VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 24 July 2014: Israeli Forces Invade Azzun and Use Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields

24 July 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Civilian Casualties Continue To Rise As Army Targets More Homes In Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip has reported that at last thirteen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli missiles and shells in the first hours of Friday, July 25, while dozens of Palestinians have been injured. …

Gaza Ceasefire Talks Intensify
IMEMC – Talks to end the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip intensify and US Secretary of State John Kerry is now shuttling between Jerusalem and Cairo. …

Israeli Forces Invade Azzun and Use Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields
IMEMC – On Monday, July 21st, Israeli forces used Palestinian civilians as human shields in the village of Azzun, a village west of the city of Nablus. …

931 Palestinians from Jerusalem, 1948 Territories Taken Captive in 3 Weeks
IMEMC – Israeli forces now say they have arrested 931 Palestinians from Jerusalem and Palestinian cities occupied in 1948, in just the past three weeks, according to the PNN. …

Another Bloody Day of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza
IMEMC – Dozens Palestinian Civilians Killed and Wounded by Israeli Attacks in Khuza a, Abassan and al-Qarara Villages; Israeli Forces Attack Gaza from the Air, the Sea and the Ground; More Palestinians Forcibly …

Israeli Attacks in Gaza Kill 20 on Thursday Afternoon; Total of At Least 76 Killed Thursday
IMEMC – The bodies of Palestinian families killed overnight in Khuza a, in eastern Khan Younis, continue to be pulled from the rubble and identified, as air strikes and tank shelling continue throughout Thursday afternoon and evening. …

Israel Bombs Another UN School Acting as Shelter; Killing 17
IMEMC – Suspicious circumstances, dozens feared dead UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasana said, today, that Israeli forces shelled ahttp://imemc.org/newswire?search_text=beit+hanoun&button=Search+%3E%3Eschool serving as a shelter, earlier in the afternoon. They had received no prior warning. Dozens are feared dead. …

Tens of Thousands of Palestinians in West Bank Attempt to March on Jerusalem
IMEMC – A march organized by non-violent coordinating committees across the West Bank focused on solidarity with Gaza led to a clash with Israeli police at the Qalandia checkpoint Thursday evening. …

Twelve More Palestinians Killed In Gaza
IMEMC – Medics located the remains of two brothers, killed during the massive Sunday bombardment that led to the death of dozens of Palestinians in the Shuja eyya neighborhood in Gaza, Sunday, while six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli shells in Zahra city, in the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Younis. …

Ma’an News

Dozens feared dead as Israel shells UN shelter in Beit Hanoun
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A spokesman for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza Adnan Abu Hasana said on Thursday that they had received no warning before Israeli forces shelled a Beit Hanoun school that was serving as a shelter earlier in the afternoon. The attack killed at least 17 and injured more than 200 of the displaced civilians who had…. Related:5 injured as Israel shells UN school serving as refugee shelter

Quds Brigades say 4 soldiers killed as Palestinian death toll near 800
7/25/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s military wing said on Thursday that its fighters had killed four Israeli soldiers and injured others near Gaza City, as the Palestinian death toll for the day passed 100.”Our fighters have killed three soldiers and injured others in a well-planned trap in Shajaiyyeh,” the al-Quds Brigades said in a statement. There was a heavy exchange….

2 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in protest march near Ramallah
7/25/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces late Thursday as over 10,000 marched from a Ramallah-area refugee camp toward Jerusalem in protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive, a Ma’an reporter at the scene said. The slain Palestinians were identified as 19-year-old Mohammad al-Araj and 27-year-old Majd Sufyan, a Ma’an reporter at the scene….

37 Palestinians killed in Gaza Thursday, including 10 from one family
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — 37 Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling and airstrikes across the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, bringing the Palestinian death toll on the 17th day of the offensive to 734, with more than 4,000 injured. The attacks come a day after Israeli forces said that three soldiers were killed and 28 injured in fighting on Wednesday, bringing total military casualties….

7 dead in Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis and Shujaiyya
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes killed seven more Palestinians in Gaza. Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said that an airstrike killed Ahmad Abdul-Karim, Ahmad Hasan, and Muhammad Ismail Khader in western Khan Younis. He added that Ahmad al-Mashhadi and Ahmad Khadir were killed in another raid on Khan Younis. [END]

Hamas claims to have killed 8 Israeli soldiers in Gaza attack
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Thursday that they had killed eight Israeli soldiers in northeastern Gaza City in what was potentially the deadliest attack on the military since the ground invasion began last week. Al-Qassam Brigades said that they infiltrated into the eastern part of al-Tuffah neighborhood earlier on Thursday and launched an attack on Israeli soldiers deployed there….

Toddler ‘killed in ICU’ as Israel bombs Gaza City hospital
7/25/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A toddler was killed and dozens of other Palestinians were injured in a Gaza City hospital late Thursday as an Israeli bomb struck the area, medics said. Ibrahim al-Sheikh Omar, two-and-a-half years old, was in the ICU of Muhammad al-Durra hospital when an Israeli strike hit outside. Medical sources said the boy was hit by shrapnel from the explosion, killing….

Mob attacks 2 Palestinians in West Jerusalem
7/24/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A mob assaulted two Palestinians as they were walking on the trendy Jaffa street in the center of West Jerusalem on Thursday, their lawyer said, potentially the latest in a string of hate attacks targeting Arabs across Israel in recent weeks. The two Palestinians — who were identified as Amir Mazin Abu Eisha, 20, and Laith Ubeidat — were injured and subsequently arrested….

Ambulances having difficulty reaching victims in Gaza border town
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ambulance and rescue teams are still unable to easily access the village of Khuzaa east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in order to help victims of the Israeli assault in the village. On Thursday, medics said that Israel military forces stopped and inspected an ambulance as it was leaving the area. On Sunday, meanwhile, Israeli forces informed….

1 killed, 3 injured in airstrike targeting home in al-Zahraa
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Emergency teams managed to remove the body of a dead woman and three injured people from the rubble of a home belonging to al-Bardini family which Israeli missiles demolished earlier in the city of al-Zahraa in the central Gaza Strip. The unidentified victim brought the death toll on Thursday since midnight to 38, according to the spokesman of the Palestinian….

5 injured as Israel shells UN school serving as refugee shelter
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNWRA on Thursday said that Israeli forces shelled a school serving as a shelter for 1,500 displaced Palestinians for the third time during the ongoing Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip. UNRWA said in a statement that at 7:45 a. m. on Wednesday Israeli fire hit Deir al-Balah Girls School in…. Related:Dozens feared dead as Israel shells UN shelter in Beit Hanoun

5 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike on Khan Younis
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians died on Thursday as an Israeli airstrike hit the Maan area of Khan Younis, Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesman said. [END]

Israeli military vehicle attacked near Nablus
7/24/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian militants shot at an Israeli military jeep early Thursday near the Itamar Jewish settlement east of Nablus. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that armed men shot live fire at an Israeli military jeep near Itamar and immediately fled the scene. Israeli army forces arrived to search the area for the shooters. Some 500,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements….

Al-Qassam targets Ben Gurion airport with two M75 rockets
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for targeting Ben Gurion Airport with two M75 rockets on Thursday. [END]

Gaza rockets launched toward Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport
7/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military said that five rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted over Tel Aviv on Thursday, as militant groups from the Strip continued to rain missiles down on central Israel. Earlier in the day, the Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades claimed that it had launched two M75 missiles at Ben Gurion Airport, hours after US air authorities said they were restarting flights….

Al-Qassam says Israeli military vehicle hit by explosive device
7/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Al-Qassam Brigades said on Thursdsy that an Israeli military vehicle was hit by an underground explosive device east of al-Tuffah neighborhood. [END]

Hamas says Gaza truce talks ‘positive’
7/24/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — A senior Hamas official said on Wednesday there had been progress in negotiations to end the Gaza conflict but that the Palestinian militant group needed detailed guarantees that Israel would ease its blockade of the enclave. Talks to end the 16-day conflict have intensified with US Secretary of State John Kerry shuttling between Jerusalem and Cairo in a bid to forge a….

Egypt army prevents 2 attacks on Israel near border
7/24/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian military sources said that Egyptian troops killed a “suicide bomber” who tried to approach the Israeli border near Kerem Shalom military base on the border on Wednesday night. The sources told Ma’an that the army also destroyed a vehicle loaded with Grad missiles shortly before they were launched towards Israeli territory. The vehicle was spotted in Sheikh Zuweid….

