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Tweets Coming Out Of / About Gaza Tonight: "I Feel I Am Going To Die"

Lisa Goldman @lisang · 9h
IDF is calling now for evacuation of Jabalyah Camp in Gaza. That means 110K people. Per @galberger https://twitter.com/galberger/status/493818637460180992

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 8h
I feel I am going to die

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h

Guess what @Farah_Gazan · 5h
This is in my area. I can't stop crying. I might die tonight #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #ICC4Israel #AJAGAZA

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 5h
One ambulance is collecting bodies of firefighters now... not sure how many killed and injured...

Nalan Al Sarraj @NalanSarraj · 5h
The people in the UN school that was targeted are calling for help.Injures r many and nowhere or way to go! Our area is under heavy attack

Tom Gara @tomgara · 5h
The area of Gaza that Israel ordered evacuated / is bombing is 44% of the entire Gaza strip. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/as-israel-enforces-its-buffer-zone-gaza-shrinks-by-40-per-cent.html

Electronic Intifada @intifada · 4h
Israeli airstrike kills beloved star of Gaza children's TV program http://bit.ly/WK5oKP

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 4h
I have never seen intense nights as this one. children and women are paying the biggest price! #Gaza

Retweeted by Susie Madrak
Mohammed Suliman ‏@imPalestine 3h
On the radio, people cry over the phone entreating for help. People are trapped in their homes under bombs with dead and injured among them.

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 3h
I have seen #Israeli attacks since I was 14. This night is way beyond all what I have seen. No doubt! #Gaza

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 3h
TONIGHT is the worst ever!

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 3h
this is scary now. realy scary... the bombs are falling on residential areas! #GAZA

Belal - Gaza @Belalmd12 · 3h
They are making sure Gaza will not be the same for a very long time.

Greg Mitchell ‏@GregMitch 3h
Amira Hass in Israeli newspaper Haaretz: Israel's "moral defeat will haunt us for years." http://bit.ly/1uzgaC6

Retweeted by Greg Mitchell
Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 2h
body of 70 year old woman arrived to Shifa hospital in pieces! #GazaUnderAttack

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 2h
"they should kill us and finish off" says a man to me. " this is not a life"

Khaled Elgindy @elgindy_ · 50m
Today's bombing campaign is the most intensive and extensive since the Israeli offensive began, according to people in Gaza.

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 7m
massive airstrike again, shaking all of me. my home, computer and windows!

OccPal-Gaza ‏@OccPalGaza 7m
Four air strikes minute ago on the civil defense fire station across the street at Gaza Seaport. Glass everywhere flying debris 424am

Mohammed Omer  @Mogaza · 17s
its first time in my life to observe mosques unable to call for prayers. very dangerous and under bombing. only old man did it from home

BREAKING: US Appeals Court: Va. Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Source: Associated Press / Reuters

@Reuters: RT @ReutersUS: #BREAKING: U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

— Jul. 28, 2014 1:34 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In February, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection and due process guarantees. Lawyers for two circuit court clerks whose duties include issuing marriage licenses appealed.

The lawsuit was filed by two Norfolk men who were denied a marriage license and two Chesterfield County women whose marriage in California is not recognized by Virginia.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-court-va-gay-marriage-ban-unconstitutional

Israeli Airstrike Hits Main Gaza Hospital, Palestinian Officials Say

Source: CBS / AP

Israeli airstrike hits main Gaza hospital, Palestinian officials say

Jul 28, 2014 10:54 AM EDT

REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The Gaza police operations room and a Palestinian health official say separate Israeli airstrikes hit the compound of Gaza City's main hospital and a nearby park, causing casualties.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Camera crews were prevented from filming the area of impact at Shifa Hospital. Health official Ayman Sahabani says several people were wounded in the strikes.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israeli-airstrikes-hit-main-gaza-hospital-palestinian-officials-say/

@GregMitch: NBC now says 30 dead in the strikes on camp and hospital and IDs Israel as culprit (despite Israel's usual denials). http://t.co/m7HopNSNiM/s/7Ioo

@AP: BREAKING: Israeli military: rockets misfired by Palestinian militants hit Gaza hospital, nearby park.

@GregMitch: Debunking Israel's claim--NBC journo says he saw missile that hit hospital fired from an Israeli drone. http://t.co/m7HopNSNiM/s/eJqm

@AP: MORE: Palestinian official says 10 people, including children, killed in strike on park in Gaza" http://t.co/YrWZ1vALjz/s/hB5Q

@Reuters: VIDEO: Baby delivered in #Gaza hospital from womb of mother whom medics said was killed in air strike: http://t.co/vjePpHLYoJ/s/RtFx

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"...Say It Shows That The CIA Interrogation Program Was Far More BRUTAL Than Previously Understood"


Jul 26, 3:51 AM EDT



ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.

Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all.

Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place.

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Several people who have read the full report, and who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss still-classified material, say it shows that the CIA interrogation program was far more brutal than previously understood, and that CIA officials repeatedly misled Congress and the Justice Department about what was being done to al-Qaida detainees. The report asserts that no unique, life-saving intelligence was gleaned for the harsh techniques.


