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Half of Israeli Political-Security Cabinet Opposes Ceasefire Agreement
IMEMC - According to Israeli National Radio, Avigdor Lieberman (Foreign Minister), Naftali Bennett (Industry, Trade and Labor Minister), Gilad Erdan (Home Front Defense Minister) and Yitzhak Aharonovich (Internal Security Minister) oppose the Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire agreement. ...

Israeli Police Kidnaps Eight In Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC - Israeli police officers and soldiers invaded, on Wednesday, at dawn, various Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, searched and ransacked several homes, and kidnapped eight Palestinians. ...

Shepherds Detained for Crossing a Road
IMEMC - While shepherding approximately 1 km south of Qawawis, a village south of al-Khalil (Hebron), on Sunday 24th near the illegal settlement and army base of Suseya, three shepherds were stopped by the Israeli army and detained for 20 minutes. ...

Including Two Children, Five Kidnapped In West Bank, Several Palestinians Injured
IMEMC - Israeli soldiers kidnapped at least five Palestinians, including two children, in a number of invasions into homes in different parts of the occupied West Bank. Clashes and injuries have also been reported. ...

Israel Agrees to Open Gaza Crossings, Government Salaries to Be Paid
IMEMC - Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said, Tuesday, that Israel has agreed to open Gaza crossings for humanitarian aid and construction materials. ...

Ministry of Health: “2145 Palestinians, Including 578 Children, Killed In Israel’s Aggression”
IMEMC - The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza issued a report stating that Israeli missiles and shells, fired against the Palestinian population of Gaza since July 8, led to the death of 2145 Palestinians, including 578 children, 263 women, and 102 elderly. ...

Names of Palestinians Killed in the War on Gaza since 8 July
IMEMC - This list is constantly updated due to the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza since July 8th. The following 1596 names have been confirmed - the actual death is at least at 2137. ...

Ten Palestinians, Including Two Underage Brothers, Killed In Gaza
IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that ten Palestinians, including two children, have been killed, and dozens injured, by Israeli missiles and shells in different parts of the Gaza Strip, before the truce came into effect. ...

Celebrations in Streets of Gaza as Open-ended Ceasefire Announced
IMEMC - An open-ended ceasefire announced last night between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas led to celebrations in the streets of Gaza Tuesday, where people have been under constant bombardment and drone surveillance for the past seven weeks. ...

17 Journalists Killed in Gaza Since Beginning of Israeli Aggression
IMEMC - Palestinian journalist Abdullah Fadel Moratja was killed, Monday evening, by Israeli shelling on citizens' houses in the area of al-Shejaia, east of Gaza City. The Ministry of Information now states that the death toll of journalists has risen to 17, since the beginning of the most recent Israeli military offensive against Gaza, in early July. ...

Ha'aretz Defense page

Hamas trying to sell 'victory' to Gazans
Ha'aretz - With Egypt and Israel recognizing it, Hamas can claim an achievement. But the question remains: Could it lead to a Palestinian release from the bonds of the Oslo Accords?

Not just Gaza: Netanyahu’s image needs rebuilding, too
Ha'aretz - The prime minister spent decades telling Israelis that he was the man who would subdue Hamas and bring it to its knees. What now?

Israeli PTSD victims refuse to run away
Ha'aretz - Every Tuesday a running group meets in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, comprising 20-30 former soldiers. The group’s leader, Rami Yulzari, explains how running was an important step in him combating post-traumatic stress disorder.

LIVE UPDATES: Lieberman: Hamas is not a partner to any agreement
Ha'aretz - GHamas arrests 15 suspected collaborators with Israel, sources sayף Gaza cease-fire holds; Israeli death toll rises to 70.

IDF fires at Syria army position after officer wounded by errant fire
Ha'aretz - Syrian war trickles into Israel, mortar shells hit Golan Heights; Syrian rebels take control of Quneitra crossing after heavy fighting with Assad forces; army declares area a closed military zone.

BDS group seeking to educate Icelanders
Ha'aretz - Anti-Israel activists take aim at Israeli products such as Soda Stream, Dead Sea cosmetics, Viber and agricultural imports.

In Gaza, Israel will exchange quiet for a lie
Ha'aretz - It won’t be 'quiet for quiet,’ as Benjamin Netanyahu says, and Israel surely didn’t win. The country needs to revamp its diplomatic and military policy.

Israel to pay Myanmar first official visit in 35 years
Ha'aretz - Moshe Dayan made last official visit as foreign minister in 1979; developing economy attracting Israeli business entrepreneurs.

Gazans celebrate 'victory’ into the night
Ha'aretz - Hamas says it 'permitted' Israeli residents near Gaza to return to their homes.

Two Israelis killed near Gaza border an hour before cease-fire
Ha'aretz - 180 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, mostly at communities near the Gaza border.

Real test for Gaza truce still lies ahead
Ha'aretz - Israel chalked up several military achievements; however the sense is that the 50-day war did not end in victory or failure, but rather in a somewhat doleful tie.

With truce, Israel talks to Hamas and Islamic Jihad
Ha'aretz - The significance of the cease-fire is that Israel has recognized militant groups as an inseparable part of the Palestinian polity.

Anti-war academics hold conference at Tel Aviv University
Ha'aretz - Hundreds attend 'How to think about the war,’ organized in response to administration’s warning letter.

LIVE UPDATES: Operation Protective Edge, day 50
Ha'aretz - Second person succumbs to mortar wounds hours after truce begins; six Palestinians killed in IDF strikes on Tuesday; Ashkelon building, yard of Ashdod kindergarten struck directly.

Palestinians to UN, Western states: Try citizens who served in the IDF for war crimes
Ha'aretz - Palestinian FM sends letter calling for foreign volunteers in Israeli army who served in Gaza to be investigated under Geneva Convention.

