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Gaza’s Shejaiya Carnage Fills Shifa Morgue (By Mohammed Omer) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 -"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 offload the casualties and dead. As ambulance doors open, people run forward looking for their missing relatives."No, that’s not him, dad" one of the brothers screams to his older father as the ambulance arrives. A shout comes over the air to all Al Mobayed family, "Here is Mohammed". The whole family runs to him, thinking he is alive....

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Video: Night raid in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp (Adam Horowitz) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 - The news is rightfully focused on Gaza right now, but that doesn’t mean life is quiet in the West Bank. The video above was shot by Kelly Lynn last night in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp. Here’s the description: Israeli Defense Forces raid Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp early in the morning on July 21st, 2014. Soldiers arrested 3 young men and assaulted several others. They confiscated footage from that night’s clashes in Bethlehem from journalist Mohammed Al Azza, briefly detained him and assaulted him and his two younger brothers. A father in the camp attempts twice to visit his brother’s home being raided by soldiers in an effort to see his son, and is denied violently by IDF. ...

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‘We have nothing left to lose. I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce’: Palestinian youth demand justice (Pam Bailey) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 - I awoke Sunday morning to news of a massacre in Gaza that evoked memories of Sabra and Shatila – not in terms of absolute numbers, but in the nature of its brutality. An estimated 60 Palestinians had been killed, more than 300 injured and hundreds more forced to flee their homes as Israeli troops and tanks barreled into Shejaiya, a neighborhood in eastern Gaza City. Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra reported that Israeli forces had denied ambulances access to the houses under siege, saying that the area was a "closed military zone." And yet. amidst the reports of destruction, pain and loss, there were Facebook posts like this one from Malaka Mohammed, a young woman from the same Gazan neighborhood who is studying international law in the UK: "Watching Al-Jazeera and my friends and relatives among the casualties. And still strong. I have not seen my family as strong as today. We will never give up till we get our freedom." ...


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Video of Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian (International Solidarity Movement) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 -Yesterday, international and Palestinian volunteers accompanied Civil Defence and other rescue crews, as well as family members, into Shajiya neighbourhood in Gaza. They attempted to locate survivors of overnight and ongoing shelling by the Israeli army. A young Palestinian man in a green shirt hoped to find his family. He was shot by an Israeli soldier while crossing an alley between buildings. Two additional rounds struck him as he lay injured on the ground. His dead body could not be retrieved....

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Israel’s Gaza massacre boosts boycott calls in South Africa (Asa Winstanley) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 - With the horrors of Israel’s massacre currently bearing down on Gaza, it is hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, at least 522 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, have been slaughtered by Israel so far, including 129 children. But as happened after Israel’s 2008-09 "Cast Lead" massacre of more than 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza, there are early signs of a global intensification of calls for the boycott of Israel. In Palestine, the BDS National Committee is seizing the moment to focus on a new call for an arms embargo. The BNC is the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society groups, and coordinates joint actions for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel...

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Israel’s Iron Dome doesn’t cover Bedouins (Rania Khalek) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 - The Naqab (Negev) desert in the south of present-day Israel is home to 200,000 indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel, known as Bedouins, most of whom are completely defenseless against falling rockets because the Israeli government refuses to protect their villages and denies them the right to build bomb shelters. One of two Israeli civilians killed since Israel began its relentless bombing campaign in Gaza was 32-year-old Auda al-Wadj. He died when a rocket fired from Gaza struck his home in Qasr al-Ser, a Bedouin village near Dimona that lacks sirens, bomb shelters and cover from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system because, according to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, the Iron Dome "does not protect agricultural areas." ...

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Diaries: Live from Palestine Israel wants us to die, but we will remain (Rami Almeghari) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 - "Israel contends that the civilians of Gaza expose themselves to harm, therefore, they should leave areas where Israeli army troops operate."
That was one of the things I told listeners during a telephone interview with the US Emoprog Army Radio Hour. I did the interview only a few hours after my four children, my chronically ill wife, my elderly mother and I were forced out of my home in the Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. We are now among the more than 100,000 Palestinians forced to flee their homes as Israel’s horrifying bombardment of Gaza continues. We are lucky to find shelter with relatives about three kilometers away. We are now 31 people all crowded into a single home...

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Israel uses illegal weapons in Gaza (Middle East Monitor) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces are using lethal and internationally banned weapons in their aggressive war against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, experts and witnesses said this morning.Israeli warplanes fired white phosphorus munition in the eastern Gaza Strip. White phosphorus burns fiercely and can set cloth, fuel, ammunition and other materials on fire, and cause serious burns or death. It was heavily used by Israel during its savage war on Gaza in 2008/2009, and caused many severe casualties. Meanwhile, witnesses said that the Israeli occupation used flechette bombs on Saturday in the Shujaya neighbourhood causing the death of 100 civilians in the bloodiest day Gaza has witnessed so far...

