PALESTINE

Jul 24 20:55

Israel and US Hit Self-Destruct

Traditional U.S. policies – backing Israel whatever it does and assuming the dollar will remain king – are facing new challenges as Israel shocks the global conscience with its war on Gaza and emerging economic powers consider a new reserve currency, notes Danny Schechter.

Jul 24 15:31

Palestine Railways, Battir Train Station

Jul 24 15:30

Palestine pre-1948, before Zionism/Israel

Jul 24 15:23

Human Rights Watch Findings on Gaza Massacre

At this point in Israel’s massacre in Gaza, almost 800 Palestinians have been slaughtered, overwhelmingly civilians, including 24% children. 34 Israelis have been killed, all but 2 of them soldiers.

Today, Israel bombed a marked UN school, for which it had the GPS coordinates, killing 15 and wounding at least 150 people. This is a repeat of Israeli terrorism against UN humanitarian facilities in Gaza in Israel’s 2009 Gaza massacre.

Jul 24 14:50

Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza assault

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of “spitting blood.”

Jul 24 14:15

Hamas pricks Israel’s soft under-belly

Stuart Littlewood reminds us that long before Hamas’s rockets closed Ben-Gurion airport – itself built on stolen land – Israel had destroyed Gaza’s airport, built with international aid and destroyed without a whimper.

Jul 24 14:11

Kerry presses Hamas to accept pro-Israeli cease-fire plan

US Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Egypt after a short trip to Israel to discuss the Egyptian ceasefire initiative. Kerry had traveled to Tel Aviv after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el Sisi in Cairo and then returned in the same day.

Jul 24 14:06

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

Jul 24 14:05

The first film footage of Palestine circa 1896

Like an early Google Street View, the French movie pioneers brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière sent cameramen over to Palestine in 1896 to shoot the first moving images of life in the region.

At this time, Palestine was a remnant of the Ottoman Empire with around 500,000 inhabitants—30,000 of whom lived in Jerusalem. 85% of the population were Muslim, 10% Christian and 5% were Jewish. All were subjects of the Sultan of Constantinople.

This incredible footage comes from the 93 reels recovered by Lobster Films, a film preservation company based in Paris, in 2007. Serge Bromberg, the company’s co-founder said:

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So much for "There never was a Palestine."

Jul 24 13:57

OK, Wise Guy -- What Would You Do About Hamas?

"If I was an Arab leader I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal, we took their land. It is true that God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we come and we have stolen their country. Why should they accept that?"

That statement -- which would certainly outrage the current government of Israel and most of its supporters -- was made by David Ben Gurion (1886-1973), revered as the father of the State of Israel.

Jul 24 13:45

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bombed, of first responders, searching for wounded amid the rubble, killed by Israeli sniper fire.

Jul 24 13:33

BBC lets right-wing Israeli write for its website

Nureddin Sabir says that far from toning down its pro-Israel bias following mass protests, the BBC has allowed a right-wing Israeli journalist to peddle the Israeli view on Gaza.

Jul 24 13:23

'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre

Soon after Malaysian Airlines MH17 crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine on July 18, killing 298 people, the BBC website quickly, and rightly, set up a 'LIVE' feed with rolling reports and commentary on the disaster. This was clearly an important and dramatic event involving horrific loss of life with serious political implications. The public would, of course, be searching for the latest news.

Jul 24 12:47

European Union backs Israel’s Gaza offensive

The European Union has come out unambiguously in support of Israel’s mass murder of defenceless men, women and children in Gaza.

In a statement issued July 22, the EU has destroyed once and for all its pretence of being guided by “humanitarian concerns” in formulating its foreign policy—as exemplified by its pose as a restraining influence over Washington’s pro-Israeli stance regarding the Palestinians.

Jul 24 12:20

Netanyahu sourly irate over UN plan to investigate crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fumes over the UN Human Rights Council’s plan to strike up an investigation into Tel Aviv’s human rights violations in the Gaza Strip.

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Jul 24 12:19

Israel tanks, jets kill 788 Palestinians in Gaza

The number of Palestinians killed in 17 days of Israeli offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 788.

Jul 24 12:17

Netanyahu: Gaza Operation to Continue 'At Full Strength'

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened a special cabinet meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem Thursday by vowing that the IDF's defensive operation in Gaza would continue "at full strength".

"The IDF has struck a significant blow to Hamas," the prime minister said, adding that "we will continue at full strength in both the air campaign and land campaign."

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"We will take Poland! We will crush Belgium! France will fall before our might!"

We have heard this all before.

Jul 24 11:03

‘Witch Hunt’: Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the cancellation of all future appearances and the termination of her contract, Jebreal spoke to me about what prompted her to speak out and why MSNBC was presenting such a distorted view of the crisis.

Jul 24 10:57

FLASHBACK 2013 - Zionists design myth of Jewish genome to usurp Palestine

They perpetrated the fraud solely to support the bogus biblical claim to Palestine which was anchored in their being a separate people. This distinguished them from all others because they claimed a land title in their blood. They bet the farm on this DNA proof of purchase, a God given bar coded passport to the Palestine. Dr. Ehaik just erased the bar code. It was just stamped on anyway, because it was never in the blood.

Why, why did they do it? The second half of the answer not revealed in his research was that you had a bunch of atheist, communist Jews shoot their way into taking over the Land with the sole moral cover that 'God gave it us only'.

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Israel has sold the lie that "Jewish" is an ethnic group in addition to being a religion. But the DNA tells another story, of dozens of other ethnic groups converting to Judaism and simply declaring they are a different and superior race to all others, with a mandate from the imaginary playmate in the sky that they are supposed to own all of Palestine (and anything else they can get their hands on).

Jul 24 10:49

Palestinian artists illustrate the deadly realities in Gaza

It’s hard to find the words to encapsulate how infuriating and sorrowful the situation is getting to be in Gaza. As of this writing, over 750 Palestinians — the overwhelming majority are civilians — have been killed in Gaza. Over a quarter are believed to be children. Facing the most difficult of circumstances, we are seeing the resilience of Palestinian youth through the simplest, yet most powerful of mediums: creative arts intervention.

Jul 24 10:45

Video: Protesters attack Israeli soccer team in Austria over Gaza

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli soccer players at a friendly match in Austria last night, stopping play five minutes before the end.

Jul 24 10:45

The Long and Triumphant March of Jewish Gibberish

Our societies have swallowed every big lie that 'democratic' governments have foisted upon us over recent years. No matter how ridiculous or provably false, the lie is established as fact by media spokespersons and the process of mere repetition.

At the moment the ongoing slaughter in Gaza is defended and maintained primarily by the lie of 'equivalence'.

Jul 24 10:30

Fox Host Megyn Kelly Flubs Ukraine Flight Limits To Bash Obama Over Israel

Fox News host Megyn Kelly misinformed her audience by claiming that that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not issued a travel ban over Ukraine, in order to bash President Obama over Israel. In fact, the FAA has banned commercial travel over Ukraine since April.

Jul 24 10:22

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack – Day 17

Live Blog | Day 17 | WARNING - POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel launches massive offensive Operation #ProtectiveEdge | #GazaUnderAttack | #Palestine . http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=24769

Jul 24 10:20

BREAKING NEWS FROM GAZA ~~ BEYOND HORRIBLE!

Gaza health ministry says Israeli shells killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun.

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With the UN Human Rights Council voting to investigate Israel for war crimes (I'll bet you can guess the one nation that voted against) I predict that Israel will "accidentally" attack more UN facilities in Gaza.

Jul 24 10:19

THE WAR IS MAKING ‘CRIMINALS’ OF ALL OF US

Yesterday, I was part of a delegation of activists from Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! who took over the Friends of the IDF headquarters in New York. Until we were arrested, we read the names and ages of the dead and sang songs of mourning, often with our voices breaking and tears rolling down our faces. We stood there for an hour, reading the names steadily, and still did not read them all.

As I was taken out in handcuffs to face a sea of about 30 police officers, I asked a staff member of the Friends of the IDF standing nearby, “Did you hear the names we read? Did you see that we read them for an hour and didn’t reach the end? Is this what you support? Are these the Jewish values you grew up with?”

As Jews, so many of us have been brought up on stories of our families’ lives hanging in the balance based on the courage of someone who had the choice to speak up or remain silent.

Jul 24 10:18

PHOTO OF ONE OF THE SADDEST THINGS THE GOD OF ABRAHAM EVER WITNESSED

Astronaut sees rocket fire from space: ‘My saddest photo yet’

Image taken hundreds of miles from earth captures IDF strikes on Gaza, rockets launched from Strip fly over Israel.

