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Seriously Wounded Gaza Child Dies At A Jerusalem Hospital
IMEMC - A Palestinian child, who was seriously injured several days ago when the army fired a missile into a street in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, died on Tuesday at the St. Joseph (French) Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. ...

At Least 22 Civilians, Children, Killed By Israeli Missiles In Gaza
IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that more than twenty-two Palestinians have been killed, and dozens injured, in recent Israeli air strikes and bombardment, in different parts of the Gaza Strip. Army fires missile into UNRWA car, killing a Palestinian Doctor and his brother. ...

Young Palestinian Man Dies Of Wounds Suffered Last Week In Hebron
IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources reported that a young Palestinian man, died on Tuesday, due to a serious injury suffered last week during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. ...

Journalist, His Family, Killed By Israeli Missile In Rafah
IMEMC - Mayor of Al-Boreij Killed By Israeli Missile The Israeli army continued its illegitimate bombardment of Palestinian homes, and civilian property, and killed five family members of a Palestinian journalist, including two children in Gaza City. ...

Israeli Soldier Leaks Accounts of Revenge Attacks Against Civilians by Troops in Gaza
IMEMC - A member of the Israeli group ‘Breaking the Silence’ has published accounts of Israeli soldiers being authorized by their commanders to carry out revenge attacks against civilians in the Gaza Strip “to enable the soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers”. ...

List of Palestinians Killed Between 7/8 and 7/29
IMEMC - This list is constantly updated due to the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza since July 8th. The following 982 names have been confirmed. ...

32 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Airstrikes Tuesday Morning; Government Buildings Targeted
IMEMC - Palestinian sources in Gaza are reporting a large number of Israeli bombs dropped in northern, southern, central, western and eastern Gaza on Tuesday morning, including the Palestinian Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, the home of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya, the Al Quds News Agency, the Port of Gaza, and carpet-bombing of whole neighborhoods, particularly in northern Gaza and in Rafah. Palestinian resistance fighters killed 10 Israeli soldiers. ...

Hamas Leader Haniyeh Latest Target of Israeli Missiles
IMEMC - The house of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was the target of an Israeli missile, early this morning. Reports say there was no one inside the house and there were no casualties. Haniyeh’s son confirmed the strike on his Facebook page. ...

UN: Israeli Military Drops More Leaflets, Orders Expulsion of All of Northern Gaza
IMEMC - According to the http://www.un.org of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has learned, with concern, that leaflets are reportedly being dropped by the Israeli military over the northern Gaza Strip, this evening. The leaflets serve to warn tens of thousands of residents to leave their homes and evacuate to Gaza City. ...

Kerry: Lasting Resolution Must Lead to Disarmament of Hamas
IMEMC - According to John Kerry, international efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of the democratically elected Hamas party. ...

Ha'aretz Defense page

LIVE UPDATES: Hamas military chief: No cease-fire without end of Gaza siege
Ha'aretz - Chile, Peru recall ambassadors to Israel over Gaza war; sirens sound in greater Tel Aviv area; five soldiers wounded by mortar fire; Israeli officials deny reports of truce; security cabinet meeting postponed.

Chile and Peru recall Israel envoys over Gaza operation
Ha'aretz - The two Latin American nations join Brazil and Ecuador, who announced last week they were recalling envoys to Israel in protest at the Gaza war.

Sydney Jewish board: Newspaper cartoon 'racially vilifies' Jews
Ha'aretz - Cartoon shows a yarmulke-wearing, hooked-nose Jew sitting in an armchair using a remote control to detonate buildings in Gaza.

Sinn Fein mayor slammed for calling on retailers to boycott Israeli products
Ha'aretz - Northern Ireland mayor accused of trying to intimidate store-owners with letter asking them to list products they stock from Israel or 'the occupied territories.'

Hackers sought Iron Dome secrets, U.S. security blog says
Ha'aretz - But two defense contractors deny or play down a report that the Chinese broke into their networks in 2011 and 2012.

Belgium advises retailers to label products from Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz - The non-binding recommendation has nothing to do with escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the Belgian Economics Ministry says.

Egyptian cease-fire proposal could end up pressuring Israel, not Hamas
Ha'aretz - The Palestinian delegation’s trip to Cairo pushes Qatari and Turkish mediation to the side, but the resulting accords could be tough on Israel.

Five soldiers killed in fourth tunnel infiltration from Gaza
Ha'aretz - One of the militants is killed while three escape back through the tunnel, an Israeli officer says.

Gaza is trigger for American Jews’ tension and dissonance on Israel
Ha'aretz - Despite the calls for solidarity, the Gaza conflict is alienating increasing numbers of American Jews from Israel and from the organized Jewish community, which equates being Jewish with a monolithic political position on Israel.

Bennett: Destruction of tunnels not enough - Hamas must be completely defeated
Ha'aretz - Economy Minister criticizes Netanyahu's remarks that wiping out tunnels is main target of operation.

Let's not forget the civilian agenda - even in wartime
Ha'aretz - On those who are suffering the most from the Gaza op, and on the 'cornflakes reform,' a good starting point for sweeping reform that will make life more affordable for Israelis.

Netanyahu's vision for Gaza: Internationally supervised demilitarization
Ha'aretz - The prime minister is in talks with world leaders over a mechanism that would ensure that funds and materials allocated toward rebuilding Gaza don't sponsor terrorism, Israeli official says.

Gazan tries to answer his son’s question: Who broke the house?
Ha'aretz - The 4-year-old son of a Gazan artist who happens to be related to a Hamas commander wants to know why he doesn’t have a home anymore.

Iran leader urges Muslims to arm Palestinians against 'rabid dog' Israel
Ha'aretz - 'The Zionist regime deeply regrets starting this (war) but has no way out,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Susan Rice dismayed by Israeli media coverage of Kerry's cease-fire efforts
Ha'aretz - The national security advisor, along with Ambassador Ron Dermer and other leaders, backed John Kerry's continued efforts to an assembly of Jewish leaders and top U.S. officials.

As fighting continues, Israel looks to be in it for the long haul
Ha'aretz - Hamas attacks eradicate any chance for period of calm; IDF appears to be planning to expand its ground operation.

Israeli docs mobilize against anti-Israel letter in The Lancet
Ha'aretz - Open letter accused Israel of masquerading a massacre.

B’Tselem petitions High Court to allow radio ad naming 5 dead Palestinian children
Ha'aretz - Human rights group argues that Israel Broadcasting Authority’s decision to reject ad undermines freedom of political expression.

