VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 19 July 2014: Can Israel be stopped?

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Six Palestinians Killed In Recent Shelling Of Gaza, Khan Younis
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Sunday at dawn, that six Palestinians have been killed, and many wounded, as the Israeli army continued to bombard Palestinian communities in the coastal region. …

Daily Clashes Occurring in Bethlehem, Amid Protests
IMEMC – For the past two weeks, Palestinian youth in Bethlehem have clashed, on an almost daily basis, with Israeli forces near Rachel’s Tomb, following the murder of Palestinian youth Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip. …

16 Palestinians Kidnapped in West Bank and Jerusalem
IMEMC – Clashes across Hebron, several shot and injured Saturday, Israeli forces kidnapped four Palestinians from the West Bank governorates of Jenin and Tulkarem, in addition to 14 others from the Jerusalem area, according to reports by media and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC). Israeli forces in Beit Ummar forced 3 Palestinian youth, under gunpoint, to act as human shields. …

ISM Update: El-Wafa Hospital Staff Attempted to Retrieve Medicine
IMEMC – Hospital staff and international activists, from the U.S., Sweden, and the UK, attempted to travel to the recently bombed el-Wafa hospital, in an attempt to retrieve salvageable medical supplies. … 

5 Israeli Soldiers Confirmed Dead in Cross-border Operative
IMEMC – 15 Egyptian soldiers killed in checkpoint attack The al-Qassam Brigades said, Saturday, that a group of its fighters infiltrated Israeli territory for the second time in a day, killing at least five Israeli soldiers. 15 Egyptian soldiers have also been reported killed during clashes with gunmen at a desert checkpoint. …

Al-Quds Reveals Details Of Its Saturday Attack On Army Base
IMEMC – The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, stated a group of fighters managed to infiltrate into an Israeli military base across the border fence, and positioned themselves there for around six hours before engaging fire with the army. Army audio communicated intercepted. …

24 more Palestinians, 1 Israeli Killed Saturday Afternoon; Gaza’s Death Toll Now 345
IMEMC – The Israeli ground invasion continued for a second day straight on Saturday, claiming over 100 lives in the past two days, many of them children and families killed in their homes. This follows the killing of over 200 Palestinians in the previous nine days by massive airstrikes that targeted every part of the crowded coastal Strip. …

Ongoing Bombardment Claims Lives Of Ten More Palestinians In Gaza
IMEMC – As Israeli bombardament continued against different parts of the besieged coastal enclave, hitting more homes, structures and facilities, Palestinian medical sources have reported that ten more Palestinians have been killed, Saturday. …

Turkey Accuses EU & Muslim World of Hypocrisy Over Gaza
IMEMC – Turkish EU Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has publicly denounced Western nations and those of the Muslim world for their silence over Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip which has, so far, http://imemc.org/article/68429 as of the time of this report. …

Sixteen Protesters Arrested in Haifa
IMEMC – 16 Palestinian citizens of Israel were taken into custody by Israeli police, after taking part in a solidarity rally for Gaza, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. … 

Ma’an News

More than 100 Gazans killed in Israeli assault in less than 48 hours
7/20/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — 110 Palestinians have been killed in less than 48 hours since Israel launched a ground invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of dead in the 12-day assault to 339. 47 Palestinians were killed across the tiny coastal territory on Saturday amid intense Israeli airstrikes and shelling from both sea and land after more than 60 died….

UN: Number of Gaza displaced ‘almost doubles’ in 24 hours
7/19/2014 – JERUSALEM (ASP) — The number of displaced Gazans has almost doubled in the past 24 hours, hitting 40,000 people since Israel began a major ground operation, a UN agency said on Friday.” The number of people coming to UNRWA seeking sanctuary from the fighting in Gaza has nearly doubled today. It has risen from 22,000 to over 40,000,” said Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the UN…. Related: Crowds flock through Rafah escaping ‘sure death’ in Gaza

Medics: Israeli tank fire kills 8 members of family in Gaza
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — At least eight members of a single family, among them four children, were killed by Israeli tank fire in northern Gaza on Friday evening, medics said. The eight members of the Abu Jurad family — two men, two women, and four children — were killed in their home in Beit Hanoun, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. He had given an initial toll of….

38 killed in Israeli attacks on Saturday as death toll rises to 330
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The death toll on Saturday morning hit 38 after Palestinian civil defense rescue teams pulled ten bodies out of the debris of a home in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip as Israeli forces continued their military offensive against the Gaza Strip by air, sea, and land for the twelfth day. The killings follow the deadliest day in the….

4 members of Gaza family killed in Beit Hanoun shelling
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four members of a Palestinian family were killed in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday afternoon amid intense Israeli shelling in the area. Medics told Ma’an that Mahmoud Zuwaid, his wife Daliah Zuwaid, and their children Nagham, 3, and Ruyah, 2, were killed in the attack. Another woman who was not yet identified was also….

Palestinian militant groups claim numerous attacks against Israel army
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A number of Palestinian groups on Saturday claimed responsibility for numerous missiles launched against Israeli military sites and multiple attacks launched on Israeli soldiers on the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. The fighting on the ground in the northern and southern Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of at least 17 Palestinian militants….

Israeli soldiers spray foul-smelling chemical on Manger Street homes
7/20/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces sprayed homes and shops along Bethlehem’s Manger Street with a foul-smelling chemical on Friday night following clashes with local youths protesting in solidarity with Gaza. On Friday evening, Israeli forces opened fire on youths in northern Bethlehem with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets after large marches broke out in the area near Rachel’s Tomb….

Egyptian military block activist aid convoy to Gaza
7/20/2014 – BALLOZA CHECKPOINT, Egypt (AFP) — Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Gaza Strip on Saturday, an AFP correspondent said. An army officer at the Balloza checkpoint, one of many along the desert highway to Rafah, told an AFP correspondent that the security situation in the restive peninsula was too unstable to allow….

Israel raids Beit Lahiya, arrests ex-prisoner freed in Shalit deal
7/20/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces operating in the northern Gaza Strip detained an elderly Palestinian man who was released in 2011 from prison in an exchange deal for a captured soldier, residents said. Muhammad Abu Khusa, 82, was seized outside his home in Beit Lahiya, nearby residents said. They said Abu Khusa tried to reach his family and told them he was in….

Crowds flock through Rafah escaping ‘sure death’ in Gaza
7/19/2014 – RAFAH, Egypt (AFP) — As Israeli forces pressed a ground operation in Gaza on Friday, many Egyptians and foreigners fled to Egypt through the Rafah crossing, escaping what some said was “sure death” in the Palestinian enclave. At least 274 Palestinians have been killed so far in the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas that is the main power in Gaza. The death toll soared…. Related: UN: Number of Gaza displaced ‘almost doubles’ in 24 hours

10 injured as Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in al-Jalazun
7/19/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out Friday evening between Palestinians and Israeli troops at al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah in the central West Bank. Locals told Ma’an that ten Palestinians were injured during the clashes including four hit with live fire, three hit with steel case ammunition and three others were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets. Many others suffered from excessive….

Three Palestinians from same family killed in Beit Hanoun
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians from the same family were killed in an Israeli attack in Beit Hanoun. [END]

Israeli killed, 3 injured as rocket falls near Dimona
7/19/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 33-year-old Palestinian Bedouin citizen of Israel was killed and three others injured after a rocket from Gaza hit a village near the southern town of Dimona on Saturday. The rocket apparently fell short of its target in the city of Dimona and hit Qasr al-Sir, an unrecognized Bedouin village in southern Israel with a population of around 1,000. Israeli….

