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Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  • 10,000 march on Qalandia in solidarity with Gaza
  • Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza'a
    • it's impossible, almost inconceivable how anyone could endure this. and our leaders are too cowardly to lift a finger. decade after decade after decade. and the monster intensifies. goldstone, another cowardly man. how does he sleep at night.

  • Hamas mimics Hezbollah tactics, and no one will have stability till blockade is lifted
    • grrrreat comment taxi.

      On a side but related note here: Iran yesterday publicly announced its readiness to supply the West Bank with arms

      wow, i had not heard that. do you have any links?

      All the idf direct strikes against Hamas have been at Hamas rocket launch sites AFTER rockets have launched – hence isreal’s current frustration

      israel is up a creek w/ zilch intel

    • Idf is going crazy because of the resistance and is shooting civilians .

      nah, I0f went crazy and shot many civilians during the 08/09 massacre and there were no battles w/hamas that time round as i recall. anywhichway they shoot civilians.

    • The alternative to spending all the money on the tunnels and missiles was to spend it on civil projects.

      would you advise israel do the same. nix their military and invest in civil projects?

      The “siege” was a result of the Hamas approach – in the beginning all was open and there were high hopes for cooperative development projects.

      oh gag me with a spoon, the embargo was set up before hamas was even inaugurated. that's what it was called before they called it the blockade. don't try to peddle your revisionist history off on me.

      Israel didn`t finish Hezbollah because it was forced to accept a ceasefire that Hezbollah desperately demanded.

      ha ha ha ha ha

      – what the people think anyway nobody knows

      israel continually rates least popular country in the world. or haven't you been paying attention?

      The tunnels and missiles are not yet fully gone.

      no shit sherlock. in fact, there has not been evidence of ONE major weapons cache even busted. israel doesn't even know what quantity hamas has.

      Some are in the center of Gaza and undoing them cannot be done without a lot of people there killed.

      why don't you scroll up and read what i wrote at the top of the page.

      So will demand a more cautious and sophisticated approach

      well, thus far there has been neither caution nor sophistication. so more multiplied by 0 still equals 0.

    • I have nothing that you don`t have.

      iow, this is merely your speculation based on goi? yeah, um...doesn't it make sense a gov like this that loves to blather their successes w/video would have something to show for these allegations aside from merely those cartoon graphics? anyway, i get it. that would be a no.

      In my view this was fantasy on the side of Hamas – trying to play big, to find a winning formula.

      well, the option being to roll over and die. their people are being genocided, so of course it's a natural instinct to protect yourself. call it a fantasy if you will but trying to find a winning formula is what humans do.

      Firstly, they are fighting a very modern entity with what is essentially a pre-modern approach.

      so why couldn't israel beat hezbollah?

      Also they erstwhile allies, Iran and Hezbolalh, are busy elsewhere

      hmm, who are you listening to that you think hezbollah/iran is not paying attention here? don't be so sure. this could be the beginning of a regional war.

      The European governments understood that and they now for the first time stand behind Israel as does the US.

      really? i'm amazed. please tell us more about how the US stands behind israel. this is really startling information. and those euro govs..what about the people in those places. tell us more about those democratic governments who stand behind israel.

      anyway, amusing divert. i just wanted to know if you had any evidence israel had been able to ascertain where the tunnels are. and u have nothing.

      i guess we'll know for sure when the rockets and missiles stop...as you say they now go kaput in days. but not kaput yet are they?

    • and now i read they've killed 2 people in the WB.

    • oh that. we've put the poor lad out of his misery, for good. i'm curious what kind of replacement hasbara central will be sending us. he'll be a tough act to follow.

    • And thanks to Mahane for outing himself today.

      i missed that. what thread?

    • thanks seafoid. just got an email alerting me to kalandia

    • and they now go kaput in days.

      do you have a source for that aside from goi allegations? any photos of large weapons caches, that sort of stuff. photos of underground caves etc?

  • U.S. casts lonely vote against establishing war crimes inquiry in Gaza
    • After Hamas, then comes Hezbollah. You are with us or against us.

      hmm, not sure hezbollah will sit around that long. rumor has it, according to nasrallah, gaza will not be going down.

  • Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel!
    • IF HAMAS STOPPED SENDING ROCKETS INTO ISRAEL, WOULD THAT NOT OBVIATE THE NEED FOR ISRAEL TO RETALIATE IN STOPPING THE ROCKETS?

      hamas started sending rockets after israel went on a weeks long pogrom in the WB killing people, invading and destroying literally thousands of homes, rounding up, detaining and arresting hundreds of people. generally a massive collective punishment. bit that's not all. the naivete in your comment is astounding. my suggestion would be to inform yourself a little more on background. palestinian people want more than merely an end to the current crisis, what you blindly call "RETALIATE[iation]"

      start here: ‘We have nothing left to lose. I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce’: Palestinian youth demand justice: link to mondoweiss.net

      they want the blockade and the occupation to end. they want justice for decades of oppression. they want human rights.

  • Avishai says we misrepresented his views
  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
  • Palestinians build tunnel to attack Israeli kindergarten, Netanyahu says
    • this site is full of speculation. ["..."].

      jon, who were you quoting? i googled that sentence and yours comment was the only one that came up. please don't tell us there's not enough inflammatory material on this site that you had to fabricate a quote.

  • US plays decisive role in Israel's attack on Gaza
  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
  • The other side of history
  • In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)
    • finally added Santiago Nico

    • raquel, thank you! please send them to us (see about page for email) and we'll try to get them up.

    • oh my, i guess it wasn't an "anti-Israel/ anti-Semitic march culminated in an attack on a synagogue" after all. link to mondoweiss.net

    • Hamas terrorists are trying to get as many of their own people killed as possible

      of course, why didn't i think of that.

      , while also trying to murder us.

      but you don't try to murder palestinians, they just end up dead. got it.

      I’m certainly aware of the imbalance: we have Iron Dome, and shelters and security rooms, and on the other side...

      hmm, what about all those fighter jets? come on jon, you've got more than the 'Iron Dome, and shelters and security rooms' wrt balance of power. don't play coy.

    • Where did I say “bombing”?

      you said the anti-Israel/ anti-Semitic march culminated in an attack on a synagogue and i my recollection was off, i thought the haaretz article had stated someone threw a smoke bomb or something into the synagogue (i was mistaken).

      i'm glad you posted both those videos, they do seem to have a lot in common. but neither of them look related to the photo above for the march for gaza in paris.

      where are the signs and the palestinian flags? how are these videos related to the peace march? this would be an awful development and of course i don't approve of violence against houses of worship, regardless of which religion it is. and it's awful of a small group of people tarnished the reputation of the peaceful marchers.

    • alleged anti semitic march (i read a yahoo news article claiming 'otherwise peaceful march' but am i surprise you're here trying to tar all those people? no). right now there's a concerted effort to frame supporters of palestine (last night in LA, arrests by DHS, very suspicious occurrences) and i think after the blatant allegations/lies told about the murder and assault in jerusalem accusing a 15 yr old boy who was attending a wedding..and almost killing him..i think anything we hear right now is highly suspect. show me the video jon, and they don't.

      btw, several times before, hasbrats right from the get go, tried to insert this link into the top of the thread to highjack this thread. at least 7-8 times. so have at it with your claims down here at the base where it belongs. and scroll up and read sumud's 3:09 comment.

      if it doesn't make sense, it's probably a lie. and where's your evidence the march 'culminated' with a bombing? where's the security video?

      we're not just sitting ducks for whatever kind of propaganda we're supposed to believe. extraordinary times, extraordinary claims, require extraordinary proof.

      but let's be thankful no one was hurt at the synagogue, and remember who the victims are here and who is massacring little babies today, shall we?

    • actually jon, there's a lot you don't see. but let's keep in mind the disgusting imbalance of power , the gore blood and guts spilled this week, the massacre of children (under the guise of 'precision targets and hasbrat claims carried by all the msm that israel tried to prevent civilian death and they bomb houses at iftar when muslims break their fast, when families are together and they bomb mosques as people are leaving prayer services) and then you tell me more about who is bloodthirsty.

      the reality is john, we see the bloodthirstyness of israel on the screen and in the news happening to real people during these slaughters benignly called 'mowing the grass' so depending on who is moderating, we don't need support for that in the comment section. it is too inflammatory imho.

      that's possibly why, in comparison, taxi's post reads as inflammatory to us. but think again jon, what bloodthirsty maniacs are bombing families and slaughtering children? and why should taxi's words alarm us?