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According to Gerst, the photo that was taken from more than 200 miles from earth documents Israel and Gaza during an evening of rocket attacks and aerial strikes. The dark part at the top of the picture is the Mediterranean Sea.

Jul 24 10:17

Chris Hedges: The Palestinians' Right to Self-Defense

If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves.

Jul 24 10:10

Israel Transforms Tunnels into Gas Chambers

Prime Minister Netanyahu, every year on Holocaust Day, your nation cries crocodile tears for the gas chambers used during WWII. Shoah, you call it, a Biblical calamity.+ Your use of improvised gas chambers not only revokes your right to do so, but also defines you and your army as war criminals. Your place is in a trial chamber in Nuremberg.

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Once again Israel commits the acts they claim the Nazis committed on them.

Jul 24 09:47

The Thirteenth Tribe

KHAZAR EMPIRE AND ITS HERITAGE
By Arthur Koestler

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A listener from yesterday's radio show asked for more information on the fact that the Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants from the Hebrews of the Bible but of Khazars who converted in 800AD. This is one of the works detailing this history of the origins of the European and Russian Jews.

Jul 24 09:42

‘Saddest photo yet’: Astronaut photographs Gaza offensive from space

A German astronaut managed to capture the Gaza war zone from space while aboard the International Space Station. He called it his “saddest photo yet.”

Alexander Gerst, a German flight engineer, geophysicist and volcanologist, spread the news with a short tweet on Wednesday, as the ISS was on a flyby over Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The image went viral.

Jul 24 09:32

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

The official name for Israel's latest assault on Gaza is "Operation Protective Edge." A better name would be "Operation Déjà Vu." As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world.

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Not to mention the American people.

Jul 24 09:31

Fears grow other groups may join Hamas fight vs. Israel after Kerry peace effort fails

Hamas rejected Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s call for a cease-fire amid concerns that an agreement won’t be reached before other parties are drawn into its conflict with Israel.

A new jihadi media outlet called Al Fawaris released a video Wednesday calling on Gazans to endure the military operation. Its message said victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.

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Kerry went in there with a "deal" which gives Israel everything it wants (namely all of HAMAS weapons) and nothing HAMAS wants (open borders, use of their own seaport and fishing waters, rights to the natural gas off of their coast). Of course HAMAS turned it down.

Jul 24 09:28

U.S. Senators Pledge Support for Israeli Ground Invasion

Hours after the Israel Defense Forces began its ground operation in the Gaza Strip on July 17, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke on the Senate floor to express their support of Israel and its operation, while denouncing the Palestinian Authority’s unity government and the moral equivalency drawn by those critical of Israel’s actions.

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Okay guys, if you really feel that way; here are your rifles, and here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo so here are a couple day-glo orange jumpsuits left over from Abu Ghraib. Watch your heads climbing into that transport plane and we will call HAMAS and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People have had it with a Congress obsessed with Israel while the United States crumbles before our eyes. We need leaders who will put America first, second, and third. If you love Israel so much and support their wars of aggression, please live there and join in. BUT WE PLAN TO IGNORE EVERYTHING YOU SAY, AND KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE AT HOME, ESPECIALLY AFTER THAT WHOPPER ABOUT SADDAM'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS!

Jul 24 09:24

British band launch "Massive Attack" on Israel at Longitude Festival in Dublin

Award-winning band and veteran political activists Massive Attack used their headline slot at Longitude Festival this weekend to highlight their solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The musicians played at Marlay Park, Dublin, on Sunday, kicking off their set with ‘Battlebox’ before using their backdrop to send out messages to the packed audience.

As the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) continues to bombard Gaza with air strikes while Hamas fires rockets into Israel, Massive Attack used its position to show its long-time support of Palestinian freedom.

A lit-up message behind the performers said: “Gaza has been ocupied [sic] or under restrictions since 1948.”

The group also displayed the number of lives lost in Gaza, the Irish Mirror reports, during a performance of ‘Unfinished Sympathy,’ which was met with huge applause from the crowd.

Jul 24 09:23

Political Bestiality: The Israeli Pogrom of Gaza

Let’s start with terms: “bestiality,” bestial is marked by base or inhuman instincts or desires, brutal, to which bestiality adds, display or gratification of bestial traits or impulses; “pogrom,” an organized massacre of helpless people, specifically [and ironically], such a massacre of Jewish people. (Webster’s) Singly, and in combination, I believe we have an accurate description of Israel’s aggression in Gaza, the irony of course being that we see a replay of the barbarous treatment of the Jews practiced throughout history now instead being carried forward by Jews themselves in, yes, a massacre, as brutal as in Czarist times, of Gazans.

Jul 24 09:17

U.S. Lifts Israel Flight Ban as Gaza Death Toll Reaches 700

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on commercial flights traveling to Tel Aviv late Wednesday as diplomatic efforts failed to forge a truce between Israel and militants in Gaza. The FAA said it was satisfied with the security measures taken by Israel to mitigate potential risks. US Airways announced its service to Tel Aviv would resume Thursday, and some other carriers said flights would resume Friday. Meanwhile, Israel continued assaults and strikes into the Gaza Strip Thursday morning.

Jul 24 08:57

Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago.

Jul 24 08:29

Absurdities of Israeli spin on Gaza: Siddiqui

Israel says Hamas has cynically calculated that the worse the situation gets for Gazans, the better it is for Hamas. If so, why is Israel obliging Hamas?

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Israel's propaganda is biting itself on the rear-end! Netanyahu says his attack on HAMAS is justified by the kidnapping and killing of three teenagers last month. But that took place in an IDF-controlled area of the West Bank, not in Gaza. ISIS has claimed credit for the crime. The Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

Strike 1.

Israel is claiming that because of HAMAS rockets, the people of Israel cower in fear in bomb shelters all over the country, yet insists it is perfectly safe for air traffic to go in and out of Tel Aviv airport.

Strike 2.

Meanwhile, thousands of "terrified" Israels throw picnics on the top of the hills overlooking Gaza, watching the fireworks and cheering at the carnage, not unlike Romans at the Colosseum as the Christians get thrown to the lions. Clearly these Israels are not concerned with HAMAS plumbing-fixture bottle-rockets.

Strike 3.

Jul 24 08:21

Israeli shell hits UN-run school used to shelter hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Gaza, killing 15 and injuring at least 200

An Israeli shell has hit a UN-run school in Gaza, killing 15 and injuring at least 200 who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

Pools of blood soiled the school courtyard which was packed with mainly woman and children and there was a large scorch mark in the courtyard marking the place where one of the tank shells hit.

Although the UN said they had given the Israeli army the co-ordinates of the school to prevent such an incident, the shells landed on the school where families had gathered in the courtyard expecting to be evacuated shortly in a Red Cross convoy.

Jul 24 08:18

I've always loved Israel but this brutality breaks my heart

Were the world’s attention not overwhelmingly fixed on the fate of Flight MH17, it would have more to say about that of the Palestinian inhabitants of Gaza. Bombed and battered by Israeli air and firepower, they are dying in scores, victims alike of their own leadership and Israeli ruthlessness.

Some of the dead are Hamas fighters. But many others are women, children, the helpless old. Israel is exacting vengeance at its usual tariff for Hamas rocketing, and the murder of three Israeli students by terrorists. For each Israeli killed, the lives of many times that number of Palestinians are forfeit.

Israel says: they started it; we have a right to retribution. But much of the world says: the Jewish people have been historic standard-bearers for civilisation. Does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign in Gaza represent that — or instead barbarism?

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Let's review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!

Jul 24 08:09

I Do Not Want to Be a Number

A shell killed a family of six people three days ago. Cousins of my neighbor Eyad. They were sitting around their food waiting for the prayer to break their fast. The four children were killed instantly, and the parents were mortally injured. Eyad told me that one of the dead girls vanished completely; they found no sign of her body. No bones, no arms, no legs. Nothing that might suggest it belonged to her, that a little girl of 9 years existed in this place just a few seconds ago. Apparently the rocket hit her body directly.

Jul 24 07:39

Israeli fire hits UN school in Gaza, killing 15

Gaza health officials say the death toll from an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip has risen to at least 15.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the 15 were among hundreds of people seeking shelter in the school in Beit Hanoun from heavy fighting in the area. At least 150 people were injured.

Thursday's strike is the fourth time a U.N. facility has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. But it's the first time casualties have been reported.

