VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 16 July 2014: PHOTOS: After eight days of attacks on Gaza

16 July 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Airstrikes Kill 23 Palestinians on Wednesday, Including 6 Children
IMEMC – According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli airstrikes and naval and artillery strikes have killed 23 Palestinians on Wednesday, most of whom are civilians. …

Israel, Hamas Agree to Temporary UN Ceasfire Request
IMEMC – Israel officials have agreed to temporarily halt the assault on Gaza after UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, called for a “humanitarian ceasefire”, according to Ma’an News Agency. …

Clashes Across Hebron, Palestinian Youth Shot and Injured
IMEMC – Israel to demolish family homes of 2 accused in killing 3 Settlers A Palestinian youth was shot and injured with a live bullet, on Wednesday at dawn, during one of several confrontations occurring between Palestinians and Israeli forces across the Hebron area. Additionally, two Palestinian families have served with papers notifying them of Israel’s intent to demolish their homes, for alleged involvement in the deaths of 3 missing settlers. …

Growing Water Crisis in Gaza
IMEMC – Netanyahu fires Deputy Defense Minister over remarks Following a week of Israeli airstrikes, hundreds of thousands of Gaza residents remain without running water. International aid agencies warned Tuesday that Israel’s ongoing destruction of Gazan infrastructures threatens the entire coastal strip with a water crisis within days. …

El-Wafa Elderly Nursing Home Shelled by the Israeli Military
IMEMC – International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Update 7/16/14 — After a night of heavy shelling in the area, the day is dawning in Gaza. The clock ticks pass 08:00; past the evacuation time the Israeli military gave to el-Wafa hospital the previous evening. …

Hamas: No Official Stance on Egyptian Initiative
IMEMC – Hamas, Islamic Jihad submit 10 conditions for truce As Israeli PM Bejamin Netanyahu pledges to expand and intensify the military assault on Gaza, in the shadow of failed attempts at an Egyptian-brokered truce, a Hamas spokesman says that the official stance of the group on the initiative has not been decided yet. Furthermore, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad are now reportedly willing to sign a 10-year truce, should their conditions be met. …

Israeli Naval Ships Attack Children on Gaza Beach, Killing Four
IMEMC – An Israeli naval ship fired multiple artillery shells at children on a beach in Gaza City Wednesday, killing four children between the ages of 9 and 11, and wounding a number of other children. …

PCHR: 47 Israeli airstrikes in past 24 hours killed 13, wounded 117 and destroyed 40 homes
IMEMC – From 10:00 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 to 10:00 on Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 13 Palestinians, including 10 civilians, were killed. Additionally, 117 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded this number includes 33 children and 20 women. Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 40 houses. …

Israeli Drone Kills Three Family Members In Khan Younis, Five Injured
IMEMC – The Palestinian Ministry of Health has reported that an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car in the Bani Soheila area, in the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Younis, killing three family members, including a child, and wounding five Palestinians. …

Including Two Legislators, At Least Twelve Palestinians Kidnapped In Hebron
IMEMC – Dozens of Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, several Palestinian communities in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and kidnapped eleven Palestinians, including one legislator. …

Ma’an News

12 Palestinians killed in Gaza, death toll passes 200
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes killed twelve Palestinians since midnight, bringing the death toll in Israel’s military offensive to over 200 Palestinians. Abdulrahman Ibrahim Khalil al-Sarhi, 37, was killed in an airstrike on the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City Wednesday afternoon. An Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis targeted a civilian car killing Omar Abu Daqqa, Ibrahim Abu Daqqa, and Khadra Abu…. Related:Israeli raids on Gaza kill 10, including 6 childrenand6 killed, including 3-year-old, in airstrike on Khan Younis

Israel warns 100,000 Gazans to evacuate their homes
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Israel urged 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes on Wednesday, but the warning was largely ignored despite an intensification of the military’s nine-day campaign. As the punishing Israeli operation resumed pace, President Mahmoud Abbas was to travel to Egypt and Turkey in search of regional support for an immediate end to the fighting after an attempt at an Egyptian-brokered truce….

Israel bombs Gaza radio station, injuring journalists
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several journalists were injured after an Israeli airstrike early Wednesday morning struck a building in Gaza City that houses the Sawt al-Watan radio station. A journalist at the station Luay Abu Muammar told Ma’an that the radio station “was damaged, some machines were destroyed, and the radio’s car was destroyed,” in the attack, which comes on….

Israeli raids on Gaza kill 10, including 6 children
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli raids on Gaza on Wednesday afternoon killed nine Palestinians, including six children, bringing the total number of Palestinians slain in nine days of Israeli assault to 222. Four children were killed when Israeli forces shelled a beach they were playing on in Gaza City on Wednesday, medics said, in an incident witnessed by AFP journalists. All four were on…. Related:12 Palestinians killed in Gaza, death toll passes 200and6 killed, including 3-year-old, in airstrike on Khan Younis

Fear grips Gaza hospital bombarded repeatedly by Israel
7/16/2014 – SHEJAIYA, Gaza Strip (AFP) — At Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital near Gaza City, a handful of doctors and nurses hover over paralyzed patients, wondering how to protect them from more air strikes as threatened by Israel. The patients lie mostly inert in beds lined up in the hospital’s reception, where staff moved them after an Israeli rocket crashed into the fourth floor. The staff have….

US lawmakers boost funding for Israel’s Iron Dome
7/16/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a 50 percent funding boost for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. The measure, if it becomes law, would provide $621. 6 million for Israeli missile defense programs for the 2015 fiscal year starting in October, including $351 million for the short-range Iron Dome system that has been put to the test over the past eight….

Report: Hamas, Islamic Jihad offer 10-year truce
7/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas and Islamic Jihad have submitted a list of 10 demands to Egypt to establish a 10-year truce with Israel, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported Wednesday. Maariv quoted a “high-profile” Palestinian source as confirming that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were willing to sign a truce if their 10 conditions were met. The first demand, according to Maariv, is the withdrawal…. Related:Hamas officially rejects Egypt truce initiative

Israel agrees to UN request for humanitarian ceasefire
7/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza after United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry called for a “humanitarian ceasefire.” The ceasefire will come into effect on Thursday between 10 a. m. and 4 p. m. , an Israeli military spokesperson said. The Israeli Defense Ministry said that the ceasefire was meant not….

Israel to demolish 3 homes of Hebron men suspected of killing teens
7/16/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Tuesday delivered demolition orders to the families of two Palestinians in Hebron Israel accuses of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers. More than a week ago, Israeli forces partly demolished two of the houses, which belonged to Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan al-Qawasmi. The commander of Israeli forces in the West Bank, who signed the decision, gave the….

Israeli court prevents 3 Palestinians from entering Aqsa mosque
7/16/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court sentenced on Wednesday three Palestinians from Jerusalem to parole under the condition that they cannot enter the al-Aqsa compound for two weeks. Hassan Khalfawi, Abdulraziq Tatnji and Faisal Shabana were sentenced to pay a bail of 5,000 shekels in addition to being prevented from entering the compound for two weeks. The three were detained from al-Aqsa compound on Tuesday. [END]

Despite the horrors, we will stay in Gaza
7/16/2014 – Safaa El Derawi is the Gaza project assistant for Middle East Children’s Alliance and an environmental engineer living in Nuseirat Refugee Camp. – I tried to write two days ago, but I did not know where I should start. Do I start talking about the terror and the fear that we feel due to continuous bombardment of houses and agricultural lands across Gaza by….

Hamza Raed Thari, 6, died of wounds sustained in airstrike days ago
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamza Raed Thari, 6, died of wounds sustained in airstrike three days ago on Wednesday evening. [END]

6 killed, including 3-year-old, in airstrike on Khan Younis
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Six killed, including 3-year-old, in airstrike on Khan Younis. [END]

Palestinian man succumbs to wounds from Gaza bombing
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Muhammad Kamal Abd al-Rahman on Wednesday evening succumbed to wounds from an Israeli strike on Gaza earlier on the day. [END]

Israel media: Gaza missile lands in Ashkelon
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A missile fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Ashkelon on Wednesday, reports said. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Islamic Jihad: Fighting in Gaza will continue until demands met
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said on Wednesday that the fighting in Gaza will continue until the demands of the Palestinian resistance are met, a day after an attempt at a ceasefire with Israel fell through. The al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that the all Israeli cities and towns would remain under fire,” as….

