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In Gaza havens are far, heavens are closer

Dr. Belal Dabour on

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 […]

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

Max Blumenthal on

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

Saree Makdisi on

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

Philip Weiss on

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 […]

The West Bank insurrection

Allison Deger on

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

Justin Schwegel on

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

Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery on

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 […]

Tariq Abu Khdeir goes to Washington — and finds surprising support

Sam Knight on

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 […]

68 Palestinian families have had 3 or more members killed

Institute for Middle East Understanding on

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 […]

Gaza– and ‘Guernica’

Allison Deger on

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 […]