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  • Why there is no room for diplomacy in Gaza

    With or without a ceasefire, the brutality of the last week will be revisited upon the Palestinians of Gaza – a fact that, unsurprisingly, leaves no room for diplomacy. It should come as no surprise that Hamas Tuesday de facto rejected what by all accounts was an Israeli diktat – disguised as an Egyptian ceasefire proposal – to end Israel's relentless assault on the organization and its base of operations, Gaza. Following a week of near-constant Israeli bombing, the brunt of which has been borne by Palestinian civilians, the Egyptian proposal featured none of the demands on which Hamas had been most vocal, chief…

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  • I am the woman who translates the names of the dead

    In these frenzied days, I look for routine and find it in the task of translating names. Not that anyone reads all of them, but here's another child, and another, and a last name that gets repeated again and again. And then I realize that a whole family has been wiped out. By Michal Rotem (Translated by Sol Salbe) For several days now I've been translating the names of those killed in Gaza to Hebrew. It was not my idea, and I'm not an expert in literary Arabic, but I volunteered my meager translation skills to help John Brown, because…

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  • PHOTOS: After eight days of attacks on Gaza

    As talk of a ceasefire raises hopes, Israel's strikes on Gaza continue to raise the death toll and destroy family homes. Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org Text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler With international attention focused on the suffering of civilians in Gaza, pressure has mounted on both sides to agree to a ceasefire. Meanwhile, those on the ground continue to suffer the most. Thousands of Gazans fled the northern region of the strip after receiving warnings from the Israeli military of impending attacks. While many have sought shelter in schools, Israeli strikes continue to claim lives throughout the…

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  • Israel bars prominent Palestinian artist from traveling to N.Y. exhibit

    Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar travels regularly to exhibit and discuss his art. This time, the Israeli army simply said no, you can't go. Khaled Jarrar, a prominent Palestinian artist based in Ramallah, was supposed to be in New York by now for an exhibit at the New Museum, a Manhattan hotspot for contemporary art. Except Israel isn’t letting him go. Jarrar arrived at the Allenby border crossing at 3:00 p.m. yesterday. Rather than cross into Jordan, as he has done many times over the last few years, he was told he could not exit due to “an intelligence order.” After 10 hours spent waiting,…

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  • Be'er Sheva, a city with no refuge from rockets

    In Be'er Sheva, there are two kinds of people: those who sit protected in their shelters, calling for the occupation of Gaza, and the thousands of people who, living in buildings that crumble around them and with nowhere to run, just wait for the end. I live in such a building. Conversations with residents who have no refuge from the rockets. By Daniel Beller (translated from Hebrew by Noam Shemtov) The city of Be'er Sheva on Friday night got a reminder of why it needs a little less pride and lot more protection, especially for the weak: a rocket hit a…

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  • The night it became dangerous to demonstrate in Tel Aviv

    The fascists attacked. Police didn't respond in time and ran away when the sirens wailed. We were lucky to get away with only three injured, one in the hospital and many traumatized. (Translated from Hebrew by Michael Sappir) When the sirens wailed in Tel Aviv last night one thing was clear to us: the fascists in front of us were more dangerous than the rapidly approaching rockets. One by one, the police ran to bomb shelters and left us face to face. Only one brave and wise officer remained in the middle and attempted to separate us. Only when the Iron…

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  • 'We stay together, or we leave this world together'

    From the rehabilitation hospital he heads, Dr. Basman Alashi can see where Gaza ends and Israel begins. If he needed a reminder of just how close the border is, it came early Friday morning, when Israel fired two "warning" rockets at the El Wafa Hospital, stoking fears that its 14 remaining patients - all elderly and all dependent on round-the-clock professional care to survive - would become the next victims of a bombing campaign that has so-far killed more than 120 people. I spoke with Dr. Alashi Saturday afternoon, and he told me about one patient whose situation sums up…

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  • In Jerusalem, Jews and Palestinians pay the price for latest wave of violence

    An inside look at the financial and psychological costs of the recent unrest in one of the country's most segregated cities. By Corey Sherman As the rocket alert sirens rang out in Jerusalem Tuesday night, a group of friends passed around a pungent hashish cigarette on Yohanan Horkanus Street, an alleyway nestled between the commercial center of Jaffa Street and the Haredi neighborhood of Mea She’arim. “Jews and Arabs needn’t be enemies!” joked Uri, repeating one of the Hebrew slogans a group of graying left-wing Israelis chanted last week in a tame, feel-good march against racism in the city center.  “All…

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  • Polls: Two-state solution was a casualty, even before the war

    Turns out most Israelis support the establishment of a Palestinian state - until they read the fine print. There is a natural obsession with short-term, immediate details of the situation in Israel and Palestine: where is the siren or rocket or bomb? How many bodies are piling up in Gaza? Israelis’ memory at present seems to go back only a few weeks, to the murder of three teens that they believe set off this cycle. But for Palestinians, there was life before the Israeli kids were murdered, and it wasn’t good. Many are seething under a reality of no prospects,…

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  • Photos of the week: Running for cover and having nowhere to run

    This week: Protests in the West Bank, U.S. and Tel Aviv as Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip kill 121 Palestinians, including at least 27 children, and injuring more than 800.                          Related: Why are there are no white flags in Gaza? Blame Israel and Hamas both for Gaza’s civilian deaths What Israel’s ‘precision bombing’ of Gaza looks like

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  • The occupation will last forever, Netanyahu clarifies

    When Abbas joins the next UN body and signs the next international treaty or makes his next move aimed at advancing statehood, remember why he is doing so. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday put to rest any lingering speculation or hopes that the long-comatose two-state solution might ever be revived. All of a sudden, the prime minister’s refusal to discuss borders or maps in negotiations with the Palestinians makes sense. After all, why negotiate over a map you have no intention of ever compromising on? “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there…

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  • WATCH: A voice of peace on the Gaza border

    For 14 years, the Israeli communities in the Gaza vicinity have dealt with regular rocket and mortar attacks. But not everyone shares the hardline views most often heard when news cameras show up. As 'Operation Protective Edge' began this past week, Social TV went to the area and found some different voices. Related: Live blog: Escalation in Gaza - July 2014 Why are there are no white flags in Gaza? Dispatch from Gaza: You can never be emotionally ready Why I object to this military campaign, even as missiles fall on my city

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  • Nobody should be a number: Names of those killed in Gaza

    At the time of writing, Israeli air strikes and shelling had killed dozens of Palestinians since the start of Operation Protective Edge. There had been no deaths on the Israeli side. Some of those killed by Israel were Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, others were civilians, including women and children. The Israeli army has been bombing the family homes of militants, which it claims were also being used for military purposes. Many of the children killed thus far were related to individuals whose homes were targeted. All too often, casualties on both sides of this conflict are remembered only as…

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