“Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax . . .” (Vacy Vlazna)

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Sunday, August 1, all that mattered between 14 Palestinian kids and 40 Irish children was one thing – “the beautiful game” (Photo: Ireland Today)

❶ UNRWA: Unemployment in Gaza is the Highest in the World
❷ Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian farmers, shepherds in central Gaza
❸ Israeli Navy Kidnaps Five Fishers In Gaza

  • Background from Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

❹ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL  AND  THE  WORLD  VISION  CRIME  SHAM
. . . ❹ ― (ᴀ) Israel and World Vision: Are journalistic ethics dead?
❺ Gaza football club dazzles Ireland
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❶ UNRWA:  UNEMPLOYMENT  IN  GAZA  IS  THE  HIGHEST  IN  THE  WORLD
Palestine Chronicle
Aug 9 2016
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in a news report that the social and economic situation in Gaza is the worst in the world with the highest unemployment rate.
___UNRWA added that finding a job in Gaza is not an easy task and that unemployment, according to statistics revealed by the Central Bureau for Statistics, was 41.2% among men and 62.6% among women in the first quarter of the year.     MORE . . .  

❷ ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  AT  PALESTINIAN  FARMERS,  SHEPHERDS  IN  CENTRAL  GAZA
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 12, 2016
Israeli forces Thursday opened live fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the eastern part of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stationed in military towers in eastern Deir al-Balah opened live fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherd. No injuries were reported
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___On a near-daily basis, the Israeli army fires “warning shots” at Palestinian fishermen, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” on land and sea, implemented after Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip nearly a decade ago.
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___Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the center.     MORE . . .

❸ ISRAELI  NAVY  KIDNAPS  FIVE  FISHERS  IN  GAZA
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 12, 2016
A number of Israeli navy ships attacked, earlier on Friday, a number of Palestinian fishing boats, opened fire on them and kidnapped five fishers, before confiscating their boats.
___Zakariyya Bakr, an official in charge of the Fishers Committee of the “Union of Agricultural Workers Committees,” said the navy ships opened automatic fire, approximately at 7 in the morning, targeting several boats in the al-Waha area, north of Gaza city.
___Bakr added that the navy then assaulted the fishers, who jumped into the water to avoid the bullets, and kidnapped five of them in addition to confiscating their boats.    MORE . . .

  • Pfingst, Annie. “Militarised Violence In The Service Of State-Imposed Emergencies Over Palestine And Kenya.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6.3 (2014): 6-37.

[. . . .] Even before the military attack of July 2014 the seven yearlong siege of Gaza produced conditions where the maintenance of life itself is compromised in the extreme. Controlling the capacity for life, also through carefully controlled abandonment produces conditions in which the maintenance of life is restricted and curtailed – the production of extreme precarity threatens, at the same time as it ‘indefinitely suspends’, catastrophic (humanitarian) emergency.
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During the 2014 Israeli aerial bombing and land offensive across the Gaza Strip, more than 16,700 housing units were destroyed or severely damaged (UNOCHA oPt 12 August 2014). In order to control and limit movement and deny access to food and supplies, colonial emergency practices delineate zones of exclusion across which it is forbidden to pass and in which growing crops was prohibited. . .  Israel delineated a military buffer zone inside the Gaza border – the most fertile of Gaza’s land no longer available for cultivation.
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A system . . . emergency laws, together with belligerent occupation, construct a fluid and enduring system, enabling shifts and turns to developing situations, always maintaining a semblance of legality to veil its political intentions and always maintaining a state of emergency to authorize laws and legal orders . . .  Inhabiting a geography designated by Israel as an enemy entity, the people of Gaza, 80% of whom are refugees from the expulsions from Southern Israel in 1948, are simultaneously inside and outside political space. Participation in ‘hostile acts against the State of Israel’ renders Gazans illegal combatants subject to the provisions of the Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law.
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Israeli liability for the deaths of civilians throughout the military offensive against Gaza in July-August 2014 is framed by the abrogation of internationally recognised norms of humanitarian law . . . and of the obligation of the occupying entity to protect the lives of those under occupation . . . . for Palestinians it is the continuation of al Nakba authorised under the conditions of a colonial declared emergency as the state attempts to effect ‘calm’ – the end of disorder, the end to resistance.  FULL ARTICLE

❹ Opinion/Analysis:  ISRAEL  AND  THE  WORLD  VISION  CRIME  SHAM
Gaza.Scoop.ps – Real Time News From Gaza
Aug. 8, 2016
Vacy Vlazna
The crackpot Israeli Hasbara Circus featuring the four clowns of the truth apocalypse, Shin Bet, the Israel government, Shurat HaDin and the mainstream media fools, has, yet again, hit the world stage with the usual lame show of fact contortions, tight rope slander and smoke and mirrors fantasies.
___Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel is going all out to divert anti-Israel opinion on its monumental humanitarian disaster to a fictitious crime allegedly perpetrated by the very victims of said humanitarian disaster- Israel’s wars on Gaza -by concocting an elaborate false crime of embezzlement and terrorism by Mohammed el-Halabi, the dedicated zonal manager for World Vision in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.     MORE . . .   

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Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision’s Area Development Programme Manager in Gaza, meets with children displaced by the violence during the brief ceasefire. (Photo by Mohammad Awed)

. . . ❹ ― (ᴀ)  ISRAEL  AND  WORLD  VISION:  ARE  JOURNALISTIC  ETHICS  DEAD?
Gaza.Scoop.ps – Real Time News From Gaza
Julie Webb-Pullman
Aug.7, 2016
Widespread publication by media such as the New York Times and the Guardian, of Israeli allegations against the Gaza manager of World Vision Mohammad Al-Halabi, without any independent corroboration or substantiation, breach the most fundamental journalistic ethical principles – respect for and the right of the public to the truth, and to not publish unfounded accusations.
___As Peter Beaumont, author of the Guardian article, admits, “The Guardian was unable immediately to independently corroborate the claims against Halabi, who remains in custody.”        MORE . . .  

❺ GAZA  FOOTBALL  CLUB  DAZZLES  IRELAND
The Electronic Intifada
Ciaran Tierney
Aug. 10, 2016
Fourteen boys from Gaza have brought joy to Ireland by displaying their football skills during a tour of the country.
___Three weeks after the crushing disappointment of being refused exit permits by the Israeli authorities, the youngsters from al-Helal football academy were special guests of Galway United Football Club on 5 August.
___The talented young Palestinian footballers got to showcase their talents before Galway United’s biggest crowd of the season.     MORE . . .

 

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