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#SaveOurYazidi (in Iraq) (By: Peter Van Buren) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - Show of hands: anybody out there who heard much of the Yazidi in Iraq before a day or two ago? Because our president is going to re-engage in combat in Iraq to save them. Airstrikes are now authorized! Once upon a time placing America’s service people in harm’s way, spending America’s money and laying America’s credibility on the line required at least the pretext that some national interest was at stake. Not any more. Anytime some group we don’t like threatens a group we could care not so much about, America must act to save a proud people, stop a humanitarian crisis, take down a brutal leader, put an end to genocide, whatever will briefly engage the sodden minds of the public between innings and spin up some new war fever. Some of these crisis’ get a brief moment in the #media (Save our girls!), some fizzle and fade (The Syrian people!) and some never even made sense (Somebody in the Ukraine!) With some irony, "freeing the Iraqi people from an evil dictator" was one of the many justifications for the 2003 invasion...
 

Syria war refugees allowed in Jordan, except if they’re Palestinian (Maureen Clare Murphy) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - Even though they are fleeing the same violence, Jordan is discriminating in its treatment of people escaping the Syria war depending on their nationality. A report by Human Rights Watch released this week finds that Jordan’s practices of refusing entry and forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria constitutes a "clear breach of its international obligations."This is in contrast to its treatment of Syrian nationals, "upon whom Jordan has not placed any formal entry restrictions," according to the report, titled "Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria." More than half a million Syrians have fled to Jordan since the beginning of the crisis in 2011....
 

Israel, Gaza, and the False Face of Barack Obama (by PAUL STREET) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - ....During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that "it’s time to stop spending billions of dollars a week trying to put Iraq back together and start spending the money putting [the US of] America back together" (Janesville, Wisconsin, February 15, 2008). The candidate was far too knowledgeable and intelligent to have honestly believed that the US was engaged in a benevolent nation-building project in Iraq. He was too smart not to have understood that the criminal US invasion of that country had killed hundreds of thousands and destroyed vast swaths of social and technical infrastructure and fanned the flames of violent sectarian conflict there. (The horrible consequences of the US invasion are evident in current news reports from devastated Iraq – reports that rarely if ever acknowledge Washington’s critical role in the crippling of Mesopotamia.)..
 

How We Scapegoat Children From Gaza to the US-Mexico Borderlands (By Todd Miller) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - A week ago was when I first saw the picture that appeared in the The Telegraph of children in the Gaza Strip trying to break the Guinness world record for kite-flying. The kites floating mid-air off the Mediterranean shore were a sight to behold. I was taken with the photo and the happiness of the Gazan children on the beach, considering that all the news had been about the sustained Israeli bombardment of that besieged Palestinian territory. At first glance, it seemed like a triumph of the human spirit, or at least of the joy of childhood in the face of war. But then I realized that the picture had been taken at a previous time...

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The Blurring of Cause and Effect
Israel and Illegally Occupied Gaza
(by WILLIAM E. ALBERTS) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - But the 1.8 million enclosed Palestinians have no place to go, and no bomb shelters in which to be safe. Even the supposedly recognized neutrality of UN shelters, to which over 200,000 Palestinians sought refuge, is violated. A number of the shelters have been bombed, killing families who had fled to them for safety after being warmed to leave their homes by "the most moral army in the world." ("At Least 15 Dead as Israel Strikes Gaza Market," by VOA News, Voice of America, July 30, 2014; "Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal’ – UN chief," BBC News, Middle East, Aug. 3, 2014) Originally driven by Israeli military forces to a strip of land the size of Detroit, the Palestinians in Gaza not only live in one of the densest places on earth, they are crowded into what is condemned as the world’s "largest open-air prison." So, for the IDF, it is almost like a barbaric shooting fish in a barrel...
 

Killing Lt. Goldin...and 150 Innocents
The IDF’s ‘Hannibal Protocol’ and Two Criminally Insane Governments
(by DAVE LINDORFF) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 -The sickness of present-day Israel, on display over the past horrible month of the one-sided slaughter of nearly 2000 Palestinians (including over 400 children) in the fenced-in ghetto of Gaza, has finally reached its nadir with the ugly case of the deliberate Israeli Defense Force murder of captured IDF 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin. According to an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, once it was determined that Goldin had been captured by Hamas fighters in the Gaza town of Rafah, the IDF initiated what it calls the "Hannibal Protocol" — the deliberate liquidation of the captive — to prevent his being used as a hostage to win concessions from Israel in future truce negotiations with the Palestinians. One reason for the almost instantaneous and ruthless Israeli decision to kill Goldin rather than attempt to rescue him, is that this captured soldier had the misfortune of being related to Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, making him a valuable prize indeed for Hamas...
 

