‘A hundred years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have a pair of Muslim men enter a cafe or a public transportation vehicle, and then blow themselves up, killing dozens. Or to massacre the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris! Things like that were simply not done.
When you read the memoirs of Edward Said, or talk to old men and women in East Jerusalem, it becomes clear that the great part of Palestinian society used to be absolutely secular and moderate. It cared about life, culture, and even fashion, more than about religious dogmas.
The same could be said about many other Muslim societies, including those of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Indonesia. Old photos speak for themselves. That is why it is so important to study old images again and again, carefully.
Islam is not only a religion; it is also an enormous culture, one of the greatest on Earth, which has enriched our humanity with some of the paramount scientific and architectural achievements, and with countless discoveries in the field of medicine. Muslims have written stunning poetry, and composed beautiful music. But above all, they developed some of the earliest social structures in the world, including enormous public hospitals and the first universities on earth, like The University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.
The idea of ‘social’ was natural to many Muslim politicians, and had the West not brutally interfered, by overthrowing left-wing governments and putting on the throne fascist allies of London, Washington and Paris; almost all Muslim countries, including Iran, Egypt and Indonesia, would now most likely be socialist, under a group of very moderate and mostly secular leaders.’
‘Throughout the past several months, Jerusalem has been a scene of clashes and violent attacks. Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood just steps away from Jerusalem’s Old City, has been at the heart of the unrest, and is becoming one of the most contentious neighborhoods in the most contested city in the world. As settlement expansion into East Jerusalem continues, Israeli authorities have ramped up their practice of demolishing homes built without proper permits — permits which are near impossible for Palestinians to acquire. In addition to the demolitions due to lack of permits, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in early November the reinstatement of the policy of demolishing terrorists’ homes, which Palestinians claim is a form of collective punishment. VICE News traveled to Silwan and met with Palestinians and Israelis living in this contested neighborhood at a time when Jerusalem is more divided than ever.’ (VICE News)
‘The US State Department said on Friday that the Palestinian application to join the International Criminal Court will have “implications” for US aid to the Palestinian Authority.
“It should come as no surprise that there will be implications for this step, but we continue to review,” the official told Reuters.
“US assistance to the Palestinian Authority has played a valuable role in promoting stability and prosperity not just for the Palestinians, but also for Israel as well,” the official added.
Washington sends about $400 million in economic support aid to the Palestinians every year. Under US law, that aid would be cut off if the Palestinians used membership in the International Criminal Court to make claims against Israel.’
‘“There was a clear message from international community to the Palestinians: Do not try to use tricks to replace negotiations,” a top Foreign Ministry official told Ynet, but the American effort to torpedo the Palestinian’s UN Security Council resolution demanding Israel end its ‘occupation’ of the West Bank proved once again the importance of maintaining good relations with Washington.
Furthermore, the abstention by African nations also demonstrated the importance of the visits made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to the African continent. However, the change of power set to take place in the Security Council on Thursday will change the balance of power against Israel.
The rejection of the Palestinian resolution by the UN Security Council on Tuesday night was a reminder of the great extent to which Israel-US relations serve as a critical factor in Israeli national security. It only strengthens the need for Israel to maintain good relations with Washington in general and more specifically with the White House, and prevent disagreements such as the one that occurred between Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Israeli diplomats say that the US played a crucial role in the effort to block the Palestinian resolution which sought to set a time table for Israel’s disengagement from territories for a future Palestinian state without direct negotiations.’
- Abbas mulls another UN Security Council bid for Palestinian state
- France to Israel: We backed Palestinians in Security Council to prevent ICC bid
- US and Israeli intervention led UN to reject Palestinian resolution
- Palestinians plan next steps after failed UN bid
- UK declares it cannot support Palestinian UN bid
- Palestinian statehood bid fails at UN Security Council as US, Australia vote against
‘Palestine is not an environment story’: How Nafeez Ahmed was censored from The Guardian for writing about Israel’s war for Gaza’s gas
Editor’s Note: Nafeez Ahmed recently launched a crowdfunding drive in order to support his great journalism and with the hopeful aim of creating his own investigative journalism collective. Please support him in any way you can. You can find links to more of his work here.
‘After writing for The Guardian for over a year, my contract was unilaterally terminated because I wrote a piece on Gaza that was beyond the pale. In doing so, The Guardian breached the very editorial freedom the paper was obligated to protect under my contract. I’m speaking out because I believe it is in the public interest to know how a Pulitizer Prize-winning newspaper which styles itself as the world’s leading liberal voice, casually engaged in an act of censorship to shut down coverage of issues that undermined Israel’s publicised rationale for going to war.
