Friday, November 16, 2012

Israel and Hamas wage social media fight via social media platforms

"Nader Elkhuzundar, a prolific 25-year-old Twitter user from Gaza, said the recent social media barrage reached "a new level of psychological war."

"Twitter gives us a voice, but there's also a lot of misinformation at the same time. It's a tool you need to be careful using because there's a lot of noise out there," he said."

Associated Press/Sebastian Scheiner - An Israeli soldier poses as he looks at the Facebook page of the IDF, at the IDF spokesperson office in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground in social media, as both the Israeli Defense Force and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in an online war to influence public opinion. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

All of those who are escalating this conflict....

"All of those who are escalating this conflict—whether Israeli politicians looking at reelection, or militants in Gaza trying to force the hand of Egypt's new president or achieve some other strategic results—are gambling with the lives of ordinary people. With senior Hamas figures assassinated and rockets now falling in or near Tel Aviv, political cynicism on all sides has brought us to the brink of a potential calamity, above all for the long-suffering people of Gaza."  Hussein Ibish

Morsi's Gaza Challenge

Palestinian relatives mourn over the body of Hanen Tafish, a 10-month-old girl, at the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on November 15, 2012, after she died following an Israeli air strike in the Zeitun neighborhood. (Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty Images)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My letter to the Washington Post RE Four Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling after border attack

Life in the Palestinian territories: Beyond the frequent images of violence and destruction, here are scenes from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
RE  Four Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling after border attack

Dear Editor,

Over and over Islamists make sure that Israel will attack Gaza and innocent people will be killed- ensuring that the cycle of violence will continue escalating with naive and confused 'pro-Palestine' supporters being bullied, manipulated, lied to and lured into endorsing extremism, militancy, entrenched intransigence, religious tyranny and endless war.

Perhaps "resistance" needs to start resisting resistance.  One by one, individually and collectively conscientiously empowering a just and lasting peace tweet by tweet and word by word endorsing peace, justice, negotiations, diplomacy and real freedom for a real Palestinian state:  A fully secular two state solution to once and for all end the Israel-Palestine conflict really is the best way forward for everyone's sake.

Anne Selden Annab

Palestinian farmers turn to organic farming

A Memo to the US President: Resurrecting meaningful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will be difficult, but a peace agreement is indeed a vital American national interest.

“Change the Picture” UNRWA photography competition

Blair: Obama win opens way for new Mideast push

Addressing General Assembly, UN official calls for ‘just solution’ to plight of Palestinian refugees

How many Palestinian refugees would want to return?

After Tyrants, the People Must Act  

"What is important is that individual refugees decide for themselves which option they prefer- a decision must not be imposed upon them."

Abbas aides say Hamas outrage over right of return unfounded

".... it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine..."

Churches condemn Israeli security barrier

Dr. Ziad Asali: American Elections Matter and the System is Open

Hamas Rising?

C-SPAN: IMF Warns of Palestinian Authority's Financial Collapse: Middle East Institute Discussion on the Political and Economic Implications of the Palestinian Authority's Fiscal Crisis

Accountability & a Confession

Israel vs. No. 2 Pencils... Palestinians have suffered from a profound lack of sovereignty for decades now

How blaming the West hides a war on women

Maen Rashid Areikat: Israeli settlements are no ‘secondary issue’

Churches for Middle East Peace: Beginning of Harvest Season in Palestine Brings Violence

UN envoy alarmed by reports of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian farmers

ATFP's Hussein Ibish: Where Settler Terrorism Comes From

''The Life of a Palestinian''

Muslims who would restrict speech to "protect Islam" have no greater allies than Jews who would do so to "protect Israel."

King Abdullah II of Jordan: The reason behind Tehran’s nuclear programme is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


The Office of International Religious Freedom ( the U.S. commitment to religious freedom, and to the international covenants that guarantee it as the inalienable right of every human being, the United States seeks to:

Promote freedom of religion and conscience throughout the world as a fundamental human right and as a source of stability for all countries

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."Eleanor Roosevelt

The Golden Rule... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you