1 killed in Israeli air strike on Khan Younis home, 5 injured in Rafah
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Muhammad al-Ghalban was killed when an Israeli shell hit his home in the village of Maan east of Khan Younis on Saturday afternoon. Separately, five Palestinians were injured in Rafah after an Israeli attack. [END]

PRC militants claim Grad attack on Ashkelon
7/20/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees on Saturday claimed responsibility for firing a Grad missile toward the Israeli town of Ashkelon. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Islamic Jihad claims explosions against 2 Israeli military tanks
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement said on Saturday that its fighters had detonated explosives targeting two Israeli military tanks in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip earlier in the day. The al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that a large underground explosive device hit an Israeli military tank in an agricultural area in northern Beit Hanoun…. Related: Islamic Jihad: Battle could last long, but Egypt is on our side

Salah al-Din Brigades say they killed Israeli soldier, injured 3
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Al-Nassar Salah al-Din Brigades said on Saturday that they killed an Israeli soldier and injured three others during fighting in Beit Lahiya on Saturday morning. An Israeli military spokesman did not have any information regarding the incident. [END]

Hamas says they have positioned soldiers behind enemy lines
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of Hamas on Saturday morning said in a statement that it had breached “enemy lines” in the northern Gaza Strip and had engaged Israeli forces. The al-Qassam Brigades said that they had managed to infiltrate Israeli lines in the area, which has witnessed heavy fighting since the beginning of the Israeli ground invasion late Thursday…. Related: Hamas infiltrates Israel and attacks army patrol, injuring at least 2 andPalestinian militant groups claim numerous attacks against Israel army

Israeli soldier injured in northern Gaza fighting
7/19/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier was injured in fighting in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported on Saturday morning. Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that an Israeli soldier sustained “moderate gun wounds” and was subsequently hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer. An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment. [END]

Six injured Israeli soldiers evacuated to Soroka Hospital
7/19/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Six Israeli soldiers were reported injured in clashes with Palestinian militants on Saturday and moved to Suruka Hospital in Beersheba, where their injuries were described as “serious.”[END]

Israeli forces shoot booby-trapped donkey in Rafah
7/19/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media on Saturday reported that Israeli soldiers shot and killed a “booby-trapped donkey” as it approached them near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli Channel Two said that “paratroopers received information about the donkey and they were able to shoot it before it approached.” 1 ) Animal Rights Activist / US 19/07/2014 15:10Shoot anything that moves, even the….

Israel confirms 2 soldiers killed in cross-border attack
7/19/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli army announced Saturday the deaths of two Israeli soldiers by militants who had breached the Gaza border, hours after they had been reported wounded. An army statement said the two, Sergeant Adar Bersano, 20, from Neharyia, and Major Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon, were killed during a clash with a number of militants who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from…. Related: Hamas armed wing: 5 Israeli soldiers killed in new cross-border attack

Hamas armed wing: 5 Israeli soldiers killed in new cross-border attack
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas’ armed wing said Saturday that a group of its operatives infiltrated Israeli territory for the second time in a day and killed five Israeli soldiers. The al-Qassam Brigades said the fighters tunneled under the Gaza border into Israeli territory near the Sufa crossing east of Rafah. Then they shot five soldiers dead, the group said. It said three…. Related: Israel confirms 2 soldiers killed in cross-border attack

UN chief to fly to Mideast in Gaza peace push
7/19/2014 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will fly to the Middle East in an effort to broker and end to the violence in Gaza, an official told an emergency session of the Security Council on Friday. Under secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman said a two-state solution was the only way to break the “seemingly endless cycle” of Israeli-Palestinian violence.”The secretary….

Gaza ministry of health warns of ‘real disaster’
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Health of Gaza warned on Saturday of a “real disaster” due to power shortages, lack of power needed to operate machinery and a lack of necessary medical supplies and medicine. The ministry’s general director of medical stores said during a news conference on Saturday that hospitals lack medicines needed for emergencies and operations. Ashraf Abu….

Hamas infiltrates Israel and attacks army patrol, injuring at least 2
7/19/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fighters affiliated with Hamas’ military wing on Saturday infiltrated the southern Israeli region of Eshkol near Ein HaShlosha through a tunnel and attacked an Israeli army patrol, injuring at least two soldiers in the ensuing firefight. Hamas’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the raid in a statement, adding that “Heavy fighting is ongoing with the…. Related: Hamas says they have positioned soldiers behind enemy lines

Palestinian killed, 7 injured in Khan Younis airstrikes
7/20/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Salem Ali Abu Saadeh was killed and seven others were injured in airstrikes on Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip late Saturday, medics said. [END]

2 injured in shelling on home in Bureij refugee camp
7/20/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli shelling injured two Palestinians in al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, medics reported late Saturday. [END]

10 bodies pulled out of destroyed home in Khan Younis
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ten bodies pulled out of destroyed home in Khan Younis Saturday morning. [END]

1 Palestinian injured during clashes near Ramallah
7/19/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was injured after being shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during clashes after Israeli soldiers attacked a protest late Friday at the entrance to the village of Shuqba west of Ramallah. Witnesses told Ma’an that clashes erupted between soldiers and Palestinians when a rally in solidarity with Gaza set….

2 Palestinians killed in Israeli attack in al-Zaitoun
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Muhammad and Hatem al-Zaabout were killed in an Israeli airstrike in al-Zaytoun neighborhood of southern Gaza City. [END]

3 Gazans injured in Israeli shelling at al-Mughraqa
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Three Gazans injured in Israeli shelling at al-Mughraqa. [END]

In photos: Daily clashes in Bethlehem amid heightened tensions
7/19/2014 – Palestinian youths in Bethlehem have clashed near daily with Israeli forces over the past two weeks near Rachel’s Tomb amid heightened tensions following the murder of Palestinian youth Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip. The protests have been violently dispersed by Israeli forces, with at least three youths shot with live ammunition and receiving medical treatment….

Israel confirms 1 soldier killed, 17 injured since invasion start
7/20/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have confirmed that one soldier has did and 17 others have been injured since the army began a ground operation in the Gaza Strip late Wednesday. [END]

Israeli soldier accidentally shoots self, suffers ‘serious’ wounds
7/19/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier accidentally shot himself on Saturday evening, suffering ‘serious’ wounds according to Israeli media. [END]

Israeli army kills 2 as militants open fire at southern border
7/19/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military said on Saturday that two Palestinian militants attacked a patrol in the southern Gaza Strip but both died without causing any injuries to Israeli forces. The military said in a statement that they “fired shots and an anti-tank missile at a nearby force, causing no injuries,” and that soldiers returned fire and killed one of the militants. The….

Abbas, Mashaal to meet Sunday to discuss Gaza truce
7/20/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khalid Mashaal will meet in Qatar Sunday to discuss a truce in Gaza, on day 13 of an Israeli offensive, an official said. The official close to Abbas, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “The president will meet Mashaal to discuss ways of reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,” where Israel’s campaign has….

Israel’s Lieberman slams Turkey over embassy protests
7/19/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has slammed Turkey’s handling of violent anti-Israeli protests in Ankara and Istanbul, in a diplomatic spat over the assault on Gaza. Lieberman accused Turkey of not taking the “necessary preventative measures” to stop protests getting violent after people angered by the offensive in Gaza tried to storm Israeli embassy buildings.” Israel protests strongly against….

Iran nuclear talks extended to November 24
7/19/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — World powers and Iran agreed to extend their talks on Tehran’s nuclear program until November 24, officials said Friday, as Washington said it would unblock some $2. 8 billion in frozen Iranian funds. In a deal reached late Friday in Vienna, the United States would release the funds in return for Iran agreeing to convert some of its 20 percent enriched….

