VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 9 August 2014: Gaza: raw power and the murdering of justice

9 August 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

ISM Journal: Clashes in Hebron
IMEMC – As ISM volunteers were heading back from al-Masara village yesterday, we were dropped at off at Bab Al-Zawiye, the city center of Hebron. … 

‘Day of Rage’ Protests Against Israeli Aggression in Gaza Held All Over the World 
IMEMC – Following a call by the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee and other Palestinian organizations, supporters of equal rights for Palestinians held protests around the world on Saturday, calling for an end to the Israeli assault on Gaza and an end to the siege that has been strangling the economy of Gaza for 8 years. …

Five Palestinians Killed In Central Gaza
IMEMC – The Palestinian Ministry Of Health stated that five Palestinians were killed, and several others injured, some seriously, after the army bombarded a mosque in Nusseirat area, and the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in Central Gaza. … 

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Man In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that a young Palestinian man died Saturday, at dawn, of a serious injury suffered Friday, after Israeli soldiers opened fire at local protesters in the city. …

UPDATED: 03:16 Five Palestinians Killed, At Least 31 Injured, Friday
IMEMC – IMEMC Contacted Journalist Mohamed Omer The Palestinian Ministry of Health has reported that Israeli missiles and shells in the Gaza Strip have killed five Palestinians, Friday, while at least 31 have been injured. …

Ma’an News

Renewed Israeli bombardment kills 5 in Gaza
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Saturday left at five Palestinians dead and dozens injured, as a series of strikes overnight hit homes, mosques, and a sports club on the second day after the end of a 72-hour ceasefire. The strikes, which come on the 33rd day of a massive Israeli assault that has left more than 1,900….

Gazans return in fear to UN schools as conflict erupts anew
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Cradling his baby daughter, Saeed Masri took flight Friday from renewed Israeli bombardment of Gaza with little faith that even a UN facility can protect his family. Three hours after a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended, a missile hit the roof of a building opposite the apartment in Jabaliya where he was staying with relatives after his own neighborhood was….

Child pulled from Gaza rubble as Cairo negotiations continue
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Medics recovered the body of a Palestinian child in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza on Saturday, a health official said. The body brought the death toll of the Israel’s 33-day offensive on the Strip to 1,904, with 9,837 injured, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement. Israeli warplanes continued targeting various sites across Gaza Saturday….

2 Palestinians killed in Rafah strike
8/9/2014 – Israeli warplanes struck Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip late Saturday, killing two Palestinians and leaving several others injured, a health ministry spokesman said. Ashraf al-Qidra said an airstrike hit a civilian car in the al-Barazil neighborhood in eastern Rafah, killing Said Aatif Tamraz, 26, and Muhammad Adil al-Ayidi, 28. Their bodies were taken to Abu Yousef Najar hospital, al-Qidra said. [END]

Heavy airstrikes reported in southern Gaza Strip
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Heavy airstrikes were reported in the southern Gaza Strip late Friday, hours after a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants expired amid last-minute negotiations in Cairo. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Hebron man dies of wounds sustained during Friday clashes
8/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 40-year-old Palestinian man succumbed Saturday morning to wounds he sustained Friday afternoon during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood of Hebron in the southern West Bank. The death of Nader Muhammad Idris brought the total number of Palestinians killed as Israeli forces violently dispersed rallies across the West Bank on Friday to two, while….

2 Gazans killed in Israeli strike on motorcycle in al-Maghazi
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Gazans were killed in an Israeli strike on a motorcycle in al-Maghazi on Saturday. [END]

15 injured in clashes east of Nablus
8/9/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — More than 15 Palestinians were injured in clashes near Nablus on Friday as rage mounted across the West Bank over Israel’s 33-day assault against the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 1,900. The injured in the clashes with Israeli forces at Beit Furik checkpoint east of Nablus included two journalists. Palestinian medical sources said that several young….

Beloved Gaza traffic policeman among casualties of war
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s most famous traffic policeman Muhammad al-Mubayyid was killed during the recent Israeli assault as he tried to save his grandmother from her home, Gaza police said Saturday. Gaza police spokesman Ayman al-Batneiji told Ma’an that al-Mubayyid was one of the most active traffic policemen on the force, and used to stand guard at the most….

Rockets launched toward Eshkol and Sdot Negev
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Rockets were launched toward Eshkol and Sdot Negev in southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday. [END]

Assailants open fire on Israeli army near Nablus
8/9/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Unknown assailants opened fire at an Israeli military point early Saturday in the al-Tur area south of Nablus, while Palestinian youths struck an Israeli settler’s vehicle with rocks and injured the occupants. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that armed men fired at an Israeli military site near Nablus, while soldiers responded with live fire. No injuries were….

Joint declaration: France, Britain, Germany urge Gaza truce
8/9/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — France, Britain, and Germany on Saturday called on Israel and Hamas to agree on an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, according to a joint declaration from the three countries’ foreign ministries.”We call upon all parties immediately to return to a cease-fire. We fully support the ongoing efforts by Egypt to this end,” said the statement from foreign ministers Laurent Fabius of France….

Medics pull body of child from Gaza City rubble
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Medics pulled the body of an unidentified child from rubble in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City on Saturday, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. [END]

5 injured in Israeli shelling on northern Gaza City
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians were injured in an Israeli shelling on northern Gaza City on Saturday, a Ma’an reporter said. [END]

Israeli warplanes bomb cemetery in central Gaza City
8/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes bombed Sheikh Radwan cemetery in central Gaza City late Saturday, a Ma’an reporter said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. [END]

In London, 3rd mass protest for Gaza in a month
8/9/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — Tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through central London on Saturday, demanding Britain take a tougher line against Israel over its military assault on Gaza. The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign said 150,000 people attended the march, the third major demonstration for Gaza in London in the past four weeks. Protesters packed the main shopping artery of Oxford Street, marching to the US embassy….

Egypt dissolves Muslim Brotherhood political wing
8/9/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered the dissolution of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the already banned Muslim Brotherhood movement. The decision comes after the authorities designated the Brotherhood a “terrorist organization” in December following the ouster of democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military. The FJP had come out on top in every election in Egypt between its….

Obama vows to continue Iraq air strikes ‘if necessary’
8/9/2014 – ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday vowed to continue air strikes against militants in Iraq if needed to protect US diplomats and military advisors. Speaking in his weekly address, Obama said that he had authorized the strikes in Iraq to protect US personnel serving in the northern city of Arbil.”And, if necessary, that’s what we will continue to do,” he….