Israel, Hamas agree to unlimited Gaza cease-fire
Ha'aretz - Over half the cabinet opposes truce, but PM did not bring it to a vote.

Netanyahu saw his chance to run away from Gaza, and he took it
Ha'aretz - All Israel's prime minister wanted in the end - after all the promises, and the rhetoric - was to achieve a cease-fire with Hamas at just about any price.

Cease-fire accepted by Netanyahu without cabinet vote
Ha'aretz - Ministers Bennett, Lieberman, Aharonovich and Erdan reject truce; agreement does not meet Hamas' demands; both sides will raise their concerns in subsequent negotiations.

New enemies across Syrian border
Ha'aretz - IDF no longer facing Syrian army, but Nusra Front - and behind it, Islamic State.

As rockets continue, Israel's south mulls how to bus children to school safely
Ha'aretz - Not a lot of confidence as opening of school year approaches.

Long-term cease-fire goes into effect
Ha'aretz - Terms of the truce intended to end seven weeks of on-off hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have not been released.

Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer coach quits over 'security situation' in Israel
Ha'aretz - Oscar Garcia to be replaced by Pako Ayestaran, merely two days before team's second leg of Europa League playoff.

Support for Netanyahu plunges, poll finds
Ha'aretz - Fewer than four in 10 Israelis think the prime minister is doing a good job, down from a record 82 percent around a month ago.

Fatah official: 'Hidden hands' stopped signing of Cairo accord
Ha'aretz - Despite attempts by the Palestinians to present a united front in talks about ending the Gaza war, differences of opinion among different elements are surfacing.

Ma'an News

Abbas announces Israel-Gaza ceasefire
8/26/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday announced a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip. In a short televised address, Abbas said the agreement would go into effect at 7 p. m."We confirm complete appreciation to the Egyptian efforts which started long ago seeking to satisfy all sides. Qatar also played a role in that. We.... Related: Abbas set to announce ceasefire and Senior Hamas official: Israel agreed to open Gaza crossings

Senior Hamas official: Israel agreed to open Gaza crossings
8/26/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Israel has agreed to open Gaza crossings to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and construction material, senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said Tuesday. Speaking to Ma'an, Abu Marzouq added that three more Gaza crossings will be operated in addition the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings, which are already operating. Asked about the fishing zone, he said that....

7 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza
8/26/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killed 22-year-old Muhammad Zaanin and injured several others, bringing Tuesday's death toll to seven. A Ma'an reporter quoted witnesses as saying that an Israeli reconnaissance drone fired a missile at a group of people in Beit Hanoun killing Zaanin instantly. Six Palestinians were killed earlier....

Gaza housing towers destroyed by Israeli airstrikes
8/26/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes destroyed two residential housing towers in Gaza City on Tuesday as two Palestinians were killed in overnight airstrikes. Muhammad Muin Abu Ajwa and Hasan Omar al-Sawwaf were killed in airstrikes targeting central Gaza City. Another strike on the Nasser neighborhood hit a 16-storey mixed-use complex known as "Little Italy", causing its complete collapse, witnesses said. They said....

2 Palestinians killed, 20 injured in Israeli airstrikes
8/26/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were killed and 20 injured early Tuesday as Israel continued air raids on the Gaza Strip, medics said. Muhammad Muin Abu Ajwa and Hasan Omar al-Sawwaf were killed in airstrikes targeting central Gaza City. At least 20 others were injured in an airstrike on a mall in western Gaza. Five of the injured were medics, witnesses said. The....

Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Palestinians in Rafah
8/26/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the al-Jneinah neighborhood in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Tuesday, shortly before a ceasefire agreement was due to go into effect. Witnesses told Ma'an that several people were injured in the raid and were taken to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Medical sources named the victims as Yousif Ghannam....

Report: Israeli killed, 7 injured by rocket fire in Eshkol
8/26/2014 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli died and two others were injured after a mortar shell fired from Gaza landed in the Eshkol area of southern Israel, reports said. Israel's Ynet news site said two people were in severe condition, while three others suffered light injuries. [END]

Israeli forces detain 12 PFLP leaders in West Bank
8/26/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 12 leaders from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine overnight Monday, sources in the group told Ma'an. Ahmad al-Haj Muhammad Abu al-Nimr and Zahi Khatatba were detained in the Nablus town of Furik, while Kamal Ibrahim Abu Tharifa, Youssef Abd al-Haq Abu Shaddad and Moussa Salama were arrested in Nablus. Amjad Hamayil, 37, was....

Clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank
8/26/2014 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted late Monday between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in Wad al-Juz, Silwan and Jerusalem. A Ma'an reporter said Israeli forces detained a youth from Wad al-Juz after assaulting him. Witnesses said Israeli forces blocked a street in Wad al-Juz, raided neighborhoods, fired stun grenades randomly between houses and sprayed Skunk water at houses and cars. In Shufat neighborhood....

Abbas set to announce ceasefire
8/26/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday will declare a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, Ma'an has learned. Sources told Ma'an that Abbas would declare a long-term ceasefire agreement at 7:00 p. m. The head of the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo, Azzam al-Ahmad, has contacted officials in countries all over.... Related: Abbas announces Israel-Gaza ceasefire and Senior Hamas official: Israel agreed to open Gaza crossings

Hamas declares victory, celebrations across Palestine
8/26/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Immediately after the Gaza ceasefire went into effect Tuesday evening, Hamas urged Gazans to take to the streets and "celebrate victory and the fulfillment of the Palestinian people's demands."In a news conference at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that "Israeli settlers who live around Gaza can go back to their homes.... Related: Abbas announces Israel-Gaza ceasefire and Senior Hamas official: Israel agreed to open Gaza crossings

Palestinians protest closure of Hebron checkpoint
8/26/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated in Hebron's Old City on Tuesday to protest the closure of a military checkpoint by Israeli forces, witnesses said, after it was burned down by a firebomb. A sit-in protest was held in front of a checkpoint in al-Shuhada street in the city, which has been closed since Friday. Israeli forces reportedly told Palestinian residents....

