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In Gaza havens are far, heavens are closer

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Palestinian medic tries to comfort a wounded boy at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip,

Israel bombed the ice vendor. The blazing summer, made worse by the absence of electricity, drove dozens of people to gather around a small store which used to sell ice. According to my friend who lives in Shejaiya, eleven drone missiles targeted the marketplace on July 30, including the ice store. Twenty-four civilians were killed

Despite ravages of war, Gaza supports armed resistance to lift the siege

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Hours before the latest ceasefire was set to expire last night, Israel resumed attacks on the Gaza Strip and Hamas again began to launch rockets. Both sides blamed each other for the failed ceasefire. Five missiles hit the al-Dalou family home in Gaza City, killing the wife, son and three-year-old daughter of Hamas military leader

Gruesome tales surface of Israeli massacres against families in Gaza’s Shujaiya neighborhood

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As the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on August 15, residents of Shujaiya returned to the shattered remains of their homes. They pitched tents and erected signs asserting their claim to their property, sorting determinedly through the ruins of their lives. Those who managed to survive the Israeli bombardment have come home

The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza–and the costs to Israel’s standing

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The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down are on the scale of a natural disaster, but they capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. In a month of indiscriminate bombardment, Israel has killed or injured almost twelve thousand

Liberal Zionism has lost its refuge– a plausible two-state solution

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As we all know, liberal Zionism is in crisis. J Street is locked down for Israel– and losing former staff and supporters. Michael Walzer of Americans for Peace Now acknowledges that Israel has damaged global support by killing so many civilians, but he’s largely supportive of the war, chiefly blaming Hamas for the civilian deaths. Eric Alterman deeply

Serving Israel’s aim of lowering civilian deaths, ‘New York Times’ Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old’s aren’t children

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On August 5, The New York Times published a highly problematic article “Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead from Gaza Conflict”, that presented information supporting dubious Israeli government claims that 900 Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza, or around half of all Palestinian killed in Gaza in Israel’s current offensive, were “terrorists.” This assertion

The West Bank insurrection

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After months of unremitting tensions in the West Bank, another Palestinian youth was killed in a run of protests Friday near the settlement of Psagot outside of Ramallah. The funeral for Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, was held Saturday following noon prayers. Afterword mourners scrambled up a hillside cut with terraces for yet another round of clashes

The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians

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Erase memory and you wash away the blood from the perpetrator’s hands, you undo the done deed, make it disappear from history. Erase memories of atrocities and you tempt future perpetrators with immunity—Miraslov Volf In recent weeks, as Israeli bombs and artillery have slammed into the tiny strip of land that is home to nearly

Palestinian refugees displaced again as they flee Islamic State in Iraq

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Palestinian Ambassador Nazmi Hazouri to Kurdistan speaks to Palestinian residents of Iraq and Kurdistan about the current situations in Gaza and Iraq. (Photo: Abed Al Qaisi)

Qasi Mustafa Abu Khalil and his family packed all of their belongings into one car and fled their home in the middle of the night. They were too nervous to look back as they left Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq—all eyes were glued on the road for Islamic State (IS) checkpoints, and the

Thousands of displaced Palestinians take shelter on the fringes of Gaza City

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In Gaza City thousands of Palestinians have taken shelter outside of United Nations facilities out of fear of air-strikes targeting the civilian sanctuaries. They live in rented rooms, in the backs of stores, in half-erected building and on the streets. If they interact with local or international non-governmental organization, they are counted in the log of

Tariq Abu Khdeir goes to Washington — and finds surprising support

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A lawyer representing Tariq Abu Khdeir said Friday that “there is a lot of support” from officials in Washington for the 15-year-old and his family. “Clearly, there is not as much support as there would be had Tariq been an Israeli-American child who was attacked by Hamas,” Hassan Shibly, an attorney and executive director of

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

Inhuman shield: How ‘The New York Times’ protects US elites from Gaza’s brutal reality

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The New York Times’ reporting on Israel’s latest assault on Gaza has been a rollercoaster. Unfortunately the high points have been few, short and quickly followed by dizzying and prolonged plunges back into a morass of lazy, credulous recitations of Israeli government talking points, and efforts to portray balance and symmetry in a dramatically unbalanced

68 Palestinian families have had 3 or more members killed

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This fact sheet was just posted at the Institute for Middle East Understanding, under the heading, “Israel’s Mass Killing of Palestinian Families in Gaza.” According to the United Nations, at least 68 Palestinian families in Gaza have had three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident since Israel began its current

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

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The above video was just released at freedom4palestine.org. A press release explains the project: A diverse group of celebrities, artists, and activists that includes American Jews and Palestinians are speaking out for Palestinian human rights in a video released online today. The video is a first of its kind expression of support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice

Gaza– and ‘Guernica’

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Allison Deger has been in Gaza for the last few days. She will be reporting in days to come, but in the meantime we have taken photographs and captions from her twitter feed that have already gained wide attention. There are many pictures of the human toll on her feed, and we begin with a