Drone strike kills 3 ‘Qaeda’ militants in Yemen
8/9/2014 – ADEN (AFP) — A drone strike on a house killed three al-Qaeda suspects in the restive Yemeni province of Marib on Saturday, a security official said. The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely acknowledge the covert program. The strike “targeted a house in Marib. . . killing three Al-Qaeda militants and wounding two women,” the official in the south-central province….

Lebanon army death toll from militant clashes hits 18
8/9/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A Lebanese army soldier died Saturday of wounds sustained in clashes with Wahhabi militants near the Syrian border, raising the number of troops killed in the fighting to 18, the army said. The fighting broke out on Aug. 2 when Wahhabi militants from Syria attacked army and police posts in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal after the arrest of a militant accused….

Iraq MP pleads for help to rescue Yazidis
8/9/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Displaced Iraqis, many from the Yazidi minority, have been stranded in a Wahhabi-hemmed mountain for a week and will die en masse if not rescued urgently, an MP said Saturday.”We have one or two days left to help these people. After that they will start dying en masse,” Yazidi parliamentarian Vian Dakhil told AFP.”If we cannot give them hope now — the….

British aid drops expected ‘imminently’ in Iraq
8/9/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — The first consignment of British aid to civilians sheltering in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq is expected to be dropped “imminently,” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Saturday. However, he warned that aid drops were only a short-term solution and said officials were looking at how to help members of the minority Yazidi community who fled Islamic State militants to a safer….


Cairo talks in disarray amid Gaza violence
AlJazeera 9 Aug 2014 – Palestinian representatives threaten to pull out of Egypt-mediated negotiations as Israel continues to pound Gaza Strip.

World ‘day of rage’ over Israel’s war on Gaza
AlJazeera 9 Aug 2014 – From London to Paris, and Tehran to Cape Town, demonstators take to the streets to demand an end to Israeli offensive.

International Solidarity Movement

Journal: Clashes in Hebron
8/9/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Vern, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – As ISM volunteers were heading back from al-Masara village yesterday, we were dropped at off at Bab Al-Zawiye, the city center of Hebron. We observed a clash between Palestinian youths and the Israeli army. Youths were throwing rocks and were gunned down with rubber coated steel bullets and live ammunition. We observed a Palestinian demonstrator shot in the leg. He fell down, and….

More stories from Gaza
8/9/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Sarah Algherbawi, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Sarah Algherbawi is a Palestinian citizen who was born in Saudi Arabia in 1991 and now lives in the Gaza Strip. She finished her BSc degree in Business Administration at the Islamic University of Gaza, and now works as a media project coordinator. It is extremely difficult to find a starting point when trying to write about martyrs. The death toll till is….

Photos: Protests for Gaza Day of Rage around the world
8/9/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Occupied Palestine – All over the world, from Cape Town to London, people have taken the streets for Gaza! Valencia, Spain (https://twitter. com/RESCOP1) Thailand (https://twitter. com/NalanSarraj) London, UK (https://twitter. com/pjbodenham) Dublin, Ireland (https://twitter. com/RoryHearne) London, UK (https://www. facebook. com/londonpalestineaction) Marseille, France (https://twitter. com/toufika13) Cape Town, South Africa (https://twitter. com/olafbrinkmann) Paris, France (https….

Rescue team delivering urgent humanitarian aid to Maghazi at risk
8/9/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Palestinian human rights defenders and international volunteers from the UK and the USA are travelling to Maghazi to deliver food parcels, water, and mattresses to 50 families.”Maghazi was attacked once again today, and another two people were killed. A lot of families don’t want to leave their homes and they’re being forced from their land due to the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UK to send NHS medics to help those injured by Gaza crisis
Relief Web 9 Aug 2014 – Source: Department for International Development Country: occupied Palestinian territory, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland UK to send NHS medics to provide urgent expert health care to children and other vulnerable people injured by the crisis in Gaza….

occupied Palestinian territory: Kuwait delivers urgent medical aid to Gaza Strip
Relief Web 9 Aug 2014 – Source: Kuwait News Agency Country: Egypt, Kuwait, occupied Palestinian territory CAIRO, Aug 9 (KUNA) — Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) delivered today medical aid to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to distribute them to hospitals that lack medical materials…

Syrian Arab Republic: ECHO Factsheet – 08 August 2014 – Syria Crisis
Relief Web 9 Aug 2014 – Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Key messages The Syrian conflict has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian and security disaster. Humanitarian needs and displacement continue…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinians want ICJ probe on Gaza: diplomat
Relief Web 9 Aug 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 08/09/2014 20:28 GMT BOGOTA, August 9, 2014 (AFP) – Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday said his government would soon try to haul Israelis before the International Criminal Court for war crimes. “…

The National

Erdogan set to become president as Turkey goes to polls
The National 9 Aug 2014 – After 11 years as prime minister, Erdogan is the overwhelming favourite to make history as the country’s first directly elected president.

Voices on Afghanistan: new strategies for Afghan police
The National 9 Aug 2014 – Afghanistan’s police force must change its methods as international forces prepare to leave the country, says Masood A Azizi.

Obama says tackling Iraq’s insurgency will take time
The National 9 Aug 2014 – The US president said Washington would continue to provide military assistance and advice to Baghdad and Kurdish forces, but said Iraq must form its own inclusive government.

Israel pounds Gaza as mediators try to rescue truce
The National 9 Aug 2014 – Second day of renewed airstrikes kills five and destroys three mosques in Gaza Strip.

International donors wary of funding Gaza reconstruction
The National 9 Aug 2014 – Constant conflict in Gaza makes the Palestinians’ international backers fear that their investments in reconstruction will soon become another victim of the war with Israel.

Presidential vote reveals Erdogan’s political balancing act
The National 8 Aug 2014 – Turkish prime minister appears to have won support from extremes of political spectrum by appealing to both Kurds and nationalists.


