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Jan 04 07:32

Slaughter of Gaza family reverberates 10 years later

On 3 January, 10 years ago, the ground invasion stage of Israel’s 2008-2009 assault on Gaza began.

As with much else during what is known as Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli army exploited its massive military advantage to the full. Palestinians in Gaza paid a devastating price.

More than 1,400 people were killed in Gaza during the attack. The vast majority, some 1,200, were civilians.

Among them, few suffered more than the Samouni family.

Twenty-three members of the extended family were killed in two separate incidents on 4 January and 5 January 2009. Twenty-one of those perished in a missile strike on a house they had been ordered into by Israeli soldiers on the ground. The UN subsequently deemed the slaughter of the Samounis to be war crimes, but Israel – which denies the accusation – has never been held accountable.

Jan 04 07:30

Israeli forces shoot and kill three Palestinians on the grounds that they intentionally ran over Israelis - in incidents that never occurred

‘Abassi was taken away in a military ambulance. After about an hour, the other three occupants of the car were also taken away in an Israeli ambulance that arrived. According to media reports, the autopsy results show that ‘Abassi was shot in the back from behind. The same evening, the military claimed that “a short while ago, a vehicle broke through the Focus Checkpoint… a force on the scene opened fire in response.” The next day, the military announced that the car had not, in fact, broken through the checkpoint.

Jan 04 06:32

Wait..What Did He Say?

Israel is a little shocked at how indifferent President Trump seemed to be about Iran’s presence in Syria.

US President Donald Trump said that in regard to Iran’s role in Syria “they can do whatever they want there, frankly.” The president added that the situation in Iran has changed in recent months as a result of the renewed US sanctions.

During a meeting of his Cabinet, Trump explained that the Ayatollah regime is withdrawing its forces from Syria and Yemen. There are weekly protests and their situation is very bad. He added that he may sit down to negotiate with the Iranians; but he felt that they are not willing to sit with him at the moment.

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Jan 03 11:32

U.S. Border Agents Use Tear Gas Against “Rock-Throwing” Migrants

Some United States border patrol agents have used tear gas on migrants who were reportedly throwing rocks in Tijuana, just south of San Diego. However, some witnesses say the gassing of those on the southern border was unwarranted.

The authorities say they repelled an attack by “violent” rock-throwers by using tear gas, according to a report by RT. In footage provided by Reuters, a man is seen picking up and throwing a tear gas canister back over the barrier while a group of Spanish-speaking migrants cheers and whoops loudly. As the cloud drifts closer to those gathered, migrants can be seen covering their faces and fleeing, with some choking on the fumes.

The incident took place on New Year’s Eve, with migrants telling Reuters that they expected security to be lax during the first night of 2019 due to celebrations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; are our border police being trained by the IDF?!?

Joint US/ISraeli Police and Law Enforcement Training

Israeli troops training US cops, in spite of human rights abuses

DEADLY EXCHANGE: The Dangerous Consequences of American Law Enforcement Training in Israel

Because this response is identical to what happens to rock throwers at the Gaza border.

Jan 03 11:21

Israel's 'Sea Wall' Complete Along Gaza For Total Air, Sea and Land Blockade

Israel is close to bringing its controversial 'Sea Wall' which runs along side the Gaza Strip to completion, Israeli media Channel 10 reports. The project has come under international condemnation and scrutiny since it began in May 2018, at which point Israeli officials announced the massive sea barrier separating Gazan and Israeli sections of water is necessary to prevent Hamas fighters from infiltrating Israel by sea as they did during the last war in 2014.

Jan 03 10:26

Gaza : Looking Into The Eyes Of Barbarism

Short documentary, shows the human rights violations suffered by the people of the Gaza Strip.

- Warning -

Video depicts the reality and horror of life as endured by the people of Palestine.

Jan 03 10:23

312 Palestinians martyred by Israel in 2018: NGO

Israeli army forces martyred 312 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip last year, according to a Palestinian NGO on Wednesday.

A total of 53 children and three women were among those killed by the Israeli army in 2018, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Abdullah Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation said in a statement.

According to the NGO, 262 Palestinians were martyred in the Gaza Strip and 50 others in Israel-occupied West Bank.

“The number of Palestinian martyrs has increased by 200 percent in 2018, compared to a year earlier,” the Center said, adding that 31,000 Palestinians were injured in the Gaza Strip and 500 others in the West Bank by Israeli army fire.

Jan 03 10:23

Israeli forces raid Palestinian school in Bethlehem

Israeli forces raided a Palestinian school in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Wednesday, according to local residents.

Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets, teargas and stun grenades during the raid on the school in the town of Tuqu’ in eastern Bethlehem, the residents said.

Several Palestinian students suffered temporary asphyxiation from the Israeli teargas and were treated on the spot, they added.

It remains unclear why Israeli forces raided the school, but the Israeli military usually accuses Palestinian students of throwing stones on settlers' cars passing nearby.

Jan 03 10:21

Israeli military almost completes ‘sea barrier’ off Gaza

The Israeli military has nearly completed building a “sea barrier” off the Gaza Strip to further tighten an already crippling blockade against the Palestinian coastal enclave.

Israel’s Channel 10 carried the report on the 200-meter-long structure earlier this week, boasting it would “block any possibility” of entering the occupied territories by sea.

Made out of stone and concrete, the barrier features a visible fence and a subterranean wall as well as sensor systems.

The barricade has been set up between Israel’s coastline and the area of Israeli naval ships’ operations.

Jan 03 09:34

Israel Brags That It Received “Almost Everything It Wanted” In Meeting With Pompeo

Zionist stooge Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, assures his Israeli boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the U.S. is still 100% committed to Israel, despite President Trump’s announcement to withdraw American troops from Syria.

Jan 03 09:27

SHORT VIDEO — THE TRUTH ABOUT JEWS AND ARABS

This is a very difficult video to make.

As I reflect back on my 1,000 day journey, I wanted to share with you one moment that stands out. But this time, I wanted to show you what happened next.

Don’t let a few bad apples ruin it for everybody on both sides. When Israelis and Palestinians make peace, I am confident the entire world’s happiness levels will rise by 10%. It’s a global issue. It’s so important. I hope this video helps shed light on these relationships.

Jan 03 09:26

FIGHT OR PERISH!

In 2018, there were a record number of Palestinian deaths (killings!) And injuries. Some 295 Palestinians were murdered and more than 29,000 were injured by the “most moral” of all “defense soldiers”.

Jan 03 09:22

Early Elections: Who Will Dethrone ‘The King of Israel’?

"A historic mistake" is how Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu responded to calls for early elections last November. A few weeks later, he spoke, in exaggerated confidence of the "unanimous" agreement of his right-wing coalition that early elections must be held next April.

So why the change of heart?

Netanyahu may not be a good leader, but he is certainly a cunning politician. The fact that he is gearing up for a fifth term at the helm of Israel’s fractious political scene speaks volumes of his ability to survive against many odds.

Jan 03 09:19

Croatia threatens to cancel F-16 purchase from Israel over months of delays

Croatia threatened to cancel its purchase of F-16 fighter jets from Israel on Thursday, January 2 after months of stalling due to a lack of U.S. approval.

