Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Comes with Pledge from Obama to Seek More Defense Aid for Israel

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 1:51 pm

(update below) United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr announced ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. There was no signed agreement. The ceasefire is essentially “quiet in exchange for quiet,” as one Israeli diplomatic source put it. In the announcement, Clinton reiterated the US’s position that “all rocket attacks must [...]

Tel Aviv Bus Explosion: Characterizing It as a Terrorist Attack in the Midst of Warfare

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 11:15 am

UPDATE – 12:20 PM EST Reports of ceasefire now – here, here, here and here. UPDATE – 11:45 PM EST Sky News reports Israeli intelligence thinks the Tel Aviv bus bombing was result of a “lone operator” with no ties to any major Palestinian groups. Original Post A bus explosion occurred in Tel Aviv, Israel, [...]

After Israeli Defense Forces Order Gaza Evacuation, Egypt, Hamas Announce Terms for Ceasefire Agreement

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 12:12 pm

UPDATE – 6:30 PM EST Israel refused to accept the terms proposed by Hamas and Egypt. Israel is now accusing Egypt of wanting Hamas gains. The bombing of Gaza is intensifying again with huge explosions being reported every few minutes. Journalists are being targeted. Women and children are dying. An IDF soldier was hit by [...]

NYT Journalist Scoffs at Egypt’s Effort to Be ‘Honest Broker’ Between Israel & Hamas

By: Monday November 19, 2012 10:00 pm

United States State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has indicated the Obama administration considers Egypt critical to any effort to broker some kind of a truce or ceasefire agreement that would de-escalate violence between Israel and Hamas. However, New York Times journalist David D. Kirkpatrick doubts Egypt’s commitment to Israel and Hamas halting violence. Kirkpatrick summarized: [...]

Obama Administration’s Complicity in Permitting Israel to Escalate Its Bombing of Gaza

By: Monday November 19, 2012 2:35 pm

(update below) Israeli air strikes have brought the death toll in Gaza to at least 100 people killed. Hundreds have been injured. Israeli forces have launched over 950 air strikes while Palestinian militants have fired over 1,000 projectiles causing minor wounds to multiple Israelis. A rocket killed three Israelis on Thursday, but at least a [...]

Israel’s Targeting of Media Is a War Crime

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 1:33 pm

Early Sunday, as widely reported, Israeli warplanes launched air strikes, which hit two complexes with media offices. The strikes wounded ten journalists or media persons. One person, Khader al-Zahhar, a cameraman for Al-Quds TV, had to have his leg amputated and suffered shrapnel wounds. The first complex attacked around 2 am was the Al-Shawa Wa [...]

Israel Considers Any Palestinian Infrastructure That Can Be Connected to Hamas to Be ‘Terrorist’

By: Saturday November 17, 2012 1:37 pm

While it is unlikely that the escalating violence in Gaza will be placed into proper context by United States media, who report on it in the context of Israel’s blockade and occupation of Palestinian land, it is also just as unlikely that there will be any meaningful coverage on how Israel justifies bombing civilian infrastructure [...]

No Parity Between Violence by Israel and Violence by Hamas

By: Friday November 16, 2012 7:48 pm

Seventy-five thousand reservists in Israel have been called up for whatever Israel has planned for Gaza. It already has been bombarding it for three days and has asserted to the world that it must continue to respond to rocket attacks from Hamas because Israel cannot tolerate such terrorism. Yet, when one examines the collective punishment [...]

Ahead of Election & After Extrajudicial Killing Breaks Truce, Israel Prepares to Bombard Gaza

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 8:42 pm

In the aftermath of the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmad Jabiri, Israel has escalated its attacks on the Gaza Strip. At least 19 people in Gaza have been killed. The Associated Press reported Israeli forces are advancing and closing in on the Gaza border, where they are likely to begin a “ground offensive.” Israeli [...]

Manufacturing Low Drone Civilian Casualty Counts

By: Monday June 18, 2012 11:54 am

(update below) Killing by remote control, the escalated use of drone warfare in countries, depends on people believing drones do not kill a large number of innocent civilians. It depends on people believing the program is indeed “precise” and rarely kills anybody other than members of al Qaeda and its affiliates or the Taliban. So, there [...]

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