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May 19 17:41

Diary of a Palestinian girl: The raids

What's it like living with the constant fear of raids? Here's the second episode of our new series following Janna, an 11-year-old journalist living in Nabi Saleh, a small village in the West Bank.

May 19 12:37

Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served

In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the UN Security Council, four top former officials at the highest level of the US government have given him legal notice about his duty to advise the US Congress, the ICC and the UNSC, among others, about Israel’s actions coinciding with the “70th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.”

The letter is signed, among others, by former CIA operations officer Phil Giraldi; former Pentagon official Michael Maloof; former US Army officer and State Department coordinator for counterterrorism contractor Scott Bennett; and former diplomat and author of Visas For al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World, Michael Springmann.

May 19 12:09

BEX ALERT - Bill Maher and Bari Weiss Cruelly Blame Palestinians for Gaza Massacre

During the embassy opening, a taunting event all but designed to inflame tensions, Israeli forces brutally massacred at least 58 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border—including women and children. Many were killed by sniper fire hundreds of yards away. Weiss, however, saw no connection between the protests and the embassy launch.

“Bill, I love you, but the riots were not caused by the embassy move,” said Weiss. “They’re not linked. When Hamas attacked Israel in 2008, when Hamas attacked Israel in 2012, when it attacked Israel in 2014, the embassy was in Tel Aviv all of those times… They intentionally moved up the day so that it would coincide with the day of the embassy move so that we would all be disgusted and heartbroken when we saw this horrible split-screen of Ivanka Trump, looking like she was at a country club, next to poor, desperate people dying in Gaza.”

“I agree with you,” Maher replied. “They planned that. Absolutely.”

May 19 12:08

Gaza: Watch George Galloway's incredible interview with Laura Loomer

May 19 12:01

On Gaza: The end will continue

During the 1st intifada I wrote that the Israeli occupation was over. Some thought this an optimistic assessment, as if life for Palestinians and Israelis would now move beyond occupation. That wasn’t what I was thinking, just the opposite. I thought the Rubicon had been crossed and either Israel would negotiate a two-state solution or place its foot on the accelerator and take as much of Palestine as it could.

Neither happened exactly as I thought. Yet I was hardly wrong either and the question of questions remains thirty years after my initial understanding: When an occupation becomes permanent is it still an occupation?

May 19 12:01

Hundreds gather in Boston to protest Gaza killings and 70 years of ethnic cleansing in Palestine

More than 300 Palestinians and their allies gathered on Tuesday, May 15 in Boston to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophic Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and to protest Israel’s massacre of Gazans participating in the Great March of Return. A fierce storm did little to dampen the fervor of the crowd, who were forced to move from the streets of downtown Boston to the welcoming sanctuary of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at the height of the lightning and thunder.

The event, entitled “Remembering and Resisting: 70 Years of Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine,” was organized by the Boston Palestinian Community, the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, Boston-wide Students for Justice in Palestine, Grassroots International, Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, and United for Justice with Peace; more than two dozen other Boston area organizations endorsed the event.

May 19 12:00

Protesting is not enough

The seemingly unending injustice of occupation and a siege that has been described as “incremental genocide,” punctuated by episodes of hypermilitarized violence, is what Palestinians mean by “Al Nakba is ongoing today.” Our catastrophe is not a historical moment that happened in 1948, and can be relegated to the past. Palestinians today are not only commemorating a wrong committed last century, we are protesting the fact that there has been no justice since, only an increase in our dispossession.

And as I sat feverishly consuming reports on my computer, I got a group text from a friend, saying “peel yourselves away from your screens, today we take to the streets.”

May 19 11:59

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Protesters In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West bank city of Qalqilia.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum said dozens of soldiers invaded the town and resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters.

He added that the soldiers fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, causing many mild injuries, before the wounded received treatment by local medics.

May 19 11:59

Army Attacks The Weekly Nonviolent Protest In Ni’lin

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Local and international peace activists marched from the center of the village, heading towards the Annexation Wall, separating the villagers from their lands and orchards.

They chanted against the Israeli occupation of Palestinians, the illegal colonies and the ongoing violations and military escalation against the Palestinian people.

May 19 11:58

56 Palestinians reported injured during demonstrations in Gaza on first Friday of Ramadan

Today, as of 20:00, Israeli forces injured 56 Palestinians in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH), during demonstrations near the perimeter fence as part of the “Great March of Return.”

Although 15 May, the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as the 1948 “Nakba”, was initially intended to be the culmination of the protests, the demonstrations are now expected to continue at least until 5 June, which commemorates the “Naksa”, when Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967.

Some 3,000-5,000 people participated today in protests at the five tent camps located some 600 metres from the perimeter fence, the lowest number since the protests began on 30 March.

May 19 11:58

French revolt against Macron’s support for Israel

Israel’s massacre of dozens of Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip last Monday is sharpening the divide between the French public and the country’s staunchly pro-Israel leaders.

Even before the latest massacre, one of France’s international giants, film director Jean-Luc Godard, had joined dozens of cultural figures saying they would refuse to take part in French government “cultural” activities designed to promote Israel.

Since Monday, people have demonstrated in solidarity with Palestinians all over the country, including thousands in the streets of Paris.

May 19 11:57

“50 Hamas members” claim does not justify Gaza massacre

Israel has generated global outrage by picking off demonstrators – holding flags, slingshots, stones and incendiary kites, using burning tires, mounds of sand and improvised gas masks as defenses against heavily fortified soldiers armed with US-made Remington M24 sniper rifles – during weeks of protest in Gaza.

Now Israel is trying to spin away the damage by claiming that many of those killed were members of Hamas, and therefore deserved to die.

But as international law experts and international officials have stressed, the political affiliation of those killed on Monday is irrelevant when it comes to the legality of Israel’s actions.

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That's like liberals saying it's okay to kill conservatives.

