Israel

Egypt optimistic as truce in Gaza holds

Egypt optimistic as truce in Gaza holds By The Herald, Scotland   August 7, 2014   A GAZA truce was holding on Wednesday as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has devastated the enclave. Egypt's intelligence chief met a Palestinian delegation in Cairo, the state news agency Mena said, a day after he conferred with Israeli representatives. The Palestinian team, led

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The Need for Moral Clarity on the Israel-Hamas War

5 August 2014 The Huffington Post By Irwin Cotler   The latest Israeli-Hamas war, with its evocative images of human suffering, has engaged hearts and minds the world over, particularly in this digital age of social media and instant communication. Indeed, the death of any innocent -- Israeli or Palestinian -- is a tragedy, and no one can fail to be moved by the human suffering and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. But, while Hamas has rejected cease-fires

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Israel has broken my heart

Salon 4 August 2014 By Rabbi Michael Lerner Israel has broken my heart: I’m a rabbi in mourning for a Judaism being murdered by Israel My heart is broken as I witness the suffering of the Palestinian people and the seeming indifference of Israelis. All my life I’ve been a champion of Israel, proud of its many accomplishments in science and technology that have benefited the world, insistent on the continuing need for the Jewish people to have

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Cease-Fire in Gaza Begins, and Israel Says Its Troops Are Gone

Cease-Fire in Gaza Begins, and Israel Says Its Troops Are Gone By STEVEN ERLANGER and BEN HUBBARD, The New York Times   August 5, 2014   JERUSALEM — As a 72-hour cease-fire mediated by Egypt took hold Tuesday morning, Israel announced that it had withdrawn its forces from Gaza and Hamas said it would engage in talks on a lasting arrangement to keep the peace. Most Israeli troops had already pulled back from populated areas in Gaza, and

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Israel’s seven-hour Gaza truce ends; violence hits Jerusalem

Israel's seven-hour Gaza truce ends; violence hits Jerusalem BY NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI AND MAAYAN LUBELL, Reuters August 4, 2014   (Reuters) - A brief Israeli truce to allow aid to reach Palestinians ended on Monday amid accusations of strikes by both sides, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash against the war in Gaza. Palestinians said Israel had bombed a refugee camp in Gaza City, killing an eight-year-old girl

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Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict

Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict By Melissa Eddy, The New York Times   August 1, 2014   BERLIN — Across Europe, the conflict in Gaza is generating a broader backlash against Jews, as threats, hate speech and even violent attacks proliferate in several countries. Most surprising perhaps, a wave of incidents has washed over Germany, where atonement for the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes is a bedrock of the modern

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Palestine’s most uncommon ally

Palestine’s most uncommon ally By Stephanie Findlay, Maclean’s   August 2, 2014   Equating its apartheid past with Israel, South Africa has emerged as one of Palestine’s most outspoken supporters. Since the Israeli operation in Gaza began almost a month ago, South Africans have been experiencing a haunting sense of déjà vu. As the Palestinian death toll soars, South Africa is calling for radical action against Israel, likening the

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UN’s Investigation of Israel Should Go Beyond War Crimes to Genocide