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Hamas pricks Israel’s Soft Under-belly, Ben Gurion Airport

By Stuart Littlewood | Dissident Voice | July 23, 2014

… Strictly speaking Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, belongs to the Palestinians anyway. It was formerly Lydda airport; and Lydda, a major town in its own right during the British mandate, was designated Palestinian in the 1947 UN Partition. In July 1948 Israeli terrorist troops seized Lydda, shot up the town and drove out the population as part of their ethnic cleansing programme. In the process they massacred 426 men, women, and children. 176 of them were slaughtered in the town’s main mosque. See here for the lurid details.

Those who survived were forced to walk into exile in the scalding July heat leaving a trail of bodies — men, women and children — along the way. Israeli troops carried away 1,800 truck loads of loot. Jewish immigrants then flooded in and Lydda was given a Hebrew name, Lod.

So Israel has no real right to Lydda/Lod/Ben Gurion airport — it was stolen in a terror raid, as was so much else. It’s Israeli terror that has been rewarded all these years by airline flights. … Read full article

Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion from Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

By Carl Gibson | Reader Supported News | July 23, 2014

Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of “government living within its means,” is a farce. All austerity means is taking money away from public services, and giving it to private business. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two ways.

Since 2008, Mississippi has violated a constitutional mandate to adequately fund the state’s public K-12 schools. The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, was established in 1997 to make sure a proper portion of taxes went to fund schools. A community’s ad valorem taxes will cover up to 27 percent of the cost, while the state covers the rest. The state’s contribution is essentially the base student cost times the daily attendance in a certain school district. The mandated amount would be readjusted every five years for inflation. Mississippi has spent $648 less per student than it did in 2008. Currently, Mississippi has underfunded its public schools by at least $1.3 billion. … continue

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

By Stephen Pevar | ACLU | July 23, 2014

Imagine entering family court and knowing that what’s at stake is the person you hold most dear – your child. Now imagine having a judge tell you that he’s removing your child from your custody, from your home. When you ask him why, the judge’s replies, “I honestly can’t tell you.” The judge then signs an order giving custody of your son to Social Services.

You might think that such a court proceeding could never happen in the United States – but you’d be wrong.

It happened not long ago to the father of an American Indian child in South Dakota. What’s more, many similar hearings in which Indian children are removed from their homes for no reasons given to the parents occur at least 100 times a year in Rapid City, South Dakota, alone. … continue

ISPs Reporting That UK’s Web Filters Being Activated By Less Than 10% Of New Customers

By Tim Cushing | Techdirt | July 23, 2014

To call the UK’s institution of ISP-level web filters “stupid” isn’t just being blithely dismissive. For one, they don’t work. They block the wrong stuff. They let offensive stuff in. They’re easily circumvented. They’re advance scouts for government censorship. The only people who think web filtering is a good thing are those with the power to turn pet projects into national laws.

Add one more to the list: they’re hugely unpopular.

Broadband customers are overwhelmingly choosing not to use parental-control systems foisted on ISPs by the government – with take-up in the single digits for three of the four major broadband providers…

Only 5% of new BT customers signed up, 8% opted in for Sky and 4% for Virgin Media. TalkTalk rolled out a parental-control system two years before the government required it and has had much better take-up of its offering, with 36% of customers signing up for it.

Those pushing for filters would have you believe it’s something the public has been clamoring for to help them protect their children from the many evils of the internet. In reality, hardly anyone appears to care all that deeply about hooking up to a pre-censored connection. … Full article

Medical Aid as a Weapon

By Paul Larudee | Dissident Voice | July 22, 2014

Q: Why is Egypt preventing medical aid to Gaza?
A: So that Israel can use it as a weapon, that’s why.

This explains why dozens of volunteer medical personnel cannot reach the desperately understaffed hospitals in Gaza. It explains why Egypt turned away a convoy of desperately needed medical supplies. … continue

French court jails 3 over anti-Israeli protest

Press TV – Jul 23, 2014

A French court has jailed three men on charges of rioting following a heated anti-Israeli protest in the suburbs of the capital, Paris.

The three men, aged between 21 and 28, were sentenced on Wednesday to between six and 10 months on charges of participating in a rally last week in the capital’s northern district of Sarcelles. A fourth man received a suspended sentence while a minor was fined.

The demonstration held on July 20 in protest against Israel’s ongoing onslaught on the Gaza Strip turned violent after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

The anti-Israeli rally was held even though French authorities banned on July 18 pro-Palestinian groups from holding rallies for security reasons.