Ambassador: Egypt working to end Gaza crisis
7/16/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Egyptian ambassador to Palestine said on Tuesday evening that his government is exerting major efforts to end the hostilities in Gaza, stressing that he considers Israel fully responsible for the current situation. In an interview with Awdah TV, Wael Atiyeh said that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas would meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, expressing his hope that….

Hamas officially rejects Egypt truce initiative
7/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas said on Wednesday that they had “officially” informed Cairo that they had not accepted the Egyptian peace initiative, after Israel blamed the group for breaking a ceasefire Monday. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that Hamas is open to a ceasefire with Israel, but insisted that it be under their conditions. Hamas has insisted that any…. Related:Report: Hamas, Islamic Jihad offer 10-year truce

Abbas meets Hamas political bureau head in Cairo
7/16/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday evening met with head of the Hamas political bureau Moussa Abu Marzoq and discussed a possible ceasefire with Israel, as well as the Egyptian initiative for peace. In a meeting in Cairo, they discussed the possible methods of implementing a ceasefire in order to stop the bloodshed in Gaza. Abbas is scheduled to meet Egyptian president….

Analysis: What next for Gaza?
7/16/2014 – Robert Turner is Gaza Director of Operations for UNRWA. – As I sit here in my office cum bedroom in Gaza City, listening to the airstrikes and rocket fire, there is talk of how to bring the violence to an end. This is to be eminently desired, particularly for the civilian population in Gaza who have suffered the brunt of this escalation. But when I think….

AlJazeera

Israel and Hamas to observe brief Gaza truce
AlJazeera 16 Jul 2014 – Both sides to hold a five-hour pause in fighting to allow UN humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip.

Israel buys tweets to promote Gaza escalation
AlJazeera 16 Jul 2014 – PM Netanyahu’s twitter account uses promoted tweets seeking to build support for the escalation in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

On the 9th Day of the Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Warplanes Escalate Attacks on Houses, Especially Those of Pol…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

El-Wafa Elderly Nursing Home shelled by the Israeli military
7/16/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – After a night of heavy shelling in the area, the day is dawning in Gaza. The clock ticks pass 08:00; past the evacuation time the Israeli military gave to el-Wafa hospital the previous evening. The patients were not evacuated; there is nowhere for them to go. The entire Shajajia area where the hospital is located, with a population of….

Gaza report: ‘Colonisation policies will not bring peace and security’
7/16/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Just one or two hours after the ceasefire talks broke down, Sohil Deeb Mahmoud alHosris’ house was completely demolished in the densely populated refugee camp ofShati in an air strike. Itwas a miracle nobody were killed or injured. Where the formerhouse stood, only a large pile of building blocks remained, along with smashed furnitureand other belongings. Volunteers helped with….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: The Saudi Arabia donates 200 million Saudi riyals to affected by the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip through the PRCS
Relief Web 16 Jul 2014 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia (Al Bireh 15/7/2014): The PRCS president, Dr. Younis Al Khatib, extends his appreciation and thanks to the kingdom of the Saudi Arabia represented by its king, government and…

occupied Palestinian territory: Morocco donates 5 million USD to the Gaza Strip through the PRCS
Relief Web 16 Jul 2014 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory (Al Bireh 14/7/2014): The PRCS president, Dr. Younis Al Khatib, extends his appreciation and thanks to the kingdom of Morocco for their generous donation to the Palestinians in the…

occupied Palestinian territory: Access to Erez Crossing blocked by Hamas authorities since Monday, July 14
Relief Web 16 Jul 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory July 16, 2014. Hamas authorities have kept the Palestinian side of Erez Crossing mostly closed since Monday, claiming that while at the crossing, employees may be endangered by ongoing hostilities. Passage for medical…

occupied Palestinian territory: Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos statement on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Relief Web 16 Jul 2014 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory (New York, 16 July 2014) I am extremely concerned about the escalation of hostilities in Gaza and its impact on civilians. According to preliminary estimates, as of…

occupied Palestinian territory: Death Toll Rises to 210 as IOF Intensify Attacks on Gaza, More Arbitrary Warnings Spread Panic but Offer No Safe Shelters for Civilians
Relief Web 16 Jul 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory On the ninth day of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) ‘Operation Protective Edge’ on the Gaza Strip, IOF continued targeting houses with their residents inside them or without giving…

The National

Fugitive Iraqi leader warns against third term for Al Maliki
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Tariq Al Hashemi tells The National the threat of a Sunni insurgency can be curtailed by installing an alternative leader to the two-time Shiite prime minister.

Gaza death toll climbs to 220 after Hamas rejects truce
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Territory hit by a barrage of strikes as Hamas insists Israel must meet its conditions before it agrees to any ceasefire proposal.

Hamas home-made rockets no match for Israel
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Hamas has improved its rocket technology in recent years but the weapons are proving little match for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Israel regrets tragic deaths of four Palestinian children
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Journalists living in hotels nearby witness horror as four young boys from the same family are killed by Israeli strike while playing football on the beach.

60 Seconds with Global Talk: 4 children killed in Israel airstrikes
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Four children were killed by Israel airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on July 16, Hugh Naylor reports from Gaza City.

Netherlands liable for deaths of 300 Srebrenica victims: court
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Dutch UN peacekeepers have been accused of failing to protect 8,000 Muslim men and boys slaughtered by ethnic Serb troops in 1995, a few months before the end of the Bosnian war.

Syria s Assad warns opponents at inauguration speech
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Bashar Al Assad won a June election denounced as a farce by his detractors as it was staged more than three years into a devastating war that has killed more than 170,000 people and uprooted millions.

Life in prison for men convicted of Tahrir Square assaults
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Videos of the brutal attacks posted online caused a public outcry, and pushed Mr El Sisi to make the highest profile condemnation of the escalating violence and order a crackdown on perpetrators.

Jokowi tipped to win Indonesia s presidential polls
The National 16 Jul 2014 – While the election result will be announced on July 22, several private groups have been maintaining counts of the votes on the Elections Commission’s website, with one of them showing that Governor Joko is ahead of his rival Prabowo Subianto.

Typhoon Rammasun kills at least 13 in the Philippines
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Falling trees, poles and walls killed at least 11 people across the northern parts of the Philippines that Typhoon Rammasun swept over with wind gusts approaching 200 kilometres an hour.

Saudi sends 2,000 troops to border with Iraq amid security threats
The National 16 Jul 2014 – Another 2,000 men have been deployed and border patrols stepped up as deep sectarian divide continues to plague neighbouring Iraq.

In pictures: Typhoon Rammasun batters the Philippines
The National 16 Jul 2014 – The first typhoon of the Philippines brutal rainy season brought Manila to a virtual standstill on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee to safety.

Israel warns 100,000 Gazans to leave homes
The National 16 Jul 2014 – A strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah killed two men and a separate raid killed a young man who witnesses said was an Islamic Jihad miltant.

Hong Kong rooftop dwellers live on edge
The National 15 Jul 2014 – With luxury apartments selling for more than US$50 million and a waiting list for public housing stretching for years, Hong Kong’s rooftop dwellers say they have nowhere else to go.

