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Gaza and the definition of violence

I ask, what is violence, really? Depending on where in the political spectrum one is, either it’s Hamas or Israel’s fault that the Gaza Strip is once again flaring up into violence. But, it’s clear that the majority of people agree that Israel’s reaction - the target bombing of Gaza - is disproportionate to the rockets from the Hamas. So far, more than 469 Palestinians [civilians - as of Monday 10am Hong Ko ...

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Deadliest day in Gaza crisis

The deadliest violence, so far, of Israel's offensive claimed the lives of at least 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers in Gaza on Sunday. Meanwhile, Hamas says it has kidnapped an Israeli soldier in Gaza City. Most of the casualties in Sunday's violence came in the Shijaiyah neighborhood, located between Gaza City and the Israeli border. On Sunday alone, Israel said that 13 soldiers had been killed in ...

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Extending the Nuclear Deadline: Challenges Ahead

With significant gaps between the position of parties still remaining, despite serious marathon negotiations unfortunately a final deal by July 20th has proved unreachable, thus necessitating the extension of that deadline, as allowed by the provisions of the Geneva 'Joint Plan of Action' singed last November. The big question is, of course, what this means in terms of the negotiation process and the vested ...

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“Not in our name”

By Meir Margalit, former Elected member of the Jerusalem City Council for the Meretz Party and a founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. More than three thousand Israelis participated in a peaceful demonstration last night demanding an immediately cease fire, under the slogan "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies ", another everyday events held throughout the whole country. We are certain ...

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Malaysian link to terror in Syria

Since April 2014, the Malaysian media has carried numerous stories of Malaysians who are directly or indirectly linked to terrorist groups operating in Syria, and to a lesser extent, Iraq. We are told that they see themselves as “jihadis” who are fighting for an Islamic cause. There are unconfirmed reports that some of them have been killed in the on-going conflict in Syria. By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar Police i ...

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Jerusalem, “united city” mirage.

By Dr Meir Margalit, former Elected member of the Jerusalem City Council for the Meretz Party and a founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. This article was written before the escalation of violence in Gaza. Anyone who needed additional proof that the "united city" project has failed, and that Jerusalem is now more divided than ever, has received it during this week’s dose of violence. A ...

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The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s War on Palestine, Ukraine and the Truth

By John Pilger*, TRANSCEND Media Service – The other night, I saw George Orwells’s ’1984′ performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never ...

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Rally in Tira: Jews and Arabs Refuse to be Enemies

… Neve Shalom-Wahat al Salam organizing for the future. Once again the Middle East has exploded, yet, on Saturday some 400 Jews and Arab citizens of Israel gathered in the Arab city of Tira for a rally organized by Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom, in collaboration with other peace organizations and the City of Tira, to promote Arab-Jewish partnership. The motto of the day was that “Jews and Arabs refuse to be ...

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Being played like a piano by strategic suicide

Taking sides between two violent factions will not end a conflict. Working for reconciliation is the only way. The Arab Israeli conflict cannot be seen in terms of goodies and baddies; here we have two peoples, deeply traumatized by their history, locking one another in a hopeless escalation of violence. Why should the Gazans refuse to agree to a ceasefire? If Israel stops sending missiles it would be good ...

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Before the Next ISIS, We Need Nonviolent Counterterrorism Strategies

by Erin Niemela, War Is A Crime – TRANSCEND Media Service A relatively new group engaging in non-state political violence, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently called for the creation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria and a continuation and strengthening of jihad during Ramadan, according to a video that emerged through social media.  ISIS, born of Al Qaeda members in Iraq and matured in ...

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