Category Archives: Gaza

‘We know that Israel has no red line when it attacks us’: Civilians bear the brunt as Israel’s offensive on Gaza continues

Yousef Alhelou reports from Gaza where news of another massacre is unfolding. Based on early reports, Khoza village, situated in the eastern part of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, is facing a similar fate to Shijaeyah which was almost flattened by Israeli tank shelling and air strikes over the weekend. Scores of people have been killed and injured as the village is now besieged by Israeli snipers, and people are being fired upon as they flee the bombardment. Above, Palestinian flee their homes following heavy Israeli shelling east of Khan Younis earlier today.

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Something you can do, wherever you are

It appears to Henry Norr that the horrific images we’re all seeing from Gaza are starting to have an effect, and more and more people are seeing through the politicians’ rhetoric about “Israel’s right to defend itself” and coming to understand the sheer viciousness of the Israeli onslaught – and the racism that underlies it.

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Humanitarian agencies warn of imminent water crisis in Gaza

Since the start of the Israeli assault on Gaza on 8 July 2014, the water and wastewater infrastructure in Gaza has been heavily affected by Israeli airstrikes. Main water supply and wastewater infrastructure has been hit and as a result the water supply or sewage services to 1.2 million (2/3 of the total population in Gaza) have been cut or severely disrupted. The targeting of civilian objects under situation of hostilities is prohibited according to International Humanitarian Law and is considered a war crime.

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The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce

During its first 14 days, the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip has left a toll of over 500 dead, the vast majority of whom civilians, and many more injured. The Israeli government has been quick to put the blame on Hamas, which has been echoed by Western media and governments, but much less noticed was a proposal put forward by Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a 10 year truce on the basis of 10 – very reasonable – conditions. The proposal was in essence in line with what many international experts as well as the United Nations have asked for years, and included some aspects that Israel had already considered as feasible requests in the past. An agreement on the basis of the Hamas proposal could not only stop the current round of hostilities but also pave the way towards a lasting solution of the conflict. The fact that Israel has shown no interest in considering this proposal leads one to wonder whether Israel really wants a long lasting resolution of the conflict. Above, Palestinian rescue workers search for survivors under the rubble of a house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City on Monday.

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You are not Alone: To Palestinians on July 20, 2014

A speech given to the Chicago Rally for Palestine on July 20, 2014.

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‘We have nothing left to lose. I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce’: Palestinian youth demand justice

Pam Bailey writes that in dozens of conversations with youth in Gaza, the opinion was nearly universal: Despite their heavy losses and the gross imbalance of power, they do not want a ceasefire that merely stops the immediate fighting and promises to open negotiations on their other grievances. No. What they insist on – demand – is a ceasefire tied to an end to their repression, even if it means more death and destruction for their people. Life is meaningless, they say, if it is spent under the boot of an oppressor. She concludes the decisions of tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza to stay in their homes was not the result of Hamas ordering them to sacrifice themselves as human shields, as Benjamin Netanyahu would have you believe, but the principled actions of a proud, independent people. And when Hamas rejected the ceasefire unilaterally declared by Egypt and Israel, it had the support of the vast majority of residents.

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Ramallah, July 20 and 21

Mark Rausch writes from Ramallah on the response to the Hamas announcement that they had captured an Israeli soldier.

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Jews must take action against Israeli brutality

The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) and Jews Against Genocide (JAG) call on Jews of Conscience to “lay siege” on Israeli consulates with protests, creative actions, pickets and demonstrations and to protest events that attempt to justify Israel’s brutality against the Palestinian people.

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Dear American media, I’m asking you to simply tell what’s happening in Gaza

An open letter to the American media asking for more accurate coverage of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja’iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters

Israeli forces heavily shelled the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shuja’iyeh last night killing 63 Palestinians, including at least 17 children, and causing thousands to seek shelter in United Nations facilities. This latest attack brings the total number of Palestinians killed since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8, 2014 to more than 350. Over 63,173 are now living in UNRWA shelters across Gaza, nearly 10,000 more than the number of Palestinians made refugees after Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09. According to Haaretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer an IDF officer described last night’s onslaught on Shuja’iyeh as Israel “taking off the gloves.” Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed in the fighting. Above, a destroyed ambulance in Shuja’ieyh.

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Gaza, a poem

A poem by Nisha Bolsey.

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Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside

The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. The IDF confirmed to Mondoweiss’s Allison Deger that the military understood there were no weapons inside of el-Wafa hospital, but when asked how far a humanitarian site needs to be to ensure there is not direct fire, a spokesperson said, “It’s not a matter of science, the IDF is very precise and they usually target whet they intend to target.” Above, patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City.

