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Israel and the United States Are Headed For a Breakup

Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel’s alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over.

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Israel: Crowd Shouts ‘Death to Arabs’ at Jewish-Muslim Wedding

An Israeli crowd gathered outside the wedding of a Muslim man and a Jewish woman in Rishon Lezion, shouting “death to Arabs” on Sunday.

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Dutch Lawyer Who Saved Jewish Boy in WWII Returns Medal to Israel Over Bombing of His Family in Gaza

Henk Zanoli, a 91-year-old Dutch attorney who in 1943 saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis, has returned to Israel the “Righteous among the Nations” medal awarded him three years ago by the Yad Vashem museum.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Peter Beinart

The historical corrections cited in a major column by the American critic of Israel are key to understanding the latest turmoil engulfing Gaza, the West Bank and the Jewish state.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Former U.N. Specialist for Palestinian Rights Suspects War Crimes

Richard Falk, who for six years served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, argues in a recent interview that there is no evidence that Israel’s air campaign has decreased rocket fire from Gaza. Likewise the claim that Hamas uses human shields is unfounded and Israel’s siege of Gaza is missing from media accounts of the cause of the current conflict, he contends.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Like South Africa’s Apartheid, Israeli Occupation Will End—It Is Only a Matter of Time

Many have drawn comparisons between Israeli occupation and South African apartheid. Such comparisons are instructive, not only as a moral gauge but in terms of offering solutions to the current crisis.

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Hillary and Barack

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‘Blackfish’s’ Role in SeaWorld’s Stock Crashing

A documentary about the treatment of animals at SeaWorld could have a lot to do with its plummeting shares; the militarization of U.S. suburbs is something we all need to pay close attention to; meanwhile, a black person is killed by authorities or pseudo-authorities every 28 hours in America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Articulate, Sophisticated, Passionate Defense’ of Netanyahu’s Deplorable Acts

Israel’s best spokesperson is none other than our very own former secretary of state, according to Haaretz columnist and professor Peter Beinart, who argues that Hillary Clinton’s empathy for Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisions is exactly why she “gets so much wrong” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Gaza Cease-Fire Extended for Another 5 Days

Hamas and Israel agreed to have a few additional days added on to their recent 72-hour truce after a “tense countdown” and some confusion on both ends Wednesday night.

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Put Down the Bottled Water! It’s Draining Drought-Stricken California

Most bottled water companies are taking precious H2O from the state that needs it most; a new browser add-on can show you who’s funding your elected representatives; meanwhile, SWAT teams and riot police are paramilitarizing the suburbs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Blown Chances in Gaza

For the last eight years, Israel and the U.S. had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza.

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Does Laughing at ‘Daily Show’ Clips Blind Us to Democrats’ Follies?

Though poking fun at right wingers is amusing, a Salon writer argues that it gets Democrats off the hook; Israeli media are “waking up” to the devastation in Gaza and to international criticism; meanwhile, an IBM chip has been developed that works similarly to human brains. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Girl Behind One of the Most Devastating Photos Taken in Gaza

Although Najia Warshagha is only 9 years old, this is not her first war.

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Three Reasons Why the ICC Hasn’t Taken Action on Gaza

As the war in Gaza enters its second month, quelled for the moment by another 72-hour cease-fire, the question arises: Why hasn’t the International Criminal Court initiated a formal inquiry into the carnage?

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Attitudes and Expressions From a Gaza Refugee Camp

At U.N schools-cum-shelters for displaced Gazans, exhausted refugees speak of grief, anger—and some—appreciable pride for the resolve with which fighters led by Hamas respond violently to Israel’s blockade against the movement of people and supplies in and out of the territory and the assault of the past month.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

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Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza

Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Navi Pillay

The U.N. human rights commissioner’s response to an effort by U.S. lawmakers to smear an investigation of potential Israeli war crimes affirms her role as a major “voice of the victim everywhere.”

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Israel and U.N. Have Been Differing Over Gaza Operations for Years

“A good number of lessons have not been learned,” said a United Nations lawyer who formerly led an inquiry into fatal Israeli military bombings of United Nations facilities in Gaza during a 2009 operation. The study concluded that Israel “breached the inviolability of United Nations premises.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Airstrikes in Iraq and Obama’s Poor Poll Numbers

The Obama administration has resorted to airstrikes to try to stop the wave of ISIS fighters sweeping Iraq. “Left, Right & Center” panelist Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, says of questions about U.S. involvement: “The military solution causes more problems than it solves. … This nation building stuff is madness. The Iraqis should make their own history and defeat [ISIS].”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

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Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C. will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

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Weapons to Israel

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Gaza Psychologist Becomes Trauma Victim, Tragically Losing 6 Close Relatives in Recent Attack

“You are,” Dr. Hassan al-Zeyada says, “like a prison doctor treating a victim of torture, making the prisoner healthy to be interrogated and tortured again.”