LIVE UPDATES: Operation Protective Edge, day 21
Ha'aretz - Rocket barrage fired at Tel Aviv and central Israel; Israeli envoy: Criticism of Kerry's good faith efforts unwarranted; Netanyahu: Gaza operation won't end until tunnels destroyed; Palestinians: Three killed in IDF strike on Gaza hospital.

Israel's spat with Kerry fueled by Turkey, Qatar
Ha'aretz - Israel prefers to have Egypt as the main interlocutor because the country's current military-backed government has a deep antipathy toward the Islamist Hamas movement.

Palestinians continue cease-fire efforts, but with little optimism
Ha'aretz - Senior Palestinian official tells Haaretz that cease-fire debate has been taken out of Palestinian hands.

Netanyahu still anxiously looking for exit sign
Ha'aretz - The prime minister is facing increasing criticism at home and abroad about reaching a cease-fire with Hamas, but for completely opposite reasons.

Barack Obama is not the enemy
Ha'aretz - One can argue about the degree of sophistication the president has displayed during the current crisis, but there is no reason to doubt his friendship and desire to bring an end to this round of violence.

A bad peace is better than a good war
Ha'aretz - Israel lives in a permanent Catch-22: When there is violence there is nobody to talk to, and when there’s quiet there’s no reason to talk.

Ma'an News

10 Palestinians killed as Israel bombs Gaza playground
7/29/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday bombed a park near the beach in Gaza City killing at least 10 Palestinians including eight children on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, medics said. The strike on the park in al-Shati refugee camp -- which reports suggested was a drone strike -- hit the playground, killing 10 people, mostly children as they played with....

Israel army tells all north Gaza residents to flee their homes
7/29/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military on Monday evening sent text messages and phone calls to residents of all cities in the northern Gaza Strip and parts of Gaza City telling them to evacuate their homes "immediately," potentially displacing more than 400,000 people. The military said in a statement that it had told the residents of Shujaiyya and Zaitoun neighborhoods in northern and....

Death toll in Gaza hits 1,088 as Israel resumes bombardment
7/29/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least 26 were killed and 241 injured across the Gaza Strip on Monday night as Israel resumed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip from air, land, and sea. Talks for a ceasefire, meanwhile, appeared stillborn after Israeli Prime Minister warned in a speech that the campaign could last long, even as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rushed to Cairo to....

Netanyahu: Israel must be ready for long Gaza campaign
7/28/2014 - TEL AVIV (AFP) -- Israel must be ready for a "lengthy" military campaign in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday."We must be prepared for a lengthy campaign" in Gaza, he said in a speech televised shortly after at least four people were killed in southern Israel by a mortar fired by militants in Gaza."Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat....

Israeli warplanes target central, northern Gaza
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes targeted al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza on Monday, a Ma'an reporter said. Additionally, two Israeli artillery shells hit the Tal al-Hawa area in southern Gaza City. There were no immediate reports of injuries. [END]

7 bodies pulled from Khuzaa near Khan Younis
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian search teams were able to enter the village of Khuzaa near Khan Younis, and collected seven dead bodies from rubble. The village has been hit hard by Israeli shelling and airstrikes, leaving dozens dead on July 22 alone. Israeli forces have since besieged the area and severely limited access to ambulances and medical teams searching for dead and survivors....

Israeli shelling kills 2 Palestinians, 7 bodies pulled from rubble
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The death toll in Gaza increased by ten on Monday as two Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling in the north, seven bodies were pulled from rubble in the south, and another succumbed to his wounds, a Ma'an reporter said. Israeli forces early afternoon shelled the al-Salam neighborhood in eastern Jabaliya, killing two Palestinians, one of them a....

Israeli shelling kills 2 Palestinians in eastern Jabaliya
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces Tuesday shelled the al-Salam neighborhood in eastern Jabaliya, killing two Palestinians, one of them a child, a Ma'an reporter said. The shelling targeted houses the neighborhood, killing Muhammad Abu Luz, 22, and young Jibril Junaid. [END]

Dozens injured in Jerusalem-area clashes with Israeli forces
7/28/2014 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured late Sunday during clashes with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem and Abu Dis, local spokespeople said. Some 14 Palestinians were injured by live bullets during clashes with Israeli forces in Abu Dis east of Jerusalem, a local popular committee spokesman said. Hani Halabiya told Ma'an that some Palestinians had been hit by live bullets....

Gaza mortar fire kills 4 Israeli soldiers in Eshkol
7/28/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Four Israeli soldiers were killed after a mortar strike from Gaza hit a military site in Eshkol in southern Israel on Monday. Earlier reports in Israeli media had said that the four killed were Israeli civilians, but on Monday evening the military confirmed that the attack had hit a military contingent. The military confirmed that 48 soldiers have been killed in.... Related: Qassam Brigades says fighters attacked tank, killing 2 soldiers and Qassam Brigades says 10 Israeli soldiers killed in tunnel raid

Gaza Christians bury their first casualty of the war
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Jalila Ayyad's widower George still had a black eye and bloodstains on his shirt as he processed ahead of her coffin, hours after the Israeli airstrike that destroyed their home. Jalila, 60, was the first Christian casualty of a bloody Gaza war. She is also survived by two sons, but one could not be at her funeral because he is....

List of families targeted by Israeli shellings, airstrikes
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces have repeatedly struck family homes throughout its assault on Gaza, and the Ministry of Health calculates that over 50 families have been targeted. Airstrikes and shellings have targeted 52 families and killed 285 members of those families since the beginning of the offensive, according to the ministry. Human Rights Watch said in a July 20 report that various....

Palestinian in Rafah succumbs to wounds inflicted by Israeli forces
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Ibrahim Awwad Qishta on Monday succumbed to wounds he sustained three days before, when Israel targeted tunnels in Rafah. [END]

Qassam Brigades says 10 Israeli soldiers killed in tunnel raid
7/29/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades on Monday said the group's fighters had killed 10 Israeli soldiers in an operation inside Israel east of al-Shujaiyya. Al-Qassam said in a statement that its fighters infiltrated "behind enemy lines" and killed 10 soldiers. All of its fighters had returned safely to base, the group added. The statement added that "militants opened fire.... Related: Qassam Brigades says fighters attacked tank, killing 2 soldiers and Gaza mortar fire kills 4 Israeli soldiers in Eshkol

Qassam Brigades says fighters attacked tank, killing 2 soldiers
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades announced Monday that its fighters had killed two Israeli soldiers near Gaza City. The Brigades said in a statement that militants had targeted an Israeli tank with a missile, killing two soldiers in the village of Juhr al-Dik. The announcement came on a day of relative calm in the Gaza Strip, the 21st day of fighting.... Related: Qassam Brigades says 10 Israeli soldiers killed in tunnel raid and Gaza mortar fire kills 4 Israeli soldiers in Eshkol

Palestinian groups vow revenge for killings as rockets fall on Israel
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian militant groups launched dozens of rockets into Israel on Monday evening, after a relative lull in the Israeli assault that began late Sunday ended with the killing of at least 10 Palestinians in the afternoon. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the strike at al-Shati refugee camp which left eight children dead were a "war crime that provoked....