May 19 11:56

Bill would spend Palestinian taxes on Israeli families

An Israeli bill would divert some of the revenue that Israel is obligated to hand over to the Palestinian Authority, to stay in Israel. This revenue is earmarked for social welfare payments to families of Palestinians captured, injured, or killed by Israel. Israel claims this practice promotes terrorism.

May 19 11:55

“Freedom Flotilla” sets sail from Sweden to the Gaza Strip

The 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, filled with humanitarian aid and activists from all over the world, is on its way from Sweden in what is expected to be a 75-day trip to Gaza. Previous attempts of this type have been stopped for the last 7 years, once with the loss of 10 activists’ lives at the hands of Israeli commandos.

May 19 11:43

DANON: KUWAIT’S CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL FORCE TO PROTECT GAZANS ‘SHAMEFUL'

Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon issued a stern rebuke of Kuwait on Friday after the oil-rich Arab nation circulated a draft resolution calling for an international force to be deployed to Gaza in order to protect Palestinian civilians from Israel.

In a strongly worded statement released just before Friday morning, Danon called the proposed measure “shameful” and decried the move as a helping hand to the Palestinian terror organization Hamas.

May 19 11:42

NETANYAHU: UNHRC BACKED TERRORISM WITH ITS WAR CRIMES PROBE AGAINST ISRAEL

Prime Minister Benjamin Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday charged that the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva had backed terrorism by launching a war crimes probe against Israeli actions on the Gaza border.

May 19 11:41

DANON, HALEY CONDEMN UNHRC FOR DECISION TO PROBE DEADLY GAZA EVENTS

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested the council should be looking into human rights violations elsewhere instead of Israel.

May 19 11:20

ICC must investigate Israel’s crimes against journalists

Reporters Without Borders has formally requested that the International Criminal Court prosecutor investigate the targeting of journalists in Gaza as war crimes.

Targeting of journalists was “deliberate” and constitutes “war crimes,” Christophe Deloire of Reporters Without Borders said.

“The Israeli authorities could not have been unaware of the presence of journalists among the civilian demonstration.”

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate is also forming a committee of various Palestinian media outlets to prepare legal files to send to the International Criminal Court and some European courts, in regards to Israel’s targeting of journalists in Gaza, especially the killing of two reporters.

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return, Israel has killed Palestinian journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, and injured more than 90, according to the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate.

May 19 11:20

22,000 Icelandic citizens sign petition against next year's Eurovision in Israel

Icelandic citizens sign petition to boycott next year's Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Israel, following Gaza border riots; Iceland's national public broadcasting organization convenes to discuss issue; Icelandic human rights organization attempts harnessing other European countries to boycott next year's contest.

May 19 11:14

Israel, Egypt ‘Block Turkey from Airlifting Gaza Wounded Protesters for Emergency Treatment’

Egypt and Israel have blocked Turkish aircraft from using their airports to transport thousands of Palestinians wounded by Israeli troops during protests in Gaza, Turkey’s deputy prime minister has said.

Recep Akdag made the announcement on Wednesday, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, amid a growing rift between Ankara and Tel Aviv over Israeli massacres of Palestinian protesters.

Israeli forces killed at least 60 Palestinians and wounded over 3,000 others mostly with live gunfire on Monday during protests against the transfer of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli forces shot dead two more protesters on Tuesday as Palestinians marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who were expelled in the 1948 war.

Since border protests and clashes began on March 30, 116 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire across the Gaza Strip.

May 19 10:48

LOOTED & HIDDEN - Palestinian Archives in Israel

Can’t figure out those Palestinians? Maybe this short film by Dr. Rona Sela, an Israeli curator, researcher of visual history and culture, and lecturer at Tel Aviv University, can help.

Rona Sela has made her 46-minute documentary film ‘Looted and Hidden’ available for free on Vimeo until 22 May, on the occasion of 70 years Nakba.

May 19 10:27

In Palestine, the Victim Must Apologize to the Killers

Gideon Levy has written in Haaretz about the “absurd” situation whereby, in his words: “The leader of the Palestinian people is forced to apologize to the Jewish people” for saying something “anti-Semitic” about the Holocaust. According to Levy, “The one who was robbed apologizes to the robbers, the victim apologizes to the rapist, the dead to the killer.” His article was headed, “Dear Occupiers, sorry if we hurt your feelings” and he pointed out that, “You don’t have to be an admirer of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to understand the depths of the absurd. You don’t have to be an Israel hater to understand the extent of the chutzpah.”

May 19 10:14

UN Votes to Send War Crimes Investigators to Gaza

The United Nations' top human rights body has voted to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.

A resolution calling on the UN Human Rights Council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry" was backed on Friday by 29 members.

The members - United States and Australia - voted against and 14 abstained.

Investigators must "investigate all alleged violations and abuses ... in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018", the approved resolution said.

May 19 09:58

Erdogan likens Israeli ‘brutality’ in Gaza to Nazi murder of Jews

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday compares Israel’s actions against the Palestinians in Gaza to the Nazi persecution of the Jews in World War II.

“There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to,” he tells a summit of Islamic leaders in Istanbul.

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May 19 09:57

60 Dead in Gaza and the End of Israeli Conscience

When will the moment come in which the mass killing of Palestinians matters anything to the right? When will the moment come in which the massacre of civilians shocks at least the left-center? If 60 people slain don’t do it, perhaps 600? Will 6,000 jolt them?

When will the moment come in which a pinch of human feeling arises, if only for a moment, toward the Palestinians? Sympathy? At what moment will someone call a halt, and suggest compassion, without being branded an eccentric or an Israel hater?

When will there be a moment in which someone admits that the slaughterer has, after all, some responsibility for the slaughter, not only the slaughtered, who are of course responsible for their own slaughter?

