VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 22 July 2014: Massacre in Gaza

22 July 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Rejects Bedouin Family’s Bomb Shelter Request
IMEMC – Yesterday, Israel’s high court ruled that the state is not obligated to provide bomb shelters to its Bedouin citizens, following an incident in which a Bedouin man was killed and his family injured by a rocket which hit his encampment on Saturday, …

International Flights Suspended, “Security Concerns”
IMEMC – Media reports are now surfacing to declare that, upon talks between political officials andhttp://www.imemc.org/article/68564— who asserted his “hope and belief” that an end to the conflict in Gaza could be “very near” — international airlines have ceased flights to and from Israel indefinitely, citing security concerns. …

Missing Israeli Soldier Identified
IMEMC – Al-Qassam Brigades said on Sunday that it had managed to capture an Israeli soldier, during clashes with the Israeli army, in the Gaza Strip — the first since the exchange of Gilad Shalit, for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, in 2011. …

Eight More Palestinian Killed By Israeli Missiles In Gaza
IMEMC – Updated – Medical sources in Gaza have reported that eight more Palestinians have been killed, and dozens injured in ongoing Israeli bombardment in different parts of the Gaza Strip. …

List of the 545 Palestinians Killed Between 7/8 and 7/22
IMEMC – This list is constantly updated due to ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza since July 8th. The following 545 names have been confirmed. At least 3720 Injured. …

Ecuador Recalls Ambassador from Israel
IMEMC – The Ecuadoran Ambassador has been recalled from Israel, citing the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza which began nearly two weeks ago, and has killed over 550 Palestinians. …

14 Palestinians Killed, 55 Injured in Gaza, in Tuesday Pre-dawn Attacks by Israeli Forces
IMEMC – As the Israeli army continued its illegitimate offensive on civilians in the besieged coastal region for the fourteenth day, today, Palestinian medical sources have reported that fourteen Palestinians have been killed, and dozens injured, as the Israeli army fired more missiles into Palestinian homes. …

African Literature Association Supports Academic Boycott of Israel
IMEMC – In the 2014 African Literature Association (ALA) meeting in Johannesburg, the ALA approved a resolution supporting the academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. …

Palestinian Killed Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Palestinian Medical sources have reported that a young Palestinian man was shot and killed by an Israeli settler, at the entrance of ar-Ram town, south of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Another Family Killed – Death Toll Continues To Rise As Bombardment Of Homes Continues
IMEMC – Shortly after Israel targeted, again, Palestinian hospitals and medical centers, the Israeli Army fired more shells and missiles into homes and residential towers in the Gaza Strip killing scores of Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Gaza death toll ‘rises above 600’
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The death toll in Gaza rose above 600 on Tuesday as emergency teams pulled dead bodies from the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes on the 15th day of the assault. The latest victims, whose bodies were pulled from rubble of destroyed buildings in the Gaza City neighborhoods of Shajaiyeh and Zaytoun, were identified as 65-year-old Muhammad Khalil….

Over 50 Palestinians killed as Israeli assault continues
7/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — At least 50 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Tuesday as Israel’s military assault entered its 15th day, bringing the total death toll to over 600 people since July 8. In Khan Younis, an Israeli airstrike targeting a motorcycle killed two Palestinians Tuesday evening. Mustafa mohammed Fayyad, 24, Nour al-Islam Raed Abu Huwashel, 12, and an unidentified man were….

Israel targets 50 mosques since start of Gaza offensive
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has destroyed or severely damaged over 50 mosques since its assault on Gaza began, a Hamas official said Tuesday. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Endowments in Gaza, Hassan al-Saifi, said over 50 mosques have been targeted. Israel does not distinguish between targeting militants, civilians, hospitals, mosques, and cemeteries, al-Saifi told Ma’an, adding that he is afraid that….

Over 12 overnight killed as Israel continues targeting Gaza homes
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over a dozen Palestinians were killed overnight and early Tuesday as Israeli warplanes and artillery targeted Palestinian homes in Gaza, as the major offensive continued for a 15th day. The latest Israeli airstrikes killed 26-year-old Haitham Sami al-Agha and 21-year-old Walid Suleiman Abu Dhahir in Khan Younis, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. In Rafah, a woman named….

Israeli shelling kills 3 Palestinians in Tuffah area of Gaza City
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — At least three Palestinians died in the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City after Israeli artillery targeted the area on Tuesday, a Palestinian health ministry spokesman said. Ashraf al-Qidra said the latest killings brought the number of Palestinians dead on Tuesday to 31. [END]

UN school sheltering Gaza displaced hit by Israel shells
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — A United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians in central Gaza came under Israeli fire on Tuesday as a team was inspecting damage from a day earlier, a UN official said. The official said a team, with Israeli clearance, was at the school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA in Al-Maghazi when Israeli tank shelling resumed, hitting the building on….

UN: More than 100,000 Palestinians displaced in Gaza
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Monday the number of people seeking refuge with it in Gaza has soared to more than 100,000, two weeks into an Israeli offensive on the coastal enclave.”This is a watershed moment for UNRWA, now that the number of people seeking refuge with us is more than double the figure we saw in the 2009….

13 Palestinians injured in clashes north of Jerusalem
7/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Thirteen Palestinians were injured late Monday in clashes with Israeli forces in al-Ram north of Jerusalem, a Ma’an reporter said. Youths threw rocks and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who shot live fire, rubber-coated bullets, and tear gas at protesters. Protesters set fire to tires, closed a main road with a barrier of dumpsters, and shot fireworks at soldiers….

Palestinians in Israel clash with police over Gaza assault
7/22/2014 – NAZERETH, Israel (AFP) — Palestinian citizens of Israel clashed with police in the northern city of Nazareth on Monday, police said, at the end of a protest against Israel’s deadly military strikes in the Gaza Strip. The clashes came as Nazareth and cities in the West Bank observed a general strike to mourn the victims of the Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas — the…. Related:Palestinians in Israel clash with police over Gaza assault

Medics: 5 Palestinians injured by live fire in Nablus clashes
7/22/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces in Nablus early Tuesday, medical sources said. Medics told Ma’an that five young Palestinians were injured by live bullets fired by Israeli soldiers in Askar refugee camp in eastern Nablus. The injured were taken by Red Crescent ambulances and private cars to hospital. An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment. [END]

Gaza girls flee shells in Shujaiyeh, killed in place deemed safer
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian couple from Shajaiyeh decided to leave their home several days ago and bring their family to central Gaza City, thinking it would be a safer place. However, four sisters from the family were killed when their grandparents’ home where they were taking refuge was hit by Israeli artillery shells.”They fled the shelling in Shujaiyeh neighborhood, to….

Gaza loses $3 billion since start of Israel offensive
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza strip has sustained damages of roughly $3 billion since the start of the Israeli offensive, minister of national economy Mohammad Mustafa estimated Monday. Mustafa said in a statement that the role of his ministry has doubled in light of the continuous Israeli offensive and targeting of houses, farms, and economic, social and health facilities. Mustafa added that the….

Army: 2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza
7/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Two Israeli soldiers were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip, the army said Tuesday, raising the number of troops killed in the 15-day conflict with Hamas to 27.”Yesterday, Monday, two IDF (Israeli army) soldiers were killed during battles of Operation Protective Edge,” a statement from the army read. [END]

Israel identifies missing soldier
7/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The name of an Israeli soldier who was classified as missing on Tuesday has been identified by the Israeli army as Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas’ armed wing announced the capture of a soldier. The Israeli army said in a statement that a soldier “whose identification process is yet to be completed” is 21-year-old Sergeant Oron Shaul. Al-Qassam…. Related:Israel names missing soldier as Oron Shaul

Israel names missing soldier as Oron Shaul
7/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’
an) — The Israeli army said Sunday that a soldier “whose identification process is yet to be completed” is named Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas’ militant wing announced the capture of a soldier they said was named Shaul Aron.”Sergeant Oron Shaul, a combat soldier of the Golani brigade, 21 years old from Poria is the soldier whose identification process is…. Related:Israel identifies missing soldier

European carriers suspend flights to Israel
7/22/2014 – FRANKFURT (AFP) — Major European carriers followed their US counterparts on Tuesday and suspended flights to Israel over security concerns amid the raging Gaza conflict. Air France said it was suspending service to Ben Gurion International Airport until further notice while Germany’s Lufthansa said it was halting flights for 36 hours. Lufthansa said the step, which also affects its subsidiaries Austrian Airlines, Germanwings and…. Related:World pushes for truce as Israel batters GazaandIsrael says no reason to cancel flights after rocket fire

Gaza paramedics ‘brothers’ bonded by horrors of war
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — At a dingy Gaza ambulance station, paramedics struggle to stay awake during 24-hour shifts that see them coming under fire and dealing with the deaths of civilians and even colleagues. The men describe themselves as a family, bonded together by experiences that are difficult to comprehend. They have collected body parts and dead children; they have been trapped between Israeli shelling….

