Mahmoud said the Israeli troops dragged him back into his house, blindfolded him and wrapped him in a blanket on the floor as they began to blow holes in the walls to use as makeshift sniper slits — what US troops in Afghanistan called “murder holes.” Then the soldiers stripped Mahmoud to his underwear, handcuffed him, slammed him against a wall and began to beat him. With an M-16 at his back, they forced him to stand in front of open windows as they hunted his fleeing neighbors, sniping directly beside him at virtually anything that moved. When they were not using him as a human shield, Mahmoud said, the soldiers left him alone in the room with an unleashed army dog who was periodically ordered to attack him.

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"There is growing awareness amongst Palestinians to the interconnections between the environment, politics and occupation. This is what we aim to build on with our proposed activity of carrying out a climate camp; to connect people who are active politically, socially and build a network of political activism that includes and builds upon environmental justice principles. Our aim is to focus on energy independence, as we are fully dependent on Israel, the occupying power, for our energy use and this has to change if we are seeking to establish a sustainable and viable community."

An interview with Muna Dajani, a Palestinian environmental activist in the West Bank was conducted by Sarah Rifaat for 350.organ organization building a global climate movement.

Between Bombs and Rebuilding in Gaza, Palestinian Activists are Fighting for the Environment
Arab violence against Israeli civilians began long before the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank

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Picture: Arab volunteer fighters in 1947.

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Picture: Jordanian shelling of Jerusalem 1948

Contrary to popular myth, Palestinian Arabs had been deliberately targeting Jewish civilians for decades before Israel was even established, and half a century before the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The first major attacks on civilians took place in 1920-21, when violent riots erupted in Jerusalem and Jaffa. In 1929, at least 85 Jews were killed in massacres in Hebron and Safed, among other locations; in the early 1930’s, the first Palestinian terror organization, Black Hand, began carrying out attacks against civilians; and during the Arab Revolt of 1936-1939, violence against civilians became widespread throughout Palestine.

Attacks by Arabs against Jewish civilians continued during the 1948 War, including an ambush on a medical convoy in which 79 Jews – mostly doctors and nurses – were killed, and massacres in Kfar Etzion and Haifa. During the 1950’s and 60’s, terrorists from neighbouring Arab countries (“fedayeen”) repeatedly infiltrated Israel to attack civilian targets, including a wedding, a synagogue, buses, trains, and civilian homes. Attacks on civilians intensified in the period leading up to and following the Six Day War, including deliberate massacres of children in a school and on a school bus.

The list of attacks against Israelis by Arabs prior to the ‘occupation’ is endless! So much took place before the Six Day War where Israel took back Gaza from Egypt and the West Bank from Jordan. After all the attacks on Israel over the years to question Israel’s right to defend herself is more than absurd. And to say that violence against Israel by Arabs is purely the result of the occupation is a work of pure fiction.

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Israel is the only beacon of freedom and western values in the Middle East.

Don’t be so easily fooled by circus news like RT or AlJazeera playing a civilian card (it’s an insult to IQ). Civilians die in every war and Israel does what it can to minimize it as much as it’s possible.

If Hamas was able to penetrate Israeli defense system, civilian/military casualty ratio on Israeli side would be 100% to 0%.

Something that most hippies protesting against Israel don’t know is the fact that Palestinian government killed more Palestinians than Israel ever did. Just look at Hamas coup of 2007 and everything that followed it. Not to mention Palestinian president asking Israel’s help against Hamas before the coup.

Anyway, this is a collection of well known photos of both Israel and Palestine. They represent the majority. I’m sure you can find an Israeli kid holding a gun if you search hard enough, but I don’t care about special cases. I care about that which predominates in the particular society and culture.

So Al Akhbar, a Lebanese newspaper, obtained and published the minutes of a meeting between the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas Chairman Khaled Meshaal and their respective entourages. The meeting took place on August 21.

Abbas met with bin Hamad first. At this meeting, he laid out the two most pressing issues as he sees them. The first was to do with Israel, America, and the negotiations. He recounted a brief overview of what has happened recently and blamed Israeli and American foot-dragging and failure to commit to concrete steps as the cause of the breakdown in talks. He said that he offered the following conditions to the Americans: There must be a written agreement to have a Palestinian state on 1967 borders (i.e. the West Bank and Gaza) with East Jerusalem as the capital which would be followed by negotiations over the exact borders over a period of 2-3 months after which other issues can be negotiated. He stated that if these conditions are not met, then he would stop “security” cooperation with Israel and would dissolve the PA and give the reins back to Israel. 

The second issue was Hamas. He claimed that despite the national unity agreement, Hamas was still plotting against him in cooperation with former Fateh leader Mohammad Dahlan. He cited a meeting with the head of the Shin Bet, Israeli’s domestic spy organization, where he was warned that Hamas was plotting his overthrow with a man named “Jawad” in Amman, Jordan who reports to a Hamas leader in Turkey named Saleh al Arouri. He also cited video and audio evidence that his own intelligence had collected in which Hamas members were heard talking about a bomb to be used against him. 

