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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
La XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965) dichiara "la legittimità della lotta da parte dei popoli sotto oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il loro diritto all' autodeter-
minazione e all'indipendenza".
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e materiale ai movimenti di liberazione nazionale nei territori coloniali".

:: ONU - Risoluzione 1514
"L'Assemblea Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e asservimento costituisce una negazione dei diritti umani fondamentali, è contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite ed è un impedimento alla promozione della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto all' autodeter-
minazione; in virtù di tale diritto essi devono liberamente determinare il loro status politico e liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo economico, sociale e culturale".

:: Convenzione di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I (1977):
La lotta armata può essere usata, come ultima risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il diritto all' autodeter-

:: Tribunale penale internazionale
In base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale internazionale, sono definiti “crimini di guerra”:
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente contro popolazione civili in quanto tali o contro civili che non prendano direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente nella consapevolezza che gli stessi avranno come conseguenza la perdita di vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi militari previsti.

:: Iraq anthem
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In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us, is hiding among civilians
Richard Seymour

They hid at the El-Wafa hospital. They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital.
They hid at the beach, where children played football. They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad. They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya. They hid in the home of the Qassan family. They hid in the home of the poet, Othman Hussein. They hid in a cafe, where Gazans were watching the World Cup.They hid themselves in a young woman in pink household slippers, sprawled on the pavement, taken down while fleeing.They hid themselves in two brothers, eight and four, lying in the intensive burn care unit in Al-Shifa. They hid themselves in the little boy whose parts were carried away by his father in a plastic shopping bag....
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Gaza’s Shejaiya Carnage Fills Shifa Morgue
By Mohammed Omer

July 21, 2014 -"No, it’s not him" says the brother of Mohammed Al Mobayed, as he moves on to the next body searching for his brother. Half of the family is at reception, and the other half at the morgue.The ambulance arrives, asking crowds to clear the road so as to pass through and offload the casualties and dead. As ambulance doors open, people run forward looking for their missing relatives."No, that’s not him, dad" one of the brothers screams to his older father as the ambulance arrives. A shout comes over the air to all Al Mobayed family, "Here is Mohammed". The whole family runs to him, thinking he is alive....
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Video: Night raid in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp
Adam Horowitz

July 21, 2014 - The news is rightfully focused on Gaza right now, but that doesn’t mean life is quiet in the West Bank. The video above was shot by Kelly Lynn last night in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp. Here’s the description: Israeli Defense Forces raid Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp early in the morning on July 21st, 2014. Soldiers arrested 3 young men and assaulted several others. They confiscated footage from that night’s clashes in Bethlehem from journalist Mohammed Al Azza, briefly detained him and assaulted him and his two younger brothers. A father in the camp attempts twice to visit his brother’s home being raided by soldiers in an effort to see his son, and is denied violently by IDF. ...
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‘We have nothing left to lose. I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce’: Palestinian youth demand justice
Pam Bailey

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

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Video of Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian
International Solidarity Movement

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

July 21, 2014 - With the horrors of Israel’s massacre currently bearing down on Gaza, it is hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, at least 522 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, have been slaughtered by Israel so far, including 129 children. But as happened after Israel’s 2008-09 "Cast Lead" massacre of more than 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza, there are early signs of a global intensification of calls for the boycott of Israel. In Palestine, the BDS National Committee is seizing the moment to focus on a new call for an arms embargo. The BNC is the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society groups, and coordinates joint actions for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel...
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Israel’s Iron Dome doesn’t cover Bedouins
Rania Khalek

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

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

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

July 21, 2014 - The Muslim Scholars Association in Iraq condemned the deportation of Christian families from Mosul by the Islamic State (ISIS) this week, saying it amounts to an assault on innocent people. The militant group "gave Christians an ultimatum to leave Mosul by Saturday, thus leaving the city without Christians for the first time in Islamic history," the MSA said. The Muslim scholars denounced this move as "an act of injustice against innocent people, and a deviation from the path recommended by the prophet of Islam and Muslim scholars regarding the treatment of non-Muslims. "No entity has the right to take such measures." ..
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Syria News - July 20 , 2014
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

July 20 , 2014 - By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 96 martyrs, including 4 women, 9 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 40 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 19 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 14 in Daraa; 12 in Hama; 8 in Idlib; 1 in Homs; 1 in Deir al-Zour, e un martire in Alllazqah...
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Worst and Bloodiest Day Since the Beginning of the Offensive
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 20, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses. Since last night, Israeli forces have launched unprecedented attacks on al-Shuja'iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The neighborhood has been subjected to intensive aerial and ground shelling. Dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed or wounded, and medical crews and the ICRC have not been able to attend them. Women were seen taking their children out to flee from the area, and some of them were killed...
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There is no evidence that Saint Ephraim’s Cathedral in Mosul has been burned
Sam Hardy

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

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

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

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Weapons to Israel and the upholding of false narratives
Ramona Wadi

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

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

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

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

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

July 20, 2014 - All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most "precise and surgical", is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields. For Palestinians living in Gaza today, simply spending time in their own homes, frequenting a mosque, going to a hospital or to school has become a dangerous enterprise since any one of these architectural edifices can become at any moment a target. One can no longer safely assume that the existence of masses of human bodies – even the bodies of children – in civilian spaces can serve as defense of the weak against the lethal capacity of the hi-tech states.But since hi-tech states can and do kill hundreds or thousands of civilians, they have to provide moral justification for their action in order to preserve their standing in the international arena; they have to demonstrate that they are protecting the principles of liberal democracy. It is precisely within this context that we should understand the series of posters recently disseminated by the Israeli military through its Twitter account, Facebook and blogs...
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HRW Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas: Some Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre
by Norman G. Finkelstein