Ha’aretz

The Hamas challenge and Israel’s wasted years
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Iron Dome is a tactical treasure but strategic danger
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Would you want to live in the new Israel that is beckoning?
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Israelis can now open bank accounts over the Internet
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Israeli gov t seeks reinforced room in every home
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

The Danon effect: Rightists tone down criticism of PM
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Nine kids infected after receiving Teva IV solution
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Israel, Hamas agree to 5-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

FM: Turkey, Qatar foiled Cairo s cease-fire proposal
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Modified force-feeding bill faces uncertain fate
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Israel is in no rush to crush Hamas government
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

The way to achieve real quiet in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Hamas, not Israel, is the real enemy of the Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

An eyewitness account of the attack that killed four children on Gaza beach
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Iceland’s one-man BDS campaign
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

UAE plans to send first Arab spaceship to Mars in seven years
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Palestinian, pan-Arab media blast Egypt’s failed cease-fire offer
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

For Tel Aviv asylum seekers, fleeing one war straight into the arms of another
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Show support for Israel in the U.S., don’t engage pro-Palestinian extremism
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Anatomy of a failure: The cease-fire that wasn’t
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Hundreds of British leftists protest BBC’s ‘pro-Israel’ war coverage
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

WATCH: Analyst: Israel is caring more for Gaza civilians than U.S. did in Iraq
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Is Netanyahu fighting just Hamas or the two-state solution as well?
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Social media drive: Fast for peace
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

In Ashdod, they don t have strength to be angry any more
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Israel can tap U.S. arms stockpile if needed
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

No. 1 Dutch travel firm cancels Israel trips
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Hamas could win war of public opinion
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Secret call between Netanyahu, al-Sissi led to abortive cease-fire
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Humanitarian organizations concerned about deteriorating situation in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

WATCH: Hamas releases own footage of armed drone and rocket fire at Israel
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

AIDS could be under control by 2030, says UN
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

As violent anti-Semitism rises, will France expel its Jews?
Ha’aretz – 16 Jul 2014

Over 40% of Israeli teens feel alienated from school
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2014

Jerusalem Post

July 17: Danon s dismissal
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Israel is a nation at war. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip have fired around 1,400 rockets at nearly every part of Israel with the express intention of killing civilians.

Getting through your day with a smile, a sigh and an I m okay attitude
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Let s acknowledge up front that this past month has been incredibly stressful for most of us, with all that has gone on in Israel (and I purposely am not reviewing it to prevent re-traumatizing my readers).

Raising the election threshold?
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – A response to Nachman Shai’s June 10 op-ed.

Original thinking: How Mandela s legacy has faded
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Some perceive Shimon Peres as the Israeli Nelson Mandela.

Claims Conference priorities
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Discussion is as vigorous as ever about how best to help the Holocaust victims who need assistance and how to obtain a small measure of justice for those who have still not received it.

Abbas meets Hamas official in Cairo to discuss cease-fire
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – The meeting was held shortly after Abbas arrived in the Egypt for talks with President Abdel Fattah Sisi on ways of ending the fighting.

Police investigating possible child abduction in West Bank settlement
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Eye witness claims boy was forced into car in Givat Ze ev, near capital; police said to have received multiple similar false reports over last 2 weeks.

Israel agrees to UN request for six-hour cease-fire in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Pause in IDF campaign to begin at 10:00 a.m. local time; Livni told Channel 2 that Israel will have no choice but to launch a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip if rocket fire against Israeli towns continues.

Gender separation sign found in Ashdod rabbinical court bomb shelter, swiftly removed
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Rabbinical Courts Administration said that the sign had been posted by a local worker without the knowledge of the management.

Liberman, Norwegian FM visit punctuated with air raid sirens
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Foreign Ministers run for shelter twice in what Liberman called the strongest way to show a visitor what Israelis are experiencing.

East Jerusalem Arabs arrested for video cheering rocket strike, showing site of impact
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Lachish region police said that the men were arrested largely because in the video the location of the strike can be seen.

Exposing militant leftist propaganda
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Do you really want to continue getting your news reports about my country from writers who view the truth as little more than a needless inconvenience?

Six Palestinians freed in Schalit deal reincarcerated for violating their pardons
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Special Haifa judicial committee late Tuesday night found that they had violated the terms of their pardon.

Small businesses suffer in rocket-plagued south
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Ashkelonites were unimpressed after Lapid approved funding for indirect damages to businesses harmed by the security situation.

Pro-Hitler comments by South African politico anger local Jews
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – African National Congress social media manager for the Western Cape province posted “Hitler was right” post on Facebook.

ACRI protests ‘excessive force’ by police during Jerusalem riots
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – The riots engulfed large swaths of Shuafat and Beit Hanina following the alleged revenge killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Bill banning vehicles that violate beach-driving law approved in preliminary reading
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – An initial law banning driving on beaches, passed in 1997, enables courts to convict those guilty of driving on beaches, as well as revoke their licenses for a period not exceeding 120 days.

Gaza medical officials: Four children killed by Israeli Navy shelling
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – IDF targets 60 terror sites in Gaza throughout Wednesday; deaths raise Palestinian death toll to 207.

Jihadist groups using Facebook, Twitter to spread their message
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – MEMRI criticizes US social media platforms for allowing terrorist groups to freely use their services.

Dror Chanin, first Israeli casualty of Operation Protective Edge, laid to rest in Yehud
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – 37-year-old Chanin was volunteering at the Erez crossing passing out food to soldiers when he was killed by a fragment of a mortar shell.

Netanyahu tells West: Israel won’t rest until Gaza demilitarized
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – The premier spoke at a joint news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini at the Knesset on Wednesday.

US Jewish teens brave rockets to lend a hand at Israeli rehab hospital
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – A group of young girls from the New York area are braving the rockets to do a summer internship at Reuth Medical Center.

WATCH: Arab MKs hold moment of silence for ‘victims of Gaza war’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – While the hall was relatively full, the moment of silence went largely uninterrupted.

WATCH: IAF drops thousands of leaflets over Gaza warning citizens of airstrikes targeting Hamas
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – The message, written in Arabic, asks Palestinian civilians to evacuate their homes in northern Gaza in order to avoid harm during IAF strikes.

Report: Hamas proposes 10-year cease-fire in return for conditions being met
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – Channel 2: Hamas demands release of Schalit deal prisoners who were re-arrested, the opening of Gaza border crossings.

Festive dinners
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – The Dan Accadia Hotel hosts a tantalizing initiative.

Soaking in the southern sun
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – The lack of pomp found in the larger hotels, with their expensive shops and grand receptions, makes for a refreshing and intimate environment.

Rihanna ‘#FreePalestine’ tweet causes social media firestorm
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2014 – The post is retweeted 7,000 times before being deleted just eight minutes later in what is the pop superstar’s second “Palestine” controversy.

The Guardian

Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead. Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City’s little harbour just after four o’clock….

Binyamin Netanyahu: Hamas has ‘shut the door’ to diplomatic solutions
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Israeli prime minister set to authorise call-up of more reserve soldiers, as death toll from Israel’s bombing passes 200 in Gaza The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has warned that Hamas “shut the door to a…

Israel accepts UN-proposed ‘pause’ as Hamas rockets fall the day’s events
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Israel to hold fire for five-hour ‘humanitarian pause’ Strikes kill more than 220 people in Gaza Hamas ‘studying’ proposal after day of rocket fire Israel warns 100,000 Gazans to leave their homes Four boys killed on…

Steve Bell on the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza cartoon
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Comments will be enabled in the morning Continue reading…

Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises | Seumas Milne
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – The idea that Israel is defending itself from unprovoked attacks is absurd. Occupied people have the right to resist For the third time in five years, the worlds fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale…

Gaza: Israeli strike kills four children on beach – video
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Hamas calls for international action over an Israeli air strike on Gaza beach that left four children dead and another seriously injured. Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri calls on Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations to act…

The Guardian view on the chances of a Gaza ceasefire | Editorial
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Gaza cannot be rescued from its misery without relieving it from the consequences of Hamas’s isolation When Israel last attacked in Gaza, in 2012, the result was a kind of victory for Hamas. Israel was, as…

Israel and Hamas clash on social media
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – As in the field, Israel deploys superior strength and resources as both sides attack each other on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube The lethal military confrontation between Israel and Hamas is being mirrored in a bitter clash…

