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Jul 15 10:01

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 15 10:01

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

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

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

Jul 15 10:00

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

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

Jul 15 09:37

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

Jul 15 09:05

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

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

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

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

Jul 14 11:19

Israel’s defence minister calls for closure of Dublin embassy

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

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

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

Jul 14 11:02

Israel kills child as Gaza marks 100 days of protests

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 14 11:01

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

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

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

Jul 14 10:50

Settlers step up hostilities against Palestine’s mosques

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

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

Jul 14 10:48

100 days of the ‘Great March of Return’

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

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

Jul 14 10:48

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

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

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

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

Jul 14 10:47

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 13 13:13

The Criminalization of War: Gaza

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

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Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF),

Monday July 16, 2018, 10.30am.

AlBukhary Building, 5th Floor,

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

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

The broader process of Israeli territorial expansion,

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

The mounting tide of Islamophobia

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

The propaganda campaign directed against Palestine,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jul 13 03:36

The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

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

Jul 12 09:49

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 12 08:16

Israel demolishes Palestinian school near Hebron

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

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

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

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

Jul 12 08:15

Settlers storm Muslim sites in Nablus

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

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

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

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

Jul 12 08:14

UNRWA denies plans to cut salaries of 22,000 Gaza employees

UNRWA yesterday denied reports it plan to cut the salaries of 22,000 of its employees in the Gaza Strip, Safa News Agency reported.

In a statement issued by its official spokesman Sami Musha’sha, UNRWA denied what it called “false reports” and stressed they were “incorrect.”

“The Union of UNRWA’s Employees issued a statement yesterday [Tuesday] claiming that we are planning to cut salaries of 22,000 employees and to stop all assistance programmes in the Gaza Strip,” Musha’sha said.

“This claim is false and the leadership of the Employees’ Union in Gaza must not publish incorrect information as this causes instability among the employees and their families,” the statement said.

Jul 12 08:13

Israel to demolish 50 Arab houses

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

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

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

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

Jul 12 08:13

Gaza stops importing fruit from Israel

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

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

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

Jul 12 08:03

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

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

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

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

Jul 12 08:02

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

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

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

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

Jul 12 07:06

Israeli Drones Bomb Palestinian Teens Flying Kites

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

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

No injuries were reported.

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

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

Jul 12 07:05

Israel wants to break Gaza once and for all

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

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

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

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

Jul 12 07:04

American Jewish Anti-Occupation Advocacy Needs To Go Global

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

Jul 11 13:32

Israeli Navy Stops Gaza Boat From Evacuating Wounded Protesters for Treatment

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

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

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

Jul 11 13:27

America’s reality remake: Creationists and Zionists

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

Jul 11 12:58

Russian diplomat, Hamas leader discuss situation in Gaza Strip

The current situation in the Gaza Strip was in focus of a telephone conversation between Russian president’s envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday. "Haniya informed the Russian side in detail about the situation in the Gaza Strip with a focus on the difficult socio-economic situation stemming from the ongoing blockade by Israel," the ministry said. "He reiterated the Hamas leadership’s commitment to efforts towards the soonest restoration of intra-Palestinian national unity on the basis of the Egypt-mediated agreements reached between Hamas and Fatah." The conversation was initiated by the Palestinian side.

Jul 11 12:52

Heads of Russian, Iranian, Chinese, Pakistani intelligence services discuss IS threat

Heads of intelligence services of Russia, Iran, China, and Pakistan held a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss the measures against the threat of aggregation of the Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, Sergei Ivanov, the chief of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service's press bureau told TASS. The Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, represented Russia. "The discussions focused on the dangers arising from a buildup of the Islamic State on the Afghan territory," Ivanov said. "The conference reached understanding of the importance of coordinated steps to prevent the trickling of IS terrorists from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan where from they would pose risks for neighboring countries," he said.

Jul 11 10:37

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 11 10:20

Israel stops vessel from Gazan humanitarian flotilla

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

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

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

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

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

The status of the remaining boats is still unclear.

Jul 11 10:18

Hasbara is dead

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

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

Jul 11 10:18

Israeli navy intercepts humanitarian flotilla from Gaza

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 11 10:17

Israel’s president worried apartheid bill will strengthen critics

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

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

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

Jul 11 10:15

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

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

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

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

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

She has denied accusations of anti-Semitism.

Jul 11 10:14

Israel banned call to prayer 298 times at key mosque

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

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

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

He also touched on violations committed by Jewish settlers.

