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Israel's Collective Punishment of Gaza

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marjorie Cohn

Israel's airstrikes and ground assault on the people of Gaza have little to do with the Gazan rockets and more to do with its leaders trying to gain an advantage in the upcoming elections.

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...

Obama -- Please Say Something!

Lola Adesioye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lola Adesioye

In just over two weeks Obama will be unable to avoid saying something and the world will be looking to him and demanding to hear his opinion on the crisis in Gaza.

Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza?

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

Why is it that there is such widespread acceptance, beginning with the apologetic arguments of George Bush, that whatever Israel does is always justified as necessary to the survival of the Jewish state?

What Was Israel Supposed to Do?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cenk Uygur

Every day now, I hear someone saying, "What was Israel supposed to do? Hamas keeps firing rockets into their country." So, here is a quick list of the things they were supposed to do.

Israel, Hamas, Gaza: Plenty of Us in America Just Need to Shut Up

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Quigg

Something labeled "Subject: Fwd: Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party" showed up in my inbox Monday night.

Is Mayor Bloomberg Running for President of Israel?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Bloomberg's rush to travel to Israel in a show of solidarity makes one wonder if he has decided to leave the US and run for president over there. After all he has hopped political parties, why not countries?

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.

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...

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.