May 19 09:56

Israel's new African friends will pay a price for this betrayal

The split-screen juxtaposition had most of us trembling with anger. On the left, here was Ivanka Trump, the US president's daughter, beaming at the inauguration plaque outside the new US embassy in Jerusalem. On the right, Palestinians in Gaza were being pulled from the carnage of a bloodbath. At last count, at least 60 Palestinians were massacred. Another 2,700 injured by bullets and tear gas fumes. Gaza remains in trauma.

And while the usual tropes of Hamas involvement in inciting the protest movement have been spilling from American and Israeli mouthpieces - be they politicians, commentators or columnists - this week's devastating events left even the most neutral of observers stunned. How was it possible, in the 21st century, that such an atrocity could play out without consequence?

May 19 09:52

Gaza and Palestine 101 for Americans

By Chris Kanthan

One should ask, “Why are Palestinians protesting?” before cheering for their death in Gaza. Blaming Hamas is a talking point that hides many facts and realities. In the last few days, 85 Palestinians have been shot to death and 2000+ have been shot and wounded — including 200 doctors, paramedics and journalists — by Israeli snipers. Number of Israelis injured: ZERO!...

May 19 09:46

Israel Won’t Cooperate With UN Probe on Gaza Killings

Israeli officials announced Friday that they will completely refuse all cooperation with the new UN probe into the Nakba Day killings of 61 Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border. The protesters were killed by Israeli troops.

A UN Security Council resolution failed to agree on the probe, when it was vetoed by the United States. The UN Human Rights Council, where no veto power exists, held a special session agreeing to send international investigators into the probe.

It was the deadliest single day in the Gaza Strip since the 2014 Israeli invasion. The incident lead to substantial international outcry. Israeli officials argued that the number of deaths were themselves of no consequence, likening it to killing Nazis.

May 19 09:29

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza.
Note: There will be no decrease of funds for Israeli....ever, just increases and more military aid so Israel can defend itself against slight shots and kites with burning tails!

May 19 09:24

Gaza border protests resume as UN calls for inquiry

"Israel completely rejects the resolution that was adopted by an automatic anti-Israel majority whose results were known from the start," he said. "Israel will continue to defend its citizens and soldiers as it has the right to defend itself."
Note: Sick of hearing "right to defend itself" "holocaust" "anti-Semitic"

May 19 09:17

UN human rights chief lambastes Israel for Gaza protest killings

"They are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death," he said of the Gazans on Friday, adding the occupation must come to an end.
Israel defended its forces, and denounced Zeid’s statement. Indeed, UN ambassador Aviva Raz Shechter called his comments "politically motivated.”
Note: Let's get our terminology correct. Israel is terrorist. Israel is Illegal occupier.

May 19 09:12

Palestinians: 2 wounded from Israeli border fire have died

Since the demonstrations began March 30, more than 110 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,500 wounded by live fire, according to the Health Ministry.
Note: Israel continues to state it has a right to defend ourselves and our borders! except it has no borders!!

May 19 05:49

Muslim leaders call for international protection force for Palestinians

t a special summit in Turkey convened by President Tayyip Erdogan, they also pledged to take "appropriate political (and) economic measures" against countries that followed the United States in moving their Israel embassies to contested Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
Erdogan, who is campaigning for re-election next month, used the summit to verbally attack Israel, comparing the actions of its forces to Nazi Germany's treatment of Jews in World War Two, when millions were killed in concentration camps.
Note: Ignorant comparison to Germany. Millions were not killed,hospitals were provided.

May 19 05:44

The Latest: Israel says Gaza wounded transferred to Jordan

Israel's military says wounded Palestinians in Gaza were transferred to Jordan for medical treatment and that Jordanian trucks packed with medical supplies have entered the territory.
Note: Why wouldn't they be transferred to Israeli hospitals Israelis shot them and why doesn't Israel provide medical supplies.

May 19 05:38

U.N. sets up human rights probe into Gaza killings, to Israel's fury

Israel railed against the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday as it voted to set up a probe into recent killings in Gaza and accused Israel of excessive use of force.
The resolution to send a commission of inquiry to investigate was rejected by the United States and Australia, but backed by 29 members of the 47-state U.N. forum. Another 14 countries, including Britain, Germany and Japan, abstained.
Israel's ambassador in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, castigated the council for "spreading lies against Israel" during "five hours of ludicrous statements".

May 18 13:53

Israel Intelligence Mulling False Flag on US Embassy To be Blamed on Palestinians

Was hacked shortly after exposing this.

May 18 12:35

Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza strip protests rises to 14

Israeli forces killed two Palestinian children on Monday and Tuesday during protests east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces shot Bilal al-Ashram, 17, in the chest with live ammunition around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, a day after shooting 16-year-old Talal Matar in the head, Defense for Children International - Palestine’s preliminary investigation found. Both children were unarmed, according to initial reports. The two children are among 14 Palestinians under the age of 18 to be killed by Israeli forces in the context of “March of Return” protests near the perimeter fence in the Gaza Strip between March 30 and May 15.

May 18 12:09

Gaza Killings: Names and Faces of Those Killed by Israeli Forces This Week

May 18 12:03

U.S. Catholic Bishops: "Violence is Not the Answer to Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians"

Unlike protestant Arch-Zionist senator Lindsey Graham, who declared "If You Got a Problem with US Embassy in Jerusalem "Take it Up with God", the Catholic Bishops stated, "The protests by Palestinians are fueled by desperation due to the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza...Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem was a provocative and unhelpful step in the pursuit of peace."

May 18 11:57

‘Caged in toxic slum’: UN rights chief slams Israel over deadly Gaza protests

Israel is depriving 1.9 million people in Gaza of basic rights and creating inhumane conditions, according to a UN human rights chief. He has also castigated the use of lethal force by Israel during the recent protests.
“They are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; dehumanised by the Israeli authorities,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein stated.

The UN human rights watchdog called a special session on Friday in the wake of “appalling” events in Gaza. Some 87 Palestinians, including 12 children, were killed by Israeli security forces since March 30, with more than 40 fatalities and more than 1,300 injured on Monday alone, the UN estimates.