In bustling Tel Aviv, Israelis feel strain of war
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Contrast with Gaza destruction is striking but Tel Aviv is not always this peaceful, with rockets a continuing threat Sitting in the shade in the leafy park that takes up most of Tel Aviv’s Sderot Ben…

Hamas tells Egypt it rejects Gaza ceasefire
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Egypt says it has not been involved in any talks since collapse of proposed ceasefire and resumption of Israeli air strikes Hamas has officially told Egypt that it rejects an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for…

Why I fasted for peace in the Middle East | Margaret Jacobi
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – As a Progressive Jew I dont normally keep the fast, but yesterday there was ample cause for mourning: the loss of life in Israel and Palestine Like many people Jews and non-Jews alike I have been…

Netanyahu criticised by cabinet members over Gaza crisis
The Guardian 16 Jul 2014 – Israeli prime minister fires deputy defence minister Danny Danon for saying Hamas humiliated Israel by setting peace conditions Binyamin Netanyahu’s cabinet is in disarray as the Israeli prime minister comes under fire from several of his…

Inter Press Service

Neighbours Turn Foes in Bekaa
IPS By Mona Alami BEIRUT, Jul 16 2014 (IPS) Hezbollah clashes with Syrian rebels on the outskirts of Ersal seem to be widening the divide between residents of the Eastern Bekaa town increasingly dominated by Syrian rebels, including the radical Nusra Front and other regions as well as the…

Uruknet

378 Arab-Israelis arrested following protests
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 11, 2014 -Israel has arrested 378 Palestinian protesters from Arab towns following the execution of Mohammed Abu Khdeir last week, police data has shown. Of those arrested 122 detainees were from the Jerusalem area, including 28 minors. Charges were…

The extent of the occupation s propaganda and aggression
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 11, 2014 – The weeping over the three settlers who went missing in Hebron was the starting point for promoting the new offensive aggression against Gaza. Since the propaganda horns and media outlets exaggerated their weeping and lamenting across…

Syria News – July 10 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10 , 2014 – By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 37 martyrs in Syria including 2 Children and 3 martyrs under torture :13 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 9 in Aleppo;…

Israel s Assault on Gaza Obscures Core Issues: Racism, Occupation, Colonization
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – Another Israeli assault on Gaza will produce more red herrings. These include an obsessive focus on Israeli suffering, linked to an insistence on equivalence between intensive Israeli air raids on a tiny and highly populated strip…

Israeli strike hits media vehicle, kills driver
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – Since the start of the Israeli aggression on Gaza on the morning of July 8, I have been working from the headquarters of Media24, a local news agency, in Burj al-Ghafari, in western Gaza City. It…

The U.S. Persecution of Sami Al-Arian
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – Scattered throughout the ranks of U.S. federal prosecutors and judges there have always been men and women who are unwilling to make a distinction between their own biases and the rules of evidence that are designed…

Abbas lack of action on Gaza war infuriates Hamas
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -Israel s attack on Gaza was expected to turn a page in the conflict that erupted recently between Fatah and Hamas, including the salary crisis, which almost wrecked the reconciliation between them. But the current Israeli war…

Putin: I support the struggle of Israel
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met with a delegation of rabbis, led by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, and rabbis of the Rabbinical Center…

Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – On July 8, ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer gave viewers the latest on the violence in the Gaza Strip-by stressing the threat to Israel: We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on…

In Bahrain, Saudi Arabia sends the US a message
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -On July 7, Bahrain declared US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski persona non grata. The Bahraini government claimed that Malinowski was meddling in its affairs by meeting with the head…

Fatah leader: US position on Gaza shameful
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Amin Maqboul, secretary-general of Fatah s Revolutionary Council, blasted the US position on Israel s war on Gaza. According to Maqboul, “The US position is shameful. They are giving a…

Israeli forces engaged in punitive destruction of homes in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is strongly concerned by Israel s conduct of its offensive on the Gaza Strip, and in particular by the widespread punitive targeting of homes belonging to members of Hamas and…

Israeli Offensive on Gaza Continues: 69 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 60 Are Civilians, Including 22 Children and 13 Women, and 469 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 166 Children and 85 Women; Driver of Press Vehicle Killed; 70 Houses Destroyed
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – JUly 10, 2014 – In the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes have increasingly targeted houses, civilian-populated areas and civilian facilities. The Israeli tanks have fired dozens of shells at Palestinian…

Israel s Strategy and America s Mythology
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -Bombs are falling and people are dying in Gaza. It s headline news in America s mass media. As usual, though, we get only today s events, with no historical context to explain what s really going…

The Algebra of Israeli Injustice Against Palestinian Children
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014- ….The attacks on the two Palestinian boys from the Abu Khdeir family represent Israeli retaliation-both popular and state led-for the kidnapping and killings of three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found in the West Bank city of…

The Banality of the West Israeli Lynch Mobs
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – ….Israel s response to the loss of its three youths – the detention and extrajudicial execution of Palestinians – is fueled by a socio-cultural environment in which the public s outspoken hatred towards Palestinians is being…

I filmed the LAPD assaulting me at pro-Israel demo
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) assaulted me without provocation as I spoke to and filmed participants at a pro-Israel rally on the north side of Wilshire Blvd. by the Israeli consulate this evening….

Rouhani Tries Again for Cooperation With US Over Iraq
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – Last month the Rouhani Government was checked by high-ranking officials in its invitation to the US to cooperate in the fight against the Iraqi insurgency.However, it appears the President and his inner circle are trying again.In an interview with a…

Canadian Appeals Court Rules That Former Guant·namo Prisoner Omar Khadr Should Be Serving a Youth Sentence
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – Good news about Guant·namo is rare – whether regarding those still held, or those released – so it was reassuring to hear this week that the Court of Appeal in Alberta, Canada, delivered a major blow…

An Institutionalized Disregard for Palestinian Life
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – One either rejects the killing of non-combatants on principle or takes a more tribal approach to such matters. In the case of Israel and the Palestinians, the global outpouring of grief and condemnation over the killing…

Propaganda or careless journalism – the BBC investigated
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – Nowhere is it more important to disseminate accurate and unbiased information to news audiences than in reference to Palestine and Israel. For many the situation is both confusing and multifaceted, and the sensitivities surrounding the status…

State Dep t says Israel has a right to defend itself, but can t say the same of Palestinians
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – People are passing around a disturbing exchange at the State Department Tuesday (first spotted by Megan Iorio at Just Foreign Policy) in which the State Department spokesman emphasized Israel s right to defend itself from rocket…

Nouri Al-Maliki keeps killing civilians, US press keeps ignoring the murders
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2012 -Dan Lamothe (Washington Post) offers, “For weeks, the Iraqi government and the U.S. media have pressed the Pentagon on why it will not deliver the first F-16 fighters promised to Baghdad until later this year.” In doing…

EU regurgitates Israeli propaganda
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -The daily press briefing at the European Commission seldom fails to illustrate the cozy relationship between journalists and the powerful. So harmonious is this rapport that many of its attendees “graduate” from being spoonfed stories by official…

“Why did they kill my entire family?” asks Gaza bombing survivor
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 – …One such family is that of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. Six members of his family were killed when Israel bombed the home of his thirty-year-old son Abd al-Hafez…

Reporters Without Borders condemns Israeli attacks on media
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -Reporters Without Borders has condemned Israeli attacks on information freedom, journalists and the media in the occupied Palestinian territories, the organisation said on Tuesday.In a statement the group said: “Journalists have been targeted by the Israeli army….

Iran receives more of its frozen funds
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -Based on the Geneva agreement reached last November between Iran and the P5+1 group, which includes the US, Russia, China, UK and France, plus Germany, the Iranian Central Bank received on Tuesday the seventh payment of funds…

Israel s Operation Stone Age
Uruknet 16 Jul 2014 – July 10, 2014 -Summer Rains, Autumn Clouds, Hot Winter, Cast Lead, Returning Echo, Pillar of Defence and now Protective Edge. The names of Israel s assaults on Gaza are a fantasy, an exercise in make believe. They buy Israel neither…

Daily Star

Israel agrees to six-hour Gaza humanitarian truce
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 The Israeli army said it has agreed to a UN request to halt its attacks on the Gaza Strip for six hours Thursday on humanitarian grounds.