At least 5 Israeli soldiers killed Monday
7/28/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military said in a statement Monday that five soldiers had been killed, bringing the total since the outbreak of hostilities to 48. [END]

Israeli army confirms it fired into UN Gaza refuge
7/28/2014 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The Israeli army on Sunday confirmed firing a mortar round into a Gaza UN shelter where 15 people died on Thursday, but denied killing anyone at the site. Briefing journalists on the findings of an internal military enquiry into the incident at a UN school in Beit Hanoun, spokesman Lt. -Col. Peter Lerner said militants "in the vicinity" of the school fired mortar....

UN Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional' ceasefire
7/28/2014 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- The UN Security Council on Monday called for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians. The 15-member Council released a statement shortly after midnight Sunday calling for the truce between Israel and Hamas. [END]

US ups pressure on Israel as UN demands Gaza truce
7/28/2014 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The UN Security Council Monday joined US President Barack Obama in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, after Israel and Hamas ignored calls for a truce despite mounting civilian casualties. The Security Council resolution came during a lull in fighting in Gaza early Monday, the beginning of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival, after a day of strikes and counter-strikes. The 15-member.... Related: Obama tells Israel Gaza truce needed as conflict rages and Kerry: Any Gaza truce must lead to Hamas disarmament

Kerry: Any Gaza truce must lead to Hamas disarmament
7/28/2014 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday said international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas. Kerry, who arrived back in Washington late Sunday after a week-long mission in the Middle East to try to stop the fighting, told reporters he was continuing to work "toward establishing an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire.... Related: Obama tells Israel Gaza truce needed as conflict rages

Gazans cautious through Eid calm as Palestinian killed late Sunday
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians in Gaza remained cautious on the first day of Eid al-Fitr Monday after Israeli shelling on southern Gaza the night before killed a Palestinian and injured another. Hussein Hassan Abu al-Naja, 65, was killed and another Palestinian was critically injured late Sunday as Israeli forces shelled eastern Khan Younis, said Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of....

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian police officer in Yatta
7/28/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on early Monday arrested a Palestinian police officer from Yatta on Monday. Police officials in Hebron told Ma'an that Thaer Abd Harb al-Hureini was arrested on his way to morning prayers. [END]

Obama tells Israel Gaza truce needed as conflict rages
7/28/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- US President Barack Obama urged an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, after Israel and Hamas ignored calls for a truce and the raging conflict entered its third week Monday. But after a day of strike and counter-strike, mutual attacks seemed to lull in the first hours of Monday, the beginning of the Muslim Eid festival ending the month-long fast of Ramadan.... Related: US ups pressure on Israel as UN demands Gaza truce and Kerry: Any Gaza truce must lead to Hamas disarmament

Egypt's Morsi salutes Palestinian 'resistance' in Gaza
7/28/2014 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has praised the Palestinian "resistance" over the 21-day conflict with Israel in Gaza that has killed more than 1,030 people, mostly Palestinian civilians. The Islamist leader, overthrown last July by Egypt's then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is on trial on charges for which he faces the death penalty. Under Morsi'....

Israeli PM Netanyahu gives speech
7/28/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening gave a speech on the unfolding situation. [END]

Doctor, tribal head: Iraq army kills 17 in anti-Wahhabi raid
7/28/2014 - HILLA (Iraq) (AFP) -- An Iraqi government raid on Wahhabi militant targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said."Bombardment targeted the Fadhiyya district at 1:00 am," Sheikh Mohammad al-Janabi, a tribal chief from Jurf al-Sakhr, a town 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Baghdad, told AFP. Janabi said two women....

Syria's Assad joins prayers to mark end of Ramadan
7/28/2014 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was given a warm reception by the faithful on Monday when he joined in Eid al-Fitr prayers in Damascus, to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Assad took part in prayers at the al-Kheir mosque, in Muhajarin, near his home in northwest Damascus. State television showed Assad being greeted by Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun....

Aljazeera

Israeli bombs kill 100 Gazans in single day
AlJazeera 29 Jul 2014 - Hundreds of attacks send toll soaring, while Gaza's only power station shuts down after being hit.

Palestinian truce offer hangs in balance
AlJazeera 29 Jul 2014 - PLO says all Palestinian factions want 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza, which Hamas says depends on the agreement of Israel.

Israel, PA lash out at Kerry over truce bid
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2014 - US secretary of state's bid to broker a ceasefire was dubbed a 'surrender' to Hamas.

Palestine News Network

IRIN

IRIN

Practicing peace in wartime
IRIN JERUSALEM 24 July 2014 (IRIN) - For the few communities in Israel where Arabs and Jews try to coexist peacefully, the latest attacks on Gaza have been a source of both tension and unity.

Inter Press Service

In Turbulent Iraq, Children Bear the Brunt of War
IPS In January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Kawrgosik Refugee Camp near Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where more than 200,000 refugees from Syria are being hosted by the regional government. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe By Chau Ngo UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) As the ambulance stopped in...

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity
IPS Tank trucks being filled with water in front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque in Beirut. Credit: Oriol Andrés Gallart/IPS By Oriol Andrés Gallart BEIRUT, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with...

Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Gaza Killings
IPS The Israeli offensive in Gaza has killed 1,050 people, mostly civilians, as of Jul. 26, 2014. Credit: Kanya D’Almeida/IPS By Kanya D'Almeida NEW YORK, Jul 27 2014 (IPS) Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets in multiple protests this past week against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has left...

OPINION: The Affinity Between Iraqi Sunni Extremists and the Rulers of Saudi Arabia
IPS By Peter Custers LEIDEN, Netherlands, Jul 27 2014 (IPS) Which story line sounds the more credible – that linking the rebel movement ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to policies pursued by Iran or that linking the Sunni extremist force to Iran’s adversary Saudi Arabia? In June this...

