Weekly News Round-Up 7/21/14-7/25/14: Don’t Get On An Airplane

It’s been a long, hard week. This blog has no official stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (apart from the disclaimer that this blog is Jewish in origin and recognizes Israel as a country while also recognizing Palestine as occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip), but the ongoing operation in Gaza is a human rights violation and a clear breach of international law. Regardless of Israel’s right to exist, war crimes are illegal on a global scale. That remains this blog’s stance. It is also of note that there is a place in between blind support and universal criticism. No government or organization is without flaws, and both Israel’s government and Hamas (a terrorist organization) have shown little to no compassion for either Israelis attempting to live their lives free of fear or terrified and traumatized Gazans who are trying to do the same while being brutally murdered by the hundreds. Neither leadership set deserves commendation. 

 

Undocumented immigrant families walk before being taken into custody by Border Patrol agents on July 21, near McAllen, Texas. Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors from Central America, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing an unprecentented humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Undocumented immigrant families walk before being taken into custody by Border Patrol agents on July 21, near McAllen, Texas. Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors from Central America, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing an unprecentented humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The girlfriend of Israeli soldier Tal Yifrah lies atop his grave during his funeral in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv on July 22. Israel has lost at least 32 soldiers in clashes with Gaza as the conflict enters its third week.
The girlfriend of Israeli soldier Tal Yifrah lies atop his grave during his funeral in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv on July 22. Israel has lost at least 32 soldiers in clashes with Gaza as the conflict enters its third week.
Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, early July 18. The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion.
Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, early July 18. The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion.
Palestinians mourn the death of their relatives, whom medics said were killed in Israeli shelling, at a hospital morgue in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 21. The Palestinian death toll in the conflict that began on July 8 reached over 750 on its 17th day.
Palestinians mourn the death of their relatives, whom medics said were killed in Israeli shelling, at a hospital morgue in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 21. The Palestinian death toll in the conflict that began on July 8 reached over 750 on its 17th day.

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

Weekly Wows: Portraits of jobs that no longer exist. | Spike Lee splices Eric Garner’s death with Do The Right Thing. | Women share their favorite position. | This art project is a tad problematic, to say the least.

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