Islamic Jihad: Battle could last long, but Egypt is on our side
7/19/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian resistance is drawing a new path for the Palestinian people and will continue until the basic goal of ending the siege imposed on the Palestinian people in Gaza is ended, a Islamic Jihad official said on Friday. The movement’s deputy secretary-general Ziad al-Nakhala told Ma’an TV channel Friday evening that “all options are open in…. Related: Islamic Jihad claims explosions against 2 Israeli military tanks

Security: Gunmen kill 15 Egyptian soldiers in checkpoint attack
7/20/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Gunmen firing rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Egyptian border guards checkpoint Saturday, killing 15 soldiers, officials and state media said, in one of the biggest assaults since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. Militants have stepped up attacks on the security forces since Morsi was toppled in July 2013 as the army struggles to quell an Islamist insurgency that has killed scores of…. Related: Egypt says checkpoint attack death toll now 21 troops

Iraq recalls envoy to Jordan after opposition meets in Amman
7/19/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Baghdad on Friday said it had recalled its ambassador to Jordan, two days after Sunni Iraqi leaders meeting in Amman described a jihadist-led insurgency sweeping parts of Iraq as a “popular revolt.””Iraq decides to withdraw its ambassador from the Jordanian capital Amman for consultations,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website, without giving a reason for the move. Iraqi….

NGO: Jihadists kill 270 in Syrian gas field ‘massacre’
7/19/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday’s takeover of the Shaar field as “the biggest” anti-regime operation by the Islamic State since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last year. The watchdog, updating an earlier toll….

Party: Iraq president home after 18-month convalescence
7/19/2014 – SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AFP) — Iraqi President Jalal Talabani flew back to his Kurdish fiefdom of Sulaimaniyah Saturday after more than 18 months in Germany for medical treatment, sources in his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said. The 80-year-old head of state arrived on a private aircraft, but access to the airport was restricted to his close entourage, an AFP correspondent said. [END]

Egypt says checkpoint attack death toll now 21 troops
7/19/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Gunmen who attacked an Egyptian border guards checkpoint on Saturday killed 21 soldiers, a military official told AFP, raising a previous death toll of 15 troops. The attackers used rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns in the attack on the post in the desert area of el-Farafrah, 630 kilometers west of Cairo, security officials said…. Related: Security: Gunmen kill 15 Egyptian soldiers in checkpoint attack

AlJazeera

Toll mounts as Israel shells northern Gaza
AlJazeera 19 Jul 2014 – Second day of ground invasion marked by exchange of gunfire and deaths of 34 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

On the 12th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Continue Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unpreced…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian family in Hebron, injuring five people including a child
7/20/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – At midnight this evening in al-Khalil (Hebron), a large group of settlers from nearby illegal settlements, attacked the home of the Al-Sharabati family. Some of the settlers were intoxicated as they forcefully attempted to enter the Palestinian home; Israeli soldiers nearby watched the incident and made no attempt at intervention. Other Palestinians arrived as the settlers succeeded in entering into the….

El-Wafa hospital staff attempted to retrieve medicine
7/19/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Hospital staff and international activists, from the U. S. , Sweden, and the UK, attempted to travel to the recently bombed el-Wafa hospital, in an attempt to retrieve salvageable medical supplies. When they arrived at the hospital it was, “still smoking from the attack this morning.”Stated U. S. International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Joe Catron. The staff and activists were forced to retreat….

‘Jews Against Genocide’ hold memorials for killed Palestinian children in front of Israeli govt buildings around the world
7/19/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Jews Against Genocide, Occupied Palestine – Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service in front of the Knesset for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. A pile of bloody dolls was placed at the Israeli Parliament and at other locations around the world. In addition to Jerusalem, memorials were held at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, in….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Toll in Gaza hits 342 on day 12 of Israel campaign
Relief Web 19 Jul 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/19/2014 17:59 GMT GAZA CITY, July 19, 2014 (AFP) – The Gaza death toll hit 342 on Saturday as Israeli warplanes intensified their bombardment and troops pressed a ground assault on the 12th…

occupied Palestinian territory: As IOF Ground Invasion Ensues, Numbers of Palestinians Killed Climbs to 330 including 76 Children and 36 Women 20 Children Killed since Yesterday and over 50,000 People Displaced
Relief Web 19 Jul 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have continued its military operation; including a ground invasion into, the Gaza Strip. Direct attacks on civilians continued to harvest civilians’ lives. Attacks on…

Syrian Arab Republic: Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access
Relief Web 19 Jul 2014 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By Shelly Kittleson BEIRUT, Jul 19 2014 (IPS) – Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled…

occupied Palestinian territory: On the 12th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Continue Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Israeli Forces Use Flechette Shells; Approximately 50,000 Palestinians Forcibly Displaced in Border Areas
Relief Web 19 Jul 2014 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 303 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 249 Are Civilians, Including 71 Children and 35 Women, and 2,058 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including…

occupied Palestinian territory: Egyptian military block activist aid convoy to Gaza: AFP
Relief Web 19 Jul 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory 07/19/2014 12:22 GMT BALLOZA CHECKPOINT, July 19, 2014 (AFP) – Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza…

The National

Power outages test Ramadan resolve in Tehran
The National 19 Jul 2014 – Lack of power leaves residents of Iranian capital sweltering without air-conditioning at the height of summer, or even TV to while away they hours until they are allowed to quench their thirst.

Gaza conflict: ‘Our house was shaking’
The National 19 Jul 2014 – The death toll climbed on Saturday as Israel continued its incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Voices on Afghanistan: Healthcare to suffer after withdrawal
The National 19 Jul 2014 – Afghanistan faces vast challenges when it comes to healthcare, says Dr Fazel Fazly.

Egypt and Qatar spar over Gaza ceasefire
The National 19 Jul 2014 – Doha might be trying to insert itself into the Gaza ceasefire negotiations as part of its regional power struggle with Cairo, writes Youssef Hamza

Fears rise that MH17 crash evidence may be lost or destroyed
The National 19 Jul 2014 – European monitors say rebels are restricting access to the site and bodies are starting to decay, while conflicting claims are made about fate of black boxes.

Ha’aretz

Jerusalem police arrest hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Netanyahu receives new-found and widespread international support on Gaza
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Two IDF soldiers killed by Gaza militants who breached border
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Egypt’s cease-fire proposal gains Arabs’ backing
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Israel’s ties with Turkey fray in wake of Gaza conflict
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

The failures of Abbas’ leadership
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Missing: An Israeli foreign minister
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Israeli businesses see sales slump due to Gaza conflict
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Israeli police force must tackle hate crimes
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

What does Hamas really want?
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Defying ban on demonstration, pro-Palestinians burn Israeli flags in Paris
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Krakow’s Jewish fest shows that philo-Semitism is no passing phenomenon
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Gaza conflict has cost Israeli government $585 million after 12 days’ fighting
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Netanyahu wanted to attack Iran, but got stuck in Gaza instead
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

For its relatively free hand in Gaza, Israel can thank Assad, Islamic State and the Donetsk People’s Republic
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

After years of neglect, Israel forced to address tunnel issue
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Israel-Gaza fighting: From neighborhood feud to global conflict
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Officials: Gunmen kill at least 15 Egypt troops at checkpoint
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Anti-Israel protesters rally across France, defying ban imposed after synagogue clash
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Netherlands accuses rebels of denying access to Malaysian plane crash site in Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Dutch accuse rebels of denying access to Ukraine plane crash site
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Two soldiers killed by Gaza militants who breached border
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Despite war, Israel must act with magnanimity
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Twitter gaffe: Bar Refaeli quotes the wrong Lincoln
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

What if Iron Dome is a bluff?
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Man killed in rocket strike on Negev Bedouin community
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Kashmir teenager killed during anti-Israel protest
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Obama, Cameron discuss Gaza situation on phone
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Egypt: We will not revise cease-fire proposal rejected by Hamas
Ha’aretz – 19 Jul 2014

Clashes in Haifa over Gaza operation, 30 arrested
Ha’aretz – 18 Jul 2014

IDF praised Shalit-swap prisoners week before rearrest
Ha’aretz – 18 Jul 2014

Jerusalem Post

Entering the zone – again
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – This weekend, there were no arguments at the mall and the usual Israeli bravado. Not much lingering either; Israelis already know the drill. 

