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The Sin of Being Occupied

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:00
Nadia Harhash--A year after the ugly murder of Mohammad Abu Khdeir on the hand of a group of fanatic Jews. The fanatic army of the state of Israel hunted down another young life, pointing again to Ramadan. A young (17 years) man smuggling himself out to the Aqsa on a Friday prayer. In the last weeks, […] dn

Letter to the UN_ You cannot remain silent

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:00
PNN--Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, yesterday released a very strongly-worded letter condemning the UN Security Council’s silence on crimes committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), and urging the Council to demand that Israel act in accordance with international law. dn

Israel against the United Nations [forwarded by Dorinda Moreno]

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:00
Vijay Prashad--The latest hard-hitting UN report on Israel`s military violence in Gaza tells a familiar story, but is unlikely to change much without a concerted international reaction. dn

Protestant churches split over anti-Israel divestment resolutions

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:00
Debra Nussbaum Cohen--NEW YORK – It was one step forward and a step and a half back for the anti-Israel BDS movement this week. On Thursday, just two days after the United Church of Christ passed a measure requiring divestment from companies connected with Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops voted down a similar resolution, while the much smaller Mennonite Church postponed any boycott decision to 2017.dn

Gaza Revisited

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:00
France24--Video dn

Baskin’s Generous Offer: Making Peace with Israeli Occupation

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud--It would be fair to assume that Gershon Baskin’s recent article in the Jerusalem Post – Encountering Peace: Obviously no peace now, so what then? (June 24) – is not a mere intellectual exercise aimed at finding ‘creative’ solutions to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. dn

When will Dad come back?

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:00
Refaat Alareer--The last time my little niece Raneem saw her dad was when the Israeli shells were falling on the heads and houses of more than 10,000 Palestinians in Shujaiya, east of Gaza City, last summer. My brother Mohammed took the time to help guide many families to shortcuts in a desperate attempt to escape the flying shrapnel and debris. Mohammed kept close to his wife, his baby son Hamza and his daughter Raneem. “I will be back. Soon,” he assured his weeping kids and worried wife. “I will be back. I promise.” dn

Gaza lion cubs in limbo

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:00
Associated Press--Hotel takes in lions after unsuccessful attempt to transport cubs to Jordan sanctuary through Israel border crossing. dn

Thousands attend funeral for Palestinian teen shot by Israeli forces

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:00
Ma`an - An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma`an that Israeli forces were carrying out routine activity when a suspect approached the military vehicle and started throwing rocks, damaging the vehicle. After warning the teen, the forces opened fire when he reportedly approached them from close range, the spokesperson added. Israeli news site Haaretz reported that senior Israeli Brigade Commander Israel Shomer was responsible for the death, claiming that he opened fire on the youth after exiting his vehicle. Eyewitnesses say al-Kasbah had left his home early that morning to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and was attempting to climb the separation wall when he was shot. [bz]

Senior Hamas official denies ties to ISIS in Sinai

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:00
Jack Khoury - Haaretz - According to Abu Marzouk, who spoke on Al-Quds TV, the attack in Sinai "is detrimental to the security of Palestinians, especially those living in Gaza, since Sinai is the only exit for Gaza residents." He condemned "attempts to tie the Hamas to the incidents that took place in Sinai," adding that there was no evidence to this effect. "Hamas`s relations with Egypt have much improved," Abu Marzouk stated, adding that this was due to deliberate effort on the Hamas`s part. He also told Al-Quds TV that every time the relations between the two polities improve an incident takes place in Sinai that strains their ties. [bz]

Netanyahu and Obama find a shared interest — screwing the Israeli people

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:00
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - The story starts with two of the most common ingredients found in nearly all Middle Eastern dramas: fossil fuels and American economic interests. You see, about six years ago a surprising discovery was made off of Israel’s coast— the largest natural gas reserves in the Mediterranean. Almost immediately, people started talking about the discovery as a game-change. [bz]

After UN report on summer Gaza war, Israel Air Force still believes it acted properly

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
Gili Cohen - Haaretz "During the 50 days of hostilities more than 5,200 targets were attacked: tunnels, launching areas, houses and weapons depots. Their number was greater than in the two previous operations – Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense – combined.The army is not turning its back on the results of the war, but even today it is convinced that all the targets went through what they call “the oiled machine.” This air force-speak means that they were researched by intelligence people and approved to the effect that bombing them did not violate international law." ca

