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  1. Resisting Despair

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    February 20, 2015 by IJV

    Despair, surely, is what Israeli policy has been resolutely instilling in Palestinians from the beginning. It is pointless to resist! Abandon any dreams of justice and sovereignty. This is why, for many Palestinians, resistance is simply about surviving. It is what Eyad himself emphasized, observing ‘the long path of humiliation and despair’ that lies behind the creation of a so-called ‘terrorist’: ‘the struggle of many Palestinians is how not to become suicide bombers’, he wrote thirteen years ago. [3] He tirelessly sought to prevent such destructive martyrdom, standing implacably against all forms of violence, whether from Palestinians or the infinitely deadlier modes of Israeli state violence: that ‘eye for eyelash’, as Schlaim put it. Eyad liked to insist that the Israelis and Palestinians needed each other: ‘for only the Palestinians can release Israel from its moral guilt, from all that has gone wrong since those first Zionist dreams to the nightmare of living in a country permanently at war with its neighbours; while only the Israelis can negotiate a just peace with Palestine, allowing them control over their own affairs and thereby laying the basis for security, freedom and dignity for both sides’.[4]

  2. Hannibal ad Portas – Uri Avnery’s Column

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    September 14, 2014 by IJV

    When soldiers see their comrade being dragged away, they must shoot and kill – even if it is almost certain that their comrade will also be hit. The order does not say explicitly “better a dead soldier than a captured soldier” – but this is implied and widely understood that way.

    If the captors and their captive disappear, the whole neighborhood has to be flattened indiscriminately, in the hope that the captors are hiding in one of the buildings.

    At the height of the Gaza war, that is exactly what happened. An Israeli squad fell into a Hamas ambush. All the soldiers were killed, except one – Hadar Goldin – who was seen being dragged into a tunnel. Assuming that he was captured, the army went berserk, razing scores of buildings in Rafah to the ground without warning, shooting at everything that moved.

  3. The War for Nothing – Uri Avnery’s Column 30/08/14

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    August 31, 2014 by IJV

    AFTER 50 DAYS, the war is over. Hallelujah. On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. …
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  4. Urgent Appeal from Physicians for Human Rights

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    July 25, 2014 by IJV

    Urgent call from Physicians for Human Rights – Gaza

  5. A message from the Bereaved Families Forum

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    July 22, 2014 by IJV

    An extract from the recent message by Chani Smith of the Bereaved Families Forum: The events in Israel and Gaza …
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  6. Tony Klug in Letter to The Guardian

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    July 22, 2014 by IJV

    The letter below was published in Saturday’s Guardian, 19 July 2014 Seumas Milne argues that the price of Israel’s occupation needs …
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  7. Richard Falk on Gaza’s torment

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    July 14, 2014 by IJV

    It is painfully evident that state-to-state diplomacy and the UN have failed to produce a just peace despite decades of fruitless talks.

    It is time to acknowledge that these talks were carried on in bad faith: while the diplomats sat around the table, Israeli settlements relentlessly expanded, apartheid structures deepened their hold on the West Bank and Jerusalem, and Gaza was cordoned off as a hostage enclave to be attacked by Israel at will and a bloody sacrifice exacted. …Pressure on Israel is urgently needed to protect the Palestinian people from further tragedy.

  8. Physicians for Human Rights – Israel: Gaza health system in crisis

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    July 12, 2014 by IJV

    PHR-IL calls for the State of Israel to stop the military offensive and to avoid at all costs any direct attack on or near the facilities and medical infrastructure and to avoid any attacks on medical and rescue teams and patients: “Out of concern for the lives and welfare of all residents of the area we make a heartfelt and resounding call – stop the fire and stop the incitement. Do not bring before us more victims that require treatment. Put the lives, health and rights of all human beings at the head of your concerns. Do not continue on our behalf with this operation causing further destruction and revenge. It is time to devote the resources and energies that are being directed to war and killing to finally end the occupation and to establish a different vision.

  9. JJ Goldberg on shocking background to Gaza onslaught

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    July 12, 2014 by IJV

    nly on July 1, after the boys’ bodies were found, did the truth come out: The government had known almost from the beginning that the boys were dead. It maintained the fiction that it hoped to find them alive as a pretext to dismantle Hamas’ West Bank operations.

  10. A visual anthology of the image war for Israel-Palestine

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    July 11, 2014 by IJV

    Operation Defensive Edge began on 7 July 2014. The context is the 2014 FIFA World Cup. And a history of …
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