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Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Palestinians agree to halt weeks of fightingHarriet Sherwood and Hazem Balousha - GGuardian - "The Gaza conflict began on 8 July following weeks of tension after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, and the subsequent revenge killing of a Palestinian youth. Israel responded with a wave of arrests of Hamas members, which triggered intensified rocket fire from Gaza." - id 27/8/2014
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Ceasefire: Israel, Hamas reach open-ended deal to end fighting Edo Konrad - +972 - " Thousands of Palestinians poured into the streets of Gaza Tuesday night, as well as in refugee camps in southern Lebanon, to celebrate what they viewed as a victory for Hamas. Israeli officials claimed their own victory, saying that the military dealt a strong blow to Hamas, killed several of its military leaders and destroyed the organizations’s underground tunnels."- id 27/8/2014
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Anti-Israel Professor Returns to Trinity College — Will Controversy Come Back Too?Nathan Guttman - The Jewish Daily Forward - Activists and Jewish communal leaders look forward with fear that recent events in Gaza will make life on campus much more difficult than during the Prashad debate four years ago. [bz]26/8/2014
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UNRWA criticizes false Israeli claim that shelter used to fire mortarMa`an - The UN`s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA on Saturday criticized the Israeli military for publishing allegations -- that have since been retracted -- that Hamas militants fired a rocket from one of their schools in Gaza the day before. In a statement, the organization called upon "Israeli military spokespersons and other official sources to ensure the accuracy of their facts before going public." [bz]26/8/2014
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Abbas turns to international community with deadline for IsraelAP - Ynet - In a meeting in Qatar over the weekend, Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashal agreed to set a timetable for "the end of the Israeli occupation" and the removal of the Gaza blockade. The Qatari news agency reported the two also agreed to work to achieve a UN resolution that would bring to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. [bz]26/8/2014
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Palestinians say ceasefire near, still waiting for Israeli response Roi Kais, Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - Palestinian and Israeli officials have confirmed Monday night that a renewed Egyptian ceasefire proposal is being discussed and that the Palestinian factions are still waiting for Israel`s response, for what some claim will be a limited ceasefire deal spanning up to a month, after which additional talks will take place. The deal was put forward by Egypt and would see an end to fighting in return for an opening of the crossings into Gaza and reconstruction of the Strip, devastated by over seven weeks of fighting with Israel. [bz]26/8/2014
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Israel and Hamas blame each other as rockets and air strikes end Gaza truceHarriet Sherwood & Patrick Kingsley - Guardian - "Israel accused Hamas of violating the latest of a series of temporary ceasefires after rockets were launched from Gaza, triggering a swift military and political response. More than 25 airstrikes hit Gaza in response to rocket fire, killing a woman and a two-year-old girl, and wounding at least 15 others in Gaza City. Two children were injured in Rafah, hospital officials said, and there were reports of hundreds of civilians fleeing their homes for UN shelters." - id 20/8/2014
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Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza Strip AgainJason Ditz - Antiwar - "The indications so far are that the new round of violence is not escalating dramatically, with Israel not really looking to build up the war again, but to keep it going just enough to avoid the discomfort of being involved in peace talks." - id20/8/2014
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Israel shifted its position from demilitarizing Gaza to making sure Hamas cannot rearmYnet - "No one can take Hamas` arms or those of any Palestinian faction in Gaza because these arms are used to resist the occupation, and the occupation continues" [also containing the details of the looming deal-bz] 19/8/2014
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Activists protest to stop Israeli ship from docking in US, CanadaJerusalem Post - "Block the Boat" activists look to prevent Zim cargo ship from unloading Israeli goods on North America`s West Coast. [bz]16/8/2014
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Dutch nonagenarian returns Righteous Among the Nations medal after six relatives killed in GazaAmira Hass - Haaretz "Henk Zanoli, who helped save a Jewish child from deportation to concentration camps, said holding on to the medal would be an `insult to the family.`...six of his relatives were killed by an Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip last month." ca15/8/2014