Israeli forces arrest 16 Palestinians in West Bank overnight
7/22/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested 16 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight, locals and the Israeli army said Tuesday. Locals said Israeli forces raided the home of Husam al-Qawasmeh in the village of Bani Naim east of Hebron and detained his father Hasan al-Qawasmeh, his wife Subhiyya al-Fakhouri, and 16-year-old Ali Hasan al-Qawasmeh. Husam al-Qawasmeh was detained in June. An Israeli army….

Kerry arrives in Egypt for Gaza truce push
7/22/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Monday to throw his weight behind efforts to secure a ceasefire in neighboring Gaza. Kerry will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is also in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials aimed at ending the two-week conflict between Israel and Gaza militants. [END]

Obama: Kerry pushing for ‘immediate’ Gaza ceasefire
7/22/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States is working for an “immediate” ceasefire in Gaza, President Barack Obama said Monday, as the White House called on Israel to do more to protect Palestinian civilians. While Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of Hamas rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, Washington has “serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the…. Related:Kerry arrives in Egypt for Gaza truce pushandWorld pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

Hezbollah chief: Gaza resistance will defeat Israel
7/22/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon’s Hezbollah is backing the Palestinian resistance in Gaza to defeat Israel, the Shiite movement’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said Monday. Nasrallah told Hamas’ exiled chief Khalid Mashaal by telephone: “Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance stand firmly on the side of the intifada and the Palestinian people’s resistance, and support Hamas’ strategy and the just conditions….

6,000 call on Irish govt to take action on Gaza
7/22/2014 – DUBLIN (Ma’an) — Just under 6,000 people have called on newly installed Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to condemn Israel’s bombardment of the people of Gaza in the strongest possible terms and to take action to stop Israel’s “war crimes.” The petition, organised by Sadaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance, and signed by 5,836, was presented to the Irish….

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza
7/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — The UN chief and Washington’s top diplomat were in Cairo on Tuesday to push for an end to two weeks of violence in Gaza that has killed over 583 Palestinians. As the conflict entered its 15th day, neither side showed any sign of willingness to end the violence, with Israel pursuing a relentless campaign of shelling and airstrikes, and militants…. Related:European carriers suspend flights to IsraelandEuropean carriers suspend flights to Israel

Israel says attempt to smuggle arms via Dead Sea foiled
7/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Israeli army and police say they have seized weapons on board a boat which sailed from Jordan to Israel via the Dead Sea after midnight Tuesday. They are questioning five young Palestinian men from East Jerusalem and Jericho, the Hebrew-language Walla news site reported. According to the report, an observation unit of the Israeli army spotted a vessel coming from….

Abbas aide: Talks ongoing with Hamas for Gaza truce
7/22/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — A senior Palestinian official said Tuesday talks were ongoing with Hamas for a truce to end fighting, adding both sides have refused a humanitarian ceasefire. Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, landed again in Cairo on Tuesday where he could meet US Secretary of State John Kerry, already in the Egyptian capital pushing for a truce. Hamas has said it would….

France’s Fabius blasts Palestinian deaths as unacceptable
7/22/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday blasted as unacceptable the number of Palestinian casualties as Israel continued its bloody offensive on Gaza.” It’s unacceptable that a country be threatened by rockets, but the response has to be proportionate. 600 deaths is obviously something that we cannot accept,” he said in a televised interview, as the Palestinian death toll rose to….

European safety agency to recommend airlines avoid Tel Aviv
7/22/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — Europe’s air safety watchdog said Tuesday it would recommend that all European airlines avoid Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the city’s international airport. The European Aviation Safety Agency told AFP it would issue a “strong recommendation to avoid until further notice Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport.”[END]

Israel says no reason to cancel flights after rocket fire
7/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel said there was no reason to cancel flights after a rocket fired from Gaza crashed just kilometer
s from its main airport Tuesday, prompting some airlines to suspend services.”Transport Minister Yisrael Katz this evening called American companies to explain to them that the take-off and landing at (Tel Aviv’s) Ben Gurion airport presented no security problem for the aircraft and…. Related:European carriers suspend flights to IsraelandEuropean safety agency to recommend airlines avoid Tel Aviv


Kerry urges Hamas to accept Gaza truce offer
AlJazeera 22 Jul 2014 – US top diplomat backs Egypt’s proposal as Israel says world must hold Hamas accountable for rejecting ceasefire offers.

Gunshots fired at Al Jazeera bureau in Gaza
AlJazeera 22 Jul 2014 – Shots fired into Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza, a day after Israeli FM said Israel will work to close down the network.

Israeli soldier reported missing in Gaza
AlJazeera 22 Jul 2014 – Military presumes the soldier is dead, as Israel’s continued assault on Gaza raises the death toll to more than 607.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

On the 15th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Dozens of Palestinian Civilians Killed or Wounded as Israeli Forces Attack Apa…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

A story from Balata refugee camp
7/22/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus team, Balata, Occupied Palestine – The Abu Leel family are refugees, who fled from Haifa to Balata refugee camp in Nablus in 1948. Asma Alshmeer gave birth to 10 healthy children, five of whom have been killed by the Israeli military. The first was killed when he was a child during the first intifada. A soldier came to the family home and knocked on the….

Where will they go?
7/22/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – The attack has been going on for over two weeks. I was awakened early this morning by explosions that were so close that they shook the house. Then came a phone call, telling me that there was an apartment building nearby, where a woman from New Zealand had been targeted. I got hold of her, she wasn’t injured….

Wounded man killed by Israeli sniper on camera identified
7/22/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Gaza, Occupied Palestine – The injured young man who was shot dead on camera by an Israeli sniper two days ago has been identified as Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, a 23-year-old resident of Shajiya. After Salem was murdered, the rescue team was unable to recover his body, which like so many others, remains among the rubble. The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) contacted human rights organizations….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Medical aid reaches hospitals in Gaza before border closes
Relief Web 22 Jul 2014 – Source: Direct Relief Country: occupied Palestinian territory Just before the violence in Gaza escalated earlier this month, a Direct Relief shipment of medical aid was received by longtime partner organization American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). The donation valued…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza Flash Appeal 2014 – Revised 22 Jul 2014 [EN/AR]
Relief Web 22 Jul 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory On 17 July, UNRWA launched a Flash Appeal for US$60 million to respond to the immediate needs of those affected by the ongoing…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA strongly condemns shelling of a school in Gaza sheltering civilians and calls for an investigation
Relief Web 22 Jul 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory East Jerusalem UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the shelling of one of its schools in the central area of Gaza which…

occupied Palestinian territory: Over 100,000 displaced: UNRWA appeals for support
Relief Web 22 Jul 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory East Jerusalem As the violence engulfing Gaza enters its third week, Palestinians throughout the small coastal territory are being affected in ever-growing numbers….

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza: Emergency Food Parcels for Displaced
Relief Web 22 Jul 2014 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory While bombs rain down on Gaza, ANERA s in-kind team managed to deliver two shipments of food parcels to Gaza families. The first shipment was distributed in Deir Al Balah, Gaza…

occupied Palestinian territory: IOF Intensifies Attacks on Inhabited Homes, 597 Killed including 152 Children and 82 in the Gaza Strip by 1Pm Today, Al Mezan Calls on International Community to Protect Civilians and Investigate IHL Violations
Relief Web 22 Jul 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Reference: 62/2014 Date: 22 July 2014 1PM Gaza Time IOF Intensifies Attacks on Inhabited Homes 597 Killed including 152 Children and 82 in the Gaza Strip by 1Pm Today…

The National

Qatari emir makes surprise visit to Saudi Arabia
The National 22 Jul 2014 – The meeting expected to take place in Jeddah, will be the first between the two leaders since an unprecedent dispute ruptured already tense relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

As Gaza fighting rages, children pay the price
The National 22 Jul 2014 – The number of children killed in Gaza since fighting between Hamas militants and Israel erupted on July 8 reached 154 on Tuesday, with another 1,250 wounded.

No safe place for civilians in Gaza, UN says
The National 22 Jul 2014 – On Tuesday, Israeli strikes killed neraly 40 people in Gaza 13 of them women and children amid a flurry of diplomatic talks as world leaders seek to bring an end to the conflict entering its third week.

Rising civilian deaths fuel outrage in Pakistan offensive against Taliban
The National 22 Jul 2014 – According to multiple accounts by residents, 37 civilians were killed in Thursday s attack including 20 women and 10 children.