Thousands attend Jerusalem prayer rally for IDF operating in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – At the Western wall, rabbis call on people to read passages from the Book of Psalms for the success and safety of the IDF. 

Fighting terrorists who move around in ambulances
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Hamas is an expert at embedding itself in the midst of the Palestinian civilian population and using it as human shields, to seek immunity from the army. 

Senior Hamas official prefers Israeli Gaza reoccupation to the blockade
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Cairo-based official says Israeli control of Gaza would mean electricity, water and jobs. 

PM: Ground incursion is only way to deal with tunnels
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Netanyahu says there is no guarantee of 100 percent success, but that everything was being done to get “maximum results.” 

Israel resigned to four more months in global diplomatic effort with Iran
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – As deal deadline passes, American officials promise to stay tough on Iran; Netanyahu prefers extension to bad deal, officials tell ‘Post,’ as White House says final accord ‘shaping up.’ 

What to do about Gaza
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – These open zones are critical to enable Israel to detect threats approaching the border well in advance, and to provide a buffer. 

Progressives and moral equivalence during Operation Protective Edge?
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Operation Protective Edge is a fight between good and evil. There is no moral equivalence here. 

Problems in Paris
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – The shame of it is that this might not be an entirely out-of-favor viewpoint. It will lurk behind official denunciations of anti-Semitism. 

With children in a shelter
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – There are board games and cards scattered around the perimeter of the room. A counselor on the opposite side of the room is passing around cookies, and I am holding a bag of toffees. 

Islamic fundamentalism, the permanent threat
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – A prescient interview 20 years ago with the late Prof. Mordechai Abir; ‘The trend nowadays is that the masses – especially those who suffer economic hardship – increasingly follow the fundamentalists.’ 

Dance review: Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Polak – ‘Wallflower’ Tel Aviv Museum, July 15
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – The most intriguing element of the composition are the 10 dancers, wrapped in colorful hand-knitted and sculptured outfits, 

Rockets continue to rain on southern, central Israel
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Iron dome interceptions over Shfela region and southern districts. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz says mission is to harm Hamas, destroy tunnels; 13 terrorists have been arrested by security officials. 

Health scan: Bacteria can evolve biological timer to survive antibiotics
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem tried to predict a different evolutionary process and follow it in real time 

Hundreds, both for and against Gaza offensive protest in Tel Aviv and Haifa
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Eight arrested for disrupting the peace at protests in Habima Sqaure; protesters face off in northern port city. 

The wonderful world of living machines
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – The famed Field Museum in Chicago has sent its biomechanics exhibition to Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum. 

Netanyahu to UN’s Ban: No symmetry between terror organizations and democratic country
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – UN Secretary-General heads to the Middle East, amid key voices around the world supporting Israel’s right to defend itself, while expressing concern about the civilian casualties in Gaza. 

Israel says Gaza has used up or lost half its rockets
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – “I think that we have hit and destroyed 30 to 40 percent of the rockets,” says chief IDF spokesman. 

Two IDF soldiers killed in clash with Hamas tunnel infiltrators
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, and Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, were killed when Hamas terrorists attempted to enter Israel through a smuggling tunnel. 

Pro-Palestinian rally banned in Paris, authorized in Marseille and other French cities
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – In London, demonstrators protest outside Downing Street against Israel’s military action in Gaza; protesters in France clash with police, defying a ban on a planned rally. 

Hamas publishes cease-fire initiative
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – The initiative is sponsored by the US, Qatar, Turkey, Hamas says; PA officials say the Egyptian cease-fire proposal is only initiative on the table for now. 

Report: Lebanese Army finds second rocket launching site in southern Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Last week rockets from Lebanon landed in open areas north of Nahariya in the Western Galilee, and one was fired at a village in the Upper Galilee. 

A painted wall
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – As a permanent resident of Israel, I see every blade of grass, every flowering tree or any photo taken in the land as a legitimate picture of Israel. 

Pope calls for justice in bombing of Argentine Jewish center
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – “May justice be done!” Pontiff says in video address commemorating 20th anniversary of deadly attack in pope’s native country. 

Egypt: No plans to revise Gaza cease-fire proposal
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Egyptian FM: Initiative “provides the needs of all sides and we will continue offering it and we hope to get their support as soon as possible.” 

Gaza rocket kills Israeli civilian, Hamas infiltrators wound IDF soldiers
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Beduin man killed in rocket attack on South; Hamas terrorists enter Israel via underground tunnel, head toward Israeli community. 

Gaza terrorists attempt to attack IDF forces with explosives-laden donkey
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – IDF expresses regret over “shocking” incident, condemns Gaza terrorists for strapping explosive devices to animals in order to attack Israeli troops. 

Special: Psychological warfare between Hamas and Israel
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – In ongoing conflict between Israel, Hamas what is counted is not the number of bodies, but the amount of fear and despair that each side succeeds to instill in the hearts and minds of its enemy. 

Foreign Ministry warns Israelis against visiting Turkey amid protests over Gaza
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2014 – Foreign Ministry recalls diplomats’ families and staff, due to current political climate regarding Gaza operation. 

The Guardian

Gaza death toll climbs as diplomacy intensifies for truce
The Guardian 19 Jul 2014 – UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon joins efforts to end stalemate between Israel and Hamas Diplomatic pressure for a ceasefire in Gaza increased on Saturday as the Palestinian death toll in the 11-day conflict climbed to more…

As war returns to Gaza, it is the children who are frozen in fear
The Guardian 19 Jul 2014 – Our correspondent has watched as 12 days of terror have overwhelmed the region, leaving at least 300 dead I’m taking pictures on a deserted Gaza street by the beachfront one evening at dusk when a solitary…

London protests call for end to Israeli military action in Gaza
The Guardian 19 Jul 2014 – Protests come as David Cameron and Barack Obama reiterate support for Israel’s right to take action to defend itself Thousands of protesters gathered in London on Saturday to call for an end to Israeli military action…

Palestinians mourn the dead in Gaza as death toll tops 300 – video
The Guardian 19 Jul 2014 – Palestinians march in a funeral procession on Saturday for three children from one family killed in an Israeli attack on Friday, as the Palestinian death toll tops 300. With intense fighting forcing tens of thousands of…

Inter Press Service

Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access
IPS Syrian mother and child near Ma’arat Al-Numan, rebel-held Syria, in autumn 2013. Credit: Shelly Kittleson/IPS By Shelly Kittleson BEIRUT, Jul 19 2014 (IPS) Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be…

Why No Vetoed Resolutions on Civilian Killings in Gaza?
IPS Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) briefs the Security Council on Jul. 10 on the crisis in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 2014 (IPS) As the civil war in Syria continues into its fourth year, the Western nations sitting on…

Uruknet

Obama lawyers claim Gitmo detainees still not persons after Hobby Lobby; Judge needs more evidence of Ramadan abuses
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – In a court hearing held today (July 10) at the DC District Court, the US government argued that Guantanamo detainees are not persons entitled to the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) – unlike US corporation Hobby Lobby.It…