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

Jul 11 10:12

Israeli Minister: No Palestinian State in the West Bank

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

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

Jul 11 10:06

How Israel armed the drugs cartels – part 1

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

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

Jul 11 10:04

Israel Declares Al-Quds TV As ‘Terrorist Media’

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

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

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

Jul 10 13:17

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

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

Jul 10 11:37

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

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

Jul 10 11:34

Israel Seizes Humanitarian Boat From Gaza – Reports

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

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

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

Jul 10 08:58

The Maps of Israeli Settlements That Shocked Barack Obama

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

Jul 09 09:33

FINKELSTEIN’S THOUGHTS ON GAZA

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

Jul 09 09:32

SUICIDE IS FINAL, YET THE CRISIS CONTINUES

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

Jul 09 09:27

Sweden Calls for Israel to Lift Gaza Siege - World Should Do the Same

It’s a perfect time for the world community to also do the same, as the blockade is unlawful, immoral and inhumane under International Law and International Humanitarian Law.

As maintained by the Swedish foreign minister, the occupying regime has to lift the siege it imposes on Gaza, open border crossings, and secure the arrival of medical and food assistance.

Sadly, the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territory is deteriorating, at a time when the ongoing Great March of Return protests that started on 30 March in Gaza have seen Israeli snipers kill 136 Palestinians and wound more than 15,000 others, including children and medical and aid workers.

The Palestinians in Gaza have been protesting along the boundary of the Gaza Strip. They are calling for the Israeli siege to be lifted and to be allowed to exercise their right to return to their homeland from which they have been driven by Zionist militias and the Israeli security forces since 1948.

Jul 09 09:27

REPORT: HAMAS INCREASES TRAINING AHEAD OF POSSIBLE WAR WITH ISRAEL

Hamas has increased its training in preparation for a possible conflict with Israel, defense officials warned on Sunday.

According to a report by Israeli public broadcaster Kan, Hamas has upped training of its forces ahead of a possible conflict with Israel, which recently deployed Iron Dome batteries along throughout southern Israel.

Another report, on Channel 2 News, said that Hamas had redeployed its military forces along the border with Israel, after they had left the area when large protests began there in May. The deployment of the forces could be a sign that Hamas is interested in taking back control of the territory near the border and preventing protestors from instigating violence with Israel.

Last Thursday, the Defense Ministry announced that it had successfully conducted a planned missile test launch of the Iron Dome system from the Palmachim air base.

Jul 09 08:30

The Trump-Kushner Delusion on Palestine

Here’s a shocker: Donald Trump and his Palestine-Israel fixers think they can buy a peaceful and permanent settlement of the 70-year conflict by getting Arab governments to pressure the Palestinians into forgetting the “politicians’ talking points” – you know, superficial things like independence from the routine abuses and indignities of colonial oppression (that’s right; the same trifles Americans celebrated on July 4) – and focusing instead on what really matters: roads, jobs, and money.

In Trumpworld, everyone and everything – including the longing for justice – has a price.

Jul 09 08:23

Netanyahu forms alliances to block European support for Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to get closer to countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In so doing the Israeli prime minister is seeking to form a pro-Israel alternative to the European Union, which includes countries that traditionally supported Israel but criticized its settlement policy in Palestinian occupied territories.

Netanyahu officially launched his plan a year ago, last July, when he was speaking at a meeting in Budapest, which included the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. At the time, it was not clear whether it was intended or deliberate that the microphone remained open in the presence of journalists before cutting it off, according to a report published by Haaretz on Sunday.

Jul 09 08:22

Reporting Israeli Violations Are Crimes: A Personal Account

At about 17:00, a group of journalists, all of them wearing bulletproof vests with the word PRESS clearly marked on them, were stationed about 50 metres from the fence. Most were foreigners or reporters of foreign TV channels and newspapers. They took their positions in front of the protesters.

I stood and filmed a kite flying overhead which was being targeted by the Israeli occupation forces through the use of a drone. Suddenly, I felt as if something hit the upper part of the right side of my back and an electric current ran through all over my body. Then, something exploded in my chest. I recognised that I had been shot.

Jul 09 08:20

Israeli Parliament to Push Bill Allowing Jews to Purchase Occupied Lands

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation, on Sunday, was scheduled to consider a bill that would allow Jews to acquire land rights in the occupied West Bank.

The bill was proposed by Israeli Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich, from the Jewish Home party, and seeks to strengthen Jewish property rights in “Judea and Samaria”, by allowing the right of land ownership to everyone.

The proposed bill aims to modify a 1953 law that entitles only Jordanian and Arab citizens to purchase property in the occupied West Bank territories.

