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Why did Netanyahu take aim at Gaza`s tallest towers?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
Samer Badawi - +972 - Bringing down buildings is about ratings, not military gain. f anything, this might be the awful truth behind Netanyahu’s war: It is a spectacle for Israeli consumption, even as it consumes the lives of Palestinian innocents.-rh

Behind The IDF Killing Of A 10-year-old Boy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
Gideon Levy and Alex Levac - Information Clearing House - Khalil Anati was 10 years and eight months old and came from the Al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron in the West Bank, when he was killed. An Israeli soldier had opened the door of his armored jeep, picked up his rifle, aimed it at the upper body of the boy, who was running with his back to the soldier, and cut him down with one bullet, fired from a distance of a few dozen meters.-rh

The constant presence of death in the lives of Palestinian children

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian - Mondoweiss - Israel is aware of the power that each Palestinian child possesses by mere virtue of their mere existence, and therefore, they need to keep children under constant threat of disappearing.-rh

Israeli forces use Palestinian child as human shield in Gaza

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
Defence for Children International - Ahmad, from Khuza`a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep.-rh

The Difference Between Children

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
Gideon Levy - Information Clearing House - In a world where there is some good, it would be impossible to understand the total, almost monstrous unfeelingness in the face of the killing of hundreds of children – not ours, but by us. Imagine them standing in a row: 478 children, in a graduating class of death. Imagine them wearing Messi shirts – some of those children wore them once.-rh

Since the beginning of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza, Israeli forces have also injured at least 2,139 Palestinians in the West Bank

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
Kate - Mondoweiss - As war rages in Gaza, West Bank routine of violence and arrests unabated — Arrests, expulsions, home demolitions, land seizure and settlers harassing Palestinians continues: Since the beginning of the fighting in the south on July 8, soldiers and police have injured 2,139 Palestinians in the West.-rh

War of attrition pointless in Gaza

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Hamas with a war of attrition, he ignored that in such a war the winner is not the strongest army, but the side that has the least to lose.-rh

PCHR Calls for Stopping Extra-Judicial Executions in Gaza

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - Press Releases - PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority and resistance groups to intervene to stop such extra-judicial executions whatever their reasons or motives are.-rh

All the Masks Have been Removed

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Tamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - 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.-rh

No winners in Israel-Hamas cease-fire

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Ben Caspit - Al Monitor - "On Aug. 25, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that the prime minister’s approval ratings plummeted to merely 38%, compared with 82% just a few weeks ago. And he has yet to face the deadly political criticism, which will come mainly from the right wing. So it is not only Meshaal’s fate that will be sealed in the coming weeks, but also Netanyahu’s. These two have not been able to break loose from each other’s stranglehold for 17 years." - id

Celebrations in Gaza after truce

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Arab News - "Mosques used their loudspeakers to broadcast celebratory chants as the wartorn enclave hailed the apparent end to some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade." - id

FINALLY - Hamas, Israel Agree on Long-Term Truce

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Suhaib Salem - The Daily Beast - "Six people were said to have been killed after Israeli strikes in Gaza on Tuesday night, bringing the death toll to around 2,200, more than a quarter of whom were children." - id "

Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fighting

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Harriet Sherwood and Hazem Balousha - GGuardian - "The Gaza conflict began on 8 July following weeks of tension after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, and the subsequent revenge killing of a Palestinian youth. Israel responded with a wave of arrests of Hamas members, which triggered intensified rocket fire from Gaza." - id

Women Peacebuilders Needed in Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
VANESSA THEVATHASAN - Counter Punch = "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." - id

His last cry of pain "echoes in my ears"

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Maram Humaid - The Electronic Intifada - "Hala tried to phone her husband several times on the day of the massacre. He did not respond, so she sent him text messages. Still no response.Then she turned on the TV. Al Jazeera showed images of a dead man, wearing a vest marked “press.”" - id

The end of the operation: Hamas blinked first

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Ron Ben-Yishai - Ynet - "Hamas has already previously announced that it has agreed in principle to a 40-year hudna (armistice) with Israel. It stipulated, however, that Israel must withdraw to the 1967 borders." - id

Ceasefire: Israel, Hamas reach open-ended deal to end fighting

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Edo Konrad - +972 - " Thousands of Palestinians poured into the streets of Gaza Tuesday night, as well as in refugee camps in southern Lebanon, to celebrate what they viewed as a victory for Hamas. Israeli officials claimed their own victory, saying that the military dealt a strong blow to Hamas, killed several of its military leaders and destroyed the organizations’s underground tunnels."- id

69% of Gaza Schools Damaged by Israeli Assaults

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Connie Hackbarth Alternative Information Center - ""Israel’s ongoing assault has significantly damaged at least 277 Governmental and UNRWA schools. About 30% are still being used as shelters for displaced families.”" - id

WATCH: Children long for kites, not bombs, in Gaza skies

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill - +972 - "Four years ago we began making a documentary film focused on two charismatic teenagers in the Gaza Strip, whose passion for kites seemed unusually spirited in a place beset by years of blockade and deprivation." - id

Anti-Israel Professor Returns to Trinity College — Will Controversy Come Back Too?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00
Nathan Guttman - The Jewish Daily Forward - Activists and Jewish communal leaders look forward with fear that recent events in Gaza will make life on campus much more difficult than during the Prashad debate four years ago. [bz]