UK news anchorman makes emotional plea for Gaza after visit left him ‘deeply scarred’

Jon Snow, a British journalist and television presenter for Channel 4 News, traveled to the Gaza Strip to document the tragedy that continues to unfold as more and more Palestinians die from Israeli attacks. Israel launched its latest offensive against Gaza, dubbed “Operation Protect Edge,” on July 8. Since then, at least 1,023 Palestinians have been killed, including nearly 200 children.

Snow’s coverage of the invasion has been refreshing to say the least. In a recent interview with Israeli Prime Minister spokesman Mark Regev, Snow asked hard-hitting questions about Israel’s seemingly indiscriminate targeting of Palestinian civilians. In the interest of time, Snow narrowed his focus to the shelling of Gaza’s Al-Wafa rehabilitation and geriatric hospital as well as the shelling of a beach that killed four young boys — all related — and injured a fifth.

Despite Regev’s flustered attempts to deflect Snow’s challenging questions with the usual talking points about how ‘Hamas is to blame for the outcome of Israeli strikes,’ Snow makes it clear to him and to viewers that “you [Israel] are deliberately targeting neighborhoods in which you know there are women and children. And if your sightings can’t see boys playing football in a huge, wide beach, then there’s something wrong with your equipment.” [Read more...]

Controversial, illegal, and documented: Israeli military strategies in Gaza


Israel commenced its invasion of the Gaza Strip with air strikes on more than 200 sites, killing 24 Palestinians on the first day. Above, an Israeli missile hits a building just south of Gaza City on July 8, 2014. Photo credit: Mohammed Saber, EPA

As Israel rolls deeper into its military offensive against the Gaza Strip, its tactics against the territory’s densely-packed civilian population are becoming more and more clear. Over the last 17 days, the death toll has risen to at least 797 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians and nearly two hundred of whom were children. Despite near-global condemnation, Israel has not dialed down the brutality. The following is a list of ten documented Israeli military strategies that are responsible for the disturbingly high casualty count.

1. Israel is one of the best equipped militaries in the world and its weapons industry is responsible for many technological advancements in modern warfare. It should come as no surprise, then, that Israel has the capacity to strike its targets with extreme precision. In the past, Israel has assassinated Hamas members so precisely that others riding with them in their cars or walking alongside them have survived. This has not been the modus operandi for Israel’s last three major offensives against the Gaza Strip, particularly this latest one. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry commented on Israel’s military strategy, sarcastically calling it one “hell of a pinpoint operation”.

2. Israel contends that it warns Gaza residents of imminent air strikes and shelling campaigns and instructs them to flee. However, the crippling siege and total blockade that Israel has imposed on the territory means that Palestinians have no place to go. This allows Israel to kill two birds with one stone, as the saying goes. It can publicly claim that it works to minimize civilian casualties while at the same time killing Palestinians wantonly and with impunity. [Read more...]

Running into death: Gaza woman risks her life to save another

The following four photographs depict a story of tragedy and courage deep inside the Gaza Strip. Captured on July 20, day one of Israel’s intense shelling of the densely-packed Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, the images show Palestinians running for their lives through the neighborhood’s rubble-filled streets.

As the woman in the photograph sprints ahead, she turns to spot a young boy injured on the ground. His left leg had been broken below the knee by a blast moments before the first image was captured.

The woman runs back toward the boy and helps him up, risking her life to save his. As recently uncovered footage from Shuja’iyya shows, the shelling was relentless.

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Footage: Four minutes of Israel intensely shelling civilians in Shuja’iyya

Please take caution when watching this video. The footage is extremely distressing.

On July 20, Israel launched an offensive against the Gaza City neighborhood of Shuja’iyya, claiming it to be a stronghold for Palestinian armed resistance factions. More than 70 Palestinians were killed in the first day of the operation. Previously uncovered footage shows the aftermath of the assault which includes young children charred and strewn about throughout the streets. Many family members are seen wailing beside the bodies of their loved ones.

This footage shows the intensity of the shelling as it happened. It is unclear how many of the people seen in the footage made it out alive. We urge you to take caution when viewing this footage. The sights and sounds are extremely distressing. [Read more...]