Dutch prepare to fly out MH17 bodies as EU moves to punish Russia
The National 22 Jul 2014 – KHARKIV, Ukraine // Dutch experts on Tuesday prepared to fly out bodies recovered from the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, as Europe moved to punish Russia for fanning the rebellion in east Ukraine that it believes led to the crash. A train carrying the remains of the victims arrived in the government-held Ukrainian city of Kharkiv five days after the jet was brought down, after rebels controlling the crash site finally released the bodies and plane s black boxes under intense international pressure.

Al Qaeda in Yemen imposes strict Shariah law on residents
The National 22 Jul 2014 – The move stokes concerns about the territorial ambitions of militant groups weeks after the Islamic State declared its own caliphate across parts of Syria and Iraq.

Jokowi wins Indonesia s presidential election
The National 22 Jul 2014 – The Election Commission released final results for the presidential race that showed the Joko Widodo won the July 9 election.

In pictures: more than 100,000 Palestinians displaced in Gaza
The National 22 Jul 2014 – The number of people seeking refuge at the United Nations sites in Gaza has soared to more than 100,000 in the two-week offensive, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.


European Union: All terrorist groups in Gaza, including Hamas, must disarm
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Hamas threat to Israel s airports threatens two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Thousands bid farewell to French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

WATCH: CNN anchor recounts rerouting of Delta flight to Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Citing incitement, Facebook closes page of group that fights intermarriage
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

For second time, UNRWA finds rockets in one of their Gaza schools
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Will the threat to Israel’s only international airport be a game-changer?
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Five must-read articles about terror tunnels from Gaza to Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Airlines suspend Israel flights over missile fears
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Hamas wanted an Israel in mourning. Hamas got its wish
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

UN s Ban Ki-moon urges Israel to exercise restraint
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

French immigrant among IDF’s fallen in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Gaza operation poses challenge for U.S. ‘coexistence’ camps
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

N.Y. Knicks star nixes Tel Aviv b-ball camp due to IDF op
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

European FMs: Anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence have no place in our society
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

WATCH: Jon Stewart on why ‘we need to talk about Israel’ – but can’t
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Israelis canceling Turkey vacations in droves after Erdogan’s anti-Israel remarks
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Go in peace, dear Sayed
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

From grizzly bears to Gaza rockets: Alaskan Jews head to Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

UN chief arrives in Israel, but no cease-fire expected
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Israel s hollow victory over Hamas
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

U.S. to send $47 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Word of the Day / Masok: It’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s a flying machine with two names
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

The eternal Jew in nationalist Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Army rolls out SMS-based rocket-alert system in areas near Gaza
Ha’aretz – 22 Jul 2014

Four brave women in a fearful time
Ha’aretz – 21 Jul 2014

Israeli professor’s ‘rape as terror deterrent’ statement draws ire
Ha’aretz – 21 Jul 2014

Transportation Ministry approves use of motorized bicycles in Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Jul 2014

An unholy war that spells disaster for democracy
Ha’aretz – 21 Jul 2014

Lieberman’s racist incitement must be condemned
Ha’aretz – 21 Jul 2014

Lieberman urges Israelis: Boycott businesses of Arabs striking over Gaza op
Ha’aretz – 21 Jul 2014

Thai government stops sending migrants to parts of Israel amid Gaza war
Ha’aretz – 21 Jul 2014

Jerusalem Post

CENTER FIELD: The absurd and amoral disproportionality charge
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – A democracy cannot, therefore, allow its soldiers to fight with blinders, handcuffs and leg irons.

NGOs and the next Goldstone fiasco
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Israel is being bombarded by a powerful and hostile network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which are mass-producing hundreds of cut and paste condemnations of Israel.

El Al says there is ‘no chance’ it will cancel flights to, from Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – European and US airlines suspend flights to and from Israel after rocket falls 5km from Ben Gurion; El Al has historically continued flight service during times of war.

Mowing the grass in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Those who forlornly ask when is this going to end? and use the clichÈ term cycle of violence have psychological difficulties digesting the facts that there is no solution in sight.

Why Fatah may decline to rule Gaza again
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Recent history has reminded us that Fatah s return to rule the Gaza Strip would likely end before it began; notwithstanding the current national unity government, Hamas-Fatah enmity is no secret.

Grapevine: Zionism revisited
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – There has been large scale immigration from France, the US, during Operation Protective Edge; More than 20 of those who arrived this week with Nefesh B Nefesh are going straight into the army,

Yifrah s girlfriend: ‘This cemetery will be my second home’
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – St.-Sgt. Tal Yifrah, 21, who was killed in Gaza on Monday, is laid to rest in Rishon Lezion.

End game
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Unless a cease-fire plan presented by Ban, Kerry includes mechanism that leads to demilitarization of Gaza and Hamas, Israel will justifiably be reluctant to accept.

EU calls on Hamas to disarm, condemns use of civilians as shields
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Jerusalem hails European condemnation of Hamas violence; EU condemns rocket fire, calls for renunciation of violence.

Obama to the rescue of Hamas
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Chances that Kerry will secure a cease-fire in near future are small; government will likely be able to buy time needed to complete mission in whole or large part.

Gilad Segev s Syrian-Polish spiritual roots quest
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – One of the country s most enigmatic singer-songwriters speaks about taking the road less traveled to reach an intersection between the past and the future.

IDF denies any direct attack on Al Jazeera or other press offices in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Minister Erdan: Blacklist Al Jazeera from TV; Al Jazeera reporters in Gaza claim they were evacuating and under attack from the IDF.

Watch: IAF spots, destroys terrorists targeting Israeli ground troops
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Military releases footage of what the IDF said were Gaza terrorists leaving a home after firing at troops on the ground.

Watch: Security Council meeting on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – UN Security General Ban Ki-Moon expresses hope that end of fighting is near via video from Ramallah.

Abbas’s family abandons West Bank for Jordan
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – The PA president’s wife and grandchildren were among the family members who left Ramallah recently.

In Memoriam: The 27 IDF soldiers who gave their lives to protect Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Israel mourns the deaths of the 27 soldiers and officers killed in action in Operation Protective Edge; one soldier remains missing in action.

Fear of rockets keeps Israelis out of shops, boosts online purchases
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Pango, an app that lets people pay for parking from their mobile phones, sees significant drop in usage during course of fighting, indicating people are going out less often.

European ministers denounce ugly anti-Semitic demonstrations and attacks
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Pro-Palestinian protests were banned in France, OKed in Paris; demonstrators in Berlin arrested after police clashes ensue.

Protecting Jews and Muslims alike
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Jerusalem has long been under the moral and legal obligations of a state to liquidate Hamas and protect its own citizens, Jews and Muslims alike, in the region.

US urges deferral of travel to Israel, increases first aid to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – While the State Department alert acknowledges the success of Iron Dome, it adds that “there have been impacts that have caused damage and injury.”

UN’s Ban arrives, says no country would allow rockets to rain down on its cities
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – PM meets with UN chief Ban Ki-moon who urges Israel to exercise maximum restraint ; condemns Hamas’ use of schools, hospitals to launch rockets.

JPost diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon answers readers’ questions
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – How will Israel deal with the latest developments in the Gaza Strip, and what are its plans for the day after fighting ends?

Netanyahu, foreign ambassadors visit Israeli wounded in Ashkelon hospital
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – PM calls on international diplomats to support Israeli efforts to defend itself, take “moral stand” against Hamas.

IDF strikes 190 Gaza terror targets over past 24 hours
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Golani
unit kills 4 terrorists who opened fire on soldiers; Paratroopers direct air strike at detected terrorist cell.

Restraint is not strength
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Sharon s disengagement plan was perhaps the most deceitful, manipulative and shameful move by any Israeli leader.

Israel and Gaza: The existential conundrum
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – Gaza only poses problems of Current Security to Israel, the West Bank, however, constitutes a Basic Security problem.

Can Hamas be defeated?
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – The best alternative would be for the Palestinian Authority, with Egyptian support, to retake control of Gaza.

IDF names soldier missing in Gaza as Oron Shaul, unknown if dead or alive
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2014 – “As long as the identification process hasn’t finished, and there are no unequivocal findings, he is still alive in our eyes,” family says.