May 18 10:10

Murder as a way to make a political point

Gaza is a small, densely populated sliver of land whose 1.8 million inhabitants have been suffering under an Israeli blockade for the past 11 years (with Egyptian cooperation). Half of Gaza’s population is under 16 years of age. The unemployment rate is 44%. Knowledgeable people call it an open air prison controlled by Israel.

May 18 10:10

After the Gaza massacre, how can Jews sleep well at night?

Can we really? In our name, horrors are committed, supposedly so that we would be able to “sleep well at night”. To have a “safe haven”, while others are uprooted from their homes, maimed and killed for protesting the injustice.

We constantly downplay this horror, because looking it in the eye means not only scrutinizing Israeli policy, but its very existence as a “Jewish state”. It means to scrutinize Zionism, and so few want to do that.

This is really what is looking at us through the fences at the Great March of Return. Sure, many want to frame it as “terrorist”, not because of the actions, but because of the notion – the notion of “return” is for Zionists synonymous with “destruction” and “denial of our right to exist” – as a “Jewish state”, that is.

May 18 09:41

NABI SALEH 20 4 2018

Hello Everyone,

A group of us supported a local Baptist minister and his wife to join a mostly clergy Sabeel witness trip to Palestine three weeks ago. This morning I received the following video taken by one of them of Israeli soldiers creating havoc in Nebi Saleh, a "suburb" of Jerusalem. Please watch it and see for yourself what we as Americans are supporting with our tax dollars.

May 18 09:22

Arab League demands international probe into Israeli 'crimes'

The Arab League called Thursday for an international probe into alleged crimes by Israeli forces against Palestinians following mass protests on the Gaza border that saw dozens of demonstrators killed.

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel.

The largest demonstrations coincided with the move of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday, which saw Israeli forces kill some 60 Palestinians.

May 18 09:21

Vietnam Reaffirms Support for Palestinian Statehood

Vietnam, on Thursday, renewed its firm position in supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of an independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

During the ministry’s weekly press conference, which focused on the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem and the violence in the Gaza Strip, head of the Press and Information Department of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, Le Thi Thu Hang noted that Vietnam’s position was that all solutions concerning the city of Jerusalem should comply with international law, in particular with United Nations resolutions, with the consent of the relevant parties.

May 18 09:13

UN to investigate possible Israeli war crimes after Gaza massacre

Human Rights Council votes to investigate Israeli response to protests that killed scores of Palestinians

May 18 09:13

GAZANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO INVADE ISRAEL — AT LEAST IF YOU BELIEVE ONE OF ISRAEL’S JUSTIFICATIONS FOR THE SIX-DAY WAR

But there’s a stupendous historical irony to Israel’s manufactured outrage: Israel itself claimed that a far less stringent embargo by Egypt in 1967 was a legitimate casus belli for Israel to attack Egypt (which led to Israel seizing control of Gaza and eventually imposing the embargo on it).

Israel opened fire first during the Six-Day War on June 5, 1967, with an air and land attack on Egypt. But, Israel declared, Egypt had actually started the war several weeks before, when it blockaded the Straits of Tiran, which prevented Israel from shipping goods through the Red Sea.

But if it were legal for Israel to bomb and invade Egypt in 1967 and then occupy Palestinian land for decades, it logically follows that Palestinians in Gaza have had the right to attack and occupy Israel ever since the Israeli blockade began in 2007. Fair’s fair.

May 18 09:07

‘The Everyday Process of Ethnic Cleansing’

Palestinians protesting at the Gaza fence posed no threat whatsoever and even if they were trying to cross the border, you don’t use live fire to kill them, says Diana Buttu in this inerview with Dennis J. Bernstein.

May 18 08:51

How Long Will We Pretend Palestinians Aren’t People?

Monstrous. Frightful. Wicked. It’s strange how the words just run out in the Middle East today. Sixty Palestinians dead. In one day. Two thousand four hundred wounded, more than half by live fire. In one day. The figures are an outrage, a turning away from morality, a disgrace for any army to create.

And we are supposed to believe that the Israeli army is one of “purity of arms”? And we have to ask another question. If it’s 60 Palestinians dead in a day this week, what if it’s 600 next week? Or 6,000 next month? Israel’s bleak excuses – and America’s crude response – raise this very question. If we can now accept a massacre on this scale, how far can our immune system go in the days and weeks and months to come?

May 18 08:40

Debunking 18 claims justifying this week’s Gaza massacre

t’s mind-blowing how people have the energy to keep repeating the same claims over and over again for days and weeks, ignoring outside information. That is why I have decided to spare others the time, effort, and emotion, by writing out the most common claims I have seen regarding the events of the Great March of Return, followed by my responses. Those interested in fact-checking these common falsehoods, can find them in one place.

The one claim that I will not deal with, one of the most popular, is that of: “The Bible say God give the land of Israel to the Jewish people?” Fundamentalists, regardless of faith, will never see beyond their own holy books. This list isn’t for them and I won’t bother trying to change their minds.

May 18 08:31

Jewish Americans Condemn US Gov. Support for Israel’s Massacre of Gazans

Activists from Jewish Voice for Peace NYC and Jews Say No! held a Gaza solidarity protest outside the office of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, condemning US support for Israel’s massacre of Palestinian protesters – Ben Norton reports.

May 18 08:24

Jews and Palestinians protest Israel together.

Jews and Palestinians protest Israel together.

A strange and “inconvenient” but true story.

Judaism is not Zionism. Zionism is Zionism.

Strange commentary from the Vice reporter: “Their blind faith goes too far.”

And people who bulldoze the homes and olive groves of Palestinians are normal?

May 18 08:23

“Killing Gaza” captures culture of resistance

Westerners witnessed Israel’s massacre of protesters at the culmination of Gaza’s Great March of Return on 14 May mostly through bytes of imagery transmitted onto flat screens and smartphones.

