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Aug 03 10:34

Israeli forces injure over 50 Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli forces have attacked anti-occupation Palestinian protesters gathering near the fence separating the besieged Gaza Strip from the occupied territories, leaving at least 51 people injured.

The Gazan Health Ministry said 24 of the wounded were hit with live bullets during the Friday protests.

Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesman for the ministry, said two journalists were among those wounded on Friday.

Palestinians have held weekly rallies in the area since last year to protest the siege on the enclave and stress the right to return of the refugees who have fled Israeli aggression since 1948.

Aug 03 10:30

Israeli forces cheer blowing up Palestinian home

Video goes viral showing Israeli forces laugh and cheer as they blow up a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank.

Aug 03 10:28

PLO says all agreements with Israel invalid after Israel's violation

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Thursday that all the agreements with Israel don't exist anymore after Israel disavowed them.

The PLO executive committee said in a press statement issued following its meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah that "Israel is doing its best to undermine the basics and the references of the peace process."

"The aim of the Palestinian leadership decision not to abide by all the signed agreements with Israel is to move from the status of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the status of the Palestinian state," said the PLO statement.

Aug 03 10:24

51 Palestinians injured in weekly anti-Israel protests in eastern Gaza

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, Aug. 2, 2019. At least 51 Palestinians were injured on Friday afternoon in the weekly anti-Israel protests in the eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel.

Aug 03 10:22

What's behind Ayanna Pressley's anti-BDS vote?

When Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley cast her vote in favour of Resolution 246, which condemns the Palestinian call for global solidarity in the form of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), many activists expressed disappointment, outrage and surprise.

Most had assumed that Pressley, the first-year congresswoman from Massachusetts and a member of the “Squad”, the team of rookie women-of-colour politicians dubbed “the future of the Democratic Party”, would support organising for Palestine.

It was widely assumed that as an African American with a long history of activism, Pressley would support boycotts, which were instrumental in ending segregation in the US.

Aug 02 11:35

Israel dodges UN blacklist despite rise in Palestinian youth killed and injured in 2018

Israeli forces killed and maimed some 2,800 Palestinian children in 2018, the highest number in years, and yet were not mentioned on an annual United Nations blacklist of armed forces that commit atrocities against youth.

Some 59 Palestinian children were killed last year and 2,756 more were injured — the highest number since 2014, according to a report by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres that will be published this week, an advance copy of which was seen by Mondoweiss.

While Guterres called for a probe into the deaths and blasted Israel for endangering Palestinian youths, the UN chief did not embarrass Israel by naming it on his “list of shame” in the annexes of the survey.

“I am extremely concerned by the significant rise in the maiming of and injuries caused to children across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, including by tear gas inhalation requiring medical treatment,” Guterres said in the report.

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UN Secretary-General Guterres knows that his requests to Israel will be answered... just as soon as pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Aug 02 11:04

Palestine in Pictures: July 2019

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed two Palestinians in Gaza during the month of July.

Hamas fighter Mahmoud al-Adham, 28, was killed in Beit Hanoun, in the north of the territory, on 11 July in what Israel said was a “misidentification.” Occupation forces opened fire on al-Adham as he attempted to prevent two Palestinians from approaching the Gaza-Israel boundary fence.

Ahmad Muhammad Abdallah al-Qarra, 23, died after being shot in the stomach during Great March of Return protests east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 26 July.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed during the protests along Gaza’s eastern and northern boundaries since their launch last year.

Aug 02 10:38

There was not one question about Israel or Palestine during the Democratic debates

There were two Democratic debates this week with the 20 candidates split between back-to-back nights. The debates lasted two and a half hours each and featured a variety of questions on important subjects like health care, climate change, and criminal justice. However, none of the candidates were asked about Israel or Palestine.

In 2016, the United States government signed an agreement to give $38 billion in military assistance to Israel over the next decade. This fact should presumably generate at least one debate question on the subject (especially since both featured discussions about how to pay for social programs) but the omission feels especially egregious occurring at this specific time.

Aug 02 10:36

Israel aggression kills 6 Palestinians in July

Six Palestinians died in July as a result of Israel’s aggression, while 414 were detained, the Jerusalem Centre for Studies said in a reported.

Of those killed, one died in prison. While five of those detained were women, with the majority of those held captured in Jerusalem.

The report monitored 364 Israeli violations, including permanent and temporary military checkpoints, theft of property during the storming of Palestinian homes, in addition to demolitions.

Aug 02 10:34

Hundreds of settlers storm Nablus site 

Hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed historic and archaeological sites in the village of Awarta, southeast of occupied Nablus, today.

According to local Palestinian sources, Israeli buses evacuated hundreds of Jewish settlers to the western area of ??Awarta village, accompanied by dozens of military vehicles.

In the same context, news site 0404 reported: “About 350 Jewish settlers; stormed the shrine of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, west of the village of the Palestinian village of Awarta, and performed religious rituals, under the guard of the army and border guards.”

Local residents in the village of Awarta said: “The Israeli occupation forces closed the entrances of the village, and imposed a siege on its roads, in preparation for the entry of settlers who arrived on foot, and carried out barbaric and provocative actions in the streets of the village.”

Aug 02 10:32

1967 must not be the only reference point for Israel’s colonial presence

Various Israeli politicians over the years have justified settlement expansion as being necessary for peace. The Oslo Accords facilitated this propaganda with an interminable “interim” period during which settlement construction has continued unhindered. The definition of “peace”, meanwhile, has largely been left to Israel and the US, with the UN following tacitly behind, despite its multitude of resolutions declaring settlements to be illegal under international law.

The Palestinian Authority’s adherence to the Oslo Accords, essential to safeguard its structure and existence, is also a key component, to the ongoing detriment of the Palestinian people.

Aug 01 12:04

Veteran justice campaigner Pete Gregson set to be expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for opposing Zionist racism

Peter Gregson, chair of LAZIR – Labour Against Zionist Islamophobic Racism – and veteran campaigner for justice for the Palestinian people, has been given the red card by the party’s Disputes Team, which is riddled with Zionist racists – members of the so-called “Jewish Labour Movement”, a pro-Israeli apartheid body embedded within the Labour Party.>>

Aug 01 10:56

Palestinian professor hits back at Israel lobby attacks

Aiming to expose and loosen the influence of the Israel lobby on U.S. campuses, Palestinian-born professor Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi has sued San Francisco State University (SFSU) in federal court for illegal retaliation for her political speech, and in state court for breach of contract and employment discrimination. Her supporters have issued a call for donations to a fund to cover necessary expenses of the litigation.