He then went on to talk about his history with Hamas. Much of it was actually completely false. For example, he portrayed the 2007 infighting between Hamas and Fateh that led to the division between Gaza and the West Bank as a backstabbing by Hamas after both sides had made an agreement in Mecca two months earlier. In reality, as later emerged in a Vanity Fair expose, Hamas acted preemptively because Fateh had made a deal with the Americans and Israelis to overthrow the elected Hamas government. Fateh’s coup attempt was led by none other than Mohammad Dahlan with whom Abbas now claims Hamas is collaborating against him. He also claimed — repeatedly throughout the meeting — that Hamas beat his Minister of Health almost to death when he visited Gaza recently. What actually happened was protesters angry over the PA’s inaction to protect them pelted him and his entourage with rocks and eggs when he attempted to visit al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Contrary to Abbas’s assertions, no one was injured. He also accused Hamas of conducting the kidnapping-murder of the three Israeli settlers and cited Saleh al Arouri (the guy behind the alleged plot against him) taking credit for it. However, al Arouri’s claims are not credible at face value and hint at personal motivations or at worst a power struggle inside Hamas. 

At this point, the Hamas delegation led by Khaled Meshaal joined the meeting. Abbas repeated everything he said to bin Hamad. Meshaal and other Hamas leaders strongly denied the allegations against them, including the kidnapping-murder which Meshaal said neither al Arouri nor any other Hamas official knew about. They further accused Abbas of believing too easily the tales Israelis were weaving for him (in reference to information passed on to him by the Shin Bet head regarding a Hamas coup plot). 

They then started arguing over who was to blame for the 2007 infighting, at which point Bin Hamad who was clearly getting frustrated with the back and forth butted in and gave both sides two options: 1) Forget about past events and abandon the mutual incriminations in order to move forward with the national unity government; or 2) Set up an independent commission to investigate the claims. Bin Hamad made clear that his preference was for the first option because there was no time for the second. Abbas, however, stated that this was not a matter of past events but that Hamas was plotting against him in the present. In response, Meshaal stated that he was unwilling to work with someone who did not trust him and that if an independent commission is what it would take to put the matter to rest than he was willing to open up all of Hamas’s records. There was more back and forth, in which bin Hamad kept repeating the two options, when finally Abbas stated that he was too angry to make decision, so bin Hamad suggested the meeting be adjourned to a later time so that Abbas could calm down and they could work through the issues.

At this point the meeting ends, but the minutes have an addendum of bullet points summarizing the entire meeting. One bullet point states that although Abbas’s delegation stood by him, they were visibly unhappy with his introducing unnecessary issues (in reference to the argument over 2007 and whether Hamas members were good Muslims or not). Another bullet point contrasted the conduct of Meshaal, who listened to what Abbas said, with that of his delegation who repeatedly interrupted him. A third stated that a Hamas official denied in a private conversation all of Abbas’s accusations and was looking forward to the second meeting so that they could allow the head of PA intelligence division to speak as Abbas had refused to allow this during this meeting. The Hamas official stated that everything the intelligence had previously told Hamas representatives directly contradicted what Abbas said and that he had further told them that the head of Palestinian “security” coordination had purposely passed on Israeli lies as truth to keep the pressure on Abbas.

All in all, this meeting was an embarrassing mess. Abbas comes off as a paranoid buffoon who does not recognize that he is nothing more than an agent of the Israeli occupation. Here’s hoping that he holds true to his word and dissolves the PA and hands over all authority back to the Israelis. At the very least, it would save the Palestinian people from being represented by such incompetent fools. 

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Simply captioned “Seen in Gaza” shows two Palestinian men in Gaza overlooking their city, which was destroyed by an Israeli attack.

Humans of Palestine aims at restoring the humanity often stripped away when Palestinians are reduced to calculative deaths, forgettable names, and mutilated bodies, rather than people with stories and dreams.

These Photos Capture Life Beyond War and Tragedy in Palestine

Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war

Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care.

But many of the organisations charged with rehabilitating Gazans like him are struggling to cope in the wake of an Israeli offensive in which the United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 Palestinians were wounded, with up to 1,000 likely to suffer permanent disability.

Staring blankly ahead and speaking softly, 23-year-old Ayyad sits in the waiting room for Gaza’s only prosthetics centre as he recalls the day that shrapnel raked his chest and his left arm, now amputated above the elbow.

“The shelling started at dawn prayer in areas far away but we heard the sound of it coming closer to us at six in the morning, and we were forced to leave our homes,” he says.

We went to document and to listen. 

I have dozens of stories and many, many photographs to share but later this week - I have to process what I witnessed and what I heard there from the people we met. The experience was overwhelming … 

One thing is for sure - they were hammered unmercifully by Israel ….. .the destruction of this village is widespread - and I heard too many stories of people escaping from their homes with little notice - running from their homes while they were being shelled or bombed. 

I witnessed scenes that reminded me of what I saw and experienced in Khuzaa and Shujaya …. you can not imagine what has been destroyed in these once beautiful border villages. 

But what besides the destruction did I immediately experience as soon as I got out of the car and started to walk the streets? Kindness, warm welcomes, thousands of beautiful children - generosity - the best of Palestine. 

I met a grandmother who beckoned me to see what had happened to her house during the multi-week attacks …… the street outside her home was torn up by the Israeli tanks ….. her home was totally flattened. …. she pointed to heaven and thanked Allah that her grandchildren were still alive. 

When their father brought them out, I thanked Allah too …. 

Alhamdulillah! 

That was a word that I used over and over again today. 
I took a photograph of this grandmother and three of her grandchildren …. 
She is strong woman - but there is deep sadness in all of their eyes. 
In spite of all that these children have witnessed - Beit Hanoun LIVES. 

Denny Cormier Gaza

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Lt. Libby Weiss from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit gives an exclusive look into one of Hamas’ terror tunnels, near Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha.

A masked Palestinian militant of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), holds-up his rifle on September 2, 2014 in Gaza city during a rally to celebrate a week after the Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Israel announced on September 1, 2014 it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners. [Mahmud Hams/AFP]

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