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

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

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

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

July 20, 2014 -I used to look out of my bedroom window and stare at the sky at different times of the day, and lose myself in my dreams and the vastness of the skies above. I would think about my life, where I would be years from now, what I would want to accomplish, and so many other important but trivial thoughts. However, most importantly, I would imagine traveling to different countries and cities around the world.My bedroom window was like the window to the universe. Through it, I imagined the next adventure on which I would embark.Right now, the sight of my bedroom window makes me cringe. I have been housebound for more than ten days, a little prison located inside the biggest open-air prison on earth — besieged Gaza...
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More Gazans now fleeing Israeli attacks than during Cast Lead
Rami Almeghari

July 20, 2014 -"It was almost 9am when I was feeding my livestock on my land about three hundred meters from the border, when Israeli army shells began landing heavily on the neighborhood," Mustafa al-Buhairi told The Electronic Intifada on Saturday. "It was the first time in the past eight years that my family and I have been forced to flee, in fear of the intensive shelling."
Along with many other families in the Maghazi refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, al-Buhairi has taken shelter at the preparatory school for girls run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees.Israel mounted major offensives against Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 and in November 2012....
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Nouri Al-Maliki continues to kill civilians
The Common Ills

July 20, 2014 - But while everyone focused on Baghdad, Nouri skated free yet again. National Iraqi News Agency reports, "A medical source said on Saturday that 20 civilians were killed and wounded because of the bombing of neighborhoods in Fallujah. The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the neighborhoods of the Golan , al-Neizah , Nazal and al-Senaai came under bombardment that led to the killing of 7 civilians and wounding 13 others including four women were taken to hospital for treatment."These are War Crimes, ongoing War Crimes.Nouri's been bombing civilian areas in Falluja since the start of the year and the toll keeps rising. Nouri would argue he's going after what he sees as 'terrorists' who are in Falluja.Falluja is a densely populated city -- even now with so many having fled for safety.You are not allowed to target civilians because somewhere in the city a terrorist/rebel/insurgent/militant/what-have-you may be...
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The boy who clung to the paramedic: the story behind the photo
Belal Dabour

July 20, 2014 - Thursday night, 17 July, was the heaviest yet since Israel’s bombardment of Gaza began almost two weeks ago. Dozens of people arrived to Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital, where I was on shift that night. Some arrived torn to pieces, some beheaded, some disfigured beyond recognition, although still alive and breathing.Seemingly indiscriminate artillery fire, a new element in Israel’s assault, had exacted a heavy toll on civilians.The medical staff were lucky to get a break of less than half an hour. Some spent it watching the flares and bombs Israel was raining on the eastern neighborhoods of Gaza City, while others refueled with coffee or lay down for a few moments...
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Guantánamo Hunger Striker Abu Wa’el Dhiab’s Wife Calls for Videos of his Force-Feeding to be Made Public
Andy Worthington

July 20, 2014 - Regular readers will know that one of the most prominent Guantánamo prisoners at present is Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian national, separated from his wife and his four children for over 12 years, who recently persuaded a US judge to order the government stop force-feeding him as a response to the hunger strike that he embarked on last year. Soon after, Judge Gladys Kessler reluctantly rescinded her order, as she feared that Mr. Dhiab might die if he was not force-fed, but she also ordered the government to release videotapes of Mr. Dhiab’s force-feeding — and of him being forcibly extracted from his cell — to his lawyers...
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Israel's Bedouin: Civilians in death alone
By Mya Guarnieri

July 20, 2014 - Israel denies Bedouin citizens basic services in life but claims them as civilians when they die.Over 400 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its current military operation in Gaza. According to the United Nations, approximately three-quarters of Gaza’s dead are civilians; many are children.In Israel, two civilians have been killed. One was a Bedouin, the 32-year-old Oudi Lafi al-Waj, who lived in an unrecognized village in the Negev (Naqab) desert, near Dimona. Several Bedouin children have also been injured by rocket fire since Israel began "Operation Protective Edge."Bedouin villages do not have air raid sirens, nor are they covered by Iron Dome. They also lack bomb shelters...
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Footage shows dozens of bodies in Gaza's Shujaya
Middle East Monitor

July 20, 2014 - A video displayed Sunday by Hamas-run Al-Aqsa satellite channel showed dozens of bodies scattered on the streets of al-Shujaya district in eastern Gaza City in the aftermath of heavy Israeli shelling in the area.The video showed Palestinian families fleeing their homes amid cries and screams, just moments after the area was pounded by Israeli artillery fire.Medical sources said that dozens of bodies are still trapped in the area, which remains inaccessible for ambulances.There is no specific toll yet for the fatalities, but Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency that at least 13 Palestinians were killed and 200 others injured in Israeli shelling of residential areas, including al-Shujaya, in eastern Gaza City...
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Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor
Mads Gilbert

July 20, 2014 - Dearest friends, The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS! Now, once more treated like animals by "the most moral army in the world" (sic!)...