Iran leader urges Palestinians to bring fight to West Bank
7/24/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Palestinians Wednesday to keep fighting Israel and to extend the conflict from Gaza to the occupied West Bank.”The only way to deal with this savage regime is to continue resistance and armed struggle and extend it to the West Bank,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying. Iran, which does not….

Thailand urges Israel to relocate workers after rocket strike
7/24/2014 – BANGKOK (AFP) — Thailand on Thursday urged Israel to relocate 4,000 Thai nationals working near the battle-scarred Gaza strip after one of its citizens was killed. Israeli police said a farm laborer, Narakorn Kittiyongkul, died on Wednesday when a projectile fired from Gaza struck the greenhouse where he was working in the southern part of the country. He joined a soaring death toll from 17 days….

France announces 11 million euros in aid for Gaza
7/24/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — President Francois Hollande announced on Thursday an 11-million-euro ($14. 8 million) aid package to the besieged Gaza Strip, where an Israeli military offensive has left more than 700 people dead. An adviser to Hollande said the humanitarian aid, eight million of which will be given to the Palestinian Authority and the remainder to UN bodies and NGOs working in Gaza, was approved….

Hammond: Britain alarmed over civilian toll in Gaza
7/24/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Britain is “gravely concerned” by the high number of civilian casualties resulting from Israel’s military operation in Gaza, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday. Speaking on his first official visit to the region since taking over as Britain’s top diplomat, Hammond said London would do everything it could to help broker a quick end to the hostilities which….

In photos: Thousands in Paris march in solidarity with Gaza
7/24/2014 – Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched through the streets of Paris on Wednesday, during an authorized but tightly-controlled demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza. President of the “France Palestine Solidarit?©” Association Tawfiq Tahami, one of the march’s principle organizers, said that 25,000 attended the march, while the police estimated the crowd’s numbers at 14,000. (©Constance Decorde)The march occurred just….

European Aviation Safety Agency lifts warning on Tel Aviv flights
7/24/2014 – PARIS (AFP) – The European Aviation Safety Agency on Thursday lifted its recommendation for airlines to stop flights to Tel Aviv due to the conflict in Israel and Gaza. It said it had revised its decision adopted Wednesday “on the basis of information provided by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel and following coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration…. Related:Lufthansa suspends flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hoursandAl-Qassam targets Ben Gurion airport with two M75 rockets

Lufthansa suspends flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours
7/24/2014 – BERLIN (AFP) — German flag carrier Lufthansa said Thursday it would continue to suspend flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours over security concerns amid Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip.”We will resume flights as soon as the protection of the airport is assured in a tangible manner,” it said in a statement. Earlier on Thursday, US airlines lifted their bans on…. Related:European Aviation Safety Agency lifts warning on Tel Aviv flightsandAl-Qassam targets Ben Gurion airport with two M75 rockets

Analysis: Israeli atrocities and Egyptian madness
7/24/2014 – By Sarah Eltantawi – There is absolutely no excuse for Israel’s barbarous behavior in Gaza over the past few days. Over 700 Palestinians have been killed, a huge percentage children. A Palestinian child every hour, on average, has been killed in the last three days. We’ve been treated to the usual gutless responses from world leaders. The American media in particular has….

Abbas says he hopes for Gaza ceasefire
7/24/2014 – AMMAN (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he hopes a ceasefire can be agreed in Gaza as the Palestinian death toll on day 17 of an Israeli offensive topped 780 people.”So far, there is hope for a ceasefire,” Abbas said after meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman, a palace statement said.”We have to wait. . . and insist that ending the fighting….

Reuven Rivlin sworn in as Israel’s 10th president
7/24/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Far-right hawk Reuven Rivlin was sworn in as Israel’s 10th president on Thursday at a formal ceremony in parliament which saw elder statesman Shimon Peres stepping down.” In prayer, in awe and humility, on your behalf and at your command, I come to faithfully fulfil my role as 10th president of the state of Israel,” he said, a skullcap on his….


Israel kills two men in West Bank clashes
AlJazeera 24 Jul 2014 – Israeli police shoot dead two Palestinians and injure scores of others in Qalandia during massive protests over Gaza.

UN shelter in Gaza ‘struck by Israeli shells’
AlJazeera 24 Jul 2014 – Gaza health ministry says bombardment killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun.

Has Israel committed war crimes in Gaza?
AlJazeera 24 Jul 2014 – The UN launches an investigation into Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Another Bloody Day of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Dozens Palestinian Civilians Killed or Wounded by Israeli Attacks i…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces invade Azzun and use Palestinian civilians as human shields
7/24/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus team, Azzun, Occupied Palestine – On Monday, July 21st, Israeli forces used Palestinian civilians as human shields in the village of Azzun, avillage west of the city of Nablus. On most evenings several Israeli jeeps are stationed just outside the Azzun’s north gate. At 10 o’clockin the evening on the night in question, approximately15 soldiers entered the main square of the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: ACAPS Briefing Note, Humanitarian Impact of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza Strip, oPt, 24 July 2014
Relief Web 24 Jul 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: occupied Palestinian territory Crisis Overview Operation Protective Edge, launched by Israel against Hamas on 8 July, is now in its third week. In addition to maritime and air strikes, a ground incursion was launched on…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza Emergency Access Restrictions – July 2014
Relief Web 24 Jul 2014 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory

The National

No Eid for Gaza this year
The National 24 Jul 2014 – As Israeli drones buzzed overhead like lawnmowers, dozens of children splashed in a fountain the sound of their laughter out of place in the war zone around them.

Strikes on UN school shelter kill 15 in Gaza
The National 24 Jul 2014 – More than 200 wounded as Palestinians waiting to be evacuated to a safer place are hit by what witnesses say were three Israeli tank shells.

In pictures: UN school hit by Israeli tank shells
The National 24 Jul 2014 – An Israeli attack on a UN school in northern Gaza killed at least 15 people and injured more than 200. The school was a shelter for displaced Palestinians.

After Scarlett Johansson controversy, firings put SodaStream back in spotlight
The National 24 Jul 2014 – In July, 60 Palestinians were fired from SodaStream – the West Bank factory at the centre of the Scarlett Johansson-Oxfam controversy. The trade union representing them says the firings demonstrated a degree of racism .

India train rams school bus killing 20, mostly children
The National 24 Jul 2014 – Crowds pored over the site trying to move twisted metal to retrieve the small bodies inside, as parents of the dead children wailed.

Algeria plane carrying 116 people disappears from radar
The National 24 Jul 2014 – Spanish private airline company Swiftair said it lost contact with the Airbus 320 which was headed for Algiers.

Land and peace: a new history of the temporary occupation of Palestine
The National 24 Jul 2014 – A new history of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, drawing on declassified documents, reveals that it has always been considered permanent.

Iraq parliament elects Kurd as president, paving way for new government
The National 24 Jul 2014 – Fuad Masum will succeed the ailing Jalal Talabani as federal president after willing the most votes.

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence arrives in Italy
The National 24 Jul 2014 – Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag is on her way to New York with her husband and two children after escaping the death sentence in June for renouncing Islam.

Family of Taiwan crash victims blame authorities
The National 24 Jul 2014 – Taiwan s TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed on late Wednesday in torrential rains.

Ban lifted on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
The National 24 Jul 2014 – The FAA had instituted a 24-hour ban on Tuesday in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport.

War-weary Syrians long to forget the bloodletting this Ramadan
The National 23 Jul 2014 – More than four years after the civil war began, ordinary Syrians just want to ‘lead normal lives’ and return to the pre-war traditions of Ramadan that they used to enjoy.