UN calls on Israel to agree to humanitarian pause
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 The United Nations is calling for Israel to agree to “a unilateral humanitarian pause” so that aid can be delivered to people in need of food, water and other necessities in Gaza.

Israel says Gaza beach children’s deaths ‘tragic’
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 The army said the killing of four Palestinian children on a Gaza beachfront Wednesday appeared to be the “tragic outcome” of an Israeli strike targeting Hamas militants.

Obama, Kerry discuss ‘path forward’ on Iran talks
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 The Obama administration says President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday to discuss whether to extend Iranian nuclear talks.

Child marriages double among Syria refugees in Jordan
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 The number of child marriages has doubled among Syrian refugee girls in Jordan because of poverty and fear of sexual violence, international agencies said on Wednesday.

Celebrities tweet to condemn Israel
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 Celebrities around the world shot out tweets in response to escalating Israeli fire on Gaza, condemning Israeli forces and expressing solidarity with the people of Palestine

Gaza toll hits 220 on 9th day of Israel air campaign
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 Seven people were killed in three strikes in Gaza on Wednesday evening, raising the toll in nine days of violence to 220, emergency services said.

‘Living death’ under blockade, Gazans see no point in ceasefire
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 Hamas has spurned an Egyptian truce deal to end nine days of fighting with Israel. That decision means bombs have continued to fall on the enclave. But many here support it anyway, saying their bleak peacetime…

UN peace envoy for Syria seeks way forward
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 New U.N. peace envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet members of the Security Council as he sets out to revive efforts to end the devastating war.

Lebanon fireworks spark stricter regulations
Daily Star 16 Jul 2014 Local NGO s call for an awareness campaign on the dangers of fireworks, urging abidance and implementation of stricter regulations in light of increased use of rocket and cracker fireworks

YNet News

EU leaders call on Israelis, Palestinians to end violence
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – ….

Iron Dome intercepts two Gaza rockets over southern Israel
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – ….

Code Red in Kiryat Malakhi, Kiryat Gat, Beit Shemesh
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – ….

Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – ….

Obama: US using all means to get Israel cease-fire
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – ….

Accepting truce was a courageous move
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: Netanyahu did the right thing when he agreed to hold fire. Has Israel’s power of deterrence suffered in any way because of a few hours of ceasefire? ….

Rabbinical court offers safe room for men only
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – Sex segregation continues during air raid sirens: While men visiting Ashdod’s rabbinical court are directed to fortified area, women are told to seek shelter in regular courtroom. ….

Gazans are most scared of Hamas than the IDF
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – Analysis: The Islamist organizations in Gaza are still negotiating over the negotiations, while in Israel, defense chiefs are seeing the start of unrest against Hamas. ….

Failed truce seen as opportunity to thwart tunnel threat
YNet News, 16 Jul 2014 – Analysis: IDF echelon is pushing for a limited ground operation in Gaza in a bid to locate dozens of tunnels Hamas is planning to use for major terror attacks inside Israel. ….

World Jewry feeling impact of Gaza op
YNet News, 15 Jul 2014 – Operation Protective Edge leads to violent attacks on Jews around the world: Four Jews injured in violent pro-Palestinian protest outside Paris synagogue, community rabbi beaten in Casablanca, Israeli-Australian citizen assaulted on Melbourne street for wearing IDF shirt. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Disarming Hamas: Unthinkable and impossible
PIC – With characteristic arrogance, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is demanding the disarming of Hamas, the Palestinian liberation group now defending the Palestinian people.

Egyptian-proposed truce initiative officially turned down by Hamas
PIC – Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Wednesday the resistance movement officially informed Egypt about its categorical rejection of the truce initiative.

Turkish and Qatari efforts to stop the aggression on Gaza
PIC – Turkey and Qatar have continued their efforts to halt Israeli aggression on Gaza which led to more than 200 martyrs and 1500 injuries so far.

Hamdan: Ceasefire proposal a chip on Egypt’s shoulders
PIC – Hamas leader Osama Hamdan said in a statement Tuesday evening the Palestinian resistance has all means and potentials to hit back fire against the Israeli military offensives in Gaza.

Israeli navy shell kills four children on the beach of Gaza City
PIC – Four Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli navy shelling of Gaza beach afternoon Wednesday.

Jewish settlers led by rabbi Yehuda Glick defile Aqsa Mosque
PIC – A group of Jewish settlers led by fanatic rabbi Yehuda Glick on Wednesday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards under police protection.

Israeli cabinet decides to bomb tunnels east and north of Gaza
PIC – Israeli Cabinet has decided to bomb underground tunnels east and north of Gaza Strip for allegedly being used to hide Hamas’s weapons.

Icelandic rallies staged in solidarity with Gaza
PIC – Mass rallies have been staged in Iceland in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and in protest at the ongoing Israeli military offensive, which took away the lives of at least 205 citizens.

Injuries, demolition threats reported in clashes with IOF
PIC – Scores of Palestinian youths sustained severe bullet injuries in a round of violent clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) across different axes of al-Khalil at dawn Wednesday.

Nakhaleh: Egypt’s calm initiative equated the victim with the executioner
PIC – Islamic Jihad official Ziyad Nakhaleh said his Movement refused the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire in Gaza because it put the victim on an equal footing with the executioner.

WAFA

Hamdallah Warns of Humanitarian Catastrophe if Israeli Aggression on Gaza Continues
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Japan, UAE Support Egypt s Ceasefire Initiative
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Officials say Israel s Returning of Shalit Swap Prisoners to Jail a Crime
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Two Siblings, Including Child, and Grandmother, Killed in Israeli Airstrike on Gaza
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Israel Arrests 12, including Lawmakers, in Hebron
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Israel to Demolish Homes of 2 Palestinians for Alleged Involvement in Killing of 3 Settlers
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Palestinian Youth Shot and Injured, Dozens Suffocate in Clashes across Hebron
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Operation Dove Strongly Condemns Israel s Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Death Toll Reaches 205 as Israel s Aggression on Gaza Continues Unabated
WAFA – 16 Jul 2014

Misc

Nine in Egypt Are Convicted In Sex Assaults
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – An Egyptian judge sentenced nine men convicted of sexual assault to terms of 20 years to life after the government pledged to severely punish violence against women.

Tunisian Whom U.S. Accused of Plotting Terrorist Acts Is Sentenced to Time Served
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – The defendant, Ahmed Abassi, 27, had been secretly recorded discussing his terrorism-related aspirations, including a proposal to contaminate the air or water with bacteria.

Israel Town s Emergency Routine: 30 Seconds to Run for Cover
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – The day-to-day life of residents of a seaside town is punctuated by sirens and rocket fire from Gaza City.

Four Young Boys Killed Playing on Gaza Beach
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – Two explosions struck an area that had been considered relatively safe from the intense Israeli bombing campaign.

Open Source: Witness Accounts of Gaza Attack That Killed 4 Boys
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – Foreign correspondents reporting from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday provided detailed accounts of a deadly attack that killed four children on a beach.

Israel and Gaza Militants to Pause Attacks, but Invasion Is Still Seen as Likely
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – An Israeli military official said the likelihood of an invasion was very high as Palestinian deaths reached 214, including four children on a beach.

Israelis Tells Palestinians to Leave Their Homes
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – Palestinians in Gaza City neighborhoods were warned by leaflet, text messages and automated phone calls.

Assad Is Sworn In for Third 7-year Term in Syria
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – During a closely scripted ceremony, President Bashar al-Assad swore on the Quran to respect the Constitution as he embarked on his third seven-year term as president of a country mired in a war.

Op-Ed Contributor: The Caliph Has No Clothes
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – The rhetoric of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi amounts to little more than a jihadist fantasy.

Israel Intercepts Rockets Over Tel Aviv
New York Times 16 Jul 2014 – The rockets were fired as Israel hit the homes of several Hamas leaders overnight and warned 100,000 residents of Gaza to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m.