The Guardian

Israel hits hundreds of targets in Gaza as soldier is confirmed missing
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Israeli soldier captured during intense battle in Shujai’iya Palestinian death toll nears 600, with 27 Israeli soldiers killed John Kerry to meet UN chief and Egyptian mediators in Cairo Follow all the live developments here Israel…

Lack of empathy with the Palestinians’ plight | @guardianletters
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – It is a sad reflection on the parlous state of the domestic opposition that a spokesman for the Israeli Labor party can conceive of criticism of overwhelming force in self-defence only as a demand for more…

Academics call for a ceasefire and just peace agreement | @guardianletters
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Hilik Bar ( A thirst for Israeli blood , 21 July) reduces the charge against Israel to killing too many Palestinians. The story is more complicated. The government of Israel, having provoked the firing of rockets by its…

International flights to and from Israel suspended over security concerns
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Move likely to alarm Israeli government as Ban Ki-moon says end to fighting in Gaza could be ‘very near’ Follow the latest from Gaza in our live blog International airlines halted flights to and from Israel…

Foreign ministers of France, Germany and Italy condemn antisemitic protests
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Joint statement vows to tackle rise in number of demonstrations and hostile rhetoric ‘that cross line into racism and xenophobia’ Foreign ministers from France, Germany and Italy have condemned antisemitic violence at protests against Israel’s invasion…

Gazans flee Israeli bombardment into the path of more bombs
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Thousands of Gazans attempt to find shelter as the UN estimates that more than 100,000 are displaced Archbishop Alexios of Gaza mopped his brow wearily in the upstairs office of his church, transformed in recent days…

Al-Jazeera Gaza offices evacuated after direct hit by Israeli fire
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Israel denies deliberate targeting of TV station, but staff claim that ‘two very precise shots’ were fired Israel’s army has denied targeting the Gaza offices of al-Jazeera TV after the network’s correspondents reported that the building…

Beyond borders: Arab art from the frontlines
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – From a secret film of a man scaling the wall between Palestine and Israel to migrant workers clinging to cranes in Mecca, an exhibition of essential Middle Eastern art at New York’s New Museum evades the…

Israel soldier’s disappearance may hamper ceasefire efforts
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Hamas claims it has abducted soldier it named as Aron Shaul, though it has yet to produce evidence that he is still alive The Israeli military has said one of its soldiers is missing probably dead…

‘The children were screaming’: Israeli air strikes continue in Gaza – video
The Guardian 22 Jul 2014 – Israel air strikes continued to pummel Gaza overnight. Shells turned the night sky orange as they exploded. One woman in the town of Khan Younis in southern Gaza claimed residents were given no warning before the…

Inter Press Service

Gaza Under Fire a Humanitarian Disaster
IPS Following an Israeli airstrike, Palestinian youth inspect the building their families lived in. Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPS By Khaled Alashqar GAZA CITY, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) As a result of over two weeks of Israeli bombardment, thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes in the north of Gaza and sought…

Food Insecurity a New Threat for Lebanon s Syrian Refugees
IPS By Mona Alami BEIRUT, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) A declining economy and a severe drought have raised concerns in Lebanon over food security as the country faces one of its worst refugee crises, resulting from the nearby Syria war, and it is these refugees and impoverished Lebanese border populations that…


Iraqi Baath spokesman denies alliance with Islamic State
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – Khodair al-Morshedi, the official spokesman for the Iraqi Baath Party and the secretary-general of the Islamic National Front of Iraq, comprising various armed factions, described the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of…

Andy Worthington: An Archive of Guant·namo Articles and Other Writing – Part 15, July to December 2013
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – Over eight years ago, in March 2006, I began researching and writing about the Bush administration s “war on terror” prison at Guant·namo and the 779 men (and boys) held there since the prison opened in…

The Tribal Component of Iraq s Sunni Rebellion
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – Following the Iraqi armed opposition s seizure of Mosul on June 10, and the subsequent capture of large areas of Ninewah, Salah al-Din and Ta mim governorates, several Iraqi organizations have proclaimed their role in the…

Nouri al-Maliki s up to his old tricks while the press remains silent
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014- Violence continues in Iraq today. All Iraq News notes the Iraqi Air Force bombed northern Iraq and killed 10 suspects, from the safety of the sky the military bombed what they hope were suspects in northern Tikrit…

Hamas: no cease-fire until siege of Gaza lifted
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – On the evening of July 10, Abu Abida, the spokesman for Hamas military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, asserted that a ground war offers an opportunity to free Israeli-held prisoners of war. The al-Qassam Brigades…

In response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.However, to…

Is Iraq s Maliki taking a page out of Assad s playbook?
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – As the Iraqi government struggles to contain a Sunni militant advance on Baghdad and hold the country together, more and more Iraqis are blaming Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki for their country s increasing resemblance to…

Israel Is Captive to Its Destructive Process
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination…

Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – On the night of January 9, 2009, the Salha family were sleeping, and Gaza was under attack. They were woken by a loud bang at 3am: a missile, fired at the house, entered through the roof,…

A mother in Gaza
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014- When Israel launched operation Pillars of Clouds back in 2012, I was 8 month pregnant with Yasmeen. Yet, I knew very little, about the enormous emotional complexities of loving, raising, and protecting a child. From the anxiety…

Out to Kill: Israel s assault on Gaza is not to stop rocket fire
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014-….The data published on the Israeli Government and ITIC websites show time and again that attacks on Hamas members in the West Bank and Gaza produce an increase in rocket fire. Each time a wave of rocket fire…

We re Like Toys for Them : Young Gazans speak about Operation Protective Edge
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – Ali al-Halabi just wanted to focus on learning French. He graduated high school this fall, and dreams of one day seeing the Eifel Tower for himself, but on his first day of French lessons the bombing…

Europe condemns civilian casualties in Gaza while procuring Israeli combat proven drones
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 24, 2014 – We know from the Israeli assaults on Gaza in Winter 2008-09 and November 2012 that armed drones will be playing a major role. Israeli drones fire Raphael made Spike missiles and bombs sometimes fitted with tungsten…

Iraqi religious authorities: the Quiet and the Outspoken
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014- …Religious edicts (fatwas) by Sayyed Sistani given through his Media Spokesman throughout the years of occupation has led to the enhancement of the occupation s “political process”. These fatwas gave the political process an air of the…

A handful of Israeli academics responds to call to condemn Gaza slaughter
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – As Israel s relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip claimed more Palestinian lives, Haim Bresheeth, a film scholar at SOAS, University of London, helped initiate an open letter to Israeli academics urging them to condemn the…

Israel student union sets up “war room” to sell Gaza massacre on Facebook
Uruknet 22 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – As the death toll from Israel s savage bombardment of Gaza continues to climb, Israel has once again turned to students to sell the slaughter online.”Although they haven t been called up to the army yet,…

The overwhelming silence of Gaza s streets
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – …In Gaza, we call our victims “martyrs,” whether they intended to die or not. Some people in the West find this puzzling. We make no apology for doing so. We have always believed that those who…

Al-Hosni vows to pro
secute Al-Maliki and Al-Sistani

Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – Close sources to the Iraqi Shia cleric Mahmoud Al-Sarkhi Al-Hosni confirmed that he is in good health and in a safe place, accusing the religious authority affiliated with cleric Ali Al-Sistani of being behind the attack…

Repetition and Death in the Colony: On the Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 14, 2014 – …In short, war, peace and morality are united at the moment against the Palestinians quest for freedom. The war machine crushes Palestinian daily life as well as their actions of resistance. The peace process is conditioned…

Syria News – July 13 , 2014
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13 , 2014 – By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 76 martyrs, among them 10 children, 9 women, and a martyr under torture: 36 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 19 martyrs in Damascus and…

Life In Gaza Explained
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014 – Gaza has been described as the world s largest open air prison. Israel s blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. AJ+ s Dena Takruri looks at the unforgiving…

HRW s Pro-Israel Partisanship on Protective Edge
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014 – The NYC-based organization Human Rights Watch, which has grown increasingly closer to the US government over the years, has sunk to a new low in the kneejerk response it published July 9, to Israel s deadly…

New Palestinian World Heritage Site Under Threat of Defacement
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014- – The Palestinian village of Battir, just six kilometres southwest of Jerusalem and a similar distance from Bethlehem, is the latest to be trapped in the gap between international recognition and Israel s policies in the West…

Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014 – Palestinian youth gathered again for the ninth consecutive night near Rachel s Tomb on Bethlehem s Jerusalem-Hebron Road on Friday, June 11th. Clashes began on July 3rd in response to the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir…

International activists form human shield to protect El Wafa Hospital in Gaza City
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014 – International activists are acting as a human shield on El Wafa Hospital in the Gaza Strip. The medical facility is the only rehabilitation center in the besieged Strip, and is currently housing fourteen patients in critical…

Israeli strike kills family having coffee
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014 – In the early hours of July 9, Hafez Hamad, 37, was sitting in a small courtyard in front of his house, along with his wife, Suha, 31, his mother, Fawzia, 70, his brothers Ibrahim, 35, and…

On the photo of three Gaza brothers whose parents were killed by an Israeli bombing
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014 -…Which exact moment is the center of a day of distilled objects? Do you-100 trillion cells, carbon and water, manually dexterous-usually attribute value to a central moment, or do you allow it to fleet by? The finding…

Tormenting Gaza
Uruknet 21 Jul 2014 – July 13, 2014 – For the third time in the last six years, Israel has cruelly unleashed the full fury of its military machine against the defenceless 1.7 million people of Gaza, inflicting heavy civilian casualties and further devastation on…

Daily Star

Netanyahu asks Kerry to help resume US flights to Israel
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday to help restore U.S. commercial flights to Israel that had been cancelled over the Gaza fighting, an Israeli official said.