Baltimore Sun ‘literally otherizes’ Palestinians in insulting subheadline

This photograph of The Baltimore Sun’s front page taken by Twitter user @hankamarillo identifies 13 dead soldiers as Israeli but uses the word “others” to identify Palestinians.

For the past two days, the Israeli military has relentlessly shelled the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, claiming it to be a stronghold for armed Palestinian resistance fighters. In the first day alone, more than 70 Palestinians were killed, most either in their homes or in the streets as they tried to flee the scene of the shelling on foot. Many children were among the dead. At least two dozen more Palestinians have been killed since.

Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed in combat on the first day. [Read more...]

Updated: Gaza invasion hits Houston Rockets locker room

Update: Recently discovered message by Dwight Howard suggests he might have been pressured into deleting his #FreePalestine tweet. More information at the bottom of the report.

Early into day six of Israel’s latest invasion of the Gaza Strip, American professional basketball player Dwight Howard tweeted “#Free Palestine” to his 5.2 million followers.

Minutes later, the tweet was deleted, only to be followed by an apology and a vow that he will continue to stay out of international politics. [Read more...]

In-Depth: Deadly strike on Gaza family not “accidental”, contrary to Israeli military investigation findings

On July 8, eight family members were killed after an Israeli air strike targeted the Kaware family’s home in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Over two dozen were left injured, and at least half of the deceased were children.

Facing condemnation so early in their latest campaign against Gaza — dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” — the Israeli military conducted a preliminary investigation to determine whether or not the Israeli Air Force was at fault.

The investigation’s findings were disclosed on Wednesday, with Haaretz reporting on the Israeli military’s conclusion.

Investigation conclusion

According to the investigation, the Israeli military elected to target the home of Odeh Kaware who, according to Israeli officials, is a ranking Hamas officer based in Khan Younis. Haaretz’s report mentions that his home served as “his headquarters” although no evidence or context is given as to what this means.

Before leveling the house, the Israeli military contacted the Kaware family by phone to announce their intention to bomb the house. The family is understood to have left immediately.

The investigation further discusses the use of a warning missile by the Israeli Air Force. In military jargon, this “knock on the roof” is a small missile without an explosive warhead that is allegedly intended to stress the seriousness of the Israeli military’s threat.

The Israeli military claims that the larger missile was fired once the home was clear. By the time family members began returning to the building, the missile could not be diverted.

The investigation concludes that the casualty count is, essentially, the result of Palestinian irresponsibility. Had the Kaware family stayed far from their home, the investigation implies, they might not have suffered so many deaths and injuries.

Therefore, the investigation shifts accountability from the Israeli military to the Palestinian family members who were killed and injured — all of whom were confirmed noncombatants. [Read more...]

The Deceased from Day One of Israel’s Latest Offensive Against Gaza

In the first day of Israel’s latest offensive against the Gaza Strip, the following twenty-nine Palestinians were killed:

1. Rashad Yassin
Killed in the first wave of air strikes after a destroyed house collapsed on him in central Gaza Strip

2. Muhammad Shaaban
Killed with victims #3 and #4 as they drove a civilian car through the center of Gaza City

3. Ahmad Shaaban
Killed with victims #2 and #4 as they drove a civilian car through the center of Gaza City

4. Khader Abu Jabal Al-Bashiliki
Killed with victims #2 and #3 as they drove a civilian car through the center of Gaza City

5. Mohammed Ibrahim Kawareh
Killed after locals gathered on the roof to act as a human shield to keep Israel from targeting the house in Khan Younis

6. Mohammad Ayman Ashour, child, aged 13
Killed after locals gathered on the roof to act as a human shield to keep Israel from targeting the house in Khan Younis

7. Riyadh Mohammad Kaware
Killed after locals gathered on the roof to act as a human shield to keep Israel from targeting the house in Khan Younis

8. Basem Salem Hussein Karawe, child, aged 10
Killed after locals gathered on the roof to act as a human shield to keep Israel from targeting the house in Khan Younis

9. Bakir Mohammad Judeh
Killed after locals gathered on the roof to act as a human shield to keep Israel from targeting the house in Khan Younis

