SLOW DEATH: International report says collective punishment of Gaza has reach... Middle East Monitor | Sept 5, 2013 Two months after the military coup in Egypt, the Gaza Strip continues to live through the worst shortages of medical equipment and fuel as well as difficulties on movement in and out of the Strip, a report issued by three international organisations said. EuroMid Observer for Human Rights in cooperation with the Palestinian Return Centre in London (PRC) and Malaysian Consultative Organization (MAPIM) issued the report, ‘Slow Death’. The report focused on the negative effects of the siege on Gaza which has led to severe shortages in the Strip. According to the report, Gaza residents are facing “severe shortages” in their basic needs as well as healthcare equipment and medicines. It also said that all other sectors were suffering serious shortages.
Palestine: Jewish Settlers Torch 100 of World's Oldest Olive Trees A photo taken during a previous attack on Palestinian olive trees near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yitzhar in April 2013.(Reuters) Israeli settlers in the northern occupied West Bank have razed to the ground huge swathes of Palestinian-owned agricultural land in the town of Huwara, according to reports. The fields were set on fire by "masked settlers", Al-Resalah newspaper reports, who snuck on to the land and poured petrol on it before setting it alight. Around 100 olive trees were destroyed in the blaze, which spread as locals were prevented from attending the fire by Israeli forces. Olive trees in Israel hold vast religious and cultural significance to both Jews and Palestinians.
"The Damage Is Beyond Imagination in Gaza": Journalist Mohammed Omer on Cease... Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to an indefinite ceasefire, ending Israel’s 50-day assault on the Gaza Strip. Palestinian health officials say 2,139 people, most of them civilians - including more than 490 children - were killed in the Israeli offensive. Israel’s death toll stood at 64 soldiers and six civilians.
Gaza: No innocent victims? In 1894, a young anarchist left a bomb outside the offices of a mining company in Paris. Before he met the guillotine, Emile Henri claimed that his very humanity compelled him to act the way he did, in defence of the starving and exploited men working in the mines. But what about the innocent victims of the bombing? "I soon resolved that question," explained Henri. "The building where the Carmaux Company had its offices was inhabited only by bourgeois; hence there would be no innocent victims." In justification for the overwhelmingly civilian death toll on 9/11, Osama bin Laden carried forward this type of reasoning. Steepest cost in $4B plan to rebuild Gaza likely political will Karin Laub, The Associated Press Published Sunday, October 5, 2014 7:13AM EDT Last Updated Sunday, October 5, 2014 5:49PM EDT KHUZAA, Gaza Strip -- More than five weeks after the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged in the fighting still live in classrooms, storefronts and other crowded shelters. In some of the hardest-hit areas, the displaced have pitched tents next to the debris that once was their homes. Yet despite their pressing needs, reconstruction efforts appear stymied by a continued Israeli-Egyptian border blockade of Gaza and an unresolved power struggle between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Those involved in rebuilding say the post-war paralysis finally will come to an end next week, with an international pledging conference in Cairo. But James Rawley, a senior UN official involved in the reconstruction, acknowledged the deal is fragile.
A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (commonly known as the "Clean Break" report) is a policy document that was prepared in 1996 by a study group led by Richard Perle for Benjamin Netanyahu, the then Prime Minister of Israel. The report explained a new approach to solving Israel's security problems in the Middle East with an emphasis on "Western values". It has since been criticized for advocating an aggressive new policy including the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, and the containment of Syria by engaging in proxy warfare and highlighting their possession of "weapons of mass destruction". The polices set forth in the paper were never adopted by the Israeli government. Report According to the report's preamble, it was written by the Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000, which was a part of the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies.
Israel bars Palestinian men under 50 from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque Israeli forces have barred men under the age of 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem), in a new move to further restrict Palestinians' access to the religious site. "Police prevent men under 50 and West Bankers from entering the Al-Aqsa compound or Friday prayers," said Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director general of the Organization for Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs. The Israeli police claimed that the restrictions were imposed upon reports of possible planned demonstrations after Friday prayers. Israel usually imposes restrictions on Muslim worshippers' access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first days of "Rosh Hashanah" (Jewish New Year). On Wednesday, Israeli forces once again attacked Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Dahiya doctrine The Dahiya doctrine is a military strategy put forth by the Israeli general Gadi Eizenkot that pertains to asymmetric warfare in an urban setting, in which the army deliberately targets civilian infrastructure, as a means of inducing suffering for the civilian population, thereby establishing deterrence. The doctrine is named after a southern suburb in Beirut with large apartment buildings which were flattened by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 2006 Lebanon War. Israel has been accused of implementing the strategy during the Gaza War. History 2006 Lebanon War The first public announcement of the doctrine was made by General Gadi Eizenkot, commander of the IDF's northern front, in October 2008. He said that what happened in the Dahiya (also transliterated as Dahiyeh and Dahieh) quarter of Beirut in 2006 would, "happen in every village from which shots were fired in the direction of Israel.
Palestinian arrested after filming settlers throwing stones 17th August 2014 | International Solidarity Movement | Occupied Palestine Yesterday at approximately 5:30 PM in the old city in al-Khalil (Hebron) settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit Hadassah threw rocks and water at Palestinians living on Shalala Street. This is a regular occurance for Palestinian families living close to illegal settlements in al-Khalil. The majority of the time the Israeli military watches from a distance and does not do anything to intervene in the violence and property damage. One Palestinian, a 35-year old man, documented the stone throwing only to be detained and then arrested by the Israeli military.