Kuwait shuts down pro-opposition TV, newsapper
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 Kuwait said it revoked the licences of pro-opposition Al-Youm television and Alam Al-Youm newspaper and ordered them to shut down immediately on Tuesday.

Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany’s growing indignation about allegations of American spying on its…

Egypt court says ‘devil guided’ jailed Jazeera journalists
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 An Egyptian court that jailed three Al-Jazeera journalists for alleged ties with Islamists said on Tuesday that “the devil guided” the group to spread false news defaming the country.

European safety agency to recommend airlines avoid Tel Aviv
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 Europe’s air safety watchdog said Tuesday it would recommend that all European airlines avoid Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the city’s international airport.

Israel says no reason to cancel flights after rocket fire
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 Israel said there was no reason to cancel flights after a rocket fired from Gaza crashed just kilometres (miles) from its main airport Tuesday, prompting some airlines to suspend services.

Twin suicide attack in Libya’s Benghazi kills 4 soldiers
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 A double suicide bombing on a military base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least four soldiers on Tuesday, military and medical officials said.

France says “massacres and attacks” in Gaza must stop
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that the 600 person death toll in Gaza was not acceptable and that Israel had to immediately stop “the massacres and attacks”.

Qatar emir in surprise Saudi visit: TV
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, arrived unexpectedly in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for talks on regional issues with King Abdullah, Al-Arabiya television said.

‘Stop fighting’ UN chief tells Israel, Palestinians
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded Tuesday that Israel and Hamas halt spiralling violence in Gaza as he pushed diplomatic efforts to end bloodshed that has killed more than 620 Palestinians.

Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

UN school sheltering Gaza displaced hit by Israel shells: UNRWA
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 A United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians in central Gaza came under Israeli fire on Tuesday as a team was inspecting damage from a day earlier, a UN official said.

Turkish PM says he, Obama no longer talk directly
Daily Star 22 Jul 2014 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds “direct” telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

YNet News

Canadian FM ‘appalled’ that UNRWA may have handed rockets to Hamas
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – ….

German Jews condemn ‘explosion of hate’ at pro-Gaza rallies
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – Exclaiming ‘Allahu Akbar,’ crowds in Berlin have reportedly yelled ‘Death to Israel’ and chanted ‘Zionists are fascists, killing children and civilians’ in recent string of pro-Palestinian demonstrations. ….

Hundreds attend Mt. Herzl funeral of Staf Sgt. Avitar moshe Torjamin
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – ….

Netanyahu to Kerry: Bring back American flights to Israel
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – ….

Gaza rocket lands in yard in Rahat; no injuries reported
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – ….

Report: Fatah members met with Hamas official in Cairo on ceasefire
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – ….

Diaspora Jews must fight with Israel
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – We have an ability to counter all the terrible misinformation, lies and hatred that are spread about Israel. Doing so is not only our biblical obligation; it is in our own personal security interest as well. ….

Hundreds of new immigrants arrive to start life in Israel
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – American and Canadian olim greeted by Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, who hails their ‘courageous and important’ decision. ….

Israel must increase military pressure while pursuing a diplomatic solution
YNet News, 22 Jul 2014 – Analysis: Ground operation should be expanded deep into the southern Strip’s populated area, but without a diplomatic move the battle against Hamas will not end in the near future. ….

Tunnel threat could have been removed long ago
YNet News, 21 Jul 2014 – Analysis: Why have Israel’s leaders waited until now to deal with underground city of tunnels being built under Gaza Strip? ….

Israel is in a situation of kill or be killed
YNet News, 21 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: We must prove to our enemies that in the violent neighborhood we live in, Israel is the only one setting the rules of the game. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israelis are behaving and acting very much like the Nazis did
PIC – It is a clarion fact that Israel is bringing Auschwitz and other concentration camps to Palestinian homes, neighborhoods, hospitals and mosques.

Hamdan: Egyptian initiative does not meet our people‚¨ “!s demands
PIC – Osama Hamdan, in charge of Hamas‚¨ “!s foreign relations, said that the Egyptian position regarding the Israeli aggression on Gaza is ‚¨ Sconfused‚¨ ù.

Euro-mid Observer: Israel commits full-fledged war crimes in Gaza
PIC – Euro-mid Observer for Human Rights cited on the 14th day of Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip an escalation in the Israeli army targeting of Palestinian civilians.

Israeli war crimes continue in Gaza
PIC – A least 12 Palestinians were killed on Monday night when Israeli warplanes bombed a residential tower in Gaza.

IPS special unit assaults Palestinian prisoners
PIC – Soldiers of the Matsada, the Israeli prison service‚¨ “!s special unit, attacked Palestinian prisoners in Megiddo prison at night while offering Tarawih prayers.

Egypt turns back Tunisian plane loaded with medical supplies for Gaza
PIC – Head of Tunisia’s al-Nahda party Rashid al-Ghannoushi revealed on Monday night that Egypt has refused to receive a Tunisian plane bound for Gaza loaded with medicines and medical supplies.

Haneyya: We decided to end the siege with our blood
PIC – Deputy chairman of Hamas‚¨ “!s political bureau Ismail Haneyya said that the Palestinian people‚¨ “!s demands for ceasefire are clear: stop the aggression, do not repeat it, and lift the siege on Gaza.

Israeli warplanes destroy 3 mosques in Gaza
PIC – Israeli warplanes blasted three mosques in different areas of the Gaza Strip at dawn Tuesday with no casualties reported.

IOF soldiers shoot, kill Palestinian youth in OJ
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and killed a Palestinian young man north of occupied Jerusalem at dawn Tuesday.


Ashrawi and PLO Executive Committee Secretary General and Call on International Community Not to Turn a Blind Eye to Hor…
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

UNRWA Reiterates Its Appeal to Provide Urgent Cash Assistance to Gaza
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

New UK Emergency Support for Civilians Caught up in Gaza Violence
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

UPDATE 3: Death Toll up to 612 as Israel s Offensive on Gaza Continues
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Israeli Undercover Forces Nab Palestinian near Jenin
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Emergency Operation Room s Site Report on Gaza July 21
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Health Minister Appeals to the World to Prevent Collapse of Gaza Hospitals
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Young Palestinian Injured with Live Bullet in Clashes at North Entrance of Al Bireh
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Nine Palestinians Shot and Injured by Israeli Forces North of Jerusalem
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

MÈdecins Sans FrontiËres Calls on Israel to Stop Bombing Trapped Civilians in Gaza
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Al-Arabi and Kerry Discuss Efforts Exerted to Reach Cease-fire in Gaza
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Coalition for Jerusalem Calls International Community to End Complicity in Israel s Assault on Gaza
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

French Foreign Minister: Nothing Justifies Continued Massacres in Gaza
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

US Grants $47 in Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Attacks on Medical Facilities and Civilians Add to War Crime Allegations, says Amnesty
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Exports Up, Imports Down in May, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Rubber-Coated and Live Bullets Injuries, Dozens of Suffocation Cases during Clashes in Hebron
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014

Argentine Condemns Israeli Aggression, Calls for Prosecuting Those Responsible
WAFA – 22 Jul 2014


Open Source: Palestinian Family Finds Missing Son in YouTube Video of His Shooting
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – Searching the web for news, a family was horrified to discover video of a missing son apparently shot to death in Gaza City.

Iraqi Police Use Detentions to Blunt Militants
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – The brief detention of a woman said to be related to the leader of ISIS is a tactic security forces have used against the militant group.

F.A.A. Halts U.S. Flights to Israel
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – The Federal Aviation Administration issued a 24-hour ban after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and some European airlines followed suit.

Kerry Says U.S. Would Address Hamas Demands After Cease-Fire
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry said Egypt had provided the framework for a cease-fire, but there was no indication that a deal was imminent.

Israel Confirms One Soldier Is Missing in Gaza
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – Israeli officials said they were uncertain whether the soldier had been captured by Palestinian forces in Gaza or killed in combat.

At War Blog: Returning to Service, and Iraq, With Blackwater
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – Iraq veteran Matt Pelak returned to the country via a job with Blackwater. He writes that it s hard to square that experience, and his respect for his colleagues, with the recent coverage of the Blackwater employees on trial for shooting Iraqi civilians in 2007.

Questions About Tactics and Targets as Civilian Toll Climbs in Israeli Strikes
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – A strike that killed 25 members of four households gathered for Ramadan was the latest in a series of Israeli attacks that have hit families in their homes.

Op-Ed Contributor: Turkey s Culture Wars
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – The battle between religious conservatives and secularists is fought most fiercely over women s bodies.

