VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 6 August 2014: In Gaza, We Have Lost So Many That We Love

6 August 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Smash Doors Of Palestinian Stores In Hebron’s Old City
IMEMC – Army Destroys Workshops Near Jenin A number of fanatic Israeli settlers invaded, on Wednesday at noon, the “Gold Market” area, under full Israeli security and military control, in the Old City of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, smashed and removed the doors of various stores. …

US Senator Filibusters Live Coverage of Powerful Palestinian Testimonies
IMEMC – On Friday, fifteen-year-old http://electronicintifada.net/tags/tariq-abukhdeir about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July. … 

Ma’an News

Gaza industrial sector hit hard as 134 factories destroyed
8/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — At least 134 factories were destroyed during Israel’s four-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian industrial union said Wednesday, causing severe damage to an already fragile industrial sector. The union of Palestinian industries said that most factories stopped operations for over 30 days, with reported losses of at least $70 million. Over 30,000 workers were made….

Israel ‘withholding information’ about Gaza detainees
8/6/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said Wednesday that it has not received information about Palestinians detained in Gaza during Israel’s offensive.” The occupation army, during its current aggression on the Gaza Strip, has detained dozens of Palestinians and taken them to unknown locations,” Minister of Prisoner’s Affairs Shawqi al-Ayasa said in a statement. Al-Ayasa said the ministry….

4 Palestinians injured in overnight Hebron clashes
8/6/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian youths were injured with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron late Tuesday. The injured were taken to Hebron’s public hospital for treatment after clashes broke out following protests against the killing of Muhammad Nayif Jabais, the driver of a digger who ran over and killed an Israeli civilian in Jerusalem….

10 bodies found in rubble as life slowly returns to Gaza streets
8/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — 10 bodies were removed from the rubble across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, as locals took advantage of the second day of calm in the 72-hour ceasefire to assess the damage caused by more than a month of relentless Israeli assault. Medical sources said that 10 bodies were found as medical teams were able to gain access to ruins….

10 power generators distributed in Gaza to avoid energy ‘crisis’
8/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — 10 new electric back-up generators have been installed across the Gaza Strip in order to avert a humanitarian crisis in the besieged coastal enclave, officials said Wednesday. The Gaza Electricity Distribution Company said that the generators would help ensure the provision of services in Gaza, especially in the water and health sectors, and prevent major disruptions due to lack of….

Palestinians finally bury their dead in Gaza sands
8/6/2014 – RAFAH (AFP) — For days bodies filled the morgues. Only since guns fell silent have volunteers come to dig graves in the sand in Rafah, Gaza’s “town of martyrs,” devastated by Israeli bombardment. For three days the strategic southern town went through hell.”The tanks came,” says Mohammed Abu Luli, 50, who fled his home after the bombardment started. In neighborhoods, houses lie flattened….

Police: Palestinian suspect held over murders of 3 Israelis
8/6/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Palestinian man suspected of leading the group that kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers in June.”Hossam Kawasmeh was arrested by Israeli security forces last month in Shuafat (a neighborhood of East Jerusalem), on suspicion of leading a commando group that kidnapped and murdered the three adolescents,” the police said in a statement. The….

Israeli discourse of sexualized violence rises amid Gaza assault
8/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As the bombs have been falling on Gaza over the past four weeks, another war has been ongoing for the hearts and minds of the global public. Although less deadly, this war of words offers a telling look into ongoing intellectual shifts in the Israeli and Zionist mainstream, revealing what experts argue is an increasingly violently racist and sexist Zionist worldview….

Gaza truce pushes into 2nd day ahead of Cairo talks
8/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — A fragile ceasefire in Gaza pushed into a second day Wednesday as Israeli and Palestinian delegations prepared for crunch talks in Cairo to try to extend the 72-hour truce. The ceasefire, which came into effect Tuesday and carried past midnight into Wednesday, has brought relief to millions on both sides after one month of fighting killed 1,875 Palestinians and 67 people….

Hamas official: No response to demands has been received
8/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas’ delegation to Cairo has not received an official response to the demands the delegation submitted to Israel via Egyptian mediators, an official said Tuesday. Israeli media reported earlier Tuesday that Egypt had told Hamas that demands such as building a seaport and airport, in addition to the opening of the Rafah crossing, were not up for discussion. But Hamas….

Egyptians press Gaza truce talks between Israel, Palestinians
8/6/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian officials mediating talks for a durable truce in Gaza met a Palestinian delegation Wednesday to relay terms laid down by an Israeli team, Palestinian officials said. The Egyptian intelligence mediators had met with the Israeli delegation in Cairo during the night, the officials said. Wednesday’s shuttle diplomacy came as a fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip after a month of….

Delegation of West Bank doctors heads to Gaza
8/6/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A delegation of doctors from the West Bank is traveling to Gaza to assist in treating patients who sustained wounds throughout Israel’s offensive, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday. The ministry said in a statement that 11 doctors specialized in surgery, plastic surgery, and anesthesia were headed to Gaza. The delegation also consists of 10 nurses specializing in intensive….

Sirens heard in Sdot Negev
8/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Rocket sirens were heard in Sdot Negev in southern Israel on Wednesday but were later said to have been a false alarm. [END]

UK MPs demand end to Israeli restrictions on Palestinian land
8/6/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — Excessive Israeli restrictions on Palestinian territories cannot be justified on the grounds they protect Israel, a British parliamentary committee said on Wednesday.”We challenge the assertion that restrictions which curtail economic development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are based on Israel’s security needs and can be justified on security grounds,” the report by the International Development Committee said. The paper expressed….

Jimmy Carter: World powers should rethink approach to Hamas
8/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Former US president Jimmy Carter said in an op-ed Monday that in order for the Israel-Gaza status quo to change, the international community needs to recognize Hamas as a “legitimate political actor.” “Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise,” an op-ed written by Carter and former Irish president Mary Robinson said.”Only by recognizing its….

Analysts: Truce enshrines Egypt’s mediator role in Gaza wars
8/6/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — The Gaza truce drawn up by Egypt shows Cairo has an “indispensable” role mediating conflicts between Israel and Hamas, despite strained ties with the Palestinian faction, analysts said Tuesday. Israel withdrew all of its forces from Gaza on Tuesday after nearly a month-long deadly campaign, as a 72-hour ceasefire announced by Cairo went into effect. The truce started at 8:00 a….

Arab foreign ministers on Gaza solidarity visit ‘soon’
8/6/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — A delegation of Arab foreign ministers, including those of Egypt and Jordan, will visit Gaza “soon” in a show of support for Palestinians, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said Wednesday. The ministers will also assess reconstruction needs in the battered enclave after a nearly month-long war between Israel and Hamas, Arabi said.” An Arab ministerial delegation will go to Gaza soon in solidarity….

Netanyahu: Gaza operation ‘justified, proportionate’
8/6/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday launched a vigorous defence of Israel’s month-long conflict in Gaza as “justified” and “proportionate,” blaming Hamas for the heavy Palestinian civilian death toll.” I think it was justified. I think it was proportionate and that doesn’t in any way take away the deep regret we have for the loss of a single civilian….


Israel ‘willing to extend Gaza ceasefire’
AlJazeera 6 Aug 2014 – Reuters news agency quotes official as saying “Israel has expressed its readiness to extend truce under current terms”.

