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Desperate Gazans Resort to Makeshift Homes Year after War

UNRWA operations director for Gaza, said the agency has only received financing for 200 homes (IRIN)

Fouad Abu Asser and his family have returned to their neighborhood amid the rubble of the Gaza Strip — but something resembling a shed is what they now call home. “We hear talk and more talk, but we still haven’t seen anything,” the 54-year-old father said, referring to the slow pace of rebuilding in the […]

Lieberman Says Israel Must Support Sisi in Sinai

Israel’s former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called to strengthen his country’s cooperation with Egypt and to support Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in “his fight against terrorism in Sinai”. In televised remarks, the head of Israel’s Beiteinu party stressed the need for Israel to support Al-Sisi, though adding the caveat that Israel should never […]

UN Report on War Crimes during Israel’s 51 Day Assault on Gaza

The report creates a profoundly false sense on the part readers as to equivalent responsibility for wrongful behavior by both Israel and Palestine. (IRIN)

By Richard Falk Exactly a year ago, for 51 days between July 7 and August 26 Israel carried out its third major military assault (2008-09; 2012; 2014) on Gaza in the past six years. This last one, code named Operation Protective Edge by Israeli Defense Forces, was the most vicious, killing 2,251 Palestinians, of which […]

Arab-killing Never Hurt an Israeli Cop’s Record

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Finally, the ultimate policeman was found, one with no suspicion of sexual harassment or corruption hanging over him – and our Arab brethren are already protesting because this police chief-designate, Maj. Gen. Bentzi Sao, was involved in killing Arabs in the October 2000 protests. They have some nerve. Instead of saying thank you to Deputy […]

Israel Losing Democrats, ‘Can’t Claim Bipartisan US Support': Top Pollster

Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among […]

PA Defends Arrest Raids after Outcry from Palestinian Factions

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday defended its arrest of dozens of Hamas members across the occupied West Bank, claiming they had been carried out for “security reasons.” Adnan Dmeiri, spokesman for the PA security services, accused Hamas of plotting to create instability in the West Bank and told Ma’an the arrests would continue “as long […]

Egypt Destroys 1.5 km Smuggling Tunnel near Rafah

Egyptian forces on Saturday discovered and destroyed a 1.5 kilometer smuggling tunnel beneath the Gazan border, the Egyptian army said. Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that the tunnel was found by Egyptian border guards in the Dayniya area south of Rafah. They said that eight sacks of explosive TNT material and a half-ton of C-4 […]

47Soul: Shamstep

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By Louis Brehony The speakers rumble with the sound of a synthesized air raid siren and a crowd ducks down for cover, a look of dramatic trepidation on the faces of the audience. The atmosphere is electric. Nobody predicted this. This isn’t a village near the Gaza border, waiting anxiously for the next Israeli attack. […]

Turkey’s Electoral Maelstrom

Erdoğan’s push for a constitutional shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system has failed. (Via Aljazeera)

By Richard Falk If I were Turkish, and not merely a sympathetic observer and part time resident, I would write an Open Letter to the opposition political parties that had separately and collectively achieved several goals in the June 7th elections: –repudiating Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s push for a constitutional shift from a parliamentary to a […]

Report: Israeli Detained 550 Palestinians from Hebron in 6 Months

Israeli forces have detained 550 Palestinians from the Hebron district of the occupied West Bank since the start of 2015, the Palestinian Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s Hebron branch reported Thursday. The group of detainees included seven women and 105 teenagers, head of the Hebron branch Amjad Najjar told Ma’an, adding that 225 of the detainees were […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 3 in Duheisha Camp

Three Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces in the Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem Thursday morning during an Israeli detention raid, witnesses said. Israeli forces reportedly entered the camp in a Palestinian vehicle and detained Raghad Shamroukh, 20 and Waleed Shuhada al-Jafari, 23, before opening fire on Palestinian residents who clashed with […]

Baskin’s Generous Offer: Making Peace with Israeli Occupation

Baskin with Mahmoud Abbas. (Via Gershonbaskin.org)

By 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. Baskin is a regular contributor to the […]