Chelsea Manning and The Power of Empathy
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014 – It is 3 am. Something in me is unsettled and I cannot sleep. Earlier today, the Israeli military intensified its assault on Gaza Strip as a kind of collective punishment of the Palestinians; those vulnerable and…

Amerikistan, Not Afghanistan… Warocracy, Not Democracy
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014 -Afghanistan Analysts Network reported on July 9 that Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah had told gathered crowd “that he had received phone calls from both US President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry and had been…

Protective Edge has nothing to do with protection 
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014 – I just flew overnight from Tel Aviv to New York. As I dozed in my seat, crossing the Atlantic, Israeli forces killed some 30 Palestinians in Gaza …Among those killed in the night s airstrikes was…

Soul-crushing video shows Gaza father unable to accept his little boy s killing
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014 – Please don t open this video if you don t wish to know what horrific violence is being visited on Palestinian families with the support of the U.S. government. Don t open it if you don…

The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014 – …In the digital age where a wealth of information is available at the tap of a keyboard documenting background facts that are disputed by no serious historian-the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from their land,…

Hamas condemns Abbas remarks on resistance 
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014 -The Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas condemned on Friday remarks made by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas describing “resistance” as “violence,” a statement said.”Abbas remarks are considered a kind of defamation of the Palestinian resistance, as well…

Senior Fatah leader: resistance is to win, Abbas political life to end 
Uruknet 19 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014-Member of Fatah Revolutionary Council Hussam Khader said on Friday that the Israeli war on Gaza would lead to a victory for the Palestinian resistance that would end Abbas political role.Posting on his Facebook page, Khader said: “The…

The Palestinian Authority stands in the way of the Palestinian struggle
Uruknet 18 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014 – As protests have erupted in 1948 Palestine (present-day Israel), the Gaza Strip, occupied Jerusalem and in villages across the rest of the occupied West Bank against the injustices and massacres committed by the Israeli state, the…

“Wake up, my son!” None of Gaza s murdered children are just numbers
Uruknet 18 Jul 2014 – July 12, 2014- Sahir Salman Abu Namous was just four years old, soon to turn five. “Everyone who saw him loved him because he was always smiling,” his first cousin Diaa Mahmoud recalls in an email he sent me from…

Daily Star

Israel expands Gaza ground offensive; no sign of truce
Daily Star 20 Jul 2014 Israel says it has expanded its ground offensive in Gaza and militants keep up rocket fire into the Jewish state with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough to end the worst fighting between Israel and Hamas…

Army locates rocket launching pad in south Lebanon
Daily Star 19 Jul 2014 The Lebanese Armed Forces locate the launching pad for katyusha rockets fired from south Lebanon, after roughly 10 rockets were fired at Israel in less than a week.

Elite security force committee surveys Ain al-Hilweh
Daily Star 19 Jul 2014 Representatives of the committee heading the elite Palestinian security force tours the Ain al-Hilweh camp’s markets to check up on the deployed officers and the stability in the camp.

Egyptian military block activist aid convoy to Gaza
Daily Star 19 Jul 2014 Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevent an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza Strip.

ISF shootout near Beirut’s airport road
Daily Star 19 Jul 2014 The ISF arrest and detain a dangerous wanted criminal, after an armed group attempted to hinder the arrest by opening fire at police forces in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

Attar reappointed as vice president of Syria
Daily Star 19 Jul 2014 Syrian President Bashar Assad reappoints Najah al-Attar as vice president, state-run SANA news agency reports.

Hezbollah: March 14 plans vacuum and disruption
Daily Star 19 Jul 2014 A Hezbollah official accuses March 14 politicians of planning the elongation of the presidential vacuum and of disrupting Lebanon’s political institutions.

Iran faces crucial choices in extended nuclear talks
Daily Star 19 Jul 2014 Iran and the six powers extend the nuclear talks until Nov. 24, in recognition that their differences were too big to reach a deal by the informal deadline of Sunday.

YNet News

Gaza: A terrorist state or an enemy state?
YNet News, 19 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: Israel should regard Hamas as a legitimate enemy in order to reach either an agreement or a head-to-head war. ….

Arab youths riot in East Jerusalem
YNet News, 19 Jul 2014 – ….

Six people wounded in demonstration in Haifa, five left and right-wing activists arrested
YNet News, 19 Jul 2014 – ….

Four more right-wing activists arrested during demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square 
YNet News, 19 Jul 2014 – ….

Three rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council 
YNet News, 19 Jul 2014 – ….

Code Red siren sounds in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council 
YNet News, 19 Jul 2014 – ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel is carrying out a holocaust against Palestinian families
PIC – Yes, Israel is not sending Palestinians to gas chambers. But Israel is bringing Auschwitz and Mauthausen to Palestinian homes, neighborhood, hospitals and mosques.

Abu Zuhri: IOF ground invasion failed to achieve any of its goals
PIC – The Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip had failed miserably in achieving any of its goals, Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, said in a press statement on Saturday evening.

Palestinian resistance proposes ceasefire agreement
PIC – Palestinian resistance factions have proposed a ceasefire initiative presented with Qatari and Turkish support.

Health ministry calls for probing Israel’s use of banned weapons in Gaza
PIC – The Palestinian health ministry appealed to international human rights and civil groups to investigate Israel’s use of internationally-banned lethal weaponry against the population in the Gaza Strip.

Israel completely cuts electricity to Gaza
PIC – The power distribution company in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation authority completely severed the power supplies to the Gaza Strip.

Mass arrest campaign in West Bank, Haifa
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested last night 18 Palestinians from Tulkarem, Jenin, and occupied Jerusalem, Palestinian Prisoners Society revealed.

Several pro-Gaza protestors wounded in violent W. Bank clashes yesterday
PIC – Scores of Palestinian young men suffered injuries in different clashes on Friday with Israeli soldiers in occupied Jerusalem and areas near Ramallah city, according to local sources.

Gaza death toll rises as Israeli aggression enters its 12th day
PIC – Two Palestinians including a 6-year-old child were killed at dawn Saturday during two Israeli airstrikes in Beit Lahiya northern Gaza Strip.

AOHR calls on British gov’t to end its military cooperation with Israel
PIC – The London-based Arab organization for human rights (AOHR) demanded the British government to revoke its military contracts and partnership with the Israeli government.

WAFA

S&D Euro Group Calls Again for Permanent Ceasefire
WAFA – 19 Jul 2014

41 Palestinians Killed, Dozens Injured in Twelfth Day of Israeli Aggression
WAFA – 19 Jul 2014

UNRWA Appeals for $60 Million for Gaza
WAFA – 19 Jul 2014

Clashes Erupt Across Hebron, Several Shot and Injured, Dozens suffocate
WAFA – 19 Jul 2014

Russia Promotes Egypt-brokered Proposal as Basis for Calm and Conflict Resolution
WAFA – 19 Jul 2014

Denmark Grants $2 Million to Support Gaza
WAFA – 19 Jul 2014

Misc

Attack Kills at Least 20 Egyptian Soldiers at Checkpoint in Western Desert
New York Times 19 Jul 2014 – A military official said about 20 gunmen in weapon-mounted vehicles took a checkpoint by surprise in Egypt’s western desert, killing at least 20 soldiers. 

Palestinians Find Show of Support Lacking From Arab Nations Amid Offensive
New York Times 19 Jul 2014 – The governments were accused of dithering at critical moments, and at one point, Egypt even blamed Hamas, rather than Israel, for dozens of Palestinian deaths. 

Despite Israeli Push in Gaza, Hamas Fighters Slip Through Tunnels
New York Times 19 Jul 2014 – Even as Israeli forces moved to demolish militants’ tunnels into Israel, several Hamas fighters slipped through passages on Saturday and fought gun battles with Israeli soldiers. 

