ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST

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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...

Large Anti Israel Protest In New York

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ROCKET WARS

By Christopher Everard: Surprisingly, the UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinian deaths continue to mount... The 'rockets' fired from the Palestinian side have been shown to be nothing more than sophisticated home-made fireworks - not that you would ever learn that from the BBC. Photos of these 'rockets' published by Wikipedia show a ramshackle bunch of pipsqueak rockets with very short range.

Stand with Palestine! Rally Against Israel's Brutality in Gaza: JUL 18 WELLINGTON

WHEN: Friday 18th July, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
WHERE: Embassy of Israel - Baileys Building, 36 Brandon Street (off Lambton Quay), Wellington

Rally against the ongoing assault on Palestine and the Palestinian people, including the killing of Palestinians (including 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, murdered brutally by Israeli settlers), the bombing of Gaza, the mass arrests of over 600, and the raids, attacks, tear-gassing, invasions and closure that Palestinians are being subjected to.

Initiated by Students for Justice in Palestine: Victoria University of Wellington and the International Socialist Organisation, NZ

https://www.facebook.com/events/1445924692327106/

Bloodthirsty Apartheid State of Israel to 'resist international pressure' over Gaza

Israel will resist foreign pressure to halt its operations against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

He said Israel had attacked more than 1,000 targets there since Tuesday, and was using twice the force it used during a similar operation in 2012.

Palestinian officials say at least 121 people have died in the air strikes.
READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28271546

UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

Israel's air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Friday.

Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly rocket-launching sites, and the Gaza militants, who have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel, must abide by international law.
READ MORE: http://www.theherald-news.com/2014/07/11/un-doubts-legality-of-israeli-a...

Picture showing Israelis cheering missile strikes on Gaza goes viral

A picture posted on Twitter by Danish journalist showing Israeli citizens sitting on a hilltop and cheering the Palestinian territory of Gaza being bombed has gone viral on social media.

ABC News tells viewers that scenes of destruction in Gaza are in Israel


More than fifty Palestinians have been killed and another 450 wounded since Monday in Israel’s ongoing assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” by the Israeli army.

As usual, mainstream media outlets are straining to paint Israel as the victim, defending its people against irrational Palestinian rocket fire.
READ MORE: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/abc-news-tells-viewers-...

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