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Jul 16 04:49

Undercover IDF Agents hide among Palestinian protestors before attacking them

"This is how Arabs should be treated?" Please read he comments.

Jul 15 10:01

Thousands protest Israel’s ‘racist’ nation-state law

Some 7,000 people have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against a controversial bill that declares Israel exclusively “the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

Several Israeli politicians, social activists, public figures and lawmakers took part in Saturday’s demonstration to condemn the discriminatory nature of the measure.

The bill is expected to come to a final vote at the Israeli parliament (Knesset) on Monday. If passed, it could become part of Israel’s basic laws that serve as a de facto constitution.

The draft law prioritises Jewish values over democratic ones in the occupied territories, declares Jerusalem al-Quds the “capital” of Israel, allows Jewish-only communities, sets Hebrew as the official language of Israel and relegates Arabic from an official language to one with “special status.”

Jul 15 10:01

Seventy years on from the occupation and ethnic cleansing of Lydd and Ramle

Seventy years ago this month, Lydd and Ramle suffered from the single largest eviction order during the Nakba, during which 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes by Zionist militias and nascent Israeli army. Over the period of a few days in July 1948, roughly 60,000 Palestinians from these towns (80 per cent of the local population) were made homeless by Israel; many died on the subsequent death march to the east.

Lydd and Ramle lie on the road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. As such, they were considered important to Israel’s top strategists, who deemed them thorns in the side of their newly-founded state. After the Israeli army and militias swept into the towns, the fighting did not last long; however, the impact of the atrocities committed in 1948 is enduring.

Jul 15 10:00

Return to the ghetto: Israel’s Nation State Law would make early Zionists turn in their graves

This week, Israel’s “Nation State” law has caused outrage. In his usual way, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has steamrolled the bill forwards saying he hopes to see it pass before the Knesset enters its summer recess next week. A final version of the bill was discussed by Knesset members on Tuesday, with Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, expressing his opposition to its contents in a rare political intervention. Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, warned Netanyahu of “possible implications for Israel in the international arena” if the bill was passed “in its current form”, prompting the Likud party to consider diluting its most controversial aspects.

Jul 15 09:58

Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn On Iran?

Days after Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow, Trump will meet with Putin in Helsinki. But despite talk of a “grand bargain” that enlists Russia in helping the US-Israel-Saudi-UAE front against Iran, don’t expect it to happen, says professor and syndicated columnist Rami Khouri

Jul 15 09:37

Israeli soldier cheers after shooting an unarmed Palestinian protester by live ammunition

Jul 15 09:10

American Jews slam Israel’s ‘racist’ nation-state bill as thousands protest against it in Tel Aviv

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Israeli capital in protest against the so-called nation-state bill, which, they say, would enable ethnic segregation. The controversial bill also drew criticism from US Jews.

Demonstrators marched through the streets of Tel Aviv chanting: “Full equality and no less,” “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies" and "The nation bill is a disaster," according to witnesses.

"The Nation-State Law would turn racism, discrimination, and segregation into an inescapable part of our lives. More than that – racism and discrimination are becoming desired and central in the State of Israel. The Nation-State Law will bring exclusion and damage to minorities to terrifying levels we have never seen before. Our stance is clear: all citizens –all– are equal,” the organizers of the rally stated, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

Jul 15 09:05

American Jews slam Israel’s ‘racist’ nation-state bill as thousands protest against it in Tel Aviv

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Israeli capital in protest against the so-called nation-state bill, which, they say, would enable ethnic segregation. The controversial bill also drew criticism from US Jews.

Demonstrators marched through the streets of Tel Aviv chanting: “Full equality and no less,” “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies" and "The nation bill is a disaster," according to witnesses.

"The Nation-State Law would turn racism, discrimination, and segregation into an inescapable part of our lives. More than that – racism and discrimination are becoming desired and central in the State of Israel. The Nation-State Law will bring exclusion and damage to minorities to terrifying levels we have never seen before. Our stance is clear: all citizens –all– are equal,” the organizers of the rally stated, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

Jul 15 05:59

Israel lobby seeks to erase occupation from Virginia schoolbooks

Human rights activists in Virginia are fighting to protect the quality and accuracy of schoolbooks as Israel advocacy organizations seek substantial changes to the texts. The suggested changes would distort the way Israeli history is depicted, deliberately whitewashing its military occupation and ongoing policies of land theft, apartheid and expulsion of Palestinians. These changes have been proposed to the Virginia Department of Education by the California-based Institute for Curriculum Services - a "strategic initiative" of the Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization with an active Israel lobby. ICS director Aliza Craimer Elias recently boasted in a video interview that her firm works "behind the scenes" with textbook publishers to edit entries about Jews, Judaism and Israel and to train classroom educators with ICS curricula.

Jul 15 05:58

What Israel is watching during the Trump-Putin summit

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke on the phone with President Trump on Saturday.
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Why it matters: >>>
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What they are saying: During the phone call last night Netanyahu briefed Trump on the talks he had with Putin in Moscow last Wednesday. Netanyahu said at the top of the cabinet meeting today that he thanked Trump for his policy against Iran "which shows it is affecting Iran both domestically and regionally". Netanyahu said Trump reiterated his commitment for Israel's security during the phone call
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Jul 15 05:40

NETANYAHU WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE AT THE TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT

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>>>Trump may seek Moscow’s help in eliminating Iran’s military presence in Syria.

In recent Senate testimony, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted, “If the Russians could get the Iranians out of there, I would applaud it.” So would Israel! >>>

Jul 14 11:19

Israel’s defence minister calls for closure of Dublin embassy

Israel’s defence minister has called on his country to close its embassy in Dublin in response to the Seanad backing a Bill banning the import of goods from West Bank Jewish settlements.

Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel, Alison Kelly, was yesterday summoned to the country’s foreign ministry to be told of its displeasure over the progress of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018.

Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said, “The Irish Senate has lent a hand to a populist, dangerous and extreme anti-Israel boycott initiative, effectively undermining the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.

Jul 14 11:02

Israel kills child as Gaza marks 100 days of protests

Israeli snipers killed a child on Friday and fatally wounded a second person as Palestinians marked more than 100 days of Great March of Return protests in Gaza.

Uthman Rami Hillis, 14, was killed by live fire, according to the human rights group Al Mezan.

Hillis, from the neighborhood of Shujaiya, was shot by Israeli forces stationed across the boundary east of Gaza City, the group stated.

On Saturday, the health ministry in Gaza announced that 20-year-old Muhammad Nasir Shurab had died of injuries he suffered the day before when he was shot by snipers east of Khan Younis.

More than more 100 people across Gaza were injured, 65 with live ammunition.

Jul 14 11:01

Why Is a Retired Accountant From Texas Risking His Life To Sail to Gaza?

On the heels of the Great March of Return in Gaza, when Israeli soldiers killed 112 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more, a four-ship Freedom Flotilla will set sail for Gaza this month from a port in the Mediterranean Sea. Although it is an act of piracy for Israel to confiscate ships in international waters, the Israeli military will most likely do just that. The very first Freedom Flotilla boats traveled to Gaza in 2008, and four managed to get there – the first international boats to do so in over 40 years. Since then, however, the Israelis have intercepted every boat. But the heroic attempts to reach Gaza, year after year, draw international attention to the siege and the plight of the Palestinians who live there.

