List of Middle East governments critical of Israeli human rights abuses in Gaza

What did you expect? [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Mohammed Salem
Date taken: July 31, 2014
Location: Jabalya Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Palestine

A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. [Read more...]

Why Stones Matter: On Palestine ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Sumud’

Guest contribution by Alexander Abbasi

“Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.”

— Sara Ahmed

I was thinking of the Palestinian concept of sumud recently in relation to the notion of “solidarity”. Why do we call it Palestine “Solidarity”? How does sumud play a part in our solidarity, or actually act as our solidarity?

Sumud is an Arabic word that translates to “perseverance through staying” or “steadfastness.” Contextually in Palestine, it has developed into an ideology of resistance over the decades by way of persisting on the land, not leaving it, clinging to it by any and all means necessary. With a rock in one hand and mother Falasteen underneath you.

The etymology of the word solidarity contains at least two sub-roots: “solid” and “arity.” Solid can be defined as “firm, whole, undivided,” and “to be solid” visually implies the notion of a rock or stone — a symbol familiar to Palestinians and many indigenous resistors. To be solid is the action of being firmly grounded. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: Racism wears the face of death

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Khalil Hamra
Date taken: August 5, 2014
Location: Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine

The Abu Louli family returned to their home in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah where they were greeted by a drawing of a menacing skull left by Israeli soldiers who had used their home as a base for many nights. Israel pulled its soldiers out of many areas in Gaza earlier in the week but has resumed its aerial bombardment of the coastal enclave. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: Praying in the shadows

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Khalil Hamra
Date taken: August 8, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Palestinians attend Friday prayers under the minaret of a mosque that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: The moment before a shell makes impact

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Ronen Zvulun
Date taken: July 26, 2014
Location: Northern Gaza Strip, Palestine

An Israeli shell is captured moments before striking a building in the northern Gaza Strip. Several shells have already hit the target. [Read more...]

List of op-eds calling for the elimination of Gaza

This list includes only those editorials published since Israel commenced its 2014 operation against the Gaza Strip on July 8. We have been made aware of many others that were published before then and we are working on publishing another list with those editorials and articles included.

1. “My Outline for a Solution in Gaza”
Author: Moshe Feiglin, Member of Knesset
Publisher: Arutz Sheva
Summary: “Quiet” Gaza permanently by attacking whoever and wherever without any consideration.
Link to article

2. “When Genocide is Permissible”
Author: Yochanan Gordon
Publisher: The Times of Israel, The Five Towns Jewish Times
Summary: If genocide is the only action that will quiet Gaza once and for all, so be it.
Link to The Times of Israel article (taken down)
Link to The Five Towns Jewish Times article (taken down)
Link to reprint

3. “Into the fray: Why Gaza must go”
Author: Martin Sherman
Publisher: The Jerusalem Post
Summary: Depopulate the Gaza Strip, relocate only the ‘good Arabs’, and annex the territory.
Link to article

4. “1 Samuel 15:18″
Author: Irwin E. Blank
Publisher: The Times of Israel
Summary: There is a religious obligation to make “the war more horrific for the people of Gaza”, to destroy Gaza once and for all, so that Israel will never feel threatened ever again. After receiving criticism, the author published a clarification for giving the impression that he advocates genocide.
Link to article

5. “Hamas’s Civilian Death Strategy”
Author: Thane Rosenbaum
Publisher: The Wall Street Journal
Summary: The rules of war do not apply to Israel’s invasion because there are no civilians in Gaza, and all of them are legitimate if not necessary targets.
Link to article

6. “In Gaza, there is no such thing as ‘innocent civilians'”
Author: Giora Eiland
Publisher: Ynet News
Summary: Israel’s generosity in supplying food, fuel, and electricty to the enemy is absurd: Gaza must be dealt with swiftly and totally.
Link to article

7. Untitled
Author: Ayelet Shaked, Member of Knesset
Publisher: (Self-published on Facebook)
Summary: The Palestinian people as a whole are the enemy; they are snakes who deserve to die, every single one of them.
Link to reprint

If you are aware of any other editorials calling for the destruction of Gaza or supporting the elimination or mass transfer of its population, please comment below with links.

Photo of the Day: May you never forget the look in her eyes

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis
Date taken: July 31, 2014
Location: Beit Lahya, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Five-year-old Hajar Muharram sits at a desk in a classroom in a United Nations-run school. Hajar and her family of seven fled their home in the northern Gaza Strip and have since joined hundreds of other Palestinians taking refuge in the school. Nearly 500,000 Palestinians have been displaced as a result of Israel’s major military offensive against Gaza. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: The flag of Palestine means resilience

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Mahmud Hams
Date taken: July 28, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

A Palestinian man with the flag draped over his back assesses the damage of an Israeli air strike on a home in Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City. Shuja’iyya was the site of some of most intense shelling seen since Israel’s invasion began earlier in the month. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: When life and death meet in the maternity ward

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Loulou d’Aki
Date taken: July 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Sahar Dalar Erifi, 31, breathes deeply as her contractions intensify. She is expected to give birth prematurely. Across the street from the Al-Shifa Hospital’s maternity ward is morgue which has seen far more activity in the past weeks. [Read more...]

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