The law remained in effect for 51 years, but in the 1970’s a loophole was found, in which Jewish citizens were allowed to purchase property through a company registered in the West Bank.

Jul 08 13:27

Stumble is still up....so.....

I'm am going to keep stumbling as well as doing this Mix.com thing. It takes about 5 times as long to post a story on Mix. Up to about 100 followers there. Been slow the last week due to the 4th and health matters. Here are the 2 websites. Over 80,000 posts with many thousands of yours from Wrh and all the posters there.
Here are the sites. would be interested in any traffic numbers back to Mix as well as stumbleupon.

https://mix.com/ffranklin92

https://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/ffranklin92

Jul 08 09:22

The Gaza blockade is illegal– and so is the use of force to maintain it

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is among the leading guardians of human rights in the world. Sari Bashi is HRW’s Israel/Palestine Advocacy Director. She can lay claim to an impressive academic pedigree (BA, Yale; JD, Yale), and she co-founded the important Israeli human rights group Gisha. It thus cannot but depress that Bashi is so wanting in elementary moral and legal judgment when it comes to the people of Gaza.

Shortly after the Israeli massacre in Gaza on 14 May 2018, Bashi posted a commentary under the title, “Don’t Blame Hamas for the Gaza Bloodshed.”

Jul 08 09:21

Jewish allies must understand that solidarity entails a loss of privilege

In the past few days, two incidents involving Jewish individuals’ experiences in Israel made the news in progressive Palestine rights circles. The first is that of the young women walking away from a Birthright tour to visit parts of Palestine that were not on the itinerary, and the second is the case of Code Pink national organizer Ariel Gold, who was denied entry into Israel, even though she had obtained a student visa for a summer course at the Hebrew University. While it can be argued that in both cases, the activists meant no harm to Palestinians, the incidents nevertheless reflect the ongoing normalization of Zionism, and the belief that it is perfectly acceptable, “normal,” for Jews from any country, and of any ideological belief, to go to Israel, where they would benefit from rights accorded them strictly on the basis of their religion.

Jul 08 09:21

Israel: We will not allow Gaza to be rebuilt

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has pledged that the Gaza Strip will not be rebuilt so long as Hamas governs the besieged enclave, Shehab.ps reported yesterday.

“Israel was and has remained the only actor in the region that conveys basic staples for the welfare of the residents of Gaza,” the Times of Israel reported Rivlin saying at a ceremony in honour of Israeli soldiers killed during Israel’s 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip.

He also said: “As long as Hamas administers Gaza with an eye only to destroying the state of Israel and attacking its citizens, and continues to hold the bodies of our soldiers, Gaza will not be rehabilitated.”

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Hamas would pay an “unbearable price” if it did not choose to accept a truce with Israel.

Jul 08 09:20

Sweden calls for Israel to lift the siege of Gaza

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström called on Friday for the Israeli government to lift its 12-year-old siege of the Gaza Strip and to allow medical aid into the coastal enclave, Egypt’s Al-Shaab newspaper has reported.

“Israel has to lift the siege it imposes on Gaza, open border crossings and secure the arrival of medical and food assistance,” Wallström told the Swedish parliament. The minister pointed to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territory. She has made several comments against the illegal and inhumane Israeli siege.

Wallström also pointed out that the ongoing Great March of Return protests that started on 30 March in Gaza have seen Israeli snipers kill 136 Palestinians and wound more than 15,000 others, including children.

Jul 08 08:54

Senator Charles Schumer: Architect, Abettor, Accomplice of and Accessory to Gaza’s Martyrdom

In early June 2018, Prime Minister Netanyahu said of the Gaza demonstrators, “They’re suffocating economically, and therefore, they decided to crash into the fence.” (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/netanyahu-israel-examining-ways-to...)

Eights years ago, in June 2010, Charles Schumer told a meeting of Orthodox Jews, “Since the Palestinians elected Hamas,” it made sense “to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go.” (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/11/chuck-schumer-on-gaza-str_n_...)

All the death, all the misery, all the desperation in Gaza: if Schumer was not the brainchild, he was – and still is – an enthusiastic collaborator.

Jul 08 08:53

Number of Jews Visiting the Temple Mount Rising Fast, and So Is the Controversy

As the three-week period preceding the Jewish holy day of Tisha B'av begins, statistics show that a record number of Jews ascended the Temple Mount over the past Jewish calendar year. According to statistics gathered by the Yera’eh organization, since the start of the Jewish calendar year, Jews have visited the Temple Mount for spiritual reasons, probably the highest number since 1967.