They saw montages of horse-drawn carts carrying bloodied bodies and zig-zagging through thick clouds of teargas, flashes of young men charging at the high-tech fences and militarized fortifications that hold their lives in a soul-sapping stasis, rescue workers overwhelmed by the sheer number of casualties, and grainy footage of snipers in olive drab hunting their prey with laser range finders and terminating 62 lives with the flick of a trigger.

For too many in the West, the scenes of death in Gaza’s Israeli-declared no-go zone were simulacra of devastation detached from the lived reality of those who flocked to the seven weeks of protests.

May 18 08:21

Perverse lobby parties after Gaza massacre

It was an obscene spectacle. A short while after around 60 people were killed in Gaza on Monday, Israel’s embassy to the European Union threw a party.

May 18 08:20

Listen: “Clearly marked” Gaza medics shot by Israeli snipers

“We could see very quickly that the Israelis were going to shoot a lot of people,” Tarek Loubani, a Palestinian Canadian emergency physician who treated patients in Gaza on 14 May, told The Electronic Intifada Podcast.

As Israeli forces began to shoot into the crowds, the number of Palestinians wounded in their limbs climbed. Loubani said that his paramedic team “ran out of our supply of tourniquets really early in the morning. All we had left were eight of them.”

After he retrieved more tourniquets and returned to distribute them to paramedics, he said there was a lull around him: “No burning tires, no smoke, no tear gas, nobody messing around in front of the buffer zone. Just a clearly marked medical team well away from everybody else.”

“And unfortunately that’s when I got shot.”

May 18 08:07

UN experts urge Israel not to deport Human Rights Watch official Omar Shakir

UN human rights experts* have called on the Government of Israel to rescind its decision of 7 May to cancel the work permit of Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch, who is based in Jerusalem.

“The decision to revoke Mr. Shakir’s work permit appears connected solely to his human rights research and advocacy,” they noted, “not to any allegation of wrongdoing”.

“Deporting Mr. Shakir sends a troubling message that Israel resists the kind of human rights fact-finding and debate that Human Rights Watch and other domestic and international non-governmental organisations conduct all of the time, in almost every part of the world.”

May 18 06:54

How Israel Privatized Its Occupation of Palestine

It’s 4:30 am with the moon still high in the sky, but Palestinians from across the West Bank are already disembarking from buses outside the Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem. They’re about to begin a day’s work on the other side of the separation wall, in Israel.

May 18 06:50

7 Myths About The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

On Monday, one day prior to the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, the Trump administration fulfilled its promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. This move was followed by Palestinian protests in the West Bank and Gaza, with Israeli soldiers killing over 50 Palestinians, including children, and wounding over 1,000 others. Since then, debates have been raging among pundits, policymakers and everyday citizens about the struggle over Israel and Palestine. Unfortunately, many of these conversations are animated by the same stale and problematic talking points. Here are seven of the most damaging:

May 17 14:54

Draft Dodger in Chief Dodges “Historic” Opening of US Embassy, Jerusalem

It was NBC’s Cal Parry who summed up the obscenity of Donald Trump’s ignorant and igniting decision to move the US Embassy to West Jerusalem, then to celebrate the inauguration on Monday, 14th May: “Well dressed American and Israeli officials on one side of the screen: desperation, death and fires on the other.”

In 1948, 700,000 Palestinians began their flight from the city and the region trying to escape the massacres by Jewish militias on that date, seventy years ago. Commemorated ever since as the day of “Nakba” – disaster, catastrophe, cataclysm – following them to this day as land is stolen, families expelled and “settlements” encroach, and Palestinian history is bulldozed.

‘ “When the massacre started the (paramilitaries) took a kid and strapped him on an army jeep and drove him around different neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, saying ‘the same will happen to you if you don’t leave,’ ” Abu Kaya said, retelling his grandfather’s story to Middle East Eye.’ (1)

May 17 13:37

“Jerusalem al-Quds: Eternal Capital of Palestine” conference in Mashhad, Iran

Dr. Kevin Barrett writes, "Greetings from Mashhad! I’m heading back to the USA and will resume doing radio shows and False Flag Weekly News ASAP. Meanwhile here is an article on the conference.
Best, Kevin."

May 17 12:09

GAZA'S Pieta

May 17 12:06

'People voted for Brexit, NOT purgatory' – FURY as UK may STAY in customs union until 2021 Tags: EUROPE GREAT BRITAIN BRITAIN will tell Brussels it is willing to stay in the EU customs union beyond 2021 as the government ended up with another stand-off ov

May 17 11:34

Israel Defense Forces Launch Airstrikes on Hamas Targets in Gaza

Israeli strike aircraft attacked "Hamas terror targets in northern Gaza" late Wednesday night following what Tel Aviv called Hamas provocations near the border town of Sderot with machine gun fire, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

Four of the targets "were buildings and terror infrastructure in a military compound," while three strikes targeted a weapons production facility, the IDF announced on Twitter.

May 17 11:33

Israel ‘Scrutinized More than Ever’ Over ‘Brutal Aggression’ in Gaza

The international community is condemning Israeli violence against Palestinians after the IDF killed more than 60 Palestinians and injured more than 2,400 on Monday in response to Palestinians protests demanding their right to return to territories seized by Israel in 1948.

Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear that Israel is now being scrutinized more than ever by the "international lens" for its human rights violations against Palestinians.

May 17 11:27

Uneasy Calm Falls Over Gaza After Israel Kills Scores at Protests

The death toll in the protests on Monday, in which Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators, reached 60 overnight and one person was reported killed on Tuesday.

• The center of Gaza City was calm after the militant group Hamas, which rules the territory, called for a general strike.

May 17 11:20

West’s Failure to Act Will Be Cause of the Next Gaza Massacre

But amid the euphoria, a few Israeli commentators understood that politics is about more than power – it’s about imagery too. The champagne-quaffing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem while Gaza drowned in blood left a profoundly sour taste in the mouth.

