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Give Kerry a Break


Secretary of State John Kerry was right to push for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza earlier this week.

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Peace Prescription

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Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation


The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE

Israel and Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza


At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire is scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday.

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Bystanders Who Record Police Brutality Must Be Protected and Valued


Eric Garner’s recent death at the hands of cops would not have come to our attention had it not been for a camera phone recording; Satanists are “trolling” Hobby Lobby to test the boundaries of the Supreme Court ruling; meanwhile, some commentators are saying that the “IDF either targets civilians or has terrible aim.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Russell Brand Takes on Sean Hannity and His Skewed Debate on Gaza

Let’s just say the Fox News host did not take kindly to Russell Brand’s recent critique of a “Sean Hannity Show” segment and his implying that Hannity is a terrorist.

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Gaza and Soweto: Why South Africa Is Calling on Israel to Cease Gaza Ground Offensive


Robert Cutts (CC BY 2.0)

On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

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Is It a Cease-Fire If You Don’t Cease Fire?


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Israel called a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire Wednesday, and amid confusion over which areas the halt applied to shelled a market in Gaza. According to Palestinian authorities, 17 Palestinians were killed and 200 more were injured.

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A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace


The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. This military attack, waged by land, sea and air, has been going on longer than the devastating assault in 2008/2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians.

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Bolivian President Calls Israel a ‘Terrorist State’


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The South American country hasn’t had diplomatic ties with Israel since 2009, and announced Wednesday that Israeli citizens would need to obtain permission before crossing its borders.

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Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea


According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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After Another U.N. School Shelled in Gaza, U.N. Official Calls Tragedy ‘Source of Universal Shame’


Chris Gunness, a U.N. Relief and Works Agency official, said that the IDF had been notified of the “precise location” of the organization’s school-turned-shelter in Jabaliya at least 17 times before what he and his colleagues termed Israeli artillery killed “children ... as they slept next to their parents” Wednesday.

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Israel Bombs Gaza Back to Stone Age, Razes Only Power Plant and Plunges Strip Into Darkness (Video)


Israel launched a seven-hour campaign of intensive bombing of Gaza on Tuesday, destroying its only power plant.

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A War Crimes Investigation Could Benefit Both Sides in Gaza


AP/Khalil Hamra

If and when Palestine becomes a member state of the International Criminal Court, Israel should rejoin, and cooperate with any investigation into human rights violations.

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David Frum Accuses New York Times of Staging Photos of Palestinian Victims


New York Times/Sergey Ponomarev

Conservative commentator David Frum has tweeted no fewer than eight times his outrage over “faked” photos of Palestinian victims of Israel’s military violence. Problem: The photos are real.

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‘Happy Birthday to You’ Copyright ‘Owners’ Finally Being Sued for Millions


The birthday song has been in the public domain for decades, but somehow Warner/Chappell Music has gotten away with collecting hundreds of millions in royalties every time it was performed; the richest Americans are mostly inheriting their wealth; meanwhile, although science will make it possible to cryogenically freeze ourselves “until a future age,” one writer questions whether that’s something we’d actually want. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Running Orders,’ a Powerful Poem by Palestinian-American Lena Khalaf Tuffaha on Gaza


There’s a poem circulating online, written from the voice of a Palestinian evacuee in Gaza, that is as gut wrenching as it is important.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE

Now What?

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Gaza Cease-Fire: Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya and N. Korea, Israel Has Impunity From Defying UNSC


The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel.

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A Pollster Strategy Sheet Is Helping Israelis Hide Facts, Writer Argues


Israeli spokesmen are working from a secret PR playbook to “influence the media and public opinion” on their bloody military campaign on the Gaza Strip, Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn contends at The Independent.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

Goliath

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Israel’s Gaza Campaign Endangers U.S. Security: Why Obama and Kerry Are Furious


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The United States as a great power is facing a large number of challenges in the Muslim world, and Israel’s Gaza campaign is endangering both American diplomacy there and the very security of the U.S.

