Israel prepares criminal invasion of Gaza

first_imgThousands of Palestinians and their supporters take to the streets of New York City in protest, July 9. WW photo: Sara FloundersJuly 9 — The Israeli apartheid state has called up as many as 40,000 reserve troops to prepare for an all-out invasion of the Gaza territory, where 1.5 million Palestinians live. Because of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the territory has been described as “the largest open-air prison in the world.”Beginning July 7, Israeli planes and rockets killed 49 people and wounded another 450 in hundreds of strikes, according to Palestinian medical authorities on the morning of July 9. There is no sign that the Israeli regime intends to slow down this relentless assault on the civilian population of Gaza. On the contrary, elements in Israeli government circles are calling for a full re-occupation of Gaza.As often happens when there is a showdown in occupied Palestine, the major imperialist powers support Israel. On July 9, this included German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave, both of whom faulted the Palestinian organization Hamas for its retaliatory rocket strikes on Israeli territory from Gaza.Washington, which shares strategic interests with the Israeli settler state — it acts as an armed outpost of world imperialism at the center of the Middle East — consistently supports Israel at critical moments, even when it tries to claim the role of “honest broker” between the Palestinians and the Israeli state.WW photo: Sara FloundersIsraeli intransigence has frustrated all efforts to reach a negotiated settlement with the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank. Following the failure of these talks, the PA and Hamas, which governs Gaza, formed a national unity government that took office June 2. Since that agreement, the Israeli government has stepped up its provocation of the Palestinians.These provocations include increasing illegal settlements inside the West Bank territories — signaling future annexation of these areas — and using ultra-reactionary settlers to assault Palestinians.When three missing settler teenagers were found shot dead at the end of June, the Israeli government seized on this incident to arrest more than 400 Palestinians, raid thousands of homes and shoot five people dead. It brought back the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes, a practice mostly discontinued since 2005.Tel Aviv loudly blamed Hamas for the teens’ deaths and then bombed Gaza 34 times. Hamas, elected to govern Gaza, denies any responsibility. Israel’s last attempt to unseat Hamas, a massive bombing in 2008-09, resulted in the deaths of 1,417 Palestinians and nine Israelis. (Palestinian Center for Human Rights)On July 2, a group of ultra-right Israelis  tortured and murdered a young Palestinian, allegedly in retaliation for the three deaths — although there is still no evidence about who killed the three. Six of the Israeli fascists have been arrested for the murder of the Palestinian.Meanwhile, the heavily armed and technologically developed Israeli army is bombing a virtually unarmed population in Gaza.While imperialist governments are backing the Israeli state, popular organizations around the world are taking actions to show solidarity with the people of Gaza.In New York, an ad hoc coalition of many progressive, anti-war and anti-imperialist organizations is demonstrating on July 9. After gathering at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations on Second Avenue and 42nd Street, the protesters are then marching to the News Corp Building at 48th Street and 6th Avenue. The building houses the New York Post, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, all reactionary media owned by Rupert Murdoch.For background on the struggle over Gaza, read “Gaza, Symbol of Resistance,” edited by Joyce Chediac, gazaresistancebook.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Just Cindy! Keke Palmer Will Join Broadway Cast of Cinderella

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Palmer’s film and TV credits include Animal, Masters of Sex, The Trip to Bountiful, Akeelah and the Bee, Joyful Noise, The Cleaner, True Jackson, VP and 90210. Her debut album So Uncool was released by Atlantic Records in 2007. Back in 2012, Palmer told Broadway.com that singing was her first love, saying “it would be really fun” to come to the Great White Way. Well, wishes come true! She will be the first African American actress to play Cinderella on Broadway. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. This Cinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals. Check out Palmer and Broadway favorite Jeremy Jordan’s duet from Joyful Noise below! In addition to Faure, Cinderella currently features Nancy Opel as Madame, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Tony winner Victoria Clark as Marie, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as Gabrielle, Todd Buonopane as Jean-Michel, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. Related Shows View Comments Cinderella A new princess is heading to the Broadway Theatre! Small screen star and talk show host Keke Palmer will join the cast of Cinderella. The Just Keke host will don the glass slippers beginning September 9, taking over for current Cindy Paige Faure. As previously announced, Faure will lead the national tour of the Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner beginning October 10.last_img read more

Selden Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Centereach man was fatally struck by a car in Selden over the weekend.Suffolk County police said the pedestrian was walking when he was hit by a westbound Kia Soul at the corner of College Road shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.The victim, Ronaldy Benjamin, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 51-year-old Mary McCabe of Coram, was not injured.Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img