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

Jeff Halper on
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

Israel’s decades-long effort to turn the word ‘terrorism’ into an ideological weapon

Rémi Brulin on
Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv

The Israeli discourse on “terrorism” has a long history, one in which Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current Prime Minister, played a central role. Thirty years ago, at a major conference on “international terrorism” in Washington, D.C., Netanyahu insisted that “without a clear understanding of terrorism, the problem cannot be tackled” and proposed a clear, simple definition:

Palestinian-American teen denied access to Israel’s airport

Allison Deger on
Dina Shehadah, 17, at her family home in al-Bireh near Ramallah. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Photo of Dina Shehadeh at her family home in al-Bireh near Ramallah by Allison Deger Dina Shehadeh, 17, was about to begin her senior year of high school in Ohio where she was born and raised. But two weeks ago, after spending the summer with her extended family in the West Bank, she was separated

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

Philip Weiss on

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

Allison Deger on

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

With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn ‘Gaza into Ramallah’

Allison Deger on

Today Israeli and Palestinian officials are meeting again in Cairo to broker a long-term truce and reevaluate the blockade of the Gaza Strip, hours before the latest ceasefire is set to expire at midnight local time. The five-day ceasefire went into effect late last Wednesday, after nearly a dozen humanitarian pauses throughout “Operation Protective Edge.” Diplomatic teams

Witnessing 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. As we approach the endgame of this phase of Gaza’s tribulations – for rest assured, Gaza’s tribulations will continue – reporters on the ground are writing and photographing the disaster. Like all

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

Kate on

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

Ed Moloney on

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

‘Bombing the Dead’ — Max Blumenthal in Gaza

Philip Weiss on

This is excellent. Max Blumenthal has taken his photos and tweets from Gaza, with the help of Dan Cohen, and made a Storify. This slideshow might serve a war crimes inquiry; for it conveys the overwhelming and indiscriminate devastation of Israel’s attack on two neighborhoods near the Israel border. Beit Hanoun and Shuja’iyeh were flattened;

Checking under Israel’s Iron Dome

Or Amit on

For the past several years, Qassam and Grad rocket attacks on Israel’s southern district have provided Israel with an excuse to invade and bomb the Gaza Strip and terrorize its caged and defenseless populace. The pretext is simple: Israelis have the right to defend themselves from rocket attacks, and the Palestinian Authority is obligated to

Fraternizing with minorities in Israel

Hatim Kanaaneh on

I am divorcing my wife. I have to. Read this article and you too will understand: Don’t let the link fool you. It doesn’t bear any resemblance to the actual title of the article in today’s Haaretz newspaper, which declares: “Soldiers probed for non-offense of ‘fraternizing with minorities.’” As you read the article you come to

A brief respite in Gaza

Allison Deger on

Over the past three and a half weeks Israel’s Operation Protective Edge has sunk Gaza into a besieged land corridor of misery. The civilian casualties have exceeded 1,800, and over 500,000–a quarter of Gaza’s population–are displaced. Although overpowering, the devastation does have brief breaks. During ceasefire hours a semblance of normal life returns. When I had a

Israeli deceptions revealed in story of ‘kidnapped’ soldier

Jonathan Cook on

A single incident over the weekend – the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel – illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast over its attack on Gaza. On Sunday, as the army indicated it would start limited withdrawals, Israel claimed Hadar Goldin was dead,

Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence

Max Blumenthal and Allison Deger on

In a bid to legitimize Israel’s violence in Gaza, Washington continues a disturbing pattern of baselessly blaming Hamas A beleaguered-looking President Barack Obama appeared before the Washington press corps on August 1 to lash into Hamas for supposedly violating the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that his Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations had labored so

Video: Mark Regev, deciphered

Adam Horowitz on

This is good. The video above was created by Alex Nunns, who subtitled a BBC interview with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev. The interview follows the Israeli bombing of an UN school in Beit Hanoun that killed at least 16 Palestinians

How Israel militarized social media

Rebecca L. Stein on

Is Israel losing the media war?  In the last few days, as Israel continues its bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian death tolls continues to mount, this question has consumed the global media.  And most have agreed: in the age of social media, with abundant mobile technologies in the hands of Gaza Palestinians

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

Allison Deger on

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. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital treats

Legitimacy crisis: Netanyahu acknowledges Israeli assault lacked legitimacy

James Marc Leas on

Jumping on Hamas’s rejection of the bogus cease-fire offer on Tuesday, July 15, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Hamas’s rejection of the cease-fire gives Israel full legitimacy to expand the operation to protect our people.” Thus, Netanyahu implicitly admitted that the Israeli government otherwise lacked “full legitimacy.” And Netanyahu acknowledged just how much his government