There was more than a whiff of hypocrisy too in statements about “defending borders” from a state that has refused to declare its borders since its creation exactly 70 years ago – as well as from a Netanyahu government currently trying to establish a Greater Israel over the Palestinian territories.

But the hypocrisy was not restricted to Israel and Washington, which parroted Mr. Netanyahu’s talking points.

There was an ugly equivocation from other western leaders. They spoke of “regret”, “tragedy” and “concern at the loss of life”, as though an act of God had struck Gaza, not an order from Israeli commanders to quell the Palestinian urge for freedom with live ammunition.

May 17 11:15

Erdogan: UN 'finished' after failing to act over Gaza killings

Erdogan accused Israel of "tyranny" and said Turkey would evacuate those injured from Gaza, where hospital facilities are reportedly at a breaking point.

Israel maintains its forces use of live fire is in line with both domestic and international law, arguing the demonstrations are part of the country's conflict with Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.

May 17 11:14

Top IDF Spokesperson Tells U.S. Jews: Israel Failed to Minimize Gaza Casualties, Hamas Won PR War by Knockout

A senior Israeli army spokesman admitted Tuesday that Israel failed to minimize the number of Palestinian casualties during the recent deadly protests on the Gaza border, and that some were hit by mistake. He added that Hamas won the PR war by a "knockout."

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, the international spokesman and head of social media for the Israel Defense Forces, made the comments during a Jewish community briefing organized by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

The officer fiercely defended the military’s response to the recent protests along the Gaza border, in which more than 100 Palestinians were killed and thousands more wounded, most of them by live fire.

May 17 11:09

U.N. has 'collapsed' in the face of Gaza violence, says Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the United Nations had "collapsed" in the face of events in Gaza where Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinian protesters on Monday as the United States relocated its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the U.S. decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem. It called for an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday.

Speaking at a dinner on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Erdogan said the majority of the international community had failed to react to the events in Gaza, and warned that remaining silent would mean "opening a very dangerous door."

May 17 11:05

Weak-Kneed Russian Response to US Jerusalem Embassy Opening

Putin just loves Israel!
Trump’s moving of Washington’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, an international city, demands universal condemnation.

Not from Russia, notably not after Putin shamefully welcomed Ziofascist Netanyahu as an honored guest in Moscow for the 73rd Great Patriotic War triumph commemoration.

On Monday while Israeli soldiers were massacring Gazans, Russia failed to condemn it – nor Great Friday March of Return Friday mass-killings since March 30, nor moving Washington’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.

Palestinians are isolated on their own, struggling valiantly against a ruthless occupier, committing high crimes with impunity because the world community fails to stop them.

May 17 11:00

Israel should be taken to International Criminal Court over Gaza massacre: Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the Israeli regime should be brought before the International Criminal Court for the recent massacre of tens of Palestinians during anti-occupation protest rallies along the border between the Gaza Strip and occupied territories.

“Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court [over the killing of Palestinians]. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with state broadcaster TRT on Thursday.

The top Turkish diplomat added, “We are analyzing what kind of legal steps can be taken [against Israel]. Israel should account for its actions.”

He pointed out that the United Nations Human Rights Committee would hold a meeting in Geneva on Friday to decide on a probe into Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians.

“This crime against humanity should be probed by an independent commission and Israel should account for its actions before the law,” Cavusoglu noted.

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May 17 10:58

Lavrov slams Israeli designation of Gaza protesters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized Israel for its propaganda against the people of the Gaza Strip who have been protesting against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel’s statement about dozens of "peaceful" protesters killed on the Gaza border by Israeli forces on Monday was an act of blasphemy.

“I cannot agree with the fact that dozens of peaceful civilians, including children and infants, who were killed in these incidents were terrorists. This is a blasphemous statement," Lavrov said.

May 17 10:56

Video shows moment Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian footballer in the knee, ending his career

A Palestinian football player filmed the moment he appears to get shot in the knee, destroying the joint and his career.

Mohammed Khalil, who played for a football club in the Gaza Strip, was apparently shot by an Israeli soldier as he protested near the border last week.

Footage of the shooting was posted on Twitter by the Palestinian journalist Mohammed Kareem. Mr Kareem said Mr Khalil now needs knee replacement surgery in order to be able to walk again.

May 17 10:48

How Israel helped create Hamas

Controlled Opposition.

Hamas launched in 1988 in Gaza at the time of the first intifada, or uprising, with a charter now infamous for its anti-Semitism and its refusal to accept the existence of the Israeli state. But for more than a decade prior, Israeli authorities actively enabled its rise.

May 17 10:44

The Israeli land-theft gold rush

There’s a thriving business in Israel dealing in land stolen from Palestinians.

Locals buy land stolen from Palestinians cheap and then “flip” it to idiot Americans and other psychopaths who believe in the “right of return.”

The second video shows how using a policy of deliberate government neglect and surreptitious property purchases East Jerusalem is being taken from Palestinians and absorbed de facto by Israelis.

May 17 10:43

Passive media whitewash Israel’s massacre in Gaza

As Israel slaughtered dozens of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza this week, prominent media outlets employed innocuous headlines to obscure the horrific reality.

In the video above, RT correspondent Anya Parampil points to some examples of what she calls “an almost across the board obfuscation of Israel’s responsibility for the violence.”

A BBC headline read for instance, “Gaza’s deadliest day of violence in years,” while The Guardian ran with “Fatal clashes in Gaza after opening of US embassy.”

The word “clashes,” Parampil observes, “would lead you to believe there are casualties or injuries on the Israeli side.”

In fact after seven weeks in which Israel has killed some 100 Palestinians and injured 12,600 others, Israel has reported one minor injury to a soldier.

May 17 10:42

Stories of the catastrophe: Palestine

Seventy years ago, Palestinians suffered the Nakba, or catastrophe, when most fled or were forced by Zionist militias to flee Palestine to make room for the creation of the state of Israel and ensure a Jewish majority. Some 750,000 ended up as refugees registered with the United Nations. Many others fended for themselves. They were never allowed to return to their lands or homes which were confiscated by the nascent state, and many of their villages were subsequently destroyed. Here – and here, from outside Palestine – survivors tell their stories.

