Operation Protective Edge Displaces More Gazans: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 9)

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Israel’s military offensive, Operation Protective Edge, is now in its fourth week. More than 1,200 Palestinians and 50 Israelis have been killed, and the fighting shows little sign of letting up. The majority of those killed in Gaza have been civilians, with many strikes hitting schools, homes, and hospitals. About 40 percent of Gazans have been told by Israel to evacuate, but they have few if any options for where to evacuate to.

In our ninth dispatch from Israel and Palestine, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold is in Gaza talking to Palestinians as they sift through the rubble of their homes, and visiting makeshift outdoor and indoor camps where displaced residents have fled.

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Footage from Latest Strikes in Gaza: This Just In

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Footage shows the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes that hit Gaza on Tuesday. Among other targets, strikes hit the home of Ismail Haniyah, the deputy chief of Hamas, as well as Gaza’s only power plant. Tuesday was one of the deadliest days so far in the 22-day military offensive, killing at least 100 Palestinians and 10 Israelis.

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Inside Gaza’s Rubble: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 8)

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On Sunday, the Israeli military carried out the single deadliest offensive in its nearly three-week assault on Gaza, killing as many as 100 Palestinians in the neighborhood of Shejaiya. The operation — which many have called a massacre — has forced most of the remaining residents of Shejaiya to flee their homes and seek refuge in hospitals or UN schools because there is nowhere else for them to escape in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

VICE News was in Gaza to see the aftermath of the bombing of Shejaiya. We visited the central morgue in Gaza City, which holds the bodies of many who were killed. We then went to see the immediate aftermath of the shelling of yet another house in the city, and later saw another shelling site where residents were still trying to uncover family members in the rubble.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 22 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: footage posted of Palestinian civilian reportedly killed by sniper fire in Gaza, Human Rights Watch says U.S. prosecutes Muslims they use for federal sting operations, Chinese meat supplier shut down over safety concerns and South African wildlife reserve may move rhinos because of increased poaching.

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Cell Phone Video Captures Fatal Shooting of Palestinian Civilian
Activists accompanying the man say they weren’t able to drag him away because of ongoing fire.

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Report: Muslims Targeted and Used for Sting Operations
Human Rights Watch urges congressional oversight of federal investigations to avoid persecution of American Muslims.

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Meat Supplier Suspended Over Safety Concerns
The company sold expired meat to fast food chains such as McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut.

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Park May Evacuate Rhinos Due to Threat of Poaching
The black market value of rhino horn is significantly higher than cocaine

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Radical Young Israelis and the Price Tag Attacks: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 7)

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For a few years, a young radical group of Israeli settlers in the West Bank have committed random acts of violence and vandalization against Palestinians and their property to make them pay the price for affronting their way of life. They call themselves “Pricetaggers,” and they’ve largely avoided prosecution by Israeli authorities.

VICE News gets rare access to the young members of the Price Tag movement — at the homecoming of Moriah Goldberg, 20, who just finished a 3-month sentence for throwing stones at Palestinians. She and her family remain proud of the act, even as the current conflict in Gaza was sparked after an all too familiar round of retributive violence.

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Jewish Settlers in the Hamas Stronghold of Hebron: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 6)

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As the Israeli bombardment and invasion of the Gaza strip continues — and militants continue to launch crude rockets into Israel — there’s relative quiet in the other Palestinian territory, the West Bank. With the conflict focused on the Hamas-run Gaza strip, it’s easy to forget the West Bank used to be one of the focal points of resistance against the state of Israel. That may still be the case, but today in the West Bank, there are no rockets being fired into Israel and few demonstrations compared to Jerusalem.

Palestinian security forces, activists, and ordinary Palestinians say this could quickly change. VICE News brings you to the restive city of Hebron, which has historically supported Hamas, to find out if, how, and for how long things can stay this way.

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Raw Footage of Israeli Operation in Gaza: This Just In

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Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza strip has entered its second night, with frequent strikes coming from both air and sea as the military focuses its attention on Gaza’s borders in an attempt to destroy Hamas’s tunnels into Israel. Since it began 11 days ago, the military operation has killed almost 300 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel may “widen” the operation in coming days.

