July 22, 2014
Gunshots fired at Al Jazeera bureau in Gaza

Israel… Silencing the truth since before 1948

July 18, 2014

redplebeian:

the-wistful-collectivist:

descentintotyranny:

Israel begins its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip

israel does not give a fuck. they will kill everyone incl journalists and not bat an eye bc they control this country

Israelis are murderers and American Zionists are accomplices to this barbaric butchery

It is REALLY important to remember that more innocents are under fire more often in Palestine than on luxury jetliners, any day of the week.  And I say this as someone who is flying through Ukraine

(via amodernmanifesto)

July 15, 2014
Via Al-JazeeraOne question.  Where are the people of Al-Tuffah supposed to go, since they are under siege and have been for years?

Via Al-Jazeera

One question.  Where are the people of Al-Tuffah supposed to go, since they are under siege and have been for years?

July 14, 2014
Stop Israeli war crimes in Gaza! | Socialist Alliance

Ahem… applause

amodernmanifesto:

In the past week, Israeli military forces have escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes have increasingly targeted houses, civilian-populated areas and civilian facilities in the Gaza strip. Israeli warplanes have destroyed a number of houses while their residents were inside, without any prior warnings, killing and wounding many Palestinian civilians.

The Israeli government has cynically exploited the killing of three Israeli youth and used this to whip up a racist hysteria against Palestinians and the Hamas government in Gaza. It has done this without producing any evidence about who was responsible for those killings. A campaign of indiscriminate violence against Palestinians has been incited and one Palestinian boy has been tortured and burnt to death. Now even more indiscriminate retribution has been inflicted on the civilian residents of Gaza. Collective punishment is a violation of international humanitarian law.

The ruthless military offensive conducted by Israeli forces has nothing to do with “self-defence”, but a genocidal aggression on Gaza and intensification of bloody repression against Palestinians who had been constantly denied their right to self-determination by the Zionist regime.

The undersigned organisations:

  • Strongly condemn Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, Palestine and demand that it stop its attacks on Gaza and respect international law including the UN resolution 242 which demands Israel withdraw from the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories which Israel has illegally occupied since 1967.
  • Call upon all governments to immediately withdraw their ambassadors from Israel, cut diplomatic ties and end all military and defence ties with Israel.
  • Call for the intensification of the economic boycott, disinvestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

Signed by:

Socialist Alliance, Australia
Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), Malaysia
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), Philippines
Socialist Aotearoa, New Zealand

July 14, 2014

Welcome to day 7, people

fotojournalismus:

Day 6: Israel widens offensive & deploys ground troops as PALESTINIAN death toll passes 160, Israel’s remaing at Zeromore than 15,000 flee homes in northern GazaUN estimates 77% of victims are civilians | July 13, 2014

1. Palestinian children take shelter at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Palestinians stand amongst the rubble of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

3. Palestinians travel to a shelter at a UN school after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Palestinian children stand next to graves ahead of the funeral of 18 members of al-Batsh family who were killed the previous night in Israeli strikes that hit their house as they were targeting Hamas police chief Tayseer al-Batsh. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

5. A Palestinian boy draws on a chalk board at a UN school after evacuating his home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

6. A blood-stained mattress rests on top of the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Palestinian families travel to a UN school to seek shelter after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

8. The son (L) of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

9. A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands behind a missile which was fired by Israeli aircraft at a shack belonging to Bedouins in Rafah. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

10. Palestinian children sleep on the floor at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Naming the dead)

July 12, 2014
WTF is going on in Gaza?

This article provides a fair introduction to the current events on the Strip.

July 10, 2014
US State Department rejects Gaza’s right to self-defense from Israeli aggression - EI

During the US State Department’s daily press briefing this morning, spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked whether Palestinians in Gaza have a right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression. As of this writing, Israeli bombing has killed more than fifty Palestinians since Monday, including more than a dozen children, and injured an additional 450 in the besieged Gaza Strip. 

Psaki responded by feigning confusion and deflecting the question. The question was posed after Psaki repeatedly invoked Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas rocket fire. 

Psaki was also asked by the same journalist whether Israel’s “response” to rockets fired from Gaza has been proportionate. She again deflected and reiterated the United States’ support for Israel. Here is the exchange:

QUESTION: Remaining on the message theme, so you think that all Israel is doing is sending a strong deterrent message and that’s all there is, and that remains within the accepted proportion or whatever, proportionality?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t think that’s what I stated, Said. There is obviously a range of circumstances on the ground right now, as you all know. There are the unfortunate recent deaths of the three teenagers. There are – there is the kidnapping and then the beating of the other teenager.

