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Israel violates ceasefire by shooting Palestinian; agrees to extend ceasefire until Sunday
IMEMC – Naim Abdul Aziz Abu Zaher, 36, was shot to death by Israeli forces east of Deir al-Balah around 9 pm Saturday, two hours before the temporary ceasefire was scheduled to end. Two other Palestinians died of their wounds early Sunday morning. …New Reports Show That Murder of 3 Israeli Teenage Settlers Was Not Carried Out by Hamas
IMEMC – The alleged kidnapping and murder of three Israeli settlers, in late June, was the oft-cited reason for Israel s escalation against the Hamas government in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. But new evidence indicates that Hamas was not responsible at all for the murders, according to reporters who spoke with Israeli police. …
Temporary Ceasefire Extended Additional 4 Hours, Until 11 pm; Over 135 Bodies Recovered
IMEMC – During the brief halt in Israeli bombardment on Saturday, Palestinian residents and medics have managed to retrieve the bodies of 135 Palestinians, mainly in Shuja eyya, whose deaths had previously gone unreported because their whereabouts were unknown. Around 7 pm, Israeli officials announced that they would hold off on the resumption of bombardment of Gaza until 11 pm. …
Remains of 85 Palestinians Located Under Rubble of Bombarded Homes
IMEMC – Despite being attacked by the army, medics and rescue teams managed to locate the remains of 85 Palestinians, mainly women and children, buried under rubble of homes and buildings previously bombarded and leveled to the ground by Israeli missiles and shells, in different parts of the Gaza Strip. …
Just Before 12-hour Temporary Ceasefire Begins, 19 from One Family Killed in Israeli Airstrike
IMEMC – As in the two previous temporary truces since the Israeli assault on Gaza began July 8th, Israeli forces stepped up their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the hours leading up to the time of the scheduled ceasefire. On Saturday morning, as the 7 am temporary ceasefire start time was approaching, an Israeli airstrike hit a three-story home housing a number of families who had fled from their homes destroyed in Khuza a, on Thursday. …
12-hour Ceasefire to Begin at 7 AM Saturday
IMEMC – Hamas and Israel have officially announced a 12-hour ceasefire to take begin at 7am, on Saturday morning, as today’s toll of human life in the Gaza Strip topped 67. As the sun set over Gaza, at least 14 have been killed by Israeli forces, according to Ma’an. …
Nearly 300 Jerusalemites Detained Since Early July
IMEMC – As Israel continues its ongoing sweep of arrests and abductions inhttp://www.btselem.org/topic/jerusalem, police said in statement on Wednesday that they have arrested 295 Jerusalemites, and submitted indictments against 71 of them, since the beginning of July. …
Ministry of Health: Medical Facilities, Personnel a Red Line
IMEMC – Press Release Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine …
ISM Update: Medical Teams Under Fire
IMEMC – As Israel targets the wounded, international volunteers to stay at al-Shifa hospital At 19:00 Beit Hanoun Hospital was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Inside the hospital are 61 medical staff, three patients, civilians, and ISM volunteers who are all trapped inside. Israeli soldiers are in the area, approximately 150 meters behind the hospital. Gunfire can be heard in the area. …
As Israeli Aggression On Gaza Escalates, Ten Palestinians Killed In The West Bank
IMEMC – Protests Spread Across the West Bank Tens of thousands of Palestinians held massive protests in the West Bank Friday against the ongoing Israeli aggression on the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, and the death of hundreds of civilians, including infants and children. Israeli soldiers shot and killed ten Palestinians, and wounded hundreds, some suffering life-threatening injuries, in less than 12 hours. …
Gaza death toll surpasses 1,000 as bodies recovered
7/27/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip rose to over 1,000 on Saturday amid a brief truce, as some 135 bodies were pulled from the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israeli attacks throughout the besieged coastal enclave, medics said. The bodies were found on the 19th day of Israel’s assault on Gaza, during a 12-hour truce…. Related:Amid Gaza ceasefire calm, 147 dead bodies found
Israel warns displaced Gazans not to return home on threat of death
7/27/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli army on Saturday warned Palestinians who have fled their homes since the beginning of the ground assault not to return, stressing that the army would not hesitate to use force against them. The warning came as thousands returned to see the area and remove their possessions from destroyed homes, amid a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire set to expire….
Amid Gaza ceasefire calm, 147 dead bodies found
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — No sooner had the 12-hour ceasefire began on Saturday morning, than Gazans hurried to look for survivors and dead bodies buried under the rubble of thousands of homes destroyed by Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling. Ambulances, rescue teams, and families fanned out across the coastal enclave to search for the injured and for loved ones, particularly in the eastern…. Related:Gaza death toll surpasses 1,000 as bodies recovered
Report: Israel agrees to extend truce for 24 hours
7/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s security cabinet late Saturday voted to extend the humanitarian truce with Gaza militants for 24 hours, media reported. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on its website that after being pressed by the UN, Israel agreed to halt airstrikes and shellings on the Gaza Strip until midnight Sunday, but would continue locating and destroying tunnels. The report said the….
Entire Gaza family killed prior to ceasefire, as death toll tops 985
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The bodies of 85 Palestinians buried under the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israel have been recovered since the beginning of a 12-hour ceasefire Saturday morning at 8 a. m. , as medical authorities accessed areas that had been off-limits due to shelling. Minutes before the humanitarian ceasefire went into effect in Gaza on Saturday morning, meanwhile, an Israeli airstrike….
Israeli colonel says destroying Gaza tunnels could take another week
7/26/2014 – EIN HASHLOSHA, Israel (AFP) — An Israeli colonel likens the hunt for tunnels dug by Palestinian militants from the coastal enclave of Gaza to the work of a detective, saying that destroying them all could last another week.”Finding these tunnels is like a detective trying to solve a murder with a number of clues. There are several pieces to the puzzle, including intelligence and technology….
Shell-shocked residents return to find Shujaiyya in rubble
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — As if struck by an earthquake, vast swathes of the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyya have been reduced to rubble, with unknown numbers of burnt and decaying bodies buried below. As a 12-hour ceasefire took effect Saturday, survivors began to venture out of their homes to survey what was left, while those who had fled cautiously returned to….