Stop The Wall

192 Martyrs and 1410 wounded in the War on Gaza
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign غزة 16 3594 attacks, 2269 by rockets, 685 navy projectile, 640 artillery shell were shot to Gaza 39 Children and 24 women were murdered by the Israeli occupation forces till the midnight of Monday 14\7\2014 Nour 4 days, the youngest martyr in Gaza 421 child...

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International Solidarity Movement

Video: Israelis in Tel Aviv chanting, 'There's no school tomorrow, there's no children left in Gaza! Oleh!'
7/29/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Tel Aviv, Occupied Palestine - Israelis in Tel Aviv, on 26. 7. 2014, the 19th day of Israel's massacres in Gaza, cheer the genocide on: "There's no school tomorrow, there's no children left there [in Gaza]! Oleh!" Every evening, in Tel Aviv, right wing marchers flood the streets, waving Israeli flags and chanting hate-slogans, such as the most common, "death....

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

LIVE UPDATES: Hamas military chief: No cease-fire without end of Gaza siege
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - Chile, Peru recall ambassadors to Israel over Gaza war; sirens sound in greater Tel Aviv area; five soldiers wounded by mortar fire; Israeli officials deny reports of truce; security cabinet meeting postponed.

Chile and Peru recall Israel envoys over Gaza operation
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - The two Latin American nations join Brazil and Ecuador, who announced last week they were recalling envoys to Israel in protest at the Gaza war.

Sydney Jewish board: Newspaper cartoon 'racially vilifies' Jews
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - Cartoon shows a yarmulke-wearing, hooked-nose Jew sitting in an armchair using a remote control to detonate buildings in Gaza.

Sinn Fein mayor slammed for calling on retailers to boycott Israeli products
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - Northern Ireland mayor accused of trying to intimidate store-owners with letter asking them to list products they stock from Israel or 'the occupied territories.'

Hackers sought Iron Dome secrets, U.S. security blog says
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - But two defense contractors deny or play down a report that the Chinese broke into their networks in 2011 and 2012.

Belgium advises retailers to label products from Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - The non-binding recommendation has nothing to do with escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the Belgian Economics Ministry says.

Egyptian cease-fire proposal could end up pressuring Israel, not Hamas
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - The Palestinian delegation’s trip to Cairo pushes Qatari and Turkish mediation to the side, but the resulting accords could be tough on Israel.

Five soldiers killed in fourth tunnel infiltration from Gaza
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - One of the militants is killed while three escape back through the tunnel, an Israeli officer says.

Gaza is trigger for American Jews’ tension and dissonance on Israel
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - Despite the calls for solidarity, the Gaza conflict is alienating increasing numbers of American Jews from Israel and from the organized Jewish community, which equates being Jewish with a monolithic political position on Israel.

Bennett: Destruction of tunnels not enough - Hamas must be completely defeated
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - Economy Minister criticizes Netanyahu's remarks that wiping out tunnels is main target of operation.

Let's not forget the civilian agenda - even in wartime
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - On those who are suffering the most from the Gaza op, and on the 'cornflakes reform,' a good starting point for sweeping reform that will make life more affordable for Israelis.

Netanyahu's vision for Gaza: Internationally supervised demilitarization
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - The prime minister is in talks with world leaders over a mechanism that would ensure that funds and materials allocated toward rebuilding Gaza don't sponsor terrorism, Israeli official says.

Gazan tries to answer his son’s question: Who broke the house?
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - The 4-year-old son of a Gazan artist who happens to be related to a Hamas commander wants to know why he doesn’t have a home anymore.

Iran leader urges Muslims to arm Palestinians against 'rabid dog' Israel
Ha'aretz 29 Jul 2014 - 'The Zionist regime deeply regrets starting this (war) but has no way out,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Susan Rice dismayed by Israeli media coverage of Kerry's cease-fire efforts
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - The national security advisor, along with Ambassador Ron Dermer and other leaders, backed John Kerry's continued efforts to an assembly of Jewish leaders and top U.S. officials.

As fighting continues, Israel looks to be in it for the long haul
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Hamas attacks eradicate any chance for period of calm; IDF appears to be planning to expand its ground operation.

Israeli docs mobilize against anti-Israel letter in The Lancet
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Open letter accused Israel of masquerading a massacre.

B’Tselem petitions High Court to allow radio ad naming 5 dead Palestinian children
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Human rights group argues that Israel Broadcasting Authority’s decision to reject ad undermines freedom of political expression.

LIVE UPDATES: Operation Protective Edge, day 21
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Rocket barrage fired at Tel Aviv and central Israel; Israeli envoy: Criticism of Kerry's good faith efforts unwarranted; Netanyahu: Gaza operation won't end until tunnels destroyed; Palestinians: Three killed in IDF strike on Gaza hospital.

Israel's spat with Kerry fueled by Turkey, Qatar
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Israel prefers to have Egypt as the main interlocutor because the country's current military-backed government has a deep antipathy toward the Islamist Hamas movement.

Palestinians continue cease-fire efforts, but with little optimism
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Senior Palestinian official tells Haaretz that cease-fire debate has been taken out of Palestinian hands.

Netanyahu still anxiously looking for exit sign
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - The prime minister is facing increasing criticism at home and abroad about reaching a cease-fire with Hamas, but for completely opposite reasons.

Barack Obama is not the enemy
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - One can argue about the degree of sophistication the president has displayed during the current crisis, but there is no reason to doubt his friendship and desire to bring an end to this round of violence.

A bad peace is better than a good war
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Israel lives in a permanent Catch-22: When there is violence there is nobody to talk to, and when there’s quiet there’s no reason to talk.

Congressional delegation joins thousands at New York pro-Israel rally
Ha'aretz 28 Jul 2014 - Lawmakers voice support for Israel's operation in Gaza before cheering crowd in midtown Manhattan.

The Guardian

Gaza pounded by Israel after Netanyahu promises prolonged battle
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - Home of Hamas Gaza leader is among targets 110 killed in Gaza in 24 hours, officials say Gaza conflict: live coverage Gaza endured a night of relentless bombardment that brought some of the heaviest pounding since...

Gaza crisis: 'Huge surge' in displaced people after night of intensified violence live
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - UN reports more than 200,000 packed into 85 Gaza shelters Palestinian officials say more than 100 killed Tuesday Israeli military says it hit more than 70 terror sites Gaza power plant offline after strike on fuel...

Gaza's only power plant destroyed in Israel's most intense air strike yet
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - At least 100 Palestinians killed as TV and radio outlets, mosque and refugee camp all targeted as calls for ceasefire dismissed Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza's only power plant on Tuesday after...

