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...]

Gaza War Postmortems

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Expect long denied Palestinian injustice to persist. Expect future Israeli aggression. Expect Palestinians blamed for its crimes. by Stephen Lendman Israel's Operation Protective Edge (OPE) was well-planned premeditated aggression. It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets. It wasn't about crushing Palestine's legitimate government. Israel needs enemies. When none … [Read more...]

The real face of Israel army

Khalil Anati with his father, Moohammed. Khalil was to enter sixth grade this week. Photo by Alex Levac

In civilian life, anyone suspected of manslaughter or murder is immediately arrested, with an investigation coming later. In the IOF the opposite is true. Khalil Anati was from the Al-Fawar refugee camp in the southern part of the West Bank; a soldier in an armored jeep shot him in the back with a live round and killed him as he was running home. He was 10 years old. … [Read more...]

Gaza Ceasefire: Hold the Cheers

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It’s just a matter of time before Israeli rampaging repeats. Expect Palestinians to be blamed for its crimes like always. by Stephen Lendman Last Monday, both sides agreed to open-ended ceasefire terms. Peace talks will resume in Cairo within a month. Terms agreed on include opening border crossings, "enabl(ing) the rapid entry of humanitarian aid," as well as … [Read more...]

Another No-Peace Ceasefire

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What goes around, comes around. It’s just a matter of time. Israel deplores peace. Its entire history reflects conflict. by Stephen Lendman Its premeditated aggression follows relative calm followed by ceasefires followed by more conflict. The pattern repeats with disturbing regularity. It's been this way for decades. It's no different this time. Believing … [Read more...]