How Israel's lies are used to justify mass slaughter of civilians in Gaza (Chris Hedges) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - ALL GOVERNMENTS lie, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes.It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel's Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories -- required under the rules of American journalism -- although we know they are untrue. I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way....

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How US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes (by MARJORIE COHN) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - According to the Congressional Research Service, in 2007, the Bush Administration agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion [PDF] in military assistance from 2009 to 2018, provided in annual increments of $3.1 billion. During his March 2013 visit to Israel, Obama pledged that the US would continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments of military aid subject to the approval of Congress. Since 2012, the US has sent $276 million worth of weapons and munitions to Israel, not including exports of military transport equipment and high technologies. From January to May 2014, the US transferred to Israel almost $27 million for rocket launchers, $9.3 million worth of parts of guided missiles and nearly $762,000 for bombs, grenades and munitions of war. On July 20, 2014, Israel requested additional ammunition, including 140mm tank rounds and 40mm illumination grenades, and the Defense Department approved the sale three days later....
 

The Enclosure of the Palestinians
The Occupation is Forever
(by EVAN JONES) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - The 'two-state solution’ is perennially misunderstood. The solution envisaged has nothing to do with a possible spatio-political division of Israel-Palestine and the ending of the Occupation. Rather it is a public relations device to quell the qualms of those bleeding hearts who find the current impasse unsavory, to deny the necessity (indeed the inevitability) of a 'one-state solution’, and ultimately to ensure the continuation of the Occupation. Ditto the 'peace process’. There is a hierarchy of groupings behind this long-time fraud. There are the blackguards – those who have formulated the objectives and are running the show. There are the flunkeys – those who perform the legwork publically for the blackguards (the execrable Quartet emissary Tony Blair as Exhibit A) or who cravenly bring up the rear (Europe); add the complaint media...

 

Reviving Our Heroes: Challenging Palestinian dehumanization (Bayan Abusneineh) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - ...Israel’s indiscriminate bombings and mass killings of whole families reflects its cruel and genocidal tactics. This offensive, however, is not an isolated incident. The barbaric nature of the State is reflective of the broader Zionist settler-colonial project, through its siege on Gaza, confiscation of land, demolition of homes, restriction of movement, and arbitrary imprisonment of Palestinians. Israel has simultaneously constructed itself as part of the ambiguous "West," alongside the United States and Europe, where colonialism, racism, and imprisonment are inherent to the establishment of the State. Israel defends its policies by painting itself as the "only democracy in the Middle East," placing itself as exceptional. Western media assists in constructing Israel as a sovereign (read: civilized) state and Palestinians as stateless (read: uncivilized), which allows Israel to justify its actions as "self-defense" while denouncing Palestinian acts of resistance as "terrorism....

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Academic heavyweights slam Univ. of Illinois firing of Steven Salaita for Palestine views (Ali Abunimah) - 27-aug-2014

August 8, 2014 - There has been a strong and unified response from prominent academics, as well as academic and civil rights organizations, condemning the decision by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise to summarily terminate the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita.One professor has publicly announced his refusal to visit UIUC over the affair. Wise terminated Salaita after off-campus anti-Palestinian websites and organizations began to agitate against him over his Twitter postings condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza....
 

Jordan: Palestinians Escaping Syria Turned Away
Others Vulnerable to Deportation, Living in Fear
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August 8, 2014 - Jordan refuses entry to or forcibly deports Palestinian refugees escaping Syria, in clear breach of its international obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Jordan has officially banned entry to Palestinians from Syria since January 2013 and has forcibly deported over 100 who managed to enter the country since mid-2012, including women and children. The 44-page report, "Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria," is based on interviews with more than 30 people affected by the non-admission policy. Human Rights Watch also documented Jordan’s withdrawal of Jordanian citizenship from some Palestinians who had lived in Syria for many years and who have been detained or deported to Syria without identity documents. Jordan’s uncompromising treatment of Palestinians fleeing Syria contrasts with its treatment of Syrian nationals, at least 607,000 of whom have been accepted into the country since the beginning of the Syrian conflict....
 

Syria News - August 7, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 27-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 63 martyrs including 9 martyrs under torture, 6 women, and 2 children: 22 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 14 in Aleppo; 7 in Idlib; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Deir Ezzor; 5 in Homs and 4 in Hama....

