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January 14, 2014
We cannot get liberated from the terrorism of the Brotherhood in Egypt without ending it in Gaza, which lies on our borders.
An unidentified Egyptian security official • Justifying upcoming efforts by Egypt’s ruling military leaders to stamp out Hamas, now that the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer viewed as a credible threat to the Egyptian government. Egypt’s military leaders apparently believe that Hamas can be driven out of Gaza via the same sort of mass protests that ultimately led to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi being removed from office, though experts on the region aren’t quite as convinced that the strategy will prove effective. source
15:44 // 3 months ago
March 12, 2013
On Iconic Imagery: A new report from the United Nations claims that the above photo of BBC reporter Jihad al-Masharawi holding his slain child was actually the result of a wayward Palestinian rocket, and not a bombing by the Israeli Air Force as previously reported. While we suspect the news doesn’t make the loss of child any easier/harder for the young father, it certainly changes the narrative around an image that has become symbolic for last year’s 8-day conflict in Gaza which claimed the lives of 160 Palestinians and six Israelis. (Photo via Associated Press/Majed Hamdan) source

On Iconic Imagery: A new report from the United Nations claims that the above photo of BBC reporter Jihad al-Masharawi holding his slain child was actually the result of a wayward Palestinian rocket, and not a bombing by the Israeli Air Force as previously reported. While we suspect the news doesn’t make the loss of child any easier/harder for the young father, it certainly changes the narrative around an image that has become symbolic for last year’s 8-day conflict in Gaza which claimed the lives of 160 Palestinians and six Israelis. (Photo via Associated Press/Majed Hamdan) source

15:14 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012
Not to go to the UN would be suicidal for the Palestinian Authority. All these people [in Gaza] took the brunt of the attack and now we should chicken out because they [the US and Israel] will cut off some money? What we’re doing is not violent; it’s not military; it’s not illegal. The world should see that if they keep maintaining the status quo, it will get you nothing but more bloodshed. That’s the lesson from Gaza.
Senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath - Assuring the Guardian’s Chris McGreal that Palestinians’ resolve to seek recognition of statehood from the United Nations would be broken by monetary threats. Several countries, most notably the US and UK, have been pressuring the Palestinian Authority to make various concessions ahead of its next attempt to gain international recognition on November 29. Much of the concern allegedly stems from the Israeli’s government’s fear that it will be dragged before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges related to the Gaza offensive that took place four years ago. source
16:22 // 1 year ago
November 25, 2012

israelfacts:

Palestinian children return to school for the first time since Israel’s latest attack on Gaza but not all students made it back. Sarah Al-Dalou had to be excused from class as she — along with 9 other members of her family and 2 neighbors [graphic] — were killed by an Israeli airstrike when F-16 fighter jets reduced their house in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza to rubble.

A sign now occupies her seat instead, calling her a ‘martyr’. She is one of over 30 children killed by the Israeli Army during their week-long assault on the blockaded coastal enclave, with 161 Palestinians dead in total.

(Photo source: @mohammednazmi)

Bottom photo: Palestinian children return to school in January 2009 after Israel’s massacre in Gaza, named ‘Operation Cast Lead’, when over 300 children were killed by the Israeli Army, and 1,400 Palestinians in all.

Signs replaced the once-occupied seats at al-Fakhura School in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza; names of victims written under the word in red: ‘Martyr’, 24 January, 2009.

(Photo credit: Anja Niedringhaus / AP)

It’s incredibly difficult to try to see from the perspective of these children — sitting in class with just placards beside them, where friends used to be.

15:26 // 1 year ago
November 22, 2012
9:20 // 1 year ago
November 21, 2012
reuters:

Egypt announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceasefire would come into effect at 15:00 EDT, said Amr, whose country has been at the heart of efforts to broker an end to the conflict.
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Here are the details of the agreement. This is a big development not only for Israel and Gaza, but post-revolutionary Egypt as well. If the ceasefire holds, it will be a huge win for President Mohammed Morsi, and he’ll reap lots of credit for helping broker the agreement.

reuters:

Egypt announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceasefire would come into effect at 15:00 EDT, said Amr, whose country has been at the heart of efforts to broker an end to the conflict.

Here are the details of the agreement. This is a big development not only for Israel and Gaza, but post-revolutionary Egypt as well. If the ceasefire holds, it will be a huge win for President Mohammed Morsi, and he’ll reap lots of credit for helping broker the agreement.

14:06 // 1 year ago
November 19, 2012

Here’s Wolf Blitzer and his camera crew running for their lives after an air raid siren went off in the Israeli city of Ashkelon — which has been a target of rocket fire — earlier today. “The sirens went off minutes after we arrived. The camera was hanging around my neck,” wrote CNN staffer Linda Roth, who says that a more professional version of this clip will air on “The Situation Room” later today. Anderson Cooper had a similar situation over the weekend. (ht HyperVocal)

13:57 // 1 year ago
Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza. For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Israel was carrying out “terrorist acts” in its bombardment of Gaza. (via newsflick)
9:29 // 1 year ago
November 18, 2012
12:59 // 1 year ago
November 17, 2012

Gaza prime minister’s office destroyed; Egyptian leader plans four-way talks

~950 Gaza sites have been struck by IDF attacks since Wednesday

~400Palestinian missiles have hit Israel during the same period of time

180airstrikes were launched at the Gaza Strip today

three rockets have been fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza; all were intercepted

In non-numerical updates: Israeli missiles today hit Hamas police headquarters and the Gaza prime minister’s office (the PM wasn’t inside). Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi is reportedly planning to hold four-way talks with the emir of Qatar, the prime minister of Turkey, and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in an attempt to resolve the crisis. source [1] [2] [3]

15:38 // 1 year ago