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prettydressesinthelaundry:

 
descentintotyranny:

Israel used ceasefire plan to escalate war 
Hamas would have been damned if it accepted the Egypt-sponsored ceasefire and damned if it did not.
July 20 2014
A week of ceasefire calls, efforts and proposals has not stopped Israel from launching a ground invasion of Gaza in tandem with its aerial and naval bombardments. Developments suggest that Israel, while accepting an Egyptian proposal, used it as a pretext to intensify and widen its offensive. Cairo, which since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi last summer is as hostile to Hamas as Israel is, may have enabled such a plan, deliberately or otherwise.
Hamas, which has roots in Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, said it was never consulted about Cairo’s ceasefire proposal, having learned of it from media reports. It is extraordinary that a supposed mediator between two warring parties would exclude one of them from the process. 
This would almost ensure that party’s rejection, regardless of the proposal’s content, because it would be humiliating to accept something presented as a fait accompli. As such, Hamas’ rejection was hardly surprising, describing the initiative as one of “bowing and submission”.
A ceasefire trap?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that “the Egyptian proposal gives the opportunity to address the disarmament” of Gaza was likely intended to ensure rejection by Palestinian militants there. After all, this was not stipulated in the plan, as described in media reports. Netanyahu said Hamas’ rejection “leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it” and to do so with “international legitimacy”.
Egypt contributed to this deluded sense of legitimacy by blaming Hamas - as well as Qatar and Turkey - for the failure of its proposal. The next day, Israel launched its ground invasion. This week’s developments could not have been better scripted in favour of such an outcome, with Israel portraying itself as having no choice against a belligerent foe, and the traditional mediator over Gaza helping to foster that impression.
Given the regular contact between Israel and Egypt, it is not outlandish to suspect that this was a trap designed to ensnare Hamas. The latter rejected Cairo’s proposal “in its current form” - not outright - and notified it of desired changes. However, there has been no attempt by Egypt to modify its plan. Indeed, Cairo had been criticised from the outset for the sluggish nature of its mediation, leading to speculation that it was happy to see Israel deal a decisive blow to Hamas.
If the Palestinian faction was uninterested in a ceasefire, it would not have subsequently floated its own proposal for a 10-year truce. This was announced on Al Jazeera and reported by Israeli media. If Netanyahu genuinely sought an end to hostilities, he would have taken Hamas’ plan into consideration. 
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descentintotyranny:

Israel used ceasefire plan to escalate war

Hamas would have been damned if it accepted the Egypt-sponsored ceasefire and damned if it did not.

July 20 2014

A week of ceasefire calls, efforts and proposals has not stopped Israel from launching a ground invasion of Gaza in tandem with its aerial and naval bombardments. Developments suggest that Israel, while accepting an Egyptian proposal, used it as a pretext to intensify and widen its offensive. Cairo, which since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi last summer is as hostile to Hamas as Israel is, may have enabled such a plan, deliberately or otherwise.

Hamas, which has roots in Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, said it was never consulted about Cairo’s ceasefire proposal, having learned of it from media reports. It is extraordinary that a supposed mediator between two warring parties would exclude one of them from the process.

This would almost ensure that party’s rejection, regardless of the proposal’s content, because it would be humiliating to accept something presented as a fait accompli. As such, Hamas’ rejection was hardly surprising, describing the initiative as one of “bowing and submission”.

A ceasefire trap?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that “the Egyptian proposal gives the opportunity to address the disarmament” of Gaza was likely intended to ensure rejection by Palestinian militants there. After all, this was not stipulated in the plan, as described in media reports. Netanyahu said Hamas’ rejection “leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it” and to do so with “international legitimacy”.

Egypt contributed to this deluded sense of legitimacy by blaming Hamas - as well as Qatar and Turkey - for the failure of its proposal. The next day, Israel launched its ground invasion. This week’s developments could not have been better scripted in favour of such an outcome, with Israel portraying itself as having no choice against a belligerent foe, and the traditional mediator over Gaza helping to foster that impression.

Given the regular contact between Israel and Egypt, it is not outlandish to suspect that this was a trap designed to ensnare Hamas. The latter rejected Cairo’s proposal “in its current form” - not outright - and notified it of desired changes. However, there has been no attempt by Egypt to modify its plan. Indeed, Cairo had been criticised from the outset for the sluggish nature of its mediation, leading to speculation that it was happy to see Israel deal a decisive blow to Hamas.

