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Kristof says Stephen Hawking and American Studies Association support Hamas

Nicholas Kristof lectures Palestinians about throwing rocks but has no condemnation of Israeli violence in his latest column and justifies the Israeli blockade of Gaza. He mentions Israelis kidnapped in June but leaves out Palestinian youths killed by Israelis in May.

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Arrests without charge of American beating victim’s relatives in Jerusalem leave State Dep’t ‘deeply concerned’

The State Dep’t condemns Turkish PM Erdogan’s allegation that Israel is undertaking “genocide” in Gaza; and it expresses “deep concern” about the arrest without charges in Jerusalem of “several” relatives of Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old American beaten brutally there two weeks ago

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On the defensive, Barney Frank accuses Clemons and Kornacki of ganging up on him, and Israel

Another sign that the mainstream is shifting: Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation says on MSNBC the “vast majority” of Israel’s 319 victims are innocent in Gaza, and Barney Frank splutters that he’s anti-Israel.

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Mr. Obama, spend one night with us in Shifa hospital, it would change history

Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert says the second night of Israel’s ground invasion in Gaza was extreme: carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

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Gaza is a concentration camp, and it’s an American delusion not to recognize that — Weschler

The “remorseless, repetitively compulsive” element of Israeli violence in Gaza has compelled Lawrence Weschler, a well-known writer, to declare that Israel has “rabies” and that Gaza is a “concentration camp,” and Americans must shed themselves of the delusion that it’s not.

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NBC reverses; Mohyeldin to return to Gaza to cover ‘Palestinian side of story’

A triumph! Under a wave of grass-roots pressure, NBC has reversed itself on removing Ayman Mohyeldin from covering the Gaza conflict. The reporter will return to cover “the Palestinian side of the story,” he says.

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Mohyeldin’s boss at NBC rallied ‘Jewish passion’ for Israel when ‘it is physically threatened’

Gaza conflict is producing memorable moments in self-censorship. CNN’s Diana Magnay removes a tweet describing Israelis who threatened her as “scum” and the network has sent her to Moscow. Dwight Howard removed his #FreePalestine tweet. Jewish Voice for Peace wants NBC to reinstate Ayman Mohyeldin

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Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel

Sheldon Adelson and Bernard Marcus fund the anti-Iran lobby machine that “dominates” Capitol Hill. And they fund AIPAC, which dominates the Senate, which passes a resolution supporting Israel’s assault on Gaza, without a word about Palestinian deaths.

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‘Heartbroken’ at ‘horrifying’ killing of boys, State Dep’t says Israel must do more to prevent civilian deaths

The State Department finally raises an eyebrow over Israel’s killing of civilians in Gaza. Israel could be doing “more” to prevent such deaths, says Jen Psaki, and approves Shimon Peres’s handwringing over such deaths. Will anything change?

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‘Hamas… is putting their own people at risk’ — State Dep’t on Israel killing 4 boys on Gaza beach

When Rosiland Jordan of Al Jazeera asked whether Gazans aren’t “hardened” by having their children killed when they are trying to play on the beach, State Dep’t’s Jen Psaki put the onus on Hamas for “putting their people at risk.” Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC called out the remark

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Jet Blue incident shifts from anti-Semitic story to anti-Palestinian one

A NY Jewish doctor was removed from Jet Blue flight for… abusing a Palestinian fellow passenger, ranting that she was a terrorist. The July 7 incident had initially been reported as an anti-Semitic one

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NBC reportedly orders Mohyeldin to leave Gaza — after he criticized State Dep’t

NBC News was made uncomfortable by the massacre of boys playing soccer on the Gaza beach yesterday, assigning its coverage to Richard Engel in Israel and not Ayman Mohyeldin, who witnessed it. Still, the US mainstream media has registered the massacre as an atrocity. Anthony Bourdain and the NYT’s Tyler Hicks are memorializing the boys appropriately.

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10 Palestinian civilians killed in last 24 hours, bringing total to 158

Israel has now killed 195 Palestinians, 158 of whom are civilians, Including 36 children and 29 women in 9 days of attacks on Gaza, says the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, in calling on international bodies to investigate Israel for war crimes and violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention

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Sullivan and Leveretts throw in the towel on two-state solution

Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, killing nearly 200, and the failure of the peace process have had a big effect on US realists: Andrew Sullivan and the Leveretts say that the two-state solution is over and we must reckon with a one state reality in which Palestinians clamor for equal rights. When will liberal Zionists follow?

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Congresswoman who visited Israel on AIPAC’s dime has no time for relative of boy beaten by Israeli police

Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor wants to save the manatees but when a Palestinian-American constituent is beaten up by Israeli police, her staff throws a relative of the boy out of her office. Castor visited Israel on the Israel lobby’s tab in 2011

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Netanyahu says there will never be a real Palestinian state

Last Friday Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will never accept full Palestinian sovereignty on the West Bank. The end of the two state solution is now dawning on the world discourse. Israel’s only answer is occupation and violence.

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Federal official fires gun at pro-Palestine demonstrators following scuffle in LA

The Israel-Palestine conflict laps up on US shores. A Homeland Security official fires a gun at pro-Palestine demonstrators following a skirmish between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine rallies in Los Angeles yesterday

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Christie slams Obama for creating daylight between US and Israel

Lots of folks have Israel’s back in the U.S. Like who? Great company: Fox News, Gov. Chris Christie, and Jewish kids in Washington who want to join the Israeli army and whose parents identify with settlers.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder says Israel is using our taxes to ‘drop bombs on children’ and take land

Israel is “looking for a reason to kill,” Eddie Vedder says during an encore in Buckinghamshire England Friday night. He did not mention Israel by name but deplored the use of taxpayers money to “drop bombs on children” and cross borders and take land

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Joining Graham, Schumer calls for end of Palestinian unification for sake of Israel’s ‘survival’

A Senate resolution sponsored by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrats Robert Menendez and Chuck Schumer calls on ending Hamas’s role in the Palestinian government and Israel’s right to defend itself, so as “ensure the survival of the State of Israel.” Did you know those rockets were an existential threat?

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‘American Jewish voices are most critical in the world’ (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more)

The root cause of the crisis in Israel and Palestine is the idea that Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian lives, Jewish Voice for Peace says in an appeal to Americans, and especially American Jews, to speak out.

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Soul-crushing video shows Gaza father unable to accept his little boy’s killing

A highly disturbing video from Gaza shows a Palestinian father pleading with his son to wake up. The boy is dead, having suffered severe head injury in an Israeli missile attack.

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Terror in Gaza: 57 seconds after ‘warning,’ Israel destroys a house

What kind of warning is it when Israel “taps” a roof in Gaza and less than a minute later destroys a house with a missile? You can hear the terror in the people’s voices on video posted by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that purports to explain the tactic.

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Munayyer leads off in Nation responses to Chomsky on BDS

Yousef Munayyer says that BDS is an effective tool and the only way to counter US support for Jewish control of Palestinians’ lives inside Palestine as the lead piece of five in The Nation addressing Noam Chomsky’s criticism of BDS and dismissal of the right of return.

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Palestinians are ‘trapped’ in Gaza in ‘lopsided conflict’, Brian Williams says

The latest Israeli assault on Gaza is being covered in a new way in the United States mainstream, with an alternative voice trickling in. Last night NBC News featured a Palestinian victim of the assault at the top of the broadcast, and the New York Times dares to discuss Jewish “extremists.” Reaction abounds. A Fox News commentator calls the Obama administration “borderline Jew-hating” and The New Republic pipes the Israeli ambassador’s propaganda.

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