Iraq airstrike ‘kills scores of IS fighters’
AlJazeera 6 Aug 2014 – Airstrike on Mosul jail being used by Islamic State members kills 60 fighters from the group, state television reports.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

On the 29thDay of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Israeli Forces Redeploy outside the Gaza Strip; Complete Neighborhoods …
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

10-year-old child shot in chest with live ammunition
8/6/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – In al-Khalil (Hebron) on Sunday August 3rd, a 10-year-old Palestinian boy was walking to his home near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba when the Israeli military shot him in the chest with live ammunition. The following day, ISM volunteers went to visit the young boy in al-Mezan hospital. The young boy was in critical condition, and although doctors were….

Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday 9 August Day of Rage
8/6/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Call from Palestine, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Aftermath of Israeli airstrike on Palestinian home in Gaza. Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday 9 August Day of Rage – Join the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement today. Demand Sanctions on Israel Now. As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: “Massive stories of sorrow, pain and loss”
Relief Web 6 Aug 2014 – Source: ACT Alliance Country: occupied Palestinian territory “Heavy engagement, shelling, bombing. We are attending to 11 severely injured casualties in the ICU at Nasser Hospital but cannot move them anywhere. It is too dangerous.” Dr Tawfiq A. Nasser, Chef Executive…

occupied Palestinian territory: Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on Gaza
Relief Web 6 Aug 2014 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory UNDP welcomes the current ceasefire and expresses its hopes for an agreement which ends hostilities and civilian suffering while also laying a foundation for sustainable peace. UNDP is supporting the Palestinians to…

occupied Palestinian territory: Briefing UN Assembly, Ban urges political talks to end ‘senseless cycle of suffering’ in Gaza
Relief Web 6 Aug 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 6 August 2014 – As the temporary ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza, senior United Nations officials today urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and called on the…

occupied Palestinian territory: Informal Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the situation in Gaza
Relief Web 6 Aug 2014 – Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory 6 August 2014 Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the General Assembly, Excellencies, The hostilities between Israel and Hamas, and other armed groups in Gaza, have raged…

The National

Loss and destruction along Gaza’s 45km Desolation Road 
The National 6 Aug 2014 – As Israel’s guns fell silent at last, The National foreign correspondent Hugh Naylor and photographer Heidi Levine travelled the length of Gaza to assess the devastation.

Rosetta reaches final destination after 10-year comet chase
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Rosetta began orbiting the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet to glean information about the mass of dirty ice, dust and gas, according to the European Space Agency, which launched the probe in 2004.

Global Talk: Erdogan headed to victory in presidential vote?
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Istanbul-based journalist Alex Christe-Miller discusses Turkey’s upcoming presidential election.

National correspondent is arrested in Iran
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Yeganeh Salehi was detained in Tehran along with three others for unknown reasons.

More attacks as US military prepares to ship home general’s body
The National 6 Aug 2014 – KABUL // US officials prepared on Wednesday to fly the body of a two-star general slain in an Afghan “insider attack” back home, as a similar attack saw an Afghan police officer drug and shoot dead seven of his colleagues, authorities said. The investigation into the killing of Maj Gen Harold J Greene, the highest-ranked US officer to be slain in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War, continued on Wednesday without any clear answers into why a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire. The shooting wounded about 15 people, including a German general and two Afghan generals. 

Ban in public buses targets Muslims in Xinjiang
The National 6 Aug 2014 – City in mainly Muslim region forbids people wearing Islamic clothing or symbols, or with large beards, from travelling on public buses.

Egyptians press Gaza truce talks between Israel, Palestinians
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Mediators relay terms laid down by Israeli diplomatic team.

Besieged Iraqi Turkmen town cries for help
The National 6 Aug 2014 – “We’ve been under siege for almost two months, fighting terrorists who want to eradicate the real people of this district, the Shiite Turkmen.”

Graphic: Rosetta’s rendezvous with comet
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft reached its final destination today after a decade-long journey into deep space that aims to place the first lander on a comet. Here’s the details.

People power: Australians tilt train to free trapped commuter
The National 6 Aug 2014 – The man was boarding in the Western Australia city of Perth when he slipped and became jammed in the five-centimetre gap between the carriage and the station.

Psychiatrists to examine man over ‘bomb hoax’ on Qatar-UK flight
The National 6 Aug 2014 – The 47-year-old from north-west England was detained by armed officers who met flight QR23 from Doha when it arrived at Manchester Airport on Tuesday, escorted by a Royal Air Force fighter jet.

Giant saltwater crocodile attacks bull shark in Australia
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head — a massive saltwater crocodile named Brutus wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws.

Bangladesh ferry owner faces charges in sinking
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Police were searching for the ferry’s owner and five others to face charges of negligence, overloading and unauthorised operations.

Saudi gives $1 bn as Lebanon seeks arms to battle jihadists
The National 6 Aug 2014 – Sunni-dominated regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia is already financing a $3 billion package of French military equipment and arms for Lebanon’s army.


Before and after: Satellite photos reveal extent of Gaza destruction
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Egypt sources: Israeli demand for demilitarization seen by Palestinians as red line
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Hamas official: No agreement reached on extending truce with Israel
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

The Gaza effect: In shaky economy, Arab businesses hit hardest
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Aftermath of Gaza op: A roundup of Haaretz’s best analyses
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

UN chief Ban: Attackers of UN shelters must be held accountable
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Israelis in New York out in droves, raising their voices in solidarity with home
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Palestinian-American sues Kerry, Hagel over military aid to Israel
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Israel’s Gaza op finds strong support among Americans, polls show
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Israel’s Gaza op finds strong support among Americans, polls show
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Netanyahu: Hamas, like ISIS, must be ostracized by world
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Italy to deport Muslim preacher for praising killing of Jews
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Beware the ‘peacemakers’
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Who are the true Jewish allies of Hamas?
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

EU countries pushing to reactivate mission on Gaza’s Rafah crossing
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

IDF Southern Command cold to proposal of underground barrier to thwart Gaza tunnels
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

In Israel, as in Gaza, human rights are our last line of protection
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Top brass sees Gaza diplomacy as an opportunity, not a threat
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Irish trade union calls for Israel boycott, but major businesses slow to respond
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Sydney Jewish schools on high alert after 8 men storm school bus, shout ‘Kill the Jews’
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Cash-envelope case involving ex-PM Olmert and Talansky to be reopened
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

IDF chief of staff: Hamas leaders to blame for ‘devastating’ results of Gaza fighting
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

British PM under increased pressure over policies on Gaza
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Ukrainian separatists kill 18 soldiers in east, army says
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Hamas in Gaza funded June kidnap and murder of three teens, Israel says
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Murdered Palestinian teen’s father: Burn my son’s killers and destroy their homes
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Netanyahu tried to scare off ministers to get Gaza occupation off the table
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Report: Russian hackers steal 1.2 billion user names, passwords
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Gazans return to what’s left of their homes and families
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

WATCH: Indian, French reporters show Gaza militants firing rockets from civilian areas
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Dana International: Europeans need to ‘shut up’ about Israel
Ha’aretz – 5 Aug 2014

Israel must rebuild Gaza together with its neighbors
Ha’aretz – 5 Aug 2014

The truth about ourselves
Ha’aretz – 5 Aug 2014

Gaza-area Israelis fear their security concerns are not being addressed
Ha’aretz – 5 Aug 2014

South Americans in Israel are shocked by new anti-Israel attitudes back home
Ha’aretz – 5 Aug 2014

AG: MK Hanin Zoabi must report for questioning
Ha’aretz – 5 Aug 2014

Jerusalem Post

Hamas threatens to resume attacks
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – ‘Our finger is still on the trigger,’ admonishes senior Hamas official, if Palestinian demands are not met; says major demand is lifting blockade on Gaza. 

Diplomatic officials: No decision yet on whether to cooperate with UNHRC investigation
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Liberman has not yet weighed in on call to boycott UN war crimes commission, as it did the Goldstone commission in 2009. 