Word of the Day / Ofi: How Hebrew got its word for character from ancient Greek
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Euro falls to 12-year low against the shekel
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Israel holding unknown number of Palestinians captured in Gaza Strip
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Two Palestinians killed in West Bank clashes
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

UN inquiry could lead to war crime charges for Israel, Hamas
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

The airline that kept flying to Israel: Egypt’s Air Sinai
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Hamas has been looking for allies, so far in vain
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Bedouin community between a rock and a hard place
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Ramallah hospital filled to capacity following demonstration against Gaza op
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Bedouin community still lacks sufficient protection from incoming rockets
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

U.S. sends Netanyahu a Gaza message via flight ban
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Four comments on the current situation in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Avigdor Lieberman, the Internet commenter
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Cooking, eating and drinking under fire / Tel Aviv Table Podcast
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

When the guns are roaring, Israelis must speak out
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Defense Ministry scales new heights of cynicism
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Let’s meet at six, before the war
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Amid Gaza s horrors, it s not enough for Israelis to ask: So what do you propose?
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Will robots fight Israel’s future wars?
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Kerry presents new cease-fire proposal. Hamas, Israel to respond Friday
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Two Palestinians killed in W. Bank clashes with Israeli security forces
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Israeli airlines rescuing tourists stranded in Turkey
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Source of deadly attack on Gaza UNRWA school remains unclear
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Hamas conserving its rockets, say Israeli army officials
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Israel vs. Hamas is a war between good and evil
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza operation
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Israelis to get rocket alerts by text message
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Reuven Rivlin sworn in as Israel’s 10th president
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Soldiers arrested for WhatsApp leaks on Gaza deaths
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Leaving presidency, Peres moves on to investment firm for Mideast peace projects
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

At right-wing protests, freedom of expression is one thing, violence another
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Compromised coverage: Can the BBC really report from Gaza?
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Air Algerie flight disappears from radar over Mali
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

When an Israeli soldier hears his mom on the radio
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Chaos at Israeli desert airfield as EU flights rerouted
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Fallen lone soldier mourned by Jewish community in his native Lyon
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

U.S. flights returning to Tel Aviv, but Israeli tourism will feel turbulence for long time
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Compassion on both sides is a moral obligation
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

El Al fares jump 150% on foreign airlines’ ban
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2014

Israeli agency bans radio clip naming children killed in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 23 Jul 2014

Israel bombs empty Gaza hospital, calling it Hamas command center
Ha’aretz – 23 Jul 2014

Jerusalem Post

Massive West Bank clashes reportedly leave 2 Palestinians dead
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Thousands protest against IDF’s Gaza operation, throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli security forces near Kalandia checkpoint; hundreds of officers to blanket Old City to ensure safety, citing threats of rioting.

IDF: Terrorists opened fire from vicinity of UN-run Gaza school
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Army returned fire, saying civilians in school were asked to vacate area, but refused; Kerry’s spokesperson urges all parties to redouble efforts to protect civilians.

The sin of carelessness: Parshat Masei
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – The limitless value of human life in Judaism leads us to an understanding of the difference between killing and any other transgression.

UN probe of Israel will only encourage Hamas war crimes
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Israel should have nothing to fear from an objective investigation. It should also have nothing to fear from the UNHRC investigation if its biases are exposed for all to see.

Iron Dome system intercepts rocket over Eilat
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – The Red Sea resort city has previously been a target of terrorists from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

PA President says still hope for cease-fire
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman to discuss Egyptian-backed proposal.

This is the time to unite behind Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Especially in this difficult hour, it is a time to run to Israel rather than from Israel.

Two heroes, two villains, and sour yogurt
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Prime Minister Netanyahu, now has the opportunity to take his place alongside of Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin.

Of friends and foes
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – This is an existential war; a war for our homes and whether in uniform or not, all citizens have drafted themselves to assist in some way.

A tip for the UN
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – If the UN truly wishes to play a constructive role in ending the bloodshed, it should be a part of an international effort to bring about the gradual demilitarization of Gaza.

Rivlin sworn in as president under shadow of Gaza operation
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Peres gives final speech as president before Rivilin’s swearing in; mayors from South attend ceremony; customary cocktail party was canceled, out of sensitivity to the security situation.

Depravity at the UN Human Rights Council
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – The light years between the UN human rights machinery and genuine human rights is pretty obvious.

Exclusive: Israel sends message through Hamas leader’s mouth as psychological battle deepens
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Gazans hear Khaled Mashaal speak of his luxury hotel that cost more than “a hospital and three tunnels,” as Hamas news channel hacked.

FAA cancels flight ban to Israel, Europe withdraws warning
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Hours after extending a 24-hour ban that went into effect Tuesday, the FAA cancels flight restrictions in response to increased Israeli security measures.

Growing number of Turkish universities boycotting Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Turkish municipalities across Turkey announce boycott of Israeli products and companies linked to the Jewish state.

Exploratory oil drilling in Golan Heights approved
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – We hope that the drilling will bear fruit and lead Israel to energy and security independence, a statement from the company said.

Terrorists fire anti-tank missile from Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – IDF retaliates, killing two terrorists; IAF strikes area used to store weapons.

Frontlines Podcast: The politics of Protective Edge
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Political Reporter Gil Hoffman discusses role of politics in decision making; security expert Emily Landau, human rights advocate Sarit Michaeli discuss international law in war.

Reporter’s notebook: Israelis stranded in Turkey
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Turkey will not let El Al, Israel’s national airline, land at its airports to airlift out its citizens.

Local Jordanian Salafi group pledges allegiance to Islamic State
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – The Islamic State, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has urged jihadist factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance to it.

After his Gaza comments, US Jews demand Turkey’s Erdogan return award
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Turkish PM stated last week that Israeli barbarism has surpassed that of Hitler and that is was perpetrating “systematic genocide” in Gaza.

Comment: UN Human Rights Council’s unbridled hypocrisy toward Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Instead of backing Israel s right to respond to human rights violations by Hamas, the int’l forum in Geneva chose to side with the terrorists.

UNHRC: Empowering Terrorism and Deteriorating Human Rights
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – The international community and Israel works hard to support the people of Gaza, while Hamas betrays them and dooms them to a miserable life.

Netanyahu: Israel is continuing Gaza operation with full force
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Speaking ahead of special cabinet meeting, prime minister says IDF has made substantial gains against Hamas terror infrastructure in Gaza.

When heroes meet
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Doron Almog and Alan Dershowitz connect over defense of the most vulnerable.

Haifa s neighbor
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Spacious, modern apartments can be found in Kiryat Bialik for much lower prices than in the big city.

When they coined the term safe sex, they may not have been referring to a bomb shelter
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – In her second appearance in Tel Aviv, Dr. Ruth expounds on healthy sexual attitudes and loving relationships providing a dose of comic respite from rocket fire.

Egyptian army thwarts two attacks against Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2014 – Egyptian military sources stated that the army shot and killed a suicide bomber on his way to Israel, destroyed vehicle carrying rocket launcher.

The Guardian

In Gaza, Hamas fighters and bases are among civilians. Just like in Israel
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Lines are blurred when a guerrilla war is fought in as dense a place as Gaza but the IDF’s HQ is also surrounded by civilians Israel’s accusation that Hamas is using civilians as human shields has…

Israeli soldiers kill three Palestinian demonstrators in West Bank protest
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Army says it has used ‘riot dispersal means’ against protesters but refuses to comment on live round use Israeli soldiers have shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded about 100 on Thursday in confrontations with…

Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – UN condemns shelling of UNRWA school, saying it asked IDF for time to evacuate civilians, which was not given Gaza crisis: Israeli strike kills at least 15 live updates International scrutiny of Israel’s assault on the…

Commonwealth Games Federation investigating Gaza protest by cyclist
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Azizulhasni Awang had Save Gaza on gloves We have asked Malaysian chef de mission for a report The Commonwealth Games Federation is looking into an apparent political protest by a Malaysian cyclist who competed in gloves…

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict | Daniel Barenboim
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – There can be no military solution. Both sides need to acknowledge the others suffering and their rights I am writing these words as someone who holds two passports Israeli and Palestinian. I am writing them with…

The conflict in Gaza – in pictures
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – As the latest crisis in Gaza enters its 17th day, the violence shows no sign of abating as efforts to broker a ceasefire are intensified by the international community Continue reading…

Holy Warriors review did medieval meddling lead to the ‘war on terror’?
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Shakespeare’s Globe, London David Eldridge’s drama about the fate of the Middle East is bold and ambitious but feels short on detail “What is the Soviet Union?” inquires Richard the Lionheart (John Hopkins) of his mother,…

Gaza crisis: Israeli shells kill at least 15 in UN school compound
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Gaza health official says dead and injured were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at…

Gaza conflict stirs anger and violence in West Bank
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Although there is often a gulf between Palestinians of West Bank and Gaza, the conflict is having a significant impact The main street through the village of Husan, just outside Bethlehem, is still littered with rocks…