Gazans, Desiring Deep Change, Are Ambivalent on Egypt Cease-Fire Plan
New York Times 15 Jul 2014 – Many residents of Gaza City said they were tired of the bombings by Israel and the cycle of war, but were steadfast in support of an end to economic restrictions by Egypt and Israel.

Each one is aworld
Mondoweiss – We were sitting at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, with a handful of friends who had gathered for a picnic potluck, awaiting others who would be joining us shortly. A Facebook message came through on my Smartphone from my friend Yousef Munayyer. Hey Jen, just saw…

We oppose the privileging of Jewish lives over other lives
Jewish Voice for Peace – “We oppose the privileging of Jewish lives over other lives” Israelis call on Americans to join them in opposing the ongoing bloodshed My name is Eran Efrati, I am Jewish, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, and a 7th generation Jerusalemite. What I’ve seen in…

Rachel Maddow ignores the story in Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – On the last day of June, shortly after three Israeli teens had been kidnapped and Palestine was about to be attacked, Rachel Maddow ran a three-minute segment on the developing issues in the region. The short piece ran at the very end of her show, but…

Israeli strike kills four Palestinian children playing soccer on Gaza beach
Mondoweiss – Four Palestinian children from the same family were killed today by an Israeli attack, adeadly, harrowing eventwitnessed by many Western journalists. Above isfootage from NBC of a mother searching for her son, who was killed in the attack. Initial reports were that the children were slain…

Palestine turns Israeli bombs into art
Mondoweiss – How do Palestinians keep going on, with Israel being there and stuff? Well, ever heard of Palestine s special talent for life? Here it is. Palestinians turning into art Israeli bombs and missiles. This post originally appeared on Refaat Alareer s website In Gaza, My Gaza! .These…

Lessons from Gaza
Mondoweiss – Images of death and destruction flood our media as Israel continues its onslaught on the people of Gaza. Every time I turn on my computer the number of dead and wounded has risen and still Netanyahu promises more bombs and more strikes. For an imprisoned community (…

The trojan horse of liberal Zionism
Mondoweiss – There are many Zionist myths we would do well to dispel, but perhaps none of them is more directly damaging to building a movement in effective solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination than the myth that liberal Zionism is on their side. (A very useful…

Watch: New Yorkers pierce through pro-war gathering with chants of stop bombing Gaza now
Mondoweiss – The easiest thing in the world for New York politicians scratch that, any politician is voicing support for Israel. It helps their fundraising and vote totals, and anything short of cheering on Israel s military is a wish for negative media coverage. But New Yorkers who are fed up…

Report: Hamas offers Israel 10 conditions for a 10 year truce
Mondoweiss – Hamas graffiti in the West Bank, 2006. (Photo: Wikipedia) Hamas is offering Israel a 10-year truce if it accepts 10 conditions. The Jerusalem Post reports, based on an Israeli Channel 2 newscast, that Azmi Bishara announced the proposal on Al Jazeera television today. Bishara, a former…

Following missile attack last Saturday, al-Wafa Hospital receives warnings of new round of bombings
Mondoweiss – El Wafa Hospital, struck by missile last Saturday After sustaining five missiles last Saturday, Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza City received disturbing phone calls last nightwarning of a new round of bombings. The rehabilitation center, which currently serves 39 patients including 14 requiring urgent care, first received…

10 Palestinian civilians killed in last 24 hours, bringing total to 158
Mondoweiss – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights photo of Gaza destruction The Palestine Centre for Human Rights in Gaza has issued this report on the latest Israeli attacks on Gaza and a call for international bodies to investigate Israeli authorities for likely war crimes. The report begins with…

Gaza War: Day 9, 202 Palestinian Dead
Tikun Olam – Let s talkabout the faux ceasefire. Really a fraudulent ceasefire. Egypt s ceasefire with no one. My Israeli source, who was consulted as part of the negotiations, tells me that this was not, in reality, an Egyptian proposal. It was, in fact, an Israeli proposal presented in the…

Pro-Israel Student Wins California Regents Election After Fierce Debate
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jul 2014 – A student with strong ties to Israel was appointed to the governing council of the University of California Wednesday amid debate similar to that which arose last year after the Board of Regents chose a Muslim student active in Palestinian causes. Click here for the rest…

Israel Attacks Gaza Hospitals
Sabbah report 16 Jul 2014 – Gaza human shields: Foreigners protect hospitals from Israeli airstrikes. The international activists remain in Gaza hospital threatened by Israeli missiles Continue reading í! The post: Israel Attacks Gaza Hospitals appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

All Arabs should be killed, Israeli soldier says
Sabbah report 16 Jul 2014 – There’s nothing we can do. There won’t be peace with them. RETARDS. All Arabs should be killed. Continue reading í! The post: All Arabs should be killed, Israeli soldier says appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

#GazaUnderAttack Day 10
Sabbah report 16 Jul 2014 – Gaza: Israel launches massive offensive “Operation Protective Edge” Day 10 The post: #GazaUnderAttack Day 10 appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

Five-hour Gaza ceasefire agreed
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – Hamas and Israel say they will both observe a five-hour truce in Gaza beginning on Thursday morning, after nine days of fighting.

Israel Tech Firms Score $1B in Investment Cash
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jul 2014 – Israeli high-tech firms raised $930 million in the second quarter of 2014, the sector s strongest quarter in more than a decade. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Accepts Temporary Humanitarian Gaza Truce
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jul 2014 – Israel on Wednesday agreed to a proposed six-hour cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons, a Israeli senior official told Reuters. Click here for the rest of the article…

Paris Police Hope To Ban Pro-Palestinian Rally
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jul 2014 – Paris police recommended that the city forbid pro-Palestinian activists from going ahead with plans to hold a massive anti-Israel protest. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gambia: Gambia Concerned Over Israel-Gaza Conflict
allAfrica.com16 Jul 2014 – [Daily Observer]The government of The Gambia has issued a statement Tuesday, expressing its concern over the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Movement – Hamas. The government said it welcomed the truce brokered by the Arab Republic of Egypt and called on both parties…

South Africa: We Are Going to Gaza – Economic Freedom Fighters
allAfrica.com16 Jul 2014 – [SAPA]Cape Town -The Economic Freedom Fighters are going to Palestine, EFF MP Magdalene Moonsamy vowed on Wednesday.

Crowley: Both sides disillusioned
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – Are Israel and Hamas doomed to the status quo?

Egypt: Grand Imam to UAE to Meet VP, Receive Quran Award
allAfrica.com16 Jul 2014 – [Egypt Online]The Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyeb will leave for the UAE on Wednesday 16/7/2014 to meet with Vice President Mohamed bin Rashed and a number of senior UAE officials.

Seven given life for Egypt assaults
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – A court in Egypt sentences seven men to life in prison and two others to 20 years for sexual assaulting women in Cairo last month.

South Africa: Israeli Ambassador Summoned to Explain Gaza Attacks
allAfrica.com16 Jul 2014 – [SAPA]Israeli ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk will be summoned to the department of international relations to explain his country’s bombardment of the Gaza strip, the SABC reported on Wednesday.

Assad sworn in for third Syria term
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria, after an election last month that opponents dismissed as a “farce”.

With Israel Feuds Raging, Can’t Jews All Get Along?
The Forward Editorial 16 Jul 2014 – Amid war in Gaza, some Jews and Muslims jointly marked the fast of Ramadan and 17th of Tammuz. That s inspiring, but Jane Eisner writes Jews need a way to ease the vitriol among ourselves. Click here for the rest of the article…

Brazen Anti-Semitism Sends French Jews Racing To Leave in Record Numbers
The Forward New 16 Jul 2014 – French Jews are facing rising hatred on the streets, in civil society and even at shuls. Soaring numbers are voting with their feet and heading to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iraqi Shia support troops with ‘meals-on-wheels’
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – Iraqi Shia support troops and militiamen with ‘meals-on-wheels’

Rashid Khalidi: Israel s assault on Gaza obscures core issues racism, occupation, colonization
Israeli Occupation Archive 16 Jul 2014 – Rockets fired from Gaza also have the inestimable value for Israeli leaders of letting them do whatever they want to Gaza while receiving the usual pious US support for Israeli self-defense. This… The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian lands, now in…

VIDEO: The mood in Israeli city of Ashkelon
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – The BBC’s James Reynolds assesses the mood in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, after an Egyptian truce initiative on Tuesday failed to halt rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas militants.

