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A Pollster Strategy Sheet Is Helping Israelis Hide Facts, Writer Argues

Israeli spokesmen are working from a secret PR playbook to “influence the media and public opinion” on their bloody military campaign on the Gaza Strip, Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn contends at The Independent.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Yuval Diskin

Dissent is at its most potent when it comes from within the ranks of the target party—as the former Israeli security leader demonstrated in an interview this week.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s Assignment of Blame for Teen Deaths Cast Into Doubt

A BBC reporter claims an Israeli police official told him the men responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens last month were not acting under instruction from Hamas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



Israeli Soldiers: ‘When the Cannons Fire, No Criticism May Be Heard’

Fifty reservists in the Israeli military—the majority of them women—have written an open letter expressing opposition to the institution’s discriminatory culture and policies, the current operation in Gaza, and the militarization of their society.

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Unrelenting Israeli Strikes Could Cause ‘Grave Humanitarian Crisis’

The death toll in the Gaza Strip passed 815 as new strikes by Israel’s Netanyahu government killed more civilians and prompted the largest West Bank protests seen in decades, “Democracy Now!” reports.

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Gaza Conflict: Hospitals Shelled, Death Toll Soars and Peace Protesters Attacked (Videos)

The tone of the White House and some of Israel’s other Western allies shifted slightly Monday from unequivocal support to “concern for the growing number of casualties” and calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as the Palestinian death toll in the now two-week operation by the Netanyahu administration climbed to 548.

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Dead Gazans Missing From Senate Endorsement of Israeli Invasion

On Thursday, all 100 U.S. senators—including progressives Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and Sherrod Brown—voted to pass an AIPAC-drafted resolution supporting the Netanyahu government’s military invasion of the Gaza Strip.

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It Doesn’t Pay to Slaughter Innocents

David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy magazine points to the civilian deaths on a beach in Gaza and airspace over Ukraine to argue that using “the chaos of combat” to achieve complex political ends is futile.

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Israel Continues Ground Assault, and ‘A Terrifying Night in Gaza’ (Videos)

As the death toll in Gaza passed 260, Israeli troops and tanks proceeded with their operation in the area Friday after the launch of a military ground operation Thursday night. The initial aim was reported to be the destruction of tunnels dug by Hamas that could be used to launch attacks on Israel.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Israeli Military Begins Ground Offensive in Gaza (Video)

Efforts in Cairo to reach a cease-fire agreement apparently failed as Israel’s Netanyahu government announced the beginning of a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Palestinians, Israelis Are Failed by Their Leaders

It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone who wants to get rid of you. That is why Hamas militants and Israel’s right-wing-dominated government are each on such a destructive path.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


Gaza: Doctors Plead End to Attack, Netanyahu’s Impunity Denounced

After a week of relentless bombing by Israel’s Netanyahu government, foreign and local doctors on the scene in Gaza and a Palestinian attorney plead with the international community to make the assault on civilians there stop, “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



The Indiscriminate Compassion of Haneen Zoabi

In a government driven mad and violent by self-interest and fear, the Israeli legislator is battling enemies many of her peers appear not to see.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE


Debate: As Palestinian Deaths Top 100, Who’s to Blame for Escalating Violence?

Half of the reported 101 Palestinians killed by an Israeli offensive over the last week are estimated to be women and children. No deaths have been reported in Israel. Palestinian human rights attorney Noura Erakat and Joshua Hantman, senior adviser to Israel’s ambassador to the United States, debate the question of what should be done.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Mahmoud Abbas Names Prime Minister as Unity Government Talks Stall Over Foreign Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose a prime minister to head a unity government Thursday but announcement of the lineup was held up over the foreign affairs portfolio, officials said.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Netanyahu’s Blood and Soil: The Racist-Nationalism of His ‘Jewish State’ Ideal

Benjamin Netanyahu is again beating the “Israel is a Jewish state” drum, and now wants to have it legislated into Israeli organic law.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Deal

Israel said Thursday that it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians after their unity deal with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, as the faltering U.S.-backed process approached its deadline.

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AP/Adel Hana

Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections

Fatah and Hamas, the two Palestinian factions that have for the last seven years ruled the separate territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, announced Wednesday they will form a unity government.

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Israelis, Palestinians Meet About Peace Talks Stalemate

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held U.S.-mediated talks Thursday to try to revive their crisis-hit peace process, a Palestinian official said, as a report of a possible breakthrough was played down.

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Kerry to Return to Mideast in Bid to Save Peace Talks

Washington’s top diplomat wrapped up a lightning visit to Israel on Tuesday but was to return within 24 hours as speculation grew that a jailed U.S.-Israeli spy may be key to saving the peace talks.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Oded Balilty

‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Desert of Israeli Democracy

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ranted against Iran, his government was preparing to implement the Prawer Plan, a blueprint for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel into state-run, reservation-style townships—just one element of an emerging program to dominate all space and the lives of all people between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Israel Gives Settlements Go-Ahead on Eve of Palestinian Peace Talks

Israel approved nearly 1,200 new housing units Sunday on land that the Palestinians claim for their state just three days before U.S.-sponsored peace talks on the borders of such a state are due to begin in Jerusalem.