Washington Watch: Unanswered questions
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – This war leaves many unanswered questions, starting with, “Why is the war different from all other wars?” It isn’t. 

Encountering Peace: The aftermath
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – I know it is hard to express compassion for those on the side of the enemy, but without doing that, we lose our humanity. 

Israel agrees to extend Gaza cease-fire
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – An Israeli official says Israel will extend truce under current terms; Hamas officials say they will not extend cease-fire unless significant progress made in negotiations; threaten to resume rocket fire. 

Bringing wars to international trial: Double standards in criminal law
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – We must ask ourselves whether “international criminal law” has turned into a political tool. 

Media Comment: No war reporting in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – The truly dangerous press is the one which prostitutes itself. 

Future US mediation should involve greater regional diplomatic role
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – US attempts for a cease-fire in Gaza have been a disaster. 

The Kerry-Qatar cease-fire document: What it says about American strategy in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Not only did Kerry’s proposal accede to many of Hamas’ demands, it upgraded Hamas’s international standing. 

Tricycle Theater cancels plans to host UK Jewish Film Festival
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – The theater hosted the awards for the last eight years, but this year said hosting an event funded by the Israeli government would be unacceptable. 

As war tensions flare, Arab businesses struggle
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Arab businesses started feeling the pinch in June, during the search for three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, who later were discovered murdered. 

Southern farmers suffer from heavy damage, hope to receive ample compensation
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Farmers file 91 claims to the Tax Authority for direct damages to agriculture around the country. 

Only 2.7% of Israelis call Gaza op ‘big success’
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Poll indicates that Israelis believe Hamas was more successful than Israel in Operation Protective Edge. 

UN General Assembly slams Israel and Hamas for fighting, mourns the humanitarian conditions
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Although Ban Ki-Moon acknowledges Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens, he expresses shock at Israel’s use of force. 

PM: Terrorists watching whether world gives immunity for attacks from schools, homes
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Netanyahu addresses the world amid negotiations for a long-term truce; says Hamas engaged in ‘child sacrifice;’ praises Kerry for supporting Gaza demilitarization. 

Pledging IDF protection, Rivlin urges residents of the south to return home
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Some 250 children were evacuated and most of the remaining adults went with them to safer places in the country. 

In Zhytomyr, Jewish refugees find both safety and uncertainty
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – In Eastern Ukraine, 150 Jews are in a 21st-century refugee camp while their hometown is overtaken by violence. 

Rivlin condemns racial slurs against Israeli-Arab Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer player
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – “Maharan Radi is an Israeli citizen and an excellent footballer in whom Israel takes great pride” says Rivlin, warning against escalating racism. 

Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza-Egypt crossing
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – The EU Border Assistance Mission in Rafah worked from 2005 to 2007 to monitor the Rafah crossing, but ended when Hamas took control. 

Cuba’s Castro rails against ‘Palestinian Holocaust’ in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Cuba broke diplomatic relations with Israel in 1973 after the Yom Kippur War. 

MKs in coalition, opposition berate Europeans for hypocrisy on Israel
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Lawmakers speak to parliamentary aides visiting Israel from nine European states for StandWithUs-backed conference. 

Haredi yeshivas to close after extension of semester as gesture of spiritual war effort
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Yeshivas will therefore remain open until the end of this week, but will close afterwards. 

Soldiers given religious motivational speeches during Operation Protective Edge
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Soldiers say religious speeches were given in communal areas, though soldiers were not required to attend. 

PA to send medical team to Gaza to ‘document war crimes’
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – The medical team will be assisted by foreign physicians and experts, says PA minister; “This time Israel would not escape punishment,” says minister. 

Israeli math team take top prize for the first time at International Mathematics Competition
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – The team, students from Tel Aviv University and the Technion, beat out 72 other teams from around the world. 

Gantz: Residents of the Gaza-border region can return to their homes
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – IDF to remain in South to defend, says chief of staff; “We’re not done. The military is prepared for anything.” 

Supreme Court orders retrial of Olmert in Talansky affair
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Tapes submitted by Shula Zaken lead court to retry case Olmert was acquitted for in 2012; potentially could add to 6 year Holyland prison sentence. 

Likud and Yesh Atid tied at 19 Knesset seats as Yisrael Beytenu gains an MK
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Carmel Shama-Hacohen no longer MK, to be ambassador to OECD and UNESCO, will be replaced by Yisrael Beytenu’s Alex Miller. 

The Guardian

Abbas’s political power is Gaza war casualty
Jerusalem Post 6 Aug 2014 – Palestinians use terms like “absent,” “abhorred,” and “ineffective,” to describe Abbas because “before the Gaza invasion occurred, Abbas had one foot in the presidency and one foot out.” 

Murder trial begins for three Israelis accused of killing Palestinian teenager
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – Joseph Haim Ben-David, 29, and two unnamed minors, have gone on trial for the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir The trial of three Israelis accused of murdering a Palestinian teenager in an apparent revenge attack opened…

Gaza is a crime made in Washington as well as Jerusalem | Seumas Milne
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – The carnage unleashed on the Palestinians is part of a decades-old routine that depends on western support Global revulsion at the mind-numbing carnage of Israels onslaught on Gaza seems finally to have spurred some of the…

Gazans watch peace negotiations closely as they try to rebuild their lives
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – Talks in Cairo between Israel and Palestinian groups continue, amid reports the temporary ceasefire will be extended Sales on Omar al-Mukhtar street are down, but the customers are not. Life, after four weeks of war and…

The movement that dare not speak its name in Israel
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – Vocal opposition to the war in Gaza can be hard to express in Israel, where campaigner Gideon Levy says people ‘leave their liberalism’ at the 1967 border Gideon Levy doesn’t want to meet in a coffee…

Lessons of Sayeeda Warsis resignation | @guardianletters
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – In resigning in protest at the governments policy towards Gaza, Sayeeda Warsi has demonstrated a tremendous degree of courage and principle ( Warsi attacks morally indefensible stand on Gaza as she quits coalition , 6 August). Like Robin…

Gaza: ‘this must be the last time’, says Ban Ki-moon – video
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon says on Wednesday, the cycle of suffering between Israel and Palestine must end, calling all parties to sit down at the negotiating table. Each side brings competing and potentially irreconcilable…

Impose arms embargo on Israel, says Andrew Mitchell
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – Former international development secretary warns that misery in Gaza will ‘poison goodwill in Middle East for generations’ An arms embargo should be imposed on Israel, the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has said, as he…

Second day of demo on roof of UAV Engines factory equipping Israel drones
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – Factory closed as protesters from London Palestine Action says UAV Engines is helping make drones killing civilians in Gaza A group of pro-Palestinian protesters are in the second day of a rooftop protest at a factory…

Gazans take stock of damage during ceasefire with Israel in pictures 
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is holding for a second day, after a month of fighting Continue reading…

Sayeeda Warsi’s resignation was brave, but was it wise? | Michael White
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – Would Lady Warsi have done more good for the causes she feels strongly about if she stayed to fight on the inside? The highly partisan response to Sayeeda Warsi’s damaging resignation from David Cameron’s government revives…

Sayeeda Warsi was right to resign over Gaza | Sadiq Khan
The Guardian 6 Aug 2014 – The ex-Conservative minister was brave to call out David Camerons silence as a moral failure. He needs to change course The past month has seen the continuation of Israeli air strikes and ground raids in Gaza,…


A Doctor in the Killing Fields Letter From Gaza 
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway (Tromso), sent to a friend on July 19 was a cri de coeur. He had spent two weeks in Gaza during Israel s Operation…