    • i figured as much walid, being smart enough to figure mehane wouldn't intend to show palestinians in a good light. i was also on al mayadeen the other night when tel aviv shut down after hamas announced they were sending 4 rockets into tel aviv and as everyone was watching them spell bound, palestinians were celebrating in ramallah. so i figured it was of that celebration. thanks for the confirmation.

    • i'm sorry nico but i'm having internet issues right now and can't download anything. i also am not on FB and your link is not showing me any photos, i can't explore it. sorry.

      there are a lot more photos i found here, including one of santiago, i recommend for everyone! link to english.ahram.org.eg

    • taxi, i am highly suspicious of these provatateurs who show up as a fringe element at protests and grab all the headlines.

      haaretz had a similar report w/one photojournalist (whom i think they described ad jewish) claiming there was death to jews chanting. we've heard these claims before but they donot seem to have video of it. who are these people? seriously, it's not enough to claim it is happening, this is an old worn out accusation. so let's catch whoever these people are on tape, don't tell me about it. why didn't a photojournalist capture and image and plaster it all over the front page? because he could get sued for libel? enough already! there's too much history of infiltrators instigating violence at demos, over and over.

    • Half the ambulances in Gaza have become inoperable for lack of fuel

      i read somewhere yesterday or the day before they bombed an ambulance depot

    • excellent Nancy, will add! of course we need NYC

    • thanks, i will see what i can scrub up, and i am adding photos all the time..so just alert me and i'll see what i can do. did you see columbus ohio? go susie!

    • spring! you are so right milan is in italy, i think i must have been going dizzy or something. but that photo was taken in spain (same banner link to twitter.com ) but i added a photo of the protest in milan, and one in paris too..from the protest today.

      thank you..

    • ramzi, i whole heartedly agree. thank you for the wonderful comment.

  • Massacre in Gaza: At least 60 killed in Shuja'iyeh, over 60,000 in UN shelters
  • Palestinians celebrate report that Hamas captured Israeli soldier
    • no combat experience in recent years. Cast Turkeyshoot doesn’t count.

      omg, that caught me by surprise.

    • it's news from today. death by settler.

      Those dead fighters, from both sides, fell in dignity, not like fish in the barrel.

      please do not twist my meaning, here's what i said:

      civilians living inside an outdoor prison getting picked off like fish in a barrel are helpless victims.

      that's hundreds of civilian deaths. there's no dignity in getting slaughtered by an occupation army and there's no dignity in slaughtering children which the israeli military troops do w/proficient regularity. the dime weapons are decapitating people. what dignity is there in this? as a soldier, what dignity is there in using this weaponry, or white phosperous? the zionist regime is not leading samurai into battle, that's for sure.

    • mehane, a hostage means bargaining power. that is what they are celebrating.

      Israel announced that Hamas fighters entered Israel.

      yep, they infiltrated the occupation forces (uniforms etc) and took them out inside israel. at least that's what they were reporting early yesterday in the arabic press before israel announced the casualties.

      settlers kidnapped a palestinian and killed him.

    • 2) this operation is just getting started-not close to easing up and pulling back.

      no shit sherlock.

      1) there is no truth to a soldier being kidnapped

      because the zionist occupation regime always tell the truth hahahahah

      sure as sht nothing is going to end until all the tunnels under the border are rooted out

      like the mighty iof rooted out hezbollah's weapons stash. hahahahaha

    • I wonder for how long you can keep both tracks at once: on one hand trumpeting any setback for Israel as a “game changer”

      who are you quoting? the AJElive tweet asking if this was a game changer?

      and on the other hand lamenting them as helpless victims

      civilians living inside an outdoor prison getting picked off like fish in a barrel are helpless victims.

      there's no contradiction in pointing out the 4th largest military power in the world got their asses kicked by the palestinian resistance and lamenting the slaughter of innocents those same occupation forces savagely took out their revenge on, like the complete cowards that they are. none whatsoever actually.

      that said, i don't think this is the game changer. i think if hamas can keep it up and israel experiences a consistent drip drip drip like we've seen these last couple days, over several weeks, then let's talk game changer.

      i said israel was in a pickle, i didn't say they were pickled. yet.