Miami rabbi shot dead on way to temple
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Hamas: Heavy on the fire, light on the cease
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Hundreds protest against Israel in New York
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Confusion reigns in Cairo as sides remain far apart
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

A question for the army to answer
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Residents close to Gaza border uneasy after returning to more rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Israeli billionaire’s firm finds reported 3 billion barrels of oil in Congo
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Regional cooperation could be ray of hope for Israelis
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Israel must restore southern Israelis’ trust
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Soldiers probed for ‘fraternizing with minorities’
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Once the capital of a proud Jewish queen, Erbil could emerge as Obama’s Stalingrad
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Obama: Iraq operation will be long-term project
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Tens of thousands protest Gaza bombing in London and Cape Town
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Uganda homosexuals hold first gay pride parade since anti-gay law invalidated
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

‘Hamas should focus on independence, not ports’
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

‘Hamas should focus on independence, not ports’
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Bobby Jindal: Israel would be safer if Kerry spent his time riding a girl’s bike
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Feds arrest 4 Israelis for manufacturing $77 million in fake bills
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

WATCH: Kurdish soldiers deliver aid to Yazidis stranded on Iraq mountain
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Egypt court dissolves banned Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Canada’s Green Party president resigns after defending Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

It’s hard to see Netanyahu making difficult compromises, Obama tells NY Times
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Torn between state and people, one Arab Israeli feels strain of Gaza war
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2014

Haaretz files police complaint about fake article circulated online
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2014

Jerusalem Post

Palestinian delegation to leave Cairo cease-fire negotiations
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Israeli delegation announced it will not return to Cairo until Gazan rocket fire ends; Hamas and Islamic Jihad threaten renewed attacks as cease-fire negotiations disintegrate. 

‘I also cried’
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – During Operation Protective Edge, soldiers of the 7th Armored Brigade exposed Hamas’ attack tunnels; ‘I could not help but think how a place that should be innocent was turned into a killing factory’ 

Two Palestinians killed in separate West Bank clashes
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – One killed at violent 300-person protest; 50 Palestinians throw stones at the Psagot community. 

A lone soldier makes aliya
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Roni Rosen planned for years to make her home in Israel and serve in the IDF – and that dream is finally a reality. 

Gaza’s morning after
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – As Hamas and Israel sift their way through the rubble, the asymmetry that characterized their fight will shift to the economic and political arenas. 

Police investigate British MP after calling Bradford an ‘Israel-free zone’
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Respect Party’s George Galloway says no goods from Jewish state to enter mainly Muslim district; Glasgow’s council flies Palestinian flag. 

Rabbi murdered in Miami on way to synagogue
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Rabbi Joseph Raksin was walking to a Miami synagogue when he was shot by two young men and later died of his wounds. 

Israeli officials: We won’t return to Cairo talks until rocket fire ends
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – After breaking 72-hour cease-fire Friday, Hamas threatens to hit TA again if its demands are not met. 

L’Oréal’s Garnier, singer Bruel boycotted for supporting Israel
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – French hair care firm, Jewish performer accused of helping IDF. 

US prepared for long military effort in Iraq against ISIS, Obama says 
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Nearly a dozen targets were successfully eliminated by US forces on Friday. 

Hamas hoodwinking
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – The only way in which Hamas can conceivably wrest an achievement from its rout on the battlefield is by hoodwinking the global aggregate of gullible governments. 

Starve Hamas
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Operation Protective Edge must now enter the economic phase. 

Obama, Cameron call for immediate cease-fire in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – “Obama and Cameron reiterated support for Israel’s right to self-defense while emphasizing the need for all sides to minimize civilian casualties,” White House said. 

London’s Tricycle Theatre shames itself
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – In the UK, after the shocking but almost inevitable boycott of an Israeli arts company at the Edinburgh film festival, on Tisha Be’av in London Tricycle Theatre took the boycott to its logical conclusion. 

Jew-Jitsu: Countering Hamas using its own propaganda
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Zionism is a noble idea, and I would like us to be active, effective advocates for its causes – not just individuals who rise up to defend the country when it is under attack. 

I should have known better
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – When your home is in danger, you come home. It’s where you need to be; to feel, to witness, to understand, and, above all, in your own small way, to help. 

The continuing United Nations war against the Jews
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – The UN formula for ravaging Israel by ignoring the criminal actions of its foes – and the foes of the civilized world – is breathtaking. 

Eyal Sher to head Israel Festival
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Film-maker appointed as new CEO of Israel Festival, replacing Yossi Tal-Gan who served in position for 22 years. 

EXCLUSIVE: Foreign Ministry document offers options to international force in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Legal department warns of precedent for West Bank if Israel agrees to foreign monitors. 

*Health Scan: Upgrading the stethoscope*
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Many general practitioners and hospital doctors still wear stethoscopes, but use them only infrequently. 

*Danger: Viruses may trump mankind*
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – An American-born virologist at Ben-Gurion University is at the forefront of the world’s battle against deadly Ebola virus. 

Lapid thanks US congressman for approving Iron Dome financing
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – “This bill symbolizes once again the depths of friendship and strategic relations between our two countries,” Lapid said. 

US college campuses debate Middle East conflict
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Tensions over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are increasingly playing out in the microcosm of college campuses across the United States. 

Hundreds of anti-war protesters gather in Tel Aviv, defying police ban
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Earlier Saturday, police banned the demonstration due to fears for public safety in light of renewed rocket fire in south. 

Tens of thousands march in London, Cape Town in solidarity with Gaza
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Demonstrators condemn IDF for renewed operations in enclave as terrorists launch fresh rocket attacks on Israel following 3-day cease-fire. 

Report: Egypt, Palestinians reach new agreement on cease-fire deal in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Under reported terms of proposal, PA would take control of Rafah crossing; Israeli source: “We don’t negotiate under fire.” 

Hamas threatens to resume strikes on Tel Aviv if demands not met by Sunday
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Hamas spokesman says resistance ready for long battle, will not waiver on demands, in particular opening of Gaza sea port. 

South Africa threatens to prosecute citizens serving in Israeli military
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Warning comes after pro-Palestinian advocacy group opened case against Cape Town native reportedly serving in IDF. 

The week in TV: Vampires, stoners and dying runners
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2014 – Find television lightnings for this week on Israel’s HOT and YES cable services. 