On Intimidation and Counter-BDS Efforts

BDS takes its target as the construct and the institutions of the occupation, not Israeli individuals or Jewish people at all. (ActiveStills.org)

By Samah Jabr The Orange Affair The Orange affair here is not the ominous orange of the victims of Guantanamo or the Islamic state – it about the French telecommunication company Orange and its recent affair with Israel. After announcing in Cairo that Orange was suspending its contract with Israel’s Partner Company, the CEO of […]

Israeli Forces, Settlers Carry out Reprisals for West Bank Shooting

Israeli forces carried out multiple detention raids across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday after four Israeli settlers were injured in a shooting south of Nablus and an explosive device was allegedly hurled at a settler vehicle near Ramallah. Dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit El were also reported to have attacked […]

Sisi’s Strategy behind the Sudden Opening of the Rafah Border Crossing

Rafah crossing. (Johnny Barber, Palestine Chronicle)

By Matthew Ayton The people of the economically immiserated Gaza Strip have been given a semblance of relief as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has announced that the Rafah crossing – Gaza’s lifeline with the outside world – will open more frequently. Sisi has observed Israel’s blockade on Gaza since his coming to power, and […]

Will the UN’s Gaza Report Force Change?

Mary McGowan Davis, Chairperson, Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, at a press conference to launch the report. (UN)

By Annie Slemrod A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza conflict caused a stir on Monday. The report singled out Israel for its use of explosive weapons with wide-ranging effects in heavily populated areas and said Palestinian militants sent rockets indiscriminately into Israel. Both Israel’s […]

Israel Seizes Flotilla Seeking to Break Gaza Blockade

(Freedom Flotilla, Twitter)

Israel’s navy boarded and took over an activist vessel seeking to break its Gaza blockade and was escorting it to port on Monday in an operation that did not use force, the military said. A flotilla of four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists had been seeking to reach Gaza to highlight the Israeli blockade of the […]

Khader Adnan Ends 55-day Hunger Strike

Khader Adnan.

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended a 55-day hunger strike on Monday after reaching an agreement with Israeli authorities to free him from prison on July 12, his lawyer and the Palestinian Prisoners Society announced. “Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike last night, after an agreement was reached to release him on July 12,” his lawyer […]

PLO: Talks with Hamas, Islamic Jihad Begin on New Government

A committee appointed by the Palestine Liberation Organization began talks with both Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Saturday on forming a new national unity government, a committee member told Ma’an. Hanna Amireh, who is also a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that discussions were including Hamas and Islamic Jihad with the aim of […]

Lawyer: No Deal between Israeli Authorities and Khader Adnan

No deal has been reached between the Israeli authorities and Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who on Saturday entered his 54th day on hunger strike, his lawyer said. “(Israel) is seeking to end Adnan’s hunger strike in a way that avoids them a feeling of crushing defeat,” the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s chief lawyer Jawad Bolous said […]

Is BDS Replacing Iran as Israel’s Blackmail Card?

It can be said that the false charge of anti-Semitism is Zionism’s trump card. (Via Aljazeera)

By Alan Hart My headline question was provoked by an Uri Avnery article with the headline “BDS, the new enemy”. After noting that Netanyahu’s whole career has been based on fear mongering and in recent years his promotion of fear of a nuclear-armed Iran, Avnery wrote this: “But Netanyahu saw with growing anxiety that the […]

In Baghdad, Organized Destruction

(Jason Fudge, flickr -cc - Common Dreams)

By Cathy Breen Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent for the month of Ramadan. “Thanks so much for remembering us…In fact we are the same if not worse. Our hearts are broken at the organized ruining of our country. We are […]

Khader Adnan: A Symbol of Palestinian Resistance

Khader Adnan is becoming an iconic symbol of man's and nations’ search for dignity. (Via Aljazera)

By Ghada Ageel The body of Khader Adnan is again on the line and the very life of this Palestinian political prisoner is in great danger. Adnan, who successfully carried out one of the longest hunger strikes in the history of the Palestinian prisoner’s movement, has launched yet another strike in protest against the renewal of […]

Asylum Seekers: Fortress Europe with Israeli Guns

The Israeli government built the 'Holot' incarceration facility to hold thousands of African refugees. (ActiveStills.org)