Maccabi Haifa v Lille abandoned after pro-Palestinian protesters storm pitch
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Match played in Salzburg was called off before the end Protesters carrying flags fought with players on the pitch A friendly between the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa and the French side Lille was abandoned after pro-Palestinian…

Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – Human rights group B’Tselem will petition Israel’s supreme court after advert was deemed to be ‘politically controversial’ The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of…

UN issues Gaza war crimes warning as flights to Israel resume
The Guardian 24 Jul 2014 – US lifts airline ban, while human rights council in Geneva votes to investigate offensive and Hamas calls for humanitarian truce The UN has said Israel may have committed war crimes in its offensive against Hamas in…

Inter Press Service

Israel s U.S.-Made Military Might Overwhelms Palestinians
IPS The two-week long conflict has claimed the lives of more than 620 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including over 230 women and children, and over 3,700 wounded, while the Israeli death toll is 27 soldiers and two civilians. Credit: Syeda Amina Trust Charity/cc by 2.0 By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jul 23…


Syria News – July 16 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16 , 2014- By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 68 martyrs including 8 women, 6 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 17 in Damascus and its suburbs.16 in…

The Circle of Chaos
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 -There is no greater evidence of chaos enveloping the Middle East than the Libyan foreign minister s inability to attend a meeting of the country s neighbors in Tunis. The meeting went ahead in his absence, and…

Center for Constitutional Rights Condemns Mass Killing, Collective Punishment of Palestinian Civilians in Gaza
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – This aggression is possible only because of unqualified U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military support for the Israeli government s occupation of Palestine and apartheid policies in the region. Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed…

Lessons from Gaza
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Images of death and destruction flood our media as Israel continues its onslaught on the people of Gaza. Every time I turn on my computer the number of dead and wounded has risen and still Netanyahu…

Israeli onslaught shatters western belief that Arabs are source of violence
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Last week I saw that my white American uncle posted something on Facebook. It was an article from some obscure far right-wing news source and it was called “Support the Civilized Man: Defeat the Jihadists.” Lo…

BT indifferent to supporting US drone programme “as long as they pay our bills”
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 -Telecoms firm BT today dismissed questions over its provision of support to the US covert drone programme, stating that it “does not look at what its customers do” with its equipment, and adding that “we sell our…

In Syria, the Enemy of America s Enemy Is Still a Lousy Friend
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – History is being rewritten. Syrian president Bashar Assad is about to emerge as a moderate peacemaker, a warrior against terror, and a secularist bulwark holding Islamist hordes at bay. His violence will be seen as no…

CIA drones kill at least 13 in Pakistan: the bloodiest strike for more than a year
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 -US drones have killed at least 13 people in the bloodiest strike in Pakistan for over a year.The attack reportedly destroyed a house and car in the Datta Khel area early on Wednesday morning. The dead were…

Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country. The…

State Department Responds to Israel s Bombing of Children Playing on Gaza Beach by Blaming Hamas
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Four Palestinian boys, who were from the same family, were targeted and bombed by Israeli military forces while they were playing football (or soccer) on the beach. The boys were killed nearby the Al Deira hotel,…

After Palestinian Unity Deal, Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New “Peace Offensive”?
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – It is widely thought that the flare-up in Israel and the Occupied Territories began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank just more than a month ago. But our guests – author…

BBC shame on you – Demonstrations take place against the BBC s coverage of Gaza and Israel
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Approximately 5,000 protesters gathered outside the British Broadcasting Corporation s (BBC) studios on Tuesday to protest the news outlets coverage of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. The demonstrators chanted BBC shame on you . Protestors…

Those Killed Have Names
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – …Those killed are never named, and we only hear the numbers, in statements connected to the militants the world blames for their deaths. But these people had flesh and blood, they looked like you and me….

Guantanamo nurse refused to participate in “criminal” force-feedings
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed. The incident is thought to be the first case of conscientious objection to force-feeding at Guant·namo since…

PHROC Open Letter to UN Secretary-General on Hostilities in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Dear Mr. Secretary-General, In the context of Israel s ongoing military attack against the occupied Gaza Strip, you recently stated in your address to the distinguished members of the UN Security Council that “[o]nce again, civilians…

Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – The idea that Israel is defending itself against unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity. Despite Israel s withdrawal of settlements and bases in 2005, Gaza remains occupied both in reality and international law,…

Do Dead Bodies In The Street s Of Iraq s Capital Point Towards A Renewed Civil War?
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – …The first thing that stands out is that the number of bodies found has not followed a straight trajectory, but rather has gone up and down and then up again. In January 2014 31 bodies were…

Underlying Motives The Gaza Massacre
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 -Massacre has become a habit. Every two or three years, Israel launches a massive military assault upon largely unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. It did this in December 2008 to January 2009. It did it again in November…

Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City s little harbour just after four o clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously…

For the First Time, A Nurse at Guant·namo Refuses to Take Part in Force-Feedings, Calls Them a “Criminal Act”
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Reprieve, the legal action charity whose lawyers represent a number of prisoners still held at Guant·namo Bay revealed yesterday that a nurse with the US military at the prison “recently refused to force-feed” prisoners “after witnessing…

The Hollywood-style barbarism behind the strategic killing of Palestinians
Uruknet 24 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014 – Beyond the images of dead and maimed children coming out of Gaza, the most repugnant pictures have been of Israelis cheering on the slaughter from a bordering hill. There was a cinema-type atmosphere close to the…

Syria News – July 15 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 23 Jul 2014 – July 15, 2014 – By the end of Tuesday, the coordination committees were able to document 60 martyrs including 4 women, 11 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 18 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 13 in Damascus and its suburbs;…

Lost Voices of Dissent Israel s War Echo Chamber
Uruknet 23 Jul 2014 – July 15, 2014 -For several days now, some of my neighbours have suggested that the time has come to “destroy them”- meaning either Hamas or Palestinians – “once and for all”. The rockets being fired from Gaza clearly do have…

No exit from Gaza: A new war crime?
Uruknet 23 Jul 2014 – July 15, 2014 – ….Leaving aside the debate on causes and justifications, the civilian population of Gaza, estimated to be about 1.7 million with women and children comprising 75% of the total, are trapped in an overcrowded war zone with…

Barbarism Unleashed: Israel s Attack on Civilized Norms
Uruknet 23 Jul 2014 – July 15, 2014 – The following material is excerpted from a column I wrote about Israel s attack on Gaza in June 2006. This column could have also been written about Israel s horrific attacks on Gaza in 2008/2009 and…

Grandmother Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Protest at US Drone Base
Uruknet 23 Jul 2014 – July 15, 2014 – In New York, a peace activist and grandmother has been sentenced to a year in prison for her role in peaceful protests at a base where U.S. drones are piloted remotely. Mary Anne Grady Flores had…

Settlers attempted to kidnap and shoot two young Palestinian children
Uruknet 23 Jul 2014 – July 15, 2014 – Yesterday in the village of Deir Istiya, two young boys, Hasim Abu Zeed (13) and Hathem Yaser Abu Zeed (9) were attacked by Israeli settlers. Every day Hasim and Hathem s family have to cross a…

Gaza families flee Israeli bombing of their homes
Uruknet 23 Jul 2014 – July 15, 2014 – …Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qadra told Al-Monitor that 17 members of the Batsh family were killed by Israeli aircraft when they were bombed in their home, adding that one family member, Zakaria al-Batsh, was…

Daily Star

Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in massive W.Bank clash: security
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man Thursday night during a massive protest in the West Bank, just north of Jerusalem.

Ban “shocked and appalled” by shelling of Gaza school
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he was appalled by the shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday and made a vehement plea for both sides to end the conflict.

First UN aid convoy enters Syria from Turkey
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 A first convoy of humanitarian aid crossed into Syria from Turkey on Thursday under a new UN-authorized plan to send relief without Damascus’ approval.

Gaza truce talks ‘very complicated’: US
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 Diplomatic talks to end the fighting in Gaza as civilian casualties mount are “very complicated,” a US official admitted Thursday, refusing to predict how long they could take.

Spaniards protest against Gaza conflict at Israeli embassy
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 Several hundred protesters demanded a halt to Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza during a peaceful demonstration Thursday outside the Israeli embassy in Madrid.