Speaking to supporters on a conference call, Behnam (Ben) Gharagozli, one of Abdulhadi’s lawyers, said the case “will send a positive message to everyone engaged in campus activism and in researching, teaching and speaking up for justice in/for Palestine. It will change the dynamics at universities across America where people will no longer have to be afraid of criticizing Israel.”

Aug 01 10:24

Israeli forces summon another Palestinian for interrogation over young son’s stone throwing

Israeli police have summoned a Palestinian resident of the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of al-Isawiyah on allegations that his young son had thrown stones at Israeli military forces – marking the second such incident in recent days.

Firas Obaid received a warrant on Tuesday asked him to come to an Israeli police station for interrogation, after his six-year-old son Qais was accused of throwing stones at Israeli officers patrolling Isawiyah.

The Palestinian father showed up at the police station on Wednesday morning, and was allowed to leave after questioning.

Aug 01 08:49

Saudi normalizer urges Israel to seize al-Aqsa mosque

The only member of the delegation identified by local media was Saudi student and activist Mohammed Saud, who regularly tweets in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Saud was chased out by Palestinians and worshippers from the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on 22 July when they realized he was a member of the delegation.

Local media circulated videos showing Palestinians calling him “cheap,” telling him to “go pray in the Knesset,” spitting on him and throwing chairs and objects at him:

Aug 01 08:48

Gaza protester dies as Israel admits to unjustified killings

Last week it was revealed that the Israeli military has decided to change its open-fire regulations, acknowledging it killed dozens of protesters without justification.

Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster, reported that the regulations were changed “after it emerged that firing at the lower limbs above the knee led, in most cases, to death, despite the fact that this was not the objective.”

Soldiers are now instructed to shoot below the knee “and then at the ankle,” according to the report.

A senior Israeli military officer told Kan: “At first, we told them to shoot at the leg. We saw that this can result in fatalities, so we told them to shoot below the knee, then we fine-tuned the regulations to shooting at the ankle.”

Aug 01 08:40

The IRS supports illegal settlements, but doesn't want to talk about it.

Aug 01 07:46

Zionist Puppet Trump Gives Israel a Free Hand in Genocide of Palestinian People

With all criticism toward Israel silenced in the West, Israel now enjoys complete impunity to make life a hell on earth for the Palestinians.
The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House two-and-a-half years ago has emboldened Israel as never before, leaving it free to unleash new waves of brutality in the occupied territories.

While engaged in the process of “saving” Israel, Donald Trump is going to destroy the United States.

Israel is a demonic evil entity. It has Amerika by the throat. Israel is in the process of destroying the United States because it is a parasite, a vampire. Trump is their man. Trump’s job is to serve Israel.

All the ‘Q’ talk about Trump playing 4d chess is utter garbage. That is the psyop they are using to fool the goyim into believing that Trump is somehow working for the American voter. He is not, he is working for Israel.

You cannot make Amerika great again by giving Israel everything it wants — and more.

Jul 31 10:34

Israel killed 54 Palestinians in Gaza during first half of 2019

Israeli occupation forces have killed 54 Palestinians in Gaza, including 12 children and four women since the start of 2019, Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights reported yesterday.

The centre also said that the Israeli occupation forces injured 3,723 Palestinians in Gaza during the same period, including 1,226 children and 179 women.

The centre accused occupation forces of using “lethal force” to cause as many casualties as possible mainly when they crackdown on peaceful protesters at the Great March of Return, which have been organised every Friday since 30 March 2018 along the eastern borders of Gaza.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation arrested 88 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including 22 children.

Jul 31 10:33

Netanyahu: Settlements to stay forever

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israeli Jewish settlements will remain in the occupied West Bank forever.

Israeli TV Channel 12 reported Netanyahu saying during the inauguration of settlement project in the settlement of Efrat yesterday: “None of the settlers or the settlements are to be uprooted.”

“This issue has ended and settlements are to remain forever.”

This is not the first time Netanyahu has made such remarks. In 2017 he said: “We are here to stay, forever.”

Jul 31 10:33

Israel sentences prisoners’ lawyer to 13 years behind bars

An Israeli court sentenced the lawyer of the PLO’s Prisoners’ Committee to 13 years, six months in prison on Tuesday, Quds Press has reported. Tariq Barghouth was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 27 February this year before undergoing harsh interrogation.

To put pressure on him in order to give what are said to be false confessions, the Israelis also arrested his wife and sister. The two women were released later.

Barghouth is one of the most prominent lawyers known for defending Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. He is currently in Nafha Prison in the south of Israel.

Jul 31 10:31

PA: Palestinians don’t need Netanyahu’s permission to build on their land

Palestinian Authority (PA) said yesterday that there is no need for Palestinian to obtain permission from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to build homes in “Area C” of the occupied Palestinian territories.

This came in response to the latest leaks about the Israeli government’s discussion to approve 6,000 new settlement units in the occupied territories along with 700 Palestinian homes in Area C.

Area C is a region of the occupied West Bank which is under Israeli military and administrative control following the signing of the Oslo Accords.

Jul 31 10:28

Settlement wines not “Made in Israel,” Canadian court rules

In a landmark defeat for Israel, the Federal Court of Canada ruled on Monday that wines produced in settlements on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law cannot be labeled “Made in Israel.”

This decision comes just days after the Vancouver city council rejected an attempt to label Palestine rights organizing as anti-Semitism.

Judge Anne Mactavish ruled that “labeling the settlement wines as ‘Products of Israel’ is both inaccurate and misleading.”

In an affirmation of the right of citizens to engage in boycotts, the court found that people who wish to express their political views through their purchasing decisions “have to be provided with accurate information as to the source of the products in question.”

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Good for the Canadians!

Jul 31 10:26

UN lets Israel’s child killers off the hook again

Human rights defenders are slamming UN Secretary-General António Guterres for leaving Israel off an official list of the world’s worst abusers of children’s rights.

On Tuesday, the UN released the secretary-general’s annual report on children in armed conflict.

It finds that a record 12,000 children were killed or maimed in wars around the world in 2018.

But Human Rights Watch notes that Guterres “omitted countries responsible for grave violations against children in armed conflict in his new ‘list of shame.’”

Jul 31 10:23

Congress Opposes Non-Violent Support For Palestinian Rights

This has not been a good week for Democrats, especially those who wish to cast their party as the progressive alternative to the Trump-McConnell regime. As the feckless party leadership continued to avoid taking any action against Donald Trump for his numerous crimes—which go well beyond the Russia questions—they managed to find time to pass a bill opposing the right of U.S. citizens to use economic leverage to press for change in Israel-Palestine.