The relatively calm security situation at the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem’s Old City in the past two years, and good relations with the police, are contributing to the flourishing of this activity. But this situation is also reviving the religious debate about the propriety of visiting the site.

Up until 30 years ago, there were almost no rabbis and religious public figures who would support visting the Temple Mount. The consensus according to Jewish religious authorities was absolute, from the rabbis of the Modern Orthodox Mizrahi movement to the most extreme ultra-Orthodox.

Jul 08 08:17

Calling Israel racist isn’t anti-Semitic, rules UK Labour

The latter clause was particularly criticized by Palestine solidarity campaigners and groups like Jewish Voice for Labour, as it risked legally defining support for a unitary democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis alike as “anti-Semitic.”

In March, a delegation of anti-Palestinian groups and lawmakers (including Labour Friends of Israel’s Joan Ryan) lobbied the British prime minister, calling on her to ban the annual Israeli Apartheid Week from UK campuses

To back up their demands, they cited the IHRA definition, saying it provides “examples of behavior that qualifies as anti-Semitic, one of which is to claim that the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

Jul 08 07:59

Remembering the 2014 Israeli offensive against Gaza

Israel’s military offensive on the Gaza Strip took place against the backdrop of a second Palestinian unity government being formed in early June by the Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Threatened by the reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the PA had to choose between peace with Hamas and peace with Israel.

Ten days later, on 12 June, three Israeli settlers went missing in the West Bank, an incident for which Israel blamed Hamas, despite providing no evidence to back the allegation. Netanyahu also stated that the kidnapping proved that the unity pact between the Palestinian factions could not be endorsed.

Jul 08 07:58

Pope says walls, occupation, fundamentalism block Mideast peace

Pope Francis said on Saturday that building walls, occupying territories and religious fanaticism would never bring peace to the Middle East.

Speaking at the end of a summit of Christian religious leaders, Francis also repeated his view that the “status quo” of the contested city of Jerusalem should be respected, and backed a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reported Reuters.

“Truces maintained by walls and displays of power will not lead to peace, but only the concrete desire to listen and to engage in dialogue will,” he said, adding:

Let there be an end to the few profiting from the sufferings of many. No more occupying territories and thus tearing people apart

Jul 08 07:57

1st Israeli minister storms Al-Aqsa compound since 2015

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel on Sunday forced his way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, for the first such tour by an Israeli official since 2015.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lifted a three-year ban on government officials and Knesset members visiting the site.

Ariel, a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party, led a group of Jewish settlers into the Al-Aqsa courtyard under heavy security measures, according to eyewitnesses.

Speaking during his tour, Ariel called for keeping the site open for Jewish prayers throughout the year.

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Netanyahu is trying to provoke another intifada.

Jul 08 05:53

Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope

(*Thankfully Trump had the foreknowledge to Ban Their Travel To The Land Of Hope and Opportunity , which has been getting Greater by the day for the past year and a half !)

Jul 07 10:17

Israeli Religious Leader Suggests Poisoning Palestinian Water Supply

In its weekly report, it explained that Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad, the chairman of the so-called Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements, called on settlers to poison Palestinians through their water supply, which came to light by the Israeli organization ‘Breaking the Silence’.

Group member Yehuda Shaul said, according to WAFA, that the aim behind poisoning water in the West Bank is to push Palestinians out of their towns and cities in order to allow settlers to take over Palestinian lands.

Jul 06 15:20

Israeli forces beat up Palestinians. They are trying to protect their homes from Israeli bulldozers. Disgraceful.

Jul 06 09:18

How can Bend the Arc claim to ‘unite a progressive Jewish voice for justice for all’ but ignore Israel?

Bend the Arc is an organization “uniting progressive Jewish voices across America to fight for justice for all”. They recently sent out a sign on letter to Jewish Americans and Jewish organizations calling what is happening in the US and under the Trump administration a moral state of emergency. I agree wholeheartedly with calling out this moral bankruptcy and exposing the cruelty of the administration’s positions. And while reading it, I could not help but just replace Trump with Netanyahu, and the groups targeted with those who experience inhumane and unethical practices, policies and laws against them in Israel, which the institutional Jewish community either actively support or in their silence.

Jul 06 09:17

Alliance of 140 global political parties endorses BDS, urges military embargo on Israel

Socialist International (SI), a global association of 140 political parties – including 35 parties currently in government – has endorsed the Palestinian-led call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and urged a military embargo on Israel until it ends its violations of Palestinian rights.

In a press release issued yesterday, the BDS Movement described the development as “the most significant call for sanctions against Israel to date”.

SI brings together some 140 political parties from the world. The decision to back BDS was made by the group’s Council at their meeting in Geneva on 26-27 June.