We re From the Israeli Government and We re Here to Help You…. Rockets, Rockets Everywhere and No Time to Think 
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s attack on the Gaza Strip is located inside a just and merciful response to Hamas rockets, echoed by President Obama s, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens…

Letter to Tel Aviv
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -Somewhere at the end of this half smoked cigarette, there is a sentence waiting. It will contain all the right quotes and statistics, all the histories and traumas. I will let it speak and then I will…

Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – You can t get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or property,…

The killing fields
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – 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…

Survivors of massacre in Khuza a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – Khuza a is a village in the very eastern part of Khan Younis adjacent to the border fence in the southern Gaza strip. Its farmers have faced death almost on a daily basis in the past…

Why Israel won t sign any ceasefire that s fair
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -A fair ceasefire would bring major relief for Gaza, which would mean Hamas wins the war. The ceasefire that the world is now pushing for – one that, as UN chief Ban Ki-Moon put it, not only…

My city burning peacefully (Our Gaza is a dream of hope)
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – A flame within me, an orange bubble glowing angrily, the din killing me. Isolation and the rocket explode together, the bubble expands to include the whole city. The sounds of the explosion grow louder, more violent,…

“Our village has become a ghost town”: a distressing phone call from Gaza
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – Raed Abufayyad is watching Al Jazeera when he sees his cousin s corpse. “There! That s Muhammad!” Raed says. He darts his finger to the screen: a man s body lies face-down on a dirt path….

Israel arrests activist for hosting Skype chat with resistance icon Leila Khaled
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -Israel, reputedly the only democracy in the Middle East, is willing to arrest its own citizens for communicating on the Internet.That was the experience of Samih Jabarin when he recently arranged for Leila Khaled, the Palestinian resistance…

Israel s Dublin Embassy Warns: Muslim Hordes Conquering Europe
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – 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…

Syria News – July 25 , 2014 
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 25 , 2014 – By the end of Friday, the coordination committees were able to document 35 martyrs: including 1 woman, 4 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 8 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 7 in Damascus and its suburbs;…

Blockading the Truth: Obama s Big Lie About Gaza
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 – It is simply a lie that Israel s slaughter in Gaza is a response to an “unprovoked attack” by Hamas. Not only is it a lie, it is a transparent, brazen lie, whose falsehood is glaringly…

On the 18th Day of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Israeli Warplane Attack Shelter of Displaced Civilians Killing 11 and Wounding Dozens; Israeli Forces Attack Medical Crews and Ambulances; Israeli Forces Attack Gaza from the Air, the Sea and the Ground
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 – Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 18th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law,…

Hezbollah Talks Big but Bows Out of the Gaza War
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 – Hezbollah boss Hassan Nasrallah made a phone call to Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal on Monday and vowed to support “the resistance in Gaza in any way necessary.” Then Nasrallah, whose fame has spread far and wide…

Medical teams under fire
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 -…. “Israel s attacks on Gaza hospitals are ongoing, with those in areas by the separation barrier forced to evacuate their patients, paramedics and other rescue workers are doing what they can under conditions of great risk.”…

Third Intifada: Of Course It Has Begun 
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014- Large-scale protests against the ongoing blockade and bombardment of the Gaza Strip are expected to continue and grow across the occupied West Bank on Friday, a day after at least two Palestinians were killed during an enormous…

Silence in the Face of War Crimes Israel s Goal is Not Peace 
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014-For anyone interested in looking, the facts of Israel s current, bloody genocide in the Gaza Strip are well-known. Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu says, incredibly, that this is all for national security and to end the rocket…

Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 – …Israel s propaganda machine, however, insists that these Palestinians wanted to die (“culture of martyrdom”), staged their own death (“telegenically dead”) or were the tragic victims of Hamas s use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes (“…

Iran, Hezbollah break with Assad to support Hamas
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 – The current war in Gaza has witnessed renewed contact between Hamas on the one hand, and Iran and Hezbollah on the other, following two years of a chill in relations….A Hezbollah media official told Al-Monitor via…

DCI-Palestine mourns the loss of Hashem Abu Maria, colleague and friend, killed by Israeli forces
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 – Defense for Children International-Palestine mourns the death of a staff member, Hashem Khader Abu Maria, 45, killed today by Israeli forces while peacefully participating in a solidarity march with Gaza.Israeli forces shot Hashem in the chest…

Iraq Hospitals Destroyed by Air Strikes
Uruknet 5 Aug 2014 – July 25, 2014 -Intense shelling and aerial assaults in northern and central Iraq have struck hospitals and other medical facilities, depriving civilians of much-needed medical care, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Me decins Sans Frontie res (MSF) said…

Daily Star

Hamas deputy chief denies agreement on extending Gaza truce
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq said Wednesday there has been no agreement to extend a 72-hour ceasefire with Israel that is set to expire on Friday.

At least 11 wounded in Tripoli attack
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 At least 10 civilians were wounded Thursday after a homemade bomb was tossed under the al-Khanaq bridge in Lebanon’s second largest city Tripoli, a security source told The Daily Star.

UN chief: Gaza deaths and destruction shame world
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded an end to the continuous senseless suffering in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, telling the General Assembly that “the massive deaths and destruction in Gaza have shocked and shamed the world.”

US Treasury sanctions Kuwaitis for Iraq, Syria
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 The US Treasury Department announced Wednesday it is levying sanctions against three men suspected of helping finance what it says are terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria – a move that targeted two well-known Kuwaiti men…

Israel agrees to extend current Gaza truce: official
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire that ended a month of fighting in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Israeli leader blames Hamas for civilian deaths
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 Israel’s prime minister has defended the actions of Israel’s military in the recent war in the Gaza Strip, saying the heavy civilian casualties were caused by Hamas.

Two Italian aid workers kidnapped in Syria: foreign ministry
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 Two Italian aid workers have been kidnapped in war-torn Syria, the Italian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Salam: Lebanon not alone in fight against terror
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 Prime Minister Tammam Salam released a statement Wednesday, condemning the loss of Lebanese lives during clashes in Arsal, lauding local and regional efforts to stand by Lebanon during the critical phase.

Arsal refugees demonstrate demanding an end to violence
Daily Star 6 Aug 2014 Dozens of residents who fled devastated Arsal held a demonstration in Beirut to express solidarity with their relatives who couldn’t flee, and call for a political solution to end the violence.

YNet News

Jewish man’s hate crime case reopens wounds in NYC 
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood reacts with dismay over what it calls a hate crime investigation gone awry. ….

In some wars, both sides lose 
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Analysis: Despite its huge military advantage, advanced intelligence and remarkable protection means, it may be difficult for the IDF to subdue several thousand terror fighters. ….

Ismail Haniyeh: No extension of Gaza truce
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – ….

Senior Hamas official Marzouk: ‘No agreement on extension’ of Gaza truce
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – ….

US envoy headed to Cairo to aid in Gaza talks
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – ….

Bomb goes off in Lebanon’s Tripoli, kills one
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – ….

Hamas: We will renew attacks as soon as ceasefire over
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – ….

Turkey seeks air corridor to Gaza to help wounded 
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – ‘We are talking with both Egypt and Israel to have an air bridge to send humanitarian assistance,’ Turkish FM says in interview ….

Iron Dome commander: We made decisions that saved lives
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Revolutionary missile defense system records 90% success rate in Operation Protective Edge. ….

Israel agrees to extend current Gaza ceasefire; Hamas vows to renew fire
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Report claims ceasefire extention deal reached, but Hamas denies calms; ‘Two sides have reviewed what they consider as issues of concern,’ Egyptian FM says as indirect Gaza talks begin. ….