The Guardian

Hamas threatens major escalation in rocket strikes on Israel
The Guardian 9 Aug 2014 – Officials in Gaza say fighting will continue unless demands for lifting of blockade and prisoner release are met Hamas officials in Gaza have threatened a “major escalation” of rocket strikes against Israel, raising fears of a…

Israel and Hamas back at war as talks on new ceasefire remain deadlocked
The Guardian 9 Sep 2014 – Rockets from Gaza answered with air strikes as both sides remain dug in over conditions for a lasting truce The Israeli military has said it struck more than 30 targets through Friday night and into Saturday…

Thousands march through London in protest at Israeli military action in Gaza
The Guardian 9 Aug 2014 – Cries of ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Shame on you, Barack Obama’ as 20,000 people protest in London. Demonstrations in Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin too Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Britain and in…

The Observer view on Gaza and Israel’s international reputation | Observer editorial
The Guardian 9 Aug 2014 – Those who have Israel’s best interests at heart and expect better of it may feel in certain respects it is the loser in this violent futility The resumption of hostilities in Gaza, following the expiry of…

Gaza protests: rallies in UK and around the world call for end of conflict
The Guardian 9 Aug 2014 – Tens of thousands take part in London demonstration, while estimated 50,000 people rally in South Africa Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Britain and in several other cities around the world on…

US and Germany threaten Russia with ‘additional consequences’ over Ukraine
The Guardian 9 Aug 2014 – Moscow told it must not intervene without Kievs permission Obama talks to Merkel on busy day for diplomacy On a busy day of diplomatic activity, President Barack Obama and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, agreed on…

Eyewitness: Gaza Strip
The Guardian 9 Aug 2014 – Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series Continue reading…


A Mosul without Christians
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 -It is hard to find the words to describe the recent events in Mosul, in northern Iraq, and I can only turn to the words of Nabil Elaraby, the secretary-general of the Arab League, who said that…

From Victim to Colonial Settler: Shifting the Paradigm on Israel
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – Palestinian life is cheap – something Samir already understood from his short 16 years of living under occupation. For the friends and family of Samir and the thousands of other Samirs murdered by the Israeli military…

Recruiting to Kill – It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – ….Indeed, not only are western governments providing Israel with arms, funds and political cover to sustain its occupation and war, but they are also contributing thousands of military experts and boots on the ground in order…

Candy for Israeli soldiers, cancer for Gaza s civilians
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – In an especially grotesque piece of propaganda, an Israeli weapons manufacturer has boasted of distributing candy to soldiers attacking Gaza.Israel Aerospace Industries, the company in question, is a leading supplier of drones to the Israeli military.Such…

Stocks rise for Israeli drone-maker as Gaza slaughter continues
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – As Israel ruthlessly destroys the besieged Gaza Strip, its largest developer of military technology, Elbit Systems, is benefitting from the bloodshed.US-traded shares of Elbit have climbed 6.1 percent since 8 July, when Israel began its latest…

Assault on Gaza fuels surge of civil disobedience in protest of Israeli actions
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – When Israel pounded the Gaza Strip in 2008-09, activists across North America occupied Israeli consulate buildings in protest of Operation Cast Lead, which killed an estimated 1,400 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians.Now, as the…

One Justice and Many Unjust Ones
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – On the 16th of July 2014, seven Palestinians were martyred when explosive barrels were catapulted by Syrian regime forces on a Palestinian camp in Daraa in Syria. On the very same day, the number of victims…

(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International) Army rabbi exhorted “God s army” before they massacred Palestinians in Shujaiya
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – Prominent settler and former Israeli army chief rabbi Avichai Rontzki delivered a “messianic, fiery speech” to Israeli forces prior to the devastating massacre of the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiya, it was revealed today.An account of…

Israel s new hate paradigm – the institutionalization of terror
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 -As Israel s war machine continues to advance unabated against Gaza, ravaging neighbourhoods, indiscriminately claiming lives, the world has begun to wake up from its media-induced stupor, so bloody and harrowing have been the crimes of Israel….

Syria News – July 28 , 2014 
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28 , 2014 – By the end of Monday, the coordination committees in Syria were able to document 66 martyrs including 7 women, 9 children and 1 martyr under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 18 in Daraa; 9…

Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel s Gaza Offensive
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – Posted here is a joint declaration of international law experts from around the world who are listed below as endorsers. I am among the endorsers, and the text was initially drafted by several international law scholars….

Turning Point? Largest West Bank Protest in Decades Raises Specter of a Third Intifada
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – Israel s assault on the Gaza Strip has triggered the largest West Bank protest in years, with more than 15,000 people marching Thursday from Ramallah toward Jerusalem. Two Palestinians were killed and more than 200 were…

License to kill civilians with impunity in Iraq
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – The decree by the Sunni Islamic State (IS) in the north of Iraq, which forced Iraqi Christians to leave the city of Mosul, was soon mirrored in a decree by the Shiite Ahlil-Haq militia in the…

A rift with Assad s allies? Think again Have Hezbollah and Iran clashed with the Syrian regime over their support for Gaza?
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – There has been some rather bizarre speculation of a rift between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the one hand, and Iran and Hezbollah on the other. The rumours have been sparked by statements from his stalwart…

On Gaza, genocide, and impunity
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – In recent weeks, Israel has unleashed what amounts to the worst one-sided barbarism against one of the world s most densely populated areas – Gaza. In the process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled back the…

Libya: Is Gaddafi responsible for the current mess?
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 -It all started in early 2011, when the West brought along groups consisting of enemies of the Al-Fatah Revolution, together with some naive youth, into the Libyan streets to usher in an era of chaos and destruction….

The Days of the Blockade Are Numbered Israel Has Lost 
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 -Israel may yet win its current battle in Gaza, but only by killing even more of the Palestinians it holds captive there with no means of escape. Israel is, of course, a major military power; indeed it…

Note to the Washington Post: Military-Aged Does Not Mean Combatant
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014-Over the weekend, Professor David Bernstein penned an article for the Washington Post accusing the media of “journalistic malpractice” for using Gaza Health Ministry figures on civilian deaths in the Israeli onslaught, insisting they were inflated. And I…

CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014- Recent controversies over coverage of Gaza suggest that reporters can get into trouble over appearing too sympathetic to Palestinians (NBC s Ayman Mohyeldin) or too critical of some Israelis (CNN s Diana Magnay). But some opinions are…

Nouri s killed 672 people in one city alone
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – …National Iraqi News Agency reports:” A source at Fallujah General Hospital said on Tuesday that the number of martyrs among civilians since the outbreak of the crisis by more than 7 months reached 672 martyrs, 17…

Two Films by John Pilger Palestine, War and the Lethal Role of Journalists 
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – John Pilger first made the film Palestine Is Still The Issue in 1977. It told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967. Twenty five years later,…

The Right to Water in Gaza
Uruknet 8 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 -After almost three weeks of bombing, the death toll in Gaza rose to more than 1,030 on Sunday. The Palestinian poet Jehan Bseiso writes, “There s more blood than water today in Gaza.”Haaretz notes, “After two and…

Professor Ilan Pappe : Israel Has Chosen to be a “Racist Apartheid State” with U.S. Support
Uruknet 8 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – think the most important thing is the historical context. When you listen to mainstream media coverage of the situation in Gaza, you get the impression that it all starts with an unreasonable launching of rockets into…