10. Ammar Mohammad Judeh
Killed after locals gathered on the roof to act as a human shield to keep Israel from targeting the house in Khan Younis

11. Hussein Yousef Kaware, child, aged 13
Killed after locals gathered on the roof to act as a human shield to keep Israel from targeting the house in Khan Younis

12. Siraj Iyad Abed Al-Aal, child, aged 8
Succumbed to his wounds shortly after the Kaware family’s house was bombed earlier in the day

13. Ahmad Nael Mahdichild, aged 15
Killed in an air strike in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City

14. Suleiman Salman Abu Al-Sawaween
Killed in an air strike just north of Khan Younis

15. Moussa Habib, child, aged 16
Killed with victim #16 by an air strike launched against a motorized tricycle in Gaza City

16. Mohammad Habib
Killed with victim #15 by an air strike launched against a motorized tricycle in Gaza City

17. Saqer Ayesh Al-Ajouri
Killed by an air strike targeting a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip

18. Unidentified
Killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers at a military base in southern Israel

19. Unidentified
Killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers at a military base in southern Israel

20. Unidentified
Killed in an air raid during clashes with Israeli soldiers at a military base in southern Israel

21. Unidentified
Killed by naval forces during clashes with Israeli soldiers at a military base in southern Israel

22. Unidentified
Killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers at a military base in southern Israel

23. Hafiz Mohammed Hamad
Killed while at his home surrounded by his family, victims #24-#29, in Beit Hanoun

24. Ibrahim Mohammed Hamad
Killed by an Israeli air strike on his home in Beit Hanoun

25. Mahdi Mohammad Hamad
Killed by an Israeli air strike on his home in Beit Hanoun

26. Fawzia Khalil Hamad
Killed by an Israeli air strike on her home in Beit Hanoun

27. Dunya Mahdi Hamad, child, aged 16
Killed by an Israeli air strike on his home in Beit Hanoun

28. Suha Hamad
Killed by an Israeli air strike on her home in Beit Hanoun

29. Abdelhady Al-Soufi
Killed in an Israeli air strike and confirmed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health

This list of deaths is corroborated by details made public by the Palestinian Ministry of Health and printed news.

Israel officially commenced its latest offensive against the Gaza Strip — “Operation Protective Edge” — on July 8, 2014.

This list of deaths includes all Palestinian casualties, including noncombatants as well as combatants. Of the 29 Palestinians killed, five were active combatants (#18-#22). The remaining 24 were unarmed civilians and noncombatants. There were no reported Israeli casualties.

Infographic: Effects of Israeli military activity since June 12, 2014

Following a tense start to the month of June, during which Israel killed one Palestinian and arrested more than a dozen children, after which three Israeli settlers disappeared, Israel waged a series of assaults against the occupied Palestinian territories, including mass arrests in the West Bank, air strikes in densely populated areas of the Gaza Strip, and widespread looting and destruction of Palestinian-owned property.

For a high resolution version of the infographic, click here.

The bodies of the three settlers were later found near Al-Khalil in the West Bank. Rather than investigating the matter, presenting concrete evidence, and holding accountable those responsible for the slayings, Israel launched an indiscriminate offensive against the Palestinian people. According to sources as recent as July 6, at least 23 Palestinians have been killed. A total of 19 were killed by Israeli soldiers in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the remaining four were murdered by Jewish Israeli settlers in the West Bank. Many hundreds have been arrested and countless others have suffered injuries during clashes throughout the West Bank and demonstrations in Israel proper. [Read more...]

ZARA makes shorts out of stolen Palestinian kuffiyeh design

Update: It appears that ZARA has taken the item down.

The kuffiyeh, typically slung over the shoulders and around the neck, is recognized around the world as a symbol of Palestinian resistance against occupation and oppression. To fashion retailer ZARA, the kuffiyeh is a design best worn around the waist and over the butt.

Printed shorts are all the rage this season, prompting ZARA to release a line of shorts printed with all kinds of colorful and unique patterns. Of the six designs for sale on the company’s website, five of them have floral patterns. The sixth is a mock-up of the Palestinian kuffiyeh.

Both the product and the webpage it is featured on lack any context concerning the origin of the design or its connection to Palestinian history and identity. [Read more...]

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