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#GazaUnderAttack news from the ground (Thursday 17 July 2014, 15:00 BST)

As always, get up to date news from the @LondonPalestine twitter account.

  • 221 Palestinians killed by Israel, of which 179 are civilians [Palestine Centre for Human Rights]
  • Four Palestinian kids were killed playing football on the beach. They were running from an Israeli shell, only to be killed by a second Israeli shell. There was nothing else nearby to have targeted. Given that this happened in front of many international reporters, it got widely covered [Washington Post, Guardian, NY Times]
  • A second sham “ceasefire” was put forward by Israel. The same analysis from yesterday stands – Israel again leaked news of the proposal to pressure Hamas into accepting the terrible deal, and Hamas again rejected the proposal because historically they’ve been a tool used by Israel to suppress Palestinian resistance with the promises of future ‘easing of oppression’ (that often doesn’t materialise). Hamas explicitly criticised the new ceasefire suggestion as equating aggressor and resistance, and put forward ten items that could be worked around for a ceasefire, including an end to the siege of Gaza, and ability for Gazans to pray at Al-Aqsa (basically, that Israel conforms to international law).
  • "NGOs can treat wounded, but can’t open borders or end violence" – a great piece by Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) on the limits of humanitarianism in Gaza, without political action alongside it.
  • "Airstrikes have caused massive damage to water & sewage infrastructure" according to the UN [NBC]. The Red Cross said that soon “hundreds of thousands in Gaza may find that there is no water when they turn on the tap” [Twitter].
  • Another case that exposes how callous Israel’s targeting is was that a civilian car was hit whilst trying to evacuate. Three members of the Abu Daqqa family were killed (Khadra 65, Omar 24, & Ibrahim 10), and 9 more were injured. [@palinoia #1, @palinoia #2@Solarah]. Many are evacuating to schools, but the UN said that 79 schools have been damaged too - nowhere is safe [source].
  • On healthcare: Al-Wafa hospital was again targeted by the Israeli military [source], and the stockroom of Al-Shifa (the biggest hospital in Gaza) is running dangerously empty [source].
  • In the West Bank: the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir was confirmed as a “racist attack” [Middle East Eye]; his cousin Tariq Abu Khdeir was released from house arrest after his brutal beating, and allowed to return to America [Al Akhbar]; six recently released Palestinian prisoners were re-arrested and given life sentences by Israeli courts [Samidoun]; 238 administrative detention (i.e. being held without trial or charge) orders issued by Israel since June 12 [Samidoun]; many more Palestinians were arrested including two Palestinian law-makers [Samidoun]; fields and Palestinian vehicles near Huwwara were set alight by the Israeli army [source]. 
  • Abroad: France banned pro-Palestinian protests in many cities [AP]; it was reported that Chile suspended trade with Israel for its atrocities in Gaza [source] but that has been disputed; UK journalist Jon Snow solidly interrogated Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev [Channel 4 News]. Jon Snow is historically the one UK journalist to stand up to Israeli propaganda

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On Violence →


Let’s talk about violence.

Because it seems to me, that to a lot of people, unless someone is pointing a gun to your head, it doesn’t count. Violence is not necessarily physical.

Every time drinking water is cut off from Palestinians, while settlers fill their swimming pools,…

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flaming slow motion tennis

here you go: physics porn


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I’m actually concerned for boys who complain about how different girls look without makeup. Like did you think eyeshadow permanently alters a girls eyelid? Are you frightened when people change clothes

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Ryan Zimmerman

Ghost Bike

1. Liz Padilla. Killed 2005.

2. Miguel Molina. Killed 2005.

3. Luis Ramos. Killed 2007.

4. Bronx John. Killed 2006.

5. Eric Ng. Killed 2006.

6. Rasha Shamoon. Killed 2008.

7. Amelia Geocos. Killed 2008.

8. Brandie Bailey. Killed 2005.


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Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor, Who has been treating hundreds of victims wounded in Israel’s ongoing assault, including young children. Dr. Gilbert says hospitals are operating without electricity, water and proper medical supplies, but adds: “As a medical doctor, my appeal is don’t send bandages, don’t send syringes, don’t send medical teams. The most important medical thing you can do now is to force Israel to stop the bombing and lift the siege of Gaza.” Gilbert recently recently submitted a report to the United Nations on the state of the Gaza health sector in 2014. “Where is the decency in the U.S. government allowing Israel this impunity to punish the whole civilian population in Gaza?”

so far, close to 170 Palestinians have been killed, among them 36 children and 24 women. And among the 1,232 injured, there are 346 children and 256 women. So, 50 percent of the injured are women and children. Now, this tells you that these attacks are not targeting the militarists in Palestine, in Gaza. These attacks are targeting the whole population in order to intimidate them and to force them to give up their resistance. I’ve been to Gaza through the last 17 years, and every time it is the same story. Israelis are accusing the Palestinians of attacking them; they have to defend themselves, they claim. Actually, the truth is the exact opposite. Israel is the attacker, the occupant. Internationally, they are responsible, according to the law, for the security and the well-being of the occupied population, whereas in fact Israel is doing their utmost to kill them and to make their life as miserable as possible through these seven years of siege.

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You are a paramedic.You risk your life to reach the scene of a bombing.You arrive too late, and the victims are already dead.You discover that the victims are your own family.
This is Gaza.
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You are a paramedic.
You risk your life to reach the scene of a bombing.
You arrive too late, and the victims are already dead.
You discover that the victims are your own family.

This is Gaza.

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"The night is long, and The Lord is generous."


"The night is long, and The Lord is generous."

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CNN removes reporter Diana Magnay from Israel-Gaza after calling Israelis celebrating the death of Palestinian civilians ‘scum’
July 18, 2014

CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she tweeted that Israelis who were cheering the bombing of Gaza, and who had threatened her, were “scum.”

“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post. (Neglecting to even acknowledge that it was directly related to the people cheering on Palestinian deaths.)

“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman continued. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

The spokeswoman said Magnay has been assigned to Moscow.

Magnay appeared on CNN Thursday from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. While she reported, Israelis could be heard near her cheering as missiles were fired at Gaza.

After the liveshot, Magnay tweeted: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.” The tweet was quickly removed, but not before it had been retweeted more than 200 times.

The removal of Magnay comes a day after NBC News pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza.

NBC’s decision to remove the widely praised Mohyeldin, and unwillingness to explain why, has been met with anger and frustration from journalists inside and outside the network.

A source with knowledge of the decision told The Huffington Post that NBC executives cited security concerns. But at the same time Moyheldin was pulled, NBC assigned chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to Gaza.

One of Mohyeldin’s tweets and Facebook posts were recently deleted, a move that has fueled speculation that his social media use could have been the cause for his removal. But the source said the reason given internally by network executives was security.


The war drums are beating hard in the media. Anyone who dares to hint at the truth will be removed from the area by the corporate media owners. Shame on CNN and NBC both. 

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"‎Do not strut arrogantly about the earth: you cannot break it open, nor match the mountains in height."
Surat Al-‘Isrā’, verse 37.  (via thelittlephilosopher)

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