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Summary of events of the Iraqi popular revolution - Bulletin no. 252 - Saturday 19th July, 2014
by Iraqi Spring Media Center

July 20, 2014 - Fallujah: •Maliki's army shelled with barrel bombs the civilian homes in Thubat Ula hay ,Nazzal ,Shuhada'a ,Sina'i hay in Fallujah ,one of them fell behind Fallujah Hospital . •Blasts sounds were heard in Sajjar and Saqlawiyah without details. •Violent clashes happened with Maliki's army in Amiriyat Al-Fallujah and the revolutionaries shelled army troops. Diyala:
•The revolutionaries arrived the old market in Muqdadiyah district controlling Bareed Street linking Arab Jbour and Muqdadiyah trying to reach Rafidain Bank to guard it before being stolen by militias ...
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Syria News - July 19 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

July 19, 2014 -By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 59 martyrs, including 4 women, 4 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 17 in Idlib; 8 in Daraa; 6 in Aleppo; 3 in Homs; 3 in Hama, 2 in Qunitra; and 1 in Deir Ezzor....
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On the 12th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Continue Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Israeli Forces Use Flechette Shells; Approximately 50,000 Palestinians Forcibly Displaced in Border Areas
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 19, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques....
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2022 FIFA World Cup slave labour deaths
Matteo Fagotto

July 19, 2014 - Him Kumari Yongan’s eyes fill suddenly with tears. "He never complained," the 25-year-old says. "At times he just said that the work was very hard." She tries to keep her composure, gently caressing her three-year-old son as she talks about the father he will never see again. "I don’t know what to do now. I am alone." A few weeks ago, a formal phone call from the company her husband was working for in Qatar announced his death. According to his co-workers, Narabaj Tamang went to bed after dinner and fell asleep, only to be found dead the next morning. While the medical report ascribes his death to an "acute respiratory failure", Yongan will never know what really happened to her husband. Here in Nepal, hundreds of families have lost relatives in Qatar – men and women who have taken jobs thousands of kilometres from home in order to get the small emirate ready to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup...
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My Grandmother In Gaza: Bury Me Under the Mulberry Tree, Not In the Cemetery
By Ghada Ageel

July 19, 2014 - I speak to friends and family in Gaza every day. The stories they tell tear at my soul. I ask myself if President Barack Obama, at the pinnacle of power, hears the same harrowing accounts in his morning briefs from the NSA, CIA and other agencies. Reason says no. No report can tell of the terror Palestinians are enduring – particularly now with the ground war apparently getting underway – and the heartbreak they have lived for more than 66 years. These agencies assess raw numbers and immediate risk, but are not capable of grasping the horrors in Gaza caused by American weaponry and aid to Israel. Do president Obama’s morning briefs mention my friend Abeer, who told me her three children — ages four to seven — are now using diapers from the fear caused by hourly Israeli bombardment?...
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Why No Vetoed Resolutions on Civilian Killings in Gaza?
By Thalif Deen

July 19, 2014 - ....Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, told IPS just as the Russians and Chinese have blocked Security Council action regarding Syria's attacks on civilians in crowded urban areas, the United States has successfully blocked Security Council action regarding Israeli attacks on civilians in crowded urban areas. Though both involve serious violations of international humanitarian law, precedent would dictate that U.N. action on Israel's assault on Gaza would be even more appropriate because it is an international conflict rather than a civil war, said Zunes, who has written extensively on the politics of the Security Council....
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Mowing the Lawn in Gaza
By John Feffer

July 19, 2014 - The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments. Like the Algerians in 1990 and the Egyptians in 2012, Gazans went to the polls in 2006 and voted for the wrong party. Rather than supporting the secular choice, they cast their ballots for Hamas. Not all Palestinians are Muslim (6 percent or so are Christian). But by opting for the Islamic Resistance Movement—Hamas, for short—Gazans had effectively nullified their own ballots...
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Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat
By Lawrence Weschler

July 19, 2014 - The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.And I am put in mind of a passage from Norman Mailer, in 1972, in which he attempted to plumb the psychopathology behind America’s relentless bombing of Cambodia and Laos and Vietnam during the Nixon years: ... bombing [which] had become an activity as rational as the act of a man who walks across his own home town to defecate each night on the lawn of a stranger—it is the same stranger each night—such a man would not last long even if he had the most powerful body in town. "Stop," he would scream as they dragged him away. "I need to shit on that lawn. It’s the only way to keep my body in shape, you fools. I’ve been bitten by a bat!"...
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Iran turned Hezbollah into a killing machine as bad as takfiris:Tufaili
Ya Libnan

July 19, 2014 - Hezbollah’s former Secretary-General Sheikh Sobhi Tufaili, an outspoken critic of the current leadership of the Iranian backed militant group blasted the Shiite party’s military role in Syria, blaming it for deepening Shiite-Sunni tension in Lebanon and across the Middle East..."We regret to say that Hezbollah has been tuned into a sectarian party and a killing machine, as bad as takfiri groups, at the hands of the Iranians," Tufaili said.He charged that Hezbollah’s battle was directed against Muslims for the sake of defending "the regimes of corruption and tyranny," in reference to Syria and Iran."Hezbollah’s involvement in the fighting in Syria against Syrian children and people is a main factor in igniting sectarian hostilities and animosity that only serve the Zionist enemy and its allies," Tufaili stressed...
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International activists risk lives to protect Gaza’s ambulances under fire
Allison Deger

July 19, 2014 -- A team of international activists in Gaza acted as "human shields" this afternoon to secure medications for injured and disabled Palestinians by accompanying Red Crescent ambulances into a firing zone in Gaza City. The activists are all foreign nationals, hailing from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden. To reach el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital the internationals crossed heavy Israeli military shelling from the air and border area. The medical facility was destroyed beyond use by Israeli missiles Thursday evening. The Israeli military had said weapons were being launched from nearby the hospital and said Hamas had used the facility as a "human shield."...
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The heart of the problem with Israel: The mass expulsion of the Palestinian people
Donna Nevel

