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  • As world watched Gaza, Israel announced 1472 new settlements in West Bank
  • My life during the war
    • Strangely missing from this essay is either her support of Hamas' decision to refuse ceasefires or her disgust with their actions that are bringing ruin to Gaza.

  • Crisis in Rafah: Palestinian civilians trapped trying to escape Israeli onslaught (Updated)
    • At 6:30 am, 90 minutes before a 72-hour ceasefire was slated to go into effect, Israeli authorities alleged...

      Where are you getting that Israel said it happened before the cease-fire?

  • Remnick gets the timeline wrong
    • Israeli investigators knew the next morning the three had been killed because one of them placed an emergency “100” call, and there was an open recorded line as they were shot.

      Nonsense. They did not "know" they had been killed. They may have suspected it but they did not know if one child or all had been shot and they did not know if they had been murdered or wounded. They "knew" they were dead when they found the bodies.

  • First night of Israeli ground operations kills 27 Palestinians; Ambulances come under fire attempting to retrieve the injured
  • Report: Hamas offers Israel 10 conditions for a 10 year truce
    • amigo says: What,s to negotitiate about.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      There is a list of 10 items right up top that they can start negotiating about.

    • @pjdude

      Sorry to confuse you but that was a rhetorical question, of course airports and industrial zones are not human rights. Everyone (but you) knows that.

    • @amigo

      Who said anything about elections?

    • @Kay24

      So an airport and an industrial zone are basic human rights? Is lobbing rockets at a civilian population also a basic human right?

    • @a blah chick

      The Palestinians themselves said that Hamas is out of the governing business, so why would they be in charge of negotiating peace/truce?

    • Wow. Some balls.

      Israel has zero incentive to allow Hamas to profit from their rocket attacks, and every reason not to. Step 1, Hamas stops shooting. Step 2, the Palestinians (not Hamas) sit down and negotiate terms for peace and/or truce.

  • Ceasefire. Tightening the Gordian Knot?
    • @Justpassingby

      No. They rejected their demands.

    • Hamas is a failure. I agree. But with Israel and Egypt’s control of Gaza’s borders no government could succeed.

      Nonsense. The "government" of Hamas could succeed by ending the very policies that Israel and Egypt object to.

  • How many people have died from Gaza rockets into Israel?
    • @taxi

      Did you even read your own link? DIME weapons are not illegal under International Law, they are not biological weapons, there is no definitive evidence they cause cancer and their purpose is to limit the range of casualties. Their purpose is to reduce collateral damage, they are not some (ridiculous) cancer bomb.

      More importantly, there is no military corroboration of their use, just a bunch of doctors taking a wild ass guess because they do not understand what they are looking at.

  • Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!
    • What B.S.

      If Gaza wants this round of fighting to stop the first step is simple and obvious to everyone except these authors - stop shooting rockets and mortars.

  • Israel's message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die
    • pjdude says: the palestinians have zero obligation to cave to your sense of entitlement.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      Yes, they have zero obligation to seek a peaceful solution, and they have not. They have zero obligation to compromise, they have not. They have zero obligation to seek anything other than the defeat of the Israelis, and they have not.

    • @Mooser

      So you would only be satisfied with a one station solution that eliminates Israel and makes the Jewish people a minority subject to the whims of their enemies?

    • Israel has in fact left us with only one workable, just and lasting way out: a single democratic state in Palestine/Israel that guarantees the individual and collective rights of all its citizens.

      100% agree. Judea and Samaria should become Israel and every resident should be offered Israeli citizenship.

  • Understanding 'militant' as a cover-up for civilian deaths, and other ways international law helps clarify the Israeli attack on Gaza
    • @sumud

      A new low for Mondoweiss, defending the attack of population centers with unguided (indiscriminate) rockets.

      Article 51(4) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I provides: “Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited.”
      link to icrc.org

    • @Sumud. That depends on the target...

      No, it does not. Rockets do not have targeting systems, they are launched indiscriminately in the general vicinity of places. Each one is a war crime.

    • @eljay
      >>>>> As far as I can tell, Sderot and pizza parlours are “certain points or areas”

      Yes, because the Geneva Conventions provide absolutely no context to help understand why they do not permit the bombing pizza parlors. That must be totally confusing.

    • @crone

      What point are you trying to make?

