Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

Gaza– and ‘Guernica’

Allison Deger made a series of photographs in Gaza demonstrating not just the human cost of the Israeli onslaught, but the price paid by animals. The scenes of animal destruction are reminiscent of Guernica, Picasso’s iconic painting from the Spanish civil war memorializing the 1937 bombing by rightwing forces, killing hundreds of civilians.

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Attacks on demonstrators in Rome

Rightwingers attacked a demonstration against the assault on Gaza in Tel Aviv, and now Rome has also been scene to a number of deeply disturbing and violent incidents, with attacks on Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists.

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Hasbarah Bingo

Hasbarah Bingo: A cartoon inspired by the memes of Israel advocacy: We Rock, They Suck, You Suck– No one likes us, we don’t care, etc! By Wayne Myers

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Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon

Was it the poof moment? The apartheid comment? The helluva pinpoint operation moment? Whether or not he had an epiphany on Israel, John Kerry is distancing himself from its demands in his ceasefire talks, leading some to accuse him of a “betrayal.”

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Fabricated martyrdom?

Richard Silverstein has reported that an Israeli soldier captured by Gaza militants has been killed by Israeli forces lest Hamas obtain a bargaining chip in the conflict. Marc Ellis speculates that such a soldier is a martyr for the Jewish state. But does that fulfill the definition of martyr?

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Destruction of Gaza’s children is something ‘every one of us must confront’ — Jon Snow

Jon Snow of Channel 4 demonstrates what it means to bear witness to atrocities in Gaza. Our governments are not interested. People must take action, and “that in the end is the greatest hope that the people in Gaza have.” Will he endorse BDS?

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Video: Protesters set Israeli checkpoint aflame following funeral in Beit Ummar

An Israeli checkpoint sustained significant damage in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar near Hebron on Friday after clashes broke out following the funeral of 3 Palestinians killed earlier in the day.

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In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)

Photos of protests around the world in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

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Survivors of massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields

Survivors of the Israeli massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces are using Palestinians as human shields and killing civilians as they attempt to receive medical care from the Red Cross or flee the besieged village. Khuza’a resident Abu Ali Qudail told Yousef Alhelou: “I was watching members of my family dying in front of me, some of them were torn to pieces. Rami, Ibrahim, Alia, Haj Abed died..we had to leave them behind, as soon as we reached one of the Khan Younis schools we entered it to seek shelter but it was very crowded with people who fled their homes. Its hard to see people dying and you do not know what to do. One of my relatives’ homes were struck while they were inside.” Above, ambulances wait to evacuate wounded people from Khuza’a on July 23, 2014.

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Pro-Israel Facebook page is titled, ‘Death to Dianna Buttu’

An advocate for Israel has started a Facebook page on July 25 called “Death to Dianna Buttu,” aimed at the Palestinian lawyer and advocate Diana Buttu

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Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught

A rogue faction of Hamas killed three Israeli teens on the West Bank and Israel knew this weeks ago, Israeli official Micky Rosenfeld told BBC’s Jon Donnison, but the truth didn’t stop Israel from blaming Hamas and launching a massive onslaught, killing 900 Palestinians.

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The killing fields

Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC publishes searing images from Shuja’iyeh, scene of an Israeli massacre of Palestinians, as a ceasefire allows residents to collect the many dead. He says 81 bodies have been recovered in a few hours, bringing total number of Gaza dead to over 1000.

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As in Vietnam and South Africa, Gazan masses are willing to pay high price for freedom — Kasrils

Anything but supporting BDS is mere words, says Ronnie Kasrils, in stating that the strategy of Hamas in Gaza recalls Vietnamese and South African resistance to oppression

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Oren’s charge that networks showcase Palestinian dead at behest of Hamas is ‘obscene’ — Penhaul

Michael Oren says on CNN that Hamas’s strategy is to drag Israel into Gaza and “get Israel to kill large numbers of civilians” — and then the networks show it for headlines. “Obscene,” Karl Penhaul of CNN says of the charge.

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Fox’s Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a ‘thick head’

Sean Hannity hectored Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center on Fox News Thursday night, badgering him to say whether Hamas is a terrorist organization, Yes or No, and not allowing Munayyer to answer otherwise. He said Munayyer has a “thick head.” Munayyer handled the abuse with dignity.

