By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents In a series of blows during the past 24 hours, the most severe since the Israel Defense Forces operation began in the Gaza Strip 20 days ago, Hamas was brought very close to surrender. It is unlikely that we will see white flags, because the group recognizes that this would have a devastating effect on its image. But the Israeli military pressure has destroyed most of the Palestinian defenses in the heart
# Jewish UK lawmaker calls on Israel to talk to Hamas, a “deeply nasty organization” # UK government: “Hamas made a brutal choice to step up attacks” on civilians # UK PM calls shelling of U.N.’s main aid HQ compound in Gaza “indefensible” # UK has seen several protests since conflict began, both pro- and anti-Israel LONDON, England (CNN) — Israeli military action in Gaza is comparable to that of German soldiers during the Holocaust, a Jewish UK lawmaker whose
By As the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has once again flared up following Israel’s ongoing air and ground assault on the Gaza Strip, the IMEU presents a comparison of Israeli and Palestinian military capabilities. 1. The Institute for International Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. http://www.inss.org.il/upload/(FILE?1206270841.pdf 2. Ibid. 3. Ibid. 4. Source for Israel: Ibid.; Source for the Palestinians: The Associated Press. “Israel approves armored vehicles, rifles, bullets for West Bank security forces.” November 20, 2007. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/21/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Palestinians.php 5.
By Glenn Greenwald The New York Times war cheerleader urges that Hamas be “educated” by “inflicting heavy pain on the Gaza population”. Jan. 14, 2009 | (Updated below – Update II – Update III – Update IV) Tom Friedman, one of the nation’s leading propagandists for the Iraq War and a vigorous supporter of all of Israel’s wars, has a column today in The New York Times explaining and praising the Israeli attack on Gaza. For the sake of robust and diverse
By AP LA PAZ, Bolivia – President Evo Morales announced Wednesday he was breaking relations with Israel over its invasion of the Gaza Strip and said he will ask the International Criminal Court to bring genocide charges against top Israeli officials. Morales’ ally Hugo Chavez of Venezuela broke ties with Israel last week. Morales told the country’s diplomatic corps that the Israeli attack “seriously threatened world peace” and he called for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his Cabinet to face
By Max Kantar Israel’s operative military policy in the Gaza Strip has been fairly consistent with its stated definition of what it considers to be legitimate military targets, which in practice has amounted to mass killings of innocent Palestinian civilians. Based on the overwhelming evidence available, one conclusion can be drawn regarding the nature of the US-backed Israeli attacks on Gaza: a genuine massacre of ordinary, unarmed people has been taking place for over two weeks. Here is just a
Editor’s note: Norman G. Finkelstein is currently writing a political memoir, which will serve as the introduction to a new edition of his book, The Rise and Fall of Palestine, to be published by New Press next year. Below is an excerpt from the memoir on the subject of political apostasy. The title refers to how ex-leftist Christopher Hitchens used to sign off his correspondence. "Fraternally yours, Chris" I’m occasionally asked whether I still consider myself a Marxist. Even if
Ben-Ami’s Scars of War juxtaposed with Finkelstien’s Image and Reality(56 pages; 1.6 MB) * Ben-Ami / Finkelstein(HTML-text rush transcript) Image and Reality recalls that like many other states that displaced the indigenous population one of the founding myths of Israel was that the land was empty prior to foreign settlement. For supporting evidence it quoted among others Israel Zngwill, Moshe Smilansky, David Ben-Gurion, Izhak Ben-Zvi and Abba Eban: Here’s what Ben-Ami writes: Image and Reality argued that the Zionist movement