IMEU, Jan 29, 2009
At least 1,300 Palestinians - among them some 220 children - were killed in Israel's 22-day assault of Gaza, and over to 5,400 were wounded. The IMEU presents a collection of background information and resources on this continuing crisis.
LATEST COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
Obama's decision to appoint George Mitchell as the U.S. envoy to the region reflects a commitment to serious and impartial engagement that marks a welcome change from the bias and incoherence of the Bush administration's approach, writes Omar Dajani. Read more.
US Middle East envoy George Mitchell has been tasked to listen and to help shore up the Israel-Hamas ceasefire during his week-long visit. But the signs point to a more ambitious agenda ahead: Saving the two-state solution, argues Nadia Hijab. Read more.
The Guardian (UK)
No matter how many times the Israeli government tries to blame Hamas for the latest Palestinian civilian deaths it simply cannot explain away the body count, especially that of the children, write Yigal Bronner and Neve Gordon. Read more.
Irrespective of whether the Palestinian people have good or bad leaders or none, there are some basic principles of international law that must be applied to this conflict, posits Nadia Hijab. Read more.
While negotiations have been going on for 15 years, hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers have moved in to occupy the West Bank. Palestinians say they can't have a state with Israelis all over it, which the settlers say is precisely the idea, reports Bob Simon. Read more.
The Palestine Chronicle
As long as there are no witnesses to the war crimes committed in Gaza, Israel is confident that it can sell a fabricated story to the world that it is, as always, the victim, writes Ramzy Baroud. Read more.
There is a need for an inclusive approach - one that will encourage dialogue and negotiations among all parties to conflicts and that will put an end to the present approach, which is based on exclusion and boycott, argues Ghassan Khatib. Read more.
The Independent (UK)
Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city, probably suffered more than any other from the eight years of conflict before the start of Operation Cast Lead. But even on the short journey here, some of the new devastation was evident, writes Donald Macintyre. Read more.
The Guardian (UK)
Israel stands accused of perpetrating a series of war crimes during a sustained 12-hour assault on the village of Khuza'a, near Khan Younis in southern Gaza, last week in which 14 people died, reports The Guardian. Read more.
If Israel fails to destroy Hamas, is a two-state solution now possible? Both Palestinian and world public opinion is moving towards the one-state solution. And this is of course the end of the Zionist project, posits Immanuel Wallerstein. Read more.
The Washington Times
Think about what would happen if San Diego expelled most of its Hispanic, African American, Asian American, and Native American population, about 48 percent of the total, and forcibly relocated them to Tijuana? asks Randall Kuhn. Read more.
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