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Archives by Tag 'Gaza'
Wrecking Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS and THERESA McDERMOTT
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) claims vast military gains from its targeting of hundreds of sites in Gaza, including substanti...
Israel’s Lesson to Palestinians
MEDEA BENJAMIN
Eman El-Hawi, a smart and perky 24-year-old business student from Gaza got teary when she told our delegation about what she witnessed during the eight days that Israel pounded Gaza. “I saw the babies being brought into the hospital, some dead, some wounded. I couldn’...
Doctors and Medics Operate Under Fire and Siege in Gaza
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City. Dr. Majdi Na’eim worked for eight consecutive days at Al-Shifa Hospital throughout Israel’s “Pillar of Cloud” operation in the Gaza strip.  With hundreds of wounded pouring into the emergency room, there was no time for him and man...
Accelerating the Occupation
BINOY KAMPMARK
This is the answer. Outmanoeuvred in the UN, Israel has huffed and puffed against the house that is the international community and taken the policy of increasing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the corridor of land termed E1 out of cold storage.  The ...
Israel and Gaza, Again
SAUL LANDAU
Again Israel used its superior military force and technology to kill residents of Gaza, and destroy their homes and property while revving up its media war to justify its barbarous behavior. This assault on Gaza follow an old Zionist strategy, outlined by Zionist ideologu...
Justice, Peace and the Israeli State
WILLIAM A. COOK
“As for the rights of Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today, no decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.” &#...
We Want It to Stop
KATHY KELLY
Gaza City. On November 15, 2012, day three of the recent eight day bombardment of Gaza, Ahmed Basyouni and his family were watching news of the attacks on TV in their home in the eastern section of Beit Hanoun. He and his wife assured his older children th...
Midnight Thoughts in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
Tonight I am confused. I have been in Gaza for five days now and I am having difficulty understanding the 8-day war and the subsequent ceasefire. Let me explain the difficulty I am having. The Israeli Offensive Forces insist they protect civilians in Gaza, only tar...
Refusing to Acquiesce in Gaza
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City. The past few days have been harrowing, yet still deeply inspiring in Gaza as people in the strip must carry on with their lives after the Israeli army’s deadly 8 day offensive operation “Pillar of Cloud” which ...
Pillars or Pandoras?
MIRIYAM AOURAGH
West Bank. The news is dominated by celebrations for a UN observer state. But it has only been a week since Gaza’s nightmare. The tiny densely populated city that really did experience ‘Pillar of Clouds’ as the Bible ...
A Different War in Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
In life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigor in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war ...
Despite the United States, Palestine Finally Returns Home
CESAR CHELALA
After an overwhelming vote in her favor (138-9 with 41 abstentions), Palestine has finally returned home.  Sixty-five years after the United Nations General Assembly voted for the partition of Palestine into two states (one Jewish and one Arab), Palestine was granted a n...
Gaza: What Would Lincoln Do?
ROBIN D. G. KELLEY
Most American media have praised President Obama’s handling of the Gaza crisis. It is certainly a relief that Operation Pillar of Defense produced about one-tenth the casualties of Operation Cast Lead four years earlier, though it is small comfort to the 168 Palestinian...
Israel’s War on Palestinian Children
VIJAY PRASHAD
On 18 November, the Israeli armed forces bombed a house and killed the al-Dalou family, all ten members that were present and two neighbors. When the dust and fires settled, it became clear that amongst the dead were five children and five women. Among them was Mohammed J...
What Really Happened in Gaza
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
The official storyline is that Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense on 14 November, 2012 because, in President Barack Obama’s words, it had “every right to defend itself.” In this instance, Israel was allegedly defending itself against the 800 projecti...
Genocidal Yearnings
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
By the middle of the 19th century the multi-ethnic empire was on its way out as the dominant political paradigm in Europe.  Replacing it was the nation-state, a political form which allowed the concentration of ethnic groups within their own political borders.  This in ...
Perpetual Conflict by Israeli Design
GRAHAM PEEBLES
And so for a moment or two the slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the destruction in Gaza City has ceased; the oppression, intimidation and terror throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories though continues unabated. The ‘Pillar...
Where’s the Accountability for Israeli War Crimes?
AUDREY BOMSE and JAMES MARC LEAS
Gaza City. The Palestinian Authority would be “traitors” if they agreed to a condition the UK is seeking to impose in exchange for agreeing to  support Palestine upgrading its membership in the UN. So said Raji Sourani, Director of the ...
To Appease the Gods, Human Sacrifices Must Be Offered
RAOUF J. HALABY
Ancient pagan cultures practiced the ritualistic killing of humans for a number reasons: appeasement; retribution; expiation for guilt, an entreat for military victory over an enemy; a seasonal invocation for spring planting or fal...
Gaza: Same Time, Same Place
RAMZY BAROUD
Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested s...
Weaponizing Trauma
NICOLA PERUGINI
The recent operation “Pillar of Defence” coincided with a widespread use of social media by the Israeli army. A military tweet sent by the army spokesperson’s account on November 18 reads: “‘Harmless’ rockets? Staggering number of kid...
The Politics of the Exodus Myth
WILLIAM A. COOK
“I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.” — Exodus 23:27 During this interlude in Israel’s second unprovoked ...
Why Israel Desires to be Hated by Palestinians
OREN BEN-DOR
Yet another massacre is unfolding in Gaza, the largest prison in the world.  We are surrounded by familiar chatter: ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’; ‘Palestinians’ legitimate resistance to (the 1967) occupation’; ‘who started it this time?’ Most insidio...
The American Role in Israel’s Gaza Rampage
SHAMUS COOKE
As Obama tours Southeast Asia to strengthen his alliances against China, Gazans are being killed and maimed by the hundreds, with the possibility of an incredibly bloody Israeli invasion. The United States still wields tremendous power internationally; its actions and in...
The Limits of Israeli Belligerence
DINA JADALLAH
The war on Gaza combines the characteristic drastic brutality towards Palestinians and Arabs that Israel periodically demonstrates with the lack of effectiveness in achieving its stated goals that those who follow and support the resistance have come to expect (especially...