I joined the Guardian as an environment blogger in April 2013. Prior to this, I had been an author, academic and freelance journalist for over a decade, writing for The Independent, Independent on Sunday, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Scotsman, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Quartz, Prospect, New Statesman, Le Monde diplomatique, among others.
On 9th July 2014, I posted an article via my Earth Insight blog at The Guardian’s environment website, exposing the role of Palestinian resources, specifically Gaza’s off-shore natural gas reserves, in partly motivating Israel’s invasion of Gaza aka ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ Among the sources I referred to was a policy paper written by incumbent Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon one year before Operation Cast Lead, underscoring that the Palestinians could never be allowed to develop their own energy resources as any revenues would go to supporting Palestinian terrorism.’
- Israel’s bridge to the Arab world: Palestinian natural gas?
- IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis
- Gaza: Israel’s $4 billion gas grab
- Israel, US, UK carve up the spoils of Palestine’s stolen gas
- Read more of Nafeez Ahmed’s work…
- Jonathan Cook: The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian
- Jonathan Cook: Language that disappears the Palestinians
- A profile of Jonathan Cook
- But Where Are the Angels Now?
- Disenchantment: The “Guardian” and Israel: The “Guardian” and Israel (Book)
‘As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s collapse Sunday, Palestinians knocked a hole through an altogether different wall this weekend.
Palestinian activists affiliated with local popular resistance committees broke through the West Bank separation barrier Saturday, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.
“No matter how high walls are built, they will fall,” the popular committees said in a statement cited by Ma’an. “Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation.”‘
‘The problem of special interests or lobbies was one of the foremost concerns of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In their day they were called factions. James Madison, who is considered the architect of the U.S. Constitution, devoted the entire tenth Federalist Paper (1787) to the problem. He defined a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority … actuated by some common … interest, adverse to … the aggregate interests of the community,” and believed that within the context of liberal republicanism, they could never be eliminated. However, he did feel they could be controlled. To this end he sought to create representative bodies with high numbers of delegates and a wide diversity of interests in the hope that they would counterbalance each other.
When George Washington delivered his famous Farewell Address in 1796, he too noted the problem. Washington warned of “combinations and associations” which attempt to “direct, control, counteract and awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities” and thereby substitute their own desires for the “delegated will of the nation.” As Washington’s continued concern implied, James Madison’s approach to controlling special interests or factions never proved adequate.’
‘Israeli officials were unsuccessful in their attempts to condition the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, badly damaged during the summer Israeli invasion, on a full disarmament of Hamas and other factions within the strip.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly demanded the precondition, but it was ultimately sidelined, as the donor nations pledged $5.4 billion for reconstruction, solely on the condition that the ceasefire with Israel hold.’
- Norwegian FM: ‘Only half of donated funds to go toward Gaza reconstruction’
- Lieberman: US will not make demands of Israel on Gaza reconstruction
- Israeli minister: World may be wasting its money on Gaza
- Despite pledged $2.7B, challenges ahead for Gaza
- Qatar To Provide $1 Bln For Gaza Reconstruction
- Kerry pledges more U.S. aid to rebuild Gaza
- Palestinian PM: Rebuilding Gaza top priority
- Palestinian official: Israel to allow import of building material to Gaza next week
- Palestinian unity gov’t seeks to signal that aid won’t go to Hamas
- US: Israel must play role in rebuilding Gaza
- In Gaza’s Rubble, Shelters Symbolize the Challenge Ahead
‘The British parliament voted Monday in favor of a non-binding motion to recognize the state of Palestine, in a majority vote of 274-12.
The vote, which followed a debate that lasted nearly five hours, has no practical significance since it does not oblige the British government to change its current policy of recognizing Palestine only after a peace deal is reached between Israel and the Palestinians. The vote passed thanks to the Labour Party’s mobilization, as well as the Conservative Party’s virtual absence from the vote.
Outside the Palace of Westminster over the course of the debate, a small group of Pro-Palestinian demonstrators held a banner saying “Time to start giving back what we had no right to take” – a reference to the 1917 Balfour Declaration in which the British government committed itself to establishing a “national home” for the Jewish people in Palestine. Inside, many of the speakers in the debate, in which over 50 members of parliament asked to participate, mentioned the Balfour Declaration as well, and with it what they saw as Britain’s special responsibility to solving the Israel-Palestine conflict.’