Representing the United States on the 2018 international flotilla will be Joe Meadors. Why is this 71-year-old retired accountant risking his life to show solidarity with the people of Gaza? We talked to Joe from his home in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jul 14 10:50

Settlers step up hostilities against Palestine’s mosques

Israeli settlers blocked an ambulance carrying a Palestinian patient in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday.

This video shows one settler standing in front of the ambulance while surrounded by heavily armed Israeli soldiers.

Jul 14 10:48

100 days of the ‘Great March of Return’

Since 30 March 2018, as many as 137 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, in assaults on the Great Marches of Return on Gaza border.

According to a UN agency, some 1,400 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” protests in the occupied Gaza Strip face the possibility of “long-term disability”.

Jul 14 10:48

Health Ministry: “Army Kills A Child, Injures 220 Palestinians, Including Two Medics”

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed, Friday, that Israeli soldiers killed one child, and injured 220 residents, including one journalist and two medics, during Great Return March protests in the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry said an Israeli army sniper killed the child Othman Rami Hallas, 15, with a live round, east of Gaza city. The child is from the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

A video of the incident showed the child, along with other Palestinian protesters, near the border fence when the Israeli army sharpshooter killed him as he was held the railing of the fence, installed on Palestinian lands.

Jul 14 10:47

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession In Kufur Qaddoum, Injure A Journalist

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, injured one Palestinian journalist, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Medical sources in Kufur Qaddoum said the soldiers shot a photojournalist working for a Chinese news agency, identified as Nidal Eshteyya.

They added that the soldiers shot Eshteyya with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his leg, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum said the Palestinians, accompanied by international peace activists, marched from the center of the village, heading towards their lands, near the illegal Annexation Wall, isolating them from most of their orchards.

Jul 14 09:48

GAZA ESCALATION: 40 ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES OVERNIGHT, HAMAS MORTARS, FIRES IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL

Tensions along the Israel-Gaza Strip border escalated dramatically on Saturday with an intense exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and Israeli security forces, including Israeli air force strikes inside Gaza, which reportedly targeted underground tunnels which Israel says are designed to launch attacks.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) cited 31 rockets fired from the Strip overnight to which Israel responded with airstrikes on 40 targets including Hamas' battalion headquarters, in a flare-up of hostilities officials are calling the biggest attack since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Amazingly, however, no serious casualties were reported on either side, according to Bloomberg.

Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on July 14th. Image source: AFP via Times of Israel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone with any sensitivity to what is going on here had to know this was coming; it was only a question of when.

I frankly to not expect these IDF attacks to stop any time soon, as this may be the prelude to the utter destruction of Gaza, and all the people living here.

Jul 14 04:32

Video: Monica Schaefer trial update

Here is a video by a spirited Danish videographer of the first two days’ updated info re the Schaefer Siblings’ Trial in Munich.

Jul 14 03:43

Paula Simons: From social justice warrior to Holocaust-denying hate-monger

Monika Schaefer spent years as a warden at Jasper National Park.
She was an environmental activist, a spokesperson for the Jasper Environmental Association.
She was a musician, a violin and viola teacher who performed all over Jasper and Hinton. She was a perennial candidate for the Green party, running in federal elections in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
Schaefer went on trial in a Munich courtroom. She’s charged with six counts of Volksverhetzung.

Jul 14 03:40

Video: Monica Schaefer in German prison 4 this vid "Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust"

Pretty obvious when people are put in jail for seeking the truth there is a group that is hiding something. holocau$t

Jul 14 03:37

Canadian Holocaust denier on trial in Germany for 'incitement to hatred'

A Jasper, Alta., woman who denied the Holocaust in at least one video posted on YouTube is on trial at a criminal courthouse in Munich. Monika Schaefer, 59, and her 63-year-old German-Canadian brother, Alfred Schaefer, who lives near Munich, are being tried together for Volksverhetzung, which officially translates in English from the German Criminal Code as "incitement to hatred," said court spokesperson Florian Gliwitzky in an email to CBC News on Friday.
Note: Here is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyUVxQbWI5o&t=106s

Jul 14 03:30

Israel ranked 8th most powerful country in the world

An international survey has ranked Israel as the eighth most powerful nation in the world for the second consecutive year...
Note: And the U.S. sends billion a year in aid to Israel!

Jul 13 13:13

The Criminalization of War: Gaza

his review article is prepared in support of the author’s presentation to The Criminalization of War: Gaza, Conference event organized by the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF),

Monday July 16, 2018, 10.30am.

AlBukhary Building, 5th Floor,

No. 88, Jalan Perdana, Taman Tasek Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Tel: +60 3-2092 7248

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“The Criminalization of War: Gaza” will examine:
The ongoing crimes committed against the people of Palestine,

The broader process of Israeli territorial expansion,

Israel and the criminalization of war as defined by the Kuala Lumpur Declaration launched by Tun Mahathir Mohamad in 2005,

The mounting tide of Islamophobia

The role of the “Global War on Terrorism” as a pretext to wage war on the broader Middle East,

The propaganda campaign directed against Palestine,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like a fascinating conference, and I would love to attend; to those in the region, brother and sister peace activists, I hope you can find a way to do this.

We here at WRH have a great respect for both Global Research, and for Prof Michel Chossudovsky, its webmaster.

Jul 13 13:07

Lieberman calls to shut down Israeli Embassy in Ireland over boycott bill

Defense minister says Israel should not 'engage with Israel's oppressors' after Irish Senate passes bill with overwhelming majority to criminalize Israeli imports from West Bank, setting Ireland on path to be first EU country to do so.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Thursday for Israel to shut down the Israeli Embassy in Dublin in response to the Irish Senate voting overwhelmingly to approve a proposal to boycott companies and imports of goods from the West Bank settlements, a move that Israel warned Dublin not to implement in January.

"There is no point in summoning the Irish ambassador to Israel for a reprimand … We will not engage with Israel's oppressors. Israel should close immediately its embassy in Dublin," Lieberman tweeted. "We won't turn the other cheek to a country which boycotts us."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice the absolute embeddedness of victimhood in Lieberman's statements, when it is generally the Palestinians getting clobbered, indefinitely detained, and losing what homes they have through Israeli eviction practices!!

But what Lieberman is really sweating here, is that this movement could, potentially spread like wildfire through the EU; and that is what he is desperately trying to prevent.

However, I believe that this call will not be met with any good grace by the Irish, or the rest of the EU; chances are, if Israel pulls its embassy from Dublin, it will be seen as good riddance by both the Irish government and the Irish people, who know a thing or two about opposing tyranny, and claiming the right to self-determination! :-)

Jul 13 13:00

Israel to impound Gaza flotilla ships to benefit terror victims

A Jerusalem court issues temporary confiscation order for 2 Norwegian ships planning to sail to Gaza; if they are intercepted and towed to an Israeli port, their value will be paid to terror victims families as compensation.

The Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order Wednesday for two Norwegian ships set to partake in a solidarity flotilla to Gaza in the coming weeks.