Meanwhile, French media have reported that a fresh anti-Israeli demonstration is to be held in Paris later on Wednesday.

According to reports, the protest organized by leftist groups will be joined by some 30 French lawmakers from the ruling Socialist party as authorities have reversed the protest ban.

The French government had come under scrutiny for its decision to ban the rallies, which critics said infringed on civil liberties. … Full article

How Have Latin America’s Political Leaders Responded to Israel’s Siege on Gaza?

By Stephan Lefebvre | Center for Economic and Policy research | July 21, 2014

On July 10th, just two days after Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (the largest attack on Gaza in several years) President Obama released a statement in which he “reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.” With a death toll now over 550, it is important to look beyond U.S. government sources for information and perspective. Foreign policy among the countries in Latin America conforms to the long-standing, overwhelming international consensus that opposes Israeli aggression and occupation, but it also reflects the region’s “second independence.” Over the last 15 years, most countries in Latin America have increased their ability to pursue a foreign policy agenda separate from the goals of the U.S. State Department. In the vast majority of cases, reactions to the latest hostilities are fundamentally at odds with the U.S. position, but they are also varied: many governments directly criticize Israel, using words like “crimes against humanity” and “genocide” to describe recent events; other official statements limit themselves to calling for a ceasefire and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Some of the strongest statements were issued by left-leaning governments in South America, including those of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela. The government of Argentina issued a statement “strongly condemn[ing] that Israel — defying calls by the Security County, by the Secretary General and by the many voices of the international community – has decided to escalate the crisis by launching a ground offensive.” President Evo Morales of Bolivia announced that he had petitioned the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) to consider a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.” (Bolivia broke diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over Israel’s Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza.) The statement from Brazil reads in part… continue

Israeli military falsifies photograph to justify bombing el-Wafa hospital

International Solidarity Movement | July 23, 2014

Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On the 21st July at 2:17 PM, the IDF spokesperson released an image on twitter showing an aerial picture of a building marked as ‘Al-Wafa’ hospital. In the image there is a red circle, which they designated as the location from which a M75 rocket was launched.

The building in the picture marked ‘Al-Wafa’ hospital is in fact not the el-Wafa hospital but the Right to Life Society.​ … continue

Gaza War: Bringing Out the Worst in Israeli Misogyny, Racism

By Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam | July 23, 2014

In last night’s post I noted some of the ghoulish reactions by Israelis to the war, from Prof. Mordechai Kedar’s call for raping the sisters and mothers of Palestinian terrorists to Rabbi Dov Lior’s halachic ruling that it’s permissible both to kill Palestinian civilians and raze Gaza to the ground. Tonight, yet another choice example both of hatred of Palestinians and misogyny toward Palestinian mothers.

A large banner was created by the town council of Or Yehuda, just outside Tel Aviv. It’s addressed to the local boys who serve in the Israeli military:

Soldiers: Residents of Or Yehuda are with you!

Pound their Mom so you can return safely to yours.

Full article

European Killers Enjoy Fascist ‘Safari’ in Ukraine

By Nikolai MALISHEVSKI | Strategic Culture foundation | 23.07.2014

BmoNzwMIQAEIuSoThe self-defense forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic reported the elimination of two enemy’s block posts in the area of Donetsk in the first half of July. According to their Minister of Defense Igor Strelkov, one of them was defended by people in NATO combat fatigue who were foreign passport holders.

It’s not only the hired personnel of Western private military contractors who do their job by killing for money. There are also people who go to Ukraine to get pleasure and are ready to pay for it.

Stan Patton, soldier of fortune, Blackwater, shares a quotation in his Twitter saying what the prices are: a shot of howitzers – $ 100 from the tank – $ 200, a shot in the village is priced at U.S. $ 350…

The Kiev regime converts the battle area into an entertainment place – firing range for blood thirsty foreign tourists, the government is even involved in advertising business. The clients don’t hide their passion for this kind of fun and even show it off. Here are some of them… continue

Obama regime sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks

RT | July 23, 2014

On Tuesday this week, the Washington Times reported that a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense confirmed plans to put Pentagon advisers in Ukraine.

“Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster,” reporter Maggie Ybarra wrote for the Times.

