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Gaza Killings: Names and Faces of Those Killed by Israeli Forces This Week

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From left: Ahmed Alrantisi, Laila Anwar Al-Ghandoor, Ahmed Altetr, Alaa Alkhatib Ezz el-din Alsamaak, Motassem Abu Louley (Photo: Screengrab)

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Sixty-one people were either killed or died of wounds inflicted by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday and Tuesday as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across the occupied territory to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba.

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Why is the Israeli Army Finally Worried About Gaza?

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Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gaza’s economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.
They should know.
More than 10 years ago the Israeli army tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the 2 million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.
Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gaza’s infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.
Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.
After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can cope much longer.
In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza – mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.
One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israel’s good will for their physical and financial survival.
But the survey does at least suggest that Israel’s top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?
According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.
And if Gaza’s economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israel’s door – or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence – to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.
It may be considering too its image – and defence case – if its commanders ever find themselves in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague accused of war crimes.
Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking the army’s warnings to heart. In fact, things look set to get worse.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week there could be no improvements, no reconstruction in Gaza until Hamas agrees to give up its weapons – the only thing, in Hamas’s view, that serves as a deterrent against future Israeli attack.
Figures show Israel’s policy towards Gaza has been actually growing harsher. In 2017 exit permits issued by Israel dwindled to a third of the number two years earlier – and a hundredfold fewer than in early 2000. A few hundred Palestinian businesspeople receive visas, stifling any chance of economic revival.
The number of trucks bringing goods into Gaza has been cut in half – not because Israel is putting the inmates on a “diet”, as it once did, but because the enclave’s Palestinians lack “purchasing power”. That is, they are too poor to buy Israeli goods.
Netanyahu has resolutely ignored a plan by his transport minister to build an artificial island off Gaza to accommodate a sea port under Israeli or international supervision. And no one is considering allowing the Palestinians to exploit Gaza’s natural gas fields, just off the coast.
In fact, the only thing holding Gaza together is the international aid it receives. And that is now in jeopardy too.
The Trump administration announced last week it is to slash by half the aid it sends to Palestinian refugees via the UN agency UNRWA. Trump has proposed further cuts to punish Mahmoud Abbas, the increasingly exasperated Palestinian leader, for refusing to pretend any longer that the US is an honest broker capable of overseeing peace talks.
The White House’s difficuties are only being underscored as Mike Pence, the US vice-president, visits Israel as part of Trump’s supposed push for peace. He is being boycotted by Palestinian officials.
Palestinians in Gaza will feel the loss of aid severely. A majority live in miserable refugee camps set up after their families were expelled in 1948 from homes in what is now Israel. They depend on the UN for food handouts, health and education.
Backed by the PLO’s legislative body, the central council, Abbas has begun retaliating – at least rhetorically. He desperately needs to shore up the credibility of his diplomatic strategy in pursuit of a two-state solution after Trump recently hived off Palestine’s future capital, Jerusalem, to Israel.
Abbas threatened, if not very credibly, to end a security coordination with Israel he once termed “sacred” and declared as finished the Oslo accords that created the Palestinian Authority he now heads.
The lack of visible concern in Israel and Washington suggests neither believes he will make good on those threats.
But it is not Abbas’s posturing that Netanyahu and Trump need to worry about. They should be listening to Israel’s generals, who understand that there will be no defence against the fallout from the catastrophe looming in Gaza.

by Jonathan Cook/CounterPunch

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1,000+ black activists endorse boycott of Israel on behalf of Palestine

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More than 1,000 African-Americans have signed a letter reaffirming black solidarity with the plight of Palestinians and endorsing resistance to Israel and its products, known as the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
In the letter, the activists “reaffirmed solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.” The text was signed by high-profile names such as scholar Cornel West, 1960s activist Angela Davis, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

The proclamation arrives a little more than a year after the 2014 conflict in Gaza. Sparked by the firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel, Tel Aviv responded with a weeks-long campaign of airstrikes and ground-based attacks. Referred to by the black activists as “last summer’s Gaza massacre,” the offensive took the lives of more than 2,200 Palestinians – many civilians – and several dozen Israelis.

The activists went on to make several connections between what Palestinians and the black community have been going through. It even drew a parallel between US police and Israeli soldiers, noting they have trained together.

“Israel’s widespread use of detention and imprisonment against Palestinians evokes the mass incarceration of Black people in the US, including the political imprisonment of our own revolutionaries,” the statement reads. “Soldiers, police, and courts justify lethal force against us and our children who pose no imminent threat.”

Additionally, the statement criticized officials from both the US and Israel, as well as the media, for “criminalizing” the existence of blacks and Palestinians and referring to their movements as “illegitimate” or “terrorism.”

“These narratives ignore decades and centuries of anti-Palestinian and anti-Black violence that have always been at the core of Israel and the US,” the letter reads. “We recognize the racism that characterizes Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is also directed against others in the region, including intolerance, police brutality, and violence against Israel’s African population.”

The activists came out in support of the BDS movement, which seeks to increase pressure on Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians by boycotting Israeli goods, institutions, and by pushing for sanctions against the country. One of the organizers of the statement, Kristian Davis Bailey, also highlighted companies such as Motorola Solutions, Hewlett-Packard and Caterpillar for “enabling the occupation,” Al Jazeera reported.