Self-Deception, Lies And Stupidity Relevance of Hannah Arendt s “A Report On The Banality Of Evil” To Gaza 
Uruknet 8 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – …For me the most telling image of the current Gaza massacre is not one of death and destruction, of carnage, and torn limbs, and mutilated bodies of children. It is one of the regular Israeli onslaughts…

Lone soldiers and young ideologues from around the world contribute to Israeli war crimes 
Uruknet 8 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 -U.S. and European governments express alarm about what they say is a growing number of their citizens traveling to Syria to join extremist militants in the fight to topple Bashar al-Assad. In the United States, the FBI…

The story of my brother, martyr Mohammed Alareer
Uruknet 8 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014 – My brother Mohammed Alareer, 31, a father of two, was killed by an Israeli airstrike while he was at home. While he was at home.No one knows yet if he bled for three days or if…

Attacks on hospitals expose Israel s “self-defense” claims as lies
Uruknet 8 Aug 2014 – 28 July 2014 – A baby was delivered at al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza last Thursday. That should not be news; babies are born all the time. What was remarkable about this birth is that the child s mother had been…

Israeli attacks designed to “terrorize” Gaza population, international law experts say
Uruknet 8 Aug 2014 – July 28, 2014- “The civilian population in the Gaza Strip is under direct attack,” dozens of international law experts have warned in a statement laying out numerous Israeli violations of the laws of war, some amounting to war crimes.The statement…

Daily Star

France to deliver first aid equipment to Iraq ‘in coming hours’
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 PARIS, Aug 09, 2014 (AFP) – France will begin delivery of first aid equipment to Iraq “in the coming hours”, the president’s office said on Saturday.

Kurdish pleas for US weapons may finally be heard
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons.

Gaza war enters second month as truce efforts stall
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Israel launches more than 30 air attacks in Gaza, killing five Palestinians, and militants fire rockets at Israel as the conflict enters a second month, defying international efforts to revive a cease-fire.

Deceased Saudi negative for Ebola in first test results
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 A Saudi man who died while showing symptoms similar to Ebola was not infected with the virus, according to initial test results cited by health authorities.

Thousands of Iraqi Yazidis flee to Syria
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Syrian Kurdish officials say thousands of members of a religious minority group have fled across the border from Iraq after coming under attack by Islamic extremists.

Obama: Iraq crisis could be ‘long-term’
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 U.S. president says Saturday that U.S. airstrikes have destroyed arms and equipment that Islamic State insurgents could have used to attack Irbil, but warns it could take some time to end the crisis.

Pakistan says Taliban command system ‘crippled’
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Pakistan says it has crippled the command and control system of local Taliban militants adding that the likelihood of a backlash to the ongoing military offensive in the troubled northwest would be “minimal.”

March 14: Member escapes ambush in Bekaa
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 The March 14 coalition general secretariat says one of its members escaped an ambush in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley town of Taybeh.

Abdullah: Afghanistan entering ‘a new phase’
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says that his country is entering “a new phase” in an interview with AFP, raising hopes that the dispute over the elections will be soon resolved.

Hariri holds talks with foreign envoys
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Saad Hariri holds talks with envoys of countries comprising the International Support Group for Lebanon, explaining the $1 billion Saudi grant offered to the Lebanese Army to combat terrorism.

Hamas vows no concessions to Israel
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Hamas, the Islamist movement in de facto control of Gaza, vows there will be no concessions to Israel, defying international attempts to broker a new cease-fire after fighting resumed.

Iraq MP pleads for help to rescue Yazidis
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Displaced Iraqis, many from the Yazidi minority, have been stranded in a jihadist-hemmed mountain for a week and will die en masse if not rescued urgently, an MP says.

Turkey says no Turkish military strike against IS
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Turkey’s defense minister says it is out of the question for Turkey to launch a military intervention against Islamic State fighters in Iraq, and that his country was not involved in U.S. airstrikes.

Iraq Kurds say oil production unaffected by Islamic State onslaught
Daily Star 9 Aug 2014 Oil production from Iraqi Kurdistan remains unaffected by the onslaught by Islamic State militants, the region’s Ministry of Natural Resources says.

YNet News

Guinea shuts borders with Sierra Leone, Liberia in bid to halt Ebola
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – ….

A salute to our fallen soldiers
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: Before going back to our routine life, we must remember the 64 men who thought that dying for their country was still a risk worth taking. ….

Where were world’s Jews during Gaza op?
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: Only very small percentage of Paris and New York Jews turned out for pro-Israel rallies. It’s hard to take pride in these numbers. ….

Gaza rocket hits near town in Sdot Negev; no injuries reported
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – ….

UN official: Gaza blockade must end
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – ….

Islamist militants launch attack into Lebanon
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – ….

The hypocrisy of the international media – the case of Hamas
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: Most of the international media have decided for you in advance that Israel is the bad guy in the story. It focuses on every Gaza casualty while ignoring civilian deaths in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya and Kenya. ….

Haredi newlyweds star in National Geographic photo contest 
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – Picture of ultra-Orthodox bride and groom in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood wins second place in Traveler magazine’s 2014 Photo Contest. Watch special interview with Polish photographer. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Sharp decline in Gaza water production due to the Israeli aggression
PIC – Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip has exacerbated a crippling water crisis in the Palestinian enclave. Water production has sharply declined while sewage is overflowing in the streets and the sea.

Egyptian army: A total of 1,659 border tunnels were razed in Gaza
PIC – The Egyptian army have destroyed 20 new border tunnels, rising the overall number of destroyed tunnels along the Egyptian-Gazan borders to 1,659, Egyptian military sources said. 

Israel bombs three mosques, several homes in Gaza today
PIC – Israeli warplanes bombed on Saturday morning three mosques and a number of civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip.

Two civilians killed after aerial attack on motorcycle in Gaza
PIC – An elderly man and his grandson were killed in an Israeli strike on a motorcycle in Gaza City on Saturday, while Israeli warplanes continued to launch more air raids on other areas.

Al-Ahmad: We insist on our demands for a long-lasting truce in Gaza
PIC – Head of the Palestinian negotiation team in Cairo Azzam al-Ahmad said on Friday that the Palestinian demands for a permanent truce in Gaza are indispensable and cannot be compromised.

Gaza death toll tops 1900, three dead bodies pulled out of mosque rubble
PIC – At least three dead bodies have been recovered by the Gaza rescue crews from beneath the debris of Izz al-Din al-Qassam Mosque in the Nuseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza, on Saturday.

Tunisian aid plane sent for Gaza
PIC – A Tunisian plane, loaded with 14 tons of medical supplies and food items for Gaza, took off from Carthage Airport on Friday evening heading for Egypt. 