The newspaper says that Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, told the Times that the objective of sending DoD advisers overseas is to “shape and establish an enduring program for future US efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisers.” … Full article

EU fails to agree on new Russia sanctions

By Peter Spiegel | Financial Times | July 23, 2014

Brussels – EU foreign ministers failed to agree new sanctions against Russia at a Brussels meeting on Tuesday, and instead tasked their diplomats to explore possible wider-ranging measures this week.

Although such measures could include cutting off access to Europe’s capital markets and an arms embargo, they would be contingent on whether Russia fails to cooperate in the future, not on past behaviour – like ties to the downing of MH17.

$200 per barrel oil if Russia sanctions escalate- Oxford Economics

RT | July 23, 2014

If the standoff with Russia and the West reaches a point where the EU has to completely cut trade with Russia, oil prices could soar above $200 per barrel, sparking a global economic crisis, says Adam Slater, senior economist at Oxford Economics.

Cutting off trade with Russia, the world’s second largest oil exporter, would create a shortage in global energy supplies, which would have spillover effects into Europe, Slater told the Guardian.

“In such a scenario, world oil prices could soar above $200 per barrel and gas prices would also rise steeply,” Slater told the Guardian.

… Major economic downturns are associated with high energy prices. … Full article

RT stringer among 4 people taken hostage in besieged Ukraine’s Donetsk – report

RT | July 23, 2014

ukraine-stringer-phillips-disappearance.siRT’s contributor, UK journalist Graham Phillips is among four people taken hostage by Ukrainian troops, ANNA news agency reports. Phillips has been missing since he went to Donetsk airport on his own while a firefight was taking place.

The other three people in the group are reportedly ANNA news agency’s cameraman, an employee of the press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and possibly an acquaintance of Phillips, who accompanied the journalist to the airport.

“Our cameraman, Vadim, was working in the epicenter of the fighting, RT’s stringer was next to him,” ANNA news agency reported.

The agency cites anonymous sources, saying the group of four was taken hostage by Ukrainian troops.

“According to the information we have, they have been captured by Ukrainian troops. This information has been confirmed by the self-defense forces,” the head of ANNA news agency’s Ukrainian bureau, Konstantin Knyrik, told RT. … Full article

Interview with an international human shield in Gaza

By Roqayah Chamseddine | Al-Akhbar | July 23, 2014

Freelance reporter Joe Catron is one of the ISM activists from the United States who remained inside al-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital. He entered the Gaza Strip in 2011 as part of the first solidarity delegation to arrive after the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, and has lived there since. Catron and I spoke by way of email regarding his experiences as well as how doctors and Gaza’s medical facilities are coping as a result of Israel’s continued bombing… continue

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in protest near Bethlehem

Ma’an – 23/07/2014

RAMALLAH – Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man and injured two across the West Bank early Wednesday, as protests against the ongoing Israeli military assault in Gaza that has left more than 600 Palestinians dead intensified.

Mahmud Hamamra, 32, was shot in the chest after clashes broke out early Wednesday following a rally in the Bethlehem-area village of Husan, Palestinian security sources told AFP.

Locals told Ma’an that Hamamra received a deadly gunshot in the chest during clashes which continued until the early morning hours on Wednesday. … Full article

Gaza: Displaced Palestinians forced to leave UNRWA schools

By Ahmed Hadi | Al-Akhbar | July 23, 2014

Gaza – Without prior notice, 50-something-year-old Ashraf Radwan was forced to evacuate with his family from the UNRWA’s al-Maghazi Preparatory Girls School, located in Deir al-Balah governorate in the central Gaza Strip. They had taken refuge in the school that became a shelter for residents of the area whose homes were demolished as a result of Israel’s aerial bombardment and limited land incursion along the border area.

Radwan and his family were displaced yet again as they left the school in a hurry to the sound of falling bombs. They walked on foot west towards al-Nusairat refugee camp after they were notified by the UNRWA of the need to evacuate the school without providing them with protection from the bombing. Radwan arrived at al-Nusairat about two hours before evening prayers. His mother, an elderly woman in her 80s, was moving very slowly and leaning against walls from time to time because she could not walk as fast as the others.

The residents of al-Maghazi refugee camp faced the dilemma of hiding from the barrage of rockets and shells while the UNRWA’s decision for evacuating them from the school was based on the fact that remaining there put their lives at risk. Some people started calling local radio stations, appealing for help to at least secure their exit.

The refugees found no excuse for pushing them out of the school doubling as shelter because they know of the level of coordination between the UNRWA, the Red Cross and the Israeli military. A number of them told Al-Akhbar that they were evacuated from four schools, two were intermediate schools and two were elementary schools. Right after their evacuation, the Israeli military targeted the first two schools directly.