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First-Hand Look at Israeli Ground Invasion: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 5)

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On July 17, Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza after pummeling the strip for nearly 10 days with airstrikes and shelling. The stated goal? To cripple Hamas, destroy underground supply lines, and stop militants from firing rockets into Israel. VICE News traveled to the border of Gaza to get a first-hand look at the buildup.

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More Children Killed in Latest Israel Strike: This Just In

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Just one day after four children were killed in an Israeli strike on a Gaza beach, at least three more children, also all from the same family, have been killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, near the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City.

This latest bombing comes minutes after the collapse of a brief ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and hours before Israel launched a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Almost 50 children have been killed so far since Israel’s military operation began July 7.

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Four Children Killed in Gaza: This Just In

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Graphic video emerged today of the aftermath of an Israeli strike that left four children dead on a beach near Gaza City this afternoon. The children were all under the age of 11 and from the same family. This comes in the midst of Israel’s most recent offensive in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 200 people, which up until Sunday, were 80 percent civilians, according to the UN.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 15 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Boko Haram leader mocks #BringBackOurGirls campaign, French police disperse pro-Palestinian rally, Iraqi cleric calls on volunteers to protect holy sites, and Chinese designers produce small 3D-printed boat.

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Boko Haram Leader Mocks ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaign
Abubakar Shekau danced around in a video, calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to release some of his fighters.

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Police Disperse Pro-Palestinian Rally in Paris
Ten thousand people marched through the French capital against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

IRAQ
Volunteers Help Protect Samarra from Militants
Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on his supporters to guard the country’s holy sites.

CHINA
Design Team Test 3D-Printed Boat
The two-person rowboat took 10 hours to make and cost around $80 dollars.

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Nowhere Safe in Gaza: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 2)

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The death toll in Gaza continues to grow as both the Israeli military and Palestinian militants show no signs of backing down.

VICE News spent a few days in Gaza City surveying the damage and seeing how local residents were coping with the continuous barrage from the air and from the sea.

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Kidnappings and Killings Spark Demonstrations in Israel: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 1)

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On June 12, three Israeli teens were kidnapped while hitchhiking through the West Bank city of Hebron. In response, the Israeli army launched a severe crackdown in the West Bank, arresting hundreds of Palestinians. Two weeks later, the bodies of the Israeli teens were found and Israel blamed their murders on the militant group Hamas. Then last week, the body of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was found in East Jerusalem after being burned alive in a revenge attack carried out by right-wing Israelis.

Inside Israel and throughout the West Bank, the killings set off massive demonstrations the likes of which have not been seen since the Second Intifada more than a decade ago. Meanwhile, the Israeli military has been carrying out airstrikes over the besieged Gaza Strip in an effort to root out Hamas, which has launched hundreds of homemade rockets over the southern border of Israel during the past several weeks. Despite mounting criticism and civilian causalities, Israel has vowed to increase its military operation in Gaza in the coming days.

VICE News is in Israel and Palestine amid the mounting tension as Israelis and Palestinians prepare for the next round of violent confrontations. In this first dispatch, we go to a protest in the mixed Israeli-Palestinian town of Acre and speak with Palestinians intent on using peaceful means to make their voices heard.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April, 24 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: forensic experts excavate a suspected mass grave in Serbia, Kosovo’s parliament green-lights a new war crimes court, rival Palestinian groups announce a unity deal, and violence mars Rio de Janeiro over a man’s alleged killing by Brazilian police.

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Forensic Teams Dig at Suspected Mass Grave
Experts excavate the site where hundreds of bodies killed in the Kosovo War are believed to be buried.

Parliament Approves New War Crimes Court
Kosovo’s government OKs a special EU-backed court to try alleged Albanian war criminals.

Rivals Reconcile, Rockets Hit Gaza
Palestine’s Fatah and Hamas groups announce plans for unity government, and Israeli air strikes wound a dozen people.

Unrest Follows Dancer’s Death
Violence swells near the tourist area of Copacabana after reports a man is beaten to death by police.

