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This is what life in Gaza sounds like (Samer Badawi) - 30-aug-2014

August 10, 2014 - I have heard the sounds of war before. In Iraq, I was jolted from sleep by the sound of incoming rockets, massive truck bombs, and exploding IEDs. In Afghanistan, I temporarily lost my hearing when an explosives-packed SUV detonated meters from my office. I have heard windows shatter and bystanders scream. And I have seen the aftermath: sinewy flesh, bone shards, jaw fragments.But I have never heard the discord of sounds, the cacophony of violence, that Gaza’s Palestinians – all of them – know so well. Here, the ever-present drone of machines overhead mingles with the scream of jet sorties, tank shelling, and bursts of heavy guns from naval battleships. Here, modern warfare’s full range of fronts is audible everywhere and all at once.

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The West Bank insurrection (Allison Deger) - 30-aug-2014

August 10, 2014 - After months of unremitting tensions in the West Bank, another Palestinian youth was killed in a run of protests Friday near the settlement of Psagot outside of Ramallah. The funeral for Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, was held Saturday following noon prayers. Afterword mourners scrambled up a hillside cut with terraces for yet another round of clashes at the site where the teen was shot in the chest hours earlier. Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the armed-wing of Fatah, wore balaclavas and fatigues and brandished semi-automatic weapons. One of the gunmen was dressed in a locally popular style of a navy snowsuit. They then fired a staggered salute...


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Video shows avid football fan cut down by Israeli fire in Hebron (Ali Abunimah) - 30-aug-2014

August 10, 2014 - Nadir Muhammad Saadi Idris, 42, died early Saturday morning of wounds he sustained Friday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces opened fire on Palestinian protestors in the West Bank city of Hebron. The video above, taken by Mamoun Wazwaz and published by the Al-Usul video agency, shows the moment Idris was hit and fell to the ground in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood. While youths around him are throwing stones towards Israeli occupation forces some distance away, Idris can be standing still the moment before a shot rings out and he falls to the ground...

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Video: Palestinian elder fearlessly confronts Israeli soldiers (Ali Abunimah) - 30-aug-2014

August 10, 2014 - This video shows a Palestinian elder with a paper model of the kind of rocket the Palestinian resistance fires from Gaza as he fearlessly confronts Israeli occupation forces in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Friday. He does not back off even when a soldier fires towards him at close range.Towards the end of the video, filmed by Yusri al-Jamal, the man whose name was not reported says: Gaza is steadfastness, Gaza is heroes, Gaza is revolution, Gaza is rage, Gaza is victory, Gaza is the lifeline of the Palestinian people. Our blood is not more precious than the blood of the children or the resistance of Gaza. We will redeem you Gaza. We are all with you Gaza. Do not rely on the Arabs; tell them to sleep comfortably. But we Palestinians do not fear rifles or cannons....

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Syria News - August 9, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 30-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 42 martyrs including 4 women, 4 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 10 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Aleppo; 7 in Idlib; 5 in Hama; 5 in Daraa; 3 in Deir Ezzor; and 2 in Homs...

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More stories from Gaza (Sarah Algherbawi) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - It is extremely difficult to find a starting point when trying to write about martyrs. The death toll till is now 1898 people, including 433 children, 243 women, and 85 elderly, while the number of injured people is 9837.
They have left thousands of stories, and incurable pain, behind. I’m Ibraheem Ismaeel Al-Ghoul. You can find me in the photo on the left. I had a twin brother. We lived together for nine months inside mom’s womb and only ten days out.I thought we’d also share our lives, play together, go to kindergarten, school, and university together, and have the same friends. I though we would be friends forever.My twin was killed before we could even grow a little and see life outside....

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Following End of Humanitarian Truce, Israeli Offensive on Gaza Resumed: 10 Palestinians, 6 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 3 Children, Killed, and 88 Others, Including 24 Children and 14 Women Wounded (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 08 August 2014, the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian truce between the Palestinian and Israeli sides declared on 05 August 2014 expired. Immediately following the 72-hour truce, Israeli occupation forces resumed their offensive on the Gaza Strip. They launched a series of airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas and mosques, as well as civilian gatherings. They also resumed the artillery and sea shelling. As a result of these attacks, 10 Palestinians, 6 of whom are civilians, including 3 children, were killed, and 88 others, including 2 children and a woman, were wounded. Israeli warplanes also destroyed 13 houses and 6 mosques. Additionally, 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a woman, died of previous wounds. PCHR's field workers reported that thousands of Palestinian civilians came back to UNRWA shelters once the truce expired. They face very severe living conditions lacking basic services..