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Muslim Scholars condemn deportation of Christians from Mosul (Middle East Monitor) - 30-jul-2014

July 21, 2014 - The Muslim Scholars Association in Iraq condemned the deportation of Christian families from Mosul by the Islamic State (ISIS) this week, saying it amounts to an assault on innocent people. The militant group "gave Christians an ultimatum to leave Mosul by Saturday, thus leaving the city without Christians for the first time in Islamic history," the MSA said. The Muslim scholars denounced this move as "an act of injustice against innocent people, and a deviation from the path recommended by the prophet of Islam and Muslim scholars regarding the treatment of non-Muslims. "No entity has the right to take such measures." ..

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Syria News - July 20 , 2014 (Local Coordinating Committees of Syria) - 30-jul-2014

July 20 , 2014 - By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 96 martyrs, including 4 women, 9 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 40 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 19 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 14 in Daraa; 12 in Hama; 8 in Idlib; 1 in Homs; 1 in Deir al-Zour, e un martire in Alllazqah...

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Worst and Bloodiest Day Since the Beginning of the Offensive (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses. Since last night, Israeli forces have launched unprecedented attacks on al-Shuja'iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The neighborhood has been subjected to intensive aerial and ground shelling. Dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed or wounded, and medical crews and the ICRC have not been able to attend them. Women were seen taking their children out to flee from the area, and some of them were killed...

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There is no evidence that Saint Ephraim’s Cathedral in Mosul has been burned (Sam Hardy) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 - So far, there is only propaganda – but there is a lot of it, which is already exploiting three years of real suffering across three countries. It is exploiting people’s concern in order to spread fear and drive ethnic cleansing. Some unfortunates, who are concerned for the endangered communities in Mosul, have shared the first then the second piece of propaganda. Iraqi Canadian civil engineer Rabea Allos supposedly demonstrated his claim that 'ISIL [had] burned down the Syriac Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq’, by sharing a photograph of a burning church. drzaidg confronted him: 'liar. That’s Egypt...

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Human Rights in Iraq - Terrorism or State Terror? (Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ)) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 -...Maliki’s sectarian policies and the prolonged psychological build-up has led to the current crisis; not ISIS. It is a shame that the international media has failed to mention, or has seemed to have forgotten, about Maliki’s indiscriminate shooting, shelling and bombing of innocent civilians in cities which he claims harbours "terrorists"; most of which are pursued on sectarian-inspired lines. Under his watch, Maliki is well-known towards labelling and targeting all his political opponents as "terrorists". Most of the bombed and shelled cities such as Fallujah, Ramadi and Al-Anbar, have indeed housed famous political opponents of Maliki’s brutal regime.
Since December 2012, the peaceful protests by Iraqi civilians seeking political reform and the appointment of a "unity" government were constantly responded with violent crackdowns that have resulted in the deaths of approximately 400 innocent civilians (the total deaths during the war and occupation amounted to more than a million civilians; the crisis in June alone has led to the deaths of 2,500 civilians; whereas hundreds of thousands of Iraqis remain displaced). The current offensives we are witnessing remains one of the last few options of Iraqis seeking to further their plight towards ending the injustices and impunity under Maliki’s sectarian regime....

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Palestine, the occupation and the resistance for beginners (Jamal Khashogji) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 -In March 1955, an Israeli army unit attacked a camp belonging to the Egyptian army inside the Gaza Strip, which was entrusted to Egypt after the 1948 war. The Israelis killed 36 Egyptian soldiers in cold blood and wounded 28 others. One of the perpetrators was the infamous Ariel Sharon, the late Israeli prime minister, who said that the purpose of the operation was "to kill all the soldiers, destroy all the weapons that were available inside the camp and destroy its entire installations." According to a once-secret Israel report made public a few years ago, it was a punitive objective, not military, "to deliver a message to the Egyptian leadership under Gamal Abdel Nasser that any new commando operation [by Egypt] will have bloody consequences."...


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Weapons to Israel and the upholding of false narratives (Ramona Wadi) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 -The settler-colonial state's imperialist allies have exhausted all perfunctory rhetoric of alleged concern in their futile attempt to ward off outrage at the obscene support for Israel's ongoing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. Ensuring no doubt remains regarding the maintenance of such depravity, Operation Protective Edge has also been marked by increased military and defence aid to Israel. The deals, however, were shrouded in rhetoric that attempted to justify murder in retaliation for rockets fired into Israel by Palestinian resistance factions. Israel, on the other hand, expressed the usual gratitude by emphasising "difficult conditions" wrought precisely by their annihilation ambitions in Gaza....

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Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After Israeli Strike Say They Have Nowhere To Go (Sophia Jones) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 -Just after sunrise on Sunday, Zeinab, a young Palestinian mother, ran out of her house in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood with her husband and barefoot 5-year-old daughter. With the sound of Israeli drones overhead and air strikes and tank shelling all around, Zeinab watched as her neighbors poured into the streets and began to run. So she did the same."We were running, and [the Israeli Army] was attacking behind us," she said, sitting within the safety of al-Shifa Hospital’s compound in central Gaza City, over three miles away from Shijaiyah. "There were dead people around us." Frantic families, many shellshocked and inconsolable, stood around Zeinab, not knowing where to go or what to do next...