Al-Aqsa Brigades opens fire on Qalandia, injuring Israeli soldiers
7/26/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade early Thursday claimed responsibility for opening fire on Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint, launching a gun battle that they say wounded a number of Israeli soldiers. The attack came a day after the largest march since the Second Intifada took place at the checkpoint, where more than 20,000 gathered to protest the ongoing assault on…. Related:PRC claims to have killed Israeli soldier near Nablus
PRC claims to have killed Israeli soldier near Nablus
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades said on Saturday that its fighters shot and killed an Israeli soldier near Nablus in the northern West Bank. In a statement released from Gaza, the group said that fighters with the group opened fire at an Israeli military jeep “from a close distance at the Itamar settlement…. Related:Al-Aqsa Brigades opens fire on Qalandia, injuring Israeli soldiers
Israeli army: Number of soldiers killed in Gaza offensive rises to 40
7/26/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army said in a statement Saturday that the number of soldiers killed during Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza had risen to 40.”Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 40 IDF (army) officers and soldiers have been killed,” the statement said. [END]
Israeli forces kill man in Deir al-Balah, shell eastern Rafah
7/27/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot a man dead and shelled the southern Gaza Strip late Saturday, amid reports that a humanitarian ceasefire had been extended for four hours until midnight. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, said in a statement that Naem Abd al-Aziz Abu Thaher, 36, was shot dead by Israeli forces in eastern Deir al-Balah. A Ma…. Related:TV: Israel approves 4-hour extension of Gaza truce
Islamic Jihad media coordinator killed along with his 3 children
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike early Friday killed the official in charge of the media department of Islamic Jihad’s military wing, along with three of his children. The Islamic Jihad movement confirmed on Friday that Salah Ahmad Abu Hasanein, 45, nicknamed Abu Ahmad, was killed along with his sons 15-year-old Abd al-Aziz, 12-year-old Hadi and 9-year-old Abd….
Gazans dig dead from rubble in scenes of war devastation
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Not a stone is left standing at the Najjar family home in southern Gaza. Yesterday it was a three-story building, today medics dug 22 bodies of out the crater where it once stood. The scene was one repeated across the Gaza Strip on Saturday, as desperate residents ventured out during a fragile 12-hour truce only to be met with evidence of….
Israel resumes shelling near Rafah in southern Gaza
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Ma’an reporter in Gaza said that Israeli forces shelled an area east of Rafah late Saturday amid reports of an extension of a humanitarian ceasefire by four hours. [END]
Israeli army announces death of 2 soldiers
7/26/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army on late Saturday said two soldiers who had been wounded in Gaza in recent days had died of their wounds, bringing the number of soldiers killed since the beginning of the ground invasion to 42. [END]
Gaza 12-hour humanitarian truce enters into force
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — A 12-hour ceasefire entered into force between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip at 8 a. m. on Saturday, the 19th day of a conflict that has killed more than 800 Palestinians. Israel and Hamas said they would observe the temporary ceasefire, after US Secretary of State John Kerry was unable to reach a lasting truce during talks Friday in….
Diplomats in Paris call for extension to 12-hour Gaza truce
7/26/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East gathered in Paris Saturday called for an extension to a temporary ceasefire currently in force between Israel and Hamas. Both sides have agreed to a 12-hour “humanitarian” truce in Gaza that started on Saturday morning, putting a brief stop to a conflict that has killed nearly 1,000…. Related:TV: Israel approves 4-hour extension of Gaza truce
Palestinian minister injured during Qalandia rally
7/26/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics Ola Awad was shot and injured in the foot on Thursday night during a rally in solidarity with Gaza at Qalandia checkpoint on Thursday night. Local sources told Ma’an that Awad and her son took part in the rally, which marched from al-Amari refugee camp to Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and….
Clashes in al-Arrub as mourners bury man slain by Israeli forces
7/26/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces near Hebron on Saturday as mourners buried a man who was shot by Israeli forces that day before, a Ma’an reporter said. The clashes broke out after mourners participated in funeral march for Eid Abd al-Kadir Fadhelat, who was killed Friday during a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive. Palestinians….
TV: Israel approves 4-hour extension of Gaza truce
7/27/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s security cabinet has approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, prolonging an initial 12-hour ceasefire until midnight, Israeli television reported on Saturday. Israel’s Channel 10 said the extension had been approved less than two hours before the temporary ceasefire was due to expire. The decision came after US Secretary of State John Kerry and…. Related:Report: Israel agrees to extend truce for 24 hoursandIsraeli forces kill man in Deir al-Balah, shell eastern Rafah
Gaza banks open during ceasefire
7/26/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestine Monetary Authority said on Saturday that orders have been given to all Gaza banks to open their doors during the 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire that will continue until 8 p. m. In a statement, the PMA said that banks had been receiving customers since the morning hours. Banks in Gaza have been closed for the majority of the….
Israeli media: Rocket sirens heard amid reports of truce extension
7/26/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported Saturday that minutes after a temporary humanitarian ceasefire expired, rocket sirens were heard in southern Israel and Gaza militants fired mortar shells across the border. Mortar shells hit open areas in Eshkol Regional Council, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on its website. Additionally, rocket sirens went off in the south of Israel, the report said. Just before 10:00…. Related:Israel resumes shelling near Rafah in southern Gaza
Clashes at banned pro-Palestinian Paris protest, 70 arrested
7/26/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — French police arrested 70 people at a banned pro-Palestinian protest in central Paris on Saturday that degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and armor-clad riot squads. The rally had drawn 4,000 people to the capital’s Place de la Republique, the interior ministry said, while organizers put the turnout at 10,000. Police who stepped in to disperse the rally responded with tear gas….
Mortar attack kills 4 children in Egypt’s Sinai
7/26/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Four children were killed on Saturday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula when a mortar round hit their home, in an apparent attack by militants targeting soldiers, security officials said. The attack took place in the northern Sinai town of el-Joura, believed to be a bastion of Islamist militants who have killed scores of police and soldiers over the past year. Four people….
Hamas calls Israel truce terms ‘unacceptable’
AlJazeera 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinian group says ceasefire should include withdrawal of Israeli troops and deal for residents to return to homes.
Egypt summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan slur
AlJazeera 26 Jul 2014 – Cairo warns of further action in protest against Turkish PM’s criticism of Egypt’s stance on Gaza.
On the 19th Day of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Before Declaration of Humanitarian Truce, Israeli Forces Escalated Att…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Settlers break in to Palestinian home, Palestinians arrested
7/26/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Israeli settlers in the H2 (under full Israeli military civil and security control)area of Hebron, forced entry into a basement and passage connected to the home of a Palestinian, Abed Sider, which is bordered by a sealed off building now occupied by settlers at around 15:00 on July 24th. Four International Solidarity Movement (ISM)activists arrived following a….