H. Res. 246, a nameless bill which declares the House of Representatives’ opposition to the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, passed with 398 in favor and only 17 (16 Democrats and one Republican) representatives voting against it. The bill was considerably weaker than the sort of legislation the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) had hoped to pass to criminalize BDS at the federal level. Those efforts ran afoul of free speech concerns among a wide variety of Congress members.

Jul 31 10:22

Joe Biden’s Moral Cowardice On israel

What politicians don’t say is often as important as what they do. In his foreign policy speech on Thursday at The City University of New York, Joe Biden warned about the “Rapid advance of authoritarianism, nationalism and illiberal tendencies around the world — not just in Russia and China but among our allies, in places like Turkey, the Philippines, and Hungary.”

Notice what’s missing here. Biden is right that the governments of Turkey, the Philippines and Hungary are increasingly contemptuous of human rights and the rule of law. He could have added India, Poland, Brazil and even Italy to the list.

But the most glaring exception is Israel.

Jul 31 10:21

Playing Politics with Human Rights: Thoughts on the Recent Anti-BDS House Bill

Last Tuesday, the House voted overwhelmingly to pass an anti-BDS bill with the strong support of progressive democrats (including “squad” member Ayanna Pressley). I know there are many who are asking how and why did this happen? As I see it, the answer, as always, is pure politics.

Jul 31 10:17

Israel approves plan to build 700 Palestinian homes in Area C

For the first time in years, Israeli government approves construction for Palestinians living in West Bank’s area under full Israeli civil and security control as part of a broader plan which includes 6,000 housing units for Israeli settlers

Jul 31 09:40

Israel Has "The Most Moral Army in the World"?

Eight days ago eleven Palestinian buildings containing seventy family apartments located in the illegally Israeli occupied East Jerusalem village of Wadi al-Hummus were demolished in a military-led operation by more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers, policemen and municipal workers using bulldozers, backhoes and explosives. Residents who resisted were beaten by the soldiers, kicked down flights of stairs and even shot at close range with rubber bullets. The soldiers were recorded laughing and celebrating as they did their dirty work. Occupants who did not resist and who held their hands up in surrender were also not spared the rod, as were also foreign observers who were present to add their voices to those who were protesting the outrage. The injuries sustained by some of the victims have been photographed and are available online.

Jul 31 09:31

UNCOVERING THE ATTEMPTS TO STEAL ALL OF PALESTINIAN LAND

Thanks to the Israeli daily Haaretz, this attempt, which has been going on for years, to make the Nakba (catastrophe) disappear into secret archives, has been uncovered.

Jul 31 09:31

TWO MUST WATCH VIDEOS FROM CNN

Thank you, Christiane Amanpour, for upholding the discipline of professional journalism which is a rare commodity today.

Jul 31 03:38

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

This video is as current today as the day it was made. The murders and crimes of the Jewish Nation of Israel will never be forgotten. Never! Israel is directly responsible for scrubbing anything factual that exposes Israel. Whatever has been done to stop these whores of humanity it is not enough.
Support BDS and end all tourism to Israel. Conduct tours to GAZA.

Jul 31 03:09

Video:Israel is Sorry, it's a Mistake :: Operation Cast Lead Dec 2008

This video is current events! The killing, torture, beatings, demolitions, never stopped. Have a good look at what the Jewish nation of Israel is really all about. Write or phone your congressman but don't call or write to Washington D.C. the correct address is in Israel. Israel own you, the congress, The President and you are paying for all this.

Jul 31 02:32

Israel’s Scheme to Bury the Nakba. “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”

Israel’s 1947-48 Nakba against the Palestinian people was and remains one of history’s great crimes. Establishment of the Jewish state came at the expense of the Palestinian people, their descendants and refugee population.
The final master plan’s goal aimed to create a state with maximum Jews and minimum Arabs — by any means, including mass murder of defenseless people.
Note: Yes the Jewish nation of Israel committed mass murder and continues to murder, beat, torture, destroy with the aid of the United States of America. Yes we must be careful not to be anti-semetic! Don't forget the holocau$t soap made from Jewish bodies, lampshades from Jewish skin.

Jul 30 13:23

What the House Anti-BDS Resolution Reveals About the Palestine Solidarity Movement

The recent vote in the House of Representatives on H.Res. 246, supporting the so-called “Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel” bill, provides us with some important lessons. At the very least, it demonstrates some important realities for the Palestinian rights movement.

H.Res. 246 is essentially a statement of principles by the House—in this case, a statement demonizing BDS as unacceptable and implying that it’s anti-Semitic.

Jul 30 09:33

With criticism crushed in the West, Israel can enjoy its impunity

Jonathan Cook argues that just as Israel, emboldened by Donald Trump, has unleashed new waves of brutality against the Palestinians, Western states have not only turned a blind eye to these outrages, but are actively assisting in silencing anyone who dares to speak out.>>

Jul 30 08:08

Israel dodges UN blacklist despite rise in Palestinian youth killed and injured in 2018

Israeli forces killed and maimed some 2,800 Palestinian children in 2018, the highest number in years, and yet were not mentioned on an annual United Nations blacklist of armed forces that commit atrocities against youth.

Some 59 Palestinian children were killed last year and 2,756 more were injured — the highest number since 2014, according to a report by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres that will be published this week, an advance copy of which was seen by Mondoweiss.

While Guterres called for a probe into the deaths and blasted Israel for endangering Palestinian youths, the UN chief did not embarrass Israel by naming it on his “list of shame” in the annexes of the survey.

Jul 30 08:04

Tulsi Gabbard tries to defend anti-Palestinian vote

Congress member Tulsi Gabbard is feeling the heat over her vote last week in favor of a resolution that misrepresents and harshly condemns the nonviolent BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement for Palestinian rights.

The Hawaii Democrat, a candidate for her party’s presidential nomination, posted a video on Twitter on Saturday trying to spin her vote for HR 246 as a defense of free speech:

Jul 30 08:04

Israel withholds bodies of Palestinians killed in its prisons

Israeli forces arrested Taqatqa on 19 June from his home in the town of Beit Fajjar near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

For the majority of his detention, he was held in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem, an Israeli detention center synonymous with the torture of Palestinian prisoners.

“There is serious concern that he was tortured and exposed to ill and/or degrading treatment while he was in detention,” the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council stated.

Israeli prison authorities then transferred Taqatqa to the al-Jalameh detention center in the northern West Bank and then finally to Nitzan prison inside Israel.

