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Recruiting to Kill – It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israel's President Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014 (AA via MEE)

By Ramzy Baroud To some, US secretary of state John Kerry may have appeared to be a genuine peacemaker as he floated around ideas during a Cairo visit on 25 July about a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian fighters in Gaza. But behind his measured diplomatic language, lies a truth not even America’s top diplomat […]

Jewish Poem of Contrition

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By Darren Stein There is no hiding from the screams of a child, Baby forms shredded by shrapnel, Little bodies broken by bricks; It makes me sick to look upon, ashamed as both a human being and a Jew; the tortured anguish of my conflict of loyalty and identity; Yet, I owe my integrity first […]

Children of Gaza – Jon Snow’s Experience in the Middle East – Channel 4 News

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Jon Snow recounts the scene in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks.

Israel’s Genocide in Gaza will Achieve No Goal

What Israel is sowing today, it will surely harvest tomorrow. (Safa.os/Flicker)

By Ahmed Meiloud For over two weeks, the Gaza strip (already besieged for the past 7 years) has been subjected to continuous bombardment from air and sea. This is the third war to be waged on the strip in the span of 5 years and it is more than likely going to be the deadliest. […]

Gaza, Israel and ‘Human Shields’

The only people killing innocent people are the Israelis. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Sarah Gillespie What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the second word war, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemy’s humanity. It appeals to the compassion and mercy of the combatant that they not slaughter the innocent in order to avenge their […]

US Plays Decisive Role in Israel’s Attack on Gaza

'Washington must be unmasked as Israel’s abettor-in-chief.' (WH)

By Jonathan Cook Two reporters for major US TV channels were summarily “removed” last week from covering Israel’s attack on Gaza, moments before Israel launched a ground invasion. NBC pulled out Ayman Mohyeldin, who has been widely praised for the even-handedness of his reporting from Gaza, just as he landed a harrowing scoop. He had […]

Complicity in Ethnic Cleansing

There must be an immediate end to the killing as well as an immediate lifting of the illegal siege of Gaza. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Ron Forthofer Israel’s current attack on a basically defenseless population in Gaza is a repeat of its massacres of Palestinians in November 2012, December 2008-January 2009 and June-July 2006. This time Israeli forces have already slaughtered over 500 Palestinians, overwhelmingly civilians, while about 20 Israelis, almost all soldiers, have been killed. The imbalance of […]

Video: A Wounded Man Killed by a Sniper while Looking for His Family

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ISM volunteers and local residents went looking for survivors and the bodies of family members in the Shujaiyya neighborhood, where hundreds of Palestinians were killed and wounded in what Palestinians already see as one of the greatest massacres to be carried out by Israel throughout its wars, when they were met by the gunfire of […]

Gaza’s Resistance Will Not be Crushed

In Gaza, the past and the present are intertwined.

By Ramzy Baroud On the 13th day of Israel’s so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of entire families collectively pulverized, women and children keenly targeted by Israeli soldiers saturate the media. Until now, 430 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 18 Israel soldiers been killed at the hands of the Resistance. In Shejaiya, […]

Gaza’s Shejaiya Carnage Fills Shifa Morgue

Palestinian doctors treat a child at Gaza's al-Shifa hospital (Mohammed Asad/MEE)

By Mohammed Omer “No, it’s not him” says the brother of Mohammed Al Mobayed, as he moves on to the next body searching for his brother. Half of the family is at reception, and the other half at the morgue. The ambulance arrives, asking crowds to clear the road so as to pass through and […]

On ‘Human Shielding’ in Gaza: Israeli Army Tried to Justify Striking Civilian Areas

Israeli army social media propaganda. (Twitter)

By  Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most “precise and surgical”, is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields. For Palestinians living in Gaza today, simply spending time in their […]

Mr. Obama, Spend One Night with Us in Shifa Hospital, It would Change History

Mads Gilbert: 'As I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear.'

By Mads Gilbert Dearest friends, The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent. The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hrs shifts, […]

Suffocating Indoors Under the Rain of Israel’s Bombs

A man sits in a building in the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City which was destroyed the previous night in an Israeli airstrike, 16 July.
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By Ayah Bashir Three weeks before this attack, I had the long-awaited chance to spend a week in the occupied West Bank and the 1948 territories (present-day Israel). I wanted to write about this marvelous experience of life and laughter, but now I am writing about death and sorrow. Two days before the attack, I […]

When Reporting Becomes a Weapon of Mass Deception

By Dr. Mosheer Amer – Gaza Mainstream media pursues reporting that is antithetical to the promise of ethical journalism and contributes in prolonging the Palestinian-Israeli conflict “I want to apologize now and tonight for my error on the broadcast Tuesday. We’ll correct it tonight on [ABC]“, said a tweet from America’s ABC News Diane Sawyer […]

The Resistance Will Not Surrender: We Will Be Victorious or Die

'The resistance will prevail and its flag will be raised high in spite of Netanyahu.' (Via MEMO)

By Dr. Ahmed Yousef – Gaza The blatant aggression against the Gaza Strip we are witnessing affects anyone who has a heart, as Israel’s destruction and barbarism are unprecedented and worse than any I have seen in my life. The horror of today’s attacks is incomparable with any of the raids and wars against the […]

Now Is The Summer of Our Discontent

Banned bombs, Made in America, rain down once again on the world’s largest open-air concentration camp, mercilessly. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Rafiq Kathwari My sister-in-law and I sat in the back seat of the Volkswagen as my older brother drove in soft rain through red lights to Maimonides. “Kicking,” she said, putting my hand over her round belly. Shy, I gazed at her flip-flops. A stork delivered a boy in Brooklyn eight years to the […]

For Anas Qandeel, Who Won’t Be Posting His Grief – A Poem

Anas Qandeel.