occupied Palestinian territory: Israel extends humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to Sunday night
Relief Web 26 Jul 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/26/2014 21:20 GMT JERUSALEM, July 26, 2014 (AFP) – Israel is extending a humanitarian ceasefire in its military campaign in Gaza for another 24 hours, to Sunday night, a government official said. The…
occupied Palestinian territory: Despite Humanitarian Truce, IOF Target Medical Personnel and Ambulances and Obstruct their Movement Five Ambulance Personnel Killed by IOF since the Start of OPE
Relief Web 26 Jul 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory A humanitarian truce was announced last night and started at 8 am today, Saturday 26 July 2014. It comes after 18 days of continuous armed attacks on the Gaza…
occupied Palestinian territory: Humanitarian Truce Reveals Vast Destruction in Several Areas in Gaza , Al Mezan: Death Toll Reaches 966 Palestinians: 77% Civilian; 210 Children; and 114 Women
Relief Web 26 Jul 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory A humanitarian truce for twelve hours was announced last night and entered into effect at 8 am today, Saturday, 26 July 2014. Medical and rescue teams have been working…
occupied Palestinian territory: U.A.E.’s Red Crescent sends 6 trucks of medical aid to Gaza
Relief Web 26 Jul 2014 – Source: Government of the United Arab Emirates Country: occupied Palestinian territory The U.A.E.’s Red Crescent (ERC) has provided its field hospital in Gaza Strip with six trucks of medical aid to help treat the Palestinians injured in the on-going attack…
occupied Palestinian territory: Refugees return to destroyed neighbourhoods during Gaza truce
Relief Web 26 Jul 2014 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Noah Browning BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip, July 26 (Reuters) – Palestinian refugees from Israel’s Gaza offensive emerged from shelters as a brief truce began on Saturday to find many neighbourhoods destroyed…
Iraq militants blow up Shiite shrine
The National 26 Jul 2014 – The shrine was a memorial to the prophet Seth, who is revered by Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
Ramadan highlights divisions in China s Muslim community
The National 26 Jul 2014 – China’s Muslims are not treated equally, writes Hannah Gardner
Filipino Muslims prepare zakat for less fortunate at homeFilipino Muslims help needy back home
The National 26 Jul 2014 – Filipino Muslims in Abu Dhabi who are preparing to celebrate Eid are being urged to donate a portion of their salaries as zakat.
Gazans return during brief ceasefire to find homes destroyed
The National 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinians tried to salvage what they could from among the remains of their homes during a brief ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, writes Hugh Naylor
MH17: Human remains still at crash site
The National 26 Jul 2014 – The majority of the 298 people killed when the plane was apparently shot down by a missile were Dutch, but there were also 28 Australian nationals and nine permanent residents on-board.
Muslims pray in Gaza church as bombs fall ahead of Eid
The National 26 Jul 2014 – Christians have been respectful of Muslim worshippers as they take refuge in a Gaza church.
Israeli military give media tour of Gaza tunnels
The National 26 Jul 2014 – But its entrance in Khan Yunis was uncovered this week during the Israeli ground operation launched on July 17.
Afghan vote audit suspended again over disagreement
The National 26 Jul 2014 – The inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 run-off was agreed by rival candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani following a deal brokered two weeks ago by the US secretary of state John Kerry.
An Israeli fashion designer makes a dazzling debut
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
High-tech firms come home again to central Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Q&A with Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Now it s time for diplomacy
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Most foreign carriers resuming flights to Tel Aviv following brief ban
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
In Tel Aviv, thousands protest against the Gaza operation
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Kerry’s latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking?
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
What the U.S. military can and cannot learn from the IDF’s Gaza operation
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Two Palestinians reportedly assaulted by Jewish mob in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
The shaming of John Kerry and the downturn in the battle for Israel s image
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Thousands protest Gaza operation in Paris, some with Nazi-like ‘quenelle’ salute
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Hundreds protest Gaza operation in Paris, some with reverse Nazi salute
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Ukraine presses assault on rebel-stronghold after Malaysian airliner shot down
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
The rocket that disrupted Ben-Gurion flights: An Israel Air Force mistake
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
A real war is underway in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2014
Thousands of New Yorkers protest against Israel’s operation in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2014
In Gaza, Israel’s Facebook generation fights well
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2014
LIVE UPDATES: Israel agrees to extend pause in fighting until midnight Sunday
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2014
Police opens criminal investigation against MK Zoabi for incitement
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2014
Full text: Shimon Peres’ farewell address to the Knesset
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2014
Israel votes to extend humanitarian cease-fire with Gaza by 24 hours
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Israel wary of cease-fire that does not allow IDF to continue operating against tunnels or ensure Hamas rockets are dismantled; as cease fire ended, UN asks Israel to agree to another 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire.
IDF protectors of a nation s ideology
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Our soldiers are fighting for the distinct merit to be able to protect that which is most important and precious to us.
How many times must we go through this?
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Why do world leaders take every opportunity to set alarms and ask for wake-up calls when Israel only Israel hits back at Hamas terrorists?
Trampled in Abraham s dust: The destruction of Near Eastern Christianity
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Killings and lootings in Christian neighborhoods continue unabated, with impunity, in Iraq, in Egypt, and elsewhere.
Beduin under fire
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Cynical agitators are not interested in protecting innocent civilians. They will exploit any pretext to fan the flames of discord to serve their ends.
Anja Marquardt takes command of She s Lost Control
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – A first-time director dives headfirst into the controversial yet little known trade of sex surrogacy.
Levontin 7 hits 8
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – On average, the club hosts around 60 shows a month, covering everything from rock to electronica, pop to free-flowing improvised music.
Thousands gather in Tel Aviv to protest 19-day offensive in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Police officers block off right-wing protesters, and arrest at least five; protesters dispersed after Hamas fires rockets at Israel after 8 p.m.
Hamas spokesperson: We did not agree to extension of cease-fire until midnight
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Israel earlier agreed to extension of 12 hour humanitarian cease-fire that began at 8:00 a.m. for an additional four hours; three rockets fired at Israel just after 8 p.m.
New anti-Israel demonstration takes place in Paris despite government ban
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – 1,200 police officers are spread out across intended route of rally; young Jewish boy beaten in suburban Paris ahead of demonstration.
Three more Israeli soldiers dead, bringing toll to 40
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Military identifies First Lieutenant Roy Peles, Staff Sgt. Avraham Grintzvaig, Staff Sgt. Gal Bason as latest casualties on Israeli side.
Don’t worry Israel, Joan Rivers is behind you
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – “If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out” iconic comedian says.
Gazans tenuously emerge amid temporary cease-fire
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinians sift through rubble, leave for day to shop for provisions and check home during pause in fighting.
Egypt-Turkey relations: Egypt to summon Turkish envoy over Erdogan’s Palestinian remarks
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Turkish PM accused Egypt of lacking a sincere approach to the Palestinian issue; Erdogan last month called Egypt’s Sisi an “illegitimate tyrant.”
The intelligence picture: Hamas searching for a ‘victory picture’
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – As Hamas watches two years of war preparations be destroyed, it may attempt its largest-scale rocket attack on Israel to date as the terror group searches for an image of achievement it can present to the people of Gaza.
The UN, Hamas, and Alice in Wonderland
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – The UN Human Rights Council s vote to launch an international inquiry into alleged Israeli war crimes in Occupied Palestinian Territory has a distinct quality of dÈj‡-vu.
Turkey, citing cease-fire, lifts Israel flight ban
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – In light of 12-hour halt in fighting, aviation authority in Turkey permits flight to resume to Ben-Gurion Airport.
Gal Gadot, Bar Refaeli express support for IDF troops in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Israel’s reigning beauties send messages of backing to IDF soldiers engaged in fighting with Hamas.
An uplifting experience
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Miyazaki s The Wind Rises will raise your spirits.
Grapevine: Broza to light up Masada
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – News briefs from around Israel.
Decoding the luster of life
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Jerusalemite Mindy Weisel crosses over from the world of painting to glassworks, with an exhibition at the Eretz Israel Museum.
