Gaza, O Gaza

On Friday, on the southern border of Gaza, not far from the Mediterranean coast, young men are dumping wheelbarrows full of reddish-brown sand onto makeshift new dunes on the edges of what just happens to be the well-defined district of the famous smuggling tunnels. We are on the Gaza side of Rafah, The sand is […]

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D-9 bulldozers and the 2002 IDF "incursion" into Jenin Refugee Camp

From a link in a post on Angry Arab’s blog here dated 6 July 2008, I found this appalling item on Uri Avnery’s Gush Shalom website, a translation of an article from Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper of an interview with someone without any experience who drove a D-9 bulldozer in Jenin (Palestinian) Refugee Camp while […]

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Jenin Palestinian Refugee Camp and the Holocaust

On Israel’s Independence Day, according to the Jewish calendar, today, there was a total closure of the West Bank, with certain exceptions, including journalists. Despite the 45-minute wait just to enter the Qalandia checkpoint from Jerusalem, caused by extra “security” measures — and tightened restrictions at several checkp...

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Israel's Remembrance Day

This is the day that Israel marks as its Memorial Day, or Remembrance Day. Haaretz reported that “The total number of those who have been remembered by this Memorial Day is 22,570 [n.b., mainly fallen soldiers but also civilian victims of terror attacks]. The dead who are counted date from 1860, when Jews first settled […]

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Israeli flags are flying in the West Bank

For the first time ever,maybe, Israeli flags are flying from the lamp posts in the West Bank along the Palestinian Road 60, from just outside the settlement of Adam up to the illegal outpost of Migron. They were put there to mark celebrations for Israel’s 61st Independence Day, just the way they were put on […]

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Rice approved waterboarding of Al-Zubayda

Yes. It emerged last week that in July 2002, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice had authorized waterboarding of al-Zubayda, a Palestinian-born suspected member of al-Qayda captured in Pakistan in March 2002 — who then may have implicated “the mastermind of 9/11” under torture, while recalling something he had watched ...

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Roxana Saberi: "She was always busy reading and doing her research"

The fiancĂ© of imprisoned Iranian-American freelance journalist Roxana Saberi — who was convicted of espionage after a one-day trial and sentenced to years in jail — has written an open letter calling for her release. The fiancĂ©, a prominent Iranian Kurdish filmmaker, Bahman Ghobadi, wrote, among other things, that “She was always ...

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IDF says it investigated thoroughly and found its soldiers operated according to international law in Gaza — with a few intelligence or operational errors

On 22 April, the IDF released a report on “the conclusions of five investigative teams assigned to investigate events relating to the conduct of IDF soldiers during Operation Cast Lead”. Unsurprisingly, after a thorough investigation of “a number of issues which were brought to general attention (by, amongst others, international ...

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