ISRAEL

Jul 31 10:24

London 1 August: Protest for Gaza at Israeli Embassy

Free Palestine Protest
Stop Israel's attacks on Gaza
Friday 1 August 5.30-7.30pm
Outside the Israeli Embassy
High Street Kensington
London W8 4QB

The total killed in Gaza after 24 days of relentless Israel attack is over 1,400. More than 8,000 are injured. Another school bombed on 29 July, killing at least 16, became the sixth UN facility attacked by Israel. Gaza's main power station has been destroyed. On 30 July, a food market was bombed, killing at least seventeen people. This is mass murder on an industrial scale and deliberate destruction of the territory's infrastructure.

The massacre must stop now. If David Cameron had a shred of humanity, his government would be imposing sanctions and implementing an immediate arms embargo on Israel.

Jul 31 10:24

Holocaust Survivor and Israeli Minister: Labeling Criticism of Israel “Anti-Semitic” Is a TRICK

Holocaust survivor Hajo Myer – a Jewish boy when Hitler came to power, and survived Auschwitz – says:

Any criticism of the policies of Israel is hampered and made impossible by a terrible trick and crime of Israeli propaganda: that any criticism of the politics of Israel comes out – is induced by – anti-semitic feelings.

Jul 31 10:08

Kyrie Eleison - Gaza 2014

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BUMP TO THE TOP

UPDATE: Less than 24 hours since the release and already this video has been viewed 3300 times (that is assuming YouTube is not artificially depressing the numbers) I am spending a huge amount of time deleting comments by Israel's supporters such as "I hope Israel kills every Palestinian" and so forth but otherwise the response has been huge.

A reader informs me that LiveLeak is blocking attempts to post this video to their website, on the grounds that showing dead bodies set to music is a violation of their standards. Somehow, I don't think that is the real reason.

Facebook, as of my last test, is not blocking posting of this video the way they did "All Wars are Bankers' Wars" but the day is still young.


This is a new video to Claire K. Rivero's "Kyrie Eleison" ("Lord have mercy on us all"). In the original version, I made a point of using images of child victims of all wars across the last few decades, but in this version I decided to not "go gently", and the images in this video are all from Israel's attack on Gaza, ending with a message to all American voters.

There is an interesting story regarding the creation of this video. Yesterday morning, when I started collecting the images, I was able to go to Google's Image Search feature and type in "Gaza Dead Babies", which yielded the images you see here. Later in the day, following Israel's bombing of the Gaza media center, cutting the Twitter feeds, and bombing the power station to silence Gaza's computers and internet connections, I returned to Google to find a few more images and found that "Gaza Dead Babies" not only did not bring these images up any longer, but tended to produce numerous photos of the three killed Israeli teens from the West Bank! Is this what they mean by Googliness?"

No doubt Facebook will block attempts to post this video as well, but take a look and help me make it go viral. When you see the message at the end, you will understand why.

UPDATE: This video is also available at VIMEO!

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Jul 31 10:07

16,000 Israeli Reservists Mobilised Against Gaza

ISRAEL mobilised 16,000 more reservists today to press its bloody war against the people of Palestine, taking the total extra mobilisation to 86,000.

More than 1,300 Palestinians have died in three weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, according to the enclave’s health ministry.

Jul 31 10:02

Chile Recalls Ambassador from Israel

Jul 31 10:02

Voice from Gaza: 'There is no life, no tomorrow'

You don't know where the next bomb is going to be dropped. People ran for shelter at UN buildings where they said is a safe space. But they attacked that too. So people are running to churches for shelter. Or even standing under trees, hanging their washing. They are refugees in their own country.

There is nowhere to go. Egypt is blocked, and we are not going to live like refugees, we would rather die here. If there is a ceasefire, I will leave for better opportunities.

We have not seen any action and we no longer trust the international community. This is what people feel. It's like a genocide.

Jul 31 09:59

Gaza crisis: Israel attacks 'not accidental', claims UN

The strikes by Israel's military on UN buildings in Gaza "do not appear to be accidental", the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said.

Ms Pillay also called for international law with "appropriate investigation, prosecution and punishment" to be applied to the incidents.

Jul 31 09:55

Bombed Gaza power plant investor insured by US development agency

The Overseas Private Investment Corp., a U.S. government agency that offers investment services to assist U.S. companies investing in developing countries, provides political risk insurance to U.S. general contractor Morganti to cover its investment in the Gaza power plant that was bombed and destroyed by Israel on Tuesday.

“The investor has notified OPIC that the facility in question has been damaged,” Charlie Stadtlander, a representative for OPIC, told Devex in a written statement. “As of this writing, no official insurance claim has been filed,” Stadtlander added.

OPIC’s coverage plan, which has been in place since 2004, is worth up to $48 million.

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So, you are forced to pay for the bombs Israel used to blow up the power plant and now you are forced to pay to rebuild it!

Don't it makeya proudernSHIT to be an American today!

Jul 31 09:51

Israel 'to destroy' Hamas Gaza tunnels - Netanyahu

Israel will not stop its operation in Gaza until the tunnels constructed by Hamas militants have been destroyed, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

He said he was determined to destroy the tunnels, which militants use to infiltrate Israeli territory, "with or without a ceasefire".

Jul 31 09:45

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week's end.

"Let's stop playing games," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., calling the assistance a necessity for the "life-or-death struggle Israel faces."

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Jul 31 09:43

US TAX DOLLARS CONTINUE TO PAY FOR CARNAGE IN GAZA

he Pentagon confirmed the Israeli military had requested additional ammunition to restock its dwindling supplies on July 20, with the US Defense Department approving the sale just three days later.

SALE ????

Did anyone see a receipt??

This might explain why you didn’t … the weapons were already in Israel.

Two of the requested munitions came from a little-known stockpile of ammunition stored by the US military on the ground in Israel for emergency use. The War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel is estimated to be worth $1 billion.

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"The word "sale" is a joke. Where do you think Israel gets the money to buy US weapons? From the US TAXPAYERS!

Jul 31 09:42

FIRST THEY BOMBED AN OPEN MARKET IN GAZA, THEN THEY KILLED A REPORTER COVERING THE STORY ~~ GRAPHIC VIDEO

A graphic video showing the killing of journalist Ramy Ryan in Gaza and an attack on an ambulance and rescue workers by Israeli air strikes has surfaced online. Warning: This six-minute video is very graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.

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'Graphic' is good. This is no time to tread lightly with regard to photographic evidence Israel's war crimes.

Jul 31 09:41

URI AVNERY ASKS (AND ANSWERS) WHO IS WINNING IN GAZA

The intensive bombing of the Gaza Strip has not produced a Hamas capitulation. On the other hand, the intensive rocket campaign by Hamas, which covered most of Israel, did not succeed either. The stunning success of the rockets to reach everywhere in Israel has been met with the stunning success of the “Iron Dome” counter-rockets to intercept them.

So, until now, it is a standoff.

But when a tiny fighting force in a tiny territory achieves a standoff with one of the mightiest armies in the world, it can be considered a victory.

Jul 31 09:36

What's not a target for Israel?

Israeli forces have killed over 200 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip over the past 23 days. In order to obfuscate this harsh reality, Israeli officials claim "self-defence" and contend that civilian deaths are justified because Hamas allegedly uses Palestinians in Gaza as human shields. Israel is an occupying power that is attacking and destroying an occupied Palestinian civilian population. These civilian deaths are not collateral damage. They are war crimes.

Jul 31 09:35

Power Plant Bombed In Gaza Is Insured By U.S. Government

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill scrambled to approve increased military funding for Israel this week, a little-noted federal agency across town prepared to spend as much as $84 million to compensate an American company for losses sustained in the Israeli bombardment of a Gaza power plant.

Jul 31 09:32

Stumblefucked Again! Go figure!

Yesterday after stumbling one of Mikes posts(very graphic pics of kids blown to pieces by Israel),they turned my page off for several hours. Got back on put up more stuff on Gaza TURNED OFF AGAIN!Got turned back on put up more Gaza stories shut down again.
So far today got some stuff up waiting to be turned off again.
They are in a panic folks and we are winning!

Jul 31 09:13

HSBC terminates Gaza-linked Islamic charity’s bank account and others

HSBC has written to an array of UK Islamic charitable organizations to inform them their accounts with the bank will be terminated. One such organization has carried out relief work in crisis-stricken Gaza for over a decade.

In formal letters issued to a think tank, a charity and a North London mosque, HSBC claimed continued provision of its services would counter its “risk appetite".

Family members of a man who runs the think tank have also received similar letters from HSBC. But the multinational bank reportedly offered no explanation for its decision to withdraw its banking services in these cases.

Jul 31 09:07

ISRAEL IS KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.

Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?


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By using your money to buy weapons for Israel's war crimes, the US Government has made you all accessories to those war crimes. And you cannot get off the hook by saying, "I am only obeying the government." The Nuremberg trials at the end of WW2 established the principle that simply following the orders of your superiors does not exonerate you of guilt. Only by openly opposing Israel's war crimes will history regard you as blameless for what is being done to Gaza.

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Jul 31 09:04

‘US paying for Israel’s systematic campaign of terror’

Israel is engaged in a systematic, cold blooded genocide against the people of Gaza, at the expense of US tax payers, says William Dores, political analyst who has visited Gaza twice as a member of a fact-finding mission.

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By using your money to buy weapons for Israel's war crimes, the US Government has made you all accessories to those war crimes. And you cannot get off the hook by saying, "I am only obeying the government." The Nuremberg trials at the end of WW2 established the principle that simply following the orders of your superiors does not exonerate you of guilt. Only by openly opposing Israel's war crimes will history regard you as blameless for what is being done to Gaza.

Jul 31 09:02

Western governments urged to ban dual nationals from serving in IDF

Western governments, including those in America, Britain and across the EU, are being urged to ban their citizens holding dual Israeli nationality from serving in the Israel Defence Forces. The call has been made after it was revealed that an estimated 5,000+ dual-nationality citizens are fighting with the IDF in the war against the people of Gaza.

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The size of that force underscores that the people of Israel are less than willing to engage in war crimes for their government.

