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22

Jul

Just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.

Jon Stewart

THIS.

"Just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas."

— Jon Stewart

20

Jul

In several cases Israeli soldiers also used civilians, including children, as “human shields”, endangering their lives by forcing them to remain in or near houses which they took over and used as military positions. Some were forced to carry out dangerous tasks such as inspecting properties or objects suspected of being booby-trapped. Soldiers also took position and launched attacks from and around inhabited houses, exposing local residents to the danger of attacks or of being caught in the crossfire… However, contrary to repeated allegations by Israeli officials of the use of “human shields”, Amnesty International found no evidence that Hamas or other Palestinian fighters directed the movement of civilians to shield military objectives from attacks. It found no evidence that Hamas or other armed groups forced residents to stay in or around buildings used by fighters, nor that fighters prevented residents from leaving buildings or areas which had been commandeered by militants.
A 2009 Amnesty International report on Operation Cast Lead, an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, found that while there was no evidence that Hamas or other Palestinian militant groups used human shields, Israeli soldiers did purposely endanger Palestinian civilians. (via @sareemakdisi)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s full ‘Meet the Press’ Interview.

(Source: nbcnews.com)

Last night just before 9pm, they sent us a warning over the phone that ‘We will bomb the hospital, so you need to evacuate. We insisted that we cannot leave the hospital. Our patients are, all of them, paralyzed, they’re unconscious. They’re unable to move, so we need to stay in this hospital…

But just few minutes after the call, shells start falling down on the hospital — the fourth floor, third floor, second floor. Smoke, fire, dust all over.
Basman Alashi, executive director of Al-Wafa Hospital, the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza and the West Bank. (via thepeoplesrecord)

19

Jul

tsamthepoet:

The world stands with Palestine.

17

Jul

Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow interviews Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson Mark Regev.

(Source: channel4.com)

Rob Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, asked people to use the hashtag (#askdermer) in Twitter Q&A on Thursday. It didn’t go well.

There is also no sense of normality when everyday life is subject to the arbitrary decisions of the occupation’s administrators. The establishment of the “security” wall is further evidence of the extent to which Israeli security is predicated upon Palestinian insecurity; Israeli rights necessarily mean the denial of Palestinian rights.

In the past, “peace” has served as a means by which existing imbalances are preserved and institutionalized. Even now, international interventions take Israel’s security as a non-negotiable precondition, without any mention of the fact that its current government increasingly appears to be the main threat to its own long-term security. In this sense, peace has become complicit in the ongoing abuse and denial of fundamental rights, and the subordination of justice to other imperatives.
Five boys were playing soccer on the beach. Now four are dead and one is in critical condition. This is the U.S. State Department’s response.

Five boys were playing soccer on the beach. Now four are dead and one is in critical condition. This is the U.S. State Department’s response.