Hamas: The Islamic Resistance Movement
Beverley Milton-Edwards and Stephen Farrell
Polity Press, 2010 (340 pp.)
Beverly Milton-Edwards is Professor in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. Steven Farrell, who has dual British-Irish citizenship, is Middle East Correspondent for The New York Times.
By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Hamas is about the militant Palestinian group which was democratically elected to run the Palestinian Authority in 2006. The main value of the book is the rich context it provides regarding the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which is totally absent from the mainstream media. Hamas clearly documents the role Israel played in promoting the rise of Muslim fundamentalism in Palestine. The book also emphasizes the essential role foreign financial assistance plays in perpetuating this war – with the US heavily backing Israel and other Islamic states backing occupied Palestine.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Guest Blogger, Land Grab, Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged Beverley Milton-Edwards, hamas, Hamas The Islamic Resistance Movement, Israel, palestine, Stephen Farrell
7/25 UPDATE: Norwegian Shooter Loves Israel, By Israel National News. “The time has come to stop the stupid support of the Palestinians…and to start supporting our cultural cousins – Israel.”
7/24 UPDATE: Oslo Police Conducted Bombing Exercise Days Before Terrorist Blast. Also see this June 2011 news flash: Norway Announces Withdrawal From Libya Campaign
After supporting Palestine’s bid for sovereignty at the United Nations in an announcement on Monday, Norway today suffered numerous terrorist attacks.
Three days ago, July 19, Reuters reported:
Norway, host of the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accords, said on Monday it was “perfectly legitimate” for Palestinians to take their case for statehood to the United Nations for voting in September.
Gaza Under Attack From A Swarm Of Drones
By Julie Webb-Pullman
The whole of Gaza City is under air attack with Israel Defense Force (IDF) drones and other aircraft roaming the skies firing rockets and dropping bombs on the Palestinian population.
For Scoop, Julie Webb-Pullman reports from within Gaza that there are swarms of strike aircraft: “There was at least one explosion, then sirens. I can still hear drones , more sirens, lots of sirens, more explosions.”
From one vantage point, she can see a lot of smoke emitting from near Gaza City’s university.
From her rooftop, Julie Webb-Pullman reports: “It looks like a massive airstrike – the city of Gaza is under a pall of acrid smoke. The drones still droning. I can’t tell where the strikes were, but definitely in the middle of town, as well as further out.”
By Julie Webb-Pullma
GAZA July 15, 2011: The Israeli navy today attacked international monitoring vessel Oliva and several Palestinian fishing boats in Gazan waters, for the second time in two days.
The Oliva, which monitors and documents Israeli attacks against Gaza fishermen, began its operations on 20 April 2011 under the auspices of the Spanish Civil Peace Service. The monitoring team is comprised of activists from Italy, Sweden, USA and the UK.
Home demolition in Hebron (image from anticap.wordpress.com)
By International Middle East Media Center
A Committee of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) passed a first draft of a law that will require that Palestinians whose homes are destroyed by Israeli forces pay the Israeli government for the demolition costs.
The law will now be passed to the full Knesset for a final reading, where it is expected to pass due to the current makeup of the Knesset.
By Craig Murray
Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan
I am proud to call Ray McGovern a friend. He is a retired senior member of the CIA, and was so valued as an analyst that he used to give the US President his daily intelligence briefing. Ray and I both had senior government service careers, in the course of which you make personal friendships that last, hopefully as long as you do. So sometimes we both get told things from the inside of government.
As Ray sets out on the US Gaza peace flotilla ship, he has been warned in the starkest of terms that the Obama administration will do nothing to protect their US flagged vessel, or the US citizens on board, against attack by the Israelis.
Posted in Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged audacity of hope, gaza, gaza aid ship, Greece, hillary clinton, international waters, Israel, israeli genocide, israeli war crimes, palestine, ray mcgovern
Radio Netherlands reports:
Israeli troops opened fire on Sunday as protesters from Syria stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights, with Damascus saying 23 demonstrators were killed.
Hundreds of protesters rushed the ceasefire line, cutting through barbed wire as they tried to enter the Golan Heights in a repeat of demonstrations last month that saw thousands mass along Israel’s north.
Similar protests were held in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
By One World
Palestine is in crisis. Today Palestinians face daily human rights abuse and live in crushing poverty in refugee camps and under Israeli Occupation.
In response to this injustice, a group of international musicians are releasing the song Freedom for Palestine by OneWorld.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged free palestine, freedom for palestine, freedom one world, israeli genocide, palestine
By Natasha Mozgovaya
Professor Ahmet Doğan, whose 19-year-old son Furkan was killed aboard during the Israeli army raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla from Turkey in May, is in Washington in an attempt to convince American officials to open an investigation into the raid.
Furkan was an American citizen who was born in the U.S. His father will be meeting with Congress members Tuesday and on Wednesday speak with members of the State Department and the Ministry of Justice.
Professor Ahmet Doğan: If my son was an Israeli who was shot by Turks in international waters, how would the U.S. react?
By Victoria Community TV
We talk with Kevin Neish of Victoria, British Columbia, who was aboard the Mavi Marmara last May when it was attacked by Israeli forces. The ship was on a humanitarian mission to bring relief supplies to the people of Gaza and to break the long-running Israeli blockade. Kevin talks about the big issues of what is going on in the Middle East and Gaza, a bit of history, and then the story of what happened the night the ship was attacked. The program includes film smuggled off the ship and seldom seen before, with a narration by Kevin.
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Military, Region: Middle East, Slavery, War and Peace
Tagged gaza blockade, genocide, ictv, israeli piracy, israeli war crimes, Mavi Marmara, palestine, victoria community tv
We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, two years on from Israel’s genocidal attack on our families, our houses, our roads, our factories and our schools, are saying enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the time is now to hold Israel to account for its ongoing crimes against us.
Posted in Housing, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, MSM Shills, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Middle East
Tagged boycott israel, divest, israeli genocide, israeli war crimes, Land Grab, palestine
Argentine FM Says Recognition None of US Business
By Jason Ditz
Speaking today in Santiago, Chile, Undersecretary of State William Burns condemned the moves by multiple South American nations to recognize Palestine as an independent nation, calling the moves “premature” and insisting such recognitions were unacceptable until Israel agreed to a two-state solution.
The comment was not well greeted by Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who expressed annoyance that “once again the United States has publicly expressed an opinion about sovereign actions taken by the Argentine Republic.”
By Yoav Shamir
Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir once served his army reserve duty as a checkpoint guard, which was what inspired him to make this documentary, Checkpoint. For 80 minutes, Shamir simply shows us videotape of what happens at the various checkpoints that the Israeli government operates, which are in place to regulate the travel of Palestinians, purportedly in an effort to combat terrorism.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, Prisons, Region: Middle East, Resistance, Slavery, War and Peace
Tagged checkpoint film, film, genocide, israeli war crimes, Land Grab, palestine, Yoav Shamir