Om Mohammed al-Nahawi, one of the women who left her home in the east of the camp, said she spent one night inside al-Maghazi school. The next day, two UNRWA employees told the 1,600 refugees that they must evacuate the school right away because the international agency cannot be held responsible if the lives of any of them were to be endangered. … Full article

24 Palestinians killed in Israeli assault on Gaza Wednesday morning

Ma’an – 23/07/2014

Israeli_strikeGAZA CITY – The death toll on the 16th day of Israeli military offensive on Gaza rose to 24 on Wednesday after an Israeli airstrike killed 70-year-old Hasan Abu Hein, 34-year-old Osama Abu Hein, and journalist Abdul-Rahman Abu Hein, 24, in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

Several other people were also injured when Israeli forces bombarded a 700-year-old mosque known as Al-Shamaa mosque (also known as Bab ad-Darum) in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City before noon time.

More than 650 Palestinians — the vast majority of whom have been civilians, including more than 160 children — have been killed in the assault so far, while Israel has suffered 29 deaths, 27 of whom have been soldiers.

The Gaza Strip continued to be bombarded from air, land, and sea on Wednesday morning, a day after the the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA accused Israeli of shelling a UN school sheltering the displaced for the second time in two days. … continue

Netanyahu to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize?

Al-Manar | July 23, 2014

The Zionist entity’s impudence knows no limits! As the death toll of the brutal Israeli offensive on the besieged strip of Gaza passes 630, with most of them children and women, Tel Aviv calls for giving it a Noble prize!

The Nobel Peace Prize should be given to Israeli forces for their “unimaginable restraint” in their offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip, said the Israeli envoy to the United States, Ron Dermer, at a pro-Israeli event in Washington on Tuesday.

The Israeli forces “should be given the Nobel Peace Prize… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint,” Dermer said, claiming the Israeli soldiers do not “target a single Palestinian civilian.”

“Our soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live,” he said, censuring Human Rights Watch for its criticism of the Israeli aggression.

At a different event in Tal Aviv, UN chief Ban Ki-moon extended his condolences to the Israeli regime for its losses during the offensive against the besieged sliver. … continue

Mad Israeli attacks journalist during live report on Gaza

RT | July 23, 2014

A BBC Arabic correspondent was attacked on air in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, just outside Gaza, while reporting on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The journalist, Feras Khatib, was wearing a PRESS vest during the live report in the Arabic language when a man, apparently an Israeli, approached and violently shoved him sideways, as seen on the video posted on YouTube.

The attacker was quickly pulled away from camera view by another member of the BBC team, while Khatib continued his reporting. … Full article

ANC Calls Israeli Ambassador to Leave South Africa

IMEMC | July 23, 2014

Following nationwide protests across South Africa against the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza (Israel has killed over 600 Palestinians including 150 children in the last 10 days) the African National Congress has called for the Israeli ambassador in South Africa to leave with immediate effect.

A document published by the ruling ANC party states:

The African National Congress in Parliament is extremely outraged by the wanton and unjustifiable bombardment and killings of innocent civilians, including children, in Palestinian territory of Gaza by Israel military forces. We echo the widespread condemnation of these senseless attacks on defenceless Palestinians and call on the government of Israel to immediately cease with this blatant act of criminality.

It is unacceptable that as the Israeli military is flagrantly violating the territorial integrity of Gaza, claiming hundreds of lives and injuring thousands, the United Nations Security Council fails to intervene decisively in line with its powers. The office of the UN Secretary General issues statements which have not effect. The UN Security Council must stand up and act to support vulnerable Palestinian people at the time when they need their protection. The situation involving Palestine and Israel is an undeclared war, in which the aggressor, Israel, has destroyed the Palestinian economy, robbed people of their land, unilaterally changed borders, and unilaterally built a wall of exclusion to keep Palestinians out of their land. When it feels provoked, it unleashes the most sophisticated military hardware on a defenceless people. Palestinians have been reduced to cheap labour for the Israel economy. This relentless destruction of the Palestinian territory and its people by Israel must be stopped. The international community needs to act in unison on this matter…

During this International Nelson Mandela Day in which South Africans and the world are called upon to engage in noble acts in emulation of the world icon, we align ourselves with his profound statement that “our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”.