Op-Ed Contributor: Will Iraqi Blacks Win Justice?
New York Times 22 Jul 2014 – Iraqis need to recognize that theirs is a multiethnic country, and that respect for minority rights is what makes any nation strong.

Strength Is Sought at Rites in Israel
New York Times 21 Jul 2014 – The discovery of Hamas s tunnel network and the continual rocket fire from Gaza have kept support for the conflict high among Israelis, who say they would encourage a cease-fire if the threats are eliminated.

World Briefing: Kuwait: Citizenship Is Revoked for Five
New York Times 21 Jul 2014 – Kuwait s cabinet stripped five people of their citizenship on Monday, meaning they lose their rights to government jobs, benefits and voting.

To Talk With Hamas, U.S. Needs Help From a Testy Trio of Nations
New York Times 21 Jul 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry will be leaning heavily on Egypt, Turkey and Qatar which have deep divisions over the Islamic movement to help broker a cease-fire as quickly as possible.

Israel Is Facing Difficult Choice in Gaza Conflict
New York Times 21 Jul 2014 – With the lopsided casualty count mounting, world leaders are demanding a halt to the hostilities. But Israel s ground invasion operation has uncovered more militants tunnels than it expected.

Watch: 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office
Mondoweiss – Nine Jewish activists protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza were arrested today after occupying the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) office in midtown Manhattan. The protesters, members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Jews Say No! (JSN), stood in the office for an…

Jewish activists arrested in civil disobedience action at Friends of the IDF offices in NYC protesting the assault on Gaza
Jewish Voice for Peace – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press contact: Donna Nevel 917-570-4371 ;denevel@gmail.comJewish activists arrested in civil disobedience action at Friends of the IDF offices in NYC protesting the assault on Gaza Nine demonstrators were arrested today shortly after noon at the office of the Friends of the Israeli…

You are not Alone: To Palestinians on July 20, 2014
Mondoweiss – Protest in solidarity with Gaza, Chicago, IL July 20, 2014 (Photo: Bob Simpson/ Flickr ) The following was read at the Chicago Rally for Palestine on July 20, 2014. Policeestimates put the crowd at over 10,000people. You are not Alone. To my friends, colleagues in Palestine and…

Mr. Modi do not court apartheid Israel in my name
Mondoweiss – I have never quite known the exact inflections to the label World s largest democracy that is accorded to my country, India. Does it mean (a) that the Government is the most democratic? Or does it mean (b) that India is the most populous country that has…

Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis
Mondoweiss – Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli government is seeking to ban Al Jazeera from reporting in Israel because it s a branch of a terrorist organization. Today Al Jazeera s offices were attacked in Gaza. Israel denies they were targeted. From the Guardian : Israel s army…

Telegenically Dead : Israel s crumbling media war
Mondoweiss – Israeli propaganda has hit a new low. While the world was still trying to come to terms with the mass deaths in Shuja iyeh , Benjamin Netanyahu went on CNN to state that Hamas uses the telegenically dead to further their cause. He added that for Hamas: The…

US Jews occupy Israeli army support office in NY in civil disobedience action
Mondoweiss – Civil disobedience action today in New York at offices of Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces Update : Police have arrested at least eight Jewish demonstrators who were occupying the offices of the Friends of the Israeli army in New York. Here are bulletins from Alex Kane s…

Gaza onslaught is p.r. problem for Israel s moral authority Albright
Mondoweiss – On CNN today, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Israel has a right to defend itself, but she is concerned about proportionality. Wolf Blitzer asked what she meant by proportionality: that Israel is overreacting& going too far? Albright confessed that It s hard to watch what s…

Naomi Wolf walked out of synagogue when they had nothing to say about Gaza massacre
Mondoweiss – Naomi Wolf Naomi Wolf, author of many books , wrote the following at Facebook yesterday. It is being widely shared; she gave us permission to publish. Wolfis part of a rising chorus of folks who are describing the latest Israeli onslaught as genocide. Challenged below for why…

Burning children
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis s Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Rabbi Irving Greenberg Last night, amidst the murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, I heard from a friend who recalled a passage I wrote…

The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
Mondoweiss – Palestinian rescue workers search for survivors under the rubble of a house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/ AP) During its first 14 days, the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip has left a…

Gaza War, Day 15: 28 IDF Dead, Nearly 600 Palestinian Dead, Bibi Derides Hamas Telegenic Dead
Tikun Olam – The Gaza War, which began in blood, has turned into a gothic horror story. Faced with a Hamas defense that is far more dynamic and lethal than during Cast Lead, the IDF has lost 28 soldiers, almost three times as many as were killed during the…

JVP and CodePink Disrupt CUFI Event to Hold Israel Accountable for Gaza Deaths
Jewish Voice for Peace – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Onsite Press contacts: Seth Morrison, 703.271.0370 ,sethmorrison30@gmail.comMedea Benjamin, 415.235.6517medea.benjamin@gmail.comJewish Voice for Peace & Code Pink Hold Israel Accountable f
or Gaza Deaths: Disrupt Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer at Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Night to Honor Israel in Washington DC July…

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack Day 16
Sabbah report 22 Jul 2014 – Live Blog | Day 16 | WARNING – POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel launches massive offensive Operation #ProtectiveEdge | #GazaUnderAttack | #Palestine The post: Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack Day 16 appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

VIDEO: Relatives mourn Israeli soldier deaths
BBC 22 Jul 2014 – Relatives of soldiers killed in Israel in the on-going fighting with Palestinians have spoken to the BBC as the UN secretary-general calls for an end to the conflict.

Gaza: How Hamas tunnel network grew
BBC 22 Jul 2014 – How Hamas spawned network of ‘Viet Cong’ tunnels

Will Israel Re-Occupy Gaza?
The Foward Breaking News 22 Jul 2014 – Some Israeli leaders are calling for a cease-fire. But others argue that the only way to address the Hamas threat is to reoccupy Gaza. Click here for the rest of the article…

Airlines halt flights into Israel
BBC 22 Jul 2014 – US and European airlines suspend flights into Israel’s Ben Gurion airport after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket landed one mile away.

End the Assault on Gaza: URGENT CALL FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 7-24-2014
Rachel Corrie Foundation 22 Jul 2014 – URGENT CALL FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION THURSDAY, JULY 24 END THE ASSAULT ON GAZA AND LIFT THE BLOCKADE Please join us this Thursday, July 24, in this urgent call to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza and end the 7-year siege that has made…

U.S. Orders Airlines to Ground Flights to Tel Aviv After Rocket Explodes Near Ben Gurion Airport
The Foward Breaking News 22 Jul 2014 – Delta Airlines suspended flights into Tel Aviv until further notice and diverted a flight on its way there due to rocket fire from Gaza. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: ‘Miracle’ survivor of Gaza blast
BBC 22 Jul 2014 – UN officials say more than 100,000 people have been forced to take shelter in UN buildings in Gaza because of the violence – double the number of the Gaza conflict five years ago.

Tunisia: Tunisia Reiterates Condemnation of Continued Israeli Escalation in Gaza
allAfrica.com22 Jul 2014 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis, -Tunisia reiterated its condemnation of the “ongoing massacre and flagrant violation of international humanitarian law committed by Israel and the cowardly attack on the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian people,” calling to act urgently to engage the international community in providing protection to…

Israeli Man Shot And Seriously Injured At West Bank Junction
The Foward Breaking News 22 Jul 2014 – An Israeli man was shot and seriously injured while waiting at a West Bank junction. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kibbutzes Empty as Gaza Rockets Rain
The Foward Breaking News 22 Jul 2014 – The buzz of Israeli drones and non-stop Israeli artillery shells fired into Gaza sounded as his wife bounced their 18-month-old grandson on a trampoline in their front yard. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Africa: Zuma to Send Delegation to Israel Over Gaza Invasion
allAfrica.com22 Jul 2014 – [SA Info]President Jacob Zuma is to send a delegation, led by former Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad, to Israel to convey South Africa’s concerns over the mounting loss of civilian lives through Israel’s invasion of the Gaza strip, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said…

Egypt: Kerry, UN Secretary-General in Cairo
allAfrica.com22 Jul 2014 – [State Department]Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Africa: Gaza – Airstrike Deaths Raise Concerns On Ground Offensive – Unlawful Israeli Attacks Hit Hospital, Kill Children, Other Civilians
allAfrica.com22 Jul 2014 – [HRW]Gaza -Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated eight Israeli airstrikes that were apparent violations of the laws of war before the ground offensive that began on July 17, 2014….

