Israel’s Hannibal Directive

A Palestinian man looks out over destruction in part of Gaza City's al-Tufah neighbourhood in Gaza, August 6, 2014. Photo by AFP

Hannibal's original mandate and spirit remain. Israeli has no qualms about killing its own. by Stephen Lendman It's been Israeli policy since 1986. It's an unwritten military protocol. It was secret for many years. In 2003, Haaretz called it "one of the most controversial operational orders" in IDF history. Three Northern Command senior officers established it. They … [Read more...]

The Virtue & Necessity of Deconstructing Anti-Semitism

How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic

by Mark Green Those of us who dare to challenge Israel's centrality in American life are at a real disadvantage. We are disgusted by what we see, but contemporary protocol requires us to show respect and tolerance to the very people who inspire our disgust in the first place. Worse still, our tormentors have no reciprocal obligation for civility. The deck of cards in this … [Read more...]

US guilty of war crimes in Palestine

U.S.-made Hellfire missile linked to killing of a child and three medics in Gaza by Israeli forces during operation Cast Lead, January 4, 2009. (Photo: Amnesty International)

By Sam Bahour The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very … [Read more...]

Tens of thousands remain homeless in Gaza

Palestinian brothers sit on the rubble of their house in front of an apartment block in part of the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

One week after a ceasefire halting an Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain displaced, sheltered in United Nations schools and other facilities. By Joe Catron One week after a ceasefire halting an Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain displaced, sheltered in … [Read more...]

Did Israel commit war crimes in Rafah?

Deaths: A man carries a dead girl from the UN school in Rafah, which was hit by an Israeli airstrike as the number of people in 90 UN-run shelters neared 270,000

Amid fear that Hamas had captured an Israeli soldier, the Israeli military sealed civilians in the Rafah area and began shelling on Aug. 1, 2014. The Israeli military confirmed that Rafah residents were barred from leaving the area, but declined comment on the war crime allegations. by Karin Laub and Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press RAFAH, GAZA STRIP — The first … [Read more...]