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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 July)

[Israeli Air Forces bombing over Ansar site, 8 July 2014. Image by Basel Yazouri.] [Israeli Air Forces bombing over Ansar site, 8 July 2014. Image by Basel Yazouri.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] 


Israel Palestine

For Palestinians, This Week's Deaths Highlight the Asymmetry of Power, Ahmad Samih Khalidi
The latest conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis speak to a deep Palestinian public concern about Palestinian "administrative detainees" in Israel.

Israel Bombs Gaza Sites Hours after Bodies of Israeli Teens Found, Reuters
Hours after the discovery of the bodies of three teenaged Israeli settlers, Israeli aircraft have bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip while troops with the Israeli Defence Forces have taken to opening fire on Palestinians, killing one man in the West Bank. 

Why We Should Stop Calling for Restraint on Both Sides in Israel and Palestine, Yara Hawari
Were both sides in Israel and Palestine evenly matched in terms of political power and military capability, calls for restraint on both sides would make much more sense, writes Hawari for The Independent.

Our Wretched Jewish State, Gideon Levy
Haaretz publishes an editorial by Levy attacking nationalist and racist elements of the Israeli response to the killings of three teenaged Israeli settlers. 

Palestinian Teen's Abduction, Killing Intensifies Tensions in the Mideast, Kareem Khadder, Greg Botelho, Josh Levs
CNN reports on the kidnapping and murder of Mohammad Abu Khedair, a Palestinian teenager, and responses of public anger in Palestine.

How the Public Was Manipulated into Believing the Teens Were Alive, Noam Sheizaf
Writing for 972+, Sheizaf suggests the Israeli government placed under gag order details suggesting abducted Israeli teenagers were murdered in order to legitimize its responding military operation in the West Bank.

Israelis Demand Blood after Youths' Bodies Found, Ali Abunimah
Abunimah reports on an "atmosphere of incitement" in Israeli society and politics following the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers.

People who Kill Children, Greg Shupak
Writing for Jacobin, Shupak compares the different ways Western media covers the deaths of Israeli and Palestinian youth.
 

Law

Final Round of Iran Nuclear Talks Starts in Vienna, BBC News
Iran has met in Vienna with the P5+1 group for the sixth and final round of nuclear negotiations.

Why the No-Fly List Was Declared Unconstitutional, Gail Sullivan
The Washington Post reports on an opinion by US District Court Judge Anna Brown declaring the US government's no-fly list unconstitutional.

New UAE Anti-Terrorism Law to Include Fines of up to $27 million, Death Sentence, Neil Halligan
Halligan reports on a new law to be introduced by the UAE government carrying severe penalties for those found involved in acts of terrorism, including the financing or campaigning thereof.

Iraqi Wants Civilian Attorney at Guantanamo War Court to Navigate Afghanistan, Iraq, Carol Rosenberg
Rosenberg, writing for The Miami Herald, reports Ab al Hadi al Iraqi has requested a civilian lawyer to assist in him in gathering evidence.

Abbas convening Palestinian leaders to sign request to join ICC, Jack Khoury
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly convening Palestinian leaders to sign the documents which would allow Palestine to the join the International Criminal Court

Israel's wall: 10 years justice denied, Rafeef Ziadah
Ziadah discusses the political landscape in the ten years after the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the apartheid wall.


Iraq

A Rogue State Along Two Rivers, Jeremy Ashkenas, Archie Tse, Derek Watkins, Karen Yourish
A series of infographics and maps outlines ISIS' presence in Iraq and Syria.

Sunnis, Kurds Shun Iraq Parliament, Raheem Salman, Oliver Holmes
Sunni and Kurd lawmakers walked out on the first session of a new Iraqi parliament following the failure of Shi'ites to name a replacement for Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

Iraq PM Maliki Rejects Emergency Salvation Government, BBC News
Nouri Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq, has rejected advocacy for an emergency unity government to address the offensive of ISIS and other groups in Northern Iraq.

Islamic State's Caliph Lauds Iraq Rebellion, Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English reports on ISIS changing its name to "The Islamic State," naming a caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the first public appearance of al-Baghdadi, a sermon praising the establishment of a caliphate in Iraq.
 

Blackwater Trial

In a US Court, Iraqis Accuse Blackwater of Killings in 2007, Matt Apuzzo
The New York Times reports on more than four dozen Iraqis who have travelled to the United States to testify against Blackwater Worldwide employees in a murder trial. 

Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater, James Risen
A 2007 inquiry investigating Blackwater Worldwide operations in Iraq was cancelled following a death threat from a top manager with Blackwater, reports Risen for The New York Times.


Armed Conflict

Syrian Rebel Groups Sending Children into War, Sylvia Westall
Reuters reports rebel groups in Syria and Iraq are recruiting children as young as fifteen, offering the promise of a free education.

Armed Drones Fly over Baghdad, Al Jazeera
The United States has flown drones over Baghdad to protect US advisers and operations and intelligence analysts among the three hundred advisers promised by US President Barack Obama.
 

BDS

On Israel-Palestine and BDS, Noam Chomsky
Linguist and political activist Chomsky cautions that the tactics of the BDS movement may do little to reverse international support for the Israeli narrative of its occupation of Palestine.

Chomsky and BDS, Tom Suarez
Suarez replies critically to the stance of Chomsky on BDS, calling his comparison of South African and Israeli apartheid flawedfinding that his discussion of international law vis-à-vis the right of return is flawed.


Drones

When Drones Fall From the Sky, Craig Whitlock
The Washington Post reports on the phenomenon of drone crashes, reporting nearly four hundred since 2001. 

Use of Drones for Killings Risks a War Without End, Panel Concludes in Report, Mark Mazzetti
A bipartisan panel of former military and intelligence officials has argued the use of drones in targeted killings presents a "slippery slope" towards perpetual war and sets a precedent other nations may adopt, reports The New York Times.

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