Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Spoof of ADL ad justifying attack on Gaza goes viral


From The Electronic Intifada - The above spoof of an advertisement by pro-Israel group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has gone viral after its creator, activist Daniel Sieradski, posted it on Twitter.

Here is the original ad Sieradski mocks, calling the ADL’s campaign to justify the bombing of Gaza “just the latest act in a storied history of shameful behavior”:
The point of the original ADL ad is to encourage the target audience – Americans – to identify with Israel and see Israel’s brutal violence that targets Palestinian family homes and kills children – as natural, reasonable and justified “self-defense.”

Sieradski’s subversion of the ad brings to the fore the reality that Palestinians experience, and which is rarely heard in US mainstream media. more

Eyewitness to Israeli beating of teenager Tarek Abu Khdeir: It was ‘an ambush’


From Mondoweiss - An eyewitness to the brutal beating of Palestinian-American teen Tarek Abu Khdeir says that he was far away from the clashes taking place in Shuafat when he was pummeled by undercover Israeli forces. Leen Barghouti, the eyewitness, called the attack an “ambush” in her first interview with the media since witnessing the beating. Barghouti said Tarek Abu Khdeir “wasn’t anywhere near the main street” where the clashes took place. Israeli officials have claimed that Tarek and other Palestinians attacked Israeli forces and the video of the beating was “edited and biased,” but Barghouti’s account bolsters what Tarek and his family have said from day one: that the 15-year-old was not throwing stones or taking part in clashes that were sparked by the brutal murder of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir. more

53 Palestinians killed, over 450 injured in Gaza assault


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Five Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on northern and southern Gaza Wednesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Gaza to 53, medical officials said.

An Israeli airstrike struck the Hamad family home in Beit Hanoun, killing Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, and Ibrahim Hamad, 20.

Five members of the same family were killed late Tuesday as Israeli warplanes bombed the home of senior Islamic Jihad militant Hafiz Hamad in the same area.

Another airstrike in Rafah killed Samia al-Arja, 65, and a unidentified child later died from injuries sustained in the strike.

The latest airstrikes bring the total death toll in Gaza to 53, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. Over 450 Palestinians have been injured in the attacks. more

Israeli airstrike kills family of 3, death toll reaches 39


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike on the al-Maghazi refugee camp killed a family of three on Wednesday, with another two children reported missing, as the death toll from Israel's assault on Gaza reaches 39.

Muhammad Khalaf al-Nawasrah, 4, toddler Nidal Khalaf al-Nawasrah, and their mother Sumud al-Nawasrah were killed when an Israeli missile hit their home in central Gaza.

Two other children are reported missing, with their bodies believed to be buried under rubble.

Amjad Hamdan, 23, was also killed in an airstrike outside of his home in Beit Hanoun. He is allegedly a member of Islamic Jihad's military wing.

Earlier, twelve Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

An airstrike in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killed 40-year-old Sahar Hamdan al-Masri and her teenage son 14-year-old Ibrahim.

Shortly before that, an Israeli airstrike killed 22-year-old Muhammad Khalid al-Nimrah in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City. more

Eight children killed as Israeli warplanes relentlessly bomb Gaza - photos

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From The Electronic Intifada - Less than two weeks after concluding its largest military assault on the occupied West Bank in more than a decade, Israel has relentlessly pounded the besieged Gaza Strip since Monday.

The ongoing bombing campaign is the most severe violence inflicted by Israel on Gaza since its eight-day assault in November 2012, during which more than 150 Palestinians were killed, 33 of them children.

More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, including 350 children, during Israel’s three consecutive weeks of attacks from air, land and sea during winter 2008-09.

Twenty-five lives have been claimed by Israel in Gaza since Monday, including at least eight children, as warplanes bombed areas across Gaza, whose 1.7 million Palestinian residents live under a tightly-enforced siege and are unable to flee and have nowhere to seek shelter. more

12 dead so far in Gaza airstrikes today - total now 35 dead 300 injured


Twelve Palestinians were killed Wednesday in the ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, bringing the overall death toll since Monday to 35 and 300 injuries.

The most recent deadly airstrike was reported in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killing 40-year-old woman Sahar Hamdan al-Masri and her teenage son 14-year-old Ibrahim. The two were killed after an Israeli missile hit their house.

Shortly before that, an Israeli airstrike killed 22-year-old Muhammad Khalid al-Nimrah in Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier Wednesday, year-and-a half-old Muhammad Malaka and his 27-year-old mother Aminah Malak were killed along with a young man Hatim Abu Salim by an Israeli airstrike on a house in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City. more

3 Palestinians killed in latest airstrikes on central Gaza


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The death toll on Wednesday rose to four as Israeli airstrikes on central Gaza killed three people, among them an elderly woman, a health ministry spokesman said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said 60-year-old Abd al-Nasser Abu Kweik and his 31-year-old son Khaled were killed in a strike on Nuseirat refugee camp.

Additionally, an airstrike hit al-Mughraqa village in central Gaza, killing an elderly woman.

The woman was identified as Nayfa Farajallah.

The lethal strikes brought the death toll for Israel's latest air offensive on Gaza up to 28, most of them civilians.

Earlier, a Palestinian man was killed and another was injured by an Israeli airstrike on a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip. more

Hamas claims long-range rocket success with fire on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa


GAZA CITY (AFP) -- The armed wing of Hamas claimed that it fired several rockets at Jerusalem and Israeli cities Tel Aviv and Haifa Tuesday.

"For the first time, the Qassam Brigades strike Haifa with an R160 rocket, and strike occupied Jerusalem with four M75 rockets and Tel Aviv with four M75 rockets," a statement said.

It was the first time since a major 2012 conflict that Gaza-based militants had fired rockets at the holy city, and came as Israel pressed an aerial offensive against the besieged coastal Strip. more

Gaza death toll reaches 28, 200 wounded as Israel strikes 160 targets overnight


JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli warplanes pounded targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday as a major campaign against volleys of Palestinian rocket fire entered its second day, leaving at least 28 people dead and more than 100 wounded.

A strike on a home in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, claimed the lives of a commander of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, his parents, a woman, and two children, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

Another strike early Wednesday on the southern city of Rafah killed a young man.

"Overnight, the IDF (army) hit about 160 targets in the Gaza Strip. Over the last two days we attacked a total of about 430 targets," General Moti Almoz told Israeli military radio. more