Via a friend who lives in the West Bank (Bethlehem).
We shouldn’t be surprised that Israeli “analysts” have urged the rape and murder of Palestinian women.
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.
Update: number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire on West Bank protests since Thursday rises to nine, including two children
An Israeli sniper killed Mohammad al-Araj on his seventeenth birthday.
Israeli forces have shelled a UN school in Beit Hanoun, with at least 17 dead and 200 injured as many more are feared killed among the hundreds who had taken shelter there with Israeli coordination.
The shelling of the school, which is affiliated with the UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA, is the fourth time in two days that Israeli forces have bombed schools serving as shelters for the displaced in the besieged Gaza Strip.
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness tweeted in response to the attack that the “Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army. He added that “Over the course of the day, UNRWA tried 2 coordinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians 2 leave & it was never granted.”
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.
… 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:
The following is an adapted excerpt from The Battle For Justice In Palestine. Copyright © 2014 by Ali Abunimah. Reprinted with permission of Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL. You can buy the book here….
Given the centrality of Israel’s claim, the question of whether Israel does indeed have a “right to exist as a Jewish state” deserves serious consideration. A useful lens through which to examine this proposition is the foundational legal maxim I cited at the beginning of this chapter. Put in simple terms, if a person bears a right, then there must be some venue—usually a court of law—where she can seek to have that right enforced, to have a penalty imposed on the violator, or to obtain some other form of legal relief.  In the formulation of the eighteenth-century jurist William Blackstone, “It is a settled and invariable principle in the laws of England, that every right when with-held must have a remedy, and every injury its proper redress.” His insertion of the word proper reminds us that a remedy must be lawful and equitable. If my neighbor cuts down my tree, a proper remedy might include paying damages to me, replacing the tree, and perhaps some restraining order to prevent him from felling other trees. It would not be a proper remedy for me to vengefully cut down my neighbor’s trees, demolish his house, or kill his children….
no and no.
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.
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.
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.
looks at the real history and politics of the organization the mainstream media smears as a band of fanatics and terrorists.
MOST MAINSTREAM accounts of the Palestinian Hamas organization present it as a bunch of rabid fanatics, bent on violence and motivated by an irrational hatred of Jews and the state of Israel. This view is reflected both in the mainstream media and in many books published on the topic.
When we separate propaganda from reality, however, what we find is a group that has taken on the mantle of national resistance against Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
Hamas describes itself like this: “The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is a Palestinian national liberation movement that struggles for the liberation of the Palestinian occupied territories and for the recognition of the legitimate rights of Palestinians.”
In its manifesto in the lead-up to the 2006 elections, it stated: “Our Palestinian people are still living through the phase of national liberation; they have the right to endeavor to regain their rights and end the occupation using all available means, including armed resistance.”
It is because of this commitment to the national liberation struggle—and the recognition among Palestinians that Hamas, whatever else it may stand for, refuses to concede on the question of resisting Israeli repression—that the organization has won wide support.
… HAMAS TODAY is a different organization than the one that was founded in 1987.
For instance, its 1988 charter makes little effort to distinguish between an anti-Zionist and an anti-Jewish stance. Yet the experience of fighting against the occupation and for national liberation transformed the organization—in 1990, it published a document stating that its struggle was against Zionists and Zionism, and not Jews and Judaism.
As Khaled Hroub, author of Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide, wrote in 2000:
Hamas’ doctrinal discourse has diminished in intensity since the mid-1990s. And references to its charter by its leaders have been made rarely, if at all. The literature, statements and symbols used by Hamas have come to focus more and more on the idea that the core problem is the multidimensional issue of usurpation of Palestinian land, and the basic question is how to end the occupation. The notion of liberating Palestine has assumed greater importance than the general Islamic aspect (my italics).
This does not mean that Hamas has ceased to be an Islamist party. Its day-to-day activities still involve a strong religious dimension. It devotes time and energy to educating its membership in its particular interpretation of Islam, to leading daily prayers and to fighting “vice” in the streets.
At certain times, Hamas members have intervened to stop what the organization defines as “immoral” behavior, such as partying, drinking alcohol, not wearing the hijab, mixed swimming and so forth. One such incident occurred in 2005 in Gaza, when a Palestinian women was killed and her fiancé beaten up after they were found in his car at a beach.
Hamas’ position on women is reactionary; it sees them as primarily responsible for the home and family life. While it has repeatedly insisted that it will not force women to wear the hijab—and has, for the most part, carried through on this—there is an indirect pressure exerted on women to follow Hamas’ views on veiling, if they wish to seek their help.
Women can join Hamas, but their realms of activity are limited to charities and schools. They are largely invisible, and not one woman has occupied a leadership position in the organization since 1987. While a limited number of women have carried out suicide attacks, that task is assigned primarily to men.
Nevertheless, it bears underling that Hamas is not as reactionary as the Taliban. It doesn’t prohibit women from operating outside the family sphere. Thirteen of the 66 Hamas candidates who ran for election in 2006 were women. Yet despite seven winning their seats, only one woman was included in the cabinet—and, predictably, she was put in charge of women’s affairs.
As a friend writes: “Watch Anna Baltzer take down all the usual bullshit about Hamas on Fox News. Solid and seamless. This was excellent.”
On FOX News debating Megyn Kelly about Gaza last night: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-kelly-file/index.html#/v/3695794903001
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.
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.