Kerry to decide soon if parties are willing to agree Gaza ceasefire
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire and will not stay in the region indefinitely, a senior U.S. official said Thursday, in…

Iran gave Hamas its rocket know-how, official boasts
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 Iran provided Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas with the technology it has used to rain down rockets on Israel from Gaza, its parliament speaker said on Thursday.

Lufthansa suspends flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 German flag carrier Lufthansa said Thursday it would continue to suspend flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours over security concerns amid the raging conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Lebanon abolishes illegal wanted lists
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 Lebanon s Cabinet Thursday agreed to abolish lists of individuals put together based on material gathered from informants, a move long sought by residents of the northern city of Tripoli.

Iraq elects president as Ban urges unity to save nation
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 Iraq’s parliament elected a senior Kurdish lawmaker president on Thursday, a significant step in a delayed process to create a government capable of uniting the country and countering insurgents threatening to march on Baghdad.

US congratulates Iraq on electing new president
Daily Star 24 Jul 2014 The United States on Thursday threw its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a “cohesive government” to help fight Islamic militants.

YNet News

Removing tunnel threat not a matter of days
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – Analysis: IDF commanders returning from Gaza’s underground front believe it could take forces two more weeks to complete their mission. ….

The return of the axis of evil
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – Analysis: After Syrian civil war created rift between Hamas, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Gaza conflict may be bringing them all back together. ….

Gaza official: 800 Palestinians killed since Operation Protective Edge first launched
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – ….

Report: Another Palestinian killed by security forces’ fire in Qalandiya
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – ….

Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claim responsibility for shooting at policemen in Qalandiya
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – ….

Cleared for publication: Golani Brigade soldier seriously wounded in Gaza tunnel wall collapse
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – ….

Fireworks shot in neighborhoods of Abu Tor and East Talpiot, no injuries; police on scene
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – ….

How Hamas is dehumanizing the Arab world
YNet News, 24 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: Physician, refugee of South Africa apartheid laments Hamas’ choices and how international media chooses to portray them…..

Rely on deterrence, not on understandings with Hamas
YNet News, 23 Jul 2014 – Analysis: After removing tunnel threat, Israel should take its forces out of Gaza but maintain military freedom of action. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli artillery shells blast UNRWA school killing 15 civilians
PIC – Israeli artillery shells slammed into an UNRWA school in Beit Hanun, north of the Gaza Strip, afternoon Thursday killing 15 civilians and wounding 70 others.

Hamas calls for the immediate opening of Rafah crossing
PIC – Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, has called for the immediate opening of the Rafah border terminal with Egypt to allow entry of aid convoys.

Gaza fuel crisis plunges the Strip into darkness
PIC – Palestinian Energy Authority in Gaza appealed to the Palestinian unity government to provide the Strip with the fuel needed to run Gaza‚¨ “!s power station.

30 Palestinians killed since the morning hours
PIC – At least 30 Palestinians were killed while dozens were injured at dawn Thursday during Israeli airstrikes targeting civilian homes throughout the besieged Strip of Gaza.

Casualties and arrests during clashes in al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces stormed at dawn Thursday a number of neighborhoods southern and northern al-Khalil. Several youths were summoned for investigation in Israeli intelligence headquarters.

UNRWA strongly condemns shelling of its school in Gaza
PIC – UNRWA strongly condemned on Wednesday the Israeli targeting of one of its schools in Gaza, which was sheltering hundreds of displaced civilians.

Jewish rabbi allows killing of civilians, destruction of Gaza
PIC – Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi in Kiryat Arba settlement, has issued an edict a couple of days ago allowing the killing of Palestinian civilians and the total destruction of Gaza.

Malaysia: Aggression on Gaza a crime against humanity
PIC – Malaysian premier Najib Abdul Razak has described the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip as a ‚¨ Scrime against humanity‚¨ ù, and called for its immediate halt.


Israeli Forces Arrest Five Injured Palestinians in Khuza a near Khan Younes
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

UPDATE (2): Death toll Reaches 759, Over 4730 Injuries, on 17th Day of Israeli Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

Minister Condemns Israel s Targeting of Telecommunications and Post Offices in Gaza
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

Ashrawi Expresses Dismay over EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of July 22
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

Israel Arrests 15 in West Bank, Including Ex-Prisoner
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

EU Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

EU Makes ¨ 15.5 Million Contribution to PA’s Payment of July Salaries and Pensions
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

115,000 People in Urgent Need for Food in Gaza, says World Food Program
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014

Suffocations Cases, One Bullet Injury, in Clashes Across Hebron
WAFA – 24 Jul 2014


Official Vents Outrage at Shelling of U.N. Schools in Gaza
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – The United Nations had given the Israeli military precise GPS locations of all 83 schools that were being used as shelters for 141,000 people who had fled their homes.

Iraq Picks New President to Confront Militant Threat
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – Fouad Massoum, a Kurd, was chosen and immediately sworn in amid a growing Sunni insurgency and international calls for a more inclusive government.

Spectators to War, West Bank Residents Hail the Hamas Fight Against Israel
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – Many in the West Bank are cheering Hamas for its armed resistance, and excoriating the Palestinian Authority for its failure to win statehood.

Washington Post Reporter Apparently Detained in Iran
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – A Washington Post correspondent, his Iranian wife and two other Americans were apparently taken into custody on Tuesday.

In Gaza, at Least 16 Die at U.N. School Used as Civilian Shelter
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – A series of explosions at a school that was sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who had fled their homes also wounded many others. The cause was not immediately clear.

Flights to and From Israel Can Resume, Regulators Say
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – American and European air safety officials said Israel had taken adequate safety precautions to allow flights to resume.

At War Blog: In Ukraine, Spent Cartridges Offer Clues to Violence Fueled by Soviet Surplus
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – Samples of cartridge cases gathered by two reporters for The New York Times in eastern Ukraine showed that ammunition for assault rifles used in the clashes originated in plants that once were mainstays of Soviet arms production.

More Than 60 Killed in Attack on Iraqi Prison Convoy
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – Several explosions targeting the convoy north of the capital in the early morning and an ensuing gunfight left more than 60 people dead.

As Much of the World Frowns on Israel, Americans Hold Out Support
New York Times 24 Jul 2014 – The failures of the Arab Spring to spread democracy in the Middle East have left many in America more inclined to side with Israel, which has lost backing elsewhere, analysts say.

Israel Says That Hamas Uses Civilian Shields, Reviving Debate
New York Times 23 Jul 2014 – Israel said it takes precautions to avoid killing civilians but because its adversaries embed forces throughout Gaza, it strikes at targets where large numbers of civilian casualties are likely.

Kerry Claims Progress Toward Gaza Truce, but Hamas Leader Is Defiant
New York Times 23 Jul 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to obtain a cease-fire, after 16 days of fighting that has killed nearly 700 Palestinians, 32 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians.

World Briefing: Egypt: Judge Says Devil United Journalists From Al Jazeera to Destabilize Nation
New York Times 23 Jul 2014 – The judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued last month against Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

World Briefing: Canada: Man Is Charged in Syria Terrorism Case
New York Times 23 Jul 2014 – A 25-year-old from British Columbia has been charged under a new antiterrorism law, accused of joining Islamist fighters in Syria.

Open Source: Foreign Correspondents in Israel Complain of Intimidation
New York Times 23 Jul 2014 – Some Israelis, incensed by reporting on Gaza they call overly sympathetic to Palestinians, have started to take their frustration out on correspondents.

