Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida said in a televised speec that Israel had "failed" in its assault on Gaza and called upon the Palestinian negotiating delegation in Cairo to return home.
Palestinian Islamic leaders said a long-term ceasefire and lifting of the siege on Gaza would be announced soon, claiming "great progress" in negotiations.
As Israel resumed its bombardment of Gaza, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal stressed that the group was ready to "coexist with the Jews" but would not tolerate "occupiers."
Some 7,000 gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in the largest Israeli protest against the bombardment of Gaza thus far. Slogans included "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies."
An anti-war march in Tel Aviv—under the banner “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies!”— was attacked by right-wing thugs chanting "Death to Arabs!"
Some 40 000 marched through central Cape Town to protest the Gaza "massacre" at South Africa's parliament, with banners reading "Israel is a racist apartheid regime."
Two synagogues were attacked in Paris and the rabbi of the Casablanca Jewish community brutally beaten in reprisals for Israel's "Operation Protective Edge."
Fierce clashes broke out across the West Bank between Israeli troops and young Palestinian men protesting the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip.
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