Jul 24 07:12

Spot The Lone Objector

Yesterday, Navi Pillay, the UN rights chief told an emergency session of the council on Wednesday that Israel's military actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes. Shortly thereafter, the 47-member council voted (and adopted) a draft resolution titled "Ensuring respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory" to conduct an investigation whether Israel is indeed engaging in war crimes. Note: this was a vote just to conduct an investigation, nothing more - nothing less, no military intervention, no aid, nothing:just an attempt to get some information aside from the constant propaganda barrage. 29 states voted in favour of the investigation and 17 abstained, including many EU states. 1 voted against. Guess which one.

Jul 24 07:06

American choice: genocide or justice?

America today is the main sponsor of the Israeli regime and all its decades-old crimes against humanity.

Just days before Operation Protective Edge opened on July 8 under the cynical pretext of three Israeli teenagers being kidnapped and killed by unknown parties, US President Barack Obama announced an extra $430 million in aid to Washington’s most indulged foreign regime – in Tel Aviv. This is on top of the $3 billion that Israel receives every year for the past decades from the American government siphon of its taxpayers. Hard-pressed American households are getting their drinking water supplies cut off for unpaid utility bills in Detroit and other US cities, but the benevolence of Washington to Israel is like a wellspring that never runs dry.

Jul 24 04:40

Gaza Conflict From Space In 'Saddest Photo'

An astronaut has posted a picture from the International Space Station while flying over Gaza and Israel, showing the worsening crisis which has left more than 700 people dead.

German flight engineer Alexander Gerst captured the scene from 220 miles above the Earth as rockets and explosions lit up the night sky with wispy yellow light.

His photo quickly went viral on the internet as he tweeted the message: "My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel."

Jul 24 02:15

It is up to the people to stop what is happening in Gaza: Ulrich

American leadership and its allies, lackey leaders are not doing anything to stop the massacre of Palestinians…It is upto us the people to stop this. — Ulrich

Do they pick and choose whose lives matters and which ones don’t ?

Do you think, not only the politicians, but the Mass Media and the role that they are playing basically in propping up the Zionist regime is more exposed this time around, their bias perspective ?

What we can do is call for a “Boycott of Mainstream Media,” for example: CNN, FOX News and CNBC — Ulrich

Watch the full interview.

Jul 24 00:03

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief

The two week offensive in Gaza, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children in the crowded coastal enclave, could have seen war crimes committed by Israel, the UN’s top human rights official has warned.

The remarks from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in Geneva came a week after Israel escalated its Operation Protective Edge – launched with the stated purpose of halting Hamas rocket fire – from aerial bombardments into a ground campaign that has resulted in a sharp increase in Palestinian casualties.

They raised the possibility that the military campaign, if it continues much longer or is escalated further, could turn into a public relations and diplomatic debacle for Israel as happened with its Operation Cast Lead campaign launched in Gaza in 2008 and 2009.

Jul 23 21:54

Gaza: Medics caught in murderous crossfire

The IDF operation enters its third week & the number of Palestinians killed has risen to 633. Gaza paramedics are working in extremely difficult conditions, as Israeli airstrikes and shelling become more intense. Harry Fear reports from Gaza.

Jul 23 21:50

Israel: International Anger Mounts

The "most moral army in the world" from "the only democracy in the Middle East" has attacked hospitals, a home for the disabled, a geriatric hospice, demolished five mosques, razed entire neighbourhoods, erased entire families - the youngest - so far - just three days old if you do not count the unborn, as in the case of 29 year old Samar Al Hallaq.

Jul 23 21:40

Soccer fans join pro-Palestine protest in west London as Middle East conflict intensifies

Arsenal fans joined a pro-Palestine protest in west London today as fighting intensifies in the Middle East.

Jul 23 17:27

International Anger Mounts Against Israel

The “most moral army in the world” from “the only democracy in the Middle East” has attacked hospitals, a home for the disabled, a geriatric hospice, demolished five mosques, razed entire neighbourhoods, erased entire families – the youngest – so far – just three days old if you do not count the unborn, as in the case of twenty nine year old Samar Al Hallaq killed with her two sons, aged four and five, other members of her family and carrying her third child. Her husband was critically injured.

Jul 23 16:24

Gaza death toll reachs 695 (mostly civilians) as deadly Israeli strikes continue

Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling killed 21 Palestinians across the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning as the military offensive entered its sixteenth day.

More than 695 Palestinians — the vast majority of whom have been civilians, including more than 160 children — have been killed in the assault so far, while Israel has suffered 29 deaths, 27 of whom have been soldiers.

The Gaza Strip continued to be bombarded from air, land, and sea on Wednesday morning, a day after the the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA accused Israeli of shelling a UN school sheltering the displaced for the second time in two days.

Jul 23 15:46

Hypocrisy over British MP’s Gaza tweet

It seems we expect our politicians to be more loyal to Israel than Israel’s own prime ministers.

David Ward, a member of the British parliament for the Lib Dem party, which is part of the ruling coalition, has upset his bosses with a tweet.

Jul 23 15:33

This Land is Mine

Jul 23 15:04

Gaza Under Fire – a Humanitarian Disaster

As a result of over two weeks of Israeli bombardment, thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes in the north of Gaza and sought refuge in schools run by the UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.

Jul 23 14:33

Israel has right to completely destroy Gaza, right-wing rabbi says

A right-leaning Israeli rabbi has issued a religious ruling stating that the total destruction of Gaza is justified if military leaders consider it necessary. Rabbi Dvor Lior is considered to be one of the most extreme far-right religious leaders.

Lior wrote that during any war where the Jewish people deem themselves to be under attack, they are legally allowed to fight back against the nation from which the attack came from.

Jul 23 14:01

Outrage as French politician compares dead Palestinian child to Halal meat

An outspoken pro-Israel politician caused outrage across France today by comparing the mutilated corpse of a Palestinian child to ‘Halal meat’.

Jacques Renaud, the right wing deputy mayor affiliated to the UMP opposition, portrayed the killing of an infant in the Gaza Strip as being similar to animals being slaughtered according to Islamic ritual.

Mr Renaud's comment came as thousands prepared to take to the streets of Paris in a pro-Palestine demonstration which many fear will lead to violence.

Jewish groups have accused anti-Semites of hijacking the rallies, while thousands of Muslims taking part say they are being unfairly labelled as extremists.

Jul 23 13:36

Gaza: is this a war on children?

Jon Snow reports from Gaza, where thousands of children have been caught up in the conflict on one of the heaviest days of shelling so far.

Jul 23 13:17

US plays decisive role in Israel's attack on Gaza

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel’s deception on Gaza aside, of greater concern should be the Obama administration’s decision to back Israel to the hilt and the US media’s silence on the matter.

Jul 23 12:54

‘If I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket' UK politician roasted for anti-Israel tweet

A British politician has been reported to the police under the terrorism act, after making ‘vile’ comments on Twitter about Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

Jul 23 12:51

Hundreds attend ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin

A protest against the ongoing situation in Gaza took place in Dublin the evening.

Jul 23 12:11

Breakfast with Eli Wallach and John Malkovich or Maybe Not.

The entire state of Israel is writhing in paroxysms of orgasm, over the vile and unnecessary deaths of all those Palestinian women and children, sliced and diced by the state of the art war machine for Crime Syndicate Banker Nation. I need to mention a few things about all of that. I have probably said these things before but they bear repeating at this time. A reader recently pointed out that the conflict is in operation because Israel wants to steal the gas that has been discovered in Gaza. Sure, that could be a motivator. Whenever there is the opportunity for the snarling bully of the Middle East to steal anything from anyone, be it property, organs or one's life, they will do it because it is their nature, just like it is the scorpions nature to sting you for no reason, or even itself to death.

Jul 23 12:10

What Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About The Gaza Invasion

First of all, context matters in the Gaza invasion. Before the three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed on June 12th, five Palestinian children had been killed by IDF forces in 2014 alone. However, unlike the three Israeli teenagers, their deaths did not generate international outrage or a global campaign, although it did add significantly to Gaza residents’ increasing frustration with the Israeli occupation.

The mainstream media also does a really good job of making this conflict seem like a war between two equal sides. Yet in reality it’s a true David vs. Goliath confrontation between Israeli’s mighty and technologically advanced western-backed military, and Palestinian protesters and fighters equipped mostly with rocks and a small amount of highly unreliable homemade rockets.

Jul 23 12:10

From Gaza: life under Israeli bombardment

I feel as if I’m repeating myself. It’s getting worse. I keep imagining myself having this conversation with the soldier who presses this small button and bomb.

I want to tell him that those who are being bombed are normal people like him and his family.

We are not aliens, we are ordinary individuals who love life and we still have dreams and that by pressing that button these dreams can be shattered in seconds.

I want to ask him how can he go home and still be able to play with his children. Make love with his wife?

How can he live? Does he see the images of burnt bodies in Gaza? Does he see the toys and children books under the rubble?”

