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Israeli Airstrikes kill 5 Palestinians in Gaza

Airstrikes killed five Palestinians in Gaza early Friday as Israel’s military assault on the besieged enclave continued. Yassin Hamed Abu Hamda and Mahmoud Qashlan were killed by strikes in al-Nuseirat refugee camp while Mahmoud Talaat Shreiteh, 14, and Bashir Ahmad Shreiteh, 35, were killed in central Gaza. Moussa Ahmad al-Abadla, 23, was killed and two […]

European Push for New UN Resolution on Gaza

Britain, France and Germany have launched a fresh bid at the UN to end six weeks of violence in Gaza, after Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement’s armed wing. The European initiative on Thursday came as fighting flared on the ground and an Egyptian-led effort to broker […]

Before Our Eyes – A Poem

By Ramona Wadi membrane mired in melancholy seizing silent slivers of stone escaping the eruption of missiles divesting eyes of light a distorted symphony of deranged dust describing deliberate deconstruction of dwellings succumbing to asymmetry before our eyes senses shrivel into an imploding conflagration remnants of vision betrothed to sound and blood in the space […]

Can Happen Down Under

By Denis A. Conroy – Ballarat, Australia Where is Australian multiculturalism going? Are we to remain a subaltern people, too remote in every sense from historic definition to be able to infuse our national identity with meaningful discourse? Will we ever forge resolutions to the problems that demand attention? For instance, writing a constitution for […]

Gaza Changed Everything: Things Cannot Stay the Same after Israeli Genocide

Israel’s argument that it was “defending itself” cannot be a sufficient excuse. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Ramzy Baroud After every bloody episode of violence perpetrated by Israel, media spin doctors are often deployed with one grand mission: to absolve Israel of any responsibility in their acts of carnage. Not only do these apologists demonize Palestinians, but anyone who dares to take a stand on their behalf. The main staple of […]

4 Killed by Airstrikes while Burying Relatives in Gaza Cemetery

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in Gaza City on Thursday after targeting a cemetery in the Sheikh al-Radwan district, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Qidra said. The bodies of Muhammad Talal Abu Nahl, Rami Abu Nahl, Haitham Tafesh and Abed Talal Shuweikh were taken to al-Shifa medicial center. The victims were burying relatives who had been […]

Israel Kills 3 Senior Hamas Commanders in Gaza

Israel killed three of Hamas’ most prominent military commanders early Thursday in airstrikes targeting a building in Rafah. The al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were killed in the al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah. Abu Shammala was the general commander of the al-Qassam Brigades in the southern […]

US Accuses Israel of Targeting Abu Khdeir Family

The United States on Wednesday claimed Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenage son was kidnapped and killed in July. Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in annexed East Jerusalem plunged to a new low on July 2 when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was snatched from an East Jerusalem street and later found […]

Palestinian Party unity is No Substitute for a Political System

Palestinian political 'unity' requires an operating political system. (Via Aljazeera)

By Sam Bahour Palestinian “unity”—reconciling tensions between Hamas and Fatah—is being revered as the foundation that can extract Gaza from the misery wrought upon it by yet another brutal Israeli military onslaught. The devastation from what Israel called “Operation Protective Edge” is overwhelming: over 2,000 Palestinians dead, over 10,000 wounded and paralyzed, and a third […]

Breaking the Gaza Stalemate

Only serious outside pressure on Israel to accede to reasonable Palestinian demands. (Safa/ps/Flicker)

By John V. Whitbeck After the breakdown in the six-day “pause” to permit negotiations on a long-term Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and the resumption of Israel’s onslaught against the caged people of Gaza, concerned people everywhere are wondering how the conflicting demands of the two sides can possibly be reconciled when each side feels a compelling need […]

Gaza Running on 6 hours of Electricity per Day

Most of Gaza is currently operating on six hours of electricity per day, the Strip’s power authority said in a statement Saturday. The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority will be able to continue supplying Gaza with that amount of power each day for another two months, “unless the company is targeted by Israeli attacks […]

Palestinian, Israeli Delegations Return to Cairo for Talks

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are preparing to return to Cairo late Saturday to continue indirect talks to reach a long-term ceasefire agreement before the current temporary truce expires. The head of the Palestinian Fatah movement’s delegation, Azzam al-Ahmad, told Ma’an that the new negotiations session would begin on Sunday. Sources close to the delegation told […]

Gaza Death Toll Hits 1,980 as Dozens Succumb to War Wounds

A Ministry of Health official warned Friday that the death toll in Gaza was expected to continue to rise as dozens succumbed to wounds sustained during the offensive and more bodies were recovered under the rubble of homes. Healthy ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that the death toll had hit 1,980 on Friday with at […]

Islamic Jihad Leader: Long-Term Truce to be Announced Soon

Deputy secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziad al-Nakhaala said on Thursday that a long-term ceasefire that would include the lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon, stressing that “great progress” had been made in negotiations. The announcement, which comes on the first day of a five-day ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian […]

344 Children Born in UNRWA Shelters during Israeli Assault

UNRWA vehicles generally tend to carry aid or supplies, but this time the car belonging to the UN’s Palestine refugee agency was crowded with women and new-born babies. The women and their children were being taken to attend a ceremony where they would be given a hygiene kit of milk and diapers to take care […]

