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Clashes erupt at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

THE LEVANT  – Clashes broke out at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday as Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site on the eve of Jewish New Year, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP that Palestinian youths had thrown stones and petrol bombs at police, injuring …

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IMF and World Bank warn of renewed Gaza violence

THE LEVANT – The World Bank and International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that insufficient funding and political efforts to rebuild Gaza would make economic recovery almost impossible and lead to further violence. The warnings came three weeks after Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire to end 50 days of conflict, …

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Israel charges officer with beating Palestinian-American

THE LEVANT – Israel’s justice ministry has charged a border policeman with assaulting and injuring a 15-year-old Palestinian-American dual national in July, according to the indictment seen by AFP Thursday. The policeman, whose name remains under a gag order, was indicted at Jerusalem magistrate’s court on Wednesday for using “excessive …

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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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Hamas rises in popularity in Gaza

THE LEVANT – The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and headed by …

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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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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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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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Qatar’s role in Gaza’s peace talks failure

THE LEVANT  – The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends …

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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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Gaza in mourning

THE LEVANT –  Several thousand mourners on Wednesday joined the funeral procession for the wife and baby son of Hamas’s military commander Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel. Firing Kalashnikovs into the air, they carried the bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali, who were among at …

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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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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 Illegal Settlements – a brief insight

  THE LEVANT – Israeli illegal settlements remain an issue which the world has yet to address. However much Israel would like you to believe that everything it does is motivated by self-defense, the truth of the matter is it is acting an invading force onto a foreign land. You …

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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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Fatah militant killed in West Bank shootout

THE LEVANT- A Palestinian militant was shot dead early Monday in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank, witnesses and a Palestinian security source said. Zacharia Akra, a 24-year-old militant allied to the Fatah movement of president Mahmud Abbas, was killed in a shoot out …

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If Americans knew

THE LEVANT – Talk by Alison Weir, Executive Director of If Americans Knew, President of the Council for the National Interest, and author of the book “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel” recorded July 30, 2014 at the Common Good …

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Planning a genocide – Israel’s plan for Palestine

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –  By Catherine Shakdam – While Israel might continue to claim to ever-lasting righteousness, drawing strength from its scriptures to justify its right to existence, forever recalling the horrors which were committed against its people under Nazi Germany to silence its critics; its thirst for blood, its …

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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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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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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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