July 19, 2014 - As Israeli government violence against the Palestinians in Gaza intensifies (the latest news being an aggressive ground invasion), I saw a discussion on-line about whether Israel has become more brutal or the brutality has simply become more visible to the public. I remembered listening to Benjamin Netanyahu when he was at MIT in the 1970’s. He called himself Bibi Nitai and said he was in self-exile until the Labor Party, which he despised, was out of power. He spoke contemptuously about Arabs, and predicted he would be the leader of Israel someday and would protect the Jewish state in the way it deserved. The immediate response many of us had was: "Heaven help us all if he ever gets into power in Israel."...
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Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access
By Shelly Kittleson

July 19, 2014 - Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be stalked by its effects. Most who make it across the Syria-Lebanon border live in informal settlements in extremely poor hygienic conditions, which for many means diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition, and – for the most vulnerable – sometimes death. By the end of January, almost 40,000 Syrian children had been born as refugees, while the total number of minors who had fled abroad quadrupled to over 1.2 million between March 2013 and March 2014....
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A Moment to Be Seized?
by Stuart Littlewood

July 19, 2014-There was never a better moment for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement to mass-mobilise for a mega-campaign to not only impact more heavily on the lawless Israeli state but also unmask those in business and public life who shamelessly support the criminal programme that was embedded in its DNA while on the Zionists’ drawing board.This could include politicians, businesspeople, entertainers, sports stars, churchmen and the many organisations and fan clubs that nourish the thuggish vanity and horrendous cruelty of the Zionist regime. Zero tolerance is needed. Those who fund or support the inhuman behaviour we have witnessed, not just this week but ever since 1947 (and some would say, long before then), are not fit to be admitted into decent society let alone allowed to run our country and major institutions...
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Studies continually show strong pro-Israel bias in western media
Mohamad Elmasry

July 19, 2014 - CNN journalist Jake Tapper opened a recent interview with Human Rights Attorney Diana Buttu with the following two-part question: "Why is Hamas launching rockets into Israeli population centers and are any other Palestinians trying to stop them from doing so?" Tapper’s question - which lays onus on Hamas and other Palestinians and ignores the enveloping context of Israel’s siege on Gaza - is both telling and predictable. Mainstream western media outlets are, by and large, infused with a pro-Israeli ideological bias that colors nearly all mainstream Western reporting on Israel-Palestine...

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Gaza City resident Amal Sarsour: ‘There is no place to go, death is around us all the time’
Alex Kane

July 19, 2014 - There is no where for Amal Sarsour to go–not when Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery fire are blanketing Gaza. The 38-year-old Gaza City resident is cooped up in her home with her brothers and their families, who left their homes after the Israeli air force targeted their neighborhood. She doesn’t step outside. "It’s not safe at all," Sarsour, an academic and lecturer at Al Quds and Al Azhar universities in Gaza, tells me. "We can’t get out of our house…We are targeted by bombing, missiles around us." In a follow-up e-mail, she wrote: "There is no place to go, we feel that death [is] around us all the time."...
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Expel Palestinians, populate Gaza with Jews, says Knesset deputy speaker
Ali Abunimah

July 19, 2014 - Israel must attack Gaza even more mercilessly, expel the population and resettle the territory with Jews, the deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has said. Moshe Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, makes the call in an article for the Israeli news website Arutz Sheva. Feiglin demands that Israel launch attacks "throughout Gaza with the IDF’s [Israeli army’s] maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal."...
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Suffocating indoors under the rain of Israel’s bombs
Ayah Bashir

July 19, 2014 - Three weeks before this attack, I had the long-awaited chance to spend a week in the occupied West Bank and the 1948 territories (present-day Israel). I wanted to write about this marvelous experience of life and laughter, but now I am writing about death and sorrow. Two days before the attack, I was supposed to travel to Geneva to participate in a summer school training program for which I have been preparing for seven months and which concludes today. I booked two flights both from Egypt and Jordan, but missed both. The Israelis never approved my permit to travel through Erez checkpoint in the north of Gaza, even though I applied three times, and Rafah crossing, the southern land border with Egypt, has been consistently sealed off. I am not attending the course, though I still receive emails related to it. Instead, I am living this war...
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Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside
Allison Deger

July 19, 2014 - The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities. All of the patients have some degree of paralysis, require around the clock care and many are on oxygen support and feeding tubes. "We’ve seen a lot of launches of rockets that came from exactly near the hospital, 100 meters near," said a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), continuing, "Obviously the target was not the hospital."...
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Why won’t the US investigate Israeli violence against US citizens?
Josh Ruebner

Earlier this month, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir, a US citizen from Tampa, Florida, was savagely beaten by undercover Israeli police in the Shuafat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The attack was caught on video, showing Israeli police repeatedly kicking and punching Abukhdeir in the face and head as he lay handcuffed on the ground. According to the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer, Abukhdeir was arrested without charge and denied urgently needed medical attention and access to his family for five hours. He was released on bail after three days in Israeli jail and placed under house arrest before returning to Florida on 16 July.
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Devastated family remembers cheerful boy cut down by Israeli fire on Gaza beach
Rami Almeghari