Beating Hitler by numbers

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
Anshel Pfeffer - Haaretz "Oren’s love affair: Whatever you think of Oren’s opinions on U.S. foreign policy and the psychological complexes of American Jews, it can’t be argued that these are not detailed and nuanced, if rather misguided. But the chapters which deal with his years in Israel could have been lifted from Leon Uris’ “Exodus.” Oren’s Israel is a country constantly at war while valiantly seeking peace and his Israelis are one-dimensional caricatures, summarised in a few, glowing adjectives...Oren is doing our country no favors. Israel needs politicians, writers, diplomats and historians capable of looking at it without rose-tinted spectacles and demanding that at 67 it finally grows up. He fails us by spinning fairy tales." ca

Culture Ministry to review Rachel Corrie play

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
Merav Yudilovitch - Ynetnews "An appeal to Culture Minister Miri Regev regarding the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" about the life of an American human rights activist killed by an IDF bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, has led to a renewed examination of its content.Jaffa Theater officials stressed that the theater was only hosting the play and that it is not a production of the theater. Nonetheless, the theater`s management received an inquiry Tuesday morning from Irit Fogel, director of the Theater Department in the Ministry’s Culture Administration, about the status of the production." ca

Palestinians mark murder anniversary: `We want an Intifada`

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
Hassan Shaalan, Roi Yanovsky - Ynetnews "Hundreds participated in a procession Thursday afternoon in the neighborhood of Shuafat chanting, "We want a new Intifada," to mark the anniversary of the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir at the hands of Israelis motivated by revenge after three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas operatives.Some of the Palestinians threw rocks at Jerusalem`s light rail in three separate incidents. No injuries were reported but light damage was caused to a train trailer. Besides these two cases, there were no reports of violence or conflict with Israeli police who maintained a significant presence at the entrance to the neighborhood." ca

In rebuke to Israel, State Dep’t says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation -

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Chemi Shalev of Haaretz says Israel led the effort: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday punched a big hole in Israel-led efforts to induce the Obama administration to regard boycotts of settlements as identical to boycott of Israel proper… The boycott of settlements, in effect, has now been officially stamped “kosher” by the State Department.Jewish Voice for Peace also celebrated the statement, having objected to the provision in the trade bill, but says that boycotting the settlements is not enough..." ca

Baskin’s generous offer: Making peace with Israeli occupation

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud - Ma`an News Agency "Baskin is very close to those in power. His initiatives are rarely his own, and the latest is a mere reflection of the political bankruptcy of Netanyahu’s government.Baskin is, of course wrong. Palestinians have shown much willingness to end the conflict in a method that hinges on Israel’s respect for international law, including the ending of the construction of illegal settlements.Now that Netanyahu’s government is stacked with more rightwing zealots - individuals who made careers and gained famed and notoriety, because of their insistence on the maintaining of the occupation, and feeding off, politically and financially, the illegal settlements - a return to the "negotiation table" is unattainable." ca

UNRWA to Close Hundreds of Schools

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - "UNRWA might close 700 Palestinian refugee schools due to funding crisis faced by the organisation, a senior official has said...248,000 out of the 500,000 children to be affected are from the Gaza Strip as 252 schools in Gaza are expected to remain closed.“The situation has been deteriorating because of the continuous Israeli siege and the closure of the Rafah crossing with Egypt… The situation in Gaza deteriorated after last summer’s offensive as the number of needy people is increasing,” he explained." ca

Israeli troops attack march commemorating one year anniversary of murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
Celine Hagbard - IMEMC "As hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the Shoafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem Thursday, one year after 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brutally tortured and burned alive by a group of fanatic right-wing Israelis, Israeli troops amassed around the neighborhood and attacked the marchers with tear gas and pepper spray." ca

Copts flee North Sinai

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:00
George Mikhail - Al-Monitor "In the North Sinai governorate, battles are raging between the Egyptian army and jihadist groups such as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and the Movement for Unity and Jihad. Now, like in other governorates, Copts are being forcibly displaced." ca