SI members include parties in government in South Africa, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Portugal, Tanzania, Luxemburg, Romania, Iraq and elsewhere.

Jul 06 09:16

Israel’s demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is a mini-Nakba

An attempt to remove a great tree that has deep roots is perhaps the closest analogy of what took place on Wednesday in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar. This is a Palestinian Bedouin gathering, east of Jerusalem, which the Israeli occupation forces tried to destroy by expelling the people by force after a lot of pressure was put on them accompanied by government decisions and unfair eviction and demolition orders.

The scenes of brutality and abuse were recorded for all to see, horrible and almost unbearable. Palestinian children were in a panic, screaming and watching the forced evictions and abuse of their parents by Israeli police and soldiers. Mothers were dragged along the ground and tied up; their backs were stood on by Israelis and their faces were buried in the sand.

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"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." -- George Orwell

Jul 06 08:56

Canadian Student Arrested by Israeli Forces for Protesting Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Village

Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is dismayed to learn that a Canadian student has been arrested by Israeli forces for protesting the impending demolition of the Palestinian-Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Michaela Lavis, 21, a Child and Youth Studies student at Ryerson University in Toronto, had joined Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights activists at the demonstration on Thursday morning. Lavis was part of a group of mainly foreigners who attempted to block one of the bulldozers by sitting in a line chained together in front of it. A staff-person with the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem was also arrested at the demonstration.

Lavis had been volunteering in the West Bank city of Ramallah with the human rights organization Defence for Children International-Palestine. She had also been volunteering with an occupational therapist who provides support to special needs children.

Jul 06 08:23

UN officials call for an end to West Bank demolitions and respect for international law

The Following is a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) :

Today (Thursday), the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, the Head of West Bank Operations for UNRWA, Mr. Scott Anderson, and the Head of the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. James Heenan, expressed serious concern over demolitions and related events in vulnerable Palestinian communities in the central West Bank.

Yesterday, Israeli forces began levelling access routes in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al Ahmar-Abu al Helu, home to more than 180 people, 95 per cent of whom are Palestine refugees. The work comes in advance of the expected demolition of the entire community.

Jul 06 08:22

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 June – 04 July 2018)

Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed, while another child succumbed to his wounds. Two Palestinians, including a child, were killed and 3 others were wounded in the border areas in the southern Gaza Strip.

Jul 06 08:11

At least 62 Palestinian Bedouins of the Abu Nuwar community in Jerusalem are now homeless.

Israeli forces demolished nine homes and three agricultural buildings in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar at 9:00AM on July 4, 2018. Abu Nuwar lies on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem in the central West Bank.

Jul 06 08:10

Illegal Israeli Colonists Gather To “Celebrate” Ethnic Cleansing Of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar

As hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been deployed around al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian Bedouin community, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, in preparation for ethnically cleansing it, and displace the residents, groups of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists gathered in the area to “celebrate” the assault.

The colonists came from the illegal Kfar Adumim colony, built on private lands owned by Palestinians from Abu Dis and Hizma towns.

While Israeli soldiers continued to resort to the excessive use of force against innocent civilians, communities of shepherds, with more than half of them are children, the colonists decided to “celebrate the event,” awaiting the complete destruction of the Palestinian community.

Jul 06 08:09

Feeding the Monster

Five hours later, when I arrived home in Virginia I went to pull up the article I had read in the morning to possibly use it in a piece of my own and was somewhat surprised to discover that the bit about Israel had been excised from the text. It was clearly yet another example of how the media self-censors when there is anything negative to say about Israel and it underlines the significance of the emergence of recent international media reporting in The Guardian and elsewhere regarding how Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson largely dictates U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. That means that the conspiracy of silence over Israel’s manipulation of the United States government is beginning to break down and journalists have become bold enough to challenge what occurs when pro-Israel Jews obtain real power over the political process. Adelson, for what it’s worth, wants war with Iran and has even suggested detonating a nuclear device on its soil to “send a message.”

Jul 06 08:07

Israel blocks European envoys' visit to threatened Bedouin village

Khan al-Ahmar (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - European diplomats on Thursday tried to pay a solidarity visit to a West Bank village under threat of demolition by Israel but police barred them from reaching a school there.

Diplomats from Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the European Union sought to visit the school in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is funded by several European countries, but they were turned back at the village entrance.

Police at the scene said the area had been declared a closed military zone.

