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13

Sep

I support Israel, but what Senator Cruz did was outrageous and incendiary. He showed a true lack of sensitivity for the people he was speaking to, especially the religious leaders who were there. It was a political speech, inappropriate and, overall, an uncomfortable moment… He was speaking to people outside of the building. It was a willful and deliberate confrontation, and very self-serving.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) in response to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) telling a group of Arab Christians at a summit in Washington D.C., “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.” Cruz was met with an angry response from the crowd and later left the stage amid continued jeering and booing, citing ‘antisemitism’ for the incident.

09

Sep

HRW report alleges that Israel has used an "unlawful coercion policy" to deport nearly 7,000 African asylum seekers.

01

Sep

This decision will lead to more instability. This will only inflame the situation after the war in Gaza.
Palestinian presidential spokesman, Abu Rdainah, in response to the Israeli announcement that it will appropriate nearly 400 hectares (988 acres) of land in the occupied West Bank just days after Gaza ceasefire. The United States has called on Israel to reverse its decision.

23

Aug

letterstomycountry:

frompalestinewithlove:

This is Amir Alreqeb’s first passport he got so he can leave Gaza to get treatment.

LTMC: A good example of what happens when you block shipment of medical goods into Gaza, bomb the only power plant in Gaza, and shell three different hospitals in Gaza until they’re no longer suitable to treat patients.
See Also: Dead Children In Gaza Crammed Into Ice Cream Freezers As Morgues Overflow

letterstomycountry:

frompalestinewithlove:

This is Amir Alreqeb’s first passport he got so he can leave Gaza to get treatment.

LTMC: A good example of what happens when you block shipment of medical goods into Gaza, bomb the only power plant in Gaza, and shell three different hospitals in Gaza until they’re no longer suitable to treat patients.

See Also: Dead Children In Gaza Crammed Into Ice Cream Freezers As Morgues Overflow

18

Aug

There is more blood than water flowing here in Gaza.
A German journalist in response to the water supply shortages caused by the incessant airstrikes. (via transparent-flowers)

15

Aug

The great-great grandchildren of my mother have lost their [Palestinian] grandmother, three uncles, an aunt and a cousin at the hands of the Israeli army. Their family apartment building in Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza was bombed on July 20 from an Israeli F16, turning the four story building to rubble, leaving every single family member inside it dead. … For me to hold on to the honour granted by the State of Israel, under these circumstances, will be both an insult to the memory of my courageous mother who risked her life and that of her children fighting against suppression and for the preservation of human life as well as an insult to those in my family, four generations on, who lost no less than six of their relatives in Gaza at the hands of the State of Israel.

Henk Zanoli, Dutch nonagenarian returns Holocaust honor after six relatives killed in Gaza.

Zanoli, an attorney by profession, heard about the killing of the Ziadah family from his niece. As a way of expressing his shock and pain, he decided to return the medal and certificate that were awarded to him and his mother (posthumously) as Righteous Among the Nations. Because of his age and poor health, he did not do so in person, but sent them by messenger to the Israeli Embassy in The Hague – the same place where he received them in an official ceremony three years ago.

His letter is really worth reading in full.

(via redphilistine)

(Source: rcabbasi)

12

Aug

peterfeld:

Father celebrates his daughter’s graduation by the rubble of their former home in Gaza, via @RachelMicheleG

peterfeld:

Father celebrates his daughter’s graduation by the rubble of their former home in Gaza, via @RachelMicheleG

05

Aug

If it is Hamas that you hate, let me tell you that the people you are killing have nothing to do with Hamas. They are women, children, men and senior citizens whose only concern was for the war to end, so they can return to their lives and daily routines. But let me assure you that you have now created thousands — no, millions — of Hamas loyalists, for we all become Hamas if Hamas, to you, is women, children and innocent families. If Hamas, in your eyes, is ordinary civilians and families, then I am Hamas, they are Hamas and we are all Hamas.
I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way. Such incidents, in the Israeli lexicon, become children caught in crossfire.

Chris Hedges (via azspot)

Disgusted.

(via liberalsarecool)

02

Aug

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack - apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are - hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old. I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time. Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won’t sign up to it.