Abbas to hold emergency meeting on Gaza
8/26/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Abbas will hold an emergency meeting in Ramallah Tuesday evening to discuss initiatives to end Israel's war on Gaza, sources told Ma'an. The emergency meeting will take place at 7 p. m. and Abbas will discuss his latest visits to Qatar and Cairo. It is expected that the president will announce a political initiative to demand....

US: 7 European states to arm Kurds in Iraq
8/26/2014 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Seven European governments have pledged to provide weapons and ammunition to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Tuesday."In addition to support from the US, and the central government of Iraq in Baghdad, seven additional nations -- Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom -- have committed to helping provide Kurdish forces urgently needed arms....

Aljazeera

Life returns to Gaza as truce holds
AlJazeera 27 Aug 2014 - Both sides claim the indefinite truce as a "victory", but Netanyahu faces criticism in Israel over the offensive.

Palestine News Network

IRIN

IRIN

Egypt’s rural poor watching Sisi’s policies
IRIN CAIRO 11 August 2014 (IRIN) - Two months since Egypt elected a new President, the rural poor are still waiting to find out if grand plans will become reality >

Inter Press Service

The Darker Side for Gays in Lebanon
IPS Gays partying in Beirut. Credit: Mona Alami/IPS By Mona Alami BEIRUT, Aug 24 2014 (IPS) In a country where civil liberties remain the prerogative of the powerful and wealthy, the Lebanese gay scene is to be treaded carefully. The recent arrest of 27 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

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...

PCHR Latest

PCHR Weekly Report

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14– 20 August 2014)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

8216;Legitimate' targets
8/26/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine - This article was published before the recently agreed ceasefire. - High-rise buildings have now been declared as legitimate targets for F-16 aircraft attacks. Yesterday evening a 16 story house called Little Italy, home to 100 families, was destroyed. No one was killed, but around 20 people [were] injured, and in the few minutes between the order to leave by a....

Shepherds detained for crossing a road
8/26/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Qawawis, Occupied Palestine - While shepherding approximately 1 km south of Qawawis, a village south of al-Khalil (Hebron), on Sunday 24th near the illegal settlement and army base of Suseya, three shepherds were stopped by the Israeli army and detained for 20 minutes. The three shepherds were just on their way back from grazing their sheep in the fields outside of the village when the Israeli army....

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Hamas trying to sell 'victory' to Gazans
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - With Egypt and Israel recognizing it, Hamas can claim an achievement. But the question remains: Could it lead to a Palestinian release from the bonds of the Oslo Accords?

Not just Gaza: Netanyahu’s image needs rebuilding, too
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - The prime minister spent decades telling Israelis that he was the man who would subdue Hamas and bring it to its knees. What now?

Israeli PTSD victims refuse to run away
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - Every Tuesday a running group meets in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, comprising 20-30 former soldiers. The group’s leader, Rami Yulzari, explains how running was an important step in him combating post-traumatic stress disorder.

LIVE UPDATES: Lieberman: Hamas is not a partner to any agreement
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - GHamas arrests 15 suspected collaborators with Israel, sources sayף Gaza cease-fire holds; Israeli death toll rises to 70.

IDF fires at Syria army position after officer wounded by errant fire
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - Syrian war trickles into Israel, mortar shells hit Golan Heights; Syrian rebels take control of Quneitra crossing after heavy fighting with Assad forces; army declares area a closed military zone.

BDS group seeking to educate Icelanders
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - Anti-Israel activists take aim at Israeli products such as Soda Stream, Dead Sea cosmetics, Viber and agricultural imports.

In Gaza, Israel will exchange quiet for a lie
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - It won’t be 'quiet for quiet,’ as Benjamin Netanyahu says, and Israel surely didn’t win. The country needs to revamp its diplomatic and military policy.

Israel to pay Myanmar first official visit in 35 years
Ha'aretz 27 Aug 2014 - Moshe Dayan made last official visit as foreign minister in 1979; developing economy attracting Israeli business entrepreneurs.

Gazans celebrate 'victory’ into the night
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Hamas says it 'permitted' Israeli residents near Gaza to return to their homes.

Two Israelis killed near Gaza border an hour before cease-fire
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - 180 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, mostly at communities near the Gaza border.

Real test for Gaza truce still lies ahead
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Israel chalked up several military achievements; however the sense is that the 50-day war did not end in victory or failure, but rather in a somewhat doleful tie.

With truce, Israel talks to Hamas and Islamic Jihad
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - The significance of the cease-fire is that Israel has recognized militant groups as an inseparable part of the Palestinian polity.

Anti-war academics hold conference at Tel Aviv University
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Hundreds attend 'How to think about the war,’ organized in response to administration’s warning letter.

LIVE UPDATES: Operation Protective Edge, day 50
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Second person succumbs to mortar wounds hours after truce begins; six Palestinians killed in IDF strikes on Tuesday; Ashkelon building, yard of Ashdod kindergarten struck directly.

Palestinians to UN, Western states: Try citizens who served in the IDF for war crimes
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Palestinian FM sends letter calling for foreign volunteers in Israeli army who served in Gaza to be investigated under Geneva Convention.

Israel, Hamas agree to unlimited Gaza cease-fire
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Over half the cabinet opposes truce, but PM did not bring it to a vote.

Netanyahu saw his chance to run away from Gaza, and he took it
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - All Israel's prime minister wanted in the end - after all the promises, and the rhetoric - was to achieve a cease-fire with Hamas at just about any price.

