Fears grow over Jerusalem unrest
Source: Financial Times
With the world’s attention focused on the war in the Gaza Strip, another front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is quietly heating up in Jerusalem, one of the few places where Israelis and Palestinians – elsewhere divided by walls or fences — mingle and meet.
Since the killing last month of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager, by Jewish extremists, the city has seen protests and rioting nearly every night — usually clashes between Arab youths and Israeli police or soldiers. It has accelerated this week, when more than 100 young Palestinians were arrested over two nights. Continue reading ‘Jerusalem unrest prompts fears of third Intifada’
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In a special edition of Hardtalk from Doha, Stephen Sackur talks to Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas. The Palestinian Islamist movement is currently locked in a grim and costly military confrontation with Israel in Gaza. The pressure on Hamas is immense — military, political and diplomatic.
1. “Hamas fired 2,000 rockets at Israel!”
A: How many rockets, missiles, tank shells, cluster bombs, white phosphorous bombs, bullets, cannons and grenades has Israel unleashed on the Palestinians? It’s a sad situation and only reflective of the evident bias when you can count to the 3rd decimal point the number of Hamas projectiles but be completely clueless about Israel’s arsenal.
2. “Israel is defending itself. What would you do if someone was firing rockets at your country?!”
A: If I occupied a people, placed a crippling trade and economic embargo on them, placed them under siege, humiliated them daily via military and police checkpoints, controlled their water and electricity, constructed apartheid “Jewish-only roads”, shot their children, bombed their schools, mosques and business, illegally seized their lands, destroyed their crops, demolished their homes, threw thousands of them in dungeons and treated them like sub-humans and they fired rockets at me – I would probably stop doing all of the above.
Secondly, Israel has been mass murdering the Palestinians for over 60 years — long before any rockets were fired and long before Hamas was even in existence. So this is nothing but a fallacy designed to deflect the reality of the situation and mislead others. Finally, Israel’s indiscriminate use of heavy weaponry in civilian areas is a war crime, not self defense. Continue reading ‘Reply to common excuses given by Zionists to justify Israeli aggression on Gaza’
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On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the latest news regarding the conflict in Gaza, highlighting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for 16,000 additional reserve troops as well as the announcement of a 72-hour ceasefire. Abby then features an exclusive debate on the issue between Journalist and Author Max Blumenthal and President of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein asking both guests their opinions on everything from what the appropriate Israeli response should be to Hamas rocket attacks to why the US refuses to allow the UN to investigate Israel for war crimes.
Rare footage originally recorded by the Lumier Brothers in 1896 of Palestine. At the time, it was part of the Ottoman Empire. It would be 21 more years until it was conquered by the British in World War I.