How Orthodox Agudah and Wal-Mart Money United To Back School Vouchers
The Forward New 22 Jul 2014 – Guess who is the largest donor to Agudath Israel? The Christian owners of Wal-Mart, who see the Orthodox umbrella group a key ally in their fight for education reforms. Click here for the rest of the article…

Twenty-four European doctors denounce Israeli assault on Gaza
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – Two dozen European doctors who had previously worked in Gaza expressed their dismay in a leading medical journal Tuesday at the plight of the wounded and ill in the conflict. “Wounded and sick people cannot leave easily to get specialized treatment outside Gaza. Entries of food…

Israel shells Gaza school housing displaced Palestinians during UN inspection
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – A United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians in central Gaza came under Israeli fire on Tuesday as a team was inspecting damage from a day earlier, a UN official said. The official said a team, with Israeli clearance, was at the school run by the UN…

UN chief: ‘Start talking’ over Gaza
BBC 22 Jul 2014 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushes for an end to the Gaza conflict with a call in Israel for both sides to “start talking”.

Gaza conflict exposes France s own struggles with xenophobia
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – A protesters hold a placard reading “We are all Palestinians” as he kneels on a giant Palestinian flag near the Barbes-Rochechouart aerial metro station prior to the departure of a demonstration, banned by French police, in Paris on July 19, 2014 to denounce Isr
ael’s military campaign…

In Homs northern countryside, civilians live under fire
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – Women work in the fields of Homs’ countryside. (Photo: Archive) Women work in the fields of Homs’ countryside. (Photo: Archive) There are no obstacles on the road leading to the village of Jabourin located on the demarcation line with Om Sharshouh, a village outside the control…

Roses for Gaza’s martyrs and heroes
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – Since Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip started on July 8, 625 Palestinians have been martyred, 80 percent of whom are civilians. After the horrific al-Shujayeh massacre, people around the world marched and protested in solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza. Some rallies led to…

Iraqi airstrikes kill 19, including children, in ISIS-held Fallujah
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – Iraqi government airstrikes killed 19 people, including children, in Fallujah on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the city held by jihadi fighters said. The Iraqi army has been shelling Fallujah, 44 miles west of Baghdad, for months, trying to drive out militants from the…

Lebanese telecom workers protest Israeli assault on Gaza
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – Dozens of employees of Lebanon s state-owned telecommunications company protested in support of Gaza outside their Beirut headquarters Tuesday. Employees of MTC Touch held pictures showing the devastation in Gaza caused by Israel s relentless assault launched two weeks ago, ending with a moment of silence in mourning…

Tunisia s youth express mixed feelings for upcoming elections
Al-Akhbar News 22 Jul 2014 – Tunisian protesters wave a national flag shouting slogans during a demonstration against terrorism on July 18, 2014 in the capital Tunis, following an attack in the Mount Chaambi region. (Photo: AFP-Fethi Belaid) Tunisian protesters wave a national flag shouting slogans during a demonstration against terrorism on…

The dialectic of victory: how I learned to stop worrying and love the rocket
Al-Akhbar Opinion 22 Jul 2014 – An Israeli police man inspects a building in a Kibbutz near the border with the Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014, after it was hit and damaged by a rocket fired from Gaza. (Photo: AFP-Menahem Kahana) An Israeli police man inspects a building in a Kibbutz…

Western standards of Palestinian resistance
Al-Akhbar Blogs 22 Jul 2014 – Yet again another Israeli assault on an Arab country exposes the biases and racism of Western governments, media, and human rights organizations. Human rights organizations, particularly Human Rights Watch, have become the most culpable because they now serve as a media/propaganda arm of the Israeli terrorist…

A personal appearance by Nasrallah could be target for attacks
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – While Hezbollah sources hint that Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah may appear in person to deliver this year’s Quds Day speech, there are questions of whether he can, in light of genuine concerns for his safety.

How the West Bank was domesticated
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Jul 2014 – Israeli soldiers take cover during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators at the entrance of Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia, on July 18, 2014, following a protest against Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani) Israeli soldiers take cover during…

In Gaza s al-Shujayeh: I just survived a massacre
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Jul 2014 – A displaced mother from the Shejaiya neighborhood in the Gaza Strip cuddles her baby daughter at the UN school where she and others have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting in their area, on July 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Marco Longari) A displaced mother from the Shejaiya…

Cease-fire initiatives pit Turkey against Egypt
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – Is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan more concerned with undermining Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi than to broker a cease-fire in Gaza?

Gazans find sanctuary in ancient church
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – Gaza s only Greek Orthodox Church canceled its Sunday prayers and opened its doors to hundreds fleeing the Israeli bombardment of the Shajaiya neighborhood.

Electricity cuts push Gaza’s hospitals to brink
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – As part of its offensive, Israel has bombed the Gaza Strip s electrical infrastructure, resulting in power outages up to 21 hours a day.

Wheat subsidies in Jordan may be too little too late
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – The Jordanian government is trying to encourage domestic production after purchasing 97% of its wheat on the international market last year.

Iran s foreign minister reports to parliament on nuclear talks
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reported to the Iranian Parliament on the latest developments in the nuclear talks.

Israel strives to face Hamas terror tactics
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – Unlike Israel, which has warned Palestinian civilians to leave fighting zones, Hamas spent enormous resources building terror tunnels but neglected to build any shelters to defend the Gaza population.

Egypt’s Sisi holds Hamas’ fate in his hands
Al-Monitor 22 Jul 2014 – Hamas has made a desperate bid for Qatar’s support, but even Qatar’s money won’t save it if Egypt doesn’t open the crossings into Gaza.

VIDEO: Clashes go on amid Israeli funerals
BBC 21 Jul 2014 – Israel’s defence minister says that the offensive in Gaza will continue ‘as long as
necessary to stop the Hamas rocket attacks.

VIDEO: Goods held in port for wealthy client
BBC 21 Jul 2014 – Mark Lobel reports on foreign investors re-building ties with Iran in anticipation of an easing of trade restrictions on the country.

Hamas’ ambush tactics revealed in training booklet
Al-Monitor 21 Jul 2014 – A guide circulated among al-Qassam fighters outlines how to make the best use of their limited, tactical options in confronting the Israeli ground operation.

Gaza crisis overshadows soured US-Turkey relations
Al-Monitor 21 Jul 2014 – The Gaza crisis may have overshadowed the stumble in Turkish-US relations, but cannot long conceal the deep divisions in this troubled alliance.

Erdogan’s Hitler comments take their toll
Al-Monitor 21 Jul 2014 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments comparing Israel’s operation in Gaza as going beyond Hitler’s barbarism come during a tense chapter in Turkey’s relations with Israel.

Netanyahu’s renewed legitimacy
Al-Monitor 21 Jul 2014 – The international legitimacy enjoyed now by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will last for a short while only, unless he renews the diplomatic negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.


Massacre in Gaza
Richard Falk, Al Jazeera7/22/2014
Can international law provide justice for Palestinians?
What has been happening in Gaza cannot usefully be described as “warfare”. The daily reports of atrocities situate this latest Israeli assault on common humanity within the domain of what the great Catholic thinker and poet, Thomas Merton, caIled “the unspeakable”. Its horror exceeds our capacity to render the events through language.
The events in Gaza are essentially a repetition of prior Israeli incursions with heavy sophisticated weaponry in which the people of Gaza are the helpless victims of Israeli firepower, with no place to hide, and increasingly without even such necessities of life as water and electricity, whose facilities have been targeted by Israel’s precision weaponry.
By now we should all understand that one-sided violence whether in the form of torture or state terror is criminal behaviour. When it leads to many civilian deaths on one side and few civilian casualties on the other side, then such state terror is best characterised as a massacre, epitomised by the high civilian death toll on July 20 in the Gaza City neighbourhood of Shujayea where a crowded residential district was repeatedly shelled by heavy IDF artillery. The latest casualty figures on the Palestinian side are more than 600 killed, over 3,000 injured, 75 percent of whom are estimated to be civilians. On the Israeli side, 29 killed, all but two were soldiers. As with earlier massive Israeli military operations carried out against the people of Gaza 2008-2009, and 2012, the defenceless Gazan population is again being cruelly victimised. If an adversary of the West was behaving as Israel has since July 8, it would be branded an aggressor whose leaders would likely be held accountable before the International Criminal Court (ICC) or some other tribunal with the authority to prosecute persons accused of international crimes which have distressed the US government and its allies. — See also:INTERACTIVE: Gaza Under Attackmore..e-mail

Fighting jihad for Israel
Hanine Hassan, Al Jazeera7/22/2014
Foreign fighters drawn from Europe and the US contribute to Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country.
Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military as jihadstrijders (jihad fighters), the name given to the hundred or so that went to Syria? Katie, a Dutch-Israeli dual citizen, is after all a jihadist in occupied Palestinian lands.
Israel’s genocidal campaign in the Gaza Strip is entering its second week. The death toll has risen to more than 600, with thousands more injured and displaced – alongside arbitrary arrests, the demolition of family homes and a policy of apartheid towards Palestinians both in the West Bank and within the state of Israel. What’s more, these war crimes are directly supported by the recruits from Europe and the United States that land at Ben Gurion airport throughout the year.
The notion of Europeans and Americans serving in the Israeli army isn’t new.
Before the creation of the state of Israel, thousands of western volunteers were recruited by the Zionist movement – in a process named Mahal or volunteers from abroad to take part in Zionist military operations in Palestine during the British Mandate.
In the 1948 war, as many as 4,000 World War II veterans from the US, Canada and Europe carried out military operations against Palestinians, serving the Zionist project with their expertise in warfare, artillery, naval and aerial combat.more..e-mail