Cease-fire accepted by Netanyahu without cabinet vote
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Ministers Bennett, Lieberman, Aharonovich and Erdan reject truce; agreement does not meet Hamas' demands; both sides will raise their concerns in subsequent negotiations.

New enemies across Syrian border
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - IDF no longer facing Syrian army, but Nusra Front - and behind it, Islamic State.

As rockets continue, Israel's south mulls how to bus children to school safely
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Not a lot of confidence as opening of school year approaches.

Long-term cease-fire goes into effect
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Terms of the truce intended to end seven weeks of on-off hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have not been released.

Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer coach quits over 'security situation' in Israel
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Oscar Garcia to be replaced by Pako Ayestaran, merely two days before team's second leg of Europa League playoff.

Support for Netanyahu plunges, poll finds
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Fewer than four in 10 Israelis think the prime minister is doing a good job, down from a record 82 percent around a month ago.

Fatah official: 'Hidden hands' stopped signing of Cairo accord
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - Despite attempts by the Palestinians to present a united front in talks about ending the Gaza war, differences of opinion among different elements are surfacing.

After seven weeks of Gaza war, Hamas 1, Israel 0
Ha'aretz 26 Aug 2014 - The Palestinians bled a lot more, but after nearly two months they can see a potential improvement in their situation, which is the goal of any show of force.

The Guardian

Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting
The Guardian 27 Aug 2014 - No reports of violence on Wednesday after Egypt brokered indefinite ceasefire between two sides The war in Gaza ended on Tuesday after Israel and the Palestinians agreed to halt fighting indefinitely, putting an end to seven...

Mixed blessings as babies born to Gazans sheltering in UN schools
The Guardian 27 Aug 2014 - 350 newborns in UN schools have to contend with poor diet and increasingly unsanitary conditions as the conflict continues To have three granddaughters born in less than a fortnight would be a cause for celebration under...

Palestinians celebrate Gaza ceasefire video
The Guardian 27 Aug 2014 - Hamas militants and residents of Gaza City celebrate on Tuesday following an agreement to an indefinite ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian groups. A UN spokesman welcomes the truce: 'After 50 days of profound human suffering, any...

Palestinian minister: investigate foreign citizens serving in Israel's army
The Guardian 26 Aug 2014 - Riad al-Malki calls on governments including those of the UK, US and Australia to investigate nationals over Gaza war The Palestinian government has urged foreign states with citizens serving in the Israeli military to investigate them...

Israel bombs two Gaza City tower blocks after brief warning video
The Guardian 26 Aug 2014 - Footage shows Israeli air strikes on two Gaza City tower blocks which caused one building to collapse and severely damaged the other. Tuesday's strikes levelled the 15-storey Basha Tower containing apartments and offices and severely damaged...

Drama about Holocaust survivors' illegal voyage to Palestine sets sail
The Guardian 26 Aug 2014 - Chris Columbus is to co-produce the drama, centered around the 1947 voyage of the SS Exodus from France to Palestine that was intercepted by the British navy A feature film is being developed about the SS...

'Gaza violence is crushing the rights of young Palestinians to an education'
The Guardian 26 Aug 2014 - Palestinian academic Bashir Makhoul sees the conflict in Gaza reducing opportunities for both Palestinian and Israeli students Middle Eastern politics is a sensitive subject, and nowhere more so than in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which...

Israel bombs two Gaza City tower blocks
The Guardian 26 Aug 2014 - Air strikes cause one 15-storey tower to collapse and severely damaging another while separate strike on house kills two Israel has bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops, causing one building to...

Gaza death toll increases as Israeli strikes continue
The Guardian 25 Aug 2014 - At least 112 Palestinians killed in more than 350 Israeli air strikes across the territory since the truce collapsed on 19 August Violence reverberated across Gaza with Israel launching several deadly air strikes Monday, while Egypt...

Gaza aid worker: we have stopped feeling anything in pictures
The Guardian 25 Aug 2014 - Azzam al-Saqqa is working for Christian Aid in Gaza. Using just the camera on his phone and WhatsApp, he has captured images of both devastation and joy to send to friends and colleagues around the world,...

Welcome to Sarajevo: Ashraf Mashharawi's journey from war-torn Gaza to the film festival
The Guardian 25 Aug 2014 - When Ashraf Mashharawi, a documentarian from Gaza, learned he was a joint winner of the Katrin Cartlidge award, he was determined to travel to the Sarajevo film festival to collect it in person. Now, renewed bombing...

Ken Loach calls for cultural boycott of Israel
The Guardian 25 Aug 2014 - The British film-maker wants an absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state and has labelled the US a bully at the Sarajevo film festival Welcome to Sarajevo: Simon McBurney on one...

Ha'aretz National page

Ship leaking hazardous material approaches Ashdod Port
Ha'aretz - 27 Aug 2014

Not just Gaza: Netanyahu’s image needs rebuilding, too
Ha'aretz - 27 Aug 2014

Israeli ISPs may soon offer tracking tools to monitor employees' online habits
Ha'aretz - 27 Aug 2014

Netanyahu's Likud faces serious competition as breakaway minister's party steps up
Ha'aretz - 27 Aug 2014

Israel preparing tender for earthquake-warning system
Ha'aretz - 27 Aug 2014

Serial stabbing suspect sues U.S. to be sent to Israel
Ha'aretz - 26 Aug 2014

President Rivlin working on anti-racism program
Ha'aretz - 26 Aug 2014

As rockets continue, Israel's south mulls how to bus children to school safely
Ha'aretz - 26 Aug 2014

PA's Abbas expected to announce long-term cease-fire for Gaza
Ha'aretz - 26 Aug 2014

Rabbinic court forbids woman from letting her children meet female spouse
Ha'aretz - 26 Aug 2014

Piron and border mayors meet as new school year looms
Ha'aretz - 25 Aug 2014

Sewage solution gives Galilee stream something to burble about
Ha'aretz - 25 Aug 2014

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Global Communities Provides Additional Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza, Funded by the Palestine Investment Fund and its Partners’ Group and the Arab Palestinian Investment Company
Relief Web 27 Aug 2014 - Source: Global Communities Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, August 27, 2014 – As the humanitarian situation in Gaza worsens and living conditions rapidly deteriorate, Global Communities continues to provide emergency humanitarian support to internally displaced persons in Gaza. This assistance...