Israel is finding it harder to deny targeting Gaza infrastructure
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - With blackouts, food shortages and sewage in the streets, observers say the IDF either targets civilians or has terrible aim Israel's attack on the Gaza power plant on Tuesday is likely to fuel speculation that the...

America needs to end its obsession with trying to fix everything in Gaza | Aaron David Miller
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - John Kerry left himself open to criticism with his misadventures in diplomacy. The US may not be an honest broker, but it can still be an effective one I worked as a US negotiator on the...

Gaza crisis heartbreaking, says David Cameron video
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - David Cameron calls for a 'humanitarian ceasefire' between Hamas and Israel on Tuesday after Gaza endured a night of bombardment that left more than 110 people dead in 24 hours. Israeli troops struck 150 targets, including...

Gaza: Israeli prime minister vows no let-up in attacks
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - This blog has closed read ongoing live blog coverage here Binyamin Netanyahu: This will be a long operation Gaza hit by one of heaviest bombardments of offensive Over 100 killed today - Palestinian health ministry Gazas...

PLO announcement of 24-hour Gaza ceasefire disavowed by Hamas
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - Militant groups reject claim of agreement to pause fighting, as Palestinian delegation meet in Cairo aiming to end war Hopes of a new ceasefire in the three-week-old Gaza war rose and then quickly fell on Tuesday...

Let cricketer Moeen Ali wear his Save Gaza wristband | Ally Fogg
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - In their attempts to keep politics out of sport, governing bodies are hypocritical. Players should be allowed to express their personalities Moeen Ali banned from wearing Save Gaza wristbands There is a seductive notion that we...

David Cameron calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - Prime minister says Hamas must stop firing rockets at Israel and there must be an unconditional, humanitarian truce David Cameron has called for an "unconditional, immediate, humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza to bring a halt to more...

Belgium calls for clear labelling of goods from Israeli settlements
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - Economics ministry asks retailers to distinguish between goods produced by Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank Belgium has advised retailers to label clearly the origin of products made in Israeli settlements that are in occupied...

Chinese hackers steal Israels Iron Dome missile data
The Guardian 29 Jul 2014 - Hacking group previously linked to hacks on US defence contractors steals detailed missile schematics A Chinese hacking group has been accused of stealing data from Israels billion-dollar Iron Dome missile system. The state-sponsored Comment Crew hacking...

Ha'aretz National page

Israeli university rebukes professor who expressed sympathy for both sides of Gaza war
Ha'aretz - 29 Jul 2014

MK Zoabi suspended from Knesset plenum for excusing West Bank kidnap
Ha'aretz - 29 Jul 2014

Netanyahu still anxiously looking for exit sign
Ha'aretz - 28 Jul 2014

Israel police won't probe Israeli Arab MK Zoabi for kidnapping statements
Ha'aretz - 28 Jul 2014

Egged bus drivers refused to enter Nazareth, dumped passengers en route
Ha'aretz - 28 Jul 2014

Tel Aviv municipality must pay $260,000 to family of dead marathon runner
Ha'aretz - 28 Jul 2014

Lapid’s VAT-exemption housing plan stalled in the Knesset
Ha'aretz - 27 Jul 2014

'Israel-hating' Facebook posts leading to firings, disciplinary actions
Ha'aretz - 27 Jul 2014

Palestinian who posted 'death to Jews' is released
Ha'aretz - 27 Jul 2014

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian journalists under fire
Relief Web 29 Jul 2014 - Source: Reporters sans Frontières Country: occupied Palestinian territory Covering the military conflict and its ripple effects in Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinian media, including Hamas broadcast stations, find themselves in the IDF crosshairs Following 22 days of a conflict...

occupied Palestinian territory: Situation report | Wash Cluster - State of Palestine | Wash | 25 07 2014
Relief Web 29 Jul 2014 - Source: UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster Country: occupied Palestinian territory Key issues An estimated number of 190’000 Internally Displaced Persons have taken refuge in formal and informal IDP shelters. They have lost their houses, have left areas where heavy fighting...

occupied Palestinian territory: Bloody Eid Al Fitr Day Due to IOF Attacks on Civilian Structures Al Mezan: Death Toll Reaches 1,194 Palestinians; 79% Civilians; 282 Children and 147 Women; Full Blackout across Gaza due to Attacks on Power Plant
Relief Web 29 Jul 2014 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Reference: 71/2014 Date: 29 July 2014 12PM Gaza Time The humanitarian situation worsened seriously in the Gaza Strip during the past two days, with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF)...

World: Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 july
Relief Web 29 Jul 2014 - Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq,...

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza: MSF strongly condemns attack on Al Shifa hospital
Relief Web 29 Jul 2014 - Source: Médecins Sans Frontières Country: occupied Palestinian territory Yesterday’s attack on Al Shifa hospital, where nearly 2,000 people are sheltering, demonstrates how civilians have nowhere safe to go and shows the current difficulties of providing emergency aid in Gaza. Gaza/Jerusalem/Paris,...

occupied Palestinian territory: Situation report: Gaza Crisis, Issue 5, 28 July 2014
Relief Web 29 Jul 2014 - Source: World Health Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory HIGHLIGHTS Cease-fire attempts fail and violence continues, especially in eastern and northern Gaza Killed and injured (MoH, as of 19:00 July 27) o 1031 Palestinians killed, including 236 children, 93 females (aged...

YNet News

Code red sirens heard in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - ....

Code red sirens heard in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - ....

Iron Dome downs missile over Holon; 2 rockets hit open areas between Ashdod, Ashkelon
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - ....

Mohammed Deif: 'The IDF stands before united factions and soldiers who yearn for death'
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - ....

Code red sirens heard in Ashdod and Ashkelon
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - ....

Can Netanyahu withstand political pressure?
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - Analysis: Is the prime minister, who has exercised discretion and moderation for three weeks, about to get dragged into a wide-scale operation he isn't interested in? ....

World Jews donate 160 portable shelters to Gaza vicinity towns
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - KKL raises some NIS 13.7 million from Diaspora Jewry in recent days; NIS 9 million used to help fortify southern Jewish and Bedouin communities against rocket fire. ....

Paying the price of a justified war
YNet News, 29 Jul 2014 - Analysis: Israel's decision makers never imagined that after 10 days of a ground operation in Gaza, the military death toll would cross the 50 mark. ....

The unilateral route: A third option against Hamas
YNet News, 28 Jul 2014 - Analysis: Active Egyptian involvement in Gaza Strip after Israeli withdrawal could be even more effective and intimidating than IDF tank barrels in Saja'iyya. ....