Jul 31 09:01

Collective Punishment in Gaza

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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And that is the root cause of all the bloodshed in the region for the last sixty years. If Israel would only give the Palestinians what Israel demands for itself, recognition of a right to exist, the problems would be over.

Jul 31 08:59

The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 — and it can work again

In 1957, President Eisenhower addressed the US public:

“Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal? If we agreed that armed attack can properly achieve the purposes of the assailant, then I fear we will have turned back the clock of international order.

If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the very foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing world order. The United Nations must not fall. I believe that in the interests of peace the United Nations has no choice but to exert pressure upon Israel to comply with the withdrawal resolutions.” [1]

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Now THERE was a President!

Jul 31 08:56

Israel Created Hamas to Avoid Peace

Israel does not want peace. Israel created Hamas
as a pretext to wage war on the Palestinians. Hamas' rockets
are mere peashooters compared to Israel's air force but they provide
another excuse to kill Palestinians.

Jul 31 08:55

Five Latin American countries withdraw envoys from Israel

The decision of the Latin American countries to recall their ambassadors in Tel Aviv is a "deep disappointment", says Israel.

El Salvador on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to withdraw its ambassador from Israel in protest at Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor said that the move encourages Hamas; "this decision encourages Hamas which has been recognized as a terrorist organization by several countries. The countries standing against terror must act responsibly and should not reward them. While Hamas has been responsible for hindering a ceasfire, El Salvador, Peru and Chile were expected to support international attitude for peace and demilitarization of Gaza", the statement said.

Earlier Israel criticized Brazil over its decision to recall its ambassador in protest at Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

Jul 31 08:48

Israeli General Insists Strike on Gaza Power Plant an Accident

Israeli Air Force General Yaron Rosen today denied that yesterday’s attack on the Gaza Strip’s only power plant was intentional, saying the nation had no interest in striking the enclave’s only source of electricity.

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"No, really, it looked just like an Egyptian horse ranch to us when we attacked!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo*

*On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked and tried to sink the USS Liberty, an intelligence gathering ship, killing 34 US sailors. While the attack was underway Israel kept telling the US that Egypt had attacked the ship, to trigger a US attack on Cairo. The attack was on the way to Cairo when the crew of the USS Liberty finally got past the Israeli jamming and got a message out identifying their true attackers. The strike against Cairo was recalled and the official story is that Israel mistook the USS Liberty for an Egyptian horse carrier ship, because as we all know, Egyptian horse carrier ships have huge dish antennas all over them!

Jul 31 08:46

Anonymous 'knocks out' Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive

Hacker group Anonymous has reportedly taken down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest of Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. The ‘hacktivists’ have already targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop the “genocide.”

Mossad’s website went offline at around 00:40 GMT and is still down at the time of writing. The Israeli government has yet to make any comment on the supposed hack attack.

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After so many hack attacks on my servers from Israel's supporters, it's nice to see them getting a taste of their own medicine!

Jul 31 08:33

Square Off at Penn Station in Baltimore: Gaza/Israeli Supporters

Jul 31 08:32

A deeply troubling response to Hamas

This newspaper has long admired Israel and its beleaguered and resourceful people, who have suffered appalling provocation from enemies intent on wiping their country from the map.

Indeed, before anyone condemns them for acting against Hamas, we should consider how outraged we would be if our government stood by while neighbours rained rockets on our towns and villages.

But it is precisely because we have such high regard for Israel that we are so profoundly troubled by the scale of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s (below) bombardment of Gaza.

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Even the corporate media is starting to turn on Israel.

Jul 31 08:31

Racism is the Foundation of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge - Stanford University Blog

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 enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now, this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They must follow their sons. Nothing would be more just. They should go, as well as the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.

Jul 31 08:30

Humanize Palestine

The holiday at the end of Ramada brings mixed feelings and we could sense this here in Bethlehem on the faces of our Muslim neighbors, friends and colleagues. They tell us of their sadness at the massacres of whole families but they also tell proudly of resistance, persistence, resilience, self help and help to other. It is still a month of blessings. I was at the bank of Palestine on Saturday and saw lines of people sending money to colleagues and friends in Gaza. We had cloth and food drives. Convoys bringing medical aid are finally being allowed to enter even as 150 bodies were pulled from under the rubble in one neighborhood alone. Israeli soldiers speak to Haaretz of large scale destruction of civilian neighborhoods in Gaza and surprise and fear at the resistance fighters. Most people understand that Gaza is a big crowded prison that is being subjected to a most ruthless occupation that destroyed its economy and means of livelihood.

Jul 31 08:25

IDF arms - from the American Israel Emergency

American military officials said that the administration allowed Israel to use military equipment it keeps emergency supplies in the country, including mortars and grenades projection screens. The IDF has been requested such assistance Second Lebanon War. Pentagon confirmed the report

Jul 31 08:13

THE PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS COLUMN (July 31, 2014)

Reading the Western Media, watching Western TV, and listening to Western radio, one is left with the propaganda that the Palestinians are to blame for the Israeli attack on Gaza, just as one is left with the propaganda that the Malaysian airliner deaths are Russia’s fault. There is no evidence, but propaganda does not require evidence. Just repetition.

Jul 31 08:11

France may ban violent Jewish fringe group

The French government is considering banning a violent, extremist Jewish ‘self-defense’ group that has been involved in recent fighting with pro-Palestinian demonstrators. Similar groups have already been banned in Israel and targeted by the FBI in the United States.

Jul 31 07:40

‘Children killed in their sleep’: Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20

Israeli military fire hit a United Nations-run school in Gaza today, killing at least 20 people and injuring an estimated 90 people. The school under attack, called the Abu Hussein girls’ elementary school, is located in the densely-populated Jabaliya refugee camp.

The United Nations Relief Works and Agency (UNRWA), the group that serves Palestinian refugees, issued a stern statement placing the blame for the attack on the Israeli army.

Jul 31 07:24

Israeli play expelled from Edinburgh venue as Scots protest against Gaza attack

Campaigners in Scotland have succeeded in pressuring the organizers of an arts festival into removing the Israeli state-funded Incubator Theater Company from a city center venue in Edinburgh.

Protests against Incubator’s play, a “hip-hop opera” titled The City, began with a letter signed by over fifty of the most high-profile artists and writers in Scotland, including the Scots Makar (poet laureate) Liz Lochhead. The play was on the program for the Edinburgh Fringe, reputedly the world’s largest arts festival.

Other signatories to the open letter calling for a boycott of Incubator included novelist and painter Alasdair Gray and playwright David Greig.

Jul 31 07:23

Israel uses Palestinians as human shields but US lawmakers condemn Hamas

Both houses of the US Congress are considering passing a resolution that condemns Hamas for using human shields despite not having any evidence to prove Hamas is employing this tactic.

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Jul 31 07:21

As atrocities mount in Gaza, US approves Israeli request for more bombs

Hours after Israel shelled yet another UN school sheltering internally displaced families and a marketplace in Gaza, killing dozens of people, an unnamed defense department official revealed to CNN that the US had approved an Israeli request to tap into the one billion dollar weapons stockpile the US keeps in Israel.

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How convenient. The Us already has weapons stored in Israel for when they need more bombs to kill children with!

Jul 31 07:20

Abbas runs out of excuses for inaction on Israel’s war crimes

Israel’s latest attack on Gaza has now entered its fourth week; the number of Palestinians killed is nearing 1,300. And the Palestinian Authority still refuses to take any real action.

During a meeting in Ramallah this week, Mahmoud Abbas, the PA’s president, said, “The ugly and grotesque Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people must be stopped.” He added, “We ask the world to support us in seeking justice, and from now on we will study all our options to reach this purpose.”

That is typical talk from the PA. For years now, the authority has been studying “all our options” — without holding Israel to account.

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PA works for Israel today, just as HAMAS did originally when it was set up by Shin Bet to be the controlled opposition to Yasser Arafat's PLO. Which should be a warning to Abbas that when Israel sees him as to powerful, they will turn on him as well.

Jul 31 07:18

Hamas video exposes IDF blunder in deadly border infiltration

Hamas has been using Monday’s attack on a guard tower near Gaza to highlight its alleged victory over the Israel Defense Forces in this month’s fighting. The aftermath of the incident also reflects a rare shortcoming by the IDF Spokesman’s Office during the war.

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I had heard through other sources that the IDF had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of HAMAS, but of course, not a word about it is on the US corporate media.

Jul 31 07:13

Anger and anguish as Gaza toll mounts

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said Thursday morning that the destruction of Hamas tunnels from the Gaza Strip will go on, "with or without a cease-fire." Meanwhile, Israel is calling up 16,000 more reservists to, as officials put it, let soldiers now in Gaza return to see their families and get some sleep.

Israel clearly has the military high ground in the ongoing fight against the Palestinian militants, reports CBS News' Barry Petersen, but there has been broad condemnation for the Israelis' alleged pre-dawn attack Wednesday morning on a U.N. school in the densely populated Palestinian territory.

Jul 31 07:03

BOYCOTT ISRAEL PRODUCTS

Please promote the Boycott of Israeli & Jewish Products made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel.

The easiest way to inform people in boycotting Israeli and Jewish products (made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel) is by simply sending out an email to all you email contacts, tweeting, sharing facebook pages, post boycott information on forums and different blogs, send out text/SMS messages to people in your mobile phone book, call people and tell them.

Jul 31 06:10

IDF Sniper Admits On Instagram To Murdering 13 Gaza Children

An Instagram post by an Israel Defense Forces sniper boasts of murdering 13 Gazan children in one day. An IDF Combat Engineering Corps Soldier, specifically, David D. Ovadia posed with a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle.
Ovadia posted his comments on the Instagram account of Palestinian Sherrii ElKaderi.
The image was quickly screen captured in case Ovadia came to his senses and realized that he could be prosecuted for his admission of war crimes. It is unclear and perhaps unlikely that the Barrett was used in the commission of such crimes, as this weapon is usually reserved for the best of the best marksmen. In any event, Ovadia is in active deployment and openly confesses to killing Gazan civilian children. While not specifying what weapon he used, the posting of himself with the .50 caliber rifle was obviously meant to be visually intimidating to Palestinians.

