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So far, 56 Israelis have signed a petition saying they refuse to serve in the Israeli military reserves. We talk to one of them today."We are more than 50 Israelis who were once soldiers and now declare our refusal to be part of the reserves. We oppose the Israeli Army and the conscription law. Partly, that’s because we revile the current military operation," writes Yael Even Or in her open letter in the Washington Post. She joins Democracy Now! today to tell her story. Click here to watch her interview, along with Israeli war resister Yonatan Shapira.   High-res

So far, 56 Israelis have signed a petition saying they refuse to serve in the Israeli military reserves. We talk to one of them today.

"We are more than 50 Israelis who were once soldiers and now declare our refusal to be part of the reserves. We oppose the Israeli Army and the conscription law. Partly, that’s because we revile the current military operation," writes Yael Even Or in her open letter in the Washington Post. 

She joins Democracy Now! today to tell her story. Click here to watch her interview, along with Israeli war resister Yonatan Shapira.

"I’m just coming from the south of Gaza, from Khan Younis, where people are talking of a very brutal assault, particularly in the area of Khuzaa. They say this was worse than Shejaiya," reports Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

Watch his report from Gaza City on Democracy Now! today.

"The Nasser Hospital, the biggest hospital in southern Gaza, is completely crowded today. They have no more room for any more people. … and doctors said that this was one of the worst nights that they’ve ever seen." Follow his updates throughout the day on Twitter.

Click here to watch complete Democracy Now! coverage of the Gaza conflict.

“The current escalation in Gaza is a direct result of the choice by Israel and the West to obstruct the implementation of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. The road out of the crisis is a reversal of that policy,” writes Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group in his recent New York Times op-ed.
 Click here to watch Nathan Thrall speak to Democracy Now! about the root causes of Israeli/Palestinian conflict and how that has led to the Gaza crisis today.   High-res

The current escalation in Gaza is a direct result of the choice by Israel and the West to obstruct the implementation of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. The road out of the crisis is a reversal of that policy,” writes Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group in his recent New York Times op-ed.

Click here to watch Nathan Thrall speak to Democracy Now! about the root causes of Israeli/Palestinian conflict and how that has led to the Gaza crisis today.

"A Place of Indescribable Loss": As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and Homes

“The level of violence is really ramping up instead of de-escalating,” says correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Democracy Now! today, reporting live from Gaza City. So far today, Israel has struck more than 70 sites inside Gaza, including five mosques and a football stadium. Three weeks of Israeli attacks have killed more than 600 civilians in the past few weeks.

"There’s no sirens. There’s really nowhere to run. You don’t know where is safe," Kouddous says. "These calls for a ceasefire, these calls for an end to the bloodshed, only seem to be fueling the violence."

"Gaza is a place of indescribable loss.” 

Click here to watch additional Democracy Now! coverage of Gaza in our archives.

“The (bitter) truth is that when Gaza is not firing rockets at Israel, nobody cares about it,” says Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy, in his recent article for Ha’aretz. “Read the list of Hamas demands and judge honestly whether there is one unjust demand among them.” Levy joins Democracy Now! today to discuss the ongoing ceasefire talks and the root causes of the Gaza crisis.

Speaking earlier today, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said there is “no real hope” of an immediate halt to the fighting because Hamas’ conditions are too far from those of Israel, the United States and Egypt. In Gaza, unemployment tops 40 percent, and almost 80 percent rely on humanitarian aid. The United Nations has warned Gaza will no longer be livable by 2020 unless urgent steps are taken.

Click here to watch complete Democracy Now! coverage of the Gaza conflict.

On Democracy Now! today, look at the increasingly dangerous political climate inside Israel where several peace protests have recently come under attack. On Saturday, right-wing activists burned a Palestinian flag, chanted racial slurs and threw stones at an antiwar protest in Haifa of Arabs and Israelis opposed to the bombardment of Gaza. 

"There has been much incitement from the political class that has allowed even so-called moderate right-wingers to join cries saying, ‘Death to Arabs! Death to leftists!’ and attacking activists and Arabs in the street," says Rann Bar-On, an Israeli peace activist who took part in the antiwar protest in Haifa.  

"The police allowed them to attack us, to throw stones at us." Click here to watch Bar-On, and journalist Max Blumenthal, discuss this political context in Israel on Democracy Now! today.

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Israel Bombs Gaza’s Only Rehab Hospital: Staff Forced to Evacuate Paralyzed Patients After Shelling

"Last night just before 9pm, they sent us a warning over the phone that ‘We will bomb the hospital, so you need to evacuate,’" explains Basman Alashi, executive director of Al-Wafa Hospital, the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza and the West Bank, in an interview with Democracy Now! today.

 

"We insisted that we cannot leave the hospital. Our patients are, all of them, paralyzed, they’re unconscious. They’re unable to move, so we need to stay in this hospital. … But just few minutes after the call, shells start falling down on the hospital — the fourth floor, third floor, second floor. Smoke, fire, dust all over."

 

“It’s not like people are saying, ‘Let’s go have the American dream,’” says Dana Frank, an expert on U.S. policy in Honduras, on Democracy Now! today. “We’re talking about starving to death — that’s the alternative — or being driven into gangs with tremendous sexual violence. It’s a very, very tragic situation [in Honduras], but it’s not like it tragically just happened. It’s a direct result of very conscious policies by the U.S. and Honduran governments.”

This week saw the first planeload of children deported to Honduras since President Obama vowed to speed up the removal of more than 57,000 youth who have fled to the United States from Central America in recent months.