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Via a friend who lives in the West Bank (Bethlehem).

Via a friend who lives in the West Bank (Bethlehem).


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Approximately 80,000 people in Gaza sought food aid from the UN in 2000. Today, the figure is more than 830,000 — from a total population of 1.8 million.

More than 140,000 people have sought refugee in UN-run schools.


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The ruling Likud Party in Israel has written into its charter and constitution that all of the land of historic Palestine, including the West Bank and Gaza, belongs to the Jewish state of Israel. It rejects any notion of any Palestinian state, let alone a single, bi-national state based upon equal rights for all, Jews and Muslims or Caucasians and Arabs. In sum, it does not recognize the Palestinians as a sovereign people. If put into effect, its basic program would mean the complete obliteration of the Palestinian people, either through expulsion, second-class-citizen subjugation, or death (by attrition or airstrikes) … in other words, Palestine would be “wiped off the map” forever.

This is the ideology of the murderous regime currently controlling the Israeli army and government.

Also see http://electronicintifada.net/content/truth-israels-intentions/6262

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 … What was the official reason given by the Israel and the International community for not recognizing Hamas [when it was first elected to power in Gaza back in 2006]?

The reason they gave was that Hamas refused to recognize Israel and had a Charter calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Any astute observer could have objected by reminding people that Hamas (through Haniyeh and Meshal) had said many times over that it was willing to accept Israel as a political entity on the 1967 borders. You do not have to look hard for this, it was stated in the Guardian, Washington Post, amongst others, meaning that Hamas was now in line with most of the international community, accepting a two-state solution.

Another issue came back again and again. The problem is Hamas’s Charter, we would hear. Whatever Meshal or Haniyeh were ready to accept, the Charter came back to haunt them every time.

But what about the Charter of the Likud Party. With Netanyahu and his right-wing party ready to take over, it is only fair to find out a bit more about them:


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Is it “extremist” to assert that Israel has no right to exist as a “Jewish state”? No. In fact, the principles of democracy and equality demand that the “Jewish state” be abolished and be replaced with a single, secular nation-state in which all the inhabitants of historic Palestine can live in full equality, without special privileges or disadvantages conferred upon one religion, ethnicity, gender, race, etc., over another.

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RE: Israel. Will you answer two questions: do you agree Israel has a right to exist, an,d do you agree Hamas firing rockets into Israel is a terrorist act?
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Of course Gazans have created a series of underground tunnels. They are utterly besieged, imprisoned, and cutoff from the rest of the world by Israel’s barbaric siege (abetted by Egypt). The only reason that Gazans have been able to stave off utter and complete mass starvation, death, and social collapse (i.e., genocide), is because they have been able to get goods, commodities, medicines, foodstuffs, and yes, weapons, through underground tunnels.

The difference between Gaza and Israel in this latter respect is that while Israel gets its first-rate weaponry — helicopters, fighter jets, bombs, tanks — directly and openly from international sources (namely, the U.S.), Gaza is compelled to get its low-grade weaponry — rockets, bullets, guns — indirectly from international sources through subterranean means.


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The Israeli Army is murdering protesters engaging in nonviolent resistance in the West Bank [7 killed in the last two days] just the same as it is murdering those in Gaza, supposedly because they are engaged in violent resistance.

It should therefore be eminently clear that the real reason Israel kills Palestinians is because they RESIST at all, plain and simple.


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Teenager among seven killed and 100 injured by live fire during mass march in West Bank.

As Palestinians in Gaza buried the dozens killed during the eighteenth consecutive day of Israel’s relentless military assault by air, land and sea, Israeli fire killed at least seven during protests in the occupied West Bank.

At least ten Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army and by Israeli civilians in the West Bank since the beginning of the Gaza assault on 7 July as Palestinians in the West Bank and present-day Israel rise up in solidarity with Gaza, where at least 843 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the onslaught.

Approximately thirty Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank so far this year, about three times as many killed during the same period last year, according to data from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


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As a friend writes: “Watch Anna Baltzer take down all the usual bullshit about Hamas on Fox News. Solid and seamless. This was excellent.”
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Anna Baltzer:
On FOX News debating Megyn Kelly about Gaza last night: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-kelly-file/index.html#/v/3695794903001

As a friend writes: “Watch Anna Baltzer take down all the usual bullshit about Hamas on Fox News. Solid and seamless. This was excellent.”

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On FOX News debating Megyn Kelly about Gaza last night: http://www.foxnews.com/
on-air/the-kelly-file/index.html#/v/3695794903001

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The Israeli watchdog tugs at its owners’ leash.

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Security cabinet refuses US-initiated ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and demands changes, according to Israeli media.

The Israeli security cabinet has rejected US proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as 33 more deaths have taken the death toll in the besieged enclave to more than 840 people.Israel TV reported on Friday evening that the cabinet had rejected the proposal in its current form, mainly because it would mean Israel has to cut short an ongoing effort to destroy Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border.

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JERUSALEM — Violence spread to the West Bank on Friday as enraged Palestinians protested Israel’s continuing military offensive in Gaza. At least five Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian medical officials and local news reports, adding to the explosive atmosphere in the region and raising the specter of further unrest.

The protests came on what Palestinians planned as a “day of rage” over the war in Gaza, where 18 days of combat have cost the lives of more than 800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, as well as 35 Israeli soldiers.


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