Palestinian journalist Yousef Alhelou’s vivid description of the situation at the Gaza-Israel border brings us up close, where we can see the images and understand the motivations on both sides.
Tags: Return March
The death toll in Gaza rises to 39 with over 4,000 injured as Israel continues to massacre civilians for 4th straight week. See the horrific reality mainstream media refuses to show, including footage by and about video journalist Yasser Murtaja, killed earlier by Israeli forces. Be prepared for strong video footage of events…
Reuters, the Associated Press, the New York Times can’t seem to say “Palestinians protest nonviolently; Israeli soldiers kill them.” Headlines from the region consistently misrepresent the situation as two equal sides – or worse, as Palestinian aggressors inciting Israel to return fire. Words matter.
Statement calls on Israeli soldiers to refrain from shooting live ammunition at unarmed Palestinian protesters… calls on Palestinians to exercise their rights nonviolently, says the vast majority are doing so… By Mark Pocan (WI-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA-04)
Mohammed Ayyash is just like any other boy – only cooler. And braver.
A Statement of US Churches and Christian Agencies on Gaza: “As US churches and Christian agencies, we support the Palestinian people as they courageously stand up for their rights.” Statement supports refugees rights, calls for end of blockade of Gaza, calls for U.S. to censure Israeli violence…
Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman tells a whopper: journalist killed in Gaza was a “Hamas terrorist”
Defense minister says journalist Yasser Murtaja, shot during protests, was a Hamas “terrorist,” provides no evidence; photographer’s colleague rejects ‘ridiculous’ assertion.
Congress’s “Never Again Education Act” should call for ‘never again’ against anyone, including Palestinians
JTA reports that a bill about to be introduced in Congress “will fund Holocaust education in schools.” We wonder if this will fund education about all the holocausts, both past and present, that the world has seen… including the current violence against Palestinians in Gaza…. [UPDATE – bill has been introduced]
Imagine if Russian or Syrian troops had shot dead almost 30 civilians, and injured thousands, during peaceful protests. Mainstream media headlines and airwaves would be filled with condemnations from senior UK and US politicians and prominent commentators. But not so when it is Israel doing the killing, and the BBC & Guardian provide Israel spin…
Amira Hass writes in Ha’aretz: ‘How did you destroy villages?’ one daughter will ask. ‘How did you agree to imprison two million people?’ another will whisper. The answers will only make their weeping louder.
World Health Organization reports on casualties in the second weekend of the Great March of Return, in which 8 Palestinians were killed and over 1,300 were injured by Israeli forces. WHO is in desperate need of cash donations, medical supplies, and blood.
The Gaza Prison Uprising Continues: “The Friday of Tires,” another sign of determination by Palestinians
Crowds of young men went to the border area, setting tires on fire to create a smokescreen to obstruct the vision of Israeli snipers. They were met with gunfire and tear gas as they hurled stones at the heavily armed Israeli soldiers backed up by tanks and warplanes. Israel, which controls all of Gaza’s border crossings, airspace and waters, imposed a ban on the entry of tires, and Israeli forces brought huge fans and massive water cannons to extinguish the fires…
Video report on Gaza Return March – Israel kills eight more people today, continues to shoot people in the back – see footage.
The US is in a toxic relationship that has made us indifferent on our best days, complicit in murder on our worst. Our mainstream media and our government join with Israel in bloodguilt.
The world was watching as peaceful Gazan protesters met heavily armed Israeli soldiers at the border Saturday. Responses to the violence range from full support to utter denial.