Gaza War, Day 17: Nearly 800 Palestinian Dead, in Most Heinous Massacre to Date, IDF Shells Hit UN School, 16 Civilian Dead
Tikun Olam – Israeli military now confirming it was Israeli tank shells that hit the UN school in Gaza today. Updates here:http://t.co/lRqLYHQWSI Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) July 24, 2014 In one of the most heinous civilian atrocities of the Gaza War , at least four Israeli tank shells struck…

Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza a
Mondoweiss – Yesterday we published a brief account of an apparent massacre in the Palestinian village Khuza a , a village east of Khan Younis and close to the Israeli border in Gaza. That had been sent to Felice Gelman over Facebook and today, Yamen Radwan sent Gelman another brief…

Hamas mimics Hezbollah tactics, and no one will have stability till blockade is lifted
Mondoweiss – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed complete solidarity with the Gazans under attack (Photo: Reuters) In unity , Palestinians say they are in it for the long haul and will not agree to ceasefire conditions that don t include a lifting of Israel s inhumane blockade of Gaza. President…

How Israel militarized social media
Mondoweiss – The Israeli Defense Forces Facebook page Is Israel losing the media war? In the last few days, as Israel continues its bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian death tolls continues to mount, this question has consumed the global media . And most have agreed:…

U.S. casts lonely vote against establishing war crimes inquiry in Gaza
Mondoweiss – UN Human Rights Council vote for Commission of Inquiry on alleged war crimes in Gaza, July 23, 2014. (Photo: Twitter) The U.S. has cast the sole vote against establishing an investigation by the United Nations into war crimes committed in Gaza. Yesterday, the United Nations Human…

Jews Say: End the War on Gaza No Aid to Apartheid Israel!
Mondoweiss – Statement ofJews for Palestinian Right of Return,July22,2014(200initialsigners, endorsing allies forthcoming) OnJuly12,2014, Gaza civil society issued an urgent appeal for solidarity, asking: How many of our lives are dispensable enough until the world takes action? How much of our blood is sufficient? As Jews of conscience, we…

Gaza massacre is generating ideological crisis in American Zionists
Mondoweiss – Bill Kristol, at Rightweb One effect of the Gaza massacre is thatAmerican Zionists have entered a bunker. As our mainstream media conveys overwhelming images of civilian deaths in Gaza, to the point that even our politicians are unnerved by the burden of service for the Jewish…

Avishai says we misrepresented his views
Mondoweiss – Bernard Avishai The other day I did a post saying that Israel was finally alienating the US mainstream media. The post was topped by the picture above of Bernard Avishai, who had described Israel s attack on Gaza as a war crime in The New Yorker. Avishai…

Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
Mondoweiss – The scene after Israel bombed an UNRWA school in 2009. (Photo: Iyad El-Baba/UNRWA/Electronic Intifada) The Israeli military shelled a United Nations Relief Works and Agency (UNRWA) school today, killing and injuring some of the Palestinians who had gathered there after fleeing their homes following Israeli messages…

Berkeley rabbi mounts a soapbox in my living room
Mondoweiss – Rabbi Menachem Creditor Today an obnoxious blog post showed up in my living room via my Facebook feed. A friend commented on a bit of detritus, and, voila, courtesy of the FB algorithm, there it was, staring me in the face. I see the headline ( I m…

Why Israel s legal justifications for Operation Protective Edge are wrong
Mondoweiss – Video of Israeli roof knocking technique in Gaza. On 8 July Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip followed, on 17 July, by an ongoing ground invasion. Reminiscent of Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 to January 2009 and Operation Pillar of Defense in…

Kerry Led Bankrupt, Failed Peace Talks; Now He Wants Bankrupt, Failed Ceasefire
Tikun Olam – I have nothing against John Kerry, really I don t. He served bravely in the anti-war movement in his youth. He seems like an honorable man. But for someone of his presumed intelligence, to become engaged in the Israel-Palestine conflict and do such a bad job at…

Gaza War, Day 17: 720 Palestinian Dead, 32 IDF Soldiers Dead
Tikun Olam – Flight board at Ben Gurion Airports flashes the bad news (AP/Dan Balilty) UPDATE : Israel Army Radio reports that the FAA has lifted its flight ban. FAA confirms this. Haaretz states that Israel offered unspecified security assurances that convinced the federal agency to lift its ban. But…

LOCAL ACTIONS: Gaza Crisis Summer 2014
Jewish Voice for Peace – Find an action in your area sponsored by a JVP chapter To add an event to this list please complete this form . Don’t see your town? Check a list of global protests here . ALBANY, NY Thursday, July 24th at 4:30 pm. More info here ALLENTOWN, PA…

West Bank Gaza protests turn deadly
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – At least two Palestinians have been killed at a march in the West Bank in protests against Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

Jews Join New York Rally Against Israel War in Gaza
The Forward New 24 Jul 2014 – A vocal group Jews joined hundreds in a rally against the war in Gaza in lower Manhattan. They denounced Israel s occupation and the Jewish establishment they say supports it. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: West Bank Gaza protests turn deadly
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – At least two Palestinians have been killed during a West Bank march protesting against Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

US reporter believed held in Iran
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists appear to have been detained in Tehran, the newspaper says.

West Bank Rabbi Issues Ruling Saying Jewish Law Permits Destruction of Gaza
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jul 2014 – Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Israel safe. Click here for the rest of the article…

UN sends ‘unofficial’ aid to Syria
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – The first UN aid shipment to Syria delivered without the consent of the government has arrived in the north of the country.

Israel Spokesman Admits Army ‘Should Have’ Spared Boys Playing Soccer on Gaza Beach
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jul 2014 – A top Israeli spokesman conceded the Israeli military should have been able to tell that four children killed on a Gaza beach were not terrorists. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Soldiers Punished for WhatsApp Leaks of Dead Comrades’ Names
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jul 2014 – The Israeli military said it had detained several soldiers and a civilian on suspicion of leaking Gaza casualty figures over social media before families of the dead or wounded could be formally informed. Click here for the rest of the article…

When Palestinians Live Up to Israel s Moral Example
The Magnes Zionist 24 Jul 2014 – I was sent today a blog post by a self-describedprogressive rabbi entitled, I m Done Apologizing for Israel . After repeating the standard hasbara talking points the rabbi concludes, We must do what we can to protect our people. We have that right. We are not…

Shimon Peres Exits Israel Political Stage After 6 Decades
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jul 2014 – Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in. Click here for the rest of the article…

Germany Warns Against Hate Speech After Imam Calls To ‘Destroy the Zionist Jews’
The Forward New 24 Jul 2014 – Germany is vowing to clamp down on public anti-Semitic language, responding to recent demonstrations and speeches in which protesters called for death to Jews. Click here for the rest of the article…

National Day of Action for Gaza
Rachel Corrie Foundation 24 Jul 2014 – In solidarity with those in Gaza, a demonstration this morning, Thursday July 24, 2014, for National Day of Action for Gaza. If you are in Olympia and looking to participate in today s ongoing events contact elizabeth (at)rachelcorriefoundation.orgor call our office 360-754-3998. Demonstration from 11-2pm…

Egypt: Egypt Aid Convoy Resumes Journey to Gaza
allAfrica.com24 Jul 2014 – [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The Egyptian military intelligence services allowed on Thursday an aid convoy to support Gaza to pass through one of the checkpoints en route to the Palestinian strip, after it was halted briefly at Ismailia.

Gambia: We Condemn Israel for Shooting At Al Jazeera’s Gaza Bureau
allAfrica.com24 Jul 2014 – [The Point]Al Jazeera’s press office has reported that “Al Jazeera’s bureau in Gaza has come under fire”.

El Al Fares Skyrocket 150% as Airlines Cancel Flights to Israel Over Gaza
The Forward New 24 Jul 2014 – Within hours after most foreign airlines flying to Israel suspended flights, fares on El Al skyrocketed. Is it supply-and-demand or wartime price gouging? Click here for the rest of the article…

Zimbabwe: Solidarity March for Palestine
allAfrica.com24 Jul 2014 – [The Herald]Scores of people yesterday converged in the Africa Unity Square in solidarity with Palestinian people who are being bombarded daily by Israeli troops in a brutal military campaign that has claimed hundreds of lives and has been roundly condemned worldwide.The protesters, made up of the…

Africa: Kerry Pushes for Gaza Truce As Fighting Continues
allAfrica.com24 Jul 2014 – [State Department]U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said officials working on a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas have “made some steps forward” toward ending a conflict that has left hundreds of people dead.

Troubling Signs for Israel in New Poll of Americans
The Forward New 24 Jul 2014 – Despite overall strong backing from Americans for Israel s war in Gaza, Hody Nemes reports a new poll includes troubling signs for supporters of the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

Massacre in Gaza Continues, Demonstrations Across Palestine
Palestine Solidarity Project 24 Jul 2014 – Please note, because of the rapidly-developing situation in Palestine, our most up-to-date information is available via our twitter account: @PalestinePSP. Please follow us there for breaking news and updates. Below is a summary of the events thus far. Maan News Agency reports that as of Thursday…

Algeria passenger jet feared crashed
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – A passenger plane carrying 116 people is missing, feared crashed, on a flight from Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital, Algiers.