It is unclear what caused Taqatqa’s death, as Israel is refusing to release his body.

Jul 29 14:32

UK “Labour Party a political home for Zionists”

Stuart Littlewood highlights the fact the UK Labour Party now officially declares itself a political home for Zionism – a racist, supremacist, ideology – thereby betraying its core values and the Palestinians still struggling for freedom, independence and a share of the modern world's prosperity. >>

Jul 29 10:22

39 demonstrators shot with live ammunition, one killed, on Gaza’s 68th Friday march

On the 68th Great March of Return, 71 Palestinian civilians were injured due to the Israeli military’s continued use of excessive force against peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border. At least 30 children, 3 women and a paramedic were among those injured this Friday, 26 July 2019. Thirty-nine civilians were shot with live bullets and 4 of them sustained moderate to serious wounds. Today’s protest, which lasted from 16:30 to 19:30, was titled “Palestinians Refugees of Lebanon”, and involved activities such as speeches by political leaders and theatrical performances. Dozens of civilians protested at varied distances from the border fence across the Gaza Strip, and were met with Israeli soldiers’ excessive force despite no imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.

Jul 29 10:21

Israel takes $141m in confiscated Palestinian taxes

Israel’s electricity company has been approved by the Finance Ministry to collect half a billion shekels ($ 141 million) from Palestinian tax money collected by Israel, a Hebrew economic newspaper reported on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports.

According to the newspaper The Marker, a specialist in economic affairs, and Haaretz, the Ministry of Finance froze Palestinian tax funds, and transferred it directly to the Israeli Electricity Company to pay back debts accumulated by the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian government faces a financial crisis following Israel’s decision to deduct large amounts of tax revenues as a punitive measure for the PA allocating funds to detainees and the families of the martyrs.

Jul 28 13:26

Open letter to British MPs on their witch-hunts of pro-Palestinian figures

Fernando Guevara explains why British MPs must stop giving ground to Zionism instead of defending their constituencies and the conscientious objectors who are now subject to witch-hunts for carrying out their duties in the face of Zionist demands. >>

Jul 25 06:37

Israel's systemic denial of Palestinians' right to water

Over the last few weeks, Palestinians have been facing severe water shortages because Mekorot, the Israeli water company, is denying or restricting their access to the resource.

The evidence suggests that the annual rainfall in Ramallah is higher than in London (619 mm/year compared to 596 mm/year). However, the Palestinian daily water consumption per capita (about 70 l/day) is strongly below the World Health Organisation’s recommendations (about 100 l/day). Meanwhile, Israelis consume on average about 250 l/day. How is such a drastic difference possible? What are the mechanisms that allow Israel to maintain this imbalance?

Jul 25 06:15

Israel demolishes Al-Araqeeb for 148th time, arrests Palestinian leader

Israeli authorities demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb for the 148th time today, the second time this week, and arrested village leader Sheikh Sayyah Al-Turi, Arab48 reported.

According to local residents, in the morning, occupation authorities bulldozed and destroyed homes and tents under the protection of occupation police forces. Eyewitnesses also confirmed that police arrested Sheikh Sayyah Al-Turi, who had only been released from Ramla prison on Tuesday morning after being detained for seven months.

Al-Turi’s sentence was extended for 60 days after prison services conditioned his release on his forcible transfer and deportation from Al-Araqeeb to the city of Rahat. Israeli authorities demolished Al-Araqeeb for the 147th time the day before Al-Turi’s release.

Jul 25 06:12

Contrary to denials, Israel military was aware of deadly flaws in Gaza open fire regulations

The Israeli army knew its snipers were killing Palestinian protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip as a result of open fire regulations that were subsequently altered, +972 Magazine reported.

Earlier this week, Israeli journalist Carmela Menashe, military reporter for Israel’s public radio station, revealed that the military made the change when it understood that “firing at the lower half of the body above the knee led to death in many cases, despite this not being the objective”.

According to Menashe, soldiers were told to “shoot below the knee, and later, at their ankles”.

Meanwhile, a senior officer told Israeli news site Ynet that the snipers’ objective was “not to kill but to wound, so one of the lessons [learned] was what they were shooting at…At first we told them to shoot at the leg, we saw that this could kill, so we told them to shoot under the knee. Later we made the order more precise to shoot at the ankle”.

Jul 25 06:11

What happens when the 'Squad' goes to Palestine?

Ever since being elected late last year, four progressive women - Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, Somali-American Ilhan Omar, African-American Ayana Pressley, and Hispanic-American Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - have shaken up the rather staid halls of Congress.

Tlaib and Omar have championed views never espoused by Democratic members, with both endorsing the BDS movement and Tlaib even endorsing a one-state solution.

When the liberal Jewish lobby group, J Street, consequently threatened to withdraw its support for Tlaib, she didn’t back down, as members have always done before; she stuck to her guns.

Omar, in particular, has excoriated the Israel lobby and its toxic impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her “all about the Benjamins” tweet drew the ire of most major national pro-Israel organisations as well as many Democratic and Republican opinion-makers.

Jul 25 06:09

Israel’s latest attempt to erase Palestine

The attempt to suppress official documentation of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 is not new.

But efforts by teams from the Israeli defense ministry to remove sensitive documents from Israeli archives – as reported by the Haaretz newspaper recently – must be understood in a new political climate and are not simply an attempt to spare Israeli governments embarrassment, as some have suggested.

Those of us working with Nakba documents – Nakba means “catastrophe” and is the term Palestinians use for the expulsion in 1948 of some 800,000 people from their lands and homes in what became Israel – were already aware of the removal of these documents. For many years, for instance, historians were unable to revisit “the village files,” which formed an important proof in my argument that the 1948 war was an act of ethnic cleansing.

Jul 25 06:07

Palestinians in Israel reject Ehud Barak’s apology

Ehud Barak’s apology for his role in the slaying of Palestinian demonstrators in October 2000 “lacks all value,” the human rights group Adalah stated this week.

Barak was prime minister of Israel when 13 unarmed Palestinian protesters, all citizens of Israel except for one man from Gaza, were killed by police over the first week of that month.

The former premier “ordered Israeli police to deploy deadly means – including snipers” against protesters, Adalah stated.

Jul 25 06:06

Here Are The 17 Members Of Congress Who Voted Against Condemning BDS

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday by an overwhelming margin to pass a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and to endorse a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The non-binding resolution passed 398-17. Resolution sponsor Rep. Brad Schneider, a Democrat from Illinois, told JTA that the measure’s resounding success shows that support for Israel is a bipartisan phenomenon.