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The Very Un-Christian Nagasaki Bomb (By Gary G. Kohls) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014- Sixty-nine years ago, an all-Christian bomber crew dropped "Fat Man," a plutonium bomb, on Nagasaki, Japan, instantly annihilating tens of thousands of innocent civilians, a disproportionate number of them Japanese Christians, and wounding uncountable numbers of others. For targeting purposes, the bombing crew used St. Mary’s Urakami Cathedral, the largest Christian church in East Asia. At 11:02 a.m., on Aug. 9, 1945, when the bomb was dropped over the cathedral, Nagasaki was the most Christian city in Japan. At the time, the United States was arguably the most Christian nation in the world (that is, if you can label as Christian a nation whose churches overwhelmingly have failed to sincerely teach or adhere to the peaceful ethics of Jesus as taught in the Sermon on the Mount)....


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Collective Punishment in Gaza (By Rashid Khalidi) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 -Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, "I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan."It’s worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about "human shields" or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. That is what Netanyahu is really saying, and that is what he now admits he has "always" talked about. It is about an unswerving, decades-long Israeli policy of denying Palestine self-determination, freedom, and sovereignty...

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Netanyahu Urges US Lawmakers to Defend Israel Against ICC "War Crimes" Prosecution (Jon Queally) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - According to U.S. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), the Israeli government hopes that he and his colleagues in Washington, DC will do everything in their power to prevent the International Criminal Court from pushing forward with possible war crimes charges against his nation over its recent attack on the Gaza Strip which resulted in the killing over nearly 1,900 Palestinians, including a large proportion of civilians and hundreds of children.Speaking to the New York Post from Israel, where he was travelling at the invitation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC), Rep. Israel described the meeting between U.S. lawmakers in the delegation, AIPAC officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

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Hundreds of Thousands March in 'Day of Rage' Against Israel (Lauren McCauley) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014-As Israeli airstrikes continued to rain down on the the Gaza Strip on Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are taking to the streets in an international Day of Rage to condemn the attacks and demand that their governments do their part and boycott Israel.In an open letter announcing the demonstration, a coalition of Palestinian groups organized by the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, write: "As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive arms embargo immediately."...


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Gaza crisis: a closer look at Israeli strikes on UNRWA schools (Raya Jalabi, Tom McCarthy and Nadja Popovich) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - As the conflict in Gaza deepened, tens of thousands – and then hundreds of thousands – of Palestinians were forced out of their homes and into shelters operated by the United Nations. Dozens of UN-operated schools were converted for the purpose. Eventually, almost 270,000 internally displaced people were crowded into 90 shelters in Gaza.In the last two weeks of the fighting before this week’s ceasefire, UN schools began to come under fire. Six schools in all were hit. Hundreds of Palestinians at the schools were wounded and at least 47 were killed. A disproportionate number of those hurt were children or women. Of the 485,000 internally displaced, many had sought shelter in the schools after being warned by the Israeli military to leave their homes...

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The Israeli ISIS (Osman Mirghani) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014- After two Americans and a French national were reported killed while fighting alongside the Israeli army in Gaza, the news passed as if this was a normal occurrence. This news did not cause any commotion in political and media circles in the West. Western and international media outlets reported the news without fanfare, and no side expressed its condemnation or called for an investigations into those who left their countries in order to participate in the Israeli army’s operations in Gaza. The situation in Gaza has been described by human rights activists and UN officials as a "massacre." with many calling for investigation as to whether the huge civilian death toll constitutes a war crime or not. However we did not see any politicians lining up to demand measures be imposed to stop "foreign" fighters from travelling to Israel...

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448 children killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, UN says (Charlotte Silver) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - As Israel claimed it is targeting "terror sites," its first victim was a ten-year-old child in Gaza City. Ibrahim Dawawsa was killed while playing with some friends in the yard of a mosque close to his home, when a missile ended his life and injured his two young friends. During the nearly month-long military offensive on Gaza prior to the short ceasefire, Israel killed 448 children and injured 2,502, according to United Nations estimates. As of 8 August, the death toll in Gaza had reached 1,922...

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Lessons of the conflict in Gaza
Israel claims that its offensive on Gaza is a war on terror; in fact, it is an act of state terrorism.
(Avi Shlaim) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - The cycle of violence that has engulfed the Gaza Strip since Israel's unilateral disengagement in 2005 is repetitive, predictable, and profoundly depressing. In the last six years Israel has launched three major military offensives on this tiny, isolated, desperately poor, and densely-populated Palestinian enclave. Invariably, Israel presents itself as the victim, claiming to be exercising its right to self-defence, while denying the equivalent right to the Palestinians. Yet all these wars were instigated by Israel, all were directed against civilians, and all involved war crimes. They are a direct product of Israeli colonialism, of the most prolonged and brutal military occupation of modern times...

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How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes Israel/Palestine (Rémi Brulin) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - Appearing on CNN a few days into the current offensive in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Hamas as "the worst terrorists, genocidal terrorists." He said they want to "pile up as many civilian dead as they can," and, he added, to "use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause."By contrast, Israeli strikes are said to be aimed at the "terrorists," who are by definition legitimate targets. Any civilian casualties that may result from such uses of force are unintentional, and in fact should be blamed squarely on Hamas. Indeed, Netanyahu explained, not only do they target civilians but they also "hide behind civilians," thus committing "a double war crime."...