Protesters across Muslim world denounce Israel in al-Quds Day rallies
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Demonstrators call for “Death to Israel” and “Death to American” while expressing solidarity with Palestinians.
In Memoriam: The 37 IDF soldiers who gave their lives to protect Israel
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Israel mourns the deaths of the 37 soldiers and officers killed in action in Operation Protective Edge.
12-hour hiatus in fighting tentatively takes effect in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2014 – Israel, Palestinian groups agree to abide by temporary humanitarian cease-fire; IDF to continue searching for terror tunnels amid pause in hostilities.
Two more Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza, bringing IDF death toll to 37
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2014 – Military identifies St.-Sgt. Guy Boyland, 21, and other unnamed soldier as latest fallen on Israeli side.
Thousands take to NY streets to protest Israeli offensive in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2014 – Waving Palestinian flags and signs condemning Israel for the offensive, many called for an end to US aid to the country.
Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinians appear dazed by level of damage as they check homes, retrieve possessions and search for bodies of relatives Thousands of people in Gaza have ventured out from homes and shelters during a 12-hour ceasefire to…
Labor may consult other nations about recognising a Palestinian state
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – Party’s NSW branch adopts resolution, moved by former foreign minister Bob Carr, critical of Israeli settlements A future Labor government may consult like-minded nations about recognising a Palestinian state, after the New South Wales branch of…
Israel’s argument for war against Palestine ignores the context | Dahlia Scheindlin
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – For Israel, this is a war against Hamas that started a few weeks ago. Outsiders increasingly see it as war against Gaza for years, and against Palestinians for decades Protective Edge, the war between Israel and…
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a war of equals as some suggest | Sami Abdel-Shafi
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – My pet cat here in Gaza has more freedom than the Palestinians, such is the subhuman treatment meted out to them As Israeli air force bombs fell over Gaza City one recent evening, Snowy, the white…
Israeli-Palestinian crisis: why this latest conflict cannot be considered a sideshow | Rosemary Hollis
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – The twists and turns of political animosities, sectarian rivalries and territorial disputes in the Middle East over many decades now include further unravellings of the regional order as new forces take hold. The enduring Israeli-Palestinian conflict…
A pause in the bombing by Israeli forces and the ruins of Gaza are laid bare
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – Repeated shelling has inflicted a terrible reality on Palestinians as they try to salvage something from shattered homes and lives In the dangerous streets around the hospital in Beit Hanoun, the buildings were, by and large,…
Gaza violence sparks global protests – in pictures
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – As Palestinians are granted a 12-hour ceasefire , people in Tehran, London, Paris, Islamabad and other cities around the world have been protesting against the Israeli attacks on Gaza Continue reading…
Gaza crisis: Israelis and Palestinians observe 12-hour ceasefire
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – Israeli tank shells reportedly kill 18 members of one family shortly before truce begins and Palestinians pour into streets A 12-hour humanitarian truce has begun after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed…
Gaza and Israel begin 12-hour ceasefire – video
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – A UN-agreed halt to fighting between Israel and Hamas begins on Saturday morning. Israel’s military says it will adhere to the ceasefire unless attacked, but would continue searching tunnels used by militants. Gaza’s health ministry says…
Gaza ceasefire takes hold – in pictures
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – As a temporary 12-hour ceasefire comes into force in Gaza, Palestinians take to the ruined streets to survey the damage to their homes, find missing loved ones and locate scarce supplies Continue reading…
Israels fears are real, but this Gaza war is utterly self-defeating | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinians and Israelis are saddled with leaders who with every move make their people less, not more, secure An old foreign correspondent friend of mine, once based in Jerusalem, has turned to blogging. As the story…
Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt s Food Production
IPS Fish cages on the Nile River. Experts are calling for a more holistic approach to aquaculture. Credit: Cam Mcgrath/IPS By Cam McGrath CAIRO, Jul 26 2014 (IPS) Less than four percent of Egypt s land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River…
The terrible price the children of Gaza are paying
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – …This is not the first time that Israeli forces have struck civilians on the Gazan coastline. On July 11, an Israeli attack on the Fun Time Beach cafe near the city of Khan Yunis killed nine…
When Strength is Weakness Israel s Heart of Darkness
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – ….A noticeable change has occurred in Israel since its bombardment of Gaza in 2008/9, what I have termed the Christmas bombing of imprisoned civilians caught in a steel net surrounding their sliver of land, a change…
As war rages in Gaza and Pakistan, drone companies gather at Farnborough to market their wares
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – Against a backdrop of horrific Israeli air strikes in Gaza as well as a US drone strike in Pakistan, the Farnborough International Air show took place this week in the UK. Although billed as an air…
Is Israel s Operation Protective Edge Really About Natural Gas?
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 -While many articles have debunked the myth that Israel is acting out of “self-defense,” very few have attempted to establish why Israel is continuing its assault on Palestine through Operation Protective Edge, aside from the supposition that…
Iraq snapshot – July 18, 2014
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 -Over and over, Nouri al-Maliki s actions have been filtered by the press to remove his most extreme statements and actions so that US readers and audio and video news consumers will never grasp how out of…
All Governance in Libya Remains Contested
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – ….So what has happened since the overthrow of Gaddafi is that different parts of Libya have been fragmented under the control of different militias who are being paid by the government as a kind of security…
Images of Gaza war shift perception of Israel
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – War is often remembered by images. Who can forget the photograph of the Vietnamese girl running naked down a road after being exposed to US napalm bombs? Or the American sailor kissing an anonymous nurse in…
War crimes in Gaza must cease!
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18 2014 -Air strikes. Naval bombardment. Land invasion. New generation DIME weapons. Poison Gas. Children killed in their beds, at the dinner table, playing on the beach. Doctors homes wantonly destroyed. Hospital after hospital attacked – European Hospital, Wafa…
Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin…
More Farcical Proceedings at the Military Commissions in Guant·namo
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – Last week I published “The 9/11 Trial at Guant·namo: The Dark Farce Continues,” the first of two articles providing updates about the military commissions at Guant·namo. The commissions were established under President George W. Bush in…
A Terrifying Night in Gaza”: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on Israeli Ground Invasion
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – …House demolitions continue. I went to the eastern area of Shejaiya, which is just a couple of kilometers from the border with Israel, and a resident there had just had his house destroyed. He said he…
Iran s Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar s Behalf
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – While the news is dominated by conflict in Israel-Palestine and Iraq, tragedies elsewhere in the region are being overlooked. One tragedy is Iran s massacre of natives of the Arab-populated island of Qeshm. This week, Iranian…
Bloody Friday: 12 children among dozens killed in Israel s merciless slaughter
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 – At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since…
Gaza needs more than condemnation
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014- The Palestinians of Gaza, naively, went to the polling station in January 2006, mistakenly believing the Bush doctrine of bringing democracy to the Middle East – in spite of him being responsible for the brutal massacre of…
Medical sources: Israel using unfamiliar toxic gas against Palestinians in Gaza
Uruknet 26 Jul 2014 – July 18, 2014 -Dozens of Palestinians, including children, suffered from suffocation on Thursday due to inhaling what is being described as a “strange toxic gas” launched by the Israeli army during its ground incursion in the north and south of…
Syria News – July 17, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 25 Jul 2014 – July 17, 2014- By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 61 martyrs, including 2 women, 1 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 15 in Idlib; 14 in Damascus and…
What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won t Tell You About Central American Child Refugees
Uruknet 25 Jul 2014 – July 17, 2014 – …Latino voters and the Latino political class supported the career of Barack Obama almost as solidly as blacks. They were promised much more than African Americans, but in the end got much less. Latinis were promised…
Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 221 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 179 Are Civilians, Including 45 Children and 32 Women, and 1,458 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 432 Children and 298 Women;
Uruknet 25 Jul 2014 – July 17, 2014-Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure…
Testimony from Gaza: “You leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.”
