64 public figures, 7 Nobel laureates, call for arms embargo on Israel ↘ 22nd July, TuesdayReblog
Sayed Kashua: why I have to leave Israel ↘ 22nd July, TuesdayReblog

Codepink outside the White House with a message for Barack Obama: End the attack on Gaza
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Codepink outside the White House with a message for Barack Obama: End the attack on Gaza

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22nd July, TuesdayReblog
Israel used ceasefire plan to escalate war ↘ 22nd July, TuesdayReblog

"One more Israeli says stop the invasion of Gaza" sign at the San Francisco protest 
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"One more Israeli says stop the invasion of Gaza" sign at the San Francisco protest 

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22nd July, TuesdayReblog
The Heart of the Problem With Israel: The Mass Expulsion of the Palestinian People ↘ 22nd July, TuesdayReblog

"Jews say stop Israeli terror" sign at the San Francisco protest 
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"Jews say stop Israeli terror" sign at the San Francisco protest

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22nd July, TuesdayReblog
Israeli academic: raping Palestinian women would deter attacks ↘

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, declared Monday that raping the wives and mothers of Palestinian combatants would deter attacks.

"The only thing that could deter a suicide bomber is knowing that if caught, his sister or his mother would be raped," said Kedar during a radio talk show.

Listen to Hebrew-language radio show ; Kedar’s comment begins at 1:35:00:

Kedar, who is an academic expert on the Palestinian population within Israel, served for twenty-five years in the military intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups.

He is a researcher at the right-wing Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies of Bar Ilan University, as well as the founder and current director of the Israel Academia Monitor, a neo-McCarthyst website that follows alleged “anti-Israel activities of Israeli academics”.

During the interview on the Hakol Diburim national daily talk programme of Israel Radio Bet,  the interviewer, Yossi Hadar, responded that Kedar’s proposal “sounds bad […] We can not of course take such measures.”

These remarks did not deter Kedar, who responded that “it is culture…” and “this is the Middle East”, before adding that “I did not speak about what we are doing or not doing. I am speaking about the reality: the only thing that will deter a suicide bomber - if he knew that if he pulls the trigger, his sister will be raped.”

Bar Ilan University is a Jewish religious university situated in a Tel Aviv suburb. In November 1995, Yigal Amir, a student at the institution, assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

22nd July, TuesdayReblog

"Not in my name"

Jews at the protest in San Francisco condemning Israeli military strikes on Palestinians

20/7/14

22nd July, TuesdayReblog

War crime: video shows sniper killing of wounded Gaza civilian

A video has emerged of the targeting and killing by a sniper of a Palestinian civilian in Gaza City’s Shujaiya neighborhood where Israeli shelling killed dozens of civilians and caused massive destruction early on Sunday morning.

The video, documenting a war crime, was uploaded to YouTube by the International Solidarity Movement, which described the incident in a 20 July press release:

The Israeli military just shot a Gazan man trying to reach his family, during an announced ceasefire. He was with a group of municipality workers and international human rights defenders who were attempting to retrieve injured people in the Shujaiya neighborhood.

“We all just watched a man murdered in front of us. He was trying to reach his family in Shujaiya, he had not heard from them and was worried about them. They shot him, and then continued to fire as he was on the ground. We had no choice but to retreat. We couldn’t reach him due to the artillery fire and then he stopped moving.” Stated Joe Catron, US International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist in Gaza. “Shajiya is a smoking wasteland. We just passed two bombed out ambulances.”

The Israel military has also shelled Red Crescent ambulances as they attempted to retrieve injured people in the Shujaiya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. A ceasefire was announced, during which injured and dead people, could be evacuated from the area, in which at least 60 people have been killed today.

“They said we would be able to evacuate the injured from the disaster zone, but they have been shelling ambulances,” stated Dr Khalil Abu Foul of the Palestinian Red Crescent, speaking from Shujaiya.

Now, the international volunteers, including some from the US, the UK, and Sweden, are in a rescue centre on the outskirts of Shujaiya.

Catron is also a frequent contributor to The Electronic Intifada.

This photo taken by Joe Catron shows the group of human rights defenders wearing yellow vests, and a young man in jeans and a green t-shirt. The same young man appears in the video above, shot.

Israeli war crimes have been documented on video with depressing frequency, including the 15 May sniper killings of two Palestinian teens in the occupied West Bank town of Beitunia.

However even such evidence rarely results in justice or accountability, due to the systematic impunity Israel affords perpetrators of crimes against Palestinians.

Relentless slaughter continues

Israel’s relentless slaughter continued on Monday for the fourteenth consecutive day, killing multiple members of three extended families as the death toll rose to over 500,Ma’an News Agency reported.

In Khan Younis, at least 26 members of the Abu Jami family were killed by Israeli shelling in the largest single atrocity so far. Democracy Now reporter Sharif Kouddous in Gaza captured these photos of the massacre’s aftermath. 