The truth about Israel s new war on Gaza the energy rush
Catherine Shakdam, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)7/22/2014
While Israel has deployed its media machine, telling the world that it has the right to defend itself against foreign aggression, arguing that no country should ever be made to tolerate systematic terror, even though under international law such narrative holds no legal ground as Israel has been de facto occupying Gaza, rendering null and void the notion of Gaza as a foreign entity, little has been said of Israel’s real motives.
To quickly settle Israel’s argument that it legally and morally can and should defend itself against any aggression coming from Gaza, it is important to understand that the Gaza Strip is not, under international law, a sovereign state, it is an occupied land, therefore Israel cannot declare war on its people, rather it owes its people protection.
As explained by Nura Erakat in a report published in Intifada Palestine, “Military occupation is a recognised status under international law and since 1967, the international community has designated the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as militarily occupied. As long as the occupation continues, Israel has the right to protect itself and its citizens from attacks by Palestinians who reside in the occupied territories. However, Israel also has a duty to maintain law and order, also known as ‘normal life’, within territory it occupies. This obligation includes not only ensuring, but prioritising, the security and well-being of the occupied population. That responsibility and those duties are enumerated in Occupation Law.”
As for Palestinians in Gaza they do however have an inherent right to resist foreign occupation. Such right is again, protected under international law.
But as the following arguments will attempt to demonstrate all the above, the contradicting narratives, the political manipulations and media campaigns, are but a distraction from far more pragmatic realities and maybe truth the war on Gaza has little to do with sovereignty, terror, politics or even religion, rather it has everything to do with energy.more..e-mail

Palestine, the occupation and the resistance for beginners
Jamal Khashogji, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)7/20/2014
In March 1955, an Israeli army unit attacked a camp belonging to the Egyptian army inside the Gaza Strip, which was entrusted to Egypt after the 1948 war. The Israelis killed 36 Egyptian soldiers in cold blood and wounded 28 others. One of the perpetrators was the infamous Ariel Sharon, the late Israeli prime ministe
r, who said that the purpose of the operation was “to kill all the soldiers, destroy all the weapons that were available inside the camp and destroy its entire installations.” According to a once-secret Israel report made public a few years ago, it was a punitive objective, not military, “to deliver a message to the Egyptian leadership under Gamal Abdel Nasser that any new commando operation [by Egypt] will have bloody consequences.”
Nasser learned the painful lesson and called off the operations that were carried out by Egyptian intelligence units. Such operations have always puzzled historians because during that same period he was in contact with Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett about making peace between the two countries. The Egyptian president later tightened his iron grip on Gaza and prevented and pursued any Palestinian who contemplated resistance. Compare that with the current situation in the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion set up a military doctrine for his country to deal with the surrounding Arab states which did not recognise it; he called this “incremental deterrence”. The doctrine did not tolerate any resistance operations and responded with incremental and brutal force so that the Arab states would realise that they have no choice; they could accept or reject Israel, but they had to stop all forms of resistance. The result was the same either way. Israel does not need the love of the Arabs nor does it need to convince them of its right to exist in their midst. It knows that its existence is outside the context of history and logic and that it came into being by force, it will live by force and it will die by force. Consequently, it will have to live with its finger on the trigger.more..e-mail

Why I vowed not to have children in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 22 Jul 2014 – Seeing Israel slaughter other people s infants is hard enough.more..

No ceasefire without justice for Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 22 Jul 2014 – To return to status quo before Israeli attack would mean living death, say dozens of Gaza civil society leaders.more..

updates on Gaza and Syria
In Gaza: 22 Jul 2014 – from: If Americans Knew **(update: the number of murdered Palestinians in Gaza is now at least 625) Contrary to U.S. media spin, the violence didn t begin when the three Israelis were abducted and killed in June. From January to June of this year, Israeli forces abducted at least 2,330 Palestinians, and killed approximately 30 Palestinians, 4 of whom were children. But Americans didn t hear about it because the media didn t think their lives mattered. It s also important to recognize that rocket attacks from Gaza began decades after Israel had already been militarily occupying Palestinian territory. The first rocket (largely home-made projectiles that rarely caused any death, injuries, or even damage) was fired from Gaza in April 2001 after Israeli forces had already killed 35Gazans that year, and had repeatedly shelled Gazan neighborhoods . From April 2001 through July2014, rockets killed approximately 29 Israelis . During the same period, Israeli forces killed…more

Complicity in Ethnic Cleansing
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Jul 2014 – By Ron Forthofer Israel s current attack on a basically defenseless population in Gaza is a repeat of its massacres of Palestinians in November 2012, December 2008-January 2009 and June-July 2006. This time Israeli forces have already slaughtered over 500 Palestinians, overwhelmingly civilians, while about 20 Israelis, almost all soldiers, have been killed. The imbalance of these death tolls is staggering but not surprising. I say not surprising because Israel has one of the strongest militaries in the world, supplied with the latest US weapons and technology, whereas Palestinians have no real army nor any defense against Israeli plane or missile attacks. In each of these massacres, the scenario was similar. Palestinians react to some Israeli provocation and Israel uses the Palestinian reaction as an excuse to launch its attack. The use of provocations is a long standing Israeli tactic. For example, Moshe Dayan discussed the use of this tactic against…more

Video: A Wounded Man Killed by a Sniper while Looking for His Family
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Jul 2014 – ISM volunteers and local residents went looking for survivors and the bodies of family members in the Shujaiyya neighborhood, where hundreds of Palestinians were killed and wounded in what Palestinians already see as one of the greatest massacres to be carried out by Israel throughout its wars, when they were met by the gunfire of Israeli army snipers. A man in green shirt was shot and killed, as he walked through the wreckage.more

Gaza s Resistance Will Not be Crushed
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Jul 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud On the 13th day of Israel s so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of entire families collectively pulverized, women and children keenly targeted by Israeli soldiers saturate the media. Until now, 430 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 18 Israel soldiers been killed at the hands of the Resistance. In Shejaiya, elders, mothers and children scrambled for cover as shells mercilessly rained down, stealing the souls of countless innocents. The destruction is overwhelming, and everywhere, Palestinians lament there is nowhere that is safe. Regardless, resolve is strong and the people of Gaza will not resign themselves to surrender. The resistance movement in Gaza is often misrepresented intentionally at times, and at other times innocuously. In the heat of the information battle that has ensued since Israel unleashed its latest war many facts and essential context have gone missing. Historically, Gaza has been a hub for uninterrupted…more

Medical Aid as a Weapon
Dissident Voice: 22 Jul 2014 – Q: Why is Egypt preventing medical aid to Gaza? A: So that Israel can use it as a weapon, that s why. This explains why dozens of volunteer medical personnel cannot reach the desperately understaffed hospitals in Gaza. It explains why Egypt turned away a convoy of desperately needed medical supplies. In this time of crisis, Egypt has sealed the border with
Gaza, except occasionally to Palestinians who are registered with Israel as residents of Gaza. For anything else, please apply to Israel. That s fine for UNRWA, ANERA, UPA and other groups Israel has approved as relief agencies and who buy a lot of their supplies from Israeli sources, store it in Israeli warehouses, use Israeli transportation, have personnel that live in Israel and generally meet Israeli requirements and contribute to the Israeli economy. But what about doctors that carry Lebanese passports? Or Pakistanis, Algerians, Venezuelans, Sudanese, Iranians, Cubans or Syrians?…more

Gaza s Resistance Will Not be Crushed
Dissident Voice: 22 Jul 2014 – On the 13th day of Israel s so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of entire families collectively pulverized, women and children keenly targeted by Israeli soldiers, saturate the media. Until now, 430 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 18 Israel soldiers been killed at the hands of the Resistance. In Shejaiya, elders, mothers and children scrambled for cover as shells mercilessly rained down, stealing the souls of countless innocents. The destruction is overwhelming, and everywhere, Palestinians lament there is nowhere that is safe. Regardless, resolve is strong and the people of Gaza will not resign themselves to surrender. The resistance movement in Gaza is often misrepresented intentionally at times, and at other times innocuously. In the heat of the information battle that has ensued since Israel unleashed its latest war many facts and essential context have gone missing. Historically, Gaza has been a hub for uninterrupted popular resistance since…more

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