Croatia had in March agreed to buy 12 used F-16s from Israel to replace its Russian-made MiG-21s.

The deal, worth $500 million (€440 million), was the Balkan nation’s biggest arms purchase since splitting from former Yugoslavia in the 1990s war.

But Washington objected to the sale of the U.S.-made jets because it wants the removal of electronic system upgrades that Israel added.

After months of delay, the Croatian defense ministry said it asked Israel for “official information by January 11 on whether Israel can deliver the planes.”

If Croatia is not able to buy the specific jets it chose, the government will cancel the deal, the ministry said.

Jan 03 09:18

Israeli settlement activity surged in Trump era: Monitor group

With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.

The figures, gathered from official government sources by the anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now, show an increase in building in 2018 and a sharp spike in planning for future construction.

The trend, highlighted last week when an Israeli committee advanced plans for thousands more settlement homes on occupied lands, has only deepened Palestinian mistrust of the Trump administration as it says it is preparing to roll out a Middle East peace plan.

Jan 03 09:17

Israel vows to 'worsen' conditions for Palestinian prisoners

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has announced plans to "worsen" conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including rationing water supplies and reducing the number of family visits.

The planned moves, which are expected to come into force in the coming weeks after being approved by the Israeli cabinet, were sharply criticised by Palestinian leaders and activists who described as them as another escalation of human rights violations by Israel.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Erdan said the plan will also see jails removing cooking rights and limiting prisoners' access to television as well as blocking funds to the Palestinian Authority.

The minister said that family visits had already been halted for prisoners affiliated with the Palestinian movement Hamas.

Jan 03 09:09

Fired School Employee Sues Over Israel Loyalty Oath

In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Earlier this month, Amawi sued the school district that fired her.

The BDS movement against Israel has become a hot button issue in the closing month of 2018. A bipartisan group of senators tried to attach the Israel Anti-Boycott Act to the unanimous spending bill that Trump almost signed to avoid the current government shutdown. Meanwhile, Donorbox, a US software company, blocked the BDS fundraising account at the behest of a pro-Israel group.

“The language of the affirmation Amawi was told she must sign reads like Orwellian – or McCarthyite – self-parody, the classic political loyalty oath that every American should instinctively shudder upon reading,” Glenn Greenwald wrote at The Intercept.

Jan 03 09:08

Israel's new army chief pushed for Assad assassination: Report

Anonymous Israeli official tells Saudi newspaper that Aviv Kochavi wanted to take out the Syrian president but his request was denied

Jan 03 08:37

Palestine in Pictures: December 2018

Israeli occupation forces killed 14 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in December.

It was the first month since the launch of the Great March of Return in March that more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank than the Gaza Strip.

Some 300 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers throughout the year. Fourteen Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, including two soldiers shot dead in the West Bank during December.

Jan 03 08:36

No one cares as Trump plan delayed again

As the year came to an end and another began,
And the snowflakes took flight all over the land,
Crazy tales were told to rapt children ‘round fires,
of a plan – a great plan – to bring peace to holy shires.

The Ultimate Deal™, the Deal of the Century,
call it what you will, this plan will give sanctuary,
to the weak and the weary and the rich and the poor,
to all except you, you’re Palestinian, you sucker!

This was not Nikki Haley’s Christmas message to the United Nations. Which is a shame: It would have been honest.

Jan 02 12:26

Pompeo, Netanyahu Fail to Bridge Gap on Israel-Croatia F-16 Deal - Reports

Earlier, the Trump administration accused Israel of breaking the terms of the US-Israeli F-16 fighter jet contract after Tel Aviv attempted to sell Zagreb a batch of 12 of its used F-16s equipped with custom Israeli-made electronic systems.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to come to an agreement on the proposed $500 million F-16 deal between Israel and Croatia, a senior Israeli diplomatic source said, Axios reports.

The matter "is stuck in deep bureaucracy," the official said after confirming that the issue had been broached at the meeting between Pompeo and Netanyahu in Brasilia on Tuesday. The official went on to add that the F-16 deal was the "only issue that is still under discussion" following the meeting.

Jan 02 10:28

Netanyahu Reaches Out To Wahhabis, Says Israel Is Ally To Those Against Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Arab countries see Israel as an “indispensable ally” to fight Iran and the jihadist group Daesh [ISIS].

This assessment, he told Brazil’s Globo TV during a visit to Rio de Janeiro, caused “a revolution in relations with the Arab world.”

The comments came as Israel intensified airstrikes on Iranian positions in neighboring Syria, and how Israel digested an abrupt decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria.

Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons to destroy the Zionist entity.

Jan 02 09:17

'Unacceptable Threat': Pompeo Discusses Iran With Netanyahu - State Dept

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Tuesday discussed Iran’s "regional aggression" with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US State Department said in a statement.

“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Brasilia, Brazil. They discussed the unacceptable threat that regional aggression and provocation by Iran and its agents poses to Israeli and regional security. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to Israel’s security and unconditional right to self-defense,” the statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No mention of Israel's and the US' "regional aggression", of course.

Jan 02 09:15

US committed to 'protection of Israel' despite Syria withdrawal, Pompeo assures Netanyahu

The US 'withdrawal' from Syria might not mean the end of all its Syria-related operations where Israel is concerned, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed Washington’s ongoing commitment to Israel’s security on Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brazil, Pompeo said the US’ commitment to Israel was unchanged, despite the pullout of US troops from Syria announced by the Trump administration last month. Pompeo said that the US effort to “counter Iranian aggression” would continue along with the “protection of Israel” just as it had before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has a modern, huge military, including nuclear weapons. Why do they need the US as a protector?

Jan 02 09:09

Israel opposition in dramatic split ahead of election

Israel's centre-left opposition dramatically split on Tuesday ahead of an April 9 election, with leader Avi Gabbay announcing he would no longer partner with veteran politician Tzipi Livni as she sat stone-faced next to him.

The announcement means the end of their Zionist Union alliance, which finished with the second most seats in the last general election in 2015 but which has since tumbled far in opinion polls.

Zionist Union included Gabbay's Labour party and Livni's Hatnuah.

It won 24 out of 120 seats in 2015, behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud, which won 30.

Since Gabbay took over as head of Labour in 2017, his partnership with Livni had been uneasy and it was unclear if the alliance would continue for the election.

He inherited the partnership from the previous Labour leader, Isaac Herzog.

Jan 02 07:48

Video: Another Palestinian death the media ignored

Another Palestinian death the media ignored, this one a 9 year old boy. Please share this 1-minute video so Mohammad’s death won't be forgotten.
To see the Palestinians and Israelis killed since 2000, go to iakn.us/2i9VONR
Note: Palestinians, including numerous children, continue to be killed and maimed weekly, living in the largest open air concentration camp on earth, while a bill currently before Congress will give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next 10 years – the largest such aid package in U.S. history – and American news organizations don't tell Americans about it.

Jan 02 07:41

Video: Another Palestinian death the media ignored

Another Palestinian death the media ignored, this one a little girl. Please share this 1-minute video so Dalal Lulah's needless death won't be forgotten.
Note: Another example from the Jewish Nation of Israel who claim to be God's chosen people.

