Palestine

Blogging and Nothingness: Progressives Turn Their Gaze from Gaza

by Chris Floyd

"Too much of nothing
Can make a man a liar."
-- Bob Dylan

"Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again."
-- Shakespeare, King Lear

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Israel’s Targeting of Media Is a War Crime

By Kevin Gosztola

Early Sunday, as widely reported, Israeli warplanes launched air strikes, which hit two complexes with media offices. The strikes wounded ten journalists or media persons. One person, Khader al-Zahhar, a cameraman for Al-Quds TV, had to have his leg amputated and suffered shrapnel wounds.

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Obama's Kill List Policy Compels US Support for Israeli Attacks on Gaza

by Glenn Greenwald

Israel's escalating air attacks on Gaza follow the depressingly familiar pattern that shapes this conflict. Overwhelming Israeli force slaughters innocent Palestinians, including children, which is preceded (and followed) by far more limited rocket attacks into Israel which kill a much smaller number, rocket attacks which are triggered by various forms of Israeli provocations -- all of which, most crucially, takes place in the context of Israel's 45-year-old brutal occupation of the Palestinians (and, despite a "withdrawal" of troops, that includes Gaza, over which Israel continues to exercise extensive dominion). The debates over these episodes then follow an equally familiar pattern, strictly adhering to a decades-old script that, by design at this point, goes nowhere.

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Made in USA: Bombs & Rockets on Gaza

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Protest today:

I am writing you very quickly today. World Can't Wait has a mission of stopping the crimes of our government. All day yesterday, in court (see here) we were getting messages and calls about the aerial assault on Gaza by Israel. Reading the news, we learned that Israel is preparing a ground attack, and that three Israelis were killed by missiles from Gaza. The death toll in Gaza is reported now to be 15, including children, and the widely circulated photo of a parents holding a baby they buried today.

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An Epitome of Israeli Barbarism

by Khalid Amaryeh 

As a student of the collective Israeli mindset and long-time observer of Israeli behavioral patterns, I wasn't surprised a bit by Lieutenant Colonel Shalom Eisner's behaviors with Danish peace activist Andreas Ias.

The Israeli propaganda machine would want us to believe that the incident was an aberration, a kind of anomaly that in no way represents the true ethos of the Israeli army. But this is untrue.

In fact, from my observation of Israeli behavior for decades I can solemnly testify that Eisner's behavior represents the norm rather than the exception.

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Israel Brandishes Its "Doomsday Weapon" Against a Poem

From A World to Win News Service 

Günter Grass has achieved something many poets have only dreamt of in recent years: he has brought poetry, or at least a poem, to the center of public life in Germany and elsewhere around the world.

In retaliation for that poem, Israel has announced that this Nobel Prize-winning writer, who considers himself a supporter of that country he has visited several times, will never be allowed to set foot on its soil again.

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The "Deplorable" Acts: The Quartet Comments on Gaza

By Nima Shirazi 

The so-called "Middle East Quartet" - that is, the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia - has issued a "Statement on the Situation in Gaza" today.

It is a brief and unsurprising document. No mention of a "siege" or "blockade," of course. While it states that the "conditions facing the civilian population in Gaza" are "unsustainable," it provides absolutely no indication of the extent of the humanitarian crisis (i.e. 80% aid dependency, 95% of water is undrinkable, a mere 20% is food secure, 36% unemployment - 47% among Gaza's youth - and 38% living below the poverty line).

The statement ignores all of this. Instead, it "notes that efforts have improved conditions over the last year, including a marked increase in the range and scope of goods and materials moving into Gaza, an increase in international project activity, and the facilitation of some exports."

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Israel Thwarts Palestinian 'Flytilla' Campaign

By Michael Blum

Israel said on Friday that it has prevented hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from flying to its main airport in a mass protest but that security forces will stay on alert for the time being.

 Pro-Palestinians activists protest at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, as they are blocked by police at the airport, Friday, July, 8, 2011. Israel increased security at the Ben-Gurion International Airport ahead of the activists' arrival and asked foreign airlines to prevent blacklisted travelers from boarding Israel-bound flights, as hundreds said they would travel to Israel to protest Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) less Organizers of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign, which some have called the "flytilla," had said up to 800 activists were to fly in to Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, in a peaceful mission to visit Palestinian families.

But the Israeli authorities said they managed to preempt the campaign, by foreign activists -- most of them from France -- demonstrating for the right of access to the West Bank.

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Gaza Flotilla Faces Barriers

For updates on the developing situation, see ustogaza.org

From Revolution

As a small flotilla prepares to ... defy the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza toward the end of the month, it is becoming clear that these ships and boats will have to sail amid powerfully conflicting currents. A riptide of contradictions might allow this pro-Palestinian protest to have a major impact, but at the same time it represents not only a real danger to the lives and safety of this brave group but also difficult political conditions that must be carefully navigated.

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Staying Human: Preparing to Sail to Gaza

By Kathy Kelly | June 27, 2011

Last week, newly-arrived in Athens as part of the US Boat to Gaza project, our team of activists gathered for nonviolence training.  We are here to sail to Gaza, in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade, in our ship, "The Audacity of Hope." Our team, and nine other ships' crews from countries around the world, want Israel to end its lethal blockade of Gaza by letting our crews through to shore to meet with Gazans.  The US ship will bring over 3,000 letters of support to a population suffering its fifth continuous decade of de facto occupation, now in the form of a military blockade controlling Gaza's sea and sky, punctuated by frequent deadly military incursions, that has starved Gaza's economy and people to the exact level of cruelty considered acceptable to the domestic population of our own United States, Israel's staunchest ally.

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Mr. Netanyahu: Tear Down That Wall!

By Alan Goodman 

It slices and zigzags through 400 miles of the West Bank four times longer than the Berlin Wall. It carves up an area that is home to two-and-a-half-million Palestinians.

It towers as high as 25 feet into the air. It is built of thick gray concrete, topped with prison-style watchtowers, electronic sensors, thermal imaging devices and video cameras, and sniper towers. It cuts off neighbors from neighbors, farmers from their plots, people from schools, hospitals or jobs.

It is patrolled by occupying soldiers and monitored by unmanned aerial drones which enforce a 75-foot “no go” zone against the civilian population. It protects highly armed religious fanatic illegal settlers.

It is The Wall—what Palestinians correctly call Israel’s Apartheid Wall, invoking the brutal segregation that was enforced by the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. It protects and enforces the rule of a country built on land stolen from the Palestinians, that serves a unique and terrible role as a hit man and enforcer for oppression—within the Middle East and beyond.

In all the mainstream news coverage of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S., the reality of The Wall is being covered over, denied, and lied about.

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