Whatever damage Israel did to Hamas during the recent war, it didn’t harm the group’s standing among the Palestinian people. Quite the contrary. According to a survey by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, the popularity of Hamas has surged in both Gaza and the West Bank to the point that if elections . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Hamas popularity surges
From the New York Times
By FARES AKRAM and JODI RUDOREN
GAZA — The banks reopened, the markets were crowded, workers began repairing downed electric lines and bulldozers cleared rubble blocking roads in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday as an open-ended cease-fire between Israel . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: New York Times-As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get Down to Business
In this edited Democracy Now interview Noam Chomsky graphically describes the vicious cycle of violence Israel visits time and again on Gaza… with particular reference to the most recent Israeli military assault dubbed Operation Protective Edge.
It’s a hideous atrocity, sadistic, vicious, murderous – totally without any credible pretext. It’s another one of the periodic . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Chomsky on Israel’s Gaza assault – ‘hideous atrocity, sadistic, murderous’: video interview
A major goal in a propaganda war is to frame the issue on your terms. For example, in labour disputes, businesses (and their political and media allies) often claim the argument is not with the workers but with the “union bosses.” The objective is to convince the public and perhaps even union members that management . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Israel vs. Hamas or Likud vs. Gaza—framing the issue
by: Obert Madondo Follow @Obiemad | Published Sat. Aug 9, 2014
“Die-In” protest in front of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s office in Montreal, held on Aug 5, 2014. (Photo: Darren Ell/FACEBOOK)
Gaza, Palestine and you, freedom lovers everywhere, you’ve educated me.
Now I know why they didn’t support indigenous Zimbabweans’ justified armed struggle against . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: #DayofRage: For Gaza, Palestinians, History and Humanity
Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib:
Major European countries are proposing a UN mission to Gaza aimed at lifting the siege of Gaza while dismantling Hamas’ tunnel network and rocket arsenals. From Foreign Policy:
It remains unclear whether the European plan has the support of Hamas, Israel, or the United States. It does, however, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Good Start
Various concerned Canadian citizens and residents urge the NDP to stop apologizing for Israel’s alleged war crimes and breaches of human rights in the ongoing Gaza conflict.
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki has informed the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” of war crimes committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict.
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Scotland, Gaza, and the Shameful Silence of So Many Canadians Montreal Simon Blog Friday August 1st http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca
I share Simon’s horror at the silence….and I wonder if this is what it felt like for Jews during the critical times of WW2 when they were desperately seeking refuge in other countries, and Canada, to . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Sins of The Fathers….
The New Democratic Youth of Canada rejects party leaders’ uncritical support of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza, demands that Israel “be held accountable for its actions.”
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A recent post on World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) draws attention to the failure of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) to “denounce the murderous assault being carried out by the Israeli government” in Gaza:
Over the past two weeks, Thomas Mulcair, the head of the NDP and the leader of the Official Opposition in . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: NDP Gaza cop out: Mulcair refuses to denounce ‘murderous assault’ by Israel
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Like so many of you I am reading and observing the Palestinian onslaught from afar.
The positions seem to be so absolute, so tightly held that it is a challenge to grasp the sense of it sometimes.
This Uri Avnery piece was sent to me recently and makes as much . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Once And For All
Discussions on the Palestine issue are usually framed as Hamas vs. Israel. This suggests Hamas is merely an organization when in fact it is the democratically-elected government of Palestine, having won the last all-Palestine election in 2006. Or at least it was. That government collapsed after violent assault from Israel including the arrest of dozens . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Hamas more legitimate than Harper’s Conservatives
In Ottawa on Tuesday, July 22, hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s uncompromising support of Israel and its ongoing war crimes in Gaza.
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It seems that the media and politicians can hardly mention Hamas, much in the news these days, without referring to it as a terrorist organization. And indeed a number of governments, including our own, have officially labelled it as such. But we might keep in mind that our government at least is sycophantically pro-Israel and . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Hamas is not a terrorist organization
Operation Protective Edge, Isael’s ongoing war on Gaza, will still fail to weaken Hamas’ military capability just as Operation Pillar of Defence did, argues Jacob Eriksson, a fellow at York University (UK).
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Top: Wounded Palestinian girl following strike in northern Gaza strip Below: Israeli strike on buildings in Khan Younis / Palestinian boy with younger wounded sibling upon learning family was killed in strike
Yet another bloodbath in Gaza. One of the most powerful militaries on the planet is once again turning its US-supplied weaponry on . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Israeli propaganda and spin seeks to justify Gaza attack: yet another civilian bloodbath
Chris Hedges agitates for a global mass movement of boycotts, divestment and sanctions to stop Israel’s ongoing Gaza assault and “destructive process.”
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A short time following the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, Israeli authorities knew the teens were dead. They knew who the Hebron-based suspects in the killings were, yet the details were covered up.
The gag order that banned media outlets from reporting details on the incident cast doubt on . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Netanyahu gov deceived public about killings of Israeli teens: incident exploited for political ends
Family quarrels can be nasty affairs, and the seven-year tiff between Fatah and Hamas has been no exception. In the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, Hamas won a decisive majority in the parliament, much to the chagrin of the then ruling PLO-affiliated Fatah party. Encouraged by Israel, the U.S., and western nations generally, Fatah refused to . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Fatah and Hamas reconcile … finally
I wrote less than two weeks ago that Israel was in an accelerating decline as a result of changed geopolitical realities in the Middle East, most recently and acutely the Arab Spring. That Arab Spring is now in the throes of a 2.0 reawakening and reconstitution of last year’s settlements, as events in Egypt in . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Israel Blind To Its Own Isolation
Benjamin Netanyahu, with a looming date with Israeli voters, is doing his best to portray himself as the victor in Israel’s 8-day, Operation Pillar of Defence but, in the minds of many Israelis, he’s actually the loser. Der Spiegel reports that a… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Steps In His Own Mess
Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has written an op-ed piece for the Jerusalem Post in which he makes reference to the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in making a case for ‘flattening’ Gaza. Sharon: “We n… . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Gilad Sharon evokes ‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki’ in call to ‘flatten’ Gaza
Gaza stripSome reports have spelled out the terms Israel has tabled for a ceasefire in Gaza.Here is one summaryof those rumoured terms:According to reports in Cairo, these are the conditions for a ceasefire set forth by Israel: 1. A lull for a pe… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Israel’s terms for a Gaza ceasefire?