Jan 01 22:15

UNESCO’s turn: Washington & Tel Aviv ditch international body over ‘anti-Israel bias’

The US – followed by Israel – has left UNESCO, citing a “pro-Palestinian bias” allegedly persisting within the agency. Recently, Washington has been eager to ditch any institutions and deals which supposedly harm its interests.

The decision of the US took effect late Monday, closely followed by Tel Aviv, which kicked in on the first day of 2019.

Jan 01 11:40

Powerful U.S. forces work against pullout of troops from Syria

President Donald Trump’s announcement on Dec. 20 that his administration would quickly pull some 2,000 troops from Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 in Afghanistan seemed to have caught many high-ranking U.S. as well and U.S. allies around the globe off guard.

It is unclear, however, to what extent the pullout will be able to be implemented. Trump is under a lot of pressure from even his supporters to back off or slow down the plan.

This often happens throughout history, when the core beliefs of a country promulgated by elites are challenged — and in the case of the U.S., it is both Republican and Democratic elites. The dismay at the retirement of Secretary of Defense James Mattis indicates the many battles ahead for a rebalancing of U.S. foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The writer of this op-ed misses one very critical fact; the "winner" from this draw-down of US forces in Syria, is Israel's Benyamin Netanyahu, now fighting for his political life because he is on the keening edge of potentially being indicted for corruption by Israel's Attorney General.

Netanyahu has recently dissolved the Knesset, and set the date of 9 April for the next round of elections.

As now both Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, he can now wreak whatever havoc he wants in Syria (or Lebanon, or Iran), for these next 4 months until the election, with US collusion and cooperation from the commanders and their troops still on the ground.

And I would like to politely mention to the writer of this op-ed, that there will be utterly zero "rebalancing' of US Foreign Policy, particularly in the Middle East, as long as Trump is outsourcing his Middle East Policy to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

There are moments where there are goals to be achieved with which we should be aligned with Israel; but a regional war against Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, (with Russia most likely to take the side of these countries)at the enormous costs, which Tel Aviv fully expects to be expended in American blood, and American money?!?

So President Trump, I feel the need to strongly caution you, that the use of US troops, fighting and dying for what can only be characterized as a wretchedly apartheid, rogue theocracy with nuclear weapons, is not the highest and best use of US troops right now.

And at its point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a victory in this kind of war.

you are welcome, President Trump

Jan 01 11:37

Who is being held to account for Palestinians’ food insecurity?

Palestinians’ food insecurity made brief headlines with the announcement that the World Food Programme (WFP) will be cutting food aid due to insufficient funds. An estimated 190,000 Palestinians from Gaza and the occupied West Bank will be affected; 27,000 through the suspension of food aid and 165,000 who will have their aid reduced by 20 per cent.

Jan 01 11:28

Elections don’t make Israel a democracy

It’s official, Israel is racing towards early elections. But no one is talking about who can vote in them.

New elections were nearly called in November 2017 after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned in protest of Israel not going to war with Gaza and right-wing leader Naftali Bennett threatened to pull his party from the coalition if he was not given the defense portfolio. However, Netanyahu outfoxed Bennett by claiming that it was too dangerous a time to go to elections and retained the defense portfolio for himself (Netanyahu is now Israel’s prime minister, defence minister, and foreign minister), utilizing a slim 51% ruling majority.

Jan 01 11:27

BDS victory: HSBC divests from Elbit Systems

On the 10th anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza which killed over 1000 Palestinians in 3 weeks, the movement to ‘Stop Arming Israel’ is stronger than ever before.

We have great news to share with you as we end 2018: HSBC have announced they have divested in full from Elbit Systems, which is Israel’s largest private arms security firm, who market their weapons as “battle-tested” due to them being tested on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Jan 01 11:26

Facebook's Secret Censorship Manual Exposed as Platform Takes Down Video About Israel Terrorizing Palestinians

Journalist Rania Khalek, whose video was restored after public outcry, says the ability of social media giants "to disappear content as they please" is "creepy and alarming and should be loudly opposed."

Jan 01 11:23

US and Israel to leave Unesco over listing of Palestinian sites

The United States and Israel are set to leave Unesco, the United Nations cultural agency, late on Monday over the body’s decision to recognise several contested landmarks as belonging to the State of Palestine.

The withdrawal, which takes effect at midnight, comes one year after US President Donald Trump removed Washington as a member of the body, a move closely followed by Israel.

The agency is one of the most important in the world, serving as a protector of some of the most historic sites by listing them on its World Heritage list.

Two of those on the list angered both the US and Israel. In 2017, Unesco voted to make the old city of Hebron, the largest city in the occupied West Bank, a world heritage site. As part of that designation, the contested site at the centre of the city, the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims or the Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews, is also deemed a world heritage site.

Jan 01 11:14

EU, UK, France, Turkey Reject Israel's New Settlement Plans

France, the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU) and Turkey have rejected Israel’s newly approved expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"The European Union's position on Israeli settlement construction and related activities is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law," a statement from the organization declared.

Jan 01 11:14

Political Drama: Senior Israeli Ministers Launch New Right-wing Party

The two leaders of Habayit Hayehudi said Saturday they were quitting their right-wing party to form a new outfit that would attract both secular and religious voters in the April 9 election.

At a press conference in Tel Aviv, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said they would co-chair the new party, Hayamin Hehadash, or the New Right. It would include both religious and secular members.

Jan 01 11:11

In forgotten article after Six Day War, Amos Oz warned of ‘eternal annexation’

The shelf life of a newspaper article is often brief. But when Amos Oz, who died Friday at age 79 and was laid to rest Monday at the cemetery in his one-time home in Kibbutz Hulda, sat down in August 1967 to write an essay, he produced, just two months after the close of the Six Day War, a lasting document, a piece of writing that has endured as well as many of his works of fiction.

One can agree or disagree with his position on territorial expansion, while still marveling at the timing and the manner in which he marshaled his arguments.

The piece was published on August 22, 1967, in Davar — “the newspaper of the workers of the Land of Israel.” The font was tiny, resembling, in shape and size, a cramped rabbinic commentary.

Jan 01 11:10

IDF intel chief: Iran could use Iraq as springboard for attacks on Israel

Israel’s Military Intelligence chief warned Monday that Tehran’s increasing presence in Iraq means the country could be used as a base from which Iran could launch attacks on Israel.

“Iraq is under growing influence of the [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’] Quds Force and Iran,” Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman told a conference in Tel Aviv.

Jan 01 11:08

John Bolton to visit Israel

President Donald Trump's national security adviser will be traveling to Israel and Turkey in early January to discuss what the White House says is the "deliberate and coordinated" withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.

National security adviser John Bolton also will be discussing increased cooperation with the Turkish military and other partners.

Jan 01 11:06

Trump Slows Syria Pullout: Military Given Four Months to Withdraw

Reports that President Trump is slowing America’s withdrawal from Syria were confirmed today in a series of Tweets, during which Trump confirmed that the US was “slowly sending our troops back home.”

