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See how the ‎Israeli‬ army destroyed Beit Hanoun in one hour! When the shooting stopped on Saturday .. medics had found 130 bodies under the rubble in the eastern areas of ‎Gaza‬

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Displaced Palestinians attend the Eid al-Fitr at a United Nations school, in Gaza City on July 28, 2014

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That’s how Gazans are celebrating Eid..28 July 2014

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'As we write, other massacres and threats to the medical personnel in emergency services and denial of entry for international humanitarian convoys are reported.6 We as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues. We urge readers not to be silent too. Gaza trapped under siege, is being killed by one of the world's largest and most sophisticated modern military machines. The land is poisoned by weapon debris, with consequences for future generations. If those of us capable of speaking up fail to do so and take a stand against this war crime, we are also complicit in the destruction of the lives and homes of 1·8 million people in Gaza.
We register with dismay that only 5% of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. We are tempted to conclude that with the exception of this 5%, the rest of the Israeli academics are complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza. We also see the complicity of our countries in Europe and North America in this massacre and the impotence once again of the international institutions and organisations to stop this massacre.’

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In recent weeks, Israel has unleashed what amounts to the worst one-sided barbarism against one of the world’s most densely populated areas - Gaza. In the process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled back the curtain to proudly show the world how, under his leadership, Israel has defeated North Korea for the rogue state par excellence award.

How else could one describe a state that is officially sustained by a belligerent apartheid system; a state that occupies the land of another and systematically carries out ethnic-cleansing; and a state that relentlessly demonstrates a rejectionist attitude toward UN resolutions, international law and institutions?

In its latest campaign of brazen aggression, Israel has caused colossal destruction of lives, homes and critical infrastructure.

The official Israeli line, often parroted by key international media groups, is that Israel had to carry out this brutal massacre as “self-defence” since three teenage settlers were kidnapped and killed by Hamas - a charge that the latter categorically denied.

Since then, it has emerged that Israel knew that Hamas was not responsible for the death of the three Israelis. Clearly Netanyahu’s government had concocted a plan to create an emotionally charged atmosphere at home and abroad to smooth the way for an attack on Gaza.

Since its founding, the state of Israel has enjoyed exclusive and, indeed, absolute impunity that shielded it from international law. Hence, Israel never experienced any repercussions for its routine manoeuvres outside international norms and legal constraints that protect weaker nations from the predatory tendencies of the stronger ones. This above-the-law status - secured mainly by the US - has emboldened Israel to become the most dangerous bully in the Middle East.

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A Palestinian woman cries at the grave of her son “said” who was killed during the Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in shikh Ridwan in the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014.

A Palestinian woman cries at the grave of her son “said” who was killed during the Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in shikh Ridwan in the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014.

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Our fast is over, but our hunger lingers…There will be no Eid celebrations this year, not while our children, our men, our women, and our elderly are being slaughtered…We do not hunger for food, nor do we thirst for water, NO! We hunger and thirst for FREEDOM, JUSTICE, and DIGNITY! While some may celebrate, we mourn our Martyrs and await the day we are delivered from the modern day Pharaohs and Nazis…Our deliverance is on the horizon! Inshallah next year we will celebrate in Peace and Freedom in a liberated Palestine!

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Today, the people of Bil’in performed the Eid prayer near the occupation wall standing on their land.
After the prayer, clashes with the occupation army led to the arrest of one person and dozens of people were asphyxiated by gas bombs shot by the army. July 28, 2014.

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Israel’s war of deception 2014
How can a preventable war be justified? And how can one wrap oneself in its rightness in the presence of the horror-show images from Gaza?
It began as a war of choice: A different Israeli policy in the last few months might have prevented it. It evolved into a pointless war. It’s already pretty obvious that it will not result in any long-term achievements. It could still deteriorate into a disaster, 

"The second deceit is that the occupation of the Gaza Strip has ended. Imagine a besieged enclave, whose inhabitants are imprisoned, much of whose affairs are controlled by another state – from maintaining a population registry to running the economy, including prohibiting exports and restricting fishing, and which flies in its skies and occasionally invades its territory. Is that not occupation?"


The third deceit is the claim that the Israel Defense Forces “does everything in its power” to avoid killing civilians. We’ve already passed the first thousand deaths, a frightening number of them children and the majority of them civilians; with neighborhoods that have been flattened and 150,000 displaced persons with nowhere safe to run. All that makes the claim nothing more than a bitter joke.

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The Irish community in Philadelphia in solidarity with Gaza. July 27, 2014.

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An all too familiar scene these days..Palestine