Jul 23 12:08

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

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Jul 23 12:07

Types With Tired Fingers

I have recently had a religious epiphany. I have decided to convert to the Sun Dance faith. This is a religion practiced by many of the North American native people for thousands of years. It's easy to be a Sun Dancer; you can see the Sun! That's a definite plus compared to religions relying on that imaginary playmate in the sky.

I have long felt a kinship with my newly adopted religion and people as you can see in this photo of myself and my wife from the early 1990s.

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Back in 800 AD, a bunch of Central Asian Khazars converted to Judaism, and now because they have adopted the religion of the ancient Hebrews claim a higher right to the lands of Palestine than the Palestinians who have been there for two thousand years.

This article points out the silliness of that claim!

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Jul 23 11:58

Israeli war machinery continues relentless massacre of Gazans

Sources say nearly a dozen of victims were killed in tank shelling in the southern town of Khan Yunis.

Latest reports say Israeli jets have pounded multiple sites across the impoverished region, including a mosque and the enclave's sole power plant.

Local residents say at least one person was killed and dozens more wounded near the targeted mosque.

Israel has continued its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip for the 16th straight day

According to figures provided by emergency services, the total number of people killed since the Israeli offensive on July 8 stands at nearly 655. More than 4,200 people have been injured in the attacks.

Israeli military admits that more than 400 of those killed have been civilians, including women and children.

Jul 23 11:48

Israel Provoked This War

Jul 23 11:32

TAKE A LOOK AT THE ‘TERRORISTS’ THAT ISRAEL IS BOMBING

Jul 23 11:32

HOW TO SILENCE THE PRESS IN GAZA

Lieberman accused the Qatar-based channel of being a mouthpiece for Hamas, and said the foreign ministry was taking steps to prevent it from broadcasting from Gaza, according to Israel’s Channel 2 TV.

Here are the steps taken ….. as seen by Carlos Latuff

Jul 23 11:31

WHO WILL PROTECT ISRAEL’S PURSE STRINGS

Rocket strike near airport leads American flight agency to temporarily ban travel to Ben-Gurion Airport.
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American airlines temporarily halted flights to and from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport Tuesday following a rocket strike in the area. According to some reports, the change is due to a decision from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Jul 23 11:30

A Simple Solution to the Israeli/Palestinian Problem

The Israeli/Palestinian problem can be easily solved because the solution is very simple.

Unless Israel wants to become an internationally recognized Apartheid state shunned by the whole world, a just and equitable solution needs to be worked out. A solution that shelves the idea of two countries living side by side because the facts on the ground dictate otherwise. Israelis are living all over the territory that was earmarked for a Palestinian state. And since the Israelis don’t want to give up one inch of that territory, the only solution left is One Country.

But we have a twist.

It would be a federation of 5 states: Israel, West Bank, Gaza, Galilee and Negev with Jerusalem as the country’s Capital and Palestine as its name – a name that’s been around since the time of Christ if not as far back as the time of the Philistines. The Golan Heights would be returned to Syria in exchange for a comprehensive peace with not only Syria but Lebanon.

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Israel will not go along with that. They want one country and for it to be the Jewish state. All others not welcome.

Jul 23 11:29

FLASHBACK 2006 - Burning Conscience: Israeli Soldiers Speak Out

Jul 23 11:27

Well-known Italian philosopher:'I’d like to shoot those bastard Zionists'

Gianni Vattimo says Europeans should raise money to buy Hamas better rockets.

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Israel may be able to murder Gazans with impunity, but they have clearly lost the public relations war!

Jul 23 11:18

Israel asks U.S. for $225 million to replace missing Iron Dome parts

Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel asks Congress to meet 'Israel's critical missile defense needs in light of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.'

Jul 23 11:17

UN rights council to form commission of inquiry over Israeli 'war crimes' in Gaza

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday launched a commission of inquiry into alleged Israeli war crimes in its current Gaza offensive, backing Palestinian efforts to have Israel held up to international scrutiny.

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Bombing that UN school full of refugees was a stupid move, exceeded only by bombing it a second time while UN investigators were in it examining the damage.

Jul 23 11:10

AS THE WAR EFFORT GROWS, SO DOES THE JEWISH OPPOSITION TO IT ~~ IN PHOTOS

They say .. “The little boys who were blown-up by the IDF while playing soccer on the beach were there to hide a missile launcher so their blood is really on Hamas’ hands.”

We say .. “Not another nickel, not another dime. No more money for Israel’s crimes” and “Jews stand with Gaza. End the occupation”.

Jul 23 11:10

YOU WANT A CEASEFIRE? ~~ HERE’S WHAT WE WANT

It’s all about justice for Gaza

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We call for a ceasefire only when negotiated conditions result in the following:

Freedom of movement of Palestinians in and out of the Gaza Strip.
Unlimited import and export of supplies and goods, including by land, sea and air.
Unrestricted use of the Gaza seaport.
Monitoring and enforcement of these agreements by a body appointed by the United Nations, with appropriate security measures.

Each of these expectations is taken for granted by most countries, and it is time for the Palestinians of Gaza to be accorded the human rights they deserve.

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All of this seems reasonable, and indeed these are rights we take for granted in our own nations.

Jul 23 11:09

IDENTIFYING WITH THE CHILD VICTIMS OF GAZA

There is a brand of Judaism that declares, “It happened to us, so it shouldn’t happen to us again.” This is what I see too much of right now. Yet I’m not giving up on the idea that suffering can create fair-mindedness and justice. My version of Judaism — shared by more and more Jews — goes like this: “it happened to us, so it should never happen to anyone, ever. Especially not at our hands.”

To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza, who only yearned to run around outside and be free. It will hurt tremendously, but it might free you, too.

Jul 23 10:15

Gaza crisis: UN votes to investigate possible war crimes - live updates Israeli minister replies, 'I have just two words: Get lost'

Inre: the UN decision to investigate war crimes, just announced:

"I have just two words about the UN Human Rights Council decision: Get lost." - @Tzipi_Livni
— Dan Williams (@DanWilliams) July 23, 2014

**and check out the 5.37 BST quotes... you'll fall off your chair.

Jul 23 10:09

Germany demands answers from Israel over family death

Germany has asked Israel for clarification on the deaths of seven members of a German-Palestinian family who died in an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Monday.

Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesperson Sawsan Chebli told a press conference Wednesday that it is in the country's "urgent interest that all facts are clarified."

He said that the ministry had talked with Israel's representatives, but declined to discuss content of the discussions.

"Everything should be done to avoid civilian casualties,” Chebli stressed.

Jul 23 10:08

Israel has told Gazans to seek safe shelter, but many say there is no such thing

Ordinary people in the Gaza Strip have been told by Israel they are being used as human shields by Hamas. Leaflets dropped from the sky and phone calls have warned them to flee the fighting immediately.

But many Gazans want to know: Flee where?

In the past two days, Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire have struck an evacuation shelter, cemeteries, a school, mosques and al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where four people were killed. The border crossings to Egypt and Israel are closed to Palestinians.

Jul 23 10:07

‘Palestinians are Warsaw Ghetto prisoners of today’

In January 1943, the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto mounted one of the most heroic and courageous acts of resistance human history has ever seen.

In the face of overwhelming odds, against an advanced and brutal military power, they rose up with nothing more than small arms and an unquenchable human spirit burning in their hearts, choosing to die on their feet rather than go quietly to their doom.

They perished and thereby wrote a chapter in human history that has ensured they will forever remain immortal, rightly revered as an example of that which is most noble and good about the human condition.

Conversely, those responsible for leveling the ghetto by aerial bombardment, tanks, and fire wrote their own chapter – that of a brutal oppressor driven by racism and inhumanity to slaughter men, women, and children in the name of a poisonous ideology which justifies cruelty in service to a distorted worldview of racial purity and supremacy as the cornerstone of human progress.

Jul 23 10:06

This Palestinian Journalist Was Killed in an Ambulance on Sunday

Khaled Hamad, a 25-year-old Palestinian journalist and videographer, died Sunday inside an ambulance that was struck by an Israeli rocket as he documented the difficult and increasingly life-threatening work of paramedics in the Gaza Strip.

On Twitter, photos of Hamad’s corpse, wrapped in a white, blood-soaked sheet and still bearing a body armor vest with the word PRESS painted across it, are being shared by journalists and activists alike. One image shows Hamad’s father kneeling at his dead son’s feet, weeping.

Hamad’s boss at Continue TV, Alaa Alool, confirmed the journalist’s death Monday afternoon to the Committee to Protect Journalists. VICE reached him on Tuesday.

