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Countdown to the next round in Gaza

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Israeli soldiers stand on top of a Merkava tank stationed at an army deployment area along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014.  (Photo: GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The cease-fire that ended seven weeks of hell in Gaza is only two days old. But the countdown to the next round began as soon as the ink dried on the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian armed factions. The deep-rooted problems bedeviling the Palestinian people and Israel have not gone away. The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out.

The end of ‘Operation Protective Edge’

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My cousins and brothers were happy (Photo: Rana Alshami)

Rana Alshami writes from Gaza: Whatever was going on in Gaza for the past 51 days has finally ended. People can finally breathe, sleep, live! My family and I lived and experienced the worst of times, but we are still alive. We survived. When the official announcement of the ceasefire was finally announce I couldn‘t stop crying! I could not believe this nightmare was about to end soon. I couldn‘t believe I was alive for this moment. I couldn‘t believe I was going to see my parents and relatives again

In Gaza, Palestinians celebrate resistance and credit it with ‘victory’

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Fifty two days of an-all out aggression on besieged Gaza ended following an Egyptian mediated ceasefire deal on Tuesday. Despite over 2,100 lives lost in Gaza and the destruction of thousands of homes, thousands of Gaza residents took to the streets to celebrate the resistance’s “victory” over Israel. “This ceasefire is no act of generosity from Israel. Do not mistake it for such,” said Nidal Salamah from Gaza City. “This is a victory fought for through resistance, resilience, and strategic calculations.”

This war was not a war, it was a massacre

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Destruction is seen from the bathroom of a Palestinian apartment in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanoun, on August 18, 2014.
(Photo: Thomas Coex/ AFP/Getty Image)

During a brief stint working for UNRWA in Israel Palestine a few years ago I came across a documentary film called ‘No Sharp Objects’. Made by the UN agency, it is about 15 children from Gaza who travel to the US. They meet politicians, go to New York, visit the UN and the Holocaust museum and meet American

The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (Photo: AP)

Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the “messaging” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. That now has changed. Hamas not only confronted the Israeli Occupation but has also seized the political initiative from it. In stark contrast to Abbas, who has declared security cooperation with Israel to be “sacred” and who passively allows Israel to maintain its massive matrix of Israeli highways in the occupied territories spelling the end of the two-state solution, Hamas has sent a clear and forceful message to Israel: We won’t submit even if you kill us. Deal with us justly – or disappear

Ceasefire deal after weeks of fighting in Gaza promises easing of blockade

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Palestinians look out of their house, which witnesses said was damaged during the Israeli offensive, on the fourth day of a five-day ceasefire in Johr El-Deek village near the central Gaza Strip August 17, 2014. (PHOTO: REUTERS, Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Israel and the Palestinian armed groups waging war in Gaza for the past seven weeks have inked a cease-fire deal that promises an end to the fighting. While the full terms of the deal have not been released, news outlets are reporting that the agreement includes an easing of the blockade of Gaza and the

‘We want to exchange our personal experiences of war, Sir’

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Children look at the rubble remnants of homes in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1121/El Baba)

This day is carved in my memory. As all academics in Gaza, I had given much thought to my students who were suffering all sorts of agonies and worries caused by Israel’s aggression. After 40 days of atrocities caused by heavy bombardment and random artillery shelling, which destroyed thousands of houses and devastated countless families, the Islamic

Palestinians search through the remains of their homes after Israel destroys 13-story Gaza apartment building

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Since the Netanyahu government’s decision to halt negotiations following last week’s ceasefires, Israel has resumed its campaign of F16 bombings and drone strikes. Apparently entering a new phase of attacks, the Israeli military targeted a 13 story-residential tower in west Gaza City, collapsing it with two airstrikes. Later, a building in the southern Gaza city

58 Seconds

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58 Seconds "Untitled, Mehdi Harzallah / Photographer – (Tunisia)

“In all cases the delay given to the civilian Gaza population is very short. The shortest one was 58 sec.” When I first visited 58 Seconds it felt like I had stepped into a fine arts gallery. With a discerning eye a group of Tunisian photographers launched the website seeking artists’ renderings of the 58 second warning: “When it’s

Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor

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Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise (Photo: L. Brian Stauffer)

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jascik today reports a disturbing development in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Phyllis Wise, the university’s chancellor, was lobbied by 70 pro-Israel folks, including donors, who were upset by Salaita’s comments on twitter about Gaza. The school’s fundraisers were alarmed and sought a meeting with

My life during the war

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I live in Khan Younis, Gaza. I am a twenty-one years old college graduate from the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG). I have been witnessing the bombing of my homeland with great pain and distress in my heart. We have been at war for 48 days and there is no sign of a permanent ceasefire.

The constant presence of death in the lives of Palestinian children

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At a gathering at the Abu Khdeir house in Jerusalem after Muhammad Abu Khdeir was burned alive, a mother narrated a conversation she had with her daughter: Lama: “If I die, will they burn me like they burned Muhammad Abu Khdeir? What will happen to us? If I die like all the children in Gaza,

Waging resource warfare on Palestine

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Occupation comes in many forms. Alongside the brutality like that witnessed in Gaza during the summer of 2014 are less overstated but similarly debilitating methods by which Israel exerts control over the occupied territories. Occupation is a system of total control. Even as it is underwritten by shows of violent force, it has an administrative

Gaza Night: A series of Horror

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Sleeping in Gaza becomes a prosperity due to the continuous Israeli raids day and night from air, sea and ground. Sleeping becomes our last priority we would care about because death is everywhere.  At home we are counting our last minutes and expecting any moment a strike would hit our house or our neighbor’s house. Actually the Israeli war

In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders

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Last night, Israel dropped several one-ton bombs on a house in Rafah, killing three top Hamas commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. The airstrikes also killed Hasan Hussein Younis, 75, his wife Amal Ibrahim Younis, Ahmad Nasser Kallab, 17, Nathira Kallab, Aisha Attiya, and children Abdullah Kallab and Youssef Kallab. Thousands packed

In the battle between war and dreams, dreams last longer

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War teaches you a lot of lessons. So many that in times of tranquility you can hardly think of one or two. You just want to feel that peace that tranquility offers. But at late hours, you seem to hold on, grab with all your might the one thing you have always whispered for and

Gaza’s Camp Breakerz crew struggles against the siege

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As Israel’s bombing campaign resumed on Tuesday, I met one of the founders of Camp Breakerz, Gaza’s first breakdancing crew. Nicknamed Shark, Ahmed Alghraiz, 25, is one of Gaza’s original generation of breakdancers. Unable to meet in his dance space because his family members were using it as a shelter, we met in an outdoor

In Gaza havens are far, heavens are closer

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Palestinian medic tries to comfort a wounded boy at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip,

Israel bombed the ice vendor. The blazing summer, made worse by the absence of electricity, drove dozens of people to gather around a small store which used to sell ice. According to my friend who lives in Shejaiya, eleven drone missiles targeted the marketplace on July 30, including the ice store. Twenty-four civilians were killed

No justice, no peace — in Gaza or Ferguson

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In response to the masses of Americans protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson’s streets, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently pronounced, “If we are going to have justice, we must first have, and maintain peace. This is a test.”  Like so many other leaders who have uttered this phrase—Nixon fails to realize that a

Anti-occupation activists in New York blast United Jewish Appeal for supporting attacks on Gaza

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Members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) gathered outside the offices of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in New York today, criticizing the group’s support for Israel’s policy towards Gaza, including the blockade of the coastal territory and the ongoing military assault. The action was one of many across the country that Jewish