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Breaking the Silence › Israeli soldiers talk about the occupied territories

Breaking the Silence › Israeli soldiers talk about the occupied territories
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South Jerusalem — A Progressive, Skeptical Blog on Israel, Judaism, Culture, Politics, and Literature The Folly of World War IV: Wars Are Never Quick, Cheap or Easy This post first appeared at TomDispatch. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey speak to the press about the ongoing bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon on September 26, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by T.J. Assume that the hawks get their way — that the United States does whatever it takes militarily to confront and destroy ISIS. Answering that question requires taking seriously the outcomes of other recent US interventions in the Greater Middle East. In the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, the American mood is strongly trending in favor of this sort of escalation. In fact, subsequent events in each case mocked early claims of success or outright victory. Indeed, the very existence of the Islamic State (ISIS) today renders a definitive verdict on the Iraq wars over which the Presidents Bush presided, each abetted by a Democratic successor. Not so with Cohen.

Israeli 'massacre' in Gaza City kills at least 66 GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- On the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed "a new massacre" in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City. At least 66 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered, while the day's total across the Gaza Strip has surpassed 90 bringing the 13-day total death toll to more than 410, with at least 3,000 injured. Medical sources said more than seven Palestinians were killed in other areas across the coastal enclave. Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said rescue teams evacuated 50 dead bodies from destroyed houses including 17 children, 14 women and four elderly people. Medical sources identified some of the victims in Shujaiyya as Ahmad Ishaq Ramlawi, Marwah Suleiman al-Sirsawi, Raed Mansour Nayfah, Osama Ribhi Ayyad and Ahid Mousa al-Sirsik.

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The Echoes of 1939 IN AUGUST 1939, two weeks before the start of World War II in Europe, I was admitted to England as an infant refugee. My parents and I got out of Germany, where I was born, at the last moment. Three months earlier, my older sister, then age 10, had been admitted to England along with about 10,000 other unaccompanied Jewish children in what became known as the Kindertransport. When the British admitted us, all other doors were closed. America, for its part, had a restrictive quota system for immigrants that my father saw as lengthy and, thus, hopeless. Some refugees who had fled Germany to other countries in Europe continued to arrive in England even after war broke out. The British dealt with this by sending late arriving adult males to the Isle of Man, in the sea between England and Ireland. Senator Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush say that only Christian Syrians should be admitted. One of those who proposes to exclude all Syrians is Senator Marco Rubio.

Video: Israeli soldiers use handcuffed Palestinian teen as human shield as they fire at protestors Israeli soldiers used a handcuffed Palestinian teenager as a human shield as they fired at protestors in the occupied West Bank village of Abu Dis on Friday. The incident was witnessed by independent journalist Huthifa Jamous who took photographs. The video footage of the incident was shot by Twitter user @Kate_Arno. Jamous told The Electronic Intifada by telephone that the incident occurred during a protest in solidarity with hunger striking prisoner Samer Issawi in the village which is adjacent to occupied Jerusalem. According to the Jerusalem Media Center, Israeli occupation forces opened fire on protestors using tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets and youths responded with stones and empty bottles. Handcuffed and forced to march down street In the video, a group of Israeli soldiers can be seen taking a Palestinian youth, Muhammad R., age 17, out of the back of an armored vehicle and then frog-marching him down the street. Using human shields: a common Israeli war crime

Israel Policy Forum | Principled. Pragmatic. Pro-Israel. After Living in Norway, America Feels Backward. Here's Why. - BillMoyers.com This post originally appeared at TomDispatch and in print in slightly shortened form at The Nation. Some years ago, I faced up to the futility of reporting true things about America’s disastrous wars and so I left Afghanistan for another remote mountainous country far away. It was the polar opposite of Afghanistan: a peaceful, prosperous land where nearly everybody seemed to enjoy a good life, on the job and in the family. It’s true that they didn’t work much, not by American standards anyway. Often I was invited to go along. Four years on, thinking I should settle down, I returned to the United States. Ducking the Subject One night I tuned in to the Democrats’ presidential debate to see if they had any plans to restore the America I used to know. He believes, he added, in “a society where all people do well. But Hillary Clinton quickly countered, “We are not Denmark.” In that debate, no more was heard of Denmark, Sweden or Norway. I was dumbfounded. Why We’re Not Denmark Family Matters

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