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Calling it a cycle of violence disregards the imbalance of power in this situation

Rachel Corrie in Gaza, Palestine on March 14th, 2003, two days before she was murdered by the Israeli Defense Forces. Source.

This is specifically about Palestine/Israel but it can be applied to any situation with oppressors and the oppressed.

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NoonArabia: “When Israel Used Chemical Weapons Against Palestinian Citizens? Yes, Read Here


This report documents Israel’s extensive use of white phosphorus munitions during its 22-day military operations in Gaza, from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, named Operation Cast Lead.  Based on in-depth investigations in Gaza, the report concludes that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) repeatedly exploded white phosphorus munitions in the air over populated areas, killing and injuring civilians, and damaging civilian structures, including a school, a market, a humanitarian aid warehouse and a hospital.

White phosphorus munitions did not kill the most civilians in Gaza – many more died from missiles, bombs, heavy artillery, tank shells, and small arms fire – but their use in densely populated neighborhoods, including downtown Gaza City, violated international humanitarian law (the laws of war), which requires taking all feasible precautions to avoid civilian harm and prohibits indiscriminate attacks…

[But] Palestinian Islamists and nationalists still disagree on a huge range of issues, including the recognition of Israel, the use of violence, the role of religion in society, women’s issues and many other questions. These profound disagreements, and the practical problems of sharing power, mean that the grounds for reunification just do not exist. The division between Gaza and the West Bank could drag on for quite a long time.
Hussein Ibish via Andrew Sullivan. (via shiracoffee)

atidd:

Israelis Soldiers refuse to serve in Gaza (by SocialTV)

"To refuse, I needed more courage. Because in all these things I did in the military I was surrounded with a group of men that did the same thing, I was in such a herd atmosphere that these things seemed natural. So I say here whole heartedly that it took me more courage to refuse than to do all of the things I did in the military."

haaretz:

A restaurant run and staffed by deaf people opened for business in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, helped by Palestinians seeking to build a more inclusive society where people with disabilities can realize their full potential.

Waiters and cooks use sign language, guests point to selections from the menu and what ensues is a spontaneous form of communication that organizers hope will break down bias and barriers. Read more.

Israel Threatens Aid Ship Seeking to Deliver Food to Gaza

Ambassador Demands UN Intervention to Prevent Food From Being Delivered

The Finnish-flagged Swedish aid ship Estelle is looking to near the Gaza Strip in the next few days, capping off a summer-long sail around Europe to raise awareness for the blockade. The ship is loaded with food aid.

Which has Israelis typically furious, but none moreso than Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor, who penned a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claiming the Swedes on board the ship were less moral than Viking raiders and demanding international military intervention to prevent the food from being delivered.

This has sparked some criticism, claiming Prosor’s bellicosity is drawing undue influence to the single ship, while Israeli officials say they intend to militarily keep the ship away from the Gaza coast, as they so often have with past ships.

But that military action is going to happen under considerably more scrutiny than it normally would have because of both Prosor’s letter and this week’s revelation that the Israeli military has been trying to limit the number of calories of food allowed into the Gaza Strip.

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neverdancewiththedevil:

“The Estelle is now under attack - I have just had a message from them by phone,” Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told the AFP news agency on Saturday.

According to Dror Feiler, another spokesperson, the Estelle, whose passengers include five parliamentarians and a former Canadian politician, was attacked at around 08:15 GMT. 

“Five or six military vessels surrounded the Estelle. Soldiers wearing masks are now trying to board the ship. The attack took place on international water: N31 26 E33 45,” Feiler said.

The Estelle, the latest ship to try to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza as part of the ‘Freedom Flotilla’ movement, set sail from Naples in southern Italy.

The ship, whose voyage is being organised by an international pro-Palestinian coalition, is carrying humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip. 

There are 17 activists from around the world on board, including passengers and crew from Canada, Israel, Norway, Sweden and the US.

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