Jul 31 05:57

John Prescott accused of 'trivialising the Holocaust' after comparing the Gaza Strip to a concentration camp

John Prescott was last night accused of being ‘deeply offensive’ to Jewish people by comparing the Gaza Strip to a concentration camp.

The leaders of Britain’s Jews criticised the comments by the former deputy prime minister, saying they ‘trivialised’ the Holocaust and called on Labour officials to investigate his ‘misconduct’.

Lord Prescott wrote in the Sunday Mirror that Israel’s ‘indiscriminate’ bombardment of the Palestinian territory was a war crime and that Gaza was a ‘ghetto’.

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Writing about Hamas, Lord Prescott said: ‘Israel brands them terrorists, but it is acting as judge, jury and executioner in the concentration camp that is Gaza.

‘What happened to the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis is appalling.

'But you would think those atrocities would give Israelis a unique sense of perspective and empathy with the victims of a ghetto.’

Jul 31 05:55

Jason Manford under fire over joke that ‘Jews should have been given a bit of Germany’

Comedian Jason Manford has come under fire for joking that ‘Jews should have been given a bit of Germany’ after the Second World War.

The 33-year-old, who has been embroiled in a number of controversies over recent years, caused outrage after posting the comment on his Facebook page.

Many commenters blasted him for being ‘insensitive’ after he made the reference in a comment about the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

He wrote: ‘I’m trying to read up on the Middle East situation but one question keeps popping up and I can’t find the answer.

‘When Britain & the UN were deciding on where to put the Jews, why didn’t they just give them a huge f****** bit of Germany instead of a country already occupied.’

Jul 31 05:22

Gaza Crisis: Dramatic Footage Emerges of Israel's Shejaiya Market 'Massacre' Which Killed 17 [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

Shocking footage has emerged of Israel's bombardment of a Gaza market which killed at least 17 and wounded 200 during an Israeli-declared humanitarian ceasefire.

The video shows ambulances, photographers and civilians flooding to the aid of victims at the site of a bombing in the Shejaiya neighbourhood just minutes earlier before the IDF shells the area a further ten times in the space of two minutes. The video can not be independently verified.

The cameraman drops to the floor as the first shells hit and shouts of "Yallah! Yallah!" [Let's go!] ring out.

In the attack, a photojournalist for the Palestinian Network for Journalism and Media, Rami Rayan, was killed.

The Gaza health ministry confirmed that two paramedics were also killed in the attack.

The attack came during Israel's self-declared four-hour ceasefire. However, it claimed that the Shejaiya area was not included in the humanitarian window.

Jul 30 23:27

Israel-Gaza conflict: Shimon Peres criticised for calling time on 22-day war

Shimon Peres has broken ranks with the prevalent mood in Israel, saying it is time to "find a way to stop" the 22-day war in Gaza.

Mr Peres’s comments, made hours before the security cabinet convened to decide whether to further escalate the war or try to move towards a diplomatic exit, were immediately denounced as defeatist by legislators in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Jul 30 23:25

Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza The Israeli government has already proven that it fears international isolation

Israel has lost its grip on reality. The death toll in Gaza stands at well over a thousand and continues to rise by the day. The coastal strip has been reduced to rubble. Rather than celebrating Eid this week, Palestinians in Gaza have been burying their dead.

Jon Snow’s poignant message after his return from Gaza on Channel 4 news was heart-breaking. He had been reporting from Al Shifa hospital where he saw many horrific injuries and scores of dead children.

He ended his report with this plea to the public: “If our reporting is worth anything, if your preparedness to listen and watch and read is anything to go by, then together we can make a difference."

Jul 30 23:20

US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza but restocks Israeli ammunition

The United States issued a firm condemnation of the shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza that killed at least 16 Palestinians on Wednesday, but also confirmed it restocked Israel’s dwindling supplies of ammunition.

The Pentagon confirmed a CNN report that the US had recently provided Israel with a shipment of ammunition. “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to US national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability,” said Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral Kirby. “This defense sale is consistent with those objectives.”

The Israeli military requested the addition ammunition on 20 July . The US defense department approved the sale three days later, Kirby said.

Jul 30 23:18

World stands disgraced' as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15 • UN condemns IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law

United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.

At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza. More than 100 people were injured.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said the attack was "outrageous and unjustifiable" and demanded "accountability and justice". The UN said its officials had repeatedly given details of the school and its refugee population to Israel.

Jul 30 23:01

Israel Right or Wrong - But What's In It For Americans?

It is a familiar scenario. Israeli is killing hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, and the Zionist propaganda machine is working overtime.

Jul 30 22:57

'Stop Massacre in Gaza': Germans protest Israeli attacks

Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Berlin Wednesday in protest against the continued Israeli attacks on Gaza, marching with flags, banners and placards. No arrests were reported.

Jul 30 22:55

Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language

Already, more than a thousand Palestinians have died in what is the most savage yet of these assaults, and President Obama continues to call it self-defense, though he dutifully regrets the loss of innocent civilian lives.

Jul 30 22:52

Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age

Few in Gaza will see a campaign that has now targeted civilian infrastructure as anything less than collective punishment for having a leadership that fights back.

Jul 30 22:36

Stop Aid to Israel

Jul 30 22:02

Bolivia Declares Israel A Terrorist State

Jul 30 20:51

How would arrests of US/UK/Israel ‘leaders’ to end lie-began Wars of Aggression actually go down?

*hyperlinks live at source*
Three essential questions:

How are we certain US/UK/Israel current armed attacks are unlawful and lie-began Wars of Aggression?

How would arrests of “leaders” happen?

What can the average person do to help cause arrests of obvious criminals for obvious War Crimes?

How are we certain US/UK/Israel current armed attacks are unlawful and lie-began Wars of Aggression?

The short answer is because the two treaties that make a government’s armed attack upon another nation are so crystal-clear in letter and intent, and the US/UK/Israel wars are not even close to the definition of “self-defense” that makes war lawful.

Jul 30 20:32

Gaza Is without Electricity!

Israeli forces pounded Hamas symbols of control and Gaza's only power plant in one of the heaviest bombardments in the three-week conflict, trying to raise pressure on the Islamist group to accept Israel's terms for a cease-fire.

Also: https://www.facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author/posts/10152560616884476

Jul 30 19:53

Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in daily contact over Gaza

A “joint high command” of Arab states is advising the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu how to press home his ground operation in Gaza, the Debka Net Weeky, a publication of a website close to Israel’s foreign intelligence service Mossad has confirmed.

The website said that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are in “constant communication” running daily conferences and sometimes more, according to the website’s sources. That communication is done over secure telephone lines, but such is the political sensitivity of their close co-operation that for really important messages human couriers are used.

A special Israeli plane is parked permanently at Cairo’s military airport, ready to lift off whenever top-secret messages between the Egyptian president and the Israeli Prime Minister need to be delivered by hand. The flight takes less than 90 minutes.

Jul 30 19:30

US supplies Israel with bombs amid Gaza blitz

The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, has said.

Jul 30 19:06

Chemical Weapon Use in Gaza Cited

Jul 30 17:26

Bolivia declares Israel ‘terrorist state’, scraps visa exemption agreement

Bolivia has declared Israel to be a “terrorist state” and renounced a visa exemption agreement with the country in protest over the ongoing Israeli military offense in Gaza which already killed more than 1,300 dead and left over 7,000 wounded.

Canceling the 1972 agreement which allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” the country’s President Evo Morales announced.

Morales explained that Operation Protective edge clearly shows that “Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

Jul 30 15:19

State of Palestine: Gaza hospital overrun by civilian wounded *GRAPHIC*

Intensified overnight shelling by the Israeli military left Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital overrun by dozens of wounded civilians in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

An overnight attack was also launched at another UN school in Jabaliya that left at least 15 dead and more than 90 injured. The overnight shelling of the school, which was sheltering hundreds of refugees, mirrors a similar attack on a UN school in Beit Hanoun last week that claimed the lives of 15 and injured more than 200.

In the 23 days of Israel's Operation Protective Edge, over 1,240 Palestinians and 56 Israelis have lost their lives. Israel claims that its operation is aimed at militants, but according to the United Nations 75 percent of those killed have been women and children.

Jul 30 15:13

Israelis flatten Gaza neighbourhood in one hour (VIDEO)

Gaza neighbourhood flattened by Israeli bombardment in a single hour | FULL VIDEO

Jul 30 15:09

Incredible images of the Gaza genocide, israel throws 30 bombs on civilians in 4 minutes

a Little dead baby and a Mother's grief!

Gaza,Israel makes women and babies death with Ramadan in the dark !!! they only dare to fight from the air with heavy weapons and bombs against Palestinians who only have light weapons , ISREAL TERRORIST !!!!!

Jul 30 14:18

US resupplying Israel with ammunition even after condemning shelling of Gaza school

No sooner than the White House condemned the shelling of a United Nations-operated school in Gaza on Wednesday did news break that the Pentagon will supply the Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city.

That afternoon, CNN reported that the United States military will be honoring a request from Israel for assistance in the midst of their weeks-long campaign against militants from Hamas residing in Gaza City.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No money for US schools, no money for America's hungry and homeless, no money for Detroit, no money for border security, no money for wounded vets, but plenty of YOUR tax money to send more weapons to Israel!

Jul 30 14:05

THE REDEMPTION OF NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

In the recent past we have had some major differences with Dr.Norman Finkelstein. He literally put a knife in the back of the Pro Palestinian Movement with his statements and actions.

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By his own actions of the past week he totally redeemed himself. The wounds from the stabbing are still there, but now there is hope that they will soon heal.

From my personal Mantra … NEVER SAY NEVER!

Jul 30 13:48

US resupplying Israel with ammunition even after condemning shelling of Gaza school

No sooner than the White House condemned the shelling of a United Nations-operated school in Gaza on Wednesday did news break that the Pentagon will supply the Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city.

Jul 30 13:45

Jews Stage Massive Anti-War Protests In Tel Aviv, New York and Elsewhere

(Jews and Palestinians have been holding anti-war protests throughout Israel, but the mainstream media has refused to cover them.)