“Khaled was a wonderful person,” Alool told us. “It is very difficult to find someone with his tenderness, goodness and generosity.”

Hamad left behind a wife, a woman named Hala who is six-months pregnant with the couple’s first child.

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Israel is bombing ambulances.

Jul 23 10:03

Hamas Sieges Israel

On July 22, 2014 the USA and Europe stopped their flights to Israel. Following the Siege of Gaza and the destruction of the Yasser Arafat International Airport in Gaza by Israel, Hamas conceptually inverted the situation, closing the main access point to the Zionist dream.

In December 2001, during the Second Intifada, Israel bombed the radar in the Yasser Arafat International Airport, popularly known as Dahaniya. In the following month, the runway was destroyed by IDF bulldozers.

This was the first stage in the Siege of Gaza, which was enlarged to a sea blockade. The transfer of goods and people through the border crosses with Israel and Egypt is highly restricted.

Jul 23 09:52

'The children were screaming': Israeli air strikes continue in Gaza - video

Israel air strikes continued to pummel Gaza overnight. Shells turned the night sky orange as they exploded. One woman in the town of Khan Younis in southern Gaza claimed residents were given no warning before the missiles landed: 'The children were screaming,' she said. On Monday an Israeli tank shell hit the al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip

Jul 23 09:44

More rockets continue to penetrate Israel's Iron Dome

The Israeli regime’s US-funded missile system has once again proved quite permeable as more Palestinian rockets penetrate the Israeli skies without being intercepted by the so-called Iron Dome.

A volley of rockets fired on Tuesday by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas activated sirens in the cities of Ashdod, Eshkol, Beer Ganim, Be’er Sheva, Nitzan and Nitzanim.

Several people were reportedly injured as the projectiles caused fire in some cities upon impact.

Hamas has said it will step up its attacks on Israel, using new and more powerful missiles.

Jul 23 09:41

FAA Extends Israel Flight Ban

US flights to Israel will continue to be banned for another 24 hours amid security concerns, the FAA announced Wednesday.

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So much for Bloomberg's stunt.

Jul 23 09:41

Kerry’s diplomacy aids Israeli bloodbath in Gaza

As Israel escalated its murderous attack on Gaza on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to promote an Egyptian ceasefire plan backed by Israel that amounts to a demand for abject surrender by Hamas.

Jul 23 09:34

MASSIVE PRO GAZA RALLY OUTSIDE ISRAELI CONSULATE IN CHICAGO, IL

Jul 23 09:05

Israeli Policies Towards the Palestinians Mirror Regimes of Apartheid in South Africa and Jim Crow in the U.S.

Black people have seen in the condition and treatment of the Palestinians a reflection of their own and recent statements by Black writers, scholars, artists, and activists have affirmed the history of Black solidarity with Palestine. Alice Walker, Robin D.G. Kelley, Angela Davis, Ferrari Sheppard, Teju Cole,dream hampton, Margaret Kimberley, Glen Ford, Kevin Alexander Gray, and others have all spoken to the sheer brutality meted out against the Palestinian people by the State of Israel.

Jul 23 08:58

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans side with Israel in Gaza fighting

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans side with Israel in Gaza fighting
Posted by CNN Political Unit July 21st, 2014

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/21/cnn-poll-americans-cle...

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say Israel’s military actions in
Gaza are justified, with only four in 10 saying that Israel has used too
much force, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday also
indicates that favorable opinions of Israel have edged down since earlier
this year.

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For propaganda to work, it must be believable and this claim that the majority of Americans support Israel does not match with conversations I have had around here, especially coming from a news organization with a noticeable pro-Israel slant. Plus, one of Edward Snowden's recent revelations is that NSA routinely tampers with these online polls. So let's double check that claim of US supprt for Israel. (See next down)

Jul 23 08:58

In the current conflict between Israel and Gaza, I side with

Israel
2% (33 votes)
Gaza
98% (1567 votes)
Total votes: 1600
Jul 23 08:55

Boycott Israel Campaign

The boycott of Israeli products and companies supporting Israel is a peaceful means of putting international pressure on apartheid Israel and follows in the footsteps of the successful boycott against South African apartheid. Help end Palestinian suffering by boycotting Israel today!

Jul 23 08:31

BEX ALERT - For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza

For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”

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Israel came under criticism for bombing a UN school in which Gazans had fled in response to leaflets dropped by Israel warning that their homes were about to be bombed. Israel responded to the criticism by claiming that HAMAS hides rockets in the UN schools, which drew global skepticism. So magically, just when Israel needs it, some rockets are found, not in the schools filled with refugees Israel has been bombing, but an abandoned school nearby!

Keep in mind that the rockets HAMAS uses are hand-made and cannot be traced to a particular source, and there are known agents provocateurs in Gaza who make and fire rockets into empty lots in Israel to allow Israel to carry out more attacks. This "discovery" is just too cute to be believed.

"By way of deception, thou shalt do war." -- Motto of the Mossad

Jul 23 08:25

'Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the cancellation of all future appearances and the termination of her contract, Jebreal spoke to me about what prompted her to speak out and why MSNBC was presenting such a distorted view of the crisis.

“I couldn’t stay silent after seeing the amount of airtime given to Israeli politicians versus Palestinians,” Jebreal told me. “They say we are balanced but their idea of balance is 90 percent Israeli guests and 10 percent Palestinians. This kind of media is what leads to the failing policies that we see in Gaza.”

Jul 23 08:24

Telegenically Dead: Israel’s Crumbling Media War

Israeli propaganda has hit a new low. While the world was still trying to come to terms with the mass deaths in Shuja’iyeh, Benjamin Netanyahu went on CNN to state that Hamas uses the “telegenically dead” to further “their cause.” He added that for Hamas: “The more the dead, the better.” Even while Netanyahu followed the propaganda script, which is to first show sympathy and express remorse, by reducing dead Palestinians to a photo-op he showed how his own mind works.

There is a standard script for how to deal with Palestinian casualties. After Israel killed four boys on the Gaza beach on July 16th, the US establishment media fell in line behind Israel’s PR framework: acknowledge the tragedy but blame Hamas. This is exactly what Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev said on Channel 4 News when grilled by the anchor Jon Snow. It is also how the US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki responded using the same word-for-word talking points.

Jul 23 08:23

Israel Rejects Bedouin Families' Bomb Shelter Request

Yesterday, Israel's high court ruled that the state is not obligated to provide bomb shelters to its Bedouin citizens, following an incident in which a Bedouin man was killed and his family injured, by a rocket which hit his encampment on Saturday, in the Negev Desert.

Jul 23 08:23

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Flight ban into Israel 'an undeserved victory for Hamas,' boards El Al flight to show it's safe

The billionaire said he was showing solidarity with the Israeli people by flying into Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and asked the FAA and European nations to lift the ban on flights to the airport immediately. The ban was enacted after a mortar landed near the airport and last week's Malaysian air disaster in the Ukraine.

Jul 23 08:21

Israel 'Could Be Guilty Of Gaza War Crimes'

There is a "strong possibility" Israel is violating international law in Gaza, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.

Opening an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Navanethem Pillay said Israel's punitive house demolitions and killing of Palestinians raised serious concerns of excessive use of force by the Jewish state.

Jul 23 08:19

ISRAEL IS KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.

Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?

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Jul 23 08:16

Gaza: Medics caught in murderous crossfire


One Gaza child is killed every two hours.

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Jul 23 08:16

U.N.: 1 child killed in Gaza every hour

Jul 23 08:10

UN Security Council considers Gaza ceasefire resolution

Jordan circulated to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Hamas-dominated coastal enclave.

It welcomes an Egyptian-led bid to end fighting between Israel and Hamas militants and "condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism," according to a draft obtained by Reuters.

A similar resolution was adopted by the 15-member Security Council in 2009, with 14 votes in favor. The United States, a close ally of Israel, abstained because Washington first wanted to see the outcome of Egyptian mediation efforts at the time.

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Jul 23 08:08

We just want to get along! Picture of Arab-Jewish American couple kissing sweeps the internet - and other mixed-faith couples join their call for peace

As tensions escalate between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East, a pair of star-crossed lovers are determined to prove love is stronger than war.

Journalist Sulome Anderson, who is half Lebanese, kisses her Jewish boyfriend in a photograph posted on Twitter and Facebook spreading the message ‘Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies’. The kiss has been re-tweeted more than 2,000 times.

The modern-day Romeo and Juliet couple has encouraged others to post photos of their own mixed faith families on social media and stand up for peace in the war torn West Bank.

