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Israel will never accept a sovereign Palestinian state in "Judea and Samaria", and opposes the Palestinian unity government.

Israel blamed Hamas for the murder of three Israeli teenagers.  It waged war on Hamas in the West Bank on this pretext.  Hamas did not murder the three teenagers.  Israel stands by its claim.

Hamas fired rockets in reply.  Israel waged war by air and then land on Gaza, on this pretext.

Part of Israel’s stated mission is to destroy Hamas’s military capability.  It isn’t working.

The other part of Israel’s mission is to “downgrade” Hamas’s political support.  Popular support is the infrastructure of any political movement.

As such, Israel is destroying Gaza’s life-support systems.  Hospitals, oil depots, the only power station, refugee centres, schools.  War on the civilian population.  This is the Dahiya doctrine in action.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the two regional bulwarks of counter-revolution at the moment, are deep into the planning of this war.  By burying Gaza, Israel, the major regional ally of Egypt’s dictatorship, might finally bury the remaining embers of the ‘Arab Spring’.  This is a nexus of power that is full of peril for all democratic and radical forces in the Middle East.

Israel’s global allies are rattled by Netanyahu’s adventurism, but firm in their fundamental strategic alignment toward the apartheid state.

The EU, as such, condemns deaths on ‘both sides’, but does not condemn ‘both sides’.  As ever, only Israel has the right to self-defence.  Israel thanked its foreign ministry staff for achieving this result.

But Israel remains concerned about the other side of Europe, the protests and their echo in a growing murmur of official criticism.  There is antisemitism, they point out.  And certainly, there is.  Even with the inventions and bogey men and bad faith invocations of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust, it is hard to miss.  But, invoking this threat, Israel demands strict regulations on the format and content of future demonstrations.  They want to make up what they’re losing in ‘soft power’ with coercion.  Some EU states are already way ahead of them.

Washington is not happy with its client.  Bibi goes too far.  The Likudniks are crazy.  There is a rift.  Washington might send more money.


The discourse.

86.5% of all Israeli Jews reject a ceasefire.

The Labour opposition leader said: "I speak often with Netanyahu; he has taken a restrained and reasonable position, bearing in mind the pressure on him."

The kibbutzim are among "the staunchest supporters" of Israel’s war on Gaza.

In Israel, “the one percent” are those who turn out to antiwar protests.  And they say, when the sirens go off, "the fascists in front of us are more dangerous than the rockets on the way."

Some Israelis strip and write “I heart IDF” and “Fuck Hamas” on their bodies.

Some of them say: "Kill them already, Arabs are whores."

Some Israelis tell Arabs: "Don’t even think about a Jewish woman."

Some of them say: "Call me extreme and inhuman, but its about time to exterminate all the Arabs’ land".

Some of them chant: "There’s no school tomorrow, there’s no children left in Gaza!"

Some of them sing: "Gaza is a graveyard.  Gaza is a graveyard.  Gaza is a graveyard.  Gaza is a graveyard."

Some of them beat up antiwar protesters and chant: "Death to Gaza."

Some of them want to "kill all Palestinian mothers".


The bodies.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza counts 1,255 dead this morning.  The last two days have seen the worst bombing yet.  We don’t know how many are dead.

Israel bombs hospitals.  Israel says Hamas hides rockets there.  Israel bombs hospitals.

The Al Quds hospital will stay open and continue to treat people after Israeli tanks shelled the eighth floor.  Because upstairs being bombed is the new normal.

There are massacres.  Massacres which take place in order to spare the IDF tactical defeats.

Israel bombs schools.  The IDF made a statement about bombing a school.  There is footage.  And who are you going to believe?  Israel or your lying eyes?  Israel was told the location of a school 17 times.  Israel bombed the school.  Israel bombs schools.

Israel has instructed 400,000 Palestinians to flee northern Gaza.

It has said it will treat any remaining Palestinians as combatants.

UNRWA says: 43% of Gaza is now off limits.

UNRWA’s spokesperson says: “We’ll soon have a situation where there are tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of Gaza.  Nowhere to go.  No electricity.  No Water.  No food.  No blankets.  No safe UN shelter - by the way, they aren’t safe anyway because they get hit as well.”

