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This Is What A War Crime Looks Like: Life Inside Occupied Palestine

Occupied Palestine Boy Corpses

A boy stands at a funeral ceremony held for Palestinian Abu Jamei, who died after an Israeli aircraft hit his house in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 21, 2014. Image Source: Ezz Al-Zanoun/Getty Images

“You can’t have occupation and human rights.”

That’s what public intellectual and essayist Christopher Hitchens had to say about Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, one of the most contentious components of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This conflict came to a head once again last summer, when Israel launched a seven-week military campaign in the Gaza Strip region of Palestine that resulted in about 2,200 deaths (1,500 of them civilian). This campaign is just the latest in a long line of fighting in Gaza (and beyond), so much so that the United Nations just reported that within five years, Gaza could be uninhabitable. See what some of the more recent conflict in occupied Palestinian territory looks like below:

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Occupied Palestine Gaza Strip

An Israeli strike hits Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. According to the AP, "Israeli warplanes, gunboats and artillery units blasted more than 40 Hamas targets, including weapons storage facilities, training centers and leaders' homes before soldiers invaded the territory." Image Source: Adel Hana/Associated Press

Occupied Palestine Woman Rubble

A Palestinian woman walks past the rubble of a residential building, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 22, 2014. Image Source: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Occupied Palestine Shujayea Wreckage

A Palestinian woman stands before the destruction in Shujayea, Gaza. Image Source: Heidi Levine/SIPA

Occupied Palestine Medic Child

A Palestinian medic carries the body of a child, who was killed in an explosion in a public playground on the beachfront of the Al-Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014. Image Source: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Lost Limbs

Husband and wife Wael al-Namlah and Asraah watch as their three-year-old, Sharif, crawls at home in Rafa, Gaza. All lost limbs during an Israeli rocket strike. Image Source: Heidi Levine/SIPA

Occupied Palestine Boy Funeral

A boy stands at a funeral ceremony held for Palestinian Abu Jamei, who died after an Israeli aircraft hit his house in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 21, 2014. Image Source: Ezz Al-Zanoun/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Al Aqsa Hospital

Israeli air strikes damage several rooms of the Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza Strip. Image Source: REX

Palestinians Injured By Israeli Attacks Taken To Hospital

Doctors at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City treat a Palestinian child, who was injured during an Israeli attack on July 20, 2014. Image Source: Ali Hassan/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Drone Strike

Families pray by the bodies of Amir, Mustafa Arief and Mohammed in July 2014 in Sajeria, Gaza. According to reports, the brothers died together near home, following an Israeli drone strike. Image Source: Heidi Levine/SIPA

Occupied Palestine Mourning Women

Women mourn at a funeral for boys killed by an Israeli naval bombardment at a Gaza port. Image Source: Heidi Levine/SIPA

Occupied Palestine Hamas Bodies Beit Lahiya

Palestinians pray over the bodies of Hamas members killed in an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya, Gaza. Image Source: Fadi Adwan/Associated Press

Occupied Palestine Girl Harmed

Moments before the expiration of a ceasefire in August 2014, Occupied Palestine reports that Israel broke the cessation of military violence, which resulted in the injury of the little girl seen above. Image Source: Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Occupied Palestine Mustafa Majedah

19-year-old Mustafa Mejadeah is carried by his friend Mohammed to a rehabilitation session in Gaza City. Mejadeah lost his legs after a bomb exploded outside his home in Khan Younis, Gaza. Image Source: Heidi Levine/SIPA

Injured Palestinians Taken To Hospital After Israeli Airstrikes

A Palestinian baby is taken to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on July 18, 2014. Image Source: Ezz Al-Zanoun/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Mosque

The morning after an Israeli military strike, Palestinian children inspect a destroyed mosque. Image Source: Said Khatib/AFP

Occupied Palestine Gaza Hospital Mourning

A man mourns following the loss of two relatives during an Israeli attack. Image Source: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

A Palestinian Boy, Who Fled His Family Home In The Northern Border Town Of Beit Lahiya, Sleeps As He Stays At A United Nations Run School In Gaza City