Seven Jerusalemites arrested during clashes
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested seven Jerusalemites during violent clashes broke out on Friday throughout occupied Jerusalem.

Two pro-Gaza protestors shot dead in clashes with IOF in W. Bank
PIC – Two Palestinian citizens were killed in a spate of violent clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in al-Khalil, Salfit and Ramallah on Friday evening and Saturday dawn.

60 Palestinian mosques destroyed by Israel during Gaza offensive
PIC – At least 60 mosques were reduced to rubble while some 150 others sustained partial damages in the ongoing Israeli offensive that has been rocking the blockaded Gaza Strip for more than 30 days. 


Three Boston Demonstrations Mark Shift in Jewish Communal Politics on Israel
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014

British Government Help 16 People Safely Leave Gaza
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014

Five Palestinians Killed, Several Others Injured on 33rd Day of Israeli Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014

Newspaper Review: Renewed Israeli Aggression on Gaza Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014


For Refugees on Mountain, ‘No Water, Nothing’
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – After fleeing from ISIS, the Yazidis, a tiny religious minority, are caught up in a larger refugee disaster occurring across Iraq, one that is hitting Kurdistan especially hard. 

Iraq Airstrikes May Continue for Months, Obama Says
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – President Obama sought to prepare Americans for an extended presence in the skies over Iraq, telling reporters that the airstrikes he ordered this week, and which continued on Saturday, could go on for months. 

U.S. Jets and Drones Attack Militants in Iraq, Hoping to Stop Advance
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – American warplanes launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in northern Iraq on Friday, destroying rebel positions around Erbil, the Kurdish capital. 

After Flight, a Fight to Survive in Iraq
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – A refugee crisis has struck Iraqi Kurdistan, once the most stable part of the country, as Sunni militants have advanced. 

McCain Says Limited U.S. Strikes on Militants in Iraq Are Not Enough
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – Senator John McCain said he would favor sending combat air controllers into Iraq to help identify airstrike targets and expand the operation into Syria. 

News Analysis: As ISIS Militants Exert Their Control, U.S. Pursues a Military Middle Road
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – In carrying out limited airstrikes, the United States is trying to contain the threat posed by Islamic militants but not break their hold on northern and western Iraq. 

Obama Says Iraq Airstrike Effort Could Be Long-Term
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – President Obama sought to prepare Americans for an extended operation to aid thousands of refugees and to drive back militants in Iraq. 

Israelis and Gazans Clash, but Fighting Is More Subdued
New York Times 9 Aug 2014 – With a temporary cease-fire expired, Israel said it had struck more than 30 targets, and militants fired almost a dozen rockets from Gaza. 

World Briefing: Lebanon: Influential Exile Returns
New York Times 8 Aug 2014 – Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, considered Lebanon’s most influential Sunni Muslim politician, returned unexpectedly to Lebanon on Friday after three years of self-imposed exile. 

World Briefing: Yemen: Militants Kill 15 Soldiers
New York Times 8 Aug 2014 – Al Qaeda militants killed 15 soldiers in southern Yemen after seizing them from a public bus on Friday, military officials and witnesses said, in what appeared to be retaliation for an army offensive. 

Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove White House to Airstrikes in Iraq
New York Times 8 Aug 2014 – Interviews with multiple officials in the Obama administration paint a portrait of a president forced by the unexpectedly rapid deterioration of security in Iraq to abandon his longstanding reluctance to use military force. 

While Offering Support, Obama Warns That U.S. Won’t Be ‘Iraqi Air Force’
New York Times 8 Aug 2014 – The president, addressing critics in both parties, asserted that the United States has a “strategic interest in pushing back” ISIS. 

Differences Between Israel and U.N. Over Gaza Episodes Go Back Years
New York Times 8 Aug 2014 – Israeli attacks on United Nations facilities are repeating a pattern that an agency board of inquiry reported in 2009. Israel says it is addressing the issues. 

New Fighting a Bid for Leverage as a Gaza Cease-Fire Expires
New York Times 8 Aug 2014 – Israel and Palestinian militants resumed cross-border air assaults after a three-day cease-fire expired, but the renewed violence seemed less about meeting military goals than about jockeying for leverage in talks that had made little progress. 

IDF Command Levels from the Lord of Hosts on Down
Tikun Olam – Satire from today’s Haaretz concerning the Commander of the Givati Brigade, Col. Ofer Winter . Note which command level is ranked lowest of the five: The five command levels for the [IDF] Givati Brigade: 1. the Lord of Hosts 2. Deputy Lord of Hosts 3. Prophets of Israel…

Video: Israeli sniper kills Palestinian protester in Hebron
Mondoweiss – This video captures the moment an Israeli sniper shot a bullet into the heart of Nader Mohammad Edrees, 40, during a protest in the Bab az-Zaweya area of Hebron on Friday. D octors performed heart surgery but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead hours later. The video…

‘We are all Palestinian’
Mondoweiss – Today the Day of Rage demonstrations are taking place in cities all over the world, demanding immediate sanctions on Israel. We’re expecting reports to start rolling in, here’s our first one. Nineteen-year-old student and activist Barnaby Raine has been organizing a “Jewish Bloc against Zionism” in…

Six arrested in civil disobedience at Federation offices in Philly
Mondoweiss – In another sign of the burgeoning movement inside Jewish life, yesterday Jewish Voice for Peace held a civil disobedience action at the Jewish Federations office in Philadelphia to protest the Gaza onslaught. A video is above. Rabbi Alpert sent along this report. Excerpts of a news…

Rep. Steve Israel tweets his meeting with Mikey Weiss of Roslyn Heights — but not Netanyahu
Mondoweiss – Congressman Steve Israel in Israel meets Mikey Weiss, college student who left his socks home Steve Israel, the Long Island congressman, is visiting the country that bears his name on a trip paid for by AIPAC, the Israel lobby . As we’ve noted, Israel (the man not…

‘An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing’
Mondoweiss – A lot of folks have seen this, according to Youtube. It’s the first truly great speech I’ve seen from a western politician decrying Israeli impunity. David Norris is an Irish senator. Note that he says that he had a home in Israel or Palestine; he had a…

How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes
Mondoweiss – Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: AFP) Appearing on CNN a few days into the current offensive in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Hamas as “the worst terrorists, genocidal terrorists.” He said they want to “pile up as many civilian dead as they can,” and, he added,…

A Palestinian defends violent resistance to occupation
Mondoweiss – One of the most interesting moments during Amer Shurrab’s appearance in New York Thursday night was the exchange above, when an audience member who gave his name as Bob Herbst asked Shurrab if he could respond to charges against Hamas: that it should be engaging in…