Jul 23 08:04

The violence didn’t begin with the three abducted Israeli settlers

Although the media is largely portraying Israel’s actions as defensive,violence in the region did not begin with the kidnapping and murder of the three Israel settlers on June 12, 2014.
In fact, Israel has been kidnapping and murdering Palestinian adults and youth on a regular basis for decades (read about how the conflict was started ), yet this is rarely covered in U.S. news.

As the death toll in Gaza continues to rise, we hope you are continuing to contact your Congress people and Senators, asking them to demand that Israel stop its slaughter in Gaza.

We’ve created a powerful infographic you can share with your friends and family that demonstrates two crucial facts:

1) That the violence in the region began BEFORE three Israelis were abducted on killed on June 12, and

2) That Israel has been killing a shockingly disproportionate number of civilians with its bombs in comparison to Hamas’ rockets, both in the current assault and over the last decade.

Jul 23 08:01

CARAMA Gaza Protest - Phoenix

CARAMA
The coalition of Arabs and Muslims in America
Phoenix Chapter

Please distribute widely

Protest for Gaza
Join our upcoming protest to show solidarity with the victims of current Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip

Friday, July 25 2014
The corner of Mill Ave & University
Tempe, AZ
5:30pm

Jul 23 08:00

UN human rights chief: Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza

Despite Israeli lobbying, Palestinians have managed to call for a vote on Wednesday on severe condemnation of IDF operation in Gaza.

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"Veto! Veto! Oh yes, Veto! Vetovetoveto! VETO!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 23 07:43

Journalist attacked by ‘angry Israeli’ during live report on Gaza (VIDEO)

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At the :29 mark.

Jul 23 07:43

Netanyahu’s Wikipedia Page Replaced With Palestinian Flag

In a sign of the information war taking place alongside the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the biographical information on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Wikipedia page was briefly replaced with a large image of a Palestinian flag Tuesday afternoon.

Jul 23 07:29

Israel’s Iron Dome Isn’t Working: A Weapons Expert’s Warning

Hamas warheads aren’t easy to blow up in midair. The explosive used—TNT—is fairly inert and encased in a thick steel tube. The Tamir interceptors are supposed to blow up when they get close to the rockets and shred them with small steel rods. But the rods spray in all directions, so most don’t even touch the rocket. Many of those that hit may deflect off. The rods don’t have much chance if the timing or direction of the interceptor is even slightly off, according to Lloyd’s calculations.

If Iron Dome isn’t effective, then why have so few Israelis died from rocket fire? Both Lloyd and Postol attribute that mainly to the low firepower of the rockets and to Israel’s excellent early-warning system and network of shelters.

Jul 23 07:28

Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel in defiance of flight ban

US billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday he was jetting into Tel Aviv to show solidarity with Israel, calling for a US flight ban to be lifted immediately.

The move from the former mayor of New York, a city of eight million with the largest Jewish population in the US, puts him at odds with the US government that backed the ban to protect US citizens from possible Hamas rocket attacks.

Jul 23 07:26

New infographic & facts to share as Gaza death toll continues to rise

As the death toll in Gaza continues to rise, we hope you are continuing to contact your Congress people and Senators, asking them to demand that Israel stop its slaughter in Gaza.

We've created a powerful infographic you can share with your friends and family that demonstrates two crucial facts:

1) That the violence in the region began BEFORE three Israelis were abducted on killed on June 12, and

2) That Israel has been killing a shockingly disproportionate number of civilians with its bombs in comparison to Hamas' rockets, both in the current assault and over the last decade.

Click here to share this image on Facebook. See the full text of the accompanying fact page below, or read it on our website.

Jul 23 07:21

HUG A TERRORIST

Jul 23 04:30

UN's Navi Pillay warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed.

gaza-israel-hamasNavi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel's military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians.

Jul 23 04:21

Israeli rabbi says killing civilians in Gaza is allowed

An Israeli rabbi has issued a ruling that allows the killing of innocent civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Dov Lior, an Israeli rabbi from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank, said in the ruling that it is “okay” to kill innocent civilians and destroy Gaza.

The ruling also says that it is not necessary to check if the people targeted are civilians or non-civilians.

The rabbi’s ruling authorizes all means of targeting the people, such as “denying supplies or electricity.” He further says military forces are allowed “to bomb the whole area according to the discretion of the army...”

Jul 23 00:58

Israel-Gaza conflict: Families search for a place of safety from the violence, but the frontline is everywhere in Gaza

A body hung, caught in a white bedsheet, from the fifth floor of what was left of Salam Towers this afternoon. It was of a woman, one of 11 killed when two missiles slammed into the high-rise building in the centre of Gaza City on Monday night. The emergency services were still trying to retrieve the remains without sending huge chunks of the precarious structure crashing down.

“Where do we go now?” Asked Ibithan Shamali, her forehead bandaged from shrapnel in the second attack. “All the [UN] shelters are full, our relations are also without homes now. We shall have to find somewhere to rent; I don't know what will happen if we can't do that.”

Jul 22 20:28

Al-Aqsa Hospital hit as strikes on Gaza’s medical facilities continue

LATEST STRIKE ON HOSPITAL AND AMBULANCES WREAKS HAVOC ON AN ALREADY STRETCHED MEDICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Jul 22 19:11

Israeli historian storms off RT's CrossTalk set after 8 minutes of listening to some unpalatable truths.

How much longer will Israel's latest invasion of Gaza last? Does it enhance Israel's security? Can Israel and Palestine live in peace or is it a war without end? CrossTalking with Nora Lester Murad, Flynt Leverett and Martin van Creveld. (Martin Van Creveld is an Israeli military historian at Hebrew University.)

Jul 22 19:01

Berkeley Rabbi Is Fed Up: ‘I’m Done Apologizing for Israel’

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages, one liberal American rabbi says he’s “done apologizing for Israel” and mincing his words when discussing the Middle East conflict.

Jul 22 18:44

Why is Israel afraid of Gaza’s Ark?

On July 11th, 2am local time, Israeli warships fired on the Palestinian/International boat, Gaza’s Ark, which burst into flames and was completely destroyed. We had been working on this project for over two years, buying on old fishing boat, the largest one we could find in Gaza, and converting it into a cargo vessel. It was due to sail out of Gaza in September, carrying goods from the occupied West Bank and Gaza to trade with the outside world, in an attempt to break the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Building this boat continued the movement to sail boats to and from Gaza and was also part of the much larger movement of nonviolent resistance to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.

So the question posed is, why was Israel so afraid of our little boat, carrying Palestinian embroidery and boxes of dates, a boat that posed no threat whatsoever to Israeli security? Why did the Israeli Occupation Forces feel it was necessary to destroy it?

Jul 22 17:19

Israeli Professor: Rape Palestinian Sisters and Mothers To Stop Terrorism

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As bombs rain down upon Gaza and Israeli troops march forward with tanks and bulldozers, a recent radio interview conducted on Israeli radio is drawing some criticism from across the world as well as in Israel.

Although the interview was conducted nearly three weeks ago, shortly after the bodies of three Israeli teens were found after being kidnapped and murdered, Dr. Mordechai Kedar stated that the only way to force “terrorists” to think twice about their actions is the threat of the rape of their sisters and mothers...

Jul 22 15:59

Anonymous Vows Cyber-Attack on Israel

The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel’s ongoing military intervention in Gaza.

Jul 22 14:36

You're Paying for That War in Gaza

Of all the ways to frame America's role in the latest war between Israelis and Palestinians, the most bizarre might be the Bloomberg headline "Will the U.S. Get Involved in Israel-Gaza Conflict?" What do you mean will, folks? The U.S. has been deeply involved with this war from the beginning, because the U.S. is underwriting it.

Jul 22 13:53

Slaughter: Israel’s new “self defence

Stuart Littlewood debunks the weasel-worded excuses dished out by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his newly-appointed foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, in defence of Israel’s blitzkrieg in the Gaza Strip.

Jul 22 13:48

Video: Heartrending Gaza: Reporter breaks into tears live on air

A reporter for Al Jazeera news channel broke into tears halfway through a television broadcast while relaying the horrific scenes and destruction he witnessed following over two weeks of Israeli shelling in Gaza.

Jul 22 13:45

Heartrending Gaza: Reporter breaks into tears live on air (VIDEO)

A reporter for Al Jazeera news channel broke into tears halfway through a television broadcast while relaying the horrific scenes and destruction he witnessed following over two weeks of Israeli shelling in Gaza.

The correspondent, who had just returned from Gaza's Shejaia neighborhood – which came under heavy Israeli bombardment on Sunday, leaving dozens dead – began speaking about what he and his TV crew witnessed. He stated that his team saw a lot of bodies, adding that the crew was in a state of shock.

