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Hamas’ failed strategy

Hamas’ failed strategy Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Glen Falkenstein

This morning, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 24-hour extension of a five-day truce to negotiate a longer-lasting ceasefire, following weeks of conflict. Israel wants the Gaza Strip to be demilitarised, while Hamas wants unrestricted movement in and out of Gaza, no restrictions on goods coming into the

AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza

AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza Categories: Australasia, Documents, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: AIJAC

71 current and five former members of Australian Federal and State parliaments, mostly Labor and Greens, but also Malcolm Fraser and some independents, have signed what they call the "Canberra Declaration on Gaza" (the Declaration), calling on "all Australian politicians to condemn the ongoing Israe

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Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage

Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Foreign Press Association has issued a strong condemnation of Hamas' harassment of foreign media in Gaza on August 11. It stated, "The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against v

Hamas' goals in Gaza

Hamas' goals in Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

With a 72-hour ceasefire currently holding and intensive talks to find a more lasting way to end the current Gaza conflict occurring in Cairo, (differing reports about whether the talks are making progress or not are here and here) this Update looks at Hamas and what it wants, e

Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts

Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

In recent weeks, the media has focused overwhelmingly on the ‘humanitarian crisis' developing in Gaza. Interestingly, neither the media nor the UN or other ‘human rights' groups - quick to condemn Israel for imposing a partial ‘blockade' on the Gaza Strip - have made any mention of

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Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

As of this writing, the war that raged between Israel and Hamas over the past month appears to have ebbed. If it is over, it is only because Hamas finally made the decision that Australia and the world had been imploring them to do for weeks - that is, to stop committing the war crime of firing ind

The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza

The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Attention is now focused on how a long-term solution can be reached to prevent a repeat of this Israel-Gaza conflict as well as the ones that had been played out before in 2012 and 2009. Israel believes that the answer is the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip through diplomatic means in exchange fo

Support Israel if you care about Gazans' suffering

Support Israel if you care about Gazans' suffering Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The nightly television images of the suffering in Gaza are heartbreaking. A vital challenge is what can actually be done to stop the suffering there and in Israel and prevent it recurring. Gazans need far more than simply an end to the current fighting. They need leaders who put their interests fir

Foreign journalists in Gaza witness rockets fired from Shifa hospital and other civilian populated areas

Foreign journalists in Gaza witness rockets fired from Shifa hospital and other civilian populated areas Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

Hamas' tactic of using civilians in Gaza as ‘human shields' by firing rockets from highly populated areas and institutions, and storing military assets in civilian buildings has been a central issue during debate over the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. While this has been the subje

Gaza ceasefires, a history

Gaza ceasefires, a history Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Israel has just announced its acceptance of another 72-hour ceasefire to begin this morning, Israel time. Following yesterday's seven-hour humanitarian ceasefire announced by the IDF there have now been seven ceasefires the IDF has accepted in the current conflict. On the Hamas side, some of the cea

 What happened in Shujaiyeh?

What happened in Shujaiyeh? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Ruth Pollard's report from Gaza on the Age ("Israel calls up 16,000 reservists after school hit," 1 Aug.) was accompanied by a UN satellite image of Shujaiyeh. The image highlighted large areas of destroyed structures. However, reports in Israeli media about Shujaiyeh provide important insight and c

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Tunnels provide yet more evidence of Hamas’ use of ostensibly civilian buildings for military purposes

Tunnels provide yet more evidence of Hamas’ use of ostensibly civilian buildings for military purposes Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Robert Ellenhorn

As the war in Gaza moves into its fourth week, additional information about Hamas' extensive network of underground tunnels is beginning to surface. One thing that has become increasingly clear is that, in keeping with Hamas practice, the entrances to many tunnels are located in clinics, homes, and

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