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Gaza in Ruins

  • February 23, 2015
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More than eight months after Israel’s latest high-tech onslaught on Gaza, large sections of Gaza City continue to resemble the dead cities left over from twentieth century saturation bombing or 21st century ‘chimneyvilles’ that Sherman’s army left in Atlanta and Georgia.    Looking at the shocking photographs of the devastation during the last week or...

Gaza: Who Won?

  • August 31, 2014
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After seven weeks of horrendous violence,   the third Gaza war is over, leaving an eye-wateringly lop-sided audit of destruction.   On the Palestinian side, more than 2,143 people have been killed, included more than 400 children, and thousands injured.   17, 200 homes have been destroyed, and 100, 000 Palestinians made homeless.

Israel has levelled...

Gaza Unbowed

  • July 23, 2014
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After more than two weeks of relentless violence that has cost more than 600 Palestinian lives and thousands of wounded, it is becoming increasingly clear that Israel’s savage assault on the Gaza Strip has not been successful even on its own terms.     Day after day the rockets keep coming out of Gaza, and...

The Deaths of Others: 10 ways that Israel justifies the killing of Palestinians

  • July 13, 2014
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Modern war is rarely limited to the ‘battlefield’ or war zone.     Today’s wars are also waged in tv news studios, chat shows and op ed columns, in what the Pentagon calls ‘public diplomacy’ or ‘information warfare’ that attempts to shape the way that war is perceived, and enlist the active support or passive...

Gaza’s Groundhog Day

  • July 09, 2014
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After nearly a month of trying, Netanyahu and his hawkish government have got their war, and once again the Palestinians of Gaza have borne the brunt of it.     Last night Israel carried out 160 air strikes on the Gaza Strip, bringing Palestinian casualties to 25 dead and 70 wounded, including four women and...

Netanyahu’s Blood Feud

  • July 02, 2014
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There is nothing that Benjamin Netanyahu likes better than a self-righteous act of retributive violence against Palestinian ‘terrorists’, and the murders of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have given him an excuse in spades.   From the moment these teenagers disappeared, Netanyahu blamed their disappearances on Hamas.   On June 13, the day after the...

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