redphilistine:

Israel has instituted a no-man’s land 3 km deep into the Gaza Strip, shrinking the territory by 40%. I want a zionist to explain where Palestinians are supposed to go. How are 1.8 million refugees supposed to take cover from Israeli missiles?

redphilistine:

Israel has instituted a no-man’s land 3 km deep into the Gaza Strip, shrinking the territory by 40%. I want a zionist to explain where Palestinians are supposed to go. How are 1.8 million refugees supposed to take cover from Israeli missiles?

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fotojournalismus:

Gaza’s Christians bury their first casualty of the war | July 27, 2014

"The Christian community in Gaza City, like its counterparts elsewhere in the Middle East, has been shrinking because of both conflict and unemployment. 

The ancient Mediterranean seafront city once had a thriving Christian community, especially under British-mandated Palestine that ended in 1948 with the creation of the Jewish state.

Jalila Ayyad’s widower George still had a black eye and bloodstains on his shirt as he processed ahead of her coffin, hours after the air strike that destroyed their home.

Jalila, 60, was the first Christian casualty of a bloody Gaza war. She is also survived by two sons, but one could not be at her funeral because he is in hospital with serious wounds suffered in Sunday afternoon’s Israeli strike.

The simple coffin — white with a black cross — was carried reverently down the marble stairs of the cemetery, and into the chapel of the Saint Porphyrius Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City. 

"There are massacres here every day. This is what happens to the Palestinian people. Where’s the world, where’s the international community in all this? The bombs hit and kill — they don’t discriminate between civilian or militant," said one member of the parish.

A relative, George Ayyad, agreed wholeheartedly. He dismissed the idea that Jalila’s death would force more of the already dwindling Christian population out of Gaza.

"If we leave, that’s exactly what the Israelis want. Anyway, where are we supposed to go? This is my homeland," he said. "We Christians have been in Gaza for more than 1,000 years, and we’re staying."

The community’s first casualty, Jalila Ayyad, was born in Jerusalem and also had French nationality.” (via AFP

Pictures from the funeral of Jalila Ayyad, 60, the first Christian Palestinian, whose body was found under the rubble of her home after an Israeli airstike, at Saint Porfirios Church in Gaza City on July 27, 2014. The debris of a house belonging to Ayyad family, which was targeted in an Israeli air strike, is also seen above. (Pictures by Suhaib Salem/Reuters | 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Gaza mourns the dead during a joyless Eid ↘ 30th July, WednesdayReblog
breakingnews:

Gaza Strip’s only power plant knocked out by Israeli shelling
Reuters: Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, witnesses said, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people.
Follow more on this conflict at Breaking News
Photo: A Palestinian firefighter works to control the blaze at Gaza’s only power plant. (Reuters via NBCNews.com)

breakingnews:

Gaza Strip’s only power plant knocked out by Israeli shelling

Reuters: Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, witnesses said, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people.

Follow more on this conflict at Breaking News

Photo: A Palestinian firefighter works to control the blaze at Gaza’s only power plant. (Reuters via NBCNews.com)

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IRCS says ready to build makeshift hospital in Gaza ↘

Several people have reportedly been fired after criticizing the Israeli Gaza offence on social networks, or expressing joy over the deaths of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troops.

As violent confrontation in the Gaza Strip continues, with the Palestinian death toll already exceeding 1,000 and Israeli deaths being over 50, another battle has broken out on social networks.

Supporters and opponents of both sides have been flooding Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with emotional posts, photos and videos and have even launched a campaign urging an end to the war.

However, being too emotional in the expression of feelings online has cost several people their jobs and scholarship, according to Haaretz.com.

The Israeli newspaper writes that a growing number of pages on Facebook are reporting on users who share their happiness over the IDF casualties in the conflict, or harshly criticize operation Protective Edge and are demanding that these people should be fired. These online communities – including “Boycott Haters of Israel,” “Fifth Column in Israel” - appear to be extremely popular, having received up to “tens of thousands” of “Likes.”

As an example, the paper refers to a story of an Arab female student at Hadassah College in Jerusalem, who lost her scholarship following a post on Facebook.

We read your post with shock and disgust,” College President Berthold Friedland wrote to her. “Until clarifications are completed and the police deal with it, the college management has decided to prohibit you from entering the campus for any reason, academic or other,” Friedland added, as cited by Haaretz.

Administrations at other educational establishments warned their students and staff against any “extremist and inappropriate statements” on social networks, threatening disciplinary punishment or even police action. The warning triggered a protest at Tel Aviv University, where 30 faculty members signed a letter against the move.

In a separate case, an Israeli supermarket chain, Tiv Ta’am, said it fired an employee for being joyful over the death of Israelis in the conflict. That followed a report on a Facebook page “Concentration of Destroyers of Israel,” according to Haaretz. Similar comments also resulted in dismissal for a psychological counsellor, Isra Gara of Jatt at the Lod municipality.

Employees of several other companies, including Israel’s largest telecommunications company Cellcom, were summoned for clarifications after making unacceptable statements on social networks, the paper wrote.

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Gaza war on Facebook: Israel critics fired after 'unacceptable' comments ↘ 30th July, WednesdayReblog
When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more ↘ 30th July, WednesdayReblog

IDF aftermath: Gaza power plant ablaze, media hub destroyed

Fourteen homes were damaged by the air strikes, 40,000 people were left without electricity and 20,000 people without wastewater disposal.

Two Israeli tank shells have hit the Gaza Strip’s only power plant, according to a spokesman for Gaza’s electricity distribution company.

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standwithpalestine:

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned England cricketer Moeen Ali from wearing "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" wristbands. 
Their reasoning? The slogans are of a “political” nature. Over 1,100 Palestinians have been killed in the past three weeks, including 200 children, but “Save Gaza” is political? 
Credit to England on this occasion who allowed him to wear the bands as they understood that his messages were humanitarian, before their decision was overruled by the ICC.
Moeen, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent, helped raise funds for charities working with those affected by Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza. 
It gets worse. The whole England team are wearing the logo of the Help for Heroes charity on their shirt collars today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war.
(Photo: Philip Brown / Reuters)

standwithpalestine:

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned England cricketer Moeen Ali from wearing "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" wristbands.

Their reasoning? The slogans are of a “political” nature. Over 1,100 Palestinians have been killed in the past three weeks, including 200 children, but “Save Gaza” is political? 

Credit to England on this occasion who allowed him to wear the bands as they understood that his messages were humanitarian, before their decision was overruled by the ICC.

Moeen, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent, helped raise funds for charities working with those affected by Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza. 

It gets worse. The whole England team are wearing the logo of the Help for Heroes charity on their shirt collars today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war.

(Photo: Philip Brown / Reuters)

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There’s nothing new about conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism ↘ 30th July, WednesdayReblog

beautiesofafrique:

One in three adults wishes Britain still had an empire

Source

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Attacks on hospitals expose Israel's "self-defense" claims as lies ↘ 30th July, WednesdayReblog
marijuanacartoons:

Cannabis reduces the likelihood of violence during its use, but 25 - 30 percent of violent crimes in the United States are linked to the use of alcohol, and marijuana prohibition itself is associated with acts of violence.

marijuanacartoons:

Cannabis reduces the likelihood of violence during its use, but 25 - 30 percent of violent crimes in the United States are linked to the use of alcohol, and marijuana prohibition itself is associated with acts of violence.

30th July, WednesdayReblog