Tumbling into Gaza, and climbing out again
YNet News, 28 Jul 2014 - Israel and Hamas found themselves falling into a cycle of escalation, writes Nahum Barnea, but after Israel spent years ignoring the tunnel threat, will it really be so willing now to leave a fight it is winning while even one still stands? ....

Thousands of Hungarians rally in solidarity with Israel
YNet News, 28 Jul 2014 - Israeli Ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor addresses protest, says Israel is at war against terror, not Islam or the Palestinian people. ....

Israel will pay for ceasefire with Jewish blood
YNet News, 28 Jul 2014 - With a fanatical religious organization that believes it is divinely mandated to destroy Israel, there is but one choice: To completely destroy its capability to act out its evil mission. ....

NY Jewish leaders embark on solidarity mission to Israel
YNet News, 27 Jul 2014 - UJA-Federation has already pledged $2.1 million in emergency aid for Jewish state amid Operation Protective Edge. ....

B'tselem

B'tselem

B'Tselem petitions Israel’s High Court to oblige Israel Broadcasting Authority to broadcast names of Gazan children killed
29 Jul 2014 - Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) yesterday, 28 July 2014, seeking to oblige the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to air radio spots produced by B’Tselem which incorporate the names of...

B'tselem

'Abd al-Fatah Fiad, a farmer from al-Qararah, relates how he and his family fled to Khan Yunis, abandoning their home and livestock
28 Jul 2014 - Residents evacuating from Beit Hanoun during the humanitarian ceasefire. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, B'Tselem, 26 July 2014 My wife and I live with our four children on farmland in the al-Qararah area, together with my parents and...

Daily Star

Leader of Hamas military wing rules out quick truce
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 Hamas' military commander said on Tuesday that a cease fire will not take effect unless the siege on Gaza is lifted.

Israeli TV retracts report of agreement on Gaza ceasefire
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 An Israeli television station retracted its report on Tuesday that a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict had been agreed.

Israeli TV says "all parties" agree to Gaza ceasefire, though timing not yet decided
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 Israeli TV says "all parties" agree to Gaza ceasefire, though timing not yet decided

U.S. lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

Israeli PM has asked US help to reach Gaza truce: Kerry
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked for fresh US help in trying to broker a ceasefire in Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

At least 13 dead in Israel strike on north Gaza: medics
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 At least 13 Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling on Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Death threats aimed at 1D’s Malik over Gaza tweet
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 One Direction's Zayn Malik receives death threats over #FreePalestine tweet.

Patriarch to France: We want to stay in our land
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 Greek Catholic Patriarch Lahham III rebuked France’s offer to welcome Iraq's Christians, saying minority groups seek international effort to help them remain in their land.

At least 100 killed Tuesday in Gaza
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 A Palestinian health official says at least 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting in Gaza Tuesday.

PLO: Hamas ready for 24-hour truce
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 The Palestinian leadership, along with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, are willing to observe a 24-hour cease-fire in the war-torn Gaza Strip, a senior PLO official said.

Gaza's newly displaced cram into packed UN schools
Daily Star 29 Jul 2014 Dozens of displaced Gaza families flood into a U.N. school after Israel warned them to leave their homes, struggling to set up camp in a cramped, dirty courtyard.

Palestinian Information Center

An open letter for the people in Gaza
PIC - A group of western doctors and scientists addressed a message to the world on the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza describing it as “a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity”.

Khuzaa’s holocaust continues on Eid day
PIC - Israeli war machine continued to target Khuzaa town, east of Khan Younis, on the first day of Eid al†Fitr, which resulted in hundreds of martyrs, wounded, homeless, missing and trapped people.

Pro-Gaza sit-in to be held in front of UK Cabinet Office
PIC - The Palestine Forum in Britain has called for mass participation in the protest rally to be staged Tuesday evening in front of the UK Cabinet Office in protest at the ongoing Israeli Gaza offensive.

DFLP leader killed with his family in Israeli airstrike
PIC - The DFLP leader, Wadah Abu Amer, was killed on Tuesday evening along with his wife and his five sons in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas calls on Arabs to bear their responsibilities towards Gaza
PIC - Hamas Movement has called on the Arab leaders to bear their responsibilities towards Gaza in light of the ongoing Israeli crimes against Gaza children, people, and infrastructure.

Palestinian youth killed, dozens injured in clashes with IOF in al-Khalil
PIC - A Palestinian youngster was killed while several others were left severely wounded in a round of fierce clashes that broke out Tuesday across al-Khalil.

Al-Aqsa TV Channel building hit by Israeli warplanes
PIC - Al-Aqsa TV Channel building in Gaza City has been totally destroyed after being directly hit at dawn Tuesday with two missiles. Significant damage was reported.

Death toll of Israeli soldiers on the rise
PIC - The Israeli army has officially acknowledged Tuesday morning the death of 5 Israeli soldiers in an infiltration carried out by al-Qassam resistance Brigades into Nahal Oz military base.

Hamas: Netanyahu's remarks reflect his defeat
PIC - Hamas Movement said that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s remarks concerning the ongoing Israeli military operation in Gaza reflect Israel’s defeat before Palestinian resistance.

Gaza’s sole Power Plant shut down due to Israeli strikes
PIC - The Gaza Energy Authority said Tuesday Gaza’s only power plant was shut down after being hit by a barrage of Israeli strikes.

Los Angeles Times

Univision's KSCA-FM wins in radio ratings with 'Bueno, Mala, Feo'
LA Times 12 May 2014 - Univision Radio's recently launched morning radio show "El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo" ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly") has proved anything but ugly in the ratings. In April, the company's regional Mexican station KSCA-FM (101.9) won the key "morning drive" time period...

'Mad Men' recap: Don sells out for cigarettes
LA Times 12 May 2014 - On “Mad Men,” a cigarette is never just a cigarette. Since the opening minutes of the series pilot, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” cigarettes have played an almost totemic role in the life of Don Draper.  Not the ones everyone’s smoking -- those are more...

Slumping Mike Trout doesn't need day off, Mike Scioscia says
LA Times 12 May 2014 - Mike Trout struck out four times on Sunday, and he enters play Monday tied for the American League lead in strikeouts. He is batting .128 in his past 11 games, with five hits and 14 strikeouts in his past 39 at-bats. Trout has played in...

Sudden death in North Carolina race likely clears way for Clay Aiken
LA Times 12 May 2014 - The Democratic candidate who was narrowly trailing Clay Aiken in a North Carolina congressional primary election died Monday, a day before election officials were to determine whether a runoff election was required. Keith Crisco, who co-founded an elastics business in Asheboro and served in...