Jul 30 13:28

Gaza protests across West Bank are suppressed by skunk water, dogs, rubber bullets, teargas

Intense clashes erupted across East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Tuesday, as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in renewed demonstrations in solidarity with the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli forces violently suppressed protests across the region, injuring and arresting demonstrators in the neighborhoods of Jabal al-Mukabber and al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem as well as in the villages of Beit Rima, al-Janiyeh, Safa, and Ras Karkar around Ramallah.

Jul 30 13:23

US ‘gravely concerned’ about 15-year-old American held in Israeli jail

The United States on Monday urged Israel to expedite the case of a 15-year-old American citizen held for three weeks on charges of rock-throwing, amid concerns he has been mistreated in custody.

Mohammed Abu Nie — who has dual American and Palestinian citizenship — was arrested in east Jerusalem on July 3, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed.

“We are certainly gravely concerned about the detention of an American citizen child,” she told reporters.

“Considering his age, we are calling for a speedy resolution to this case… this 15-year-old has now been held for three weeks in Israeli custody and has seen his parents only once briefly during that night.”

Jul 30 13:20

Digital front line: How Israel is shutting down Gaza’s Twitter voices

Israel’s destruction of Gaza’s only power plant may claim another, possibly unexpected, victim – Gaza’s powerful online voice.

Live-tweeting IDF’s bombardment of her home on 29thJuly made 16 year old Farah Baker (@Farah_Gazan) one of Gaza’s most powerful online voices. Over 70,000 twitter users followed her in three days.

But for 24 hours she was silent online, without even power to charge her phone.

Jul 30 13:14

Mass casualties as Gaza market area bombed

Al Jazeera understands that at least three air strikes or artillery rounds hit the area, which is a collection of warehouses, a market area and shops.

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"The first shell hit, and people immediately started evacuating the wounded," a man called Abu Maysarah told the AFP news agency. "They [the Israelis] saw them evacuating the wounded, and they struck them again."

Another witness, who spoke to Al Jazeera from Shifa hospital, said many at the scene of the attack tried to put out fires that had started.

"The fire hit one of the shops, and started to spread to all the market," he said. "We ran to help fight it ... suddenly the cannon shells started to hit all of us while we were rescuing people."

Hamas condemned the deaths as "another blatant massacre".

Jul 30 13:02

UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness breaks down live on TV after Israeli massacre of children in Gaza school

Jul 30 12:03

Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing

Labour MP criticises visit to military facility in Israel by the Conservative Friends of Israel as Cameron calls for ceasefire

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As is the case with the Canadian politicians, they visit Israel and are briefed by Israeli government officials, but do not visit the West Bank or Gaza.

Jul 30 12:03

Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

Jul 30 11:49

Israel Bombs Yet Another United Nations School, Killing Women and Children

Many Gazans have been ordered by the Israeli military to leave their homes.

The Gaza strip was already very small and overcrowded – and Israel has just taken away 44% of it – and so many civilians have crowded into UN shelters … which they assumed were safe.

Jul 30 11:46

Gaza: 5-Day-Old 'Miracle Baby' Shayma Born from Dead Mother Dies in Incubator

"Miracle baby" Shayma, delivered from the womb of her dead mother, has died in an incubator in a hospital in Gaza.

Some Twitter commentators said the five-day-old baby died as Israeli forces attacked power plants in Gaza causing a power outage.

Jul 30 11:15

Dozens killed, hundreds wounded in Israeli strikes on Gaza market, UN school

“People were in the street and in the market, mostly women and kids. Suddenly more than 10 shells landed in the area, the market, in the Turkman area, and next to the gas station,” said Salim Qadoum, 26, who witnessed the strike.

“The area now is like a blood bath, everyone is wounded or killed. People lost their limbs and were screaming for help. It’s a massacre. I vomited when I saw what happened.”

Jul 30 11:01

“Eliciting the Truth” from the Zionist Elites

Jon Snow, the lead journalist on C4 News, returned from Gaza a few days ago. It was clear from this blog and in the one written as he flew back to Britain that he had been deeply affected by the deliberate injury and killing of children in Gaza. This was evident too in his colleague Jonathan Miller, and in Lyse Doucet of the BBC.

Jul 30 10:58

Russell Brand calls Fox News’ Sean Hannity a 'terrorist' for his Gaza coverage

Comedian Russell Brand used his web series The Trews to blast Fox News’ Sean Hannity for “using intimidation, bullying” and overall hypocrisy during a segment in which the conservative host berates a pro-Palestinian guest about Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

Jul 30 10:47

Razing Gaza: Before and after satellite images show the true devastation of Israel's bombardment as 700 homes and mosques are turned to rubble and 400 craters blight the war zone

The obliteration of Gaza from relentless Israeli air strikes and tank shelling was laid bare today in a series of satellite images charting the escalating violence across the region.

Analysis from UN satellite experts reveal how hundreds of buildings have been razed to the ground in a series of attacks that have killed more than 1,300 Palestinians over the last three weeks.

Using images from July 6 - before the conflict began - and comparing them with ones from July 25, they have identified 700 destroyed structures, many of them homes and mosques.

Jul 30 10:43

Twin Strikes Claim 37 Lives in Gaza as Israel War Widens

Twin strikes on a United Nations school and the main public market in Gaza City claimed the lives of 37 people, Palestinians said, as Israel expanded its three-week-old offensive in the territory.

The UN Relief and Works Agency accused Israel of violating international law with the attack on the school, which it said was sheltering 3,300 people who had sought refuge there from the fighting. The Israeli army said troops were responding to fire launched at them from the vicinity. It also said it was looking into the report of an air strike on the market.

The attacks came as the Israeli military pushed deeper into the Hamas-controlled territory, according to military spokesman Brigadier-General Moti Almoz, in an interview with Army Radio. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said today his army is ready to broaden its incursion further as it hunts for tunnels militants built to slip into Israel.

Jul 30 10:39

For Shame! Canadian MP's "fact find" for Israel's "perspective"

The six parliamentarians travelling on the mission, which returns to Canada on Thursday, are: Liberal MPs Carolyn Bennett and John McCallum, Conservative MPs Randy Hoback, Ted Opitz and David Sweet and Liberal Sen. Grant Mitchell.

3 Cons and 3 Libs- The two sides of the same coin.

Bought and Paid for by an Israeli lobby in Canada- The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

"the parliamentarians won't be going to Gaza"

Fogel also made no excuses for the fact that the view they'll get of the conflict will be one-sided, with briefings provided by Israeli government and military officials.

"But for us, the issue is very much focused on what Israel has had to endure"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Canada; your politicians are every bit as much whores for Israel as ours are! What are you going to do about it?

Jul 30 10:37

Israeli university rebukes professor who expressed sympathy for both Israeli, Gazan victims

Bar Ilan University students, faculty and administrators are up in arms over a law professor’s email to his students that opened with an expression of sympathy for all victims of the Israel-Gaza war, implicitly reminding them that the overwhelming majority of those victims are Gazans.

Jul 30 10:34

Israel Strikes Gaza Market During Partial Truce

Israel launches a deadly assault on a busy marketplace, hours after an attack on a UN school where Palestinians were sheltering.

Jul 30 10:29

‘Telegenically Dead Palestinians’: Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War

In many ways, the story of this month's eruption of violence in Israel and Palestine has been depressingly familiar. But in one interesting way it has been a little bit different from the beginning: American audiences are seeing the story of the conflict, perhaps more than ever before, through Palestinian eyes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a classic case of being hoisted with your own petard. As the independent media has gained audience over the last decade, corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms have, to continue their profits, maintained that they are still in control of the minds of America and can make the dumb sheep think whatever they want them to.

Israel took them at their word and sent our the order, "Make them think we are the good guys as we slaughter the Palestinians."

And the corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms have, to put it mildly, cratered this assignment.

Which is a good thing. Israel is not only wrecking their own credibility but that of the governments that support them, and the aforesaid corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms.

'Bout time.

Jul 30 09:42

Washington Pays Lip Service to Israeli War Crimes: U.S. Veto Power Ensures Israel’s Impunity from International Law

"The United States’ veto power in the United Nations Security Council is the single most important factor in enabling Israel’s decades long impunity from international law," Prof. Bisharat said in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.

Jul 30 09:28

IDF general: Israel did not target Gaza’s power plant

An Israel Air Force general charged with all aerial ground support during the campaign in Gaza denied Tuesday that Israel targeted the Gaza Strip’s only power plant earlier in the day.

“The State of Israel did not attack Gaza’s power plant,” said Brig. Gen. Yaron Rosen, the commander of IAF Air Support and Helicopter Air Division.

The general said it was possible the plant had been hit by Israel by mistake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all those GPS guided weapons, courtesy of the American taxpayer, General Rosen?

"...BY MISTAKE", MY ASTOLABE!!!

Jul 30 09:22

Australian Parliament Members Speak Out Against Israel

Several state and federal Australian MPs have come out against Israel for their war crimes in Gaza. Although Australia’s government is still largely pro-Jew, this is a good sign. It is certainly a better situation than what we see in Jewmerica where we literally have no politicians regardless of political affiliation speaking out against Israel and evil Jews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Australia's parliament makes the US Congress look like a bunch of PUSSIES!

Jul 30 09:15

DEBUNKING 5 ISRAELI POINTS JUSTIFYING GENOCIDE

Israel denies Palestinians the right to govern and protect themselves, while simultaneously invoking the right to self-defense. This is a conundrum and a violation of international law, one that Israel deliberately created to evade accountability.

Jul 30 09:15

19 MORE ‘TERRORISTS’ MURDERED BY ISRAEL ~~ HUNDREDS WOUNDED

srael killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting.

Some 3,000 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jebalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, Khalil al-Halabi, director of northern Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.

