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Reporter Jon Snow on Gaza's Children: Misery and Responsibility

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John Snow of UK's Channel 4, discusses the miserable conditions in Gaza in relation to children, after his return to the studio. He goes beyond the story to address questions of responsibility.  Such reports are hardly shown on mainstream screens in the United States, and beyond.  

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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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The Palestinian Resistance and Its Enemies

[Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini with aides and Palestinian irregulars, Jerusalem district, February 1948.]

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 rockets were born. It was, in other words, not a ceasefire proposal at all. With his comments, Abbas, the leader of Fatah and the chairman of the Palestine Liberation ...

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Israel Mows the Lawn

[A Palestinian home after an IDF Bombing. Image by Muhammad Sabah.]

[The following article by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani appears in the upcoming issue of the London Review of Books and has been posted online.] In 2004, a year before Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Dov Weissglass, éminence grise to Ariel Sharon, explained the initiative’s purpose to an interviewer from Haaretz: The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process … And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian ...

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بغايا بغداد التعيسات

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الى بدر شاكر السياب الذي قال "بغداد مبغى كبير" في ليلة حالكة من عام 1938، كانت العاصمة العراقيّة معرّضة للطوفان بسبب ارتفاع منسوب المياه في نهر دجلة. في حالات كهذه، تستعين الشرطة بالمارّة من أجل حثّهم على إنقاذ مدينتهم. إلا أن شوارع المدينة كانت خالية بسبب البرد القارس وتأخر الوقت، فسارع عدنان محيي الدين، معاون الشرطة، إلى التفكير بمنطقة قريبة من النهر ومن "السدة"، مكمن الفيضان، لا تنام بسبب طبيعتها. إنها منطقة "الكلجيّة"، الحاضنة الرئيسة لبيوت الدعارة في جانب الرصافة من بغداد آنذاك. ذهبت سيارات الشرطة إلى "الكلجيّة" ودعت الجميع هناك إلى العمل على إنقاذ العاصمة من خطر الفيضان. لبّى الطلب كل من كان سهراناً في تلك الليلة. ...

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رد مصر على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة: مقابلة مع حسام الحملاوي

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أناقش في هذه المقابلة (انظر الفيديو في الأسفل) مع حسام الحملاوي رد حكومة السيسي على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة كوظيفة للسياسة المصرية المحلية، بالإضافة إلى التغير الشجاع في الخطاب حول فلسطين، خاصة حول حماس. يبدأ بمعالجة كيف واصل السيسي لعب الدور الذي لعبه الرئيس السابق حسني مبارك حيال فلسطين؛ باستثناء أن السيسي تجاوزه بأضعاف مضاعفة. ومهما كان ما فعله مبارك لتخفيف معاناة الفلسطينيين، خاصة في غزة، قليلاً، فإن ما فعله السيسي في هذا الصدد أقل بكثير. يشير حسام إلى إغلاق حدود غزة المثير للريبة من قبل مصر في الأوقات الأكثر حرجاً. وحتى في الأوقات الأكثر كارثية، كمثل الهجوم الحالي على غزة، لم تكن هناك أية اعتبارات أو استثناءات. يعالج حسام أيضاً الشيطنة واسعة الانتشار وغير ...

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Egypt's Response To The Israeli Assault On Gaza: An Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

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In this interview (video below), I discuss with Hossam El-Hamalawy al-Sisi's government response to the Israeli assault on Gaza as a function of local Egyptian politics and the bold shift in the discourse on Palestine, Hamas specifically. He starts by addressing how al-Sisi continues to play the role that former President Mubarak did on Palestine, except “on steroids.” Whatever little Mubarak did to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, al-Sisi exceeded. Hossam refers to the cynical Gaza border closure by Egypt during the most critical times. Even at the most extenuating and catastrophic times, such as the current assault on Gaza, no ...

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FAQ on Failed Effort to Arrange Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas

[Demonstration against Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Dublin Ireland, July 2014. Image by Eoin O'Mahony.]

Q: Why do you think Hamas didn't accept the terms of the ceasefire? Rashid Khalidi (RK): Hamas has insisted that there be a lasting resolution of the basic problem of Israel's siege of Gaza, as was promised as part of the 2012 cease-fire, but never implemented in spite of Israel's recognition that Hamas scrupulously maintained the cease-fire until quite recently. The Egyptian proposal makes lifting of the siege conditional on Israel's approval, which means never. Mouin Rabbani (MR): Hamas, and with it other Palestinian organizations such as Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, have indicated that they were not consulted on the ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Debates Whether Diplomacy Can End the Conflct in Gaza on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story”

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[This video and post were originally published by Al Jazeera English.] US President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he was worried fierce fighting with Hamas in Gaza could escalate, and offered help to broker a ceasefire.   Obama spoke to Netanyahu after Israeli jets pounded Gaza for a fourth consecutive day but did not stop its fighters from launching more rockets. The situation is causing global concern over the rising number of Palestinian casualties.     The United States regards Hamas as a terrorist organization and so is not prepared to negotiate with the group. But John Kerry, the US ...

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Is Gaza Still Occupied and Why Does It Matter?

[Entering Gaza at the Erez Checkpoint. Image by Olly Lambert.]