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Raising money for Israelis being bombed in hospitals and schools, NY synagogue has not one breath for Palestinian dead

Greenburgh Hebrew Center in NY shows contempt for the Israeli victims in Gaza, in a fundraising appeal that describes Palestinians bombing hospitals and schools. The attitude is shared by Israelis who have no compassion at all for 155 Palestinian children killed (as Gideon Levy says in Haaretz).

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Six Palestinians are killed in West Bank in protests of Gaza slaughter

Ma’an news reports, Six Palestinians were killed on Friday as protests erupted across the West Bank in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli assault for the last 18 days.

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Joan Rivers slams CNN and BBC coverage of Gaza — ‘you’re all insane’

Joan Rivers went off on the media for its coverage of the Gaza onslaught. She said the media are “insane” and BBC and CNN should be “ashamed” of their coverage.

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PLO official Hanan Ashrawi: Israel’s assault on Gaza is ‘state terrorism’ and should be referred to the International Criminal Court

Israel’s assault on Gaza is “state terrorism” and the state should be referred to the International Criminal Court over its war crimes, Palestine Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi told Mondoweiss in an interview Friday. “When you target civilians, this is terrorism,” Ashrawi charged. The PLO executive committee member and prominent spokeswoman for the Palestinian cause also reiterated that the PLO backs a key cease-fire demand of Hamas: that Israel lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has decimated the territory’s economy and cut it off from the outside world. Above, an emotional interview Ashrawi gave ABC News this past week, in which she said Israel was carrying out a “deliberate massacre” in the Gaza Strip.

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‘The unity is stronger than ever’: Report from historic march on Qalandia checkpoint in solidarity with Gaza

Fireworks burst at the separation wall, lighting the heads of Israeli soldiers who are poised ready with loaded guns. Overhead, flare guns also brighten the scene at Qalandia checkpoint, quickly followed by shots from Israeli snipers that race into the burgeoning crowd. In the middle of the haze and chaos Palestinian politician Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is clear in his definition of the events unfolding around him, “The Intifada has started. This is the Intifada! Peaceful and nonviolent but as you have seen, they encountered us with gunshots.” Martin Gajsek reports from the historic demonstration at Qalandia checkpoint last night where over 10,000 came to protest the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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Breaking: Israel shelling hospital in Beit Hanoun, injured Palestinians and internationals trapped inside

Over the past seven hours the Israeli military has shelled a hospital in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip where an injured international and Palestinians are trapped inside. Allison Deger spoke to Swedish national Fred Ekblad briefly during a 15 minute lull in the fire. He said the hospital was struck continuously since 7:00 pm this evening.

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Which crowded cities can you fire into?

A former Israeli air force pilot once asked his commander a pointed moral question about targeting civilian areas — and resigned when he heard the answer.

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Daily protests rage for Gaza across the West Bank 

As the death toll rises by the hour in the besieged Gaza Strip, the rage in the occupied West Bank rises in tow. Protests have been growing in number and frequency across many West Bank cities including Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Ramallah, Tulkarem and many more. Rocks from protesters and bullets from the IDF now regularly mix in the air every night, coupled with the sound of ambulance sirens racing injured protesters to the nearest hospital. Nightly reports of more young men and boys shot in their legs by rubber-coated-steel-bullets and live ammunition have become commonplace across the West Bank.

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Iraqis flee Mosul under threat from ISIS

Along with other members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), Peggy Gish stood at the first checkpoint for those leaving Mosul to enter Kurd-controlled area of Iraq. She reports on disturbing accounts of ISIS’s rule in Mosul, including threats to women and girls, and Christians and other minorities

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Controversial, illegal, and documented: Israeli military strategies in Gaza

As Israel rolls deeper into its military offensive against the Gaza Strip, its tactics against the territory’s densely-packed civilian population are becoming more and more clear. Over the last 17 days, the death toll has risen to at least 797 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians and nearly two hundred of whom were children. Despite near-global condemnation, Israel has not dialed down the brutality. The following is a list of ten documented Israeli military strategies that are responsible for the disturbingly high casualty count.

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