However, as he was describing the “laying bodies,” he broke into tears. He tried to compose himself and continue, but subsequently walked off screen.

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This may be why Israel opened fire on Al Jazeera's Gaza office.

Jul 22 11:53

Where are the *&%#$*@ sanctions against Israel for the genocide happening in Gaza? How come Israel can murder whoever they want?

Israel has murdered over 600 people in a few days time but I am not hearing the U.S., EU or anyone else calling for sanctions against them.

Remember Syria? The lies of a chemical attack last year? Remember how the U.S. and the world were outraged? BUT Israel can get away with $%^&*# murdering everyone they want... and #$%^&*@ Silence from every government!

Israel is not the chosen country of the world in God's eyes. The Jews are not the chosen people of the world in Gods eyes. We All are chosen people, including the Palestinians! They have the right to live their lives in Freedom and liberty without being massacred by Israel!

Enough is enough! If Russia was doing to East Ukraine what Israel is doing to Gaza we would be in WW3 with the U.S. and EU bombing Russia. Yet Israel can do as they please and murder who ever they please.

Jul 22 11:47

Israel-Gaza conflict: Air Canada cancels Tel Aviv flight over safety concerns

Air Canada has cancelled its scheduled flight to Tel Aviv from Toronto tonight, following the lead of other airlines concerned about rocket fire near Ben Gurion Airport.

Air Canada had a flight scheduled to leave for Tel Aviv from Toronto at 6:10 p.m. ET. The airline will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates as needed, a spokeswoman said.

Jul 22 11:47

U.S. flight ban could be Hamas' biggest success in latest clash with Israel

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday barred U.S. airliners from traveling to and from Israel for at least 24 hours, in the wake of now-confirmed reports saying a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, the country's only international airport.

Several airlines already had suspended operations or diverted flights.

The ban comes less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine. For Hamas, it could be the biggest break the Islamist group has had since the most recent fighting started -- potentially increasing Israeli's physical and psychological isolation from the rest of the world. The airport handles about 14 million travelers a year.

Jul 22 11:47

Israel Declares Boycott on Israeli-Palestinians

Amid an illegitimate Israeli attack* on Palestinians living in Gaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman requested a Herem, a religious boycott, on Israeli-Palestinians. Breathless, over one million citizens are waiting the repudiation of racism by Prime Minister Netanyahu, while seven million others rejoice on the calamities of others in the best spirit of Jewish "Simha L'Eid."+

Jul 22 11:46

Director Jonathan Demme Calls Israel's Offensive In Gaza A 'Horrendous Use Of Force'

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme spoke out against Israel's ground offensive in Gaza during a HuffPost Live interview on Monday.

Demme talked with with host Ricky Camilleri about his new film "A Master Builder," which is based on a classic play by Henrik Ibsen. During the conversation, Demme shared his take on the conflict in Palestine:

Jul 22 11:43

Syrian capital witnesses "fiercest fighting in months"

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Tuesday that regime forces launched a massive aerial offensive on the neighborhood of Jobar, leaving at least 18 people wounded.

"Starting dawn Tuesday, Jobar saw the fiercest fighting in months, coupled with intense aerial bombardment," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Regime forces launched at least nine strikes on Jobar, while troops on the ground continued fighting. Regime forces also allegedly "deployed tanks..and shelled rebel areas of Jobar," according to the Observatory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot wait to see Jen Psaki try to explain why Netanyahu shelling Gaza is good while Assad shelling the hired mercenaries is bad.

Jul 22 11:41

JON STEWART DISCOVERS IT’S NOT KOSHER TO CRITICISE ISRAEL IF YOU ARE JEWISH

Meanwhile, Israel is learning that war is not good for business ...

Jul 22 11:38

UTILIZADOS Israeli propaganda video

It's in Spanish, but it basically narrates that the soldiers are 'trained' to ignore provacations by children trying to provoke the soldiers of filming parents. These kids dont look Arab at all. Frankly, this looks staged.

Jul 22 11:26

How Britain Profits from the Attack on Gaza

The video emerged on Monday. It appears to show a man searching for his family amid the rubble of Gaza, apparently during a ceasefire. He is shot by a sniper. For a while he lies there, moving awkwardly. Then he is shot again.

Jul 22 11:16

Gazans Ordered to Evacuate Ask: 'Where Are We Supposed to Go?'

Yet Suliman said that these warnings are disingenuous, and in Gaza — a cramped home to nearly 2 million people — there’s a cruel irony in this advice to evacuate: there’s hardly anywhere safe to go.

“This is a tactic to tell the world that the IDF cares about civilian lives so that when they kill civilians they can say, ‘We warned people, they didn’t leave, Hamas is using them as shields.’ This is completely ridiculous,” Suliman said. “They are saying, ‘We want the residents of the northern Gaza districts to leave their houses,’ but 250,000 people live in the northern Gaza districts. They are telling a quarter of a million people to leave their houses.”

“That’s laughable. Where are they going to go?”

Jul 22 11:12

Gazans flee Israeli bombardment – into the path of more bombs

Thousands of Gazans attempt to find shelter as the UN estimates that more than 100,000 are displaced

Jul 22 11:11

UN school sheltering Gaza displaced hit by Israel shells: UNRWA

A United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians in central Gaza came under Israeli fire on Tuesday as a team was inspecting damage from a day earlier, a UN official said.

The official said a team, with Israeli clearance, was at the school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA in Al-Maghazi when Israeli tank shelling resumed, hitting the building on Tuesday afternoon.

Jul 22 11:10

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack – Day 16

Live Blog | Day 16 | WARNING - POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel launches massive offensive Operation #ProtectiveEdge | #GazaUnderAttack | #Palestine. http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=24728

Jul 22 11:09

The Human Cost Of Shelling In Gaza

Jul 22 11:04

Emergency Action: Artists Against the War - rally at Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, Tue. July 22,2014

War is bad. We didn’t come into this world to kill one another.
We believe that civic and political equality should reign from the Mediterranean to the Jordan river. We believe in the shared and beautiful life of jews and arabs, Israelis and Palestinians, we believe that there is a peaceful solution to the terrible war being waged right now, and we disparagingly kick at the nationalist militaristic propaganda being touted at the Israeli public.
We are against missiles, tanks, cannons, and rockets from Israel and Gaza, and against violence from any direction aimed at any religion, gender, race, or color.
There is an opposition in Israel. The occupation of the Palestinian people must end. Peace talks must start. The State of Israel must change immediately!

We will meet on Tuesday, July 22nd, at 8:00pm at Rabin Square, Tel-Aviv

Jul 22 10:54

SIX MILLION JEWS 1915-1938 HD

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Objective researchers have come to doubt the "6 Million Jews" claim of World War 2. But as it turns out, the Zionists have been using the "6 Million" theme for far longer, going back to World War 1!

Jul 22 10:53

Barbecuing the Palestinians: Once it was Nazis Leveling the Warsaw Ghetto, Now it's Israel's IDF Leveling Gaza

About six years ago, as part of his Bar Mitzvah, my son Jed did a project on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, producing his own graphic novel about the undergound fighters who used courage, creativity and the city's sewer system to, in some small way, offer resistance to the murderous program of the Nazis to exterminate Poland's Jews.

Jul 22 10:48

600 deaths in Israeli Gaza op: Military hits mosques, stadium, homes, hospital

Israel kept up attacks on Gaza on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians and hitting over 70 targets, including five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the deceased Hamas military chief.

The latest casualties in the fortnight-long violence have brought the Palestinian death toll to 570, according to AP. Almost 100 of them are children and many others are civilians.

A United Nations school which is helping to shelter displaced Palestinians in the center of Gaza also came under attack from Israeli fire as a team was inspecting damage from the day before, a UN official said.

The official mentioned that a team, who had been given permission by Israel to enter, were at the school, which is run by the UN in Al-Maghazi, when Israeli tanks resumed their shelling and hit the building.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Israel tells the Palestinians to leave their homes so they won;t be killed, then shells the school where they have moved to, then shells the school a second time while the UN inspectors are examining the carnage.

Jul 22 10:34

Ron Paul Rewind: Israel Encouraged Growth of Hamas

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Ron Paul is, as usual, correct.

Israel loves to play this little game of "who do we talk to" to avoid peace talks. When Yasser Arafat united Palestine under the PLO, Israel's Shin Bet created and funded HAMAS as "controlled opposition, so that Israel could say, "We don't know who to have peace talks with, PLO or HAMAS." Then Yasser Arafat was assassinated and PLO collapsed, and HAMAS found itself the de facto Palestinian government, and following their election win in 2006, the legitimate one. So they started to act like a government, trying to take care of the Palestinians. So Israel set up FATAH as controlled opposition, so they could again play the game of "who do we talk to" and say "We don't know who to have peace talks with, HAMAS or FATAH." That is why when HAMAS and FATAH formed a unity government, Netanyahu went ballistic, because he could not avoid peace talks any longer. And because Netanyahu does not want peace with Palestine, he wants Palestine itself, he launched a war on Gaza.

