— folksy torture (@onekade) July 31, 2014
UW Student Stuck In Gaza: "Today was the bloodiest," said 23-year-old Laila Abudhai. That was on Tuesday.
The Death Toll So Far: 1,592 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians; 66 Israelis, the vast majority soldiers.
Now, An Apparent Summary Execution: "In a small bathroom on the edge of the Gaza town of Khuzaa there are the haunting signs of what looks like the summary execution of several Palestinians...The small family home is still intact but the stench of rotting flesh that comes from inside is overpowering."
Amnesty International Calls for Stop to Arms Transfers to Israel: "It is deeply cynical for the White House to condemn the deaths and injuries of Palestinians, including children, and humanitarian workers, when it knows full well that the Israeli military responsible for such attacks are armed to the teeth with weapons and equipment bankrolled by US taxpayers."
Unexploded bomb dropped on Deir el Balah reveals the size of munitions Israel using. Pic via @el_pais jorno @gomez_jn pic.twitter.com/dcnWjwdmDm
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) August 2, 2014
Times of Israel Publishes, Then Removes: ...a screed advocating genocide—using that word, genocide—against Palestinians.
Here is an unfiltered look at what the war looks like—an elderly woman running through the street, looking for her son:
What if the situation were reversed? You know, there is a Talmudic saying in Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of the Fathers: "Al tadin et chavercha ad shetagiah lemekomo," "Don’t judge your neighbor until you can imagine yourself in his place." So, my first question when I deal with any issue related to the Israeli-Palestinian issue: What if we were in their place?
What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorized by the U.N.? Nobody would agree to that. They would say this is absurd. So the expectations that Palestinians—and I’m speaking now about the resistance as a concept; I’m not talking about rockets, whether they were justified or not. They’re not. I think that sending rockets that are going to kill civilians is a crime. But for Palestinians to try, in any way they can, to end this state of affair—and to expect of them to end their struggle and just focus on less than 2 percent to build a country is absurd. That is part of—that’s propaganda, but it’s not a discussion of either politics or morality.
"We are not fanatics, we are not fundamentalists. We are not actually fighting the Jews because they are Jews per se. We do not fight any other races. We fight the occupiers," he said.
"I'm ready to coexist with the Jews, with the Christians and the Arabs and non-Arabs," he said. "However, I do not coexist with the occupiers."
Pressed on whether Palestinians could recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state, Meshaal reiterated Hamas' position — the group does not recognize Israel.
"When we have a Palestinian state then the Palestinian state will decide on its policies. You cannot actually ask me about the future. I answered you," he said.
And in Syria: "During a 10-day stretch in mid-July, a record 1,800 people were killed, as the death toll from three years of fighting climbs past 170,000."