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Plenty of fish in Gaza sea, but not for Palestinians

Palestinian fisherman Jihad al-Soltan (R) pulls his fishing net on a beach, Gaza, Aug. 21, 2017 | Reuters/Mohammed Salem

Entsar Abu Jahal, Al-Monitor.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (June 14) — In a dangerous development June 12, Israel announced a full naval closure on the Gaza Strip until further notice, denying Palestinian fishermen access to the sea. Israel said it took the measure in response to the continued firing of incendiary balloons at Israeli settlements by protesters in the ongoing “right of return” marches. Continue reading

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When Israeli and German troops fought side by side in Bavaria’s trenches

And Gideon Levy, Haaretz correspondent, was there to witness it and ask uncomfortable questions about the past

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Israeli soldiers take part in a NATO exercise in Germany, April 2019 | IDF Spokesperson

NUREMBERG, Germany (May 3) – N. dons the black wool balaclava he always wears during operational activity. Only his dark eyes are visible. Diego’s jaws are also bound by a black muzzle. N. is an Israeli soldier who lives in Mitzpeh Adi in the Jezreel Valley and serves in Oketz, the Israel Defense Forces’ canine special forces unit. Diego is his dog – a Belgian dog that was trained in Germany. N. barks out his orders in German. “Sitz!” he commands, and Diego sits down submissively next to his master. Continue reading

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Gaza ‘laboratory’ boosts profits of Israel’s war industry

Gaza functions as a live testing area for Israeli weapons manufacturers | GABRIEL SCHIVONE*

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(October 5) – After exploring the vast surveillance regime along the US-Mexico border and finding Israeli systems installed at every turn, the author Todd Miller and I were drawn to investigate Israel as the largest homeland security industry in the world. Israel’s arms industry is twice the size of its US counterpart in exports per capita and employs a percentage of the national workforce double that of the US or France, two of the top global arms exporters. Continue reading

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Farm warfare: How Israel uses chemicals to kill drops in Gaza

The use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity. The purpose of herbicides is to enable farmers to grow produce, but Israel is quietly using them to do just the opposite in the Gaza Strip — in the name of security | AMIRA HASS, Haaretz

Palestinian farmers harvest their wheat in a farmland in central Gaza | Reuters

(July 6) – Photographs of military armored vehicles uprooting and crushing trees and vegetation within the Gaza Strip are not foreign to Israelis, but what is less widely known is that since 2014 Palestinian fields are also being  razed through the use of herbicides sprayed from the air — as first publicized by the website 972.

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Israeli forces wound scores of women in Gaza rally

The protest was the first mass women’s demonstration to take place in the strip since March 30 | Adel Hana/AP

 (July 3) – At least 134 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire as thousands of Palestinian women demonstrated along the heavily fortified fence with Israel in the besieged Gaza Strip. Continue reading

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Open letter to Derek Stoffel, CBC Middle East Bureau chief

From: Peter Larson <peter.larson@sympatico.ca>
Sent: May 26, 2018 9:36 AM
To: ‘derek.stoffel@cbc.ca‘ <derek.stoffel@cbc.ca>
Cc: ‘jennifer.mcguire@cbc.ca‘ <jennifer.mcguire@cbc.ca>; ‘jack.nagler@cbc.ca‘ <jack.nagler@cbc.ca>
Subject: Open letter to Mr. Derek Stoffel, CBC Correspondent in Jerusalem, about his coverage of the Palestinian protests in Gaza Continue reading

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Infographic. Living conditions in Gaza

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Along the Gaza border, they shoot medics (too), don’t they?

