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The conflict between the Mideast's only democratic nation and terrorists committed to its destruction merits a discussion based on historical realities and moral values. The framing of the Gaza violence as a cyclical issue between two belligerent parties, or as a conflict between a powerful Israel and underdog Hamas, reflects intellectual dishonesty and prejudice.
Americans have a habit of moving on once the guns stop firing. We did it in Afghanistan in the 1980s, tried to do it in Iraq in the 2000s - and now we're doing it in Gaza.
Former Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh vowed on Saturday to continue to bear arms. Speaking at a press conference in Gaza City, he said disarmament was nonnegotiable, adding that Hamas would not disarm, "not for rehabilitating Gaza" and not "for anything."
Given the history of Israeli-Palestinian relations alongside the current policies of the Netanyahu administration, the recent Gaza episode can be viewed, in part, as one manifestation of a broader Israeli policy aimed at preventing Palestinian political unity and, by extension, preventing the materialization of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state. Before the Israeli annihilation of swathes of Gaza in July and August of this year, Hamas and Fateh were in the midst of political reconciliation with the hope of forming a unity government.
"The Drop" is at its best when we can observe how Tom Hardy slowly peels away the layers from his character in a finely calibrated "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them" is an affecting but disjointed film about trauma's impact on one couple and their families. "The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty.
Thought dead and buried after Hamas had shown that it could indiscriminately fire rockets from Gaza into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem over a 50 day period even forcing international carriers to cancel flights into Ben-Gurion International Airport for 24 hours Caroline Glick reported on its amazing resurrection: "On August 31, PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give the PA some 1,600 kilometers of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow all the so-called "Palestinian refugees" to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip.
While covering the recent Israeli savagery in Gaza, Swedish Radio correspondent Johan-Matthias Sommarstrom was approached by a little boy as he returned to his hotel after a day of reporting in the troubled Strip. The Palestinian boy, about six years old, had dressed up as a journalist with a homemade flak jacket.
Palestinians inspect the damage in a classroom at a school which is next to a shopping center that was hit by an Israeli air strike on August 24, 2014. Human Rights Watch issued a report yesterday documenting incidents which took place during the 50-day conflict between Israel and Palestine which it has deemed 'war crimes'.
Aside from being a major military setback, Israel's war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on 26 August, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.
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The new film "The Green Prince" tells the story of the Israeli internal security service's top informant, who turned against his father, a top Hamas leader, when he was just 17. The film's use of documentary and re-enactment makes it compelling. The number one source for Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, was just 17 when he began his career as a spy.
Gaza is Groundhog Day. Again. Like Bill Murray in the eponymous movie, we are caught in a time loop, condemned to repeat the same experience from dawn to midnight, day after day.
Thirteen years ago tomorrow Al-Qaida stunned the world with an Osama Bin-Laden created terror attack that struck at the heart of America's symbols of economic and military strength. The destruction directed at New York's World Trade Center and Washington DC's Pentagon left over three thousand people dead from four commercial jetliners being hijacked by 19 terrorists.
During the German occupation of Europe, the main leader of the Palestinian Arabs was the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin Al-Husseini. He saw major parallels between Islam and Nazism.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 05:51 am
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