#GazaUnderAttack | Haneyya: Palestinian resistance is re-writing history

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images_News_2014_07_15_haneyya_300_0GAZA, (PIC)– Ismail Haneyya, deputy chairman of Hamas Political Bureau, said the Palestinian nation and resistance are today at a turning point in their fight against the Israeli occupation and have opened up new horizons before future Palestinian generations.

Haneyya declared in a speech delivered to the Palestinian people on Monday evening “Today we shall all stand up for our land, people, dignity and the future of our offspring.”

“Today the Israeli occupation and the world have seen with their own eyes how far al-Qassam Brigades can go”, he added.

Haneyya said contacts and moves have been going on so as to bring the Israeli aggression against Palestinian civilians to a halt

“Today the problem does not lie in the signing of truce agreement but in how far will the Israeli occupation be committed to it. Gaza has been paying a heavy price…

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#GazaUnderAttack | Israel Seeks Legitimation to Continue Attack on Gaza

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 Tuesday July 15, 2014 23:57 by Alternative Information Center

Hamas and Islamic Jihad stated Tuesday that they were never consulted over the terms of a proposed truce with Israel that was drafted by Egypt. The Israeli prime minister stated that if Hamas does not accept the ceasefire proposal, it will be legitimate for Israel to broaden its military operation against the Gaza Strip.

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15 July 2014 | Alternative Information Center | Sergio Yahni

“To avoid confusion and to be clear with our people, al-Qassam Brigades confirm that we haven’t been contacted by any official or unofficial entities about terms of this alleged initiative,” said the Azz a Din al Qassam brigades in a statement.

“If what has been circulated is true, this initiative means kneeling and submissiveness and so we completely refuse it and to us, it’s not worth the ink used…

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Israeli Settlers Attempt to Kidnap and Shoot Two Young Palestinian Children

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  Tuesday July 15, 2014 23:18 by International Solidarity Movement | IMEMC News

Yesterday, in the village of Deir Istiya, two young boys, Hasim Abu Zeed (13) and Hathem Yaser Abu Zeed (9) were attacked by Israeli settlers.

Photo by ISM
Photo by ISM

15th July 2014 | ISM, Nablus Team | Dear Istiya, Occupied Palestine

Every day Hasim and Hathem’s family have to cross a road, which separates their homes from the village. This puts them in a dangerous position, exposing them to settler harassment and violence. Yesterday evening when they were passing a road to visit a store in the village, a car drove by and dragged the two boys inside. Hasim screamed, causing people to wake in the village, this appeared to unnerve the settlers and the two boys managed to escape into the olive fields, close to their house. While the boys ran, one of the settlers pulled out…

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#GazaUnderAttack | B’Tselem: Israel Failed to Provide Connection between Targets and Military Activity

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  Wednesday July 16, 2014 00:41 by Chris Carlson – 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group  | IMEMC News

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem has issued an information sheet stating that the interpretation presented by the Israeli forces spokesperson — that it is enough for a person to be involved in a military activity to render his home and his neighbors’ homes legitimate military targets without having to prove any connection between his activity and the house in which he and his family live — is unfounded and illegal.

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The organization added, according to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency’s recent report:

“It is not a coincidence that the number of uninvolved civilians killed or injured by these bombings is growing. The law is meant to protect civilians and, unsurprisingly, violating it has lethal consequences. Euphemisms such as ‘surgical strikes’ or ‘operational infrastructure’…

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The continuous horse race

The elections in America are just one continuous horse race as speculation about who’s on top, who’s surging and who may or may not run takes over. There is barely any time to notice issues. We can’t pay attention to the children flooding into our country from Central America. And the issue only exists for Republicans to use as talking points alongside Benghazi and other attempts to manufacture scandals. The Republican house is setting some new record for investigations and those investigations feed into the horse race. Somehow Oven Glove is rising in the speculation for 2016. The guy who was rejected 2 years ago has a new series on non-positions to try out.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and others have their names bandied about as potential candidates. How will this help or hurt us? Although before the re-election of President Obama, the pundits were telling us that the jobs numbers and the economy were very important, now supposedly the latest polls show that Americans are upset because things happen that the president cannot control. As if that makes sense as a reason for judging a president’s performance What are the things that the president can control? If the republicans in congress take it as a badge of honor not to act, can they actually have standing to sue the president for exercising his powers?

Added to the horse race are endless speculations about impeachment. I noticed that war-hawk John McCain shot down the latest impeachment speculation from his former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He explained that the American people hated the wasted attempt to impeach Bill Clinton and that it hurt the republicans in the elections. Palin doesn’t to understand anything. She is just part of the noise of the horse race. Meanwhile, Palestine is burning. We need to take off our horse race goggles and pay attention to people’s lives. Poor people need a raise in pay. Companies need more customers. The highway trust fund is running out. Stop speculating about 2016 and fix some of these problems, damn it.

Oh, goodness

Oh, goodness.

So, who do you know wants to work?

Despite my aversion to planning I actually did a lot of planning in my life, before and after I was diagnosed with a mental illness.  I went through several different careers before finding my current one and I did scout around to learn about the agencies where I am working.  I am listening to friends tell me about their retirement plans and I understand I need to be doing that same kind of work.  When i spoke with a couple of new friends about getting out-of-town this summer I knew the next step would be to look at my appointment book. The weekend of August 7-10 looks like a good time for me.  I am thinking about going to see my family in November, as well. The idea will be to make certain I have enough accumulated time available, which I did not do when I decided I needed to get out-of-town last year That will be my attempt to follow the advice of the old Cole Porter songs Get Out Of Town.

And there is most definitely a need to work on reducing my blood pressure. A friend suggested trying a goal of two trips to the gym per week as a starting point. Being in Madison for the employment conference helped because this is definitely a pedestrian friendly city. I checked the step-meter on my phone and I racked up a lot of steps wandering around the university area, asking for different streets.

I have noticed that my normal energy has been returning so now is the time to get going on doing these things. So here I am at a conference on supported employment which is the biggest thing to hit Wisconsin and I am learning how other peer support specialists are helping people get into employment. I have been doing some work in this area the past two years. So I will be going back to Milwaukee all refreshed.

I want to start talking with the people who want to work and those who are working and using myself as an example.  The longer I have worked, the more rewarded I feel. I moved away from living very near the edge financially My life has been littered with good and bad examples of what to do in life but lately I have noticed that things are tilting more towards good examples. That is always a good sign.