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Israel accused of mass executions in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Three weeks on, Rami Qaddih can still easily recall Israeli troops’ “war crimes” of mass-executing Palestinians outside their homes in his battered Khuza’a town in the Gaza Strip. “I saw with my own eyes Israeli troops shoot displaced residents who had been trying to flee the town under …

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No water in Gaza makes life unbearable

THE LEVANT – Feriel al-Zaaneen hasn’t had a shower in more than a month. Like thousands of Palestinians, she doesn’t have enough water to wash, adding to the miseries of life in war-battered Gaza. In searing summer heat, where temperatures can reach 34 degrees Celsius, (93 Fahrenheit), Feriel is one …

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Israel has fired 2.5 millions bullets at Gaza

THE LEVANT – At least 2.5 million bullets and tens of thousands of projectiles were used by the Israeli occupation army during its military offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, an Israeli army official said on Thursday evening. The Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth quoted the anonymous army official as saying that …

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Can Israel-Gaza truce hold?

THE LEVANT – A fragile ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel’s relations with its US ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace. Washington denied a report that the White House was tightening the reins on the routine …

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OIC condemns Israel’s war crimes in Gaza

THE LEVANT – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Tuesday condemned “war crimes” by Israel in Gaza and urged a meeting of donors on financing reconstruction in the enclave devastated by a month-long war. In a statement after a ministerial meeting, the second on Gaza in three days, the OIC …

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Fresh 72-hour truce begins in Gaza

THE LEVANT – A fresh 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into effect in Gaza Monday, paving the way for talks in Egypt aimed at a durable end to a month-long conflict that has wreaked devastating bloodshed. The agreement, which began at 00:01 am (2101 GMT on Sunday), clinched days …

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Gaza and the struggle for Palestine: the 1930s

THE LEVANT – By William R. Polk – Annoyed but not deterred, the British Colonial Office decided in the 1930s, as it was then also doing in India, to crack down hard on the “troublemakers.” It put Palestine under martial law and brought in 20,000 regular soldiers to be quartered on rebel …

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I’m only human – Mohammad Al Qassas

THE LEVANT – Born and raised in the Shujayia refugee camp in Gaza, 28-year-old Mohammad Al Qassas lost 14 members of his extended family in the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. But the tragedy that befell him is not something unfamiliar to the young man. In an interview with Gulf News, Mohammad …

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All out for Gaza – Day of Rage

THE LEVANT – Join the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement today. Demand Sanctions on Israel Now. As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure …

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Gaza ceasefire ends – violence resumes

THE LEVANT – The Palestinian militant group Hamas has rejected an extension on a three-day ceasefire which expired this morning after largely holding, saying Israel had failed to meet its demands during negotiations in Egypt. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said Gaza militants fired a barrage of at 18 rockets at …

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Hamas: No agreement yet to extend Gaza ceasefire

Israel and Hamas appeared at odds Thursday over prolonging a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, with Hamas resistance group insisting on fulfillment of all pending stipulations. Guns have stayed silent in the tiny Palestinian enclave since 8:00 am (0500 GMT) Tuesday, bringing relief to millions of people on both sides after the …

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GAZA – THE APPEAL –

THE LEVANT – the crisis in Gaza has affected “virtually every man, woman and child”, according to an appeal set to be launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee tomorrow, the same charity whose appeal the BBC declined to air in 2012. But all major television networks will broadcast the appeal on …

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Gaza blockade must end

THE LEVANT – By Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson – Israelis and Palestinians are still burying loved ones killed during Gaza’s third war in six years. Since 8 July, more than 1,800 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives have been sacrificed. Many in the world are heart-broken in the powerless certainty …

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Arming West Bank only Way to Save Palestine

By Mojtaba Mousavi – Watching the Palestinian Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Riyadh Mansour walking pessimistically outside the UN Security Council chambers on late Thursday meant the council failed once again to play its role on the Gaza crisis. While more than 1,600 Palestinians have been killed and another 8,000 …

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Maliki’s Last Option

By  Abdulrahman Al-Rashed for Ashar Al Awsat – Gaza’s crisis will not succeed in diverting attention away from the wars in Syria and Iraq. Indeed, these two wars, particularly Iraq, may alter the course of the region, and Iraqis may finally succeed in achieving a safe and smooth transition to a new government …