By Pina Piccolo (Dedicated to Anas Qandeel, the boy that was killed in Gaza one hour after posting his fear and frustration in Facebook.) You weren’t killed by the Mighty Cliff that crumbled upon your house, Anas Qandeel, one hour after you posted your frustration at lack of sleep, nor was it the Protective Edge […]

Those Killed Have Names

Are we not all human? (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Rana Abdulla Overnight the horror of this situation was added to by the news that an Israeli missile has killed 17 members of one family. Every day the rising death toll in Gaza along with the more than 1,300 injured by the continuous Israeli shelling , has left the population terrorized and in fear. […]

The ‘Peace Process’ Dies again – A Poem

How does one speak to a four-year-old child, Of processes, politics, quid pro quos? (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Gary Corseri There is no “peace process.” There is peace… and the absence of peace— The gnawing hunger for it, The desperation of the vanquished.   Does the peace dove fly with a shattered wing? The shattered wing is the wing of war. War is a sieve capturing humanity. Blood seeps out of the […]

Video: Ramzy Baroud Discusses the Failed ‘Ceasefire’ in Gaza

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Ramzy Baroud discusses the validity of the Egypt-proposed ceasefire in Gaza, the long term strategy for all the interested parties, and what the fallout is likely to be in the Israeli political scene.

Is Sisi Suited for Role as Israel-Hamas Mediator?

It is more likely that time, not Sisi, will create the conditions for a truce.

By Ahmed Meiloud Eight days have lapsed since Israel started massive airstrikes on Gaza, with the prospect of an Egypt-brokered cease-fire raised on Tuesday and at time of press appearing uncertain. The densely populated strip has no air defence, no navy and no army to speak of. Like previous onslaughts on the strip, the Israelis […]

Barbarism Unleashed: Israel’s Attack on Civilized Norms

By Ron Forthofer The following material is excerpted from a column I wrote about Israel’s attack on Gaza in June 2006. This column could have also been written about Israel’s horrific attacks on Gaza in 2008/2009 and in 2012. As long as Israel can continue to commit war crimes with impunity, Israel has no reason […]

Gaza: Yet another Israeli Miscalculation

To call Israeli acts of aggression in Gaza a 'war' is to do a disservice to the meaning of the word. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Shafiq Morton The gloves need to come off on the truth of what has been happening in Gaza – not only since the launch of Operation Protective Edge last week, but also since Operation Pillar of Defence in 2012 and Operation Cast Lead in 2008. What is the real purpose of these bare-fisted operations? […]

Israel’s Dissenting Voices Get Lost in the War Echo Chamber

Lieberman dismantled the Likud-Beiteinu unity, blaming Netanyahu for 'not striking Hamas hard enough.'

By Neve Gordon For several days now, some of my neighbours have suggested that the time has come to “destroy them”- meaning either Hamas or Palestinians – “once and for all”. The rockets being fired from Gaza clearly do have the effect of raising the level of hysteria within Israel. However, not only have the […]

No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?

The civilian population of Gaza finds itself totally entrapped in a terrifying war zone. (Safa.ps/Flickr)

By Richard Falk The civilian population of Gaza are trapped in an overcrowded war zone with no form of exit. This situation reveals a serious gap in international humanitarian law As the hideous Israeli assault on Gaza, named Operation Protective Edge, by the IDF enters its second week, overdue international appeals for a ceasefire fall […]

Video: Life in Gaza Explained

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Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open air prison. Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. We look at the the unforgiving realities they face everyday.

Palestine Video Diary: On the Ground in Gaza

Palestinians stand above the body of Muhammad Abu Khdeir during his funeral. (Activestills/Yotam Ronen)

On the ground in Gaza: Thousands of Palestinians seek refuge at UNRWA schools Shams Odeh reports for Middle East Eye in Gaza speaking to Palestinians who evacuated their homes in northern Gaza Strip after Israeli forces ordered them to do so as a prelude to bomb the area.

Israel’s Atrocity and the West’s Ignorance

Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian men at the Gush Etzion junction, a settlement near Bethlehem. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

By Jamal Kanj Seeing “free” Western media with headlines like “Rockets raining over Israel”, or describing the success of Israel’s Iron Dome defence system in intercepting missiles from Gaza, you would assume there was a war between equals – or even that “poor Israel” was under attack. Many Western readers won’t know that all of […]

An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza – A Poem

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By Heathcote William An old man holds a placard that reads, “You take my water, burn my olive trees, Destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, Imprison my father, kill my mother, Bombard my country, starve us all, Humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.” Here are […]

Zionist Lying Unchecked

A Palestinian child injured in an Israeli air-strike on Gaza city on 9 July 2014 (AA/via MEE)

By Jamal Kanj Scene one: Disappearance of three illegal Jewish settlers in Hebron. Israel closes the West Bank, demolishes homes of supposed kidnappers, nonstop air raids on Gaza, kills two dozen Palestinians and imprisons more than 600 mostly newly released prisoners. Scene two: The kidnapped 15-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khudiar. Israel takes very measured response: […]

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