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Outrage as Israel prevents MEP delegation to enter Gaza

THE LEVANT – Israel refused to allow a delegation composed by 13 MEPs from European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE\NGL) to enter Gaza.
 Facing the decision of the Netanyahu government, the president of the Party of the European Left (EL), Pierre Laurent has openly expressed his indignation: “I oppose this arbitrary …

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Slain journalist was an Israeli citizen

THE LEVANT –  An Israeli official confirmed Wednesday that slain American journalist Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen. Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson wrote on his personal Twitter feed: “Cleared for publication: Steven Satloff was Israel citizen RIP,” misspelling the journalist’s last name. There was no further comment from …

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Israel feels nervous over war crimes probe

THE LEVANT – A jittery Israeli military is gearing up for what could become its next big battle: dealing with U.N. investigations that could result in war-crimes allegations. The army has beefed up its legal staff, is conducting internal investigations of its wartime actions and has prepared a detailed PR …

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Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in Gaza

THE LEVANT –  By Jonathan Cook – Despite hailing as a victory the seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and destroyed large swathes of Gaza’s infrastructure, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appears to have emerged as the main political casualty of Operation Protective Edge. In late …

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Bank Ki Moon condemns Israel’s land grabbing in the West Bank

THE LEVANT –  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday expressed dismay over the Israeli authorities’ announcement to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank. According to a statement issued by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric today: “The Secretary-General is alarmed by yesterday’s announcement by Israeli authorities to declare as so-called ‘state …

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Mass grave in Israel – Truth Out!

THE LEVANT – It has been revealed that the remains of dozens of Palestinians killed during the Israeli-Arab in 1948 were found in six mass graves in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv on Wednesday. The graves were found when ground subsided as builders carried out renovation work in the area, …

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Friends of Israel … no more

THE LEVANT –  By Connie Bruck – The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence? For AIPAC, it is crucial to appeal across the political spectrum. But Israel has become an increasingly divisive issue with the public. CREDIT Illustration by Matt Dorfman   On July 23rd, officials of …

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Gaza evaluates as truce holds

THE LEVANT – An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting. The Gaza war – the third round of fighting since the Islamic militant group Hamas …

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Ceasefire reached in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Palestinian and Israeli authorities have reportedly reached an agreement on a permanent ceasefire for the besieged Gaza Strip after more than a month of Israeli terror campaign on the coastal territory. According to Palestinian sources, the Palestinians and the Israelis agreed to a permanent ceasefire on Tuesday. “The …

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Syria retaliates against Israel?

THE LEVANT – “At least five rockets fired from Syria hit different locations across the Golan Heights,” the Israeli army said in a statement on Sunday. An army spokeswoman told AFP that it was not known who launched the rockets and the Israeli military did not return fire. She said there …

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Again and again Israel strikes Gaza

THE LEVANT – A new round of Israeli airstrikes and tank fire pounded Gaza on Monday as officials in the coastal strip said two more Palestinian civilians died from the violence. There has so far been no end in sight for the war, which has already killed more than 2,100 Palestinians …

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Iran downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

THE LEVANT – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, without offering further details. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The statement comes as Iran negotiates with world powers over its nuclear program and hard-liners …

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Gaza sky-scraper bites the dust

THE LEVANT – Two multi-storey buildings in Gaza have been completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes in less than 24 hours, possibly signalling a new tactic in Israel’s military campaign. A 12-storey apartment building in Gaza City was brought down on Saturday evening and a seven-floor office building in Rafah …

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Hamas is not backing down

THE LEVANT – Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday said that the Palestinians would not accept anything less than an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza, as Israeli forces continued to attack the besieged enclave. Haniyeh accused Israel of using negotiations as a cover for their crimes and said it …

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Abbas pushes for truce in Gaza in Egypt

THE LEVANT – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Islamic Jihad leaders including deputy secretary general Ziyad al-Nakhala and Khalid al-Batsh in Cairo on Friday evening, after arriving from Qatar earlier in the afternoon.The Islamic Jihad media office said the meeting aimed to discuss ceasefire initiatives that adhere to Palestinian demands. Abbas …

