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Despite ravages of war, Gaza supports armed resistance to lift the siege

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Hours before the latest ceasefire was set to expire last night, Israel resumed attacks on the Gaza Strip and Hamas again began to launch rockets. Both sides blamed each other for the failed ceasefire. Five missiles hit the al-Dalou family home in Gaza City, killing the wife, son and three-year-old daughter of Hamas military leader

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

At least 20 Palestinians killed as Israel resumes attacks on Gaza

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Official: 20 killed by Israeli strikes since truce collapsed GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 20 Aug — Renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed 20 Palestinians since a temporary ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday, a health ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Ashraf al-Qidra said that Zaki Suleiman al-Rai, 54, died from wounds sustained early Wednesday.  The bodies of Mustafa

‘Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children’

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Yaacov Lozowick is the state archivist of Israel. A scholar who moved to Israel from Europe, he is a true believer in the necessity of Jewish nationalism. Scott Roth and I once met him in West Jerusalem and had a polite conversation that became more adversarial when it was continued on email in the months

Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse

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Hours before a ceasefire was set to expire between Israel and Hamas, negotiations in Cairo have collapsed and rockets and air strikes have resumed. A deal on the status of Gaza or an extension of talks was expected at midnight tonight. However the Israeli delegation in Egypt has been sent back to Tel Aviv. At

Ceasefire comes to a close — Mohammed Assaf’s ‘Raise Your Head High’

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Mohammed Assaf released his latest single at the beginning of Israel’s recent slaughter in Gaza. The song and prophetic lyrics have accompanied Palestinians, and many of us all over the world, through darkness and unspeakable horror this last month. As another ceasefire comes to a close, and Palestinians in Gaza brave on with unfathomable courage, Raise Your

Gruesome tales surface of Israeli massacres against families in Gaza’s Shujaiya neighborhood

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As the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on August 15, residents of Shujaiya returned to the shattered remains of their homes. They pitched tents and erected signs asserting their claim to their property, sorting determinedly through the ruins of their lives. Those who managed to survive the Israeli bombardment have come home

West Bank man detained at Allenby crossing for 28 days suffers mental breakdown

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West Bank / Jerusalem Palestinian detained by Israel at Allenby suffers mental breakdown NABLUS (Ma‘an) 16 Aug — On July 18, 30-year-old Muath Dureidi crossed the Allenby Bridge into the West Bank, excited to take a job in his native Palestine after receiving word that a local company had accepted his application. His excitement turned

Hillary Clinton’s 11th-hour diplomacy

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Imagine you are Benjamin Netanyahu and you have just really, really messed up. You started a war with Hamas with a lie about the murder of three Israeli teenagers and got caught out; the real motive, an attempt to sabotage a Hamas-Fatah alliance,  soon became clear and it exposed you as someone more interested in

The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza–and the costs to Israel’s standing

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The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down are on the scale of a natural disaster, but they capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. In a month of indiscriminate bombardment, Israel has killed or injured almost twelve thousand

The Combined Jewish Appeal’s deep complicity in Israeli crimes

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On August 7th, twenty Jews living in Montreal gathered in the lobby of the Federation CJA (Combined Jewish Appeal) building to denounce the ongoing massacre and siege on Gaza as well as the organized Jewish community’s complicity in it. We hung a banner that read “Massacre à Gaza: CIJA is complicit,” distributed flyers explaining the

Expelled, ghettoized and killed by Israel: The story of my cousin in Gaza

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My distant cousin, Sobhi Abu Shammala, was killed in July by Israeli forces while irrigating his small palm trees in the Mawasi area of Khan Younis.  A refugee, his story covers the sweep of Palestinian history from the Nakba, or catastrophe of our dispossession in 1948, to the most recent Israeli pretext for exercising overwhelming

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return slam NY Governor Cuomo’s support of assault on Gaza

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The following statement was authored by the group Jews for Palestinian Right of Return. Sign their petition addressed to New York politicians on a trip to Israel here. (Please also sign Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel) On August 10, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority

Israel’s latest plan – Abbas to oversee a national security state in Gaza

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The ceasefire negotiations continue on. Or will stop and begin again. Does it really matter? Deadlines with Israel should be redefined as bully-lines. Do this, right now, as we say – or

Washington D.C.’s ‘Day of Rage’ directs ire at U.S. complicity in Gaza assault

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On August 9, tens of thousands of protesters marched around the globe to support the doleful plight of Palestinians in Gaza. Indeed, pro-Palestinian rallies took place in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Cape Town, Canada, Oman, Iran, Spain, Malaysia and many other countries. The protest in Washington, D.C. was distinct in two

Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of ‘barbaric’

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Thousands of people from Austin and the surrounding region attended a rally and march protesting Israel’s assault on Gaza, joining the millions protesting around the world. Though for the most part, Austin’s protest on August 2 went unreported. And video from that rally, of a thunderous speech by Dr. Rania Masri chastising President Obama over

The West Bank insurrection

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After months of unremitting tensions in the West Bank, another Palestinian youth was killed in a run of protests Friday near the settlement of Psagot outside of Ramallah. The funeral for Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, was held Saturday following noon prayers. Afterword mourners scrambled up a hillside cut with terraces for yet another round of clashes