Obama’s request for Syrian aid runs into trouble
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – House members raise concerns as senators take up spending bill.

Protesting Turkish miners call on government to uphold promises
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – A miner who survived the May 2014 devastating coalmine blast of Soma, takes to the streets with other miners for a protest against the government in Ankara on June 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) A group of Turkish miners from the town hit in…

U.S. would find Iran UN candidate ‘extremely troubling’
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – The US State Department has communicated to Iran that it is very concerned over the nomination of Hamid Aboutalebi as Iran’s UN ambassador.

Egypt Caucus gets off to rough start
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – Protesters disrupted the launch of a new House group that seeks to preserve fraying US-Egyptian ties

Gaza s al-Batsh massacre survivor: ‘I saw bodies torn to pieces’
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – Palestinian children stand next to graves ahead of the funeral of 18 members of al-Batsh family who were killed the previous night in Israeli strikes that hit their house as they were targeting Hamas police chief Tayseer al-Batsh on July 13, 2014 in Gaza City. (Photo:…

Veteran US diplomat Bill Burns to retire, led back channel to Iran
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – After 32 years as a career Foreign Service officer Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who led the back channel effort to Iran, will retire from the Foreign Service in October.

Egypt jails seven men for life over sexual assaults
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced seven men to life in prison over sexual assaults at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, including during celebrations marking Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s presidential election victory last month. Since the uprising that toppled long-time president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the problem of sexual…

Hamas officially rejects Gaza truce
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – Hamas has officially told Egypt that it rejects an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Wednesday. “The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologizes…

Can the Palestinian national movement re-emerge as Hamas and Fatah lose ground?
Al-Akhbar Opinion 16 Jul 2014 – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas addresses journalists following a meeting with Robert Serry (unseen), the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 13, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas addresses…

Two rockets strike eastern Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – Suspected Syrian rebels fired two rockets towards eastern Lebanon on Wednesday, causing no casualties, state media reported. Lebanon s National News Agency said the rockets, which coincided with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad s inauguration speech, landed near the towns of Britel and Taybeh. The rocket attacks, targeting villages…

Will Syria dissolve into patchwork of emirates?
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – As a number of Syrian factions establish their own emirates, the Syrian conflict enters a new, and potentially more violent, phase.

Istanbul threatens to force Syrian refugees into camps
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – Turkey is to take “drastic measures” to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city’s top official said Wednesday. Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said that there…

UAE likely to support Egypt for the long haul
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – It’s in the UAE’s interests for Egypt to stabilize, and it will continue to offer unconditional support to Cairo until that objective is met.

Turkish army digs in as Islamic State threatens border
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – After heavy clashes close to the border, the Turkish army beefed up its forces as the Islamic State advanced on Kobani.

VIDEO: Moment missile destroys Gaza house
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – Footage from Gaza shows the moment a house was destroyed by an Israeli missile, as Israel continues its operation to halt Palestinian rocket attacks.

Gaza: The Resistance fights Israel and its spies
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – A Palestinian walks past the Hamas administration building after it was hit by an overnight Israeli air strike, on July 16, 2014, in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP-Thomas Coex) A Palestinian walks past the Hamas administration building after it was hit by an overnight Israeli air strike,…

Jordanians angered by Israel’s war on Gaza
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – Jordanians have protested against the war on Gaza, demanding that Amman cut ties with Israel, but that is unlikely to happen.

Egypt hasn’t ruled out importing gas from Israel
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – The Egyptian government says it has not received official requests to import gas from Israeli companies, but has received expressions of intent from various foreign companies operating in the country.

With little help from Iran, Hamas fights Israel with homemade rockets
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – Hamas rockets are locally produced and lacking a qualitative edge due to Iran s decision to cut military support to the Islamist movement.

Netanyahu betrayed by Likud in wartime
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – His own coalition members and others are publicly criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for approving the cease-fire, with Deputy Defense Minister Danny Dannon leading the assault, forcing the premier to fire him.

US expected to tap Iraq envoy for Cairo
Al-Monitor 16 Jul 2014 – US officials and diplomatic sources have told Al-Monitor that US Ambassador to Iraq Robert Stephen Beecroft is expected to be nominated as the next envoy to Egypt.

Qaeda gunmen rob Yemeni post office, kill policeman
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – Suspected al-Qaeda militants attacked a post office in Yemen’s southeastern Hadramawt province, killing a policeman and making off with two million riyals (US $10,000), security officials said Wednesday. The policeman was guarding the post office in the town of Hura when attackers late Tuesday killed him…

Assad: West, Arabs will pay “high price” for backing rebels
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jul 2014 – Updated 1:38 pm: President Bashar al-Assad, who was sworn in for a new term on Wednesday, said Western and Arab states that have supported “terrorism” will pay a “high price” and that he would fight insurgents until security was restored to the whole country. “Soon we…

VIDEO: Inside recaptured Iraqi town
BBC 16 Jul 2014 – Shiite militias have joined forces with Iraqi government troops to recapture the town of Balad, north of Baghdad.

Ersal: Executions, assassinations and chaos
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Jul 2014 – An army patrol goes through the town of Ersal. (Photo: Rameh Hamieh) An army patrol goes through the town of Ersal. (Photo: Rameh Hamieh) Ersal is living in a state of total lawlessness, complete with executions against both locals and refugees, armed robberies, and assassinations and…

Israel s “knock on the roof” policy: A three-minute race with death
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Jul 2014 – Palestinian men inspect a destroyed building following an Israeli military strike on Beit Lahya, northern Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) Palestinian men inspect a destroyed building following an Israeli military strike on Beit Lahya, northern Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014. (Photo:…

Articles


Despite the horrors, we will stay in Gaza
Safaa El Derawi, Ma an News Agency7/16/2014
Safaa El Derawi is the Gaza project assistant for Middle East Children””!s Alliance and an environmental engineer living in Nuseirat Refugee Camp
I tried to write two days ago, but I did not know where I should start.
Do I start talking about the terror and the fear that we feel due to continuous bombardment of houses and agricultural lands across Gaza by Israeli warplanes? Or do I tell you about the bombing by marine boats that make us feel that we are threatened with death at any time?
But I decided to write about Friday night; it was the hardest and the heaviest. Many homes and mosques were bombed randomly. A hospital and association for the disabled were targeted too.
We spent all night in fear and tension without electricity trying to calm the children. No matter how hard we tried, they did not stop crying.
In the area where I live, three houses and a mosque were bombed in a period of 15 minutes. Messages reached many of the people ordering them to leave their homes, and some residents left and others decided to stay.
I called my friend Maha after I heard the news about the bombing of several houses in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp and I could not reach her. My heart was racing. She contacted me after hours to tell me that they left their home.
Their neighbors had received a warning message before their home was bombed. Four floors with four families and they had just three minutes to leave the house. more..e-mail