Though there was never an official timetable for the withdrawal, early reports suggested that the 2,000 US troops believed to be in Syria could be out within 30 days. Now, President Trump is said to be giving the Pentagon four entire months.

In the meantime, the troops are going to be engaged in continued combat with ISIS, and US airstrikes will also continue. President Trump made reference to “ISIS remnants” in his comments.

This presence of remnants has been fueling a lot of the calls among hawkish politicians to just stay in Syria forever, on the grounds that if even a few remain, they’ll quickly regrow into a large organization. Several groups are expected to continue fighting ISIS after the US leaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Turkey's impending invasion of Syria is on hold, pending the US drawdown.

But let's look at the real reason for the timing here, shall we?!? It appears that President Trump, unfortunately, as usual, has been given his "marching orders" from Tel Aviv.

Please remember: Israel's Netanyahu, is reeling on the ropes for the fight of his political life, if Israel's attorney general indicts him for corruption, (for which, BTW, Israel's AG is getting threatened, and his father's tomb was recently desecrated Israel's Attorney General had Father's tomb desecrated)

The Israeli Knesset has been dissolved, and elections are scheduled for 9 April of this year. And at the moment, until those elections take place, Netanyahu has also taken the job of minister of defence, as in November of last year. Israeli Prime Minister takes over Defense Ministry

Trump's " new and improved, Israel-compliant" pullout schedule in Syria actually gives Netanyahu, who now is both Prime Minister, and Defense Minister, a clear shot of creating major mayhem against Syria, Gaza, and Iran, coordinated with the White House, and US Pentagon, with utterly no oversight from Israel's Parliament, because it is now dissolved.

Were I an Israeli citizen right now, looking at this scenario, even appreciating what military weaponry and might are possessed by Israel's IDF, you would have to color me very nervous indeed.

Animals are at their most vicious when cornered, and wounded; so it is also for politically wounded heads of state.

Jan 01 11:04

NETANYAHU: 'UNDEMOCRATIC FOR HEARING ON MY CASES TO HAPPEN BEFORE ELECTION

Holding a pre-indictment hearing on his investigations before the elections on April 9 would be deleterious to democracy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

“The hearing doesn’t end until you hear my side, and it doesn’t make sense to open the hearing process before the election if you can’t finish it before the election,” Netanyahu said in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

“Imagine what would happen if a prime minister was deposed before the end of a hearing, and then, at the end of the hearing, [the attorney-general] decides to close the case,” he added. “It’s absurd. It would cause terrible harm to democracy. In a democracy, who will lead is determined according to the polls and not a partial legal process.”

Jan 01 11:03

NETANYAHU SEEKING SOLUTIONS AFTER BAYIT YEHUDI SPLIT THREATENS MAJORITY

The Right is in danger of splintering into tiny parties that won’t pass the 3.25% electoral threshold, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

In light of Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked breaking off from the Bayit Yehudi to form Hayamin Hehadash (the New Right), Netanyahu said: “This new part endangers many parties that they won’t pass the electoral threshold.

“I am going to check, and do what I can to prevent this,” he said, adding further criticism of Bennett and Shaked. “I will act responsibly so that the right-wing bloc retains its strength and I will not act irresponsibly and take actions that endanger the Right.”

Jan 01 11:02

NETANYAHU: ELECTION CAMPAIGN WOULD BE WORST TIME FOR U.S. TO RELEASE PEACE PLAN

The United States is unlikely to roll-out its long awaited peace blueprint during the Israeli election campaign because it wants to maximize, not minimize, its chance of success, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

Asked at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro about the timing of the publication of the plan, Netanyahu said Washington is interested in giving that plan the greatest chance of success, “and in their estimation elections are the time when it will have the least chance of succeeding.”

Jan 01 10:59

A JEWISH REVIVAL: COMMUNITIES RETURN TO POLAND, SICILY AND MYANMAR

The ornate colonial building on a bustling alleyway fits right in with the neighborhood. To enter, visitors don’t need to pass through any security checks or barriers — increasingly commonplace around the world, given rising attacks. The Musmeah Yeshua is the only synagogue in Yangon, Myanmar, and its doors are open, which is a source of pride for the city’s Jews and the majority Buddhist community.

Jan 01 10:28

How did the Israel boycott campaign grow in 2018?

2018 was a year of victories by human rights activists despite heavy pressure, attacks and propaganda efforts by Israel and its lobby groups to whitewash its image.

Starting off the year, it was revealed that US President Donald Trump’s alliance with white supremacist groups and anti-Semitic figures has pushed support for Israel to a low point, especially among young American Jews.

By October, it was confirmed in another survey that support for Israel is coming primarily from Trump’s base, a hotbed of right-wing, white nationalist and Christian Zionist views, while support from other Americans continues to erode.

Early on in the year, AIPAC, Israel’s powerful lobby group on Capitol Hill, was forced to admit that it was facing mounting problems in its efforts to shore up support for Israel among progressive American leaders.

Jan 01 10:26

Israel Is Bad for America

American journalism has become in its mainstream exponents a compendium of half-truths and out-and-out lies. The public, though poorly informed on most issues as a result, has generally figured out that it is being hoodwinked and trust in the Fourth Estate has plummeted over the past twenty years. The skepticism about what is being reported has enabled President Donald Trump and other politicians to evade serious questions about policy by claiming that what is being reported is little more than “fake news.”

Jan 01 09:26

Goodbye, UNESCO: Israel and US quit UN heritage agency

The countries announced in 2017 that they would withdraw from the UN Educational, Science and Cultural Organization, accusing it of bias against Israel. That went into effect at the stroke of midnight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That was a bit of an eyebrow raise, but here is what UNESCO actually did, to cause the US and Israel to walk away from it:

n 2017, UNESCO passed another resolution that upset Israeli officials, designating the Hebron/al-Khalil Old Town in the occupied West Bank — with its Tomb of Patriarchs, known in Judaism as Machpela — as a Palestinian World Heritage Site only. The holy cave, believed to be the burial place of the Hebrew patriarch Abraham, is known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and is divided today, with separate entrances for the site's mosque and synagogue.

THE HORROR! UNESCO actually identified one site as Palestinian World Heritage site only!!!! That means (panic attack/trembling in Tel Aviv) there must have been a Palestine around here somewhere! But we say Palestine never existed, does not exist, AND WILL NOT EXIST, NO MATTER HOW MUCH THE UN RECOGNISES THEM!

Unfortunately, this is most likely going to serve to marginalize the US and Israel even further from the realm of international cooperation more than leadership of both countries can possibly know.

Dec 31 10:45

Attorney general given extra security as he weighs indicting PM: Israeli TV says decision to boost protection for Mandelblit made in light of intel possessed by police; friend of AG says he revealed desecration of his father’s grave

The security detail of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has been boosted in recent weeks, Israeli television reported Friday, as he weighs whether to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption probes.

The decision to provide Mandelblit with additional security was made after an assessment by the Israel Police and Justice Ministry in light of intelligence information they possessed, Channel 10 news said.

It did not detail the intelligence or if there were specific threats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That kind of horrific act,, desecrating this man's dad's grave, might possibly have been done by some of the most rabid Netanyahuistas.