5 Bombs Explode in Baghdad as Dispute Continues With Jordan
New York Times 19 Jul 2014 – The dispute centered on a meeting held in Amman, the Jordanian capital, by 11 Iraqi Sunni groups, including some that are actively fighting the Iraqi government. 

News Analysis: Staying the Course on Iran by Threatening Pain and Offering Relief
New York Times 19 Jul 2014 – Behind President Obama’s decision to extend the Iran nuclear negotiations is a calculation that the administration has the mix of pressure and incentives just about right. 

Negotiators Agree to Extend Iran Nuclear Talks Four More Months, Diplomats Say
New York Times 18 Jul 2014 – Iran, the United States and five other countries agreed to a four-month extension as they try to bridge a divide over whether Iran must dismantle parts of its nuclear program, officials said. 

Fleeing Amid Airstrikes, Gazans Find Few Places to Be Safe
New York Times 18 Jul 2014 – For civilians in the Gaza Strip, the hardships of war include a lack of electricity and clean water. 

A Mother Asks Obama: ‘Please Remember My Amir’
New York Times 18 Jul 2014 – The letter from Behnaz Hekmati, the mother of Amir Hekmati, appeared timed to convey the family’s wish that the United States use its leverage in the talks to win his release. 

News Analysis: A Push Into Gaza, but the Ground Has Shifted
New York Times 18 Jul 2014 – The landscape differs from previous battles with Hamas, largely because Israel has framed its operations as an effort to eliminate tunnels used to store weapons or stage attacks. 

ISIS Forces Last Iraqi Christians to Flee Mosul
New York Times 18 Jul 2014 – An era of tolerance for different religions appeared to have come to an abrupt end as minority sects sought sanctuary from militants in Christian enclaves. 

World Briefing: Syria: Scores Killed in Clash as Jihadis Seize a Gas Field
New York Times 18 Jul 2014 – Islamic extremists killed at least 115 Syrian troops, guards and workers while capturing a gas field in central Syria after a long day of clashes. More than 20 insurgents also died in the fighting. 

NBC Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Is Returned to Gaza
New York Times 18 Jul 2014 – Ayman Mohyeldin was reinstated by the network after he was removed following postings on Twitter that stirred controversy, although NBC did not make any public comment. 

Gaza War, Day 13, Major ‘Fashla’ Causes First IDF Battle Deaths
Tikun Olam – Ynet confirms that the first IDF battle deaths which occurred today resulted from a major fashla (“disastrous mistake”). Because an IDF observation post was abandoned, Palestinian militants not only penetrated Israeli territory via a tunnel, they lay in wait for an IDF patrol to pass by….

Israel warns media they are at risk of ‘injury or death’ because Hamas ‘exploits journalists as human shields’
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian journalist inspects his work car in Gaza City on November 18, 2012. (Photo: AFP/ Mohammed Abed) Peter Beaumont, the Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer , posted the following to Twitter: Message to journalists in Gaza from the Israeli Government Press Office which…

Gaza City resident Amal Sarsour: ‘There is no place to go, death is around us all the time’
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian man stands amid debris following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 11. (Photo: Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty Images) There is no where for Amal Sarsour to go–not when Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery fire are blanketing Gaza. The 38-year-old Gaza City…

Arrests without charge of American beating victim’s relatives in Jerusalem leave State Dep’t ‘deeply concerned’
Mondoweiss – Yesterday Max Blumenthal reported on Israel’s arrest in East Jerusalem of relatives of Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American boy who was beaten in Jerusalem two weeks ago. The arrests came up during yesterday’s State Department briefing, by Jen Psaki, who said the U.S. was “deeply concerned” about the…

Video: Outraged constituents confront CT Senator Chris Murphy over support for Gaza attack
Mondoweiss – When Senator Chris Murphy invited his Connecticut constituents to a hike up East Rock Park this morning, he did not expect to be met by activists from the Middle East Crisis Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace. The activists had gathered to express outrage at Murphy’s…

Nicholas Kristof on how to end the Israel/Palestine conflict
Mondoweiss – Kristof Anyone who regularly reads the New York Times surely understands that Nicholas Kristof must be one of the nicest persons in the world. His heart is always in the right place, his values and principles are of the highest, and his intentions are invariably beyond…

On the defensive, Barney Frank accuses Clemons and Kornacki of ganging up on him, and Israel
Mondoweiss – From Steve Kornacki’s MSNBC show, Up with Steve Kornacki. Guest Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation was critical of the Gaza onslaught for the killings of civilians, and former Congressman Barney Frank bridled, defending Israel. He then said the two others were ganging up on him….

The heart of the problem with Israel: The mass expulsion of the Palestinian people
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian man overlooks the Jaramana Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria in 1948. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) As Israeli government violence against the Palestinians in Gaza intensifies (the latest news being an aggressive ground invasion), I saw a discussion on-line about whether Israel has become more brutal…

Mr. Obama, spend one night with us in Shifa hospital, it would change history
Mondoweiss – Shifa Hospital Dearest friends – The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent. The heroes in the ambulances and in…

Israel is in a pickle
Mondoweiss – Jodi Rudoren’s latest New York Times article, “ A Push Into Gaza, but the Ground Has Shifted ,” is chock full of claims that Benjamin Netanyahu is being tempered in his ground invasion into Gaza. The piece seems designed to lead the reader to believe there’s reluctance…

Dwight Howard should be thanked for showing the price of standing up for Palestine — Zirin
Mondoweiss – Dave Zirin On a day of atrocity (Thursday) whose horrors were–if possible–deepened by “ censorship and self-censorship ,” Dave Zirin of the Nation lauds the courage of those who defend Palestine , and thereby proves his own. He speaks the unspeakable: *Israel’s relentless bombing campaign of Gaza, *one of the most…

Gaza War, Day 12: 303 Palestinian Dead
Tikun Olam – When is an invasion not an invasion? When it’s the IDF and they’re killing Palestinians. Then it’s a defensive operation (“ Protective Edge”) solely meant to protect Israeli citizens from terrorists. The objectives of the campaign aren’t to kill Palestinians, but solely to root out ‘nests…

JVP Chapters Protest the Israeli Assault on Gaza
Jewish Voice for Peace – JVP Chapters Protest the Israeli Assault on Gaza Send us updates and links to press coverage of your chapters’ actions! This page is in process and will be periodically updated. NEW YORK CITY Tuesday July 15–JVP-NYC Chapter participated in a demonstration that interrupted a City Hall…

Occupation of Palestinian Territories Likely to Intensify in Coming Months 
Sabbah report 19 Jul 2014 – Jeff Halper says that the Israeli public does not generally put the cycles of violence with Gaza and the West Bank in the context of decades-long military occupation, and that this leads to support for further domination of the Palestinians. a href=“http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=24662”>Continue reading –> The post:…

The failures of Abbas leadership 
Sabbah report 19 Jul 2014 – Much of Hamas’ confidence comes from the Palestinian public, who see it standing up bravely for the national cause while Mahmoud Abbas plays the diplomatic supplicant. Continue reading –> The post: The failures of Abbas leadership appeared first on Sabbah Report § Sign up for our…

Casualties mount in Gaza conflict 
BBC 19 Jul 2014 – A Palestinian family and an Israeli Bedouin man are among those killed as the toll from Israel’s ground campaign and rocket attacks from Gaza rises.

Israel Takes Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks in Stride 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Jul 2014 – Israel responded skeptically to the extension of Iranian nuclear talks with world powers on Saturday, saying it saw no cause for the optimism voiced by some Western diplomats about prospects for an accord. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egyptian troops killed at checkpoint 
BBC 19 Jul 2014 – Gunmen have killed at least 20 soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in western Egypt, Egyptian security officials say.