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza conflict costs agriculture and fisheries sectors more than $100 million
Relief Web 27 Aug 2014 - Source: Christian Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory 27 August 2014 - Christian Aid partner in Gaza, the Agricultural Development Association, estimates that the recent conflict has cost the agricultural and fisheries sectors more than US$100 million, resulting in more than...

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel-Gaza ceasefire: Blockade Now Needs to be Lifted to Avoid Humanitarian Catastrophe
Relief Web 27 Aug 2014 - Source: Save the Children Country: occupied Palestinian territory Media Contact Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 27, 2014) — Save the Children welcomes with relief the much-needed ceasefire agreement between the Israeli government and Palestinian representatives. We hope this will...

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA stands with the children of Gaza at the start of a new school year
Relief Web 27 Aug 2014 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Gaza It is early on Sunday morning and the sound of school bells can be heard. Playgrounds are full. Students are in lines...

occupied Palestinian territory: Cease Failure: Rethinking seven years of failing policies in Gaza
Relief Web 27 Aug 2014 - Source: Oxfam Country: occupied Palestinian territory The most recent escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel has come at terrible human cost. More than 1,500 civilians in Gaza, and six in Israel, have been killed. Over 100,000 Palestinians have...

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza Situation Report 49, 26 August 2014
Relief Web 27 Aug 2014 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory HIGHLIGHTS The Gaza population is terrified as the Israeli Air Force (IAF) continues to destroy selected residential and commercial properties across the Gaza...

YNet News

UN: Islamic State committing war crimes, Syrian regime using poison gas
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - ....

LIVE: Gaza still celebrating ceasefire as Haniyeh set to address the people
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - Hamas officials emerge from hiding, as thousands turn out for Hamas 'victory' rally in Gaza. ....

Egypt's president will head to US in September
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - ....

Egypt sees Gaza conflict as chance to reclaim regional role
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - Analysis: Serving as the central player in brokering a ceasefire, Sisi's Egypt seems poised to regain pivotal role in area desperately searching for stability. ....

FM Lieberman slams Gaza truce: No accord with Hamas
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - Foreign minister leveled veiled criticism at prime minister, saying 'we musn't make accords with Hamas'; former Shin-Bet head Diskin says Israeli public deserves explanation, as PM keeps mum on truce.....

IDF decrease forces in Gaza Strip border
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - ....

Toddler lightly injured by stone thrown at Israeli vehicle
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - ....

The victory of Hamas
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - What drives Hamas to attack, even though in doing so it suffers heavy losses, is its bi-dimensional perspective on existence - and in this case Hamas made gain on both the transient dimension of this world and the transcendent eternal world. ....

Deadline passed, no sign of breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - ....

Zara's yellow star shirt for kids sparks outrage over 'Holocaust design'
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - Zara destoys shirt, appologizes after many express anger on fashion brand's Facebook page; 'I just have a question: Does it come with a temporary tattoo on the wrist? Also, do you have S.S. jackets for kids?' ....

Everything you wanted to know about Gaza ceasefire but were afraid to ask
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - From ports to building materials and aid, a review of the immediate and long term articles stipulated by the ceasefire deal which ended 50 days of bloody conflict. ....

IDF return fire at Syria after officer moderately by stray bullet
YNet News, 27 Aug 2014 - Al-Qaeda affiliated rebels retake control of Syrian side of border crossing with Israel, hours after stray mortars also hit Golan, damage car; IDF return fire at outpost. ....

The end of the operation: Hamas blinked first
YNet News, 26 Aug 2014 - No one should be deceived by the rather ostentatious displays of victory on the streets of Gaza, but Israel must be firm in its demands, and its leader should take a good hard look at their own behavior over the past 50 days. ....

An ill-judged ostrich policy
YNet News, 26 Aug 2014 - Given the essentially political nature of its decisions, Israel's Supreme Court should be made up of justices from across the political spectrum. ....

Anti-Semitic fliers distributed in Jewish area of Sydney
YNet News, 26 Aug 2014 - Homes in Bondi neighborhood reportedly awoke to hand-delivered pamphlets claiming Jews control the media, promoting local wqhite power group. ....

Jewish center reopens 6 years after Mumbai attacks
YNet News, 26 Aug 2014 - Afer terror attack on building in 2008 left six people dead, Mumbai Chabad center to repoen, set to house $2.5 million Jewish Museum. ....

We're all James Foley
YNet News, 25 Aug 2014 - The images that will sear into our memories following this war would not be of the dozens we lost, our the wreckage in Gaza, but of the tunnels, the executions of 'collaborators' by Hamas and the journalist who was slaughtered. ....

B'tselem

B'tselem

B’Tselem strongly condemns executions of individuals suspected of collaborating with Israel
25 Aug 2014 - According to media reports, armed Hamas operatives killed over twenty Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for allegedly collaborating with Israel. Images of the executions were published in the media. According to media reports, since Thursday 21...

B'tselem

B'Tselem sends condolences to colleague, director of al-Mezan Center, whose father and father's wife were killed in Israeli airstrike
22 Aug 2014 - B'Tselem's board and staff send their sincere condolences to our colleague Issam Younis, director of al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, for the death of his father and his father's wife in an Israeli airstrike...