July 19, 2014 - The day before he was killed, "Ismail came home carrying fresh fish and began joking with his brothers and sisters. He seemed unusually cheerful and happy," his mother Sahar Baker told The Electronic Intifada at her home in Gaza’s Beach Camp just twenty-four hours after her son’s brutal slaying
"I asked him, my son, why did you go to the beach while the situation is dangerous? He answered, we were playing as we wanted to play, why should we be afraid?" Sahar said.Ismail Muhammad Baker, nine years old, was killed along with his cousins Ahed Atif Baker and Zakaria Ahed Baker, both ten years old, and eleven-year-old Muhammad Ramiz Baker when Israeli fire targeted them on a beach near Gaza City’s seaport on 16 July....
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Syria News - July 18 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

July 18 , 2014- By the end of Friday, the coordination committees were able to document 66 martyrs, including 6 women, 10 child and 3 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Idlib; 11 in Hama; 7 in Daraa; 6 in Damascus and its suburbs; and 1 in Deir Ezzor....
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On the 11th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Launch Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Dozens of Palestinian Civilians Killed or Wounded
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 18, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. Last night, the Israeli government declared launching a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. In effect, Israeli forces moved hundreds of meters into Palestinian areas located along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, amidst unprecedented shelling....
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Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview
Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill

July 18, 2014 -....The intelligence community knows that I’m not working for any foreign government at all. They anonymously stated to the Washington Post that I’m not an agent of any foreign power, they don’t have a warrant out on that basis. And that’s because if I were providing information that I know, that’s in my head, to some foreign government, the US intelligence community would be able to detect that. They would see changes in the type of information that’s going through it. They would see sources go dark that were previously productive. They would see new sources of disinformation appearing in these channels and that hasn’t happened....
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A father opens a plastic bag: 'This is my son,' he says, killed by an Israeli shell
Peter Beaumont

July 18, 2014 -The house of the Antez family in Sha'af looks undamaged from the outside. But the men milling around it have the dazed faces of grief that tell a different story.Inside, the hole punched by the tank shell that hit the house, after clearing the retaining wall, is visible about 3m (10ft) off the ground.It seems a small thing – a hole the size of a toaster. But the shell travelled through four walls, scattering pieces of shrapnel that have been gathered and placed to one side. There were 60 people from three families sheltering inside, some under the stairs, some in a corridor leading to a half-finished room...
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Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid
Max Blumenthal

July 18, 2014- Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police arrested Abu Khdeir’s uncle and cousins without charges. The Israeli motive appears to have been revenge for the family’s role in publicizing CCTV footage of Abu Khdeir’s brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police, and their public campaign to secure his return to the US...
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When Reporting Becomes a Weapon of Mass Deception
By Dr. Mosheer Amer – Gaza

July 18, 2014 - ...What is problematic about these reports is the utter lack of background information that puts Israeli and Palestinian actions in context. Reading the BBC and CNN reports, one can only see that the context of Israel’s crippling siege on Gaza, where 80% of its 1.8 million population are Palestinian refugees who were displaced from their homes in historic Palestine in 1948 and since then have been facing the harsh reality of Israel’s military occupation, siege and humiliation in the world’s largest open-air prison. Disguising the reality of occupation as war between two equals is a stark case of problematic news framing. A BBC headline on 11 July which read, "Gaza-Israel conflict: What can Israel and Hamas gain?", and the lead paragraphs, falsely frame the situation as nothing more than a conflict between two equals trying to maximise their political benefits...
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The Resistance Will Not Surrender: We Will Be Victorious or Die
By Dr. Ahmed Yousef – Gaza

July 18, 2014 - The blatant aggression against the Gaza Strip we are witnessing affects anyone who has a heart, as Israel’s destruction and barbarism are unprecedented and worse than any I have seen in my life. The horror of today’s attacks is incomparable with any of the raids and wars against the Gaza Strip over the past 50 years. The bombing raids being carried out by Israeli warplanes on the Gaza Strip, as well as the missiles being launched on the homes and farms of innocent civilians, are the latest by the "death industry" of the rogue state. With the war crimes it has committed, as well as its international law and human rights law violations, Israel has gone beyond any international condemnations, reactions and denouncements issued against its non-stop aggression. The latest of such condemnations by the UN were stated in the Goldstone Report after Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009...
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The terrible price the children of Gaza are paying
By Charlotte Armstrong

July 18, 2014 - ...This is not the first time that Israeli forces have struck civilians on the Gazan coastline. On July 11, an Israeli attack on the Fun Time Beach café near the city of Khan Yunis killed nine civilians, including two 15-year-old children, and wounded three, including a 13-year-old boy. An Israeli military spokesman said the attack was "targeting a terrorist" but presented no evidence that any of those at the café, who had gathered to watch a World Cup match, were participating in military operations, or that the killing of one alleged "terrorist" in a crowded café would justify the expected civilian casualties...
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When Strength is Weakness
Israel’s Heart of Darkness


July 18, 2014 - ....A noticeable change has occurred in Israel since its bombardment of Gaza in 2008/9, what I have termed the Christmas bombing of imprisoned civilians caught in a steel net surrounding their sliver of land, a change that offers perspective on the altering mindset that guides this benumbed state. Then Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday the 27th "…instructed the Foreign ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel’s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza strip" (Haaretz, 12/28/08). Her intent as she ordered the military to continue its devastation of the Gazan people resulting in over 1400 dead, many children, was "to explain the rationale for the expanded IDF operations in the Gaza strip." An all out call to PR personnel to mobilize was issued, including those with language proficiency in Arabic, Italian, Spanish and German, the better to muffle the voices of those finding fault with the invasion. She noted at the time that Israel expects foreign media and diplomatic figures to support Israel....
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As war rages in Gaza and Pakistan, drone companies gather at Farnborough to market their wares
By Chris Cole

