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July 2014

With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility

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Today the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) told members of the UN Security Council that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has surpassed United Nations capabilities for emergency shelter and services and is now the responsibility of the Israel army. “The occupying power will have to assume direct responsibility,” said Pierre Krahenbuhl, […]

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 […]

Gazafying Dissent

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Israel does not want you to talk about the children it kills in Gaza.  And neither does your government. Western politicians and media have a long history of ignoring the horrific conditions under which Palestinians live under Israeli Occupation while paying universal homage to Israel as the “only democracy in the Middle East.” This mythology […]

Liberation theology and the war in Gaza

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. To many, Leonardo Boff is a prophet. As a Brazilian Roman Catholic liberation theologian for many years, Boff is respected on the religious left for his outspoken critique of injustice within and […]

The JDL gains influence in Canada as Jewish community moves to the right

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From a left-wing community once at the forefront of struggles against racism, unconditional support for Israel has turned a significant proportion of Toronto Jews into promoters of hatred against “Arabs” and into allies of right wing, bigoted, homophobic Christian Bible literalists. During 15 years of activism in Montréal, Ottawa and Vancouver I haven’t seen anything […]

‘Is the Zionist dream based on the repeated slaughter of civilians?’

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The Gaza slaughter has produced some excellent journalism in the United States. At a time when all of us are spiritually exhausted and despairing, it is worth recognizing some signal interventions by people of historical insight. The question in my headline comes from a superb interview of Henry Siegman at Democracy Now, in which he seems […]

Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)

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Yesterday the New York Times’s Jodi Rudoren and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer both did long reports on their visit to a tunnel in Israel just outside the border of Gaza. Neither reporter went on through to Gaza. Nope, both reports echoed Israeli fears of the tunnels and the mayhem they could unleash in Israel. Blitzer’s report […]

Peter Beinart demolishes Gaza hasbara

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There has been a lot of discussion on this site about liberal Zionists and Peter Beinart in particular.  Liberal Zionists have one thing in common:  they ultimately choose ethno-religious preference over what I consider to be the fundamental inviolable principle of equality. But there also is a wide variety of LZ’s, and I have often […]

‘Children killed in their sleep’: Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20

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Israeli military fire hit a United Nations-run school in Gaza today, killing at least 20 people and injuring an estimated 90 people. The school under attack, called the Abu Hussein girls’ elementary school, is located in the densely-populated Jabaliya refugee camp. The United Nations Relief Works and Agency (UNRWA), the group that serves Palestinian refugees, […]

The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 — and it can work again

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In 1957, President Eisenhower addressed the US public: “Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal? If we agreed that armed attack can properly achieve the purposes of the assailant, then I fear we will have turned back […]

Remnick gets the timeline wrong

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David Remnick has a short piece in the New Yorker, “Aflame,” lamenting the current Gaza conflict. For me, it illustrates what is often wrong with the New Yorker these days: he’s glib and gets the essence wrong. Remnick is a great writer. But the trouble with elegant prose is it can camouflage bad judgment. Remnick […]

Gaza protests across West Bank are suppressed by skunk water, dogs, rubber bullets, teargas

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West Bank / Jerusalem / Historic Palestine Clashes across West Bank and East Jerusalem overnight BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 29 July — Intense clashes erupted across East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Tuesday, as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in renewed demonstrations in solidarity with the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli forces violently suppressed protests […]

Video: Mark Regev, deciphered

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This is good. The video above was created by Alex Nunns, who subtitled a BBC interview with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev. The interview follows the Israeli bombing of an UN school in Beit Hanoun that killed at least 16 Palestinians.

More voices describe Gaza slaughter as a ‘genocide’

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A growing chorus of voices internationally is describing the Gaza slaughter as a genocide. Here are some of those voices and lastly, a definition of the term from a leading human rights lawyer, who says that genocide entails two things, 1, the intent to destroy a people in whole or part, and 2, acts of […]

Over a hundred people join Norman Finkelstein for civil disobedience outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan

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Norman Finkelstein reached his goal yesterday afternoon, a quorum of at least 100 people to protest the latest Gaza massacre outside the Israeli consulate in midtown Manhattan. On Monday Finkelstein put a call for civil disobedience on his website, announcing his intention to get arrested while demonstrating at Israel’s mission to the UN. “However, I don’t believe […]

Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language

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We are witnessing the unspeakable, again. Are there any words left adequate to the abomination of Israel’s ongoing onslaught on Gaza, an assault that is proceeding with dismal predictability, and that is, in fact, a repetition and an escalation rather than a recommencement of violence? It is 2009 all over again; it is 2012 all […]

Take the right position on Israel and you can raise 1/4 million, Senate candidate is advised

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Everyone’s sending this around today. It’s part of a fundraising memo for Michelle Nunn’s campaign for Senate in Georgia, published at Vox. Say the right thing on Israel and you can raise a quarter-million dollars.   Matthew Yglesias says we all know about this, but journalists are inhibited to describe the importance of this money […]

Assault on Gaza fuels surge of civil disobedience in protest of Israeli actions

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When Israel pounded the Gaza Strip in 2008-09, activists across North America occupied Israeli consulate buildings in protest of Operation Cast Lead, which killed an estimated 1,400 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians. Now, as the death toll reaches Cast Lead-like levels, with over 1,000 Palestinians slain by Israeli forces, activists are once again ramping […]

Amira Hass and the end of Jewish ethical history

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. I like and admire Amira Hass. Her reporting is admirable and more. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has lived through and commented on the contemporary arc of Jewish history. From […]

Israel advocates are in a battle with US media

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Pro-Israel advocates are now at war with the US media, which is showing a decidedly skeptical tone when it comes to Israeli claims in Gaza. Josh Block of the Israel Project is pushing to have NBC remove Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza– again. When will @NBCNews pulling the guy transcribing Hamas press releases calling it reporting from […]

To my Jewish friend (you know who you are)

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To my Jewish friend (you know who you are), I waited for you to inquire about my family…you didn’t. Not even a private message, not a phone call. I checked your Facebook page, wow…not one post about the massacres in Gaza. Some dinner party shots, something about ISIS and Syria but nothing about Gaza. Even […]