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State Dept puts American seal of approval on latest Israeli-initiated round of violence

Since the publication of a damning Amnesty International report on IDF practices Israel has seemingly ramped up the killing of Palestinians, including six dead over a 24 hour period last week. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, above, is quick to criticize rockets from Gaza, but withheld such condemnation for Israel’s recent killings, effectively putting an American stamp of approval on the latest Israeli violence.

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Notes from the cells

Nine women wait in a holding cell at the Cairo airport awaiting their deportation, after they tried to join a women’s delegation to Gaza. What do we have in common? writes Felice Gelman, above left. An interest in calling attention to the terrible plight the women of Gaza face particularly in the face of the tightening siege. The UN has cautioned an humanitarian disaster is imminent. And Israel, Egypt and the US all have their reasons for blockading the strip.

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Remembering Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, 1943-2013

Eyad and Ali

Dr. Eyad el Sarraj died on December 17 at the age of 69 and is being buried today in the Gaza Strip. The founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in 1990, he made helping people move beyond their personal and collective trauma his life’s work. Nancy Murray remembers el Sarraj and their work together writing he had the “determination to live in open, nonviolent defiance of occupation, both as an assertion of his own humanity, and in recognition of the humanity of others, Israelis as well as Palestinians.” Above, Dr. Eyad el Sarraj and his son Ali in the garden of their house, circa 2005.

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Gaza forum showcases youth creativity despite crippling blockade

The Palestinian Forum for Innovation and Technology was held in Gaza City in late October. The forum opened their doors to more than 100 creative enterprises to show and market what Gaza’s youth have done.

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A day in the sun for Gaza, or more of the same?

With the news that the UN General Assembly has voted 138-9 to accept Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” fireworks erupted and horns honked in Gaza. Finally, Palestinians were feeling as if they were having their day in the sun.

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4 myths about the Israeli attack on Gaza

As Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip, and factions within the beleaguered territory retaliate as best they can, there are many myths and stereotypes dominating mainstream media coverage, and many conversations. Here are a few of the most common misunderstandings.

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Pakistan: A land of competing narratives

In my last post, I noted the false choice that seemed to be emerging amidst all the outpouring of grief (and a certain amount of hoopla) surrounding the shooting of Malala: In other words, stop the U.S. drone attacks or the Taliban. Since then, that debate has now come front and center, along with a growing suspicion among sectors of the public of everyone involved. Two narratives. Two agendas. Both have merit, but instead of the parties working together for mutual good, an epic battle is shaping up.

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March 15 one year later in Gaza: Has the fire gone cold?

A year later, the March 15th movement for unity between Palestinian factions seems to have lost energy in Gaza.

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This is the face of war

The pain of Cast Lead is still festering, just beneath the surface in Gaza. It is evident in the estimated 6,500 amputees you see almost everywhere — some begging, others going about their everyday lives. One of the lasting stories of Cast Lead that haunts me the most is the fate of 11-year-old Amal al-Samouni.

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Let there be light: Life in Gaza without electricity

There are so many basic things most of us take for granted….like, electricity. But in Gaza — especially these days — it’s a precious commodity.

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NGO ‘industry’: a boon or bane in Gaza?

Those who gain permission to come and go from Gaza through the soulless Erez Crossing sometimes serve to normalize the inhuman siege

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Borders of the mental and physical kind

An activist recounts attempting to enter Gaza through both the Israeli and Egyptian borders.

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Tribute to a Palestinian ‘Gandhi’ — Mahmoud Abu Rahma of Al Mezan

The unrecognized heroes of Palestine are the human rights investigators.  Their job is to investigate and expose the atrocities committed against their people, no matter who the perpetrator — Israeli or Palestinian. Nine times out of 10, they are stymied, … Continue reading

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What next after the latest frustrated flotilla?

 The latest flotilla to try reach the coast of Gaza has been turned back — ships impounded and passengers deported — just like every other one since December 2008 (right before the launch of Israel’s massive attack). And although the … Continue reading

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Voices that are resisting

We are getting to know Gaza In the north-eastern zone of the city, Palestinian youths tell us stories about those infamous days in December 2008, when the Israeli army began its Operation ‘Cast Lead’. The landscape in front of us … Continue reading

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In the name of Vittorio Arrigoni, the ‘Stay Human’ convoy has entered Gaza

After leaving Cairo this morning at dawn, the 80 activists of the ‘Restiamo Umani’ convoy have entered Gaza at 4pm after crossing five Egyptian check-points. The convoy, whose goal is to return to the place where Vittorio Arrigoni has spent … Continue reading

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‘Mathilde Redmatn’ and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

As someone who spends a lot of time performing critical analysis of the press as well as studying propaganda in general, there are occasionally stories which prick my interest. A couple of days ago, a story appeared on the IDF Spokesperson’s … Continue reading

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The Egyptian intifada and what it may mean for Israel/Palestine

The Egyptian uprising against the Mubarak regime is historic and important in its own right. But it may also lead to significant changes in the region that could be positive for the Palestinian cause. Israel is worried about a reliable … Continue reading

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One family in Gaza

One Family in Gaza from Jen Marlowe on Vimeo. Just months after the Israeli assault that killed 1,390 Palestinians, I visited Gaza. Among dozens of painful stories I heard, one family stood out. I spent several days with Kamal and … Continue reading

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Beit Hanoun demonstration commemorates 2 years since the Gaza attacks as victims’ families mourn

A demonstration commemorating the beginning of “Operation Cast Lead” was held Tuesday in the Gazan city of Beit Hanoun. Families of victims were in attendance, as were 5 International Solidarity Movement activists. Two years have passed since the Israeli attacks … Continue reading

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The question is not whether there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but whether there is collective punishment

Recently, it was announced that Israel will allow limited marketing of Gaza’s goods outside of the Strip – an encouraging step. It has also been suggested (article in Hebrew), that the closure has had a limited impact on the level of … Continue reading

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Gaza Two Years Later: In wars

In wars, you know… fear, You know what is it like to feel that the very next moment you’d be no more… torn… and your blood is a headline a number added…to the many who died… In wars, you feel … Continue reading

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An Open Letter from Gaza: Two years after the massacre, a demand for justice

The following letter was released today by Gazan civil society institutions. We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, two years on from Israel’s genocidal attack on our families, our houses, our roads, our factories and our … Continue reading

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Sorry, ‘Mother Jones’ but you’re piping the Israeli narrative of Gaza ‘war’

A response to “Sorry, Hamas, I’m Wearing Blue Jeans”, an article in Mother Jones written by Ashley Bates, currently doing journalism in the Gaza Strip, talking about Palestinian feminist Asma Al-Ghoul’s “defiant” confrontation with her Muslim society and dreams of … Continue reading

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What does Israel’s non-defense of poor Sderot say about security and policy?

Yossi Melman has revealed in Ha’aretz that the Iron Dome missile, developed at great expense and fanfare by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, will not be used to protect the southern Israeli towns of Sderot and Ashkelon, the mission for which … Continue reading

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