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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 non-combatants– 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

Gaza Authors ‘Writing Away Like Crazy, Whilst They Have Power’ Throughout Hostilities


The Electronic Intifada, an independent online publication, reports that many Palestinian wordsmiths “have responded to the latest onslaught by doing what they know—writing.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE

‘Daily Show’ Segment Demonstrates What Happens to Reporters Who Mention Israel

Watch as Jon Stewart gets hollered at by the rest of the “Daily Show” crew whenever he tries to talk about what’s going on in Israel.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE

Ambulance Chasers

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE

Israel Rejects U.N. Request for Humanitarian Cease-Fire as Palestinian Death Toll Passes 600


After rumors of a humanitarian cease-fire that would begin Tuesday morning, Al-Jazeera reports that Israel has refused the United Nations’ request, citing “security reasons.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE

Is Rula Jebreal Right About U.S. Media Bias Against Palestinians?


Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal points to the overwhelming bias in U.S. media against the Palestinians, calling NBC to account for having tried to remove an Arab-American reporter from Gaza after he reported the Israeli navy’s killing of children on the beach.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE

Peace

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE

Celebration and Exasperation on Deadliest Day of Gaza Fighting


As reports appear of some Israelis gathering on hillsides to watch and cheer the military strikes on Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry is said to have expressed frustration with the operation in comments intended only for an aide.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

Mideast Peace

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

Israeli Tank in Gaza

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

#LetAymanReport: NBC Correspondent Sent Back to Gaza After Removal Protested

Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC’s veteran reporter who was playing soccer with the four Palestinian boys killed on the beach Wednesday, was removed from Gaza despite his reporting being, in Glenn Greenwald’s words, “far more balanced and even-handed” than the rest of the American media’s coverage of the conflict. Late Friday night, after protests with the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter, “NBC reversed course” and announced it was sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza Meets the New Politics of the Middle East: ‘Islamic State,’ Egypt, Turkey


The Israeli security establishment was almost certainly encouraged to launch its military assault on little Gaza by the current divisions over political Islam in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE

Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political


There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE

Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat


AP/Khalil Hamra

The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

It Doesn’t Pay to Slaughter Innocents


David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy magazine points to the civilian deaths on a beach in Gaza and airspace over Ukraine to argue that using “the chaos of combat” to achieve complex political ends is futile.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Nobody Really Wants to Make Peace


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Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon—perhaps not in our lifetimes.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Mideast History

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in ground troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Israeli Foreign Minister and Hamas Deny Reports of ‘Comprehensive Ceasefire’ in Gaza


(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

During a five-hour humanitarian truce Thursday, as civilians flooded Gaza’s streets to gather much-needed supplies, Reuters reported that the Israeli government was considering an agreement to end hostilities that had been proposed in Egypt. Hours later, both sides denied a deal had been reached, calling the previous reports “as of now incorrect.”

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach and Israel’s Precision War


NBC.com caught the Israeli shelling of children on the beach on film. Apparently some of the children had been playing soccer with the journalists before the barrages began.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

Palestinians, Israelis Are Failed by Their Leaders


AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone who wants to get rid of you. That is why Hamas militants and Israel’s right-wing-dominated government are each on such a destructive path.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

Majority of Americans Now Live Under U.S. Border Patrol’s Jurisdiction


About 66 percent of the nation’s population lives in areas that have been militarized to the point of becoming “constitution-free” zones; a woman in Michigan shot herself in the face with a shotgun while trying to “make a point”; meanwhile, a former Mossad head warns that ISIS is already involved in Gaza and prompts Israel to continue negotiations with Hamas. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles


Kashfi Halford (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Egyptians appear to have floated their cease-fire agreement Tuesday morning in the press, but Hamas leaders insisted any such proposal had to be communicated directly with them.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

Israel Resumes Airstrikes After Hamas’ Armed Wing Rejects Truce


After a halt Tuesday morning, Israel resumed its attack on Gaza later in the day when the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades refused an Egyptian truce proposal the Israeli government had accepted, calling it a “surrender.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

Richard Falk: U.N. and U.S. Won’t Do Anything About Israel, but Maybe Grass-Roots Efforts Can


The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights argues that in the face of Western diplomats’ and the media’s “cynical disregard” for the Palestinian struggle, it’s up to the rest of us to put pressure on Israel.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu


Justice to Benjamin Netanyahu: “How do you plead to the crime against humanity of apartheid?”

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

Israel Says It Shot Down a Hamas Drone


YouTube

The Israel Defense Forces tweeted the following Sunday: “An aerial drone from Gaza infiltrated Israel a short time ago. IDF forces shot it down with a Patriot missile above Ashdod.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza: Doctors Plead End to Attack, Netanyahu’s Impunity Denounced

After a week of relentless bombing by Israel’s Netanyahu government, foreign and local doctors on the scene in Gaza and a Palestinian attorney plead with the international community to make the assault on civilians there stop, “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power


This map has attracted so much ire and controversy not because it is inaccurate but because it clearly shows what has been done to the Palestinians, whom the League of Nations had recognized as not far from achieving statehood in its covenant.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Backseat Driver

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’


AP/Khalil Hamra

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Israel’s Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn Mowing


A horrible video is circulating on social media, of a Palestinian father in Gaza who is bringing a toy to his 4-year-old son, only to find once he enters his home that his son’s head has been crushed by Israeli shrapnel. That is the face of Israel’s current military operation against Gaza to the outside world.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

Stop Saying ‘If X Fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, and Assumes We’re Colonial


Is anyone else disgusted by the propaganda trick of trying to get Americans to sympathize with Israel’s massive attack on the civilian habitations of Gaza by saying, “If the U.S. was subjected to rocket fire by X [usually Mexicans], what would it do?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis


Screen Shot/ Youtube

In the current round of fighting between mighty Israel and the little Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes have killed 53 Palestinians.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE

The Algebra of Israeli Injustice Against Palestinian Children


AP/Khalil Hamra

The arrest, abuse and killing of Palestinian children rarely generates much outrage outside of the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

What Is ‘Iron Dome,’ Israel’s Not-So-Secret Weapon?


U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

News reports on the exchange of missile and rocket fire between Israel and Gaza make frequent references to something called Iron Dome. So what is it? Does it work? And who pays for it?

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

Bush Trifecta Lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding


ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com

President Barack Obama of Hawaii had fondly dreamed of bidding turbulent and unrewarding West Asia farewell and turning the attentions of American diplomacy to East and South East Asia.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

Hamas Rockets Strike the Heart of Israel, but Death Toll Illustrates Israel’s Military Advantage


AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Israel continued its attacks on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as militant Palestinian rockets landed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Of the twenty-three people killed, all were Palestinian.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza by the Numbers: Who the People Are, How They Got There


Robert Croma (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Population of Palestinians in Gaza: 1.7 million. Number of Palestinians in Gaza whose families were expelled as refugees from their homes in what is now southern Israel: 1.2 million.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians


Rusty Stewart (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This week the Fatah Party (secular Arab nationalist) of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas met in Gaza with members of the Hamas Party (fundamentalist Muslim), seeking a reconciliation and a government of national unity.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ — Gaza Style

All we in the West ever hear about Gaza concerns the Hamas Party or the conflict between its Palestinians and the Israeli army.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE

Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE

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