July 18, 2014 - Against a backdrop of horrific Israeli air strikes in Gaza as well as a US drone strike in Pakistan, the Farnborough International Air show took place this week in the UK. Although billed as an air show, the event is in reality a week-long marketing event for the world’s military (and some civil) aviation companies to show off their wares with an open-to-the-public air show tacked on at the end. Drones are increasingly important at Farnborough with a reported 78 companies displaying unmanned drones this year. In terms of British drones the key event was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UK and France on the £120m ($205m) agreement to study the development of the Future Combat Air System. This funding was first announced earlier this year at the Anglo-French Summit at Brize Norton...
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Is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Really About Natural Gas?

July 18, 2014 -While many articles have debunked the myth that Israel is acting out of "self-defense," very few have attempted to establish why Israel is continuing its assault on Palestine through Operation Protective Edge, aside from the supposition that Zionists have a fanatic penchant for drawing Palestinian blood. Behind the operation, behind the mass Israeli and U.S. propaganda attempting to justify the massacre, and behind the death of every child in Gaza is a conflict rarely discussed, an imperialist conflict and a contradiction that rests on Israel’s ambitions to appropriate and profit from Gaza’s natural gas resources.To provide some background, the natural gas issue arose in the year 2000 when British Gas (BG) discovered what they claimed to be $4 billion worth of natural gas reserves off the coast of Gaza. The Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) and British Gas (BG) both invested in the project, with BG holding 60% of the rights. Since then, more gas has been found in the region....
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Iraq snapshot - July 18, 2014
The Common Ills

July 18, 2014 -Over and over, Nouri al-Maliki's actions have been filtered by the press to remove his most extreme statements and actions so that US readers and audio and video news consumers will never grasp how out of control Nouri is, how criminal he is. Unlike Nouri al-Maliki's temple whores, we've never played that game here...The western press needs to be held accountable. That includes those who hate Sunnis and think it's alright to act on their own prejudices. Amy Goodman does a two part segment on Iraq this week and never calls out Nouri al-Maliki? Never even notes the attack on the Kurds, Zebari or anything. But she does have time to let Patrick Cockburn foam at the mouth with his Saudi Arabia conspiracy talk. Patrick's Sunni hatred is widely known and documented in the Arab world. Amy Goodman wants to talk what's wrong in Iraq but, cheap whore that she is, that talk never gets to Nouri. Two segments on how awful Sunnis -- in Iraq and in neighboring countries -- are but no accountability for Nouri? The problem is not just that Nouri is a despot and tyrant in the grand tradition of Augusto Pinochet, it's that the western press has refused to be honest about who and what he is....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108560] [ 26-jul-2014 22:50 ECT ]

All Governance in Libya Remains Contested
By Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network

July 18, 2014 - ....So what has happened since the overthrow of Gaddafi is that different parts of Libya have been fragmented under the control of different militias who are being paid by the government as a kind of security force but are not answerable to any civilian democratic authority. The Zintan militia had controlled the area around Tripoli's main airport and in fact controlled the airport. They have been attacked really ferociously over the last five, six days by a militia--not the militia, because there are a number--a militia from Misrata, which is led by a mercurial man named Mr. Salah Badi....
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Images of Gaza war shift perception of Israel
Daoud Kuttab

July 18, 2014 - War is often remembered by images. Who can forget the photograph of the Vietnamese girl running naked down a road after being exposed to US napalm bombs? Or the American sailor kissing an anonymous nurse in Times Square following the announcement of the end of World War II? For the current war on Gaza, two images that have gone viral and the stories behind them are reflective of the real price of war in terms of human suffering, unbridled hate and revenge...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108558] [ 26-jul-2014 22:03 ECT ]

War crimes in Gaza must cease!
Ministry of Health Gaza

July 18 2014 -Air strikes. Naval bombardment. Land invasion. New generation DIME weapons. Poison Gas. Children killed in their beds, at the dinner table, playing on the beach. Doctors’ homes wantonly destroyed. Hospital after hospital attacked – European Hospital, Wafa Hospital, Beit Hanoun. Will Shifa Hospital be next? The brutal Israeli escalation worsens by the hour. We already have 274 Palestinians dead, 76 percent of whom were killed in their homes. Of our 2,196 injured, 78 percent were wounded at home. The toll continues to rise rapidly. Eighteen families have lost between two and 17 members, almost 2,000 families have been made homeless. 22,900 people are in UNRWA emergency shelters. 50 percent of sewage pumping and treatment stations are no longer operational, posing a potential public health disaster...
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Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?
Democracy Now!

July 18, 2014 - NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball around with the boys just minutes before they died. He is a longtime reporter in the region. In his coverage, he reports on the Gaza conflict in the context of the Israeli occupation, sparking criticism from some supporters of the Israeli offensive. Back in 2008 and 2009, when he worked for Al Jazeera, Mohyeldin and his colleague Sherine Tadros were the only foreign journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel killed 1,400 people in what it called "Operation Cast Lead." We speak to Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, who has revealed that the decision to pull Mohyeldin from Gaza and remove him from reporting on the situation came from NBC executive David Verdi...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108556] [ 26-jul-2014 21:45 ECT ]

More Farcical Proceedings at the Military Commissions in Guantánamo
Andy Worthington

July 18, 2014 - Last week I published "The 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo: The Dark Farce Continues," the first of two articles providing updates about the military commissions at Guantánamo. The commissions were established under President George W. Bush in November 2001, were ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June 2006, revived by Congress in the fall of 2006, suspended by President Obama in January 2009, and revived again by Congress in the fall of 2009, but they have always struggled to establish any credibility, and should not have been revived by the Obama administration.Last week’s article, as the title indicates, covered developments — or the lack of them — in pre-trial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, who were held and tortured in CIA "black sites" for years before their arrival in Guantánamo in September 2006...

