Thought for the day

"When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is more tyranny. Apologies to Thomas Jefferson!" -- Michael Rivero
"A rocket will never be able to leave Earth's atmosphere." -- New York Times, 1936

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Five Americans, including a family from New York, were among the eight victims wounded when a gunman opened fire at a bus full of Jewish worshippers on their way home from Jerusalem's Western Wall at the end of Sabbath this morning.

The shooting happened as the bus waited in a parking lot near David's Tomb on Mount Zion, just outside the Old City walls. 

The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, confirmed in a tweet that American citizens were among the wounded, and added that he has spoken with the families and continuing to monitor the situation.'

In August 2014, the Jewish festival of Tisha B’Av arrived as Israel was waging a military onslaught on Gaza that would eventually kill 2,251 Palestinians, 1,462 of whom were civilians, including over 500 children. Tisha B’Av is traditionally observed as a day of mourning over the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and by extension, the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout its history.

It is increasingly clear that Gaza paid the price for an Israeli military campaign in the West Bank that has little to do with it. 

In an orgy of violence, Israel reversed a strategy - which it has been pursuing for decades - of dividing the Palestinians into different camps. It is now forcing them to reunite.

Israel reversed its strategy of dividing the Palestinians into different camps. It is now forcing them to reunite

Social media giant Meta has been censoring posts referencing the recent killing of a prominent Palestinian resistance fighter, mainly targeting journalists based in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, activists claim.

According to the OED, a “mythos” is a “traditional or recurrent narrative theme or pattern; a standard plot in literature.” For many, the Holocaust Mythos conjures up the hope of universal redemption from the absolute evils of racism, anti-Semitism, and militant White nationalism. Arising out of the allegedly planned extermination of the Jewish people by “Nazi” Germany and its collaborators, the story has acquired canonical status in officially-constructed “memory cultures” throughout the West.

On Wednesday, an Israeli court decided to demolish a Palestinian school in the Ein Samia Bedouin community, east of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

In its ruling, the court informed school officials that they could either demolish the school within a certain timeframe or the “Civil Administration Office” (the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation) would demolish the school and bill the administration for the demolition costs, court cost and very high fines.

The three following videos were posted by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) in occupied Jerusalem.

Silwanic said the three children were transferred from Gaza to the Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem late Tuesday night.

They were all seriously injured during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Ibtisam Ghrayyeb, the head of the Pediatric Department at the Al-Makassed Hospital, explained the conditions of the three children to Silwanic.

As Israel unleashed a surprise wave of air strikes on Gaza last Friday, the two remaining Conservative politicians vying to replace disgraced Prime Minister Boris Johnson publicized letters vowing fealty to Israel.

WHEN A CEASEFIRE on Sunday night ended a three-day Israeli offensive in the Gaza strip, over 350 Palestinians were wounded and 46 were dead, including 16 children, according to Palestinian officials. Media coverage in the U.S. was mainly led by photographs of smoke-filled skies or Gazans walking amid piles of rubble.