Both the timing and the message was painfully, and crassly, obvious; that Attorney General Mandelblit had to stand down from issuing any indictments on the charges leveled against Netanyahu, if he wanted to live.

But is it possible that this horrific act may move Attorney General Mandelblit into a polar opposite decision than the one desired by the Netanyahu camp, and allow for an indictments against Netanyahu to move forward?

I hope (and pray) that allowing the indictments to go forward, is the beginning of a just ending to Netanyahu's career; the people of Israel deserve far better than his leadership has provided for far too many years now.

Dec 31 10:13

American Legion Joins VFW in Calling for Congressional Investigation of Israel's Attack on USS Liberty.

Due to the persistence of surviving crew members and the continual emergence of new revelations, the national veteran's group American Legion has passed Resolution 40 calling for Congress to "publicly, impartially, and thoroughly" investigate the attack by Israel on an American ship in 1967, in which 34 American sailors were killed and hundreds of others were wounded. The resolution comes despite a veil of government secrecy which keeps key documents on the attack classified more than 50 years later. [NSA USS Liberty documents.

The attack, which surviving crew members to a man say was deliberate, as well as a stellar list of high-ranking officials, has never been officially investigated outside of a Navy Court of Inquiry and an NSA probe. Surviving crew members were not allowed to testify to key points which did not fit the official conclusion that it was an accident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may only happen when pigs make the amazing discovery that they are aerodynamic, but to have such respected, Veteran-centric organizations asking for this, may mean "The times, they are a'changin" for Israel's hubris and impunity, and believing that they can get away with any crimes, particularly against American targets, in order to further their geopolitical goals.

Dec 31 09:56

6 RED SEA COUNTRIES LAUNCH JOINT MILITARY DRILL

A military drill between six Red Sea countries was launched in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, according to the kingdom’s official SPA news agency.

The Red Wave 1 exercise brings together naval forces from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Djibouti. Observers from Somalia are also taking part in the drill.

“The exercise aims to strengthen maritime security of the countries bordering the Red Sea, protect territorial waters, enhance military cooperation and exchange combat expertise,” commander of Saudi Arabia’s Western Fleet, Major-General Saqr bin Mohammed al-Harbi, said.

The military drill is scheduled to continue until Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I want to know here, is, who do they believe will be "the enemy" with which they will, at some point, engage militarily?!?

Looking at how this unprecedented representation of these countries, coupled with the level of professionalism needed to coordinate and pull such exercises together successfully, were I a betting woman, my bet would be... Iran.

Dec 31 09:51

Biggest Stories of 2018: Israel Announced Apartheid, Shot Thousands of Civilians

2018 was in many ways a turning point for the position of Israel in the system of Western, liberal, capitalist democracies. It had long sat uneasily among France, Britain, and the United States, inasmuch as it was founded on a formal racial supremacist principle that Jews must rule the state. Racism is important in the other democracies, as well, but it is not typically enshrined in the constitution. The French Rights of Man mentioned nothing about race.

Dec 31 09:47

14 Injured As Palestinian Fleet Tries to Break Israeli Naval Blockade in Gaza

At least 14 Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces fired tear gas and live ammunition, when a Palestinian fleet of several small fishing boats attempted to sail toward waters off the Gaza Strip in an act of defiance against Israel's long-standing blockade.

Dec 31 09:41

Palestinian Students Suffocate from Israeli Teargas North of Nablus

Dozens of Palestinian students suffocated from gas inhalation on Sunday after Israeli forces fired teargas canisters outside a compound of schools in the village of Sebastia, North of Nablus in the West Bank, local sources said.
Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammad Azem, told WAFA that Israeli occupation forces raided the village, provoking clashes with local citizens, during which the forces fired teargas canisters inside the school yards, causing many students to suffocate.

He said Israeli forces recently intensified their provocative raids of the village especially during the peak hours of the schools.

Dec 31 09:16

UN Report: Israel Murdered 295 Palestinians, Injured 29,000 in 2018

The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented the killing of 295 Palestinians, by Israeli forces, as well as the injuring of 29,000 Palestinians in 2018.

According to the new OCHA documentation, of the 295 Palestinians killed this year by Israeli forces, 57 have been children. A total of approximately 7,000 injuries were children.

Incidents of Illegal Settler violence, have increased by 69% since 2017, bringing the total number of violent attacks on Palestinians to 265 in 2018.

The number of injuries caused, as a result of settler violence, was 115. Around 7,900 trees and 540 vehicles sustained damage, as a result of illegal settler rampages.

Dec 31 08:57

21.2% OF ISRAELI POPULATION LIVES BELOW THE POVERTY LINE - NEW REPORT

The report showed an increase in poverty among the elderly, despite a recent minimum wage increase.

Dec 31 03:38

Tens of US Military Trucks Arrive in Bases in Northeastern Syria

Almost 200 trucks of the US army, carrying arms, ammunition and military hardware have arrived in the coalition-run bases in Northeastern Syria, the militant-affiliated Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Sunday.

The London-based SOHR said that a long convoy of almost 200 US army trucks, carrying weapons, munitions and logistical equipment, left the US bases in Iraq on Saturday and arrived in coalition bases in Raqqa, Manbij and Ein Issa in Northeastern Syria.

In the meantime, the Kurdish militia reported that the trucks arrived in the town of Amouda and left then for the US-run bases in Northeastern Syria, adding that the arms and ammunition cargo is to be delivered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The convoy arrived after the US military decided to withdraw from Syria but leave the SDF armed in the region.

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(*sure we cheered for peace , but you have to admit , we saw how it went for the stock market after the withdrawal announcement !)

Dec 31 03:17

JORDAN MINISTER STEPS ON ISRAELI FLAG

Israel protests against Jordan minister stepping on Israeli flag
Minister Jumana Ghuneimat was pictured last week stepping on Israeli flag when entering trade union complex in Amman.

Israel says it has filed a complaint to Jordan over a picture of a Jordanian government minister stepping on an image of the Israeli flag.

Jumana Ghuneimat, minister of state for information, was pictured last week stepping on the flag design when entering a meeting at a trade union complex in Amman. Footprints were also printed on the flag design.

The image of the flag has been affixed to the floor at the entrance to the complex for several years to protest against Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories and Jordan's normalised ties with Israel, union officials say

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Dec 30 11:46

Report: Israel Tried to Trick Syria Into Shooting Down Civilian Airliners In Christmas Day Attack

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out its recent airstrikes in Syria when two civilians planes were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting passengers at risk, Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of Russia told reporters on December 26.

“Provocative acts by the Israeli Air Force endangered two passenger jets when six of their F-16s carried out airstrikes on Syria from Lebanese airspace,” RT quoted the spokesman as saying.

According to Konashenkov, the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) delayed the deployment of surface-to-air missiles and electronic jamming “to prevent a tragedy.” Meanwhile, the Damascus air traffic control diverted one of the passenger jets to a reserve airport in Khmeimim in southern Lattakia.

Dec 30 11:31

Israeli helicopter conducts fresh airstrike against blockaded Gaza Strip

An Israeli combat helicopter has carried out an overnight aerial attack on the southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming that the airstrike was conducted in response to a purported rocket attack from the impoverished enclave.