ACC joins SEC and opts to stay at eight-game football schedule
LA Times 12 May 2014 - The Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences have both officially been played for (football) fools. On Monday, the Atlantic Coast Conference joined the Southeastern Conference in announcing it would stick to an eight-game league schedule. So much for the "kumbaya" notion of a level playing field...

Mike Trout is a source of pride in his struggling Jersey hometown
LA Times 12 May 2014 - Not since John Barbose coached the local high school football team to a state record-tying 31 straight wins from 1952 to '55 has an event so stoked the imagination, excitement and pride of this rural working-class town in South Jersey. Some 6,000 to 7,000 residents...

Kings prepared to talk the talk in Game 5 vs. Ducks
LA Times 12 May 2014 - Facing the game that can put them within one victory of a berth in the Western Conference final or push them within one loss of an early vacation, the Kings will have plenty to say to each other before they take the ice to face the Ducks at...

Driving while pregnant: Car crash risk spikes 42% in second trimester
LA Times 12 May 2014 - Pregnancy is not without health risks, and now researchers from Canada have identified a new one: serious car crashes. During the second trimester of pregnancy, a woman’s odds of being behind the wheel in a multi-vehicle accident that was bad enough to send her to...

New York Times

Israel Destroys Home of a Top Political Leader for Hamas
New York Times 29 Jul 2014 - Airstrikes also destroyed offices of the movement’s radio and television station a day after attacks on both sides punctured a humanitarian halt to hostilities.

Shelling of Gaza Resumes After Humanitarian Pause
New York Times 29 Jul 2014 - A top Hamas official’s home was destroyed, and Gaza’s only power plant was also hit overnight.

Op-Ed Contributors: Don’t Fear Jihadists Returning From Syria
New York Times 29 Jul 2014 - Contrary to what many counterterrorism experts believe, ISIS has so far shown no interest in Western targets.

World Briefing: Iran: Muslims Seek American’s Release
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - Amir Hekmati, an American of Iranian descent incarcerated in Tehran for nearly three years, spent his 31st birthday in prison on Monday.

World Briefing: Iraq: Grim Discoveries in Baghdad
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - The police on Monday said that they had found 17 bullet-riddled bodies in different areas of Baghdad and that other attacks killed 10 people.

Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - The sophistication and extent of the underground passages used by Hamas to infiltrate Israel from Gaza has stiffened Israeli resolve to destroy them.

Israeli Leader Sees No Quick End to Gaza War
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, told citizens to prepare themselves for a prolonged conflict after an informal lull was shattered.

Gaza Lull Ends as Both Sides Point Fingers in New Attacks
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - A lull in hostilities in deference to a Muslim holiday unraveled with deadly force at a children’s playground and an area near Gaza City’s main hospital.

Israel Extends Cease-Fire in Gaza, a U.N. Request Rejected by Hamas
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - Hamas rejected the extension of the humanitarian lull for 24 hours, and Israel said it would continue to destroy tunnels from Gaza into its territory.

At War Blog: The ‘Battle Rhythm’ of Helping to Build a Democracy
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - A view from inside a NATO compound in Kabul, where though seven-day workweeks, bombs and dangerous checkpoints, people from all over the world are trying to stabilize Afghanistan.

Justice Dept. Moves to Shield Anti-Iran Group’s Files
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - The unusual move raised questions about connections between the American government and United Against Nuclear Iran, a hard-line voice seeking to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Despite Gains, Hamas Sees a Fight for Its Existence and Presses Ahead
New York Times 28 Jul 2014 - Hamas appears ready to push ahead with fighting because of its fractured leadership, redrawn regional alliances and a sense that this struggle is for its very future.

Even Gaza Truce Is Hard to Win, Kerry Is Finding
New York Times 27 Jul 2014 - Israel and Hamas both see reasons to continue fighting, and Israeli officials appear dismissive of John Kerry’s aims in a way that few American secretaries of state have faced.

Israel Says Its Forces Did Not Kill Palestinians Sheltering at U.N. School
New York Times 27 Jul 2014 - Israel and Hamas went back and forth on cease-fire proposals as Israel sought to bolster its claim that it was not responsible for deaths at a United Nations school on Thursday.


Articles


On Gaza, genocide, and impunity
Abukar Arman, Al Jazeera 7/27/2014
      "Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians" - Nelson Mandela.
     In recent weeks, Israel has unleashed what amounts to the worst one-sided barbarism against one of the world's most densely populated areas - Gaza. In the process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled back the curtain to proudly show the world how, under his leadership, Israel has defeated North Korea for the rogue state par excellence award.
     How else could one describe a state that is officially sustained by a belligerent apartheid system; a state that occupies the land of another and systematically carries out ethnic-cleansing; and a state that relentlessly demonstrates a rejectionist attitude toward UN resolutions, international law and institutions?
     In its latest campaign of brazen aggression, Israel has caused colossal destruction of lives, homes and critical infrastructure.
     The official Israeli line, often parroted by key international media groups, is that Israel had to carry out this brutal massacre as "self-defence" since three teenage settlers were kidnapped and killed by Hamas - a charge that the latter categorically denied.
     Since then, it has emerged that Israel knew that Hamas was not responsible for the death of the three Israelis. Clearly Netanyahu's government had concocted a plan to create an emotionally charged atmosphere at home and abroad to smooth the way for an attack on Gaza.
     Since its founding, the state of Israel has enjoyed exclusive and, indeed, absolute impunity that shielded it from international law. Hence, Israel never experienced any repercussions for its routine manoeuvres outside international norms and legal constraints....