Twenty-four European doctors denounce Israeli assault on Gaza

Al-Akhbar | July 22, 2014

Two dozen European doctors who had previously worked in Gaza expressed their dismay in a leading medical journal Tuesday at the plight of the wounded and ill in the conflict.

“Wounded and sick people cannot leave easily to get specialized treatment outside Gaza. Entries of food and medicines into Gaza have been restricted and many essential items for survival are prohibited,” the group of 24 doctors from Italy, Britain and Norway wrote in The Lancet.

“Before the present assault, medical stock items in Gaza were already at an all time low because of the blockade. They have run out now.”

Along with reports of hospitals being shelled, there were also allegations of “threats to the medical personnel in emergency services and denial of entry for international humanitarian convoys,” wrote the group.

“We as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues.”

They urged others in the medical fraternity to speak out, and expressed dismay that “only five percent of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. … Full article

Gaza – After The Rockets

Zoriah | July 22, 2014

6a00e55188bf7a883401a3fd369934970b-800wiAhmed was a teenager when he was walking home from school in Gaza City and a stray rocket landed down the street from him. It shredded his limbs and burned through the skin on most of his body.

When the ambulance finally came and picked him up, it then ran out of gas on the way to the emergency room, something that is quite common in Gaza where Israel controls the resources that come into the country and fuel shortages are the norm.

Ahmed did survive, minus two legs, one arm and most of his fingers. His family has since become destitute, as caring for him is a full time job.

These images were shot about a year after Ahmed sustained his life changing injuries. … continue

Egypt turns back Tunisian plane loaded with medical supplies for Gaza

Palestine Information Center – 22/07/2014

TUNIS – Head of Tunisia’s al-Nahda party Rashid al-Ghannoushi revealed on Monday night that Egypt has refused to receive a Tunisian plane bound for Gaza loaded with medicines and medical supplies.

Al-Ghannoushi told Al-Jazeera TV network that the Egyptian authorities had refused to allow the plane to land at the airport nearest to the Gaza Strip, pointing out that it was carrying medical supplies badly needed in the beleaguered Strip.

The plane was supposed to fly back injured people who sustained serious wounds during the ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza to receive treatment in Tunisia, he explained. … continue

Israel shells Gaza school housing displaced Palestinians during UN inspection

Al-Akhbar | July 22, 2014

A United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians in central Gaza came under Israeli fire on Tuesday as a team was inspecting damage from a day earlier, a UN official said.

The official said a team, with Israeli clearance, was at the school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA in Al-Maghazi when Israeli tank shelling resumed, hitting the building on Tuesday afternoon.

“Yesterday we got reports that it was shelled and so today we sent our guys down to investigate and see which side the fire came from,” the official said, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity.

“They went down there with Israeli clearance, and while they were there, they came under Israeli shelling,” he added. … continue

‘Anything other than social media?’ State Dept’s MH17 evidence secret

Proof?

What other explanation is there?

Kerry’s Poor Record for Veracity

Secretary of State Kerry has earned an unenviable reputation for bombastic exaggeration at times when diplomatic caution is needed, a pattern that he has demonstrated again in rushing to judgment over the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

By Ray McGovern | Consortium News | July 22, 2014

The last time a major war loomed on the near horizon, Secretary of State John Kerry played fast and loose with the facts. In a speech on Aug. 30, 2013, he solemnly claimed, no fewer than 35 times, “we know” that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for chemical attacks outside Damascus on Aug. 21.

Just a few days later it became abundantly clear that Kerry did not know. … continue

10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash

RT | July 21, 2014

Russia has released military monitoring data, which shows Kiev military jets tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash – and posed yet another set of questions to Ukraine and the US over the circumstances of the tragedy.

Military officials – chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartopolov and chief of the Air Force Main Staff Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev – posed a number of questions to Kiev and Washington concerning the possible causes of the catastrophe in Eastern Ukraine that killed almost 300 people last Thursday. … continue

How Obama is a Direct Accomplice in Israeli War Crimes

353262_obama netanyahuBy Shamus Cooke | Workers Action | July 21, 2014

To assist in a crime makes one a criminal by any legal standard. And the biggest crimes of all are war crimes, since they kill en masse and showcase the cruelest form of human behavior.

The fact that Israel is actively committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip is not open to debate, since a cursory glance at the conflict obviously exposes them in practice.

