The names of Palestinians killed by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge, revised and updated . The names of 310 people killed have been gathered by Al Akhbar to produce the list which +972 is also using. Between Thursday night and mid-day Saturday 19th, 66 had been killed by Israeli invading troops.
‘IDF who? ‘ ‘I defy you to stay in your home as we are going to blow it to smithereens. No time? Well have a good day, er, death.’
Link to Israeli channel TLV1 report on the Free Gaza Free Palestine demonstration in London, July 2014. Reporter Amy Racs was most interested in the Jewish groups taking part and interviewed two of our signatories on why they were there: clear reasons given including being Jewish doesn’t mean supporting Israel, arms trade, settlements and an Israeli life being worth more than a Palestinian one.
After two days of intensive shelling in the Gaza strip the number of Palestinians killed has exceeded 550 persons. Charities War Child and Defence for Children International say more children than fighters have been killed. Israel’s war aims seems to have broadened from destroying tunnels to destroying members of Hamas.
Everything that’s wrong with Hamas – sectarian, sexist, antisemitic, autocratic, militaristic – is known and endlessly repeated. Yet despite, or probably because of, the Israeli bombardment many Palestinians see them as the best leaders of resistance to the occupation – something which the PA has signally failed to provide.
The ‘deadliest day’ so far in Operation Protective Edge was Sunday July 20 when the IDF shelled the neighbourhood of Shujaiyeh. The pressure on the al-Shifa hospital and morgue became intolerable. Dr. Mads Gilbert tries to find the words. Plus reports and photos from Vice news and +972.
Israel is shelling Gaza because it can. It’s a display of its power. There is no rational reason for the bombardment. Hamas has only one aim – to survive. There are, says Larbi Sadiki, no Arab countries which will provide effective support leaving Gazans forever at the mercy of ‘ the savagery of Israel’s war machine’.
Written before Israel’s invasion of Gaza, Andrew Sullivan asks what on earth anybody expects Hamas to do, when it is clear that Netanyahu’s aim is to have a single Israeli state from the Jordan to the sea.
Between Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th July, hundreds of thousands of people round the world went out on to the streets to protests against Israel’s killing of people and destruction of homes in Gaza. BBC reports from London and Glasgow, photos of the demonstrations round the world.
The aim given by Israel for its ground invasion of Gaza is the destruction of tunnels in which people can hide, shelter and move goods including munitions without being seen from above. 27 Palestinians had been killed in this operation at the time of posting and one Israeli soldier, possibly by ‘friendly fire.’ 65,000 reservists have been called up. News coming out of Israel at the moment is in the form of live blogs two of which are reposted. here.
France’s Interior Minister has banned all pro-Palestinian demonstrations. France, world-changing pioneer of political rights including the right of free assembly? The report from the Mail Online is both anti-French and anti-Israel about an attack on pro-Palestinians by the Jewish Defence League. It and others point out how Israeli actions harm European Jews who, uniquely are held responsible for the action of a foreign state.
For 47 years Palestinians have been living with a catastrophe (the 2nd one) – and Israelis with a curse. Unlike old colonisers, Israel denies it is an occupying power or that it has any duty to protect of provide for its subjects. JfJfP signatory Prof. Avi Shlaim reviews a thorough account of failed (US) efforts to get a peace deal and the consequences of that failure. Plus a more sceptical view from The Economist.
Before the raid on the Mavi Marmara by the IDF (nine people killed) Turkey and Israel had cordial relations, with Turkey being a favourite tourist destination for Israelis. Since then, PM Erdogan has been establishing himself as a defender of moderate Islam in the Middle East. Anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian feeling is still strong in Turkey, which tips over into antisemitism in some quarters. Can Erdogan keep the lid on it, or is he – or the Israeli press – stoking it?
The surprise isn’t that the US has declared it stands solidly with Israel in its current onslaught; the surprise is, writes Phyllis Bennis, that now Palestinian voices are allowed into their media. But only just, as Rihanna and Madonna have found with tweets expressing support for Palestinians or even for a ceasefire.
Successive onslaughts on Gaza killing thousands of people and destroying homes, mosques, amenities and infrastructure, as well as the overall siege, are treated by ‘the international community’ as discrete events which may prompt humanitarian aid at best. They are not treated as a pattern of oppression that would not be tolerated anywhere else in the world.
It was noted at the time that the large J14 movement for social justice and lower prices would discuss anything – except the cost and injustice of the occupation says Jessica Apple. But a new protest is developing says Uri Baram. It is against the venomous racism spreading through Israel. It is for a different kind of Israel. 2 Haaretz articles on the state of Israel just before the invasion.
Amira Hass sets about deconstructing the myths which Israeli media rely on to explain the onslaught on Gaza. These include saying Gaza is an independent state (in which Hamas colludes) and that Israel is a generous provider of Gaza’s needs. And asks if the IDF doesn’t engage in the very practices it condemns as Hamas war crimes.
Amnesty International calls for a UN-mandated investigation into violations of international law committed by the governments of Gaza and Israel and for a comprehensive arms embargo on both. It says that targetting the home of Hamas members, without evidence the home is used to make ‘an effective contribution to military action’, is a war crime.
Clamour for a ground invasion of Gaza from Israel’s right wing is growing – though neither IDF nor Netanyahu are keen writes J.J. Goldberg. The aim – to stop the rockets, although as between 1600 and 1750 launch sites have purportedly been destroyed since the offensive begun it’s amazing that rockets continue to fly (all to be shot down by Iron Dome of course.)
An isolated Mahmoud Abbas, shored up by his goons and henchmen, should be as much a target of growing Palestinian anger as Israel’s occupying forces writes Ramzy Baroud. The violence of IDF and settlers in the West Bank and the barrage against Gaza is creating the one thing Netanyahu most dreads – a unifying of Palestinian anger.
The Israeli government no doubt knows that it is not going to crush Hamas in its latest military offensive given the failure of every previous attempt. What has incited it is the Palestinian unity government which now composes the PNA and thus its partner for peace. As peace would mean giving up land and control that’s the last thing it wants. Analysis by Idan Landau. Plus photo caption on 4 boys killed on beach.