Jul 30 09:02

On Israel’s Doomed Fate

IDF’s colossal defeat in Gaza this week leaves Israel and Israelis with just three political and personal options:

1. Mass expulsion – ethnic cleansing of the entire Palestinian population from territories controlled by Israel. Such action may sound unreasonable or even phantasmic, but it is actually consistent with Zionist ideology and has many supporters within Israel and within the current Israeli cabinet. Moreover, oppression and brutality are embedded within Jewish political culture and even within the culture of the Jewish Left.1 Clearly Israel possesses the military capability and fire power to proceed with such a plan for Nakba II.

Jul 30 08:55

Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis

There was a pro-Israel rally of 10,000 people in New York yesterday, a half block from the United Nations, and Rabbi David-Seth Kirchner, the president of the NY Board of Rabbis, suggested that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are combatants who deserve to be targeted by Israel. He said:

When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.

The crowd cheered. Kirshner went on to say that the Israeli army is “the most moral army in the history of civilization.” He ended his remarks with the word, Amen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what about the slaughter of innocent Palestinian children, too young to vote, Rabbi?!?

I am certain that you have some kind of tortured logic with which to justify these actions, and I really wish, in your statements, that you would have just said it, in this speech, just to make your position perfectly clear.

In the last election, vetted by international observers, and characterized as being free and fair, Hamas won the election. THAT really annoyed Netanyahu no end.

And this year, when Fatah and Hamas were to announce a unity government, THAT darn near had Prime Minister Netanyahu exploding, because he could no longer say he didn't know who to talk to about peace. So what did he do?!? He suspended peace talks in April of this year.

And now, another massive IDF attack against Gaza, which will most probably kill hundreds of thousands. Apparently, when he makes that observation that the IDF is " ...the most moral army in the history of civilization.", it is painfully clear, the from Rabbi Kirchners's perspective, that morality equates to genocide.

Oh, and by the way, that statement about Palestinians not building schools or commerce or jobs?!?

I would like to thoughtfully point out that concrete, and other building materials are forbidden in Gaza.

So I would like him to elucidate, please on just HOW the Palestinians in Gaza are supposed to be able to build ANYTHING, with these restrictions in place, and here they are:

List no. 1: Items Subject to Specific Permission / List No. 2: Construction Items and Materials null UNRWA worker inspects a load of metal stock at the Kerem Shalom Crossing terminal before transfer to the Gaza Strip, June 2010 (Photo: Reuters) According to the decision taken on June 20, 2010, by the Israeli Security Cabinet, the Government of Israel - having reviewed the propositions put forward by the USG, the OQR and others - formed two categories of listed items whose entry into Gaza would be subject to Israeli control. Items not included in either would be allowed into Gaza without specific permission. The lists are: List no. 1: Items Subject to Specific Permission 1. Arms and Munitions: forbidden transfer under all circumstances across Israel's frontiers without specific permits - as defined in the Control of Exports Security Order (Arms and Munitions) 5768-2008, and in the Control of Exports Security Order (Missile Equipment) 5768-2008. 2. Dual Use goods and items: liable to be used, side by side with their civilian purposes, for the development, production, installation or enhancement of military capabilities and terrorist capacities. This list comprises: Items listed under the Wassenaar Arrangement: As specified in the updated (2008) "Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Arms and Dual Use Goods and Technologies - List of Dual Use Goods and Technologies and Munitions List." Items whose entry into the PA Areas is controlled based on Israeli legislation: i.e. materials and equipment liable to be used for terror attacks and technology that could be used by terrorists - as defined in the Control of Exports Security Order (Controlled Dual Use Equipment Transferred to the PA Areas) 5768-2008 and in Orders of the OC Central Command. These lists include, in detail, a range of chemicals used in the production of explosives (including certain fertilizers); specific types of metal profiles; ball bearings; lathes and their parts; composite materials; hunting knives and machetes; optical equipment, such as lasers and night vision goggles; certain navigation aides; diving equipment; parachutes, gliders and other nonmotorized airborne vehicles; flares and fireworks; avionics and flight control equipment; missile related computer technologies; rock drills and equipment drawing water from excavated sites. Items not necessarily included in the lists above but whose entry into Gaza is controlled, as detailed below: i. Items and chemicals which could be used in the production of high trajectory weapons (rockets and mortars) by Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza - Fertilizers or other mixtures - specifically containing KCl at more than 5%; Epoxy and Vinyl Ester resins; Hardeners for Epoxy Resins containing Amides or Amines; Accelerators for Vinyl Esters; HTPB; Water purification solutions at concentrations higher than 11%. ii. Items used as raw materials for improving protection for terror activists - Fibers or woven fabrics containing Carbon or Glass variants. iii. Vessels. List No. 2: Construction Items and Materials to be Allowed Entry into Gaza only for PA-authorized Projects Implemented by the International Community While such items are liable to be used for Hamas military purposes (building bunkers, fortifying positions and digging tunnels) Israel will permit their entry into Gaza so as to facilitate construction projects in Gaza - authorized by the PA and implemented and monitored by the international community. This list includes: Portland cement and lime (in bulk, bags or barrels) Natural and Quarry aggregates and all varieties of gravel Ready concrete Precast concrete elements and products Steel elements and/or construction products Iron for foundations and columns, at any diameter (including wielded steel nets) Steel cables of any width Forms for construction elements (plastics or galvanized iron) Industrialized forms for casting concrete Plastic or composite beams more than 4 mm thick Thermal isolation materials and products Blocs (at any width) - Concrete; Silicate; Ytong or its equivalent; or gypsum Materials and products for sealing structures Asphalt and its components (Bitumen, emulsion) in aggregate or packaged Steel elements or framing products for construction Cast concrete elements and products for drainage over 1 m in diameter Precast units and sea-borne containers Vehicles, excluding private cars and including 4X4 vehicles and other categories of motor vehicles liable to be used in terror activities Lumber beams and boards more than 2 cm thick, (liable to be used in "offensive" tunneling aimed at penetrating Israeli territory), unless incorporated in finished products Specific procedures, on a case by case basis, will be established so as to permit the transfer of such lumber for other purposes in Gaza.

If steel and concrete are denied items in Gaza, what, please can these people build from?!?

Jul 30 08:47

Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age

The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge.

Jul 30 08:30

“Gaza is a graveyard,” sing joyful Israeli youth

This video shows an Israeli mob actually singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.”

Jul 30 08:17

Is killing civilians part of Israel’s plan?

Another day, another UN school hit by Israeli shelling in Gaza. Israel’s attack this morning killed at least 16 civilians sheltering at the school and wounded dozens. The casualties figures are expected to rise.

Israel and even most of its critics tell us that the civilian casualties are accidental, caused by Israel’s need to wage its war against Hamas in heavily built-up areas of Gaza. Israel is accused of “disproportionality”, or of recklessness, or of inflicting unfortunate collateral damage.

Jul 30 08:14

Congress Warns Obama Not to Push Israel for CeasefireSen. Kirk: Worth Thousands of Lives to Wipe Out Hamas

Efforts to negotiate a ceasefire in Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip aren’t sitting well with Israeli hawks, and by extension that means they aren’t sitting well with the US Congress.

That’s got Congressional officials up in arms, pushing President Obama to stop trying to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict, and instead to endorse Israel’s war unconditionally, and irrespective of how bad it gets.

Underscoring just how far they’ll go, Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) insisted he was totally comfortable with Israel killing thousands of civilians in the current war if it meant wiping out Hamas, saying it was “worth it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, Senator Kirk, let me get this straight: you are for slaughtering thousands of non-combatants (women, infants, and the medically fragile elderly) in order to remove the duly elected government of Palestine, which was, in a free and fair election, won by Hamas?!?

It is pretty damned obvious, sir, that you have been truly been bought and paid for by the Israeli government. As reported at www.rightweb.irc-online.com in November of 2013:

An officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves and a former five-term House member, Kirk is one of Congress' top recipients of donations from "pro-Israel" advocacy groups, leading one critic to call him "AIPAC's Million Dollar Baby."[2] - See more at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Kirk_Mark#sthash.pnXrgD6C.dpuf

And, as reported at huffingtonpost.com, in February, 2010:

Mark Kirk, the House member from Chicago who is now the GOP Senate nominee, is the #1 recipient of pro-Israel PAC money in the entire House. In fact, of the top 10 recipients from both Houses, he is the only House member. Why do the PACs love him? It is because Kirk is a pure Israel-firster. For Kirk, Israel can do no wrong. Add to that that he sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations where he brings home the bacon for Israel big time. Its wish is his command.

And that money is sizeable, not only for Kirk, but also the top 20 recipients of pro-Israel money As reported in www.opensecrets.org:

Obama, Barack (D) $2,224,126 Lieberman, Joe (I-CT) $2,119,414 Kirk, Mark (R-IL) $1,712,133 Levin, Carl (D-MI) $1,404,375 McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $1,358,155 Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) $1,282,305 Specter, Arlen (D-PA) $1,224,837 McCain, John (R-AZ) $1,172,307 Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $1,136,465 Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $1,084,891 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) $886,144 Durbin, Dick (D-IL) $829,484 Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) $826,665 Cardin, Ben (D-MD) $799,665 Wyden, Ron (D-OR) $767,357 Lowey, Nita M (D-NY) $760,613 Harkin, Tom (D-IA) $740,445 Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) $712,066 Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) $690,253 Engel, Eliot L (D-NY) $685,537 Industries in this Sector: Pick another Sector: Search for an industry: Find Your Representatives The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more

So folks, please wake up and smell the falafel. US foreign policy, when it comes to the Middle East, is bought and paid for by the Israeli government, period, end of discussion.

It is time to send every Congressional represenative home, permanently, who has taken, and is taking, one cent from the Israeli lobby.

Jul 30 07:42

Please Do Not Look Away From Israel’s Wholesale Slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza – Funded By U.S. Taxpayers!

Israel commits genocide and crimes against humanity. The UN and US turn blind eyes. And why not when the United States slaughters black males, children and the mentally ill for profit, sex and experimentation. The enforcers of these atrocities the United States government.

In the United States, genocide and crimes against humanity are condoned, encouraged and rewarded.

Why would the United States care about Palestinians when the it doesn’t give a sh*t about its own citizens?

