• Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Israeli pogrom in Gaza

Israeli pogrom in Gaza

UPON expiry of the 24-hour UN-brokered truce, Israel has resumed its naval, air and ground attack on Gaza since Sunday morning, despite Hamas's announcing a 24-hour ceasefire. During the short-lived lull in hostilities, what Gaza residents, humanitarian and rescue workers and foreign journalists saw was mind-boggling. It was as if demons were let loose...

Gaza: The role of Bangladesh as UNPO leader

BREAKING all international laws, Israel continues to carry out its genocide against the civilian Palestinian population in Gaza. As the world watches with shock and horror, the United Nations has merely condemned the Israeli assault and questioned the disproportionate use of lethal weaponry on an unarmed population which cannot leave Gaza as it is sealed off from the rest of the world and, according to BBC, “there is no safe place in Gaza.” The international community seems to be...

Missed opportunity on Gaza

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement on the ongoing Gaza crisis during a discussion in the Rajya Sabha is an exercise in political correctness. By stating that New Delhi's stance on the Israel-Palestine issue has not shifted, and going ahead with a pro forma denunciation of violence, Ms. Swaraj has missed a golden opportunity to impress upon a domestic audience that the Modi administration is pursuing a fresh statesman-like approach on a complex global issue. Besides, she may have...

An open letter for the people in Gaza

WE are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care for and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation in Gaza for years. On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel. We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals,...

5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

The UN chief and the US secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled new unrest in the West Bank, where five Palestinians were killed during protests. Also Friday, Israel's military announced that an...

Abbas backs Hamas ceasefire demands

Abbas backs Hamas ceasefire demands

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has backed calls by Hamas for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire. At least 649 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed in the past 15 days of fighting, officials say. Israel launched its offensive on 8 July with the declared...

UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed. Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel's military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians. She also condemned Hamas for "indiscriminate attacks"...

Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. Using videos, Twitter, text messages, leaflets and phone calls, both sides have attempted to direct the tone of the fighting -- for their own public, their opponent's population and for a global audience. Propaganda and psychological warfare are nothing new in battle, but technology and social media have exponentially increased the ability of each side to penetrate their intended audiences. Each side has sought to...

Gaza bombed by deadly darts

Gaza bombed by deadly darts

IT is interesting to note that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) claims “as a rule, the IDF only employs weapons that have been determined lawful under international law, and in a manner which fully conforms with the laws of armed conflict.” Physical evidence of munitions like flechette shells is turning up in Gaza....

Operation Protective Edge: Myths and realities

THE ongoing violence on civilians in Gaza under “Operation Protective Edge” is raising several questions among the people around the world. The traumatised Palestinian children, their dead bodies, as well as the destruction, shown in the media sadden us immensely. War is nothing new for Palestinians. Children who are six years old in Gaza are facing war for the third time. This time, Operation Protective Edge is killing more civilians than ever. In much of the North American and western...

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