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Israel warns media they are at risk of ‘injury or death’ because Hamas ‘exploits journalists as human shields’

The Israel Government Press Office sent a memo to international journalists saying: “We wish to stress that Gaza and its vicinity are a battleground. Covering the hostilities exposes journalists to life-threatening danger (and involves risk to equipment). As part of Hamas’ strategy of hiding behind the civilian population it has frequently exploited journalists as human shields, deliberately putting them at risk of injury or death. Israel is not in any way responsible for injury or damage that may occur as a result of field reporting.”

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Gaza City resident Amal Sarsour: ‘There is no place to go, death is around us all the time’

There is no where for Amal Sarsour to go–not when Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery fire are blanketing Gaza. The 38-year-old Gaza City resident is cooped up in her home with her brothers and their families, who left their homes after the Israeli air force targeted their neighborhood. “We can’t get out of our house…We are targeted by bombing, missiles around us…There is no place to go, we feel that death [is] around us all the time,” Sarsour tells Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane.

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Video: Outraged constituents confront CT Senator Chris Murphy over support for Gaza attack

When Senator Chris Murphy invited his Connecticut constituents to a hike up East Rock Park this morning, he did not expect to be met by activists from the Middle East Crisis Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace. The activists had gathered to express outrage at Murphy’s support for Israel’s ongoing massacre of over 300 Gazans. Captured on video, Senator Murphy denied knowledge of the Senate’s recent Resolution 498–a greenlight for Israel’s war–despite the fact that Murphy himself co-sponsored it.

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International activists risk lives to protect Gaza’s ambulances under fire

A team of international activists in Gaza acted as “human shields” this afternoon to secure medications for injured and disabled Palestinians by accompanying Red Crescent ambulances into a firing zone in Gaza City. The activists are all foreign nationals, hailing from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden.

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Hasbarapocalyse: Naftali Bennett says Hamas committing ‘massive self-genocide’

Two days ago, after four boys were killed by the Israeli military on a Gaza beach in front of the world’s media, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett went on CNN to blame Hamas for their deaths.

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Israel’s iron fist

This latest invasion of Gaza is less about genocide, contra Ilan Pappe, though his points, as always, are well taken. Rather, the point of Israel’s invasion – like its continuing actions in the West Bank under Gaza’s cover – is to finalize what most of the world, including the Arab world, really wants. What the world wants is a policy that contains Palestinians and leaves the Middle East order, at least what’s left of it, in place. If the policy of containment should be called genocide, so be it, but politically the strategy is a policy of managing a collective. Terminology like this might seem harsh. It is.

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And now a word from our Democratic Party standard bearer

Video: Elizabeth Warren runs from a question about the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

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Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patients

The Israeli military has destroyed el-Wafa orthopedic hospital in the Gaza Strip, after first targeting the facility with five missiles on July 11, 2014. The Israeli military began striking the building around 8:oo pm this evening and within two hours all hospital staff and patients had evacuated the only rehabilitation center in the Gaza Strip. As they departed what remained intact from the medical center burned to the ground. “It’s already destroyed,” said director of el-Wafa Basman Alashi, continuing, “I don’t know how much is left of it, but we have evacuated all of our patients.

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The human rights community’s consensus: Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza

Human rights organizations across the board are slamming Israel for committing war crimes in strikes that are wiping out civilians. Israeli spokespeople have claimed that the army scrupulously follows international law. But in report after report, groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have dismissed the military’s claims, saying that policies like bombing the homes of alleged militants are war crimes.

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What would you do?

The question, “Would you expect the US government to ignore daily missiles on Boston?” is familiar to anyone organizing for Palestinian liberation. One response posits Israeli repression as the instigating violence. But another response could be “Well, it depends on who is firing the missiles.” Are the rockets aggression or resistance to aggression? To focus on the rockets and not their reason is to obscure any long-term solution to rocket fire and, more importantly, the injustice that create rocket fire.

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Israeli strike kills four Palestinian children playing soccer on Gaza beach

Four Palestinian children from the same family were killed today by an Israeli strike in an attack witnessed by many Western journalists. The four kids from the Bakir family were playing soccer on a Gaza beach before Israeli fired shells killed them. The names and ages of the victims are Ismail Mahmoud Bakir, 9, Ahed Atef Bakir, 10, Zakariya Ahed Bakir, 10, and Mohammad Ramiz Bakir, 11. The attack will likely be one of the most enduring memories of Israel’s assault on Gaza this year, just as the attack on the al-Dalou family in 2012 and the Samouni family in 2009 is still remembered today.

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Each one is a world

Jen Marlowe writes about being with her friend Amer Shurrab when he finds out his cousin was killed in an Israeli attack on Gaza.

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Palestine turns Israeli bombs into art (Updated)

Palestinian artists turn photos of Israeli bombings into art.

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