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Survivors of Shujaiyya assault recount horrors at Shifa hospital (Ma'an News) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 -... Umm Wael Mansour, another survivor, told Ma'an: "I lived through the 1967 war, and other wars as well, but this one is indescribable. It's more difficult than the Sabra and Shatila massacres," she said, referencing the killings of thousands of Palestinians in Beirut by Israeli-supported militias during the Lebanese civil war."People who came to save us after a shell hit our home were killed on the street," she added, "and there were remains of the bodies of children, women, youth, and elderly on the ground."She wondered why the houses of innocent people were targeted when there were no militants in them.Umm Rafat Abu al-Qumeez, meanwhile, cried for her family whose bodies had not yet been recovered from the rubble.She told Ma'an: "My children are under the rubble, send ambulances because people are dying in Shujaiyya."..

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Robert Parry’s folly (Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 - To drive his point home, Parry refers to the sarin gas incident that supposedly was a false flag operation intended to justify an American "regime change" invasion of Syria that would have put the FSA in power. Yes, I know. It sounds ridiculous at this point with so many articles referring to the White House’s preference for Bashar al-Assad over any and every rebel but let’s follow Parry’s tortured logic since it is clear that so many of our "anti-imperialists" will take him at his word.Despite the war hysteria then gripping Official Washington, President Obama rejected war at the last moment and – with the help of Russian President Putin – was able to negotiate a resolution of the crisis in which Assad surrendered Syria’s chemical weapons while still denying a hand in the sarin gas attack. Actually, there was no "war hysteria" in Washington, or more specifically in the White House...

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Israel using flechette shells in Gaza (Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 -The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza.Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered injuries to her chest, it said. PCHR provided a picture of flechettes taken by a fieldworker last week.The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not deny using the shells in the conflict. "As a rule, the IDF only employs weapons that have been determined lawful under international law, and in a manner which fully conforms with the laws of armed conflict," a spokesperson said in response to a request for specific comment on the deployment of flechettes.B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation, describes a flechette shell as "an anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from a tank. The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of metal darts 37.5mm in length, which disperse in a conical arch 300 metres long and about 90 metres wide"....

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On ‘Human Shielding’ in Gaza (Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 - 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 own homes, frequenting a mosque, going to a hospital or to school has become a dangerous enterprise since any one of these architectural edifices can become at any moment a target. One can no longer safely assume that the existence of masses of human bodies – even the bodies of children – in civilian spaces can serve as defense of the weak against the lethal capacity of the hi-tech states.But since hi-tech states can and do kill hundreds or thousands of civilians, they have to provide moral justification for their action in order to preserve their standing in the international arena; they have to demonstrate that they are protecting the principles of liberal democracy. It is precisely within this context that we should understand the series of posters recently disseminated by the Israeli military through its Twitter account, Facebook and blogs...

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HRW Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas: Some Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre (by Norman G. Finkelstein) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 - ...Nonetheless, Human Rights Watch (HRW), in its legal reckoning, did not so much even out as reverse the balance sheet. It never explicitly accused Israel of committing war crimes, whereas its first press release already accused Hamas of committing war crimes. If in fact HRW accurately interpreted the laws of war, the only rational conclusion would be that these laws are morally bankrupt and deserving of contempt: they would not be distilling but instead grossly distorting the moral realities of war, as they exonerate the major perpetrators of war crimes. But did HRW accurately interpret the laws of war, or did this influential human rights organization give Israel a green light to commit war crimes on a yet more massive scale during the ground invasion? Let us look at the record....

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Massacre in Shujaiya: Dozens killed as Israel shells eastern Gaza City - photos (Ali Abunimah) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 - Dozens of men, women and children were killed in the early hours of Sunday as Israel indiscriminately shelled the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiya. Some sixty bodies have already been removed from the rubble of homes and apartment buildings, and the number of injured is more than two hundred, Palestinian health ministry spokesman Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra told local media.But the true death toll could be even higher. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it coordinated a two-hour "humanitarian truce" to allow the rescue of the injured and the removal of bodies...

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Hamas wants to pile up ‘telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause’ — Netanyahu, on television (Alex Kane and Phil Weiss) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014 - CNN’s Wolf Blitzer got a one-on-one with Benjamin Netanyahu and asked him about the disturbing optics of the Gaza onslaught, in which Israel has now killed hundreds of civilians, many of them children..... Netanyahu:
I’m very sad. When I see that I’m very sad. We’re sad for every civilian casualty. They’re not intended. This is the difference between us. The Hamas deliberately targets civilians and deliberately hides behind civilians. They imbed their rocketeers, their rocket caches, their other weaponry, which they use to fire on us in civilian areas… What choice do we have?… All civilian casualties are unintended by us but actually intended by Hamas. They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because somebody said, and I mean, it’s gruesome, but they use telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause. They want– the more dead the better.
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Nobel peace laureates and celebrities call for military embargo on Israel (Palestinian BDS National Committee) - 30-jul-2014

July 20, 2014-Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression. Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza has so far killed scores of Palestinian civilians, injured hundreds and devastated the civilian infrastructure, including the health sector, which is facing severe shortages.Israel’s ability to launch such devastating attacks with impunity largely stems from the vast international military cooperation and trade that it maintains with complicit governments across the world...

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