Jul 30 07:37

'You can't call it self-defence while you're murdering children': Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz lead the celebrity revolt over Gaza 'genocide'

Spain's leading film stars Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar and Javier Bardem are the latest major celebrities to go public with their views on the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

The trio are among a group of actors who have penned an open letter in a Spanish newspaper calling for Europe to condemn Israel's bombing of the Palestinian territory, which has now claimed at least 1,200 lives - many of them civilians.

The Spanish stars follow in the wake of celebrities, including singers Zayn Malik, Rihanna and Selena Gomez, and comedian Joan Rivers, who have spoken out either for or against the bombardment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only one who spoke out for it was Joan Rivers, who the Daily Mail apparently felt they needed to throw in there to make it look like opinions are evenly divided.

Jul 30 07:36

Digital front line: How Israel is shutting down Gaza’s Twitter voices

The voice of Gaza teen blogger Farah Baker, which went viral over the weekend, has been silenced after Israeli bombing took out Gaza’s only power plant. The 16 year old’s live account of Israeli bombing saw her followers go from 4,000 to over 70,000.

Jul 30 07:35

Did UN warn Israel SEVENTEEN times that bombed school was housing refugees? Horror as tank strike leaves 19 Palestinians dead and 125 injured

Israel was warned no fewer than 17 times that a school it destroyed with tank strikes killing 16 Palestinians and injuring 125 others had been housing refugees, the UN claimed today.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in the Jabaliya refugee camp when shells smashed into the complex overnight.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said it was the sixth time one of the organisation's schools had been struck by Israeli bombardments during the 23-day conflict.

In a furious response to the attack, he said: 'This is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today, the world stands disgraced.

'We know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site.

'These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.

Jul 30 07:34

‘World stands disgraced’: 20 killed in Israeli UN school shelling

The UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has strongly condemned the Israeli shelling of a UN school last night.

“Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces,” he said, calling on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.

Jul 30 07:32

What's not a target for Israel?

Israeli forces have killed more than 200 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip over the past 23 days. In order to obfuscate this harsh reality, Israeli officials claim "self-defence" and contend that civilian deaths are justified because Hamas allegedly uses Palestinians in Gaza as human shields. Israel is an occupying power that is attacking and destroying an occupied Palestinian civilian population. These civilian deaths are not collateral damage. They are war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Obama in his anger and outrage, especially after the insults to Secretary of State John Kerry ... sends more money to Israel and hits Russia with sanctions!

Jul 30 07:30

What the Israeli Shill really said

Jul 30 07:24

Are you hostile towards Russians?

YES
1% (11 votes)
NO
36% (527 votes)
Actually, I am feeling hostile towards Israel
64% (945 votes)
Total votes: 1483
Jul 30 07:23

Protesters in France turn out for Palestine and defy ban - again

Between five and ten thousand people defied the police in Paris last Saturday and protested in solidarity with Palestinians.

This is the second consecutive week that protesters in France have resisted a ban on Palestine solidarity protests.

In the face of resistance to the ban, the authorities allowed a static demo at Place de la Republique square, central Paris.

But vans of riot police patrolled all entrances to the square, carrying out stop and search on anyone carrying flags and keffiyehs.

Despite this the number of protesters swelled, taking over the square.

Some climbed the Republique statue, the symbol of the French state, and released flares in the colours of the Palestinian flag.

The New Anti-capitalist Party was present and had called for people to defy the ban.

The vibrant and multicultural demonstration put the lie to prime minister Manuel Valls’ attempts to label all protesters as “anti-semitic”.

Jul 30 07:20

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza (07:30 GMT) (P.1) (29/7/2014)

Jul 30 07:20

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza (07:30 GMT) (P.2) (29/7/2014)

Jul 30 07:14

Collateral Damage: There Is No Safe Place For Palestinians

United Nations Human Rights Chief says that Israel may be Guilty of War Crimes.

Gaza is a prison city surrounded by walls that do not allow its residents to evacuate to safe places.

Jul 30 07:00

Violating International Law in Gaza

As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and water to last through the next round of airstrikes.

“There is nothing left but stones,” Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer quoted an old woman saying as she searched desperately through the rubble of what had been her home.

Jul 30 06:44

Defending Palestine: An intricate dance

The Palestinian people have the right to defend their lives from Israeli aggression, they have the right to resist apartheid and we have the right to stand by them as they do. When did solidarity become such an awful thing?

Jul 30 06:10

Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza refugee camp

Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jabalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.

"Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school," UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl said in a statement after representatives of the agency visited the scene and examined fragments, craters and other damage.

Blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms at the Jabalya Girls Elementary School and survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.

Jul 30 06:07

On Israel’s Doomed Fate

Just a month ago it seemed as if only divine intervention could save the Palestinians. However, as things stand at the moment, even God may find it difficult to rescue his favourite people. Israel has sunk into a fatal political, military and ideological paralysis. The destiny of the Jewish State has been revealed. It has no future in the region.

The key to understanding of Israel’s paralysis is not complicated. As much as Israelis favour the deployment of their devastating military might and its fire power, Israelis do not like to be caught with blood on their hands. As much as they like to kill, they hate to be the killers. This dilemma has matured into a political, ideological, strategic and spiritual deadlock. It puts the Jewish State into an impossible scenario that makes dwelling on someone’s else land simply unimaginable.

Jul 30 06:02

Relevance of Hannah Arendt’s “A Report On The Banality Of Evil” To Gaza

HA’s penetrating analysis in the book furnishes insights both into the mind of the perpetrators, and the overall societal mindset they were embedded in, which made these horrendous acts possible without any weight on their conscience. It provides a template for studying all such acts of barbarity by the organized and brute force of the state, with full complicity of the overwhelming population, against people who are made stateless either in the sense of being deprived of the state they had hitherto lived in or are forced to live as stateless wards of occupying power.

Jul 30 06:00

Hoax alert: video of “child firing an RPG on Gaza Beach” actually from Libya

Earlier this month The Electronic Intifada rumbled a hoax video claiming to show “Hamas using children as human shields” – in fact the video was from Syria.

Two days ago another hoax video, this one titled “Palestinian child firing an RPG on Gaza Beach July 2014,” was uploaded to YouTube.

But in fact the video is not from from Palestine at all.

The original appears to have been uploaded to LiveLeak three days ago. The description of the video says it may have been from Libya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The video has been removed from YouTube, but don't worry; Israel will be back with another dirty by this afternoon!

Jul 30 05:59

"Nowhere to Go": Gaza Suffers One of Deadliest Days So Far as Israel Vows "Protracted" Assault

Despite a U.N. Security Council call for a ceasefire, Israel has intensified its attack on Gaza and warned of a "protracted campaign." Palestinian officials say more than 110 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, with some saying Monday was the most intensive night of bombing so far. In this time period, Israel attacked more than 150 sites including Gaza’s only power station and a media center that houses the broadcasting headquarters of Hamas and a number of other Arab satellite news channels.

Jul 30 05:53

"Shocked" White House Slams "Fabrication" After Israel TV Leaks Damning Transcript Of Obama-Netanyahu Phone Call

While everyone's attention is glued on Russia and whether Obama can successfully launch World War III, things are going from bad to worse when it also comes to US relations with Israel. Recall that here things were already on the verge of disaster after for some reason, Kerry was unleashed to "arrange" a ceasefire with Israel, when in reality the SecState somehow managed to infuriate every single feuding faction (there are a lot of them), Israel included, after Haaretz wrote that "Kerry ruined everything."

Jul 30 05:51

Crime (Israel) and punishment (Russia)

So Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi - let's call them the Fab Five - get on a video conference call to muster their courage and "increase pressure" asking for a cease-fire in Gaza. Later in the day, Israel's Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu delivers his answer, in plain language: he remains dead set on achieving his version of a Final Solution to Gaza. [1] With or without "pressure".

So what's left for the Fab Five after having their illustrious Western collective behinds solemnly kicked? They decide to dump Gaza and instead sanction Russia - again! How brilliant is that as an exit strategy?

Jul 30 05:51

Deadly shelling hits UN school, killing 16, as Hamas mulls truce

Israeli shells struck a UN school in Gaza early Wednesday, killing 16, as ground troops made a significant push into the territory despite Palestinian efforts to broker a 24-hour truce.

It was the second time in a week that a UN school sheltering hundreds of homeless Palestinians had been hit, with the latest violence pushing the Gaza death toll over 1,260.

The bloodshed came as a top-level Palestinian delegation including Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders was preparing to head to Cairo to discuss a new proposal for a temporary humanitarian ceasefire, a top PLO official said.

But there was no word on whether Israel would respond to the initiative, with the military striking 75 targets in Gaza overnight as ground troops made a “significant advance” inside the narrow coastal enclave, army radio reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is NOT alleged Israeli "self-defense".

Let us call it what it truly is: genocide, writ large, and enabled by an American government which, at this point, has lost all legitimacy and morality.

Jul 30 05:49

Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's like Obama saying that everyone who voted for Romney deserved to be killed!

Jul 30 05:47

Gaza conflict: At least 15 dead after tank shells hit UN school

Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded UN school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a UN aid agency and a health official said.

Jul 30 05:41

Lancet Medical Journal Denounces Israel’s Aggression, Targeting of Children, and Attempts to Kill Gaza – Seven Quotes

Doctors and scientists, on behalf of 24 signatories, in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet,write:

“An Open Letter for the People of Gaza”

Seven crucial quotes:

Gaza is being killed by one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated modern military machines.

This is a “military onslaught on civilians in Gaza”

These attacks aim to terrorize

We witnessed targeted weaponry used indiscriminately and on children

We denounce the myth propagated by Israel that the aggression is done caring about saving civilian lives and children’s well-being.

Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts.

Should the use of gas be further confirmed, this is unequivocally a war crime for which, before anything else, high sanctions will have to be taken immediately on Israel with cessation of any trade and collaborative agreements with Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What has to happen, to end this carnage, is to immediately implement boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, on a universal, international front.

And all of those alleged Congressional representatives who voted to support this genocide need to understand that there is an election coming in November, and We the People (whose real needs and concerns go largely unaddressed by this Congress), are angry about the continued US government's illegal support and enabling of Israel.

