The United Nations and the Palestinian government called for international donors to provide $550 million in aid to help hundreds of thousands of Gazans affected by a devastating war with Israel.
A UN report says Israeli settlements violate human rights and could be prosecuted as war crimes, but many Israeli settlers consider themselves patriots. So what hope is there for peace in the Middle East?In a country where settlers are now one of the biggest and strongest political movements, Dani Dayan, a Netanyahu advisor and the outgoing chairman of the Yesha (Settlers) Council, says there is no two-state solution to the conflict and that he is happy with the status quo.Dayan has been a major in the Israeli army, a successful IT entrepreneur, and a University lecturer. Continue reading Israeli settlers: Patriots or invaders?
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
For the first time since this recent round of violence in Gaza began, the UN, the White House and the French Presidency unanimously condemned an Israeli strike after a bombardment on a UN school in the Gaza Strip where Palestinians had taken refuge, thinking they would be safe from shelling.
Emotions are running high in this year’s annual observance of the international Quds Day.
Participants have gathered from all around the Washington, DC to attend this rally that is also being hosted in several cities across the country. The observance of Al-Quds in the US started in 1979. This Al-Quds observance has a bigger emotional undertone because of the bloodshed happening in Gaza. On a day that many here feel a solidarity with Gazans there is a lot of sadness and a lot of anger. The death toll in Gaza is rising every day. Many people here are expressing their anger and frustration over Israel’s bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population. Others called on the Obama administration to take more responsibility in stopping the incessant killings of men, women and children not involved in the war.
This week, Israelis are suspected of shelling a United Nations run school in Gaza. Even the poetry and speeches that usually take on a more relaxed tone, have more of an urgency because of the travesties in the Middle East. Although many people came here in Washington, DC to discuss a better way forward for Palestinians. Many here had their hearts and minds in Gaza.