Hamas had the final word in Gaza op
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Analysis: Forget about demilitarizing Gaza and disarming Hamas. Things will remain unchanged – until the next round. ….

Netanyahu: Israel safer after op, Hamas to blame for Gaza deaths
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Netanyahu slams Hamas, Israel’s naysayers in address to foreign journalists: 90% of casualties in Gaza took place after Hamas rejected ceasefire ….

Israel to UN: ‘Stand with Israel and against terror before it’s too late’
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Ron Prosor speakes at General Assembly in New York, urging international community to join Israel in fighting terrorism; Ban Ki-Moon condemns ‘senseless cycle of suffering’ in both Gaza and Israel. ….

Rabbi brings Jews and Christians together to help Israel
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – With an annual income of $135 million, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s International Fellowship of Christians and Jews offers assistance to local councils, soldiers and even the IDF itself. ….

The battle of the Gaza tunnels 
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Why hasn’t Israel implemented a secure system to deal with Hamas’ terror tunnels, despite knowing about them for more than a decade? ….

Iran saving Hamas from bankruptcy
YNet News, 6 Aug 2014 – Analysis: Islamic organization is sacrificing Gaza’s residents in the battle against Israel in order to receive funds and weapons from Tehran. ….

Palestinian Information Center

No forgiveness for Jewish Nazism
PIC – Israel is a nation of several Nobel Prize-winners, it is also a state whose people gleefully celebrate the mass murder of babies and their breast-feeding mothers.

Gaza Municipality crews targeted by Israeli gunfire despite truce
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire Wednesday afternoon at Gaza Municipality crews, hitting one of their vehicles in a clear violation of the 72-hour ceasefire declared on Tuesday morning.

Palestinian prisoners suffer difficult detention conditions in Israeli prisons
PIC – Members of the Israeli forces Matsada unit, the Israeli prison services’ special unit, stormed and searched sick prisoners in Ramle prison clinic, Palestinian Prisoners Society revealed.

UNICEF: 400,000 children in Gaza suffer trauma
PIC – Pernille Ironside confirmed that more than 400 children have been killed in Israel’s aggression on Gaza, and almost 400,000 others are traumatized and face an “extraordinarily bleak” future.

Clashes and arrests reported in OJ, West Bank
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian youths were injured on Tuesday during violent clashes that erupted in different areas of occupied Jerusalem.

European medical delegation lands in Gaza
PIC – A European medical delegation has managed to enter Gaza Strip via Rafah border crossing in order to participate in rescuing thousands of persons who were injured during the Israeli aggression.

75 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria last July
PIC – At least 75 Palestinians were killed during the month of July, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria documented.

IOF soldiers launch abduction campaign, demolition operations across WB
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces have stepped up their arrest campaigns and demolition procedures targeting Palestinian civilians and buildings across different areas of the West Bank.

Haneyya: We back up Hamas delegation in Cairo, our demands non-negotiable
PIC – Ismail Haneyya voiced on Tuesday Hamas’s longing for the implementation of a political venture that meets the needs and sacrifices of the Palestinian people and resistance.

British deputy premier calls for an arms embargo on Israel
PIC – British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has added his support to growing calls for an arms embargo on Israel, as the impact of the attack on Gaza continues to be felt around Westminster.


Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee Urges for ‘Hashtag’ Storm to End Gaza’s Siege
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

ICRC’s President Briefs Abbas on Humanitarian Conditions he Witnessed in Gaza
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Slovakia Calls for Resuming Negotiations between Palestinian-Israeli sides
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Colombia Welcomes Ceasefire in Gaza
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Hamdallah: World and Italy Should Oblige Israel to Lift Gaza Blockade
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Arab Knesset Member to Obama: Are Gaza Children Allowed to Dream like Your Daughters, Malia and Sasha?
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Reporters Without Borders: Palestinian Media Death Toll in Gaza Reaches 13
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Japan Provides $1 Million in Support of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Emergency Needs for Gazans
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Belgian Vice-Premier Calls on Palestinina-Israeli Sides to Respect Ceasefire in Gaza
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Israeli Army Demolish Structures, Assault Journalist, near Jenin
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

UNICEF Laments Gaza Child Fatalities: Children Traumatized, Face Bleak Future
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Gaza Death Toll Hits 1868, says PLO
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014

Hamdallah: Government to Mobilize Relief Efforts for Gaza
WAFA – 6 Aug 2014


Cease-Fire Between Syrian Insurgents and Lebanese Army Ends Quickly
New York Times 6 Aug 2014 – Renewed shelling and bombing around the border town of Arsal raised new alarms about the spread of Syria’s civil war. 

Egypt Has Ambitious Plan for Suez Canal Expansion
New York Times 6 Aug 2014 – President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s plan to have the overhaul completed in a year was met with skepticism by some. 

U.S. General Killed in Afghanistan a Quietly Effective Leader Known for Technical Skill
New York Times 5 Aug 2014 – Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, a veteran acquisitions officer who had not seen combat before, was helping complete the transition to Afghan control. 

Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead From the Gaza Conflict
New York Times 5 Aug 2014 – The battle over casualty statistics in Gaza rages on, with no other number as contentious as the ratio of civilians to combatants killed. 

A Part of Hamas Negotiates, and Another May Fight Again
New York Times 5 Aug 2014 – As Israel and Hamas prepare for talks, Egypt, once a friendly face to Hamas, has joined Israel in pushing to cripple the militant group. 

Arrest by Israel in Abduction of 3 Youths Is Made Public
New York Times 5 Aug 2014 – Israel arrested a Palestinian man last month accused of being the prime mover in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June, it emerged from court papers. 

Israel Exits Gaza as Truce Begins
New York Times 5 Aug 2014 – As a 72-hour truce mediated by Egypt took hold, Israel said it had withdrawn its forces from Gaza and Hamas said it would engage in talks on a lasting peace arrangement. 

Tunisia Fears Attacks by Citizens Flocking to Jihad
New York Times 5 Aug 2014 – For a country of only 11 million people, Tunisia has supplied a disproportionate number of fighters to the Islamist cause in Iraq and Syria. 

Over 100 Middle East scholars and librarians call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions
Mondoweiss – We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip – the third and most devastating in six years –constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do…

The forgotten victims of Gaza
Mondoweiss – Shuja’iyah, Mohammad AbudlKarim Al-Qassass’s neighborhood in Gaza Palestinians leave home looking for basic rights, including security and stability, but face consistent obstacles abroad, including rejection due to their identity. During times of war, Palestinians struggle to find opportunity, while watching the Israel’s violence and oppression from…

Gaza war gives rise to new Jewish group targeting Jewish institutions that support occupation
Mondoweiss – IfNotNow statement from last night’s organizing meeting, posted to its t witter feed The Gaza war has given birth to a new Jewish organization of young people who are highly critical of the Jewish establishment’s support for Israel. Called #IfNotNow, the group held an organizing meeting in New York…

Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday August 9 Day of Rage
Mondoweiss – A BDS logo Join the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement today. Demand Sanctions on Israel Now. As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout…

Steven Salaita– unremitting in criticism of Zionism and Gaza slaughter– loses a job at University of Illinois
Mondoweiss – Steven Salaita This is deeply disturbing. The lobby never sleeps. “Another Professor Punished for anti-Israel views.” Steven Salaita, an English scholar who has done excellent work for us and is the author of Israel’s Dead Soul , a critique of Zionism, has reportedly lost an appointment at…

After destroying 10,000 homes, Israel says Gaza can rebuild if it disarms
Mondoweiss – Palestinians inspect the damage of a destroyed milk factory after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Thursday, July 31, 2014 (Photo: AP) Gaza industrial sector hit hard as 134 factories destroyed GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 6 Aug — At least 134 factories were…