3 Elderly Palestinians Succumb to Wounds from Israeli Assault in Gaza

Three Palestinians died on Thursday evening as a result of injuries they sustained earlier during the Israeli assault, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra named two of the dead as Jihad Ali Abu Zeid, 61, and Mahdheyah al-Mebayyed, 91, both of whom died as a result of injuries sustained during […]

From Gaza to Brazil: Stop Financing Drones That Kill Our Children

Tear gas in Bil’in. (Supplied)

By Haidar Eid – Gaza As I write this, bombs are falling around us. Electricity is severely restricted and water is hardly available. The loud and frightening sounds of missiles, drones, constant shelling are everywhere. Awake at night, fearfully waiting for the bombing; awake during the day, assisting the injured and searching the ruins of […]

Violence and Western Civilization

By Ron Forthofer Israel’s slaughter of over 1900 Palestinians in Gaza, by far and away most of whom were civilians, got me thinking about Western civilization. Mahatma Gandhi is often cited as responding to a question about Western civilization saying he thought it would be a good idea. However, recent research suggests Gandhi likely didn’t […]

Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

By Jim Miles Israel reveals its true colors and true aspirations every time it attacks Gaza (or any other self-perceived enemy) as being the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, even to the degree – as the references above indicate – to the act of genocide. The western world/Washington consensus group are guilty of enormous war crimes […]

Clock Ticks Down to Gaza Truce Deadline

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will enter a final day of ceasefire talks in Cairo on Wednesday, as the clock ticks towards a 12 a.m. deadline ending a 72-hour truce. By that time, the negotiators must have either agreed on a permanent truce, accepted an extension or risk a resumption of more than a month of […]

Israeli Forces Arrest 57 Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces launched widespread arrest raids across East Jerusalem overnight, detaining 57 Palestinians, locals and a police spokesman said Wednesday. Residents told Ma’an that Israeli police stormed the Silwan, al-Isawiya, at-Tur, Suwwana, and Shufat neighborhoods of Jerusalem, in addition to the Old City, and arrested dozens of young Palestinian men and teenagers. Police officers broke […]

Israeli Warships Open Fire at Fishermen near Rafah

Israeli warships on Tuesday opened fire at fishermen off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, in an apparent violation of an agreed-upon three-day ceasefire, a union official said. Nizar Ayyash, spokesman for Gaza’s fishermen union, told Ma’an that a number of Palestinian fishermen were near the shore when Israeli forces shot at […]

Israeli Delegation Open to Easing Gaza Blockade

A nine-hour session of indirect negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo on Monday ended with a partial draft agreement on easing the blockade on Gaza, sources close to the talks told Ma’an. Negotiations for a lasting end to hostilities in the Gaza Strip are to resume at noon on Tuesday, the sources […]

Hashtag Genocide: Why Gaza Fought Back

Al-Qassam mosque of Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza, destroyed in Israeli strikes. (Ahmed Al-Tawil)

By Ramzy Baroud My old family house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza was recently rebuilt by its new owner, into a beautiful three-story building with large windows adorned by red frames. In Israel’s most recent and deadliest war on Gaza, the house sustained significant damage. A large hole caused by Israeli missiles can […]

Israeli Forces Kill Fatah Activist in Nablus Raid

Israeli forces killed a 24-year-old Palestinian man in Nablus overnight Sunday during a raid in the village of Qabalan, local officials and witnesses said. Qabalan mayor Hisham al-Azaar told Ma’an that Israeli forces killed Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra, 24, after laying siege to a building in the village. Al-Aqra’s brother is reported to live in […]

PCHR Condemns Killing of Gaza Human Rights Worker

A rights group Monday condemned an Israeli drone attack on Gaza that killed a Palestinian worker for a human rights organization the day before, a statement said. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that an Israeli drone attack killed 43-year-old Anwar al-Zaanin, a staff member of al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, at 1:20 p.m. […]

Ynet: Israel Defense Minister Says Hamas has Soldier’s Body

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Sunday that the body of missing soldier Oron Shaul is “obviously” in the hands of Hamas, Israeli media reported. “It’s obvious to us that Oron’s body is in the hands of Hamas, and we’re making every effort to retrieve it,” Yaalon said, according to the Israeli news site Ynet. […]

Baby Dies from Wounds Sustained in Gaza Shelling

A baby girl died on Monday from injuries sustained several days ago in Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip, medics said. Maydaa Muhammad Aslan, who was six-weeks-old, died of her injuries, medical sources said. A ceasefire went into effect at midnight Sunday, as over four weeks of bloody fighting have killed more than 1,917 Palestinians […]

Airstrikes on Gaza Kill 4 as Israel Refuses to Negotiate

Israel continued its bombardment of the Gaza Strip early Sunday, killing three Palestinians across the besieged coastal enclave as Cairo ceasefire negotiations stalled amid the Israeli withdrawal of its delegation. Overnight airstrikes primarily targeted the southern cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, killing three — including a thirteen-year old girl and a fourteen-year old boy […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill 12-year-old Palestinian Boy near Hebron

A 12-year old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while playing in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron in the southern West Bank early Sunday, medics told Ma’an. Palestinian medical sources at Hebron’s al-Ahli Hospital told Ma’an that Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati arrived at the hospital after being […]

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