PHOTOS: After eight days of attacks on Gaza
Ryan Rodrick Beiler, photos by Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri, +972 Magazine7/15/2014
As talk of a ceasefire raises hopes, Israel s strikes on Gaza continue to raise the death toll and destroy family homes.
Hamda Abdun, age 4 , lies in a bed in Al Shifa Hospital after having been injured in an Israeli air strike, Gaza City, July 14, 2014. Four members of his family were injured.
With international attention focused on the suffering of civilians in Gaza, pressure has mounted on both sides to agree to a ceasefire. Meanwhile, those on the ground continue to suffer the most. Thousands of Gazans fled the northern region of the strip after receiving warnings from the Israeli military of impending attacks. While many have sought shelter in schools, Israeli strikes continue to claim lives throughout the coastal enclave.
At the time of this posting, Israeli attacks from air, land and sea have killed at least 192 Palestinians, including at least 36 children. According to the UN, 80% of the casualties in Gaza have been civilians. Some 1,400 have been injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Several Israelis have been injured as well, some seriously, but no lives have been lost outside of Gaza.
Leading human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza for their indiscriminate nature and targeting of civilian areas. However, they and other organizations such as B Tselem have asserted that Israel s attacks on densely populated urban areas, especially its targeting of private homes of members of Hamas and other militant factions, also amounts to the intentional targeting of civilians, which is a war crime.
Farouk mosque of an-Nuseirat Refugee Camp lies in ruins after being struck by Israeli bombs, Gaza Srip, July 14, 2014. The mosque was hit two days before.more..e-mail

Gaza’s Heavy Price
Cesar Chelala, CounterPunch7/14/2014
The Futility of Israeli Aggression
The new Israeli attacks against Gaza, which have already resulted in dozens of deaths, will prove, once again, to be counterproductive. Violence against Palestinians will not diminish their rightful demands for freedom from occupation and for a normal, peaceful life.
Why, then, if Gazans want to live in peace do they continue their equally counterproductive rocket attacks on Israel? Let’s have the opinion of Ari Shavit, a noted Israeli writer and political commentator. Writing in Haaretz Shavit says, The rocket attacks on Israel are like an attack of the starving against the well fed. The starving are seemingly weak. They have no chance. They re supposed to be deterred, scared of their neighbors, and refrain from bothering them. But because they re fanatical, they act illogically. Because they re economically desperate and strategically weak, they choose to challenge their complacent neighbors across the border.
Although I generally agree with Shavit, I question his use of the word fanatical when applied to the Palestinians, a word which has a decidedly pejorative connotation. Why is Israelis desire to live and prosper in peace in their own land more valid than those same desires on Gazans? Are Gazans less human than Israelis?
A more balanced, nuanced opinion is that of Gideon Levy, who has been tireless in his efforts to bring justice to the Palestinians. When asked by an acquaintance of mine why was he so determined in his desire to bring an alternative point of view to the Israelis, Levy answered, Because I don t want the Israelis to say that they didn t know.
In an article entitled Did Israel think Hamas would turn the other cheek? ….more..e-mail

Israel bars prominent Palestinian artist from traveling to N.Y. exhibit
Noa Yachot, +972 Magazine7/14/2014
Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar travels regularly to exhibit and discuss his art. This time, the Israeli army simply said no, you can’t go.
Khaled Jarrar, a prominent Palestinian artist based in Ramallah, was supposed to be in New York by now for an exhibit at the New Museum, a Manhattan hotspot for contemporary art.
Except Israel isn’t letting him go. Jarrar arrived at the Allenby border crossing at 3:00 p.m. yesterday. Rather than cross into Jordan, as he has done many times over the last few years, he was told he could not exit due to an intelligence order. After 10 hours spent waiting, he returned home at around 1 a.m. today.
Jarrar, 38, told +972 that dozens of others Palestinians were turned back while he was waiting at the crossing, though many others were let through. He has no idea why he was refused, as he has traveled regularly over the years to exhibit his work, and has never had a problem. He explained:
“After a very long wait and without understanding what was happening, I was informed that there are security reasons that will prevent me from traveling until the 1st of August. For now, that means that I missed my morning flight from Amman to New York, that I will miss the opening of the show at the New Museum, and that I will miss my artist talk with Lamia Joreige and Charif Kiwan, with Natalie Bell, that was
supposed to happen on the 16th of July.
“Yesterday was the longest day of my life and a day of humiliation. I felt real racism on the part of the security at Allenby Bridge. When this one soldier was talking to his superior officer, I understood he called me zevel [“garbage,” in Hebrew -NY]. I shouted at him that I was no zevel and he was impolite to call me that. No one listened to me, like I did not even exist….”more..e-mail

Sacrifice, suffering and struggle: MLK’s message resonates in Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 16 Jul 2014 – Racist attacks on Palestinians are a chilling reminder of violence against African-Americans.more..

Victims
In Gaza: 16 Jul 2014 – painting by Ahmed Muhanna I sit in my calm, safe Canadian home, listening to birds twitter, people mow their lawns, construction, small planes that sound eerily like the deadly drones haunting Gaza. I am safe. My despicable political *representatives* champion the Zionist regime, say it is defending itself as it murders Palestinians in Gaza, mows down teens attempting normality and evidencing the brave samoud (steadfastness) that Palestinians have branded through their endurance of Zionists war crimes and oppression& the teens were playing football on the small stretch of sand between the elite Deira hotel which mainly hosts foreign journos and aid workers with the money to spare most Palestinians cannot [since they are living on the most basic and highly insufficient food aid, which still doesn’t suffice…which they don’t want but have been subjected to through all sorts of nefarious, sadistic Zionist policies… Such as: shooting and shelling on…more

For Anas Qandeel, Who Won’t Be Posting His Grief A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jul 2014 – By Pina Piccolo (Dedicated to Anas Qandeel, the boy that was killed in Gaza one hour after posting his fear and frustration in Facebook.) You weren t killed by the Mighty Cliff that crumbled upon your house, Anas Qandeel, one hour after you posted your frustration at lack of sleep, nor was it the Protective Edge with its sharp surgical precision and the policy hadn t been set, yet to send an sms, or tap the roof in warning Gaze, impatient boy, past the Molten Lead past the Society of Spectacle watching and eating pop corn rosy cheeked from its Sderot hill past the grieving orange groves and olive trunks contorted in the shape of a certain languishing of the heart past that snaking Wall emitting that certain dirge refraining in your brain like the dimming buzz of collapsing colonies as you glance a doll s head surfacing amid crumbled concrete blocks her…more

Those Killed Have Names
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jul 2014 – By Rana Abdulla Overnight the horror of this situation was added to by the news that an Israeli missile has killed 17 members of one family. Every day the rising death toll in Gaza along with the more than 1,300 injured by the continuous Israeli shelling , has left the population terrorized and in fear. The sight of the horrific pictures of severely burned victims along with the inability to escape this savage punishment has created a sense amongst the population of certain death. When you see someone kill a child, you perception of humanity changes! The rest of the world, so busy with its own affairs not always paying attention continues to accept that these bombardments will happen occasionally. After all, Palestinians are just little creatures to be crushed by a giant foot; terrorists who must be annihilated. Those killed are never named, and we only hear the numbers, in…more

The Peace Process Dies again A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jul 2014 – By Gary Corseri There is no peace process. There is peace& and the absence of peace The gnawing hunger for it, The desperation of the vanquished. Does the peace dove fly with a shattered wing? The shattered wing is the wing of war. War is a sieve capturing humanity. Blood seeps out of the mouths of the sieve. How does one speak to a four-year-old child Of processes, politics, quid pro quos? No mother dresses the wounds of the child. Her mother s eyes stare in wonder forever. And we wonder: Do laws since time immemorial, All proclamations, all declarations Matter in the eyes of a hurt, dying child? Have men proven their manhood again in her eyes? Fools in high places clamor for war; fools follow, Fearing not following. Platitudes murder For the sake of murdering for fools In high places and fools following. No one dare speak the Truth of…more

Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win
Dissident Voice: 16 Jul 2014 – When the bodies of three Israeli settlers Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 were found on June 30 near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel went into a state of mourning and a wave of sympathy flowed in from around the world. The three had disappeared 18 days earlier in circumstances that remain unclear. The entire episode, particularly after its grim ending, seemed to traumatize Israelis into ignoring harsh truths about the settlers and the militarization of their society. Amid a portrayal of the three as hapless youths, although one was a 19-year-old soldier, commentators have failed to provide badly needed context to the events. Few, if any, assigned the blame where it was most deserved on expansionist policies which have sown hatred and bloodshed. Before the discovery of the bodies, the real face of Netanyahu s notoriously right-wing government was well-known….more

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