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During Humanitarian Truce, Bodies of Victims Recovered from Invaded Areas amidst Unprecedented Destruction (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 26-aug-2014

August 7 , 2014 - At 08:00 on Tuesday, 05 August 2014, the 30th day of the Israeli offensive of the Gaza Strip, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Since then, all areas of the Gaza Strip have been calm, and a number of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians have been able to return to their home, which were not completely destroyed, amidst concerns that Israeli shelling may be resumed. Over the past two days, the civil defense and medical crews have continued to recover bodies of victims from the areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, and a number of Palestinian have died of previous wounds. Based field tours carried out by PCHR’s staff in all areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, PCHR is shocked by the scenes of destruction caused by Israeli forces in the areas which had not been accessible. Hundreds of Palestinian families have become homeless....
 

An attack on the essence of democracy: the case of Omar Khadr (Andrew Lodge) - 26-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - The Canadian government won't allow Omar Khadr to speak. Numerous media outlets have requested to interview him. They have repeatedly been turned down, most recently the Toronto Star. Why have these efforts been denied?
To recap, Khadr was a child soldier fighting in the Afghan theatre. He was captured in a firefight after having killed an American soldier with a thrown grenade. Khadr was also injured during the exchange. He was 15 at the time.
He was then transported to Guantanamo Bay where he spent 10 years while being tortured....
 

The Collapse of America's Great African Experiment (By Nick Turse) - 26-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - As John Kerry, then-chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put it in 2012, the United States "helped midwife the birth" of South Sudan. The choice of words may have been cringe-worthy, but hardly divorced from reality. For more than 20 years, a bipartisan coalition in Washington and beyond championed rebel forces here. As the new nation broke away from Sudan, after decades of bloody civil war, the U.S. poured in billions of dollars in aid, including hundreds of millions of dollars of military and security assistance, and sent military instructors to train the country’s armed forces and advisers to mentor government officials. It would be Washington’s major nation-building effort in Africa, a new country destined to join Iraq and Afghanistan as a regional bulwark of democracy and a shining example of American know-how...
 

Israeli Incitement: Fueling Intolerance & Hate Crimes (IMEU) - 26-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - Since three Israeli teenagers went missing in the occupied West Bank on June 12, Israeli society has witnessed a sharp increase in racially-motivated incitement and violent attacks against Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of the state, who make up about 20% of Israel’s population. Fanned and exploited by Israeli politicians and religious leaders, many observers say they’ve never seen such a poisonous atmosphere in Israel.The following fact sheet provides an overview of some of the most egregious examples of Israeli incitement over the past seven weeks, as well as some of the consequences it has had for both Palestinians and dissenting Israeli Jews...

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When a shelter is a target (Mohamed Omer) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - "In the night, I am frightened by the bombings, missiles and the thought of the blood of injured people in the street," says eight-year-old Karam Abu Shanab."I can’t sleep in the night, my mind is filled with bad images from the Israeli bombs," he tells his mother, who says her other three children — Saleh, Malak and Sjoud — are all unable to sleep after hearing how children were bombed in their sleep at the UNRWA schools in Jabaliya. Karam is now taking shelter at Al-Rafedeen School in Gaza City. Among the children, there is constant talk about it being bombed and how parents cannot put a stop to it all....
 

Unchecked Murder and Mayhem
Israel and the Erosion of International Humanitarian Law
(by LAWRENCE DAVIDSON) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - It is not an exaggeration to say that Israel’s acclaimed "Defense Forces" have become expert in violating human rights: murder and ethnic cleansing, illegal confiscation of occupied land, destruction of civilian housing, destruction of civilian infrastructure (water, electricity, sanitation, etc.), attacking of medical facilities, torture both of adults and children, the use of banned weaponry, the mistreatment of prisoners and more. And they have done it all quite openly. Official complaints about Israeli behavior come before the UN several times a year but to no avail. Each time Israel is called to task in the UN Security Council for violating international law, the U.S. vetoes the resolution and therefore Israel suffers no consequences. Obviously this only emboldens Israeli leaders to continue acting in a criminal manner. However, the impact goes beyond Israel and its victims, because each time the U.S. casts its veto, international law designed to protect human rights suffers degradation...
 

