Category Archives: Israel/Palestine

Video: Celebrities, artists and activists call for Palestinian freedom in #GazaNames project

Jewish Voice for Peace and the Institute for Middle East Understanding have released a powerful new video featuring celebrities, artists, activists and everyday people speaking out for Palestinian human rights. The video features people holding signs with the names and ages of Palestinian civilians recently killed by the Israeli military in Gaza. Some of the notable people pictured include Chuck D, Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner, Mira Nair, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, and many others. In a press release to accompany the video playwright Eve Ensler says, “This is a scream on paper. This is a wail. “There are no more words. Only this moment where we rise against the illegal and deathly occupation of Palestine, against mass slaughter of the defenseless, against the complicit silence of the international community, against the military might and arrogance of the Israeli and the U.S. governments who choose annihilation over justice and love.”

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Statement: Legal experts and human rights defenders demand international community end Israel’s collective punishment of Gaza

More than 140 international legal experts and human rights defenders from around the world, among them former UN independent experts and leading law professors, issued a joint declaration denouncing the grave violations and “disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental rights of the entire Palestinian population” during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, and calling for the international community, including the UN, Arab League, EU and the US, to establish clear mechanisms for accountability for international law violations. “Accountability cannot again be sidelined and stigmatized to serve political interests, our interests must be the protection of civilians and peace”, says Professor John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

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Photos: Across the U.S., thousands continue to march in solidarity with Gaza (Updated)

Images of marches and rallies in the United States in solidarity with Gaza.

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‘Lone soldiers’ and young ideologues from around the world contribute to Israeli war crimes

Israeli officials estimate that 2,500-5,000 soldiers currently serving in the army are what are called “lone soldiers” – Jews who come to Israel to serve in the military despite having grown up elsewhere and having no immediate family members in the country. Although lone soldiers and volunteer army aides are not mercenaries in the sense that they receive significant compensation, or are motivated for reasons of personal gain, the recruitment of foreigners by Israel to fight in a colonial assault against an occupied people is clearly a practice that violates the spirit of international law.

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New York Times silences Israel’s Palestinian citizens on Gaza war

There are many significant and systematic problems with The New York Times reporting on Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip. These include The Times’ willingness to grant legitimacy to the Israeli military’s incredible claims that first it did not shell an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun where 16 Palestinians were killed by a shell, and then todaythat it did actually shell the school, but that the school was empty. Credulously repeating and granting legitimacy to absurd Israeli military and government claims and denials is a persistent problem at The Times. Another persistent failure, repeated Sunday, is The Times complicity with the Israeli government’s systematic marginalization and even silencing of Palestinian citizens of Israel, 20% of Israel’s population.

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Israeli embassy puts Mona Lisa in a hijab — ‘Israel now, Paris next’

Israeli embassy in Ireland has removed Islamophobic images from its twitter feed. “Israel Now, Paris Next” and “Israel is the last frontier of the free world” were messages accompanying images of the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo as Muslim terrorists.

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9 things the American media isn’t telling you about Israel/Palestine

Throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which began on July 8, it has become increasingly clear that the U.S. media is biased against Palestinians, using selective coverage, skewed opinion, and false balance to offer implicit support to Israel’s stance. Alastair Sloan outlines nine things that the American press is not telling you.

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Video: Frantic scenes during Qalandia demonstration as wounded are rushed to Ramallah Hospital

Video of Thursday’s demonstration at the Qalandia checkpoint, and later at Ramallah Hospital. It depicts a frantic scene to carry wounded protesters to ambulances, and the controlled chaos of Ramallah Hospital that lasted almost until sunrise. The injured protesters in this footage are a tiny fraction of the approximately 200 shot with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers, resulting in 2 deaths.

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‘Tomorrow there’s no school in Gaza, they don’t have any children left’ — Israeli chant

Two Palestinian youths were beaten unconscious in occupied East Jerusalem as Israeli vigilante groups target Palestinians and leftists, Rania Khalek reports at Electronic Intifada

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How many would be alive today if Obama had not quashed Goldstone Report?

The latest headlines say that President Obama has lost his patience with Israel over the wanton killings of civilians in Gaza. Media is reporting on an “angry call” he made to Israeli prime minister Netanyahu yesterday. But when Obama had a real opportunity to rein in Israeli impunity, he failed to take it. Nine months after Israel’s Operation Cast Lead decimated Gaza in 2009, the Goldstone Report accused Israel and Palestinian authorities of war crimes. The Obama administration did everything it could to kill the report.