Desperate Palestinians Flee Deeper Into Gaza as Israel Rolls In 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Jul 2014 – In a school in northern Gaza, scores of families sweat in cramped classrooms. Babies cry, while restless kids draw on chalkboards and worried parents give thanks for their relative safety. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia: Marzouki’s Telephone Conversations With Arab Leaders for Holding Summit On Gaza 
allAfrica.com 19 Jul 2014 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Carthage, -Caretaker President of the Republic Mohamed Moncef Marzouki had, Saturday, telephone conversations with several Arab leaders for the holding of an emergency Arab summit on the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Clashes Erupt in Paris as Thousands Rally To Denounce Israel Attack on Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Jul 2014 – Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities on Saturday to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for 4 Months 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Jul 2014 – Iran and six powers agreed to continue talking for four more months after failing to meet a July 20 deadline to reach a deal on curbing the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for ending sanctions, enabling Tehran to access $2.8 billion of frozen cash. Click here…

Israel Plans to Target Radical Islam Offshoot Once Gaza Is Done 
The Forward New 19 Jul 2014 – Two decades ago, Israel’s Islamic Movement divided into two groups, one moderate and another radical. Once it finishes with Gaza, Israel plans a major crackdown on the radicals. Click here for the rest of the article…

Africa: Women in Conflict Zones At Risk of Violence, Discrimination 
allAfrica.com 19 Jul 2014 – [VOA]U.N. Human Rights experts are expressing concern about the widespread violence and discrimination to which women in conflict-ridden Central African Republic and Syria are subjected. C.A.R. and Syria are two of eight countries examined by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which…

VIDEO: Iran talks deadline extended 
BBC 19 Jul 2014 – Diplomats have agreed a four-month extension to the deadline for an agreement between Tehran and world powers on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iran nuclear talks deadline extended 
BBC 19 Jul 2014 – The deadline for an agreement between Iran and world powers on Iran’s nuclear programme is extended until 24 November.

VIDEO: Iranian musician on blending East and West 
BBC 19 Jul 2014 – Iranian musician Hafez Nazeri follows his dream

Five car bombs kill 26 in Baghdad 
BBC 19 Jul 2014 – A series of car bombs in the Iraqi capital, including three near-simultaneous blasts, kill at least 26 people, officials say.

Gaza: A personal account of trying to survive Israel’s bombs 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Palestinians walk past a building that was destroyed nearby their house following an Israeli air strike on July 19, 2014, in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) Palestinians walk past a building that was destroyed nearby their house following an Israeli air strike on July 19, 2014,…

Iraqi Kurdistan and Israel: A choice between political strategies and moral stances 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Iraqi Kurdish protesters deploy a giant flag of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration to claim for its independence on July 3, 2014 outside the Kurdistan parliament building in Arbil, in northern Iraq. (Photo: AFP-Safin Hamed) Iraqi Kurdish protesters deploy a giant flag of their…

Egypt blocks aid convoy from entering Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza Strip on Saturday, an AFP correspondent said. An army officer at the Balloza checkpoint, one of many along the desert highway to Rafah, told…

Israel’s brutal war on Palestinian children 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Palestinian relatives burry the body of a child during the funeral of eight members of the Abu Jarad family who were killed overnight in an Israeli strike on July 19, 2014 in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza strip. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) Palestinian relatives burry the…

Egypt adds insult to injury by sending Gaza expired aid packages 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Egyptian security forces stand guard as an ambulance, carrying a Palestinian who was wounded in an Israeli air strike, crosses the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on July 12, 2014 in Rafah. (Photo: AFP-Said Khatib) Egyptian security forces stand guard as an…

Lines of the Game: The mass suicide of Sunnis and Shia 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 19 Jul 2014 – Volunteers loyal to Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, take positions during a military advance in areas under the control of Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the town of Samarra, in the province of Tikrit, on July 12,…

Israeli ground invasion will not deter Resistance factions in Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Palestinian members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, attend the funeral of comrades who died two days ago after an explosion caused the collapse of a tunnel under the Israeli border, on June 21, 2014, in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) Palestinian…

Baghdad suicide bomber kills seven 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – A suicide bombing in southern Baghdad killed seven people and wounded 18 others on Saturday morning, police and a local hospital source said. The bomb exploded at a police checkpoint in the Abu Dsheer district, south of the capital, the sources said. There was no immediate…

Egypt says it has “no plans” to modify Gaza truce proposal 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Egypt has no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal to end fighting in Gaza, Cairo’s foreign minister said on Saturday. “It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue offering it and we hope to get their support as soon as possible,” said Sameh…

Israeli bombings kill more children in Gaza as death toll reaches 333 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jul 2014 – Israeli army flares illuminate the sky above the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Israeli army flares illuminate the sky above the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Updated 3:30 pm: Israeli air strikes and shelling…

Black Smoke over the Castle of Asparagus 
BBC 18 Jul 2014 – How diplomats and journalists mingle at Iran nuclear talks hotel

Hospital on conflict’s front line 
BBC 18 Jul 2014 – Inside Gaza as the Israeli ground campaign starts

Iran boosts Hamas rocket capacity 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – Congress is skeptical of extending of Iran talks; Iran has a hand in Gaza; acrimony between Egypt and Hamas is hindering a cease-fire agreement; and the Islamic State using the Turkish Consulate in Mosul as its headquarters.

Iran, P5+1 extend talks 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – After all-day discussion, diplomats have agreed to extend nuclear talks until Nov. 24, 2014.

Congress may take up bill to withdraw US advisers from Iraq 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – A look at the Middle East issues Congress will be addressing the week of July 21.

Egyptian media wages incitement campaign against Palestinians as Gaza burns 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Jul 2014 – Palestinians wait next to their luggage, hoping to be given the permission to cross into Egypt at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on July 12, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Said Khatib) Palestinians wait next to their luggage, hoping to be given the permission…

Will the ‘Emirate of the Levant’ be announced on Eid al-Fitr? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Jul 2014 – Fighters from the Islamist rebel group al-Nusra Front allegedly dig a tunnel under a military site of the Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 17, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Ahmed Deeb) Fighters from the Islamist rebel group al-Nusra Front allegedly dig a…

Knesset debates whether Gaza disengagement helped Hamas 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – During the Knesset debate marking the ninth anniversary of Israel’s disengagement from Gaza, conservative politicians claimed that the current Hamas attacks would not have taken place had Ariel Sharon not pulled out of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Cabinet members blame US for failed cease-fire 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – Backed by Qatar and Turkey and facing American hesitance, Hamas refused the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, forcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to begin a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the tunnel networks.

Gaza on alert for Israeli spies 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – Two suspected spies for Israel have been murdered in Gaza since the outbreak of war as locals are on the lookout for suspicious behavior.

Alevis split on Turkey’s presidential elections 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – Alienated Alevi voters may hand Erdogan the presidency.

Israel, Egypt deny Turkish role in resolving Gaza conflict 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – Israel and Egypt have accused Turkey and Qatar of sabotaging efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza so they could then present themselves as mediators.

Wounded Palestinians scorned in Egypt’s al-Arish General Hospital 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Jul 2014 – A Palestinian young boy, who was wounded in an Israeli air strike, lays on a stretcher in an ambulance before being given the permission to cross into Egypt at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on July 12, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Said Khatib)…

Images of Gaza war shift perception of Israel 
Al-Monitor 18 Jul 2014 – Decisions by media networks to censor their reporters in Gaza will not prevent the truth of Israeli actions from emerging.

