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We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters, informing them of issues, events, debates and the wider context of the conflict. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.
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Leon Rosselson, letter to the Guardian, 28 July 2014

“Before the current round of violence, the West Bank had been relatively quiet for years,” writes Jonathan Freedland (Israel’s fears are real, but this war is utterly self-defeating, 26 July). According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights centre, 90 West Bank Palestinians were killed, 16 of them children, by the IDF or by settlers between January 2009 and May 2014. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, involving beatings, shootings, vandalising schools, homes, mosques, churches and destroying olive groves. According to Amnesty International, between January 2011 and December 2013, Israeli violence resulted in injuries to 1,500 Palestinian children. “Relatively quiet” for whom?
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IDF bombs fourth UNRWA school shelter

The IDF has bombed 4 UNRWA schools – opened as shelters for displaced Palestinians – this week saying they shelter Hamas munitions – which sometimes they do. They also shelter thousands of people. On Thursday, the airstrike on a school in Beit Hanoun killed at least 17 people. The IDF is ‘investigating’.

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What would you do? Start by treating Palestinians as humans

Daniel Levy, policy adviser and diplomat, answers Israel’s belligerent question – what would you – by saying self-defence does not include the right to kill civilians and upbraids Israelis for pushing Palestinians into a corner, for offering nothing but more occupation in return for their own demands for ‘security’.

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Jewish and British love of Israel begins in 1967

A new report from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research examines how safe and how fearful of antisemitism British Jews feel. It identifies the conundrum of Jewish organisations/funders paying a lot of attention to antisemitism when British Jews have never felt as confident as they do today. Fears and antisemitic incidents rise when Israel exercises military power, especially now Palestinians are a ’cause celebre’. It dates the importance of Israel to Jews, and British people, to its perceived role in 1967.

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Erdogan tries to find a role in fixing a ceasefire

Hamas is not totally isolated. It has a strong supporter in the Turkish government which wants to broker a ceasefire accepting some of Hamas’ conditions. But no-one is taking any notice of PM Erdogan whose moves are attributed more to his bitter rivalry with President Al-Sisi than concern for Palestinians.

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Praying for both sides is a moral cop-out

Robert Cohen appreciates the readiness of Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner to acknowledge that Jews come in many political varieties in a discussion on Radio 4′s Today programme. But showing empathy for both sides is not enough; treating ‘both sides’ as equally deserving becomes an act of political cowardice, out of step with the prophetic tradition.

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Right-wing nationalists attack in Haifa

This is another account of how terrifying the right-wing mob has become in Israel, baying for the blood of ‘traitors’ and Arabs and doing their best to provoke a scrum. Police offer the left-wing protesters perfunctory or no protection. This time in Haifa, described by Rann Bar-On, on July 19th.

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Failure to protect civilians may be war crime

The UN Human Rights Council has held an emergency session on the situation in Gaza. Addressing the meeting in Geneva the High Commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, warned that the failure to protect civilians from airstrikes could make Israel liable to war crimes charges. She said the blockade should be lifted and condemned Hamas for its indiscriminate attacks.

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These attacks aim to terrorise, wound the soul and the body of the people

The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals has published a letter from 23 scientists and medical doctors, mostly from Italy, expressing their horror and dismay at the destruction Israel is inflicting on people, homes, land and infrastructure in Gaza. Plus open letters from Gaza civil society leaders, from the International Board on Books for Young people and from over 1240 intellectuals round the world.

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Zionist Federation fails to draw many to pro-Israel rally

The rally called by the Zionist Federation in support of Israel and its offensive against Gaza pulled in at best one tenth of those who marched the day before in protest at Israel’s actions. Oddly, Guardian columnist Owen Jones chides supporters of Palestinian rights for not comprehending how the corruption of occupation in Israelis is fused with the trauma of being Jewish. Feeling traumatised does not seem to have inhibited most Jews either in Israel or elsewhere from rallying against, or for, Israel’s punishment of Gaza. Philip Kleinfeld marches with one and visits the other.

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Double standard on use of force

The people of Gaza surely have the right to use makeshift projectiles to end a merciless seven-year-long blockade or to end Israel’s criminal bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population writes Norman FInkelstein in a critique of the failure of Human Rights Watch to designate Israel’s bombardment a war crime.

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Knock knock. Who’s there? The IDF

‘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.’

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Why British Jews rally against Gaza attack

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.

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Charities say more children killed than fighters

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.

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Hamas as leader of Palestinians

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.

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The incomprehensible chaos of bodies

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.

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‘The biggest moral and political tragedy of our time in the Middle East’

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’.

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What’s a few hundred dead Palestinians in the cause of making Greater Israel?

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.

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Hundreds of thousands round world march for Gaza

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.

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IDF begins ground invasion of Gaza: updated

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.

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France bans pro-Palestinian demos

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.

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