Jul 22 10:28

Israeli Professor Suggests Rape as 'Terror Deterrent'

“The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.” This assertion was made by Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University on an Israel Radio program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those Palestinian women make you hot, Doctor?

Jul 22 10:25

Israel - choking on the racist poison it rests on

The response in Israel to the attacks on Gaza has exposed a society consumed by the violence implicit in the Zionist enterprise.

As the famous Israeli novelist David Grossman put it, Israel’s “huge use of violence” causes a “depth of internal poison”.

Jul 22 10:18

Israel hits hundreds of targets in Gaza as soldier is confirmed missing

Israel continued to pound Gaza overnight, including hitting 100 targets in Shujai'iya, the scene of the most intense fighting of the conflict, as the Israeli military confirmed that one of its soldiers was missing.

Hamas claimed on Sunday that it had captured an Israeli soldier during the intense battle in Shujai'iya.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) named the missing soldier as Sergeant Oron Shaul, 21, a combat soldier of the Golani brigade.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad reportedly agreed to a five-hour pause in the fighting. However, Haaretz quoted senior Israeli officials as saying a humanitarian ceasefire was "not on our agenda right now".

Jul 22 10:12

WHO AND WHY I AM WHO I AM

I went rambling through the archives on this Blog today and wanted to give you all a pretty good picture of who I am …. So be sure to click on all of the links and then you might have a better understanding of WHO AND WHY I AM WHO I AM.

Jul 22 10:12

DAY 14 ~~ WE ARE GOING THROUGH HELL IN GAZA

Jul 22 10:11

Israel hits Al-Jazeera Gaza office

Al-Jazeera TV’s office in Gaza evacuated after gunshots fired straight into its building.

Jul 22 10:11

Israeli envoy: Our soldiers deserve a Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli soldiers should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for the "unimaginable restraint" they are showing in fighting Hamas, Israel's ambassador to the US has said, backing his country's right to self-defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay; that was the shark!

Jul 22 10:02

Here’s how big Gaza is in comparison to some cities around the world

Jul 22 09:58

‘Netanyahu does not want peace between Israel and Palestine’

There is not going to be peace as long as Benjamin Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of Israel; it was Netanyahu who broke off talks in April, Dr. Charles Cogan, former CIA officer, told RT.

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Netanyahu does not want peace. He wants the Palestinians' land and the Palestinians' gas!

Jul 22 09:54

Gaza death toll doubles in four days

The death toll from Israeli violence in Gaza approached 600 Palestinians as of Tuesday morning local time, according to reports from hospitals and emergency care workers in the beleaguered territory. The United Nations estimated that three quarters of the dead were civilians, including more than 100 children of all ages.

Jul 22 09:48

The moment 'unarmed civilian was shot dead by an Israeli sniper' as he desperately searched for his family: Palestinians release shocking video

This is the harrowing moment a young Palestinian man was allegedly shot by an Israeli sniper in front of a camera crew helping him search for his family before being fatally shot again as he struggled to get up.

Jul 22 09:32

Israel using US-supplied CW against Gazans: Analyst

A political commentator says Israel is using US-supplied chemical weapons to target Palestinians in Gaza amid the regime’s deadly offensive against the blockaded territory, Press TV reports.

In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, Gordon Duff, a senior editor at Veterans Today, said Washington’s supplying of chemical weapons to the Tel Aviv regime “is one of the shames of the American relationship with Israel.”

The analyst added that the US has given “an infinite number of chemical weapons” to Israel, stressing that the regime has “burnt many Palestinian children” using US-supplied “white phosphorous bombs.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel sees Gaza as their own territory, so what we have here is Netanyahu using banned chemical weapons against his own people , the very crime the United States Government accused Syria's Assad of as justification to remove him from power.

Jul 22 09:26

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza (05:30 GMT) (P.2)

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A reader sent me this photo supposedly of the Israelis' "defending" themselves along the border with Gaza on Monday. Consider this an exercise in "look for what should be there and isn't."

Give up?

Is they were defending themselves they would be kneeling, crouching, or prone to dodge incoming fire. That they are standing tells us they are shooting in at people unable to shoot back!

Jul 22 08:53

600 deaths in Israeli Gaza op: Military hits mosques, stadium, homes, hospital

Israel kept up attacks on Gaza on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians and hitting over 70 targets, including five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the deceased Hamas military chief.

The latest casualties in the fortnight-long violence have brought the Palestinian death toll to 570, according to AP. Almost 100 of them are children and many others are civilians.

Additionally, nearly 500 homes have been destroyed in the Israeli bombardments and 100,000 people have been displaced, said Jens Laerke, spokesman of the UN Office for Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) at a Geneva news briefing.

On Monday, a hospital was hit in Gaza, with four people killed and scores of others wounded in the attack. Thirty of the wounded were medics, according to Sky News.

Jul 22 08:51

BEX ALERT - Two American soldiers die in Israel-Gaza conflict

Among the 20 Israelis who have died in the conflict, Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli were two Americans fighting in the Israeli army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CBS News is wagging two Americans serving in the Israeli army who have died in the invasion of Gaza to try to drag Americans' sympathies back towards Israel's side. But by doing so, CBS has reaffirmed the public perception of pro-Israel bias in that the hundreds of dead Gazans, many of them children, remain nameless and faceless in CBS' coverage.

Let's review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have not killed anyone or done more damage than knock a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!

Jul 22 08:39

Major US air companies suspend flights to and from Israel

A number of major US airlines say they are immediately suspending flights to and from Israel after a rocket attack near Ben-Gurion International Airport. US Airways, Delta are both grounding their planes.

The decision was taken following a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority, after a rocket fell in Yehud, which is not far from the airport. A Delta Airlines flight from New York to Israel landed in Paris following the decision.

Jul 22 08:32

Israel accused of using flechette weapons on Palestinian civilians

The Israeli military has been accused of using flechette shells during its offensive in Gaza, which can cause widespread harm and death to civilians. The weapons, though legal in Israel and internationally, have been slammed as inhumane by rights groups.

The munitions are normally fired by tanks and contain thousands of small darts, which are released when the shell explodes in midair. The flechette shells are only four centimeters in length.

Jul 22 08:31

Free Palestine

Jul 22 08:21

Israel is being defeated in Gaza as it was in Lebanon

One officer, a veteran of Gaza operations, who left the fighting area for a few hours, told Haaretz: “I’ve been to Shujaiyeh before, but I’ve never seen it – or Hamas – like this before. Their equipment and tactics are just like Hezbollah. Missile traps and IEDs everywhere – and they stay and fight instead of melting away like in the past.”

They stay and fight because, unlike Israel, Palestinians in Gaza have no choice, no alternative, no option to go back to a slow death under a crippling siege.

Jul 22 07:26

State of Palestine: German-Palestinian family killed in Israeli air strike *GRAPHIC*

Jul 21 22:57

Urgent international action needed in Gaza: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has called for urgent international action to protect civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has been under deadly Israeli attacks for more than two weeks.

Jul 21 22:54

107 Palestinians killed in Gaza over past 24 hours - UNRWA

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed over the past day since escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported Monday.

Jul 21 22:50

German Jews condemn 'explosion of hate'

Always the victims and never the aggressors.

Jul 21 21:28

Slaughtering the men, women and children you illegally occupy and daily humiliate…It’s the new ‘self defence’

I mean, would a British government be mad enough to illegally occupy its next door neighbours for nearly 50 years, trash their heritage, steal their resources, move settlers into choice locations, cage the natives within the sealed remnants then bomb them all to hell and back for firing garden-shed rockets? Wellyes, I guess a Cameron government might do exactly that if told to… and call it self defence just like their Israeli buddies.

Jul 21 18:01

Israeli Army beating Palestinian boy went viral on Social Media

Jul 21 17:58

Col. Ann Wright to Israel: "Stop the Massacre of Innocent Civilians in Gaza!"

Jul 21 17:32

Sinn Féin calls for expulsion of Israeli ambassador

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called on the Government to expel Israeli ambassador Boaz Modai from Ireland in protest at the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

Mr Adams' call follows a meeting yesterday between Mr Bodai and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, during which Minister Flanagan reiterated the Government’s deep concerns regarding the current situation in Gaza and Israel.

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