The two most glaring war crimes Israel is committing – as defined by the Geneva Convention – are the concepts of “collective punishment” and “necessity and proportionality.” … continue

Carrying on the Slaughter

It’s the new “self defence”

By Stuart Littlewood | Dissident Voice | July 21, 2014

Britain’s newly-minted foreign secretary Philip Hammond has lost his shine already. A few days ago he warmly welcomed Egypt’s bogus ceasefire proposal which hadn’t even been shown to Hamas.

Yesterday he was asked three times on the the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show whether Israel’s military operations in Gaza were a proportionate response and he ducked the question every time.

However he did say: “We will be looking very carefully at what is happening on the ground to make sure that it is proportionate, that civilian lives are being protected in a proper way.”

The continuing carnage suggests otherwise. Would Mr Hammond care to tell the world what action he has actually taken to “make sure”? Perhaps blood-letting doesn’t bother him. After all, he voted with the warmongers for the Iraq war. … continue

Media follow Israeli line on captured soldier

By Jonathon Cook | The Blog from Nazareth | July 22, 2014

The Israeli media have finally been allowed to partially confirm Hamas’ claim from Sunday that it has captured an Israeli soldier. They are reporting he is missing, presumed dead.

Here are three comments on the coverage.

First, Oron Shaul’s capture was treated as a non-story by the western media as long as it was only Hamas saying it. Now Israel says it is true, it will be much analysed and commented on. When will we see our media treating Hamas claims with the same seriousness – let alone, credulousness – we do with Israeli claims?

Second, the western media are echoing the Israeli media line – meaning the Israeli government line – that Shaul is “missing”. What can that possibly mean in Gaza at the moment apart from that he or his body is in Hamas’ possession? Given that Hamas had already both announced his capture and named him, the western media ought to stop slavishly following Israeli propaganda.

Third, if it becomes clear Shaul is alive, see how many western media outlets refuse to adopt Israel’s view that he has been “kidnapped”.

Israel fires “warning shots” into Al Jazeera office in Gaza

Al-Akhbar | July 22, 2014

Israeli forces on Tuesday fired “warning shots” at a building housing the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press, one day after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to shut down the Qatari-based channel.

“Two warning shots straight into al jazeera office in #gaza.. We are evacuating,” Al Jazeera journalist Stefanie Dekker tweeted Tuesday.

She said the Gaza City building also houses several residential apartments and an AP office.

Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Wael Dahdouh also reported on the attack. He said some of the staff were asleep during the attack when two explosions went off inside the bureau, causing panic.

He said the shots may have come from a tank or helicopters. Their office is located on the 11th floor of the Jalaa building.

He said the attack appeared deliberate, and noted that only their office was hit. … continue

Israeli warplanes destroy 3 mosques in Gaza

Palestine Information Center – 22/07/2014

GAZA – Israeli warplanes blasted three mosques in different areas of the Gaza Strip at dawn Tuesday with no casualties reported.

BtJDJ3uCQAEgy97Eyewitnesses said that Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles at Shuhada al-Aqsa mosque in downtown Gaza City reducing it to rubble. All houses surrounding the mosque were damaged due to the raid.

Another raid targeted al-Farouk mosque in Rafah city, south of the Strip, locals reported.

Al-Abrar mosque in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip was completely destroyed in a third raid after two missiles slammed into it, local sources said.

The Israeli military campaign on Gaza that started 15 days ago has so far destroyed 40 mosques, 15 of them were leveled to the ground while 25 were partially destroyed, the Palestinian ministry of housing and public works said in a statistical report.

Israel shells Gaza hospital; four Palestinians killed

MEMO | July 21, 2014

Four Palestinians were killed on Monday when Israel shelled the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central Gaza Strip, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman has said.

“Four people were killed and nearly 20 others injured when Israel shelled the hospital,” spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.

He described the shelling of the hospital, located in the town of Der al-Balah, as a “war crime.” … Full article

Israeli mainstream openly calling for genocide

By Jonathon Cook | The Blog from Nazareth | July 21, 2014

As we watch the horrifying slaughter unfold in Gaza, bear in mind the Israeli psychosis that fuels and justifies it. Here are comments from three rightwing Israelis – two leading politicians and a professor – who very much reflect a strain of mainstream thinking in Israel, one that the international media largely avoids noting.

Each, in their different ways, is advocating a genocide of the Palestinians. … continue

6 Palestinian lawmakers sent to administrative detention

Ma’an – July 21, 2014

RAMALLAH – Six Palestinian lawmakers were transferred Monday to administrative detention by an Israeli court.