The Symington Amendment states, very unambiguously, that any nation which refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, has nuclear weapons, and refuses to have those weapons inspected, gets absolutely no US military or financial aid.

And yet Congress breaks this law with impunity, every time it signs another check for Israel's financial or military aid.

And every time Congress does this, it further destroys its own credibility, which is very close to completely on the ropes at this time in this country's history.l

Jul 30 05:40

15 Killed By Israeli Missile In Jabalia School; 4 killed in separate strikes

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has reported that fifteen Palestinians have been killed, in the early morning hours before dawn Wednesday, when the Israeli army fired a missile into Abu Hussein School, where families had taken shelter, in Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Three others were killed in separate airstrikes, and dozens wounded.

Jul 30 05:04

Jewish Groups Get 94% of Homeland Security Grants

The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.

The Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington office director, William Daroff, said Tuesday that the allocation made sense particularly in light of an intensification of threats on Jewish community targets in the United States and overseas.

“In the current environment there are threats to nonprofits and to Jewish institutions,” he told JTA, noting a swell of attacks on Jewish institutions in Europe in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.

“We see it clearly in Europe, but we also see it here in the United States in Kansas City, in Seattle and numerous occasions that are not made public or do not come to fruition,” Daroff said. He referred to attacks in recent years on Jewish community centers in Kansas City and Seattle.

Jul 30 04:44

UN begs for international help after ANOTHER Gaza school is blitzed, killing 19 Palestinians and injuring 125

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

The United Nations today begged the international community for help with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza after another school serving as a refugee shelter was bombed, killing 19 Palestinians and injuring 125 others.

Some 200,000 displaced Gazans have sought refuge in UN schools following calls by Israel to evacuate their homes ahead of military operations only to find themselves under attack there anyway.

For many Palestinians, the feeling of helplessness living in a densely populated enclave under a seven-year blockade with nowhere to run or hide has left them on the brink of despair.

'Where will we go? cried 56-year-old Aishe Abu Darabeh outside the school in the Jebaliya refugee camp which had a few hours earlier served as her refugee shelter. 'Where will we go next? We fled and they (the Israelis) are following us.'

Jul 29 23:16

Israel-Gaza conflict: At least 100 Palestinians killed and only power station shut down in heaviest day of bombardment yet

Much of what little is left of the shattered infrastructure of Gaza was pulverised by the Israeli military in a night of ferocious and relentless attacks by air, sea and land.

There was also symbolic punitive destruction of the homes of Hamas officials, including that of the movement’s leader, Ismail Haniyeh. The attacks piled up more misery for the battered population. What little electricity there was has disappeared after tank shells set the only power station alight.

Senior officials stayed away from Shifa, the main hospital, after an adjoining clinic was hit by a missile strike, causing serious problems.

Jul 29 23:14

Gaza's only power plant destroyed in Israel's most intense air strike yet

Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza's only power plant on after it was destroyed during the most relentless and widespread Israeli bombardment of the current conflict. At least 100 people were killed on Tuesday, according to Gaza health officials.

"The power plant is finished," said its director, Mohammed al-Sharif, signalling a new crisis for Gaza's 1.8 million people, who were already enduring power cuts of more than 20 hours a day.

Amnesty International said the crippling of the power station amounted to "collective punishment of Palestinians". The strike on the plant will worsen already severe problems with Gaza's water supply, sewage treatment and power supplies to medical facilities.

Jul 29 22:52

Gaza funerals: Thousands of Palestinians flood the streets after heaviest night of bombardment

At least 100 Palestinians have been killed since Monday midnight after Israel beefed up its military operation in the Gaza Strip, according to Gaza health officials.

Jul 29 22:40

At Gaza hospital, grief and shock for families of victims

Inside Shifa Hospital, amid the tumultuous rush to save lives, men pushed a gurney carrying the lifeless body of a child wrapped in a sheet. A girl in a red dress, her face covered with blood, walked in a daze past the dead and the nearly dead.

Jul 29 21:15

Gaza: The Makings of a Modern Day Dystopia

Are we going to stand back and spectate while the ugly foundations of a modern day dystopia are laid in front of our eyes? Or will our common humanity unite us and compel us to act to help save the people of Gaza? In saving them, we save ourselves.

Jul 29 21:13

Israel Is Stealing and Murdering Its Way Through Palestine

Readers are asking for my take on the Israel-Gaza situation, and, believe it or not, Oxford University’s famous debating society, the Oxford Union, invited me to debate the issue.

I replied to the Oxford Union that I was unprepared to take responsibility for the Palestinians without undergoing the extensive preparation that an Oxford Union debate deserves and requires. Unless things have changed since my time at Oxford, one prevails in a Union debate by anticipating every argument of one’s opponent and smashing the arguments with humor and wit. Facts seldom, if ever, carry the day, and sometimes not even wit and humor if the audience is already committed to the outcome by the prevailing propaganda. There is no time or energy in my overfull schedule for such preparation plus time away and jet lag.

Jul 29 21:12

To The family Of The One Thousandth Victim Of Israel’s Genocidal Slaughter In Gaza

I really pray and hope that in this worst moment of your life when Palestinians stand in Shujaiya, Deir al-Balah or Gaza City, gazing at the slaughterhouse created by Israeli warplanes, tanks and artillery, you would not lose hope in humanity. This humanity even includes Israelis, those who do not have the courage to speak but who express their horror in private as my overflowing email and Facebook inboxes attest, as well as the small handful who demonstrate publicly against the incremental genocide in Gaza.

Jul 29 20:54

Video: Israeli Extremists Sing Gaza Is A Graveyard

This video shows an Israeli mob actually singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.”

Jul 29 20:46

"Shocked" White House Slams "Fabrication" After Israel TV Leaks Damning Transcript Of Obama-Netanyahu Phone Call

While everyone's attention is glued on Russia and whether Obama can successfully launch World War III, things are going from bad to worse when it also comes to US relations with Israel. Recall that here things were already on the verge of disaster after for some reason, Kerry was unleashed to "arrange" a ceasefire with Israel, when in reality the SecState somehow managed to infuriate every single feuding faction (there are a lot of them), Israel included, after Haaretz wrote that "Kerry ruined everything."

Jul 29 18:44

RAISING ON A BUSTED FLUSH - Israel Still Swears Hamas Kidnapped Those Teens

Prime Minister Netanyahu had promised that Hamas would pay for the murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar. But on Friday, Jon Donnison, a BBC reporter, citing the the spokesman, Mickey Rosenfeld, called Israel’s claim that Hamas was responsible into question.

Donnison tweeted that Rosenfeld told him that while the cell on the West Bank was operating alone, it was affiliated with Hamas. However, it did not receive direct orders from Hamas leadership.

Those tweets became the basis for a widely shared blog post saying Israel now conceded that the kidnappers acted in a lone cell and Hamas had nothing to do with it.

The twittersphere exploded with I-told-you-so’s from pro-Palestinian activists, who claimed Israel had manipulated events surrounding the killing of the teens to prepare for and justify its assault on Gaza, which has since killed more than 1,000 Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rosenfeld is now recanting his admission, but we don't need his word anyway. The claim that HAMAS kidnapped and killed those teens never made any sense at all. HAMAS and FATAH had just formed their unity government. They needed world support for what they were doing and would not have carried out an act that would turn world opinion against them.

Kidnapping and killing those three teens does not get HAMAS anything it needs.

Kidnapping and killing those three teens does get Netanyahu what he needs; an excuse to bomb Gaza.

Jul 29 18:09

Man from Newfoundland wants Prime Minister Charged for Advocating Genocide against The Palestinians! Makes one proud to be a Canadian!!

Andrew Abbass didn’t quite know what to expect when he walked in the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s Corner Brook headquarters on Monday morning.

Abbass was there to file a complaint.

Nothing unusual there for the police force, but the focus of his complaint was a little out of the ordinary.

Abbass is seeking to have Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird charged with advocating for genocide.
“They accepted it and filed the case,” he said shortly after leaving the RNC.

His complaint, which also alleges creation and dissemination of propaganda, breach of public trust and uttering threats, stem from comments Harper and Baird have made about the ongoing Israeli conflict.
“In painting Hamas and the people of Gaza as a terrorist organization they’re basically sanctioning the killing of civilians,” said Abbass.

Jul 29 16:55

Gaza, Zionism & The Destabilization Doctrine: An Interview With Jonathan Azaziah

Journalist Joshua Blakeney interviewed broadcaster and geopolitical analyst Jonathan Azaziah on July 24, 2014. The show focused upon the Israeli regime’s aggression toward the inhabitants of Gaza. At the time of recording Israel’s so called "Operation Protective Edge" had slain 800 Palestinians and maimed thousands more. Azaziah and Blakeney situated the murderous scenes emanating from Gaza in both a regional and global context in the show.

Jul 29 16:38

A must-read | Recent Israeli public opinion on Gaza +IMAGE

This month's poll finds that only 4% of Israeli Jews think the IDF has used excessive firepower in Gaza, 95% of Israeli Jews think Operation Protective Edge is just, and four out of five Israelis oppose a unilateral Israeli ceasefire.

Source: "The Israel democracy institute"

Jul 29 15:26

More Than 100 Killed in 14 Hours as Gaza Death Toll Rises Above 1,200

The death toll in the Gaza Strip has now passed 1,200 people since Israel began bombing on July 8 and the Palestinian Ministry of Health reports Tuesday that more than 100 people were killed in the fourteen hours from overnight Monday into morning as mosques, homes, and other structures were hit during a sharp intensification of the bombardment.

Jul 29 15:12

Palestine is STILL the issue

Palestine Is Still the Issue is a documentary from 2002 produced by the UK's Carlton Television, written and presented by John Pilger, directed by Tony Stark and inspired by the book Drinking The Sea at Gaza by Amira Haas. Pilger visits the Middle East and tries to discover why peace is elusive. What was true more than a decade ago is still true, if not moreso, today.

Jul 29 15:01

George Galloway speech on Gaza/Israel war - 23rd July 2014

UK Member of Parliament George Galloway speaking in Bolivar Hall on the Gaza/Israel conflict.

