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Palestinian Bloggers: 'I Might Stop Reporting Either If I Die Or I Flee My Home'

Global Voices Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In this roundup of blogposts from Gaza we hear from a teenager who just lost her friend and is scared for her own life, about a medical worker who was...

Why Israel Was Right to Invade Gaza

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Ostroy

How should Israel attempt to protect its people, long-term, if it merely acts defensively in a tit-for-tat manner? That would be a horribly naïve response given its history.

UNSC Res. 250: The International Law Governing Israel's Invasion of Gaza

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

Like the boy who cried wolf, Resolution 250 has stripped the UN of any credibility where Israel is involved.

Gaza Crisis: Doctors Stuck At Egypt-Gaza Border

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAFAH, Egypt — Greek anesthesiologist Dimitrios Mognie and another doctor arrived at this border crossing loaded with medical supplies to help G...

Hamas's Secret Weapon: Tunnels

The Independent | Kim Sengupta and Ben Lynfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israel's ground offensive is reaching a critical stage where its forces may soon have to face Hamas fighters on their chosen killing ground, the narro...

Overwhelming Force Is the Only Way to Fight Terrorists

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The destruction of Hamas benefits the Palestinians far more than the Israelis. It is they that must live under the cruelty of an organization that terrorizes its citizens even more than its enemies.

How to Defeat Hamas -- Face Up to the Truth

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Making Hamas into a unique demon is pure propaganda. But no form of Islamic extremism will end until moderate Muslims stand up for their religion.

SLIDESHOW: Israel's Operation In Gaza (Caution: Graphic Content)

Huffington Post | Jessica Gusman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Palestinian death toll has risen to nearly 600 as the Israel-Gaza conflict continues for the 11th day. Israeli Air Forces have been targeting Hama...

Why Aren't More Americans Dancing To Israel's Tune?

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Blumenthal

The surprising trend in American opinion on Gaza may be because the same pundits who are cheerleading Israel's assault once sold the occupation of Iraq, and with a nearly identical set of arguments.

Hamas Is Responsible for the Civilian Casualties in Gaza

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mitchell Bard

By choosing tactical advantages over the safety of its citizens, the terrorist organization chose its military goals over the safety of its fellow Palestinians in Gaza.

America's Hidden Role in Hamas' Rise to Power

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Originally posted on Alternet, January 3, 2009 The United States bears much of the blame for the ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and nearby parts...

No Exit for Civilians in Gaza in the Midst of War

Ken Bacon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ken Bacon

In similar situations around the world, civilians caught in the midst of conflict would have the option of seeking safety in neighboring countries as refugees. Gazans have no such option.

Israel's Ground Invasion Leading To Higher Civilian Casualties

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Palestinian civilians are continuing to suffer as the Israeli military pushes deeper into the Gaza Strip. At least 540 people have been killed in t...

How Propaganda Hijacked Israeli Strategy in Gaza

David H. Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David H. Young

While Israel's explicit goal is to cease all attacks on southern Israel, senior IDF and intelligence officials have privately signaled that this is unrealistic, even with a ground invasion.

Eyeless in Gaza

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marty Kaplan

I wish I didn't believe that the events now unfolding in the Middle East are too complicated for unalloyed outrage. I wish the arguments of only one side rang wholly true to me.

Israel Says It Won't Stop Assault Until "Peace And Tranquility" Achieved

AP | IBRAHIM BARZAK and JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

GAZA CITY, Gaza _ Israel ignored mounting international calls for a cease-fire Monday and said it won't stop its crippling 10-day assault until "peace...

Israel's Risk

Chris Meserole | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Meserole

What we're watching in Gaza is not so much low-intensity warfare as the continued fracture of the post-Soviet international order.

FARES AKRAM TRAGEDY: Reporter's Father Is One Of First Casualties In Gaza Invasion

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The phone call came at around 4.20pm on Saturday. A bomb had been dropped on the house at our small farm in northern Gaza. My father was walking from ...

Israel Calling Obama's Bluff

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Ostertag

Dividing the planet into a "free world" and an "extremist and terrorist world," rooted in ethnicity and religion, is the exact antithesis of everything Obama has been talking about.

Israel's Invasion Inspires One-Sided Commentary in U.S. Media

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

The invasion, to no one's surprise, did begin today -- so any further criticism will now come too late. But as in the past, U.S. media coverage and commentary has overwhelmingly backed Israeli actions.

Gazans Speak Out: 'We Are Living A Nightmare'

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the death toll from Israel's aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip continues to climb, Al Jazeera asked Gazans to describe the situation where they ...

Where Is Israel Going?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Does the Gaza war improve Israel's long-term (or even short-term) situation? I am not questioning Israel's right to respond. But that is the wrong question.

Selective Memory Is a Problem when dealing with the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Irrespective of time and chronology, trading land for peace continues to be the most logical and appropriate way to address the conflict which has bridged the 20th and 21st centuries.

After Years in Exile, My Grandfather Returns to Gaza

Laila Al-Arian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laila Al-Arian

My family had been trying to speak with my grandfather since Saturday, after Israel began its onslaught on Gaza. But we haven't managed to reach him.

Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe

Richard Falk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Falk

The people of Gaza are victims of geopolitics at its inhumane worst: producing what Israel itself calls a 'total war' against an essentially defenseless society.