- MPs’ vote on Palestine state recognition is part of growing international trend
- Israel decries UK vote on Palestinian state; PLO rejoices
- Labour split on vote over Palestine state
- George Galloway to Abstain as it ‘Accepts Recognition of Israel’
- Swedish PM’s recognition of Palestine violates law, says legislator
- Christian clerics to Europe: Recognize Palestinian statehood
- EU set to reassess ties if Israel doesn’t move on peace
- UK-Israel trade hits record high despite Gaza carnage
- Sweden: Israel is not being singled out
- Israel to Summon Swedish Envoy Over Palestine Recognition
‘In Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
Among his most shocking discoveries, he told me, was the fact that the N.S.A. was routinely passing along the private communications of Americans to a large and very secretive Israeli military organization known as Unit 8200. This transfer of intercepts, he said, included the contents of the communications as well as metadata such as who was calling whom.
Typically, when such sensitive information is transferred to another country, it would first be “minimized,” meaning that names and other personally identifiable information would be removed. But when sharing with Israel, the N.S.A. evidently did not ensure that the data was modified in this way.’
- Veterans of Elite Israeli Unit Refuse Reserve Duty, Citing Treatment of Palestinians
- Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories
- NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans’ data with Israel
- Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’
‘”There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australia, in this epic crime.
The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.’
‘Gideon Levy is preaching in the wilderness. Week after week, the columnist for Haaretz newspaper tells his compatriots what they do not want to hear: that the siege of Gaza and the occupation of the West Bank are immoral and counter-productive; that the continued seizure of Palestinian land and the construction of settlements is a “criminal enterprise” intended to foil any chance for peace.
[…] Levy is grateful to Amos Schocken, the third-generation owner of Haaretz, for standing by him. Some 2,000 readers cancelled subscriptions because of his July 14th column criticising Israeli air force pilots who bombed Gaza… During the war, Levy was threatened, heckled and spat upon. Haaretz hired bodyguards to protect him. Yariv Levin, the leader of the Likud Yisrael Beiteinu coalition in the Knesset, said he should be tried for treason, which carries the death penalty in time of war.’
‘Teachers in Jerusalem say they are concerned about facing more racism than ever before in the capital’s schools, especially following Operation Protective Edge. As the school year opens, the Education Ministry has published lesson plans on racism to be taught during the first two weeks, but many teachers say that is not enough.’
- Activists wage vigilante efforts against racism in Jerusalem
- Signs of fascism in Israel reached new peak during Gaza op, says renowned scholar
- Jews and Arabs in Israel more estranged after war
- Israeli Teens Gripped by Virulent Racism
- Israel ‘coercing Eritreans and Sudanese to leave’
- Education Ministry plans teaching children to be ‘Jewish fighters’
- Likud MK caught on tape calling Jerusalem police chief ‘a coward’ for handling of Arab riots
- Bill seeks to give Israeli Arabs official national minority status
- ‘Arabic out': Right-wing MKs aim to make Hebrew Israel’s only official language
- Joan Rivers: ‘Low IQ’ Palestinians ‘Deserve to Be Dead’
- Israel’s New Generation of Racists
‘Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly – his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crush
Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on 26 August, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.’
‘As the world gears up to finance Gaza’s $6bn reconstruction after Operation Protective Edge, an EU source has revealed that Israel will earn billions of euros by making sure that all the steel, concrete and other materials and other aid are sourced in Israel and benefit Israeli companies.
At least 65,000 people in the Gaza Strip are homeless after the recent seven-week conflict. Infrastructure ranging from water desalination centres to power plants lies in ruins.
No formal Israeli ban prevents the import of reconstruction materials that were not made in Israel, but EU sources speaking on condition of anonymity say that in practice, Israeli security demands present them with a fait accompli.’