Uruknet 25 Jul 2014 – July 17, 2014 – Mahmoud Jouda, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip describes the experience of receiving an evacuation order from Israeli forces: “I ll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe….
Gazans in West Bank fear for their loved ones
Uruknet 25 Jul 2014 – July 17, 2014 – With each raid that Israeli planes launch on the Gaza Strip, Sameh, 38, grabs his mobile phone and calls his family there to make sure they re fine.Sameh, who preferred to give his first name only,…
Gaza on Brink of Acute Water Crisis: Red Cross
Uruknet 25 Jul 2014 – July 16, 2014- The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that the population of Gaza is on the brink of an “acute water crisis.” “Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are now without water,” Jacques de Maio,…
Syria regime retakes gas field from ISIS
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Syrian government troops recapture the Shaar gas field in Homs province from the Islamic State, a week after the jihadists seized it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
Rocket sirens sound in south Israel after truce: media
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Rocket sirens sound in south Israel after truce: media
Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce by four hours
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Israel has agreed to extend by four hours a humanitarian truce agreed with Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, an Israeli government source said, declining to be named.
Hariri hopes Lebanon, region see better days
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri congratulated the Lebanese on the occasion of Eid Fitr, expressing hope that Lebanon would see better days
Gazans dig dead from rubble in scenes of war devastation
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Not a stone is left standing at the Najjar family home in southern Gaza. Yesterday it was a three-storey building, today medics dug 22 bodies of out the crater where it once stood.
Lebanon police uncover six drug networks
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Police say they uncovered six drug trafficking networks specialized in smuggling Captagon pills abroad, arresting seven persons involved.
Gaza toll rises over 1,000 as bodies recovered: medics
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 The toll in Gaza rose above 1,000 dead on Saturday as more than 100 bodies were pulled from the rubble of homes throughout the coastal enclave during a truce, medics said.
US evacuates embassy in Libya amid fierce clashes
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 The United States evacuates its embassy staff in Libya as they face a “real risk” from fierce fighting in Tripoli and warns all Americans in the country to leave “immediately.
Iraq jihadists dynamite Shiite shrine in Mosul
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 ISIS have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses say.
Ministers call for extension of 12-hour Gaza ceasefire
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Foreign ministers from seven nations call for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Laurent Fabius says.
Lebanon condemns world inaction in Gaza, Mosul
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 Lebanese lawmakers urge the international community to take immediate action to protect Christians in Iraq s Mosul and put an end to Israel s brutal aggression against civilians in Gaza.
At least 85 bodies pulled from Gaza rubble in truce: medics
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 The bodies of at least 85 Palestinians are recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip in the first half of a 12-hour humanitarian truce Saturday, medics say.
Talks start in Paris to press for long-term Gaza truce
Daily Star 26 Jul 2014 A major meeting between John Kerry and other top diplomats kicks off in Paris to press efforts for a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Gaza op exposing radical left’s disgrace
YNet News, 26 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: The picture of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in this war is so clear, that the left’s radical margins are forced to create an artificial symmetry between Israeli soldiers and Hamas and Jihad fighters. ….
Yad Vashem alarmed by ‘abuse of Holocaust imagery’
YNet News, 26 Jul 2014 – Israel’s official Holocaust memorial expresses deep concern over escalating anti-Semitism and violence against Jews worldwide in response to Israeli operation in Gaza. ….
Hamas: We refuse to a ceasefire that doesn’t include IDF’s withdrawal from Gaza
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Cabinet approves extending ceasefire by 24 hours
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Two rockets explode in Merhavim Regional Council
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Clear for publication: Two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza Strip
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Code red alert sounds in Be’er Sheva, Ofakim
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Online anti-Semitism runs rampant in France
YNet News, 26 Jul 2014 – Since start of Israeli operation in Gaza, website moderators have been forced to censor 95% of comments made by French users. ….
World must call the spade a spade: Israel is a Nazi state
PIC – By now, it is crystal clear that the Judeo-Nazi state of Israel has committed a real holocaust in the Gaza Strip. The shocking scenes of incinerated children and women are indescribable.
Gaza’s health sector on brink of collapse
PIC – Dr. Mohammad Abu Arab has warned that medical services in Gaza city are on the brink of collapse as the Israeli aggression against the Strip continues for the 20th day running.
UN report: One child has been killed in Gaza every hour
PIC – The UN Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, has described the situation in Gaza as ‚¨ Sdire‚¨ ù, as the organization revealed that one child has been killed every hour.
Dozens of casualties reported in West Bank protests
PIC – At least eight Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire during overnight protests throughout the West Bank, including four in al-Khalil, two in Nablus, one in Bethlehem, and another in Jenin.
IOF soldiers violate ceasefire, fire at ambulance cars
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violated the humanitarian ceasefire on Saturday morning and fired at Palestinian citizens and ambulance cars while trying to enter Khuza‚¨ “!a town.
19 Palestinians mostly children, killed prior to ceasefire
PIC – Nineteen Palestinians were killed at dawn Saturday when Israeli warplanes bombed al-Najar family‚¨ “!s home in Khan Younis southern Gaza Strip.
Yildirim: Freedom Flotilla II to sail to Gaza soon
PIC – Bulent Yildirim, head of the Turkish Foundation IHH, revealed that a second Freedom Flotilla is to set sail soon, loaded with tons of humanitarian aid, to break the siege on Gaza.
Humanitarian ceasefire goes into effect
PIC – A 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Palestinian resistance and Israeli occupation forces (IOF) has gone into effect in Gaza starting 0800 am local time Saturday.
EU calls for opening humanitarian crossings in Gaza
PIC – The European Union has called for opening humanitarian crossings for the population in Gaza Strip, and pointed out that 190 Palestinians were killed so far in the Israeli onslaught on the enclave.