Shimon Peres steps down, says world peace a “guiding principle” of Israel
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – Israel’s elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defense of the assault in Gaza and a defiant prediction that peace will come “one day” to the region. At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza conflict in which…

Thousands march for Gaza in West Bank, casualties reported
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – Updated at 00:10 pm: Thousands of Palestinians marched in the West Bank on Thursday evening to denounce the deadly Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, Ma an news agency reported. read more

VIDEO: Shelling ‘kills 13 in Gaza shelter’
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – At least 13 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says.

VIDEO: Gaza shelter attack ‘shocking’
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – The charity Save the Children has condemned the attack on a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza which has left at least 13 people dead and more than 200 injured.

Doubts grow over Iraq ‘FGM edict’
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict from the Islamist group controlling a city in Iraq about imposing female genital mutilation.

Criticizing Israel, avoiding Anti-Semitism
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – Can you criticise Israel without being anti-Semitic?

Washington Post reporter, three others said detained in Iran
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – The Washington Post says it has received credible reports that its Iran correspondent Jason Rezaian, his wife Yaganeh Salehi and two unnamed US photojournalists have been detained in Iran.

Israeli forces bomb UNRWA school in Gaza, killing at least 15
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – Updated 9:03 pm: At least 15 people were killed, including a baby, when an Israeli tank shell slammed into a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, Gaza health ministry sources said. The ministry also estimated that at least 200 people were wounded in…

Is al-Qaeda making a move from Afghanistan to Syria?
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Does the appearance of prominent al-Qaeda leadership figures in Syria signal a direct intervention in the conflict?

Hamas military wing to political leaders: we have the final say
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – Abu Ubeida (R), the official spokesperson of the Palestinian militant group Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, give a press conference on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City. Abu Ubeida (R), the official spokesperson of the Palestinian militant group Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed…

Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country’s next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

Reports of ISIS female genital mutilation reportedly false
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – Updated at 7:50 pm: Militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday. The “fatwa” issued by the fighters would potentially…

Substituting the Arab world s international placenta with internal arteries
Al-Akhbar Blogs 24 Jul 2014 – The idea of the international has become a parody of its own self. This is not a recently unearthed fact; just one that comes to my attention every time we wait for verdicts of the international community, apply our massacres to international courts or when international…

Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician president
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – Updated 3:23 pm: Iraq’s parliament on Thursday elected veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as federal president, a move that paves the way for the much-delayed formation of a new government. He succeeds the ailing Jalal Talabani, who returned only five days ago from 18 months of…

40 years after division, future of Cyprus still unclear
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Despite some positive moves, the future is not yet rosy for Cyprus.

UAE pays Hamas hush money after attempting to facilitate Dahlan s return
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows smoke billowing from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on July 10, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Jack Guez) A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows smoke billowing from buildings following an Israeli…

Call to boycott work of Jewish Turkish writer backfires
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Author Mario Levi says although he has been targeted, he has a positive take on these events as it also generated unprecedented support.

All toxic chemicals removed from Syria reach destruction sites
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – All the toxic chemicals removed from Syria under a deal with the Syrian government to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile have been delivered to destruction facilities outside the country, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)…

Deadly ambush on Iraq prison convoy
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – Suicide attackers mount a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy in Iraq, killing 51 prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say.

Stop violence in the name of religion
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Religious leaders unite in a joint appeal against acts of violence in Mosul and across the region.

Air Algerie wreck found in Mali: Burkina Faso army
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jul 2014 – Updated at 10:50 pm: The wreck of an Air Algerie plane that went missing early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, said a coordinator for the crisis unit in Ouagadougou. “We have found the Algerian plane….

Iran dominates Iraqi market after occupation of Mosul
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Doors closed to the markets of Turkey and Syria after militants took the town of Mosul, leading to a jump in prices for consumers, but a surge in imported Iranian goods could plug the gaps.

South Lebanon now ‘quiet’ says outgoing UNIFIL commander
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Outgoing UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra talks about the gains made in Lebanon over the last eight years and future challenges.

Independent Kurdistan far from done deal
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Any future independent Kurdish state will rely heavily on oil, but today, Iraq’s Kurdistan Region finds itself and its oil in a delicate balancing act between regional allies.

Christian leaders express shock at world silence after ISIS expels Iraqi Christians
Al-Akhbar Politics 24 Jul 2014 – Iraqi Christians pray during a mass at the Saint-Joseph church in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on July 20, 2014.(Photo: AFP-Safin Hamed) Iraqi Christians pray during a mass at the Saint-Joseph church in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish…

Tunnel intelligence failure a wake-up call for Israel
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – The magnitude of the Hamas tunnel network was not correctly assessed by the military and caught Israel by surprise, after which the Security Cabinet approved the ground operation, wishing the international community understood Israel’s need to eradicate this threat.

Ayatollah Khamenei calls for armed struggle in West Bank
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Iran’s supreme leader has said that the Israeli and Palestinian people should hold a referendum to decide their fate and that until that happens, the West Bank should begin an armed struggle like Gaza.

The fine line between freedom of speech and treason in Israel
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – When voices flood Israelis from the full ideological spectrum the radical left, the Arab Israelis, the incitement of the extreme right the boundaries of free speech in a democracy need to be defined at times of war.

UAE Twitter activist not guilty but still in custody
Al-Monitor 24 Jul 2014 – Despite being acquitted of the charges against him, Obaid Yousef Al Zaabi remains in custody since December 2013 after being interviewed on CNN about his Twitter activism.

VIDEO: No sleep for family in new Gaza
BBC 24 Jul 2014 – The BBC’s Yolande Knell visits a family in Gaza struggling to maintain their day-to-day lives as the conflict between Hamas and Israel rages.

Fatah s sudden volte-face
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jul 2014 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas adresses journalists as he meets with members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on July 22, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah, after he prayed for the Palestinians who were killed during the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza…

How far can Lebanon s anti-corruption initiatives go?
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jul 2014 – A protestor in Beirut demonstrating against the endemic corruption holds a sign in Arabic saying “A person steals a loaf of bread and they go to jail, a person steals a country and they become a leader.’ (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A protestor in Beirut demonstrating against…

Interview with an international human shield in Gaza
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jul 2014 – Palestinians push a stretcher carrying the body of a member of the al-Qasas family who was killed in an Israeli army shelling on July 21, 2014, as they arrive at the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) Palestinians push a stretcher…

Gaza: Displaced Palestinians forced to leave UNRWA schools
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jul 2014 – Displaced Palestinian children from Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip gather on July 23, 2014 at a UN school in the refugee camp of Jabalia where families fleeing heavy fighting in the besieged Palestinian territory have taken refuge. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Abed) Displaced Palestinian children from…


AP: UN shelter shelled; more than 140,000 displaced
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine7/24/2014
The United Nations today confirmed multiple dead and injured at its shelter in Beit Hanoun, where Gazan families had sought refuge from non-stop Israeli shelling that has killed more than 700 Palestinians, most of them civilians.
Chris Gunness, a spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees, said via Twitter that the agency had earlier today passed the shelter s precise coordinates to the Israeli military. Fearing an attack, UNRWA had tried to coordinate with the Israeli army a window for civilians to leave, but it was never granted, said Gunness.
As reported by AP, the attack comes just hours after UNRWA announced more than 140,000 Palestinians had sought shelter at its facilities from the ongoing Israeli bombardment. That number, based on headcounts at 83 UNRWA facilities, does not include Palestinians forced to seek shelter elsewhere, including on the grounds of Gaza s Al-Shifa Hospital. UNRWA also reports that one Palestinian child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days.
With the percentage of displaced likely approaching 10 percent of Gaza s population this in a territory where refugees are already the majority humanitarian workers are calling the impact of Operation Protective Edge unprecedented. Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, told +972 that Israel s Operation Cast Lead, which was launched in December 2008 and caused the deaths of more than 1,400 Palestinians, was a joke compared to this, referring to the now 18-day Israeli assault by air, sea, and land.
As news of the Beit Hanoun attack broke, Israel showed no sign of scaling back its ground invasion or airstrikes. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya alon said yesterday that Israeli troops are preparing for the next stages of battle once the tunnels have been taken care of. more..e-mail