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22nd July, TuesdayReblog

Activist at the San Francisco protest for Palestine
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Activist at the San Francisco protest for Palestine

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Iran hospitals ready to admit Gazans: Health minister ↘

Iran’s Health Ministry says the country’s hospitals are fully prepared to admit the Palestinians injured in Israel’s escalating offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip.

In a statement issued on Monday, Iran’s Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi condemned fresh Israeli assaults on the impoverished Gaza Strip and said the Islamic Republic was ready to supply the injured Palestinians with medicine and medical equipment.

“The hospitals of the Islamic Republic of Iran are prepared to receive the wounded [Palestinians] who are in need of medical care and complex surgeries,” added the statement.

Hashemi further said Israel has prevented the convoys of food and medicine from entering Gaza while continuing to target medical teams, rescue workers, hospitals and ambulances.

Denying defenseless Gazans their basic humanitarian needs amounts to violation of human rights, he added.

“It is necessary that international organizations take action to halt these inhumane crimes immediately and pave the way for sending aid to the besieged people of Gaza,” added the Iranian minister.

The Iranian health minister also wrote separate letters to his counterparts in Muslim countries, expressing concern over the deteriorating situation in Gaza, which he said, could lead to a “major humanitarian catastrophe.”

It is the “common duty” of all international bodies and Islamic countries to dispatch emergency medical supplies to the oppressed Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, he highlighted in his letters.

Israeli warplanes began pounding the impoverished Gaza Strip on July 8. The Israeli military also launched a ground offensive against the blockaded coastal sliver on July 17. More than 505 Palestinians have been killed in the onslaught. 18 Israeli soldiers have also been killed in the war.

22nd July, TuesdayReblog

Child-sized coffins at the San Francisco Palestine protest
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Child-sized coffins at the San Francisco Palestine protest

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The boy who clung to the paramedic: the story behind the photo

This photo of a boy injured in an Israeli strike clinging to a medic at al-Shifa hospital went viral on the Internet.

Thursday night, 17 July, was the heaviest yet since Israel’s bombardment of Gaza began almost two weeks ago.

Dozens of people arrived to Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital, where I was on shift that night. Some arrived torn to pieces, some beheaded, some disfigured beyond recognition, although still alive and breathing.

Seemingly indiscriminate artillery fire, a new element in Israel’s assault, had exacted a heavy toll on civilians.

The medical staff were lucky to get a break of less than half an hour. Some spent it watching the flares and bombs Israel was raining on the eastern neighborhoods of Gaza City, while others refueled with coffee or lay down for a few moments.

The relative calm did not last long. At around 3am, about eight or nine casualties arrived at the emergency room all at once. The last to come in were four siblings — two of them little children, both about three years old, with relatively superficial wounds. But it was clear they were pulled from under rubble, their faces and clothes covered in dirt and dust.

Then came the older of the four siblings, a boy in his early teens. His head and face were covered in blood and he was pressing a rag to his head to stanch the flow. But his focus was on something else: “Save my little brother!” he kept screaming.

The last to arrive was his brother, the child in the above photo that circulated around the world.

“I want my father!”

He was carried in by a paramedic and immediately rushed to the intensive care unit, which is right next to the ER. He clung to the paramedic, crying, “I want my father, bring me my father!” until he had to be forced to let go.

As I stood by, alert for orders, a group of four medical personnel immediately started to treat the boy. But he kept kicking and screaming and calling for his father.

His injuries were serious: a wound to the left side of his head which could indicate a skull fracture and a large piece of shrapnel in his neck. Another piece of shrapnel had penetrated his chest and a third had entered his abdomen. There were many smaller wounds all over his body.

Immediate measures had to be taken to save his life; he was sedated so the medics could get to work.

Upon carefully examining the wounds, it appeared that the explosion from the artillery round sent flying small pieces of stone from the walls of his house, and that some of his wounds were caused by these high-velocity projectiles.

He was extremely lucky: his neck injury was just an inch away from a major artery, his chest injury penetrated all the way through but failed to puncture his lung, and his abdomen was struck by shrapnel that just missed his bowel.

Luck

He had a stroke of luck denied to many that night.

The medics performed heroic measures in a remarkably short time, and the little boy’s life was saved.

Meanwhile in the emergency room, the elder brother was stitched up and the younger two siblings were washed and thoroughly examined for possible hidden injuries.

Somehow, despite the horror and the pain, they were sleeping. I don’t know how they did it, but I felt envious and grateful for the divine mercy that found its way to them.

Their brother with the most serious wounds will almost certainly survive, but with many scars and a difficult recovery period, both physical and psychological.

Too many casualties came in that night, too many for me to get this boy’s name, to know whether he was reunited with his father, or even what became of the rest of his family.

But there’s one thing that I know for sure, which is that hundreds of children just like him suffered similar or worse injuries, and up to the moment of this writing, nearly eighty children just like him have been killed as Israel’s merciless attack goes on.

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22nd July, TuesdayReblog

Al Aqsa hospital shelled earlier, killing at least 4 people.

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