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28

Jul

fotojournalismus:

A member of the foreign media, left, cries as she embraces her Palestinian news assistant, right, who burst into tears after discovering his family house was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

fotojournalismus:

A member of the foreign media, left, cries as she embraces her Palestinian news assistant, right, who burst into tears after discovering his family house was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

There is literally no safe place for civilians [in Gaza].
Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

(Source: reuters.com)

27

Jul

Imagine the fallout if I wrote an op-ed titled, “Hamas must be permitted to crush Israel,” and advocated war crimes…

24

Jul

I saw no evidence during my week in Gaza of Israel’s accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields

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.