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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00
PCHR--Statistics of killed and injured in Gaza through Friday, July 18, 2014, 7PM Gaza time. dn

As a father who lost his children in Gaza, I call for an end to this bloodshed

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00
Izzeldin Abuelaish--Insanity, as Einstein said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We Palestinians and Israelis have experienced many destructive wars and the result is always the same: more deaths, more terrible injuries, more bloodshed, more animosity and more hatred. What do we expect to be the result of any war? dn

Live Updates July 19, 2014

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00
Haaretz--Israeli civilian killed, 4 wounded by Gaza rocket near Dimona dn

France Becomes First Country To Ban Pro-Palestine Demonstrations Despite Tensions Rising

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00
Vera--On Friday, France’s socialist government became the world’s first country to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine. Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve advised that the mass demonstrations scheduled to happen over the weekend should be halted, claiming there was a “threat to public order.” Thousands of people had prepared to march against the slaughter currently taking place in Gaza. Although civilians – many of which were children – have been killed, Cazeneuve is afraid the fights between ultra-Jewish vigilantes and pro-Palestinians that happened after a demonstration last Sunday will happen again. dn

Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud - Ma`an News Agency "But there is still more to Israel`s war on Gaza than this. Fearing an intifada that would unite Palestinians, threaten the PA, and slow down the construction of illegal settlements, Netanyahu`s war on Gaza means to distract from the slowly building collective sentiment among Palestinians throughout Palestine, and among Palestinian citizens in Israel...A true Palestinian unity culminating in a massive popular Intifada is the kind of war Netanyahu cannot possibly win." ca

Did Iran train Gaza rocket makers?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
Ali Hashem - Al Monitor "The war in Gaza seems to be very high on the Iranian agenda. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke twice within three days calling on Muslims to unite..The Iranians essentially smuggled in rockets via the brains of Palestinians, keeping rocket-making knowledge intact despite wars and attacks." ca

How the West Chose War in Gaza

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
Nathan Thrall - New York Times - For many Gazans, and not just Hamas supporters, it’s worth risking more bombardment and now the ground incursion, for a chance to change an unacceptable status quo. A cease-fire that fails to resolve the salary crisis and open Gaza’s border with Egypt will not last. It is unsustainable for Gaza to remain cut off from the world and administered by employees working without pay. A more generous cease-fire, though politically difficult for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would be more durable. The current escalation in Gaza is a direct result of the choice by Israel and the West to obstruct the implementation of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. The road out of the crisis is a reversal of that policy. ca

Does Hamas provoke Israel to attack Gaza?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
Hamid Dabashi - Al Jazeera "By far the most consistent and the most definitive aspect of Palestinian resistance to the occupation and theft of their homeland over the decades has been non-violent civil disobedience. Resistance for Palestinians is definitive of who and what they are. They might be a poet like Mahmoud Darwish, a novelist like Ghassan Kanafani, a film-maker like Michel Khleifi, an artist like Mona Hatoum, a feminist like Lila Abu Lughod - but in doing what they do, whatever they do, they oppose and defy the armed robbery of their homeland.But there are also those Palestinians who have taken arms and opposed villainy by violence. As part of this resistance, Hamas is integral to the Palestinian national liberation movement, but like any other forms of resistance, Hamas is not definitive to Palestine." ca

Gaza faces imminent water crisis

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
Ala Qandil - Al Jazeera "For seven days now, when Khalil Hassan turns on the tap, he finds no water. He must now go back and forth between his home and an open vegetable stand in Zeitoun district, where he collects water from a truck with a water tank."I have 30 people living at home, and not a drop of water for almost a week,” Hassan told Al Jazeera." ca

Gaza Public Rejects Hamas, Wants Ceasefire

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
David Pollock - The Washington Institute "Today`s headlines are that Hamas has just rejected Egypt`s offer of a ceasefire with Israel and instead continues to fire rockets indiscriminately at Israeli towns and cities. Less known is a crucial fact: the people of Gaza are solidly against these Hamas policies. Indeed, by a very large majority, they oppose Hamas rule altogether.These findings are based on a June 15-17 survey by a highly respected Palestinian pollster." ca