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Jeremy Scahill: Media Has Failed to Cover ‘Massive Massacre’ in Gaza


Jeremy Scahill: Media Has Failed to Cover ‘Massive Massacre’ in Gaza

by Matt Wilstein | 6:32 pm, July 23rd, 2014 VIDEO

According to The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill, “We’ve hit all time lows with media coverage in this country.” The journalist appeared on HuffPost Live Wednesday to discuss media coverage of the conflict between Israel and Hamas and issued some sharp criticism to U.S. press outlets that he says are producing nearly one-sided coverage.

“When you look at what’s happening right now in Gaza, this is a massive massacre and one epic series of war crime after war crime, child after child being killed,” Scahill told host Alyona Minkovski. “And most news organizations are forced to acknowledge that the Palestinians and its children and whole families are being killed. They’re forced to because cameras are there; they’re forced to because there are reporters on the ground reporting on that.”

But, he added, “if you step back and you look at the way that this is always framed over these weeks of Israel’s constant bombardment of Gaza, it’s as though Hamas and Israel are sort of two equal military powers fighting one another.” Considering Israel has its Iron Dome missile-defense system in place to protect its citizens, Scahill said this was a fundamentally incorrect.

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“Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli propagandists are largely given carte blanche to say what they want on American television with very little push back,” Scahill said.


Egypt Judge: Al-Jazeera Team Did "Devil's" Work

Source: Associated Press

— Jul. 23, 2014 4:06 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country.

The main evidence cited in the 57-page document obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday was footage produced by the journalists that included voices critical of the government and showed the turmoil in Egypt after the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last summer, as well as interviews with families of those killed in the crackdown on Morsi supporters.

The reasoning was released a month after judge Mohammed Shehata convicted and sentenced the three journalists, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting Bureau Chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed, to seven years over charges linked to aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government declared a terrorist organization after the military's ouster of Morsi, a Brotherhood leader.

The verdicts raised a storm of international denunciations, including from the United States. Rights groups called the trial a "sham" that sends a chilling message to the press. The defendants and Al-Jazeera denied the charges, saying they were being prosecuted merely for going their jobs.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/egypt-judge-al-jazeera-team-did-devils-work

Spokeswoman: Indiana Teen Pilot Dies in Crash (Around-The-World Attempt)

Source: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight.

Annie Hayat said Wednesday that the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa. Suleman and his father, Babar Suleman, were on board.

Hayat says the body of Haris Suleman has been recovered. Crews were still looking for his father.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said the Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.

The two left Indiana June 19 in hopes of breaking a world record and raising money for a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. They planned to return home Sunday.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/spokeswoman-indiana-teen-pilot-dies-crash

An Israeli on Why Israel Should Stop What They're Doing in Gaza Now


By Dahlia Scheindlin |Published July 19, 2014

How can you possibly oppose this war?

Someone asked me an innocent question: “What is the position of Israelis who are against the war?”

There are obvious answers.

First, this is a disproportionate war that harms huge numbers of civilians. The IDF is bombarding an area that it has already imprisoned by occupation from 1967, and then through suffocating border, movement, import and export control since 2007. Its residents have been stateless since 1948. It is attacking by air, land and sea, while Hamas attacks civilians in Israel through rockets and now through terrorist infiltration, at an increasingly frenzied pace.

Second, escalation breeds escalation. The south of Israel has not been at peace for a decade, but in this war, the whole country is under attack. And “Protective Edge” made things even worse for the south; all the Israel casualties so far – as of today two civilian deaths, numerous wounded (including children) and one soldier killed – have been in the south. “Code Red” warnings in Sderot all these years were awful, but death is worse. On a good day, there is suffering in Gaza; now the death and destruction there is indescribable.

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Fourth, the political and social consequences of the war will be a disaster in the short, medium and long term. In the short term, Hamas could easily become stronger, having become the defiant face of military resistance against Israel as diplomacy crumbles.

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Here is my extremely unpopular answer. There is no such thing as today devoid of yesterday and tomorrow; it is a fiction. The measures of the last ten days grow directly out of the measures in recent years. They will have devastating consequences in years to come. My criticism of this war is not “I told you so,” because some of us have warned for years that the status quo is illusory. Opposition to this war means finding a different response to predictable situations, so that there won’t be a next time, and in two years Israelis won’t have to say “this is no time to analyze the past.’”

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In the long term, I shudder to think about the souls of people who lost two, three, or 18 family members to Israeli bombs. The sobbing father who begged his child to wake up because he had brought new toys; the woman who told her sister in England to stay away and live, so that at least one of the family members would survive. I see what national trauma has done to the Jewish people more than 60 years following their darkest moments. The manifestations of Palestinian suffering in future generations will be terrible.

The fifth and final reason to oppose the operation is that previous wars have failed. Operation Cast Lead in 2008/9 begat Pillar of Defense in 2012, begat Protective Edge in 2014. Hamas was not toppled, Gaza was not disarmed. The only thing changing is the accelerating pace of the wars.

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