May 17 10:29

Drones over Gaza: How Israel tested its latest technology on protesters

The mismatch between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces has often been likened to David and Goliath. Now, Goliath doesn’t even need to enter the field of combat.

In a new innovation, small drones have been used by Israel’s military to drop tear gas on Palestinian protests along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel and in the occupied West Bank.

First seen in early March, when Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV filmed a group of protesters in Gaza as they were targeted by one, the gas-carrying drones were used heavily in protests in the coastal enclave and the occupied West Bank on Monday and Tuesday.

There appear to be three types of drones being used to disperse the gas.

May 17 10:25

Thanks to Trump and Netanyahu, it's Jew vs. Jew

In normal circumstances, a consensus of American Jews would have unreservedly cheered the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Jews of all stripes regard as the national capital despite international refusal to do so. In most other periods of terrorism, armed conflict or outright war, American Jews have readily rallied to the side of the Jewish state.

But the toxic partnership of Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has damaged the bonds between Jews here and Jews there. Instead of being an emblem of the entire Jewish people, Israel has overwhelmingly become the province of right-wingers -- the settlers in the West Bank, their political patrons in Israeli politics, evangelical Christians in America and the minority of this country's Jews who support its divisive president.

May 17 10:18

We Asked All of the 2020 Democratic Frontrunners About the Gaza Massacre

This week, Israeli troops shot and killed dozens of Palestinians protesting along the border fence separating southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, the deadliest violence in the region since the war there in 2014.

In response, the White House has placed the blame for the massacre squarely at the feet of Gaza’s Hamas government. Across the aisle, however, Democrats have for the most part been conspicuously silent about the violence. That silence has added a perceived vacuum of moral leadership from an energized left that has been increasingly demanding accountability from their elected officials on the issue of Israel and Palestine.

May 17 10:17

Netanyahu: It’s Time to Tell Palestinians ‘Abandon the Fantasy That You Will Conquer Jerusalem’

Discussing the violence on the Gaza border after the U.S. moved its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, Netanyahu said, “I think President Trump did a very important thing. He not only kept his promise and the promises of successive American presidents, he also recognized a simple reality. You are sitting right now in the government office of the Israeli government in Jerusalem. The prime minister’s office is right here in Jerusalem. The Israeli government, the seat of Israel’s government is in Jerusalem, which is its capital. And it has been the capital of the Jewish people ‘only’ for 3,000 years. I think that’s the key, ultimately to peace. Because a peace that’s based on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle East reality.”

May 17 10:04

Debunked: Video of ‘fake dead Palestinians’ exposes pro-Israel propaganda

A video circulating on social media claiming to be evidence that Hamas is faking deaths in Gaza does not actually portray what has been claimed. And not only that – the footage is more than four years old.

The video was shared among pro-Israel social media users in the wake of Monday’s Great Return March protests in Gaza, in which Israeli fire killed at least 60. People shared it as ‘proof’ that Hamas is either faking the number of deaths reported after Monday’s unrest or is manipulating people into feeling sympathy for the Palestinian cause.

However, the video actually dates back to 2013 and has been used as anti-Palestinian propaganda since at least 2014, when Israel’s Operation Protective Edge war on Gaza saw more than 2,200 Palestinians killed, more than 1,462 of whom were civilians, according to the UN.

May 17 09:49

Lieberman: Hamas leaders a 'bunch of cannibals'

In light of recent conflagrations on the Gaza Strip's border and Hamas's actions in allegedly fomenting terror, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the terror group's leaders were a "bunch of cannibals that treat their own children as armaments."

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May 17 09:44

How Zionist Israel Celebrated Its 70th Anniversary

Three days ago, Jared and Ivanka Kushner, Steven Mnuchin, Sheldon Adelson, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Dean Heller (R-NV), along with House members Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott, joined Benjamin Netanyahu and his Zionist government in celebrating the 70th anniversary of Rothschild’s Israel. (Evangelical Christian leaders Robert Jeffress, John Hagee, Paula White, Ralph Reed, Jim Garlow, Lourdes Aguirre, Ramiro Pena and Jay Strack were also there.) But the real celebration wasn’t the one attended by Kushner and Company; it was the one that took place on the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) killing fields just a few miles away. And that “celebration” mirrored the way Israel has spent its entire 70-year existence: by committing mass violence and murder against defenseless Palestinians.

May 17 09:31

Stars — They’re Just Like Us: Celebs outraged over Gaza are speaking out

Celebrities are outraged over Israel’s killing of protesters in Gaza.

At the Cannes Film Festival in southern France actor Benicio del Toro joined about a dozen Palestinians for a minute of silence, others tweeted their grief and frustrations.

May 17 09:30

You Wouldn't Passively Submit to Life Behind Gaza’s Walls. You Would Protest

You would protest that Israel, with its soldiers, drones, planes and walls, holds overwhelming, disproportionate power over Gaza: To blockade, choke, damage, and, yes, to kill

May 17 09:12

United Nations – Celebrating 70 Years of Human Rights – And Condoning 70 Years of Israel Massacring Palestine

The UN has allowed Israel’s massacre of Palestine against dozens of UN Resolution to restrain Israel from their aggressions on Palestine, killing tens of thousands of unarmed Palestinians, women, children and men. Destroying their livelihood, schools, hospitals and living quarters. Worse, confining 2 million Palestinians in an open torture and terror camp, called Gaza.

All this under the “watchful eye” of the United Nations, thousands of Blue Helmets patrolling ‘disputed’ – aka Israeli stolen territory from Palestine and surrounding Arab nations. And the world at large – by now 193 member-nations that make up the UN – watching, observing, but not saying beep loud enough to be heard.