Daily Star

Top Saudi officials head to Qatar to heal breach
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 Three Saudi princes, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, fly to Qatar as part of a diplomatic push to repair a rift in the U.S.-allied Gulf Cooperation Council.

Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq Sunday
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 The German government will decide Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight ISIS militants in the north of the country.

Lebanon police bust prostitution ring involving Syrian minor
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 The Internal Security Forces Wednesday said they busted a prostitution ring in the Metn town of Beit Mery, arresting six people including a Syrian minor.

Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 An Iranian general says that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility flew in from a northern country that was once part of the Soviet Union.

March 14 says Aoun's FPM pushing Lebanon toward civil war
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 The March 14 coalition Wednesday accused Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement of pushing Lebanon toward civil war.

US considering new relief mission in Iraq
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by ISIS militants.

Libya ministers resign over militia fighting
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.

No sign of breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe: IAEA
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week.

Berlin won't join any military action in Syria
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 Germany is in discussions with the U.S. and other international partners about possible military action against ISIS in Syria but Berlin will not take part in any military engagement there.

Army arrests 22 Syrians in north Lebanon
Daily Star 27 Aug 2014 Military intelligence raids Syrian refugee locations in north Lebanon, as part of measures for tightening security control on illegal residence of Syrians.

Palestinian Information Center

Raed Salah: Gaza victory is a victory for al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC - Head of Islamic Movement in the Green Line Sheikh Raed Salah has praised Palestinian resistance’s victory in Gaza after imposing its conditions during Cairo talks against Israelis’ will.

Arrests and raids in West Bank, occupied Jerusalem
PIC - The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) waged at dawn Wednesday a large arrest and raid campaign in different parts of the West Bank.

Spontaneous celebrations sweep WB, OJ
PIC - Spontaneous celebrations swept the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday evening welcoming the declaration of a durable ceasefire agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Palestinian sick detainee awaits treatment for 12 years
PIC - The Palestinian detainee, Othman Younis, entered his 12th year of detention in Israeli jails under difficult health conditions due to the medical negligence of the occupation authorities.

Clashes flare up across al-Khalil as IOF scours civilian homes, nabs child
PIC - A round of violent clashes burst out in al-Khalil early Wednesday morning as the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the city, nabbed a Palestinian child, and broke into civilian homes.

Zahhar: We toppled Israel’s national security strategy
PIC - Palestinian masses echoed cheers as Hamas political bureau member Mahmoud al-Zahhar announced on Tuesday evening Israel’s political, strategic, and military defeat.

International campaign to prosecute Israeli war criminals
PIC - The Palestinian Bar Association declared the launch of the international campaign to prosecute Israeli officials for committing war crimes and massacres in Gaza.

Articles of the Gaza ceasefire agreement
PIC - The Palestinian resistance has reached an agreement Tuesday with Israel on a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip under Egyptian mediation after more than 50 days of Israel’s barbaric offensive.

Hamas announces approval of lasting ceasefire in Gaza, declares victory
PIC - Hamas announced Tuesday that it agreed to an Egyptian-brokered, open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, dubbing the deal “a great victory for the Palestinian people and resistance.”

Jewish settler opens fire at Palestinian youths
PIC - A Jewish settler opened fire at a group of Palestinian youths in Beit Furik town, east of Nablus, on Tuesday night but failed to wound anyone of them.

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

Plea to Islamic State for Release of Steven Sotloff
New York Times 27 Aug 2014 - Shirley Sotloff, whose son Steven, a freelance journalist, is being held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, broke her silence to appeal directly to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Monitor Reports Heavy Cluster Bomb Use in Syria
New York Times 27 Aug 2014 - The Cluster Munition Coalition said at least 264 deaths in Syria were from cluster bombs, but it did not specify whether government forces or insurgents were using them.

Public Executions Increasingly Common in Syria, U.N. Panel Finds
New York Times 27 Aug 2014 - As the three-year civil war evolves, brutality is increasing and detainees held by the government and by armed opposition groups face torture and cruel treatment, the group reported.

American Fighting for ISIS Is Killed in Syria
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - Douglas McAuthur McCain’s death is an early clue for American officials as they try to identify the Americans who have joined ISIS.

Peter Theo Curtis, Released by Al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch, Flies Home to His Family
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - Peter Theo Curtis, who had been held captive for nearly two years by the Nusra Front, was released after the government of Qatar intervened on his behalf, his family said.

U.S. Mobilizes Allies to Widen Assault on ISIS
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - President Obama is nearing a decision to authorize airstrikes and airdrops around Amerli, an Iraqi town that has been under siege by militants for more than two months.

World Briefing: U.S. Fires on an Iranian Boat
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - A United States Coast Guard vessel fired Tuesday on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf in what the Defense Department said was a defensive maneuver.

Cease-Fire Extended, but Not on Hamas’s Terms
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - The long-term deal, proposed by Egypt, halts the longest, bloodiest battle either side has experienced in years, but without resolving many of the bigger issues underlying the conflict.

Open Source: ISIS Conspiracy Theories Include One That It’s an American Plot
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - Supporters of Egypt’s military relied on fabricated quotes said to be from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s memoir to bolster claims that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is part of an American plot.

Betrayal of Yazidis Stokes Iraqi Fears of Return to 2006 Sectarian Horrors
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - Yazidis who fled the violence in northern Iraq were left with a sense of betrayal after Arabs who they thought were friends became supporters of ISIS, or even joined militants.

New Palestinian Town in West Bank Awaits Israel’s Approval for Water
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - Rawabi, a heralded enterprise in the West Bank, lacks residents more than a year after its first 600 apartments were sold, becoming a cautionary tale about investing in the area.

Op-Ed Contributor: Gaza, Victim of History
New York Times 26 Aug 2014 - The Gaza Strip is a far less complex issue than East Jerusalem or the West Bank. So why has it become such a place of misery?