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As Civilian Toll Mounts, Israel Again Bombs Palestinian Journalists

We get a live report from independent journalist Mohammed Omer from a hospital in Gaza City, where injured journalists, medical workers and civilians — including children — are arriving for treatment. An award-winning journalist based in Gaza, Omer has been covering the latest Israeli assault since it began six days ago. We’re also joined by Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. [includes rush transcript]

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IDF Abusive Nature Systemic, Occupation Reality Hurts Israel

Are IDF soldiers happy with their missions? Is the Israeli army ‘the most moral’ in the world? What are the tasks when there are no immediate wars or terror alerts? We talk to Avihai Stollar, IDF veteran combatant and member of ‘Breaking the Silence’ organization, which collects confessions from soldiers about what they had to engage in during their military service in the West Bank or Gaza.

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Sophie Shevardnadze: Our guest today is Avihai Stollar, a member of the IDF Veteran’s Group ‘Breaking the Silence’. Avihai,it’s great to have you with us on the program. Basically, ‘Breaking the Silence’ is a community of IDF whistleblowers, right?

Avihai Stollar: Yes, Actually, I guess what we’re trying to do is collect and publish stories, testimonies of soldiers who served in the occupied territories, and, I guess, advent some kind of debate, discourse regarding the nature of the military control over the occupied territories.

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Building Tensions: Israel Authorizes Construction of 3,000 New Settlements

Israeli authorities will allow the construction of 3,000 new settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The decision follows Thursday’s UN General Assembly vote to upgrade Palestinians’ diplomatic status to ‘non-member observer state’.

Celebrations within Palestine that the UN has implicitly recognized its right to statehood might be short-lived according to the latest Israeli media reports.

Apart from approving construction on 3,000 new housing units in the occupied territories, Israel’s “security cabinet,” a forum of nine top Israeli ministers lead by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will also go ahead with planning procedures for another 1,000 housing units in the area E1 that connects Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim.

The location of the settlements is in line with Israel’s “strategic interests map.”

Ma’aleh Adumim, located along the highway connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is currently the third-largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

East Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 war, will also be a site for settlement construction.

“Israel is considering several other actions in response to the unilateral Palestinian UN move,” Channel 10 cites a government official as saying.

Other potential measures which have floated around Israeli policy circles have included annulling the 1993 Oslo Accords which provided for the creation of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and withdrawal of Israeli forces from parts of the West Bank and Gaza, annexation of large settlement blocs, and deducting some NIS 800 million from taxes collected on behalf of the PA to cover money owed to the Israeli Electric Cooperation, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh called the decision “a slap in the face of the world that voted in favor of a Palestinian state,” The Times of Israel cites him as saying.

“This action will leave Israel further isolated, after the entire world spoke out yesterday against the occupation,” he continued.

The White House described the settlement expansion plan as counterprodutive, saying it would only make the resumption of peace talks between the two side that much harder.

Last week Washington implored Israel not to allow construction in E1. The move could ultimately connect Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim, splitting the West Bank in half in the process and ending dreams of a contiguous Palestinian state.

Netanyahu, following in the footsteps of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, had previously promised the White House he would not build in E1.

Senior government officials had earlier said an immediate move on settlement expansion following the UN vote would be viewed by the international community as a punitive measure against the Palestinians, Israel’s Ynet news reports.

They had suggested that Netanyahu wait so that the decision would not be linked to the UN vote, though Netanyahu chose to go ahead with the plan rather than wait.

Israel has long urged that a two-state solution can only be achieved via negotiations.

The Palestinian Authority has concurrently maintained that a freeze in settlement expansion is a precondition for the resumption of peace talks.

This latest decision by Israeli government gives one more indication that for Israel the settlement construction process is all about politics, Phyllis Bennis, a political analyst told RT. “In this case it was designed explicitly to punish the Palestinians for having the audacity to go the United Nations.”

“What we are looking at is really a continuation of what we’ve seen all along — the settlement construction that has been going on for many-many years in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. There are now over 600,000 illegal Israeli settlers living on occupied territory — which means they are breaking the law every morning simply by waking up.”

The upgrade of the diplomatic status of the Palestinian Authority to a “non-member observer state” gives the Palestinians two things, Bennis notes. Firstly, it will give them the possibility of joining the International Criminal Court, which could allow some level of accountability for alleged Israeli war crimes.

Also it could allow them to join the International Court of Justice as a member and state. “In which case they could do what countries do in the International Court of Justice all the time — bring a law suit against another country. In this case the state of Palestine could sue the state of Israel for its illegal occupation,” she stressed.

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