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Sa forsvarar Israel sitt angrepp mot Gaza – fem argument som inte haller

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Israel har dödat över 1300 palestinier i Gazaremsan bara under de senaste tre veckorna. Dess angrepp fortsätter. FN uppskattar att tre fjärdedelar av de dödade är civila. Det kan förväntas med en befolkning på 1,8 miljoner, där antalet Hamas-medlemmar är cirka 15 000. Israel förnekar inte att man dödat dessa palestinier med hjälp av modern teknik och precisionsvapen, tillhandahållen av världens enda supermakt. Faktum är att Israel inte ens förnekar att de är civila. Men Israels propagandamaskin hävdar att dessa palestinier ville dö ("en martyrkultur"), iscensatte sin egen död ("döda som gör sig bra på TV") eller var tragiska offer för Hamas ...

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Boom: A Photo Essay

[All photos courtesy of Hisham Ghuzlan]

When I visited Shatila last week two topics dominated conversation: the carnage in Gaza and the deleterious effects of the construction boom underway in the camp. I’ll take them in turn, though Shatilans usually don’t; for them, each topic seems the underbelly of the other. Building in Shatila has long been described by residents as a kind of cancer, its growth both irregular and hazardous. The waves of Syrians and Palestinians fleeing Syria since 2011 have caused it to metastasize. Two years ago its population was estimated at 21,000, around 9000 of them Palestinian. Friends tell me the influx of refugees, alongside the steady flow of Lebanese and labor migrants ...

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W Radio (Colombia) Interviews Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on Gaza

  The W interviews Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on the Israeli political endgame in its latest Gaza incursion. They also discussed his article "Israel Mows the Lawn."      

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A Teenager Contemplates Life and War in the Gaza Strip

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Who I Am I am Noor Omar Shaban Ismail, a sixteen year-old teenager who lives and grew up in one of the most dangerous areas in the world, the Gaza Strip. I have only one brother who is studying civil engineering in France. I really hope to follow in his footsteps and become successful to achieve my dreams and goals. My Story The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It has absolutely no kind of infrastructure and one of the highest rates of people living below the poverty line. Every year there are 20,000 new college graduates who have the enthusiasm to work and achieve success for their country. Sixty per cent of the people are ...

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The Other Israelis

[This image was created by political satirist, Amir Schiby, following the deaths of Ahed Atef Bakr, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr in Gaza while playing on the beach.]

Following Operation Protective Edge, many cities around the world have witnessed demonstrations sympathizing with the people of Gaza. Tel Aviv had a few as well. Haggai Matar, a leftist activist, participated in one on July 12: The right-wingers announced in advance that they would be coming to physically assault us in the protest. However, police paid no heed to the warnings, nor to the threats made on the scene when the protest began, nor to our requests that the very few police officers present would call for backup and try to physically separate the two demonstrations. When the air raid sirens wailed in Tel Aviv that evening, we knew one thing for ...

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Iranian Intellectuals, Artists and Social Activists' Statement on the Recent Conflict in Palestine

[Images from at the elementary school in Gaza’s Rimal neighborhood, where UNRWA is housing refugees who left their homes on orders from the Israeli military on the night between 12 and 13 July, 2014. Image by Muhammad Sabah.]

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories on 29 July 2014.] “Remaining silent while Palestinian people are slaughtered is a sin which nothing could absolve.” We condemn the barbaric and frequent assaults that have been committed by the Israeli state against the people of Palestine. We also support Palestinians’ fight to win freedom and defend their homes and their country. These struggles have always inspired people to oppose tyranny all over the world. The pretext for beginning this new cycle of attacks was the murder of three Israeli teenagers. This crime should have been investigated by the police and if necessary, by Interpol. Regardless of their ...

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A City-Sized Prison-House

[A fence encircling Gaza, taken in 2005.]

