"Gaza, a virtual war zone

Gaza, a virtual war zone

By Hamid Tehrani

jidfDescription: The 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict began on December 27th when the Israeli forces bombed Gaza. In this conflict, digital tools have been used by the Israeli government, main stream media, human rights activists, residents in Gaza, and pro Israel and pro Hamas groups.

Tools: Twitter, blogs , You Tube and Face Book. It seems Twitter was the “star” of digital media in this conflict.

Turkey rejects Israeli FM’s visit if no talks on ceasefire proposal

Turkey’s foreign minister told his Israeli counterpart that she could visit Turkey on the condition that the terms of a ceasefire be on the agenda of the meeting, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

Gaza dents Turkey-Israel ties – International Herald Tribune

"It’s unbelievable that a country that owes its existence to a general assembly resolution could be so disdainful of the resolutions that emanate from the UN."
Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, president of the UN General Assembly in an article here.

Did you know about this? This is just one of the chronological facts on the unfolding of American recognition of the state of Israel in the Truman Library.

November 29, 1947: The United Nations General Assembly approves the partition plan for Palestine put forward by the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine. The 1947 UN Partition divided the area into three entities: a Jewish state, an Arab state, and an international zone around Jerusalem.


By Mick Hall

As the war on Gaza continues without an end in sight, with the Israeli politicians and the IDF’s military elite having lost all reason and humanity. There is little I can add to the millions of words already written and spoken about this abomination. Operation Cast Lead, the IDF’s code word for their war on Gaza tells all one needs to know about the inhuman mindset of these people.

MAIN FOCUS: The Gaza conflict in Europe | 14/01/2009


While Israel continues its military action against the radical Islamist Hamas, the Gaza conflict is increasingly making itself felt within Europe. The European press comments on protests against Israel in individual countries and warns of a new wave of anti-Semitism.

Human Rights Watch: Israel used white phosphorus on densely populated areas in Gaza

Heavy fighting continues on the Gaza Strip

Israel and Gaza: Competing Pathologies

By Bill Stewart

by Bill Stewart

Once again the fat is in the fire. Hamas called off a shaky, six month-old ceasefire with Israel, and Israel responded with a massive air attack on Gaza that was still underway by the end of the week. Israel claimed the right of self-defense, saying it could no longer tolerate constant rocket attacks along its southern frontier. Hamas claimed Israel had virtually imprisoned 1.5 million Palestinians in the narrow Gaza Strip since the Israeli withdrawal in 2005, leaving Hamas little choice in defending its people.

Gaza war shines spotlight on EU foreign policy

European cities fill with protests against Gaza war

Gaza: the wider war, Paul Rogers

In Paul Rogers

The war in Gaza moves towards the end of its third week with the Israeli military still pressing hard its military offensive. The attacks on dozens of selected targets and the incursion of Israeli troops into Gaza city itself continue, as does the flight towards any location offering physical safety of thousands among the beleaguered Palestinian population (see "Israelis strike 60 Gaza targets", BBC News, 13 January 2009).   Paul Rogers is professor of peace studies at Bradford University, northern England. He has been writing a weekly column on global security on openDemocracy since 26 September 2001 

A crisis of dignity in Gaza, Mary Robinson

In Mary Robinson

All signs increasingly point to an Israeli assault in Gaza which contravenes international legal norms relating in particular to proportionality and collective punishment. This response, tragically, is but the latest in an escalating series of measures which not only fail to protect the Israeli people from terrorist attacks but further fan the flames of conflict across the region.

Egypt’s dilemma: Gaza and beyond, Tarek Osman

In Tarek Osman

The deep heart of Egypt’s centralised political system is intensely engaged in seeking an end to the war in Gaza begun with Israel’s air-assault on 27 December 2008 and intensified by the ground-level invasion from 4 January 2009. But the Egyptian administration’s concern is not just diplomatic or humanitarian, for Cairo has reason to worry about the unsettling domestic political implications of Israel’s ferocious campaign.

How a Turk became ’spokesman’ for South Lebanon

By acturca on UNIFIL

The Daily Star (Lebanon),  Tuesday, January 06, 2009

By Ilona Viczian, Beirut

Former Unifil stalwart Timor Goksel explains how he got here – and why he stays

Timor Goksel was, not surprisingly, puffing on a nargileh at his current favorite Beirut spot, Cafe Rawda, after meeting with students all morning. Goksel needs little introduction in these parts; he served with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon  (UNIFIL) for 24 years, eight of which were as senior adviser and press officer. He’s now a lecturer at the American University of Beirut and is a much-quoted unofficial spok

esman for South Lebanon.

Gaza Bloggers Do What Journalists Cant

By Munir Umrani on Middle East Bloggers

“The Israeli offensive inGazareached its 18th day with Israel continuing toblock accessto the region for foreign journalists,” reportsThe Christian Science Monitor’s Kristen Chickin a January 13, 2009, report headlined “Gaza bloggers relay crisis to outside world.” “But bloggers in Gaza are chronicling the conflict with firsthand accounts of their experiences, giving outsiders a look at the unfolding humanitarian crisis.”

Facebook Gaza War to Surpass 1 Million Users

By Nick O’Neill on Gaza

-Facebook Gaza Icon-Last week I covered two new applications that are helping users to express support of both Palestinians and Israelis. The QassamCount application has grown to over 283,000 monthly active users and the STOP Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza application has surged to almost half a million users as of this morning. By tomorrow the application will likely be among the top hundred most active applications on Facebook.

Report: Media Shift from War to Washington

From the Survey:

Even as the fighting in Gaza continued to generate major coverage last week, the media focus shifted back to Washington and the daunting tasks confronting incoming President Barack Obama.

Thanks to his increasingly aggressive campaign for a stimulus package and some controversial appointments, Obama’s transition was the top story from Jan. 5-11, according to the News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. At 26% of the newshole, the subject more than tripled its coverage from the previous week.

Campus Gaza: Academic Boycotts and Complicit Silence

By Maximilian Forte on Palestinians

SOLIDARITY WITH GAZAIn a previous post, “Accepting the Might to Exist: Some Israeli Lessons for Anthropology,” a close Trinidadian friend and non-academic collaborator, Guanaguanare, wrote what I thought was an especially penetrating comment on complicit silence from those one might look to for some guidance in understanding issues of conflict, human rights, on the human condition itself, from people who on other occasions and with other topics have been rather quicker in making judgments.

277 Palestinian Children Killed in the Israeli Attacks in Gaza


Medical sources in Gaza report that 908 Palestinian people have been killed – of whom 277 are children- so far in the Israeli attacks. It is also reported that more than 80 percent of the victims of the Israeli attacks are civilians.

Israel Bans Arab Parties From Election


By Anti-War

January 12, 2009

By a margin of 26-3, the Israeli Central Elections Committee decided to ban the Balad Party from running in next month’s election. By a margin of 21-8, they also banned the United Arab List-Ta’al (UAL-T). The two bans will prevent more than half of the current Arab members of Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, from running for reelection.

Israelis urged to boycott Turkish hotels – Israel Travel, Ynetnews

Turkish PM denies anti-Semitism, says ‘Jewish-backed media’ spread false info on Gaza – Haaretz – Israel News
Turkish PM stands by criticism of Israeli offensive in Gaza | WORLD
Israel’s Alliance With Turkey Is a Trap | theTrumpet.com

Al Jazeera Releases Gaza Video Archive Under Creative Commons License

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