A Palestinian boy sleeps as at a UN school in Gaza City, July 14, 2014. Image Source: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Displaced Children

Displaced Palestinian children from Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip stand behind the window of a UN classroom on July 23, 2014. The school is found within a refugee camp of Jabalia, where displaced families have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip. Image Source: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Refugee Site

Dozens of displaced families, including the men above, from Gaza Strip's northern Beit Hanoun district take refuge at a UN girl's preparatory school on July 23, 2014. Image Source: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Settlement Har Homa

A Palestinian flag flies before a Jewish settlement known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim. Image Source: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Occupied Palestine Settlers

Approximately 500,000 Jewish settlers live in occupied Palestinian territory. Image Source: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Settlement West Bank

A shopper in Karnei Shomron, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Image Source: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Settlement Gym

Jewish men stay fit inside a gym at Karnei Shomrom. Image Source: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Cutting Power

In July 2014, a masked Palestinian man cuts an electricity pole to stop power from flowing to the Jewish settlement of Dolev, in protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Image Source: APA Images

Occupied Palestine Settlement Palestine Labor

Jewish settlements continue to proliferate in occupied Palestinian territory, and are largely constructed by Palestinian laborers. Here, a Palestinian man prays on a site in Tekoa, south of Bethlehem. Image Source: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Occupied Palestine Idf Gaza

An Israeli mobile artillery piece fires toward targets in the southern Gaza Strip in January 2009. Image Source: Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press

Occupied Palestine Smoke Gaza

Israeli strikes in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood turn an otherwise obsidian sky orange. Image Source: Associated Press

Occupied Palestine Gaza Qalandia Checkpoint

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones toward Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against a 2014 Israeli offensive in Gaza. Image Source: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Occupied Palestine Celebration Kidnapping Israeli Soldier

In Hebron, West Bank, Palestinians celebrate the news that an Israeli soldier has been kidnapped in Gaza Strip on July 20, 2014. Image Source: Mamoun Wazwaz

Occupied Palestine Idf Artillery Gaza

An Israeli soldier prepares artillery shells outside northern Gaza Strip. Image Source: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Occupied Palestine Israel Tank

An Israeli tank just outside the northern Gaza Strip. In this instance, Israel was responding to hostilities from Hamas, which according to Reuters was "angered by a crackdown on its supporters in the occupied West Bank." Image Source: Reuters

Occupied Palestine Golan Heights Crossing

Protesters climb the border fence near the village of Majdal Shams, Golan Heights. Israeli troops fired on the protesters, killing four. Image Source: Jalaa Marey/Reuters

Occupied Hamas

Members of Hamas in Gaza, June 2014. The organization, which was founded in 1988 to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation, is deemed a terrorist organization by the European Union, Canada, Israel, Egypt, Japan and the United States.

Hamas has resorted to suicide bombings and attacks against civilians in its "liberation" process, both of which have been condemned as war crimes and crimes against humanity. Image Source: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Hamas Line

In the early 2000s, The New York Times noted that Hamas' largest financial backer was Saudi Arabia, which contributed to over half of the organization's funds. For a time, Iran was reported as a significant Hamas donor, but economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic made funding the group more difficult.

Many look to Hamas when attempting to explain why brokering a peace deal is so precarious, as its Holocaust denial, readiness to use violence against civilians and political allies make a Hamas-led Palestine a less predictable space, and one which perpetuates—not reduces—violence. Image Source:

Occupied Palestine Hamas In Gaza City

Hamas' Executive Force members keep watch over Gaza City. Image Source:

Occupied Palestine Hamas Training

After a Hamas training session, recruits relax. Image Source:

Occupied Palestine Peace

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh gives a tour of his neighborhood in Gaza. Image Source: Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Occupied Palestine Al Aqsa Mosque Wreckage

In Gaza, a Palestinian walks among the ruins of the Al Aqsa Martyrs mosque, which was destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Building Rooms

