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One- or two-state solution? The answer is both (or neither)

http://972mag.com by Noam Sheizaf The two-state solution is not a progressive cause and neither is a single-state solution — they are just possible means to an end. The only possible goal for progressive politics in Israel/Palestine can be full human, civil and political rights for everyone living on this land. Every now and then a comment on this blog attributes a position to me — one I thought I had been ...

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Tomás Hirsch speech in “Peace Paths for the Israel/Palestine conflict”

Words of Tomas Hirsch at the Providencia Forum in Santiago de Chile, seeking peaceful ways to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict "Good afternoon to everyone. To begin, I want to clarify where I am coming from: I am speaking from the point of view of Universalist Humanism. Its main points are: 1. Placing the human being as the central value and concern, so that there is nothing above the human being an ...

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Anti-Israel feeling tips the reporting balance for what appear to be bogus claims

The Israeli Government is in need of some “winning” electoral coup after a useless and heartless war with an equally heartless Hamas (that has managed to turn Gaza’s disaster, at least for some of its inhabitants, into some kind of “victory”), since nobody in Israel is in celebratory mood. Even for those who sincerely justify the need for the attacks as self-defence, killing children creates profound contra ...

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The War for Nothing

Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery 30 August 2014 AFTER 50 DAYS, the war is over. Hallelujah. On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 chu ...

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Will it hold? Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

Israel and Hamas appear to have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire after seven weeks of war.  According to UK's Channel 4 News "an Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "a complete and unlimited-in-time ceasefire" had been agreed". "Israel has also agreed to open its borders to allow humanitarian aid and building materials to be sent to Gaza, as well as the widening ...

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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani A version of this article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, M ...

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Renewed Israeli Assault on Gaza Kills Dozens; Hamas Executes 18 Palestinians

Israel is continuing its military assault on the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports five people have been killed today and at least 38 on Thursday, including three senior Hamas military commanders. Since the offensive began six weeks ago, at least 2,087 Palestinians have died, the majority civilians, while 67 people have died on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers. The renewe ...

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My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land. By Desmond Tutu | Aug. 14, 2014 | The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportiona ...

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I am on the side of children

By Meir Margalit, Jerusalem In an interview conducted by the German news agency Deutsche Welle with the prestigious Israeli writer and intellectual Amos Oz we see an Oz that leaves us perplexed. While the famous Israeli writer criticizes Israel’s excessive reaction, at the same time he justifies the attack and explains why so many civilians became victims, using the following metaphor "What would you do if ...

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Vigil for Peace in Gaza and Israel In the spirit of Japanese o-bon

August 15 in Japanese calendar is o-bon, a day dedicated to honoring deceased loved ones. By doing so, it also gives an opportunity for the living to reflect on our lives that were given by our ancestors and renew a commitment to live our lives to the fullest and in peace.  As I stand in front of the statue of Gandhi at Union Square Park, I reflect on what’s going on in my life and what it means to live my ...

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