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Open letter from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center

  OPEN LETTER FROM THE BROOKLYN METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER from Sr. Megan Rice, on behalf of the Transform Now Plowshares July 28, 2014 Our Dear Sisters and Brothers, We send warm greetings and many thanks to all who actively engage in the transformation of weapons of mass destruction to sustainable life-giving alternatives. Gregory Boertje-Obed (U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas) Michael Walli ...

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Palestinian Toll Tops 1,000 as Truce Unearths Dozens of Buried Bodies

The U.N. Security Council has issued a presidential statement calling for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza as the Palestinian toll tops 1,000. The weekend saw a series of ceasefire announcements by both Israel and Hamas. On Saturday, more than 130 bodies were pulled from Gaza’s rubble during a 12-hour truce. Many displaced residents tried to return home only to find their neig ...

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Peace demo under attack in Tel Aviv

July 26, 2014 PEPPER SPRAYED & PURSUED IN NORTH TEL AVIV Report from a peace demonstrator It happened after the demonstration -the biggest in Tel Aviv against the war yet, estimates of over 6,000 demonstrators- had mostly dispersed. The now-familiar group of right-wing demonstrators had worked themselves up into a frenzy throughout the speeches by left-wing Knesset Members and bereaved parents and chant ...

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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bo ...

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Hear O Israel … something very big is crying inside the human being

We would like to read the names of each of the five hundred Palestinians who have died. Also each one of the dozens of Israelis who have lost their lives because of these attacks. At least knowing their names to represent them and thus bring closer the unique meaning of what is happening. Every human life that vanishes by the deliberate and violent act of another human being is a shadow over humanity as a w ...

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Gaza: Jewish activists in the USA

The glimmer of hope I have in these dark days is you - our community of members, supporters, and allies standing up all over the world. The photo shows the writer  in the police van with Maia Ettinger, daughter and grand-daughter of Holocaust survivors. Yesterday, I was part of a delegation of activists from Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! who took over the Friends of the IDF headquarters in New Yor ...

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The Sacrifice Trap

By Dr Meir Margalit, from Jerusalem Until when will this useless strife continue? Kenneth Boulding, English economist and philosopher, coined a concept called-"the sacrifice trap" which explains, in a way, the current Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip. According to that view, political or military leaders tend to cling to lost conflicts to prevent their people from questioning why so much hopeless sacrif ...

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Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine

By Robert J. Burrowes* For those of us interested in understanding what is driving the conflict in Ukraine, now seriously complicated by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet – which has raised the potential of the conflict to explode into a nuclear war with devastating consequences for humanity – it is worth delving into the psychology of key parties to the conflict and particularly those ...

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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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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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