The court order allows for the Karstein and Freedom, worth approximately 75,000 euros, to be used for monetary compensation for victims of Hamas terrorism the moment they enter Israeli waters.

Organizers of the flotilla say that if they succeed in reaching Gaza they will donate the ships to civilian organizations and local fishermen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect the flotilla to be impounded in international waters, and the peace activists on board to be severely injured by the IDF.

Jul 13 12:57

Palestinians on high alert as Israel prepares to hand over East Jerusalem nature reserve and Muslim cemetery to settlers

Just outside the walls of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, a years long demographic battle between the Israeli state and Palestinian residents of the city has found new life in recent weeks.

Right-wing settler NGO Elad, also known as the City of David Foundation, celebrated a win last week when the Interior and Environment Committee of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, advanced a bill that would allow for the construction of Jewish settlement housing to be built inside areas zoned for national parks within municipal boundaries.

The bill, which was introduced last year, proposed that settlement construction be allowed inside the boundaries of archaeological national parks where a “neighborhood” had existed before the park was declared, referring to conglomerates of Jewish settlers living on Palestinian land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How painfully typical of Israel; this is precisely what you can expect from a wretchedy apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons, which wants territory, and by any means necessary.

Jul 13 10:13

POLL: 75% OF ARABS SEE ISRAEL, US AS BIGGEST THREAT TO SECURITY

A new poll published by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies has revealed that 75 per cent of Arabs see Israel and the United States as the biggest threats to national security.

The Arab Opinion Index surveyed over 18,000 individuals in 11 Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania. The poll conducted face-to-face interviews with the respondents, asking them questions on a range of topics including economics, immigration and attitudes towards regional politics and democracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the actions of the US and Israel in the Middle East over the last 20 years, can you blame Middle Eastern Arabs for feeling this way?!?!?

Jul 13 03:50

Flashack: Is­rael & anti-semi­tism: That “shitty lit­tle coun­try

As Is­rael pre­pares to ex­pel its Arab helots from Pales­tine, its “amen cor­ner” world­wide is also on the march, ex­co­ri­at­ing any­one who looks cross-eyed at Ariel Sharon as an “anti-Semite.” The lat­est front in this cam­paign is Eng­land, where Bar­bara Amiel, wife of me­dia mag­nate Con­rad Black, went on a ram­page in the Tele­graph, claim­ing that, at a re­cent din­ner party, the French am­bas­sador re­ferred to Is­rael as “that shitty lit­tle coun­try,” and won­dered why the world had to be dragged to the edge of World War III on ac­count of it. On the ba­sis of ev­i­dence gleaned at ritzy cock­tail par­ties, says Ms. Amiel, the world is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­vival of anti-Semi­tism, which is now “re­spectable” again.

Jul 13 03:36

The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

It has often been said that Israel, since its establishment in 1948, has presided over the "miracle" of making the country's "desert bloom." That heavily promoted narrative - which asserts that the Palestinians have long lacked the capacity, knowledge or desire to properly develop agriculture in the region - has often been used as a legitimizing factor in Israel's establishment ... There is, however, another side to this story, one that shows that the "blooming desert" of Israel is a convenient disguise for the degradation and destruction of Palestine's natural resources, a means of obfuscating the worst of occupation by wrapping it in the cloak of Zionist mythology ... Thus, it was land theft that was largely responsible for Israel's initial agricultural production, not the labor or agricultural expertise of Zionist settlers.

Jul 13 03:29

Flashback: Historian Hilberg Denounces Jewish 'Blackmail' of Switzerland

For several years now, the World Jewish Congress and other major Jewish organizations have waged a fierce and much-publicized campaign to force Switzerland to pay millions to Jewish organizations and Holocaust survivors ... Among those who have spoken out against it is Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg. "I was nearly alarmed when I heard that the Swiss banks would pay 1.25 billion dollars," he said in a recent interview published in the respected Swiss weekly Weltwoche. In the campaign against Switzerland, Hilberg went on, "the Jews have used a weapon that can only be described as blackmail."

Jul 13 03:23

Germany agrees to $88 million more for Holocaust survivors

The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis says Germany has agreed to pay another 75 million euros ($88 million) to fund social welfare services for Holocaust survivors. The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said Tuesday that brings total funding next year to 480 million euros [$561 million] to help survivors as they grow older and more frail ... Germany also agreed to increase pensions paid to 55,000 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe, and expand eligibility for child survivors. The Claims Conference carries out continuous negotiations to make more people eligible for compensation. Since 1952, Germany has paid more than $70 billion.
Note: The largest and longest running extortion racket in existence. At least having to pay all that money can't we investigate the holocau$t without going to jail!

Jul 13 03:18

The Liberal’s Lament Over Israel

I find it exceptionally irritating when I hear liberals worry about whether Israel will be able to remain a "Jewish and Democratic State" if it retains control of occupied Palestinian lands. It's irritating because Israel is not now a democratic state nor has it ever tried to be one. A state that prioritizes rights for one group of citizens (in this case Jews, who comprise 80 percent of the population) over the rights of another group (Arabs, who are 20 percent of Israel's citizenry) cannot be democratic. Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens in law, social services, funding for education, and in everyday life. So although the concerns of liberals in the West are about the future of Israeli democracy, what they ignore is the reality of Israel, in practice.

Jul 13 03:14

The Maps of Israeli Settlements That Shocked Barack Obama

Kerry met regularly with Obama in the Oval Office. During one of those meetings, Kerry placed the maps on a large coffee table, one after another, so Obama and his advisers could study them. Ben Rhodes, one of Obama's longest-serving advisers, said the President was shocked to see how "systematic" the Israelis had been at cutting off Palestinian population centers from one another ... Alarmed by Israeli actions depicted in the maps, Obama decided to abstain on a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the settlements, clearing the way for its passage. It would be Obama's final act of defiance against Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, before Donald Trump took office and put in place policies that were fare more accepting of the settlers.

Jul 12 14:02

European Powers Prepare to Scrap Dollar in Iran Trade as Disgust with “America First” Policies Mount

As Western capitals brace themselves for Wednesday’s two-day NATO summit, Iranians and Europeans alike are hoping EU leaders can finally put their money where their mouth is and unshackle themselves from U.S.-imposed hegemonic bondage.

While the White House’s frenzied anti-Iran campaign has entailed unprecedented attempts to twist the arms of the United States’ traditional European allies, the pressure may be backfiring – a reality made all the more clear by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s claims that Europe’s three major powers plan to continue trade ties with Iran without the use of the U.S. dollar.

The move would be a clear sign that the foremost European hegemons – France, Germany, and the United Kingdom – plan to protect the interests of companies hoping to do business with Iran, a significant regional power with a market of around 80 million people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the very bright people who comprise the IAEA tell me, and the world, that Iran is completely in compliance with the P5+1 agreement, I would tend to believe them.

This coming sidlining of the US dollar by Europe and Iran in their trading, is yet another unintended consequence of President Trump's withdrawing the US from the treaty.

And what is President Trump going to do to stop this, literally go to war with every country trading with Iran, including Russia?!?!?

That... would be absolute madness.