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Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ Is Not Enough


When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. Israel has no strategic war aims in Gaza because it has no large scale, long term strategy concerning the Strip.

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No Fly Zone

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Netanyahu’s Assignment of Blame for Teen Deaths Cast Into Doubt


A BBC reporter claims an Israeli police official told him the men responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens last month were not acting under instruction from Hamas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE

Iron Dome

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Both Sides Agree to 12-Hour Humanitarian Truce in Gaza as Israel Rejects Broader Cease-Fire Proposal


According to Al-Jazeera, 76 bodies were recovered from the rubble Saturday morning in Gaza, during what Truthdig contributor Juan Cole is calling a “phony” cease-fire.

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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the U.N. School/ Refugee Center (Video)


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Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets.

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Night of Destiny in Palestine: A Third Uprising? (Video)


A new element entered the current Gaza war on Thursday, as Israel shelled a U.N. school full of displaced persons taking refuge there and large protests broke out in the Palestinian West Bank.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE

The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

Losing the Moral High Ground


AP Photo/Adel Hana

The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

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Unrelenting Israeli Strikes Could Cause ‘Grave Humanitarian Crisis’

The death toll in the Gaza Strip passed 815 as new strikes by Israel’s Netanyahu government killed more civilians and prompted the largest West Bank protests seen in decades, “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza to Afghanistan: Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism


Incapable of thinking beyond military solutions to social problems, militarism absolves individuals and governments, if not the public, of the horror produced by the weapons it builds. Moreover, just as it erases the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it suggests that the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza is a necessity.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

Eye for Eye

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Compares Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment to Nazi’s Essay


With the disclaimer that by contrasting the two statements, he wasn’t stating they were identical, Glenn Greenwald points out the similarities between the Israeli prime minister’s remark about Palestinians and another made by Joseph Goebbels; a writer argues that Israel helped make Hamas what it is today; meanwhile, a German graffiti artist uses light to protest the NSA in Berlin. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

U.N. School Where Hundreds of Palestinians Sought Protective Shelter Shelled


A United Nations-run school in Gaza sheltering Palestinian evacuees was hit by shells Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than a hundred. According to Al-Jazeera, the shells came from the Israeli military, but The Washington Post says that has not been confirmed.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

Blame

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

Two-State Solution

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

‘Witch Hunt’: Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate (Video)


As the Gaza body toll mounts, NBC executives crack down on criticism of Israel.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

U.N.: Israel’s Military Action in Gaza May Amount to War Crimes


In international law, Israel’s pretext for indiscriminate bombing—that Hamas hides out among noncombatants—is unacceptable.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza


According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense


If the international community will not halt Israel’s Gaza attack and war crimes then it must concede to the Palestinians the right to self-defense under the U.N. Charter.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza as Sarajevo


AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The image of Israeli tank columns safely ranged on the periphery of Gaza methodically lobbing in round after round of supposedly precision-guided munitions (precision, that is, give or take the odd 25 person civilian family huddled together for the breaking of their Ramadan fast), sent me whistling back to my own time in Sarajevo, after the lifting of the siege there in the wake of the Dayton Accords in late 1995.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

U.S., U.N. Try Diplomacy in Israel

Both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are in Israel, where they are meeting with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to urge an end to hostilities.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

Why America Continues to Back Israel While Some Other Countries Call for Boycotts


The U.S. government wasn’t always Israel’s strongest ally, but as political figures in countries such as Norway call for a boycott of Israeli goods to protest the Gaza operation, our politicians almost unanimously continue their unfailing support.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

Al-Jazeera Evacuates Gaza Offices After It Claims Press Building Targeted by Israeli Forces


Shortly after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman publicly accused Al-Jazeera of airing “anti-Semitic” propaganda, the media outlet’s offices in Gaza reportedly “came under fire” Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future


A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm among international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

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