    • @elijay

      That's ridiculous, the Geneva Conventions in no way permit the terror you would seek to condone. What it means is that genuine military targets are not off limit due to the presence of protected persons.

    • BTW. Rockets and mortars from Gaza do not become war crimes only when they kill or main. They are war crimes when they launch.

      Even when they are launched by Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, controlled by President Mahmoud Abbas.

    • Further:

      Geneva Convention IV
      Article 28 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV provides: “The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.”

  • The 'so-called peace process' and Gaza 'siege' -- Mohyeldin conveys Palestinian despair on MSNBC
  • Chomsky and BDS
    • @Talknic

      Ugh. any excuse to repeat the same tired nonsense...

      UNGA 194 afforded the same RoR for Jewish Arabs from the Arab states
      Correct. None at all for both parties

      Strange UNGA res 194 was adopted IN 1948.
      And it does not provide the RoR. Claims based on subsequent agreements such as Geneva would have to be retroactive to satisfy Palestinian claims. Work on your reading comprehension.

      Same for Jewish folk who’re still stateless refugees
      What Jewish folk are you referring to?

      The UN says it was DEFINITION OF A “REFUGEE” UNDER PARAGRAPH 11
      No, the UN did not. Your link in no way establishes that in 1948 the International norm for refugees was that they possessed the RoR.

      Bullsh*t! Name another country accepted into the UN under similar circumstances
      Every new member. Every single one.
      link to un.org

      Can’t while the US exercises the UNSC veto vote
      Does not change any facts.

      The law only comes into effect when broken. All law is binding and effects all states equally.
      There was no law and nothing was broken. The Israelis were not bound to any GA resolution by joining the UN

    • @SQ Debris

      Hague Agreement? Really? Please point out where you find that "right" in the Hague Conventions. And as for the Law of Return, that is not a right found in International Law, it is a right bestowed by the State of Israel to all Jewish people regardless of their race.

    • RoHa says: It is, but, more importantly, it is a moral right.

      You are correct that I do not recognize the importance of your so called moral right. You moral right does not trump actual laws and treaties, it does not trump Israel's national rights, and it does not provide the Palestinians with the right to eliminate the state of Israel by making the Jewish people a minority.

    • The RoR as espoused by the Palestinians is not International Law, specifically the claim that whatever law the "right" rests on (what is that anyway?) is retroactive back to 1948 and includes the never ending magical ability to pass that "right" to children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc...

      That 194 is restating existing law would make sense if the RoR was an accepted norm in 1948 (it was not) or if 194 referred to the supposed right or the supposed International Law (it does not).

      Further, Israel was accepted to the UN in the same manner as everyone else, if the GA thinks they got stiffed then they should toss Israel out. But there is nothing in the resolution that elevates GA resolutions into law for Israel and Israel alone.

      Recalling its resolutions of 29 November 1947 and 11 December 1948 and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by the representatives of the Government of Israel before the Ad Hoc Political Committee in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions,...

  • Israel needs no proof to kill Palestinians for teens' death, Israeli colonel says
    • Woody Tanaka says: You’re, as typical, spewing garbage.

      Garbage? The headline of the story is a lie, there is no record of the Colonel making that statement. It is a lie and you know it.

    • @Kris

      Comprehension of what? This story offers"Israel needs no proof to kill Palestinians for teens’ death" as a quote by the Israeli Colonel. Which is of course a bald faced lie. Nothing in the link proves otherwise.

    • Referring to whether or not the murderers received direct orders from superiors...

      “We don’t feel that (such orders were) actually necessary,”

      And somehow or other you twist that into...

      "Israel needs no proof to kill Palestinians for teens’ death"

      Exhibit A for the well deserved reputation of Mondoweiss

  • 'Haaretz' conference trumpets tired word 'Peace' (when the only solution is 'equality')
    • Every usage of the word ‘Peace’ hurts our cause...

      So says the co-founder of "Peace"Power magazine. Too funny.

  • 'Washington Post' conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism
    • Now why in the world would anyone conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism? Perhaps it is the realization that any old anti-semitic trope can be dusted off so long as one is careful to replace "Jew" with "Zionist". Amply demonstrated by numerous commentators right here at anti-Zionist Mondoweiss.