But unfortunately, just because a move the US government could make is the most ham-fistedly, big-headedly stupid move it could make, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

Jul 12 12:59

IRELAND’S SENATE APPROVES BILL TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL GOODS

Yesterday’s bill passed primarily due to votes from opposition and independent legislators. It had originally been proposed by independent Senator Frances Black who spoke before the vote and brought Palestinian farmers to be present in the Seanad for the occasion.

She said:

In the occupied territories, people are forcibly kicked out of their homes, fertile farming land is seized, and the fruit and vegetables produced are then sold on Irish shelves to pay for it all. These settlements are war crimes, and it’s time for Ireland to show some leadership and refuse to support them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on you, Ireland; good on you!

Jul 12 12:09

Israel Locks up 1-Year Old African Invaders—But US Jews Condemn Trump for ‘Unjust’ Immigration Policy

The state of Israel locks up children of African invaders as young as one year-old—at the same time that the Israel-supporting US Jewish lobby has publicly condemned the Trump Administration for its “unjust” immigration policy.

Jul 12 09:53

Syria air defenses repel Israeli airstrike on Quneitra

Syrian military air defenses have repelled an Israeli attack on the country's Quneitra province, Syrian state media report.

Syria's official news agency SANA reported late on Wednesday that Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at Syrian army positions located close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights causing only material damage.

"The aircraft of the Israeli enemy fired several missiles in the direction of some army positions," said a Syrian military source.

On Sunday, Syrian air defenses thwarted a missile attack on the T4 airbase in the country's central province of Homs.

Jul 12 09:49

UN: Israel demolished 197 Palestinian structures in occupied West Bank in 2018

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says Israeli authorities demolished 197 Palestinian structures in West Bank during the first half of 2018 as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land expropriation policies in the occupied territories.

The world body, in a statement released on Wednesday, announced that eight homes, 10 livelihood-related structures and four retaining walls or fences were destroyed last month.

It added that Israeli military force and the so-called administrative control department demolished a structure in an area of the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem al-Quds, in June.

Additionally, a residential apartment was demolished on punitive grounds in Eastern Barta'a town, displacing a family of three.

Jul 12 08:59

Israel Attacks Bases in South Syria; Syrian Air Defenses Intercept Some Missiles

After shooting down a drone crossing in from Syria early in the morning, the Israeli Air Force attacked three Syrian Army posts on Wednesday, saying it was punishment for the drone itself, which they blamed on the military.

Syrian state media reported that the Syrian air defenses in the border areas intercepted some of the Israeli missiles fired in, stopping attacks in the village of Hader, and ensuring the attack caused only material damage.

There were no reports of casualties afrer the attack, either from Israel or Syria. This is the second time this week that Syria has reported intercepting Israeli missiles, and sustaining a military attack without any casualties.

Jul 12 08:29

Algeria: Eleven Africans Convicted of Spying for Israel

One Liberian with Lebanese nationality and ten Africans have been convicted in an Algerian court on charges of spying for Israel, the Anadolu Agency news service has reported.

According to the report, the Algerian court sentenced a “Liberian national of Lebanese origin” to death and another seven African nationals from Guinea and Mali to 10 years in prison on charges of “espionage for Israel.”

The eight were arrested in an operation carried out by the Algerian police in 2015 in the city of Ghardaia, 600 kilometers south of Algiers, and found with documents and communications equipment related to espionage for Israel.

Jul 12 08:21

Is Israel becoming a promised land of impunity for crooks and fraudsters?

Israel isn’t just a sanctuary for the world’s Jewish victims of persecution, it has also become a haven for financial fraudsters. Dealers in binary options and the like find law enforcement officers who are lenient or complicit, legislators who champion the illegal practice, and tax policies that encourage such conduct. Since Israel is a close ally of the US, it is unlikely that it will face sanctions from foreign governments, so it is up to Israel itself to clean its own house. Until it does so, it will have a welcome mat out for both homegrown and foreign fraudsters.

Jul 12 08:20

Thanks to pervasive Israel-centric myths, Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Amid occupation and blockade, Palestinians count on international aid to get by. But now, thanks to pro-Israel talking points on how the PA distributes money, Australia has decided to end its direct aid program. In Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s words, Palestinians should no longer be able to “use our aid to free up money in its budget for state-promoted terrorism.”
Note: There is not a single country that is not controlled by the Jewish nation of Israel. Power unlimited/

Jul 12 08:16

Israel demolishes Palestinian school near Hebron

Israeli occupation bulldozers yesterday demolished mobile classrooms in Al-Tawani neighbourhood in the southeast of Yatta in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Quds Press reported.

Occupation forces also confiscated school kits which were in the classrooms before demolition.

Head of the Town Council Mohammed Al-Rabae said that the Israeli occupation demolished the mobile classrooms just one day after sending demolition orders, claiming they were not licensed.

Al-Rabae said that this Israeli policy aims to rid the area of its residents by demolishing their facilities without giving enough time for them to appeal against the demolition orders.

Jul 12 08:15

Elor Azaria Receives Hero’s Welcome at Scene of Hebron Shooting

Elor Azaria shot a seriously injured, unarmed Palestinian in 2016 and served a short sentence in prison. When he returned to the scene of his crime, he was treated not like a criminal, but like a prince. Palestinian life is clearly of little value to Israel and many Israelis.

Jul 12 08:15

Settlers storm Muslim sites in Nablus

Scores of Israeli settlers this morning broke into the northern West Bank village of Ourata, southeast of Nablus, under army cover and held rituals at holy Islamic sites.

Eye-witnesses said the Israeli army cleared the way for the settlers to break into the village and cordoned off holy sites.

The Israelis performed Jewish rituals at Muslim holy shrines sparking tension in the area.

Israeli occupation forces regularly protect settlers who storm Muslim holy sites in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem including the daily incursions at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Jul 12 08:13

Israel to demolish 50 Arab houses

Israel demolished two houses belonging to Arabs in the city of Qalansawa and are to demolish 50 more under the pretext that they were built without the necessary planning consents, Safa News Agency reported.

During a meeting held by the High Follow Up Committee for Arab Citizens of in Israel, engineer Nadi Al-Taya said two houses belonging to the Warda family had been levelled and the demolition of 50 more was underway.

He said Israel delays or rejects building licenses submitted by Arab citizens forcing them to build without permission. Al-Taya said that Israel does this in order to the Arab population while encouraging Jewish expansionism.

Head of the Follow Up Committee Mohamed Baraka said: “The crime which took place this morning [demolition of the two houses] is an extension of the crimes of the Israeli authorities in Umm Al-Fahm, Ar’ara and Jajoulia.”

Jul 12 08:13

The ‘ultimate deal’ that Jared Kushner is proposing for Palestine would strip the people of all their dignity

Is there no humiliation left for the Palestinians? After Oslo, after the “two state solution”, after the years of Israeli occupation – of “Area A” and “Area C” to define which kind of occupation the Palestinians must live under – after the vast Jewish colonisation of land thieved from its Arab owners, after the mass killings of Gaza, and Trump’s decision that Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, must be the capital of Israel, are the Palestinians going to be asked to settle for cash and a miserable village? Is there no shame left?