The Israeli military said in a brief statement on its twitter account in the early hours of Saturday that an Israeli “attack helicopter targeted a Hamas military post in southern Gaza.”

There was no immediate report of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted in the Israeli airstrike.

The Israeli military also said its airstrike against the Palestinian resistance movement was “in response” to an alleged rocket fire from Gaza into the occupied territories on Friday night that fell in an open area and caused no casualties or damage.

Tel Aviv bombards Gaza from time to time, claiming the assaults are in response to rocket attacks of the resistance groups.

Dec 30 10:59

Israeli ministers announce new right-wing party

Israel's Bennett and Shaked announce 'New Right' political party
Hayemin Hehadash, or 'New Right', will be a partnership between right-wing secular and religious politicians.

Naftali Bennett, the minister of education, and Ayelet Shaked, the justice minister, announced their new party, Hayemin Hehadash or New Right, in a news conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday and vowed to take votes away from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party.

According to The Jerusalem Post, the New Right will alternate between religious and secular candidates on its list.

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(*it sounds exactly like what I interpret Zionism to be , so to me this sounds like a fresh injection of new zionism to Israel's political institution . 'OUR' tax dollars at work)

Dec 30 10:06

Israeli Firm Caught Up in US-China Rivalry Over Advanced Military Robots

The US Army is apparently searching for cutting-edge technologies to be used in its military service, and new players in the field seem to be popping up, along with an established Chinese manufacturer.

Israeli firm Roboteam is competing with Massachusetts-based Endeavor Robotics over a series of major contracts to build the US army’s top-notch generation of ground robots. Those machines will be designed to be smarter and easier to run than the remote-controlled rovers that have helped troops disable bombs for more than 15 years.

Dec 30 09:23

'It was terror': Palestinians decry rise in attacks by Israeli settlers

The identities of the Israeli settlers who frequently throw stones at cars from a cliff overlooking a highway in the West Bank are unknown, but Palestinians living in the area refer to them as the “youth of the hill”.

It was at that spot where someone dropped a jagged rock the size of a football that crashed through a windscreen and struck Aisha Rabi one Friday in October. Rabi, a mother of eight, was on her way home just after 10pm with her husband, who was driving, and their eight-year-old daughter, who was in the back seat.

“At first I lost control and swerved when the rock hit,” said Rabi’s husband, Yaqoub. “The sound was like an explosion. Blood was streaming from her nose and mouth.”

Dec 30 09:22

How the New Right and Old Friends Could Derail Netanyahu's Election Campaign

Will the Bennett/Shaked breakaway party help or hinder the prime minister's bid for re-election? Will his friendship with President Trump be an asset or a liability? Plus – a rhetorical question inspired by Amos Oz

Dec 30 09:17

Elections Don’t Make Israel a Democracy

Much of the already up and running election coverage is focused on the coming indictment of Netanyahu. Will he be able to stave off the attorney general until April? If he is reelected, will he try to get his coalition partners to pass a measure forbidding the prosecution of a sitting prime minister?

Other election issues under discussion are the certain increase we will see in pandering to settlers. Netanyahu has already begun that.

Absent entirely from the election conversation is the Palestinian population living under Israeli control without voting rights.

20% of Israeli citizens are Palestinian. They can vote in all Israeli elections and have representation in Knesset. However, these Israeli Palestinians represent only about one third of the Palestinians living under Israeli rule and military occupation.

Dec 30 08:43

Christmas 2018: Iran and Syria show respect, Israel and Saudi Arabia don't

Christmas is a time of goodwill to all men. Or at least it should be. But while the West’s Middle East ‘bad guys’ Iran and Syria, showed the Yuletide spirit, its closest allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, failed to do so.

Iran is demonized by Western neocons and we’re meant to see the country as an evil, ‘monster‘ regime of foaming-at-the-mouth religious fanatics who hate everyone.

So it goes against the dominant narrative somewhat that Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted a Christmas message and wished ‘peace and joy to all in 2019’, on Christmas Eve.

Dec 29 09:28

Waning Support for Netanyahu Hits His Party in the Gut

Benjamin Netanyahu is starting his seventh election campaign as a weaker Likud leader than he was a few months ago. It’s all relative, of course. He is weaker compared to where he himself was but still significantly stronger than the other players.

An Israel Television News Company survey found that 52 percent of the public does not wish to see him return to the Prime Minister’s Office, while 34 percent do. Not so long ago, the numbers were reversed, in his favor. Something has apparently dented this support.

Dec 29 06:26

$$$$$ ALERT: We Give Israel Billions of Dollars

Trump on Syria Withdrawal: We Give Israel Billions of Dollars, They'll Be OK
Trump: 'We are going to take great care of Israel. Israel is going to be good'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday in reply to a question on how the U.S. withdrawal from Syria will impact Israel that "we give Israel $4.5 billion" security every year, and so "Israel will be very good."

Speaking to reporters on the way back from a trip to American troops stationed in Iraq, Trump said: "I spoke with Bibi," he saidm, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I told Bibi, you know we give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And they are doing very well at defending themselves."

He added, "I’m the one that moved the embassy to Jerusalem>>>

(*got it !)

Dec 29 05:07

2019 Year of Failure of US Plots, Victory of Resistance Front

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, referred to the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria and the Arab states' decision to reopen their embassies in Damascus, stressing that 2019 will bring failure for Washington and victory for the resistance front.

"The year 2019 will be the year of victories (for the resistance) and failure for the US plots in the region and return of honor to the regional states," Atwan said in an interview on Friday.

"Syria won because it resisted and the Arab countries are happily reopening their embassies in Damascus>>>

US Fighter Jets, Helicopters Spotted over Manbij as Turkish Troops Cross Syria Border

Dec 28 15:56

ISRAEL, GREECE, CYPRUS TO INK NATURAL GAS PIPELINE DEAL

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Israel, Greece and Cyprus will sign an agreement early next year to build a pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, while the United States pledged its support for the ambitious project.

Dec 28 13:09

Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race

A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday.

Details about Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party, leaked to local media after it was registered, gave little indication of its ideological tilt.

Along with preserving Israel as “a Jewish and democratic country”, the party pledged unspecified changes to priorities in national security and the economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I an Israeli voter, I would want to know, first and foremost, what his position on the Palestinians and Palestinian statehood.

Dec 28 10:11

Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race

A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday.

Details about Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party, leaked to local media after it was registered, gave little indication of its ideological tilt.

Along with preserving Israel as “a Jewish and democratic country”, the party pledged unspecified changes to priorities in national security and the economy.

Dec 28 10:10

Recent Airstrike in Syria Shows Israelis Are Changing Tactics

Israel's recent airstrike against Syria, which involved the usage of civilian flights as cover for the operation, shows that the Israelis are changing their tactics against Damascus, Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria, told Sputnik.

Israel's new tactics were detailed in a Wednesday statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, which indicated that six Israeli F-16 fighter jets used two commercial aircraft as cover that were preparing to land in Damascus and Beirut, respectively.