Jul 06 06:00

Palestinian Child Dies of Wounds after Being Shot by Israeli Soldiers, Death Toll Rises to 145

A 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammad al-Gharabli, on Wednesday died of wounds sustained after being shot by Israeli occupation forces in the head during the one-million Great March of Return in mid-May. By the death of Gharabli, the number of the Great March of Return’s martyrs jumped to 145 including 9 martyrs whose bodies are still detained by Israeli occupation authorities, Palinfo reported. A statistical report issued by the Ministry of Health had showed that 144 Palestinians have been killed and 15,501 others have been injured since late March, due to Israeli quelling of the Great March of Return ongoing rallies. The report pointed out that 7,270 of the injured were treated in the field, while 8,221 others received treatment in hospitals. The Health Ministry announced that among the martyrs were 17 children, 2 woman, 2 journalists, 2 medics and 3 disabled, in addition to another 9 martyrs whose bodies are still detained by Israeli occupation authorities.

Jul 06 05:47

Home As Hospital: Gaza Families Struggle to Care for Wounded

"The pain is unbearable, but I try not to scream because I don't want my family to spend more money on drugs," said Omar, a 25-year-old fisherman wounded in the recent upsurge of violence in Gaza. [PHOTOS]

Jul 05 16:05

Exposed! How Britain’s anti-Semitism scaremongers operate

"This article about the British charitable organisation, the Campaign against Anti-Semitism (CAA), and its officers, Gideon Falter and Steve Silverman, examines events in England but ought to serve as a cautionary message for Canadians and Americans.

"The article will delve into the corrosive methods of the CAA; review the manner in which this ultra Zionist group “discovers” anti-Semitic “incidents”; examine their inaccurate statistical “studies” and see how they seek to intimidate political parties, venues, the press and others; and look at the court cases which the CAA has prosecuted. In the guise of fighting anti-Semitism, the CAA has managed to manoeuvre British society into abdicating its core liberal values, intimidate the prosecutorial and judicial system, and silence criticism of Israel in both social media and the mainstream media.

Jul 05 09:28

Gaza teen dies of wounds from clashes with Israeli troops

A Palestinian teenager has succumbed to wounds he received during clashes with Israeli troops in the besieged Gaza Strip, says the Palestinian Health Ministry.

"Mahmud al-Gharabli, 16, died after being injured in the head east of Gaza City on May 14," said ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra on Wednesday.

Protests along the Gaza fence since March 30 have led to clashes with Israeli forces, where at least 135 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed. Palestinian protesters demand their right to return to their homeland. Over 15,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.

Jul 05 09:23

IN PHOTOS ~~ THE FEARLESS WOMEN OF WALL STREET

Our group wanted to do something in solidarity with the Gaza Women’s March yesterday so decided to spend a few hours with the Fearless Girl statue – our Ahed – at Bowling Green because there are so many tourists there – maximum exposure. We do this once or twice a month and there is always a very positive reaction.

Some people respond to the little statue very affectionately with hugs, yesterday she got a kiss (from an adult). It seems we actually manage to create the Ahed connection among some visitors.

Jul 05 09:16

Israel advances new law to allow residential construction in settler-run national park

The Israeli parliament yesterday advanced a new law that would allow residential construction in the settler-run “City of David” national park in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem.

According to Haaretz, the bill – which was backed by the Knesset’s Interior and Environment Committee in an 8-6 vote – will “enable housing to be erected in areas zoned for national parks within municipal boundaries”. The law must now be passed by the Knesset plenum in three votes.

The legislation is backed by the City of David Foundation, also known as Elad, a right-wing settler group that operates a so-called tourist site and archaeological dig in the heart of Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Jul 05 09:15

Israel committee urges speedier ‘legalisation’ of dozens of settlement outposts

An Israeli parliamentary committee has urged the government to accelerate the so-called “legalisation” of settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, reported the Jerusalem Post.

Meeting on Monday, the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having “delayed work on the authorisation of 70 West Bank settler outposts for over a year”, and “demanded that he speed up the process”.

The committee called on the government to both “create a list of outposts it plans to authorise as new neighbourhood of existing settlements”, as well as come up with “a diplomatic arrangement in the next few months” that would allow the authorisation of 20 “problematic” outposts.

Jul 05 09:14

Purported neutrality at the UN is harmful to Palestinians

There are always discrepancies between the UN and human rights. Shany’s appointment, which is not the first occasion in which an Israeli has held influential positions at the UN, is another example of how the international institution exists to serve human rights violations. By allowing Israel this platform, the committee is also calling attention to the fact that the UN is in favour of normalising Israel’s colonial violence against Palestinians.