Jul 12 08:13

Gaza stops importing fruit from Israel

Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip announced yesterday that it will stop importing Israeli fruits in response of the occupation’s closure of commercial crossing with the besieged enclave, Shehab.ps reported.

Early this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the closure of the only commercial crossing between Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip; Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom).

Tahseen Al-Sakka, marketing director of the Ministry of Agriculture, said Israel’s decision would further harm Palestinian farmers who are already suffering as a result of the siege and Israel’s use of herbicides along the Gaza border fence which harm their crops.

Jul 12 08:08

Senate committee approves AIPAC bill to give Israel $38 billion over 10 years, with additional perks

A bipartisan majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the legislation, allowing it to proceed to the full Senate floor. The bill also authorized the president to establish a US-Israeli counter-drone program, expand collaboration on the peaceful exploration of space, extended loan guarantees to Israel, etc. Rand Paul called for phasing out aid to Israel.
Note: This is treason!

Jul 12 08:03

How Israel armed the drugs cartels – part 2

The Medellin Cartel’s military leader was Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, who set up “self-defence” squadrons to protect his “ranchers” from left-wing guerrillas like the FARC, which had been taxing their cocaine exports. Rodriguez Gacha and his affiliated far-right death squads were responsible for some of the country’s worst campaigns of political terror, targeting judges, politicians and civilians alike for assassination.

According to the Columbian secret police, the Cockburns wrote in their book Dangerous Liaisons, Colonel Klein “had not only taught Rodriguez Gacha’s men how to make bombs (including one that exploded on board [a] commuter flight), he had also trained the killers of Luis Carlos Galan, a presidential candidate in 1989 who was often compared to John F. Kennedy and who almost certainly would have moved into the Presidential Palace. General Maza [of the secret police] also accused Klein of importing quantities of Israeli arms for the Medellin Cartel.”

Jul 12 08:03

Ireland’s decision to advance boycott bill could be the tipping point for justice for Palestine

The Palestinian people are in need of some good news to boost their morale at an extremely difficult time in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

There has been little good news, particularly since US President Trump took office, recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel, moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv in record time, defunded UNRWA and leaks of his “ultimate deal” for resolving the conflict indicated it could not be accepted by the Palestinian people.

Palestinians in Gaza continue to march to the fence separating them from their occupiers to demand that they be allowed to return peacefully to their homes on the other side. Their peaceful endeavour has been met with brutal force resulting in over 130 killed mostly by Israeli snipers and over 10,000 injured with some sustaining horrendous injuries and others losing limbs.

Jul 12 08:02

Israel culture minister seeks powers to punish violators of ‘Nakba Law’

Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev “plans to submit a kind of cultural loyalty bill in November that would allow her to cut state funding to cultural institutions which violate the so-called Nakba Law”, according to a report by Haaretz.

Regev made the “announcement at a Tel Aviv press conference yesterday called to unveil a reform of state funding for the film industry”, the paper added.

As explained by Haaretz, “the Nakba Law allows the Finance Ministry to cut state funding to any institution that publicly observes Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning, but doesn’t allow the Culture Ministry to do so.”

Jul 12 08:02

Senate committee approves AIPAC bill to give Israel $38 billion over 10 years, with additional perks

A Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday endorsing a decade-long aid package to Israel brokered by the Obama administration.

The US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 [text here] authorizes a memorandum of understanding negotiated in 2016 between the two governments which will provide Israel with $38 billion in military aid between 2019 and 2028.

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Go outside. Look at the retail vacancies. Look at the cracked pavement. Look at the homeless and hungry. Look at the decayed schools. And ask yourself if that $38 billion of YOUR money would be better spent here at home.

Jul 12 07:46

GAME CHANGER: AXIS HAS ISRAEL ON THE RETREAT

Long live the Syrian Arab Republic! Just about 24 hours ago, the usurping Zionist cancer launched an aggression on the military positions of the Syrian Arab Army at T-4 Airbase in Homs.

But the ‘Israelis’, in their ever-self-damning arrogance, didn’t expect the situation to unfold as it did. F-16s of the Jewish terrorist “state” fired a slew of missiles, which didn’t do any harm at all. No martyrs and no wounded from the Syrian side. Then, as the ‘Israeli’ occupation air force came back around for a second assault, Syria’s air defense systems anticipated the maneuver and blasted one of the illegitimate Zionist entity’s birds RIGHT OUTTA THE SKY and sent the rest of the invaders scurrying away in a cloud of rocketry.

Jul 12 07:06

Israeli Drones Bomb Palestinian Teens Flying Kites

Israeli drones carried out an airstrike targeting a group of Palestinian kite-flyers in eastern Rafah City, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday afternoon.

Palestinian security sources said, according to Ma’an, that Israeli drones launched 1 rocket at a group of Palestinians near the Sufa crossing in northeastern Rafah.

No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said that several fires erupted alongside the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian youth had launched a number of kites lit on fire towards Israeli areas surrounding the Gaza Strip borders since Wednesday morning.

Jul 12 07:05

Israel wants to break Gaza once and for all

A nation ranked the eighth most powerful in the world has tightened the medieval siege it has imposed on a population of mainly refugees, half of them children, for more than a decade.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that his government would close Gaza’s sole commercial crossing, preventing all exports from and imports to the territory, with the exception, at Israel’s discretion, of food and medicine.

Gaza fishermen, who already contend with Israeli navy fire while earning their bread, are now confined to sailing six nautical miles out to sea, rather than the nine that were permitted by Israel for the season.

The stated reason for the Israeli move is the ongoing rebellion among the two million Palestinians it has effectively imprisoned, in partnership with Egypt, in a densely populated strip of land roughly the size of Chicago.

Jul 12 07:04

American Jewish Anti-Occupation Advocacy Needs To Go Global

Two months after the U.S. Embassy officially moved to Jerusalem, the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, hosted AIPAC, America’s largest pro-Israel lobby at an official event in the national palace. There, he called on his government to follow in the footsteps of President Trump and move the its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. AIPAC’s presence at the event was no coincidence: the “pro-Israel” lobby, primarily known for supporting it’s right-wing policies, has long engaged in extensive efforts to cultivate ties and exert influence outside of the United States. Its recent delegation to the Czech Republic was just one example.

Jul 12 04:27

Syrian air defense repels Israeli strike on military positions in al-Quneitra — SANA

Syria’s air defense forces have repelled an Israeli attack near the city of al-Quneitra (some 40 kilometers of Damascus) in the Golan Heights, SANA news agency said on Thursday. According to SANA, the Israeli air strike was delivered at military positions near the settlements of Hodor, Tell Kurum and Jbaa. A Syrian military source told the news agency that Israeli warplanes had fired several missiles. Some of them were downed. He said the attack had incurred only material damage, no one had been hurt. On May 10, Syria’s army downed dozens of missiles fired from Israeli warplanes at army positions near the city of al-Baath in the Golan Heights. This attack was part of a more massive Israeli strike. The Russian defense ministry said back then that the Israel Defense Forces had fired more than 70 missiles at Syria’s territory under the pretext of shelling of its positions in the Golan Heights. Israel used 28 F-15 and F-16 warplanes to deliver the strike.