      Yes, the two concepts are distinct and yes there is plenty of legitimate anti-Zionism, but to pretend there is not a huge overlap is foolishness.

  • Tourism under occupation
    • The Jerusalem ID does not "forbid" anything at all, in reality if you wish to vote in a national election then you should be a citizen of that nation - a nearly universal truth.

      He should have applied for Israeli citizenship instead of an Israeli passport.

  • 'Kill those who rise up to kill us' -- a prime minister's chilling tweet
    • @talknic

      I presume from your all purpose cut and paste comment that you do not consider what the Palestinians choose to attack as Israel, which is of course .. idiocy. Nobody, and I mean nobody, other than yourself and Hamas (nice company) subscribe to the weird set of theories you have assembled.

      And for the record, you have no interest in peace. You and your quixotic website have the singular purpose of trying to prove that you are right and everyone is wrong.

    • It seems pretty clear that the injury to the child can be laid at the feet of those who chose to attack Israel. And that the majority of the comments above simply seek to provide cover for further Palestinian rocketry.

  • BDS lays the basis for a true peace process
    • @seafoid

      Then maybe the FT (and most everyone here) needs to as honest with its readers as you are willing to be. The true, unlisted goal of BDS is to eliminate the Jewish state. Get the BDS proponents to state this forthrightly and just watch their support evaporate.

      The BDS can only succeed by masking its goals and enlisting useful idiots.

    • @Naftush

      You forgot a biggie, subtract everyone who subsequently obtained citizenship in another country thereby ending their status of "refugee". Interestingly this includes many high level Palestinian politicians.

    • How positively Orwellian. "BDS lays the basis for a true peace process", wherein peace is the liberation elimination of one of the two parties to the peace agreement.

  • Palestinian unity deal pits Netanyahu & Congress against White House
    • ...US Congress dogs loyal only to Netanyahoo...

      @Annie

      I see you have dumped our entire thread down the memory hole. You could spare yourself the trouble if you put an end to the anti-semetic nonsense that all or parts of the US Government is owned or controlled.

    • @Annie

      Great, I will let his organization know that Mondoweiss has declared him a traitor to his country and that he is both loyal to and is owned by a foreign power.

      Anyone else? Surely there must be?

    • @Hostage

      My "shitty little Republic" is the United State of America.

      And I am sure, as is your way, that you will respond with an absolute flood of obscure and tangentially connected links but nonetheless, Israel does not owe the Palestinians compensation unless the two parties agree to it. The UN, apart from meaningless GA resolutions, has not determined otherwise and the Palestinians have for years agreed to the concept of an International fund.

    • just says: Totally insane that Israel collects Palestinian money ...
      =======================
      Indeed. Israel should collect enough to pay off the past due utility bills and then simply refuse to assist the Palestinians any further. Make them do their own tariff collections.

    • ...US Congress dogs loyal only to Netanyahoo...
      ...cretins in the US Congress are like Pavlov’s dogs...
      They will do whatever their masters in Israel tell them.

      Namely? Who in Congress is loyal to Netanyahu only? Who is owned by Israel? Who in Congress are you declaring to be traitors?

    • @Kay24

      Hamas is “dangerous” only to those who brutally occupy the Palestinian territories.

      Palestinian territories = Every square inch of Israel.

  • Scene of NY derailment that took four lives is a disgraceful mess six months later
  • John Legend derides portrayal of Palestinians as 'demographic challenge' in speech at Penn
    • @StCuthbert

      I am no more concerned of the Judaization of Jerusalem than I am of making water wet.

  • Another prominent liberal Jew runs away from the Zionist label
    • amigo says: Well , for closers it is not Israeli territory.
      ---
      Where in your argument did it become Palestinian territory? More "it is their's by default" reasoning?

    • @hostage

      The ICJ advised...
      Advised? As in a non-binding opinion? Still not Palestinian territory.

      Several international and national courts, including the Palestinian High Court ...
      The Palestinians say it is Palestinian? Quelle surprise!!! But still not Palestinian territory.
      The General Assembly called...
      Correct, "Palestine" is the correct geographical reference. But still not Palestinian territory.

      In 1948 the government of Israel blah, blah, blah...
      Bitching about Article 28 is entirely off topic. Still not Palestinian territory. Gaza and arguably Area A are Palestinian territory, anytihng beyind that remains to be determined.

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