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Israeli army`s Gaza inquiry meant to head off calls for war crimes probeAmos Harel - Haaretz "The Tibon committee uses officers from the General Staff who were not directly involved in the fighting and are not part of the chain of command of the units that fought in Gaza, including from the Air Force and Navy, as well as the Southern Command...State Comptroller Joseph Shapira said yesterday he intends to examine whether Israel violated international law in Gaza." ca15/8/2014
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Palestinian-Jewish couple hires wedding security for fear of anti-miscegenation groupMairav Zonszein - +972 "According to a report in NRG (Hebrew), Lehava – whose mission is to prevent marriage between Jews and non-Jews, and thus “save the daughters of Israel” – got hold of a copy of the wedding invitation on social media and reportedly published it in full, providing the date and location of the wedding, and called on people to come out in full force and protest." ca 15/8/2014
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A new Suez Canal?Sherine Abdel-Razek - Al-Ahram Weekly "The new canal will be 72 km long, 35 of which will be dug afresh with the remaining 37 km expanding and deepening the current Canal. The overall cost will be $4 billion, according to Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish." ca15/8/2014
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Jerusalem Mixed and UnmixedMichelle Campos - MERIP - Even before he decided to leave Jewish Jerusalem, Kashua’s television series and other writings showed a gradual progression from the mentality of an assimilation-aspiring Arab Bill Cosby to that of an Arab Spike Lee, politically much less compromising and painfully aware that his intellectual role is to point at the gulf between Jewish and Arab societies in Israel, perhaps especially when the gulf seems increasingly unbridgeable.-rh14/8/2014
An inside look at IDF`s `faith-driven` warriorsMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - "The IDF and Israeli society as a whole must cope with religious-Zionist commanders, who perceive fighting terrorism in Gaza as a divine decree, thus reshaping the military ethos." - id 13/8/2014
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Head of the international commission of inquiry, prof. William Schabas, already under attackDaniel Siryoti, Mati Tuchfeld, Dan Lavie and Reuters - IsraelHayom - Israel is still irate by a U.N. inquiry into 2008`s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. That report said both Israel and Hamas appeared to have committed war crimes, though it was tougher on Israel. [bz]12/8/2014
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Hamas official: This is second and final cease-fire with IsraelJerusalem Post - Palestinians reportedly turn down Israeli offer to allow seaport in exchange for a disarmed Gaza Strip; talks emerge of Israeli intentions to "ease some restrictions" on Gaza. [bz]12/8/2014
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Netanyahu, Ya’alon Urge Patience in ‘Long’ Israeli War in GazaJason Ditz - AntiWar - Israeli Hawks Press Full Conquest of Gaza [ry]11/8/2014
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Israel acts to head off war crime claims Sergio Yahni - AIC - "We didn`t cooperate with the Goldstone report and in the end it disappeared from the world" [ry]11/8/2014
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Hadar Goldin and the Hannibal DirectiveRuth Margalit - The New Yorker "Just what those circumstances were began to filter out early this week, and they attest to deep contradictions in the Israeli military—and in Israeli culture at large." ca9/8/2014
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Israel Acts to Head Off War Crime ClaimsAlternative Information Center - IMEMC "According to the The New York Post, during a meeting on Wednesday with members of Congress who are visiting Israel as guests of AIPAC, Netanyahu urged the American representatives to assist Israeli officials who wish to avoid trial by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.The members of Congress heard the latest from the prime minister regarding the tenuous Gaza ceasefire, as well as Jerusalem’s strained relations with the Obama administration." ca 8/8/2014
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UK minister quits over `morally indefensible` Gaza policyWilliam James and Kylie Maclellan - Reuters - Sayeeda Warsi, a senior minister in Britain`s Foreign Office and the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet, resigned on Tuesday, accusing Prime Minister David Cameron`s government of taking a "morally indefensible" approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. While the British government has repeatedly called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, Cameron has come under criticism from political opponents for what they say has been his reluctance to condemn Israel`s actions in stronger terms. ak5/8/2014