Jul 12 04:18

Israel hits three military targets in Syria in response to UAV’s infiltration

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have delivered strikes on three military targets in Syria in response to the infiltration of a Syrian drone into the Israeli territory, the IDF spokesperson twitted on Thursday. "The IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today [on Wednesday]," the tweet reads. "The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty"...

Jul 12 03:37

Gaza Goes From 'World's Biggest Prison' to 'World's Biggest Solitary Confinement Cell'

(*It sounds like Trump is still 'In The Hunt' for that Nobel Peace Prize !)

Jul 11 13:32

Israeli Navy Stops Gaza Boat From Evacuating Wounded Protesters for Treatment

The Israeli Navy was dispatched Tuesday to stop a boat which departed the Gaza Strip, and which was carrying injured Palestinian civilians. The boat intended to take the injured civilians from border protests to Cyprus for medical treatment.

The Navy stopped the boat, surrounding it and towing it to an Israeli naval base at Ashdod. The military’s statement claimed that injured people on board are being treated by the Israeli military’s medical personnel.

The military statement condemned Hamas, claiming the group was behind the “provocation on sea,” and was trying to “take advantage of injured and handicapped people.” Not mentioned in the statement was that the wounded Palestinians were wounded by Israeli crackdowns on protests.

Jul 11 13:27

America’s reality remake: Creationists and Zionists

Lawrence Davidson highlights the disinformation efforts of Creationists and Zionists in the US, noting in particular the attempts by the Zionist Institute for Curriculum Services in Virginia to distort the school curriculum to whitewash Israel and its crimes. >>

Jul 11 10:37

Israel Bulldozes Khan Al Ahmar and Buries the Two-State Solution

Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan Al Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But Israel only allows vehicles like the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes.

If one community has come to symbolize the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan Al Ahmar.

It was for that reason that a posse of European diplomats left their air-conditioned offices late last week to trudge through the hot, dusty hills outside Jerusalem and witness the preparations for the village’s destruction. That included the Israeli police beating residents and supporters as they tried to block the advance of heavy machinery.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain submitted a formal protest. Their denunciations echoed those of more than 70 Democratic lawmakers in Washington in May – a rare example of US politicians showing solidarity with Palestinians.

Jul 11 10:20

Israel stops vessel from Gazan humanitarian flotilla

Israeli warships have stopped a boat from a humanitarian flotilla set off from the Gaza strip to Cyprus to break the regime's 11-year siege on the coastal enclave.

Israel's military said in a statement one boat with eight people on board was prevented from breaching the naval blockade on Tuesday, adding that Israel will continue to enforce the blockade.

"After the boat and the Palestinians on board are searched, the boat will be towed to the Israeli navy base in Ashdod," the statement said.

"The (military) assigned medical personnel to treat Palestinians on board requiring medical assistance," it added.

Earlier, organizers of the flotilla, which set off earlier on Tuesday, said contact with one boat was lost after 10 nautical miles. Israel's blockade restricts Gazan vessels to up to six nautical miles off the coastal sliver.

The status of the remaining boats is still unclear.

Jul 11 10:18

Hasbara is dead

Hasbara has died. The Israeli effort to “explain” its actions to the world– that era is over. Israel has given up trying to explain itself to fair-minded people. Because the fair-minded have all made up their minds; the slaughter in Gaza has seen to that. And Israel doesn’t think they are fair anyway.

No, its explanations are reserved now for the hard-core supporters. The hasbara is pure propaganda, aimed at rallying the base. And everyone else is tuning out.

Jul 11 10:18

Israeli navy intercepts humanitarian flotilla from Gaza

Israeli naval forces on Tuesday intercepted a Palestinian humanitarian flotilla that attempted to break the years-long blockade of Gaza.

According to Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee, the boat — which had been carrying eight passengers — was “stopped without incident”.

After being searched, the vessel and passengers will be taken to Israel’s Port of Ashdod, Adraee said.

The spokesman went on to defend what he described as Israel’s “naval cordon” on Gaza, calling it “necessary and legal… for maintaining Israel’s security and its maritime borders”.

The flotilla set out from the Gaza coast earlier Tuesday in hopes of breaking Israel’s 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Jul 11 10:17

Israel’s president worried apartheid bill will strengthen critics

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin expressed rare opposition to a controversial piece of legislation that critics say will fully institutionalise apartheid in the country.

Rivlin issued a public call against new legislation that will legalise the creation of Jewish only towns and neighbourhoods. The clause with which Rivlin took issue specifically states that “the state can allow a community composed of people of the same faith or nationality to maintain an exclusive community.”

In a letter published today, Rivlin said that the contentious article would harm Jews around the world. In addition to allowing communities to discriminate on the basis of religion and nationality the bill will make Hebrew Israel’s only official language and permit judges to rule according to Jewish law.

Jul 11 10:16

Rights groups petition Israel to end arms sale to neo-Nazi group

The arming of neo-Nazi groups by Israel has come under the spotlight once again. This time it’s weapons that are ending up in the hands of a right-wing Ukrainian militia that openly espouses neo-Nazi ideology.

Concerns were raised by a group of more than 40 human rights activists who filed a petition with Israel’s High Court of Justice demanding the cessation of the arms deal. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the petitioners have argued that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

While details of the export licenses for armaments are not disclosed to the public, the appearance of Israeli weapons in the hands of avowed neo-Nazis, the activists say, should be a consideration used in opposing the granting of such a license.

Jul 11 10:15

US Congress hopeful denies ‘bigoted’ claims of anti-Semitism

A candidate for US Congress has hit back at claims that comments she made about Israel are anti-Semitic.

In 2012, Somali-American Ilhan Omar accused Israel of “evil doings” during its campaign against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” she wrote at the time.

The tweets have been highlighted as a result of her campaign to run as a candidate for Congress in Minnesota.

She has denied accusations of anti-Semitism.

Jul 11 10:14

Israel ‘not ruling out’ eventual ties with Syria’s Assad

Israel held out the prospect on Tuesday of eventual contacts with Syria under President Bashar al-Assad, in a nod to his regime-consolidating advances in a seven-year-old civil war that Israeli officials had initially predicted would topple him.

Assad’s Russia-backed forces have advanced in southwest Syria and are on course to reach Quneitra, a rebel-held district abutting the Golan Heights frontier with Israel. That has stirred Israeli concern that he may try to deploy troops there in defiance of a 1974 UN demilitarisation accord on the Golan.

Touring the Israeli-occupied Golan, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman ramped up threats to use armed force should Damascus encroach militarily. “Any Syrian soldier who will be in the buffer zone risks his life,” Lieberman told reporters.

However, Lieberman appeared to signal acknowledgment that Assad would regain control of the Syrian side of the Golan.

Jul 11 10:14

Israel banned call to prayer 298 times at key mosque

Israel prohibited the Muslim call to prayer 298 times in the first half of this year at a historical mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Anadolu reports.

“Occupying Israeli forces prohibited the Azan, including calls to Friday prayer, at the Ibrahimi Mosque 298 times in the first six months of 2018,” Palestinian Religious Endowments Minister Yousef Adais said Tuesday in a written statement.

He said Israel was strengthening its presence at the mosque and closed it for two consecutive days using Jewish festivals as an excuse.

He also touched on violations committed by Jewish settlers.