The largest West Bank protest in decades
972 blog, +972 Magazine7/25/2014
Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem march against the war in Gaza, in the largest such protest in years. At least three were killed.
At least three Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem late Thursday night, as thousands of Palestinians marched from Ramallah to the Qalandia checkpoint, which separates Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The protest was the largest in the West Bank in years according to some Palestinian activists, the largest in decades and quickly spread to East Jerusalem, where police were said to be clashing with protesters in the Old City, Silwan, and other neighborhoods. Protests were also reported in Nablus and Bethlehem.
According to Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, Palestinian ambulances, blaring their horns, were streaming in the opposite direction of the march, evacuating protesters wounded by Israeli fire at the checkpoint.
The protest came during Laylat al-Qadr, the 27th night of Ramadan and the holiest night of the year for Muslims. According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel Police Micky Rosenfeld said that hundreds of officers would be stationed around the Old City during Friday prayers, and that no Arabs under 50 would be permitted to enter Damascus Gate.
Earlier Thursday, Hamas political bureau head Khaled Meshaal said Hamas was prepared to sign a ceasefire agreement with Israel, as long as Israel s siege of Gaza is lifted. In comments made from Qatar, Meshaal underlined that he also wants Gaza s border with Egypt to be opened.more..e-mail

The bread of adversity and the water of affliction
Niv Hachlili / Ha-Makom, +972 Magazine7/24/2014
At the end of a day of fasting, SodaStream factory workers were provided with meager and unsuitable food. When they dared to complain, they were fired immediately.
Wednesday, July 2, was especially tense. The funerals for the three murdered Israeli teenagers, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach had taken place the day before. Gangs of rioters were already roaming the streets of Jerusalem, and Ramadan was entering its third day. It was 8 p.m. and the night shift workers at the SodaStream factory in Mishor Adumim (the industrial zone of the Israeli settlement of Ma ale Adumim) headed to the dining room for their first meal after 16 hours of fasting.
Ahmed Nasar Al-Adin, a worker in the metal quality assurance department at the factory recounts that on the first and second day of Ramadan the food was entirely fine, but that on that night, when the approximately 40 shift workers arrived tired and hungry, they discovered that instead of the five trays of food that were supposed to be in the cafeteria, there were only two trays, one with a little bit of schnitzel and the other with chicken that was both appalling and insufficient for all the workers.
They decided to contact the supervisor of the cafeteria, who was absent that night, contrary to the previous days. We spoke to him and he said that this is what there is. Whoever wants to, will eat; whoever doesn t, won t eat. This is what there is. The workers also turned to the shift supervisor in the factory, who gave them the same answer.
SodaStream is a successful company that is working toward obtaining a significant portion of the global drink market and is trying to brand itself as an ethical and green company. At the beginning of the year SodaStream became embroiled in a public scandal when it hired the actress Scarlett Johansson to advertise its brand worldwide….more..e-mail

How US policies sealed Iraq s fate
Dahr Jamail, Asia Times7/22/2014
For Americans, it was like the news from nowhere. Years had passed since reporters bothered to head for the country we invaded and blew a hole through back in 2003, the country once known as Iraq that our occupation drove into a never-ending sectarian nightmare. In 2011, the last US combat troops slipped out of the country, their heads “held high”, as President Barack Obama proclaimed at the time, and Iraq ceased to be news for Americans.
So the headlines of recent weeks – Iraq Army collapses! Iraq’s second-largest city falls to insurgents! Terrorist Caliphate established in Middle East! – couldn’t have seemed more shockingly out of the blue. Suddenly, reporters flooded back in, the Bush-era neocons who had planned and supported the invasion and occupation were writing op-eds as if it were yesterday, and Iraq was again the story of the momen
t as the post-post-mortems began to appear and commentators began asking: How in the world could this be happening?
Iraqis, of course, lacked the luxury of ignoring what had been going on in their land since 2011. For them, whether Sunnis or Shiites, the recent unraveling of the army, the spread of a series of revolts across the Sunni parts of Iraq, the advance of an extremist insurgency on the country’s capital, Baghdad, and the embattled nature of the autocratic government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki were, if not predictable, at least expectable. And as the killings ratcheted up, caught in the middle were the vast majority of Iraqis, people who were neither fighters nor directly involved in the corrupt politics of their country, but found themselves, as always, caught in the vice grip of the violence again engulfing it.
An Iraqi friend I’ve known since 2003, living in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, emailed me recently. He had made it through the sectarian bloodletting of 2006-2007 in which many of his Sunni compatriots were killed or driven from the capital, and this is the picture he painted of what life is now like for him, his wife, and their small children….more..e-mail

Why is US holding Palestinian charity workers in “little Gitmos”?
Electronic Intifada: 24 Jul 2014 – Lawyers argue that the Communication Management Unit regime flouts US ban on cruel punishment.more..

In photos: Palestinians in West Bank and Israel protest Gaza slaughter
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jul 2014 – Three Palestinians slain in West Bank since beginning of Gaza assault and more than one thousand arrested by occupation forces.more..

Ending Zionism is a feminist issue
Electronic Intifada: 24 Jul 2014 – We shouldn t be surprised that Israeli analysts have urged the rape and murder of Palestinian women.more..

the noble Mads Gilbert: Dr Mads Gilbert Doctor in Gaza from Norway Exposes & Slams Israel America & UK!
In Gaza: 24 Jul 2014 – He highlights the current dire situation all around and in the hospitals, and he says what I always say: Palestinian Samoud (resilience) is endless. Their bravery is unending. I don t meet revenge feelings among the Palestinians, I meet people who say let us have peace, we have the right to defend ourselves but we want peace& And to get peace, there must be a willingness from Israel to talk without preconditions& . Filed under: Zionists attacks on Gaza , Zionsts wars on Gazamore

Israel s Genocide in Gaza will Achieve No Goal
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jul 2014 – By Ahmed Meiloud For over two weeks, the Gaza strip (already besieged for the past 7 years) has been subjected to continuous bombardment from air and sea. This is the third war to be waged on the strip in the span of 5 years and it is more than likely going to be the deadliest. Approximately 800 Gazans, mostly children and women, have already been murdered. In the past 10 days, the Israelis have added their ground force to the fire power, using heavy caliber artillery and tanks to shell the densely populated strip, compounding the suffering of the population and increasing the scope and space of its ongoing massacre. For those living in Gaza, language cannot depict the scale of the tragedy. Many families have lost all or most of their members. As one health official in Gaza said, Entire families have been wiped out of the civil record. …more

Gaza, Israel and Human Shields
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jul 2014 – By Sarah Gillespie What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the second word war, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemy s humanity. It appeals to the compassion and mercy of the combatant that they not slaughter the innocent in order to avenge their target. The shield is not the human bodies surrounding the guilty party, the shield is the clemency that mankind instinctively affords the innocent. The shield evaporates only when confronted by an enemy who is not merely a fellow soldier locked in a power battle, but a psychopath unconcerned with the pain of others. Such is the case with the Hamas. They are faced with an enemy who is willing to obliterate pregnant women, babies, kids, handicapped people, schools and crowded hospitals in order to smash their target. The Israelis repeatedly demonstrate a pathological disregard for…more

The Palestinian Right and the Naive Left
Dissident Voice: 24 Jul 2014 – I just read a piece by the antiwar activist and writer David Swanson who I usually find to be quite right-on. But his recent piece left me scratching my head. What was Swanson smoking when he wrote The Palestinian Right and the American Left ? He begins: Chris Hedges says that Palestinians have the right to self-defense in the form of rockets, without including any consideration of whether the rockets make the Palestinians more or less defended. There is, after all, a reasonable argument that the rockets are counter-productive and endangering, rather than protecting, Palestine. I agree with Hedges, and I have stated so many times. 1 , 2 As for Swanson s reasonable argument, my question is what is this reasonable argument? Nowhere in his essay does he provide an argument only assertion that this self-defense is counter-productive or endangering. Even Swanson admits to having no argument or…more

International Anger Mounts Against Israel
Dissident Voice: 23 Jul 2014 – You take my water Burn my olive trees Destroy my house Take my job Steal my land Imprison my father Kill my mother Bomb my country Starve us all Humiliate us all But & I am to blame: I shot a rocket back. Placard first seen in Gaza, 2012 The most moral army in the world from the only democracy in the Middle East has attacked hospitals, a home for the disabled, a geriatric hospice, demolished five mosques, razed entire neighbourhoods, erased entire families the youngest so far just three days old if you do not count the unborn, as in the case of twenty nine year old Samar A
l Hallaq killed with her two sons, aged four and five, other members of her family and carrying her third child. Her husband was critically injured. Yet again a war is declared against children and the young….more

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