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...]

Photo of the Day: A slate of names for Gaza’s many dead children

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: Musa Al-Shaer
Date taken: July 28, 2014
Location: Aida Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine

A boy writes the names of Palestinian children killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the coastal territory’s invasion, during a demonstration in the Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. [Read more...]

A thing or two about “terror tunnels”

When I visited family in Gaza City in 2011, they reluctantly agreed to take me to see some of the tunnels that had been constructed in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

At the time, there were an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 tunnels criss-crossing their ways underneath Gaza’s border with Egypt. Designed to outsmart the blockade that had essentially cut the coastal territory off from the world since 2006, the tunnels instantly grew in popularity. They were seen as a source of relief. The food, construction materials, and even animals that Israel had banned from entering the Strip was finding another way in.

As Israel and the Egyptian government cooperated to keep even the most basic necessities out of the Gaza Strip, smugglers went to work. In just three to ten minutes, a runner could smuggle anything he wanted from one of the tunnel to the other. Many requests were bold — new cars, healthy sheep, a family who had waited too long at the border — and some were ridiculous — a family meal from KFC, and why not a wife — but they all got through. So is the quick-witted brilliance of the Palestinian under occupation. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: When surviving feels so unlikely, sleep becomes the priority in 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: Marco Longari
Date taken: July 21, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Palestinians who had fled their homes from Gaza City’s Shuja’iyya neighborhood attempt to sleep on makeshift beds at a United Nations shelter with other families that have been displaced. [Read more...]

Imgur: ‘Gaza looks like actual hell on earth’

The brutality of Israel’s latest invasion on the Gaza Strip is making itself known on Imgur.

Overnight and early into the day, the popular image hosting website’s front page featured a photograph of an air strike on Gaza City. The caption reads, “New photo from Gaza today looks like actual hell on earth”.

Images of all kinds, from photographs to meme sets to animated GIFs, are uploaded to the website. “Imgurians,” members of the Imgur community, interact with the image by ‘upvoting’, ‘downvoting’, and commenting on it.

The website’s most popular images make it to the front page. According to Alexa, which provides traffic data and other information on over 30 million websites, Imgur.com is the 48th most popular website in the world. [Read more...]

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