Category Archives: Gaza

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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Following missile attack last Saturday, al-Wafa Hospital receives warnings of new round of bombings

After sustaining five missiles last Saturday, Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza City received disturbing phone calls last night warning of a new round of bombings. International volunteers at the hospital report that someone claiming to be from the “Defense department of the Israeli forces” called at 23:05, telling everyone to evacuate by morning. For now, however, hospital personnel and the international volunteers are staying put. “We are not going to evacuate,” stated Basman Alashi, Al-Wafa’s executive director. “We are staying. I believe it is part of their [the Israeli military] propaganda, part of the scare tactics they use.” Above, damage to Al-Wafa Hospital after an initial round of Israeli attacks.

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Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire, says senior Palestinian official (Updated)

Early this evening in Palestine, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority said Hamas has accepted a ceasefire with Israel, as brokered by Egypt.

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Understanding Hamas

Cata Charrett writes: “As someone who has met with many Hamas members and leaders I am deeply disappointed and disheartened, by mainstream western discourse’s reductionist and racist understanding of Hamas, its actions and of its position in Palestinian society. During a three month research trip in Gaza, September-December 2012, I had the opportunity to talk with Hamas members and leaders regarding the western response to their success in the 2006 elections. In my conversations they conveyed their own frustration and sadness at being so profoundly misunderstood and misrepresented.”

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A mother in Gaza

When Israel launched operation Pillars of Clouds back in 2012, I was 8 month pregnant with Yasmeen. Yet, I knew very little, about the enormous emotional complexities of loving, raising, and protecting a child. From the anxiety of giving birth to the sleep depravation, to the everyday tasks of keeping the wellbeing of a human being, motherhood is not easy and never gets easy. And that’s in normal situations where your and the safety of you child are something you can take for granted. But in Gaza, this is not the case.

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Out to Kill: Israel’s assault on Gaza is not to stop rocket fire 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will use ‘any means necessary’ to stop Islamic militant group Hamas from bombing civilians. Well, has it worked? Is rocket fire stopping? Actually, just the opposite. What put a stop to the rocket attacks back in 2009 and in 2012 was when the Israeli government agreed to a cease fire. A cease fire has been the one method that has reliably worked to stop rocket fire. It is also the one method Netanyahu has not tried in 2014–yet.

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Jewish activists light children’s dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack

Saturday, 12th July, a group called Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. JAG set aflame to a pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust memorial museum. Jews Against Genocide (JAG) is a movement of Jews from all over the world, including Israelis, who are protesting against Israel’s intent to commit genocide against the non-Jewish indigenous people of Palestine.

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Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!

URGENT CALL FROM GAZA CIVIL SOCIETY: ACT NOW! 13.7.2014 Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine–We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world, to act, protest, and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions … Continue reading

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Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon

Overnight three rockets struck Israel from southern Lebanon, marking the second instance of crossfire between the Mediterranean states over the weekend and since the beginning of the military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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Gaza under attack again

Gaza is bleeding. Gaza is mourning. And the bitterness of loss and injustice is colossal. But Gaza has always taught us that it rises up, it resists, it stands up for its people and its people stand up for it.

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Latest from Gaza: Israel targets houses, mosques, disabled center and essential infrastructure, 14 more Palestinians killed

The latest news from Gaza as of Saturday morning.

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‘Protective Edge’ has nothing to do with protection

As the bodies pile higher in Gaza, the unanswerable question “How could anyone do this?” pounds louder in the ears of the observer. An easier question, perhaps, is “Why is Israel doing this, again, right now?” Through the rising smoke of the airstrikes, the answer becomes clear: To keep Gaza isolated, to keep Hamas radical, and to satisfy the Israeli public.

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Relentless bombing on Gaza continues: Israel kills media worker, 9 people watching World Cup on beach

The latest Israeli assault continued into its third day, exacting a bloody and growing death toll in the Gaza Strip. At least 81 Palestinians have been killed in three days, including 22 children. Late Tuesday, a driver for journalists was killed, as were nine Palestinians watching the World Cup at a beach coffee shop. There are no signs of the operation letting up soon. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that he is not “talking to anybody about a cease-fire right now. It’s not even on the agenda.”

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Understanding ‘militant’ as a cover-up for civilian deaths, and other ways international law helps clarify the Israeli attack on Gaza

News about Gaza can be confusing because it is hard to ascertain clear facts about a faraway place where reporters often are limited from entering or moving freely. It is further complicated by the failure of media and various governments to apply international law correctly, and to instead accept definitions from the players themselves about the legitimacy of their military goals and actions. Understanding what is happening in Gaza, and who is dying, is important because it happens with American aid, weapons, and complicity. Understanding principles of international law is critical if we want a world that abides by rule of law.

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‘Operation Protective Edge’ begins: Gaza rocked by Israeli airstrikes as Palestinian militants shoot at Jerusalem

Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty Images)

The Israeli military launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night with a series of heavy airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. So far, the air attacks have killed 22 Palestinians, including 7 children. Palestinian militant groups, including Hamas, have fired an estimated 160 rockets into Israel, with one exploding in Jerusalem. It is the largest military operation on Gaza since November 2012, when an aerial bombing campaign killed an estimated 167 people including 87 civilians, and Israeli leaders are saying that the current military operation won’t be short. “The prime minister’s instruction by the end of the meeting was to prepare for a thorough, long, continuous and strong campaign in Gaza,” a senior official told Haaretz. “The prime minister instructed the army to be ready to go all in. A ground offensive is on the table.”

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A Call from Gaza: Support our right to life!

A call from Gaza urging the international community to put an end to the ongoing all-out military assault aimed against the total population of Gaza and to “stand on the right side of history and support our struggle for freedom, justice, and equality” by supporting the BDS movement.

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Doubts raised about report Algeria will donate World Cup prize money to Gaza (Updated)

The Algerian national soccer team announces they will donate their World Cup prize money to the people in Gaza: “They need it more than us”

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‘Tell America we want to be free’: Gaza, then and now

Jennifer Bing writes about visiting Gaza for the first time in 13 years: “One young man came up to me after our large group exchange at Al Azhar University to thank me for coming to Gaza. He had developed a stutter since the bombings in 2008 and was embarrassed to speak in front of his classmates. But with a clear voice he said to me, “Tell America we want to be free.””

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How food writing humanizes the Palestinian struggle: Laila El-Haddad on ‘The Gaza Kitchen’

Laila El-Haddad’s and Maggie Schmitt’s captivating book “The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey” shows how food is a perfect window into Gazan culture and society. Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane sat down with El-Haddad, above left, for a wide-ranging conversation that ranged from her experience with celebrity foodie Anthony Bourdain to how examining how food is made smashes stereotypes about women in the coastal strip. The interview was conducted in the middle of Mondoweiss’ summer fundraiser — you can receive a copy of “The Gaza Kitchen” with a donation of $80 or more.

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