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The weekly newspaper said running the advert was "meant as a purely humanitarian gesture".

When it launched the appeal, the DEC said the latest conflict had made half a million people in Gaza homeless and warned of a "humanitarian emergency".

There is currently a five-day ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Israelis launched a military operation on 8 July to stop militant attacks from Gaza.

'Editorial independence'

After a DEC advert featured in this week's Jewish Chronicle (JC), a Facebook page was set up calling on readers to boycott the title until it issued a "full apology".

A message posted on the paper's own Facebook page pointed out that the advert was "not an expression of the JC's view".

It added: "We have received complaints from readers angry at the decision. We apologise for the upset caused."

It said it would give space in the next issue to readers wanting to object to the advert.

Writing on the JC website, editor Stephen Pollard said: "It is a critical part of our editorial independence that we do not allow advertisers to have any influence at all on the paper."
'Humanitarian emergency'

About 2,000 people have died since the fighting began last month.

Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the United Nations. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers have been killed in the violence and three civilians in Israel have also died.

The DEC, an umbrella organisation which brings together 13 UK aid charities to deal with international crises, launched its campaign on 7 August. It said one and a half million people had "no or very limited" water or sanitation, with many in "urgent need of medical care".

The BBC and other public service broadcasters agreed to air a DEC Gaza appeal.

In 2009, the BBC and Sky chose not to broadcast a previous Gaza appeal, with the BBC's decision prompting angry protests and 40,000 complaints.

In a statement on the DEC's website on Thursday, addressing the "tone of the debate over Gaza", chief executive Saleh Saeed said: "The DEC's launch of a public appeal in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has been wrongly interpreted in some quarters as a political statement.

"It is nothing of the sort. Giving aid is not taking sides."

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Evolving conversations on the ground demand probing questions on-air. So why does TV news look like a Netanyahu ad?

Here are a few questions you won’t hear asked of the parade of Israeli officials crossing US television screens during the current crisis in Gaza:

Here are a few questions you won’t hear asked of the parade of Israeli officials crossing US television screens during the current crisis in Gaza:

What would you do if a foreign country was occupying your land?

What does it mean that Israeli cabinet ministers deny Palestine’s right to exist?

What should we make of a prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who as opposition leader in the 1990s addressed a rally under a banner reading “Death to Arafat” a year after the Palestinian leader signed a peace accord with Israel?

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Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/31/american-media-israel-bias-netanyahu

OP: I think this conflict is another signpost of the 'old' media (TV, radio) having had its day of dominance and social media and the internet usurping its power. At long last.
“Genocide is permissible” according to insane Times of Israel Op-Ed



The Times of Israel is under fire on Friday after publishing a blog post titled “When Genocide Is Permissible.” The post, written by Yochanon Gordon, was quickly removed from the Times’ website, but cached and screen-captured versions of the piece quickly proliferated on social media.

In the article, Gordon blasts the United Nations for its recent admonition against the “disproportionate” use of force by Israel in Gaza, insisting that international observers “are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war.”

Because of the supposedly unique menace that Hamas presents to Israel, Gordon contends that “nothing … can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.”

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Since the latest round of violence in Gaza began nearly three weeks ago, more than 1300 Palestinians and 50 Israelis have been killed, including dozens of children.

The crisis is also taking its toll on United Nations staff working in Gaza. The UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has 86 shelters in the disputed territory, which it says are housing more than 200,000 displaced Palestinians.

The pressure on staff was evident when the UNRWA's Gaza spokesman Chris Gunness broke down in tears during an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic.

Talking about how the rights of Palestinians were being "wholesale denied" in Gaza, Gunness' voice faltered and he began sobbing. The camera turned away as someone else in the room comforted him.

Gunness, who describes himself as a passionate advocate "for Palestine refugees to enjoy all their rights to the full, including the right to a just and durable solution," said on Twitter the UNRWA has "reached breaking point" in Gaza.

UN staff were among those killed in the most recent strike on a school in Gaza.

"Where will it end?" Gunness implored.


Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Video-UN-representative-breaks-down-during-Gaza-interview/tabid/417/articleID/354910/Default.aspx#ixzz395KDEC9L

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I think this represents really well the intense devastating feeling that the rest of us feels about the subject.


Despite grassroots outrage at Operation Protective Edge, left-wing members of the House and Senate won’t criticize Israel’s ongoing incursion into Gaza.

Much of the American left is critical of Israel, particularly since its incursion into Gaza. But in the halls of Congress, even progressive Democrats beloved by grassroots activists are loath to criticize the Jewish State’s ongoing military offensive.