- Gaza: Life amid the rubble in Shejaiya (includes aerial footage)
- Palestinian migrants fleeing Gaza Strip drown in Mediterranean Sea
- Post-war counselling awaits Gaza children going back to school
- Israel denies Palestine education minister entry into Gaza
- Lost Homes and Dreams at Tower Israel Leveled
- Gazans move into mobile homes donated by UAE
- Venezuela sends more aid planes to Gaza
- World Bank: Israel curbing growth of Palestinian business
- Senior EU officials warn Gaza despondency could lead to more violence
- Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
- Destroying Gaza’s Water System
- Palestinian donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza
- Palestinians put Gaza reconstruction cost at $7.8 billion
- Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war
- Top Army Official: Israel underestimated Gaza militants
- Netanyahu threatens reoccupation of Gaza Strip
- UN: Over 50,000 people remain in shelters in Gaza
- Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war
- Qatar says ready to rebuild war-battered Gaza
- Journalist Mohammed Omer on Ceasefire Deal and Rebuilding
- Gaza war: It’s about keeping the Palestinians under control
‘As the Israeli offensive in Gaza resumes, we look at the impact the military campaign has had on the children of Gaza. More than 467 Palestinian children have died since July. That is more than the combined number of child fatalities in the two previous conflicts in Gaza. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3,000 children have been injured, of which an estimated 1,000 will suffer from a life-long disability. The United Nations estimates at least 373,000 children require direct and specialized psychosocial support. And, based on the total number of adults killed, there may be up to 1,500 children orphaned. Gazan children’s right to an education has also been severely compromised with at least 25 schools reportedly damaged so severely that they can no longer be used. We speak to Pernille Ironside, chief of UNICEF’s Gaza field office. “There isn’t a single family in Gaza who hasn’t experienced personally death, injury, the loss of their home, extensive damage, displacement,” Ironside says. “The psychological toll that has on a people, it just cannot be overestimated, and especially on children.”’ (Democracy Now!)
‘Gaza‘s economy will take years to recover from the devastating impact of the war, in which more than 360 factories have been destroyed or badly damaged and thousands of acres of farmland ruined by tanks, shelling and air strikes, according to analysts. Israeli air strikes on Gaza have resumed since a temporary ceasefire brokedown on Tuesday after rockets were fired from Gaza. The Israeli Defence Force said it launched air stikes on 20 sites on Friday morning and Gaza health officials said two Palestinians were killed in an attack on a farm.
Almost 10% of Gaza’s factories have been put out of action, said the Palestinian Federation of Industries. Most other industrial plants have halted production during the conflict, causing losses estimated at more than $70m (£42m), said the union of Palestinian industries. The UN’s food and agriculture organisation (FAO) said about 42,000 acres of croplands had sustained substantial direct damage and half of Gaza’s poultry stock has been lost due to direct hits or lack of care as access to farmlands along the border with Israel became impossible. More than 9% of the annual fishing catch was lost between 9 July and 10 August, it added.’
- A War on Gaza’s Future? Israeli Assault Leaves 500 Kids Dead, 3,000 Injured, 373,000 Traumatized
- Gaza Cost Far Exceeds Estimate, Official Says
- Hope fades in Gaza as conditions worsen
- Gaza experiencing severe water shortage
- UN offers to monitor Gaza construction material
- Gaza to get floating power station from Turkey
- Israel bars Amnesty, Human Rights Watch workers from Gaza
- In Gaza, emotional wounds of war remain unhealed
- Qatar to pay $1,000 to Gazan families who lost their homes during conflict
‘With signs the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip is again escalating, the Israeli government has ordered the mobilization of another 10,000 reservists, bringing the number called up so far during the war to 96,000.
Israeli military officials say that the 10,000 will replace other reservists who are being temporarily sent home for rest, which also suggests that they are planning the war to be long enough they have to do troop rotations.’
- Knesset authorizes call up of 10,000 more reservists
- Israeli military retracts claim that fatal mortar bomb was fired from UN school
- Israel Vows Escalation of Gaza War After Child Killed in Shelling
- Second half of RT’s Crosstalk: Israel “mowing the lawn”
- IAF strikes some 50 targets in Gaza, Hamas money-launderer killed
- Israel destroys homes of Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli teens
- Netanyahu sees extended Gaza military campaign
‘Dozens of Holocaust survivors, together with hundreds of descendants of Holocaust survivors and victims, have accused Israel of “genocide” for the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza since the conflict erupted in July. In an open letter released by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and published as an advert in The New York Times, the group calls for a full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel over its “wholesale effort to destroy Gaza”.
“Genocide begins with the silence of the world,” the statement reads, “We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people.” The statement also condemns the United States for its financial and diplomatic support of Israel. The signatories express alarm at “the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever pitch.”’
‘Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel flattened a 13-storey apartment block in Gaza. Israeli aircraft fired a non-explosive rocket at the building as a signal to residents to get out before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command centre.