The CIA is getting away with keeping every important secret about torture (Trevor Timm) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - At this point, is there anything the Central Intelligence Agency thinks it can’t get away with?To recap: the CIA systematically tortured people, then lied about it. Destroyed evidence of it, then lied about that. Spied on the US Senate staffers investigating the agency for torture, then lied about that. Now, after somehow being put in charge of deciding what parts of the Senate’s final report on that torture should be redacted, the CIA has predictively censored the key evidence of the litany of all of those transgressions.The agency’s black marker has reportedly censored – at different points in the report – already-public, embarrassing and criminally culpable information. By doing so, the CIA has rendered it, as one Senator noted, "incomprehensible". So while the Senators and Langley fight it out behind closed doors, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the intelligence committee chair, put the report’s public release on hold. Again...

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Multiple journalists killed in Gaza war (Hana Salah) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An editor for a local newspaper was among 13 Palestinian journalists killed during Israel’s war on Gaza. Mohammed Daher, the financial editor for Al-Resalah newspaper, succumbed to his wounds on July 31 after spending 10 days in intensive care at al-Shifa Hospital."We were sitting in the room near the door. We could hear shells, shrapnel and nails scattering over the rooftop all night, and we were waiting for the morning to come," Shaima, his pregnant wife who survived the attack, told Al-Monitor....


 

USACBI Condemns UIUC Firing of Arab-American Scholar Steven Salaita (Jadaliyya Reports) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - The Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel protests in the strongest possible terms the termination of the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). According to the report in Inside Higher Education, UIUC has rescinded its employment contract with Salaita based on his public stance on Israel-Palestine. Having publicly announced the appointment of Salaita as Associate Professor (with tenure) of American Indian Studies after the customary full review, the university has withdrawn his appointment. In other words, Salaita has been fired. This negative action constitutes a blatant violation of Salaita’s academic freedom and an insidious assault upon him and on those who uphold the right to honest and ethical critique in the academy. We are gravely concerned about this attack on a leading scholar in Arab American studies and ethnic, indigenous, and American studies, whose brilliantly pathbreaking and highly prolific scholarship has put him at the forefront of these fields....
 

Israeli discourse of sexualized violence rises amid Gaza assault (By Alex Shams) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - As the bombs have been falling on Gaza over the past four weeks, another war has been ongoing for the hearts and minds of the global public.Although less deadly, this war of words offers a telling look into ongoing intellectual shifts in the Israeli and Zionist mainstream, revealing what experts argue is an increasingly violently racist and sexist Zionist worldview. Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and a former member of the PLO negotiating team, told Ma'an that in the weeks since the Israeli assault began she has received a deluge of hundreds of hateful emails and violent threats. Although she is accustomed to hate mail, she said that the tone and quantity is "unprecedented."...


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‘Era of Oslo is over’ (Amira Howeidy) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - "The Palestinians know that Israel wants to thwart this unity government by launching its war on Gaza," said the DFLP’s Abu Laila, "which is what we resisted by agreeing on unified demands."The current Palestinian representatives in Cairo, said Abu Laila, "are a PLO delegation. We are not here because of the PA."This is a new language that might be indicative of a turning point in Palestinian politics, post-Gaza. It remains to be seen how the ouctome of this war will impact the Palestinians, but there's a growing realisation that whatever happens, things can't go back to where they were before July 8 when Israel began its offensive."The era of Oslo and negotiations are over," proclaimed prominent Palestinian politician Mustafa Al-Barghouti from Ramallah recently. There are new realities, he said, and it is through "struggles" that a change in the balance of power is achieved, "not through solutions with Israel"....

 

Israeli discourse of sexualized violence rises amid Gaza assault (By Alex Shams) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - As the bombs have been falling on Gaza over the past four weeks, another war has been ongoing for the hearts and minds of the global public.Although less deadly, this war of words offers a telling look into ongoing intellectual shifts in the Israeli and Zionist mainstream, revealing what experts argue is an increasingly violently racist and sexist Zionist worldview. Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and a former member of the PLO negotiating team, told Ma'an that in the weeks since the Israeli assault began she has received a deluge of hundreds of hateful emails and violent threats. Although she is accustomed to hate mail, she said that the tone and quantity is "unprecedented."...


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The war crime state declares "peace" (SocialistWorker) - 25-aug-2014

August 7, 2014 - ...Meanwhile, burning questions are being asked around the world: What was Israel's month-long offensive all about? And if we've seen the horrors of war for the past weeks, what will "peace" mean for the people of Gaza?Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that Israel's massacre was "justified" and that every civilian casualty was the fault of Hamas for using civilians as "human shields." Never mind that even the New York Times acknowledged that "[t]here is no evidence that Hamas and other militants force civilians to stay in areas that are under attack--the legal definition of a human shield under international law." The BBC reached the same conclusion...

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