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Palestine-Israel: Mid-August Demonstrations Against the Israeli Occupation

Middle EastIsrael started the attack on the Hamas to sabotage the Hamas compromise with the west bank authority, and restore a weakened Hamas independent rule in the Gaza strip. Hamas compromise was a response to Egyptian closer intended to dismantle the Hamas. The failed Israeli attack will force it to contribute its share to significantly open the closer of the border between Israel and the Gaza strip which was till the attack based on the bare minimal on the margin of humanitarian catastrophe. Whatever the details of the new cease fire and arrangements, the failure of Israel vicious assault to stop the Hamas from firing rockets on Israel is a significant "game changer". The failed attack on Gaza and the continuing popular struggle in the west bank are hastening the international pressures to end the occupation of the West bank and the closer of the Gaza strip.
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Noam Chomsky: The Fate of the Gaza Ceasefire

Middle East

On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

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The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes

Middle East

Throughout the visit we had the total freedom and opportunity to see and speak to whoever we wanted to. This includes women, men, youth, and the political parties. There are over 20 parties from Kurdish to Christian, of which some are in the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) or Democratic Self Management (DSM) of the region of Al Jazera. Al Jazera is one of three regions, (cantons) of West Kurdistan. We also met the Kurdish and Christian political parties who are not in the DSA or DSM. In addition, we met the top people from the Democratic Self Administration (DSM), members of the different committees, local groups and communes as well as businesspeople, shopkeepers, workers, people in the market and people who were just walking in the street.

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Palestine-Israel: The assault on Gaza fails to bring the expected results and back-fires

Middle EastThe war Israel started with the Hamas was intended to keep it weaker but independent of the west bank authority. A month and a half and Israel cannot stop the Hamas firing of rockets on Israel. The Hamas raised its demand about the lifting of the siege (closer) and the Israeli prime minister failed go get the support of his coalition for the needed compromise. To diminish the losses and to save face Israel with US backing are passing the decision to the UN security council the Israeli ruling elite evaded successfully so many years. The mounting economic pressures create cracks in the Israeli ruling elite and even the populist coalition party head - the foreign minister, start to promote the end of the 1967 occupation. And the joint popular grass root struggle continue - within Israel at the Arkib Bedouins as focus, Bil'in, Ma'asara, Neby Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, South Hebron Hills.
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Activists declare first victory as Israeli ship delays docking at Oakland

Middle East

San Francisco Bay Area Palestine activists have declared their first victory in attempting to prevent the offloading of an Israeli cargo vessel at the Oakland Port. Originally planning to show up at 5:00 am Saturday morning to block the ship, activists sent word out late last night that the meeting time had been moved up to 3:00pm, as the ship had delayed its arrival at Oakland in an apparent attempt to avoid the protest.

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Noam Chomsky on How Israel Limits Food & Medicine in Occupied Gaza

Middle East

On Gaza, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky says the debate inside the Israeli government is whether to allow "bare survival" or to inflict "misery and starvation," as a former Israeli national security adviser recently proposed. "Israeli experts have calculated in detail exactly how many calories, literally, Gazans need to survive, and if you look at the sanctions that they impose, they’re grotesque," Chomsky says. "I mean, even John Kerry condemned them bitterly, they’re sadistic — just enough calories to survive."

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The Warsaw Ghetto and the assault on Gaza - is there anything in the comparison?

Middle East

The text below is translated from the poster at the centre of this image of the destruction of Gaza by the Israeli state. But it refers not to this horror but another in 1943 when the Nazis crushed the Warsaw ghetto, wiping out the poorly armed organised resistance that operated out of a warren of bunkers & sewers hidden beneath the ghetto. This poster was by one of the armed factions that defended the Ghetto, the Jewish Combat Organization (ZOB)

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Palestine-Israel: The joint struggle in turbulent times

Middle EastThe joint struggles in the locations of regular weekly activities of Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Sheikh Jarah, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Western Hills of Hebron, in the week end actions and some in between focused on the war on Gaza as the more obvious aspect of occupation. To day, it seems Israel failed to establish a weakened but independent power in the Gaza strip - mainly because the atrocities of Israel failed to recruit international pressure on Egypt to open enough the siege on Gaza. It seems, there will be a revival of the accord between the Hamas and the west bank Palestinian authority. Israel invested so many efforts to sabotage. It is not clear yet how the the detail will be and how the last Israeli atrocities will influence the pressure of the imperial powers on Israel to end the 1967 occupation. Latest news: Israel started to pull back its forces from the Gaza strip with no resolution and with rockets still fired on Israel.
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Struggle that never ends between Israeli Zionist settler colonialism and indigenous Palestinians

Middle EastThe war on the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip continues for the thirteenth day. Demonstrations against Israel war mongering continue both in Israel and around the world. All that Israel wants in this war it initiated is the thwarting of the Palestinian unity government and curbing the peace agreements it might speed up. The danger of the surrender of Hamas to the Palestinian Authority in the heel of its economic crisis resulted from the actions of the new Egyptian government, seriously threatening the project of splitting the Palestinians - Israel invested in it extraordinary efforts. Only a total collapse of Hamas rule in Gaza scares Israel more than it. However, internal reasons within Israel force it to introduce the war intended to stabilize the Hamas rule in Gaza and preventing its surrender to the Palestinian Authority as a war against the Hamas and not as price paid to obstruct Palestinian unity.
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Voices of Philly's Palestine Solidarity Rally & March

Middle East

On the third Friday of every month radicals and activists protest in front of the Israeli consulate in attempt to bring visibility to the plight of occupied Palestine. Due to Israel's recent genocidal rampage (which has left at least 342 people dead over the past 12 days), there was an increased sense of urgency and relevance to the planned protest.

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