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Gaza Conflict Day 3: Israel Calls on Palestinians to Evacuate Border

Gaza Conflict Day 3: Israel Calls on Palestinians to Evacuate Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Times of Israel: The Palestinian Authority took the first steps to formal membership in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Abbas did this while denouncing Israel’s military operations as “genocide.” Former ambassador Michael Oren explains why he’s worried: Abbas’s actions, including his threats to seek ICC membership so that he

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Gaza Conflict Day 2: Hamas Escalates Rocket Fire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Escalation marked the second day of Operation Protective Edge. Hamas fired a Syrian-made M302 rocket at Hadera. Later in the day, rockets reached Zichron Yaakov, a coastal town about 120 km away from Gaza and just south of Haifa, representing the longest Palestinian rocket strike on Israel yet. According to Israeli

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Comments and the Roar of the Crowd: Lost in Translation?

The perils of multi-lingual media monitoring. From: …@gmail.com Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 Subject: Re: IDNS: IDF Launches Operations Against Gaza Rocket Fire IDF launches Operation Protective Edge   IN HEBREW IT IS CALLED “TZOK EITAN” — THAT REALLY MEANS “SOLID ROCK” AND NOT A LIGHT DEFENSIVE “PROTECTIVE EDGE” (SO WHY WATERDOWN THE NAME?) I

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Israel Under Fire: IDF Launches Operation Protective Edge

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF’s Operation Protective Edge began as the IDF hit Gaza rocket launchers, Hamas command and control facilities and other terror infrastructure. See all the details at the Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and i24 live-blogs. Among the more notable developments, the IDF wants to call up another 40,000 reservists, and

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War in Gaza: 5 Tips For Sorting Through the News and Sharing Responsibly on Social Media

Rockets are flying. Israel’s responding with air strikes and a call-up of reservists. The army named this mission Operation Protective Edge. The conflict isn’t only being fought over the skies of Gaza and the Israeli home front. It’s also being fought in the media. We’re going to see all kinds of news reports, photos, and video.

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Cabinet Mulling Retaliation As Rockets Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli airstrikes on Gaza targets killed nine terrorists and destroyed several underground rocket launchers. The Jerusalem Post notes: At least 150 rockets have landed in Israeli territory since June 14 when the West Bank operation to find three Israeli teens kidnapped and murdered by Hamas commenced , the IDF said Sunday.

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Jewish Extremists Arrested for Murder of Palestinian Teen

Today’s Top Stories 1. Police arrested six Jewish suspects in the murder of Mohammed Khdeir. Their identities haven’t been released, but police sources made clear to AP, AFP, and the BBC that the murder was motivated by nationalism — not crime or family honor. A development like this wouldn’t be complete without political posturing. There’s a lot

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IDF Boosts Forces Around Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF’s bolstering forces around Gaza in advance of a possible operation against Gaza. The rocket fire continues. File this under Ben-Gurion’s miracles and don’t be lulled by the lack of Israeli casualties: At around 8:30 in the morning, the early warning alarm sounded in Sderot followed by a salvo of three

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