In Gaza, you go to sleep "knowing that there is nobody with any power to move or help you".

In Gaza, you try to sleep to the sound of bombs, saying: "This is in my area. I can’t stop crying. I might die tonight."


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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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Largest Palestinian march in the West Bank since 2nd Intifada happening now and Israeli forces are responding with live ammunition. Follow ‪#‎48KMarch‬ on twitter.

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Omar Suleiman:
As I keep saying, this time is different. The largest march in decades taking place in Palestine right now as thousands march from Ramallah to Jerusalem in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza. Absolutely incredible. May Allah protect them all. #48KMarch #FreePalestine

Largest Palestinian march in the West Bank since 2nd Intifada happening now and Israeli forces are responding with live ammunition. Follow ‪#‎48KMarch‬ on twitter.

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As I keep saying, this time is different. The largest march in decades taking place in Palestine right now as thousands march from Ramallah to Jerusalem in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza. Absolutely incredible. May Allah protect them all. #48KMarch #FreePalestine

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wow. genocide, literally.


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ABC7 News:
UNSPEAKABLE LOSS: A South Bay man is in mourning after learning that an [Israeli] air strike in Gaza killed 30 members of his family. It’s the largest number of people killed in a single family since the fighting started. http://abc7ne.ws/1p9K1bW
wow. genocide, literally.

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UNSPEAKABLE LOSS: A South Bay man is in mourning after learning that an [Israeli] air strike in Gaza killed 30 members of his family. It’s the largest number of people killed in a single family since the fighting started. http://abc7ne.ws/1p9K1bW

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Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.
That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.

Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.

That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.


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According to the logic of Israel and the Wall Street Journal, virtually all residents of Gaza are “fair game” as military targets since they either support Hamas, are related to members of Hamas, or live in the same building as a suspected Hamas fighter.

If we take that same logic and apply it to residents of Israel, then we would have to say that virtually all Israeli citizens are “fair game” since military service is compulsory for all Israelis, meaning that all Israeli citizens are either active or reserve members of the Israeli military — a military which is carrying out war crimes and is in breach of international law due to its ongoing enforcement of occupation and apartheid over Palestinians.

Therefore, attacking a synagogue, a Tel Aviv shopping mall, or even anywhere that Israelis congregate, would be within the bounds of acceptable warfare, as it would be targeting “Israeli militants”. If Israelis find such a sentiment disagreeable, then they are hypocrites for that is precisely how the Israeli military is operating in Gaza.


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Muhammad Safeen: “Hamas is not the problem,7 decades of Israeli brutality & oppression is!”


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Occupy Judaism:



Hamas has been offering Israel a ceasefire for a week — since even before they started firing into Israel — asking that Israel stop extrajudicially assassinating Hamas members, release the hundreds of prisoners arbitrarily arrested during the kidnapping investigation, and return to the 2012 ceasefire agreement. Israel said no, over and over, and proceeded to drop thousands of bombs on Gaza, killing nearly 200. (http://is.gd/pUkQZN)
Now that Israel has exhausted all of its potential targets (http://is.gd/iicStD), it cooked up an unconditional ceasefire agreement with Egypt, which recently sentenced the leadership of the Hamas-allied Muslim Brotherhood to either life in prison or death. (http://is.gd/XVPqQ8) Hamas was not invited to participate in the ceasefire negotiation, nor were they presented with terms of an agreement, nor do they accept the legitimacy of Egypt as a broker, so Hamas rejected the ceasefire. (http://is.gd/m3T9IR)
Israel abided by the non-existent ceasefire for about six hours, however, while Hamas militants kept firing at Israel, unaware that there even was a ceasefire agreement on offer. (http://is.gd/fClsYW) Now the pro-Israel community is screaming “SEE! SEE! THEY OPPOSE THE CEASEFIRE!” and are calling for a resumption of hostilities. (http://is.gd/WrDFyB)
This is what is known as “the propaganda war.”