While the resolution also made clear that Americans had the right to petition the government in support or opposition to a particular foreign policy, some Democrats argued that the resolution, which has no force in law, impinged on the First Amendment.

Jul 25 06:05

Israeli violence against Palestinians largely ignored in US

Over the years, the US Congress has introduced and approved dozens of resolutions that condemn violence by Palestinians against Israelis. In sharp contrast, it has never approved a resolution that condemns violence by Israel’s government or its trigger-happy military, even though several have been introduced, including recently by Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum.

McCollum in May introduced a bill prohibiting the allocation of US funds for any country that detains children, in the wake of a high-profile public debate in America about the detention of migrant children along the Mexican border. H.R. 2407 received very little media coverage even though it pointed out that far more children — more than 10,000 since 2000 — have been held in detention centers in Israel than have been detained along the US border with Mexico.

Jul 24 10:47

Israeli rampage of destruction in Jerusalem village

Israeli forces began the demolition of some 100 apartments on the outskirts of occupied East Jerusalem early Monday.

The 13 buildings targeted for demolition, many still under construction, are located in the Wadi Hummus neighborhood on the outskirts of Sur Bahir, a village southeast of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

“Families were taken out of their beds, expelled from their homes and forced to helplessly watch the army destroying them,” according to Ir Amim, an Israeli group that documents settlement activity in Jerusalem.

Jul 24 10:44

The Protest Dispersed. Then an Israeli Sniper Shot a 9-year-old Boy in the Head.

In the freezer of their home in Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank, the family is preserving the last memories they have of their youngest child: a chocolate-banana popsicle and a piece of watermelon on a toothpick. Abd el-Rahman Shatawi had bought them about half an hour before an Israel Defense Forces sniper knelt on the slope of the rocky hill overlooking the village, and from a distance of 100 meters fired one live round into the 9-year-old’s head. The bullet exploded into dozens of pieces of shrapnel in his brain.

Shatawi is now in the intensive care ward of Safra Children’s Hospital, at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. He is in an induced coma and is hooked up to a medical ventilator. His father and a cousin don’t leave his bedside for more than a few minutes, hoping for a miracle. But it’s unlikely that this boy will ever be able to enjoy the treats he bought.

Jul 24 10:42

Hundreds Lose Shelter as Israeli Forces Destroy Dozens of Housing Units in Sour Baher in occupied East Jerusalem

On Monday morning, 22 July 2019, Israeli military forces launched a large-scale destruction operation against civilian property in Wadi al-Humus neighborhood, in Sour Baher in the southern part of occupied East Jerusalem. Hundreds of Israeli soldiers and machinery carried out the destructions that resulted in hundreds of civilians losing their shelter.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns this crime against civilians and considers it on par for ethnic cleansing, and holds the Israeli government accountable for escalating the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

Jul 24 10:41

The US Law Restricting Satellite Imagery of Palestine-Israel

Bipartisan legislation passed by the US Congress in 1997 limits the quality and availability of aerial photography of Palestine-Israel. The Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) to the US National Defense Authorization Act was passed under the pretext of protecting Israel’s national security. It prevents US satellite operators and retailers from selling or disseminating images of Palestine-Israel at a resolution higher than that available on the non-US market. The amendment’s interpretation has been confusing and contradictory in terms of meaning, geographical scope, and legal implications. Its result has been over two decades of limited access to clear aerial photography of Palestine-Israel.

Jul 24 09:30

Herbicide warfare against Gaza farmers

Since 2014, the Israeli military has used crop-dusting planes to spray herbicide along Gaza’s eastern boundary. It has long razed agricultural and residential land along the so-called “buffer zone” to increase its soldiers’ field of vision.

The unannounced spraying of herbicide takes place inside Israel when winds blow the toxins into Gaza.

In 2016, Israel’s defense ministry admitted to the practice in response to a freedom of information request.

Jul 24 09:29

US House of Representatives condemns boycotts for Palestinian rights

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution Tuesday evening condemning people for exercising their constitutional right to engage in boycotts in support of Palestinian rights.

The resolution, H.Res.246, passed by a vote of 398-17 with five representatives abstaining and 12 not voting.

The resolution puts the House of Representatives on record as opposing “the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) targeting Israel, including efforts to target United States companies that are engaged in commercial activities that are legal under United States law, and all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel.”

Jul 23 09:59

Israeli forces laugh and cheer as they blow up West Bank building (VIDEO)

Israeli police and military were filmed laughing and cheering as they blew up a Palestinian building in the West Bank district of Wadi Hummus in East Jerusalem on Monday.

The footage shows three men looking down on the area where Israel began demolition of 13 buildings, after a High Court ruled against an appeal to stop the demolition ordered by the Defense Ministry, which said the buildings were too close to the separation barrier Israel constructed around and inside the West Bank in the 2000s.

A man wearing a balaclava holds the controls to set off the explosions inside the building below. Once it starts to explode, the men laugh and celebrate as other people can be heard cheering and whistling.

Sounds familiar...

Jul 23 09:38

Another ‘NY Times’ biased report — this one about Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

The New York Times had to report Israel’s shocking demolition yesterday of Palestinian apartment blocks in Jerusalem; the story was too big to ignore. But the paper’s Isabel Kershner cleverly tried to present Israel’s brutal action in the best possible way, while muffling the voices of the victims.

Contrasting the Times’s coverage with other reports, including an excellent article by Mondoweiss’s Yumna Patel, reveals just how biased Kershner’s effort is.

Jul 23 09:36

ISRAELI SOLDIERS CELEBRATE ‘VICTORY’ OVER PALESTINE

Yesterday I posted about the latest in illegal home demolitions in Palestine by Israeli soldiers ….

Click HERE to see post

Today I post the reactions of those soldiers as they celebrate their ‘victory’.

SHAME ON THEM!

Jul 22 10:04

What The Latest Secret Government File Tells Us About The West's Middle East Policy

The British government is refusing to release a 1941 file on Palestine, as it might “undermine the security” of Britain and its citizens. Why would a 78-year-old document be seen as so sensitive in 2019?

One plausible reason is that it could embarrass the British government in its relations with Israel and Iraq, and may concern a long but hidden theme in British foreign policy: creating false pretexts for military intervention.

Jul 22 09:37

Palestine FM: Israel’s demolition of 100 homes in Jerusalem a ‘war crime’

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is continuing its efforts with the International Criminal Court to push forward a formal investigation into Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes, especially in the town of Sur Baher, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

In a statement, the ministry said that the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the Palestinian families’ request to cancel the planned demolition of 16 residential buildings in the Wadi Al-Homs neighbourhood in Sur Baher, which includes more than 100 apartments.

