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Mondoweiss updates for 08/22/2014:

In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders

By Dan Cohen
Last night, Israel dropped several one-ton bombs on a house in Rafah, killing three top Hamas commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. Thousands packed the streets of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today to mourn in the largest funeral gathering since the assassination of the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari in 2012.
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Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu’s new theme: Hamas equals ISIS

By Philip Weiss
A few weeks after Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas of piling up the "telegenically-dead" in Gaza, he has found a telegenically-dead victim of his own. He is using the gruesome killing by ISIS of James Foley in Syria to claim that ISIS is Hamas. And the leading congressional campaigner for the Democratic Party, Rep. Steve Israel, echoes him
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‘Common Dreams’ website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism

By Annie Robbins
An investigation by Common Dreams found that a commenter on its site spewing anti-Semitic hate speech is a Jewish graduate student at Harvard who supports Israel. The aim and effect of his pollution, says the progressive website, was to cause potential donors to steer away from supporting the publication.
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‘The land of goodness turned upside down to the wasteland in 5 minutes’ — Eyewitness to massacre

By Ishraq Othman
A five minute massacre in Shuja'iyeh. Hamed Asheikh Khalil describes the destruction of his family in an instant by Israeli bombs-- the killing of seven family members and paralysis of his daughter Maha
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State Dep’t says it’s ‘not OK’ that Israel detained another American teenager without informing us

By Phil Weiss with Alex Kane
Israeli authorities are plainly persecuting the Abu Khdeir family of East Jerusalem in the wake of the murder of a 16-year-old boy in the family by Jewish settlers and the beating of a 15-year-old by Israeli police. Even the State Department expresses concern that the family has been singled out.
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Entitled ideology supporting ‘incineration’ of Gaza resonates with Nazi ideology — Siegman

By Philip Weiss
Ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and incineration of Gaza are some of the charges Henry Siegman levels at Israel in his latest criticism. He says Palestinians have a right to violently resist occupation and that the Israeli right's entitled religious ideology recalls the ideology of the Nazis.
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My personal BDS

By Uri Horesh
Dr. Uri Horesh writes about an exchange he had with an Israeli academic that led him to reconsider who he would boycott as part of the academic boycott of Israel.
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In the battle between war and dreams, dreams last longer

By Nour O. El Borno
Nour O. El Borno writes from Gaza: "I may die tomorrow. I may end the journey of teaching and poetry before it even begins. But until that happens, I will gladly dream. I will gladly hold my pen and paper in the middle of the dark and write a poem about hope, about a future, about a dream. Because if the soul perishes, the memory may last a little bit longer. The dream will definitely pass on from a generation to another."
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Gaza’s Camp Breakerz crew struggles against the siege

By Dan Cohen
Dan Cohen talks with Ahmed Alghraiz, 25, one of the founders of Camp Breakerz, Gaza’s first breakdancing crew. Under the siege, Alghraiz is unable to order music equipment or receive mail. Camp Breakerz crew member Aboud Bsaiso told Cohen he was forced to build his own guitar, but could not even find the parts to complete. “I just want to go out to the world so you can see our situation through our shows,” Alghraiz said.
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Israeli ship heads out of Oakland – again – after five days of extraordinary protest

By Henry Norr
Five days after the Israeli container ship Zim Piraeus was scheduled to dock in Oakland for an overnight stop to unload and load cargo, it's still been unable to complete its business in the Bay Area, thanks to continuing protests by demonstrators demanding justice for Palestine and the solidarity of many longshore workers.
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In Gaza havens are far, heavens are closer

By Belal Dabour
Dr. Belal Dabour has been working as an intern at Gaza City's At Shifa hospital during this summer's Israeli onslaught. He writes, "I have seen all kinds of atrocities, but what pains me more than anything else is that most of the victims have been reduced to mere numbers. A boy whose picture showed him clinging to a paramedic was lucky enough to have a photographer at the scene and at the right time to document this heart-wrenching moment, a moment which went viral. Thousands, however, remain without luck. Even him, the lucky little boy, will soon be forgotten just as how the world has forgotten his ancestors who were expelled from their land more than six decades ago. For nearly seven decades, the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians went unaccounted for, always in the name of peace. Unless justice is sought and realized, peace will be false and wobbly."
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