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AP/Khalil Hamra

Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat

The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

ChameleonsEye /

Nobody Really Wants to Make Peace

Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon—perhaps not in our lifetimes.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Mideast History

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 ENLARGE

Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in ground troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Israeli Foreign Minister and Hamas Deny Reports of ‘Comprehensive Ceasefire’ in Gaza

During a five-hour humanitarian truce Thursday, as civilians flooded Gaza’s streets to gather much-needed supplies, Reuters reported that the Israeli government was considering an agreement to end hostilities that had been proposed in Egypt. Hours later, both sides denied a deal had been reached, calling the previous reports “as of now incorrect.”

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach and Israel’s Precision War caught the Israeli shelling of children on the beach on film. Apparently some of the children had been playing soccer with the journalists before the barrages began.

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

Majority of Americans Now Live Under U.S. Border Patrol’s Jurisdiction

About 66 percent of the nation’s population lives in areas that have been militarized to the point of becoming “constitution-free” zones; a woman in Michigan shot herself in the face with a shotgun while trying to “make a point”; meanwhile, a former Mossad head warns that ISIS is already involved in Gaza and prompts Israel to continue negotiations with Hamas. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

Kashfi Halford (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

The Egyptians appear to have floated their cease-fire agreement Tuesday morning in the press, but Hamas leaders insisted any such proposal had to be communicated directly with them.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE

This Is Why War Goes On

When Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu and his propagandists repeat and repeat that Gaza’s Hamas is responsible for this crisis, they are wrong.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

Israel Resumes Airstrikes After Hamas’ Armed Wing Rejects Truce

After a halt Tuesday morning, Israel resumed its attack on Gaza later in the day when the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades refused an Egyptian truce proposal the Israeli government had accepted, calling it a “surrender.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

Richard Falk: U.N. and U.S. Won’t Do Anything About Israel, but Maybe Grass-Roots Efforts Can

The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights argues that in the face of Western diplomats’ and the media’s “cynical disregard” for the Palestinian struggle, it’s up to the rest of us to put pressure on Israel.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

Justice to Benjamin Netanyahu: “How do you plead to the crime against humanity of apartheid?”

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE


Israel Says It Shot Down a Hamas Drone

The Israel Defense Forces tweeted the following Sunday: “An aerial drone from Gaza infiltrated Israel a short time ago. IDF forces shot it down with a Patriot missile above Ashdod.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Backseat Driver

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 ENLARGE

AP/Khalil Hamra

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

‘Smart Idiots’ and ‘Rich Idiots’: Climate Change Denial Increases With Income Among Republicans

A new study shows that as Republicans’ income rises, they are more likely to dismiss the damaging effects of global warming; some people believe the Israeli government is feeding everyone “lies upon lies” to justify its attack on Gaza; meanwhile, an elephant was photographed crying as he was released from 50 years of captivity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

Israel’s Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn Mowing

A horrible video is circulating on social media, of a Palestinian father in Gaza who is bringing a toy to his 4-year-old son, only to find once he enters his home that his son’s head has been crushed by Israeli shrapnel. That is the face of Israel’s current military operation against Gaza to the outside world.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

Stop Saying ‘If X Fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, and Assumes We’re Colonial

Is anyone else disgusted by the propaganda trick of trying to get Americans to sympathize with Israel’s massive attack on the civilian habitations of Gaza by saying, “If the U.S. was subjected to rocket fire by X [usually Mexicans], what would it do?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

What Is ‘Iron Dome,’ Israel’s Not-So-Secret Weapon?

News reports on the exchange of missile and rocket fire between Israel and Gaza make frequent references to something called Iron Dome. So what is it? Does it work? And who pays for it?

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Hamas Rockets Strike the Heart of Israel, but Death Toll Illustrates Israel’s Military Advantage

Israel continued its attacks on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as militant Palestinian rockets landed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Of the twenty-three people killed, all were Palestinian.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

Rusty Stewart (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians

This week the Fatah Party (secular Arab nationalist) of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas met in Gaza with members of the Hamas Party (fundamentalist Muslim), seeking a reconciliation and a government of national unity.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

Peace Heavy Lifting

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 ENLARGE

Flower Power

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 ENLARGE    

AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Mideast Surprise of 2013?

Although the Obama administration has acceded to the imagery of knee-jerk support for whatever Israel does, behind the scenes its policies are beginning to look far less predictable. In fact, unlikely as it may seem, a showdown could be brewing between the two countries.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


Posted on Dec 13, 2012 ENLARGE

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Testimonies by Israeli Veterans From Gaza and the Occupied Territories

It is true that Israel officially disengaged from the Gaza Strip in August 2005, withdrawing its ground troops and evacuating the Israeli settlements there. But despite the absence of a permanent ground presence, it has maintained a crushing control over Gaza from that moment until today. The testimonies of Israeli army veterans expose the truth of that “disengagement.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE

The Cease-Fire

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 ENLARGE

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

Social Media in the Middle East

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 ENLARGE

Peace Treaty

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 ENLARGE

Pinpoint Accuracy

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 ENLARGE

AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, Testing Cease-Fire

After Wednesday’s cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, a 20-year-old Palestinian was killed and nine others wounded in a clash with Israeli soldiers in the southeast Gaza Strip.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE

stevendepolo (CC BY 2.0)

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


Posted on Nov 21, 2012 ENLARGE

josh.ev9 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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

Tel Aviv Bus Blast Causes Injuries (Video)

Twenty-one people were hurt Wednesday when a bus exploded in Israel’s commercial capital, Tel Aviv, the first such attack in the city in six and a half years.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE

The Day in Israel and Gaza

Israeli strikes have killed at least 116 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in the last seven days, the majority of them civilians, including 27 children. As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in the region Tuesday to broker talks between Israelis and Palestinians, Hamas has demanded an end to the Gaza blockade and international assurances that Israel will stop assassinations and military measures.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

AP/Hatem Moussa

Dispatches From Cairo: All Children Go to Heaven

“Is this the work of a God-fearing people?” screamed our neighborhood imam over the loudspeakers during Friday’s passionate sermon. The innate hostility in regard to Israel tilts toward hatred.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE

Shameless Israel

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 ENLARGE

Scott Garner (CC-BY-ND)

U.S. May Be ‘Filibustering’ Security Council Over Gaza

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said an unnamed country (“I’m sure you can guess which”) was engaged in a “filibuster attempt” to block a statement condemning the violence in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Bernat Armangue

In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Hatem Moussa

Israel Continues Gaza Bombardment While Preparing Ground Troops

Health officials quoted by The Guardian said that of the 21 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrikes Sunday, nine were children and four were women. Haaretz reports meanwhile that “the Israel Defense Force is continuing its intensive preparations for the ground phase of Operation Pillar of Defense.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE

Control Panel Middle East

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 ENLARGE

AP/Ariel Schalit

Fears of Israeli Ground Offensive Grow

Tensions in Israel and Gaza are mounting as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears ready to order a ground invasion after Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire failed and Hamas fired a rocket at Jerusalem.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE

Tweet War

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 ENLARGE

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