Jul 22 09:36

Israel court rules settlers can occupy Palestinians’ Hebron homes 

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that illegal settlers can continue to occupy two Palestinian homes in the West Bank city of Hebron until legal disputes have been resolved.

The court ruled yesterday that the settlers – who are occupying two Palestinian homes on Hebron’s Al-Shuhadah Street, in the south of the occupied West Bank – can remain in the properties until legal disputes are settled.

The settlers moved in to the two properties in March last year, claiming the Za’tari family had sold the property rights to the Jewish Land Redemption Fund Association in 2008. Israel’s Civil Administration – which administers the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) – initially argued that the fund had legally purchased the Za’tari family’s properties.

The family, however, contests these claims and stresses that it never sold the rights to its properties to the fund. The family has submitted numerous complaints to Israel Police and the Israeli Defence Ministry, but to no avail.

Jul 22 09:10

DEMOLISHING HOMES INSTEAD OF WALLS

Israeli forces began Monday demolishing buildings in an East Jerusalem neighborhood under the control of the Palestinian Authority, following a legal challenge to the Defense Ministry-issued order to evacuate apartments deemed too close to the West Bank separation barrier, which runs through the city.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory opinion in 2004 that building the barrier on occupied territory was “contrary to international law.”

Jul 21 11:50

Gazans flock to fence for 67th week of protests

Palestinians on Friday converged near the fence that separates Gaza Strip from Israel, to demonstrate against Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories, Anadolu Agency reports.

Gaza’s National Authority for Return and Breaking the Siege (NARBS), which organises weekly rallies, called on Palestinians to attend demonstration and affirm on their right to return to their villages in historical Palestine.

Earlier on Friday, the NARBS warned Israel against any “escalation” against the Palestinian peaceful protestors.

Jul 21 10:31

‘Clear and Decisive Win’: Why Netanyahu Needs a War on Gaza More Than Ever Before 

Media reports of an impending Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip are now a regular occurrence. The frequency of these reports fluctuates based on Israel’s own political landscape.

Empirical experience has taught us that when Israeli leaders are in trouble, they wage a war on Gaza. Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing the greatest challenge in his political career, Gaza is bracing for another Israeli war.

The war rumors are no longer just that. Rightwing Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem Post recently reported that Israel’s military chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Aviv Kochavi, “has already approved operational combat plans and recently set up an administrative unit to handle the formation of a list of potential targets in the coastal enclave for when the next war breaks out.”

Jul 19 12:13

Theft of Silwan Highlights the Injustice of the Israeli Occupation

Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organization.

The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some 20,000 Palestinians living in the shadow of the Old City walls and Al Aqsa mosque.

Dozens of families in the Silwan neighborhood have endured the same fate as the Siyams, and the Israeli courts have approved the imminent eviction of many hundreds more Palestinians from the area.

But, unlike those families, the Siyams’ predicament briefly caught public attention. That was because one of them, Jawad Siyam, has become a figurehead of Silwan’s resistance efforts.

Jul 19 05:01

Deal of the Century Trump

Don't you just "love" it how they say how complex this problem is!
Not complex at all. A bunch of European Jews displaced by murder, beating, discrimination etc. the native population of Palestine.

BTW Israel is not commenting apartheid they are committing genocide.

Jul 18 11:22

US Democrats remove ‘occupation’ from two-state solution resolution

A US House Democrat’s resolution in support of the two-state solution has been amended to remove references to the Israeli occupation and settlement activity, reports the Times of Israel. The amended bill also claims attempts by Palestinians to achieve statehood outside of negotiations with Israel as is unacceptable.

In April, California Democrat Alan Lowenthal introduced House Resolution 326, a symbolic resolution that reaffirmed the US’ commitment to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through a two-state solution.

The original text highlighted “the special relationship between the US and Israel” and how the US “remains unwavering in its commitment to help Israel address the myriad challenges it faces.” It also mentioned the long history of US presidents seeking a two-state solution and how “delays to a political solution… pose a threat to the ability to maintain a Jewish and democratic state of Israel.”

Jul 18 11:21

Turkey criticises US deal of the Century, supports Palestinian rights

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday criticised the US deal of the century and emphasised the importance of supporting Palestinian rights, Turkish news agencies reported.

During his speech at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) executive committee meeting held in Saudi Arabia, Cavusoglu said sustainable peace cannot be achieved by disregarding the Palestinians’ dignity and ignoring “the just and legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

Referring to the US economic workshop held in Bahrain last month, he said: “Economic projects and plans cannot replace the need for dignity, justice and freedom. And no project can succeed without a just peace.”

He added: “Expansion of illegal settlements continues throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around Al-Quds, as well as in the West Bank. This is a deliberate attempt to undermine the two-state vision.”

Jul 18 11:21

Israel settlers set up mobile homes in Jordan Valley

Israeli Jewish settlers have set up mobile homes on the Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, Shehab news agency reported yesterday.

Palestinian rights activist Aref Daraghma said that the mobile homes were set up in Abu-Qandoul neighbourhood, located in Al-Maleh Valley.

He stated that the settlers installed wires around an area called Al-Mirmala, to which the settlers opened a street a couple of days ago.

Jul 18 11:03

British MPs condemn killing of Palestinian medics by Israel forces in Gaza

A number of British Members of Parliament have slammed the killing of Palestinian medics at the hands of Israeli forces in the occupied Gaza Strip.

On 15 July, an Early Day Motion (EDM) entitled “Health Workers in Gaza” was tabled in Parliament.

The EDM begins with a condemnation of “the killing of healthcare workers in Gaza and in particular the recent killing of Gaza paramedic Mohammed Al-Jedaili”, who, the motion adds, was “the fifth Palestinian health worker to be killed by Israeli forces in just over a year”.

The motion then “notes that according to the World Health Organisation more than 750 health workers in Gaza were also injured between 30 March 2018 and 31 May 2019.”

The context for the timeframe is the Great March of Return, and the efforts taken by Israeli forces to violently suppress its associated demonstrations.

Jul 18 10:37

Ilhan Omar introduces resolution upholding right to boycott

In the face of sustained attacks by US authorities on the right to engage in boycotts against Israel, Congress member Ilhan Omar introduced a resolution on Tuesday that seeks to protect that right.

She also explicitly offered her support for BDS, the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign that aims to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights the way similar global grassroots pressure helped end apartheid in South Africa.

Palestinian boycott campaigners welcomed Omar’s resolution.