Coalition of feminists condemn ‘massacre’ in Gaza, urge support for BDS
Mondoweiss – Supporters of Palestine chant during a rally in Sydney against Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza. (Photo: Getty Images/Lisa Maree Williams) Editor’s note: The following statement in solidarity with Gaza comes from Palestinian, indigenous, women of color, anti-racist, and Jewish feminists. Statement in Solidarity with the Palestinian…

Palestinian refugees displaced again as they flee Islamic State in Iraq
Mondoweiss – Palestinian Ambassador Nazmi Hazouri to Kurdistan speaks to Palestinian residents of Iraq and Kurdistan about the current situations in Gaza and Iraq. (Photo: Abed Al Qaisi) Qasi Mustafa Abu Khalil and his family packed all of their belongings into one car and fled their home in…

Statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and with seekers of freedom and justice world-wide 
Jewish Voice for Peace – JVP is pleased to share the following statement in solidarity with Gaza that comes from Palestinian, indigenous, women of color, anti-racist, and Jewish feminists: Statement in Solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and with seekers of freedom and justice world-wide As Palestinian, indigenous, women of…

What will tomorrow bring for Gaza — a lasting truce or continuous war?
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian employee inspects damages at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, after the building was shelled by the Israeli army on July 21, 2014, killing five people and wounding at least 70. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP) Gaza, Israel’s war on…

Mondoweiss – Palestinian child views his destroyed home for the first time during ceasefire hours in the Shuja’iyeh neighborhood of northern Gaza. (Photo: Allison Deger) It is indeed completely different when you hear a story than being part of it. During the war, we have heard so many…

Israeli Reporter Embedded With IDF Says It Fired Guided Missile at UNWRA School
Tikun Olam – Zino’s report confirming the IDF fired a guided missile at an UNWRA school which killed civilians. An Israeli reporter for Maariv, Aviram Zino, has been embedded with an IDF unit during the current invasion. Noam R writes in his Israeli political blog about Zino’s fawning enthusiastic…

University of Chicago Rescinds Offer to Professor After Anti-Israel Tweets 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Aug 2014 – The University of Illinois rescinded a job offer to an incoming professor who harshly criticized Israel on Twitter. Click here for the rest of the article…

Occupied Palestine Daily Brief, 6 August 2014 
Sabbah report 6 Aug 2014 – Palestine latest; Gaza and 2nd day of ceasefire; world reactions; ICC and Israeli war crimes; BDS latest; and more… The post: Occupied Palestine Daily Brief, 6 August 2014 appeared first on Sabbah Report § Sign up for our FREE newsletter §

Palestine & Israel 
Sabbah report 6 Aug 2014 – UNCENSORED breaking news, world news and multimedia on the Occupied Palestine and Israel. The post: Palestine & Israel appeared first on Sabbah Report § Sign up for our FREE newsletter §

Coins Dating Back To Revolt Against Romans Found Outside Jerusalem 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Aug 2014 – A ceramic money box holding a rare hoard of coins from the Great Revolt against the Romans was discovered outside Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel offers Gaza truce extension 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – Israel offers to extend a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, say Israeli officials, but unconfirmed reports suggest Hamas has not agreed.

Hamas Says No Deal To Extend Gaza Truce 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Aug 2014 – Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire that ended a month of fighting in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.N. Chief Calls Gaza Carnage ‘Too Much To Bear’ 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Aug 2014 – The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza has come at almost too high a price as the death and destruction from nearly a month of fighting has “shocked and shamed” the world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest…

Will the latest Gaza ceasefire last? 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – Can alchemy of diplomacy bring lasting peace?

South Africa: SA Support Sought for Israel Boycott 
allAfrica.com 6 Aug 2014 – [CAJ News]Johannesburg -SOUTH Africans are this weekend expected to take to the streets to campaign for a boycott of Israel products owing to that country’s incessant onslaught on Palestine.

Egypt: As Gaza Ceasefire Begins, UN Chief Urges Parties to Commence Peace Talks in Cairo 
allAfrica.com 6 Aug 2014 – [UN News]Following the announcement yesterday of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to commence talks in Cairo for a durable peace.

VIDEO: Egypt’s puppet theatre revival 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – At a time when video games and TV shows compete for children’s attention, a more traditional form of entertainment is experiencing something of a revival in Egypt.

More Britons flee Libya violence 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – The Royal Navy transports 93 more people out of Libya, as the UK Foreign Office says the situation in the country “continues to get worse”.

Sex, War, Social Media and the Israeli Imagination 
The Forward New 6 Aug 2014 – The Facebook campaign to support Israeli soldiers by uploading racy photos spread like wildfire. Gon Ben-Ari isn’t surprised given the link between sex and war in our imagination. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zimbabwe: At Least for the People of Gaza 
allAfrica.com 6 Aug 2014 – [The Herald]It, however, is not lost to us that this ceasefire has nothing to do with humanitarian concerns for the people of Gaza but everything to do with Obama’s shindig in Washington where he feigns concern for the people of Africa while turning a blind eye…

South Africa: Cosatu to Intensify Campaign in Solidarity With Palestine 
allAfrica.com 6 Aug 2014 – [COSATU]The Congress of South African Trade Unions held a joint meeting of its Political and Socio-economic Commissions (CEC sub-committees) on 5 August 2014. It resolved to intensify its campaign of solidarity with the people of Palestine and against the brutal military rampage against the people of…

‘Ebola victim’ dies in Saudi Arabia 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – A man being treated for Ebola-like symptoms dies in Saudi Arabia, in what could be the latest outbreak’s first fatality outside Africa.

Mosul air strike ‘kills dozens’ 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – At least 60 people have been killed in an Iraqi air strike on premises controlled by rebels in the northern city of Mosul, officials say.

Saudi Arabia and the third Gaza war 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – Saudi Arabia has remained quiet during the current Gaza war, working instead through Egypt.

The Resistance hits Israel’s rentier economy 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – A demonstrator holds a makeshift cardboard rocket reading “Resistance” during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris on August 2, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Dominique Faget) A demonstrator holds a makeshift cardboard rocket reading “Resistance” during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris on August 2, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Dominique Faget) Apologies to…

Erdogan’s ‘anti-Armenian slur’ sparks outrage 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – Turkish Prime Minister — and presidential hopeful — Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked an outcry Wednesday after using what critics said was a racist slur against Armenians in a television interview. During a live interview on the private NTV channel late Tuesday, Erdogan complained that the opposition…

Gaza truce enters second day as Israel and Palestine prepare for talks 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – Shrapnel holes are seen on a decorated wall in the heavily damaged Sobhi Abu Karsh school in Gaza City’s al-Shujayeh neighborhood on August 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Updated at 5:03 pm (GMT+3): A fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day…

Egypt sentences 12 Brotherhood supporters convicted of murder 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – Updated 2:49 pm: An Egyptian court upheld death sentences on Wednesday against 12 Muslim Brotherhood supporters convicted of killing a police officer last year, judicial sources said. Judge Moataz Khafagy first passed the sentence against the men in June and referred the case to the country’s…

Iran says detention of journalists not a matter for US 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – The detention of the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent and two other journalists is a domestic issue and not a matter for the United States, a top Iranian official has said. Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Ghashghavi’s comments concerned reporter Jason Rezaian and a photographer, both of whom…

Man held over Israeli teens’ murders 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – A Palestinian man has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, Israeli officials say.