A Pew Research Center poll released Monday showed that a plurality of Democrats across the country, 35 percent, and liberals, 44 percent, said that Israel had “gone too far” in its response to its conflict with Hamas. Meanwhile 47 percent of Democrats told Gallup that Israel’s actions during the current conflict were “unjustified,” compared to just 31 percent who thought the opposite.

But these opinions are nearly impossible to find in Congress. Democrats, when asked a question about Israeli operations in Gaza, had two standard responses: irritation, or else a statement of their broad support of Israel, without going into specifics. It was as if the very mention of Israel turned the question into a hostile interview.

“Look, man, I’m a politician, with multiple constituencies. Why should I alienate one just so that you can write a story?” Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison angrily told The Daily Beast. Ellison, a stalwart progressive, was the first Muslim-American elected to Congress.

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Germany and Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil is to donate his £350,000 [$600,000] World Cup winnings to the children of Gaza following his country's triumph in the global spectacle, according to the Middle East Monitor.

As the conflict in the Middle East rages following a failed ceasefire, it is claimed that Ozil is ready to give the £237,000 bonus he received for helping Germany win the final, and the £118,000 he received for Germany's semi-final win, to the occupied territory.

Ozil, however, is yet to confirm the actual beneficiaries of his largesse and reports of his Gaza donation have been disputed, with some suggesting his winnings have gone to charities in Brazil instead.

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Source: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/arsenal-star-mesut-ozil-donates-600-000-brazil-121516440.html#KpfWyl0

OP: Usually bringing politics into football turns me off a bit (like Argentina with their Falklands protest) but I think desperate times call for desperate measures.
The whitewashing of the late Ariel Sharon's blood-stained legacy was both predictable - and predicted. But that doesn't make it any less forgivable or tolerable.

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Other links on the subject:

-'Israel: Ariel Sharon's troubling legacy': http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/01/11/israel-ariel-sharon-s-troubling-legacy
-'Ariel Sharon - milestones of his career in Israeli politics': http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ariel-sharon-milestones-of-his-career-in-israeli-politics-1.2481437
-'Major events in the life of Ariel Sharon': http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=261598457
For about a year-and-a-half I lived the reality of Occupation. Like other male and female soldiers serving in the Occupied Territories, I learned soon enough the kind of conduct acceptable and expected of me as a combatant in this reality. I learned to do the job assigned to me – controlling Palestinians. I learned to speak the language of occupation, a language of imperatives and demands. It became my mother-tongue.

In the reality of occupation there are no Palestinian civilians, there are only potential terrorists. Any Palestinian man might attack any moment, any Palestinian woman is – dangerous. They have no face and no rights. Our job is to rule. To do that, we must make the Palestinians obey us, and they will only obey if they are afraid of us.


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OP: For those familiar with Breaking the Silence how are they received in Israel? Do a lot of people know about them? Do they care to hear these stories?
Israeli jets bombed a military research facility north of Damascus early Sunday, a senior official told NBC News -- the second Israeli attack on targets in Syria in recent days.

Heavy explosions shook the city, and video shot by activists showed a fireball rising into the sky after Sunday's strikes, according to Reuters.

On Friday, Israeli warplanes launched strikes against targets inside Syria, U.S. officials told NBC News. It’s believed the primary target was a shipment of weapons headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon, they said. A senior U.S. official said the airstrikes were believed to be related to delivery systems for chemical weapons.

An Israeli spokesman in Washington said that Israel would not comment specifically on the reports but said that “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

It wasn’t clear whether the Israelis alerted the U.S. before the attack. White House officials referred all questions to the Israelis.

Syrian government sources denied having information of a strike. Bashar Ja'afari, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, told Reuters: "I'm not aware of any attack right now."


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In the 1990s, ten mynas escaped a cage in central Israel and began to breed. Other aggressive tropical birds were introduced here by well-meaning amateurs. Today, the swelling population of foreign invaders is threatening the unique and fragile native ecosystem

The emerald-green birds first appeared in the trees around my Jerusalem apartment building several years ago, chasing each other raucously through the branches in the early morning and bestowing upon the neighborhood a certain tropical air.

Not long afterwards, the same exotic birds — green plumage, red beaks — began to be seen in significant numbers in the northern city of Nahariya, where my parents live, fearlessly battling burly black crows over aerial turf. They appeared outside my in-laws’ house at a kibbutz in the Beit She’an Valley, where, with mounting ferocity, they began undertaking seasonal campaigns against a nearby pecan tree.

The birds are ring-necked parakeets, and one should not be taken in, as I was at first, by their looks. They are an aggressive species of foreign invader, birds descended from pets brought to Israel from afar who tasted freedom years ago, saw that the land was good, and have been fruitful and multiplying ever since.

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