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A Terrifying Night in Gaza": Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on Israeli Ground Invasion
Democracy Now!

July 18, 2014 - ...House demolitions continue. I went to the eastern area of Shejaiya, which is just a couple of kilometers from the border with Israel, and a resident there had just had his house destroyed. He said he got a call on his cellphone by an Israeli military officer, who named him by name and said, "You have to leave your house now." He told him that he had five families living with him, that he had 15 children in the house, and that he had no weapons. The officer said he had five minutes to leave. He woke up his family, ushered them out of the house. Then they got hit with a drone strike, followed by an F-16 missile which completely demolished the house. So the Gazans are living also in this Orwellian atmosphere where they get calls and the Israeli officers know their names on their cellphones and tell them to leave...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108554] [ 26-jul-2014 20:50 ECT ]

Iran's Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar's Behalf
Daniel Brett

July 18, 2014 - While the news is dominated by conflict in Israel-Palestine and Iraq, tragedies elsewhere in the region are being overlooked. One tragedy is Iran's massacre of natives of the Arab-populated island of Qeshm. This week, Iranian forces killed civilians (reports vary from three to six deaths) including one child and wounded 10 more on the island of Qeshm, the largest island in the Arabian Gulf and home to around 115,000 mostly Arab inhabitants...But as with all events in the region, there is a deeper story than a brutal clamp-down on fuel theft. It is bound up with historic intrigue, Iranian ethnic chauvinism and the corrupting influence of Qatar's rulers. The rulers in Tehran are developing the Qeshm free trade zone in order to exploit vast energy reserves: four billion barrels of oil and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Within 10 years, the government hopes to turn Qeshm into an "energy hub". Having corrupted the FIFA World Cup, exploited Asian expatriate workers to death and perverted the Arab Spring to the Islamist cause, Qatar wants to grab Qeshm's resources...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108553] [ 26-jul-2014 20:46 ECT ]

Bloody Friday: 12 children among dozens killed in Israel’s merciless slaughter
Ali Abunimah

July 18, 2014 - At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since Israel began bombarding the territory with airstrikes and land-based and naval artillery. Eight members of a single family, the youngest six months old, were killed when a missile struck their home...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108552] [ 26-jul-2014 14:49 ECT ]

Gaza needs more than condemnation
Haidar Eid

July 18, 2014- The Palestinians of Gaza, naively, went to the polling station in January 2006, mistakenly believing the Bush doctrine of bringing democracy to the Middle East — in spite of him being responsible for the brutal massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan. People voted, but not for the preferred choice of the Israelis, or their American backers and the Arab dictators. The Palestinian choice was against the peace process industry, against the fiction that is the ever-slippery two-state solution, against the corruption of the Oslo-era nouveau riche...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108551] [ 26-jul-2014 04:53 ECT ]

Medical sources: Israel using unfamiliar toxic gas against Palestinians in Gaza
Middle East Monitor

July 18, 2014 -Dozens of Palestinians, including children, suffered from suffocation on Thursday due to inhaling what is being described as a "strange toxic gas" launched by the Israeli army during its ground incursion in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu news agency reported. Anadolu quoted Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Gaza, as saying that: "Dozens of Palestinians, including children, arrived at hospitals suffering from suffocation after inhaling a white poisonous gas fired by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip and in the Shawkah neighbourhood near Rafah, to the south."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108550] [ 26-jul-2014 04:31 ECT ]

Syria News - July 17, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordinating Committees of Syria

July 17, 2014- By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 61 martyrs, including 2 women, 1 child and 2 martyrs under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 15 in Idlib; 14 in Damascus and its suburbs; 6 in Daraa; 6 in Hama and 3 in Homs....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108549] [ 26-jul-2014 03:46 ECT ]

What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won't Tell You About Central American Child Refugees
Bruce A. Dixon

July 17, 2014 - ...Latino voters and the Latino political class supported the career of Barack Obama almost as solidly as blacks. They were promised much more than African Americans, but in the end got much less. Latinis were promised that the unjust immigration system would be fixed and a road to citizenship created for the millions of undocumented living among us. What Latino voters and the Latino political class got in return for their support of Obama was two million deportations, hundreds of thousands of families brutally separated and scattered by law, not entirely unlike black families in this country once were...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108548] [ 26-jul-2014 03:18 ECT ]

Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 221 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 179 Are Civilians, Including 45 Children and 32 Women, and 1,458 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 432 Children and 298 Women;
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

July 17, 2014-Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. In disregard for the lives of children, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian children while they were playing at the beach in Gaza City. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108547] [ 26-jul-2014 03:15 ECT ]

Testimony from Gaza: “You leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.”
Mahmoud Jouda

July 17, 2014 - Mahmoud Jouda, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip describes the experience of receiving an evacuation order from Israeli forces: "I'll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased. Gifts you received, photos of your siblings and your children (dead or alive), things that you love, your favorite chair, your books, that last poetry collection your read, a letter from your expatriate sister, reminders of the ones you loved, the smell of your bed, the jasmine tree that hangs off your western window, your daughter’s hair clip, your old clothes, your prayer rug, your wife’s gold, your savings; imagine; all this passes in front of your eyes in ten minutes, all that pain passes while you are struck by surprise."
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108546] [ 26-jul-2014 03:06 ECT ]