Gaza’s children will not forget 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 6 Aug 2014 – As Israel withdraws its ground forces from Gaza “ to defensive positions ” outside the Gaza Strip there are already obscene calls for Israel to re-engage so that Israel may “finish the job” and “go all the way” by demilitarizing Gaza, purging the 360 sq. km…

Will US court’s Argentina verdict impact Turkey? 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – Argentina’s recently declared bankruptcy may set a risky precedent for high-debt countries like Turkey.

Charity lists names of 373 dead Gaza children in UK papers 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – Save the Children placed full-page adverts in British newspapers on Wednesday listing the names of 373 Palestinian children killed in Israel’s offensive on Gaza, as part of the charity’s campaign for a permanent ceasefire. The black-and-white advert in broadsheet newspapers carries the names of the children…

Must-see TV: Erdogan’s new campaign movie 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – To understand the current political psychology among Turkey’s religious conservatives, you must see the new three-minute propaganda film Erdogan’s team launched in preparation for the presidential elections.

Detained Post journalist accused of spying in Iran media 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – Conservative Iranian media organizations have accused jailed Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian of spying, a crime punishable by death.

Renewed clashes between Lebanese Army and Islamist militants in Ersal 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – Updated at 6:30 pm The Lebanese Army and Islamist militants clashed on Wednesday despite a 24-hour ceasefire agreed to end five days of fighting that has killed dozens of people in the most serious spillover of Syria’s three-year civil war into Lebanon. Machine gun fire and…

Kurdish security chief: Turkey must end support for jihadists 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – The head of the Syrian Kurdish security police forces, Ciwan Ibrahim, tells Al-Monitor that they are willing to cooperate with Turkey if it halts its support for jihadist groups.

Iraq’s besieged Yazidi and Turkmen minorities cry for help 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – An Iraqi Yazidi family that fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, sit at at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Safin Hamed) An…

Man sectioned over plane bomb hoax 
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – A man is sectioned under the Mental Health Act after a bomb hoax resulted in an RAF jet escorting a passenger plane to Manchester Airport.

Mental health a concern for displaced Iraqis 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – Humanitarian organizations and residents of Babil have been providing material assistance to displaced persons from Kirkuk, but many of the displaced continue to suffer from psychological trauma.

Palestinian Authority FM meets ICC to push investigation into Gaza war crimes 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Aug 2014 – A Palestinian man throws an item from a destroyed house in the Al-Shujayeh neighborhood of Gaza City on August 5, 2014, after a 72-hour truce agreed by Israel and Hamas went into effect. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said there…

Hamas pressured to accept Egypt’s cease-fire demand 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was announced after heated exchanges between the Egyptian and Hamas delegations during negotiations in Cairo, where Hamas reluctantly accepted Egypt’s demand for a cease-fire without preconditions.

After takeover by IS, Deir ez-Zor residents fear next tragedy 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – The recent renaming of Deir ez-Zor as the State of Goodness (Wilayat al-Khair) by the Islamic State is ironic as the once-fertile region is now increasingly depleted of its resources.

Leftist Knesset member blames Netanyahu for Gaza war 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – “The security situation of Israeli citizens only gets worse from round to round,” says Knesset member Dov Khenin in an interview with Al-Monitor, blaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who “is responsible for this war in every imaginable way.”

Gaza: Resistance fighters remain in position, on alert 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Aug 2014 – Palestinian supporters of Hamas shout anti-Israeli slogans during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus in support of Hamas and against Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip, on August 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Jaafer Ashtiyeh) Palestinian supporters of Hamas shout anti-Israeli slogans during a…

Inside Turkey’s wiretapped world 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – A first-hand account of just one of the many wiretapping cases that are happening in Turkey, where government corruption and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s obsession with the Gulen community is the primary cause of a massive abuse of public authority.

Egypt to open Nasser museum in 2015 
Al-Monitor 6 Aug 2014 – State-sponsored cultural emblems have become commonplace since the military took power in July 2013, but at the expense of free cultural expression.

Lebanon: Bekaa residents defiant in the face of the Islamic State’s attacks 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Aug 2014 – Men in Ersal sit in the shade. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Men in Ersal sit in the shade. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The war in Ersal has cast a heavy shadow on surrounding villages, from Labweh and Nabi Othman to Jdeideh and Ras Baalbek. However, the northern Bekaa…

Ersal sheikh: ‘ISIS is an occupier and Ersal is a hostage’ 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Aug 2014 – Lebanese residents flee fighting in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal near the border with Syria early on August 4, 2014 as Islamist militants battled Lebanese army troops. (Photo: AFP-STR) Lebanese residents flee fighting in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal near the border with Syria…


In Gaza, We Have Lost So Many That We Love 
Dr. Mona El-farra, CounterPunch 8/6/2014
Targeting the Future Generations
It’s been three days since Israel’s deadly attack on my cousin’s home and I still haven’t been able to go to Khan Younis to mourn with my surviving family. The Israeli bombing is ongoing and it’s difficult and very dangerous to travel 18 miles from where I’m living and working in Gaza City. Today Israel announced a ceasefire and I wanted to go to Khan Younis. But we have learned we cannot trust these ceasefires and one of my cousins called and begged, “Please don’t come, no where is safe, and you don’t need to take the risk.”
There is no safe place in Gaza. I’ve said it many times before in writing, in interviews, because it is the frightening reality for us. Many families have been erased and everyone in Gaza is wondering when it will be their turn. Between 60 to 65 families have been wiped out completely. My family is no different from any other in the Gaza Strip. Part of my family has been erased. We are always wondering, “Who will be next?”
Here is the story of my family, just one among many stories in Gaza:
At 2:30a.m. on Friday, August 1, my family received a first “warning” bomb on the roof of their house while they slept. They jumped up, woke the children, and told everyone to run outside. The family lived in a four-story apartment building. Three to four minutes after the first bomb, a second larger bomb hit the building. Part of the family was outside running into the street, but part of the family was still in the building when the second Israeli bomb hit.
My cousin’s son Emad was trying to bring the children together to move them to a safer place when a third rocket hit them in the street and killed them all where they stood. There were body parts everywhere, most of them children. This series of attacks killed nine members of my family…. more.. e-mail

On deception and war 
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera 8/6/2014
How good or how bad are Israel’s spokesmen?
I can’t stop shaking my head while listening to Israeli officials and spokespersons denying any responsibility let alone culpability for the horrors in Gaza. 
Their claim reminds me of the guy who was caught smuggling a dog on a flight after it was heard barking:
– Have you brought a dog on board, sir?
– What dog?
– I can hear it barking!
– Oh, how dare you, how could you believe a dog over me!
Now, I can see how such audacity, or shall I say chutzpah, is attempted to cover up wrongdoing; but it’s neither honest nor witty. It’s stupid.
Yet more than a few observers are mesmerised by the chutzpah of a few Israeli spokesmen, whom they view as “slick” and masterful spinning talents, whose “persuasive qualities and polished prose” is unparalleled!
What polish? What prose! What persuasion! What nonsense!
Has anyone heard anything of importance from the Israeli spokespeople since the war started a month ago; anything beyond a few transparently false opening phrases followed by more of the same deceptive claims?…. more.. e-mail

