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The Washington Post whitewashes the violence of Israel's occupation

Ben White

The Washington Post published an article today by their Jerusalem correspondent William Booth about "seven major attacks against Israelis in Israel and the West Bank over the past two weeks." The seven attacks cited in the report date back to June 19, and include shootings and stabbings that have targeted Israelis at military checkpoints and near illegal settlements.

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The myth that bombs make peace

Jessica Purkiss

In the wake of the Tunisia attack, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have called for MPs to consider sending British warplanes to target Isis in Syria.

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Tunisia shouldn't make the same counter-terrorism mistakes as the West

File photo of Ambulances and police at the scene of attack on the Tunisian museum in March 2015.

The shock of the massacre in Sousse was such that we should not be surprised at the all-party call to support the Tunisian army and security services. Security and unity is, after all, what Tunisia needs right now.

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One year on, Gaza's fragile peace holds amid tensions

Gaza lies in ruinOn 8 July 2014, Israel began airstrikes over Gaza, in what was known as Operation "Protective Edge". The bombardment followed weeks of ramped up tensions that had begun with the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teenagers by Palestinians. Over the course of the next seven weeks, a combination of Israeli bombs, a ground invasion, and Palestinian rocket fire, led to the deaths of 2,200 people, the vast majority of them Gazans. (73 Israelis died). Israel's stated aim was to destroy Hamas's network of tunnels that allows the group to smuggle supplies and weapons into Gaza. For its part, Hamas was demanding an end to the blockade of Gaza, and sought to bring international pressure to bear on Israel.

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Erekat's unabashed subjugation

Saeb ErekatThe distortion of "logic and law" forms the premise of Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat's recent article which was published in the Guardian. The article entitled "What Palestine needs is for Europe to honour its own agreements," is another exhibition of subjugation to higher authorities, achieved through the usual tactic of selective political rhetoric, assimilated and reaffirmed through a compromised narrative. In this case, Erekat's alleged concern for Palestine clearly portrays the Palestinian Authority's acquiescence and hence, fails to challenge Europe's role in protecting Israel's colonial expansion.

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