Jul 05 09:13

When peaceful protests and reporting are a crime

Some of the protesters burnt tyres and others threw stones towards the hundreds of Israeli snipers on the other side of the barbed wire fence the Israeli occupation claims marks the eastern border of Gaza. I can say with certainty that since the start of the “Great March of Return” none of the stones has come close to or hit a single Israeli sniper. Snipers are positioned at least 200 metres away from where Palestinians are protesting, so the stones pose no danger to them.

Jul 05 09:13

Israel officials ‘personae non grata’ as support for BDS swells in Spain

Israelis are becoming increasingly worried over the growing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Not a week goes by without the ranks of BDS swelling. Last week it was Hollywood actors and the Presbyterian Church who gave their backing for the campaign to end Israeli occupation and apartheid. This week it is Spain, which, according to the pro-settler news agency Arutz Sheva, is becoming the most hostile European nation to Israel.

Jul 05 09:12

Israel police violently attack and evict Palestinians near Jerusalem

Israeli police violently attacked and evicted Palestinian residents of Khan Al-Ahmar neighbourhood near East Jerusalem yesterday morning, Shehab.ps has reported.

Palestinian and foreign activists have been trying to stop the Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the area.

Israeli military police wounded 15 people and arrested 35 others who had formed a human chain in front of the bulldozers.

Jul 05 09:04

Palestinian Women for the Return

Women in Gaza take part in the 'Palestinian Women for the Return and Breaking the Siege' protest (photos)

Jul 05 09:00

Gaza Women’s March – News Roundup

Hundreds [editor’s note: most sources report thousands] of Palestinian women and girls gathered on Tuesday near the eastern fence separating the coastal enclave from Israel, in what the organisers called the “Palestinian Women for the Return and Breaking the Siege” protest.

In a press conference held in Gaza on Monday, the Higher National Commission of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege called on Palestinian women to “widely participate in the protest” and call for their right of return.

“This event comes to support the Palestinian women who are still steadfast despite the siege. It holds a clear message; that no one can deny our rights, especially the right of return and our demands to lift the siege” said Iktimal Hamad, a commission women’s committee chair.

Jul 05 07:53

Israel seeks to muzzle witnesses of its crimes

Israel is trying to silence people who witness its atrocities.

The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, is considering a bill that would criminalize filming or recording Israeli soldiers and publishing the content.

The law calls for a five-year prison sentence for those who film “to harm the morale of Israel’s soldiers or its inhabitants,” and a 10-year prison sentence for those who film to “harm the security of the state.”

The group Reporters Without Borders questioned the basis on which Israeli morale or national security would be determined.

“In a country in which much of the political class already accuses the media and NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] of anti-patriotism or treason, isn’t there a danger that such a provision would prevent the dissemination of video footage simply because it wasn’t very flattering?” Reporters Without Borders stated.

Jul 04 12:05

‘This Is Apartheid, There Is No Better Word for It’: Calls for Boycott Growing Among Mainstream Israelis

A prominent Israeli scientist and a translator penned a joint op-ed for the Guardian last week calling on the international community to intervene on behalf of Palestinians, before time runs out. The pair, vice-president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities David Harel and writer and translator Ilana Hammerman, gained traction not only because of what they wrote, but who they are: They are not marginal public figures, they are not boycott or BDS activists, and they are not anti-Zionists. They are established and mainstream career professionals renowned in arts and science circles. And they fear, “The state of Israel is facing a catastrophic situation, which could, alarmingly soon, lead to extensive bloodshed.”

From their editorial:

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These are very, very brave people whose work in this direction needs very much to be commended.

But they are working against a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons, and I am hoping, and praying, as a Christian, that peaceful progress between Israelis and Palestinians can happen.

Unfortunately, however, Israel doesn't want peace; it wants territory, and by any means necessary. I think that the next couple of months will be momentous, in seeing what transpires here, but I wish I had a better sense for the evolution of a potential deal for peace, but just do not see anything that will give Palestinians satisfaction for giving up the Right of Return.

Jul 04 10:51

Israel Poised For Complete Annexation Of West Bank, UN Warns

Just prior to a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week, a UN legal expert has declared that Israel is moving closer to formal annexation of the West Bank.

“After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of the large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of closed military zones and other measures, Israel appears to be getting closer to enacting legislation that will formally annex parts of the West Bank,” UN official Michael Lynk said.

Jul 04 09:32

Palestinians urge Iroquois lacrosse team to withdraw from Israel tournament

Palestinians are urging a Native American team to pull out of the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships in Israel.

This comes on the day Israel is escalating its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Bedouin communities of Khan al-Ahmar and Abu Nuwwar to make way for colonial settlements, as the video above from Khan al-Ahmar shows.

