How DARE Israel be upset that the Arab enablers, spinners and propagandists have skillfully exploited images of the human shields that they cynically use as missile fodder to advance their anti-Israel, anti-Jewish fatwa.
Israel relies on their ability to dominate and shape media messages and images to the same extent that they depend on their military to win battles. And because the Israelis have cultivated all too compliant partners in the press and in politics, their narrative of events often trumps reality.
In death, Staff Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli embodies the deep fears, distrust and dehumanization of the other that has exploded into massive bloodshed in Gaza, threatens to spark another uprising on the West Bank, and makes achievement of even a temporary Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire an almost impossible task.
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The story of this conflict is not complete without including the silent victims: the anonymous, the unnoticed, the uncounted, who suffer but are not included in any of the official statistics.
At 11:50 on Monday morning a scrum of passengers jockeying to board United Airlines Flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark fell silent when a warning echoed in Hebrew and Arabic through Ben Gurion Airport.
Travel restrictions imposed by Israel on Palestinians are at the heart of the current conflict. Through a system of military-imposed identity cards Israel has managed to divide Palestinians into four separate categories that are used to control where we can and cannot go.
A sense of hopelessness pervades the air as the civilian death count climbs. As usual, civilians bear the brunt of these conflicts. What constructive role can Americans play in bringing this conflict to an end?
Israel hopes to weaken and demilitarize Hamas but not totally eradicate it because that could open the door to more militant Islamist groups taking control of Gaza.
On July 22, 2014, Pete Doktor joined more than 100 people in Honolulu in another demonstration to protest the violence in Gaza for reasons larger than himself and his family.
The horrible human costs and increasing danger the world is now facing in Gaza, Ukraine, and Iraq show the consequences of not telling the truth. And unfortunately, we seem to mostly have political leaders who are unwilling to admit the truth of what's happening, deal with root causes instead of exploiting symptoms, and then do everything possible to prevent the escalation of violence and further wars. Instead we have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. Why don't we hold all those morally accountable who refuse political solutions and only work in favor of military solutions that have and will always fail?
Right now, the world is full of Christians and Muslims who'd like nothing more than to see God's promises come to pass. But honestly? I'm afraid more and more of us are giving up, and starting to wonder if you're really ever going to be the Israel God intends.
My children spent the day on the Gaza Border giving out popsicles to the soldiers going into battle. Of course, to cover all the religious bases, and because we are a Chabad family, they also put on tefillin with the soldiers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made public and explicit this week, and for the first time, the Israeli positions that reject the two-state solution, that is, the establishment of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.
Look, I know most, maybe all, of these comments were coming from a place of genuine concern. Who doesn't want to be cared for and have people in their lives who love them enough to express such sentiments? With that said, my friends, such sentiments don't sit well with Zionists.
As personal as this war might be for many in the diaspora, it is crucial for our community to promote an environment that fosters respectful dialogue and debate. But more leaders on both sides must continue to advocate for respectful dialogue in order for change to come.