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Are you on the government’s terrorist watchlist?

Thanks to investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the American public can now learn how and why government officials place people on the so-called terrorist watchlist. In an interview on Democracy Now!, they talk about the leaked government guidebook and their article for The Intercept, “The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist.” The catch? The document shows that to be a deemed a “terrorist” target, “irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary.” 

“What we have here is tantamount to a system thats sort of like a global stop and frisk program,” Scahill says. 

Click here to watch their 15-minute interview and for a link to their report.   High-res

Are you on the government’s terrorist watchlist?

Thanks to investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the American public can now learn how and why government officials place people on the so-called terrorist watchlist. In an interview on Democracy Now!, they talk about the leaked government guidebook and their article for The Intercept, “The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist.” The catch? The document shows that to be a deemed a “terrorist” target, “irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary.”

“What we have here is tantamount to a system thats sort of like a global stop and frisk program,” Scahill says.

Click here to watch their 15-minute interview and for a link to their report.

"Nowhere to Go": Gaza Suffers One of Deadliest Days So Far as Israel Vows "Protracted" Assault

"In Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, there are really tragic scenes: men openly weeping, women screaming, children being wheeled on stretchers," reports Sharif Abdel Kouddous. 

"The Israeli military last night sent out recorded messages to residents in various neighborhoods — eastern Jabaliya, Beit Lahia, Zeitoun — telling them to evacuate their homes. This is after already 44 percent of the Gaza Strip has been declared a military buffer zone. There is literally nowhere for people to go,” Kouddous says. “Overnight, it was some of the fiercest bombardment that #Gaza has witnessed over this three-week war.”

Democracy Now! speaks with Palestinian student Amer Shurrab, who found out last week that four of his cousins in Gaza were killed in the Israeli offensive.
“Last Tuesday, I got news from Gaza via a friend that my cousin, Mohammed Tayseer, was killed,” Shurrab says. “He left their house at 1a.m., started walking home, and on the walk home he was directly targeted by a drone.”
"Israel is deliberately targeting civilians from the day one of this attack," Shurrab alleges. "They have been bombing houses, wiping entire families — to try to scare people into submission."
He also describes how two of his brothers were killed in 2009 Israeli attacks, which also wounded his father. 
Click here to watch watch more Democracy Now! coverage of the conflict in Gaza.   High-res

Democracy Now! speaks with Palestinian student Amer Shurrab, who found out last week that four of his cousins in Gaza were killed in the Israeli offensive.

“Last Tuesday, I got news from Gaza via a friend that my cousin, Mohammed Tayseer, was killed,” Shurrab says. “He left their house at 1a.m., started walking home, and on the walk home he was directly targeted by a drone.”

"Israel is deliberately targeting civilians from the day one of this attack," Shurrab alleges. "They have been bombing houses, wiping entire families — to try to scare people into submission."

He also describes how two of his brothers were killed in 2009 Israeli attacks, which also wounded his father.

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

"No Safe Place": After Deadly Attack on Gaza School, U.N. Warns 150,000 Seeking Shelter are at Risk

Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees:

“We appealed to them [Israel], we begged them, we pleaded with them to allow a humanitarian pause, a window of opportunity, so that women, children, men, civilians, the sick, the elderly, babies, the dying could be let out of the conflict zone … In the end, we could not do that civilian evacuation, and the consequences of that were absolutely tragic. The carnage, the pitiless carnage that you saw on your screens yesterday, was the result.

Click here for see more Democracy Now! coverage of the crisis in Gaza.

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.