ICRC Vehemently Condemns Israel s Killing of PRCS Medical Worker in Gaza
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
British Ministers Express Shock at UNRWA School Deaths
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
UNICEF: Targeting Gaza UNRWA School Unacceptable Under Any Circumstances
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
Israeli Forces Vandalize Public Institutions in Al-Bireh
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
One Palestinian Shot and Injured in Salfit Town Clashes
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
Five Palestinian Shot and Injured in Nablus Town Clashes
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
One Palestinian Shot Dead, Four Injured during Jenin Clashes
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
Weather Conditions: Partly Cloudy to Clear Skies
WAFA – 26 Jul 2014
Israel Agrees to Extend Cease-Fire for 24 Hours
New York Times 26 Jul 2014 – Hamas has not agreed to the humanitarian lull, but some Palestinian media reports said it was likely to do so.
Hamas Rejects Brief Cease-Fire Extension and Resumes Rocket Attacks
New York Times 26 Jul 2014 – A 12-hour lull gave Palestinians a chance to assess the damage, but Secretary of State John Kerry left for Washington without the week-long cease-fire he had sought.
Bound by Bridge, 2 Baghdad Enclaves Drift Far Apart
New York Times 26 Jul 2014 – Sunni Adhamiya and the Shiite Kadhimiya, linked by the Al Imams Bridge and once inextricably joined in the imagination of Baghdad residents, are drifting further and further apart.
Amid Outcry Abroad, A Wealth of Backing In Israel for Netanyahu
New York Times 26 Jul 2014 – Facing growing international outcry over the ground assault in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found support from Israel s politicians and people.
Gunmen Seize, Then Free, a Leading Iraqi Politician
New York Times 26 Jul 2014 – It was not clear whether Riyadh al-Adhadh, who heads the Baghdad Provincial Council, was arrested by security forces or was abducted.
A Syrian Rebel Advance Off the Battlefield: A Longer-Lasting Battery for Missiles
New York Times 25 Jul 2014 – Rebels say they are designing rechargeable batteries for shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles, increasing the threat to civilian and military aircraft.
Peering Into Darkness Beneath the Israel-Gaza Border
New York Times 25 Jul 2014 – Some 30 tunnels, part of a network used by Palestinian militants, have been found by Israeli forces since the ground invasion of Gaza began.
Israel s Outspoken Envoy Is Wise to U.S. Ways
New York Times 25 Jul 2014 – Ambassador Ron Dermer, a former American citizen, has such a close relationship to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel that he has been called Bibi s brain.
Op-Ed Contributor: To Save Gaza, Destroy Hamas
New York Times 25 Jul 2014 – A path toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians requires a lasting cease-fire, disarmament and new elections.
Israel Agrees to Pause in Assault on Gaza as Cease-Fire Deal Is Pursued
New York Times 25 Jul 2014 – The announcement came amid intense international efforts for a broader cease-fire. Three hours into the scheduled pause in the fighting Saturday, both sides appeared to be holding their fire.
Pro-Israel Facebook page is titled, Death to Dianna Buttu
Mondoweiss – Diana Buttu A new Facebook page is titled Death to Dianna Buttu . The one name I can find on the page is Isaac Ariel, of Brooklyn . Diana Buttu is a prominent Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and advocate. She once was an adviser to the PLO. She was…
Survivors of massacre in Khuza a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields
Mondoweiss – Survivors of the Israeli massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces are using Palestinians as human shields and killing civilians as they attempt to receive medical care from the Red Cross or flee the besieged village. Khuza’a resident Abu Ali Qudail told Yousef Alhelou: “I was watching…
Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
Mondoweiss – Micky Rosenfeld Truth is famously the first casualty of war, and the Israeli war on Gaza is no exception. Yesterday Jon Donnison of the BBC pulled the rug out from under the Israeli government s pretext for the Gaza onslaught with a series of tweets about a…
The killing fields
Mondoweiss – Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC, reporting from the neighborhood of Shujai iyeh in Gaza on Instagram, says that 81 bodies have been recovered from the slaughter of last weekend. His photograph and caption: July 26, 2014 | Shejaiya Cemetery, Gaza. Relatives frantically digging graves in an open lot being…
As in Vietnam and South Africa, Gazan masses are willing to pay high price for freedom Kasrils
Mondoweiss – Kasrils, addressing Israeli apartheid week event, 2009 The other day in discussing Gaza on Law and Disorder radio, Michael Ratner and Michael Smith spoke of the extent to which armed struggle has been an essential component of liberation movements. Today Ratner (a friend of this site)…
Hamas dragged Israel into Gaza and got it to kill many civilians for TV consumption Oren
Mondoweiss – Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren Yesterday I wrote about Erin Burnett s classy encounter on CNN with Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, who angrily accused the network of failing to state that Hamas had put weapons in U.N. schools in reporting that Israel had struck…
Fox s Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a thick head
Mondoweiss – On Thursday Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center went on Sean Hannity s TV show and Hannity abused him for several minutes, refusing to allow Munayyer to answer a question about whether Hamas is a terrorist organization except by saying Yes or No. Some of the barrage…
Raising money for Israelis being bombed in hospitals and schools, NY synagogue has not one breath for Palestinian dead
Mondoweiss – Greenburgh Hebrew Center A friend went shopping in Westchester today and picked up the local paper, the Rivertown Enterprise. There s a big fat 1 page ad from Greenburgh Hebrew Center supporting Israel. Not one token word about the Gazans. That s honest, at least, he wrote to…
Six Palestinians are killed in West Bank in protests of Gaza slaughter
Mondoweiss – 6 Palestinians killed in West Bank amid protests against Gaza assault NABLUS (Ma an) 25 July Six Palestinians were killed on Friday as protests erupted across the West Bank in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli assault for the last 18 days….
Joan Rivers slams CNN and BBC coverage of Gaza you re all insane
Mondoweiss – I think it s cool that TMZ headlined this an Epic Israel/Palestine rant. The media are catching a clue. Joan Rivers was interviewed as she entered an airport; and she agrees with me that the mainstream media are showing more sympathy this time to the Palestinian view…
Israel Murders IDF Soldier to Prevent His Capture
Tikun Olam – I ve devoted a good deal of my life to Israel. I ve studied, read, visited, lived, breathed it. Not in the way diehard pro-Israel fanatics do. But in a different way that matched my own intellectual and political proclivities. It s a subject that is rich, varied, troubling,…
Israel s Dublin Embassy Warns: Muslim Hordes Conquering Europe
Tikun Olam – Israel s embassy in Dublin posted this on its Facebook and Twitter pages Israel s embassy in Ireland is not to be outdone in the level of its Islamophobia. But that s not the worst of it. Fear and loathing of Islam is only part of the problem. The…
Israel agrees to 24-hour Gaza truce
BBC 26 Jul 2014 – Israel accepts a UN request for a 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza, but Hamas says it rejects the terms of the truce.
Iran students face expulsion from Norway over sanctions
BBC 26 Jul 2014 – How sanctions are hurting Iranian science students in Norway
French Protesters Defy Ban To Rally Against Gaza War
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jul 2014 – Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when hundreds of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel s offensive in the Gaza Strip. Click here for the rest of the article…
Gaza Death Toll Tops 1,000 Brief Truce Holds
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets on Saturday to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas took hold. Click here for the rest of the article…
Isis ‘may be on UN war crimes list’
BBC 26 Jul 2014 – Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) may be added to a list of war crimes suspects in Syria, a UN investigator says.