[In view of Israel's assertions that it has not occupied the Gaza Strip since 2005, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim authored by Lisa Hajjar, initially published in 2012.] Yes, the Gaza Strip is still occupied. Despite official Israeli remonstrations that the unilateral disengagement of 2005, which removed Israeli military bases and Jewish settlers, transformed Gaza into “no longer occupied territory,” neither those changes nor anything that has transpired since has ended the occupation. “Occupation” is a legal designation of an international nature. Israel’s occupation of Gaza continues to the present day because (a) Israel continues to exercise ...

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Colonial Experiments in Gaza

[Debris of home demolished by Israeli air strike in Operation Cast lead, January 2009. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis Israel’s attacks on Gaza authored by Samera Esmeir initially published in 2012.] Once again Israel, still the occupying power of Gaza, has unleashed its war machinery on occupied Palestinians. Since the start of the second intifada in 2000, this ritual has become compulsive and repetitive. Israel initiated its new round of bloody violence by targeting Palestinian resistance fighters who, Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz explained, Israel will “hunt like beasts.” In this new round of war, shelling and ...

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Mouin Rabbani Appears on Russia Today's Cross Talk

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani participates in a debate on the current Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip on Russia Today's Cross Talk program. Other guests are Dan Arbell and Norman Finkelstein.  

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Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the world’s only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are ...

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

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 ...

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Video: US Aid to Israel - The Real Deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep...real deep. It's based on security, conflict and most of all money. Most of it for the Israeli military. But with over two hundred killed in Gaza just this July and the Israeli military's long list human rights abuses, AJ+ Labs' Francesca Fiorentini asks: is this special relationship worth the price?    

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Press Release: UNRWA Commissioner-General Press Briefing on the Situation in Gaza Strip

[The following statement was delivered by the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, on 14 July. In the intervening six days, the casualty figures cited in this statement have more than doubled.]           As Delivered Thank you for joining us at this press briefing. As we stand here, the Gaza Strip is once again experiencing very dramatic circumstances, ...

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HRW Improves Position on Gaza/Israel, Calls for Suspension of Some US Arms to Israel

The NYC-based, private, non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch today issued a new statement on the Gaza crisis that goes a good distance toward correcting the serious errors they made in the statement they issued 9 July, as noted here. Furthermore, today’s report explicitly calls for an end to the supply of all weaponry “to Israel, to Hamas, or to armed groups in the Gaza Strip… that has been documented or credibly alleged to have been used in violation of ...

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الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني: إسرائيل و"الصدمة النفسية للإخلاء"

يمكن أن تُجسّد عمليات إخلاء المستوطنات في وضْعٍ استعماريّ لحظات من تمزّق محتمل وقلْب لنظام سياسي متأصّل في انتزاع الملكية. تتّسم لحظات كهذه، في حالة إسرائيل وفلسطين، بالتعبير من جديد عن مشروع الاستعمار الاستيطاني ومعاودة شَرْعَنته. ويحدثُ هذا عبر تطوير اقتصادٍ أخلاقيّ محدّد للاستيطان قائم على التعبئة السياسية للصدمة النفسية. أستخدمُ فكرة الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني من أجل أن أعرّف الطريقة التي عُبِّر بها عن عمليات الإخلاء كصدمة نفسية قومية، وعن المستوطن الذي أُخليَ وجُرّد من ملكيته كضحية ...

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A Practical Solution for Iraq

The rise of ISIS and the declaration of a Caliphate that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria signals a moment of exceptional danger not only for Iraq and its future existence as a state, but for US national interests. The United States has sacrificed life and limb and invested billions of dollars to save Iraq from dictatorship and help its people build a thriving democracy. Mistakes were made for sure, but our intentions and objectives were always clear: to stabilize and democratize the region. ...

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وقف العدوان لا يكفي

تهدف إسرائيل من العدوان وفق ما تعلنُه إلى العودة إلى معادلة "هدوء مقابل هدوء"، أما في الحقيقة فإن حكومة نتنياهو تريد من عدوانها أن يحقق ضربة قاصمة للبنية التحتيّة للمقاومة، وكسر إرادة المقاومة، من خلال تضمين أي اتفاق نزع السلاح. بالرغم من حملة الإبادة المستمرة طوال الأيام الثمانية الماضية لا تزال المقاومة صامدة وتطلق صواريخها التي تصل يوميًا إلى مختلف أنحاء إسرائيل، وترفض القبول بمعادلة "تهدئة مقابل تهدئة"، وتطالب بأن يشمل أي اتفاق جديد وقف العدوان ورفع الحصار، وإطلاق سراح الأسرى ...

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Repetition and Death in the Colony: On the Israeli Attacks on Gaza

At the moment of writing these lines, the BBC reports one hundred deaths thus far in Gaza in the recent Israeli onslaught. As we have seen these scenes before, the invocation of repetition comes naturally. “Once again” is a commonly used word when it comes to death and suffering under occupation in Palestine and specifically Gaza.1 It can be a rhetorically deployed knee-​jerk reaction (as in: once again Israel is killing Palestinians; or: once again Israel has to defend itself ...

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No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory

[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim by Co-Editor Noura Erakat initially published in 2012.]   On the fourth day of Israel's most recent onslaught against Gaza's Palestinian population, President Barack Obama declared, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” In an echo of Israeli officials, he sought to frame ...

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