Photos since released by the Israeli company ImageSat map out a 900-square-meter area where strikes reportedly destroyed an arms depot that was housing Iranian weapons. Wednesday's airstrike came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue military operations in Syria to counter Iran's military presence.

Dec 28 09:04

Hate speech without hate: Britain and the United States

In the wake of London’s Labour-controlled Islington Council’s banning of pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a concert at the behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut, Eve Mykytyn examines the clamp down on free speech in the UK and US.>>

Dec 28 08:37

Haaretz and Israel Join the Phony Russian Meddling Crowd

When repeated enough, Big Lies take on a life of their own. The whopper about Russian US election meddling was discredited long ago.

In legitimate tribunals, charges without credible evidence are rejected. Guilt depends on proof beyond a reasonable doubt – the gold standard in criminal prosecutions.

Innocence is presumed unless proved otherwise by hard facts. None exist suggesting Russian US election meddling – or anywhere else.

Phony accusations crumbled. Yet they persist, part of US-sponsored Russia bashing. Israel and Haaretz shamed themselves by spreading the Big Lie.

Former Mossad head Tamir Pardo falsely claimed Moscow used a virtual army of bots to influence the outcome of America’s 2016 presidential election.

He lied. Instead of ignoring or debunking him, Haaretz went with the fabricated claim by publishing it, proliferating the Big Lie, operating as unacceptably as US major media, saying:

Dec 28 08:36

I own my Words!

Following the orchestrated vast smear campaign against me, my work, my writing and my music, I decided to tackle my most controversial quotes. As you can see, i don't back down. I own my words with pride.
To sign a petition on support of Gilad: https://www.change.org/p/devon-nola-gmail-com-hands-off-gilad-atzmon

Dec 28 08:03

Boycott Israel, Go to Jail?

A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But a new pushback from groups including the ACLU could help stop the ‘draconian’ measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bill is an assault on the First Amendment and cannot be tolerated!

Dec 28 08:02

HSBC divests from Israeli arms maker Elbit

Banking giant HSBC is divesting from the Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems following a grassroots campaign.

“HSBC has taken a positive first step in divesting from Elbit Systems, the notorious manufacturer of drones, chemical weapons, cluster bomb artillery systems and other technology used in attacks against Palestinian civilians, and to militarize walls and borders around the world,” Ryvka Barnard of War on Want said on Thursday.

Dec 28 08:01

Nearly 300 Palestinians killed, 29,000 injured in 2018

Israeli occupation forces and settlers have killed 295 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the beginning of the year, according to a UN monitoring group.

Fourteen Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, in addition to a baby who died days after his premature birth following the shooting and critical injury of his mother.

More than 29,000 Palestinians were injured during 2018 – the highest number of injuries in a single year since the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs began collecting data in 2005.

Nearly 60 of those Palestinians killed and 7,000 of those injured were children.

Dec 28 07:17

Popular former military chief Gantz registers new party ahead of Israel election

Retired Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, a popular former Israeli armed forces chief, jumped into the country's political fray on Thursday, announcing he would run for office in the upcoming election. He has instantly brought perhaps the strongest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lengthy rule, AP said. Gantz has been polling favorably in recent weeks, emerging as a fresh face in Israel’s political landscape. By officially registering his new party, ‘Israel Resilience,’ Gantz has shaken up a snap three-month election campaign. Several polls showed Gantz’s fledgling party coming in second only to Netanyahu’s ruling Likud in the run-up to the April 9 vote.

Dec 27 15:48

UK’s Islington Council banned pro-Palestinian musician at behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut

Richard Hugus reveals how austerity-hit, Labour-controlled Islington Council hired a top legal firm that worked for Israel Premier Netanyahu’s financier Sheldon Adelson to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a local concert at the behest of Israeli Likud-Herut’s UK director. >>

Dec 27 13:17

Bolton’s Hawkish Syria Plan Backfired, Pushing Trump to Get Out

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

Some leading Pentagon officials were uncomfortable with Bolton’s anti-Iran goals in Syria. Days after Bolton’s statement, senior Pentagon officials signaled to Congress that they weren’t on board. “In Syria, our role is to defeat ISIS. That’s it,” Brig. Gen. Scott Benedict, an officer on the Joint Staff, testified to the House Armed Services Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump has been made to realize what an absolutely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid Syrian policy Bolton crafted, leaving President Trump with little to zero option in Syria but to withdraw, will someone who has his ear, please, encourage the President to take a look, hard, long look at the Iranian foreign policy Bolton (and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu) want him to pursue?

And also, 2020 being an election year, how, in the name of Heaven, does he believe he can sell yet another Middle East war to the American people, who have become very skeptical about the existing US-generated wars, which continue to go horrendously badly, and war weary,with the uncomfortable sense that if sanctions will not bring the Iranians "to their knees" economically and geopolitically, that he is considering attacking Iran?

And again, I find it interesting that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East; The Butcher of Yemen, Prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And I have to wonder; is it because these people can order singular, or multiple assassinations with impunity, and not be held responsible for what they have done?

Dec 27 12:37

Report: Southeast Syrian Rebels Ready to Surrender After US Pullout From Tanf Base: Commanders try to negotiate safe passage for rebel north

The US withdrawal from Syria includes the withdrawal from the remote US military base at al-Tanf, and that’s got some of the rebel factions in the southeastern area around the base wondering what comes next.

Reporters say that many of the rebels are openly saying that they intend to lay down their arms and surrender as soon as the US leaves al-Tanf, and try to join into one of the Syrian government’s reconciliation offer.

On the other hand, commanders from the US-backed Mahavir al-Saura brigade are looking for life after the US by issuing a demand for Syria to grant them safe passage for 6,000 fighters into the rebel-held northern Syria area around Idlib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So these jihadists are "demanding" safe passage from the Syrian government to get 6,000 fighters out of harm's way, after fighting the Syria, Russia, and Iranian military?!?

Were I part of the leadership of Mahavir al-Saura, I would seriously not be holding my breath that this would happen.

Dec 27 10:40

BANKING GIANT HSBC DIVESTS FROM ISRAEL ARMS MANUFACTURER

Human rights groups have claimed a major victory after HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world, confirmed that it fully divested from Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems, which sells weapons to the Israeli military used in attacks on Palestinians.

As part of the campaign, over 24,000 people emailed HSBC with concern over its investments in Elbit Systems and other companies selling weapons to Israel’s military. Forty HSBC branches across the UK were picketed monthly to call on HSBC to stop aiding Israel’s brutal occupation and human rights abuse of millions of Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well done, HSBC, good on you!

Dec 27 10:37

TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS PREPARING TO REPLACE US FORCES IN SYRIA - NEWS FROM ANTIWAR.COM

Turkey-backed rebel fighters in Syria are gearing up for a major deployment into northeastern Syria, with an eye on replacing the US ground troops in the area. Turkey is planning to invade in the course of this replacement, and is coordinating with the US and the pullout and deployment.

President Trump has said the withdrawal will be “slow,” and there has been no public timetable on troop movements. The rebels in question, however, are moving closer to the city of Manbij, which Turkey has indicated will be the first target.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the situation in comments to reporters on Tuesday, saying that while the timeline of deployment may be related to coordination with the US, Turkey remains “determined” to expel the Kurds from Syria’s northeast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To where, please is Turkish FM Cavusoglu "determined" to expel the Kurds from Syria's Northeast?