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In France, Progressives Fight a Two-Front Battle Against Israeli Propaganda and Anti-SemitismPierre Guerlain - Truthout - Israeli government propaganda always plays the same game: deflecting legitimate critiques of Israel toward accusations of anti-Semitism, often conflating anti-Zionism with anti- Semitism (precisely what some anti-Semites are doing). Yet in France, a small group of people does correspond to what is generally a slanderous accusation. Some individuals and groups close to the far right and supporters of anti-Semitic Dieudonné or of former leftist turned far- rightist Soral, mix with pro-Palestinian demonstrators and Islamist groups who advocate violence against Jews. This very small minority gives the pro-Israel lobby an opportunity to base their propaganda on a few facts. ak 5/8/2014
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Ceasefire approaching?Ynet updates - **Hamas accepts Egyptian brokered 3 day ceasefire to begin at 8am Tuesday (00:14 , 08.05.14) **Israel agrees to Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire, official says (23:58 , 08.04.14) **PA: `Demilitarization will come when the occupation ends` (23:46 , 08.04.14) [bz]5/8/2014
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Obsession with Iran blinded Netanyahu to Hamas threatShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "A commission of inquiry, should it be established, will have to answer the following questions: Why were the voices of the Nirim and Ein Hashlosha residents ignored? Why did the defense establishment close its eyes, ears and purse strings? The main question to be asked by a commission is this: Why, despite Israel’s intelligence capabilities, was a mass attack — which according to senior defense leaders would have brought Israel to its knees — only averted somewhat miraculously?" ca 2/8/2014
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US Senate blocks Iron Dome funding to Israel JPOST.COM STAFF - Jerusalem Post "A United States Senate bid to deliver aid to Israel during Operation Protective Edge was blocked by Republicans "over concerns that it would increase the debt," Politico reported.The Democrats proposed a $2.7 billion border aid package that included $255 for the Iron Dome missile defense system." ca 1/8/2014
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Do Palestinians Really Exist?Dean Obeidallah - The Daily Beast "I share this story because I think that lost in the current Gaza conflict is the story of the Palestinians as a people. Instead, they’ve been continually defined as being the “bad” part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They’ve been broadly labeled as terrorists or seen as acceptable loses. Some Israeli leaders have alleged Palestinians don’t exist, or called them “cockroaches,” “crocodiles,” or a “cancer.” ca1/8/2014
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Gaza Ministry of Health: “Gaza Surgery Being Performed in Corridors, On the Floor"Gaza Ministry of Health - IMEMC "Lack of theatre space sees two persons being operated on at a time in the same theatre, while others receive surgical interventions in the corridors...Despite 30 patients being ready for discharge, they literally have nowhere to go. These 30 beds are desperately needed." ca 1/8/2014
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As war flares, some women flee from violence at homeOr Kashti - Haaretz "While fighting in Gaza continues, violence is also intensifying inside Israeli homes, with NGOs reporting a spike in complaints of abuse against women." ca1/8/2014
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The awful decisions I’ve made to protect my Palestinian children from this warWejdan Abu Shammala - Washington Post "My children, as with all children in Gaza, will need therapy following this carnage. Most, of course, will not receive it. They will enter adulthood remembering these days and the soldiers, F-16s and drones that were heedless of their nighttime cries and terror. Their mothers and fathers — unable to guard their children from these horrors — will need psychological help." ca1/8/2014
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Israeli delegation joins Palestinian factions in Cairo for long-term truce talks Jerusalem Post - With the 72-hour cease-fire which began at 8 a.m. appearently holding, Israel sent a negotiating team to Cairo for indirect talks with Palestinians factions, aimed at reaching a long-term truce. Earlier cases of indirect talks between Israel and Hamas had never been so openly and officially proclaimed. Demands presented by the Palestinian delegation, already in Cairo, include an immediate cease- fire, a lifting of the siege and reopening of all border crossings, international assurances that Israel would refrain from launching military attacks, and UN assistance in rebuilding the Strip. More fundamental demands include an airport, seaport and free passage to the West Bank.ak5/8/2014
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US Senator Filibusters Live Coverage of Powerful Palestinian TestimoniesEI - IMEMC - "On Friday, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July." - id 6/8/2014
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