“I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to evacuate immediately from every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at a cabinet meeting. With no end in sight to fighting in its seventh week, Netanyahu’s tough talk seemed to indicate a move towards bolder strikes against Hamas targets in densely populated neighbourhoods, even at the risk of raising more international alarm.’
‘The United Nations Human Rights Council, or UNHRC, in a statement released Monday, announced the appointment of three experts to an international commission of inquiry that will investigate allegations of war crimes and violations of “international humanitarian and human rights laws” during the Israeli military’s assault on the Gaza Strip.
[…] The international commission of inquiry, which was launched on July 23 after 29 countries voted in its favor, is slated to submit its report by March 2015. Israel, responding to Monday’s announcement, reiterated its earlier stance and denounced the UNHRC panel as a “kangaroo court,” Al Jazeera reported… Hamas, on the other hand, said that the formation of the commission was an important step forward… The UNHRC announcement came on the second day of a 72-hour cease-fire between Hamas and Israel during which the two sides have resumed indirect talks in Cairo, mediated by Egypt.’
- UN names Gaza probe panel, headed by harsh Israel critic
- Netanyahu asks US to help Israel avoid war crime charges
- Ban Ki-moon secretly worked with Israel to undermine UN report into Gaza war crimes, says WikiLeaks
- If the Nobel Peace Prize can be handed to Obama, why not hand it to the Israeli Defence Force?
- Fidel Castro: The Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza
- Israel deliberately attacking medical workers in Gaza, Amnesty says
- Justice for victims of alleged Israeli crimes remains elusive
- Israel to declare Gaza ‘enemy territory’ to avoid payouts to inhabitants
- Evidence shows Sony helps Israel in Gaza war
- Gaza conflict: The hundreds who lost their lives
- Jordan’s Abdullah: Israel must be held accountable for what is happening in Gaza
- Israeli Forces Shoot Dead 11 Year Old Palestinian Boy Near Al-Khalil
- How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes
- Evidence Emerges of Israeli “Shoot To Cripple” Policy In the Occupied West Bank
- Netanyahu: Would Have Been a ‘Moral Mistake’ Not to Attack Gaza Schools
- Gaza Strip: ‘Nuremberg Trials’ against Israel Demanded by Italian Academics
- Israeli attacks designed to “terrorize” Gaza population, international law experts say
‘But seriously. Is Dermer, one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s most trusted advisers, simply delusional? At one point in his extraordinary address, he even referred to the RAF’s carpet-bombing of German cities in the Second World War – as if this was the template for Israel’s “restraint”. It was like the old Blair refrain that whatever mistakes we made in Iraq, we weren’t as bad as Saddam. Well, I should hope not. But then Dermer went on: “I especially will not tolerate criticism of my country at a time when Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live.” These soldiers, according to Dermer, were being sent “into the hornet’s nest of Palestinian terror” – but WERE TRYING TO SAVE “INNOCENT” PALESTINIAN LIVES!’
- Netenyahu: “We’re targeting civilian, uh, military targets”
- US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity
- Israeli right urges tougher Gaza approach
- Inside Israel’s Pro-War Nationalist Camp
- Israeli sniper admits to murdering 13 Gazan children on Instagram
- Message on ‘Israeli shell to Gaza’ reads: ‘That’s for cancelling the Backstreet Boys, you scum!’
- “Concentrate” and “exterminate”: Israel parliament deputy speaker’s Gaza genocide plan
- Cut off power to Gaza dialysis patients, Knesset deputy speaker urges
- Behind the lying eyes of Mark Regev, Israel’s spokesman
- Jewish volunteers for racial supremacy in Palestine
- Far-right Israelis celebrate Gaza kids’ deaths
- The lonely path of Israel’s military dissenters
- “Brutal Operation Taking Place In Our Name,” Israeli Military Reservists Refuse to Serve
- Donations to IDF troops overflowing – but units forbidden from making requests
- CBS’ Schieffer quotes Golda Meir: We can never forgive the Arabs for making us kill children’
- Israeli university rebukes professor who expressed sympathy for both Israeli, Gazan victims
- The Gaza massacre is the price of a “Jewish state”
- Merciless Israeli mobs are hunting Palestinians
ICG’s Nathan Thrall: Likely solution for a lasting ceasefire was on the table before Israeli assault and over 1,800 dead
‘Is a lasting ceasefire in Gaza possible — and on what terms? Our guest Nathan Thrall has laid out a possible plan for a ceasefire in his new article in the London Review of Books, “Hamas’s Chances.” Thrall writes: “The obvious solution is to let the new Palestinian government return to Gaza and reconstruct it. Israel can claim it is weakening Hamas by strengthening its enemies. Hamas can claim it won the recognition of the new government and a significant lifting of the blockade. This solution would of course have been available to Israel, the U.S., Egypt and the Palestinian Authority in the weeks and months before the war began, before so many lives were shattered.” Speaking to us from Jerusalem, Thrall is a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, covering Gaza, Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. He also addresses Hamas’ accusation that Israel misled the world about the alleged capture of an Israeli soldier. On Friday, Israel said one of soldiers, Lt. Hadar Goldin, had been captured near Rafah. His suspected abduction led to an Israeli offensive in Rafah that killed more than 100 people and the collapse of a U.S.- and U.N.-brokered ceasefire.’ (Democracy Now!)