Gaza Palestinans Emerge to Find Death and Devastation
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinian refugees from Israel s Gaza offensive emerged from shelters as a brief truce began on Saturday to find many neighborhoods destroyed and animals roaming the streets unattended. Click here for the rest of the article…
US evacuates Libya embassy staff
BBC 26 Jul 2014 – The US temporarily evacuates staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital following clashes between rival militias, the state department says.
Israel’s Mixed Couples Try To Maintain Family ‘Bubble’ During Wartime
The Forward New 26 Jul 2014 – Mixed marriages between Jews and Arabs are rare in Israel. And during wartime, few want to talk openly about their relationships much less their views about the Gaza conflict. Click here for the rest of the article…
Jews Leave Alaska for Sunny Israel Rockets Be Damned
The Forward New 26 Jul 2014 – A trickle of Jews are leaving their homes in tranquil Alaska to make aliyah. Israel may be in a more dangerous neighborhood but the weather s a lot better. Click here for the rest of the article…
Sudan: Govt Denies Providing Rockets to Hamas
allAfrica.com26 Jul 2014 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Sudanese government has refuted allegations that missiles used by the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) to shell Israel are made in Sudan saying the Hebrew state is looking for a “scapegoat”.
Dani Danon Is Such a Threat to Israel Even Bibi Fired Him
The Forward Leonard Fein 26 Jul 2014 –
3,000 Rally Against Gaza War in Times Square
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jul 2014 – Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on Friday evening to protest Israel s offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand an end to the violence that has already killed nearly 850 Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…
Thousands protest Gaza bombardment in Tel Aviv
New Jewish Resistance 26 Jul 2014 – Some 7,000 gathered n Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in the largest Israeli protest against the bombardment of Gaza thus far. Slogans included “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.” read more
Hamas to respect 24-hour truce if Israeli soldiers leave Gaza
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2014 – Israel’s security cabinet approved extending the humanitarian ceasefire begun early on Saturday until midnight local time (2100 GMT) on Sunday, an Israeli government official said, while Hamas said it would respect the truce if occupation forces left Gaza. “At the request of the United Nations, the…
France ‘to bring crash bodies back’
BBC 26 Jul 2014 – French President Francois Hollande promises all the bodies from the Air Algerie crash in Mali will be brought to France.
VIDEO: Tense times in Isis-held Mosul
BBC 26 Jul 2014 – Earlier this week, fighters from the Sunni extremist group Isis blew up a well-known shrine in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Kidnapped Briton freed in Yemen
BBC 26 Jul 2014 – A British teacher who was kidnapped in Yemeni capital Sanaa in February has been released safely, the UK Foreign Office says.
Thousands defy pro-Palestine protest ban in Paris
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2014 – Protesters run through tear gas as they clash with French riot police officers, on the Republique square in Paris, during a banned demonstration against Israel’s assault in Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, on July 26, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Kenzo Tribouillard) Protesters run…
Turkey resumes flights to Tel Aviv
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2014 – Turkey on Saturday allowed the resumption of flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport after Israel and Hamas agreed to a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, the state civil aviation authority said on Saturday. “Taking into account the current ceasefire, the flight ban on Israel’s Ben Gurion…
Lebanon s Public Corporation for Housing under attack
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2014 – A new high-rise residential building in Beirut’s Sodeco neighborhood. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A new high-rise residential building in Beirut’s Sodeco neighborhood. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A number of banks have circulated internal memos asking their housing loans departments to stop accepting applications for loans backed by al-Iskan,…
Opposition politician abducted in Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2014 – Armed men in military uniform raided the home of a senior Baghdad politician overnight and whisked him and several of his guards away, police said Saturday. “Armed men came last night and detained the head of Baghdad provincial council Riyadh al-Adhadh and four of his guards…
Gaza: One man relives the horrors of the 2009 war
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2014 – A Palestinian family walks past the debris from a building in the center of Gaza City hit by an earlier Israeli airstrike, on July 25, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Marco Longari) A Palestinian family walks past the debris from a building in the center of Gaza City hit…
Nasrallah s speech affirms unity between Resistance factions, warns of Western plots in the region
Al-Akhbar Opinion 26 Jul 2014 – Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a speech he delivered in Beirut’s souther suburbs on July 25, 2014. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a speech he delivered in Beirut’s souther suburbs on July 25, 2014. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Now is…
Nasrallah promises ‘all means of support’ for Gaza ‘resistance’
Al-Monitor 26 Jul 2014 – Iran and Hezbollah may see opportunity in the Gaza crisis; tunnels represent a “second Gaza” for Israel Defense Forces; Al-Monitor reports from Gaza on the civilian costs of the war; Saudi Arabia s Turki Al Faisal calls Israel s attack on Gaza a “barbaric assault”; the battle for…
Palestinians pull over 140 bodies from under Gaza rubble
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinians walk on the rubble as they enter the northern district of Beit Hanoun to check their homes in the Gaza Strip during a humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Palestinians walk on the rubble as they enter the northern district…
Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour cease-fire
Al-Monitor 25 Jul 2014 – Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire beginning on Saturday morning as international diplomatic efforts to resolve the Gaza conflict continue.
In Aleppo, bathing has become a luxury
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Jul 2014 – Syrian children collect buckets of stagnant murky water from the side of a road in a rebel-held area in the northern city of Aleppo on July 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Zein al-Rifai) Syrian children collect buckets of stagnant murky water from the side of a road in…
Twitter, Gaza, gender, power: Language and the steel of bulldozers
Heike Schotten, Ma an News Agency7/25/2014
Perhaps the most rudimentary measure of the destruction of any war is casualty numbers — answering the question, how many dead?
The answer to that question, in relation to the ongoing Israeli slaughter in the Gaza Strip, continues to horrify. As of this writing, it is more than 800.
Children, most spectacularly, are the victims of this war. Entire families have been killed in their own homes. The injured, infirm, disabled, and elderly have been targeted. Almost all the dead are civilians.
And every day, the number only gets bigger, sometimes in staggering increments.
Every hour, photos and video emerge documenting the carnage in Gaza, too gruesome to be imagined.
Every minute, another person in Gaza tweets an expression of sheer terror, keeping followers like myself, half a world away, sleepless, panicked, and heartsick.
There are not words capable of characterizing the outrageousness of this latest Israeli assault. There is no language equal to the suffering and devastation being wrought upon the people of Gaza.
In describing the victims — as children, women, families, the elderly — we attempt to return some humanity to those whose systematic dehumanization is part and parcel of Israel s regime of crime and impunity against the Palestinian people.more..e-mail
Israel Losing Support from Its Biggest Ally: American Evangelical Christians
A Shift Among Evangelicals & Especially Among the Young
We documented yesterday that the biggest supporters of Israel are American evangelical Christians & Protestants or to a lesser extent Catholics.
