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Palestine Goes to U.N. Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016


Palestine will argue that Israel has systematically and over decades violated all the international laws regulating military occupations, and that it is quickly marching toward being an apartheid state.

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Get Ready for Yom Kippur With This List of Political Sins


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Jews around the world this Friday night will ask God for forgiveness. Don Futterman, writing in Haaretz, says this year Jews of all political persuasions, no matter where they live, have much to atone for.

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Is Mahmoud Abbas Right That Israel Is Guilty of War Crimes, Genocide in Gaza?


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday at the United Nations that Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza and even “genocide.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE

Edward Snowden: The NSA’s Passing Americans’ Private Data to a Secret Israeli Military Organization


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The whistle-blower recently told journalist James Bamford that the National Security Agency is sharing the details of Americans’ phone calls and emails, including names and other sensitive data, with an Israeli military group called Unit 8200.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

By Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

Egypt Offered Palestinians 1,600 Square Kilometers Near Gaza


In response to the Palestinian refugee crisis, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he was willing to cede some of his country’s land, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer; some Ukrainian soldiers are alarmingly wearing Nazi symbols on their helmets; meanwhile, Turkey refuses to join the coalition against Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Must Muslim Americans Condemn IS? Must Turkish Jews Condemn Gaza War?


During the recent war in the Gaza Strip, a controversy broke out in Turkey about whether Turkish Jews were required to condemn Israel’s actions, as some pro-Palestinian Turks suggested.

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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America


The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet’s most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE

Cease-Fires in Which Violations Never Cease


The regular pattern is for Israel to disregard whatever agreement is in place—while Hamas observes it—until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality. These escalations, which amount to shooting fish in a pond, are called “mowing the lawn” in Israeli parlance.

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Gaza War Inspires a Third of Israelis to Consider Leaving the Country


For a variety of reasons, the recent war in the Palestinian territory has persuaded an increasing number of Israelis to give serious thought to emigration, according to one poll; in Gambia, the National Assembly passed a law to imprison people for life for “homosexual acts”; meanwhile, it’s important that the left condemn jihad as vehemently as it does Israeli occupation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Israel to Take Over Land in West Bank in Its Biggest Seizure in 30 Years


Days after a cease-fire in Gaza was agreed to by Hamas and Israel, the latter announced it was taking over 1.5 square miles of West Bank territory south of Bethlehem as “a response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teenagers in the area” this summer.

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Israeli Education to Help Pay for Summer War on Hamas in Gaza


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to slash government expenditures by 2 percent to offset the $2.5 billion cost of his administration’s 50 day military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Much of the money will come out of the nation’s education budget.

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Is Breaking Bad Over?

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye Discusses What It Was Like Growing Up in Palestine and Ferguson


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Naomi Shihab Nye, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and an award-winning writer, was raised in two of the most frequently discussed conflict zones in the news today. In a recent piece for The Washington Post, Nye talks about the lessons she learned while living in lands that are still divided by racial tensions.

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Shades of Gaza in Ukraine?


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At the risk of grossly oversimplifying two very different conflicts, read this New York Times summary of a U.N. human rights report on the fighting in Ukraine and tell us it doesn’t sound familiar.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE

Elizabeth Warren Breaks Silence on Israel/Gaza, Sounds Like Netanyahu


“That, ladies and gentlemen,” The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes, “is your inspiring left-wing icon of the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE

Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

The Guns of August


What, if anything, have we learned from the disaster of World War I? Look no farther than Gaza, or Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

Playwright Sees Blatant Racism in ADL Ad About Israel’s Killing of Children in Gaza


Wallace Shawn translated an ad by the Anti-Defamation League into “plain English” and he found a disturbing message; a Chinese chef meets his end when cooking with a dangerous ingredient; meanwhile, a binational Israel-Palestine state may not be as far off as many think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

Open-Ended Cease-Fire Reached in Israel/Gaza, but How Long Will It Last?


Israel on the one side and Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the other have announced an open-ended cease-fire brokered by Egypt, the terms of which are similar to those of 2012.