An ambulance a minute, 1,300 people shot in a day: Gaza’s Shifa Hospital faces crises that would swamp the world’s best hospitals | AMIRA HASS

Palestinian paramedics in Gaza | SAID KHATIB/AFP

(May 28) – Any healthcare system in the West would collapse if it had to treat as many gunshot wounds in a single day as there were in the Gaza Strip on May 14, say international medical figures. Yet Gaza’s medical system, which for years has been on the brink of collapse as a result of the Israeli blockade and Palestinian internecine conflict, coped amazingly well with the challenge. In Israel, the events of May 14 are already history. In the Strip, their bloody consequences will shape the lives of thousands of families for years to come. Continue reading

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Sighting. Worldwide protests against Israeli crimes and US inauguration of illegal embassy

TML Weekly published an extensive photo review of actions throughout Canada and around the world against Israeli crimes and the US inauguration of an illegal embassy in Jerusalem. The feature, the second in two weeks, helps break the disinformation by the media on the massive protests by the Palestinian people, the savage response by the Israeli armed forces and on the important questions of war and peace in the world. Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of Al Nakba: ‘Great March of Return’ boldly affirms Palestinians’ right of return to their homeland

The Great March of Return begins on Land Day March 30, 2018.

The Great March of Return, that began on Land Day (March 30) will shortly culminate on May 15, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Al Nakba (the catastrophe). On May 15, 1948 the Zionist state of Israel was established on the basis of the dispossession and mass expulsion of the Palestinian people.  Today, the Palestinian people face ongoing occupation and increasing encroachment and dispossession by the Zionists. The Great March of Return is a bold affirmation of the Palestinian people’s right to resist and right of return to their homeland, as enshrined in international law. Continue reading

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Massive marches to Israeli border affirms Palestinians’ Right of Return

42nd Anniversary of Palestinian Land Day

Mass Land Day demonstration in Gaza, near the border with the Zionist State of Israel, March 30, 2018, as the March of Return begins.

This year is the 42nd anniversary of Palestinian Land Day. On March 30, 1976, six Palestinians from Arab villages inside the Green Line were shot and killed by Israeli forces while protesting the confiscation of 5,500 acres of land from the Galilee in northern Israel to build Jewish communities. About 100 others were wounded and hundreds were arrested during the protest on March 30 of that year. Since then, Land Day has been commemorated by Palestinians inside Israel as well as in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem and around the world. In Arabic, Yawm al-‘Ard is one of the most widely-observed Palestinian national anniversaries. It signifies the unity of the land on all of historical Palestine, and the indivisibility of Palestinians wherever they live. Continue reading

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Sighting. Palestine photo review – February 2018

Photography and text documenting the reality of Palestine and Palestinian life, politics and culture during a month of the year

Palestinian women protesters call for an end to the electricity crisis outside Gaza’s sole power plant, 27 February | Yasser Qudih APA images

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Sinister Israeli Black Ops in Europe

spyThe victims are the three Palestinian groups working to bring Israel to The Hague on war crimes charges | Amira HassHaaretz.

(August 17) – He introduces himself as Abu Nabil, but Arabic is not his mother tongue. Hounding people and threatening them with murder is his business. It may be assumed that he gets a salary for this. He works with a team, armed with advanced technology for surveilling and locating people.

On February 25, Abu Nabil phoned Sweden, to the home of the family of Nada Kiswanson, a Palestinian attorney with dual Jordanian-Swedish citizenship, and warned the family that if Kiswanson did not leave her place of employment, they would never see her again. Continue reading

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Anniversary of Land Day: Palestine’s heroic resistance

Palestinians celebrate Land Day in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians celebrate Land Day in the Gaza Strip.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Land Day (Yom-el-Ard), the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends militant greetings to the heroic Palestinian people who continue their steadfast defence of their right to be and their resistance to the Zionist occupiers.

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Graphic details. Gaza’s untold story

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August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children. Continue reading

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Why are journalists surprised that Israel kills children?

Civilians rushed to help after explosions hit a beach where children were playing in Gaza City. Four Palestinian boys died | Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Civilians rushed to help after explosions hit a beach where children were playing in Gaza City. Four Palestinian boys died | Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Amena Saleem Media Watch

(June 15) – There was nothing surprising about Israel finding itself not culpable for the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach in July last year, as it did in a military judgment released a few days ago.

Israel’s investigations into its own crimes aren’t known for delivering guilty verdicts. Continue reading

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Graphic details. Who is breaking the ceasefire?