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An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing’ (Philip Weiss) - 29-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - A lot of folks have seen this, according to Youtube. It’s the first truly great speech I’ve seen from a western politician decrying Israeli impunity. David Norris is an Irish senator. Note that he says that he had a home in Israel or Palestine; he had a longtime relationship with Ezra Nawi, the great Israeli activist. Some highlights: It changed from a leftwing socially directed country to an extreme rightwing regime that is behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing and it’s time that rag was torn away from them. Israel is afraid of Palestinian unity. That’s what this is all about. It has nothing to do with [the three murdered teens]…



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Video: Israeli sniper kills Palestinian protester in Hebron (Annie Robbins) - 28-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - This video captures the moment an Israeli sniper shot a bullet into the heart of Nader Mohammad Edrees, 40, during a protest in the Bab az-Zaweya area of Hebron on Friday. Doctors performed heart surgery but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead hours later.The video appears to show that Edrees posed no risk at all to occupying Israeli forces. Also note the brave older man near the end of the video waving a green cardboard rocket on his arm, in apparent support for Hamas’s actions in Gaza, right in front of soldiers’ guns. Edrees was buried today in Hebron...

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Debunking Gaza war lies (By John Brown) - 28-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - The lies generated by the IDF spokesperson and the media on the Gaza war are still being endlessly quoted for the purposes of propaganda.
1. "Hamas is forcing residents to stand on rooftops, leading to their deaths." The claim originated with the killing of six members of the Kware’a family and two others at 2:30 p.m. on July 8. According to the investigation, the family evacuated the house after receiving a phone call from the army, but returned after the "knock on the roof" missile was erroneously assumed to have been the missile intended to demolish the house.The Israeli Air Force maintains that it knew that the family had begun to return but could not divert the missile off course. In any case, this argument no longer holds any water since the IDF has attacked other families in a similar manner without any warning. There are abundant examples such as the killing of 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family and 18 members of the Al Batsh family, as well as the widespread bombardment of civilian populations in Rafah...

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"Liberal" Guardian to print pro-genocide ad (Asa Winstanley) - 28-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - Any newspaper that published an advertisement accusing Jews of "child sacrifice" would rightly be condemned as anti-Semitic.How is it, then, that Britain’s leading "liberal" newspaper is set to publish just such an ad about Palestinians on Monday?The Guardian’s media columnist yesterday justified publishing the ad, saying it does not mean "that it endorses the views and claims made within it."This holds no water. Newspapers can pick and choose the ads they run, and often turn down offensive submissions. As The Guardian notes, right-wing London newspaper The Times has, to its credit, rejected the ad...

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Israel deliberately attacking medical workers in Gaza, Amnesty says (Charlotte Silver) - 28-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - "We were on our way back to Nasser hospital, driving with the lights and sirens on as always. The ambulance was clearly marked as such. The doctor, nurse and I were all wearing medical uniforms. When we reached the Islamic University I heard an explosion right next to us and the front and back windows of the car fell out," Gaza ambulance driver Mohammad Abu Jumiza told Amnesty International about a terrifying 24 July chase between him and Israeli artillery as he was transferring injured people in Khan Younis to the hospital.
"As I was turning another missile hit next to us, and then a third one. When the fourth missile hit, I lost control and we crashed, so we ran out of the car and found shelter in a building. Then there were two more missiles fired and some people were injured."...

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Democrat youth wing fires members who criticized Israel’s child killings (Rania Khalek) - 28-aug-2014

August 9, 2014 - The College Democrats of America (CDA), the youth wing of the Democratic National Committee, forced two of its members to resign from leadership positions following a right-wing smear campaign this week.They were branded anti-Semites after expressing anger at Israel’s assault on Gaza in a heated social media exchange. Christopher Woodside, a twenty-year-old student at Catholic University of America, says he was fired 6 August from his position as Communications Director with the DC Federation for College Democrats, CDA’s Washington DC branch...

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Syria News - August 8, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 28-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC had documented the fall of 60 martyrs including 2 women, 3 children and 3 martyrs under torture. 22 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor, 14 in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Aleppo, 5 in Daraa, 4 in Hama, 1 in Idlib and 1 in Homs...

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Surgeon Mads Gilbert Gives a Powerful Speech about Gaza after Returning Home to Norway (PalestineChronicle) - 28-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - In a powerful 25 minute speech on his return home to Tromsø, Norway from 15 days treating the wounded in Gaza, the Norwegian emergency surgeon Dr Mads Gilbert said: "The heart of the Earth beats in Gaza now. It bleeds, but it beats."He went on to say: "The Palestinian people’s resistance in Gaza today is admirable, it is fair and it is a struggle for all of us. We do not want a world where raw power can be abused, to kill those who struggle for justice."Below is the first few minutes of the speech transcribed from the video which is subtitled in English. In an appeal to Norwegian citizens, he asks them to imagine what their country would be like today if they had not struggled for its liberation from German occupation...

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