Why is Mahmoud Abbas negotiating on behalf of Gaza?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
Samer Badawi - +972 "But one untouched article, number 30, caught my eye: "The Palestinian people believe in the principles of justice, freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, human dignity, and in the right of all peoples to exercise them." Had Mahmoud Abbas affirmed that right, clearly and forcefully, on day one of Israel’s Ramadan Massacre, he might have had the ear of its battered survivors." ca

Ravaging Gaza: The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud - Antiwar.com "But there is still more to Israel’s war on Gaza than this. Fearing an intifada that would unite Palestinians, threaten the PA, and slow down the construction of illegal settlements, Netanyahu’s war on Gaza means to distract from the slowly building collective sentiment among Palestinians throughout Palestine, and among Palestinian citizens in Israel.This unity is much more alarming for Netanyahu than a political arrangement by Fatah and Hamas necessitated by regional circumstances. The targeting of Hamas is an Israeli attempt at challenging the emerging new narrative that is no longer about Gaza and its siege anymore, but the entirety of Palestine and its collectives regardless of which side of the Israeli "separation wall" they live on." ca

Israel-Gaza conflict: Four boys killed while playing football on beach after Israeli warships open fire

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Kim Sengupta - The Independent - The attack on the fishing port in Gaza City came at just after four o’clock on a sunny and clear afternoon with good visibility. The group of cousins, aged between nine and 11, were around what looked like a derelict shed when they were hit by a shell from the direction of the sea.-rh

Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among the fishermen`s shacks built on the wall were dead. They were aged between seven and 11; two were named Mohammad, one Zakaria and the youngest Ahed. All were members of the extended Bakr family.-rh

No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Richard Falk - The Palestine Chronicle - The entrapment of the Gazan population within closed borders is part of a deliberate Israeli pattern of prolonged collective punishment that has for the past several years been imposed on Gaza. This amounts to a grave breach of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which qualifies as a potential Crime Against Humanity.-rh

On the 9th Day of the Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Warplanes Escalate Attacks on Houses, Especially Those of Political Leaders

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - Since the Beginning of the Offensive: 195 Palestinians Killed, 158 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 36 Children and 29 Women, and 1,339 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 401 Children and 273 Women; Hundreds of Houses Targeted and Destroyed.-rh

Intolerance becoming all too common in Israel

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Ben-Ari, who`s on the far right of the political spectrum, is constantly expanding his list of targets. In fact, he now calls for shipping the chairwoman of Zionist Meretz, Knesset member Zehava Gal-On, to Gaza. At the same time, he lashes out and curses, fouling the mood and further exacerbating the existing tensions between right and left over Operation Protective Edge.-rh

Scars show as Gaza`s children endure third war

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Karin Laub - Yahoo News - "For the majority of the children (in Gaza), it is the third time around," said Bruce Grant, the chief of child protection for the Palestinian territories in the United Nation`s children`s agency, UNICEF. "It reduces their ability to be resilient and to bounce back. Some will not find their way back to a sense of normalcy. Fear will become their new norm."-rh

Ambulance workers brave Gaza dangers : Paramedics, emergency responders, and ambulance drivers in Gaza City face great risks as they tend to the injured.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Mohammed Omer - Aljazeera - The emotional impact has also taken a toll on medical workers in the besieged coastal enclave. Abuelkas told Al Jazeera that one of the worst calls he responded to was to help the al-Batsh family; eighteen members of the same family were killed by an Israeli missile in Gaza City on Saturday.-rh

Abbas powerless to stop Gaza war

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - While the outlook doesn’t look good at present for moderate elements and the leadership of Abbas, the situation is not so bleak as long as the Ramallah leadership still holds the checkbook for Palestine’s largest group of workers: the public sector. But such leverage is not the basis for a national leadership that is hoping to be the lead party in fulfilling the national demands of millions of Palestinians who want to be free and independent.-rh