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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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Anonymous continues cyber-attacks on Israel

THE LEVANT – The hacking collective Anonymous has warned it will launch more attacks on Israeli government websites after apparently disabling more than 500, in a wave of cyber offensives which it says are in retaliation for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. It also claims to have leaked personal details of 70,000 …

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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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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morning as an agreed 72-hour ceasefire between Hamas and Israel came into effect and the Israeli military said it had withdrawn from the Palestinian territory.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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Is Iran really Pro-Palestine? Or just Anti-Israel?

By Behrouz Bahmani – This front page headline in last week’s New York Times caught my eye. OK I don’t actually read the New York Times. But I am addicted to coffee. And at the Starbucks I go to for my $1.90 Tall Veranda/Blonde blended drip (just because I love saying, “I’ll …

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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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Bassil: ISIL and Israel control region

Source: Gulf News –   Concerned but optimistic, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, pleaded with the international community to aid the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to confront terrorism. Bassil, who holds a civil engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and who previously served as Minister of Communications and …

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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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Qabbani calls for jihad to liberate Palestine

THE LEVANT-  Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani used his Eid al-Fitr sermon to call for “jihad” to liberate “Palestine’s sacred land from Jewish foreign occupation.” Jihad “is the duty of each and every one of you no matter how much sacrifices are made,” he said, while deploring Arab weakness and apathy in …

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Chris Hedges speaks the truth on Gaza

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 96 (I) (11 December, 1946) – Genocide is a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, as homicide is the denial of the right to live of individual human beings; such denial of the right of existence shocks the conscience of mankind, … and …

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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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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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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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Death toll rises in Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Gaza residents on Saturday used a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed to by Israel and Hamas on a UN request to pull out several bodies from mounds of rubble and metal of bombed homes, as the Palestinian death toll climbed to nearly 1,000. With the temporary ceasefire …

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King Hamad calls for end to Israeli aggression

King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa has urged the international community to put an end to the killing of innocent Palestinians and offer them much-needed protection. “We reject and strongly condemn the Israeli practices and actions that have gone beyond all limits, particularly the brutal aggression by the occupation forces …

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Open letter to Israeli academics

An Open Letter to Israel Academics, July 13th, 2014 To see the statement signed by the Israeli academics we have called upon, and the list of signatories, see this link For Background notes and joining details, see this link   The list of signatures for this Call closes on Friday, July 25, 2014 …

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13 Palestinians are arrested in the West Bank

THE LEVANT – The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 13 Palestinians this morning in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Nablus. The Palestinian Prisoners Society reported that the IOF arrested ten Palestinians from the Hebron governorate. The Israeli soldiers arrested Moneer Sharar, 30 from Dura and Ashraf Abdel Jalil Hathaleen, …

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Khan Younis, another day, another massacre

PRESS RELEASE – MINISTRY OF HEALTH GAZA – Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city. The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and …

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Fighting Jihad for Israel

By Hanine Hassan – Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country. Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military as jihadstrijders (jihad fighters), …

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Al Jazeera under attack by Israel in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza came under fire Tuesday, and the network says it is holding Israel responsible. An Al Jazeera spokesman said Tuesday that Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s harsh comments about the network a day earlier “were a direct threat against us and appear to …

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Lieberman attacks Qatar, wants to ban Al Jazeera

THE LEVANT – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is setting his sights on Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV, and is looking to stop them operating in Israel. According to the International Business Times, Lieberman said, “Qatar has turned into a global problem. Al Jazeera is a central pillar of the propaganda apparatus …

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A southern front with Israel? Not for the moment

Justin Salhani for The Daily Star –  Despite Hezbollah’s recent reconciliation with Hamas, the party is currently unlikely to mobilize against Israel over its ongoing offensive aimed at crushing the Islamist group in Gaza, analysts said Tuesday, with most generally agreeing that any intervention rests on how things go on the ground. “A full …

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France stands by Israel, bans pro-Palestine protests

France’s government provoked outrage on Saturday by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine. In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted. Mr Cazeneuve said there …

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