May 17 09:05

Israel Commemorates Nakba with Mass Murder at the Gaza Fence

One of the essential features of European colonialism were the boundaries drawn between Europeans and so-called Western civilization and everyone else. Even during the European enlightenment, the accepted philosophical justifications for human inequality in Western liberal thought meant that women, the colonized, the enslaved and non-property holders occupied different rungs on the ladder of humanity and were excluded from demanding same inherent rights as the White, male bourgeoisie.

The “othering” of human beings on the basis of race, gender, religion, class and later nationality was embedded in the collective consciousness of Europe. But in the colonial context, the process of othering wasn’t just psychological but also physical. In that context the stratification of humanity into those categories of people who had rights that were recognized and everyone else, had deadly consequences for those individuals and peoples who fell into the category of “other.”

May 17 09:04

CAN (WILL) CANADA BE ABLE TO SAVE GAZA?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday called for an independent probe of the violence along the Israel-Gaza border after a Canadian doctor was among those injured in the clashes.

May 16 16:39

Russia, China and Iran Counter Donald Trump’s Removal Of The U.S. From Iran Deal

By Aaron Kesel

China has opened a railway link with Iran as a response to the sanctions set on the Middle Eastern country by President Donald Trump’s administration after Trump recently ended the Iran deal.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israel are working to spin the narrative about the protest in Gaza after Israel massacred 58 Palestinians and injured scores of others by blaming Hamas...

May 16 15:50

Canadian doctor shot by Israeli sniper near Gaza border

A Canadian-Palestinian doctor was shot in the legs by an Israeli sniper and one of his paramedics was killed on the Gaza border Monday as clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli Defence Forces left dozens dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician from London, Ont., who is also an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario’s medical school, joined medical teams on the Gaza border Monday to care for Palestinians who might be injured in demonstrations against the inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

Dr. Loubani, who has served as an emergency field doctor in Tanzania and conflict zones such as Iraq and southern Lebanon, said he was wearing a green surgeon’s outfit and standing with several orange-vested paramedics about 25 metres from the protests at the border when he was hit.

May 16 15:22

"We Are All Palestinians Now"

People are beginning to awaken to the fact that the name-calling is connected to the violent oppression. The name-calling and the smearing is the weapon the oppressors use to silence the resistance. When someone is labeled as an anti-Semite, Holocaust Denier, Conspiracy Theorist and what have you, then we don't need to listen to what they have to say. You don't need an argument. Call someone an icky name, then avoid them and tell others to avoid them.

The surprising thing is that the name-calling often comes from the mouths of those in opposition to the oppressors. When pro-Palestinian activists call other pro-Palestinian activists these names, then we know the true power of the oppressor. The oppressor controls the language of the opposition.

May 16 14:45

Hard power long ago eclipsed the pursuit of peace in Israel. IDF bullets in Gaza confirm that: Neil Macdonald

In theory, the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a big deal.

In theory. In reality, it doesn't amount to a hill of beans, an issue of history and principle long since overtaken by hard power.

People have bizarre notions about Jerusalem: to some, it's a celestial entity, barely of this earth. Billions of Jews, Christians and Muslims are taught from the cradle that it's holy. An entire city, holy. Every building, every cobblestone, every dusty rock. I apparently lived on a holy street for five years.

Even Jerusalem's official status in the eyes of the world is strange. It remains corpus separatum, which literally means separate entity — a supposedly internationalized city, the capital of neither Israel nor any Arab entity, and certainly not a place for embassies.

May 16 14:23

BLOODBATH! — Israel Embarks On New War Crimes

I didn’t expect this as I picked up my groceries in the supermarket. “BLOODBATH!” the headline screamed, churning up the hysteria that was now clawing at my throat: “SCORES DEAD, THOUSANDS WOUNDED AS ISRAEL FIRES ON PALESTINIANS PROTESTING OVER TRUMP’S NEW EMBASSY!”

Yes, it was that dreadful Daily Mail again, stirring up trouble against the noble occupiers of Palestine, nice peaceful folk doing their best to defend their stolen land from evil Hamas and the Arab scum in Gaza trying to suggest they had a right to live in their own country.

Israeli troops, I was to learn to my horror and dismay — how could such a noble race behave like this? — had killed at least 55 Palestinians in cold blood and wounded almost 2,000 more during protests in Gaza on Monday. The violence had erupted as Donald Trump’s delectable daughter Ivanka opened the new American embassy in Jerusalem — a move that was calculated to case a global outcry.

May 16 14:00

'She was crying a lot, then she went silent': Mother cradles her lifeless eight-month-old daughter who was killed after Israeli soldiers fired tear gas during Gaza protests

Weeping helplessly, a mother cradles her lifeless eight-month-old daughter yesterday – an apparent victim of Israeli tear gas – as a picture emerged of a double amputee using a slingshot against troops.

Mariam al-Ghandour, 17, said her daughter, Leila, died after a mix-up led to her being taken to a flashpoint in Gaza during protests.

Leila was believed to be the youngest victim of Monday’s bloodbath and one of eight children under 16 who were reportedly among 58 Palestinians killed in demonstrations.

May 16 13:20

Live NEWS/PALESTINE Laila Anwar al-Ghandour becomes the face of Gaza carnage

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Laila Anwar al-Ghandour, an eight-month-old baby girl, died of tear-gas inhalation at dawn, Gaza's Ministry of Health says, highlighting international outrage over the killings by Israeli soldiers of 60 Palestinians who joined in a massive protest against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Laila was the youngest fatality of the demonstrations on Monday, which were held in the run up to the 70th anniversary on Tuesday of the Nakba, or Catastrophe, the day the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948, forcing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes.

May 16 13:17

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May 16 12:06

Hamas denies it was under pressure from Egypt to curb Gaza protests

Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, with Israel on Wednesday citing “Egyptian efforts” to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement denied that it was under pressure from neighboring Egypt to scale back the six-week-old demonstrations, Reuters reports.

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