But that support base is slipping &
Buzzfeed reported in January:
“Figures with deep roots in America s religious right have launched a quiet effort aimed at pushing evangelical Christians away from decades of growing loyalty to Israel and toward increased solidarity with the Palestinians….
“The campaign by a coalition of religious leaders, international nonprofits, and activists has taken place in recent years largely behind the scenes and away from the prying eyes of the political press and it s being driven by a generation of Evangelicals alienated by the way their faith was yoked to Republican foreign policy during the Bush years. Now, organizations like the Telos Group and the large Christian nonprofit World Vision have joined a small army of ministers and Christian opinion-makers working to reorient Evangelicals stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict producing documentaries about the plight of Palestinian Christians, providing theological rationale for a more balanced view of the issue, and taking Evangelicals on trips to the Middle East….
“The campaign has alarmed America s most committed Christian supporters of Israel, who acknowledge their rivals message is gaining momentum within the church.”
The Forward noted in March (via Haaretz):
“Support for Israel is weakening among evangelical Christians….”more..e-mail
Israeli Crimes and World Hypocrisy
Robert Fantina, CounterPunch7/22/2014
Suffer the Palestinians
With Israeli terror continuing to be unleashed on the Gaza Strip, it might be interesting to look at the world s reaction, or lack thereof.
First, let s establish context. Israel was formed by the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000 Palestinians, driven from their homes with no recompenses, to refugee camps. Israel took far more than 50% of their land at that time. Since then, through illegal settlement building, Palestinians are squeezed into less than 20% of their own land, and that amount is constantly shrinking.
The U.S., Israel s favorite puppet in all the world, is always stepping forward to nobly offer its services to resolve this issue. However, when the United Nations Security Council criticizes Israel for some aspect of its numerous violations of international law, the U.S. vetoes the resolution.
While the U.S. disingenuously offers to broker a deal between Israel and Palestine, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states categorically that Israel will never give up the West Bank. This is an integral part of Palestine, and a future, free Palestinian state.
The U.S. wishes to broker negotiations between two entities for which there can be no negotiation. That can only occur when each party has something the other wants, which can only be obtained by surrendering something it has. Palestine has much that Israel wants, but Israel can simply take it, without giving anything in return. It has done so for generations, and the U.S. has always condoned it.
Israel claims, incredibly, that it is only doing what it needs to do to ensure its national security….more..e-mail
A Plague on One House
Greg Shupak, Jacobin7/17/2014
Both sides aren t to blame in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel is.
On July 15, Western media demanded that Hamas and other resistance groups operating in the Gaza Strip accept what they labeled an Israeli-Egyptian ceasefire proposal. On the surface, the call sounds reasonable, which is exactly what allows it to disorient audiences largely unfamiliar with the details of the ongoing conflict.
The first objection is the obvious one: How can Hamas agree to a deal that it played no part in negotiating and that was crafted by two of its enemies? The mainstream media would be unlikely to demand that Israel agree to an arrangement jointly put forth by, say, Hamas and Iran an imperfect analogy, since Hamas and Iran do not colonize and besiege Israelis. But the point stands.
Second, implicit in this criticism of Hamas is the idea that Palestinians are obliged to accept any offer, no matter its terms. Consider, for instance, Mouin Rabbani s point that what the Gaza Strip s militant groups and a huge number of Palestinians object to in the proposal is that it just puts back in place the same 2012 ceasefire agreement which Israel has violated freely, and does not ensure that such violations would stop.
What s more, Rabbani suggests, Hamas and other Palestinian organizations are averse to returning to an untenable status quo, which lasts only until Israel once again decides to launch a major assault on the Gaza Strip, and which does not point to concrete steps towards lifting the ongoing and prolonged blockade of the Gaza St
The Israeli violations of the 2012 agreement that Rabbani mentions are a long-term habit of the country. Hamas has good reason to distrust Israel s commitment to a ceasefire, but Western media has tended to ignore this point when it discusses the failure of the proposed truce.more..e-mail
My city burning peacefully (Our Gaza is a dream of hope)
Electronic Intifada: 26 Jul 2014 – A grain of sand from the sea of Gaza will not ignite, except as hope, writes Nayrouz Qarmout from Gaza.more..
“Our village has become a ghost town”: a distressing phone call from Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 26 Jul 2014 – Tareq Abufayyad has been forced to take refuge in a UN school.more..
Israel arrests activist for hosting Skype chat with resistance icon Leila Khaled
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jul 2014 – Hundreds of Palestinians in Israel have been detained this month.more..
Gaza’s sheer destruction; nearly 1000 Palestinians killed
In Gaza: 26 Jul 2014 – Palestinians walk on the rubble as they enter the northern district of Beit Hanoun to check their homes in the Gaza Strip during a humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. (Photo: AFP Mohammed Abed) Al Akhbar : & the bodies of at least another 85 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza on Saturday, raising the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day Israeli terror campaign to 985, the overwhelming majority of them civilians. Of the 85 bodies uncovered, 25 were from the northern areas of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya, and were taken to the Kamal Adwan hospital, and another 25 to Gaza City s Shifa hospital from the eastern areas of al-Shujayeh and Zeitoun, Qudra said. Thirteen bodies received from the central areas of Bureij, Deir al-Balah and Nusseirat were taken to the Al-Aqsa hospital, and another 13 to the European hospital in southern Gaza from the Khan Yunis and…more
Britain s Shame
Dissident Voice: 26 Jul 2014 – Today in London crowds are gathering to vent their anger in a mass demonstration and march to Parliament to stop the massacre in Gaza and call for an arms embargo against Israel. This follows last weekend s huge protest outside the Israeli embassy and campaigns against the BBC s pro-Israel bias in reporting the assault on Gaza. There is growing resentment among British people at being endlessly shamed by their government s complicity in the mega-injustices and non-stop crimes inflicted on the native people of the Holy Land, exemplified by Whitehall s attempts to whitewash Israel s latest genocidal offensive. And on this the 19th day of Israel s blitzkrieg comes news of a brief humanitarian pause , after which the killing spree will continue while Israel attempts to eradicate Gaza s tunnels. At this point in the orchestrated tragedy the Palestinian death-toll is approaching 900, three-quarters civilians including around 200 children, and more than 5,000 wounded. These…more
Syllogism of Death
Dissident Voice: 25 Jul 2014 – The media emphasizes the emotional aspect of tragedy, and the public responds with tears and regrets, rarely giving attention to the illogic that caused the tragedy. When illogic is a governing factor in the violence against people, it elevates the calamity to a criminal action. Feeling sorrow for the victim is warranted but insufficient; thought must complement emotion and enforce justice against the perpetrator. In the war on Gaza, commentary has evaded logical analysis and presented causes and actions as gut reactions to unforeseen events. Logic, the opposite of emotion, may seem cold and indifferent, but syllogism, a formal argument in logic that is formed by two statements and a conclusion which must be true if the two statements are true, tells us an inarguable story. Explaining the attack on Gaza by logic, reveals a syllogism of death. The syllogism goes like this: If A yields B and B yields…more
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