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Amy Goodman, Juan González: “A Hideous Atrocity”: Noam Chomsky on Israel’s Assault on Gaza & U.S. Support for the Occupation (Democracy Now)

Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured.

Amy Goodman, Juan González: Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Actions in Palestine are “Much Worse Than Apartheid” in South Africa (Democracy Now)
Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaykh: Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (Democracy Now)

“When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis — and should be a profound crisis in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success,” Siegman says. Responding to Israel’s U.S.-backed claim that its assault on Gaza is necessary because no country would tolerate the rocket fire from militants in Gaza, Siegman says: “What undermines this principle is that no country and no people would live the way that Gazans have been made to live. … The question of the morality of Israel’s action depends, in the first instance, on the question, couldn’t Israel be doing something [to prevent] this disaster that is playing out now, in terms of the destruction of human life? Couldn’t they have done something that did not require that cost? And the answer is, sure, they could have ended the occupation.”

Juan Cole: Israel Doesn’t Get Geneva Conventions, Still Holding Gaza Civilians Hostage (Truthdig)

The Israeli government is saying that it will only let in building materials so that Palestinians in Gaza can rebuild or repair the some 40,000 buildings that have been damaged or destroyed if Hamas disarms.
It is legitimate for Israel to seek the disarming of Hamas, but it isn’t legitimate or legal in international law for it to hold non-combatants’ lives and welfare hostage in order to accomplish that goal.

Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson: How to Fix It (Foreign Policy)

Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.

Richard Falk: Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive (Global Justice in the 21st Century)
Chris Hedges: Why Israel Lies (Trutzdig)
Chris Hedges speech about Gaza (YouTube)
Lizzie Dearden: Right-wing Israeli politician calls for Gazans to be ’concentrated in camps’ – and then all resistance ‘exterminated’ (Independent)
Katie Halper: A refreshingly open call for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from an Israeli deputy speaker (Raw Story)
Duncan Roden, Stuart Munckton: Israeli calls for genocide rooted in its history (Green Left Weekly)
Chris Doyle: Israel and the language of genocide (Al-Arabiya)
Yoav Bar: Zionist Demo in Haifa: “In Gaza there is no studying, there are no children left!” (Free Haifa)
Michel Warschawski: Don’t touch my MK, Haneen Zoabi! (Alternative Information Centre)
Mira Bar Hillel: Despite claims that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the UK, it’s Israel’s critics who need protection (Independent)

The reality is that those who really need bodyguards do not live in London, Manchester or Leeds. They are my brave Israeli friends and colleagues who have attempted to do nothing more than protest peacefully against the Gaza massacres.

Asa Winstanley: “Liberal” Guardian to print pro-genocide ad (Electronic Intifada)
Roy Greenslade: The Times refuses to carry ad accusing Hamas of ‘child sacrifice’ (Guardian)

But The Guardian has agreed to run the advert on Monday.

Any newspaper that published an advertisement accusing Jews of “child sacrifice” would rightly be condemned as anti-Semitic.
How is it, then, that Britain’s leading “liberal” newspaper is set to publish just such an ad about Palestinians on Monday?

Jeanna Smialek: The 1% May Be Richer Than You Think, Research Shows (Bloomberg)

The richest of America’s rich — the top 0.1 percent with at least $20 million in net wealth — held 23.5 percent of all U.S. wealth in 2012 after adding in estimates of how much was hidden in offshore tax havens, said Zucman, a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley…
Austria’s top 1 percent held as much as 36 percent of that country’s wealth in 2013, if adjusted with Forbes’ data. That’s 13 percentage points more than one survey estimate suggests, which would make Austria almost as unequal as the U.S.

Patrick Cockburn: Isis consolidates (London Review of Books)

As the attention of the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) captured a third of Syria in addition to the quarter of Iraq it had seized in June. The frontiers of the new Caliphate declared by Isis on 29 June are expanding by the day and now cover an area larger than Great Britain and inhabited by at least six million people, a population larger than that of Denmark, Finland or Ireland. In a few weeks of fighting in Syria Isis has established itself as the dominant force in the Syrian opposition, routing the official al-Qaida affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, in the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor and executing its local commander as he tried to flee. In northern Syria some five thousand Isis fighters are using tanks and artillery captured from the Iraqi army in Mosul to besiege half a million Kurds in their enclave at Kobani on the Turkish border. In central Syria, near Palmyra, Isis fought the Syrian army as it overran the al-Shaer gasfield, one of the largest in the country, in a surprise assault that left an estimated three hundred soldiers and civilians dead. Repeated government counter-attacks finally retook the gasfield but Isis still controls most of Syria’s oil and gas production. The Caliphate may be poor and isolated but its oil wells and control of crucial roads provide a steady income in addition to the plunder of war.

Owen Bennett-Jones: How should we think about the Caliphate? (London Review of Books)
Patrick Cockburn: Battle for Baghdad (London Review of Books)
Torie Rose DeGhett: The War Photo No One Would Publish (Atlantic)

When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War. But the media wouldn’t run the picture.

Amy Goodman: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later (Truthdig)

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