Articles


On ’human shielding’ in Gaza 
Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon, Al Jazeera 7/19/2014
The Israeli army has tried to justify striking civilian areas.
All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most “precise and surgical”, is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields.
For Palestinians living in Gaza today, simply spending time in their own homes, frequenting a mosque, going to a hospital or to school has become a dangerous enterprise since any one of these architectural edifices can become at any moment a target. One can no longer safely assume that the existence of masses of human bodies – even the bodies of children – in civilian spaces can serve as defence of the weak against the lethal capacity of the hi-tech states.But since hi-tech states can and do kill hundreds or thousands of civilians, they have to provide moral justification for their action in order to preserve their standing in the international arena; they have to demonstrate that they are protecting the principles of liberal democracy. It is precisely within this context that we should understand the series of posters recently disseminated by the Israeli military through its Twitter account, Facebook and blogs.
The poster “Where do Gaza Terrorists Hide Their Weapons” is a paradigmatic example, where the subtext does the speaking: Houses, mosques, schools, and hospitals are legitimate targets because they are presumed to be weapon depositories.
This is also the message in “When Is A House a Home?” which simply zooms in on one of the images in the previous poster, showing how Palestinians presumably hide rockets in civilian homes. more.. e-mail

Can Israel be stopped? 
Larbi Sadiki, Al Jazeera 7/19/2014
New geopolitical realities have cleared the way for the ongoing Israeli offensive against Gaza.
It is a myth that the war between Hamas and Israel was triggered by the murder of several children, Israeli and Palestinian, in recent weeks. It is also a myth that Palestinian fighters alone are to blame for the ongoing military offensive in Gaza.
The current war is a logical consequence of the frustration over failed negotiations and anger over the crippling siege of the overcrowded Gaza strip, the continuous building of settlements, the uprooting of Palestinian trees, and confiscation of land and houses.
Israel fights simply because it can. As it steps up its war against Hamas with a ground invasion, it looks unstoppable. What happens next will depend on the readiness of Hamas, which has declined an Egypt-mediated truce that would have neither lifted the siege on Gaza nor given it political manoeuvrability to negotiate all Palestinian matters with the international community as an equal to Fatah.
Israel’s offensive on Gaza happens at a time when international diplomacy is distracted by the escalation of conflicts in other areas (e.g. Ukraine and Iraq). Besides, a great deal has changed since the last war in 2012 when Cairo had a government sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Hamas has since lost that support and, like the Muslim Brotherhood, counts among Arab states more foes than friends.
Indeed, Israel knew it was an opportune time to strike…. more.. e-mail

Israel ought to wake up to reality 
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 7/18/2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had believed that his bloody bombardment for more than two weeks of the besieged Gaza Strip would finally diminish the status of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group in control of the region on the Israeli-Egyptian border. Rather, his attempt has backfired despite the fact that more than 190 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,400 others have been wounded.
Hamas, facing serious economic, social and security problems in the Gaza Strip, was apparently compelled to seek assistance from the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) led by Mahmoud Abbas — a step that ended in a reconciliation agreement that installed a new government of technocrats for the two Palestinian regions. Hamas officials would not be holding any position in the new Palestinian regime, but the subsequent merciless onslaught by Israel and Hamas’s tough stance in landing more than 1,000 rockets on Israel has raised its stature among Palestinians and other fellow Arabs in the region to a very high level. How all this will affect the chances of a Palestinian-Israeli settlement remains to be seen, but certainly, the prospects are not very encouraging. For one, Netanyahu in the opinion of many, including Israelis and American Jews, has blundered.
To start with, the manipulations of Netanyahu, his right-wing cabinet members and the actions of senior military officials detailed in the Israeli media were aimed at whipping the Israeli public to support the unjustified arrest of several hundreds of Palestinians, some of whom were released from jail recently. The recent abduction of three Israeli colonists, all teenagers, was attributed to Hamas, although the latter denied any connection and Israel has never provided any evidence to support the charges.
What has been more alarming is the report published in the Times of Israel on July 13, titled ‘Netanyahu finally speaks his mind’…. more.. e-mail

Basic conditions for any ceasefire require a political element 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 7/17/2014
In violent conflicts, parties to the conflict are always under pressure to cease fire. Ceasefire agreements tend to have different formats but there are two basic requirements that successful long-term ceasefires require.
The first is clear: a total cessation of all attacks using all forms of weapons and from and to all relative locations. But most people don’t realise that the most important part of an effective ceasefire agreement is usually the second part. Namely, the political conditions that are being offered to buttress and cement the cessation of hostilities.
The idea of both parties stopping attacks usually doesn’t hold for very long. There is always an element, usually political or logistic, that was the cause of hostilities and which the parties are adamant to try and address in order to justify to their own people why they participated in the violence in the first place.
Applying this theory to the current Israeli war on Gaza it is clear that the Israeli idea of mutual tahdiya (calm) is not a formula that will last very long.
The Palestinian side feels that they were wrongly accused of being behind the kidnapping of three Israelis in areas under Israel’s control in the West Bank. They, along with the entire population of Gaza and the rest of the world, also feel that the seven-year illegal and unauthorised land and sea siege of Gaza must come to an end.
One possible way out of the current situation is to involve the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, which has, at least on the civilian side, a legal and authoritative role as to the lives of Palestinians in Gaza. The unity government has ended the period of two governing bodies in the West Bank and Gaza. All Palestinians in the occupied territories today have a single civilian governing leadership, namely the government headed by Rami Hamdallah. more.. e-mail

Devastated family remembers cheerful boy cut down by Israeli fire on Gaza beach
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2014 – Ismail Baker was one of the four boys killed as international media watched in horror.more..

Suffocating indoors under the rain of Israel’s bombs
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2014 – After surviving Israel’s previous onslaughts, joining the boycott movement gave me a sense of power. more..

Why won’t the US investigate Israeli violence against US citizens?
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2014 – The United States should end its double standards that afford Israel impunity. more..

The boy who clung to the paramedic: the story behind the photo
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2014 – Gaza boy and his siblings, injured in Israeli strike, were saved. more..

May Palestine Become Free Soon
Dissident Voice: 19 Jul 2014 – During the 1967 Six Day War, my youthful ignorance and gullibility made me completely swallow pro-Israeli propaganda regarding that conflict, plus the overall glorification of Tel Aviv’s purpose relating to Palestinians. I remember a paperback book, Strike Zion , which prominently appeared on newsstands, extolling especially the Israeli military, while thoroughly demonizing Arabs. I’ve since become a passionate supporter of Palestinian independence, based on irrefutable evidence that Israel, for many cruel decades, has built its own state via an ongoing genocidal effort to extirpate Palestinian rights and sovereignty by means not unlike how European colonists took America from its indigenous people. In Gaza today, Jews having historical ties to the horrific Holocaust, are ultra-hypocritically delivering sudden mass death, violent injury and harrowing fear to trapped multitudes just as Hitler did with the Warsaw Ghetto. There are sites on the Internet, such as GlobalPost , where one can view grotesque photos of the…more

A Moment to Be Seized?
Dissident Voice: 18 Jul 2014 – There was never a better moment for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement to mass-mobilise for a mega-campaign to not only impact more heavily on the lawless Israeli state but also unmask those in business and public life who shamelessly support the criminal programme that was embedded in its DNA while on the Zionists’ drawing board. This could include politicians, businesspeople, entertainers, sports stars, churchmen and the many organisations and fan clubs that nourish the thuggish vanity and horrendous cruelty of the Zionist regime. Zero tolerance is needed. Those who fund or support the inhuman behaviour we have witnessed, not just this week but ever since 1947 (and some would say, long before then), are not fit to be admitted into decent society let alone allowed to run our country and major institutions. AIPAC, the Anti Defamation League, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Holocaust Trust, the…more

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