What Do Gazans Endure? A Palestinian Student Who Lost 2 Brothers, 4 Cousins Tells His Story
Democracy Now! 7/28/2014
      Five years ago Palestinian student Amer Shurrab lost his two brothers in Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Last week, Shurrab learned four of his cousins in Gaza had been killed in Israel’s latest offensive. In January 2009, Amer’s father and brothers were fleeing their village when the vehicle they were driving in came under Israeli fire. Twenty-eight-year-old Kassab died in a hail of bullets trying to flee the vehicle. Amer’s other brother, 18-year-old Ibrahim, survived the initial attack, but Israeli troops refused to allow an ambulance to reach him until 20 hours later. By then, it was too late. Ibrahim had bled to death in front of his father. A graduate student at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, Amer Shurrab has been recounting the story of his brothers and other Palestinians at college campuses and community gatherings across the United States. "Israel is deliberately targeting civilians from the day one of this attack," he says. "They have been bombing houses, wiping entire families to try to scare people into submission."
     This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
     AMY GOODMAN: We’re joined right now by Amer Shurrab, a Palestinian graduate student from Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. He’s studying at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. He has just learned that four of his cousins have died in Khan Younis. We last spoke to him five years ago. It was shortly after he lost his two brothers during Israel’s assault on Gaza known as Operation Cast Lead. In 2009, January, his dad and two brothers were fleeing their village when their vehicle came under Israeli fire. His brother, 28-year-old Kassab, died in a hail of bullets trying to flee the vehicle. His other brother, Ibrahim, 18 years old, survived the initial attack, but Israeli troops refused to allow an ambulance to reach him and his father until 20 hours later. By then, it was too late. Ibrahim had bled to death in front of his father. Amer Shurrab has been recounting the story of his brothers and other Palestinians at college campuses and community gatherings across the United States. And it was just recently that he learned about his cousins in Khan Younis. -- See also: Video: Interview iwth Amer Shurrab

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Secret Report Helps Israelis to Hide Facts
Patrick Cockburn, 7/28/2014
      The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
     Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed.
     There is a reason for this enhancement of the PR skills of Israeli spokesmen. Going by what they say, the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those “who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel”.
     Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked “not for distribution or publication” and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled “The Israel project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. It should be required reading for everybody, especially journalists, interested in any aspect of Israeli policy because of its “dos and don’ts” for Israeli spokesmen.
     These are highly illuminating about the gap between what Israeli officials and politicians really believe, and what they say, the latter shaped in minute detail by polling to determine what Americans want to hear. Certainly, no journalist interviewing an Israeli spokesman should do so without reading this preview of many of the themes and phrases employed by Mr Regev and his colleagues.

Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
Adam Horowitz and Phil Weiss, Mondoweiss 7/26/2014
      Truth is famously the first casualty of war, and the Israeli war on Gaza is no exception. Yesterday Jon Donnison of the BBC pulled the rug out from under the Israeli government’s pretext for the Gaza onslaught with a series of tweets about a conversation he’d had with Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June.
     The boys were not killed by Hamas, Rosenfeld told Donnison, as he reported on Twitter:
     This version of events is so important, because what the Weapons of Mass Destruction were to the Iraq war — a dubious pretext — the three teens are to the Gaza onslaught. Let’s review.
     The three teens were abducted on June 12. That same day Israeli authorities received a desperate phone call from one of the boys that contained gunfire at its conclusion. The supposition that the boys were dead was advanced when Israeli authorities found the car in which the abduction had taken place, with evidence they’d been shot.
     The information about the gunshots on that desperate last phone call was widely known in the media, but as we reported, the Israeli government issued a gag order against these facts being published. And over the last two-and-a-half weeks of June, the Israelis launched extensive raids across the West Bank, locking down Hebron, supposedly to find the boys. But the major focus of the raids was rooting out Hamas affiliates and arresting them. In fact, the purpose of the raids seemed to be to break up the recent unity government between Hamas and Fatah, which Israel has vigorously opposed.
     The boys’ bodies were found on June 30, in a shallow grave in the West Bank; and again the deaths were exploited to punish Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said then, “Hamas is responsible… Hamas will pay.”


Electronic Intifada
Does Iran really pose an existential threat to Israel?
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jul 2014 - Gareth Porter’s new book finds that Israel’s foreign spy agency the Mossad helped feed the nuclear scare. more..

The story of my brother, martyr Mohammed Alareer
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jul 2014 - Two beautiful children will have to grow up without their dad, a beloved kids’ TV program star. more..

Gaza, from the diaspora
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jul 2014 - There’s more blood than water today in Gaza, writes poet Jehan Bseiso. more..

Attacks on hospitals expose Israel's "self-defense" claims as lies
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jul 2014 - Power failures are known to happen while vital operations are being undertaken. more..

To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israel's genocidal slaughter in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jul 2014 - I pledge myself to work for justice, full justice, restorative justice. more..

In Gaza
reported 25,000 at Toronto’s al-Quds Day rally…”the largest in our history”
In Gaza: 27 Jul 2014 - …and they were calling for a Free Gaza, Free Palestine. 100% Free…no pathetic smoke-and-mirrors, Swiss-cheese “Two State solution”. The global al-Quds Day demonstrations occur annually. According to organizers, in Toronto’s history this was the largest, and the most pluralistic, …including not only the usual Canadian Peace Alliance, Palestine House, Independent Jewish Voices, and other core affiliations, as well as numerous faiths… but new faces. Many of them, and many from all walks of life and ages, so-said a Cuban solidarity activist who has been standing for justice for over a decade, if not more. On the ground, behind the speaker’s pick-up truck podium, I could only see the immediate masses, which were already overwhelming. But organizers standing in the greater vicinity of Queen’s Park noted 5,000, which grew as we marched an hour later to amass in front of the representative of Gangster number One: the US Embassy, for it...more

Palestine Chronicle
Recruiting to Kill – It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Jul 2014 - To some, US secretary of state John Kerry may have appeared to be a genuine peacemaker as he floated around ideas during a Cairo visit on 25 July about a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian fighters in Gaza. But behind his measured diplomatic language, lies a truth not even America’s top diplomat can easily hide. His country is very much involved in fighting this dirty war on Gaza which has killed over 1,050, injured thousands more, and destroyed much of an already poor, dilapidated space that was barely inhabitable to begin with. US War on Gaza US economic and military aid to Israel is measured annually in the billions, and the US government continues to be Israel’s strongest and most ardent ally and political benefactor. In fact, the US-Israel “special relationship” is getting more “special” by the day even though Israel is sinking further into the abyss of a well-deserved...more

Jewish Poem of Contrition
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jul 2014 - By Darren Stein There is no hiding from the screams of a child, Baby forms shredded by shrapnel, Little bodies broken by bricks; It makes me sick to look upon, ashamed as both a human being and a Jew; the tortured anguish of my conflict of loyalty and identity; Yet, I owe my integrity first to my humanity, and then only to my tribe. I must weep for blood that is not my own. - Darren Stein’s most recent work has been published in Poetica, Pearson Education, The Journal of Microliterature, Rangitawa Press, Twelve Winters Press, HeadSpace and others. His second volume of poetry, The Nut House Poems, will be published by Red Dashboard Publications in 2015. He contributed this poem to PalestineChronicle.com.more

Children of Gaza – Jon Snow’s Experience in the Middle East – Channel 4 News
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jul 2014 - Jon Snow recounts the scene in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks.more


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