Gazans in West Bank fear for their loved ones
Ahmad Melhem

July 17, 2014 - With each raid that Israeli planes launch on the Gaza Strip, Sameh, 38, grabs his mobile phone and calls his family there to make sure they’re fine.Sameh, who preferred to give his first name only, hailed from the Gaza Strip, which he left 20 years ago. He works in Ramallah. "I'm constantly and persistently following what is happening. I sit at the breakfast table, with my phone by my side. I contact my parents and friends as soon as I hear about a raid in any region close to my family. I even take my phone with me into the shower," he told Al-Monitor...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108545] [ 26-jul-2014 02:22 ECT ]

Gaza on Brink of Acute Water Crisis: Red Cross
Andrea Germanos

July 16, 2014- The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that the population of Gaza is on the brink of an "acute water crisis." "Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are now without water," Jacques de Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, said in statement released Tuesday. "Within days, the entire population of the Strip may be desperately short of water," he stated.
The roughly 140 square mile territory is home to at least 1.5 million people. The blockaded territory's already fragile water infrastructure has been damaged by the current military operation, and the unsafe situation has made it impossible for technicians to carry out needed repairs, the organization adds...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108544] [ 26-jul-2014 01:56 ECT ]

No escape for civilians in Gaza
Asmaa al-Ghoul

July 17, 2014 - ...Israeli author Gideon Levy criticized in Haaretz newspaper what he calls the war against innocent civilians: "It is the war of the elephant against a fly. The retired generals who are still effectively working are adopting a savage approach. Those include Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor, who said without blinking, 'If we kill their families, this will scare them.'" This is no longer just about war crimes, but rather about the recurrence of crimes that no one seems willing to stop. The killing of children, the destruction of residential homes while inhabitants are inside, all these crimes classify as severe violations of the 1949 Geneva Conventions....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108543] [ 26-jul-2014 01:26 ECT ]

Fugitive Iraqi leader warns against third term for Al Maliki
Piotr Zalewski

July 17, 2014 -Without a change in government, Iraq’s Sunni population could grow to sympathise with militants from the Islamic State, the country’s fugitive vice president says. Tariq Al Hashemi fled Iraq in 2012 after being accused of running a Sunni death squad, a charge he denies. He found refuge in Turkey and was later sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court. Speaking to The National by phone, Mr Al Hashemi insisted that the crisis gripping Iraq would only grow worse if prime minister Nouri Al Maliki returned for a third term as premier. "Voting for Maliki is a vote for splitting Iraq," he said, commenting on the efforts to form a new government in Baghdad. "This gentleman has been the main cause of the instability."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108542] [ 26-jul-2014 01:15 ECT ]

Meshaal speaks out on possible cease-fire
Adnan Abu Amer

July 17, 2014 - ....The leader of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has reiterated in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor that his movement will not agree to a cease-fire that does not result in the lifting of the siege on Gaza. "Any initiative that doesn’t stop the aggression and end the siege on Gaza would not be acceptable to our people. That’s why the Egyptian initiative was rejected," Meshaal told Al-Monitor in a phone interview from Doha. Since 2007, in addition to the multiple wars between 2008-2009 and 2012, Israel has maintained a land, air and sea siege on the Gaza Strip that is crippling its economy and has largely destroyed the territory’s infrastructure.,,,

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108541] [ 26-jul-2014 00:48 ECT ]

A Nation on the Brink: How US Policies Sealed Iraq's Fate
Dahr Jamail

July 17, 2014 --An Iraqi friend I've known since 2003, living in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, emailed me recently. He had made it through the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 to 2007 in which many of his Sunni compatriots were killed or driven from the capital, and this is the picture he painted of what life is now like for him, his wife and their small children: All the dangers faced by Iraqis from the occupation - arrests, torture, car bombs, and sectarian violence - those killings have become like a toy in comparison to what we are facing these days. Fighting has spread in all directions from the north, east, and west of Baghdad... As a result of this fighting, we can't sleep because of our fear of the uncertainty of the situation, and because of the random arrests of innocent Sunni people. Each day I awake and find myself in a very hard and bad situation and now am trying to think of any way I can to leave here and save my family. Most of my neighbors left back when it was easier to leave. Now, we have both the US and Iran helping the Iraqi government, and this will only make the fighting that is going on across Iraq much worse...Every day, the Iraqi army is raiding homes and arresting many innocent people. So many dead bodies are to be found at the Baghdad morgue in the days following the mass arrests in Sunni areas...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108540] [ 26-jul-2014 00:37 ECT ]

Questions for UK Government over claims “heavy weather” destroyed renditions evidence

July 17, 2014 - Claims made by the Government that possible evidence of UK involvement in renditions held in Diego Garcia was damaged by "extremely heavy weather" last month have been questioned by legal charity Reprieve, in the light of independent weather records suggesting there was no heavy rain during the period. Foreign Office ministers Mark Simmonds and Tobias Ellwood both told MPs this week that "extremely heavy weather in June 2014" had damaged flight records held in Diego Garcia, a British territory which the Government has admitted was used by CIA aircraft carrying detainees as part of its programme of 'extraordinary rendition.’..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108539] [ 26-jul-2014 00:03 ECT ]

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