I think the short, honest answer is, to the kingdom of genocide and slaughter, given the opportunity,given the reality that the Kurds are on both Turkey's and the US's terror watch list.

However, there was something President Trump said at Ramstein, which rather unnerved me, and it has taken time to find, because it has been nearly completely obliterated by most of the coverage of President and Mrs.Trump's trips to Iraq and Germany, given by the presstitutes. And bless "thelocal.de, for reporting it: https://www.thelocal.de/20181227/trumps-surprise-visit-to-germany

The statement is as follows:

"On Wednesday, Trump said "we've knocked them out," although he appeared to hedge his bets – following widespread criticism that his victory declaration is premature – when he added that Iraq might be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

This to me, begs the question: are some of the US military about to be tactically redeployed in Iraq, for some future attack against Syria, and is that statement supposed to "prep" the American people for its happening, shortly down the road?!?

President Trump may well believe he has time to make his case for this, in terms of more troops in Iraq, because the Iraqi government has become paralyzed between two Shiia Factions, as reported earlier this month by Reuters: Shi'ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq's government

But the question is, how long can he wait, if the war in Syria does not go the way he wants, even with the upcoming Turkish intervention?!?

Is the Turkish government looking to annex those areas of Syria's northeast?!?

We will have to see, as the situation unfolds; Israel, of course, is always the wild card here, and I am hoping (and praying) that the Russians, generally the adults in the room in the world of geopolitics, will have a calming effect long-term.

Dec 27 09:54

NETANYAHU: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL I RESIGN

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told confidants that he doesn't believe that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will actually dare to indict him during the election campaign, but even if he does, he's not resigning, according to a report in Yisrael Hayom by poltical analyst Motti Tuchfeld on Thursday morning.

Netanyahu said in a personal conversation that even if an indictment is brought against him during the elections, he's not going anywhere, and the trial will be held during his term as prime minister.

"The law is clear, even if an indictment is filed against me, I'm not resigning," Netanyahu said.

Dec 27 09:51

WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY ABOUT THE OCCUPATION?

When large parts of the population celebrate the birth of Jesus, a similar, sad fate is repeated. In the country where Jesus was born, the harassment and human rights crimes against Palestinians, whether Muslim or Christian, are becoming more and more cruel. It is precisely these celebrations that the Zionist system of oppression uses for ever new criminal and murderous actions. In the shadow of the supposedly peaceful Advent season, we are witnessing a wave of violence that does not shy away from the murder of children and the disabled. Since the US government under the leadership of US President Trump and Shadow Secretary of State “Jared-Koscher Kushner-Nostra-Secretary of State” has been in power, all the floodgates have been opened in order to enforce its “America and Jewish First” policy unhindered. Who is surprised that Jewish citizens who do not distance themselves from this policy are becoming more and more unpopular? And that’s not anti-Semitism!

Dec 27 09:50

NOBODY STANDS IN THE WAY OF ZION

More than two years ago I wrote a comment with the title “When the Israel lobby rings twice”, but today it doesn’t quite fit anymore. In fact, the lobby has infiltrated German public life. They sit in almost all forums, parties, organizations. And in the media they are constantly on the lookout and consult editorial offices and broadcasters, so that everything goes according to their wishes and criticism of Israel is immediately stopped and the critics are silenced. The influence of this lobby and its demands are unprecedented. Why did the Merkel-Gro/Ko hide until today that during the last German-Israeli government consultations Prime Minister Netanyahu handed over a paper to Chancellor Merkel urging the German government to stop support for non-governmental organizations that allegedly “promote anti-Israeli activities”? We know only too well what this means and who.

Dec 27 07:49

Fraud probe opens into EU police mission for West Bank

Is it possible to have a relaxing holiday if you are being investigated for fraud?

The European Union’s policing operation in the occupied West Bank faces exactly that challenge. A few days before many of its personnel left for a Christmas break, some less than welcome visitors came to see their new Ramallah headquarters.

Representing an anti-fraud office called OLAF, the visitors conducted a search, quizzed some staff and took various documents and electronic equipment away for further inspection.

The investigation has been unreported until now. Yet it is not the first time that the EU’s policing operation has been under suspicion.

In December 2016, the Union’s diplomatic service opened a probe into claims of nepotism and harassment at the operation’s headquarters.

Dec 27 07:49

Don’t be afraid: Tahrir’s last words

Some things fade with time. Others – often the traumatic stuff – never leaves us.

Ten years ago, Israel launched a major offensive on Gaza.

It was meticulously prepared, down to the detail of ensuring it happened over Christmas, when much of the world’s western media was away.

It happened in spite of a six-month ceasefire agreed earlier in 2008, which had begun to unravel after an Israeli raid into Gaza on 4 November – the same date as a US presidential election.

By the time it was over, the so-called Operation Cast Lead had lasted over three weeks. It left more than 1,400 Palestinians, among them some 1,200 civilians, dead.

Dec 27 07:48

The benevolent bureaucrats of military occupation

Last year, 54 patients were known to have died while awaiting Israeli permits to leave Gaza for medical treatment.

This year, some 800 Palestinians in Gaza were barred from traveling under a directive that denied patients access to medical treatment in the West Bank and Israel over alleged ties to Hamas members.

The Israeli government directive was issued in early 2017 to put pressure on Hamas to release two Israeli civilians believed to be held by the group and to return the bodies of two soldiers killed in Gaza during the 51-day military offensive in the territory in 2014.

The family of one of the slain soldiers had demanded that the government reduce the number of exit permits for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza for humanitarian reasons.

Dec 27 07:40

US support emboldens Israel to attack Syria: Foreign Ministry

Syria has strongly condemned Israel’s recent missile strike near the capital Damascus as a blatant violation of a United Nations resolution, adding that Tel Aviv would not have been able to carry out such attacks without support from the United States.

In two separate letters addressed to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the head of the UN Security Council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned the attack as a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 350, which called for a ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the wake of the Yom Kippur War.

The Foreign Ministry accused Israel of seeking to prolong the crisis in Syria, noting that such strikes are tantamount to what Daesh and other terrorist groups are doing in Syria.

Syria once again asks the Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities in keeping international peace and security and adopting firm measures to prevent the repetition of the Israeli attacks, the ministry concluded.

Dec 26 15:06

Netanyahu’s Gift to Settler Movement After Snap Election Called: 2,000 New Homes

Authorities in Israel have advanced plans to have nearly 2,200 settlement homes illegally constructed in the occupied West Bank.

A committee within Israel's Defense Ministry charged with handling such projects approved the plans on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A total of 2,191 settlement homes were advanced this week, with 1,038 clearing their final hurdle in the approval process before construction can begin. The remaining homes are still being processed.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law. Members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seek to pressure international governments and companies into dropping business with entities that profit off of illegal Israeli settlements.

Last week, the Israeli government aided a law firm linked to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency to pressure a US-based fundraising platform to ban BDS from using its services, Sputnik News reported.

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