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Hamas compares Israel with ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Izzat Al-Risheq, member of the Hamas political bureau, issued the following statement: The attempt by Netanyahu and his spokesman Ofir Gendelman to link Hamas and compare us with other groups is a deception and disinformation campaign that will not fool anyone. We strongly condemn and reject how Netanyahu, Gendelman …

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Nazi Resister Returns Holocaust Medal to Israel After Losing Relatives in Gaza

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1sZhexV” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/CfXhycFPjLw?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=CfXhycFPjLw&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep2590″ /] THE LEVANT – Source – http://www.democracynow.org – A 91-year-old man honored by Israel for saving a Jewish life during the Nazi Holocaust has returned his medal in protest of the Gaza assault. Henk Zanoli was given Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations award …

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Hamas crackdowns on Israeli informants

THE LEVANT – A Gaza security official says Hamas has killed 11 suspected informers for Israel. Friday’s killings came a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip. Hamas has vowed revenge for the targeting of its leaders. The security …

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Open letter to Israel from holocaust survivors

THE LEVANT – 326 Survivors and Descendants of Survivors of Victims of the Nazi Genocide Condemn Israel’s Assault on Gaza. 326 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide have signed this letter written in response to Elie Wiesel’s manipulation of the Nazi Genocide to attempt to justify …

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3 Senior Hamas leaders are killed by Israel

THE LEVANT – An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization’s morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel’s intelligence services. The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in a densely populated neighborhood of the southern town …

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Hamas targets Israel’s gas interests

THE LEVANT – Palestinian resistance group Hamas said it fired two rockets at an Israeli gas installation about 30 km (19 miles) off the coast of Gaza on Wednesday in the first apparent attack of its kind. The Israeli military said no missiles had struck any gas platforms at sea. The …

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Boycotting the Boycott

THE LEVANT – Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola are among dozens of US businesses to pull-out their representatives from the Scottish city of Glascow in protest against the City Council’s decision to fly the flag over its city chambers as a sign of solidarity with Gaza. Up to 600 CEOs and investors …

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Syria – Confession of a rebel militant

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1qpon48″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/KT8KXA-XF4w?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=KT8KXA-XF4w&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3458″ /] THE LEVANT – Sharif as-Safouri, abducted by Al-Nusra Front in July, confesses to receiving antitank weapons in return for protecting the border Free Syrian Army commander, arrested last month by the Islamist militia Al-Nusra Front, told his captors he collaborated with Israel …

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Professor Finkelstein speaks up on Gaza

THE LEVANT – Professor Norman Gary Finkelstein, a fierce American Jewish critic of the Israeli government for its acts of genocide against the Palestinians, has slammed the international community for its silence on Gaza. Finkelstein, who is the author of “The Holocaust Industry” and is himself the son of Holocaust survivors, …

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Even Israelis don’t want Bibi anymore

THE LEVANT – By 21 Manifesto – More than10,000 people arrived Saturday night at Rabin Square to rally for a political solution to the occupation of the Palestinian territories under the slogan, “Changing direction: toward peace, away from war.” Many carried signs proclaiming, “Whoever doesn’t want peace is making excuses” …

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Breaking Palestine one house at a time

THE LEVANT – The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished on Monday a two-storey building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur/ Mount of Olives, leaving a family of 17 homeless, according to media sources. WAFA correspondent in Jerusalem said Israeli Police demolished a house belonging to a local Palestinian …

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Boycotting Israel – the Palestinian BDS goes to work

THE LEVANT – by Palestinian BDS National Committee – Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid is once again committing heinous massacres on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Israel enjoys criminal impunity because of the direct support from governments in the North America and Europe but also from corporations that are implicated in …

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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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Israelis demonstrate for peace

THE LEVANT – Thousands of Israeli supporters of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority to end the Gaza conflict demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday. The pro-peace protest was the largest in Israel since it launched operation Protective Edge on July 8, an offensive that has seen at least 1,980 …

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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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