumstances were began to filter out early this week, and they attest to deep contradictions in the Israeli military—and in Israeli culture at large." ca9/8/2014
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Noam Chomsky on Democracy NowDemocracy Now--Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. dn9/8/2014
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Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in GazaIJAN--As Jewish survivors and descendents of survivors of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world. dn9/8/2014
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This is what Palestine needsSamer Jaber--The Israeli forces should withdraw from Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 so the UN can take over. . . . The framework of the confrontation has not changed and Israel will continue to sustain its occupation. The Palestinian side is defending itself and longing for the end of the occupation and self-determination. The so-called peace process of the last two decades has provided a cover for Israel to maintain the status quo, the occupation and continued Palestinian displacement. dn9/8/2014
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Gaza’s new resistance paradigmRamzy Baroud - Al Ahram Weekly "Of course, Palestinians know best — much better than Obama and other preachers elsewhere. They know that collective resistance is not always a tactic determined through social media discussions; that when one’s children are pulverised by US-supplied killing technology, there is no time to lay flat and sing “We shall overcome,” but to prevent the rest of the tanks from entering into the neighbourhood — be it Shejaiya, Jabalya or Maghazi." ca 8/8/2014
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Jodi Rudoren and Abe Foxman mull over ‘the Arabs’ owning New York hotelDavid Samel - Mondoweiss "Gary Rudoren, the husband of NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren, created a video to honor his parents’ 60th anniversary and posted it on youtube. Gary is in high spirits as he takes his parents on a virtual tour of his and Jodi’s daily life in Jerusalem. At about 14:25, the scene shifts to a luxury hotel, where Gary enters a suite to find his wife chatting amiably with Abraham Foxman, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League, a perch from which he has been enthusiastically defending and promoting all things Israeli, including of course its military aggression..." ca8/8/2014
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Gaza war stifles democracy in IsraelAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "One extreme example of the malady that has overwhelmed Israeli democracy is the unprecedented decision by the Knesset’s ethics committee to suspend an Arab elected official, Knesset member Haneen Zoabi, from the legislature for half a year. Zoabi is being punished for saying that the murderers of the three teens abducted near Hebron were not terrorists and for speaking out on behalf of a popular resistance against the Israeli occupation." ca8/8/2014
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Israel`s Gaza offensive resurrects HamasDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "War is a terrible thing, and there are no real winners. Politically, the current war has resurrected an Islamic movement that had nearly surrendered politically and was financially bankrupt." ca 8/8/2014
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Gaza war was built on liesDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip began, continued and is ending on a lie. The chief liar and man responsible for the disproportionate use of Israeli firepower that has resulted in nearly 2,000 Palestinian deaths — mostly civilians — versus three Israeli civilians, is none other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.-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
Kaddish for GazaRolf Verleger - Talk given at the manifestation organized by the German-Arabic Society in front of Bellevue castle (office of the German president) in Berlin, July 30, 2014 - I would like to say the Kaddish, which is the traditional prayer by Jewish mourners. I will say it for the dead people of Gaza and – because in death everybody is alike – for the dead Israeli soldiers even though they have died for an unjust case.-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
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I’m a Rabbi in Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel Rabbi Michael Lerner - Tikkun - The worship of power is precisely what Judaism came into being to challenge. We were the slaves, the powerless, and though the Torah talks of God using a strong arm to redeem the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, it simultaneously insists, over and over again, that when Jews go into their promised land in Canaan (now Palestine) they must “love the stranger/the other,” have only one law for the stranger and for the native born, and warns “do not oppress the stranger/the other.”-rh 7/8/2014
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
How to fix it : Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson - Foreign Policy - This tragedy results from the deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in April. This was a major concession by Hamas, in opening Gaza to joint control under a technocratic government that did not include any Hamas members.-rh7/8/2014
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Israel’s Colonialism Must EndAli Jarbawi - NY Times - "If the occupied population chooses to stand in the way of the occupier’s goals, then they are demonized, which allows the occupier the supposed moral excuse of confronting them with all possible means, no matter how harsh." - id 6/8/2014
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Physical and mental tunnelsAdam Keller - Crazy Country = "...the Prime Minister himself who used a famous poetry quote "Satan himself has not created a fitting revenge for the blood of a small child." Like most of those who quote this, Netanyahu forgot the other words of Bialik`s poem: "Cursed be the one who cries `take revenge`."" - id 6/8/2014
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This is Netanyahu’s final status solutionNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "All Israeli prime ministers from 2001 onward originally came from the Likud. Despite all sorts of “revelations” they experienced with regard to the Palestinian issue, and despite the new parties they formed, broke off from or returned to, none of them took active measures on the ground that were meant to lead to a fair compromise with the Palestinians." - id 6/8/2014
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Only Israel can break through diplomatic impasseAfif Safieh - Al Monitor - "I do not know how to measure pain or how to quantify suffering, but one of the ironies of history is that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the oppressor seems to hate its victim much more than the victim hates its oppressor." - id6/8/2014