Shiite Rebels Make New Demands to Yemen
New York Times 25 Aug 2014 - Members of a Shiite rebel group on Monday presented Yemen’s government with new demands in order to stop their protests, hardening their positions and prolonging a standoff in the capital.

Obama Authorizes Air Surveillance of ISIS in Syria
New York Times 25 Aug 2014 - The flights approved by President Obama would be a precursor to broader airstrikes against Sunni militants, which are already taking place in Iraq.


Articles


Ceasefire: Israel, Hamas reach open-ended deal to end fighting
Edo Konrad, +972 Magazine 8/27/2014
      Israel and Hamas announced Tuesday evening that they had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered, open-ended ceasefire, after seven weeks of fighting left more than 2,200 people dead and tens of thousands wounded, the vast majority Palestinians.
     Although the ceasefire went into effect at 7 p.m., both sides engaged in violence until the last minute. In Israel, a mortar attack killed two men in Kibbutz Nirim. Palestinians reported that an airstrike destroyed a seven-story building in Beit Lahiya.
     Officials from both Hamas and Islamic Jihad stated that the ceasefire included an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies and construction materials. According to an Israeli official, the supplies will enter the Strip under supervision.
     However, Haaretz’s Barak Ravid reported that the ceasefire proposal does not include Hamas’ demands for a seaport, an airport or the release of prisoners. In future negotiations, said the official, both sides will present their demands, and Israel will raise the issue of demilitarizing the Gaza Strip.
     Haaretz also reported that senior Hamas member Musa Abu Marzouk stated that the deal guarantees Hamas clerks will be paid their salaries by the Palestinian unity government, which will also be responsible for the reconstruction of the Strip. Meanwhile, Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported that the deal between Israel and the Palestinians includes permitting fishing at a distance of between 11 and 22 kilometers from the Strip’s shore.
     Ziad Nakhala, a senior Islamic Jihad official, said talks on more complex issues would begin in a month....

‘Legitimate’ targets
Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine, International Solidarity Movement 8/26/2014
      This article was published before the recently agreed ceasefire.
     High-rise buildings have now been declared as legitimate targets for F-16 aircraft attacks. Yesterday evening a 16 story house called Little Italy, home to 100 families, was destroyed.
     No one was killed, but around 20 people [were] injured, and in the few minutes between the order to leave by a recorded voice on the phone and the attack with at least six rockets, people had time to save themselves but hardly time to save any belongings. Important documents, furniture, valuables, clothing, memories – all crushed and destroyed. Likewise, the streets were filled with shattered glass caused by the shock waves several blocks away from the building.
     Little Italy was not the first high-rise building in Gaza City demolished by the Israeli military, and already UN schools, hospitals and universities have been military targets. Maan News quoted the Israeli prime minister, in an article on 24/8, “I call on residents of Gaza to immediately leave any structure from witch Hamas carries out terrorist activity against us. All such sites are a target for us.”
     That was after a 12 storey house was bombed to rubble. But it is possible to interpret the words a bit if you want, and it may also be deliberately. It is extremely difficult to refute allegations after a house has been turned to rubble, and false accusations have been thrown around before. The only thing one can be sure of is that there is a danger to stay in the same house as someone from Hamas, and given the fact that Hamas is the governing body, all public employees have their paycheques signed by Hamas.

No home to go back to
Ahmed Al-Sayed, Gaza, Al-Ahram Weekly 8/21/2014
      The destruction of neighbourhoods in Israel’s latest Gaza assault is sparking a health crisis as hundreds of thousands remain in overcrowded shelters.
     Weeks of brutal shelling of the Gaza Strip has driven almost one quarter of the population out of their homes. Nearly half a million inhabitants are now staying in UN-run shelters or with other families. Many have lost their houses and all of their belongings, creating a humanitarian crisis that may last for years to come.
     Palestinian officials say that up to 100,000 inhabitants now need new homes, their former residences having been destroyed in the recent hostilities.
     Palestinian Minister of Economy Mohammad Mostafa said the government will try to provide homes for the displaced families, and will also work in close cooperation with the UN refugees agency, UNRWA, to erect prefab houses for the population.
     “Committees are at work to estimate the scale of the damage and we expect to receive their reports over the weekend,” Mostafa said. “But from what we know so far, the damage has been unprecedented in several areas, especially Al-Shejayia, parts of Rafah, Beit Hanoun, and Khozaa.”
     The war on Gaza left 2,016 dead and 10,193 wounded, according to recent figures. More than 10,000 homes were damaged, of which 1,700 are beyond repair, according to rights groups.
     The overcrowded UN-run shelters are now facing a health crisis. Doctors report a high incidence of skin diseases, digestion problems, and respiratory issues. Nearly 400,000 people now live in such shelters.

Women Peacebuilders Needed in Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations
Vanessa Thevathasan, CounterPunch 8/26/2014
      Re-envisioning Peace Talks
     The latest breakdown in Palestinian–Israeli negotiations and resumed armed conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza mark an opportune time to recognize and encourage women’s contributions to peace. Setting a stunning example, Palestinian and Israeli women from Creativity for Peace have taken the initiative to move forward in peace dialogues while their elected representatives have failed to broker an agreement.
     Creativity for Peace is a unique grassroots organization that empowers young Palestinian and Israeli women with tools for community-based peace and reconciliation intervention programs. At a time when hostilities have escalated to some of the worst in recent memory, with women and children bearing the brunt of the devastating consequences of the conflict, the work of Creativity for Peace, and other peacebuilding organizations, must be supported and pushed forward.
     A three-week summer camp near Santa Fe, New Mexico initiates participants into the Creativity for Peace program, facilitates interaction between the two groups and teaches them compassionate dialogue, reconciliation processes and the skills to encourage social inclusion for women in their communities.
     Since 2003, 207 young women have participated in Creativity for Peace programs. These emerging “Young Leaders” are actively engaged in presentations, public speaking engagements and meetings with organizers in various communities, schools and international conferences. The work of Creativity for Peace and these Young Leaders demonstrates that the participation of women as valuable stakeholders in their communities can and should be recognized and encouraged.


