One week has elapsed since the last article summary posted and what a week it has been! Israel managed to kill dozens of civilians in this short period while simultaneously pulling off another of its great PR triumphs, recharacterizing as *defensive* its military attack on a jam-packed tiny strip of land densely populated with trapped refugees possessing no defensive capacity of their own. One of the world’s most sophisticated armies is confronted with the equivalent of gerry-rigged molotov cocktails and responds by pounding the entire civilian population into the ground. Of course per Alan Dershowitz (publishing in today’s WSJ) there is no such thing as a civilian Palestinian or Lebanese, and indeed I would guess on his reasoning there are no Arab civilians more generally if said Arabs are in Israel’s cross-hairs. By his definition, a Palestinian, Lebanese or other Arab killed by Israel is a militant. Well, that’s not the take of B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, reporting on the tally of death from Israel’s mindless onslaught of last week — but more on that below. Read the rest of this entry »
I try to reprise the principal stories of interest from this week in this selection, ranging from the coverage of the Gaza “breach” across Rafah, to the call for Palestinian ethnic cleansing by the chief rabbi in Israel, to the depressing reality of the power cuts in Gaza (see especially the story on this from the Independent — number 14 below) and the affirmation of collective punishment by the Israeli supreme court, to the Israel politics seeping into attacks on Barack Obama in the US.
Certainly worth reading are two notable opinion pieces — Read the rest of this entry »