    • but this time there have been reports that Hamas wants everybody to be declared a ‘civilian’ dead until Hamas decides to declare them militant deaths.

      reports from who? please explain or provide a source because all i've heard are allegations from hasbarists about hamas wanting civilian death. there are many many photos and videos of dead children. there was a video of the aftermath of that neighborhood. what are you implying?

    • what's next?plowing thru every neighborhood in gaza and then claiming they all have weapons under them and hamas wants israel to kill all those civilians? it's getting a little far fetched, israel's propaganda and the killing sprees.

    • what are you nit-picking about?

      oh nothing. but i wrote something yesterday about israel being in a pickle, given they really don't know the quality, quantity, or where abouts of hamas' weapons. i heard the tank got blown up another way. i don't like gore so i'm not going to go into detail. let's just say hamas said they had some surprises and they've delivered thus far.

      and i also read yaalon said something about intensifying fire to evacuate casualties which made me wonder if they massacred all those civilians as a form of retribution. timing and all that.

      and since it was hamas who announced the captured soldier, and the rumors were flying about all those deaths way before the iof announced them, it sort of looks like israel didn't want to announce any casualties til after the massacre. because what if people had heard about those deaths and then read about the civilians massacred. they might have put 2 and 2 together. instead, we get graphics about underground tunnels underneath the neighborhood.

      not too convincing. like that UN ticking bomb graphic. we are not stupid.

    • Calm down

      i'm perfectly calm.

      jeezus criminy!

      maybe it's you getting flustered.

      Reports of up to 30 deaths -just not confirmed.

      hm. i heard there were at least 20 today. plus the other 18..that's getting closer to 40. give or take a few.

    • analysts in the ME are already speculating this is the end for him.

    • Some 13 soldiers dead?

      no, israel is admitting 18 now. but rumors are flying it's much higher. (these do not include some of the deaths that occurred yesterday).

      13 IDF soldiers killed in Gaza as Operation Protective Edge death toll climbs to 18
      Latest Israeli military fatalities all from Golani Brigade; IDF completing identification process of fallen troops.

      link to jpost.com

      frankly, i don't believe everything in that article either. they were ambushed.

      Golani's 13th Battalion drove over an explosive device and caught fire

      that's not what i heard.

    • Like Israelis would actually allow a repeat of the Shalit fiasco

      could you flush that out for us a little bit. do you mean what happens in this war is what israel allows? did they allow the death of 18 of their soldiers? from what i heard, some israeli soldiers fell into a trap.

      i also heard hamas killed a lot more soldiers today, and israel has not admitted it yet. why do you think they waited so long to announce all these deaths when analysts on arab news stations were already discussing it many hours before.

      do you think maybe israelis don't trust their officials so much now that they know they lied to the public, using the missing teens to commit massive human rights abuses and kill people in the WB. i wonder what else they are not telling them.

      i think israel is in a pickle. link to mondoweiss.net

      i think this war is not just about what israel will allow.

      slaughtering civilians tho, they do seem fairly proficient at that. but i heard that ambush, those were special forces weren't they? or something. any idea how they lost so many men so early in the ground invasion?

  • Video: Resistance activists down power line in West Bank
    • jpb, got it. we have a comment policy thread so we don't divert on other threads. i suggest posting there or emailing phil and adam. thanks

    • thanks walid, that is (very) good to know.

    • here? on the site? i heard hamas' video as soon as it was announced (on al mayadeen) , it took us (allison and i, she heard from ramallah) ) a little while to write it and then a not uncommon wait for publication. we published about 3 hours after the video came out. when i made that comment to kay it was already written.

      but i had heard the news aprox 8 hrs earlier. however, we couldn't publish rumors.

    • thanks kay, we published this morning: link to mondoweiss.net

    • thanks kay. yes,we heard. should have something up very soon.

    • abused terms (“resistance”...)

      triple yawn

  • Look at Netanyahu's 'evidence' that civilians are harboring rockets in Gaza
    • why would I waste time linking to the dozens of videos showing Hamas officials readily admitting to stockpiling missiles in and around civilian areas

      so that would be a no. you have nothing.

  • 'Washington Post' exhibits naked double standard in Israeli, Palestinian deaths (and injuries)
  • Hamas wants to pile up 'telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause' -- Netanyahu, on television

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