Jul 29 14:57

CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids

On his July 27 show, CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer went on a rant about Palestinians.

Jul 29 14:46

Murder By Plane?

Michael Rivero - Outrage over needless deaths in Gaza

Jul 29 14:42

Israel Creates ‘No Man’s Land’ in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent

This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller.

Jul 29 14:39

The Emperor’s Rage: Let Chaos Envelop the World!

Chaos reigns and spreads as enraged leaders in the US, Europe and their clients and allies pursue genocidal wars.

Jul 29 13:27

Gaza braces for new onslaught as Israel vows to expand war

Brushing aside calls from the United Nations and Washington for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire, the Israeli government vowed late Monday to escalate and prolong the three-week-old slaughter in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli warplanes dropped leaflets over Gaza City warning residents of an impending onslaught, while the Israel Defense Forces reported that the army had made telephone calls and sent text messages to the civilian populations of the eastern Gaza City neighborhoods of Shejaiya and Zeitun as well the northern Gaza towns of Jabaliya, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya, demanding that they “evacuate immediately towards central Gaza City.”

Jul 29 13:17

Israel Right or Wrong: But What’s In It For Americans?

It is a familiar scenario. Israeli is killing hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, and the Zionist propaganda machine is working overtime. The President of the United States reaffirms America’s solemn pledge to protect Israel at all costs and justifies the carnage by stating that Israel has a right to defend itself. Secretary of State John Kerry repeats the message and the US House and Senate pass unanimously American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) drafted resolutions affirming the same.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies repeatedly and the US media gives him a bully pulpit to spread his disinformation about what is occurring, including the propaganda cartoon depicted above explaining why he had to use artillery and bombs to level a residential district, killing nearly 100 civilians in what was described as a “heinous massacre.”

Jul 29 13:03

Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza

As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals.

Jul 29 13:00

The Greatest Injustice of the 20th Century

And the greatest theft ever orchestrated.

In the 1900s, Ashkenazi and European Zionist Jews, under the same pretext as that used by the so called ‘Christian’ Crusaders, flooded into Palestine armed with terror and violence and backed by the imperial might of Britain.

Many political analysts and historians of that time saw the Jewish invasion of Palestine as a British imperial project, this time using Zionist Jews as cannon fodder much like Zionist ‘Christians’ were used during the Middle Ages when the Europeans’ goal was to plunder the area and control the Mediterranean.

Now, the English empire wanted a beachhead to keep the Middle East in turmoil and divided so as to conquer and control the Arabs who control the oil while keeping their own hands on the wells’ spigots. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement: the Jews got their land and the Empire got an outpost.

Jul 29 12:48

Israeli Official To Obama: ‘Leave Us Alone’

Speaking to Israel’s Army Radio, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel criticized Obama telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there should be an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. -- “Leave us alone,” Ariel told Army Radio, directing his words at Obama. “Go focus on Syria.”

Jul 29 12:27

Open Letter to the Liberal Party of Canada on Gaza Massacre

Dear Liberal Party of Canada,

Whatever one thinks of the Israel/Palestine "conflict" or Hamas or whether Israel is a democracy, we have one simple question: when will you speak out against Israel’s indiscriminate killing of hundreds of civilians, including over 200 children?

The Liberal Party statement is so detached from the reality of what is taking place in Gaza right now that we have to wonder whether perhaps the second half of the statement got lost somewhere.

Four boys playing soccer on the beach, three kids feeding birds on a roof, and over 200 more; murdered for the sole crime of being Palestinian children. And while the Liberal party's public statement goes to great length to criticize Hamas for targeting civilians, it is entirely silent on Israel's killing of Palestinian children or civilians in general.

The Liberal Party statement fails to point out that it was the Netanyahu government that instigated this "conflict" in the first place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!

Jul 29 11:49

MILITARY OPERATIONS IN URBAN TERRAIN

From what I'm reading the Israeli infantry is getting it's butt kicked in close quarter fighting. Bombing a densely packed urban area into rubble creates almost impregnable fortress's for the defender and makes the job of the attacking force much more costly.
So the Israeli's either overestimated themselves once again and have reverted to option #2...bomb em back into the stoneage or that was the intent all along!

"What is the position about London? I have a very clear view that we should fight every inch of it, and that it would devour quite a large invading Army."
- -Winston Churchill

COMBAT EXPERIENCE

Jul 29 11:45

Church of the Nativity, April 2002

The Church of Nativity incident remains one of the most talked about acts of brutality by the Israel’s forces. The world saw a siege of the Church of Nativity on April 2, 2002 and it lasted till May 10, 2002. A group of Palestinian Arabs entered the church in Bethlehem, one of the most sacred sites for Christianity, seeking refuge from the Israeli Defense Forces. Israeli soldiers from the IDF surrounded the church and targeted Palestinians, exchanging fires and plunging into the discretion of Holy places of Christians, for which Israel is much noted for.

The first claim of a wrong move from IDF became clear from the statement of Michael Sabbah, Head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem. He said:

"The basilica is a place of refuge for everybody, even fighters, as long as they lay down their arms. We have an obligation to give refuge to Palestinians and Israelis alike".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is trying to move away from the embarrassment of having falsely blamed HAMAS for the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank by re-framing the current conflict as "Jews against Muslims." But you need to remember that Israel has a long history of attacking Christian holy sites, as well as blocking access to them during Christian holidays for "security reasons."

Jul 29 11:37

Israel’s Heart of Darkness

“They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others. They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it blind as it is very proper for those who tackle the darkness. The conquest of the earth, which mostly means taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look at it too much…”

– Joseph Conrad “Heart of Darkness”

Jul 29 11:36

Israelis dancing around the bombs before bombing Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ohm they are having great fun, aren't they!

Remember this blast from the past?


Jul 29 11:29

Gaza Conflict: Delegation Of Tory, Liberal MPs Headed To Israel

A small delegation of Conservative and Liberal MPs are heading to Israel Monday night.

The five MPs and one former Liberal senator were invited by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) to visit the war zone. They may visit Sderot or Be'er Sheva, towns shelled by Hamas rockets. But they will not visit Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh my GAWD look at the horrific damage done by the HAMAS rockets! The swimming pool is cracked and the landscaping such a MESS!" -- Canadian Geese

Jul 29 11:15

PHOTO OF GAZAN ‘TERRORIST’ BOMBED BY ISRAEL

They aimed for Haniyeh, but got this one instead ….. VERY DISTURBING PHOTO

Jul 29 11:15

INFOGRAPHIC ~~ CONTRAST BETWEEN 911 AND GAZA

This graphic, “The Five Stages of Grief,” reflects on the shared experiences of grief of Americans and Palestinians in Gaza, while contrasting the stages of healing and recovery.

Jul 29 11:13

NY rabbi says that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are not civilians (therefore are legitmate military targets)

There was a pro-Israel rally of 10,000 people in New York yesterday, a half block from the United Nations, and Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, who is an executive of the NY Board of Rabbis, suggested that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are combatants who deserve to be targeted by Israel.

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/israel-leader-rabbis.html

Jul 29 10:38

Director of Israeli Aerospace Institute Conducts Campaign Disabling My Facebook Account

You are reading the blog of a dangerous man. A very dangerous man. Or so the Israeli pro-war propaganda machine believes. That’s why yesterday, an Israeli Facebook user named Tal Inbar began a campaign to get my Facebook account removed.

Jul 29 10:34

PALESTINE - UN Situation maps

Jul 29 10:31

Ben Stein to discuss his column for American Spectator, "Media Anti-Semitism on the March

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh; this is rich! The US corporate media has been promoting Israel's propaganda left and right, but it is not enough! When they dare show the Gaza side in even the tiniest amount, Israel's supporters should that the corporate media is being "Anti-Semitic!"

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!

Message to ABCNNBBCBSFOX, since Israel will crap all over you anyway no matter what you do, might as well start telling the truth about what's going on in Palestine.

Jul 29 10:25

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Pedro Almodovar denounce Israel's 'genocide' in Gaza

Dozens of stars from Spain's cultural scene have added their names to an open letter blasting Israel's Gaza operation, and denouncing Israel's actions as "genocide."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jul 29 10:22

HAMAS BOMBS 50 ISRAELI SYNAGOGUES

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE OUTRAGE IF THAT HEADLINE WAS TRUE?
Here’s what really happened …. sans outrage

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Israel targets 50 mosques since start of Gaza offensive

Jul 29 10:22

HUMANIZING PALESTINE

The holiday at the end of Ramadan brings mixed feelings and we could sense this here in Bethlehem on the faces of our Muslim neighbors, friends and colleagues. They tell us of their sadness at the massacres of whole families but they also tell proudly of resistance, persistence, resilience, self help and help to other.

Jul 29 10:21

#GazaUnderAttack ~~ THE NEW GUERNICA

Is Bibi the new Picasso?

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Jul 29 10:18

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; death toll reaches 1,156

4 x MH17

Sanctions: none

Jul 29 10:16

Naomi Klein: Enough. It’s Time for a Boycott of Israel

It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa

Jul 29 10:10

Israel-Gaza conflict: 10 Palestinian children killed and 46 injured in strike on hospital and park

Two strikes which hit the compound of Gaza City’s main hospital and a nearby park killed ten children and wounded 46 on Monday – hours after Israel and Hamas had declared a truce.

The park in the Shati refugee camp was hit minutes after a strike on the outpatients unit at the Shifa Hospital on the edge of the city.

Ayman Sahabani, the head of the emergency room at Shifa Hospital, claimed that children were playing on a swing in the park when they were killed. Nine of the 10 killed were children under the age of 12, and 46 were injured. Camera crews were prevented from filming the area of impact at Shifa, according to reporters on the scene.

Jul 29 10:05

Gaza pounded by Israel after Netanyahu promises prolonged battle

The IDF continued to categorically deny that its forces were responsible for hits on Shati refugee camp and the Shifa hospital on Monday. At least eight children were killed at Shati while playing in a park.

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"HAMAS is blowing itself up to make Israel look bad. Really. Honest! I wouldn't lie about a thing like that!" -- Nodding Yahoo

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