“The immorality and violations of Jewish settlers have also crossed the line – so much so that they organized parties with music until midnight inside the Ibrahimi Mosque. They have also set up huge camps in southern courtyards of the mosque,” Adais said.

Jul 11 10:12

Israel Will Not Tolerate Even One Syrian Soldier on Border, Defense Minister Warns

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that Israel will not stand the presence of even one Syrian soldier in the buffer zone on the Israel-Syria border, and will hold the Assad regime responsible for any terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights.

"This attempt to establish terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights under the regime's purview is unacceptable to us," Lieberman added. "We will operate with full power against any terrorist infrastructure we identify in the area."

Jul 11 10:12

Israeli Minister: No Palestinian State in the West Bank

Israel’s Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis declared yesterday that establishing a Palestinian state in the occupied Palestinian territory is “unacceptable”, reported Arutz Sheva.

Akunis, who hails from Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, also claimed that there are officials in the Trump administration who share his view.

Jul 11 10:07

There Are Fears of New Conflicts at One of Israel’s Quietest Borders

A reinforced deployment of tanks and heavy guns is parked along Israel’s frontier with Syria as the civil war that transformed the balance of power in the Middle East appears headed into its final stretch.

The fighting in Syria has come full circle as its army sets its sights on retaking Daraa province, where the regime’s brutal reaction to anti-government graffiti on a school wall sparked the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011. The offensive against one of the last two major opposition strongholds has brought Syrian forces close to the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

Jul 11 10:06

How Israel armed the drugs cartels – part 1

When I lived in the West Bank a decade ago, I heard from Palestinians in both Hebron and Jerusalem more than once that the Israeli occupation forces tolerate or even encourage the sale of hard drugs among the Palestinian population that they control. The theory was that it was an attempt to encourage a sense of chaos and disorder, empowering local gangsters in order to play divide and rule against the Palestinian population.

It is certainly a fact that Israel has long maintained a network of collaborators within the Palestinians of the West Bank. These are often armed by Israel, and are usually recruited from amongst the most corrupt and thuggish criminal elements.

Jul 11 10:04

Israel Declares Al-Quds TV As ‘Terrorist Media’

A Palestinian media agency that is known for being first on the scene and recording eyewitness videos of Israeli military atrocities against Palestinians has been banned by Israel, as the Israeli Defense Minister and former nightclub bouncer Avigdor Lieberman signed an order declaring Al-Quds TV to be a ‘terrorist’ media organization.

Al-Quds (the Arabic word for Jerusalem) TV is based in Beirut, and has offices in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. The organization began in 2008, and provides daily news coverage online and on its satellite TV channel. The main focus is on

The idea that a media organization can be declared a ‘terrorist’ organization, while unusual by international standards, is not new to Israel. During their 2004 invasion of Lebanon, Israel declared the Lebanese media agency Al-Manar to be ‘terrorist’ media, due to their affiliation with the Hezbollah political party and resistance group.

Jul 11 09:40

Netanyahu May Offer Putin US Sanctions Relief for Ousting Iran From Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Early reports are suggesting Netanyahu is going to offer a major trade with an eye toward getting Russia to kick the Iranians out of Syria.

This trade, as reported by the Israeli press, would have Netanyahu offering to see Russia given full relief from US-imposed sanctions in return for Russia expelling Iranian military from Syria. Russia has previously told Israel they don’t have the capability of doing so, and that the Iranian presence is up to Syria.

It’s less discussed in the media reports, but it’s also not clear that Netanyahu could deliver his side of this exchange either. Israel, after all, is not driving US sanctions against Russia, and presumably could not immediately demand and secure full sanction relief.

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Wanna bet?

Jul 11 09:01

South Carolina forces universities to violate free speech rights

South Carolina passed a law this week codifying a discredited definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel and Zionism with anti-Jewish bigotry.

“The law will inevitably violate students’ First Amendment rights if enforced to restrict or punish campus speech critical of Israel,” Dima Khalidi, director of the civil rights group Palestine Legal, told The Electronic Intifada.

Students now face increased scrutiny, investigations, censorship and possible punishment for their activities advocating for Palestinian rights on South Carolina campuses, Palestine Legal has warned.

The anti-Semitism definition, which has been pushed by Israel lobby groups in the US and Europe, is sometimes referred to as the “State Department Definition” because a version of it was adopted by the US State Department.

The measure was added as a rider on South Carolina’s 2018-2019 budget bill, which makes the law valid for only one year.

Jul 11 09:00

Qatar funded Zionist Organization of America

Qatar donated $250,000 to some of the most extreme pro-Israel organizations in the United States, including one that funds senior Israeli military officers to go on propaganda tours.

Joseph Allaham, a lobbyist working for the Qatari government, transferred the money through his firm Lexington Strategies in late 2017 and early 2018.

The sums included $100,000 to the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), $100,000 to Our Soldiers Speak and $50,000 for Blue Diamond Horizons, Inc.

Our Soldiers Speak describes itself as the “vehicle through which the IDF [Israeli army] and the Israeli National Police dispatch senior officers to select campuses overseas” and to give “briefings” to members of the US Congress.

Blue Diamond Horizons is a company controlled by Mike Huckabee, the Christian Zionist former governor of Arkansas.

Jul 10 13:17

By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

Jonathan Cook says ineffectual European whinging at Israel’s imminent destruction of Khan al-Ahmar shows “there will be no end to the slow-motion erasure of Palestinian communities until Western governments find the nerve to impose biting sanctions on Israel”. >>

Jul 10 12:31

BEX ALERT - Top Iranian general: Forces in Syria ‘awaiting orders’ to destroy Israel

In a recent speech, the deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) boasted that the “Islamic army in Syria” in the Golan Heights was awaiting orders to eradicate the “evil regime” of Israel.

He also said the Tehran-backed Hezbollah terror group had 100,000 missiles aimed at Israel.

“We are creating might in Lebanon because we want to fight our enemy from there with all our strength,” he stated. “Hezbollah today has tremendous might on the ground that can on its own break the Zionist regime. The Zionist regime has no strategic-defensive depth.”

In the speech for the anti-Israel al-Quds Day in June, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Hossein Salami said that the dangers Israel faces today are greater than at any time in history.

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If MEMRI allegedly translated this, I would be reasonably sure that the translation has been conjured to misrepresent everything the guy said.

But what we can expect, this having gone out from the TIMESOFISRAEL.com, will be a false flag to be blamed on Iran, and soon.

Jul 10 12:12

Why is Israel still covering up extrajudicial executions committed by a Jewish militia in '48?

Seven decades after a report documented executions by Israel's pre-state army of Poles and Arabs – as well as incidents of torture and looting – the authorities are still censoring the documents.

Seventy years ago, on the eve of Israel’s establishment, six Polish Christians were executed without trial in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem by the Haganah, the pre-independence army of Palestine’s Jews. Despite the decades that have passed, the investigative report on these killings, which was submitted to David Ben-Gurion, has never been made public. The state archivist, Dr. Yaacov Lozowick, has recommended that the report documenting these unrelated cases be made available to the public, but the military censors are trying to block this for reasons known only to them.

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These were, indeed, very ugly examples of extrajudicial assassinations.