Looking for the Palestinian Kirk Douglas
Mondoweiss – Is this the answer to the Gaza crisis, in Europe’s view? This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The ceasefire did not hold or was allowed to lapse so Israel…

What does it mean to be a Palestinian father?
Mondoweiss – Mother of boy killed on the beach by Israel grieves, photo by Ayman Mohyeldin Almost no Palestinians in Gaza have slept well over the last two weeks, especially parents who care about their children’s mental, psychological and physical safety. I am one of these parents who…

Three Palestinian men killed in separate West Bank protests, one outside a Jewish settlement
Mondoweiss – West Bank Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian man in Hebron IMEMC/Agencies 9 Aug by Saed Bannoura — Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that a Palestinian man died Saturday, at dawn, of a serious injury suffered…

Oakland, CA: Unveilling of the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural 
Sabbah report 9 Aug 2014 – Community Celebration to Unveil “Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural”. Sunday, August 10th, 1pm-4pm. 401 26th Street @ Telegraph in Oakland The post: Oakland, CA: Unveilling of the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural appeared first on Sabbah Report § Sign up for our FREE newsletter §

Renewed Gaza Fighting Threatens To Kill Truce Effort 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Aug 2014 – An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian man and wounded seven others on Sunday, medics said, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardized international efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in a more than month-old Gaza conflict. Click here for the rest of…

Small Israel Rally Slams Gaza War 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Aug 2014 – More than 150 Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday against a Gaza war entering its second month, in defiance of a police ban on the assembly that cited military restrictions on public gatherings in cities within range of rocket fire. Click here for the rest…

Israel Pounds Gaza Killing 9 — Hamas Hits Back 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Aug 2014 – Israel launched more than 30 air attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing nine Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to revive a ceasefire. Click here for the rest of the article…

Fresh fears for Gaza talks in Cairo 
BBC 9 Aug 2014 – Palestinian negotiators warn they will leave Cairo if Israel does not attend Gaza talks on Sunday, but Israel says rocket fire must end first.

VIDEO: ‘Genocide in Iraq right now’ 
BBC 9 Aug 2014 – Songül Tolan of the Central Council of Yazidis in Germany talks to the BBC during a protest staged in Bielefeld to raise awareness of the persecution of Yazidis in Iraq.

VIDEO: Air strikes on Gaza resume 
BBC 9 Aug 2014 – Violence continues in Gaza after the end of a three-day ceasefire.

VIDEO: Thousands protest over Gaza in London 
BBC 9 Aug 2014 – Thousands have gathered for a march in protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Hundreds of thousands set to participate in International Day of Rage for Gaza 
Global BDS 9 Aug 2014 – – Spain announces “provisional” suspension of military exports to Israel and Evo Morales backs BDS – Pressure grows for military embargo and sanctions Follow #GazaDayofRage for updates Hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets today to demand boycotts and sanctions against Israel as…

Evo Morales endorses BDS, calls Israel a terrorist state 
Global BDS 8 Aug 2014 – The following statement from the Network in Defense of Humanity (REDH) in Bolivia is a translation of the original from http://www.nuestra-america.it/index.php/it/espanol/bolivia/item/998-appello-internazionale-primo-firmatario-presidente-della-bolivia– evo – morales . In Defence of Palestine The Network in Defense of Humanity (REDH), before the tragic events being experienced by our Palestinian brothers in…

US in new strikes on Iraq militants 
BBC 9 Aug 2014 – The US military says it has carried out four new air strikes on militants to defend Yazidi refugees hiding in the mountains of northern Iraq.

Lebanese state abandons security personnel kidnapped in Ersal 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2014 – Lebanese army troops take position on the road leading the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal in the eastern Bekaa Valley on August 7, 2014, after a truce was announced to end fighting between jihadists and Lebanese government forces on the Syrian border. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid) Lebanese…

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood party 
BBC 9 Aug 2014 – A court in Egypt dissolves the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Hariri returns to Lebanon with Saudi grant to confront extremism 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2014 – Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri attending a meeting at the Grand Serial upon his return from his prolonged absence, yesterday, August 8, 2014. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri attending a meeting at the Grand Serial upon his return from his prolonged absence, yesterday,…

Palestinian Resistance threatens to bomb Tel Aviv unless its demands are met 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2014 – Palestinian protesters carry a cardboard model of M75 rockets during a demonstration in support of Gaza after Friday prayers in the West Bank town Bethlehem on August 8, 2014. (Photo: Musa al-Shaer) Palestinian protesters carry a cardboard model of M75 rockets during a demonstration in support…

Egypt court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood party 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2014 – An Egyptian court issued a ruling on Saturday dissolving the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources said, dealing another blow in the campaign to crush Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement. A court banned the Muslim Brotherhood itself in September,…

US drone strike kills three, injures two women in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2014 – A US drone strike on a house killed three people and wounding two women in the restive Yemeni province of Marib on Saturday, a security official said. The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely acknowledge the covert program….

Policeman who tortured blogger to death jailed for three years 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2014 – An Iranian policeman has been sentenced to three years in jail, 74 lashes and two years’ internal exile for the unpremeditated killing of a blogger in 2012, media reported Saturday. Sattar Beheshti, 35, arrested on October 12 that year for criticizing Iran’s regime on the Internet,…

New Israeli killings push Gaza death toll past 1,900 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2014 – A Palestinian man embraces the body of a man who was killed when Israel bombed Al-Qassam mosque in Nusseirat, in Gaza City on August 9, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Roberto Schmidt) A Palestinian man embraces the body of a man who was killed when Israel bombed…

Can UK learn from anti-jihad scheme? 
BBC 8 Aug 2014 – Persuading those planning to fight in Syria to come home

Syrian-Kurdish militias fight IS after Peshmerga fighters’ retreat 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Aug 2014 – Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014, as they seek refuge after Islamic State (IS) Sunni militants took control of their hometown. (Photo: AFP-STR) Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the…

Lebanon: Education minister passes all students in bid to undermine the UCC 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Aug 2014 – Education Minister Elias Bou Saab being escorted by security during a teacher’s protest demanding higher wages. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Education Minister Elias Bou Saab being escorted by security during a teacher’s protest demanding higher wages. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Will fireworks light up the sky once again…