Motorola, for its part, said it wants to see the situation in the Middle East resolved peacefully.

“Motorola Solutions has a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that address human rights, which are designed to ensure that our operations worldwide are conducted using the highest standards of integrity and ethical business conduct, applied uniformly and consistently,” Kurt Ebenhoch, head of communications at Motorola, said in a statement to Al Jazeera.

Aside from pledging their support for BDS, the activists urged US and African-American institutions to join the movement. It also called on America to end all diplomatic and economic aid to Israel.

“We’re at a crucial moment in the global struggle against racism, in which the black and Palestinian struggles play a crucial role,” said Bailey in a press release. “We wish to send a loud and clear message to Palestinians, as well as the governments of the US and Israel that now is the time for Palestinian liberation, just as now is the time for our own in the United States.”

From RT

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Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

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Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday, ending eight days of fighting that killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.

“The United States welcomes the agreement today for the cease-fire in Gaza,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a news conference alongside Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. “This is a critical moment for the region.”

The cease-fire started at 9 p.m. Cairo time (2 p.m. ET).

Clinton thanked Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi for his mediation efforts and pledged to work with partners in the region “to consolidate this progress, improve conditions for the people of Gaza, provide security for the people of Israel.”

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I have to say this first, I love strong women especially the ones who stand in front of the opposition and don’t falter. I can’t say this for the person who I can’t mention(until she runs for president) who supposedly had strong remarks for the former Vice President of the United States. Dickless Chaney didn’t have to yell, he spoke calmly pertaining to this faux TV star. Folks, stop defending this peon, she’s been nothing but an embarrassment to the political process. I won’t decimate her, she does it for herself. I awaited her response to Darth Vader but it never happened instead here’s what she said, “Well, seeing as how Dick — excuse me, Vice President Cheney — never misfires, than evidently he’s quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that’s a shame. So he characterized me as being a mistake.”

This response shows two things, one, she’s a coward,  and secondly, she excel at spin. No, Sarah, he nailed you; “out of the mouth of babes.” Media bias? You are saturated in exposure, from every angle. By your mouth, you have proven your worth as a politician and secondly as a person who has Judaic/Christian beliefs, whatever that means. That term is such an abomination and perversion; have a happy Shabbot(Sabbath).

I don’t see what Dan Cathy said that was so troublesome. These are the words that started a firestorm,” CEO Dan Cathy quipped, “Well, guilty as charged.” In a recent article appearing in the Baptist Press (July 22), he continued that, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” Okay, what was so wrong with this assessment, this has always been their modus operandi. They are a private company, they will receive some backlash, but for me it’s simply a DAMN sandwich. Maybe the backlash was due the Christian goober Mike Huckabee. Maybe it could be the organizations the company supports, the ones who believe in conversion therapy which is sometimes called reparative therapy. These are all good suggestions but overall the controversy is to garner support to make this a wedge issue to gather votes from a certain demographic. Ask Dick Cheney, he knows personally about the gay issue. Christians, wake up and stop being used.

Romney missed his calling as a stand-up comedian.  As only he could, he offended a nation of people, especially the Palestinians. He basically called them backwards and inferior to Israel. For him, they don’t vote  BUT since money can come from anywhere he was simply making a money trip. Religion often blinds to the truths and this is nothing different. As a Messianic Proselyte, I support Israel in that they have fallen from truth and have erred. It’s up to the followers of God’s laws and commandments who understand this; simply read Romans 11:25-29. On the political side of things I simply want to post quotes by Ron Paul, he has a better understanding than the talkers of religion.

  • “To me, foreign aid is taking money from poor people in this country and giving it to rich people in poor countries, and it becomes weapons of war –” said Paul at the Western Republican Presidential Debate.
  • “I would cut all foreign aid,” the candidate responded. “I would treat everybody equally and fairly.”
  • “Stop and consider America’s policy,” the congressman said, “We give $3 billion a year to Israel in loans; and we give $12 billion or more in assistance to Israel’s self-declared enemies. Some of these are countries that say they will drive Israel into the sea.”
  • “What should our relationship be with Israel?” asked Newsmax contributor Doug Wead. “We should be their friend and their trading partner,” said Paul. “They are a democracy and we share many values with them. But we should not be their master. We should not dictate where their borders will be nor should we have veto power over their foreign policy…. I say [to Christian evangelicals who want foreign aid to Israel to continue] that our aid in the region is out of balance and it is wrong. Foreign aid does not help Israel. It is a net disadvantage. I say to them that “the borrower is servant to the lender” and America should never be the master of Israel…we should stop interfering with them. We should not dictate what she can and cannot do. We should stop trying to buy her allegiance. And Israel should stop sacrificing their sovereignty as an independent state to us or anybody else, no matter how well-intentioned.”

Lastly, people talk of foreign policy, but we truly don’t understand it. I get bits and pieces of it but it still confusing.

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Palestinians criticize Romney’s comments in Israel

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Mitt Romney reportedly has angered Palestinians with his comments about their economy and his pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“What is this man doing here?” Saeb Erekat, an aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told the Associated Press about Romney.

 Catalina Camia, USA Today

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