Jul 10 12:02

An Israeli shell killed Amr Samour in Gaza, even though he wasn't a protester

Soon after his oldest son’s death on March 30, the 55-year-old Wahid was rushed to the hospital with dangerously high blood pressure.

Even though he wasn't a protester, Amr was the first Palestinian killed during the months-long Great March of Return demonstrations shaking the Gaza Strip and Israel. Demonstrations turned violent, and at least 142 protesters have been killed by Israeli troops, according to Gaza's health ministry. Israel has been widely criticized for using lethal force against largely unarmed protesters.

But the 27-year-old Amr's death in a field near the fence with Israel illustrates why tens of thousands of fellow Palestinians have for months risked bullets and tear gas to protest the blockade of the enclave. Israeli officials did not respond to requests for comment and information for this article.

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"Hey, asassinating innocent Palestinians: WE LOVE IT!!" - official IDF souse.

Jul 10 11:58

Farm warfare: How Israel uses chemicals to kill crops in Gaza: The purpose of herbicides is to enable farmers to grow produce, but Israel is quietly using them to do just the opposite in the Strip — in the name of security

Photographs of military armored vehicles uprooting and crushing trees and vegetation within the Gaza Strip are not foreign to Israelis, but what is less widely known is that since 2014 Palestinian fields are also being razed through the use of herbicides sprayed from the air — as first publicized by the website 972. Officially, the spraying is only done on the Israeli side of the fence, but as Palestinian farmers on the other side, along with the Red Cross, have testified, the resulting damage can be seen deep inside Palestinian territory.

“The air spraying is carried out only over the territory of the State of Israel, along the security obstacle on the border of the Gaza Strip,” the Defense Ministry told Haaretz. “It is carried out by legally approved spraying companies, in accordance with the provisions of the Plant Protection Law, 5716-1956 and the regulations thereunder, and is identical to the aerial spraying carried out throughout the State of Israel.”

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One has to appreciate how terrifyingly multi-faceted the Israeli "Final Solution" is to the "Palestinian Problem."

Jul 10 11:54

Israel Announces New Gaza Crackdown, Cutting Off Trade, Limiting Fishing

The Israeli government today issued a statement announcing a new crackdown on the Gaza Strip. They said the new “sanctions” against the strip are aimed at punishing Hamas for the use of flaming kites in cross-border attacks.

The crackdown includes the closing of Gaza’s lone commercial crossing, at Kerem Shalom, for an indefinite period of time. Israel will also severely limit the ability of Palestinians to fish off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military issued its own separate statement, saying that Kerem Shalom would remain open to a limited amount of humanitarian aid during the closure. They offered little indication on what conditions there were for easing the new sanctions.

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I have a very uncomfortable sense that while the world's attention is focused on the Helsinki summit next Monday, that "something wicked this way comes" regarding Gaza, and we may well be looking at the most complete annihilation of Palestinian life with which the Israelis think they can get away.

Jul 10 11:37

Israel Shuts Vital Crossing, But Gazans Will Not ‘Die in Silence’

Israel has intensified its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip by closing the only crossing for commercial goods. Former Gaza health minister Dr. Basem Naim discusses the impact on a devastated health system and says that Palestinians will continue their weekly protests for freedom

Jul 10 11:34

Israel Seizes Humanitarian Boat From Gaza – Reports

As Anadolu reported previously, the second humanitarian flotilla left on Tuesday the Gaza Strip in hope to break the blockade of the Hamas-run enclave.

Israel's navy has seized a Palestinian boat on Tuesday that tried to depart from a Gaza port, AP news agency reported Tuesday. A total of 11 Palestinians were taking part in the second humanitarian flotilla, some of them were earlier injured during the clashes with the Israeli army, the Anadolu news agency reported citing the Gaza’s National Committee for Breaking the Siege.

"Gaza has proved to the whole world that it does not accept submission despite the continuous blockade … Latest Israeli procedures of tightening up the blockade on Gaza will not force Palestinians to give up on Palestine," Hani Thawabtah, a member of the committee, said at a press conference, as quoted by Anadolu.

Jul 10 09:36

IN ISRAEL GENOCIDE IS A MEANS OF SURVIVAL

A week ago, the Israeli Ministry of Education held a conference in Jerusalem for the state’s religious education sector (Ynet reports, Hebrew, English here). Education Minister Naftali Bennett was also present. The theme was “speaking about the values of the Jewish family in 2018, about education to healthy sexuality, modesty, feminism, values and Zionism.”

On the stage was an aging terrorist, Moshe Zar, a former founding member of the Jewish-terrorist movement “Jewish Underground” (in 1980’s), who said the following:

“I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”.

Jul 10 09:33

What sort of Christians become Zionists?

Not all Jews are Zionists. Many reject the Zionist project and fight against it.

So why on earth would a non-Jew wish to be one? Indeed, how could a genuine Christian seriously consider becoming a Zionist? It has puzzled me for a long time. The two ideas are incompatible, are they not?

Jul 10 08:58

The Maps of Israeli Settlements That Shocked Barack Obama

One afternoon in the spring of 2015, a senior State Department official named Frank Lowenstein paged through a government briefing book and noticed a map that he had never seen before. Lowenstein was the Obama Administration’s special envoy on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, a position that exposed him to hundreds of maps of the West Bank. (One adorned his State Department office.)

Jul 10 03:48

Putin, Netanyahu to discuss Israel-Palestine issue, Syrian conflict on July 11

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a meeting on July 11 to discuss bilateral cooperation and global affairs, including the Israel-Palestine issue and the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin press service said in a statement. "On July 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," the statement reads. "The parties are expected to discuss pressing cooperation issues and problems on the global agenda, including ways to resolve the Israel-Palestine issue and the Syrian conflict," the Kremlin press service added.

Jul 09 10:00

Syrian state media says air defences hit Israeli plane, thwart missile strike

Syrian military air defences struck an Israeli warplane and shot down Israeli missiles targeting the T4 air base in Homs province in response to an act of "aggression" on Sunday night, Syrian state media said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of its arch enemy Iran during the seven-year war in neighbouring Syria. Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Damascus, as well as its allies Iran and Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on the same Homs base, an attack that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Tehran vowed at the time to respond.

Jul 09 09:33

FINKELSTEIN’S THOUGHTS ON GAZA

The siege is not irrelevant to a legal determination of Israel’s right to use force—be it proportionate or disproportionate, moderate or excessive, lethal or nonlethal—to prevent demonstrators from breaching Gaza’s perimeter fence.

Jul 09 09:32

SUICIDE IS FINAL, YET THE CRISIS CONTINUES

Until recently suicide in Gaza had been rare, partly due to Palestinian resilience and strong clan networks, but mostly because killing oneself is forbidden in traditional Muslim societies. Since 2016, suicide rates have been rising, reflecting rising levels of despair and hopelessness in the population.

Jul 09 09:29

‘You can’t fend off terrorists with pizza trays’: Israel reportedly plans relaxing gun laws

Israel is mulling relaxing gun rules that will allow up to 40,000 more people to get weapons, the local media reports. Gun-lobbying politicians hope the measure will help ordinary citizens to neutralize “terrorists.”

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