The Iroquois Nationals team represents the Iroquois Confederacy, a group of indigenous nations whose territory extends across parts of what is now the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

They are credited with inventing the sport of lacrosse.

Jul 04 09:31

Israeli forces wound scores of women in Gaza rally

At least 134 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire as thousands of Palestinian women demonstrated along the heavily fortified fence with Israel in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson for Gaza’s healthy ministry, said in a statement on Tuesday that media representatives covering the event were among those who were injured at the scene, east of the enclave.

The protest was the first mass women’s demonstration to take place in the strip since popular protests calling for Palestinians’ right of return began on March 30 in the strip.

Jul 04 09:30

Israeli forces assault Palestinians, prepare to demolish village

At least 35 Palestinians wounded as Israeli forces prepare to demolish the entire Khan al-Ahmar village near Jerusalem.

Jul 04 09:24

Feeding the MonsterWashington's Spinelessness Enables Israeli Brutality

I have just spent a couple of days in New York City. Returning to Virginia on Wednesday morning, I had a somewhat strange experience. I cleared through my emails before leaving the hotel and also read through a number of the featured news articles. One, in particular, caught my eye. It described how the Democratic Party primary in Queens New York had returned a startling result. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won over mainstream incumbent Joe Crowley, signaling that not everyone in the Democratic Party is buying into the Clinton model of good governance by big donors and powerful interest groups. Many want change and even a radical departure from the political game whereby media savvy pressure groups and narrow constituencies are pandered to to create a governing majority.

Jul 04 08:58

Birthright dissident calls on 1000s of Jews doing trip to ‘make Birthright uncomfortable’

The other day we reported the dramatic Birthright bailout, when five American Jewish women left their “Birthright” trip to Israel near the conclusion on June 28 because they had not gotten honest answers to repeated questions about the occupation. As they announced their decision to their fellow travelers, in a video posted on Facebook, the young women were answered with belligerence by their Israeli tour guide, who warned them about the violence in the occupation, and a fellow Birthright participant told them, “You will get killed. You will get raped.”

One of the Birthright-bolters, Bethany Zaiman, a doctoral student in anthropology, has given an interview to David Kattenburg at Green Planet Monitor and answered some questions re the action.

The action wasn’t planned ahead of time, Zaiman implies. She joined the trip as a critic of Birthright hoping for answers. “I was very fortunate on the trip to meet a few other women who had similar reservations and questions.”

Jul 04 08:54

‘This is apartheid, there is no better word for it’: Calls for boycott growing among mainstream Israelis

A prominent Israeli scientist and a translator penned a joint op-ed for the Guardian last week calling on the international community to intervene on behalf of Palestinians, before time runs out. The pair, vice-president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities David Harel and writer and translator Ilana Hammerman, gained traction not only because of what they wrote, but who they are: They are not marginal public figures, they are not boycott or BDS activists, and they are not anti-Zionists. They are established and mainstream career professionals renowned in arts and science circles. And they fear, “The state of Israel is facing a catastrophic situation, which could, alarmingly soon, lead to extensive bloodshed.”

Jul 04 08:53

Israel officials ‘personae non grata’ as support for BDS swells in Spain

Israelis are becoming increasingly worried over the growing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Not a week goes by without the ranks of BDS swelling. Last week it was Hollywood actors and the Presbyterian Church who gave their backing for the campaign to end Israeli occupation and apartheid. This week it is Spain, which, according to the pro-settler news agency Arutz Sheva, is becoming the most hostile European nation to Israel.

Jul 04 08:45

Israel lawyer appointed chair of UN Human Rights Committee

An Israeli lawyer was chosen yesterday to chair the UN Human Rights Committee, despite the country’s dire human rights record.

The UN Human Rights Committee, not to be confused with the UN Human Rights Council, is a panel of legal professionals which reviews states’ adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which forms part of the International Bill of Human Rights.

The Covenant commits parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, speech and assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial. Israel has signed and ratified the Covenant.

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But otherwise ignores it.

Jul 04 08:44

UNRWA staff strike in Gaza, demand end to cuts

UNRWA staff today held a demonstration outside UN body’s headquarters in Gaza City to protest against the agency’s policy of cuts.

Thousands of staff members demonstrated calling for the agency to revoke its decision to dismiss them.

They warned that if their demands were ignored the next sit-in would be held inside the headquarters of the UN Commissioner-General in Gaza, Matthias Shamali, calling for organisers of the Great March of Return to support them and hold Friday protests under the banner “No to UNRWA cuts”.

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