In August 2014, 50-year-old Mousa Sweidan explores the rooms of his father's damaged home in Shejaia, Gaza. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Hadil Amar Ruins

21-year-old Hadil Amar takes a photo of herself amid her damaged home in Tel al-Hawa, central Gaza. The house was first hit with a warning rocket from an Israeli drone before being targeted by Israeli warplanes. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Mattress Boy

A Palestinian boy recovers a mattress and cushion from his family's apartment, which was damaged due to a series of Israeli air strikes. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine UNRWA Vehicle

A Palestinian girl walks past a UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) vehicle near a mosque partially destroyed during an overnight Israeli military strike.

As of July 2014, UNRWA had provided over 5 million Palestinian refugees with relief services. The agency, which was established in 1949 and is the only UN body focused on aiding refugees in a specific region, is supported by Israeli officials, and criticized by others for creating refugee dependency, rather than resettling them. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Smoke Explosion

Smoke plumes hover above Gaza City. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Prayer Police

Palestinians pray outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque after Israeli police barred certain Muslim worshipers from entering the site on July 20, 2014. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Neighborhood Shejaia

A medic helps a Palestinian man in the Shejaia neighborhood. Israel heavily shelled the area during fighting in Gaza City on July 20, 2014. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Tires Burning

In Ramallah, West Bank, Palestinians burn tires and throw stones during clashes with Israeli police at the Qalandiya checkpoint, May 15, 2011. According to TIME, "the unrest came as the Palestinians marked Nakba, or "the catastrophe"—the term they use to describe the uprooting they suffered upon Israel's founding on May 15, 1948." Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Running Shejaia

In July 2014, Palestinian men run while waving a white flag in the Gaza neighborhood of Shejaia, which was hit badly by Israel during fighting. Image Source: Heidi Levine/SIPA

Occupied Palestine Genocide Not War

In July 2014, Palestinian protesters in the West Bank show solidarity with Gaza. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine Flares Gaza

Aircraft flares illuminate the sky following an Israeli airstrike over the al-Suaciye district of Gaza City on July 18, 2014. Image Source: undefined

Occupied Palestine In Context: Why Words Matter

While the above photos make clear that things within the region have gotten especially bad as of late, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on since at least the beginning of the 20th century, when Zionists in Palestine set up an armed group to protect their property from what The Economist described as “Arab marauders.”

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De-Extinction: The Who, How, When, And Why Of Bringing Extinct Species Back To Life

Mammoth De-Extinction

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In 1598, the Dutch landed on the island of Mauritius, just off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Here, they were met by a massive population of flightless, naive, meaty birds. Salivating, the sailors happily began killing them, kindly bestowing the name “dodo” upon the shell-shocked animals. Over the next several decades, humans, and the rats, pigs, monkeys and other animals they brought with them, made short work of the small island and the entire species of the dodo, rendering it extinct by 1662.

This isn’t exactly a unique story, as far as extinction goes. Colonizers move in, and the indigenous animal (as well as human and plant) populations begin to dwindle. But, what if we could apologize for our pillaging ways and resurrect these extinct species?

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Video Of The Day: Graffiti In 1970s NYC

Featured above, Norman Mailer’s 1976 short documentary, “Watching My Name Go By,” provides viewers with an inside look at New York City’s 1970s graffiti art scene. We are not only introduced to a few of the local artists, but the people who passionately opposed them and attempted to permanently wipe their work off the streets.

Mailer’s film does a beautiful job of reminding us that graffiti art was not only an outlet for rebellious street artists; it provided the kids with a “sense of identification” in a world where they felt voiceless.

Historic Battlefields Then And Now

Historic Battlefields Stalingrad Comparison

The setting of the Battle Of Stalingrad, then and now. Source: NNM (left) and LiveJournal (right)

Battles are actually unusual in military history. It’s far more common for one side to be willing or able to fight and for the other side to collapse at once or wage a guerrilla war than it is for rival armies to roll the dice on a few confrontations. Battles are what happen when both sides actually show up armed and looking for trouble.

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