The no-man’s-land that surrounds the entrance to the Gaza Strip from Israel is a surreal space. Most of the time, it is a hot, flat, quiet place. Tumbleweeds might appear if there was movement in the air and it existed in the Midwest of the United States 200 years ago. But in the Mediterranean of today, the air is still. Only the exposed walk from where the taxi must leave its foreign passenger to the Israeli security point produces a disturbance in the torpor that surrounds this zone. To convey something of the wrongness of this space, you have to imagine the quiet indolence that attends this entrance to a human cage. Nobody outside shouts. Nobody objects. Nobody ...

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Video: When Media Coverage Of Gaza And Israel Becomes The Story

  When it comes to news about Israel and Palestine, the media coverage itself often becomes the story. For AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri looks at where the US media got it wrong and how social media is keeping the mainstream accountable.  

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Statement by Palestinian Academics, Public Figures, and Activists in Gaza: No Ceasefire Without Justice

[Image of smoke rising after in Israeli strike in Gaza. Image by Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/Flickr.]

[The following letter was issued by a number of civil society leaders in Gaza. It was originally published on the Electronic Intifada.] As academics, public figures, and activists witnessing the intended genocide of 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, we call for a ceasefire with Israel only if conditioned on an end to the blockade and the restoration of basic freedoms that have been denied to the people for more than seven years. Our foremost concerns are not only the health and safety of the people in our communities, but also the quality of their lives – their ability to live free of fear of imprisonment without due process, to support their families ...

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Press Release: From Tel Aviv to Toronto, Los Angeles to London, Chicago to San Francisco, Jews Say No to Israeli Genocide

[The following press release was issued by the International Jewish anti-Zionist Network.] From Tel Aviv to Toronto, Los Angeles to London, Chicago to San Francisco, Jews Say No to Israeli Genocide We call on Jews all over the world to follow the call from Haider Eid, political activist and commentator, to “besiege Israeli consulates,” and to protest Zionist events attempting to justify Israel’s massacre of Palestinians. Below are reports of actions Jews against genocide are taking or participating in.  Please join us – organize pickets, protests, creative actions, sit-ins, demonstrations and direct action to protest – in the loudest possible ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates the Tactics and Ethics of Warfare on PBS Newshour

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This PBS Newshour segement reflect's PBS's concern wiht the "growing number of casualties in the battle between Israel and Hamas" which "raised questions about the tactics being used by both sides." Judy Woodruff invites Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat of George Mason University and Amos Guiora of the University of Utah to discuss and debate accusations that "Hamas is using civilians as human shields and the ethics of targeting civilian areas." The video speaks for itself.  

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A Debate on Gaza: Democracy Now! Interviews Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada and. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward

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Democracy Now! hosts a debate on US media coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict and the roots of the crisis with two guests: Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the website Electronic Intifada & author of the new book, "The Battle for Justice in Palestine"; and J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large and columnist at the newspaper, The Jewish Daily Forward. Abunimah and Goldberg discuss news headlines that ignore the massive Palestinian toll, whether the ceasefire should address the Gaza blockade, and the history of the conflict.   

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Cinq points de discussion israéliens sur Gaza: démystifiés

The Nation – 25 juillet 2014 Israël prétend qu’il ne fait qu’exercer son droit à la légitime défense et que Gaza n’est plus occupée. Voici ce que vous devez savoir sur ces points de discussion, et plus encore. Israël a tué près de 800 Palestiniens dans les vingt-et-un derniers jours, dans la bande de Gaza seulement ; son attaque se poursuit. Les Nations-Unies estiment que plus de 74 % des tués sont des civils. Ce qui n’est pas surprenant avec une population de 1,8 million d’habitants, où le nombre des ...

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Watching the Occupation at a Close Distance

On May 15, 2014, Nakba Day—a day on which Palestinians commemorate the mass dispossession caused by the formation of the state of Israel—Israeli army snipers shot and killed teenagers Nadeem Siam Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher during a protest outside of the Ofer prison, where Palestinian political prisoners are held near Ramallah. A few days after their deaths, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI) issued a video, “Unlawful Killing of Two Palestinians Outside Ofer,” featuring ...