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Truce, Peace and Gaza

THE LEVANT – A definitive end to the four-week conflict in Gaza appeared possible on Tuesday morning as an agreed 72-hour ceasefire between Hamas and Israel came into effect and the Israeli military said it had withdrawn from the Palestinian territory. The suspension of hostilities came into force at 8am on Tuesday and is due to be followed …

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Never ask me about peace again

By Asmaa Al Ghoul for Al Monitor  – Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family …

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Gaza massacre Israel rerun of Nazi genocide

By Dr. Amir Dabiri – Twenty-seven days have passed since the Israeli regime launched an all-out assault on the Gaza Strip in southwestern Palestine. With a population of 1.8 million people and a total area of 360 square kilometers, the region has turned into the focal point of the Palestinians’ resistance against the …

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Israel has failed in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to achieve the objectives of his war on the Gaza Strip, the Anadolu news agency reported a Hamas official as saying today. Sami Abu Zuhri, the movement’s spokesman, said in a statement: “Netanyahu has utterly failed in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is still …

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France and Spain Condemn Shelling of Gaza UNRWA School

– “The President of the [French] Republic, [Francois Hollande], condemned the unacceptable shelling of a UN school in Rafah, resulting in the death of at least ten people who took refuge in it,”  said a statement by the French Presidency on Monday.  Hollande “joined the UN Secretary General in asking …

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UAE will provide potable water to Gaza

Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E.  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has instructed the U.A.E. Suqia Water Aid Foundation to give top priority to the provision of potable water to Gazans who are suffering acute shortage of water as a result of Israeli bombardment, and to act …

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Gaza – Overcoming the trauma of war

THE LEVANT- Ask any child in Gaza to do a drawing and the resulting picture is likely to be a house being bombed by a fighter plane. In the strife-torn Palestinian enclave, thousands of children are suffering from the trauma of war but resources to help them are scarce. At a …

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90 Palestinians Killed on 26th Day of Israeli Aggression on Gaza

THE LEVANT – As Israel resumed Saturday its bombardment of the Gaza Strip on the 26th day, committing bloody massacres against the defenseless civilian Palestinian population, it killed at least 90 Palestinians, most of whom are children women, and elderly, as well as injured dozens others, bringing the death toll to about …

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Saudi Arabia takes the lead in condemning Israel

THE LEVANT – Saudi King Abdullah said Friday that world silence over Israeli “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip was “inexcusable,” in a speech published by the official SPA news agency.“We see the blood of out brothers in Palestine being shed in collective massacres, that have spared nobody, and in war …

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A few things you should know about Israel

THE LEVANT – By Alastar Sloan – Throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which began on July 8, it has become increasingly clear that the U.S. media is biased against Palestinians, using selective coverage, skewed opinion, and false balance to offer implicit support to Israel’s stance. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently skewered the media …

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Collective Punishment in Gaza

THE LEVANT – By Rashid Khalidi  – Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always …

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Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

THE LEVANT – By Noura Erakat – Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more. Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip …

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From the river to the Sea … Palestine will be free!

By Niala Hussain -“From the river to the sea Palestine will be free” – one of the many chants being yelled out during our protest to the Israeli Embassy and the Houses of Parliament throughout the streets of London, Kensington. With over thousands of people peacefully demonstrating against the Israeli war …

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Eight children killed in Israeli attack on Gaza

A huge explosion in a public garden in northern Gaza killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others, Palestinian medics said on Monday. Locals blamed the blast on an Israeli air strike, but Israel denied responsibility, saying it was a misfire by a rocket launched by Hamas militants. At roughly …

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Gaza’s health sector on brink of collapse

THE LEVANT – Dr. Mohammad Abu Arab has warned, in an exclusive interview with the PIC, that medical services in Gaza city are on the brink of collapse as the Israeli aggression against the Strip continues for the 20th day running, calling for immediate action to save Gaza health sector. Abu …

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Gaza – One child killed every hour

THE LEVANT – The Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, has described the situation in Gaza as “dire”, as the organization revealed that one child has been killed every hour in the conflict for the past three days. According to the latest situation report from Gaza by the Office for the …

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Israel resumes attack on Gaza

THE LEVANT – Six Palestinians were killed and several others were injured Sunday in Gaza after Israeli forces resumed attacks, an official said. Ashraf al-Qidra told reporters that two Palestinian men were killed in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. He identified the two as 27-year-old Ibrahim Khalil Dirawi …

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