The Occupation is Forever 
Evan Jones, CounterPunch 8/8/2014
The Enclosure of the Palestinians
The ‘two-state solution’ is perennially misunderstood. The solution envisaged has nothing to do with a possible spatio-political division of Israel-Palestine and the ending of the Occupation. Rather it is a public relations device to quell the qualms of those bleeding hearts who find the current impasse unsavory, to deny the necessity (indeed the inevitability) of a ‘one-state solution’, and ultimately to ensure the continuation of the Occupation.
Ditto the ‘peace process’.
There is a hierarchy of groupings behind this long-time fraud. There are the blackguards – those who have formulated the objectives and are running the show. There are the flunkeys – those who perform the legwork publically for the blackguards (the execrable Quartet emissary Tony Blair as Exhibit A) or who cravenly bring up the rear (Europe); add the complaint media. And there are the naïfs who bear the message in their breasts, neutering themselves against informed interest and involvement in the transformation of the status quo.
There are a small number of people who fall outside this hierarchy. They are typically sometime consultants/negotiators/bureaucrats who have participated in negotiations to end the impasse. There is the rare diplomat. They are principled, accomplished and well-intentioned. But ultimately their efforts have been to no avail – to no avail because they took the ‘peace process’ seriously and were stymied by a battering ram of blackguardery.
It is surprising that such worthy individuals who have confronted at close quarters Israeli intransigence, belligerence and mendacity have not been heard of (save Richard Falk) during the current slaughter in Gaza. more.. e-mail

Gaza: raw power and the murdering of justice 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 8/9/2014
Broken promises and broken dreams
What are the chances of anything good happening to the Palestinians after this latest carnage? Was their torment addressed on previous occasions? Were the wrongs against them righted?
Think back.
When Israel “disengaged” from Gaza in September 2005 (i.e. pulled out its ground troops and squatters) it signed an Agreement on Movement intended to maintain and develop Gaza’s economy and set the scene for a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.The agreement was drawn up by the US, sponsored by the Quartet and launched by Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state at the time, and Javier Solana, the European Union High Representative, in Jerusalem on 15 November 2005.
Rice spoke about how the Israeli withdrawal returned control of that territory to the Palestinian people and how the EU would play an important role in implementing the plans.
Commitments Israel and the US never intended to meet
She said:
This agreement is intended to give the Palestinian people freedom to move, to trade, to live ordinary lives. The agreement covers six topics.
First, for the first time since 1967, Palestinians will gain control over entry and exit from their territory. This will be through an international crossing at Rafah, whose target opening date is 25 November. more.. e-mail

United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch: Israel Is Targeting CIVILIANS In Gaza 
Washingtons Blog 8/7/2014
Recommend International Criminal Court Investigation
Update: Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the U.S. for help in avoiding war crime charges.
Amnesty International just released a report stating:
An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead, said Amnesty International as it released disturbing testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area.
“Even more alarming is the mounting evidence that the Israeli army has targeted health facilities or professionals. Such attacks are absolutely prohibited by international law and would amount to war crimes. They only add to the already compelling argument that the situation should be referred to the International Criminal Court.”
Human Rights Watch released a report this week headlined, “Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians“, stating:
Israeli forces in the southern Gaza town of Khuza’a fired on and killed civilians in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25, 2014. Deliberate attacks on civilians who are not participating in the fighting are war crimes.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that on July 25, a Red Crescent volunteer [the equivalent of the Red Cross] was mortally wounded in an Israeli attack in Khuza’a, and other volunteers who tried to rescue him were fired on. Under the laws of war, medical workers are civilians who may not be targeted for attack. more.. e-mail

Palestine present more than ever in Latin American politics 
Dima Khatib, Al Jazeera 8/9/2014
Governmental and popular solidarity with Palestine is unprecedented following the latest Israeli invasion of Gaza.
“Let’s advocate for Palestine’s right to be a full member at the United Nations.” The voice is very familiar to any Venezuelan or anyone living in Venezuela. Heard in small recorded sentences, it comes out every now and then, scattered between commercial ads on a local radio station.
“We want peace. We want the aggression on Palestine to stop. We want peace in the World.” Another sound clip comes up after a hip-hop song. It is the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ voice. And those are bits and pieces from his long speeches where he would often mention Palestine, explaining its history and calling for its freedom.
On another pro-government local radio station a broadcaster reminds a fellow broadcaster as they share the latest updates from Gaza that the story is not about three Israeli teens, kidnapped and murdered a few weeks ago. It is the story of a land, the broadcaster continues, that Israel occupies without any right and thus depriving Palestinians of it. He continues: “Imagine that our country Venezuela w
ould be reduced to just two small states, not geographically connected, and the rest would be occupied by a new state, I mean another country. That is exactly how Gaza and the West Bank are now. Unbelievable, isn’t it?”
In El Venezolano Square downtown Caracas a lady of Arab descent prays for Gaza. Passersby stop to show solidarity with statements like, “Israel is a criminal practising genocide,” “Free Palestine” and “Israel is the number one terrorist.”
A few blocks away, the headquarters of Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, known as the Yellow House (Casa Amarilla) has been the central point for collecting donations for Gaza…. more.. e-mail

solidarity, in the community
In Gaza: 9 Aug 2014 – So i live in a very small community, two neighbouring towns with a combined population under 30,000, many of whose families have lived here for generations. Not very diverse, and many are not very politically aware. This morning a friend of mine, a teacher in my town, and i went to a park in the neighbouring town where every Saturday there is a farmer’s market. We brought my Palestinian flag, a couple of enlarged photos i’d prepared, and engaged with passersby on Gaza and Syria. Small number of people who stopped to talk, but it was a positive experience in that they were well-informed (on Gaza, Syria I’m working on it), and agreed to my suggestion that we form a small solidarity group and grow it, bring these issues to our community. Great conversation and some great ideas for the future. The less-positive, part 2, to attempts to raise awareness…more

Gaza: Raw Power against the Struggle for Justice
Dissident Voice: 9 Aug 2014 – What are the chances of anything good happening to the Palestinians after this latest carnage? Was their torment addressed on previous occasions? Were the wrongs against them righted? Think back. When Israel “disengaged” from Gaza in September 2005 (i.e., pulled out its ground troops and squatters) it signed an Agreement on Movement intended to maintain and develop Gaza’s economy and set the scene for a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.The Agreement was drawn up by the US, sponsored by the Quartet and launched by Condoleezza Rice (US Secretary of State) and Javier Solana (EU High Representative) in Jerusalem on 15 November 2005. Rice spoke about how the Israeli withdrawal returned control of that territory to the Palestinian people and how the EU would play an important role in implementing the plans. She said: This agreement is intended to give the Palestinian people freedom to move, to…more

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