If the Palestinian faction was uninterested in a ceasefire, it would not have subsequently floated its own proposal for a 10-year truce. This was announced on Al Jazeera and reported by Israeli media. If Netanyahu genuinely sought an end to hostilities, he would have taken Hamas’ plan into consideration.

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fallen-inspiration:

July 21, 2014 - Israeli defense forces have begun striking heavily-populated districts in the #Gaza Strip with phosphorus shelling. The amount of deaths have continued to rise with the mass killing in the Shajaiah district after 122 civilians were killed, bringing the overall death toll to 509.

adi-fitri:

“Consider this: If a woman is being raped, things would be a lot more “peaceful” if she didn’t resist. But, asking her not to resist—just because her attacker is physically stronger—is asking her to accept her own abuse and oppression for the sake of “peace”. This is what the world is asking Palestinians to do.” - Yasmin Mogahed

adi-fitri:

Consider this: If a woman is being raped, things would be a lot more “peaceful” if she didn’t resist. But, asking her not to resist—just because her attacker is physically stronger—is asking her to accept her own abuse and oppression for the sake of “peace”. This is what the world is asking Palestinians to do.” - Yasmin Mogahed

gems-from-you:

Honestly, all these people from Israel are really going to take this opportunity to show their patriotism? If my country is doing something wrong, I don’t care if my mom was born there, I don’t care if I was born or raised there. Nothing matters. Something wrong is happening and if the pride for…

descentintotyranny:

Gaza faces imminent water crisis
Israel’s assault had a devastating impact on Gaza’s already fragile water infrastructure.
July 17 2014
For seven days now, when Khalil Hassan turns on the tap, he finds no water. He must now go back and forth between his home and an open vegetable stand in Zeitoun district, where he collects water from a truck with a water tank. 
"I have 30 people living at home, and not a drop of water for almost a week,” Hassan told Al Jazeera. 
 Sometimes, he transports water in buckets and canisters from a nearby mosque that still has a functioning private well. If the mosque is closed, he has to travel to another neighbourhood in search of water. 
  The 10-day Israeli assault on Gaza has had a heavy toll on the strip’s already fragile water infrastructure, leaving the territory’s 1.8 million residents facing an imminent water crisis.  
 According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),  hundreds of thousands  of people are now without running water, and within days, the entire Gaza population “will desperately run short of water resources”.  
 “Water and electrical services are also affected as a result of the current hostilities. If they do not stop, the question is not if but when an already beleaguered population will face an acute water crisis,” said Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories. 
 The five-hour UN-supervised truce which began on Thursday morning is not likely to allow time for workers to fix some of the damaged water pipelines. 
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descentintotyranny:

Gaza faces imminent water crisis

Israel’s assault had a devastating impact on Gaza’s already fragile water infrastructure.

July 17 2014

For seven days now, when Khalil Hassan turns on the tap, he finds no water. He must now go back and forth between his home and an open vegetable stand in Zeitoun district, where he collects water from a truck with a water tank.

"I have 30 people living at home, and not a drop of water for almost a week,” Hassan told Al Jazeera.

Sometimes, he transports water in buckets and canisters from a nearby mosque that still has a functioning private well. If the mosque is closed, he has to travel to another neighbourhood in search of water.

The 10-day Israeli assault on Gaza has had a heavy toll on the strip’s already fragile water infrastructure, leaving the territory’s 1.8 million residents facing an imminent water crisis.

According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), hundreds of thousands of people are now without running water, and within days, the entire Gaza population “will desperately run short of water resources”. 

“Water and electrical services are also affected as a result of the current hostilities. If they do not stop, the question is not if but when an already beleaguered population will face an acute water crisis,” said Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories.

The five-hour UN-supervised truce which began on Thursday morning is not likely to allow time for workers to fix some of the damaged water pipelines.

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forcedsmile:

There are no words for these pictures..While we are worrying about our “first world problems”, on an other part of this planet innocent children are dying. Im losing my faith in humanity.

australian-government:

And the rest of the world is just watching

australian-government:

And the rest of the world is just watching

prettydressesinthelaundry:

 
acidhorse:

 

nodaybuttodaytodefygravity:

when you make a joke and someone tells you “that’s not very nice”

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