The director of the Ahrar human rights center condemned the sentencing of the parliamentarians.

Omar Abdulraziq, ex-minister of finance of Salfit, Riyad Ali al-Amla from Nablus, Ibrahim al-Dahbur, Khalid Iseed from Jenin, Fadel Hamdan from Ramallah and Muhammad al-Tall from Hebron were imprisoned.

Another two prisoners from Ramallah were sentenced to administrative detention. They were Yahiya Hassan Ladawdah and Fawwaz Muhammad Ladawdah.

Amnesty International and the War in Ukraine

By VLADISLAV GULEVICH | CounterPunch | July 21, 2014

Amnesty International recently released a report on “stomach-turning” violence in Eastern Ukraine (“Abduction and Tortures in Eastern Ukraine,”  – see for example BBC coverage here). According to the report, the acts of violence are perpetrated chiefly by pro-Russian separatist groups.

The Amnesty International report and its conclusion about rebel responsibility for the majority of violence does’t hold water and has little in common with reality. The violence in Ukraine in general is not properly analyzed, and the report is quite biased. Rather than the rebels, it is the Ukrainian army and the pro-EuroMaidan forces that are responsible for the abductions and abuses. … continue

If You Believed the US Secretary of State’s Poison Gas Lie, You’ll Love His Latest One

By Dave Lindorff | This Can’t Be Happening! | July 20, 2014

If the best the US can do to pin the blame for the Malaysia Flight 17 downing on Russia is to have Secretary of State John Kerry say that “circumstantial evidence” points to Moscow being behind it, we can be pretty certain it was not Russia at all.

359929_martin-indyk-aipacKerry’s credibility on such matters has been in the toilet since last August when he claimed during last year’s furor and push for war against Syria’s Basher al Assad that he had seen “clear and compelling evidence” that the Syrian government had used poison gas against its own people. That “evidence” turned out (clearly with Kerry’s knowledge) to have been ginned up, falsified and staged, and in the end it was evident that Syria had not been the guilty party. Had Kerry and the White House succeeded in duping the world and the American people the way President George W. Bush and VP Dick Cheney succeeded in duping them about Iraq’s “WMDs,” an armada of US planes and ships already in position around Syria would have begun a massive aerial bombardment of Syria sparking a whole new war in the Middle East, even as Iraq was already in the throes of a civil war.

Fortunately, John Kerry’s and the accommodating US corporate media’s lies that time were exposed, and that bloody catastrophe was averted.

Now, undeterred by that first attempt at a full-blown campaign of lies, Kerry and the Obama White House are at it again, trying to falsify a casus belli against Russia by blaming Moscow for the downing of a civilian airliner that killed 298 people.

The problem for Kerry and Washington’s warmongers is that the story they’re selling is ludicrous. … continue

Putin: Taskforce at Malaysia MH17 crash site not enough, full-scale international team needed

RT | July 20, 2014

The tragic Malaysian MH17 flight crash must not be politicised and the international experts on the scene should be able to carry out their work in complete safety, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“There are already representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk working there, as well as representatives of the emergencies ministry of Ukraine and others. But this is not enough,” Putin said officially commenting on the tragic event on Sunday.

“This task force is not enough,” Putin emphasized. “We need more, we need a fully representative group of experts to be working at the site under the guidance of ICAO, the relevant international commission.”

“We must do everything to provide security for the international experts on the site of the tragedy,” Putin stressed, adding that Russia will also do everything in its power to help shift the Ukrainian conflict from a military phase into a political discussion. … continue

The Arrest and Detention of Amer Jubran

By Noah Cohen | CounterPunch | July 21, 2014

A man is taken from his home by 20 armed, militarized police in fascist black uniforms. They break in through the doors and windows, rappel from the roof with ropes, storm the home where he lives with his wife and four children, in the dead of night.

They take him away, and no one hears from him for days, and then weeks, and then months. He isn’t charged with anything; for a long time he is simply disappeared. There is no official charge, but he is a known political activist, a writer, a lecturer.

This isn’t news, because the country is Jordan, the orders come from the US or from Israel, and the man is an Arab, a Palestinian. … continue

Two Israeli massacres overnight raise Gaza death toll to 510

Palestine Information Center – 21/07/2014

289005_345x230GAZA – Israeli Occupation Forces committed a new massacre on Monday targeting a civilian home belonging to Siam family in Rafah southern Gaza Strip.