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AP/Ivan Sekretarev

Revenge of the Bear: Russia Strikes Back in Syria

Not since the end of the Cold War in 1991 has Russia asserted itself so forcefully beyond its borders.

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AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill

Families of Flotilla Dead Want More Than an Apology

The Turkish NGO that coordinated part of the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla says that families of the nine passengers killed by Israeli commandos have rejected the country’s recent apology.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ariel Schalit

Can Obama Save the Two-State Solution?

The administration has set expectations for President Obama’s trip to Israel so low you’d think he was making another visit to Ohio. Yet this is a very consequential journey because it comes at a moment when hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are fading away.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE


Netanyahu Wins

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Sex Amid the Stacks

The covering over a painting of a slave performing fellatio on a white man has been removed at the Newark Public Library after much controversy; foreign universities are struggling to compete with elite American ones in the online education market; meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal has revealed that the National Counterterrorism Center has been given massive amounts of authority to surveil Americans via datasets. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

Israel’s Apartheid Deepens, Along With Its Global Isolation

The real threat to Israel comes not from tiny, impoverished Gaza, but from the policies of the country’s increasingly right-wing politicians.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


For the Record

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AP/Ben Curtis

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris McGreal

The success of societies depends on people who remember history and understand human nature, as Guardian columnist Chris McGreal does in his writing about the latest confrontation between Gaza and Israel.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Counting the Gaza Dead

Numbers compiled by The Economist show the loss of life in the latest Gaza-Israel conflict to be grossly disproportionate.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Washing One’s Hands Is Not So Easy

“Embracing ‘screw-both-sides’ nihilism and doing nothing else [about the Israel-Gaza conflict] is so tempting because it appears to provide relief from the burden of paying any further attention to the horrific violence or bearing responsibility for any of it,” but it means ignoring the U.S. government’s total support for Israeli aggression, Glenn Greenwald writes.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Tsafrir Abayov

To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

Music and Tears as the Rockets Fall

Outside the White House on Thursday night, a pro-Israeli group from George Washington University sang traditional Jewish songs, danced in circles and smiled while others protested U.S. backing of recent Israeli airstrikes that have killed 19 Palestinians.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Adel Hana

Gaza Rockets Kill 3 Israelis in Escalating Violence

Rockets fired from Gaza killed three people in southern Israel on Thursday as part of a response to Israel’s killing of Hamas’ military chief the day before. Roughly 200 rockets were fired in all, three-quarters of which were destroyed by Israel’s missile defense system.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder

Romney’s Foreign Policy a Puzzle That Doesn’t Fit Together

It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America’s international relations, but when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read and learn.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE


Recipe for Disaster

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Presidential Debates and Bibi Draws a Line

Romney and Obama face off in their first presidential debate next week. Whom do they need to reach? What topics should they address? Are their portrayals of American workers accurate or productive? How should the U.S. respond to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran’s uranium enrichment program? The “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate these questions on this week’s show.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Declassified Files Link U.S. to Palestinian Massacre

The outburst of anti-Americanism sweeping much of the Arab world was ignited by an off-the-wall film insulting Muhammad, but the underlying outrage is fed by decades of resentment against the U.S. and its ally, Israel.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Lior Mizrahi

Butt Out, Bibi

For selfish, political reasons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has inserted himself into the American presidential election. American Jews won’t fall for it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Obama Refuses to Meet With Netanyahu, or Maybe He’s Just Busy

According to a Haaretz source, the president has no time for the Israeli prime minister during a U.S. visit this month.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Netanyahu ‘Determined to Attack Iran’ Before U.S. Elections, Israeli News Says

Israel’s Channel 10 reported this week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the U.S. elections” and that Israel is now “closer than ever” to a military strike intended to foil Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

Romney Tells Israel Obama Has Emboldened Its Enemies

There can be no confusion when the Republican candidate, speaking from Jerusalem, says “Diplomatic distance in public between our nations emboldens Israel’s adversaries” that he refers to the frosty relationship between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Are Israeli Settlements Legal?

“Democracy Now!” hosts a debate inspired by the determination of a panel appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories are legal.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


Rinse, Repeat

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Special Relationship

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Everyone Loses in a War With Iran

On Super Tuesday, the most important matter facing the country was not who will win the Republican presidential nomination but whether Israel will drag the United States into a war with Iran.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


Netanyahu Takes a Joke at His Own Expense

Employing the time-honored strategy of reappropriation, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a spoof video, based on his speech at Tuesday’s AIPAC session, in which his words about Iran’s alleged plans for its nuclear program are intercut with footage of a cartoon classic and mixed to a lively techno beat.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


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