Electronic Intifada
Is criticizing Israel worse than murder at the University of Illinois?
Electronic Intifada: 25 Aug 2014 - Double standards applied to Steven Salaita shows how Israel trumps free speech on campus. more..

His last cry of pain "echoes in my ears"
Electronic Intifada: 26 Aug 2014 - Khaled Hamad was making a documentary about paramedics during the current attacks on Gaza. more..

In Gaza
a number of useful links
In Gaza: 24 Aug 2014 - round-up of sites to watch regularly: http://globalresearch.ca/ http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/ http://stopimperialism.org/ http://sonsofmalcolm.blogspot.ca/ http://journal-neo.org/ https://syria360.wordpress.com/ http://hands-off-syria.jimdo.com/ http://www.corbettreport.com/ http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/ http://www.blackagendareport.com/blog/9045 http://orientalreview.org/ http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/ http://nsnbc.me/ http://www.crescent-online.net/ http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/ http://thebricspost.com/ http://www.electronicresistance.net/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Truth-to-Power/225977277415911?ref=br_tf www.ancreport.com Filed under: resisting Zionismmore

Palestine Chronicle
Gaza’s Epic Battle: ‘On Resistance and Modernity’
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Aug 2014 - By Monir Birouk Is there any relationship between modernity and resistance? Is every act of resistance necessarily modern? I entrust these questions to the wisdom of the philosophers. Here, my claim is rather modest: to train spotlight on the relation between modernity and resistance in light of the recent epic of resistance in Gaza. If we take the modern to be not only the new, but also the creative; if we take the modernist to be that who eschews subservience, imitation and conformity and aspires for singularity; and if modernity is teleologically set in motion by the will to freedom and liberty, then resistance in Gaza is a modernist act par excellence. It is not meant to dispute Sartre here, but essence precedes existence. Without land, history, language and belief one can hardly said to be. When one’s land is occupied, history confiscated and one’s people is mass-enslaved, the only...more

‘Never again’?: The US and the Palestinian/Israeli issue
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Aug 2014 - By Ron Forthofer Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence. A Strong and Accurate Warning For example, in 1947 before the Partition Plan for Palestine was approved by the UN General Assembly, Loy Henderson, director of the State Department’s Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs, warned : “The UNSCOP [U.N. Special Committee on Palestine] Majority Plan is not only unworkable; if adopted, it would guarantee that the Palestine problem would be permanent and still more complicated in the future.” Henderson added: “The proposals contained in the UNSCOP plan … are in definite contravention to various principles laid down in the [U.N.] Charter as well as to...more

Welcome to the ‘New’ Middle East
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Aug 2014 - By Jeremy Salt – Ankara, Turkey The ‘birth pangs’ of which Condoleeza Rice spoke in 2006 during Israel’s onslaught on Lebanon have finally produced her ‘new’ Middle East, wrapped up in the black flags of the Islamic state. Impregnation was just a twinkle in the eye of the neo-conservatives back in the 1990s. Their talk was of an axis of evil, of making a ‘clean break’ and developing a new strategy to ‘secure the realm’. In 2005 Condi remarked that ‘a regional order that produced an ideology so savage as the one we now confront is no longer serving any civilized interest’. Ah, that wonderful word again, civilization, perfumed in the speeches of politicians and generals but actually reeking of blood. So Condi, Richard, Benjamin, Douglas and all those who laid the foundations of the new Middle East, does the realm seem any more secure now? How savage does the...more

Fearing Political Islam: Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Aug 2014 - By Ramzy Baroud Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them and stand in solidarity with their own oppressed brethren, but also to the official Arab betrayal of the Palestinian cause. The current war on Gaza, and the dubious role played by Egypt in the ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel are cases in point. Read this comments by Aaron David Miller , a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington to appreciate the depth of the unmistakable Arab betrayal. “I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas,” Miller told the New York Times. “The...more

Israeli War on Gaza: Deafening Silence of the World
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Aug 2014 - By Dr. Siri Gamage – Armidale, Australia On again and off again ceasefires, rocket launches, bombings and killings involving Israel and Gaza dominate television news at this time. When the indirect talks between the two sides fail in Cairo, the military campaigns restart and the destruction caused by Israeli bombings in Gaza is there for all of us to see. Buildings with several stories, UN schools, civilian areas, shops, electricity generating facilities or any other civilian facility is not out of bound for the Israeli military forces if they believe there are Hamas fighters in them. By now over 2000 casualties and over 10000 injured have been reported in Gaza whereas the Israeli casualty figure is less than 70, overwhelming majority being military personnel. In the meantime, rockets from Gaza keep coming to Southern Israel and other parts but they are ineffective and crude creations as the US funded and...more

All the Masks Have been Removed
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Aug 2014 - By Tamar Fleishman During each and every one of the Fridays on the Ramadan month, the authorities of the Israeli occupation implement rules for the sake of appearances: The appearance of alleviations. The appearance of humanitarianism. The appearance of consideration. The appearance of freedom of ritual. This year the appearances have been removed. All the masks have been removed. During the four Fridays of the Ramadan month in Qalandiya checkpoint the occupation had been disclosed, and all its shame was made visible in the public sphere. The public sphere was in the hands of the armed thugs alone. They searched and groped objects and bags, they photographed anyone who approached and stood from the side, they attacked verbally, insulted and shoved those who tried to take photographs and document. Both the holiday greetings that the army hung on the checkpoint fences and the words of the previous Israeli president, Peres,...more


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