Hamas has been offering Israel a ceasefire for a week — since even before they started firing into Israel — asking that Israel stop extrajudicially assassinating Hamas members, release the hundreds of prisoners arbitrarily arrested during the kidnapping investigation, and return to the 2012 ceasefire agreement. Israel said no, over and over, and proceeded to drop thousands of bombs on Gaza, killing nearly 200. (http://is.gd/pUkQZN)

Now that Israel has exhausted all of its potential targets (http://is.gd/iicStD), it cooked up an unconditional ceasefire agreement with Egypt, which recently sentenced the leadership of the Hamas-allied Muslim Brotherhood to either life in prison or death. (http://is.gd/XVPqQ8) Hamas was not invited to participate in the ceasefire negotiation, nor were they presented with terms of an agreement, nor do they accept the legitimacy of Egypt as a broker, so Hamas rejected the ceasefire. (http://is.gd/m3T9IR)

Israel abided by the non-existent ceasefire for about six hours, however, while Hamas militants kept firing at Israel, unaware that there even was a ceasefire agreement on offer. (http://is.gd/fClsYW) Now the pro-Israel community is screaming “SEE! SEE! THEY OPPOSE THE CEASEFIRE!” and are calling for a resumption of hostilities. (http://is.gd/WrDFyB)

This is what is known as “the propaganda war.”


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Israelis Watch Bombs Drop on Gaza From Front-Row Seats | New York Times »

The image [at bottom] of the Israeli spectators was taken after 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, the reporter said, about the same time that what was intended to be a “precision strike” from Israel’s military killed at least eight of their Palestinian neighbors, seated in similar plastic chairs at a beachside cafe in Gaza, waiting to watch the World Cup semifinal between Argentina and the Netherlands.

As his image reverberated around the social network, where it was shared more than 10,000 times, the reporter was surprised by the response. It was, he said in a telephone interview from Israel, “nothing new.” Similar scenes, of Israeli spectators gathered on the high ground above Gaza to view the destruction below, were documented in a Times of London article and a video report from Denmark’s TV2 during Operation Cast Lead in 2009.

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Israel: Where genocide is a spectator sport.


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I am a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, the Nazis’ mass murder of Europe’s Jews. The tragic experience of my family and community under Hitler makes me alert to the suffering of other peoples denied their human rights today — including the Palestinians…. For me, the Israeli government’s actions toward the Palestinians awaken horrific memories of my family’s experiences under Hitlerism: the inhuman walls, the checkpoints, the daily humiliations, killings, diseases, the systematic deprivation. There’s no escaping the fact that Israel has occupied the entire country of Palestine, and taken most of the land, while the Palestinians have been expelled, walled off, and deprived of human rights and human dignity.
Suzanne Weiss

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"Yesterday at five o’clock in the afternoon, the Israelis hit the hospital again with a larger missile, as if they’re giving us a warning," said the director of a Gaza hospital for elderly and chronically ill patients. LISTEN.


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Israel: Terrorist State! Stop the War on Gaza! Free Palestine! 7 PM Thursday, 7/17/14 358 Washington St Dorchester, MA 02124 (Fields Corner Station or #23 bus from Ruggles) Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization Boston (contact@bostonsocialism.org)
https://www.facebook.com/events/666676350080284/

Israel: Terrorist State! Stop the War on Gaza! Free Palestine!

7 PM Thursday, 7/17/14
358 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124
(Fields Corner Station or #23 bus from Ruggles)

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization Boston (contact@bostonsocialism.org)

https://www.facebook.com/events/666676350080284/


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Far too many Israeli Jews have replaced the motto of their Holocaust-era forebears — “Never Again” — with a cynical new motto aimed at the Palestinians: “One More Time!” When such Israelis call for the genocidal erasure of the Palestinian population from “their” land, what they are expressing can be termed nothing else but fascism.

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Journalist Allan Sorenson posted this photo on Twitter, which he told The Stream was taken in Sderot on July 9.

Allan Sørensen @allansorensen72 :

Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs 2 hilltop in sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard.

'Sderot cinema': Image shows Israelis gathering to watch nighttime attacks on Gaza | Al Jazeera »


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