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Gaza– and ‘Guernica’

Allison Deger made a series of photographs in Gaza demonstrating not just the human cost of the Israeli onslaught, but the price paid by animals. The scenes of animal destruction are reminiscent of Guernica, Picasso’s iconic painting from the Spanish civil war memorializing the 1937 bombing by rightwing forces, killing hundreds of civilians.

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Attacks on demonstrators in Rome

Rightwingers attacked a demonstration against the assault on Gaza in Tel Aviv, and now Rome has also been scene to a number of deeply disturbing and violent incidents, with attacks on Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists.

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Hasbarah Bingo

Hasbarah Bingo: A cartoon inspired by the memes of Israel advocacy: We Rock, They Suck, You Suck– No one likes us, we don’t care, etc! By Wayne Myers

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Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon

Was it the poof moment? The apartheid comment? The helluva pinpoint operation moment? Whether or not he had an epiphany on Israel, John Kerry is distancing himself from its demands in his ceasefire talks, leading some to accuse him of a “betrayal.”

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Fabricated martyrdom?

Richard Silverstein has reported that an Israeli soldier captured by Gaza militants has been killed by Israeli forces lest Hamas obtain a bargaining chip in the conflict. Marc Ellis speculates that such a soldier is a martyr for the Jewish state. But does that fulfill the definition of martyr?

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Destruction of Gaza’s children is something ‘every one of us must confront’ — Jon Snow

Jon Snow of Channel 4 demonstrates what it means to bear witness to atrocities in Gaza. Our governments are not interested. People must take action, and “that in the end is the greatest hope that the people in Gaza have.” Will he endorse BDS?

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Video: Protesters set Israeli checkpoint aflame following funeral in Beit Ummar

An Israeli checkpoint sustained significant damage in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar near Hebron on Friday after clashes broke out following the funeral of 3 Palestinians killed earlier in the day.

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In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)

Photos of protests around the world in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

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Survivors of massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields

Survivors of the Israeli massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces are using Palestinians as human shields and killing civilians as they attempt to receive medical care from the Red Cross or flee the besieged village. Khuza’a resident Abu Ali Qudail told Yousef Alhelou: “I was watching members of my family dying in front of me, some of them were torn to pieces. Rami, Ibrahim, Alia, Haj Abed died..we had to leave them behind, as soon as we reached one of the Khan Younis schools we entered it to seek shelter but it was very crowded with people who fled their homes. Its hard to see people dying and you do not know what to do. One of my relatives’ homes were struck while they were inside.” Above, ambulances wait to evacuate wounded people from Khuza’a on July 23, 2014.

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Pro-Israel Facebook page is titled, ‘Death to Dianna Buttu’

An advocate for Israel has started a Facebook page on July 25 called “Death to Dianna Buttu,” aimed at the Palestinian lawyer and advocate Diana Buttu

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Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught

A rogue faction of Hamas killed three Israeli teens on the West Bank and Israel knew this weeks ago, Israeli official Micky Rosenfeld told BBC’s Jon Donnison, but the truth didn’t stop Israel from blaming Hamas and launching a massive onslaught, killing 900 Palestinians.

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The killing fields

Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC publishes searing images from Shuja’iyeh, scene of an Israeli massacre of Palestinians, as a ceasefire allows residents to collect the many dead. He says 81 bodies have been recovered in a few hours, bringing total number of Gaza dead to over 1000.

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As in Vietnam and South Africa, Gazan masses are willing to pay high price for freedom — Kasrils

Anything but supporting BDS is mere words, says Ronnie Kasrils, in stating that the strategy of Hamas in Gaza recalls Vietnamese and South African resistance to oppression

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Oren’s charge that networks showcase Palestinian dead at behest of Hamas is ‘obscene’ — Penhaul

Michael Oren says on CNN that Hamas’s strategy is to drag Israel into Gaza and “get Israel to kill large numbers of civilians” — and then the networks show it for headlines. “Obscene,” Karl Penhaul of CNN says of the charge.

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Fox’s Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a ‘thick head’

Sean Hannity hectored Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center on Fox News Thursday night, badgering him to say whether Hamas is a terrorist organization, Yes or No, and not allowing Munayyer to answer otherwise. He said Munayyer has a “thick head.” Munayyer handled the abuse with dignity.

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