ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST

Articles related to the middle eastern conflict

Tesco: We’ve axed fruit from Israel

TESCO’S Irish stores no longer sell fruits grown in illegal Israeli settlements — and they plan to end the practice in the UK too.

The recent violence in Gaza has stunned the world with at least 800 people killed there.
SOURCE: http://www.thesun.ie/irishsol/homepage/news/5784923/Tesco-Weve-axed-frui...

Israeli academic says raping palestinian women will stop suicide bombers

Israeli professor's 'rape as terror deterrent' statement draws ire. 'The only thing that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped,' says Bar-Ilan University professor. This assertion was made by Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University about three weeks ago on an Israel Radio program. “It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East,” added Kedar, of Bar-Ilan’s Department of Arabic.
READ MORE: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.606542

Israel using flechette shells in Gaza (again)

(they will be magical ones specially designed to miss civilians because Israel say they don't target civilians deliberately)
The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza.

Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered injuries to her chest, it said. PCHR provided a picture of flechettes taken by a fieldworker last week.
READ MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/20/israel-using-flechette-shel...

Israeli propaganda war hits social media

From personal experience having dealt with Jewish online propaganda trolls these guys can be extremely nasty pieces of shit to deal with in online conversation. It is the existence of these exact scumbags that prevents comments being allowed on this website.

A computer lab staffed by students in an Israeli university is playing a key role in the war of information in the Gaza conflict.

Inspired by the role of social media during the Arab Spring and boosted by the support of the Israeli government and Israel Defence Force, student volunteers at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, a private university north of Tel Aviv, are waging their own propaganda war countering online anti-Israeli sentiment.

IDF starts Gaza ground invasion -- Just hours after world attention is focused on MH17 tragedy

After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night directed the IDF to send ground troops into Gaza to strike the terror tunnels into Israel.

Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors

Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.

Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.”

He added, “Israel has mercilessly targeted Palestinian civilians leaving many of them with life-threatening injuries and future handicaps.”

In the last week, Israeli airstrikes have killed more than 190 people, eighty percent of them civilians, including at least 34 children.

Using Gaza as a laboratory

A ‘quiet night’ in Gaza? Just five deaths and 25 sites bombed

Just imagine if in the space of 12 hours there were 25 bomb attacks in Israel and five people were killed.

In the United States, the cable news networks would devote round-the-clock coverage to the “terrorist bloodbath” (or whatever other sufficiently dramatic branding they chose) and this would go down as an important date in history.

But when the dead are Palestinians, it’s a completely different story.
READ MORE: http://warincontext.org/2014/07/15/a-quiet-night-in-gaza-just-five-death...

Gordon Campbell on the shonky Police statistics, and Gaza

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police doing the fudging and – at the time – it was then-Police Minister Judith Collins claiming the credit, and flourishing the stats as a sign of just how effective the Key government was at fighting crime.

The 2011 Crime Statistics released this week indicate reported crime is down 15 percent in the Counties-Manukau South District, which includes Papakura and Pukekohe, during the fiscal year ended 30 June 2011.
READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1407/S00089/gordon-campbell-on-the-shon...

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