By Shir Hever The EU has recently adopted a plan to use extreme measures to restrict the flow of asylum-seekers from Africa and the Middle East, who cross the Mediterranean in a desperate attempt to save themselves and their families from war and famine. According to a Wikileaks-revealed document, the EU has decided to sabotage […]

The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

Che Guevara / Marilyn Monroe. (Kate Stanworth, Argentina Independent)

By Ramzy Baroud Over the year, I realized that the term ‘left’ is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed mostly by self-tailored ‘leftist’ western intellectuals. I grew to dislike it with intensity. But that has not always been the case. My father was a communist, or so he called […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 2 Palestinians in Southern Gaza

Israeli forces, deployed on the southern Gaza border, shot and injured two young Palestinian men east of Khuzaa on Monday evening, medics told Ma’an. The men were left bleeding for a quarter of an hour after they were shot before they were able to call an ambulance. Israeli forces were reported to have opened fire […]

The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City under Fire

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By Vacy Vlazna “We prepare the suhoor. We all sit around five dishes: white cheese, hummus, orange jam, yellow cheese, and olives. Darkness eats with us. Fear and anxiety eat with us. The unknown eats with us. The F16 eats with us. The drone, and its operator somewhere out in Israel, eat with us.” I […]

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

(ActiveStills.org)

Human Rights Council Twenty-ninth session Agenda item 7 Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories Report of the independent commission of inquiry established pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution S-21/1* ** Summary: The present report contains the main findings and recommendations of the commission of inquiry established pursuant to Human Rights Council […]

Would You Advise a Friend to Follow You Across the Mediterranean?

Jad arrived in Italy after days at sea. (Jad Mohammed, IRIN)

By Joe Dyke – Beirut Of the two, Jad never wanted to leave – Syria was home, and he liked it. His friend Hassan* had been angling for a move to Europe for years, hoping to further his studies. Then war came. More than four years since the start of the country’s bloody civil war, […]

Palestinians Urge Britain to Arrest Former Israeli Army Chief Shaul Mofaz

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A Palestinian human rights group urged the British authorities on Monday morning to arrest Shaul Mofaz, Israeli army chief of staff at the height of the Second Intifada and former defense minister, who is currently visiting London. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) called on the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, and the […]

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  • July 6, 2015

    Arab-killing Never Hurt an Israeli Cop's Record

    Finally, the ultimate policeman was found, one with no suspicion of sexual harassment or corruption hanging over him – and our Arab brethren are already protesting because this police chief-designate, Maj. Gen. Bentzi Sao, was involved in killing Arabs in the October 2000 protests. - They have some nerve. Instead of saying thank you to Deputy Minister Yaron Mazuz that those young people were killed with Israeli ID... More →
  • July 6, 2015

    Israel Losing Democrats, 'Can’t Claim Bipartisan US Support': Top Pollster

    Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among the findings of a new survey carried out by US political consultant Frank Luntz. -... More →
  • June 22, 2015

    UN Report: 'War Crimes' Likely by Both Sides in 2014 Gaza War

    Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering. - The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian armed groups." - On Jan.... More →
  • June 22, 2015

    Outrage as Wife of Israeli Interior Minister Posts and then Quickly Deletes Racist Joke Calling U.S. President 'Black and Weak'

    The wife of a senior Israeli politician has posted a racist tweet about Barack Obama, suggesting he is 'black and weak'. - TV host Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, who is married to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, uploaded the offensive message on Sunday before quickly deleting it, insisting it was a joke. - After causing a stir in Israeli media, Mozes Shalom apologized to Obama. - 'President Obama I shouldn't have written the... More →
  • June 21, 2015

    More Than 40% of Palestinians in Historic Land Are Refugees

    Statistics released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on Monday show that 41.2 per cent of the Palestinian residents of their historic land are refugees; 25.2 per cent live in the occupied West Bank and 66.8 per cent are in the Gaza Strip. - Palestinians aged under 15 make up 39 per cent of the total Palestinian population. That age group stands at 40.9 per cent among refugees compared to 39.2 per... More →
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