Report: Israeli Forces Stole $3 Million in Cash, Property from Palestinians During West Bank Raids


Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights

Ramallah- During the course of Israel’s three-week campaign of mass arrests in the West Bank, ostensibly to search for the killers of three settlers, the Israeli military and police conducted an average of 18 raids per day into Palestinian homes, charities and businesses, stealing cash and property worth an estimated $3 million, documents a new report from the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights.

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Greta Berlin: ‘Hamas Has the Right to Defend its People’

The right of self defense is a universal one that applies to everyone. Without exception.

The leaders of the US and other Western governments, however, for some reason feel that this right does not extend to Palestinians. I suspect that the power of Jewish lobbies in these countries has a lot to do with why they feel this way. At any rate, in the above video longtime Palestine solidarity activist Greta Berlin states what should be an obvious truth to everyone: that Palestinians have the right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression.

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Media Follow Israeli Line on Captured Soldier

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By Jonathan Cook

The Israeli media have finally been allowed to partially confirm Hamas’ claim from Sunday that it has captured an Israeli soldier. They are reporting he is missing, presumed dead.

Here are three comments on the coverage.

First, Oron Shaul’s capture was treated as a non-story by the western media as long as it was only Hamas saying it. Now Israel agrees he is missing, his disappearance will be much commented on. When will we see our media treating Hamas claims with the same seriousness – let alone, credulousness – we do Israeli claims?

Second, the western media are echoing the Israeli media line – meaning the Israeli government line – that Shaul is “missing”. What can that possibly mean in Gaza at the moment apart from that he or his body is in Hamas’ possession? Given that Hamas had already both announced his capture and named him, the western media ought to stop slavishly following Israeli propaganda.

Third, if it becomes clear Shaul is alive, see how many western media outlets refuse to adopt Israel’s view that he has been “kidnapped”.

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The Israeli media have finally been allowed to partially confirm Hamas’ claim from Sunday that it has captured an Israeli soldier. They are reporting he is missing, presumed dead.

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We’re accustomed to this

Originally posted on In Gaza:

Tawaadna, she said. We’re used to this.

My young friend, in her early twenties and about 5 months pregnant, called me this evening, after I’d spoken with her husband earlier.

Her voice was tired, at times hard to hear, but she was quietly defiant…as are most in Gaza.

They live in central Gaza, in the same town as the Aqsa hospital which was savagely bombed earlier today, killing at least 4 Palestinians. RT reported:

Four Palestinians have been killed and dozens wounded after an Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza, according to a Health Ministry spokesman.

Ashraf Al-Qidra said that the third floor housed an intensive care unit and operating theaters. Other shells had fallen around the hospital, he added, with officials calling on the Red Cross to help evacuate patients.

A doctor at the hospital, Fayez Zidane, told the station…

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Israel Losing War on Social Media

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Ukraine Caught Trying to ‘Frame Russia’ for Downing of Malaysian Flight

H/T to Ariadna on the video, plus this from RT:

Putin: West Should Demand Kiev Obey Ceasefire During Plane Crash Probe

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes it is necessary to call on Kiev to observe the ceasefire, which should last while investigations into the MH17 crash are ongoing.

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Disgusting Reactions to Gaza Slaughter in New York–Including from the NY Times

The video you see above was, of course, filmed in Gaza. It shows a Palestinian man shot down while searching through the rubble of Shujayya for his family. Two more bullets hit him after he is prone on the ground. Also, at the very outset of the video, about 17 seconds in, you see an ambulance that was targeted, in an attack that reportedly killed the paramedic, Faud Jaber.

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Report: Ukraine Military Jet Simultaenously Flew Same Path as Malaysian Airliner


The Russian military detected a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet gaining height towards the MH17 Boeing on the day of the catastrophe. Kiev must explain why the military jet was tracking the passenger airplane, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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Galloway: ‘Settler-Gangster-Terrorist State’s Days are Numbered’

The guy on the right is reportedly a former spokesman for Ariel Sharon.

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Report: 505 Palestinians Killed…as World Opinion is Mobilized Against Israel

As you will see from the video above, the tide of  public opinion seems to be turning against Israel throughout much of the world. There apparently was even a sizable protest in Washington D.C. over the weekend.

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