At least 11 people were killed including 7 children and more than 20 others were injured mostly in critical situation.

Eyewitnesses told Quds Press that Israeli artillery bombed this morning Sayamat neighborhood east of Rafah. Dozens of casualties were reported during the shelling.

11 members of Siam family were killed during the attack, while civil defense is still working to find survivors as a number of casualties are still under the rubble.

Meanwhile, Shujaia massacre’s death toll rose to reach 72 martyrs after recovering 12 new bodies in the neighborhood.

Medical sources said that Shujaia death toll is also predicted to rise as many victims are still not found.

Israeli artillery had bombed at dawn Sunday Shujaia neighborhood east of Gaza, killing 72 people so far and injuring hundreds others.

Shujaia neighborhood is considered the world’s most densely populated area with 150,000 inhabitants.

Along the same line, 28 members of Abu Jami family were killed after bombing a three-story house in Khan Younis southern Gaza on Sunday night.

The medics managed to pull 28 bodies of Abu Jami family that includes 30 members. The victims were mostly children and women.

The new victims raise Gaza death toll to 510 martyrs in addition to hundreds of injuries. Israel declared an air offensive against Gaza Strip two weeks ago that culminated in a ground invasion three days ago.

Two Americans among occupation forces killed in Gaza

RT | July 21, 2014

Two US citizens have been confirmed dead after the deadly Sunday in Gaza, when at least 87 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. The Americans were enlisted with the [terrorist] Golani Brigade and fell in the battle of Shejaia.

Max Steinberg, 24, a native of San Fernando Valley in California, and Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, from South Padre Island, Texas, both had American citizenship.

The US State Department confirmed the deaths of American citizens of Steinberg and Carmeli on Sunday night.

“We can confirm the deaths of US citizens Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli in Gaza. Out of respect for those affected by this, we have nothing further at this time,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

The Facebook page of Max Steinberg maintains that he became a soldier of Israel on December 11, 2012. Starting from July 19, 2013 he was assigned as a sharpshooter.

According to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Max Steinberg first visited Israel through the ‘Birthright’ program… Full article

Israeli Soldier in Hands of Al-Qassam Brigades

Al-Manar | July 20, 2014

460_0___10000000_0_0_0_0_0_israelisoldierEzzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement, announced on Sunday they had abducted an Israeli soldier in Gaza.

“The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades,” a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address, as he announced that the soldier’s military number was 6092065.

The Brigades’ spokesman said that the Zionist enemy was not honest while talking about the number of the killed soldiers during the Israeli ground assault in Gaza.

“The shock of the operation had forced the enemy to announce some of its losses. However, the fact which the enemy has not announced yet, is the abduction of one of its soldiers,” Abu Obeida stated.

“If the enemy leadership could lie about the number of the killed and injured soldiers, it should now tell its people the fate of this Israeli soldier now,” al-Qassam Brigades’ spokesman added.

The announcement comes after the Israeli enemy announced the death of 13 occupation soldiers during the ground assault against Gaza.

It also comes hours after the Israeli enemy committed brutal massacre against the Palestinian civilians in the Shejaiya neighborhood, killing at least 80 people in the day 14 of the Israeli offensive against the besieged enclave.

Egypt denies entry of Jordanian medical delegation into Gaza

Palestine Information Center – 21/07/2014

AMMAN – Egyptian authorities have denied on Sunday the entry of a Jordanian medical delegation into Gaza Strip via Rafah crossing.

The delegation includes five Jordanian doctors who reached Cairo on Friday en route to Gaza to participate in the treatment of the growing number of injuries as a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression on the besieged enclave.

The delegation was carrying medical equipment and devices offered by the Jordanian Committee to support the health sector in the Gaza Strip.

The delegates said that the Egyptian authorities barred their entry along with other Arab and foreign doctors.

‘Death Zone’ in Shajiya

Screen-shot-2014-07-20-at-19.26.31-600x403Rina Andolini | International Solidarity Movement | July 20, 2014

Gaza, Occupied Palestine – There was a ceasefire today for 3 hours – so some of us internationals went to the area which I refer to as the ‘Death Zone’ – Shajiya, we went to see if we could help with the masses of injured amongst the rubble.

The Death Zone is unlike any destruction I have seen in my life – there is no place left without bombing, shelling or sniper shots. Total devastation.

We reached [Shajiya] and there was a beautiful brother who was looking for his family. … continue

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