- If War Ends, What’s Next for the Gaza Strip?
- Hamas proposes 10-year cease-fire in return for conditions being met
- Livni: Israel mulling underground barrier to physically separate from Gaza
- Netanyahu’s vision for Gaza: Internationally supervised demilitarization
- Liberman calls for UN mandate in Gaza
- Israel not to attend Gaza truce talks in Cairo
- After Ceasefire Collapse, Israeli Cabinet Likely to Approve Escalating Gaza War
- Israel may be required to help displaced Gaza Palestinians: U.N. envoy
- British PM: Two-state solution beginning to look impossible
- List of Hamas demands, and why Israel unlikely to accept them
- Israel should consider Hamas’ cease-fire offer more seriously
‘Despite a 72-hour ceasefire starting early Tuesday morning, supposedly to give way to negotiations in Cairo on a settlement of the conflict, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to rule out ending the Gaza War.
Dismissing the negotiations, Netanyahu insisted the military operation would continue until the entire Gaza Strip became “calm,” and that there would be no cessation of fire before that. Even during Monday’s humanitarian “ceasefire,” Israel never really ceased fire, and continued to pound refugee camps around Rafah, killing more civilians, including an eight-year-old girl.’
- We will stay in Gaza Strip, Israel says despite destroying all ‘tunnels’
- Israel, Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Gaza Ceasefire
- Damage bill for devastated Gaza could cost up to $6 billion
- Assault on Gaza—Rafah, a Case Study: Israeli’s Adeptness at Genocide
- “Everything That Moves in Rafah is a Target”: Israel Continues Shelling of Gaza During Short “Pause”
- Israel Bombs ‘Exempt’ Refugee Camp During Ceasefire, Killing Child
- ‘We come in sadness, we go in sadness': Gaza family briefly returns home
- In Fatal Flash, Gaza Psychologist Switches Roles, Turning Into a Trauma Victim
- Dozens of innocents killed in IDF’s ‘Hannibal’ protocol
- Seventh Israeli Attack on UN School
- Israel Shells Rafah in Gaza
- Israel Resumes Gaza Strikes After Cease-Fire Lull
- Palestinians Arrive in Cairo for Gaza Talks, But Israel Not Coming
- Israel Plans 7-Hour ‘Humanitarian Truce’ for Parts of Gaza
- IDF, Shin Bet kill nephew of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
- Israel bans Palestinians from entering al-Aqsa Mosque
- UNRWA investigating discovery of 20 rockets found in empty Gaza school
‘Documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to journalist Glenn Greenwald reveal specific details on the close relationship between the NSA and Israeli spy agencies and how cooperation enables military operations, such as the assault that has been ongoing in Gaza and has now killed over 1,800 Palestinians.
Previously, Greenwald reported in September 2013 on a “memorandum of understanding” between the NSA and Israeli intelligence from Snowden, which showed the NSA shared “raw intelligence” including the data of Americans with Israel. It also noted a document that stated, ”The survival of the state of Israel is a paramount goal of US Middle East policy.”
In his most recent report for The Intercept, Greenwald describes an information paper dated April 19, 2013, which was marked “top secret.” It indicates, “NSA maintains a far-reaching technical and analytic relationship with the Israeli SIGINT [signals intelligence] National Unit (ISNU) sharing information on access, intercept, targeting, language, analysis and reporting.” This relationship has brought about a stronger intelligence relationship between the United States and Israel and “prompted an expansion to include other Israeli and US intelligence organizations such as CIA, Mossad and the Special Operation Division (SOD),” which is a division of Israeli Defense Intelligence.’