QUESTION: Right.

MS. PSAKI: There is violence and back-and-forth. I don’t have to repeat for you. You know exactly what’s happening on the ground.

QUESTION: I know. I understand and you don’t have to repeat for me. But you feel that sort of the Israeli air raids, like maybe hundreds of them so far this day, are proportionate to the rockets?

MS. PSAKI: That’s not – I wouldn’t validate the accuracy of that number, but I would say, Said —

QUESTION: Okay. Well, the sorties – there are hundreds of sorties.

MS. PSAKI: I would say, Said, that I don’t think any country would be expected to allow rockets to come in and threaten the lives and health and well-being of the citizens in their country, and Israel has the right to defend themselves.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you believe that the Palestinians in Gaza have the right to defend themselves?

MS. PSAKI: I think – I’m not sure what you’re getting at, Said.

QUESTION: I am asking you: Do they have the right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression?

MS. PSAKI: What are you specifically referring to? Is there a specific event or a specific occurrence?

QUESTION: Do they have the right to respond to Israeli rocketing and bombing their homes, their houses, their areas, their schools?

MS. PSAKI: We’re talking about attacks from a terrorist organization, Said. I don’t think you’re —

QUESTION: No, but there is also a population —

MS. PSAKI: — we’re having a conversation about what’s happening here.

QUESTION: I mean, you agree that there is a civilian population in Gaza that is also subject to —

MS. PSAKI: Certainly, and the threat, as I mentioned earlier, to civilian populations is of great concern to us. And that’s one of the reasons why we’re so focused on encouraging all sides to de-escalate.

QUESTION: Are you calling on someone like Egypt to intervene, perhaps, that can bring about some sort of quiet?

MS. PSAKI: We’ve, again, been in touch with countries from the region. I’m not going to get into any greater level of specificity.

QUESTION: Have you gotten a response from the Egyptians that they are willing to intervene or perhaps broker —

MS. PSAKI: I’ll let countries speak for themselves. 

Double standards

This is in keeping with the US policy of double standards in the region. No matter how many civilian homes Israel bombs, no matter how many innocent Palestinians are killed and maimed, the US will never respect the besieged and tormented population of Gaza’s right to self-defense.

Instead American officials will continue to gaurantee their unwavering and unconditional support for Israeli aggression in both rhetoric and military aid, as President Barack Obama has done in an op-ed in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, in which he declared:

Budgets in Washington are tight, but our commitment to Israel’s security remains ironclad. The United States is committed to providing more than $3 billion each year to help finance Israel’s security through 2018.

We should expect nothing less than cartoonish double standards from the regime that finances Israel’s crimes. 

It is important to note that Israel controls the Gaza Strip from air, land and sea, and is therefore obligated under international law to protect civilians in the territories it occupies. As Noura Erakat explains on the Jadaliyya website, Israel’s framing of military incursions into Gaza as “self-defense” is part of a long-standing effort by both Israel and the US to weaken and change international law.

Jesus.  What an incompetent press secretary.

July 10, 2014
World reacts to the conflict in Gaza

The US and UK are disgusting, Germany’s not so hot… Ireland… eh.  But Seriously.  Israel has Iron dome.  Those rockets from Gaza barely do damage.  88 dead and 600 injured, on the other hand, in people kept trapped under seige by a genocidal government, the US and UK don’t care about.

July 5, 2014
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City Emergency Protest: Stop the War Against Palestine! March Against US Funding of Israeli Terror!
Come to a rally condemning Israeli terror against the people of Palestine people.5:30 - 6:30pm - 42nd St & 2nd Ave. - Israeli Mission to UN.6:30pm - MARCH against media lies and US/Zionist propaganda to News Corp Building 48th St & 6th Ave. 1211 Ave of Americas - Home of Rupert Murdoch’s NY Post, FOX News, Wall Street Journal.7 - 7:30pm Rally at News Corp.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City Emergency Protest: Stop the War Against Palestine! March Against US Funding of Israeli Terror!

Come to a rally condemning Israeli terror against the people of Palestine people.

5:30 - 6:30pm - 42nd St & 2nd Ave. - Israeli Mission to UN.

6:30pm - MARCH against media lies and US/Zionist propaganda to News Corp Building 48th St & 6th Ave. 1211 Ave of Americas - Home of Rupert Murdoch’s NY Post, FOX News, Wall Street Journal.

7 - 7:30pm Rally at News Corp.

July 3, 2014
Clashes in East Jerusalem after Israeli revenge attacks on Palestinian teen

The senseless violence by these occupies has to stop. You do NOT get to play the victim when an illegal settler is kidnapped.

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