Gaza attacks.Jan-Mar 2015

In 2015 ….. 67 Israeli shootings on Gazans, on land and at sea. For a detailed breakdown of major incidents, broken down by month and by type – Shootings, Incursions, Injuries/Fatalities, Arrests, Attacks on Fishermen, Attacks on Farmers, see:
middleeastmonitor.com/specials/gaza_incidents/

Israel has fired into Gaza 400+ times since the Gaza war ended. Remember this when you hear “Hamas broke the ceasefire.”

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If Palestinians join ICC, Israel’s actions may trigger court’s jurisdiction

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) would have a hard time arguing that the occupation and the plight of Gaza Palestinians are outside their jurisdiction.  

The Mavi Marmara

The Mavi Marmara ship aboard which Israel’s raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla left nine Turkish activists dead. The Palmer Commission report on the May 31, 2010 events was leaked on September 1, 2011 | AP

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki (C) leaves the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, Aug. 5, 2014 | Reuters

( Jan. 3) – The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, halted the investigation into the 2010 Gaza flotilla affair in which Israeli commandos killed civilians on the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara. She did so despite concluding that there were reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes had been committed on board. Continue reading

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Sighting. ‘I am not a statistic’ – 2014 UNWRA Photography Competition

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Breaking the last taboo: Gaza and the threat of world war

By JOHN PILGER

“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”

For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australia, in this epic crime.

The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day. Continue reading

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Fidel Castro: True Friendship

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By FIDEL CASTRO

Yesterday I received a visit from the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, who made a trip abroad related to the defence of his country’s important oil interests.

During his stop in Cuba, he took the opportunity to make contact with me and greet me personally, as he had promised, on August 13 of this year, when I had the privilege of reaching 88 years of age. That day he presented me with some fruits, among them, some small pearl like ones, which I had never even seen before and which taste excellent. He also presented me with a sports uniform, a gift from the Venezuelan athletes seeking to win laurels for their country.

I was extraordinarily happy that he made the visit so soon, not only for the honour which his presence and quick action imply, when he is involved in the difficult task of carrying out the epic struggle of Hugo Chavez, as well as the exceptional actions he is carrying out. Continue reading

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The Resistance imposed a new reality on the ground in Gaza

Victory Dance. Painting by Ismail Shammout

Victory Dance. Painting by Ismail Shammout

‘We believe that any ceasefire without a price is a bonus for the occupation and it benefits from it and uses it as a means to subdue the Resistance, in an attempt to turn the victory that we accomplished on the military battlefield into a defeat at the negotiating table.’ ‘Of course, there is always contact between the Palestinian Resistance and Hezbollah and Iran. This is no longer a secret.’ QASSEM QASSEM and NIDAL AL-WAHIDI 
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Slaughter in Gaza: the lessons of history

“To Where...?” Painting by Ismail Shammout, 1953

“To Where…?” Painting by Ismail Shammout, 1953

Dr. SALMAN ABU-SITTA*

alakbarenglish (Aug. 20 ) – The guns used to attack Gaza may fall silent for a while and resume firing later, but this will not change a pattern that has lasted 66 years. The bloodshed will not come to an end without knowing how and why it started and how to deal with it.

There is nothing in Palestine’s geography that is called the “Gaza Strip.” This “strip” was created by Israel. Continue reading

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Eduardo Galeano: Gaza

By EDUARDO GALEANO *

TO justify itself, state terrorism fabricates terrorists, sows hates and presents alibis. Indications are that the butchery in Gaza, which according to its perpetuators, is about eliminating terrorists, will create more.

In more than three weeks of incessant bombing, Israel has killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, in large part civilians | AP

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Non-Aligned meeting condemns Israel, demands end of massacres in Gaza

Al-Manar (Aug. 4) – Iranian President Sheikh Hassan Rohani called upon the UN Security Council 2014.08.04.Non-aligned meeting, Teheran.jpgand the United Nations on Monday to hasten an end to the Zionist massacres against the oppressed Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip.