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Netanyahu Has Staying Power Despite a Dip in the Polls


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The number crunchers at the somewhat conservative Jerusalem Post have taken a look at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s polling and determined that he was at his most popular (82 percent approval) when he sent ground troops into Gaza. Israeli casualties appear to have kneecapped his popularity.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE

World Falling Apart

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Gaza Update: Don’t Expect Quick Action by the International Criminal Court


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The initiative to push the ICC into action rests with the Palestinians, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is stalling.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

How the Brutalized Become Brutal


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The beheading of a U.S. reporter, Hamas’ executions of suspected collaborators and fundamentalists’ slaughters in Iraq are the end of a long horror story, not the beginning.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE

Taney

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Accused Collaborators Are Executed in Gaza as Hostilities Continue


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Masked gunmen shot as many as 18 (reports differ) Palestinians in Gaza on Friday. The victims were reportedly accused of collaborating with Israel to reveal the location of Hamas commanders.

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Israel and the United States Are Headed for a Breakup


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Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel’s alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE

Dutch Lawyer Who Saved Jewish Boy in WWII Returns Medal to Israel Over Bombing of His Family in Gaza


Henk Zanoli, a 91-year-old Dutch attorney who in 1943 saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis, has returned to Israel the “Righteous among the Nations” medal awarded him three years ago by the Yad Vashem museum.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

Like South Africa’s Apartheid, Israeli Occupation Will End—It Is Only a Matter of Time


Many have drawn comparisons between Israeli occupation and South African apartheid. Such comparisons are instructive, not only as a moral gauge but in terms of offering solutions to the current crisis.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

Hillary and Barack

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Articulate, Sophisticated, Passionate Defense’ of Netanyahu’s Deplorable Acts


Israel’s best spokesperson is none other than our very own former secretary of state, according to Haaretz columnist and professor Peter Beinart, who argues that Hillary Clinton’s empathy for Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisions is exactly why she “gets so much wrong” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza Cease-Fire Extended for Another 5 Days


Hamas and Israel agreed to have a few additional days added on to their recent 72-hour truce after a “tense countdown” and some confusion on both ends Wednesday night.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

Coexist

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

Put Down the Bottled Water! It’s Draining Drought-Stricken California


Most bottled water companies are taking precious H2O from the state that needs it most; a new browser add-on can show you who’s funding your elected representatives; meanwhile, SWAT teams and riot police are paramilitarizing the suburbs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

Does Laughing at ‘Daily Show’ Clips Blind Us to Democrats’ Follies?


Though poking fun at right wingers is amusing, a Salon writer argues that it gets Democrats off the hook; Israeli media are “waking up” to the devastation in Gaza and to international criticism; meanwhile, an IBM chip has been developed that works similarly to human brains. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

The Girl Behind One of the Most Devastating Photos Taken in Gaza


Although Najia Warshagha is only 9 years old, this is not her first war.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

Three Reasons Why the ICC Hasn’t Taken Action on Gaza


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As the war in Gaza enters its second month, quelled for the moment by another 72-hour cease-fire, the question arises: Why hasn’t the International Criminal Court initiated a formal inquiry into the carnage?

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

Let My People Go


Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE

Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza


Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Airstrikes in Iraq and Obama’s Poor Poll Numbers

The Obama administration has resorted to airstrikes to try to stop the wave of ISIS fighters sweeping Iraq. “Left, Right & Center” panelist Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, says of questions about U.S. involvement: “The military solution causes more problems than it solves. … This nation building stuff is madness. The Iraqis should make their own history and defeat [ISIS].”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C. will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

Weapons to Israel

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza Psychologist Becomes Trauma Victim, Tragically Losing 6 Close Relatives in Recent Attack


“You are,” Dr. Hassan al-Zeyada says, “like a prison doctor treating a victim of torture, making the prisoner healthy to be interrogated and tortured again.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Salaita Firing: Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult?


Liberal politics in the broad sense, in the tradition of Locke, Voltaire, Madison, Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, is rooted in a conviction that vigorous debate clarifies issues and makes for better public policy over time.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza Wrap-Up

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE

Israel Doesn’t Get Geneva Conventions, Still Holding Gaza Civilians Hostage


It is legitimate for Israel to seek the disarming of Hamas, but it isn’t legitimate or legal in international law for it to hold noncombatants’ lives and welfare hostage in order to accomplish that goal.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE

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