The time is ripe for a UN resolution on Gaza 
Lolita Brayman, +972 Magazine 8/6/2014
With a ceasefire now in effect between Israel and Hamas, diplomacy can begin to take root.
A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas seems to be shakily holding, with a lull in rocket attacks and the deployment of the Israeli military to positions outside of Gaza. The IDF spokesperson officially announced on Tuesday that Operation Protective Edge’s goal – to destroy all known terrorist tunnels leading into Israel – was complete. What was looking like a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza a few days ago, a surprising move that forced Hamas to change its strategy and provided some international legitimacy to Israel’s military objectives, could become an opportunity to change the status quo.
The situation is now ripe for a diplomatic track to replace the repeated failed policy of conflict management via deterrence. In a move that would surely catch all parties off guard, Israel can take advantage of this moment and initiate a United Nations resolution draft.
A unilateral declaration by Israel of an end to its operation is likely to erupt into another round of violence in the coming days, weeks or months. A multilateral settlement, on the other hand, will put pressure on Hamas to adhere to its outline. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are back at the negotiating table in Cairo, desperately trying to achieve Israeli concessions to their political survival demands via Egypt and the Palestinian Authority’s influence.
Meanwhile, a quickly closing window may now exist for relevant international parties to help Israel draft an exit strategy that goes beyond halting the violence and rocket attacks and sets the stage for more permanent stability. This diplomatic opportunity can only occur if Israel alters its lofty and impractical goal of completely “demilitarizing” Hamas by also proposing a rehabilitation plan for Gaza, and changes its opposition towards the Palestinian unity deal and Fatah-Hamas reconciliation. more.. e-mail

Meeting in a Tunnel 
Uri Avnery, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 8/1/2014
The Israeli media are now totally subservient.
THERE WAS this village in England which took great pride in its archery. In every yard there stood a large target board showing the skills of its owner. On one of these boards every single arrow had hit a bull’s eye.
A curious visitor asked the owner: how is this possible? The reply: “Simple. First I shoot the arrows, and then I draw the circles around them.”
In this war, our government does the same. We achieve all our goals – but our goals change all the time. In the end, our victory will be complete.
WHEN THE war started, we just wanted to “destroy the terror infrastructure”. Then, when the rockets reached practically all of Israel (without causing much damage, largely owing to the miraculous anti-missile defense), the war aim was to destroy the rockets. When the army crossed the border into Gaza for this purpose, a huge network of tunnels was discovered. They became the main war aim. The tunnels must be destroyed.
Tunnels have been used in warfare since antiquity. Armies unable to conquer fortified towns tried to dig tunnels under their walls. Prisoners escaped through tunnels. When the British imprisoned the leaders of the Hebrew underground, several of them escaped
through a tunnel.
…Like the Vietnamese fighters in their time, Hamas uses the tunnels for attacks, command posts, operational centers and arsenals…. more.. e-mail

“We will not rest until we liberate our occupied land,” Gaza fighter says
Electronic Intifada: 6 Aug 2014 – Palestinian resistance fought invisibly like ghosts defending Gaza from invading Israeli troops. more..

Gaza genocide and terrorism in Syria
In Gaza: 6 Aug 2014 – Because I know so many of the people in that very small Strip, through my cumulative about 3 years there, I can’t stop myself from scouring the latest death toll updates to see if any of the families, farmers, medics, resistance I knew are among the martyred. At the same time, I worry about new friends in Syria who–while Syria seems to have mysteriously fallen from the corporate media–still suffer from the terrorism of armed groups which shoot their mortars (filled with hundreds of jagged metal pieces, glass) on residential areas, on schools. Yesterday, a friend in Damascus updated me on the latest attacks, 9 shells on the city, which killed three civilians and injured (remember the jagged bits of metal and glass…) at least 20 [ Sana reports on the mortars in Damascus and throughout Syria yesterday]. The same friend days earlier sent photos of minor damage to his home,…more

The ‘New and Brutal Israel’?
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Aug 2014 – By Jeremy Salt Israel’s shocking war on Gaza has done more than any of its previous onslaughts to shake loose the stranglehold its lobbyists have exerted over the mainstream media. Criticism that would never have been countenanced before is now seeing the light of day. For those who watch its atrocious behavior, the Zionist settler state has gone too far since the day it was born but now it has gone too far even for those whose interest in the Middle East is peripheral. The killing of Palestinians day after day, the deliberate targeting of children, the obliteration of entire families, the joyous reaction of Israelis watching the missiles fall and the hatred coursing through the veins of Israeli society bear witness to a sick state born of a sick ideology. By continuing its barbaric onslaught Israel is telling the world that it does not care what the world thinks….more

Rania Masri Speech: ‘ Mr.Obama, What is Barbaric?’
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Aug 2014 – A speech by Rania Masri, the keynote speaker, during the ‘Texas For Gaza’ protest on August 2, 2014 in Austin Texas. (Note that the recording missed the first few seconds. She began it by saying that “Yesterday, the Obama administration said that the abduction of the Israeli invading soldier by the Palestinian Resistance was a “barbaric act”.)more

Conflict Resolution 101: Talking With Hamas
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Aug 2014 – By Medea Benjamin The world awaits with bated breath to see if the interim truce negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to a long-term ceasefire. But if US mediation is to be sincere and effective, the American government needs to take Hamas off its terrorist list and allow Hamas to be fully represented at the table. For the past month, Secretary Kerry has been traveling around the Middle East trying to negotiate an end to the violence. He has had ongoing discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. He consults regularly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He’s convened with the governments of influential countries in the region, such as Egypt, Turkey, and Qatar. But there’s one glaring omission in his efforts as mediator: he doesn’t talk directly to Hamas, which has been on the US terrorist list since 1997. Conflict Resolution 101 says “negotiate with all…more

On Heroes and Preachers: Gaza’s New Resistance Paradigm
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Aug 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? In Israeli prison, of course!,” was the title of an article by Jo Ehrlich published in Modoweiss.net on Dec 21, 2009. That was almost exactly one year after Israel’s concluded a major war against Gaza. The so-called Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008 – January 18, 2009) was, till then, the deadliest Israeli attack against the impoverished strip for many years. Ehrlich was not in the least being belittling by raising the question about the ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ but responding to the patronization of others. Right from the onset, he remarked: “Not that I’m in any way playing into the Palestinian Gandhi dialogue, I think it’s actually pretty diversionary/racist. But sometimes you have to laugh in order not to cry..” Indeed, the question was and remains condescending, ignorant, patronizing and utterly racist. But the question was also pervasive, including among people who classify…more

What if the Children Dying in Gaza were Jews?
Dissident Voice: 6 Aug 2014 – Let’s do a thought experiment and imagine that the Arabs had gotten the better of the Israelis in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and after years of conflict, all that was left of Israel was the Gaza strip. Assume for a moment that instead of Palestinians, over 1.8 million Jews were crammed into the 11 mile Gaza strip and the state of Palestine, subsidized and supported by a superpower, was administering the calories to the Jews in Gaza, keeping them to a limit of 2,300 a day. Imagine that instead of Palestinian children, it was Jewish children living under a Palestinian embargo that denied them toys, books, music and until a few years ago, even pasta . How do you think the world would react? Imagine if it were Palestinian commandos who had assaulted a peaceful cargo ship attempting to break the embargo to bring supplies to Jews in Gaza, killing nine,…more

Gaza’s New Resistance Paradigm
Dissident Voice: 6 Aug 2014 – “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? In Israeli prison, of course!,” was the title of an article by Jo Ehrlich published in Modoweiss.net on Dec 21, 2009. That was almost exactly one year after Israel’s concluded a major war against Gaza. The so-called Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008 –
January 18, 2009) was, till then, the deadliest Israeli attack against the impoverished strip for many years. Ehrlich was not in the least being belittling by raising the question about the ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ but responding to the patronization of others. Right from the onset, he remarked: “Not that I’m in any way playing into the Palestinian Gandhi dialogue, I think it’s actually pretty diversionary/racist. But sometimes you have to laugh in order not to cry..” Indeed, the question was and remains condescending, ignorant, patronizing and utterly racist. But the question was also pervasive, including among people who classify themselves as ‘pro-Palestinian…more

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