At the opening session of the ministerial meeting of the Committee on Palestine of the Non-Aligned Movement, Sheikh Rohani said that the continuation of the crisis in the Strip is due to lack of interest by the international community and its silence about the occupation crimes, adding that the United States and some Security Council members are turning a blind eye to the crimes of the occupation and defending the oppressor against the oppressed.

Moreover, the Iranian president called for a collective action to enable the Palestinian people of get their legitimate rights, pointing out that the Zionist entity has violated humanity and international norms by its aggression on Gaza. Continue reading

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Oppose the genocidal onslaught of the Zionist occupiers!

On the Important Questions of War and Peace

Demonstration in Ottawa at the Canadian parliament, July 26, 2014

Demonstration in Ottawa at the Canadian parliament, July 26, 2014

By PAULINE EASTON

THE genocidal onslaught of the Zionist Occupiers against the Palestinian people has entered its fourth week. Their war crimes and crimes against humanity are mounting day by day. So too is the massive disinformation of the American, Canadian and European official circles and monopoly owned media. This disinformation would have us believe that the genocidal onslaught of the Israeli Zionists against the Palestinian people is not a war crime committed by the occupiers of Palestinian lands who are engaged in state terrorism. On the contrary, they would have us believe that Israel is a modern democratic state exercising its right to self-defence against terrorist attackers.

These official circles and media shamelessly blame the Resistance for the violence of the Zionists. They call the wholesale killing of civilians, which are crimes of genocide, “unfortunate accidents” in an otherwise just cause to wipe out “terrorists.” Time and again, the media blame the Resistance for destroying any chance of a “peaceful final solution.” In fact, the very thought that the genocidal crimes of the Zionist Occupiers “protect Israeli civilians from Palestinian attacks” is irrational. Continue reading

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FACT SHEET – Self-defence or provocation?: Israel’s history of breaking ceasefires

121117-HalifaxGazaDemo-MediaCoop-04In November 2012, the Institute for Middle East Understanding released two useful resources on the Israeli attack on Gaza underway at that time. The first presented a timeline of events and the second outlined Israel’s history of breaking ceasefires, which is reproduced here. In addition, between the Six Day war and the Iraq war, between 1967 and 2003, Israel failed to comply with more than a third of all UN Security Council resolutions issued, many of them concerning the colonisation of Palestinian land. A simple ceasefire in Gaza means perpetuating a recognised breach of international law.

Since Israel’s creation in 1948, Israeli political and military leaders have demonstrated a pattern of repeatedly violating ceasefires with their enemies in order to gain military advantage, for territorial aggrandizement, or to provoke their opponents into carrying out acts of violence that Israel can then exploit politically and/or use to justify military operations already planned.

The following fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of the most high profile and consequential ceasefire violations committed by the Israeli military over the past six decades. Continue reading

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Graphic details. Israeli war of aggression

Gaza by the numbers

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Not reported in the media, but verified by the numbers: Muhmmad Dayf, commander of Qassam, said on July 28: We have deliberately targeted Israeli military targets while our enemy targets civilians and children.” Continue reading

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In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us, is hiding among civilians

 According to Israel, Hamas is cowardly and cynical

Two Palestinian girls run past a damaged ambulance in Gaza on Sunday, July 20 | Oliver Weiken/EPA

Two Palestinian girls run past a damaged ambulance in Gaza on Sunday, July 20 | Oliver Weiken/EPA

They hid at the El-Wafa hospital.

 

They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital.

 

They hid at the beach, where children played football. Continue reading

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Nasrallah’s speech affirms unity between Resistance factions, warns of Western plots in the region

By SAMI KLEIB, al-akbar english

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a speech he delivered in Beirut's southern suburbs on July 25, 2014 | Haitham Moussawi

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a speech he delivered in Beirut’s southern suburbs on July 25, 2014 | Haitham Moussawi

Beirut (July 25) – Now is not the time to talk about disappointments and the past. It is more important for the Resistance to win in Palestine because its victory is a further step towards undermining the foundations of the other axis that protects Israel. The other axis includes not only the United States and a large part of the West but also a significant number of Arab regimes.

Hezbollah not only supports Hamas, it is willing to do whatever it takes to provide support. Continue reading

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