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"A Slaughter of Innocents": Democracy Now! Interview with American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman

 Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually ...

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Israel "maht den Rasen“

(London Review of Books). Im Jahre 2004 – ein Jahr vor dem einseitigen israelischen Abzug aus dem Gazastreifen – erklärte Dov Weissglass, die Graue Eminenz hinter Ariel Sharon, gegenüber einem Reporter der „Haaretz“ den Zweck der Initiative: „Die Bedeutung des Rückzugsplans liegt im Einfrieren des Friedensprozesses … Und wenn man diesen Prozess einfriert, verhindert man die Gründung eines palästinensischen Staates sowie eine Diskussion über die Flüchtlinge, die Grenzen und Jerusalem. Im ...

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The Economic Challenges of the Gaza War: Relief and Reconstruction but No Palestinian Development

As both on-the-ground pressure in the Gaza Strip and diplomacy inexorably move towards a ceasefire, the eyes of the world have been fixed upon the mounting casualty toll suffered by the territory’s 1.8 million inhabitants. The scale and intensity of the Israeli offensive, now in its fourth week, and the professionalism and resilience of Palestinian fighting forces also have dominated headlines.  The terrible human and economic costs continue to mount by the hour and will be felt by the Palestinian ...

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Racism is the Foundation of Israel's Operation Protective Edge

On June 30 Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the Knesset faction of the ultra-right wing ha-Bayit ha-Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party, a key member of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, posted on her Facebook page a previously unpublished article written by the late Uri Elitzur. Elitzur, a pro-settler journalist and former chief-of-staff to Netanyahu, wrote Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism… They are all ...

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Isolating Gaza

The restriction of Palestinian movement in Gaza and elsewhere has long been a central tactic of the Israeli occupation. During the latest Israeli assault on Gaza considerable media coverage has been given to the Israeli tactic of calling people a few minutes before their homes are bombed. Some observers appear to accept the Israeli contention that this is a humanitarian gesture. Others raise the question of where, in this landscape of violence, in a tiny, densely populated strip of land with no free ...

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Growing Israeli and Neoconservative Fears of One More Frittata (Groundbreaking Video)

The calamitous destruction that befell Gaza did not dissuade mainstream media in the United States from registering the growing fears of one more Frittata (apparently all kinds). “Phat Potatoes in Palestine,” or PPIP, a new terrorist group that makes khkhamas appear lame, has issued its first communiqué and is now gearing up to start the frying. It's a chilling image. WATCH 20-SECOND CLIP BELOW Fataaaaaaah, for its part, commented that it is not able to deal with the new Frittata, and if its security ...

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Video: Gaza—Is This a War on Children?

[This video was originally posted by Channel 4 News (UK)]  In this video, Jon Snow, of Channel 4 News (UK) interviews children in Gaza City about the horror of--and coping with--living under Israeli bombardment. Snow also speaks to Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, currently treating children of Gaza at al Shifa hospital. Warning: this report does contain graphic images of injured children.

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The Palestinian Resistance and Its Enemies

Responding to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and other resistance forces in the Gaza Strip’s rejection of the so-called “ceasefire proposal,” Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas lamented, “The Palestinian factions’ refusal to deal with the Egyptian proposal for ceasefire with Israel has disappointed all of us.” That ceasefire called for the end of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, but said nothing of the Israeli occupation, siege, and blockade from which those ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Palestine-Israel News Gaza Conflict: Palestinian Death Toll Reaches Two Hundred Seventy-Four Amid Fierce Fighting, Harriet Sherwood, Peter ...

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Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza

Every morning we wake up to an updated butcher’s bill: one hundred, two hundred, four hundred, six hundred Palestinians killed by Israel’s war apparatus. These numbers gloss over many details: the majority of Gazans, one of the most populated and impoverished areas in the world, are refugees from other parts of historic Palestine. It is under a brutal siege, and there is nowhere to hide from Israel’s onslaught.  Before this “war” Gaza was a form of quarantine, a population held captive and ...

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