“It affirms the right of all activists and people of conscience to advocate for human rights through boycotts against systems of oppression,” Hind Awwad, spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS National Committee said.

Jul 18 10:36

The friends I lost to Israel’s bombs and bullets

Two days later – 15 December 2001 – Israeli forces invaded Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza.

Yousif’s cousin approached me around noon that day and immediately told me that Yousif had been killed. An Israeli soldier had shot him in the head. Yousif was two weeks shy of his 11th birthday.

It was the first time that a friend of mine had died. I had no idea how to express myself, especially given that our last conversation had been an argument.

So I just stayed silent.

Yousif was killed on the eve of Eid al-Fitr. When I went to his funeral, his mother Aisha wept as she showed us the clothes Yousif had planned to wear at Eid.

Jul 18 10:23

Ilhan Omar Introduces Pro-BDS Resolution, Something Pelosi Has Called ‘Bigoted’ and ‘Dangerous’

We fully expect the House to draft a resolution condemning her for bigotry following this news.

Rep. Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution supporting the BDS movement against Israel, an effort once described by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “bigoted” and “dangerous.”

Jul 17 15:42

Wider and wider still: The holocaust alliance’s solicited "anti-Semitism" as a reaction to insufficient supply of "anti-Semitism"

Fernando Guevara says the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s description of all resistance to Zionism as “anti-Semitism” is intended to fulfil the Zionist need for conflict in order to occupy territories, minds and assets.>>

Jul 17 13:25

Omar to Introduce Resolution Declaring Support for Anti-Israel BDS Movement Featured

Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will introduce a resolution this week declaring support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to elevate the Palestinian negotiating position vis-a-vis Israel through an international pressure campaign.

“We are introducing a resolution . . . to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar told Al-Monitor. “And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”

Jul 17 10:57

When Israel bombed disabled Palestinians

Nasser al-Buhaisi had just graduated from college.

The 22-year-old obtained a degree in religious law from Gaza’s Al-Azhar University during June. One day later, he died.

Al-Buhaisi had been paralyzed due to a road accident in 2006. He had studied hard despite being in intensive care.

His determination made me reflect on the situation facing people with disabilities in Gaza. The situation is never easy but becomes far more difficult when Israel attacks vital services – as it did a few months ago.

Jul 17 10:50

Israeli Jews question Palestinians’ loyalty and don’t want them in government — leading political scientist

Israeli Jews are overwhelmingly rightwing and do not want Palestinians in their government as ministers or part of the governing coalition because they question Palestinian loyalty to the state, one of the country’s leading political scientists says. Benjamin Netanyahu has the inside track to remain prime minister because he supports the “Jewish identity” of the state, she says. And anyone who expects a liberal Zionist to gain power is deluded. The left is a “marginal” factor in the Israeli election in September.

The only thing Palestinians and Jews in Israel agree about is: The Trump peace plan is going nowhere.

Jul 17 10:49

Israel and the assassination of Palestinian childhood

The Israeli occupation authorities have transformed the images of joy, play and education that should be the norm for Palestinian children into a shocking number of violations committed by the army against them in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Around 1.3 million Palestinian children in the West Bank are affected daily by Israel’s policy of arrest and detention, as well as attacks by gunfire, beatings and illegal settlers. Another 1 million children in Gaza are considered to be the most affected by the restrictions imposed by the occupation. This includes the siege, aggression and multiple military offensives. Children under the age of 15 make up 42 per cent of the entire population in the Gaza Strip; Israel has basically assassinated their childhood.

Jul 17 10:49

Israel’s Latest ‘Security Problem’: Who’s to Blame for Gaza’s Environmental Crisis 

Writing in The Jewish Journal under the title, “A Spillover Crisis: How Gaza’s Water Shortage Affects Israel”, Dominik Doehler explains the direct link between Gaza’s water problems and Israel.

Doehler offered a scientific explanation behind the besieged Strip’s water crisis, but when it was time to assign responsibility, something went wrong. Instead of recognising how Israel’s war and protracted siege destroyed Gaza’s infrastructure, the writer blamed the “ongoing conflict between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority” for Gaza’s suffering.

“Today, those who pay the price of the conflict between the Palestinian factions are the two million people in Gaza,” Doehler writes, without any mention of Israel’s primary role in any of this.

Jul 17 10:04

Why are progressive Democrats backing an anti-BDS bill that was introduced at an AIPAC conference?

On July 17, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will begin to mark up a number of measures including a resolution that condemns the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement). Despite concerns about the bill being constitutional, it’s currently supported by 70% of the Democratic Caucus.

Jul 17 10:02

AIPAC and friends slam IfNotNow as ‘anti-Israel’ for asking Democratic candidates about ‘the occupation’

As we reported, the young Jews of IfNotNow are doing what many activists have long called for: they are making Palestine an issue in the Democratic race by posting videos of young people asking candidates if they would bring pressure on Israel to end the occupation. The group has gotten evasive answers from Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke; a No from Cory Booker; a Yes from Pete Buttigieg; and nervous affirmation from Elizabeth Warren.

The big surprise of the IfNotNow campaign is how much rage it is provoking from the Israel lobby, which has long had a place inside the Democratic Party.

The group Democratic Majority for Israel has issued a “WARNING” to Democratic candidates that a “strongly anti-Israel organization” is having young people “run up to” candidates and ambush them with an occupation question, before “trumpet”-ing the politicians’ answer on-line. (Ah, democracy.)

Jul 17 10:01

The difficult passage from a two-state solution to decolonization in Palestine/Israel

It’s happening, but slowly. Surveying the special issue of the Palestine-Israel Journal devoted to the threat that the hallowed two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be in jeopardy – or, as the issue’s title has it, “at a dangerous crossroads” – one gets the feeling of half-hearted, almost desperate assertions that the two-state solution is the only plausible one.

Jul 17 10:00

‘In US universities students who criticise Israel are under attack’ 

Throughout history, students have been at the forefront of important movements advocating for fundamental changes in society.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the anti-apartheid movement gained traction on university campuses in the UK and the US, with various demonstrations taking place and calls to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. At the University of California, Berkeley, students were successful in campaigning for divestment, and in 1986 the university voted to withdraw $3.1 billion worth of investments in the apartheid state.

Jul 17 09:33

The Roots of Evil: Right-Wing Israeli Settler Group Accuses Palestinians of Land Theft

In a move designed to shock Israeli settlers in the West Bank into action, activists from the right-wing settler organization “Regavim” hung Palestinian flags along the main West Bank settler roads last week.