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Can Netanyahu pluck peace from the rubble of Gaza?Matthew Kalman - Haaretz - If Netanyahu is seen to agree to a ceasefire now when the Israeli public believes that the job is only half done, that the Hamas military infrastructure is still in place, then he will be perceived as having been defeated and not having scored a decisive victory against Hamas. He knows that he would be facing almost certain defeat at the polls in the next election if he is perceived as not having finished the job. [bz]5/8/2014
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How Netanyahu Got Snookered - The Moral Universe Will Swing Palestine’s WayAndrew Levine - CounterPunch - "Nevertheless, the Palestinian people will survive. The vast majority of Israelis these days won’t like that one bit; and neither will Americans and others who have been deluded into accepting the Israeli narrative. But it is an inexorable fact. As a modern day Friedrich Nietzsche might say: whatever does not annihilate them, strengthens them. And, as a modern day Martin Luther King might then add: the arc of the moral universe will, in time, swing Palestine’s way. Inasmuch as it bends towards justice, how could it not?" [ry]4/8/2014
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Palestine: The Hatred and the HopeDavid Shulman--In the midst of the wearisome compulsions of the present Gaza war, with its familiar but no less heart-wrenching horrors, two striking, perhaps surprising developments—one ominous, the other somewhat hopeful—are taking place far from the battlefield: on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and in the towns and villages of the West Bank. Seen together, they tell us something of what the near future may hold for Israel and Palestine. dn3/8/2014
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Dress the Gaza Situation Up All You Like, But the Truth HurtsRobert Fisk--There was a time when our politicians and media had one principal fear when covering Middle East wars: that no one should ever call them anti-Semitic. So corrosive, so vicious was this charge against any honest critic of Israel that merely to bleat the word “disproportionate” – as in any normal wartime exchange rate of Arab-to-Israeli deaths – was to provoke charges of Nazism by Israel’s would-be supporters. Sympathy for Palestinians would earn the sobriquet “pro-Palestinian”, which, of course, means “pro-terrorist”. dn3/8/2014
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A `self-hating` Jew`s guide to answering Zionist talking pointsJared Sacks--I grew up being indoctrinated by Zionists throughout my life. As a child, I was told that the state of Israel is somehow “necessary” to prevent another Holocaust. I was also told that Palestine/Israel was empty and uninhabited when Jews began emigrating there in the late 1800s, and was still sparsely populated after World War II. I was taught that the Jews are a chosen people with the right to their own homeland.dn3/8/2014
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What, it took Washington 25 days to call the Gaza war barbaric?Gideon Levy--On Saturday morning the Palestinian Health Ministry phoned A. from Rafah and asked him to open his vegetable refrigeration room. The idea was to make room for dozens of bodies piling up in the city’s small hospital. A.’s refrigerator quickly filled up with bodies, including of many children. dn3/8/2014
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Yet Another War of DeceitRan HaCohen--The Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights is now 47 years old. Two generations of Israelis have grown up, matured and been educated in a country depriving millions of their political rights. In Israel’s political leadership, settlers residing in the Occupied Territories and recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union are over-represented. No wonder, then, that basic notions of democracy have been virtually abandoned. For example, in a step highly reminiscent of anti-Semitic boycotts against Jews in Eastern and Central Europe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Israel’s foreign minister Lieberman explicitly urged Israelis (i.e. Jews) to boycott businesses of Israeli Arabs. Having grown up in a Soviet dictatorship, it is the same Lieberman who found Putin’s 2011 elections in Russia fair and democratic. dn 3/8/2014
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"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
Sending our sons into battle: the failure of another Israeli generationAnshel Pfeffer--We can blame the Palestinians, the Arabs and the international community all we like, but it was our responsibility to make sure our children wouldn’t have to go off and kill or be killed. dn2/8/2014
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Zionism and Its DiscontentsRoger Cohen - NYT "What I cannot accept, however, is the perversion of Zionism that has seen the inexorable growth of a Messianic Israeli nationalism claiming all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River; that has, for almost a half-century now, produced the systematic oppression of another people in the West Bank..." ca1/8/2014
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Amira Hass and the end of Jewish ethical historyMarc H. Ellis - Mondoweiss "What Hass wants is a return to a Jewish world and history that formed her. Though she knows this world was tainted, she still hopes that somehow the overall thrust of Jewish ethical history can pull us through. Hass is wrong. However one defines the Jewish condition, Jews like Hass continue to argue for a Jewish morality in the state of Israel that no longer exists." ca1/8/2014
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Winning the battle, losing the warEditorial - The Economist "For all the blood and misery in Gaza, Mr. Netanyahu will soon have a chance to show he has heard the critics. Having won his battle, he could return to the negotiating table, this time with a genuine offer of peace. Every true friend of Israel should press him to do so." ca1/8/2014
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Gazafying DissentTithi Bhattacharya and Bill V. Mullen - Mondoweiss "Israel does not want you to talk about the children it kills in Gaza. And neither does your government..As the death toll rises in Gaza, and anger mounts around the world, Israel and its allies have adopted a new tactic.They have largely abandoned attempts to recover Israel’s democratic legitimacy. They have resorted instead to the outright criminalization of all dissent. And even to kill for it." ca .1/8/2014
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Tensions Escalate Between Israel and a Second Party in Gaza: The United NationsSomini Sengupta - NYT "The United Nations has been dragged into the conflict: Eight of its staff members have been killed in the past 24 days, and more than 100 of its facilities have come under fire, including the school. United Nations officials said they had repeatedly told Israel of its exact location." ca 1/8/2014
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