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IDF censor bans naming officers involved in Gaza op

Ha’aretz reports: The Military Censor is applying strict restrictions preventing the media from identifying officers who participated in the Gaza Strip fighting and information about them that may be used in legal proceedings against them abroad. There is growing concern at the Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Justice that Israeli officers will be singled out in a massive wave of suits for alleged human rights violations. The new instructions

So who won the war in Gaza?

Following the unilateral ceasefires of the Israelis and Hamas, it appears that the war in Gaza is over, at least for a (probably short) while, and this begs the question: who won? Predictably, both sides claim victory. Most pundits seem to lean towards saying that Israel won a victory, but not a complete one. Some say that Hamas fought better than expected and that it deserves high praise for not

Europe ’s winter of discontent: the Russian-Ukrainian gas war

This will appear in the next issue of Al-Ahram Weekly More tricks and hot air from across the Atlantic leave Europeans in the cold, notes Eric Walberg A hurried resolution to the Ukraine-Russia gas war was reached during a visit to Moscow by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko to meet with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin this week. Ukraine finally agreed to pay higher European prices for Russian gas

Iranian Journalist Interviews Gilad Atzmon

Bring justice to the Israeli criminals, today! Interview by: Kourosh Ziabari published at Palestine Think Tank Gilad Atzmon is unique in his stance, unprecedented in his voice and unequivocal in his statements. As an Israel-born jazz musician and anti-Zionist activist, he propagates and chants his anti-Israeli contemplations explicitly and once he finds the opportunity. As a musician who plays soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, sol, zurna and flute, Atzmon

“Unilateral People” by Gilad Atzmon

Unilateral People They withdraw unilaterallyThey ceasefire unilaterallyThey invade unilaterallyThey win unilaterallyThey destroy unilaterallyThey massacre unilaterallyThey bathe in blood unilaterallyThey spread white phosphorus unilaterallyThey kill women and children unilaterallyThey drop bombs unilaterallyThey live on stolen land unilaterallyThey support their homicidal leaders unilaterallyThey love their ‘Jewish Only State’ unilaterallyTheir democracy is unilateralThey love themselves unilaterallyThey are the unilateral people.Living behind walls of concrete, hatred and arroganceThey are still united and lateral failing

Hamas to Fight On if Israel Ceases Fire Unilaterally

Al-Manar reports: This unilateral ceasefire does not foresee a withdrawal” by the Israeli army,” Hamas’s representative in Lebanon Oussama Hamdan said Saturday. He stressed the resistance group will fight on if Israel orders a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza. “As long as it remains in Gaza, resistance and confrontation will continue,” he said. Speaking at a conference in Beirut, also attended by European representatives supporting the Palestinians, Hamdan added that Israel’s

Israeli rabbis to Olmert:It doesn’t matter even if you kill one million Palestinians

The Palestinian Information Center reports: A report issued by the Saudi Al-Watan news paper revealed Saturday that Jewish rabbis in the Zionist entity have issued a religious edict allowing the killing of Palestinian women and children and exonerating every Jew doing such horrible thing. According to the paper, the rabbis opined that the Israeli massacres in Gaza Strip falls in line with Jewish teachings that consider such killing as “mass

Ismail Haniyeh: My message to the West – Israel must stop the slaughter

I write this article to Western readers across the social and political spectrum as the Israeli war machine continues to massacre my people in Gaza. To date, almost 1,000 have been killed, nearly half of whom are women and children. Last week’s bombing of the UNRWA (UN Relief Works Agency) school in the Jabalya refugee camp was one of the most despicable crimes imaginable, as hundreds of civilians had abandoned

The USA has lost yet another war – has anybody noticed?

One of the most inept war launched during the so-called GWOT (Global War on Terror) was the CIA-run war on the Islamic Courts in Somalia. Using a combination of Ethiopian troops, CIA goons and Special Ops, the USA invaded Somalia and took control of Mogadishu. Well, its over. The Ethiopians have left and the Islamic Resistance is back on control. Yet another useless war initiated by the USA ends up

Gilad Atzmon – Israel Has Managed to Lose Again

by Gilad Atzmon for Palestine Think Tank Haaretz reported today that IDF Senior officials “believe that Israel should strive to reach an immediate cease-fire with Hamas, and not expand its offensive against the Palestinian Islamist group in Gaza.” This shouldn’t take us by great surprise. Though Israel has proved beyond doubt that it is rather capable of conducting large-scale genocide, it also proved that its military forces do not have

IDF targets hospital, UN compound and journalists

Ha’aretz reports: The Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City was engulfed in flames on Thursday after it was caught in the fighting between Israel Defense Forces troops and Hamas. Just before, the IDF shelled the main United Nation aid compound in the city of Gaza, drawing harsh criticism from visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and a subsequent apology from Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency

ICC overlooks Israel’s war crimes allegation

Press TV reports: The International Criminal Court prosecutor says it lacks jurisdiction to investigate possible Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza. The ICC prosecutor said in a statement Wednesday that the “court’s jurisdiction is limited to war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide committed on the territory of, or by a national of, a state party while Israel is not a member state. Tel Aviv launched Operation

‘Full Red Alert’: Hezbollah Ponders Gaza Role

By Franklin Lamb for Palestine Chronicle “The Resistance is one project and the resistance movement is one movement and has one course, one destiny, one goal, despite its different parties, factions, believes, sects and intellectual and political trends…Resistance movements in this region, especially in Lebanon and Palestine, complement one another and (Hezbollah and Hamas) are contiguous groups.” — Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, 7/18/08 “In Lebanon, we, the Islamic Resistance,

Are the Palestinian resistance factions uniting under Hezbollah’s aegis?

The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon is reporting: Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, received the Secretary General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatmeh, accompanied by Political Bureau member of the Front, Ali Faisal, in the presence of Hizbullah Political Council member, Al-Hajj Hassan Hodroj. They discussed the risks and challenges threatening our region and aimed at the Arab and Islamic nation, today specifically manifested in

A rather ridiculous article in Ha’aretz

Since the beginning of the Israeli assault on Gaza, Ha’aretz has done a fairly decent job covering the war; its analytical pieces are, in particular, often interesting and well written. But today, spurred no doubt by a need to publish some feel-good fluff for its readers, Ha’aretz published a truly ridiculous piece called In pictures: Tens of thousands attend pro-Israel rallies in Europe, NY. This short piece is accompanied by

More on “the only democracy in the Middle East”

by ‘Lenin’ for Lenin’s Tomb The news is that Israel has banned Arab parties from standing in the upcoming elections: Parliament spokesman Giora Pordes said the election committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motion, accusing the country’s Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist. This can’t be a complete surprise since a) there are many Israeli politicians who would like the

Edited transcript of Khaled Meshaal’s speech on day 15 of the war on Gaza

Press TV reports: In a speech from Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, Hamas’ political leader spoke on the events arising from Israel’s ongoing 15-day raid on the Gaza Strip: The edited text of the Saturday televised address follows: The Zionists wanted to impose a humiliating defeat on us because the only obstacle to confront them is resistance, especially in the Gaza Strip. Perhaps the Zionists, because of the difference between the resistance