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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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Vigil for Peace in Gaza and Israel

NYC August 15 - In front of Gandhi statue in Union Square, a vigil was held to ask for a nonviolent solution to end the conflict in Gaza and Israel, followed by a ceremony for people to send their best wishes of peace and hope to those affected by the conflict in the region, as well as here in NYC. Emiko Nagano, one of the organizer of the event says "I have been deeply affected by the news and images comin ...

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To the Humanist people – Palestine and Israel, the day after Gaza

By Aaron Elberg, from Jerusalem At some point, the fire will cease. Maybe in a couple of days, maybe a couple of weeks, but at some point the uproar of the cannons and the missiles will quiet. Until that time comes, many deaths will sum up to the scene on one faction, many tens of injured people will be added on the other faction, each side trying to inflict more damage to the other until the last moment, t ...

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A Letter to the Outside

Republished from Shani Manor's Blog Dear Friends Outside, Many of you have written to me to ask how I was, and even those who didn't, I know, are thinking about me every now and again, and just don't know how to express what they are feeling. I myself have been meaning to write a blog post since the negotiation talks ended 4 months ago but have had a difficult time escaping clichés. It's loaded when you wri ...

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