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Camp Do-Nuttin’, Recess for Congress

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The Salaita Firing: Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult?

Liberal politics in the broad sense, in the tradition of Locke, Voltaire, Madison, Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, is rooted in a conviction that vigorous debate clarifies issues and makes for better public policy over time.

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Gaza Wrap-Up

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Israel Doesn’t Get Geneva Conventions, Still Holding Gaza Civilians Hostage

It is legitimate for Israel to seek the disarming of Hamas, but it isn’t legitimate or legal in international law for it to hold noncombatants’ lives and welfare hostage in order to accomplish that goal.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE


Surgical Removal

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Israel Pulls Out of Gaza at the Onset of Another Cease-Fire

According to a spokesman, the Israel Defense Forces are being “redeployed” to “defensive positions” at Gaza’s border after a four-week operation that has left thousands of Palestinians dead, wounded and displaced.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change, Dirty Natural Gas and the Gaza War

Calls by some Israeli politicians for the Palestinians to be ethnically cleansed from Gaza in part reflect frustration over the security issue many Israelis maintain the people of Gaza pose to Israel, but there are other possible motivations for this desire.

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Top 5 Ways the U.S. Is Israel’s Accomplice in War Crimes in Gaza

The U.S. State Department became a little testy with Israel on Sunday over the sixth school shelling by the Israeli military.

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Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year

The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Why Israel Lies

Its use of the kinds of big lies favored by totalitarian regimes is aimed at feeding two reactions: racism among its supporters and terror among its victims in Gaza.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE



Sarajevo 1914 / Gaza 2014: The Short Twentieth Century Lingers On

Strange the way things line up, the through-lines that suddenly reveal themselves amidst the twists and turns of historical progression.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE



Why Millennials Find Israel’s Actions Harder to Justify Than Other Generations

Recent polls show a growing divide between a younger generation that’s “over Israel” and their elders who, according to Salon writer David Palumbo-Liu, still view the recent conflict in the context of the Holocaust among other reasons. But can we wait for Generation Y to address the “tremendous humanitarian crisis” taking place in Gaza?

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Israel’s Waning Stock of Sympathy

Operation Protective Edge has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,400 Palestinians in recent weeks, compared with 56 Israeli soldiers and four civilians. It’s long past time for Israel to consider a two-state solution, stop the creeping encroachment of the occupation, and end a blockade that “ensures that ever more Palestinians grow up angry,” The Economist writes.

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Russell Brand Uses ‘Trivial’ Sean Hannity Spat to Discuss ‘Worst Conflict on the Planet’ in Gaza

In response to the Fox News host’s attempt to “educate” Russell Brand with a panel that quickly went awry, the comedian posted another episode of “The Trews” in which he aimed to provide context and facts about the situation in Gaza, and gave a blistering critique of right-wing pundits’ trivialization of serious world matters.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE


Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: ‘A Slaughter of Innocents’

Henry Siegman was born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933. In a two-part interview with “Democracy Now!,” he discusses the Israeli assault on Gaza, the myths surrounding Israel’s founding in 1948, and his evolution from German-Jewish refugee to leading voice among American Jews and vocal critic of Israel’s policies in the Occupied Territories.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



Israel and Hamas 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza Collapses (Updated)

At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire was scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday. Shortly after the truce began Friday, however, Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces accused each other of violating the agreement.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Are Israelis and Zionists Really Talking About a Final Solution of the Palestinian Problem?

The Times of Israel published and then removed from its site an essay by Yochanan Gordon that openly called for genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



Wiping Another Country Off the Map: Israel Does It to Palestine

Back when the warmongers had hopes of ginning up a war between the United States and Iran during the Bush administration, one of their propaganda talking points was the Iran had “threatened to wipe Israel off the map.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate vs. CIA, Gaza Cease-Fire, the U.S. Abroad

The CIA spying on Senate computers is just one example of an Obama administration routinely getting caught with its hand in the spying cookie jar. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” that “the Obama administration has been dreadful on this,” and he encourages it to stop the digital snooping and be more transparent.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Give Kerry a Break

Secretary of State John Kerry was right to push for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza earlier this week.

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Peace Prescription

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Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation

The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Says Gaza School Attack ‘Totally Unacceptable’ but Restocks Ammo

The White House condemned the deadly shelling by Israel of a U.N.-designated girls’ elementary school in Gaza as the Pentagon confirmed it recently restocked Israel’s ammunition supplies.

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