“In the name of humanity, the violence must stop.” So said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who described Gaza as a place that is in “critical condition.” In Gaza, a hospital was hit with explosives that killed ten and injured many more. Hamas claimed the hospital was hit by Israeli airstrikes, while the IDF said the Israeli military has no role in the hospital damage, “and attributed the explosions to failed rocket launches from Gaza militants.”

+ “Death to the Jews.” The Daily Beast reports on the Isis black flags that are flying in Europe.

+ “The truth is, we are all living in Israel. It’s just that some of us haven’t realized it yet.” Here’s a controversial but very interesting essay from Sam Harris: Why I don’t criticize Israel.

+ Here’s a stat that Israelis should watch: “Among Americans under 30, 29% say Israel is most responsible for the current violence compared with 21% who blame Hamas.” Here’s more from Pew on how Americans view the current Middle East crisis.

+ Even allies are arguing: From AP: US Fuming over Israeli Criticism of Kerry.