Regavim claims that there is a Palestinian take over of Area C and that the Israeli government is not doing enough to fight it. The organization’s PR stunt, shown in the video below, was in their own words “an in-your-face challenge to the ????? (Knesset) to enforce the law and halt the de facto creation of a terrorist state in the heart of Israel.”

Jul 17 09:23

Palestinians Losing 60 Million Work Hours Per Year

Palestinians lose about 60 million hours of work per year, due to check points and restrictions imposed, by the Israeli occupation, on Palestinian movement between the towns and villages of the West Bank, the Applied Research Institute (ARIJ) reported Monday, according to Al Ray.

ARIJ estimated the loss at about $ 270 million per year, according to the wage of workers per hour, in addition to extra fuel consumption at about 80 million liters per year, estimated at $ 135 million.

The consumption of the vehicle, which runs at a very low speed for long periods (1 – 10 km / h), according to certain calibrations, is about 0.049 liters / minute and 0.035 liters / minute for diesel engines and gasoline, according to the Institute.

The consumption of this amount of fuel leads to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, by about 196 thousand tons per year.

Jul 17 09:22

THE LONG AND UGLY HISTORY OF ZIONISM

The history of Zionism begins with contacts to the most violent ideologies, the most racist regimes and dictatorships and continues to this day as a thread through history. Rarely is it pointed out that Zionism is the official colonial settler colonial ideology of the “Jewish state”, which by definition is a thoroughly anti-Semitic ideology. Just the terms Israel as the “Jewish state” of the “Jewish people” or the audacity to speak out of this definition for all Jews worldwide. Not to mention the Zionist claim to call the illegal settlement policy and colonization of the state “Jewish value”. These “values” have always been based on the cooperation and support of fascist, right-wing and anti-Semitic, racist regimes and persons.

Jul 17 08:13

How the Goliath of the Jerusalem settler movement persuaded the world it’s really David

Jonathan Cook highlights the unequal fight between Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the Elad Jewish settler movement which, with the backing of the Israeli state and the US, has evicted them from their home and plans to do the same with numerous other indigenous Palestinians.>>

Jul 15 10:54

UN investigator: Israel “moving rapidly” towards West Bank annexation

Israel is “moving rapidly” towards annexing parts of the Palestinian West Bank and tough rhetoric from Israeli politicians could presage a “dramatic” step in the coming months, United Nations investigator Michael Lynk told Mondoweiss.

Speaking by phone from Amman, the capital of Jordan, during a week-long fact-finding visit to the region, Lynk said that Israel’s settlement-building on Palestinian land was at its “highest level in recent years”.

“It’s moving much more rapidly and on the horizon is something much more dramatic,” said Lynk, the UN’s special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory.

Jul 15 10:54

ISM: 100 bullet fragments in brain of 10-year-old Palestinian child shot in West Bank

Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian child in the head with live ammunition at close range at around 3pm today during a protest against settlement expansion in the town of Kafr Qaddum, northern West Bank. Abdul Rahman Yasser Shteiwi, 10, was rushed to Rafidia hospital in Nablus and was operated on immediately. The leader of the popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shtaiwi, told ISM that doctors found over 70 bullet fragments lodged in the child’s brain. An X-ray scan of Abdul’s skull (pictured below) appears to show dozens of metal pieces throughout his brain. The 10-year-old is in a critical condition,

Jul 15 10:52

When Ancient DNA Gets Politicized

The logic here for those who had read the study was confusing. The new research had nothing to say about the genetic history of Jews or Palestinians or the connection those modern populations have to the land. (Though the word "Palestinian" comes from "Philistine," Palestinians are not thought of as the descendants of Philistines; it appears that Netanyahu was using this unrelated point to launch into his argument.)

“To me it seemed like it just provided another opportunity—even if it's just tangential—to take a swipe at Palestinians,” says Michael Press, an independent scholar who studies the presentation of archaeology in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. “It's hard to blame the authors much here since Netanyahu's use of the study really was a non-sequitur.” (The authors of the study did not wish to comment but are preparing a formal response.)

Jul 15 10:02

Poof! One day in occupation causes young Jews on Zionist tour to question Zionism — ‘NYT’ reports

We are as critical of the New York Times as anyone, but we need to salute the superb report in the newspaper by David Halbfinger on a liberal Zionist trip for American Jews to see the occupation. Titled, “Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching View,” the July 10 article offered horrifying glimpses of Palestinian conditions in Susiya and Hebron that left the young Jews staggered.

The article was about a very lukewarm tour of the occupation indeed, by the Zionist group J Street, which wants the visitors to engage in Israel advocacy back home, and wants to influence the more rightwing Jewish trips to Israel, notably Birthright, to stop off in Palestine.

But the thrust of the article was that one day’s exposure to the desolation of occupation caused two young Jews to question Zionism itself.

Jul 15 09:55

Benny Morris: Israel’s Concealing of Nakba Documents Is Totalitarian

Who gave the order and is the operation legal? These are the questions that remain after Hagar Shezaf’s excellent investigative report in Haaretz a week ago: “Burying the Nakba: How Israel Systematically Hides Evidence of 1948 Expulsion of Arabs.”

Shezaf outlines how, since the mid-2000s or early 2010s, Malmab, the Defense Ministry’s secretive security department, has systematically culled from Israeli archives documents that paint the state’s conduct toward Palestine’s Arabs, particularly during the 1948 war, in bleak colors. In vaults, it hides away documents describing expulsions and massacres by various pre-state militias and then Israeli soldiers during that war and in subsequent years.

Jul 15 09:31

40 Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza

Palestinians run to take cover from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, July 12, 2019. At least 40 Palestinians were injured on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said.

Jul 15 09:30

'We Go Back 800 Years': Palestinian Fights Settler NGO's Takeover of Jerusalem Hotel

Abu-Walid Dajani, 75, is embarking on what he calls the battle of his life: To prevent the Imperial Hotel from being closed down and taken over by the Ateret Cohanim organization that runs a yeshiva and settles Jews in the Old City and East Jerusalem.

The walls of the Old City of Jerusalem can be seen through the window of Dajani’s office in the Imperial, they seem almost close enough to touch. The office walls bear pictures of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and a young Jordanian King Hussein, together with family pictures going back a century. The hotel is located in a vast, grand building on Omar Ibn al-Khattab Square, by the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.

Jul 15 09:30

Israel said to promise Gaza medicine, goods in return for continued calm

Official in PFLP terror group says Egyptian mediators conveyed message during talks, with Jerusalem also offering more work permits, other benefits

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